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April 1, 2022

UNESCO awards India the "Certificate of Inscription of Durga Puja in Kolkata to the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity"


Unesco Durga Puja


Unesco Durga Puja


Unesco Durga Puja


Unesco Durga Puja


Photos: Paris, France. The UNESCO Director-General handed over the “Certificate of inscription of Durga Puja in Kolkata to the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage” to the Permanent Representative of India to UNESCO. Images provided by & Copyright © UNESCO/Lily CHAVANCE.


Paris, March 31, 2021 — UNESCO presented India the Certificate of inscription of “Durga Puja in Kolkata” to the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list.

Earlier, the Intergovernmental Committee of UNESCO’s Convention on Safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage inscribed ‘Durga Puja in Kolkata’ on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity during its 16th session in Paris, France, from 13th to 18th December 2021.

Durga Puja celebrates feminine divinity and a consummate expression of dance, music, crafts, rituals, practices, culinary and cultural aspects. The festival transcends the boundaries of caste, creed, and economic classes and joins the people together in its celebration.

India is a signatory of the 2003 UNESCO Convention for Safeguarding the Intangible Heritage and traditions and living expression. Intangible cultural heritage means the practices, representations, words, knowledge, skills, instruments, objects, artifacts, and cultural spaces that communities and groups recognize as a part of their cultural inheritance.

Source: UNESCO

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March 28, 2022

Academy announces Oscars 2022 Winners.


Oscars 2022


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.


Oscars 2022


Photo: Jake Gyllenhaal 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.


Oscars 2022


Photo: Maddie Ziegler 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.


Oscars 2022


Photo: Ben Proudfoot poses backstage with the Oscar for Documentary Short Subject during the live A.B.C. telecast 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.


LOS ANGELES, CA, March 27. 2022 — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the Oscar Winners on Sunday, March 27, 2022, via an event held at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood. The pageant was televised live on A.B.C. and in more than 200 territories worldwide.


• Following are the Nominees and WINNERS of the 94th Academy Awards:

• Performance by an actor in a leading role

• Performance by an actor in a supporting role

• Performance by an actress in a leading role

• Performance by an actress in a supporting role

• Best animated feature film of the year

• Achievement in cinematography

• Achievement in costume design

• Achievement in directing

• Best documentary feature

• Best documentary short subject

• Achievement in film editing

• Best international feature film of the year

• Achievement in makeup and hairstyling

• Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

• Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

• Best motion picture of the year

• Achievement in production design

• Best animated short film

• Best live-action short film

• Achievement in sound

• Achievement in visual effects

• Adapted screenplay

• Original screenplay

Source: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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March 24, 2022

Lakmé Fashion Week and Fashion Design Council of India announce Designers And Partners for the New Delhi Show, March 23 to 27, 2022


Lakmé Fashion Week


Lakmé Fashion Week


Photo: Masoom Minawala as the show stopper for Lakme Salon and Varun Bahl Couture presentation “QUINTESSENTIAL” at FDCI X Lakmé Fashion Week, New Delhi, March 23, 2022. Image Credit: FDCIxLFW.



New Delhi, March 24, 2022: After two years of digital showcases due to the pandemic, the powerhouses of fashion and beauty in India- Lakmé Fashion Week (jointly organized by Lakmé & RISE Worldwide) and the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) together are hosting a fully on-ground, season-fluid edition in New Delhi, from 23rd-27th March 2022.

The schedule comprises one of the strongest curations of designers from across India. FDCI X Lakmé Fashion Week. It commences with the Opening Show on March 22 and will culminate with the Lakmé Absolute Grand Finale on March 27.

Sunil Sethi, Chairman FDCI, commented, “Energies are at an all-time high as we curate a diverse range of pathbreaking showcases and initiatives. This edition is exceptional as we make a full physical comeback after two years of adapting to the digital environment. Our audiences can expect the best designers and talent at this edition of FDCI X Lakmé Fashion Week with an extremely intense and power-packed schedule.”

Participating designers at this season-fluid edition include Alpana Neeraj, Alpona Designs, Ashish N Soni, Aisha Rao, Antar-Agni, Anju Modi, Anavila, Aartivijay Gupta, Ananya Modi Jain, Abhishek Sharma, Abhishek Gupta Benares, Charu Parashar, Countrymade, Diksha Khanna, Divyam Mehta, Eshaa Amiin, HUEMN, JJ Valaya, JAJAABOR, Kiniho, Khanijo, KAVERI, Ka-Sha, Label Rahul Dasgupta, Manish Malhotra, Mossi Traoré, Mynah’s Reynu Taandon + Nikhita, Nikhita Mhaisalkar, Nitin Bal Chauhan, Nirmooha, Outhouse, Pramaa by Pratima Pandey, Payal Pratap, Pawan Sachdeva, Pankaj & Nidhi, Punit Balana, RARA Avis by Sonal Verma, Rahul Singh, Rimzim Dadu, Rina Dhaka, Rajdeep Ranawat, Ranna Gill, Satya Paul by Rajesh Pratap Singh, Suneet Varma, Samant Chauhan, Shantnu and Nikhil, Shivan & Narresh, Shriya Khanna, Swatti Kapoor, Siddhartha Bansal, Siddartha Tytler, Shruti Sancheti, Tarun Tahiliani, Two Point Two, Varun Bahl, and Vaishali S.

Source: Fashion Design Council of India

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Lakmé Salon and Varun Bahl Couture present “QUINTESSENTIAL”
at FDCI X Lakmé Fashion Week on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.




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U.S. Postal Service Issues Sunflower Bouquet and Tulips Flowers Stamps

Stamps Designed for Invitations, Oversize Cards, and Small Gifts.


U.S. Postal Service


Photo: U.S. Postal Service Issues Sunflower Bouquet Stamp.


U.S. Postal Service


Photo: U.S. Postal Service Issues 2022 Tulips Forever Stamp.


LAWRENCE, Kan. and MOUNT VERNON, Wash., March 24, 2022 — The U.S. Postal Service has issued a beautiful sunflower bouquet stamp and a Tulips Forever stamp.

U.S. Postal Service said that the sunflower stamp features five sunflowers as part of a bright and beautiful bouquet. The stamp forms a natural pair with the Tulips Forever stamp. In addition to regular correspondence, the two stamps are perfect for party invitations, thank-you notes, and important announcements.

The sunflower stamp’s art comprises a still-life image of several orange-and-yellow sunflowers intermingled with irises, dahlias, and coneflowers. In addition, the stamp shows other small red, purple, white, and pink flowers against a white background.

Long treasured for bringing cheer to a summer landscape or garden, sunflowers grow in various sizes and colors, making them popular in bouquets of cut flowers. When combined with other flowers, bouquets like the one on this stamp convey a fond announcement of friendship and love.

The Tulips Forever stamp features a colorful, eye-catching array of red, orange, yellow, purple, and white tulips against a bright white background. The result is a luminous, almost ethereal, assortment of overlapping tulips in a profusion of color.

Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamps with digital photography by Harold Davis.

Source: U.S. Postal Service

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March 22, 2022

IQAir World Air Quality Report finds that 97 Percent of Global Cities did not meet Latest WHO Air Quality Guidelines.


IQAir World Air Quality


Photo: Lisbon (Portugal) Landscape. Image credit: Franklin Ferreira.

IQAir World Air Quality

GOLDACH, Switzerland, March 22, 2022 — The 2021 World Air Quality Report finds that only three percent of cities and not even one country met the latest World Health Organization’s (WHO) PM2.5 annual air quality guideline. The report analyzes PM2.5 air pollution measurements from air monitoring stations in 6,475 cities in 117 countries, regions, and territories.

IQAir’s 2021 World Air Quality Report is the first major global air quality report based on the updated annual WHO air quality guideline for PM2.5. The new procedure was released in September 2021 and cut the existing annual PM2.5 guideline value from 10 µg/m3 to 5 µg/m3.

Fine particle pollution, known as PM2.5, is commonly accepted as the most harmful, widely monitored air pollutant and is a major contributing factor to health effects such as asthma, stroke, heart and lung diseases. In addition, PM2.5 leads to millions of premature deaths every year.

Key findings:

The top five most polluted countries in 2021 were:

New Delhi (India) is the world’s most polluted capital city for the second consecutive year, followed by Dhaka (Bangladesh), N’Djamena (Chad), Dushanbe (Tajikistan), and Muscat (Oman).

Air quality in China continued to improve in 2021. More than half of the cities in China included in the report saw lower levels of air pollution when compared to the previous year. Pollution levels within the capital city of Beijing continued a nine-year trend of improved air quality, driven by emission control and reduction of coal power plant activity and other high emission industries.

Central and South Asia had some of the world’s worst air quality in 2021 and was home to 47 of the world’s 50 most polluted cities. The only two cities that met the updated WHO PM2.5 guideline were Zhezqazghan and Chu (Kazakhstan).

Air quality monitoring remains sparse in Africa, South America, and the Middle East. However, progress has been made by low-cost air quality sensors often operated by non-profit organizations and citizen scientists.

“Shockingly, no major city or country provides safe and healthy air to their citizens according to the latest World Health Organization air quality guideline,” said Frank Hammes, CEO of IQAir. “This report underscores just how much work remains to be done to ensure that everyone has safe, clean, and healthy air to breathe. The time for action is now.”

“We understand better than ever before how air pollution damages our health and economies. This report is a wake-up call, revealing how people are denied access to clean air. Particulate matter air pollution is produced by burning coal, oil, and fossil gas, unsustainable development, and agricultural activities. Addressing the air pollution crisis requires developing renewable energy resources and clean-powered, accessible public transport. Moreover, solutions to air pollution are also solutions to the climate crisis. Breathing clean air should be a basic human right, not a privilege,” said Greenpeace India Campaign manager Avinash Chanchal.

The 2021 World Air Quality Report is based on PM2.5 air pollution data from ground-based air quality monitoring stations in 6,475 cities in 117 countries, regions, and territories. Of the air quality monitoring stations included in this report, 44 percent were operated by governmental agencies.

IQAir is a Swiss-based air quality technology company that empowers individuals, organizations, and communities to breathe cleaner air through information, collaboration, and technology solutions. IQAir provides affordable air quality monitoring and data solutions to governments, NGOs, educational institutions, corporations, and individuals in over 100 countries.

Source: IQAir

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March 15, 2022

Beautiful Mountain Flowers Featured on New U.S. Postal Service Stamps


USPS Flower Stamps


ALPINE, Wyo., March 14, 2022 — With spring approaching, the U.S. Postal Service has issued new Forever stamps featuring mountain flora. These flowers will soon be springing up in a riot of beautiful blooms across their respective habitats, while the four new stamps will appear in Post Offices nationwide in the USA.

Each stamp features a different flower:

The artist’s hand-drawn illustrations are refined digitally to create a block-print aesthetic.

An essential part of the natural world, wildflower habitats support species such as butterflies, bees, birds, and foraging mammals. Wildflowers grow in varied environments, including bogs and swamps, forests and woodlands, alpine meadows, mountain slopes, coastal bluffs, and deserts. As a result, some wildflowers are widely distributed across the United States, while others are specific to just a tiny area.

Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamps with original art by Lili Arnold.

Source: U.S. Postal Service

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March 12, 2022

"Writing with Fire" — National Press Club Washington DC hosts a documentary screening on a women-run news network in India.


National Press Club


Photo: 94th Oscars nominee Rintu Thomas, Director of “Writing with Fire” Documentary, arrives at the Oscar Nominee Luncheon held at the Fairmont Century Plaza on Monday, March 7, 2022. The 94th Oscars will air on Sunday, March 27, 2022, live on ABC. Image credit: Phil McCarten / © A.M.P.A.S.


National Press Club


Photo: 94th Oscars nominee Sushmit Ghosh, Director of “Writing with Fire” Documentary, arrives at the Oscar Nominee Luncheon held at the Fairmont Century Plaza on Monday, March 7, 2022. The 94th Oscars will air on Sunday, March 27, 2022, live on ABC. Image credit: Phil McCarten / © A.M.P.A.S.


Washington, DC, March 11, 2022 — The National Press Club will host a special screening of the Oscar-nominated film “Writing with Fire” at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 14.

The documentary tells the story of Khabar Lahariya, the only news network in India run by women. The fierce band of Dalit (low caste) women serves as an anchor for truth and justice and a pillar of democracy. They defy the bounds of gender and caste and redefine what it means to be influential in their homes and the world with wit and grace.

The event, which is open to Club members and their guests, begins at 6:30 p.m. with a conversation with the film’s directors, Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh. The screening starts at 7:30 p.m.

The film won the Audience Award at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.

View the trailer.

• Writing With Fire (Official Trailer)

In a cluttered news landscape dominated by men emerges a newspaper run by Dalit women. Armed with smartphones, Chief Reporter Meera and her journalists break traditions, be it on the frontlines of India’s most significant issues or within the confines of their homes, redefining what it means to be powerful.

Directed and Produced by: Rintu Thomas & Sushmit Ghosh



Source: National Press Club

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March 11, 2022

World's Largest Hot Air Balloon Glow Show


Hot Air Balloon


Hot Air Balloon


Hot Air Balloon


Saudi Arabia, March 10, 2022 — AlUla Moments, in association with SAHAB (Saudi Arabian Ballooning Federation), has broken the Guinness World Records title for the World’s Largest Hot Air Balloon Glow Show.

On March 1, 2022 near Hegra, the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in Saudi Arabia, s total of 142 brightly-lit balloons were streamlined together in a show over the ancient site that brightened the skies and illuminated the rock-strewn desert landscape. The site is famous for more than 100 carved Nabataean tombs, which feature more than 2000 years of remarkably well-preserved inscriptions and symbols on the sandstone mountains.

A total of 142 brightly-lit balloons were streamlined together in the show over the ancient site that brightened the skies and illuminated the rock-strewn desert landscape.

The previous record was also achieved in AlUla - during its arts and cultural festival, Winter at Tantora, in 2019 - that time it was with 100 balloons.

The World’s Largest Hot Air Balloon Glow Show on March 1, 2022, was part of AlUla Skies, a new festival in the AlUla Moments event calendar. The celebration included sunrise and sunset balloon experiences, with around 150 balloons each morning floating serenely over the stunning ancient site.

AlUla Moments’ winter events calendar offers engaging arts, music, and cultural experiences running until the end of March 2022.

Source: AlUla Moments

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March 4, 2022

Woman Power! U.S. Postal Service Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Title IX


US Postal Service


Photo: Woman Power! U.S. Postal Service celebrates the 50th anniversary of Title IX with four new stamps.



WASHINGTON, March 3, 2022 — Just five days before International Women’s Day, the U.S. Postal Service commemorated legislation that leveled the playing field, literally, for women and girls nationwide in the USA with the dedication of four Title IX Forever stamps.

The U.S. Congress enacted Title IX, and President Richard Nixon signed it in 1972. The act prohibits sex discrimination in any educational program or activity receiving federal financial aid.

Title IX states: No person in the United States shall, based on sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

“Title IX created pathways for enriching women’s programs, allowing for a broader range of competitive offerings, more robust physical education regimens, and equivalent resources,” said Amber McReynolds, member of the USPS Board of Governors. Amber McReynolds was the dedicating official during the related U.S. Department of Education ceremony in Washington, DC. “I can personally attest to the positive impacts of Title IX. I have seen my daughter excel with the increased opportunities available to her. I am thankful she can grow up knowing these rights are not only deserved but expected.”

Also participating in the event were Cindy Marten, deputy secretary, Department of Education; Catherine Lhamon, assistant secretary, Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education; Sheila Johnson, president and managing partner, Washington Mystics; Donna de Varona, double Olympic gold medalist and first president of the Women’s Sports Foundation and Melinda Beck, stamp designer and artist.

Four different stamps feature dark blue silhouettes of one of four female athletes: a runner, a swimmer, a gymnast, and a soccer player. Yellow laurel branches, symbolic of victory, rest in their hair and on the swimmer’s cap. The four Forever stamps are in a pane of 20. The art director was Derry Noyes.

Source: U.S. Postal Service

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February 19, 2022

Mumbai, India, elected to host the IOC Session in 2023


Mumbai Oympics


Photo: Mumbai, India, elected to host the IOC Session in 2023. Beijing, China, February 19, 2022. Image provided by & copyright © IOC / Greg Martin.


Olympics


Photo: IOC President Thomas Bach holds a Press Conference at the MMC during BEIJING 2022, the XXIV IOC Olympic Winter Games. Beijing, China, February 18, 2022. Image provided by & copyright © IOC / Greg Martin.


BEIJING, CHINA — February 19, 2022 - Mumbai, India, will host the IOC Session in 2023. This decision was taken by the IOC Members today during the 139th Session in Beijing. The IOC Session will go back to India 40 years after its 86th edition, in New Delhi in 1983.

The Indian delegation made a remote presentation to the IOC Members. The Indian panel included IOC Member Mrs. Nita Ambani, Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Dr. Narinder Batra, Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Mr. Anurag Singh Thakur, and India’s first individual Olympic gold medallist (Beijing 2008, shooting), Mr. Abhinav Bindra.

The 139th IOC Session elected Mumbai to become the host of the IOC Session in May-June 2023 (exact dates to be confirmed) by 75 yes votes of the 76 valid votes cast.

The decision by the IOC Session, meeting in Beijing for the Olympic Winter Games 2022, follows the proposal of the IOC Executive Board (EB) made in March 2020, upon the recommendation of the IOC Session Evaluation Commission.

The Commission had visited Mumbai in October 2019 to study the feasibility of hosting the IOC Session in the city. It praised the quality of the facilities at the Jio World Centre, which will be the venue for the IOC Session.

The Commission was also impressed by the potential of India as a country, which is the world’s sixth-largest economy and has a population of 1.3 billion people.

IOC President Thomas Bach said: “We have chosen India because it is the second-most populous nation globally, with a very young population and a huge potential for Olympic sport. We want to encourage and support the National Olympic Committee of India and all the National Federations to promote and strengthen Olympic sport in the country.”

Hosting the IOC Session in India will highlight the role of sport in the country and celebrate the contribution of India to the Olympic Movement.

Mr. Bindra pledged that Mumbai will “step up in every way, with its resilient spirit, as sport helps the world return to normality,” and spoke about the “excitement at the potential to inspire 1.3 billion people to the spirit of sport and Olympic values.”

Mrs. Ambani added: “Since we last had the honor of welcoming the Olympic family, we have made consistent strides and grown into a more prosperous, more self-confident India.”

To coincide with the IOC Session in 2023, Mrs. Ambani proposed to launch a series of elite sports development programs for young people across deprived communities. “I believe this is only the beginning, and it is time to elevate our partnership with the Olympic Movement to greater heights,” she said, referring to the country’s ambition to host the Olympic Games in the future.

Mr. Batra explained that: “In recent years, India as a nation has embraced sports and fitness. There is a strong belief that sports can provide fundamental shifts in our society. Amongst our first steps in showcasing new India’s sports capabilities to the world is our proposal to host the IOC Session in Mumbai 2023.”

Finally, Mr. Singh Thakur spoke about the Indian government’s vision of India becoming one of the world’s leading sporting nations. “It is my firm belief that the Olympic Movement can help accelerate our vibrant nation in the right direction. Hosting the IOC Session in 2023 will demonstrate our ambition and elevate the potential of our partnership.”

The year 2023 will be significant for India as it coincides with the 75th anniversary of its independence. Hosting the IOC Session in Mumbai will put the Olympic Movement at the heart of those celebrations.

Source: International Olympic Committee (IOC)

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'Get Noticed': A digital Grooming School from Miss India Organization to power the aspirants personality.


- Bringing the legacy, the tradition, the experience, now making it easily accessible. Seven subjects, Seven celebrity mentors, and one life-changing school — The Grooming School from the House of Miss India


Miss India


Photo: Renowned industry experts Savio John Pereira (Haircare), Alesia Raut (Ramp Walk), Sanjeev Dutta (Personality Development), Bharat Gupta (Fashion & Styling), Nitibha Kaul (Social Media Etiquette), Ayesha Seth (Makeup), Zara Dadi (Skincare) along with Nehal Chudasama have designed the training modules of The Grooming School.


MUMBAI, India, Feb. 18, 2022 — The Miss India Organisation has decided to leverage its vast experience and expertise in transforming women into confident, booming winners in life by launching The Grooming School. It is a suite of ‘Do-It-Yourself’ video tutorials conducted by acknowledged and acclaimed experts who have been behind many successful Miss India winners and aims to bring this knowledge to the larger Indian audience and not just pageant participants.

The Grooming School is aimed at young women who would like to sharpen their personality and technical skills to stand out from the crowd and succeed. These modules aim to touch all the elements of one’s personality that help build confidence and appeal. The world is moving more and more into a networked society, and the need to hold their own with a strong personality is becoming imperative.

The Grooming Masterclass six modules include Skincare, Hair Care & Styling, Make-up, Personality Development, Fashion Styling, and Social Media Etiquettes and involve self-paced learning.

In addition to the modules for the larger audience, The Miss India Organisation is also launching the ‘Ace Your Pageant - A Miss India Masterclass’ as a marquee offering specifically for pageant aspirants who wish to participate in Miss India or Miss Diva. This course elevates learning to prepare one for a pageant. It is for those who want to compete for the coveted crown by acing their poise, presence, communication, beauty, body language, body structure, attitude, and discipline. The additional modules focus on ramp walking, fitness, and other expert sessions and hacks on personality development and life skills.

In an age where women are increasingly seeking to be independent and take control of their lives, they need to possess self-esteem, be confident and poised, be well-versed in social etiquette and self-grooming. While many urban educated women mind their ‘P’s and ‘Q’s and keep abreast of other social norms, there are a whole lot of Indian women who haven’t had that kind of an early grounding. While it doesn’t dampen their dreams or aspirations, easy and affordable access to contemporary lessons in physical, emotional, and social grooming will go a long way in helping them realize their dreams.

The Miss India Organisation, over the past six decades, has been the most robust platform for young women to empower themselves and realize their life dreams. It has witnessed Indian women struggling to break out of a male-dominated society and make space for themselves. Many winners over the years have used this platform to create positive change towards women’s empowerment and the community at large. The Miss India Organisation has been a pioneer in triggering this evolution.

It is the ideal starter program for all pageant aspirants. Earning a certificate in the ‘Ace your Pageant’ course gives the candidate an immense benefit of ‘Cutting the Queue’ if applying for these two pageants. As thousands of applicants get screened for auditions, many don’t even get a chance to present themselves and make a pitch. But with this certificate, they will be able to enter the auditions without going through the screening process and get a chance to present themselves to the talent-spotting team of Miss India Organisation.

Eight renowned fashion, beauty, fitness, personality development, and social media experts from the industry have meticulously prepared these tutorials, sharing secrets, tricks, and hacks they’ve acquired during their years in the trade. They include Savio John Pereira (Haircare), Alesia Raut (Ramp Walk), Sanjeev Dutta (Personality Development), Nehal Chudasama (Fitness), Nitibha Kaul (Social Media Etiquette), Bharat Gupta (Fashion & Styling), Zara Dadi (Skincare), and Ayesha Seth (Makeup).

The program is open to applicants from all walks of life above 16 years of age who ardently wish to uncover their true potential and achieve big things in life. The Grooming School - from the House of Miss India has a special early bird offer with a discount of over 25 percent for all enrolments during the inaugural year. In addition, the applicants will receive certificates from ‘The Miss India Organisation’ on completing the course.

Miss India Organisation, a household name and a powerful aspirational brand, has reigned for decades with its legacy of creating icons for the social, glamour, and fashion industry. In addition, the organization is host to the country’s most coveted and sensational beauty pageants, namely, Miss India, Miss Diva, and Mr. India.

Miss India Organisation’s global Hall of Fame features the likes of Rita Faria, Zeenat Aman, Juhi Chawla, Sushmita Sen, Aishwarya Rai, Diana Hayden, Yukta Mookhey, Gul Panag, Priyanka Chopra, Lara Dutta, Dia Mirza, Celine Jaitley, Neha Dhupia, Parvathy Omnakuttan, Pooja Chopra, Nicole Faria, Srishti Rana, Asha Bhat, Ruhi Singh, Urvashi Rautela, Vartika Singh, Srinidhi Shetty, Lopamudra Raut, Manushi Chhillar, Meenakshi Chaudhary, Suman Rao, Adline Castelino, and Harnaaz Sandhu.

Source: The Miss India Organisation

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February 18, 2022

David Yurman unveils its new Campaign "Come Closer," featuring Scarlett Johansson and Henry Golding.


David Yurman


David Yurman


David Yurman


NEW YORK, Feb. 17, 2022 — David Yurman, one of America’s foremost luxury jewelry brands, has announced its first brand campaign under the leadership of newly ascended company president Evan Yurman. The 2022 campaign marks another milestone for the house, as it features David Yurman’s first-ever celebrity brand ambassador duo - Scarlett Johansson and Henry Golding.

The campaign, aptly titled “Come Closer,” celebrates the joy of closeness and connection in challenging times, featuring images of two of the world’s most recognizable celebrities against the backdrop of David Yurman’s perennial inspiration and home of New York City.

“After years of separation for many - much longer than any of us could have anticipated - we are all craving connection,” said Evan Yurman. “‘Come Closer’ is a call to all of us to delight in every day, where simple moments with family and friends are unexpected and beautiful.”

• Scarlett Johansson for David Yurman 2022 “Come Closer” Campaign

• Henry Golding for David Yurman 2022 “Come Closer” Campaign

Source: David Yurman

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Come Closer with Scarlett Johansson | David Yurman

Introducing new campaign “Come Closer” with Scarlett Johansson, a born-and-bred New Yorker.


Come Closer with Henry Golding | David Yurman

Introducing new campaign “Come Closer” with Henry Golding, father, advocate, and actor.



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February 13, 2022

Making the most of the Olympic experience at Beijing 2022


Beijing Winter Olympics


Beijing Winter Olympics


Beijing Winter Olympics


Beijing Winter Olympics


Photos: Making the most of the Olympic experience at Beijing 2022.


While competing at the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022, athletes can benefit from a range of services available either in person at the Olympic Village or digitally through Athlete365.

By signing up to Athlete365, the IOC’s official platform for the global athlete community, Beijing 2022 athletes gain access to a range of exclusive Olympian services geared towards helping them make the most of their Olympic experience.

These include innovative tools designed to bring fans, friends, and family closer to the action to experience the Games with the athletes.

• Connecting with families and friends, plus fans around the world

Athlete Moment, which proved so popular when piloted at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, is being rolled out by Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) across all winter sports at Beijing 2022, enabling athletes to connect with loved ones back home immediately after their competition. All they need to do is fill in a simple online form specifying who from their entourage they want on the other end of the screen, and the Athlete365 team takes care of the logistics.

Meanwhile, Athlete365 Connect allows athletes to receive free, high-resolution Getty Images of themselves competing on the field of play at Beijing 2022 and behind the scenes, ready to instantly share to their social media channels, potentially reaching new followers. They will continue to have access to the images after the Games, too, so that they can celebrate Beijing 2022 and grow their brand in the weeks following the Closing Ceremony.

Athletes can also sign up for the Airbnb500 Travel Grant when they have finished competing. Delivered in partnership with TOP Partner Airbnb, each Beijing 2022 Olympian and Paralympian who signs up through the online form will receive an Airbnb credit worth USD 500 to spend on unwinding after the Games or going after their next goal - or both.

• Olympic Village services

“The Beijing Olympic Village is the largest non-competition venue of the Games that best meets the needs of the competing athletes,” said SHEN Qianfan, Director-General of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Village. “With its comfortable apartments and 2,300 beds, 2200 square meters dining hall operating 24 hours, and fitness and entertainment areas, the Village provides all the necessary services. In addition, it includes medical and psychological assistance to all athletes to perform at their best and enjoy their time in Beijing”.

There is a Galaxy Athlete Lounge in each Olympic Village. In addition, athletes can pick up their complimentary, limited-edition Beijing 2022 mobile phone from TOP Partner Samsung to help them share their Olympic experiences with the world.

Many of the usual Olympic Village activities are in place to keep athletes relaxed and entertained, with table tennis already proving extremely popular in Beijing. The conditions in the Villages have drawn praise from athletes.

Source: International Olympic Committee

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February 10, 2022

Sony invites fans to the new brand campaign "Set The Stage" with The Kid LAROI.


- Tate McRae and BIA collaborate with Sony to bring top hits to life through fan-created artwork.


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Sony Set the Stage

TOKYO, February 9, 2022 — Sony Group Corporation has announced a new brand campaign, “Set The Stage,” — an opportunity for music fans to help co-create content with some of their favorite Sony Music Entertainment artists. The artists include The Kid LAROI, the Australian artist behind the chart-toppers “Stay” and “Without You,” multi-platinum-certified, Boston-born artist BIA (“Whole Lotta Money”) and Canadian singer/ songwriter /dancer Tate McRae (“you broke me first”).

Streaming live from a studio in Los Angeles, Tate McRae will begin a string of live performance videos on February 24 with a live set featuring her new single “she’s all I wanna be,” released on February 4. BIA will follow with a performance video on March 3, with “Set The Stage” culminating in an upcoming grand finale performance from The Kid LAROI*.

To bring fans even closer to the Sony Music artists they love, The Kid LAROI, Tate McRae, and BIA will each invite their followers to participate in the “Set The Stage” challenge. Fans in the United States will submit artwork of the artist’s song lyrics that will then be turned into dynamic, visual works that the artists will perform within during their “Set The Stage” live video performance.

“I’m beyond excited to partner with Sony and bring my fans in on the fun,” said Sony Music Artist The Kid LAROI. “My fans have quite literally changed my life, and I want to connect with them in new ways. With my first global tour coming up, I wanted to take this opportunity to share this experience with my fans, putting their voices at the center of my work.”

“Providing fans with a deeper connection to their favorite artists and their music through technology is the cornerstone of Set The Stage,” said Shiro Kambe, Senior Executive Vice President, Corporate Executive Officer of Sony Group Corporation. “We are creating exciting new content by pairing talented artists and innovative technology to deliver an experience that only Sony can provide.”

On Thursday, February 24, the action kicks off when viewers can tune in to watch Tate McRae’s live “Set The Stage” performance on Sony’s global YouTube channel.

Source: Sony Group Corporation

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February 9, 2022

World Photography Organisation and Sony World Photography announces National Awards 2022


World Photography Organisation


Photo: Polar Bear Cub. Photographer: Jenny Zhao. Year: 2022. Country: USA. A polar bear cub is staring wistfully into the distance. Shot in Canada in November 2021. Copyright © Jenny Zhao, United States of America. Winner, National Awards, Natural World & Wildlife, 2022 Sony World Photography Awards.


London, February 09, 2022 — The World Photography Organisation and the Sony United States have announced Jenny Zhao as the United States National Award winner for the Sony World Photography Awards 2022.

The National Awards program is an initiative set up by the World Photography Organisation and Sony to support local photographic communities worldwide, with 61 countries taking part this year.

Photographers from 211 territories submitted over 340,000 images to the Sony World Photography Awards 2022. Over 170,000 photos made entry to the Open competition for the National Awards.

Jenny Zhao was anonymously selected by judges for her photograph Polar Bear Cub, entered into the Natural World & Wildlife category of the Open competition. The image depicts a polar bear cub staring wistfully into the distance, shot in Canada in November 2021.

Jenny Zhao is an Amateur wildlife photographer based in Boston, Massachusetts. Her striking images of nature feature in leading international wildlife publications.

Commenting on her win Zhao said: It is such an honor for my photo of a polar bear cub in Hudson Bay, Canada, shortlisted for the National Award in Sony World Photography Awards 2022.

As the United States’ National Award winner, Jenny Zhao receives Sony digital imaging equipment and gets included in the Sony World Photography Awards exhibition and book.

• This year’s National Award Winners are:

Source: World Photography Organisation

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February 8, 2022

Academy announces Oscar Nominations.


- The Oscars are set to air live on March 27 on ABC.


Oscars


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Photo: Salma Hayek arrives on the red carpet of The 90th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA, on Sunday, March 4, 2018. Image provided by & copyright © Scott Diussa / A.M.P.A.S. [File Photo]


LOS ANGELES, CA - Actor-comedian Leslie Jordan and actor, CEO, and producer Tracee Ellis Ross announced the 94th Oscars nominations today (February 8) via a global live stream on Oscar.com, Oscars.org, the Academy’s digital platforms, an international satellite feed, and broadcast media.

Jordan, Ross, and several special guests announced the nominees in all 23 categories at 5:18 a.m. PST, live from Los Angeles, Times Square in New York City, Howard University in Washington, D.C., Beaumont Hospital in Detroit, MI, and Thaddeus M. Bullard Academy in Tampa, FL.

Academy members from each of the 17 branches vote to determine the nominees in their respective categories - actors nominate actors, film editors nominate film editors, and others. In addition, multi-branch screening committees select nominees by a vote in the Animated Feature Film and International Feature Film categories. Finally, all voting members are eligible to choose the Best Picture nominees. This year, the Academy saw its highest-ever voter participation in its history, with members submitting ballots from 82 countries.

Active members of the Academy are eligible to vote for the winners in all 23 categories beginning Thursday, March 17, through Tuesday, March 22.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers, and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach, and the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.


• Nominations for the 94th Academy Awards

• Performance by an actor in a leading role

• Performance by an actor in a supporting role

• Performance by an actress in a leading role

• Performance by an actress in a supporting role

• Best animated feature film of the year

• Achievement in cinematography

• Achievement in costume design

• Achievement in directing

• Best documentary feature

• Best documentary short subject

• Achievement in film editing

• Best international feature film of the year

• Achievement in makeup and hairstyling

• Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

• Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

• Best motion picture of the year

• Achievement in production design

• Best animated short film

• Best live-action short film

• Achievement in sound

• Achievement in visual effects

• Adapted screenplay

• Original screenplay

The 94th Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood and will be televised live on ABC at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. P.T. and in more than 200 territories worldwide.

Source: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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February 2, 2022

The Royal Canadian Mint pays tribute to Great Inventor Alexander Graham Bell with a Fine Silver Collector Coin.


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Photo: The Royal Canadian Mint’s 2022 Proof Silver Dollar marks the 175th anniversary of the birth of famed inventor Alexander Graham Bell. Alexander Graham Bell was a Scottish-born inventor, scientist, and engineer credited with inventing and patenting the first practical telephone.



OTTAWA, ON, Feb. 2, 2022 — Stories of outstanding achievement often find their way on Royal Canadian Mint coins. To mark the 175th anniversary of the birth of famed inventor Alexander Graham Bell, the Mint is dedicating its 2022 Proof Silver Dollar to his legacy of innovation and life-long commitment to science.

Born in Scotland, Bell settled with his family in Brantford, Ontario, where he developed a passion for problem-solving early, which sparked his interest in science. After inventing the telephone in 1876, he later built an estate near Baddeck on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. There, he collaborated on more innovations, such as the Silver Dart, Canada’s first powered airplane, and futuristic hydrofoil marine craft that blazed the waters of Bras D’Or Lake.

This year’s Proof Silver Dollar features a word-art profile of Bell speaking into his breakthrough invention that forever changed global communications. The creative assortment of words that describe aspects of his personal life and character, as well as his many innovations, create a revealing portrait of one of the world’s greatest inventors. This exceptional coin, along with the 2022 Fine Silver Proof Set featuring the exact artistic rendition of Bell, can be ordered from the Mint today.

The Royal Canadian Mint is the Crown corporation responsible for minting and distributing Canada’s circulation coins. The Mint is one of the largest and most versatile mints globally, offering a wide range of specialized, high-quality coinage products and related services internationally.

Source: Royal Canadian Mint

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February 1, 2022

Flipboard Joins Forces With Communities for its Photography Destination: Zenfolio, History Club, PhotowalksTV


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Flipboard


Photo: Flipboard kicks off a new partnership with Zenfolio, an online community of 500,000 professional photographers. Zenfolio brings its quality content for photographers to Flipboard while offering its members new ways to broaden the reach of their portfolios. It is the latest in a string of community-focused collaborations Flipboard is engaging in to bolster its destination for photography enthusiasts, including History Club and PhotowalksTV.



REDWOOD CITY, Calif., January 31, 2022 — Today, Flipboard kicks off a new partnership with Zenfolio, an online community of 500,000 professional photographers that showcase their commercial work to sell their photos and services. Zenfolio brings its vast library of quality content for photographers to Flipboard while offering its members new ways to broaden the reach of their portfolios. It is the latest in a string of community-focused collaborations Flipboard is engaging in to bolster its destination for photography enthusiasts.

Flipboard also joined efforts with History Club, Jason Steinhauer’s famous club on Clubhouse, for a new cross-platform conversation series about history and photography. Clubhouse provides the audio experience, and Flipboard houses companion collections, curated by Steinhauer, that allow listeners to go deeper on each subject in their own time. The following conversation will take place on February 24 about civil rights photography, and the topic for March 24 is women’s suffrage photography.

Moreover, Flipboard is working with PhotowalksTV, a streaming travel photography series on YouTube hosted by former USA TODAY columnist Jefferson Graham. Besides sponsoring the third season of PhotowalksTV, Flipboard co-hosted an in-person photo walk for photo enthusiasts in San Francisco that got so many signups that Flipboard added a second session for the overflow. Participants shared their photos to a Group Magazine on Flipboard, creating a collection of images of each walk.

• Photography Community on Flipboard

Collaborations with community members are an essential part of the Photography destination on Flipboard, which 9.1 million people follow. For instance, Flipboard’s The Shot newsletter for photography enthusiasts has welcomed dozens of photographers and photography experts as guest curators, including Phil Penman, Tyler Stalman, and Marco Secchi. Anyone can sign up for this newsletter.

Furthermore, travel and portrait photographer Erin Douglas starts as Flipboard’s next Photographer in Residence tomorrow, contributing to curating industry news, gear reviews, tutorials, and photographs from creators worldwide. She’s following the footsteps of Ryan Mense and Anete Lusina, both PetaPixel writers who served as Flipboard’s first residents. Flipboard’s Residency Program is a paid, rotating position that brings experts in-house every three months to share their expertise with the community.

Flipboard is an award-winning curation platform where people stay informed and inspired. On Flipboard, quality articles, videos, podcasts, and products are curated every day for millions of people worldwide. It is a platform that lets people spend time on their interests, develop a more profound understanding of issues, and share the best ideas with others by collecting them into their own Flipboard Magazines and Storyboards.

Source: Flipboard

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January 30, 2022

India Republic Day Celebrations: ‘Beating Retreat’ ceremony in New Delhi


Beating Retreat 2022


Beating Retreat 2022


Photos: Band performing at the ‘Beating Retreat’ ceremony, at Vijay Chowk, in New Delhi on January 29, 2022.

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January 28, 2022

Las Vegas Man Sells USA's First Silver Dollar for $12 Million to GreatCollections

- California buyer sets record for the world’s most valuable silver coin and the second-highest price ever paid for any rare coin.


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Photo: Believed by many rare coin researchers to be the first silver dollar struck by the United States Mint, this 1794-dated dollar has been purchased for a record $12 million by GreatCollections Coin Auctions of Irvine, California from Las Vegas, Nevada collector Bruce Morelan. Image credit: GreatCollections Coin Auctions.



IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 28, 2022 — A Las Vegas, Nevada resident has sold his prized possession, a superb condition silver dollar made in 1794. Many rare coin experts believe it is the first silver dollar ever struck by the United States Mint. It has been purchased for a record $12 million by GreatCollections Coin Auctions of Irvine, California.

- George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and Thomas Jefferson may have seen it.

Vegas business executive Bruce Morelan paid $10,016,875 for the acclaimed rare coin in 2013, a record at the time, and exhibited it across the country and in Europe. One of the coin’s previous owners was Amon G. Carter Sr. (1879-1955) of Texas, a former Fort Worth Star-Telegram newspaper publisher.

Ian Russell, president of GreatCollections, said, “Because of its sharpness of detail, researchers believe this coin was especially struck, perhaps as a presentation of the country’s first dollar coin. President George Washington, Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton, and then-Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson, who oversaw the young United States Mint, may have seen this coin because of its significance. Without question, this is America’s most coveted silver dollar, a national numismatic treasure. It gave me chills closing the transaction for this piece of history.”

Intended to help replace Spanish, English, Dutch, and French coins commonly in circulation in the USA’s post-Colonial era, the United States Mint delivered a total of 1,758 silver dollars made in Philadelphia on a hand-turned coining press to government officials in October 1794.

“Only about 140 still survive, and this 1794 silver dollar is the only known specimen-striking, substantially better than the examples in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Numismatic Collection and the American Numismatic Association museum,” said Russell.

The front of the dollar depicts 1794 with a symbolic female representation of liberty and the word LIBERTY. The design on the back is an eagle surrounded by a wreath and the words, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

Experts authenticated the coin at Professional Coin Grading Service and designated it as a specially-made specimen strike. They graded it as a great, mint state 66 on the numismatic grading scale of 1 to 70. John Albanese, founder of Certified Acceptance Corporation in Far Hills, New Jersey, negotiated the sale transaction with GreatCollections on behalf of Morelan.

Morelan, 60, began collecting at the age of six. “Coins are in my blood, and the 1794 dollar was a lifelong dream,” he stated. “I’m truly blessed to have owned it and hope the new owner has as much joy, pride, and satisfaction as I did.”

“This 1794 silver dollar was the world’s most valuable rare coin for nearly a decade after Morelan purchased it for $10 million in 2013. At its latest sale price of $12 million, it is the world’s most valuable silver coin and now the second most valuable rare coin of any kind. Last year’s $18.9 million sales of the 1933 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle (U.S. $20 denomination) gold coin set the new record,” explained Russell. He exhibited that gold piece at the 2021 Chicago World’s Fair of Money on behalf of its anonymous new owner.

GreatCollections is an auction house for certified coins and banknotes, handling both private transactions and public auctions from start to finish. Since its founding in 2010, GreatCollections has successfully auctioned over 995,000 certified coins, making it one of the leading accredited coin companies in the United States, with annual sales in 2021 exceeding $235 million.

Source: GreatCollections

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