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November 27, 2021

Euro NCAP announces Assisted Driving Gradings of Seven Cars equipped with Highway Assist.

NCAP Highway Assist

Assisted Driving Grading

Assisted Driving Grading

Assisted Driving Grading

Assisted Driving Grading

Assisted Driving Grading

Assisted Driving Grading



Photos: Assisted Driving Gradings by Euro NCAP. Images provided by & Copyright © Euro NCAP.

November 27, 2021 - Euro NCAP has published the Assisted Driving gradings of seven cars equipped with Highway Assist. The overall best performer in this batch is the BMW iX3, graded as ‘Very Good.’ Two others - the Ford Mustang Mach-E and the CUPRA Formentor - achieve ‘Good’ gradings. The assist systems of the Polestar 2 and the Hyundai IONIQ 5 are graded as ‘Moderate,’ while the Toyota Yaris and Opel Mokka-e offer ‘Entry’ level systems.

Highway Assist systems help the driver to maintain a steady speed, to keep a safe distance from the car in front, and to keep the vehicle in the center of the lane by combining (intelligent) Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Lane Centering (LC). Highway Assist systems are designed to assist the driver, not to take control, and the driver is expected to keep his hands on the wheel and his eyes on the road at all times. For this reason, Euro NCAP tests the car’s ability to assist and promote safer driving and evaluate how the system engages the driver and, if the unexpected happens, what safety backup is offered by the vehicle.

First offered on premium vehicles, the technology has gone mainstream in recent years and is now available on cars in all categories, albeit with varying degrees of sophistication and different price points. In its previous rounds of Assisted Driving tests in 2018 and 2020, Euro NCAP found some vehicles promised more than they could deliver, implying that they provide more automation than they were capable of doing through their naming and interaction with the driver. However, all the cars tested in this round offer a balance between Assistance Competence - the degree to which the system can help the driver - and Driver Engagement - the extent to which the driver feels they must remain in control and not disengage from the driving task.

Michiel van Ratingen, Secretary-General of Euro NCAP, says, “This balance between assistance and engagement is crucial. Cars are not yet capable of fully automated driving and should not mislead drivers into thinking that they are. Reports from America have highlighted the severe problems when people have an unrealistically high expectation of what such systems can offer and when the car they are driving does not actively try to get them back in the loop. We are pleased that the manufacturers represented in this round of tests make clear the level of support that they can provide.”

The range of cars tested demonstrated the growing prevalence of Assisted Driving across the spectrum of vehicle categories. While offering less functionality than more sophisticated systems, entry-level systems nevertheless provide the driver with a practical level of support. Moreover, the fact that they are fitted on volume-selling cars shows the direction of travel for automated driving.

Euro NCAP said its tests follow a rapidly changing legislative background. Technology is developing very quickly, and the degree of automation allowed and what action the car must take when, for example, handing control back to an unresponsive driver, is being reviewed. Euro NCAP’s future tests will take these regulatory changes into account.

Euro NCAP organizes crash & safety tests on new vehicles and provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. Established in 1997 and backed by several European Governments, motoring, consumer, and insurance organizations, Euro NCAP has rapidly become a catalyst for encouraging significant safety improvements to new car design.

Source: Euro NCAP

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November 22, 2021

ETS Expands Presence in India, Driving Growth for Core Brands TOEFL® and GRE®


PRINCETON, N.J., Nov. 22, 2021 — ETS has announced the formation of ETS India, officially establishing an office in the country to grow its global footprint as it seeks to continue serving learners as part of their lifelong educational journeys. Lejo Sam Oommen, formerly of Pearson™, will lead ETS India as Managing Director. In this role, Oommen will develop and implement ETS’s overall growth strategy for its products and services in India.

ETS has long been committed to the Indian education community. Establishing the ETS India office is a natural next step in supporting learners and higher education institutions. The formation of ETS India will continue to strengthen the organization’s relationships with key partners in-country, providing both ETS and Indian businesses increased opportunities for collaboration and investment, including in and with schools, institutions, corporations, education agents, language trainers, and study abroad advisors.

“ETS is strongly aligned with India’s bold and visionary approach to reforming, improving, and broadening access to quality education for all Indians through the framework of the New Education Policy (NEP),” said Mohammad Kousha, Associate Vice President of Global Growth, at ETS. “ETS’s mission-oriented approach of advancing quality and equity in education for all is consistent with this forward-thinking vision. We look forward to expanding learning opportunities in-country to the people of India, and having Lejo on board will help us accomplish this.”

“I am pleased to be joining ETS and leading its India office and the team at a time when the organization is undergoing significant transformation as we look to the future of serving learners worldwide with a particular focus on those in India,” said Oommen. “I intend to build on the already strong foundation that exists here in India, reinforcing the value of ETS’s existing products including the TOEFL® Family of Assessments, GRE® test, and TOEIC® exam, as well as new learning tools and business opportunities.”

At Pearson, Oommen served as General Manager with oversight of the PTE® Academic test and was credited for his contributions to the strong business performance of the organization, delivering significant results in growth, revenue, operational performance, and profitability. Before Pearson, he held roles at Reliance Money, ICICI Bank, and Axis Bank. He is an alumnus of Bangalore University.

Despite impacts from COVID-19, ETS continued to focus on delivering research and assessment solutions that serve the needs and interests of Indian students and institutions, so their education needs and requirements remained uninterrupted.

Based in Delhi, India, ETS India is a subsidiary of ETS headquartered in Princeton, N.J., USA. ETS India is bringing the organization’s wide-ranging expertise in education and learning to test takers and learners throughout the region. In addition, the staff of ETS India offers deep knowledge and insight into delivering high-quality learning and assessment solutions and new business opportunities to organizations, institutions, and individuals in the country.

ETS develops, administers, and scores more than 50 million tests annually — including the TOEFL® and TOEIC® tests, the GRE® tests and The Praxis Series® assessments — in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide.

Source: ETS

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November 21, 2021

President of India honors Cleanest Cities of India.

Swachh Awards 2021

Photo: The President, Ram Nath Kovind, presenting the Swachh Survekshan (Cleanliness Survey) Awards 2021 at the Swachh Amrit Mahotsav (clean nectar festival), organized by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, in New Delhi on November 20, 2021.

New Delhi, November 21, 2021 — The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, felicitated the awardees of the cleanest cities of India at the ‘Swachh Amrit Mahotsav’ hosted by the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA) at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi yesterday.

For the fifth consecutive year, Indore was awarded the title of India’s Cleanest City under Swachh Survekshan. At the same time, Surat and Vijayawada bagged the second and third spots respectively in the ‘more than 1 lakh population’ category. In the population category of ‘less than 1 lakh’, Vita, Lonavala, and Sasvad, all from Maharashtra, bagged the first, second, and third positions. Varanasi emerged as the ‘Best Ganga Town’ while Ahmedabad Cantonment won the title of ‘India’s Cleanest Cantonment,’ followed by Meerut Cantonment and Delhi Cantonment.

For the third consecutive year, in the State awards, Chhattisgarh emerged as the ‘Cleanest State’ in the category of “more than 100 Urban Local Bodies.” At the same time, Jharkhand, for the second time, won the Cleanest State award in the “less than 100 ULBs category”. Karnataka and Mizoram became the ‘Fastest Mover States’ in the big (more than 100 ULBs) and small (less than 100 ULBs) state categories, respectively.

Speaking at the event, the President said that this year’s Swachh Survekshan Awards are unique because we celebrate ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.’ The President noted that effective solid waste management is essential to keep the cities clean. He stressed that environment conservation had been an integral part of the traditional lifestyle of India. Today, the whole world is emphasizing environmental protection in which the focus is on reducing, reusing, and recycling the resources. He noted that good examples are coming out of ​​’Waste to Wealth,’ and many start-ups are active in these areas. He said that we should encourage entrepreneurship and investment in these fields.

Under the Prerak Daaur Samman, a new performance category introduced under Swachh Survekshan 2021, five cities - Indore, Surat, Navi Mumbai, New Delhi Municipal Council, and Tirupati got categorized as ‘Divya’ (Platinum). This year’s Survekshan, participated by 4,320 cities, also saw an unprecedented number of citizens’ feedback - over five crores, compared to 1.87 cores last year.

Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs gave further impetus to the vision of a Garbage Free India by announcing the results of 3-star and 5-star rated cities under the Star Rating Protocol of Garbage Free Cities. 9 cities - Indore, Surat, New Delhi Municipal Council, Navi Mumbai, Ambikapur, Mysuru, Noida, Vijayawada, and Patan- have been certified as 5-star cities.

In the category of ‘Fastest Mover,’ Hoshangabad (Madhya Pradesh) emerged as the ‘Fastest Mover City’ (in the ‘more than 1 lakh population category) with a jump of 274 ranks from 361st position in the 2020 rankings to the 87th position this year, thus securing a place among the top 100 cities.

In contrast, Chandigarh dropped 50 places from the last year’s overall ranking. The residents of Chandigarh woke up to find their self-styled “City Beautiful” at a poor, 66th position.

The Ministry launched a futuristic and state-of-the-art spatial Geographic Information System (GIS) platform to propel the Mission towards intelligent, data-driven decision making. These new digital enablements will further enable the Mission to become paperless, robust, and transparent, along with round-the-clock connectivity with States, Cities, and stakeholders across the Swachhata spectrum.

Swachh Amrit Mahotsav was thus a celebration of cities’ achievements in the past seven years of Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban and a commitment from cities and citizens to move forward with renewed vigor in the next phase of Cleanliness.

Source: Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, India

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November 20, 2021

All New Breitling Boutique New York Opens with a Star-Studded Celebration

Breitling, New York City, Watches

Breitling, New York City, Watches

New York, November 20, 2021 — Breitling celebrated the reopening of its Madison Avenue flagship boutique after a complete redesign to the brand’s industrial-loft concept. The event, held in the heart of Manhattan, brought together global stars and Breitling enthusiasts from around the world.

Adding their star power to the event were Breitling Spotlight Squad members actor and producer Charlize Theron and ballet dancer Misty Copeland, who co-hosted with Breitling CEO Georges Kern. US ambassadors for Breitling and friends of the brand also turned out to see the new boutique unveiled. The guest list included former American football quarterback and host of The NFL Today Boomer Esiason, American professional triathlete Ben Hoffman, CBS Golf and NFL reporter Amanda Balionis, Grammy Award-winning musician Eric Harland, astronaut Scott Kelly, and professional golfer Gary Woodland.

Breitling CEO Georges Kern commented: “Forget all your notions of how a watch showroom looks. With this boutique redesign, we’ve created a relaxed, uplifting, and inclusive environment that you’ll feel the moment you step through the door. By redefining the whole premise of the retail experience, we’re achieving our vision of being the undisputed leader of neo-luxury.”

Source: Breitling

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November 19, 2021

Super AVI, the Newest Watch Series from Breitling

Breitling AVI

Breitling AVI

Breitling AVI

Breitling AVI

Breitling AVI

Breitling AVI

Super AVI, the newest watch series from Breitling, is a celebration of aviation history with designs inspired by the original 1953 “Co-Pilot” Ref. 765 AVI aviator’s watch and four legendary planes: the North American Aviation P-51 Mustang, the Vought F4U Corsair, the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, and the de Havilland Mosquito.

“This collection embodies that sense of nostalgia for the early days of aviation when pilots relied on their watches as onboard tools,” says Breitling CEO Georges Kern. “But you don’t have to be a pilot or vintage-aircraft buff to appreciate the exceptional craftsmanship and rugged design.”

That pioneering watch is the inspiration for today’s Super AVI, the debut series in Breitling’s Classic AVI collection. Its launch marks nearly a century of aviation timepieces from a brand that has shared some of the field’s finest moments. From brave first takeoffs to the birth of commercial air travel, Breitling’s history is inseparable from that of flight.

• Drawn from Vintage Aviation Aesthetic

The collection comes in five unique versions honoring four powerful and memorable aircraft, whose filigree silhouettes adorn the watches’ sapphire case backs.

“Our watchmaking DNA is what dominates here, while the interpretations of the four aircraft give the series its emotion and bold graphic appeal. These elements evoke the spirit of early flight,” says Breitling Creative Director Sylvain Berneron. “We can’t forget that Breitling pioneered aviation tool watches like the Ref. 765 AVI. That heritage is so strong; we had not only to keep it intact but rewrite it for the 21st century.”

Source: Breitling


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November 17, 2021

U.S. Colleges and Universities Remain Top Choice for International Students

Higher education institutions across all U.S. states and territories welcomed more than 914,000 international students for academic study during the 2020/21 academic year.

Institute of International Education

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2021 — The ‘Open Doors’ 2021 Report on International Educational Exchange, released today, underscores the continued commitment of students and scholars, U.S. higher education, governmental partners, and industry stakeholders to international educational exchange amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Open Doors 2021 report, released by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Institute of International Education (IIE), has been an essential benchmark for international educational exchange to the U.S. for over 70 years. In the 2020/21 academic year, the Open Doors report included international students enrolled at U.S. higher education institutions in the United States and online from abroad and those on Optional Practical Training (OPT). ‘Open Doors’ is a comprehensive information resource on international students studying at U.S. higher education institutions and U.S. students studying abroad for academic credit.

In the 2020/21 academic year, 914,095 international students pursued studies at U.S. colleges and universities, a decrease of 15% from the previous academic year. However, these students represented 5% of all students in U.S. higher education and, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce, contributed $39 billion to the U.S. economy in 2020.

• U.S. remained open to international students during the COVID-19 pandemic

More than 710,000 international students enrolled at the undergraduate, graduate, and non-degree levels from more than 200 places of origin. In addition, more than 200,000 international students pursued OPT, a welcome opportunity for students to gain practical work experiences in the U.S. after academic study.

The COVID-19 global pandemic primarily impacted international students studying at a U.S. university for the first time or new international students.

International students already enrolled at U.S. universities or continuing students largely remained committed to their U.S. education experience. “International students are central to the free flow of ideas, innovation, economic prosperity, and peaceful relations between nations,” said Matthew Lussenhop, Acting Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State. “As reiterated in the recent Joint Statement of Principles in Support of International Education by the U.S. Departments of State and Education, the United States is strongly committed to international education as we continue to build back better.”

• Chinese, Indian students continue to seek an American education.

Chinese and Indian students continued to pursue their education at U.S. institutions in large numbers. While both groups declined this year (by 14.8% and 13.2%, respectively), they did so by less than the overall rate, illustrating the strength and appeal a U.S. education holds in both countries. All places of origin and regions saw declines due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Canada, Latin America, and Sub-Saharan Africa saw relatively more minor declines, with potential ease of access to the U.S. during the pandemic and the ability to begin or continue programs virtually within a similar time zone as many U.S. institutions.

“U.S. colleges and universities remained open and welcoming in the face of COVID-19 challenges and well prepared for what’s ahead,” said IIE Chief Executive Officer Allan E. Goodman. “The Open Doors 2021 report gives us all a benchmark to gauge the progress we are making to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.” The Institute of International Education (IIE), established in 1919, is a global not-for-profit that creates and implements international education programs, conducts research, and provides life-changing opportunities for students and scholars worldwide.

• Studying abroad is as important as ever

The COVID-19 global pandemic affected U.S. study abroad programs across the country and all international destinations, resulting in a 53% decline overall. In the 2019/20 academic year, 162,633 American students studied abroad for academic credit.

European countries remain the most popular destination for American students, welcoming more than half (58%) of U.S. study abroad students. However, some of these countries were also the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic in spring 2020. As a result, these programs saw declines of 41% to 53%. Americans studied in more than 180 countries and had a presence on every continent, including Antarctica. In addition to the 162,633 U.S. students who received academic credit for study abroad in 2019/20, 252 institutions reported that an additional 11,256 U.S. students participated in non-credit work, internships, volunteering, and research abroad.

“Our commitment to Americans studying abroad is a commitment to our collective future,” said Ethan Rosenzweig, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Academic Programs, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State. “As ‘study abroad’ slowly returns, we must recommit ourselves to ensuring that study abroad becomes ever more accessible to, and reflective of, the rich diversity of the United States.” The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs builds relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through academic, cultural, sports, professional and private exchanges, as well as public-private partnerships and mentoring programs.

• U.S. Institutions Report International Student Surge for Fall 2021

Following a challenging year in international educational exchange, the findings of the 2021 Fall International Student Enrollment Snapshot reflect the resilience of U.S. higher education institutions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Higher education institutions reported a 68% increase in the number of new international students enrolling for the first time at a U.S. institution, a notable surge from the 46% decline reported in Fall 2020.

Source: Institute of International Education

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November 13, 2021

Streetfighter V2 and Streetfighter V4 SP: Two New Ducati Models derived from the Successful "Fight Formula."


Ducati Streetfighter

Ducati Strretfighter

BOLOGNA, Italy, Nov. 13, 2021 — Ducati expands the Streetfighter family by introducing two new models: the bold and essential Streetfighter V2 and the top-of-the-range Streetfighter V4 SP.

The new Streetfighter V2 is a sports bike with a one-of-a-kind character. It accommodates the needs of riders looking for a motorcycle capable of combining the Panigale V2’s DNA with both the attitude and style of the admired Streetfighter. The result is an intuitive and easy-to-handle motorcycle with the correct dose of power to ensure feisty performance and maximum riding fun.

This project is the reinterpretation of Ducati’s successful “Fight Formula.”

The new Streetfighter V2 is essential and characterized by an intelligent design, which embraces the classic stylistic elements of the Streetfighter V4, starting with the distinctive headlight, which pays homage to the V-shaped DRL typical of Ducati sports bikes and is inspired by the famous grin of the Joker.

A unique Ducati product, the 1,103 cc Desmosedici Stradale with 208 hp, can deliver a torque of 90.4 lb-ft (123 Nm) at 9,500 rpm. It is fitted with the STM-EVO SBK dry clutch, which guarantees a better anti-hopping function and greater fluidity during all “off-throttle” stages. However, this racing bike is used only in motorcycle racing closed-course circuits. The law prohibits its operation on public roads.

Source: Ducati North America

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United States Congressional Delegation meets with Prime Minister Modi.

Modi, United States, Congress Delegation

Modi, United States, Congress Delegation

Photos: Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets with the United States Congressional Delegation in New Delhi on November 13, 2021.

New Delhi, November 13, 2021 — Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with the US Congressional delegation led by Senator John Cornyn. Senator Cornyn is the co-founder and co-chair of the Senate Caucus on India and Indian Americans. The panel included Senator Michael Crapo, Senator Thomas Tuberville, Senator Michael Lee, Congressman Tony Gonzales, and Congressman John Kevin Elzey.

The Congressional delegation noted the excellent management of the COVID situation in India despite the challenges of a large and diverse population. Prime Minister pointed out that people’s participation based on the democratic ethos of the country played a crucial role in managing the worst pandemic of the century.

Prime Minister appreciated the consistent support and constructive role of the US Congress in deepening the India-US comprehensive global strategic partnership anchored in shared democratic values.

There was a warm and frank discussion on regional issues of mutual interest, including those related to South Asia and the Indo-Pacific region. Prime Minister and the visiting delegation noted the increasing convergence of strategic interests between the two strategic partners. They expressed the desire to enhance cooperation further to promote global peace and stability.

The Prime Minister also exchanged views on the potential to enhance the bilateral relationship and strengthen cooperation on contemporary global issues such as terrorism, climate change, and reliable supply chains for critical technologies.

Source: Prime Minister’s Office

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November 12, 2021

130 Nations endorse India's vision on Internationalization of Higher Education at Diplomatic Conclave organized by Chandigarh University in New Delhi

Internationalization of Education

Photo: India’s Education Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan, Chandigarh University Chancellor Satnam Singh Sandhu, Education Ministry Officials, and diplomats from various countries in a group photograph during a Diplomatic Conclave organized by Chandigarh University in New Delhi on November 12, 2021.

NEW DELHI, November 12, 2021 — As many as 130 nations endorsed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision on internationalization of Education while participating in the Diplomatic Conclave organized by Chandigarh University under the guidance of the Ministry of Education, and Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.

While participating in the first of its kind Diplomatic Conclave organized on Friday in New Delhi, 175 ambassadors and senior diplomats deliberated on the global issues, including exploring avenues for internationalization of Higher Education, enhancing the standards of Higher Education in India as well as in participating nations, and the challenges to international collaborations in Higher Education.

Union Minister for Education, Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister for External Affairs, Dr. S. Jaishankar, and Foreign Secretary, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, attended the Conclave and higher officials of both the ministries.

The idea of global partnership in the field of Education, which is the theme of the Diplomatic Conclave, has drawn tremendous response internationally, as validated by the presence of Ambassadors and Senior Diplomatic from 130 nations in the Conclave.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi conveyed his thoughts and said that the Diplomatic Conclave organized by Chandigarh University is deeply rooted in the tenet of ‘Vasudhaiv Kutambakam’ (the whole world is one family). It has brought together a mini-world on a common platform for fostering global partnerships in the field of Education.

The Prime Minister stressed in his message, “India’s New Education Policy emphasizes on connecting our young generation with a modern and national education system while drawing inspiration from our proud heritage. The objective of the education reforms is to make learning holistic and empower our youth.”

The Prime Minister said that the coming together of Ambassadors and Diplomats of several countries at the Conclave would facilitate a vibrant exchange of thoughts, leading to a roadmap for mutual partnerships between nations in the field of Education. “I am sure that the discussions at the Conclave will lead to the preparation of a strategic blueprint for greater synergy in internationalization of Higher Education,” he said.

Inaugurating the Conclave, Union Minister of Education, Dharmendra Pradhan, pitched the Government of India’s plan of making India a Vishwaguru by establishing a Global Partnership amongst the nations in the field of Education, Research, and Innovation.

Addressing the audience, Minister Pradhan spoke about India’s inherent strength as a knowledge center of the world and the role of Education in shaping India’s place in the post-COVID new world order.

The Conclave witnessed continuous and stirring discussion among ambassadors divided into different groups on exploring avenues for internationalization of Higher Education, enhancing higher education standards in India and participating nations, and the challenges to international collaborations in Higher Education.

During the Valedictory Session of the Conclave, Union Minister for External Affairs, Dr. S. Jaishankar, noted that the quest for Education has long mobilized students, both Indians going to other countries and the international students studying in India.

“The challenge today is to re-imagine this two-way interaction and make it work better for the world as a whole. It is only when exchanges of ideas, creativity, and knowledge are more diversified that we can strive for multiple art and democratic world,” said the Minister in a special video message for the ambassadors and diplomats.

“I believe that today’s event is one step in that direction, and it will help in promoting and fostering greater international cooperation,” he concluded.

Harsh Vardhan Shringla, Foreign Secretary, the chief guest at the Valedictory session, also interacted with the Ambassadors and the Diplomats.

“I am glad that Chandigarh University and its Chancellor Satnam Singh Sandhu have taken the initiative to organize this Diplomatic Conclave to strengthen India’s rising position in the world of higher education,” he said.

Gloria Berbena, Minister Council for Public Diplomacy, U.S Embassy in India, said, “India’s New Education Policy is a significant step towards becoming a global knowledge economy. In addition, the New Education Policy provides the opportunity to strengthen the India-US educational links and innovate and improve the skill-based creativity in Higher Education.”

Dr. Stephen Grabherr, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Germany in India, said, “India’s role in the world has become increasingly important in recent years. The world has seen this rise of India, and now it is reaching out to the world with its New Education Policy which will surely transform the idea of Global Education.”

Hailing India’s New Education Policy, Ian Biggs, Australian Deputy High Commissioner to India, referred to it as an impactful and innovative policy.

Freddy Svane, Ambassador of Denmark to India, said that the discussions and deliberations at the Conclave gave a remarkable insight into the transformation of Global Higher Education.

Sources: Ministry of Education, Government of India, and Chandigarh University

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Porsche’s first all-electric model, the Taycan, and the new Macan SUV arrive in India.

Porsche Taycan India

Photo: Manolito Vujicic, Brand Head for Porsche India, with the all-new Porsche Taycan. Image provided by & copyright © Porsche India.

Porsche Taycan

Photo: Porsche Taycan. Image provided by & copyright © Porsche.

Mumbai, India. November 12, 2021 — Porsche India today embarked on its most ambitious plan in recent times with the launch of both the all-new, fully electric Taycan range and the latest Macan compact SUV, in addition to announcing a national dealer network expansion plan.

Launched at an exclusive media preview hosted in Delhi, the all-new Taycan range and new Macan will be available for sale across all dealerships in the country. The four new showrooms will open in the first half of 2022.

Manolito Vujicic, Brand Head for Porsche India, said, “Porsche is fully committed to the Indian market with definite plans for a prosperous future. Despite continuously challenging pandemic-related developments, our business performed exceptionally well in this market, chalking up its best Q3 results and making Porsche one of the fastest-growing luxury car brands in the country through 2021. Introducing such a revolutionary model as the Taycan and the latest iteration of our popular Macan to coincide with our dealer expansion is proof of the roadmap we are creating for future business growth in India as we invest in new products and facilities throughout 2022. The order books are now open for Taycan and Macan, with the first deliveries due early next year.”

Source: Porsche India

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November 11, 2021

Guardian for International Peace and Security, Gift from Mexico to the United Nations

United Nations, Peace

Photo: A guardian for international peace and security sits on the Visitors Plaza outside UN Headquarters. The guardian is a fusion of jaguar and eagle and donated by the Government of Oaxaca, Mexico. Artists Jacobo and Maria Angeles created it. November 09, 2021. The United States of America. New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elías.

United Nations, Peace

Photo: Alicia Guadalupe Buenrostro Massieu, Deputy Permanent Representative of Mexico to the United Nations and President of the Security Council for November, chairs the Security Council meeting on United Nations peacekeeping operations and Police Commissioners. November 10, 2021. The United States of America. New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

Source: United Nations

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November 9, 2021

Audrey Azoulay Re-elected as the Head of UNESCO with Massive Support.

Audrey Azoulay

Photo: UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay. Image provided by & Copyright © UNESCO/Christelle ALIX.

Paris, November 9, 2021 — Audrey Azoulay was re-elected Tuesday to the post of Director-General of UNESCO with the massive support of the Organization’s 193 Member States.

Ms. Azoulay’s re-election took place in a spirit of consensus with the overwhelming backing of UNESCO Member States, obtaining 155 votes out of a total of 169 ballots cast.

“I see this result as a sign of regained unity within our Organization. Over the last four years, we have been able to restore confidence in UNESCO, and in some respects, this has also been about restoring UNESCO’s confidence in itself. First, we regained serenity by reducing the political tensions that stood in our way and looking for common positions on divisive subjects. We were then able to develop a shared ambition, notably by reconnecting with the tradition of leading major operations in the field,” Audrey Azoulay said.

Over the past four years, UNESCO has undergone a significant modernization process to improve the efficiency of its actions.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, while hundreds of millions of children and adolescents lost their right to learn, UNESCO once again proved its ability to establish the Global Education Coalition, which made it possible to ensure educational continuity in 112 countries.

Source: UNESCO

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India's Transition to a Green Economy Presents a $1 Trillion Opportunity.

World Economic Forum, India

Geneva, Switzerland, 8 November 2021 - As consensus emerges on the urgency and magnitude of the transformation needed to decarbonize the global economy, India’s role and contributions will be critical if the world is to achieve current targets.

World Economic Forum today released a new report outlining how India’s path to decarbonization will have an estimated economic impact of over $1 trillion by 2030 and around $15 trillion by 2070.

The Mission 2070: A Green New Deal for a Net-Zero India report provides a roadmap for India’s transition to a low-carbon economy as it moves from agriculture and services to manufacturing and a greener economy.

Published in collaboration with Kearney and the Observer Research Foundation, the report underlines the potential to save lives, catalyze new industries, create jobs, and boost India’s contributions to addressing climate change.

At the ongoing United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Prime Minister Modi has committed India to an ambitious five-part Panchamrit pledge.

“How India continues to deliver growth and energy security to its citizens while ensuring the transition to a net-zero and green economy? That will define our collective success in the global fight against climate change,” said Sriram Gutta, Deputy Head, India, and South Asia, World Economic Forum. “We are calling on the government, businesses, and civil society to work with us to accelerate climate action and ensure a future that is good for both people and the planet.”

The report highlights five sectoral pillars and four cross-sectoral enablers for India to maximize the opportunities presented by a Green New Deal, with the potential to create more than 50 million net new jobs and over $15 trillion in economic value by 2070.

The five pillars - energy, mobility, industry, infrastructure and cities, and agriculture - contribute to over 90% of India’s greenhouse gas emissions. According to the report, India will need to address these pillars, alongside four cross-sectoral enablers, as part of its green transition.

These enablers are an accelerated approach to green technology innovation, an overarching framework to catalyze green finance, an integrated approach to carbon, capture, utilization, storage, and climate adaptation plan. The five pillars and four enablers are dependent on India’s continued economic growth, driven by technological development, financial innovation, and strong political leadership.

“This report visualizes India becoming the world’s first $5 trillion and after that $10 trillion ‘off carbon economy”, said Samir Saran, President, Observer Research Foundation. “In the decade ahead, we will all need to work together on sectoral and geographical pathways to build a green subcontinent.”

“India needs to action two transformations: an economic transformation to drive prosperity and a green transformation to drive sustainability. However, our research indicates that the two need not conflict. On the contrary, India’s green transition might be the most viable way to fuel its economic aspirations,” said Viswanathan Rajendran, Partner, Kearney India.

A Green New Deal for India will need all stakeholders - government, the private sector, investors, and civil society - to step forward and catalyze the next green revolution. India has an opportunity to take bold action to achieve robust, equitable, and shared growth and avert the worst impacts of a changing climate.

The report aims to serve as a framework for a collaborative effort across the World Economic Forum, Kearney, and the Observer Research Foundation to accelerate climate action in key sectors of the Indian economy. Together, these organizations will work closely with relevant stakeholders in India to generate new insights, help inform discussions and policy frameworks, and facilitate new partnerships.

Source: World Economic Forum

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi delighted over Srinagar joining UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN)

UNESCO Creative Cities Network designates Srinagar a Creative City of Craft and Folk Arts.

UNESCO Creative Cities, Srinagar

Photo: Dal Lake, Srinagar. Image Credit: Saka Bonetto.

Paris, France, November 8, 2021 — UNESCO announced today that the city of Srinagar had joined the UNESCO Network of Creative Cities. UNESCO has designated it as a Creative City of Craft and Folk Arts.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed happiness over Srinagar joining the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) as a Creative City of Craft and Folk Arts.

In a tweet, the Prime Minister said: “Delighted that beautiful Srinagar joins the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) with a special mention for its craft and folk art. It is fitting recognition for the vibrant cultural ethos of Srinagar. Congratulations to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.”

Srinagar joins Chennai and Varanasi - UNESCO Cities of music; Jaipur - UNESCO City of crafts and folk arts; Mumbai - UNESCO City of the film; and Hyderabad - UNESCO City of gastronomy.

Worldwide, 49 new cities have joined the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) following their designation by UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay to recognize their commitment to placing culture and creativity at the heart of their development and sharing knowledge & good practices.

The Network now numbers 295 cities reaching 90 countries that invest in culture and creativity - crafts and folk art, design, film, gastronomy, literature, media arts, and music - to advance sustainable urban development.

“A new urban model needs to be developed in every city, with its architects, town planners, landscapers, and citizens. We are urging everyone to work with States to reinforce the international cooperation between cities which UNESCO wishes to promote”, said UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay.

“I would like to offer my warm congratulations to India and especially to Srinagar. This is a great recognition of the vitality of the arts and crafts sector in Srinagar”, Eric Falt, UNESCO New Delhi Director, remarked.

By joining the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN), cities commit to sharing their best practices and developing partnerships involving the public and private sectors and civil society to strengthen the creation, production, distribution, and dissemination of cultural activities and goods and services. They also pledge to develop hubs of creativity and innovation and broaden opportunities for creators and professionals in the cultural sector.

• Here are the New Creative Cities:

  1. Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) - Music
  2. Batumi (Georgia) - Music
  3. Belfast (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) - Music
  4. Bida (Nigeria) - Handicrafts and Folk Art
  5. Bohicon (Benin) - Gastronomy
  6. Buraidah (Saudi Arabia) - Gastronomy
  7. Bursa (Turkey) - Crafts and Folk Art
  8. Campina Grande (Brazil) - Media Arts
  9. Cannes (France) - Film
  10. Cluj-Napoca (Romania) - Film
  11. Como (Italy) - Craft and Folk Art
  12. Covilhã (Portugal) - Design
  13. Doha (Qatar) - Design
  14. Gdynia (Poland) - Film
  15. Gimhae (Republic of Korea) - Craft and Folk Art
  16. Göteborg (Sweden) - Literature
  17. Hamar (Norway) - Media Arts
  18. Huai’an (China) - Gastronomy
  19. Huancayo (Peru) - Music
  20. Ibagué (Colombia) - Music
  21. Jakarta (Indonesia) - Literature
  22. Kermanshah (Iran) - Gastronomy
  23. Kharkiv (Ukraine) - Music
  24. Kuching (Malaysia) - Gastronomy
  25. Lankaran (Azerbaijan) - Gastronomy
  26. Launceston (Australia) - Gastronomy
  27. London (Canada) - Music
  28. Manises (Spain) - Crafts and Folk Art
  29. Modena (Italy) - Media Arts
  30. Nakuru (Kenya) - Crafts and Folk Art
  31. Namur (Belgium) - Media Arts
  32. Pasto (Colombia) - Crafts and Folk Art
  33. Perth (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) - Crafts and Folk Art
  34. Phetchaburi (Thailand) - Gastronomy
  35. Port Louis (Mauritius) - Music
  36. Recife (Brazil) - Music
  37. Rouen (France) - Gastronomy
  38. Saint Petersburg (Russian Federation) - Gastronomy
  39. Santa Maria da Feira (Portugal) - Gastronomy
  40. Santiago de Cuba (Cuba) - Music
  41. Srinagar (India) - Crafts and Folk Art
  42. Tallinn (Estonia) - Music
  43. Tbilisi (Georgia) - Media Arts
  44. Thessaloniki (Greece) - Gastronomy
  45. Usuki (Japan) - Gastronomy
  46. Vilnius (Lithuania) - Literature
  47. Weifang (China) - Handicraft and Folk Art
  48. Whanganui (New Zealand) - Design
  49. Xalapa (Mexico) - Music

Source: UNESCO


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November 8, 2021

World Economic Forum and US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry, launch First Movers Coalition to Drive Demand for Zero Carbon Tech.

World Economic Forum

Photo: Guests and speakers at the launch session of the First Movers Coalition at COP26 in Glasgow, United Kingdom, 4 November 2021. Image provided by & copyright by World Economic Forum/Iain McLean.

World Economic Forum

Photo: Secretary John Kerry, US Special Presidential Envoy on Climate, speaking during the launch session of the First Movers Coalition at COP26 in Glasgow, United Kingdom, 4 November 2021. Image provided by & copyright by World Economic Forum/Iain McLean.

World Economic Forum

Photo: Børge Brende, President of the World Economic Forum, at the launch session of the First Movers Coalition at COP26 in Glasgow, United Kingdom, 4 November 2021. Image provided by & copyright by World Economic Forum.


Photo: Bill Gates of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation at the launch session of the First Movers Coalition at COP26 in Glasgow, United Kingdom, 4 November 2021. Image provided by & copyright by World Economic Forum.

Glasgow, United Kingdom, 4 November 2021 — Roughly half of the emission reductions needed to reach the 2050 climate goals rely on technologies in early development, demonstration, or prototype phases. Accelerating innovation in this decade is critical to bringing these technologies to market and making them cost-competitive.

To jumpstart this effort, the World Economic Forum, in partnership with US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry, announced the First Movers Coalition - a new platform for companies to make purchasing commitments that create new market demand for low carbon technologies.

The commitments aim to be collectively significant enough to commercialize decarbonization technologies. The First Movers Coalition will create a long-term impact by driving milestones this decade through investment into these technological solutions.

It will work across eight key sectors. Seven of these sectors — steel, cement, aluminum, chemicals, shipping, aviation, and trucking—account for more than a third of global carbon emissions but do not have cost-competitive clean energy alternatives to fossil fuels. Direct air capture could reduce atmospheric carbon-dioxide levels to help achieve net-zero global emissions and require technological innovation to reach commercial viability.

The First Movers Coalition provides opportunities for a wide range of companies to make commitments, take action and build the clean and profitable supply chains of the future. It also brings together a range of civil society and expert organizations to build momentum, complement ongoing efforts, and input into the initiative’s design.

Børge Brende, President of the World Economic Forum, said: “Technology has given us the tools to reduce our emissions and build a more robust and more inclusive economy of the future. However, for innovators and investors to tackle the climate crisis, they need apparent market demand. The First Movers Coalition will leverage the collective purchasing power of leading companies and drive the need for these technologies. I call on business leaders to work with us and be the role models keeping our climate goals alive.

John Kerry, US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, said: “The First Movers Coalition is a platform for the world’s leading global companies to make purchasing commitments to create early markets for critical technologies needed to achieve net-zero by 2050. In this critical decade, we not only need to deploy as rapidly as possible existing clean energy technologies, such as wind turbines, solar panels, and battery storage but also drive innovation for our long-term decarbonization goals.”

Phase 1 commitments launched.

These commitments target new technologies and create a market by 2030 to achieve decarbonization in 2050. Founding members have made commitments in at least one of these sectors.

• Aviation:

• Shipping: Members commit to using zero-emission fuels in new and retrofitted zero-emission vessels by 2030.

• Trucking: Members commit to purchase or contract zero-emission medium and heavy-duty vehicles by 2030. These can include battery or fuel-cell electric vehicles and incorporate renewable sources of electricity and hydrogen for charging. Trucking owners and operators also set a target that at least 30% of their heavy-duty and 100% of their medium-duty truck purchases will be zero-emission trucks by 2030. In addition, retailers & manufacturers set a target to require all of their trucking service providers to meet the trucking owners and operators’ commitment by 2030.

• Steel: Members commit to purchasing volumes of near-zero-emissions steel by 2030. The deployment of breakthrough iron and steelmaking technology is needed to deliver a net-zero steel sector with minimal residual emissions. These technologies include direct hydrogen reduction, carbon capture use and storage, and electrolysis-based production processes. Steel purchasers set a target that at least 10% of their annual steel procurement volumes by 2030 meet or exceed the First Movers Coalition definition for near-zero emissions steel.

The remaining sectoral commitments will launch in early 2022.

Founding members

Source: World Economic Forum

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November 7, 2021

Journalist and Educator Sarah Bartlett Honored as a 21st Century News Visionary.

Sarah Bartlett, CUNY

Photo: Journalist and Educator Sarah Bartlett of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York.

DENVER, Nov. 7, 2021 — Sarah Bartlett, Dean of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York, has been recognized by her peers as a 21st-century news visionary.

Business News Visionary Awards presents the distinction. The project bestows the “visionary” designation on select individuals whose dedication, foresight, and talents have had a transformative impact on journalism.

A commemorative book to be published in 2022 would feature a profile of Sarah Bartlett.

A former member of the editorial teams at Fortune, BusinessWeek, The New York Times, and Oxygen Media, Sarah Bartlett has served as dean of the CUNY graduate J-School since January 2014. During her tenure, the school’s enrollment has grown by more than 40%, and more than half of those currently attending are students of color.

“Dean Bartlett has helped build the school of journalism at CUNY into a beacon for the future of the field,” CUNY chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodriguez said in a statement. “Her efforts will register for years to come, reflected in the school’s stellar offerings, the success of its graduates, and the many important stories they’ll tell.”

The Business News Visionary Awards are a continuation of the Business News Luminary Awards, which, in 2000, honored the 100 top business and financial journalists of the 20th century.

Dean Rotbart, chair and editor-in-chief of both programs, noted that among Sarah Bartlett’s many accomplishments, she oversaw the launch of the nation’s first bilingual journalism master’s program — offered in Spanish and English.

“Sarah was instrumental in raising nearly $70 million for new programs at the J-School, including a $20 million gift in 2018 from Craig Newmark, the founder of Craigslist,” Rotbart writes. “In appreciation for his generosity, the school formally changed its name to the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York.”

Each individual honored as a news visionary has unique traits. However, Rotbart states that Bartlett’s skill set, in particular, stands out.

“Sarah knows how to mix concrete and lay bricks, an expertise she acquired in the early 1980s helping her late husband, John Petrarca, transform an incommodious, three-story building into a one-of-a-kind home,” Rotbart says. “Her construction talents are an apt metaphor for the foundation-building and renovations she oversaw at CUNY.”

Sarah Bartlett began her academic career in 2002 as the Bloomberg Chair of Business Journalism at Baruch College, then segued over to the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism as a charter faculty member when the new journalism school opened its doors in 2006. She became the school’s second-ever dean, succeeding Stephen B. Shepard, with whom she previously worked when both of them were at BusinessWeek.

The Business News Visionary and News Luminary Awards goal extends beyond the celebration of the profiled men and women, explains Terri Thompson, the former director of the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism at Columbia University.

“It is also to educate the public about the high standards to which these and so many other dedicated journalists have adhered and to offer a proven playbook for other journalists and journalism students to follow,” says Thompson, who introduces each honoree’s oral history.

Source: Business News Visionary Awards

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November 6, 2021

ViewSonic Announces Top 100 Winners of its ColorPro Award 2021 Global Photography Contest

Approximately 6,500 Contestants from 41 Countries Captured their Idea of ‘New Adventure’

ViewSonic Photography



Photos: Two of the winning entries. In this year’s ColorPro Award 2021 Global Photography Contest, approximately 6,500 entries were received from 41 countries illustrating the theme of ‘New Adventure.’ Images provided by & copyright © ViewSonic.

BREA, Calif., Nov. 4, 2021 — ViewSonic Corp, a leading global visual solutions provider, has announced its Top 100 ColorPro Award 2021 Global Photography Contest winners. Approximately 6,500 photo entries from 41 countries were submitted depicting this year’s theme of ‘New Adventure.’ The diverse and extraordinary images will be presented at an exclusive exhibition in December.

“It’s true when they say a picture is worth a thousand words. Every single photo submitted told their individual story - whether of hope, excitement, or even heartbreak. We are very honored to receive these incredible artworks and to share them with the world,” said Oscar Lin, General Manager of the Monitor Business Unit at ViewSonic. “The ColorPro Awards were born following ColorPro’s vision. It was to celebrate creators and their inspirations. And as seen through their lenses, this contest captured this spirit through adventure in all its forms.”

As a natural transition, this year’s theme seeks to portray the sense of adventure as the world starts to reopen. In contrast, the last year’s theme centered on the global act of kindness in times of adversity. The 6,500 entries encompassed a myriad of subjects, from landscape and wildlife to portraits and architecture. ViewSonic said that more than just a photography contest, the ColorPro Awards is a festival of storytelling and the visual arts to inspire the world with creativity.

The esteemed panel of nine judges from ViewSonic, Capture One, Shoot the Frame, Monogram Creative Console, Getty Images, and iStock handpicked 100 winning submissions that exuded creativity, conveyed a story, and encapsulated the spirit of ‘New Adventure.’ ViewSonic will be hosting award ceremonies to announce the top 10 winners and exhibitions to showcase all 100 photo submissions in London, the United Kingdom, and Taipei City, Taiwan, in early December 2021.

Founded in California, ViewSonic is a leading global visual solutions provider and conducts business in over 100 countries worldwide. ViewSonic provides comprehensive hardware and software solutions that include monitors, projectors, digital signage, ViewBoard interactive displays, and the ‘myViewBoard’ software ecosystem.

Source: ViewSonic

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November 3, 2021

QS reveals Asia's Best Universities

QS Asia University Rankings

QS Asia University Rankings

Photo: University of Hong Kong. University Hall, or UHall, is now part of the University of Hong Kong (HKU). Initially, when completed in 1864, it was the castle residence of Douglas Lapraik, a Scottish businessman in Hong Kong. Image Credit: Can Pac Swire.

LONDON, November 2, 2021 — QS Quacquarelli Symonds, global higher education think-tank and compilers of the world’s most-consulted university rankings portfolio, today released the fourteenth edition of their annual list of Asia’s best higher education institutions. The National University of Singapore has been the continent’s best university for the fourth consecutive year.

The 2022 QS World University Rankings Asia contains 687 universities, including forty new entries, and is QS’s most extensive independent comparison of the region’s higher education system. The table accounts for eleven key indicators of university performance. They include academic standing, graduate employability, research quality and productivity, internationalization on campus, and the diversity of each institution’s international collaborations.

QS World University Rankings: Asia 2022 - Top 10

• Highlights

Ben Sowter, Director of Research at QS, said: “This year’s results reiterate the intensely competitive, intensely dynamic nature of Asian higher education. China’s best universities continue to progress, Japanese higher education is stagnating - and Malaysia remains on the rise.”

• How the leading Institutions from India & Pakistan rank in QS Asia University Rankings 2022:

• QS Asia Rank — Institution

Source: QS Quacquarelli Symonds

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November 2, 2021

National Press Club awards Isidoro Rodriguez of the City University of New York with the 2021 Shirley & Dennis Feldman Fellowship.

National Press Club, Washington, DC

WASHINGTON, November 2, 2021 — The National Press Club, Washington, DC, the world’s leading professional organization for journalists, has chosen Isidoro Rodriguez of Brooklyn, New York, as the recipient of its 2021 Shirley & Dennis Feldman Fellowship.

Rodriguez, who is attending the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York, impressed the judges with his published stories about criminal justice and police abuse of people of color, including one titled, “Stop Turning Your Head: Black Cops Speak Out Against ‘Blanket of Racism.’”

Another story, “The Plight of the Police Whistleblower,” was based on deep reporting on police officers who have reported their peers for abuse of power and unequal treatment of black and brown people. Rodriguez wrote about an ever-present threat of retaliation by superiors, the rest of the force, and the system against those policemen who speak out.

“It wasn’t until I decided to go back to school in 2014, at the age of 31,” he said, “that I took my first steps toward what has become the hardest, most stressful, most educational, and most rewarding experience of my life: being a journalist.”

Since his graduation from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York in 2017, he’s written on probation, juvenile detention, and the bail system. “However, the work that has interested me the most, that I often consider my duty to write, has been on police reform,” he said.

Rodriguez grew up in Japan, Mexico, and Brazil.

“I believe that my early exposure to these cultures, and the international education I received while living in them, has benefited me with an open mind,” he wrote in his application. “My experiences and work in criminal justice reporting have taught me the importance of an analytical and questioning journalistic nature.”

Recommendation letters from his professors praised Rodriguez’s willingness to dig into complex subjects, such as the research and writing on policing the mentally ill.

“We applaud Isidoro’s commitment to the important work of reporting on criminal justice and police reform with a focus on some of our communities’ most vulnerable populations,” said Lisa Nicole Matthews, National Press Club president. “Isidoro’s work already has exposed important issues, and we look forward to the impact his journalistic work will have.”

This year’s runner-up is Kathryn Styer-Martinez of Oakland, California. She is attending the Berkeley School of Journalism at the University of California.

Rodriguez is one of four scholarship winners who will be honored at the National Press Club’s Annual Journalism Awards Dinner, to be held virtually from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on December 8, 2021. The National Press Club’s Journalism Awards celebrate the best in American broadcast and print journalism.

Source: National Press Club Journalism Institute, Washington, DC


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November 1, 2021

70th Miss Universe Competition to Air Live Worldwide on December 12. 2021 at 7 PM EST, from Eilat, Israel.

Israeli Singer and International Star Noa Kirel will Perform at the event.

Miss Universe Andrea

Photo: Andrea Meza, Miss Universe Mexico 2020, is crowned Miss Universe after the 69th Miss Universe Competition on May 16, 2021, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Photographer: TRACY NGUYEN. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York. [File Photo]

NEW YORK, NY, November 1, 2021 - The Miss Universe Organization, the Israeli Ministry of Tourism, and the city of Eilat today announced that the 70th MISS UNIVERSE competition would air live from Eilat, Israel, on December 12, 2021, at 7 PM EST. Israeli singer and international star Noa Kirel will perform at the competition.

“I’m so excited and honored to be performing at Miss Universe,” said Kirel. “By believing in themselves and fearlessly chasing their dreams, these women from around the world live and breathe the values of the Miss Universe Organization, and I can’t wait to share this celebratory moment with all of them on this incredible global stage.”

This year’s competition will also feature two other contestants from the region: Miss Universe United Arab Emirates and Miss Universe Morocco. This will mark the first time a delegate from the United Arab Emirates has participated. Additionally, Miss Universe Morocco returns to the competition for the first time in over four decades.

“Despite the challenges the COVID-19 pandemic placed in our path, we knew how to maintain the balance between health and the economy, to bring tourism back to Israel,” said Israeli Tourism Minister Yoel Razvozov. “We needed to create tourism anchors that will promote and present Israel to the world as a vaccination nation that invites tourists to visit. The Miss Universe pageant is, without doubt, a significant anchor of this plan.”

The organization also unveiled details for the competition’s venue, a state-of-the-art, bespoke arena. The custom “Universe Arena,” imported from Portugal, rises to 16.5 meters and can hold over 70 tons of equipment. In addition, the building is treated to accommodate television filming and contains a stage and approximately 5,000 seats.

Senior members of the Miss Universe Organization were in Israel throughout October to tour the country and attend planning meetings. In addition, they met with the Mayor of Eilat, Eli Lankri, and closely supervised the infrastructure and construction work of the Miss Universe complex.

“The choice of Eilat will continue to strengthen its position as a leading international tourist city,” said Lankri. “Hundreds of millions of spectators around the globe will be able to enjoy the rare beauty of the city of Eilat and its spectacular sites.”

The contestants will arrive in Israel ahead of the competition to explore all the host country offers, beginning in Jerusalem and ending their trip in Eilat, where the competition will occur.

Using the Miss Universe platform, the December 12th production will highlight both the bold contestants of the past and the social and global issues they faced in their time.

“As a company that has the distinct advantage of bringing a global spotlight to world issues, I look forward to showcasing how our contestants can make a difference in their communities and around the world,” said Paula M. Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization. “I know that the city of Eilat will provide a great space for our contestants to learn and grow together.”

Source: The Miss Universe Organization, New York

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