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Germany is viewed as the best country in the world, according to the inaugural Best Countries report, a joint rankings and analysis project of U.S. News & World Report, WPP’s BAV Consulting and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Created to capture how nations are perceived on a global scale, the rankings are the centerpiece of a new web portal called “Best Countries,” launched Jan. 20 at the World Economic Forum. Canada and the United Kingdom are the No. 2 and No. 3 Best Overall Countries, respectively. The United States placed at No. 4. See the full release for the full list and to learn more about how countries are ranked.
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Nielsen announced on Jan. 20 that it is expanding Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings to include Facebook conversation for the first time. With measurement of program-related conversation across these two social networking services at launch, and plans to integrate Instagram at a later date, Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings will become Nielsen’s “Social Content Ratings.” Nielsen’s Social Content Ratings will be the first solution to measure aggregate-level program-related conversation on Facebook and Twitter, including posts shared with friends and family, with followers, and publicly. See the full release to learn more about Nielsen’s new product.
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Earth’s 2015 surface temperatures were the warmest since modern record keeping began in 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Globally averaged temperatures in 2015 shattered the previous mark set in 2014 by 0.23 degrees Fahrenheit (0.13 Celsius). Only once before, in 1998, has the new record been greater than the old record by this much. See the full release to learn more about climate in 2015.
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Paris has pushed London off the top spot to win back the number one place as the highest rated city in 2015, out of a total of 50 cities. Sydney, Australia, which had been in the top three since 2011, falls back to fourth place, overtaken by New York as well as Paris. These are the findings of the latest Anholt-GfK City Brands Index, a bi-annual study conducted in September of last year, approximately two months before the November attacks in Paris. See the full release to learn what other cities made the list.
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PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger announced Jan. 18 at the Television Critics Association Press Tour that it will air Hamilton’s America, a feature film documentary providing intimate access to Lin-Manuel Miranda and his colleagues during the two years leading up to the Broadway opening of the musical Hamilton. A contemporary perspective of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s revolutionary musical based on the life of U.S. Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, Hamilton’s America will come to Great Performances in the fall 2016, and will be a highlight of PBS’s arts programming. See the full release to learn more about the hit musical.
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