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VOA Director David Ensor's public Facebook page shows that he checked on the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates on October 21.
VOA Director David Ensor’s public Facebook page shows that he checked on the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates on October 21.

The public Facebook page of Voice of America director David Ensor shows under “Recent Activity” that he had checked the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates Facebook page on October 21. BBG Watch assumes that he did it in response to our reporting that the meeting, in which the Dalai Lama, Lech Walesa,  Iranian human rights lawyer Dr. Shirin Ebadi  and other Nobel Peace Prize winners participated, was being ignored on the VOA English news website. The summit lasted until October 23. American actress Sharon Stone received the Nobel Peace Summit Award. It was handed to her by the Dalai Lama.

Despite Director Ensor checking on the the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, which was held  in Warsaw, Poland, the VOA English news website did not report on it or the award for Sharon Stone. About the same time, Voice of America, however, posted a Reuters report on finishing schools in Switzerland and five reports on the royal christening in Great Britain.  Two of those were Reuters reports. These five royal christening reports on the VOA website received barely any Facebook “Likes.”


Britain’s Future Monarch Christened in Low-Key London Ceremony

October 23, 2013 12:19 PM

and friends, and named only one member of the royal family as a godparent to George – William’s cousin Zara Philips. The other six godparents are friends of the royal couple. All seven godparents were among the attendees of the christening, along with Prince William’s father Prince Charles and step-mother Camilla, and his grandparents Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. The low-key nature of the ceremony appeared to reflect a desire by Prince William and Kate to protect the privacy of their son, while the naming of friends as his godparents showed their willingness to update royal customs.

Zones: Breaking News , Europe

Prince William, Kate Hold Private Christening for New Prince

October 23, 2013 12:08 PM

……..was born on July 22. In the arms of his mother as she left the the palace’s Chapel Royal, George was dressed in a long cream satin robe that was a replica of an 1841 gown made for the christening of Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter. Kate, a style icon whose outfits often increase sales of similar garments, wore an off-white, ruffled skirt-suit, made by British fashion house Alexander McQueen, and pillbox hat by British milliner Jane Taylor ….

Tags: Britain , duchess catherine , Kate Middleton , prince george , Prince William , royal christening

Zones: Europe

Reporters: Reuters

Prince George’s Godparents Named Ahead of Christening

October 23, 2013 8:20 AM

……..William and Kate’s decision is a break with the tradition of choosing royal dignitaries to take on the ceremonial role, and a continuation of their effort to portray a more informal, modern image to austerity-hit Britons. After the christening, guests will attend a private tea at Clarence House, hosted by Prince Charles and Camilla. Hollywood photographer Jason Bell has been tapped to take official photos of the event, that will include a “historic multi-generational photograph” of the queen

Tags: Britain , monarch , prince george , royal christening

Zones: Europe

Reporters: VOA News

Royal Baby Christening Breaks with Tradition

October 23, 2013 12:14 AM

Carla Babb Prince George, the son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, is being christened in Britain on Wednesday. In a break from tradition, the christening of the world’s most famous baby will be as low key as possible. Three months ago, Prince William and his wife Catherine shared their bundle of joy with the world. And just as the royal couple broke with tradition ….

Tags: British royal family , christening , Prince William , Princess Kate , royal baby , royal christening , royalty

Zones: Europe

Reporters: Carla Babb

Hollywood Photographer to Record British Prince’s Christening

October 22, 2013 9:59 AM

Reuters A British photographer known for his portraits of rock stars and Hollywood actors was named on Tuesday as the official photographer of the world’s newest celebrity – Prince George. Prince William and his wife Kate have chosen Jason Bell to photograph the christening on Wednesday, October 23, of their son, the third-in-line to the British throne, a palace statement said. Bell, 44, is an award-winning photographer best known for portraits of celebrities such as musician Paul McCartney, footballer David Beckham ….

Tags: Britain , christening , prince george , royals

Zones: Europe , Arts & Entertainment

Reporters: Reuters

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