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December 27, 2022

University Grants Commission (UGC), India, invites all State & Private University Vice-Chancellors to join its program on implementing the Academic Bank of Credits.


UGC, Universities


New Delhi, December 27, 2022 — The University Grants Commission (UGC), India, has invited all State & Private University Vice-Chancellors to join its program on implementing the Academic Bank of Credits.


UGC, Universities


Source: University Grants Commission (UGC)

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Editor's Opinion

(Already submitted to the UGC on March 15, 2022)


• Efficient Mobility of Credits between Institutions


The proposed Transformation of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) into Multidisciplinary Institutions by the UGC hinges on one critical common factor: Efficient Mobility of Credits between Institutions. Therefore, it is essential to pay special attention to the operation and utilization of the Academic Bank of Credits (ABC) platform and the Digilocker Framework under which it works. Thus, an HEI may not be authorized to transform into a Multidisciplinary Institution unless —


(a) It has joined the Academic Bank of Credits (ABC).

(b) Its administration has constituted a separate section that looks after its Academic Bank of Credits (ABC) and Digilocker affairs.


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December 25, 2022

Season's Greetings!


Seasons Greetings 2023


Season’s Greetings & Best Wishes for 2023!

To our Audience Worldwide!

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December 22, 2022

Kia America Delivers 2023 Numerals to Times Square, New York City


Kia, New Year


Kia New York

ENLARGE


Photo: Kia America Delivers 2023 Numerals to Times Square, New York City.


New York, December 22, 2022 — The countdown to 2023 officially began in New York City’s famed Times Square when the “2023” Numerals that will light up the sky when the Ball Drops and the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve arrived yesterday. The “2023” numerals were towed into Times Square by an all-new 2023 Kia Telluride X-Pro SUV after completing a 2,795-mile coast-to-coast trip that started November 28 at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles. For the third consecutive year, Kia America is the Official Sponsor of the New Year’s Eve Countdown and has embarked on the nationwide journey to bring the excitement and anticipation of the New Year to people across the country.

Source: KIA

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Academy announces Shortlists in 10 Categories for the 95th Academy Awards.


Oscars Shortlists 2023


Photo: Jennifer Garner arrives on the red carpet of the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood in Los Angeles, CA, on Sunday, March 27, 2022. Image Credit: Michael Baker / A.M.P.A.S. Image provided by & Copyright © Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. [File Photo]


LOS ANGELES, CA - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced shortlists in 10 categories for the 95th Academy Awards: Documentary Feature Film, Documentary Short Film, International Feature Film, Makeup, and Hairstyling, Music (Original Score), Music (Original Song), Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, Sound and Visual Effects.


• DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM

Fifteen films will advance in the Documentary Feature Film category for the 95th Academy Awards. One hundred forty-four films were eligible in the class. Members of the Documentary Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:


• DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM

Fifteen films will advance in the Documentary Short Film category for the 95th Academy Awards. Ninety-eight films qualified in the class. Members of the Documentary Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:


• INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM

Fifteen films will advance to the next round of voting in the International Feature Film category for the 95th Academy Awards. Films from 92 countries and regions were eligible in the class.

Academy members from all branches were invited to participate in the preliminary round of voting. They must have met a minimum viewing requirement to be eligible to vote in the category.

In the nominations round, Academy members from all branches are invited to opt-in to participate and must view all 15 shortlisted films to vote.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:


• MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

Ten films will advance in the Makeup and Hairstyling category for the 95th Academy Awards. All Academy’s Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch members will be invited to view excerpts and interviews with the artists from each shortlisted film on Sunday, January 15, 2023. In addition, branch members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:


• MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

Fifteen scores will advance in the Original Score category for the 95th Academy Awards. One hundred forty-seven scores were eligible in the class. Members of the Music Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The scores, listed in alphabetical order by film title, are:


• MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)

Fifteen songs will advance in the Original Song category for the 95th Academy Awards. Eighty-one songs were eligible in the class. Members of the Music Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The original songs are listed below in alphabetical order by film title, along with the motion picture in which each piece features:


• ANIMATED SHORT FILM

Fifteen films will advance in the Animated Short Film category for the 95th Academy Awards. Eighty-one films qualified in the class. Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:


• LIVE-ACTION SHORT FILM

Fifteen films will advance in the Live Action Short Film category for the 95th Academy Awards. Two hundred films qualified in the class. Short Films and Feature Animation Members, Directors, Producers, and Writers Branches vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:


• SOUND

Ten films will advance in the Sound category for the 95th Academy Awards. All eligible members of the Sound Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees. Academy members will be invited to view excerpts from each shortlisted film beginning Thursday, January 12, 2023, in the San Francisco Bay area, followed by New York, London, and Los Angeles. Finally, branch members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:


• VISUAL EFFECTS

Ten films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 95th Academy Awards. The Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee determined the shortlist. All members of the Visual Effects Branch will be invited to view excerpts and interviews with the artists from each shortlisted film on Saturday, January 14, 2023. Then, branch members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:


Nominations voting begins on Thursday, January 12, 2023, and concludes on Tuesday, January 17, 2023.

Nominations for the 95th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 24, 2023.

The 95th Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 12, 2023, at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood and will be televised live on A.B.C. and in more than 200 territories worldwide.

Source: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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December 21, 2022

NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council), India, announces Revised Logistic Fee for NAAC Peer Experts Team Visit to a Higher Education Institution for its Inspection & Assessment.


NAAC, Accreditation


• NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council), India, has announced its Revised Logistic Fee for Peer Experts Team Visit applicable to all Higher Education Institutions in India.

• After an institution has cleared the Pre-Qualifier Stage, it has to deposit the revised Logistic Fee towards logistic expenses for the arrangement of the NAAC Peer Experts Team’s Visit for Inspection & Assessment of the institution.


NAAC, Accreditation

Source: NAAC


IMPORTANT

Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister of Education, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India.


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— UPDATE —

December 21, 2022


• The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) has accredited Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU), Amritsar, with a CGPA of 3.85 out of 4 at an A++ grade which will be valid for the next seven years. GNDU authorities claimed that it is the only state/central/private university in India to get this score.





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December 18, 2022

National Testing Agency (NTA)), India, issues its Calendar for Academic Year 2023-24 through a Public Notice.


National Testing Agency (NTA)), India, has issued its Calendar for Academic Year 2023-24 through a Public Notice.


National Testing Agency (NTA)


Source: National Testing Agency (NTA)), India

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December 17, 2022

UN Security Council Meets on Global Counter-Terrorism Approach Principles and Way Forward 


UN Security Council


Photo: Subrahmanyam Jaishankar,  President of the Security Council for December and External Affairs Minister of India, briefs reporters on a global counter-terrorism approach after the Security Council meeting. December 15, 2022. United States of America. New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.


UN Security Council


Photo: Victoria Nuland, Under Secretary for Political Affairs of the United States of America, addresses the Security Council meeting on threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts. The conference’s focus is “global counter-terrorism approach - principles and the way forward.” December 15, 2022. United States of America. New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elías.


UN Security Council


Photo: Subrahmanyam Jaishankar,  President of the Security Council for December and External Affairs Minister of India, chairs the Security Council meeting on threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts. The forum’s focus is “global counter-terrorism approach - principles and the way forward.” December 15, 2022. United States of America. New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

Source: United Nations, New York

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Stitch Fix's annual Style Forecast predicts what we'll be wearing in 2023


Stitch Fix Fashion


Stitch Fix Fashion


Stitch Fix Fashion


Photos: Stitch Fix fashion predictions for 2023. Images provided by & copyright © Stitch Fix.


Stitch Fix Fashion


Photo: Stitch Fix predicts Clementine (Deep Orange) as the Color of the Year for 2023. Images provided by & copyright © Stitch Fix.


SAN FRANCISCO, December 14, 2022 — Stitch Fix announced its 2023 Style Forecast today. Stitch Fix says its 2023 Style Forecast offers a pulse on what’s happening in real life, not just on the fashion runways. “The forecast reflects billions of data points from nearly four million clients and critical insights from our thousands of expert stylists and in-house trend forecasters,” the brand explained.

“This rich trove of data — more than any other retailer — allows us to analyze how people live, shop, and dress today and where trends are headed tomorrow. One of the most significant industry shifts is influenced by the macro environment, which continues to determine how people shop and what we’ll wear.”

“Three-quarters of Stitch Fix clients say the economy will impact how they shop for clothes. 80% of Stitch Fix clients want to be more thoughtful when shopping for clothes. 90% of Stitch Fix clients prize quality over quantity.”

“As a result, we’ll prioritize high-quality, versatile, and trend-proof clothing over fast fashion.”

“And as more of us head back to the office more regularly, the line between workwear and weekend wear continues to dissolve, meaning Business Comfort. It is a significant trend we predicted for 2022. It will evolve to 24/7 Dressing, utilizing elevated essentials such as tees and blazers for women and polos and leather sneakers for men.”

Looking ahead, Stitch Fix has identified the seven key fashion trends that will define what we’ll wear in 2023:

“Clementine (Deep Orange) is Stitch Fix’s Color of the Year for 2023: Last year, we predicted Vibrant Magenta as the 2022 color of the year, and Barbiecore ensued. Looking ahead, we predict Clementine as the 2023 Color of the Year, a saturated, juicy orange that will boost our closets and our moods,” the brand said.

“We saw an increase in Fix Request Notes containing the word “orange” in summer 2022 compared to summer 2021. Sales of this bright citrus hue are up by more than a third year of year, with no sign of abating.”

“At Stitch Fix, we do more than help you find great clothes. We are your partners in style. It’s our ultimate mission to figure out your one-of-a-kind taste so that every single Fix and Freestyle item we send helps you to build a personalized wardrobe,” the brand concluded.

Source: Stitch Fix

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December 16, 2022

Two limited editions of Ducati Panigale V4 celebrate the World Champion Titles of Francesco Bagnaia and Álvaro Bautista.



Ducati Champion



Ducati Champion


Ducati Champion


Photos: Celebratory motorcycles. Ducati PanigaleV4 2022 World Champion Replicas. Images provided by & copyright © Ducati.


Bologna, Italy, December 15, 2022 - Ducati celebrates the double victory of the MotoGP and WorldSBK titles by creating two unique series of Panigale V4 bikes inspired by the Desmosedici GP and Panigale V4 R of World Champions Francesco Bagnaia and Álvaro Bautista. The celebratory motorcycles were unveiled during the press conference anticipating “Campioni in Piazza2”, the event in which Ducati celebrates this historic double achievement with its fans.

2022 has been an incredible year for Ducati. The Bologna-based manufacturer is World Champion, for the first time in its history, in both MotoGP and WorldSBK in the same season. A dream result that came true, thanks to the exceptional work of the engineers, teams, and riders. A double triumph that Ducati wanted to celebrate with two unique, collectible models.

The two special series, made on the base of the Panigale V4 S, will feature the liveries of the bikes of Pecco Bagnaia #63 and Álvaro Bautista #19. In addition, each motorcycle in the series will be made unique by the original autograph of the rider on the tank, which will then be protected with a layer of clear varnish. The two motorcycles, produced in a numbered and limited series, celebrate in their production numbers the year of Ducati’s birth. Each series will consist of only 260 units in honor of 1926, the year the company was founded.

Like the race bikes they are inspired by, the Panigale V4 2022 World Champion Replica bikes are offered in a single-seat configuration. The billet aluminum upper clamp enhances them with laser engraving of the model name and progressive number. The technical equipment boasts adopting the nine-disc STM-EVO SBK dry clutch, Akrapovič street-legal silencer (2 kg lighter than the Panigale V4’s stock unit), Brembo braking system enhanced by Stylema® R calipers and MCS master cylinder with remote adjuster, Rizoma billet aluminum adjustable footpegs and racing plexiglass.

Other technical details that characterize these special bikes are the rear exhaust manifold heat shield, alternator cover, front and rear fenders, and front brake ducts, all made of carbon fiber. Also made of carbon fiber, combined with titanium, is the cover protecting the single-sided swingarm. Finally, the series dedicated to Álvaro Bautista #19 features the brushed aluminum tank found on the more refined versions of the Panigale V4.

Each bike will be delivered in a packing case with dedicated graphics, a certificate of authenticity, a custom bike cover, and the Ducati Data Analyser.

Source: Ducati

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December 15, 2022

At the Inauguration Ceremony for Mahatma Gandhi Bust, UN Secretary-General said Peace Leader's Vision was Foundational for United Nations


United Nations, Mahatma Gandhi


United Nations, Mahatma Gandhi


United Nations, Mahatma Gandhi


Photos: Ceremony to Unveil Mahatma Gandhi Bust at UN Headquarters, a gift to the United Nations from India. The plaque says, “There is no way to peace; peace is the way.” The event was attended by, among others, the Secretary-General António Guterres, Csaba Kőrösi, President of the seventy-seventh session of the United Nations General Assembly, Ruchira Kamboj, Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, and Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister of India. December 14, 2022. United States of America. New York. Images provided by & copyright © UN Photo/Mark Garten.


New York, December 15, 2022 — Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks at the inauguration ceremony for Mahatma Gandhi’s Bust in New York:

“It’s a great pleasure to join you today to mark the installation of this bust of Mahatma Gandhi. I thank the Government and the Permanent Mission of India for donating this tribute to one of the giants of the modern age.

“My visit to India earlier this year reminded me that there are few people in history so aligned with the goals and values of the United Nations as Mahatma Gandhi.

“Gandhiji’s anti-imperialist vision was foundational for the United Nations. As the Charter states, our Organization is built on the principle of “equal rights and self-determination of peoples .” Indeed, the drafters of the Charter took great inspiration from Gandhi’s message of peace, non-violence, and tolerance.

“Gandhi’s success in mobilizing millions for anti-colonial resistance while adhering to the principles of non-violence inspired people worldwide. But Gandhi is not only a historical figure. His visionary ideas and values, including his concern for justice and social transformation, continue to resonate today.

“Many of his ideas prefigured the concept of sustainable development — including his view that “poverty is the worst form of violence .” Likewise, his belief that societies should be judged on their record of uplifting the most vulnerable holds important lessons for today’s leaders.

“Gandhi was one of the first to recognize the dangers of the plunder and destruction of our environment, observing that the earth, the air, the land, and the water are not an inheritance from our forefathers but on loan from our children. He was a famous supporter of sustainable local products like khadi - India’s homespun cotton.

“He championed women in politics and rejected discriminatory practices. Gandhi was an uncompromising advocate for peaceful coexistence, non-discrimination, and pluralism. Recognizing that diversity is one of India’s greatest assets, he strove for harmonious relations between religions, cultures, and communities.

“The focus of his life was pressing for social and political reform through non-violent resistance while creating a culture of peace. His legacy is everywhere, including in the daily work of the United Nations worldwide for equality, solidarity, and empowerment.

“Once again, I thank the Government of India for its generous donation of this bust. I hope its installation here at the Headquarters of the United Nations will remind us of the values Gandhi upheld and to which we remain committed.”

Source: United Nations, New York

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December 14, 2022

Finance & Central Bank Deputies Meeting under the G20 Presidency of India, Bengaluru (December 13-15, 2022)


G20 India


Photo: Gateway of India, Mumbai, illuminated to welcome G20 delegates to Mumbai. Image provided by G20 India.


G20 India


Photo: A view of the G20 Finance & Central Bank Deputies Meeting in Bangaluru, India, December 14, 2022. Image provided by G20 India.


Bengaluru, India, December 14, 2022 — The first G20 Finance and Central Bank Deputies (FCBD) meeting is taking place 13-15 December 2022 in Bengaluru. This meeting, which marks the start of discussions on the Finance Track agenda under the Indian G20 Presidency, is hosted jointly by the Ministry of Finance and the Reserve Bank of India.

The G20 Finance Track, led by Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors of G20 countries, focuses on economic and financial issues. It provides an effective forum for global economic discourse and policy coordination. The First Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting will be held during 23-25 February 2023 in Bengaluru.

Prime Minister Modi said in his address at the Bali G20 Summit that the need today is that the benefits of development are universal and all-inclusive. Ministry of Finance, India, has imbibed this idea in the G20 Finance Track agenda.

Mr. Ajay Seth, Secretary Department of Economic Affairs, and Dr. Michael D. Patra, Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, are co-chairing the G20 Finance and Central Bank Deputies meeting. Their counterparts from G20 member countries and several other countries and international organizations invited by India are participating in the two-day conference.

The G20 Finance Track discusses critical issues of relevance for the global economy, encompassing the global economic outlook, the international financial architecture, infrastructure development and financing, sustainable finance, global health, international taxation, and financial sector issues, including financial inclusion.

On the sidelines of the meeting, a panel discussion took place on ‘Strengthening Multilateral Development Banks to Address Shared Global Challenges of the 21st Century. In addition, a seminar on the ‘Role of Central Banks in Green Financing’ took place.

The Indian G20 Presidency’s theme of ‘One Earth, One Family, One Future’ will guide the G0 Finance Track discussions. Approximately 40 meetings of the Finance Track will take place in several locations in India, which include arrangements of G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors.

India has assumed the G20 Presidency at a time of multiple challenges, which include scarring from the COVID-19 pandemic, sharpened geopolitical tensions, rising food and energy security concerns, growing debt distress, inflationary pressures, and monetary tightening, among others. Hence, a vital role of the G20 is to guide in dealing with such challenges.

During India’s G20 Presidency, supporting the countries most in need and reflecting the concerns and aspirations of developing countries will be at the forefront of the G20’s efforts. The Ministry of Finance and the Reserve Bank of India will steer the G20 Finance Track agenda in an inclusive manner aimed at addressing the global economy needs of today as well as preparing for a better tomorrow.

Source: G20 India

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December 12, 2022

The National Press Club and NYF Radio Awards cement their Partnership with the Creation of the National Press Club Award.


National Press Club


New York, NY - December 12, 2022: The National Press Club, Washington, DC, has partnered with the New York Festivals® 2023 Radio Awards to create an exclusive new award, The National Press Club Award.

The National Press Club Award will go to the highest-scoring news program across the Best Coverage of Breaking News Story, Best Coverage of Ongoing News Story, Best Nonfiction Series, and News Podcast categories. The inaugural winner will be announced during the New York Festivals 2023 Storytellers Gala on April 18.

The National Press Club is the World’s Leading Professional Organization for Journalists™. It serves its members through professional development activities that bolster their skills, services that meet the changing needs of the global communications profession, and social movements that build a vital media community in Washington and worldwide. The Club is where news happens in the nation’s capital and is a vigorous advocate of press freedom worldwide.

“We are grateful to New York Festivals for recognizing the great work being done in journalism today and so honored to now have an NYF storytelling award named after The National Press Club.”—Jen Judson, President National Press Club, said.

“Journalists today are finding new ways to keep listeners informed in our ever-changing and interconnected world. With the National Press Club Award, the Radio Awards shines a spotlight on the audio journalists and reporters committed to using their talents to tell the stories that matter.”— Rose Anderson, VP, Executive Director, New York Festivals Radio Awards, remarked.

The New York Festivals Radio Awards’ 65-year legacy provides a showcase to celebrate world-class storytellers from around the globe. Since 1957 the competition has celebrated innovation and excellence in broadcast audio content across all genres and platforms, keeping pace with industry developments and global trends. International panels of award-winning creative professionals from the broadcast industry judge the entries.

The entry deadline for the 2023 Radio Awards competition is January 31, 2023.

All 2023 award winners will be celebrated at the NYF Storytellers Gala on April 18 at the 2023 NAB Show Centennial in Las Vegas. NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) is the premier advocacy association for America’s broadcasters.

Founded in 1908, the National Press Club is the world’s leading professional organization for journalists. The Club has 3,000 members (reporters, editors, and skilled communicators) representing nearly every major news organization worldwide. In addition, the Club hosts almost 2,000 events per year in its 54,000 square-foot facilities in downtown Washington, DC, just three blocks from the White House.

Source: New York Festivals

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December 11, 2022

American Association of University Administrators (AAUA) announces its Call for Nominations for Awards [USA].


The American Association of University Administrators (AAUA) has announced its Call for Nominations for Awards [USA].

January 15, 2023, is the deadline for receipt of Applications.


AAUA Announcement

AAUA


The American Association of University Administrators (AAUA) is a non-profit professional organization for higher education leaders and administrative personnel in the USA. Its mission is to develop and advance superior standards for the profession of higher education administration. Through its policy statements, programs, and services, the Association stresses the responsibility of administrators to demonstrate moral and ethical leadership in exercising all their duties.

Source: AAUA

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December 10, 2022

Freestyle Skier and Model Eileen Gu joins the IWC Family.


IWC Watches, Eileen Gu


IWC Watches, Eileen Gu


Photos: Freestyle Skier and Model Eileen Gu joins the IWC Family. Images provided by & copyright © IWC Schaffhausen.


Schaffhausen — IWC Schaffhausen welcomed Eileen Gu to the brand’s universe. The prodigy is a medal-winning freestyle skier, sought-after fashion model, and future university student. She is the perfect embodiment of a multifaceted modern woman, using her voice to drive representation and inclusion in her sport, aiming to inspire and empower a new generation of girls and women across the globe.

Born in San Francisco to an American father and a Chinese mother, she is a rising Freeski star, a successful fashion model, and an aspiring university student. She started recreational skiing aged three before delving into freestyle skiing when she was eight. Freeski is an action-packed extreme sport that involves spectacular acrobatic skills like flips, spins, and slides. Her most significant achievement to date came at the X Games 2021 in Aspen, Colorado, where she made history as the first rookie woman ever to win three medals. Two months later, she claimed three more medals at the FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships.

Eileen set the goal of finishing high school quicker to prepare for competitions more effectively. She eventually graduated after completing two school years in the time of one. Recently, she saw her dream come true after being accepted to Stanford University. As if all this were not enough, the young athlete has also launched a modeling career. She has graced the covers of many international magazines and attended noteworthy fashion events in Paris and New York.

Franziska Gsell, CMO of IWC Schaffhausen, said, “With her multifaceted personality, Eileen reflects the broad spectrum of our collections with timepieces ranging from casual or elegant to sporty. Her discipline and ambition, constant striving for perfection, and strong commitment to using sport as a force for unity make her the perfect partner for our brand going forward.”

Source: IWC Schaffhausen

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At UNESCO, World Education Leaders call for Environment Education and Digital Access to be part of Learning for All.


The High-Level Steering Committee on Sustainable Development Goal 4 on Education, convened by UNESCO, called on countries to adopt new indicators measuring the implementation of green Education and digital access to learning for all.


Unesco, Education


Unesco Education


Photos: UNESCO Headquarters Paris. SDG4 High-Level Steering Committee Meeting. December 9, 2022. Images provided by & copyright © UNESCO/Christelle ALIX.


Paris, December 09, 2022 — To advance its priorities, on December 8 & 9, UNESCO convened a meeting of the High-Level Steering Committee on Sustainable Development Goal 4 on Education. The meeting took place at UNESCO Headquarters, under the chairmanship of Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO’s Director General, and Julius Maada Bio, the President of Sierra Leone.

Following the Transforming Education Summit (TES) on September 2022 in New York, the UN Secretary-General mandated the Committee to ensure and monitor the effective follow-up of countries’ commitments at the Summit.

The Committee called on world leaders to endorse the six calls to action at the Summit:

“Ensuring all children and youth are climate-ready, improving schools’ digital connectivity and students’ access to online learning contents are critical goals. We appeal to world leaders to accelerate progress in these areas following the agreements reached by the Transforming Education Summit,” UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay said.

The Sustainable Development Goal benchmarks will measure each country’s progress by 2025 and 2030, representing the transformation countries want to see from the Summit. For example, governments could count how many schools are green-accredited and how much national laws, policies, and standards cover climate education. On digital transformation, countries could measure the extent to which every school and child is connected to digital solutions.

The High-Level Steering Committee (HLSC) comprises principals of United Nations and education partner agencies, civil society and donor representatives, and Ministers of Education from 12 countries.

HLSC follows the Transforming Education Summit (TES) that took place in September 2022 in New York. TES was the largest global education summit in recent decades. It led to national commitments from 133 countries to recover learning losses from the pandemic and transform their education systems to make them more inclusive, relevant, and resilient to future shocks.

Source: UNESCO

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December 9, 2022

Pottery Barn announces Global Collaboration with Deepika Padukone.


Pottery Barn, Deepika Padukone


Photo: Deepika Padukone, Internationally acclaimed actor and global style icon, will collaborate with Pottery Barn as part of the brand’s international expansion. Image provided by Pottery Barn.



NEW DELHI, Dec. 9, 2022 — Pottery Barn, a portfolio brand of Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE: WSM), the world’s largest digital-first, design-led and sustainable home retailer, announced today a global partnership with the iconic international celebrity, Deepika Padukone. The actor, entrepreneur, and philanthropist has been signed as a brand ambassador to promote Pottery Barn’s international expansion, which began with opening the company’s first retail location in September in Delhi, India. As a brand ambassador for Pottery Barn, Padukone will also work closely with the brand to co-create a collection.

“I’ve always been fascinated with spaces, and my passion for interior design is no secret!” said Deepika Padukone. “I am thrilled to collaborate with global home furnishing leader Pottery Barn and look forward to creating timeless pieces together!”

“We are excited to partner with global icon Deepika Padukone,” said Monica Bhargava, Pottery Barn’s Chief Design Officer. “Deepika’s passion for home design and timeless sense of style resonates with Pottery Barn fans worldwide. Through our collaboration launching in 2023, customers will be able to bring Pottery Barn’s coveted designs infused with Deepika’s signature style into their homes.”

As the global leader in the home furnishings industry, Pottery Barn is known for sustainability, service, and quality products crafted to last. From helping to restore forests to creating healthier homes, the brand is on a mission to design products that make a difference at home and beyond. To date, the brand offers a range of responsibly made products that are good for people and the planet—from Fair Trade Certified™ craftsmanship, recycled materials, and responsibly sourced cotton to wood furniture collections that are “FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified” supporting forest ecosystems worldwide.

Pottery Barn also offers customers complimentary Design Crew services comprised of a dedicated team of interior design experts. The Design Crew helps answer style questions and assists customers in bringing their home projects to life via one-on-one design sessions virtually, in-store, or at home. The company will offer this service in its new retail location in Delhi, India.

Pottery Barn, a member of the Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE: WSM) portfolio of brands, is a premier specialty retailer for casual, comfortable, and stylish home furnishings. Pottery Barn operates company-owned stores in the United States, Canada, and Australia. In addition, it has unaffiliated franchisees that operate stores in the Middle East, the Philippines, and South Korea, and stores and e-commerce websites in Mexico. The company has its headquarters in San Francisco, California, USA.

Source: Pottery Barn

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December 8, 2022

Chitkara University Signs MoU with NEC Corporation India to Transform Learning in the Field of AI/ML


Chitkara University


Photo: Dr.Madhu Chitkara, Pro-Chancellor, Chitkara University, and Mr. Deepak Jha, GM & Head, NEC Corporation India, at the MoU signing ceremony.


Chandigarh, India, December 08, 2022 — Chitkara University announced its collaboration with NEC Corporation India, a wholly owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation, for a comprehensive academic program for aspiring students to facilitate them with hands-on training and research facilities in the area of Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning (Al/ML) and High-Performance Computing (HPC).

NEC Corporation India and Chitkara University signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The agreement will allow the University to upskill its students, faculty, and academic researchers in AI. It will also enable students to obtain certifications for being job-ready and finding suitable employment opportunities within and outside NEC.

Dr. Madhu Chitkara, Pro-Chancellor, of Chitkara University, said, “The realm of technical education has constantly been evolving and at great speed. This MoU will equip young graduates with analytical capabilities, including using Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to help unlock the benefits of digitalization and innovation.”

Deepak Jha, General Manager & Head of Artificial Intelligence Platform, NEC Corporation India, said, “AI/ML and HPC will be the drivers of technological and social change in the coming years. This joint certification program will create industry-ready professionals. We at NEC India strive to build state-of-the-art solutions focused on overcoming complex technological & business challenges. Above all, we believe in sharing our knowledge, skills, and expertise with future generations.”

Over the last two decades, the world has seen a radical transformation in AI research and High-Performance Computing (HPC), transforming from a small, relatively niche domain into an extensive web of pioneering innovations, empowering almost every facet of life. To accelerate India’s vision to enable a technologically empowered nation, NEC India will co-create a state-of-the-art education program to help students achieve outstanding performance across diverse workloads by establishing a dedicated AI/HPC lab on the campus.

As part of this agreement, NEC India will also provide a vector engine system, namely SX-Aurora TSUBASA, to the University. With the establishment of NEC SX-TSUBASA computer system-driven lab, NEC aims to equip Chitkara University with the technology infrastructure required for the course and project work, job-oriented and hands-on training, and research facilities.

NEC Corporation is a Japanese multinational information technology and electronics corporation headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

Chitkara University, with more than 25,000 students and 1,700 staff from over 100 different countries, has the mission of making every student “industry ready.” As a result, the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), India, has awarded Chitkara University the coveted A+ Grade.

Source: Chitkara University

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December 7, 2022

Academy announces Animated, Documentary, and International Feature Films Eligible for 95th Oscars


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Photo: Oscar nominee and American filmmaker Garrett Bradley arrives on the red carpet of The 93rd Oscars at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA, on Sunday, April 25, 2021. Image provided by & copyright © Matt Petit / A.M.P.A.S. [File Photo]


LOS ANGELES, CA - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced feature films eligible for consideration in the Animated Feature Film, Documentary Feature Film, and International Feature Film categories for the 95th Academy Awards.

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Twenty-seven features are eligible for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 95th Academy Awards. Some of the films have not yet had their required qualifying release and must fulfill that requirement and comply with all the category’s other qualifying rules to advance in the voting process.

Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members are automatically eligible to vote in the category. Academy members outside of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch are invited to opt-in to participate. They must meet a minimum viewing requirement to be eligible to vote in the category. Films submitted in the Animated Feature Film category also qualify for Academy Awards in other categories, including Best Picture.

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM

One hundred forty-four features are eligible for consideration in the Documentary Feature Film category for the 95th Academy Awards. Some of the films have not yet had their required qualifying release and must fulfill that requirement and comply with all the category’s other qualifying rules to advance in the voting process.

Members of the Documentary Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees. The Academy will announce the shortlist of 15 films on Wednesday, December 21, 2022.

INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM

Ninety-two countries have submitted films that are eligible for consideration in the International Feature Film category for the 95th Academy Awards.

An international feature film is a feature-length motion picture (more than 40 minutes) produced outside the United States with a predominantly (more than 50%) non-English dialogue track. Uganda is a first-time entrant.

Academy members from all branches are invited to opt-in to participate in the preliminary round of voting. They must meet a minimum viewing requirement to be eligible to vote in the category. The Academy will announce the shortlist of 15 films on Wednesday, December 21, 2022.


• Films Eligible for Consideration in the International Feature Films Category

Listed in Alphabetical Order by Country

Nominations for the 95th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 24, 2023.

The 95th Oscars will take place on Sunday, March 12, 2023, at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 200 territories worldwide.

Source: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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TIME Names the 2022 Person of the Year: Volodymyr Zelensky and the Spirit of Ukraine


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TIME Magazine


Photo: 2022 TIME Person of the Year: Volodymyr Zelensky and the Spirit of Ukraine. Image provided by TIME.



NEW YORK, December 7, 2022 — Today, TIME named Volodymyr Zelensky and the Spirit of Ukraine as the 2022 Person of the Year.

The cover story is by TIME’s Simon Shuster. He spent nine months reporting on the invasion, during which Zelensky and his team granted him unparalleled access to work inside the presidential compound.

In his letter to readers, TIME Editor-in-Chief Edward Felsenthal writes, “This year’s choice was the most clear-cut in memory. Whether the battle for Ukraine fills one with hope or fear, the world marched to Volodymyr Zelensky’s beat in 2022. In the weeks after Russian bombs began falling on February 24, his decision not to flee Kyiv but to stay and rally support was fateful. After his first 40-second Instagram post on February 25, Ukraine’s president was everywhere. His information offensive shifted the geo­political weather system, setting off a wave of action that swept the globe.”

Felsenthal continues, “The impact of this story on 2022 is the essence of what Person of the Year was designed to capture, the idea that fateful events on the global stage are shaped—for better and worse—by the talents, priorities, fears, and quirks of individual human beings… For proving that courage can be as contagious as fear, stirring people and nations to come together in defense of freedom, and reminding the world of the fragility of democracy-and of peace, Volodymyr Zelensky and the spirit of Ukraine are TIME’s 2022 Person of the Year.”


• TIME also named the 2022 Athlete, Entertainer, Icon, Heroes, Innovator, and Breakthrough Artist of the Year:

HEROES OF THE YEAR
The Women of Iran

INNOVATORS OF THE YEAR
The NASA team who built the James Webb Space Telescope

ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Aaron Judge

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Blackpink

ICON OF THE YEAR
Michelle Yeoh

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Mickey Guyton

The “December 26, 2022 - January 9, 2023, Person of the Year Issue” of TIME goes on sale on Friday, December 16, 2022.

On December 8, TIME will host a reception featuring meaningful conversations with leaders whose impact defined 2022 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.

Source: TIME

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Chandigarh University launches Mobile Science Bus; aims to cover 100% of Schools in Chandigarh.



Chandigarh University


Chandigarh University


Photo: Adviser to Chandigarh Administrator, Mr. Dharam Pal, took a tour of the newly inaugurated Mobile Science Bus. Chandigarh University Chancellor, Mr. Satnam Singh Sandhu, and Ms. Purva Garg IAS, Education Secretary, Chandigarh Administration, accompanied him.


CHANDIGARH, India, December 7, 2022 — With a mission to motivate students to choose sciences as a career after schooling, Chandigarh University launched a Mobile Science Bus today. It is equipped with state-of-the-art research and practical-lab facilities that can help students perform advanced practices that are part of their course curriculum. The Science bus project is of the Government of India’s Mobile Science Exhibitions (MSE) mission. It is a joint effort of Chandigarh University and the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The inauguration ceremony was presided over by the Adviser to Chandigarh Administrator, Mr. Dharam Pal (IAS), along with Mr. Harsuhinder Pal Singh Brar (PCS), Director of School Education Chandigarh; Mr. Satnam Singh Sandhu, Chancellor of Chandigarh University; Ms. Purva Garg, Education Secretary Chandigarh; and Mr. Rajeev Kumar, Principal, Govt. Model Senior Secondary School Sector-22 Chandigarh.

The science bus, designed with modern equipment and relevant facilities worth one crore, aims at covering all the schools across the union territory of Chandigarh. A team of 20 faculty members will lead the bus. In addition, four research scientists from Chandigarh University will be on the bus. The bus will showcase projects and help students perform more than 150 experiments from up to Class 12 in Physics, Chemistry, and Biology, along with providing information about various devices, tools, and developments in the sector. The bus carries additional kits for students to perform experiments. A multimedia projector screen is also present for conducting experiments in a group.

Mr. Dharam Pal, Adviser to Chandigarh Administrator, said, “This Science Bus will become a milestone in school education and learning as it will reach out to every student where they can perform science practicals to enhance their learning. Some government schools in the periphery of Chandigarh are still establishing laboratory infrastructure. Hence, the Science Bus designed by Chandigarh University will reach their doorstep. The Department of Education, Union Territory of Chandigarh, will also help in this project by sending their teachers for training in new technology to get equipped with the skills needed to teach the students.”

Chancellor Satnam Singh Sandhu said, “The bus aims to cover all schools in Chandigarh within six months. Starting December 7, the bus will visit the model schools in Sectors 20 and 35 of Chandigarh, followed by the government schools in rural areas.”

Source: Chandigarh University

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