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July 17, 2022

Pony Cars Power Onto Stamps

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WASHINGTON, July 17, 2022: The U.S. Postal Service will commemorate the heyday of the pony car era with five new stamps featuring some of the most famous examples of these youth-oriented vehicles.

The first-day-of-issue event for the Pony Cars Forever stamp will take place on August 25, 2022, at the Great American Stamp Show in partnership with the American Philatelic Society. The ceremony is free and open to the public.

In the 1960s, a new vehicle breed began appearing on U.S. roads. Over the past six decades, fast and fun pony cars have become a uniquely American obsession. Since their emergence, these performance coupes and convertibles have brought a youthful spirit to the automotive world.

In the mid-to-late 20th century, American automakers began catering to a segment of their customer base that was rapidly growing — younger drivers. These drivers craved sporty, affordable cars that looked and felt different from what was in their parents’ garages. Several manufacturers initially produced models that fit that description, but the pony car trend did not begin in earnest until 1964.

By the 1970s energy crisis, sales of the once ubiquitous pony cars had begun to decline. But by the end of the decade, the cars had a resurgence. In addition, pony cars were cultural icons; throughout the 1970s, they appeared in many television shows and movies.

Since then, the popularity of pony cars has ebbed and flowed. But over the past two decades, automakers have reintroduced many of the beloved models first launched in the genre’s heyday. So today, adventurous drivers enjoy the thrill of driving pony cars.

Source: U.S. Postal Service

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July 14, 2022

Longines welcomes South Korean award-winning actress and singer Suzy as its new Ambassador of Elegance.

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Photos: Longines welcomes South Korean award-winning actress and singer Suzy as its new Ambassador of Elegance. Images provided by & copyright © Longines.

Suzy made her debut in 2010 with the K Pop group Miss A and has since had a significant impact on pop culture with her leading roles on the big screen and television, associations with high-end fashion houses, and stellar music career.

Equally enthusiastic about this new partnership, Suzy says: “It is my great pleasure to join Longines, a prestigious watch brand with 190 years of history. I look forward to all the elegant journeys, precious time together, and connections I will make as a Longines Ambassador of Elegance.”

Immediately after making her musical debut as a member of the girl group Miss A, Suzy’s star rose quickly. She began hosting various events and soon ventured into acting, for which she received many awards. Her solo music career began in 2017 with her prerelease single “Pretend” topping music charts. This year, she released her newest single, “Satellite,” to widespread acclaim.

Longines CEO Matthias Breschan welcomed Suzy to the Longines family, saying: “With her brilliant reputation and impeccably cultivated elegance, Suzy is a natural fit for Longines. We are excited to welcome her to our family of Ambassadors of Elegance and work with her on various projects. Fans of our brand and Suzy’s followers have so much to look forward to.”

Source: Longines

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July 10, 2022

Welspun India Designs Special Towels to Mark Wimbledon's 100 Years At Centre Court

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Photo: Welspun India Designs Special Towels to Mark Wimbledon’s 100 Years At Centre Court.

MUMBAI, India, July 10, 2022 /— Welspun, alongside its heritage brand Christy, has been manufacturing towels for Wimbledon at its Terry Towel Facility in Gujarat, India, for over a decade. Thousands of employees give attention to the slightest of specifics for these premium towels.

This year’s unique towels have been designed using the original architectural drawings from over 100 years ago of the first center court complex (1922). Wimbledon completed 100 years at the famed Centre Court venue this year and has released a limited edition Centenary Towel as a part of the celebratory merchandise.

These premium towels contoured with old gold-colored threads are produced from the finest grade of cotton, which makes them highly soft and absorbent. Sustainably made, the Championships towels are Oeko-Tex MADE IN GREEN certified, signifying that they have been manufactured without using harmful chemicals and produced in factories that adhere to the ESG framework.

Welspun has been associated with Wimbledon since 2006, when it acquired Christy, a British towel brand. After 2010, the company shifted its manufacturing from Hyde, Greater Manchester, to Vapi in Gujarat, India. These rich, premium towels which carry the Christy brand are a considerable part of Wimbledon’s history. For 35 years, Christy has been supplying the Official Championship towels to the tennis elite to use on the world-famous courts at Wimbledon.

The iconic towels are prominent in Wimbledon’s legacy and are popular souvenirs amongst spectators. Due to its popularity, internationally celebrated players have taken these towels back with them for ages or thrown them at the spectators. As a result, these premium towels with the Wimbledon trademark are a prized possession, making them highly sought after around the globe.

Welspun India Ltd (WIL), part of the $2.7 Bn Welspun Group, is a global leader in Home Textiles with a distribution network in more than 50 countries and world-class manufacturing facilities in India.

Source: Welspun India Ltd

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July 9, 2022

UNESCO Creative Cities will reunite in Santos, Brazil, for their Annual Conference

UNESCO Creative Cities

Photo: Boat at Sunset in Brazil. Image credit: Celso Castro Júnior.

Paris, July 9, 2022 — UNESCO, in collaboration with Santos (Brazil), a Creative City of Film, will be holding the XIV UCCN (UNESCO Creative Cities Network) Annual Conference from 18 to July 22, 2022. Delegates from member cities will meet again for the most important event of the Network.

Hosted for the first time in Latin America, the Conference will offer a unique occasion to strengthen the ties between cities worldwide. Furthermore, it will serve as a platform to reflect on the Network’s strategic objectives, in line with UNESCO’s priorities, and the global context of the post-COVID-19 recovery.

Under the theme “Creativity, path to equality,” this year’s Conference will focus on the role of culture and creativity in reducing social and economic inequalities and revitalizing urban spaces, notably for marginalized urban groups.

The official kick-off of the Conference will be a collective clean-up of the famous Gonzaga beach to emphasize the importance of building sustainable and environmentally friendly urban environments. This awareness-raising event will invite Mayors and delegates to take concrete action towards positively impacting the local ecosystem and call on cities worldwide to act for environmental resilience.

During the 5-day Conference, participants will exchange and work with one another through different activities, ranging from plenary sessions to cluster meetings. There will also be a special Integration Session for the new members, offering an excellent opportunity to obtain a general understanding of the Network and interact with other member cities and stakeholders to exchange ideas and explore the collaborative potential. The Conference will give special attention to a series of Transversal Thematic Panels around six themes in line with UNESCO’s global priorities:

The Annual Conference will also feature the Mayor’s Forum, a primary platform for Mayors of the Creative Cities to showcase and share their cities’ vision, policies, actions, and good practices with their counterparts, city delegates, and other relevant stakeholders. This year, the Public Session will allow mayors to enrich Creative Cities’ joint reflection and convey a strong message about the role of culture and creativity in building sustainable and inclusive cities. In addition, the Private Session will provide participating mayors with an exclusive platform to exchange with UNESCO representatives on harnessing the full potential of culture and creativity to address urban challenges and opportunities.

In parallel to the Conference, an additional cultural program, including exhibitions, film screenings, culinary shows, master classes, and encounters with writers and film directors, will also be organized in the Creative Pavilions by the Host City of Santos. Focused on the seven creative fields of the Network, these Pavilions will be open to all Conference attendees and the general public for participation in cultural activities.

Source: UNESCO Creative Cities Network


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June 29, 2022

QS reveals the World's Best Cities for Students.

QS Best Student Cities

QS Best Student Cities

LONDON, June 29, 2022 — QS Quacquarelli Symonds, global higher education analysts, published today the 10th edition of the QS Best Student Cities rankings, which enable students to compare 140 premier educational destinations, including 30 new entries.

London retains its status as the world’s best student city for the fourth consecutive edition. Munich (2nd =) shares its silver medal with Seoul (2nd =). Zurich (4th) and Melbourne (5th) break into the top 5, while Edinburgh (10th) joins the top 10.

London’s leadership is supported by:



QS ranks cities with a population of at least 250,000 and at least two universities in the QS World University Rankings. The ranking offers a powerful lens into the sentiments of both prospective and former students, with over 98,000 survey responses contributing to the Desirability (prospective students) and Student View (former students) indexes.



  1. London, United Kingdom
  2. Munich, Germany
  3. Seoul, South Korea
  4. Zurich, Switzerland
  5. Melbourne, Australia
  6. Berlin, Germany
  7. Tokyo, Japan
  8. Paris, France
  9. Sydney, Australia
  10. Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  11. Boston, United States
  12. Hong Kong, SAR Hong Kong
  13. Singapore, Singapore
  14. Montreal, Canada
  15. Toronto, Canada
  16. Vienna, Austria
  17. Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe, Japan
  18. New York, United States
  19. Lausanne, Switzerland
  20. Vancouver, Canada
  21. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  22. Stockholm, Sweden
  23. Buenos Aires, Argentina
  24. Brisbane, Australia
  25. Glasgow, United Kingdom
  26. Manchester, United Kingdom
  27. San Francisco, United States
  28. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  29. Beijing, China (Mainland)
  30. Los Angeles, United States
  31. Adelaide, Australia
  32. Barcelona, Spain
  33. Taipei, Taiwan
  34. Perth, Australia
  35. Canberra, Australia
  36. Shanghai, China (Mainland)
  37. Auckland, New Zealand
  38. Dublin, Ireland
  39. Prague, Czech Republic
  40. Chicago, United States
  41. Coventry, United Kingdom
  42. Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
  43. Leuven, Belgium
  44. Madrid, Spain
  45. Birmingham, United Kingdom
  46. Lyon, France
  47. Copenhagen, Denmark
  48. Milan, Italy
  49. Bristol, United Kingdom
  50. Nottingham, United Kingdom
  51. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  52. Istanbul, Turkey
  53. Brussels, Belgium
  54. Gothenburg, Sweden
  55. Ottawa, Canada
  56. Leeds, United Kingdom
  57. Bangkok, Thailand
  58. Warsaw, Poland
  59. Liverpool, United Kingdom
  60. Santiago, Chile
  61. Sheffield, United Kingdom
  62. Brno, Czech Republic
  63. Atlanta, United States
  64. Philadelphia, United States
  65. Washington DC, United States
  66. Budapest, Hungary
  67. Helsinki, Finland
  68. Aberdeen, United Kingdom
  69. Mexico City, Mexico
  70. Lisbon, Portugal
  71. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  72. Daejeon, South Korea
  73. Pittsburgh, United States
  74. Rome, Italy
  75. Almaty, Kazakhstan
  76. Durham, United States
  77. Ankara, Turkey
  78. Cape Town, South Africa
  79. Toulouse, France
  80. San Diego, United States
  81. Brighton, United Kingdom
  82. Seattle, United States
  83. Graz, Austria
  84. Nanjing, China (Mainland)
  85. Christchurch, New Zealand
  86. Sao Paulo, Brazil
  87. Valencia, Spain
  88. Stuttgart, Germany
  89. Hsinchu, Taiwan
  90. Baltimore, United States
  91. Krakow, Poland
  92. Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
  93. Gold Coast, Australia
  94. Cairo, Egypt
  95. Leicester, United Kingdom
  96. Monterrey, Mexico
  97. Johannesburg, South Africa
  98. Wuhan, China (Mainland)
  99. Bogota, Colombia
  100. Miami, United States
  101. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  102. Houston, United States
  103. Mumbai, India
  104. Athens, Greece
  105. Beirut, Lebanon
  106. Quebec, Canada
  107. Nagoya, Japan
  108. Riga, Latvia
  109. Vilnius, Lithuania
  110. Guangzhou, China (Mainland)
  111. Manila, Philippines
  112. Lima, Peru
  113. Amman, Jordan
  114. Bangalore, India
  115. Tainan, Taiwan
  116. Dallas, United States
  117. Wroclaw, Poland
  118. Busan, South Korea
  119. Montpellier, France
  120. Bandung, Indonesia
  121. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  122. Cluj-Napoca, Romania
  123. Gwangju, South Korea
  124. Jakarta, Indonesia
  125. Chennai, India
  126. Baku, Azerbaijan
  127. Surabaya, Indonesia
  128. Kaunas, Lithuania
  129. Delhi, India
  130. Quito, Ecuador
  131. Timisoara, Romania
  132. Bucharest, Romania
  133. Taichung, Taiwan
  134. Albany, United States
  135. Montevideo, Uruguay
  136. Denver, United States
  137. Iasi, Romania
  138. Xi’an, China (Mainland)
  139. Irbid, Jordan
  140. Łódź, Poland

Source: QS Quacquarelli Symonds

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June 23, 2022

Olympic Day 2022: Sport as a Bridge in a Divided World


Photo: IOC President Thomas Bach attends the Olympic Day celebration at a local school in Skopje. Image provided by & copyright © IOC/Greg Martin.

On Olympic Day, while the world is moving together for peace, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has reiterated the role sport can play in building bridges in our divided world and promoting global solidarity.

“The Olympic Games, which unite the entire world in peaceful competition, are a powerful symbol of peace,” said President Bach. “Our Olympic mission is not political. Our Olympic mission is humanitarian.”

Recently, global humanitarian issues have forced the world to reflect. Ongoing conflicts and the growing number of people displaced worldwide have reaffirmed an urgent need for solidarity and peace in our divided world.

On 23 June, as Olympic Day promotes this year’s message of “Together, for a Peaceful World,” the IOC President stressed that the need for solidarity and peace remains the guiding principle of the Olympic Movement and highlights the symbolic importance of the Olympic Games. “Without solidarity, there is no peace,” he said.

“In these divisive and contentious times, people worldwide are longing for a unifying force that brings humankind together. In this respect, the Olympic Movement has a lot to offer with our mission to unite the entire world in peaceful competition,” Bach continued.

Olympic Day 2022: #MoveForPeace

Celebrated every year on 23 June since 1948, Olympic Day provides a moment for everyone to come together and get active with purpose.

This year, as the world continues seeking togetherness, the IOC and the Olympic Movement highlight the power of sport to build a better world by bringing people together in peace. As part of this, people are encouraged to move together for peace today through various local physical and digital activities.

Over 135 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) have registered their commitment to Olympic Day by hosting activities such as Olympic Day runs, outdoor games for families, introductions to new sports, meetings with Olympians, and workshops on the Olympic values. In addition, IOC will organize Digital initiatives, such as virtual Olympic challenges, online workouts, virtual live chats with Olympians, online quizzes, and webinars on the Olympic values worldwide.

Everyone can join by sharing how they are moving on Olympic Day with #MoveForPeace and #OlympicDay, International Olympic Committee said.

Source: IOC


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June 19, 2022

Prime Minister Modi launches Historic Torch Relay for 44th Chess Olympiad.

• India to host Chess Olympiad for the first time.

Chess Olympiad Relay

Photo: Prime Minister Modi launches the torch relay for the 44th Chess Olympiad in New Delhi on June 19, 2022.

New Delhi, June 19, 2022 — Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India launched the historic torch relay for the 44th Chess Olympiad today at Indira Gandhi Stadium, New Delhi. FIDE (World Chess Federation) President Arkady Dvorkovich handed over the torch to the Prime Minister, who handed it over to Grandmaster Vishwanathan Anand. This torch will visit 75 cities in 40 days before the final culmination at Mahabalipuram near Chennai. At every location, chess grandmasters of the state will receive the torch. Prime Minister Modi also made the Khelo Chess Ceremonial move, followed by Ms. Koneru Humpy making a move. Union Ministers Shri Anurag Singh Thakur and Shri Nisith Pramanik, Chess players and enthusiasts, Ambassadors, and Chess Officials were also present.

FIDE (World Chess Federation) President Arkady Dvorkovich thanked the Government of India for starting the new tradition of the torch relay, which will popularise and galvanize the game worldwide. “FIDE is grateful to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his presence and honoring us,” he said. The FIDE President hoped that Chess would become part of all schools across India and worldwide. He said, “India is the fastest-growing Chess country today, and you have all grounds to be proud of that. We are grateful for your leadership for all the fantastic work you are doing in the interest of Chess.”

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister said, “Today, the first torch relay for Chess Olympiad games is starting from India. India will host the Chess Olympiad games for the first time this year. We are proud that a sport, starting from its birthplace and leaving its mark worldwide, has become a passion for many countries.” He continued, “Centuries ago, the torch of this sport went to the whole world in the form of Chaturanga from India. Today the first Olympiad torch of Chess is also coming out of India. Today, when India is celebrating its 75th year of independence, Amrit Mahotsav, this Chess Olympiad torch will also go to 75 cities of the country.” He said, “FIDE has decided that the torch relay for each Chess Olympiad game will start from India itself. This honor is not only the honor of India but also the recognition of this glorious heritage of Chess. I congratulate FIDE and all its members for this”

The Prime Minister dwelled on the Indian heritage in Chess. He said, “our ancestors invented games like Chaturanga or Chess for analytical and problem-solving brains. Chess, via India, reached many countries and became very popular. Today, Chess is being used in schools as an educational tool for young people, for children.” He noted that India has consistently improved its Chess performance in recent years. India’s contingent in the Chess Olympiad is the biggest this year.

The Prime Minister talked about many lessons that Chess gives us in our lives. Underlining the need for the proper support for everyone irrespective of their place in life, the Prime Minister said, “Just like every piece of Chess has its unique strength and a unique ability. It becomes the most powerful if you make the right move with a piece and use its power properly. This specialty of Chessboard gives us a big message about life. If given the right support and environment, no goal is impossible even for the weakest.”

The Prime Minister highlighted another lesson from Chess: “Another great feature of the game of Chess is farsightedness. Chess tells us that real success comes from far-sighted rather than short-term success.”

The 44th Chess Olympiad will take place in Chennai from July 28 to August 10, 2022. The prestigious competition, organized since 1927, is hosted in India for the first time and in Asia after 30 years. With 189 countries participating, this will be the most extensive participation in any Chess Olympiad.

Source: Prime Minister’s Office, New Delhi

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June 16, 2022

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) sees further slowdown hitting global economic growth in 2022

International Monetary Fund

Photo: International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director, Kristalina Georgieva, receives an Honorary Degree, Doctor Honoris Causa (DHC), from the University of National and World Economy. Sofia, Bulgaria. May 17, 2022. IMF Photo/Hristo Rusev.

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Photo: International Monetary Fund Analytical Corner discussion on the topic of ‘A Headwind To Recovery’ as part of the 2022 Spring Meetings. Washington, DC, United States. April 7, 2022. IMF Photo/Kim Haughton.

Washington, DC, June 15, 2022 — The International Monetary Fund (IMF) sees further slowdown hitting global economic growth in 2022, IMF spokesperson Gerry Rice said in Washington, DC, following World Bank and OECD moves to cut their forecasts.

The IMF will publish the next revision of its World Economic Outlook report in July, and if it materializes, that would be its third downgrade this year. In April, the IMF had already slashed its forecast for global economic growth by nearly a whole percentage point to 3.6% in 2022 and 2023.

Fund spokesman Gerry Rice said several factors, including a slowdown in China, persistently high fuel and food prices, and many Central Banks hiking rates, were acting together to slow growth.

“We have inflation continuing to rise, particularly in several advanced economies leading to tightening monetary policy. So, you know, we’re seeing this confluence of crises. The Managing Director discussed the combination of all these things going in the same direction of downside risks. And so, again, I think you can reasonably expect that there will be a downward revision of the growth forecast for 2022 compared to what we were forecasting only a month-and-a-half ago,” Rice told reporters.

Source: IMF


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May 29, 2022

Festival de Cannes Winners 2022

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Festival de Cannes

Photo: Indian actress Deepika Padukone. Jury Member. Image Source: Deepika Padukone / Instagram.

Cannes, France, May 29, 2022 — After 11 days of a special edition, the Jury of the 75th Festival de Cannes presented its winners’ list from the 21 films appearing in the Competition this year. French actor Vincent Lindon chaired the jury. Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, British-American actress and director Rebecca Hall, French director Ladj Ly, American director Jeff Nichols, Indian actress Deepika Padukone, Swedish actress Noomi Rapace, Norwegian director Joachim Trier, and Italian actress and director Jasmine Trinca were the other jury members.

Here is the WINNERS’ LIST

— Feature Films —

• Palme d’Or

• Grand Prix (jointly awarded)

• Award for Best Director

• Award for Best Screenplay

• Jury Prize (jointly awarded)

• 75th anniversary Prize

• Award for Best Actress

• Award for Best Actor

— Short Films —

• Palme d’Or

Special Mention

— Un Certain Regard —

• Un Certain Regard Prize

• Jury Prize

• Best Director Prize

• Best Performance Prize (jointly awarded)

• Best Screenplay Prize

• Coup de cœur Prize

• Caméra d’Or

Special Mention

• La Cinef

First Prize

Second Prize

Joint Third Prize

— Higher Technical Commission (CST) —

Source: Festival de Cannes

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May 27, 2022

Swiss Watchmaker OMEGA presents its Inspiring Women Ambassadors.

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Omega, Watches

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Omega, Watches

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Photos: Omega Women Ambassadors. (From Top) Zoë Kravitz, Allyson Felix, Kaia Gerber, Kiko Mizuhara, and So-hee Han. Images provided by & copyright © OMEGA.

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Omega, Watches

Photos: Omega Ladies’ Timepieces. Two models. The Mini Trésor and The Speedmaster 38 mm. Images provided by & copyright © OMEGA.

Captured in a new series of black and white portraits, the Swiss watchmaker OMEGA is revealing the unique personalities of its inspiring women ambassadors.

“My Choice” is the latest continuation of OMEGA’s historical bond with women. For more than 100 years, the company has delivered ladies’ timepieces of reliability, beauty, and versatility - helping to support everyone from nurses and aviators to artists and actresses.

Today, OMEGA is represented worldwide by a strong family of female stars. For the latest shoot, actresses Nicole Kidman, Zoë Kravitz, So-hee Han, Dongyu Zhou, models Kaia Gerber, Kiko Mizuhara, and legendary athletes Allyson Felix joined the brand.

The result brings together a selection of classic yet fast-moving portraits.

Source: OMEGA


Kaia Gerber and the OMEGA Constellation

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May 23, 2022

TIME Reveals Its Annual List of the 100 Most Influential People in the World

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Photo: The 2022 TIME100 issue has five worldwide covers, each highlighting a member of the TIME100: actor Zendaya, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Prime Minister Mia Mottley, actor Simu Liu, and recording artist Mary J. Blige.

NEW YORK, May 23, 2022 — Today, TIME revealed the 2022 TIME100, its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The issue has five worldwide covers, each highlighting a member of the TIME100: actor Zendaya, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Prime Minister Mia Mottley, actor Simu Liu, and recording artist Mary J. Blige.

The TIME100 includes surprising pairings of the list members and the guest contributors TIME selects to write about them. For example, the nineteenth annual list features Michelle Obama on Oprah Winfrey, Joe Biden on Volodymyr Zelensky, Matthew McConaughey on Channing Tatum, Denis Villeneuve on Zendaya, James Corden on Adele, Reese Witherspoon on Zoë Kravitz, Martin Scorsese on Andrew Garfield, Sandra Oh on Simu Liu, Ryan Seacrest on Kris Jenner, Laurene Powell Jobs on Tim Cook, Jeb Bush on Ron DeSantis, Tom Brady on Rafael Nadal and many more.

Of the 2022 TIME100 list, TIME editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal writes, “We hope that the TIME100 list is not simply a recognition of influence but a study in how influence can be wielded… If a crisis unites us, we must find within ourselves that same empathy. The spectrum of leaders on this list, wielding influence in so many ways, is a reminder that we all have the option to use our power for good.”


The 2022 TIME100 features dozens of entertainers, including Channing Tatum, Pete Davidson, Amanda Seyfried, Zendaya, Adele, Simu Liu, Mila Kunis, Oprah Winfrey, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Mary J. Blige, Miranda Lambert, Jon Batiste, Keanu Reeves and more.

Athletes on this year’s list include Nathan Chen, Alex Morgan, Eileen Gu, Candace Parker, Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn, and Rafael Nadal.

This year’s list features 49 women, including Mary J.Blige, Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Yeoh, Ariana DeBose, Adele, Miranda Lambert, Sarah Jessica Parker, Amanda Seyfried, Zendaya, Nadine Smith, Ketanji Brown Jackson, Quinta Brunson, Zoe Kravitz, Cristina Villarreal Velásquez and others.

The list features U.S. President Joe Biden and other U.S. political figures, including Kevin McCarthy, Ron DeSantis, Kyrsten Sinema, and Ketanji Brown Jackson.

Other notable writers include Sacha Baron Cohen, Mindy Kaling, LeBron James, Billy Porter, Stevie Wonder, Alexei Navalny, Jimmy Fallon, Bernie Sanders, Bowen Yang, Billie Jean King, Chip, and Joanna Gaines, Jack Harlow, Cory Booker, and more.

Xi Jinping is on the list for the 13th time, more than any other person this year. Other repeats include Oprah Winfrey (10), Vladimir Putin (7), Joe Biden (5), Christine Lagarde (5), Tim Cook (5), Adele (3), Rafael Nadal (2), Alex Morgan (2), Abiy Ahmed (2), Issa Rae (2), Megan Rapinoe (2) and Ursula von der Leyen (2).

TIME will celebrate the 2022 TIME100 list of the world’s most influential people with the return of the annual TIME100 Summit and TIME100 Gala on June 7 and June 8 in New York City.

The second annual TIME100 Summit on June 7, 2022, will convene leaders from the global TIME100 community to spotlight solutions and encourage action toward a better world. Speakers for the day-long event include Apple CEO Tim Cook; co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Bill Gates; NBA champion, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Dwyane Wade; writer, producer, and actor Mindy Kaling; U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry; former U.S. Representative and co-founder, Giffords Gabrielle Giffords; Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley; founder and creative director, Brother Vellies Aurora James, designer Christian Siriano; head of global TV, Netflix Bela Bajaria; Olympic Champion, Freestyle Skiing Eileen Gu; writer, director, producer, and actor Taika Waititi; poet and author Cathy Park Hong; artist Jon Batiste; senior vice president, BioNTech SE Dr. Katalin Karikó; filmmakers Betsy West and Julie Cohen and more.

The 16th annual TIME100 Gala, celebrating TIME’s list of the world’s most influential people, will take place on June 8, 2022. The event will feature Mary J. Blige and Miranda Lambert performances, honorary tributes from members of this year’s list, remarks from TIME Editor-in-Chief and CEO Edward Felsenthal, and more.

Both events will occur at the Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz, at Lincoln Center, in New York City.

Source: TIME

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May 18, 2022

French actor Vincent Lindon is the President of the Jury of the 75th Festival de Cannes.

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Photo: 75th Festival de Cannes Jury member, Deepika Padukone. Source: Instagram.

Cannes, France, May 18, 2022 — French actor Vincent Lindon will be the 75th Festival de Cannes Jury president. Together with eight jury members, the actor who won Best Actor in 2015 will present the Palme d’Or to one of the 21 films in competition on Saturday, May 28, during the closing ceremony, to be broadcast live by France Télévisions and Brut.

• The Jury

Vincent Lindon - President

Rebecca Hall
Actress, producer, screenwriter, director
United Kingdom / United States

Deepika Padukone
Actress, producer

Noomi Rapace

Jasmine Trinca
Actress, director

Asghar Farhadi
Director, producer, screenwriter

Ladj Ly
Director, screenwriter, actor, producer

Jeff Nichols
Director, screenwriter
United States

Joachim Trier
Director, screenwriter

Source: Cannes Film Festival

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May 15, 2022

U.S. Postal Service honors Illustrator Shel Silverstein and Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz

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WASHINGTON, May 14, 2022 — The U.S. Postal Service has announced several new stamps.

The Shel Silverstein Forever stamp — featuring artwork from one of his most famous books, “The Giving Tree” — was dedicated at Darwin Elementary, one of the schools he attended as a child.

The extraordinarily versatile Silverstein (1930-1999) was one of the 20th century’s most imaginative authors and illustrators.

Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree,” published in 1964 by Harper & Row, is about a friendship between a motherly tree and a boy. As the child grows older, the tree gives him its shade, apples, branches, and trunk. The story ends with the boy returning as a grown-up man to rest against the tree’s stump. The bestselling tale of selflessness, accompanied by the author’s elegantly simple black-and-white illustrations, is considered a classic of children’s literature.

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Other new stamps salute the centennial of cartoonist Charles M. Schulz (1922-2000), whose “Peanuts” characters are some of the best known and most beloved in all of American culture. Schulz alone wrote and drew nearly 18,000 strips for five decades. Each character reflects Schulz’s rich imagination and great humanity.

In a celebratory mode, characters from “Peanuts” adorn ten designs on this pane of 20 stamps and form a frame around a 1987 photograph of Schulz.

Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamps from Schulz’s artwork and an existing photograph by Douglas Kirkland.

Source: U.S. Postal Service

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May 14, 2022

Camila Cabello to headline Show-Stopping UEFA Champions Final Opening Ceremony Presented by Pepsi

- Grammy Award-Nominated, Multi-Platinum, and Chart-Topping Singer/Songwriter will take to Pepsi Stage live in Paris on May 28 ahead of the World’s most watched Annual Sporting Event.

Pepsi Camila Cabello

NEW YORK, May 14, 2022 — UEFA and Pepsi have revealed that GRAMMY Award-nominated, multi-platinum, and chart-topping singer/songwriter Camila Cabello will headline this year’s UEFA Champions League Final Opening Ceremony presented by Pepsi. The Opening Ceremony will see the ‘Bam Bam’ ‘Senorita,’ and ‘Havana’ hitmaker takes center stage to kick off one of the World’s most significant sporting events and bring the energy and atmosphere of the UEFA Champions League final to millions of viewers tuning in around the World.

The 5-minute performance would be a breath-taking carnival-themed celebration, brought to life through a stunning display of costumes, dancers, and musicians, choreographed to deliver a high-energy spectacular to fans in the stadium and at home, live from the Stade de France in Paris on Saturday, May 28. The Opening Ceremony production will see her perform a medley of her chart-topping hits alongside new releases from the highly-acclaimed third studio album ‘Familia.’

Camila Cabello commented: “I’m so excited to be taking to the stage at the UEFA Champions League final in Paris this month! I intend on putting on an amazing show, bringing together the spirit of my Latin heritage and a feeling of togetherness for sports and music fans all over the World - I can’t wait!”

To announce Camila’s performance at the UEFA Champions League final, Pepsi shared a short video via its YouTube channel, showing what fans can expect in Paris. In the clip, playful animations and floral patterns surround Camila taking inspiration from the iconic Oaxaca carnival in Mexico. The vibrant colors channel the feeling of togetherness and celebrate people of all walks of life coming together, showcasing how the power of music and sport can unite people all around the World.

Pepsi’s Global Marketing Vice President, Eric Melis, said: “Pepsi has been working with UEFA to build the Opening Ceremony platform since 2016. We’re delighted to be returning to live stadium shows and bringing Camila Cabello to the stage this year. Pepsi has a long and rich heritage in entertainment. This year’s show will not disappoint as we bring Camila’s Latina spirit elements to one of the most anticipated sporting events of the year.”

Each year, the Opening Ceremony sees some of the hottest music artists in the World put on an electrifying, show-stopping performance that brings enormous buzz to the UEFA Champions League final in true Pepsi style. The 2022 Opening Ceremony is no different and will be running across the international Pepsi trademark, including Pepsi, Pepsi Black / MAX, and Diet Pepsi.

UEFA marketing director Guy-Laurent Epstein commented: “We are excited to be collaborating with our long-standing partners at Pepsi for yet another highly entertaining Opening Ceremony performance at the 2022 UEFA Champions League final. These events always provide the ultimate cross-pollination of sport and music, which we know fans love to watch - and Pepsi is the perfect partner to help us do that. We know that Camila Cabello is one of the World’s most popular artists, and she will help us build on our fans’ excitement for the Opening Ceremony performance with a show football fans will never forget.”

This year’s UEFA Champions League final Opening Ceremony performance will air in over 200 countries and territories around the World, just minutes before the biggest game in European club football gets underway.

Source: PepsiCo

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May 10, 2022

Movie celebrities from across India to walk Red Carpet along with Shri Anurag Thakur at Cannes.

• A.R. Rahman, Shekhar Kapur, Akshay Kumar, and Ricky Kej are among the celebs on Red Carpet

Cannes Film Festival

Photo: The Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting, Youth Affairs and Sports, Shri Anurag Singh Thakur, announcing that India will be the official Country of Honour at the upcoming Marche’ Du Film, organized alongside the 75th edition of Cannes Film Festival in France, in New Delhi.

New Delhi, May 10, 2022 — Red Carpet Event at the 75th Cannes Film Festival is going to be a gala event for the Indian audience as celebrities from the cine world across India are set to walk the Red Carpet as part of the Indian delegation on the opening day of Cannes Film Festival 2022 on May 17, 2022.

Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shri Anurag Thakur will lead the delegation from India to Cannes. The list of celebrities comprises stars from the film and music industries across India. The panel will contain the following celebrities:

This year, the intent is to showcase the rich flavor and diversity of India - culture, heritage, legacy, and developments through its cinema. The Ministry has hand-picked the delegation from across the length and breadth of the country to represent different strengths and aspects of the nation.

Notably, India is the Official Country of Honour at Cannes Film Market (Marché du Film) in this edition of the festival. It is the first time this honor has been bestowed on any country and comes when India celebrates its Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav. In addition, India and France are also celebrating 75 years of diplomatic relations this year.

Source: Ministry of Information & Broadcasting

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May 9, 2022

Lamborghini Squadra Corse secures first British GT win of the season in Silverstone 500

- Barwell’s Sandy Mitchell and Adam Balon ensure a third successive victory in a three-hour event.


Photo: Lamborghini Squadra Corse secures the first British GT win of the season in Silverstone 500.

Silverstone, UK, May 8, 2022 - Barwell Motorsport’s Sandy Mitchell and Adam Balon delivered Lamborghini Squadra Corse’s first victory in the British GT Championship season with a measured drive under heavy pressure during the three-hour Silverstone 500. Factory Driver Mitchell had helped the #72 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO take pole position on Saturday before coming out on top by just under a second at the end of the opening endurance event of the year.

After two sprint races to kick off the season at Oulton Park, the field moved to the Home of British Motorsport for the first long-distance meeting of the year. Mitchell and Balon began the weekend strongly in Saturday’s free practice sessions, setting the seventh quickest time in the morning before topping the times in the afternoon FP2.

The leading pair of Lamborghinis had opened a healthy margin over the chasing pack, with Balon hanging onto the pace of Malykhin. Balon then moved back into the race lead as Malykhin made his first pit stop after the half-hour marker. Mitchell took over the reins of the #72 Huracán after Balon - who become embroiled in a lively battle with the McLaren of Morgan Tillbrook - made his first stop 15 minutes later.

With Mitchell at the wheel, the Barwell Motorsport car established a lead of just under five seconds, which extended by another second by the time Balon got back behind the wheel for his second stint. Mitchell was back in for the final 45 minutes, in which he maintained a diminishing advantage over another McLaren - with Marvin Kirchhofer in the car.

Despite it coming down to as little as two-tenths of a second in the closing stages, Mitchell controlled the lead to take a deserved victory at the finish, ensuring Lamborghini’s third successive win in the Silverstone endurance event.

Source: Lamborghini


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May 5, 2022

India Art Fair 2022 closes.

India Art Fair


India Art Fair

India Art Fair

New Delhi, May 4, 2022 — The 2022 edition of the India Art Fair, the leading platform to discover and celebrate modern and contemporary art from South Asia, closed on May 1 amid reports of robust sales. The fair offered a strong contingent of 77 exhibitors, including 63 galleries and 14 institutional participants from 16 cities in India.

The fair featured over 500 modern and contemporary artists.

Jaya Asokan, Fair Director of India Art Fair, commented: “As the first fair that I oversaw, I am immensely proud of the team and our artists, galleries, and partners for working so seamlessly together and pushing the boundaries of the region’s artistic language. The upbeat energy at the fair has demonstrated that audiences here are ready to dive back in and experience art in person again, a true embodiment of the strength and resilience of the region’s art scene.”

Leading art-lovers across the cultural landscapes of India and the South Asia region attended the fair to explore and experience the diverse line-up of leading exhibitors and curated programs.

Source: India Art Fair

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April 27, 2022

The Times Higher Education (THE) publishes its SDG Impact Rankings 2022; Lovely, Shoolini, and Chitkara lead in India.

Times Higher Education, Impact Rankings

London, April 27, 2022 — The Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings are the global performance tables that assess universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). THE says it uses carefully calibrated indicators to provide comprehensive and balanced comparison across four broad areas:

The 2022 Impact Rankings is the fourth edition, and the overall ranking includes 1,406 universities from 106 countries/regions.

An Australian institution, Western Sydney University, leads the overall ranking.

In second place is the US’s Arizona State University, and third is Western University from Canada.

No one country dominates the top 10, with universities from the UK, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, New Zealand, and Japan also featuring.

The top institutions from an emerging economy are King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia and Universiti Sains Malaysia, in joint fourth place.

According to THE, the Impact Rankings are inherently dynamic: they are overgrowing each year as many more universities seek to demonstrate their commitment to delivering the SDGs by joining the ‘THE’ database. These rankings allow institutions to show rapid improvement year on year by introducing clear new policies or providing more transparent and open evidence of their progress.

• Following universities from India appear in the top 300

(India Rank) — ‘THE’ Global Rank — University

Source: Times Higher Education

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April 26, 2022

MasterClass Announces Mariah Carey to Teach the Voice as an Instrument

Mariah Carey, MasterClass

Photo: Mariah Carey for MasterClass.


SAN FRANCISCO, April 26, 2022 — MasterClass, the streaming platform where anyone can learn from the world’s best across a wide range of subjects, has announced that Mariah Carey will teach a class on how to use the voice as an instrument. For the first time, Carey will bring members into the Butterfly Lounge, her mobile studio, to show how they can use their voices to sing and write and produce melodies, lyrics, and instrumentation that blend genres and break barriers. In addition, members will be the first to hear the reimagined version of “The Roof” with award-winning artist Brandy and see Carey in action as she directs Brandy on background vocals. Carey’s class is now available exclusively on MasterClass, where subscribers get unlimited access to all 150+ instructors with an annual membership.

“Mariah is simply a genius. She’s one of the greatest artists of all time,” said David Rogier, founder and CEO of MasterClass. “In her class, Mariah is opening up her studio for the first time, teaching members how to use their voice throughout the music-making process.”

In her class, Carey reveals how the voice can be used as an instrument and how it can be an extension of the pen as a writer, making it possible for anyone to be a music producer. Carey will provide an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at her music-making process by communicating melodies to a string ensemble to turn personal stories into iconic soundtracks. Taking members into the Butterfly Lounge as she works on a reimagined version of her beloved hit “The Roof” with award-winning artist Brandy, Carey will examine the importance of background vocals in making music and how to build a song with a choir of voices versus a wall of sound. Carey will teach members how to use their personal experiences as inspiration for writing music and telling a story. Sharing how Mobb Deep’s “Shook Ones Part II” inspired her writing on “The Roof,” she will show members how to listen beyond genres and use samples as building blocks. Carey will also reflect on the challenges she faced in the music industry and provide tips for navigating the industry and maintaining creative control. Members will leave the class inspired to find their voice, whether advocating for their creative desires or honing it as an instrument.

“I’ve never let cameras in when I create—not when I’m writing, especially not when singing,” Carey said. “But now I’m taking MasterClass members into my studio to show them how they can write and produce music using their voice and become anything they want to be as long as they create, re-create, reimagine and reinvent.”

Lessons in this online class include:

Mariah Carey is an American singer, songwriter, actress, record producer, entrepreneur, and pop icon. Known for her five-octave vocal range, melismatic singing style, and signature use of the whistle register, she has been referred to as the “Songbird Supreme.” Holding the record for the most No. 1 singles and most certified albums by any solo artist or female artist, Carey has received Billboard’s Artist of the Decade (the 1990s). She also received the Icons Award, the World Music Awards’ Best Selling Female Artist of the Millennium, and holds three Guinness World Records. She is a five-time Grammy Award-winning singer with 19 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 singles and more than 200 million records sold, making her the best-selling female artist. Her songs shatter records, her love of music blends genres, and her penmanship and producing ability have earned her a spot in the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

The MasterClass is the streaming platform where the world’s best come together, so anyone can access and be inspired by their knowledge and stories. With an annual membership, members get unprecedented access to 150+ instructors and classes across various fields, including Arts & Entertainment, Business, Design & Style, Sports & Gaming, Writing, and more.

Source: MasterClass


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April 21, 2022

Call for Nominations for the 2023 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Awards



Paris, April 21, 2022 — UNESCO and the Fondation L’Oréal have invited scientists worldwide to nominate candidates for the 2023 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science (FWIS) International Awards.

The 2023 edition of the FWIS International Awards will designate five outstanding scientific women researchers in Physical sciences, Mathematics, and Computer science. Each of the five Laureates will receive an award of €100,000 for her contribution to scientific research at a ceremony in Paris in March 2023.

Nominations must be submitted through the dedicated online platform by Tuesday, May 31, 2022.

Source: L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Awards


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