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December 8, 2021

Academy announces International Feature Films Eligible for Consideration for the 94th Oscars

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Photo: Margot Robbie arrives on the red carpet of The 93rd Oscars at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA, on Sunday, April 25, 2021. Photo Credit: Matt Petit. Copyright © Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. [File Photo]

Los Angeles, December 8, 2021 — Ninety-three countries have submitted films eligible for consideration in the International Feature Film category for the 94th Academy Awards. However, some 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.

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. Somalia is a first-time entrant.

The shortlist of 15 films will be announced on Tuesday, December 21, 2021.

The Academy will announce the Nominations for the 94th Academy Awards on Tuesday, February 8, 2022.

The 94th Oscars will take place on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 200 territories worldwide.



(Listed in Alphabetical Order by Country)

  1. Albania, “Two Lions to Venice”
  2. Algeria, “Heliopolis”
  3. Argentina, “The Intruder”
  4. Armenia, “Should the Wind Drop”
  5. Australia, “When Pomegranates Howl”
  6. Austria, “Great Freedom”
  7. Azerbaijan, “The Island Within”
  8. Bangladesh, “Rehana”
  9. Belgium, “Playground”
  10. Bhutan, “Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom”
  11. Bolivia, “The Great Movement”
  12. Bosnia and Herzegovina, “The White Fortress”
  13. Brazil, “Private Desert”
  14. Bulgaria, “Fear”
  15. Cambodia, “White Building”
  16. Cameroon, “Hidden Dreams”
  17. Canada, “Drunken Birds”
  18. Chad, “Lingui, The Sacred Bonds”
  19. Chile, “White on White”
  20. China, “Cliff Walkers”
  21. Colombia, “Memoria”
  22. Costa Rica, “Clara Sola”
  23. Croatia, “Tereza37”
  24. Czech Republic, “Zátopek”
  25. Denmark, “Flee”
  26. Dominican Republic, “Holy Beasts”
  27. Ecuador, “Submersible”
  28. Egypt, “Souad”
  29. Estonia, “On the Water”
  30. Finland, “Compartment No. 6”
  31. France, “Titane”
  32. Georgia, “Brighton 4th”
  33. Germany, “I’m Your Man”
  34. Greece, “Digger”
  35. Haiti, “Freda”
  36. Hong Kong, “Zero to Hero”
  37. Hungary, “Post Mortem”
  38. Iceland, “Lamb”
  39. India, “Pebbles”
  40. Indonesia, “Yuni”
  41. Iran, “A Hero”
  42. Iraq, “Europa”
  43. Ireland, “Shelter”
  44. Israel, “Let It Be Morning”
  45. Italy, “The Hand of God”
  46. Japan, “Drive My Car”
  47. Jordan, “Amira”
  48. Kazakhstan, “Yellow Cat”
  49. Kenya, “Mission to Rescue”
  50. Kosovo, “Hive”
  51. Kyrgyzstan, “Shambala”
  52. Latvia, “The Pit”
  53. Lebanon, “Costa Brava, Lebanon”
  54. Lithuania, “Isaac”
  55. Luxembourg, “Io Sto Bene”
  56. Malawi, “Fatsani: A Tale of Survival”
  57. Malaysia, “Hail, Driver!”
  58. Malta, “Luzzu”
  59. Mexico, “Prayers for the Stolen”
  60. Montenegro, “After the Winter”
  61. Morocco, “Casablanca Beats”
  62. Netherlands, “Do Not Hesitate”
  63. North Macedonia, “Sisterhood”
  64. Norway, “The Worst Person in the World”
  65. Palestine, “The Stranger”
  66. Panama, “Plaza Catedral”
  67. Paraguay, “Nothing but the Sun”
  68. Peru, “Powerful Chief”
  69. Poland, “Leave No Traces”
  70. Portugal, “The Metamorphosis of Birds”
  71. Romania, “Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn”
  72. Russia, “Unclenching the Fists”
  73. Saudi Arabia, “The Tambour of Retribution”
  74. Serbia, “Oasis”
  75. Singapore, “Precious Is the Night”
  76. Slovakia, “107 Mothers”
  77. Slovenia, “Sanremo”
  78. Somalia, “The Gravedigger’s Wife”
  79. South Africa, “Barakat”
  80. South Korea, “Escape from Mogadishu”
  81. Spain, “The Good Boss”
  82. Sweden, “Tigers”
  83. Switzerland, “Olga”
  84. Taiwan, “The Falls”
  85. Thailand, “The Medium”
  86. Tunisia, “Golden Butterfly”
  87. Turkey, “Commitment Hasan”
  88. Ukraine, “Bad Roads”
  89. United Kingdom, “Dying to Divorce”
  90. Uruguay, “The Broken Glass Theory”
  91. Uzbekistan, “2000 Songs of Farida”
  92. Venezuela, “The Inner Glow”
  93. Vietnam, “Dad, I’m Sorry”

Source: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences

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December 6, 2021

Miss Universe Contestants in Eilat, Israel for the Sunday, December 12 Contest

Miss Universe

Miss Universe

Photo: Harnaaz Sandhu, Miss Universe India 2021, goes on an adventure in the desert while exploring Eilat, Israel! The Miss Universe delegates are touring the sights, filming, rehearsing, and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe crown before the show airs LIVE from Eilat, Israel, on Sunday, December 12 at 7:00 PM ET on FOX and Telemundo. Photographer: BENJAMIN ASKINAS. Image provided by & copyright © Miss Universe Organization, New York.

Miss Universe

Photo: Essi Unkuri, Miss Universe Finland 2021, starred in a fashion show showcasing Haboydem and sustainable dresses. After the show, the delegates celebrated all night long! The Miss Universe delegates are touring, filming, rehearsing, and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe crown before the show airs LIVE from Eilat, Israel, on Sunday, December 12 at 7:00 PM ET on FOX and Telemundo. Photographer: BENJAMIN ASKINAS. Image provided by & copyright © Miss Universe Organization, New York.

Miss Universe

Photo: Sofia Arapogianni, Miss Universe Greece 2021, poses while spending the day at Ein Karem in Jerusalem, Israel. The Miss Universe delegates are touring the sights, filming, rehearsing, and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe crown before the show airs LIVE from Eilat, Israel, on Sunday, December 12 at 7:00 PM ET on FOX and Telemundo. Photographer: BENJAMIN ASKINAS. Image provided by & copyright © Miss Universe Organization, New York.

Source: Miss Universe Organization, New York.

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December 3, 2021

Gita Gopinath to Be IMF's New First Deputy Managing Director

IMF, Gita Gopinath

Photo: The International Monetary Fund’s HQ1 and HQ2 buildings sit amid the season’s first snow. December 16, 2020. Washington, DC, United States. IMF Photo/ Cory Hancock.

IMF, Gita Gopinath

Photo: Chief Economist Gita Gopinath provides the World Economic Outlook during the 2021 Annual Meetings at the International Monetary Fund. October 12, 2021. Washington, DC, United States. IMF Photo/ Cory Hancock.

Washington, DC, December 2, 2021: Today, the IMF said that First Deputy Managing Director (FDMD) Geoffrey Okamoto would leave the Fund early next year. Gita Gopinath, currently the IMF’s Chief Economist, is proposed to be the Fund’s new First Deputy Managing Director. Kristalina Georgieva, the IMF’s Managing Director, announced, “Both Geoffrey and Gita are tremendous colleagues — I am sad to see Geoffrey go. But, at the same time, I am delighted that Gita has decided to stay and accept the new responsibility of being our FDMD.” Ms. Gopinath was to return to her academic position at Harvard University in January 2022.

Ms. Georgieva added: “Especially given that the pandemic has led to an increase in the scale and scope of the macroeconomic challenges facing our member countries. I believe that Gita — universally recognized as one of the world’s leading macroeconomists — has precisely the expertise that we need for the FDMD role at this point. Indeed, her particular skill set—combined with her years of experience at the Fund as Chief Economist—make her uniquely well qualified. She is the right person at the right time.”

Ms. Georgieva noted that Ms. Gopinath’s contribution to the Fund’s work has already been exceptional, especially her “intellectual leadership in helping the global economy and the Fund to navigate the twists and turns of the worst economic crisis of our lives.” She also said that Ms. Gopinath—the first female Chief Economist in IMF history—has garnered respect and admiration across our member countries and the institution, with a proven track record in leading analytically rigorous work on a broad range of issues.”

Ms. Georgieva observed that under Ms. Gopinath’s leadership, the IMF’s Research Department had gone from “strength to strength.” For example, the IMF Research Department now does multilateral surveillance via The World Economic Outlook, a new analytical approach to help countries respond to international capital flows. Ms. Georgieva also praised Ms. Gopinath’s recent work on a Pandemic Plan to end the COVID-19 crisis by setting targets to vaccinate the world at a feasible cost.

On her new appointment, Ms. Gopinath said:

“I am honored and humbled to become the IMF’s next FDMD. Over the past three years, I have had the opportunity to experience first-hand and be a part of the hugely important work done by the IMF at the intersection of rigorous economic analysis and public policy. It is gratifying to see the positive impact of our work on economies and the lives of many people worldwide. As the pandemic continues its grip on us, the work of the Fund has never been more critical. I am very thankful to Kristalina and the Board for this opportunity, and so look forward to collaborating closely with all the incredibly brilliant and committed colleagues at the Fund, working with whom has been an absolute privilege.”

Source: IMF

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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 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 13, 2021

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 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

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 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 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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October 30, 2021

The G20 Summit starts in Rome.

G20 Summit

G20 Summit

Photos: G20 Summit Working Sessions. Rome, Italy. October 30, 2021. Images provided by G20 Rome.

Rome, Italy. October 30, 2021 — The first G20 Summit hosted by Italy started today in Rome. On Saturday 30 and Sunday, October 31, the Heads of State and Government of the world’s major economies, together with invited countries and representatives of international and regional organizations, will address several critical topics of the global agenda.

The Summit represents the culminating moment of the intense work carried out during the whole year of the Italian G20 Presidency through Ministers’ Meetings, Sherpa meetings, Working Groups, and Engagement Groups.

The Summit takes place in the EUR district, inside the Nuvola Convention Center, globally recognized as one of the most refined examples of contemporary aesthetics. The Media Centre is housed in the Palazzo dei Congressi, another landmark of the area.

Source: G20 Rome


G20 Italy

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October 22, 2021

Academy Reveals 2021 Student Academy Award Winners and Medal Placement.

Virtual Program Hosted by Amandla Stenberg, with Pete Docter, Asghar Farhadi, Marielle Heller and Nanfu Wang to Present

Student Academy Awards

Photo: Some of the 2021 Student Academy Award Winners. Images provided by the Academy.

LOS ANGELES, CA. October 22, 2021 — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has voted 17 students as winners of the 48th Student Academy Awards competition. Oscar-winning filmmaker and 1992 Student Academy Award winner Pete Docter, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, and filmmakers Marielle Heller and Nanfu Wang presented the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medal awards in the seven award categories in a virtual program highlighting the winners and their films on Thursday, October 21. This year, the Student Academy Awards competition received 1,404 submissions from 210 domestic and 126 international colleges and universities. The 2021 winners join the ranks of such past Student Academy Award winners as Patricia Cardoso, Cary Fukunaga, Spike Lee, Patricia Riggen, and Robert Zemeckis.

• The 2021 Student Academy Award medalists are:

• Alternative/Experimental (Domestic and International Film Schools)

• Animation (Domestic Film Schools)

• Animation (International Film Schools)

• Documentary (Domestic Film Schools)

• Documentary (International Film Schools)

• Narrative (Domestic Film Schools)

• Narrative (International Film Schools)

• First-time honors go to the University of Iowa and Cleveland Institute of Art.

All Student Academy Award-winning films are eligible to compete for the 2021 Oscars in the Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, or Documentary Short Subject category. Past winners have gone on to receive 65 Oscar nominations and have won or shared 14 awards.

The Student Academy Awards were established in 1972 to provide a platform for emerging global talent by creating opportunities to showcase their work.

Source: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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U.S. Institute of Peace Announces Josephine Ekiru as the 2021 Women Building Peace Award Recipient

U.S. Institute of Peace

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2021 — The U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) has announced that Ms. Josephine Ekiru of Kenya will receive the Institute’s 2021 Women Building Peace Award.

This prestigious annual award honors women who are building peace in countries impacted by conflict. A council of distinguished experts selected nine finalists among 125 nominations from more than 30 countries.

“If you look around the world, most peace-builders are women,” said USIP President Lise Grande. “It’s our responsibility to do more to support and celebrate these women.”

Ms. Ekiru is the Peace Coordinator for the Northern Rangelands Trust in Kenya. This unique peace group brings together more than 320,000 indigenous people in Northern and Eastern Kenya as they work together to stop conflict, conserve land, protect wildlife, and halt poaching.

U.S. Navy Admiral (Ret.) Michelle Howard presented the award as part of a virtual ceremony that featured the other finalists and paid special tribute to the women of Afghanistan.

“Ms. Ekiru is a heroine,” said Nancy Lindborg, honorary chair of the Women Building Peace (WBP) Council. “Her work to build peace in northern Kenya is a model for all of us.”

“It has been a wonderful experience hearing these women’s stories,” said Marcia Myers Carlucci, co-chair of the WBP Council. “Their commitment to peace, exceptional leadership, and their impact in their communities is nothing short of inspiring.”

“These are some of the strongest and most courageous women you’ll ever meet,” said Megan Beyer, co-chair of the WBP Council. “We’re humbled by what they do every single day.”

The United States Institute of Peace is a national, nonpartisan, independent Institute founded by Congress and dedicated to the proposition that a world without violent conflict is possible, practical, and essential for the U.S. and global security. The Institute works with local partners to prevent, mitigate, and resolve violent conflict in conflict zones abroad. In addition, USIP works with governments and civil societies to build local capacities to manage conflict peacefully to reduce future crises and the need for costly interventions. The Institute pursues its mission by linking research, policy, training, analysis, and direct action to support those working to build a more peaceful, inclusive world.

Source: United States Institute of Peace

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October 21, 2021

Global Leaders Gather at International Leadership Association Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, and Online

Global Leaders

Global Leaders

Photo: Participants at the International Leadership Association’s (ILA’s) global conference. Image Credit: ILA.

SILVER SPRING, MD., and GENEVA, Oct. 21, 2021 — Leadership experts from more than 60 countries worldwide are gathering in person in Geneva 21-23 October and online 24-26 for the International Leadership Association’s (ILA’s) global conference, Reimagining Leadership Together. Global leaders and featured speakers will meaningfully address how we can more fully unleash the abundant potential of people to collaborate across today’s many multi-faceted opportunities and complex issues.

The conference takes place at a pivotal moment. The UN Secretary-General has declared code red for humanity in the wake of the latest IPCC climate report. The world remains in the grip of a global pandemic. More than 84 million people got forcibly displaced, and inequalities are growing. So the ILA’s mission of “Advancing leadership knowledge and practice for a better world” and this year’s conference theme - Reimagining Leadership Together - could not be more relevant.

As Reimagining Leadership Together Co-Chair and Senior Director at the ASU Global Futures Laboratory, Ambassador Amanda Ellis shares: “The ILA has a critical role to play by convening the best leadership minds in the world around the complex problems that face us today. Reimagining Leadership Together is a great first step at figuring out together the positive, just, and regenerative futures we need to save our planet and ourselves.”

A partial list of featured plenary and spotlight speakers includes:

Global Leaders

Thought Leaders

Business Leaders

With a stellar list of keynotes and featured speakers, 400+ expert session and workshop presentations, and a diverse array of networking opportunities, Reimagining Leadership Together promises to inform, inspire, and invigorate.

There’s no better city to be having these conversations than Geneva, the heart and soul of global, multilateral organizations and a hub for international leadership. The Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) has been ILA’s onsite conference partner for the past two years. Former GCSP Director Ambassador Christian Dussey helped develop the conference theme before becoming the Ambassador of Switzerland to the Islamic Republic of Iran and stepping down from GCSP. Ambassador Thomas Greminger then took over as conference Co-Chair when he became GCSP’s new director.

Peter Cunningham, Global Program Chair for Reimagining Leadership Together and Head of Leadership at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, notes: “In Geneva, we have a truly diverse international community of thought leadership across so many sectors - governance, global peace and security, science and research, business innovation, humanitarian issues. I’m truly excited by the prospect of this community colliding and connecting with ILA’s global community.”

ILA’s industry-leading HyFlex model makes it easy to participate for those who cannot travel to Geneva. Cynthia Cherrey, ILA CEO and President remarked: “Each day of the conference is live, in the moment, and designed to maximize the unique benefits of where it is taking place — first in Geneva and then online.”

The International Leadership Association is a worldwide professional association committed to advancing leadership knowledge and practice for a better world.

Source: International Leadership Association


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October 20, 2021

ELLE Celebrates 2021 Women in Hollywood

Gal Gadot, Jennifer Hudson, Rita Moreno, and Halle Berry were honored at ELLE Women in Hollywood Celebration presented by Ralph Lauren and Lexus.

ELLE Women in Hollywood

ELLE Women in Hollywood

ELLE Women in Hollywood

ELLE Women in Hollywood

ELLE Women in Hollywood

Photos: ELLE’S Women in Hollywood, November 2021 Issue. Images provided by ELLE. Photographer Credit: Greg Williams.

LOS ANGELES, CA. October 20, 2021 — Eight remarkable women were honored at the 27th annual ELLE Women in Hollywood Celebration for their creative and cultural contributions to the worlds of music, film, television, and beyond.

Gal Gadot, Jennifer Hudson, Rita Moreno, and Halle Berry were feted by the world’s largest fashion magazine brand, in partnership with Ralph Lauren and Lexus.

Eva Longoria hosted the celebration, which took place at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles. Patty Jenkins, Debbie Allen, Kerry Washington, Lena Waithe, Jon M. Chu, Demi Moore, and Nyle DiMarco presented to Gadot, Hudson, Moreno, Berry, Chan, Jolie, and Ridloff, respectively.

In partnership with Ralph Lauren and Lexus and supporting sponsor Laurent-Perrier, ELLE Editor-in-Chief Nina Garcia brought together honorees, presenters, artists, and Hollywood legends for this year’s dinner and awards celebration.

Additional attendees included: Hailey Bieber, Diego Boneta, Alexandra Daddario, Karen David, Lucy Hale, Moses Ingram, Danielle Macdonald, Addison Rae, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, Odeya Rush, Saniyya Sidney, Diana Silvers, Demi Singleton, Jurnee Smollett, Ciara Wilson, Lexi Underwood, and many more!

Ralph Lauren dresses were worn by: Nyle DiMarco, Jennifer Hudson, Eva Longoria, Rita Moreno, and Demi Singleton.

In addition to being feted at the annual awards dinner in Los Angeles, the honorees feature on individual covers of ELLE’s November 2021 Women in Hollywood issue on newsstands on November 9.

ELLE is the No. 1 fashion magazine brand globally, with 45 editions, 34 websites, and 158 supplements worldwide, reaching over 29 million influential readers, users, fans, and followers across all platforms. ELLE inspires women to explore, cultivate and celebrate their style in all aspects of their lives.

Source: ELLE

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October 17, 2021

Sushmita Sen Launches Zoya's Festive Collection, Libera

Zoya’s Libera is an exuberant invitation to find your flow with rare jewelry.

Zoya, Sushmita Sen

Photo: Sushmita Sen, Miss Universe 1994, launched Zoya Libera jewelry. Image Credit: Zoya.

Mumbai, India. Oct 17, 2021 — Zoya, the exquisite diamond boutique from the House of Tata, launched its stunning new collection Libera with Sushmita Sen, Miss Universe 1994.

According to Zoya, in keeping with its tradition of peerless design innovation, the visual vocabulary of this elegant collection seeks cues in the artistic movement of the late 1800s. As a result, the Libera collection presents experimental silhouettes with a timeless craft that is as original as diverse. “The vitality of dance coalesces in Libera’s curved lines, accentuated by sensuous forms swirling in a hurricane of drapery. Every piece in Libera is like a powerful, personal talisman that enables her to find her flow. Novel, ornate and elegant, it is created to delight the quintessential Zoya woman. Libera connects with the inner world of its muse, a poetic ode to the flow of an unfettered mind,” Zoya elaborated.

Zoya, the exquisite diamond boutique from the House of Tata, is a luxury fine jewelry brand renowned for its expert craftsmanship and outstanding design. Zoya now enters its thirteenth year of operations with a product created exclusively with the “discerning, aesthetically astute woman” as its muse.

“Zoya finds its inspiration in numerous external and internal journeys from the ones that take you across the world-iconic destinations, history, culture, art, legends, and elements that help you discover your feminine self. These inspirations are translated into one-of-a-kind designs by its panel of master craftsmen, forming the genesis of Zoya’s unique collections in contemporary as well as fusion styles,” the brand explains.

Zoya’s four boutiques in Bengaluru, Mumbai, and Delhi and Zoya galleries in Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Chennai, and Chandigarh showcase luxury in its most undiluted form. Zoya’s personalized service focuses on providing an unmatched buying experience for its exclusive products. In addition, Zoya now extends its service through video-assisted jewelry advisory, home trials, contactless delivery, and interactive e-catalogs.

Source: Zoya

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October 13, 2021

NASA Sets Landing Coverage for Russian Cosmonaut, Actress, Producer



Photo: The Soyuz MS-19 crew ship carrying three Russian crew members approaches the International Space Station for a docking to the Rassvet module. Aboard the spacecraft were Soyuz Commander and veteran cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, actress Yulia Peresild, and producer Klim Shipenko. October 5, 2021. Image Credit: NASA.


Photo: Soyuz MS-19 crew members (from left) Yulia Peresild, Anton Shkaplerov, and Klim Shipenko pose for a portrait at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Russia. Shkaplerov is a Roscosmos cosmonaut and the Soyuz Commander visiting the International Space Station for the fourth time. Peresild and Shipenko are spaceflight participants and first-time space flyers representing Russia. August 26, 2021. Image Credit: NASA.


Photo: Spaceflight participant and Soyuz MS-19 Board Engineer Yulia Peresild poses for a portrait at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Russia. August 26, 2021. Image Credit: NASA.

WASHINGTON, October 12, 2021 — NASA will provide complete coverage as three space travelers living aboard the International Space Station, including a Russian actress and her producer-director, return to Earth just after midnight on Sunday, October 17.

Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos will be at the controls of the Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft, flanked by Russian actress Yulia Peresild and Russian producer-director Klim Shipenko, for the spacecraft’s undocking from the station’s Nauka Multipurpose Laboratory Module Saturday, October 16. The trio will make a parachute-assisted landing on the steppe of Kazakhstan a little more than three hours later, at 12:36 a.m. EDT (10:36 a.m. Kazakhstan time) Sunday, October 17.

Coverage of the crew’s farewells and hatch closure, undocking, and landing will air live on NASA TV, the agency’s website, and the NASA app.

After landing, the crew will return by Russian helicopters to the recovery staging city in Karaganda, Kazakhstan, before boarding a Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center aircraft to return to their training base in Star City, Russia.

Peresild and Shipenko arrived at the station on October 5 aboard the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft with Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov for 12 days filming their movie, “Challenge,” under a commercial agreement between Roscosmos and Moscow-based media entities. They served as spaceflight participants during their stay on the orbital complex.

Novitskiy returns to Earth after 191 days in space on his third mission that spanned 3,056 orbits of Earth and 80.9 million miles.

When the Soyuz undocks, Expedition 66 will formally begin aboard the station. Commander Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency), NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough, Megan McArthur, Mark Vande Hei, JAXA (Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, and Roscosmos cosmonauts Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov will remain aboard the orbiting outpost.

Source: NASA

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October 12, 2021

IMF announces its World Economic Outlook October 2021 Forecast

International Monetary Fund

Photo: International Monetary Fund World Economic Outlook. Chief Economist Gita Gopinath, Division Chief in the IMF Research Department, prepares to provide the World Economic Outlook during the 2021 Annual Meetings at the International Monetary Fund. October 12, 2021. Washington, DC, United States. IMF Photo/Joshua Roberts.

Washington, DC. October 12, 2021 —The IMF is lowering its global growth projection for 2021 slightly to 5.9 percent while keeping it unchanged for 2022 at 4.9 percent. However, this modest headline revision masks significant downgrades for some countries, the Fund reports in its World Economic Outlook released Tuesday (October 12) in Washington, DC.

“The global recovery continues, but momentum has weakened, hobbled by the pandemic. As a result, we have a slight downward revision for global growth for this year to 5.9 percent for next year. Our projection remains unchanged at 4.9 percent. However, the divergences in growth prospects across countries persist and remain a major concern,” said Gita Gopinath, Economic Counsellor and Director of the Research Department at the International Monetary Fund.

Gopinath added that risks to economic prospects have increased, and policy trade-offs have become more complex in the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. As a result, monetary policy will need to walk a fine line between tackling inflation and financial risks and supporting economic recovery.

“One of the major risks remains that there could be new variants of the virus that could further slow back the recovery. In addition, we’re seeing major supply disruptions worldwide that are also feeding inflationary pressures, which are quite high. Further, financial risk-taking also is increasing, which poses an additional risk to the outlook,” explained Gopinath.

The dangerous divergence in economic prospects across countries remains a significant concern. These divergences are a consequence of the ‘great vaccine divide’ and large disparities in policy support.

“The foremost priority is to vaccinate the world. Much greater multilateral action is needed to vaccinate at least 40 percent of the population in every country by the end of this year. And 70 percent by the middle of next year. We also need much greater action to address climate change. Individual countries will need to tailor their fiscal and monetary policy to the country’s specific conditions, to the health conditions in their country, to their economic conditions, while also maintaining the credibility of their fiscal and monetary frameworks,” said Gopinath.

Source: IMF

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October 11, 2021

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announces the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences 2021

Nobel Prize in Economics 2021

Photo: David Card, Jousha Angrist and Guido Imbens. The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2021. Image provided by & Credit: © Nobel Prize Outreach 2021 Ill. Niklas Elmehed.

Nobel Prize in Economics 2021

Nobel Prize in Economics 2021

Stockholm, October 11, 2021 — The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2021.

With one half to —

David Card
The University of California, Berkeley, USA

“For his empirical contributions to labor economics.”

And the other half jointly to —

Joshua D. Angrist
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA

Guido W. Imbens
Stanford University, USA

“For their methodological contributions to the analysis of causal relationships.”

• Natural experiments help answer important questions for society.

This year’s Laureates - David Card, Joshua Angrist, and Guido Imbens - have provided new insights into the labor market. They have shown what conclusions about cause and effect one can draw from natural experiments. Their approach has spread to other fields and revolutionized empirical research.

Many of the big questions in the social sciences deal with cause and effect. How does immigration affect pay and employment levels? How does a more comprehensive education affect someone’s future income? These questions are difficult to answer because we have nothing to use as a comparison. We do not know what would have happened if there had been less immigration or if that person had not continued studying.

However, this year’s Laureates have shown that it is possible to answer these questions using natural experiments. The key is to handle situations in which chance events or policy changes result in groups of people being treated differently in a way that resembles clinical trials in medicine.

Using natural experiments, David Card has analyzed the labor market effects of minimum wages, immigration, and education. His studies from the early 1990s challenged conventional wisdom, leading to new analyses and additional insights. The results showed, among other things, that increasing the minimum wage does not necessarily lead to fewer jobs. In addition, we now know that the incomes of people born in a country can benefit from new immigration, while people who immigrated at an earlier time risk being negatively affected. Finally, we have also realized that resources in schools are far more critical for students’ future labor market success than was previously thought.

Data from a natural experiment is difficult to interpret, however. For example, extending compulsory education by a year for one group of students (but not another) will not affect everyone in that group in the same way. Moreover, some students would have kept studying anyway and, for them, the value of education is often not representative of the entire group. So, is it even possible to draw any conclusions about the effect of an extra year in school? In the mid-1990s, Joshua Angrist and Guido Imbens solved this methodological problem, demonstrating precise conclusions about cause and effect from natural experiments.

“Card’s studies of core questions for society and Angrist and Imbens’ methodological contributions have shown that natural experiments are a rich source of knowledge. Moreover, their research has substantially improved our ability to answer critical causal questions, which has been of great benefit to society,” Peter Fredriksson, chair of the Economic Sciences Prize Committee, stated.

Source: The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

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