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February 25, 2022 Grows to 175 Million Users While Gathering 32% of the World's Research Papers.

- New $23 M Series D funding to make every research paper ever written accessible will expedite the speed of scientific discovery and medical breakthroughs worldwide.

Academia Edu

SAN FRANCISCO, February 25, 2022 —, the academic world’s platform for sharing research papers, has grown to 175 million users and is nearing half of the world’s academic research content. With around 100 million articles written since the 1600s, Academia aims to make every research paper ever written freely available on the internet. This growth has attracted $23 million in Series D funding led by Tencent, raising the total investment to $63 million. True Ventures and Greyrock Investments also participated in the financing round. With this new funding, the company aims to allow academics to be peer-reviewed and published in journals hosted on the Academia platform.

“What started as a personal project to share my philosophy research now provides more than fifteen times the amount of content than the number of books published each year - that inspires me,” said Dr. Richard Price, founder and CEO. Dr. Price is a former Oxford University academic and serial entrepreneur. “I thank our investors for continuing to back the company and its journey from the ivory towers to the information superhighway,” he added.

What Spotify means for podcasters, SoundCloud for musicians, Etsy for artists, and YouTube for content creators, Academia is inspiring the world’s academics to have their work read and cited. Academia adds 30,000-60,000 papers each day and has 28 million monthly visitors. Academia’s algorithms make about 20 million paper recommendations a day, connecting users to content from 42 percent of the world’s faculty in over 16,000 universities, including Oxford, MIT, Cal-Berkeley, and NYU.

Across physics, chemistry, biology, health sciences, ecology, earth sciences, cognitive science, mathematics, and computer science, teachers, doctors, business people, and engineers can access Academia’s wealth of current and historical content as well as get recommendations, enable citations, and publish their work to a global audience.

“Academia has shown that the academic world not only wants to share its research freely but also that it’s possible to build a new type of media business around this community and content,” said Dr. Ling Ge, Chief European Representative at Tencent. “Readily accessible research papers will expedite the speed of scientific discovery and medical breakthroughs around the world,” he added.



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February 24, 2022

Winter sports Lamborghini style.





Sant’Agata Bolognese/Livigno (Italy), February 24, 2022 - Lamborghini returns to the ice ring in the beautiful landscape of Livigno in February 2022. Finding the world’s most perfect playgrounds for winter sports vacations, Lamborghini clients get behind the wheel for a three-day Accademia Neve. Freezing temperatures of around zero during the daytime, dropping to around minus ten degrees at night, provide the perfect setting of ice and snow to test the sporty capabilities of the Lamborghini Huracán range and Urus Super SUV.

The challenging driving experience on snow and ice - the ‘black runs’ of Lamborghini’s Accademia program - provides guests with the perfect antidote to the last two years’ lost winter seasons, together with the luxury of being hosted in the best hotels and restaurants in the area.

Lamborghini’s team of Squadra Corsa drivers lead the driving activities and deliver instruction, ensuring each participant maximizes their potential and Lamborghini cars’ capabilities in the winter sports environment. The four-wheel drive and four-wheel steering Huracán EVO and Urus perfectly perform each exercise on the challenging mountain ice track, while the rear-wheel-drive Huracán STO delivers high-octane race-oriented control.

High performance and freezing conditions aren’t new to Lamborghini. Therefore, in Sant’Agata DRIVERS’ LAB, the Lamborghini pilots benefit from sessions using the most advanced training machines supported by a personal trainer.

Source: Lamborghini


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February 23, 2022

Chandigarh University becomes India's first university to get NAAC A+ & NBA Accreditations.

Chandigarh University

Photo: Chandigarh University Campus.

CHANDIGARH, India, Feb. 22, 2022 — Chandigarh University has received accreditation from the National Board of Accreditation (NBA) for all its Engineering and MBA programs. That makes it the only university in the entire country to have NAAC A+ and NBA accreditation.

Thus, Chandigarh University’s all engineering courses have become NBA accredited. These courses include Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electronics & Communications Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Computer Science Engineering, Information Technology Engineering, and Chemical Engineering, besides MBA courses.

The institution has positioned itself amongst India’s elite and prestigious higher education institutions. It has already been awarded an A+ grade by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). In addition, it is Asia’s youngest university to feature in the QS Ranking 2021.

The NBA accreditation validates quality standards of the engineering and MBA courses. It ensures that the courses have met stringent quality standards and provide the best knowledge, skill, and attitude.

NBA’s membership of the Washington Accord brings the value of the courses offered by Chandigarh University at par with that of other countries that are members of this accord. Besides, the students of Chandigarh University pursuing engineering and MBA would be eligible to practice in or go for higher education in other countries, which are signatory to the Washington Accord. It would encourage and ease the mobility of engineering graduates and MBA professionals at the international level.

Speaking on the NBA accreditation, Mr. S.S. Sandhu, Chancellor, Chandigarh University, said, “It fills me with pride to note that Chandigarh University has become the only university in the entire country with NAAC A+ accreditation and NBA accreditation. The credit for this huge success goes to all the stakeholders, including students, faculty, alumni, and industry, who have contributed through their efforts to make this institution a Centre-of-Excellence in Higher Education, matching the global standards.”

Source: Chandigarh University

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February 19, 2022

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

Mumbai Oympics

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: International Olympic Committee (IOC)

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

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

Miss India

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: The Miss India Organisation

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February 18, 2022

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

David Yurman

David Yurman

David Yurman

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

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

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

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

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

Source: David Yurman


Come Closer with Scarlett Johansson | David Yurman

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

Come Closer with Henry Golding | David Yurman

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February 17, 2022

Delhi University colleges Reopen. Students are back on campus after two years.

Delhi University

Photo: The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu, presented the Degrees and Medals to the Students at the 95th Annual Convocation of the University of Delhi in Delhi on November 19, 2018. [File Photo]

Delhi University

New Delhi, February 17 (PTI) — Colleges in the city reopened on Thursday after being shut for almost two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with students saying they are excited to be back on campus.

The Vishwavidyalaya Metro Station, near the Delhi University, was jampacked as many students made their way to colleges on the north campus.

Gajendra Mohan Thakur, a 26-year-old Campus Law Centre student, said, “I am excited to go back to the campus. The university was shut for around two years. The online mode of study was not efficient enough to substitute the offline mode of education. It is a time to reclaim our lost years.”

Delhi University colleges were closed in March 2020 following the outbreak of the coronavirus infection.

There have been drastic changes in students’ lives, with particular emphasis on online classes. Now, lives are coming back on track. “We students are super excited to join offline classes as it provides a whole new bunch of opportunities and exposure to shape our future,” Kalyani Harbola, a first-year student, said.

“Offline classes also provide a better platform for student-teacher interaction and better learning,” Harbola added.

Student bodies held protests earlier this month, demanding the reopening of the campus. The decision to reopen the institutions came after a decline in the number of COVID-19 cases in the national capital.

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Philanthropies Launch Effort to Establish Multidisciplinary Centers at Leading Academic Institutions Focused on Reimagining Capitalism, Economy, and Society to Address 21st Century Challenges

- First Grants from Hewlett Foundation and Omidyar Network to Harvard, Howard, Johns Hopkins Universities, MIT, and Santa Fe Institute; Ford and Open Society Foundations to Fund More Centers around the World Later in 2022.

Harvard University, WEF

Photo: Paula J. Dobriansky, Senior Fellow, Future of Diplomacy Project, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, USA speaking in The Great Indo-Pacific Race session at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, January 22, 2020. Image credit & copyright © World Economic Forum/Faruk Pinjo.

Hewlett Foundation

MENLO PARK, Calif., Feb. 16, 2022 — Today, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Omidyar Network announced more than $40 million in grants to support the establishment of multidisciplinary academic centers dedicated to reimagining the relationships among markets, governments, and people. When conventional economic prescriptions are failing, and democratic governance is getting threatened worldwide, scholars at leading academic institutions will investigate how economies should work in the 21st century and the aims they should serve.

The Hewlett Foundation will fund policy and research centers at Harvard Kennedy School, Howard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Johns Hopkins University.

The Ford Foundation is also committed to making additional grants to institutions in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, in 2022. In addition, the Open Society Foundations are exploring how to best support heterodox economic thinking through the Open Society University Network, a global partnership of educational institutions that integrates learning and the advancement of knowledge.

This announcement marks the beginning of a significant philanthropic effort to fund higher-educational institutions to help rethink and replace neoliberalism and its assumptions about the relationship between the economy and society. For more than 40 years, neoliberalism has dominated economic and political debates, both in the U.S. and globally. With its free-market fundamentalism and growth-at-all-costs approach to economic and social policy. Neoliberalism offers no solutions for the biggest challenges of our time, such as the climate crisis, systemic racism, and rampant wealth inequality — and in many ways, it has made those problems even worse. The new academic centers will contribute to the growing movement to articulate a better approach to political economy and find systemic solutions that build a more equitable and resilient society based on a new set of economic values. Hewlett Foundation explained.

“Neoliberalism’s anti-government, free-market fundamentalism is not suited for today’s economy and society. But what comes next is still not fully developed,” said Larry Kramer, president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, which launched its Economy and Society Initiative in December 2020 to focus on identifying a successor to neoliberalism. “This joint effort reflects our shared interest in replacing outdated 20th-century thinking — individualistic versus collectivist, central control versus free markets, liberty versus equality, and the like — with new ideas that can lead to broader economic justice and prosperity for people around the world. It is a first step to support forward-thinking scholars, students, and thought leaders who can break out of a patently failing neoliberal paradigm with its ossified left-right divides. They can help shape a bold new vision for what people should expect from their governments and economies.”

“In the decades since economists like Milton Friedman and Friedrich Hayek first developed their economic theories, our understanding of the world and the behavior that drives it has exponentially improved. Collectively, we have made great gains in understanding the cause and effects of economic inequality; created vast online social networks that operate from pocket-sized computers. Sequenced the human genome; and achieved a much more comprehensive understanding of evolutionary biology and the fundamentally cooperative nature of human beings. Yet the economic models and assumptions utilized by many academics, economists, and policymakers haven’t remotely kept pace with these advancements,” said Omidyar Network CEO Mike Kubzansky. “Now, more than ever, it is imperative that we prioritize interdisciplinary scholarship to update our knowledge of complexity to understand better our economy — the ultimate complex, dynamic system. We are pleased to join the Hewlett Foundation and our other partners in supporting a new cadre of academic leaders and a new epoch in the study of economics and its intersection with a diverse range of fields. Together, we can change the ideas that will change the world.”

The academic centers will all pursue ideas and solutions contributing to the movement to rethink neoliberalism. In addition to developing new research bodies and collaborating with other research institutions through a multidisciplinary approach, the centers will host convenings to engage scholars, policymakers, and other stakeholders to explore new ways of thinking about our economy. The academic centers established with the grants announced today will focus on the following:

The grants announced today from the Hewlett Foundation and Omidyar Network will allow the academic centers to begin staffing up and building out their research programs, partnerships, and course offerings. Later this year, the Ford Foundation and Open Society Foundations will announce grants to fund additional centers at institutions in the Global South and worldwide.

Source: The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

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February 16, 2022

M. Jagadesh Kumar appointed University Grants Commission (UGC), India, Chairman


University Grants Commission

Photo:(Left to Right) Mr. Jagadesh Kumar, Vice-Chancellor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Education Minister Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, and the Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu presenting the degrees to students, at the 3rd annual convocation of Jawaharlal Nehru University, in New Delhi on November 11, 2019. [File Photo]

University Grants Commission

New Delhi, February 4 — Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Vice-Chancellor Mr. M. Jagadesh Kumar has been appointed as Chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC), officials said on Friday.

Kumar is currently holding the charge as acting VC of JNU after his tenure expired last year.

“Jagadesh Kumar has been appointed the new UGC chairman,” a senior official of the Ministry of Education (MoE) confirmed.

The post of the UGC chairman fell vacant on December 7 after Prof D P Singh, who had taken charge in 2018, resigned.

Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar is an academician, administrator, and author who has been the acting Vice-Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) since January 2021.

Sources: PIB, PTI, UGC



• UGC notifies Rights of Women in Higher Education Institutions •

University Grants Commission

New Delhi, February 10, 2022 — The Minister of State for Education, Dr. Subhas Sarkar, today presented the following written statement in the Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Parliament):

Source: Ministry of Education, Government of India



• Colleges, Universities can Re-open for Offline Classes, Exams following Covid Protocols •

University Grants Commission

The University Grants Commission (UGC), India’s higher education regulatory body, has directed the colleges and universities to re-open campuses for classes and examinations offline, online, or in blended mode following Covid protocols.

New Delhi, February 11, 2022 — The University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued the following instructions to all Vice-Chancellors on re-opening of Universities and Colleges Post Lockdown:

Source: UGC



• UGC has issued the following UPDATE concerning UGC-NET •


February 16, 2022

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the conduct of December-2020 UGC-NET could not occur. Consequently, the UGC-NET of December 2020 and June 2021 Cycles were conducted together by National Testing Agency (NTA) between November 20, 2021, and January 5, 2022.

The National Testing Agency (NTA) conducted the UGC-NET in 81 subjects in 837 centers spread across 239 cities. More than 12 lakh candidates registered for UGC-NET. The processing of the results is underway. The Chairman, UGC, Prof. M. Jagadesh Kumar, said that UGC is working closely with National Testing Agency (NTA) and is making all efforts to declare the UGC-NET results in a day or two. He wished the candidates all the best.

— Secretary, UGC

Source: UGC

[The National Eligibility Test (NET), also known as UGC NET or NTA-UGC-NET, is the examination for determining the eligibility for the post of assistant professor or Junior Research Fellowship award in Indian universities and colleges. National Testing Agency (NTA) conducts the test on behalf of the University Grants Commission.]

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February 14, 2022

Tissot T-Touch Connect Solar charts a New Course

Tissot T-Touch Connect Solar

TTissot T-Touch Connect Solar

Tissot T-Touch Connect Solar

Tissot T-Touch Connect Solar

The original Swiss connected watch powered by the sun’s energy returns with a range of new technologies and innovations that make it more exciting and better tailored to your lifestyle than ever.

Tissot T‑Touch Connect Solar is charting a new course. The latest generation T-Touch has Tissot’s characteristic watchmaking expertise in all its forms: It is a Swiss-made timepiece, is connected, securely private, interactive, autonomous, contemporary, and long-lasting.

Source: TISSOT

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February 13, 2022

Making the most of the Olympic experience at Beijing 2022

Beijing Winter Olympics

Beijing Winter Olympics

Beijing Winter Olympics

Beijing Winter Olympics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Olympic Village services

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

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

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

Source: International Olympic Committee


• Anna Shcherbakova wins Women’s Gold! | Figure Skating Beijing 2022 | Free Skate highlights

ROC (Russian Olympic Committee) skater Anna Shcherbakova became Olympic champion after her free skate saw her score a massive personal best.

• Figure Skating Beijing 2022 | Team Event Women’s Short Highlights

Stunning performance by Kamila Valieva.

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February 10, 2022

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

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


Sony Set the Stage

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Sony Group Corporation


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February 9, 2022

World Photography Organisation and Sony World Photography announces National Awards 2022

World Photography Organisation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• This year’s National Award Winners are:

Source: World Photography Organisation

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February 8, 2022

Academy announces Oscar Nominations.

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

• Nominations for the 94th Academy Awards

• Performance by an actor in a leading role

• Performance by an actor in a supporting role

• Performance by an actress in a leading role

• Performance by an actress in a supporting role

• Best animated feature film of the year

• Achievement in cinematography

• Achievement in costume design

• Achievement in directing

• Best documentary feature

• Best documentary short subject

• Achievement in film editing

• Best international feature film of the year

• Achievement in makeup and hairstyling

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

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

• Best motion picture of the year

• Achievement in production design

• Best animated short film

• Best live-action short film

• Achievement in sound

• Achievement in visual effects

• Adapted screenplay

• Original screenplay

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

Source: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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February 7, 2022

Picasso’s Guernica Tapestry outside the United Nations Security Council Chamber.

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Photo: Picasso’s iconic Guernica tapestry has been cared for by conservators and rehung outside the United Nations Security Council Chamber. It is widely agreed that the impactful message of this vital artwork extends beyond any one entity, institution, or audience. Picasso’s original exposition of the work challenged a broad audience of viewers to confront the powerful symbols deeply through an international tour of the exhibition.

The picture shows a view of the tapestry outside the United Nations Security Council Chamber. New York, United States of America. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

Source: United Nations, New York

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February 4, 2022


Tanishq Diamond

Photo: Tanishq Presents ‘Every Woman A Diamond’

Tanishq Diamond

BANGALORE, India, February 3, 2022 — India’s top Jewelry retailer, Tanishq, from Tata Group, has launched their latest campaign - ‘Every Woman a Diamond.’ Through this campaign, the brand tells a compelling story on how Tanishq believes in celebrating the women of today, and every woman deserves nothing less than a diamond to cherish who she has shaped herself to be.

Tanishq’s Every Woman a Diamond honors today’s woman by emphasizing something extraordinary in every woman’s seemingly ordinary life journey. Tanishq has featured four real women from different walks of life and attempted to capture moments that are easily relatable in every woman’s life and highlight how every woman should be celebrated for her wins and cherished for who she is.

Tanishq celebrates four remarkable women - Jaclyn, a pilot, a Real Madrid fan who kicks all prejudices aside and blazes forward like a diamond and lands whole flights of people to their desired destinations. Rehana is a self-care therapist who is a force of nature and an unapologetic cat lover who can heal, help meditate and put the belief back into yoga. It’s her overwhelming energy that makes women treat their bodies like they would the most precious of diamonds. Alesha, a fashion designer, an entrepreneur who strongly believes good design is what can save the planet and is known for carving out a reputation for dressing up women of all sizes; straight up, brilliant as a diamond, and effortlessly stylish and Ishani, an athlete, mountaineer, avid skier. Just as comfortable with glamour as she is with the laws of gravity, she looks forward to illuminating the lives of those around her as only the rarest diamonds do.

Tanishq offers a wide range of new diamond rings, earrings, pendants, necklaces, bracelets, bangles, and more. The options make every day a part of a particular day.

Ranjani Krishnaswamy, GM, Marketing, Tanishq, Titan Company Ltd., said, “#EveryWomanADiamond’ is a celebration of the extraordinary in a woman’s life. Quintessentially women give themselves very little credit for the real transformational journey they go through in their lives - navigating work, home, motherhood, relationships, dreams & aspirations, the world of expectations, choices & decisions that come with all of these.”

“We at Tanishq believe women and diamonds have an intrinsic relationship, and nothing less than Tanishq diamonds are befitting to celebrate the extraordinary story of her life. The natural sparkle of diamonds comes from the woman who adorns it, who lends her radiance to make the diamonds shine a little brighter. Therefore, we are offering the most extensive assortment of stunning diamonds designed, keeping in mind the quintessential women of today. We genuinely hope our diamonds can match the brilliance of all the women out there!” Ranjani Krishnaswamy added.

Tanishq, India’s jewelry brand from the TATA Group, has been synonymous with superior craftsmanship, exclusive designs, and guaranteed product quality for over two decades. Tanishq offers Gold, Diamonds & Platinum jewelry in over 5000 traditional, western, and fusion looks. The Tanishq retail chain currently spreads across 380+ exclusive boutiques in more than 220 cities in India.

Source: Tanishq

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February 2, 2022

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

Graham Bel lCoin

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Royal Canadian Mint

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February 1, 2022

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



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

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

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

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

• Photography Community on Flipboard

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

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

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

Source: Flipboard

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