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June 17, 2013

MISS USA 2013 - Erin Brady from Connecticut

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Photo: Miss Connecticut USA 2013, Erin Brady of East Hampton, is crowned Miss USA 2013 at the conclusion of the 2013 MISS USA Competition at PH Live in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday June 16, 2013. She receives the coveted Miss USA Diamond Nexus Crown and will represent the USA at the 2013 MISS UNIVERSE Competition on November 9th from the Crocus City Hall in Moscow, Russia. © Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP. Photographer: Greg Harbaugh.

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June 6, 2013

World War Z - World Premiere

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Photo: The ‘World War Z’ Fan Screening at Cine Capitol in Madrid, Spain, on June 21, 2013. (Photo © Juan Naharro Gimenez /Getty Images).

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Photo: A view of atmosphere inside the theater during the Paris premiere of “World War Z” at Cinema UGC Normandie on June 3, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images For Paramount. © 2013 Getty Images).

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Photo: A view of the film poster displayed next to the entrance to the Lido cabaret during the Paris premiere of “World War Z” at Cinema UGC Normandie on June 3, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images For Paramount. © 2013 Getty Images).

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Photo: Angelina Jolie (R) and Brad Pitt (rear R) meet with fans as they sign autograph upon their arrival for the Paris premiere of “World War Z” at Cinema UGC Normandie on June 3, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images For Paramount. © 2013 Getty Images).

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Photo: Actors Angelina Jolie (L) and Brad Pitt attend the World Premiere of ‘World War Z’ at The Empire Cinema Leicester Square on June 2, 2013 in London, England. (Photo © 2013 Dave M. Benett/WireImage for Paramount).

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Photo: Actress Angelina Jolie attends the World Premiere of ‘World War Z’ at The Empire Cinema Leicester Square on June 2, 2013 in London, England. (Photo © 2013 Dave M. Benett/WireImage for Paramount).

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Photo: Matt Bellamy of Muse performs at the ‘World War Z’ World Premiere at Horse Guards Parade on June 2, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures International. © 2013 Getty Images).

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Photo: Dutch film producer, director and actor Ludi Boeken attends the World Premiere of ‘World War Z’ at The Empire Cinema on June 2, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures International. © 2013 Getty Images).

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Photo: A general view of the crowd during the Muse performance at the ‘World War Z’ World Premiere at Horse Guards Parade on June 2, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Lucian Capellaro/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures International. © 2013 Getty Images).

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June 2, 2013

The Sound of Change Live Concert in London

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Photo: Danielle Haim performs on stage at the “Chime For Change: The Sound Of Change Live” Concert at Twickenham Stadium on June 1, 2013 in London, England. Chime For Change is a global campaign for girls’ and women’s empowerment founded by Gucci with a founding committee comprised of Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini, Salma Hayek Pinault and Beyonce Knowles-Carter. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Gucci. © 2013 Getty Images.)

London Concert, Global Giants

Photo: (L-R) Actors Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan speak on stage at the “Chime For Change: The Sound Of Change Live” Concert at Twickenham Stadium on June 1, 2013 in London, England. Chime For Change is a global campaign for girls’ and women’s empowerment founded by Gucci with a founding committee comprised of Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini, Salma Hayek Pinault and Beyonce Knowles-Carter. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Gucci. © 2013 Getty Images.)

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Photo: Singer Timbaland performs on stage at the “Chime For Change: The Sound Of Change Live” Concert at Twickenham Stadium on June 1, 2013 in London, England. Chime For Change is a global campaign for girls’ and women’s empowerment founded by Gucci with a founding committee comprised of Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini, Salma Hayek Pinault and Beyonce Knowles-Carter. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Gucci. © 2013 Getty Images.)

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Photo: Members of the crowd pose at the “Chime For Change: The Sound Of Change Live” Concert at Twickenham Stadium on June 1, 2013 in London, England. Chime For Change is a global campaign for girls’ and women’s empowerment founded by Gucci with a founding committee comprised of Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini, Salma Hayek Pinault and Beyonce Knowles-Carter. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Gucci. © 2013 Getty Images.)

CHIME FOR CHANGE, founded by Gucci, is a new global campaign to raise funds and awareness for girls’ and women’s empowerment. It serves to convene, unite and strengthen voices speaking out for girls and women around the world. Founded in Florence, Italy, in 1921, Gucci is one of the world’s leading luxury fashion brands.

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June 1, 2013

World Conference of Sports Ministers (MINEPS V) Concludes in Berlin

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Photos from the Conference (MINEPS V). All photos Copyright © Federal Ministry of the Interior, Germany/Peter Himsel.

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Photo: MINEPS V Welcome Evening: Hans-Peter Friedrich, Federal Minister of the Interior, Germany, at the screening of the film “Gold”, next to Pila Alvarez Laso (UNESCO Assistant Director-General) on the left, and Kirsten Bruhn (athlete and actress of the film “Gold”) on the right. Copyright © Federal Ministry of the Interior, Germany/Peter Himsel.

The fifth UNESCO World Sport Ministers Conference (MINEPS V) was held in Berlin from 28 to 30 May 2013. It was organized by the German Federal Ministry of the Interior in cooperation with UNESCO and with the help of the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education.

The conference focused on the fight against match-fixing, corruption and doping in order to maintain the integrity of sport. The agenda also included the topic of participation in and through sport. A third focus was on promoting investment in sport and physical education programs and discussing standards for large-scale sporting events.

The conference adopted an extensive list of recommendations to curb corruption in sport, share the socio-economic benefits of sport more equitably and ensure access to sport for all.

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May 16, 2013

Cannes Film Festival 2013 Kicks Off

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Cannes Film Festival, Global Giants

Photo: Model Cara Delevingne attends Electrolux at Opening Night of The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at the Theatre Lumiere on May 15, 2013 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/WireImage for Electrolux. © 2013 WireImage.)

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Photo: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio attends Electrolux at Opening Night of The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at the Theatre Lumiere on May 15, 2013 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/WireImage for Electrolux. © 2013 WireImage.)

Cannes Film Festival, Global Giants

Photo: Model Cindy Crawford attends Electrolux at Opening Night of The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at the Theatre Lumiere on May 15, 2013 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/WireImage for Electrolux. © 2013 WireImage.)

Cannes Film Festival, Global Giants

Photo: Sonam Kapoor attends Electrolux at Opening Night of The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at the Theatre Lumiere on May 15, 2013 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/WireImage for Electrolux. © 2013 WireImage.)

Cannes Film Festival, Global Giants

Photo: Zhang Ziyi attends Electrolux at Opening Night of The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at the Theatre Lumiere on May 15, 2013 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/WireImage for Electrolux. © 2013 WireImage.)

Cannes Film Festival, Global Giants

Photo: Georgia May Jagger attends Electrolux at Opening Night of The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at the Theatre Lumiere on May 15, 2013 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/WireImage for Electrolux. © 2013 WireImage.)

Cannes Film Festival, Global Giants

Photo: Fan Bingbing attends Electrolux at Opening Night of The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at the Theatre Lumiere on May 15, 2013 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/WireImage for Electrolux. © 2013 WireImage.)

Cannes Film Festival, Global Giants

Photo: Actress Isla Fisher attends Electrolux at Opening Night of The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at the Theatre Lumiere on May 15, 2013 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/WireImage for Electrolux. © 2013 WireImage.)

Cannes Film Festival, Global Giants

Photo: Steven Spielberg and actress Nicole Kidman attend Electrolux at Opening Night of The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at the Theatre Lumiere on May 15, 2013 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/WireImage for Electrolux. © 2013 WireImage.)

Cannes Film Festival, Global Giants

Photo: Sonam Kapoor attends “Jeune & Jolie” Premiere during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Grand Theatre Lumiere on May 16, 2013 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage for Electrolux. © 2013 WireImage.)

Cannes Film Festival, Global Giants

Photo: Vidya Balan attends the “Inside Llewyn Davis” Premiere during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Grand Theatre Lumiere on May 19, 2013 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/WireImage for Electrolux. © 2013 WireImage.)

Cannes Film Festival, Global Giants

Photo: Aishwarya Rai attends the “Inside Llewyn Davis” Premiere during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Grand Theatre Lumiere on May 19, 2013 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/WireImage for Electrolux. © 2013 WireImage.)

Cannes Film Festival, Global Giants

Photo: Jury President and Director Steven Speilberg attends the “Inside Llewyn Davis” Premiere during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Grand Theatre Lumiere on May 19, 2013 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/WireImage for Electrolux. © 2013 WireImage.)

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Photo: Model Alessandra Ambrosio attends the ‘De Grisogono’ Party during The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Hotel Du Cap Eden Roc on May 21, 2013 in Antibes, France. (Photo © Samir Hussein/French Select via Getty Images).

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Photo: Cannes Film Festival May 22. Anais Monory wearing Montblanc Princess Grace de Monaco red gold and diamonds bracelet. Photo © OLIVIER BORDE.

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Photo: Cannes Film Festival May 22. Beatrice Rosen wearing Montblanc earrings in red gold with diamonds. Photo © OLIVIER BORDE.

Cannes Film Festival, Global Giants

Photo: (L-R) Producers Neal Dodson, Anna Gerb, Mary Cameron Goodyear, director J. C. Chandor, Sibylle Szaggars, Chairman of the Cannes Film Festival Gilles Jacob, Robert Redford and Cannes Film Festival artistic director Thierry Fremaux attend the “All Is Lost” Premiere during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Grand Theatre Lumiere on May 22, 2013 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/WireImage for Electrolux. © 2013 WireImage.)

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Photo: Puja Gupta attends the “All Is Lost” Premiere during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Grand Theatre Lumiere on May 22, 2013 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/WireImage for Electrolux. © 2013 WireImage.)

Cannes Film Festival, Global Giants

Photo: Ameesha Patel attends the “All Is Lost” Premiere during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Grand Theatre Lumiere on May 22, 2013 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/WireImage for Electrolux. © 2013 WireImage.)

Cannes Film Festival, Global Giants

Photo: Barbara Palvin attends the “All Is Lost” Premiere during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Grand Theatre Lumiere on May 22, 2013 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/WireImage for Electrolux. © 2013 WireImage.)

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Photo: Araya A. Hargate attends the “All Is Lost” Premiere during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Grand Theatre Lumiere on May 22, 2013 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/WireImage for Electrolux. © 2013 WireImage.)

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Photo: Ana Girardot attends “The Immigrant” Premiere during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Grand Theatre Lumiere on May 24, 2013 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/WireImage for Electrolux. © 2013 WireImage.)

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Photo: Olivia Palermo attends “The Immigrant” Premiere during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Grand Theatre Lumiere on May 24, 2013 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/WireImage for Electrolux. © 2013 WireImage.)

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Photo: French humorist and actor Tomer Sisley at the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival 2013. Photo © OLIVIER BORDE.

The 66th annual Cannes Film Festival is currently taking place in Cannes, France, from 15 to 26 May 2013.

The festival opened with The Great Gatsby directed by Baz Luhrmann and will close with Zulu, directed by Jerome Salle.

THE COMPETITION JURY 2013

Steven SPIELBERG, President - Director, Producer, Writer / United States
Vidya BALAN Actress / India
Naomi KAWASE Director / Japan
Nicole KIDMAN Actress, Producer / Australia
Lynne RAMSAY Writer, Director, Producer / United Kingdom
Daniel AUTEUIL Actor, Director / France
Ang LEE Director, Producer, Writer / Taïwan
Cristian MUNGIU Writer, Director, Producer / Romania
Christoph WALTZ Actor / Austria

THE CINEFONDATION AND SHORT FILM JURY 2013

Jane CAMPION, President - Film director/New Zealand
Maji-da ABDI Actress, director, producer/Ethiopia
Nicoletta BRASCHI Actress, producer/Italy
Nandita DAS Actress, director/India
Semih KAPLANOGLU Director, writer, producer/Turkey

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May 11, 2013

American Moms Prefer Daily Help over Grand Gestures for Mother’s Day

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Mother's Day, Global Giants

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, children often struggle to come up with the perfect gift to show Moms that they are loved. But in a survey conducted by P&G, moms indicated that every day gestures are more meaningful than annual fancy gifts. Eighty-seven percent of those surveyed would prefer to have a little more time to themselves, a family day out, or a little more unprompted help around the house. Eighty-three percent said this would make them feel more appreciated and loved, even if it is just a simple ‘Thank you’ for all the things she does for the family.

In honor of Mother’s Day, P&G (the company behind brands like Ariel, Tide, Bounty and Olay) has invited everyone to thank their Mom, and share a story of how Mom’s everyday acts of kindness help you. Some of these stories will used in P&G’s first ever piece of consumer created ads to be showcased in July 2013.

P&G (Procter & Gamble) serves approximately 4.6 billion people around the world with its diverse brands and has operations in approximately 75 countries worldwide.

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April 29, 2013

DOCUMENTA MADRID: MAY 5 - May 12, 2013

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Photos: WINTER NOMADS. Director: Manuel von Sturler. 90 Minutes / 2012 / Switzerland.

Winter Nomads is an adventure film, a contemporary road movie. Pascal and Carole are shepherds. In the month of November 2010, they embark on their long winter transhumance: four months during which they will have to cover 600 km in the Swiss-French region, accompanied by three donkeys, four dogs and eight hundred sheep. An exceptional adventure is about to begin: they brave the cold and the bad weather day in day out, with a canvas cover and animal skins as their only shelter at night. This saga reveals a tough and exacting profession requiring constant improvisation and unflinching attention to nature, the animals and the cosmos.

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Photo: Irish Folk Furniture. Director: Tony Donoghue. 8 Minutes / 2012 / Ireland.

This is an animated documentary film about repair and recycling. In rural Ireland old hand-painted furniture is often associated with hard times. Because of this association much of the country’s furniture heritage lies rotting in barns and sheds. In the making of this film 16 pieces of abandoned folk furniture were restored and returned back into daily use. This film was shot in a green and environmentally-friendly way using local craftspeople, local narrators, and inexpensive equipment. Only natural light was used to shoot this film.

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Films, Global Giants

Photos: Kyrkogardso. Director: Joakim Chardonnens. 23 Minutes / 2012 / Switzerland.

Kyrkogardso is a small island in the middle of the Baltic Sea. It is an Island of 8 habitants and has been owned by the Nordberg Family for 16 generations. Every morning, Ida Nordberg, 5 years old, crosses an icy sea to go to school. Kyrkogardso is a movie which questions the relation of a child with the immensity and the power of the Landscape.

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Photo: Flo. Director: Riley Hooper. 10 Minutes / 2012 / United States of America.

With gritty style and a witty sense of humor, New York photographer Flo Fox has been documenting the streets of New York City since the 1970s. Now, not being fit, and no longer able to even hold a camera, she instructs her attendants to take photos for her and continues to pursue photography and maintain her adventurous, feisty spirit.

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Photo: Dime quien era Sanchicorrota. Director: Jorge Tur Molto. 63 Minutes / 2012 / Spain.

The story revolves around exploration of the legend of Sanchicorrota, a 15th century outlaw, who, just like Robin Hood, became known for “robbing from the rich and giving to the poor”. But the search only reveals some interesting things about shepherds, sheep, hunters, and film settings.

The 10th Edition of the International Documentary Cinema Festival of Madrid, DOCUMENTA MADRID, is taking place from 5th to 12th of May, 2013.

DOCUMENTA MADRID will open a wide window enabling the Madrid audience to see the world around them. They would enjoy 75 chosen films selected from more than 1,100 applications from 84 different countries from all continents.

Two different International Juries, composed of professionals with a long career in the documentary cinema field, will decide the Awards for the three best films in each category.

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April 25, 2013

Traffic Congestion Rising in USA, Declining in Europe

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INRIX, a leading international provider of traffic information and driver services, today released its sixth Traffic Scorecard Annual Report, which revealed that traffic congestion in the USA is back on the rise in 2013 after two consecutive years of declines. In the first three months of this year, traffic congestion is up 4 percent compared to 2012. The uptick in traffic congestion in 2013 follows a 22 percent decrease in 2012.

U.S. Traffic Patterns & Worst Traffic Corridors

By analyzing traffic in USA’s 100 largest metropolitan areas in 2012, INRIX revealed that drivers wasted an average of 42 hours in America’s Top 10 Worst Traffic Cities - the equivalent to one week of vacation.

Top 10 Worst Cities for Traffic in America in 2012

RANK — CITY — HOURS LOST IN 2012

1 — Los Angeles — 59
2 — Honolulu — 50
3 — San Francisco — 49
4 — Austin, TX — 38
5 — New York — 50
6 — Bridgeport, CT — 39
7 — San Jose, CA — 31
8 — Seattle — 35
9 — Washington, D.C. — 41
10 — Boston — 31

Findings also exposed that drivers wasted an average of 62 hours last year on America’s most congested roads. The Top 10 Worst Roads for Traffic in 2012 were:

  1. The Cross Bronx Expy (New York: I-95 SB) - Drivers on New York’s worst highway waste over six days each year in traffic.

  2. The San Diego Fwy (L.A.: I-405 SB) - Consistently jammed in both directions, the 405 is LA’s worst freeway; the 8.1-mile stretch leading to Mullholland Dr. takes drivers over 50 minutes on Tuesday mornings - the worst day and time of the week.

  3. The Van Wyck Expy (New York: I-678 SB) - On Thursdays between 4-5 p.m., drivers crawl at 10 mph, and it takes nearly 40 minutes to travel 6 miles.

  4. The Santa Monica Fwy (L.A.: I-10 EB) - It can take drivers up to over an hour (63 min) to navigate the 15-mile stretch from Lincoln Blvd. to Alameda.

  5. The Riverside Fwy (L.A.: CA-91 EB) - Drivers waste approximately six days per year in gridlock on this road.

  6. The Long Island Expy (New York: I-495 EB) - New Yorkers waste more than a half hour per day on the evening commute in traffic on the L.I.E.

  7. Brooklyn Queens Expy (New York: I-278 WB) - It takes approximately an hour to go 10 miles on this highway during the Tuesday evening commute.

  8. San Diego Fwy (L.A.: I-405 NB) -A 13-mile stretch up to Getty Center Drive takes 40 minutes at a crawl of 20 mph.

  9. The Dan Ryan/Kennedy Expy (Chicago: I-90/I-94 WB) - Chicago commuters waste approximately one work week (5 days) every year in traffic on this popular road to O’Hare Airport.

  10. The Santa Ana/Golden St. Fwy (L.A. I-5 SB) - An 18-minute trip on this 17-mile stretch takes almost 50 minutes on weekday afternoons

Additionally, the Scorecard uncovered several other interesting trends regarding U.S. commute times during rush hour. According to INRIX, the worst times to be on the roads in terms of delay are weekday mornings between 7-8 a.m. and weekday evenings between 4-5 p.m. The busiest morning commute hour is Tuesday from 8-9 a.m., and the busiest evening commute takes place on Friday from 5-6 p.m.

Global Traffic Trends

While the Scorecard tells the story of rising traffic congestion indicative of a recovering economy, the report shows that, unlike the U.S., Europe traffic congestion is decreasing as the Eurozone continues to struggle through its debt crisis. Traffic congestion fell 18 percent across Europe in 2012 and continues to spiral downward in 2013 with a further 23 percent decline in the first quarter.

Aside from Luxembourg, the remaining 11 European countries analyzed in the report continue to show steep declines. Even Germany, the long-considered economic stalwart of the EU, showed declines in 2012.

COUNTRY — HOURS LOST IN 2012

Portugal — 11
Italy — 22
Luxembourg — 29
Spain — 25
Hungary — 16
United Kingdom — 29
Austria — 25
Netherlands — 52
Germany — 37
France — 37

Luxembourg has the largest increases in traffic with congestion up by 38 percent in 2013. Ireland is up 10 percent in the same period. Traffic congestion in Europe’s financial capital of London is up 23 percent in the first three months of 2013.

According to INRIX, after leveraging trillions of data points collected and archived by its Traffic Intelligence platform, the Scorecard publishes the most up-to-date information regarding overall congestion and the worst roads for traffic across America. By analyzing hundreds of thousands of road segments totaling nearly 2 million miles of major highways, arterials and city streets nationwide - with a special focus on the 100 largest U.S. metropolitan areas - the Scorecard informs the ongoing debate of one of the USA’s most frustrating and intractable issues — Traffic Congestion.

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April 21, 2013

Regatta: America’s Cup World Series 2013 Races begin in Naples, Italy

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Photos: America’s Cup World Series Regatta 2013, Naples, Italy. April 18, 2013. © Gilles Martin Raget for America’s Cup.

The best sailors in the world have come to Naples, Italy, for the first America’s Cup World Series event of 2013 (April 16-21).

Oracle Team USA, the home team in the United States, charged with defending the America’s Cup in 2013, is currently leading the 2012-13 series.

America’s Cup World Series Naples Championship Standings
(Provisional, after 4 of 7 scheduled races)

  1. Oracle Team USA (Golden Gate Yacht Club, San Francisco, USA)
  2. Energy Team (Yacht Club de France, Paris, France)
  3. Emirates Team New Zealand (Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, Auckland, New Zealand)
  4. J.P. Morgan BAR (Royal Cornwall Yacht Club, Falmouth, England)
  5. Luna Rossa Piranha (Circolo della Vela Sicilia, Palermo, Italy)
  6. Luna Rossa Swordfish Circolo della Vela Sicilia, Palermo, Italy)
  7. Artemis Racing White (Royal Swedish Yacht Club, Stockholm, Sweden)
  8. HS Racing (Golden Gate Yacht Club, San Francisco, USA)
  9. China Team (Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, Mei Fan Yacht Club, China)

The America’s Cup World Series features up to 11 of the top sailing teams in the world. The America’s Cup World Series has been staged in America and Europe since 2011. High-tech catamarans with wingsails, which demand every ounce of energy from their crews, face off at dazzling speeds down narrow courses in regattas staged right off the coast, creating a breathtaking experience for fans.

The America’s Cup is a trophy awarded to the winner of the America’s Cup match races between two sailing yachts. One yacht, known as the defender, represents the yacht club that currently holds the America’s Cup and the second yacht, known as the challenger, represents the yacht club that is challenging for the cup. The America’s Cup is the oldest active trophy in international sport.

One of the most fiercely competitive and sought after trophies in all of sport, the America’s Cup was first raced in 1851, 45 years before the modern Olympics. The U.S. yacht America won, giving the international sailing competition its name. It consists of 3 different stages — the America’s Cup World Series, the Louis Vuitton Cup (used as the selection series to determine who will race the Defender), and the America’s Cup Finals.

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April 15, 2013

Italian Fashion House FENDI To Restore Rome’s Iconic Trevi Fountain

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Photo: Fontana di Trevi (Trevi Fountain), Rome, Italy.

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Photos: FENDI Women Spring Summer 2013.

FENDI Chairman and CEO Pietro Beccari together with Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini Fendi and the representatives of the City of Rome have announced FENDI’s sponsorship of the restoration of one of Rome’s most precious monuments - the Trevi Fountain. Trevi Fountain is one of the most cherished symbols of Rome and is a part of world’s cultural heritage.

The restoration of the Trevi Fountain is the first of a series of conservation interventions which FENDI intends to support through “FENDI for FOUNTAINS” - a project conceived to restore and safeguard historical fountains in the city of Rome including the four late Renaissance Fountains of Piazza Quattro Fontane.

According to the Italian fashion house FENDI, it boasts deep historical ties with the city of Rome, and has always looked to the city for endless inspiration and cultural stimuli for its runway collections.

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April 13, 2013

Honeywell Brings Nobel Laureate David Gross and Its Science and Engineering Initiative to India

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Photos: Honeywell Aerospace Engine Testing. © Honeywell Aerospace.

Honeywell yesterday introduced Professor David Gross, Nobel laureate in Physics, to the students and faculty of College of Engineering, Pune, India, as part of its global Honeywell Initiative for Science & Engineering.

Professor Gross is among 22 Nobel laureates that Honeywell has sponsored at universities worldwide since 2006. The event marks the tenth time a Honeywell program has been delivered to a university in India, and the third time the program has taken place at the College of Engineering, Pune. Over the years the program has benefitted thousands of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) students and teachers across the country.

Gross was awarded the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery of ‘asymptotic freedom’ in nuclear interactions in 1973, which proved that as particles move closer to other particles, the nuclear force between them becomes so weak that they behave almost as free particles. This discovery established quantum chromodynamics (QCD) as the correct theory of the strong nuclear force, one of the four fundamental forces in Nature. The other forces are gravity, electromagnetism, and the weak nuclear force.

With more than 1,500 students in attendance, Gross delivered a lecture on quantum mechanics, a theory that describes the behavior of matter and energy at subatomic and atomic scales, and quantum field theory, which is an extension of quantum mechanics.

“Quantum field theory has proven to be the most successful theoretical framework in the history of physics,” Gross told the students and faculty during his lecture. “It can be used to calculate the mass of any particle in nature, regardless of its size, including your body weight.”

Afterwards, students engaged in a lively discussion with the laureate, asking many questions and interacting directly with him throughout his visit.

The Honeywell Initiative for Science & Engineering program is part of Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company’s corporate citizenship initiative, which focuses on five areas of vital importance: Science & Math Education, Family Safety & Security, Housing & Shelter, Habitat & Conservation, and Humanitarian Relief.

Honeywell is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; turbochargers; and performance materials. Honeywell is based in Morris Township, N.J., USA.

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April 7, 2013

Developing Smarter Drivers: Shell Launches "Target One Million" Program

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As part of its “Smarter Driving” program, Shell Oil Company today announced the US launch of “Target One Million”. The goal of this initiative is to show one million people worldwide how easy it is to become more fuel efficient.

Shell Oil Company also announced its new study that provides insight into current US driver attitudes on fuel efficiency and compares them to those of drivers in other countries.

According to Shell, while, for years, American car culture has influenced US motorist behavior, affecting everything from what they drive to how they drive and maintain their vehicles, this new study counters some common myths and reveals that Americans care about using energy resources wisely, understand the importance of fuel efficiency and want to learn more about how to save fuel.

The study shows:

• Americans are more concerned about energy waste compared to other countries surveyed, with half of US drivers bothered by people wasting energy and 54 percent seeing it as a waste of resources beyond just money.

• US drivers recognize the positive impact of fuel efficiency both financially and out of respect for the planet’s resources. Seventy-seven percent see being fuel efficient as an important way for them to personally use resources in a more sustainable way, while 86 percent also see it as important for saving money.

• 63 percent of drivers indicate a willingness to change their driving behaviors to be more fuel efficient, nearly one in three US drivers also indicated they don’t know how to drive more efficiently.

“Shell has more than 100 years of experience showing the world’s drivers how to get more out of their fuel,” said Elen Phillips, vice president, Shell Fuels Sales & Marketing Americas. “From this new research, it’s clear that Americans want to know more. Programs like Smarter Driving and Target One Million are extremely important in demonstrating simple changes motorists can make to their driving habits to become more fuel efficient and to save at the pump.”

Shell has developed a Smarter Driving program for motorists to help them go further on less fuel by helping them “M.A.P.” their own journey to Smarter Driving. M.A.P. stands for:

• Maintenance : Perform smart maintenance before you drive;

• Actions : Practice smart behaviors while you’re behind the wheel; and

• Products : Purchase smart products and services without sacrificing price or quality.

Shell Oil Company is an affiliate of the Royal Dutch Shell plc, a global group of energy and petrochemical companies with 93,000 employees in more than 90 countries.

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March 24, 2013

Hallmark Group Launches "Divine India" Collection

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Photo: Shiva rhythmically synthesizes the principles of both destruction and creation. Hence in Shiva, meaning “the auspicious one”, the finite and infinite meet and all opposites are reconciled. Shiva has many forms through which His different aspects and attributes are worshipped and brought into our lives. This engraved ingot captures one of His most popular manifestations.

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Photo: Krishna played a leading role in the epic Mahabharata. As the author of the Bhagvad Gita, He rallied Arjun to take up the battle between the forces of good and evil. In a more romantic vein, the relationship between Krishna and His adored Radha has become immortalized as the ultimate expression of love and devotion. Their passion, recorded in many sagas, symbolizes the soul’s intense longing for unification with God. The intricate details of this celebrated deity are transformed into a 3-dimensional sculpture and engraved onto a solid gold-layered ingot.

In a first-of-its-kind in the world, Hallmark India, part of London-based Hallmark Group, has launched the ‘Divine India’ collection of 15 pure silver ingots (.999) layered in 24-carat gold of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. To preserve the value for the collectors, the ‘Premium Edition’ with 15 ingots has only 7,500 complete sets each.

The limited ‘Divine India’ collection is inspired by the finest paintings from Yogendra Rastogi, V.V. Sapar and Nirmala, who are considered among India’s leading artists of divine art.

“The ‘Divine India’ Collection is unquestionably one of the finest collections of engraved silver ingots that has ever been produced, unrivaled anywhere in the world. It has taken more than two years of intensive artistic endeavor, fine sculpture and skilled engraving to create the 15 Master Dies ready for minting,” said Mr. R.A. Wainwright, Chairman, Hallmark Group Limited.

The collection spans the diversity of the Hindu Gods and Goddesses in India - Ganesha, Shiva, Brahma, Vishnu, Balaji, Sai Baba, Murugun, Kali, Durga, Hanuman, Saraswati, Ram Durbar, Radha & Krishna, Lakshmi and the Supreme Consciousness represented by Om.

“Honoring India’s most revered deities, the Hallmark team of artists, sculptors and engravers have created the ‘Divine India’ collection. Placed in a handmade, lacquered wood box, each set has a complete 15 fact cards and an album, a jeweler’s cloth, cotton gloves and a mother of pearl tool to lift the ingots and it comes with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity,” the company stated.

Hallmark has operating divisions throughout Europe, America, Asia and the Pacific.

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March 18, 2013

Delhi-Born Vijay Sethi Wins $100,000 Business Professor of the Year Award

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Delhi-Born Vijay Sethi has been announced as the world’s best business professor and awarded with a USD 100,000 prize - the highest distinction for business teaching.

The EIU Business Professor of the Year Award aims to recognize and reward the professors that have challenged, influenced, and inspired students in business education.

Over 30,000 students and alumni nominated and voted for 222 professors from 31 countries. An expert panel of judges from around the world selected a shortlist of four professors to compete in a live teach-off event in London. Undergraduate and postgraduate international students from over 16 different business schools, studying business related subjects then voted to determine the winner.

For the title, the four finalists had 35 minutes each to deliver a lecture to a live classroom audience of undergraduate and graduate business students. Based on votes by the classroom audience, as well those by an online audience, Sethi emerged the winner.

Professors were judged on their ability to motivate their students, the use of innovative teaching methods and problem solving techniques, and how they engage with a diverse set of students.

The four finalists — Johanne Brunet from HEC Montreal, Darren Dahl from University of British Columbia, Kevin Kaiser from Insead, and Sethi — were picked by a panel comprising William Ridgers, Business Education Editor of The Economist; Peter Felix, President of The Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC); Astrid Tuminez, former Vice-Dean of Executive Education of Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore; John Beck, Professor of Strategy and Managing Director of Hult Labs, Hult International Business School; and Adrian Wooldridge, Management Editor of The Economist.

Vijay Sethi has won the title of the world’s best business professor and will also be awarded the USD 100,000 prize for this prestigious award.

Vijay Sethi is Professor in the Department of Information Technology (IT) and Operations Management at Nanyang Business School, NTU, Singapore.

Nominations were received from leading institutions such as Wharton School, Harvard Business School and London Business School.

Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) is the world’s foremost provider of country, industry and management analysis and the EIU award is the only global contest to recognise and reward excellence in business teaching.

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February 25, 2013

Oscar 2013 Winners Announced

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Photo: Daniel Day-Lewis, Oscar winner for performance by an actor in a leading role for his role in “Lincoln”; Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar winner for performance by an actress in a leading role for her role in “Silver Linings Playbook”; Anne Hathaway, Oscar winner for performance by an actress in a supporting role for her role in “Les Misérables”; and Christoph Waltz, Oscar winner for performance by an actor in a supporting role for his role in “Django Unchained” pose backstage with their Oscars during the live telecast on the ABC Television network from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA, Sunday, February 24, 2013. Credit: Matt Petit. © Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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Photo: After winning the category of achievement in production design for work done on “Lincoln”, Rick Carter poses backstage in the press room during the live ABC telecast of The Oscars from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA, Sunday, February 24, 2013. Credit: Heather Ikei. © Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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Photo: Winning the category best documentary short subject for “Inocente”, documentarians Andrea Nix Fine and Sean Fine pose backstage for the press with the Oscar during the live ABC Telecast of The Oscars from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA, Sunday, February 24, 2013. Credit: Todd Wawrychuk. © Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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Photo: Oscar nominees (from left to right): Jennifer Lawrence and Hugh Jackman at the Oscar Nominees Luncheon in Beverly Hills Monday, February 4, 2013. The 85th Academy Awards were presented on Sunday, February 24, 2013 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. Credit: Todd Wawrychuk. © Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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Photo: Oscar nominees Jessica Chastain and Steven Spielberg at the Oscar Nominees Luncheon in Beverly Hills Monday, February 4, 2013. The 85th Academy Awards were presented on Sunday, February 24, 2013 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. Credit: Michael Yada. © Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Here is the list of the 85th annual Academy Award winners announced in Hollywood, CA, Sunday, February 24, 2013:

1. Best Picture: “Argo.”

2. Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln.”

3. Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook.”

4. Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained.”

5. Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables.”

6. Directing: Ang Lee, “Life of Pi.”

7. Foreign Language Film: “Amour.”

8. Adapted Screenplay: Chris Terrio, “Argo.”

9. Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained.”

10. Animated Feature Film: “Brave.”

11. Production Design: “Lincoln.”

12. Cinematography: “Life of Pi.”

13. Sound Mixing: “Les Miserables.”

14. Sound Editing (tie): “Skyfall,” ”Zero Dark Thirty.”

15. Original Score: “Life of Pi,” Mychael Danna.

16. Original Song: “Skyfall” from “Skyfall,” Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth.

17. Costume: “Anna Karenina.”

18. Documentary Feature: “Searching for Sugar Man.”

19. Documentary (short subject): “Inocente.”

20. Film Editing: “Argo.”

21. Makeup and Hairstyling: “Les Miserables.”

22. Animated Short Film: “Paperman.”

23. Live Action Short Film: “Curfew.”

24. Visual Effects: “Life of Pi.”

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 were presented on Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation was also televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

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February 19, 2013

Sony World Photography Awards 2013 — Student Focus

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Photo: Turning 30. Birthday Party. Photographer - Sarai Rua Fargues. © Sarai Rua Fargues, Spain, Student Focus Finalist, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards.

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Photo: Jackpot. Grandmother on a slot machine. Photographer - Aimee Turner. © Aimee Turner, UK, Student Focus Finalist, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards.

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Photo: Offering colors to Pachamama. Celebration of Pachamama — a festival celebrated by the original Andean peoples of Latin America. Photographer - Maria Candelaria Rivera Gadea. © Maria Candelaria Rivera Gadea, Argentina, Student Focus Finalist, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards.

The World Photography Organisation (WPO) today revealed the ten finalists of the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards Student Focus competition.

Over 230 universities entered this year’s Student Focus, which has established itself as the globe’s leading student photography program and competition and involves over 20,000 students. Photographers were asked to enter a single image to capture the spirit of celebration in their country.

The judges, photography collector, curator and consultant W.M Hunt plus British photographers Jonathan Worth and Leonie Hampton, were asked to select six images from the six continents, plus four favorites from anywhere in the world to make a list of 10 finalists from the entries.

The finalists are:

Africa - South Africa: Zanele Plaatjie, Vaal University of Technology
Asia - Singapore: Eugene Soh, Nanyang Technological University
Asia - India: Anshul Mehrotra, Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi
Europe - Belgium: Andrea Azema, La Cambre, Brussels
Europe - Poland: Natalia Wiernik, Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts, Krakow
Europe - Spain: Sarai Rua Fargues, I.E.F.C, Barcelona
Europe - Wales: Aimee Turner, Coleg Sir Gar, Carmarthen
North America - Mexico: Marcelo Sanchez, Tecnologico de Monterrey, Monterrey
Oceania - New Zealand: Kim Annan, The University of Auckland, Auckland
South America - Argentina: Maria Candelaria Rivera Gadea, Escuela Motivarte, Buenos Aires

All will now compete to win the overall Student Focus title and €35,000 worth of Sony digital imaging equipment for their university.

All student finalists will have their images exhibited at Somerset House, London, as part of the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition from 26 April - 12 May. The photographs will also be published in the 2013 edition of the annual Sony World Photography Awards book.

The finalists also receive a Sony 65 camera on which they will shoot a series of images exploring what the word ‘family’ means to them; the judges will select an overall winner from these images. All students will be flown to London by WPO to find out who has won the 2013 Student Focus title and €35,000 worth of Sony digital imaging equipment, when it is revealed at the glamorous Sony World Photography Awards Gala Ceremony on 25 April.

Following its inaugural Student Focus conference on photography education held at Photokina in October 2012, the World Photography Organisation and Sony are publishing a white paper on the future of the education of photography.

Written by Virginia Morrison, Executive Director, Society for Photography Education, USA, the white paper outlines a series of core competencies for students of photography, a key element missing from the current system of teaching. It also addresses photography curriculum, the need to think digitally and the making of and teaching of the art of photography.

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February 17, 2013

INTERNATIONAL WOOLMARK PRIZE 2013 — FINAL SHOW

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Photo: Models pose on the runway during the 2013 International Woolmark Prize Final at ME London on February 16, 2013 in London, England. (Photo © Dave M. Benett/Getty Images).

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Photo: Designers Pankaj and Nidhi, India, take a bow after their runway show during the 2013 International Woolmark Prize Final show at ME London on February 16, 2013 in London, England. (Photo © Dave M. Benett/Getty Images).

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Photo: A model walks the runway during the 2013 International Woolmark Prize Final show at ME London on February 16, 2013 in London, England. (Photo © Dave M. Benett/Getty Images).

Christian Wijnant was announced the winner of the 2013 International Woolmark Prize, during the final award event held at the ME Hotel, London, on Saturday, 16th February.

Natalie Massenet, Chairman of the British Fashion Council opened the event; a judging panel including Victoria Beckham, Donatella Versace, Diane von Furstenberg, Franca Sozzani and Tim Blanks selected the winner.

After a global search spanning twelve months, reaching across sixteen countries and involving over seventy designers, six finalists representing Australia, China, Europe, India, Japan and the USA competed for the final international prize - of $100,000 AUD and the opportunity to be stocked in the most important boutiques around the globe including Harvey Nichols - London, Bergdorf Goodman - NY, 10 Corso Como - Milan, Joyce - China, David Jones - Sydney, and Eickhoff Konigsallee - Germany.

The Six Finalists:

Dion Lee - Australia

Ban Xiao Xue - China

Christian Wijnants - Europe (Belgium)

Pankaj and Nidhi - India

DRESSEDUNDRESSED - Japan

Sophie Theallet - USA

Nominating Bodies:

British Fashion Council
China Fashion Association
Council of Fashion Designers of America
Czech Grand Design
Fashion Design Council of India
Flanders Fashion Institute
Hong Kong Fashion Designers Association
IMG Fashion Australia
Japan Fashion Week Organization
Korea Fashion Association
The Lock Group
Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Madrid
MTD, Turkey
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Pakistan Fashion Design Council
Premsela, The Netherlands Institute for Design and Fashion
Stark Foundation
UAE: Dubai Fashion Week
Vogue Australia
Vogue China
Vogue France
Vogue Italia

The Woolmark Company Managing Director, Stuart McCullough said, “The International Woolmark Prize seeks outstanding and emerging talent from around the world, and we saw exceptional artisanship and design presented tonight. The prize is our commitment to supporting the future of the fashion industry and we are honoured to have received support from the global industry by way of our premier retail partners and judges both at the international and regional level.”

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February 6, 2013

Sony World Photography Awards 2013: Professional and Open shortlists announced

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Photo: Landscape. Colors of Patagonia. © Sandra Herd, Australia, Shortlist, Landscape, Professional Competition, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards.

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Photo: Campaign. U.S. President Barack Obama speaks in the rain during a campaign rally in Glen Allen, Virginia. © Brooks Kraft, United States, Shortlist, Campaign, Professional Competition, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards.

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Photo: Portrait. Ethnic Minorities in Western China. © Li Fan, China, Shortlist, Portraiture, Professional Competition, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards.

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Photo: Travel. A journey through the winter in Norway. © Agurtxane Concellon, Norway, Shortlist, Travel, Professional Competition, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards.

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Photo: Architecture. Graphic B&W shot of the Sea link in Mumbai. © Dilip Bhatia, India, Shortlist, Architecture, Professional Competition, 2013 Sony World Photography Awards.

The World Photography Organisation today announced the shortlists for the Professional, Open and Youth categories of the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards.

With 122,000 entries from 170 countries - the highest number of submissions to date - the judges have selected a shortlist of photographs that stood out beyond all others for their impressive high quality, originality and modern appeal.

“The World Photography Organisation is dedicated to finding the best international contemporary photography from across the world. The shortlist is a clear indication of the exciting photography which is out there and, as we do every year, we are looking forward to presenting this collection of photographers to a global audience,” said Astrid Merget, Creative Director of the World Photography Organisation.

The work of all the shortlisted photographers will be exhibited at Somerset House, London, from 26 April - 12 May as part of the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition. The images will also be published in the 2013 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards book.

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January 10, 2013

OSCAR NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED

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Photo: Nomination — Performance by an actor in a leading role, Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln” (Walt Disney/20th Century Fox). Photo © Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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Photo: Nomination — Best motion picture of the year, “Django Unchained” (The Weinstein Company). A Weinstein Company and Columbia Pictures Production. Stacey Sher, Reginald Hudlin and Pilar Savone, Producers. Photo © Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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Photo: Nomination — Performance by an actress in a supporting role, Anne Hathaway in “Les Misérables” (Universal). Photo © Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Nominations for the 85th Academy Awards were announced today.

Following are the Nominations for the 85th 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 foreign language 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 editing

Achievement in sound mixing

Achievement in visual effects

Adapted screenplay

Original screenplay

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world’s preeminent movie-related organization.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

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January 1, 2013

Times Square, New York — 2013 New Year Countdown

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Photo: A view of atmosphere during New Year’s Eve 2013 in Times Square, New York City, on December 31, 2012. (Photo © Mike Coppola/Getty Images).

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Photo: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg attends Times Square on December 31, 2012 in New York City. (Photo © Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images).

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Photo: Carly Rae Jepsen performs at Times Square on December 31, 2012 in New York City. (Photo © Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images).

Toshiba was the exclusive sponsor for the Official Countdown of the Times Square 2013 New Year’s Eve Celebration.

Every year this global event sees over 1 million visitors pack the streets and more than 1 billion viewers worldwide. All eyes were on the giant TOSHIBA VISION LED screen atop One Times Square providing the countdown for the whole world.

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Wake! For the Sun, who scatter’d into flight
The Stars before him from the Field of Night
Drives Night along with them from Heav’n, and strikes
The Sultan’s Turret with a Shaft of Light.

— Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, Edward FitzGerald’s Translation.


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