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September 23, 2022

71st MISS UNIVERSE competition to be held in New Orleans


Miss Universe


Photo: Maria Thattil, Miss Universe Australia 2020 and a 2021 Miss Universe Competition Contestant. Image provided by & copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York. [File Photo]


NEW YORK, NY (September 23, 2022) - The Miss Universe Organization has announced the 71st MISS UNIVERSE competition will take place in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Saturday, January 14, 2023.

“There is no place like New Orleans. This vibrant city has been at the top of our list to host for quite some time due to its rich cultural history, as well as its unique arts, entertainment, and culinary scene,” said Paula Shugart, President of The Miss Universe Organization. “I look forward to our delegates from all over the world getting to experience all it has to offer.”

The highly anticipated event will feature almost 90 women from around the globe vying for the job of Miss Universe through the process of personal statements, in-depth interviews, and various categories, including evening gowns & swimwear. The evening will culminate with the 70th Miss Universe, Harnaaz Sandhu, who brought the title back to India for the first time in twenty-one years, crowning her successor.

“My time as Miss Universe has been an incredible experience, and I am so grateful for all the opportunities I have received due to this platform,” said Sandhu. “I’m very excited that I will be crowning the next titleholder in New Orleans and that she will kick off her reign in such an exciting and special city known for its resiliency, music, and grand celebrations.”

“The City of New Orleans and the Miss Universe Organization share common values of celebrating inclusion, culture, and the empowerment of women,” said New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell, the first female Mayor in the city’s 300-year history. “Former Miss Universe delegates and winners have gone on to become surgeons, diplomats, politicians, and business leaders, and they all champion social causes that are important to them. In addition, hosting this event demonstrates the significant global impact an international city like New Orleans has on the world’s tourism and cultural stages. We are honored to host the 71st annual Miss Universe pageant and show people around the globe why New Orleans is the best at executing major events, festivals, conferences, and conventions with an unmatched culture.”

Source: The Miss Universe Organization

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September 18, 2022

Jeep Wrangler Willys 4xe 2023


- Heritage-inspired Willys 4xe blends more than 80 years of Jeep 4x4 leadership and electric vehicle technology to deliver legendary capability and a nearly silent off-road experience.


Jeep Wrangler


Photo: 2023 Jeep Wrangler Willys 4xe.


AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Sept. 17, 2022 — 2023 Jeep Wrangler Willys 4xe, delivering 49 MPGe and 21 miles of all-electric range, combines authentic retro cues with the technologically advanced 375-horsepower and a 470-lb.-ft. Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid propulsion system.

Wrangler Willys 4xe features Jeep brand go-anywhere capability with a 2.72:1 Selec-Trac full-time 4WD system, 30 inches of water fording, heavy-duty Dana 44 axles, and mud-terrain tires.

The Jeep Wrangler Willys 4xe features standard LED headlamps and fog lamps, Alpine 9-speaker premium audio, all-weather floor mats, rear limited-slip differential, rock rails, black grille, and 17-inch black-painted alloy wheels. A special ‘Willys’ decal on the hood, trimmed in the 4xe’s signature Electric Blue, and an ‘Electric 4-Wheel Drive’ decal on the swing gate signify that this Willys is a 4xe plug-in hybrid.

Stellantis’ Toledo Assembly Complex in Toledo, Ohio assembles Jeep Wrangler Willys 4xe.

• Jeep Brand

Built on more than 80 years of legendary heritage, Jeep is the authentic SUV brand that brings capability, craftsmanship, and versatility to people who seek extraordinary journeys. The Jeep vehicle range consists of the Cherokee, Compass, Gladiator, Grand Cherokee, new three-row Grand Cherokee L, Grand Cherokee 4xe, Renegade and Wrangler, and Wrangler 4xe.

Source: Jeep

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September 15, 2022

Emily Ratajkowski Turns Heads in New York in LILYSILK Silk Poppy Skirt


New York Fashion Week


Photo: Emily Ratajkowski looking stylish in her LILYSILK Silk Poppy Skirt in New York.



NEW YORK, September 14, 2022 — LILYSILK, the world’s leading silk brand, was the clothing of choice for supermodel Emily Ratajkowski. She was looking stylish on the streets of New York as she headed to a concert wearing the LILYSILK Minimalist Aesthetic Silk Poppy Skirt.

Multiple top media outlets, including British Vogue, Elle Netherlands, and Harper’s Bazaar, covered her street look, saying Ms. Ratajkowski “put an edgy spin on the romantic ensemble by pairing the set with a pair of black knee-high Cowgirl boots.” Emily Ratajkowski earlier graced the Paris Fashion Week runway and Milan Fashion Week.

According to LILYSILK, “A clear-cut case of contemporary meets classic, this ultra-cool midi silk skirt is inspired by 90s minimalist aesthetic. A best-seller from the LILYSILK Spring 2022 Collection, the bias-cut adds comfort and movement, making it an ideal piece to be worn at home for a touch of luxury or as an elevated essential for the spring social calendar. Paired with LILYSILK’s matching Osmanthus shirt of the same edition makes styling easier and more fashion-forward than ever.”

“Emily Ratajkowski brings us a fresh look,” said David Wang, CEO of LILYSILK. “Silk has always represented elegance, femininity, and fashion, but now we are spicing women’s wardrobes with our classy silk pieces such as the Silk Poppy Skirt. We hope more people can express their style and personality wearing LILYSILK.”

LILYSILK is a world-leading silk brand. It says its “mission is to inspire people to live spectacularly as well as more sustainably.”

Source: LILYSILK

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September 12, 2022

Keds and Altuzarra Debut Collaboration at New York Fashion Week: The Shows


Footwear Collaboration Continues Keds Partnership with IMG as ‘The Official Sole of NYFW’


Keds, Altuzarra, New York Fashion Week


Photo: Keds and Altuzarra Debut Collaboration at New York Fashion Week: The Shows.


NEW YORK, Sept. 11, 2022 — Sneaker brand Keds, well-known for its long-standing brand partnerships, debuts an exclusive footwear collection with luxury women’s ready-to-wear and accessories brand, Altuzarra, during Altuzarra’s New York Fashion Week show. This collection launch is a continuation of Keds’ partnership with IMG and New York Fashion Week: The Shows that have solidified Keds as the ‘Official Sole of NYFW’ for the second season. The footwear collection features new sneaker styles in varying colorways and cements Keds’ position as a style leader in the collaborative footwear category.

“Our partnership with Altuzarra marks Keds’ emergence into the luxury fashion space with our iconic silhouettes reimagined through the lens of the talented Joseph Altuzarra,” said Jen Lynch, VP and General Manager of Keds. “The collection delivers unique styles in luxe fabrications for our customers in styles they cherish.”

Keds displayed the exclusive first look of the limited-edition footwear collection with the brand during the Sept. 10 Altuzarra fashion show in New York City. It featured never-seen-before sneaker styles that merge the two distinct brand aesthetics in new design features. “I am so thrilled to be collaborating with Keds this season. Their iconic brand language and heritage were a huge source of inspiration, and the resulting footwear collection adds an exciting and dynamic layer to the show,” said Joseph Altuzarra.

“This collection marks an exciting time for two beloved brands to seamlessly bring to life the creative fashion minds of two teams,” said Patrick Connors, the Senior Vice President of Global Brand Partnerships for IMG’s Fashion Events and Properties.

Keds. Wear Yours. — Keds is a division of Wolverine Worldwide, the world’s leading maker of casual, work, outdoor, athletic, and children’s footwear.

Founded by creative director Joseph Altuzarra in 2008, Altuzarra is a luxury women’s ready-to-wear and accessories brand.

IMG is a global sports, fashion, events, and media leader. It is a subsidiary of Endeavor, an international sports, and entertainment company.

Source: Keds

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September 9, 2022

The Managing Director of IMF calls on the President of India.


IMF


Photo: Ms. Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), called on the President of India, Smt. Droupadi Murmu at Rashtrapati Bhavan today (September 9, 2022).


IMF


Photo: Ms. Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), met with Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, earlier today (September 9, 2022).


New Delhi, September 09, 2022 — Ms. Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), called on the President of India, Smt. Droupadi Murmu at Rashtrapati Bhavan today (September 9, 2022).

Welcoming Ms. Georgieva to Rashtrapati Bhavan, the President said that the world is passing through the third year of the Covid pandemic. She noted that multilateral institutions such as the IMF and the World Bank provided significant assistance to many low-income countries. She said that IMF has to play an essential role in maintaining the stability of the International Monetary System.

The President said that today, India is one of the fastest growing major economies in the world. India’s start-up ecosystem ranks high in the world. The success of start-ups in our country, especially the increasing number of Unicorns, is a shining example of our industrial progress. What is even more gratifying is that the development of our country is becoming more inclusive, and regional disparities are also reducing. The basic mantra of today’s India is compassion - compassion for the oppressed, compassion for the needy, and compassion for the marginalized.

Source: President’s Secretariat, New Delhi

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September 7, 2022

Charles & Colvard Redefines Conscious Luxury with New Lab Grown Diamond Couture Collection


Charles Colvard Diamonds


Photo: Charles & Colvard redefines conscious luxury with its new lab-grown diamond COUTURE collection.



RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., September 07, 2022 — A brand on the move, Charles & Colvard, is giving the luxury industry a glimpse of the future of fine jewelry with its new Couture Collection. The 50-piece collection, crafted using lab-grown diamonds and precious recycled metals, features rings, bracelets, and earrings in staggering carat weights and design combinations that prove fine luxury jewelry can still be conscious.

The collection includes, among others, 10-carat chandelier drop earrings, double and triple-stacked geometric eternity bands, and 12- and 13-carat alternating tennis bracelets. The company said the collection is for couture brides, red carpet fashion, celebrities, or anyone looking for high-carat-conscious couture.

Adding to their already-impressive repertoire of ‘made, not mined’ fine jewelry - the company has its sights on becoming one of the top destinations for lab-grown diamond jewelry. It says it has a stunning showcase of abstract silhouettes and dramatic lines that feature new pear, baguette, and marquise cuts.

“We believe the future is lab-grown,” CEO Don O’Connell said, “and today’s consumers expect their products to be as beautiful as they are responsible. So we introduced this collection to showcase what the future of luxury fine jewelry can - and should - look like.”

Source: Charles & Colvard, Ltd.

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August 31, 2022

The Lamborghini Countach LPI 800−4 Arrives in the U.S.


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Pebble Beach, August 31, 2022 - Lamborghini Lounge Monterey provided an exclusive setting for customers to take delivery of two of the initial Countach LPI 800-4 to arrive in the USA. In a private ceremony, Stephan Winkelmann, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Automobili Lamborghini, was joined by Head of Design Mitja Borkert and Chief Technical Officer Rouven Mohr for an emotional unveiling of this futuristic limited-edition hybrid supercar.

Inspired by the past and engineered for the future, the Countach LPI 800-4 celebrates the visionary design that revolutionized modern sports cars forever. With just 112 units produced globally, these two Countach are the only ones to carry their exterior color in North America, Luci Del Bosco and Bronzo Zante.

“As we initiate the first deliveries of the Countach in the U.S. to our valued customers, it is an honor to present these masterpieces to their owners at the Lamborghini Lounge Monterey. The Countach has inspired the Lamborghini design DNA for decades, and it was only fitting that we delivered the new Countach LPI 800-4 during the world-renowned Monterey Car Week celebrating automotive excellence,” remarked Stephan Winkelmann. “It is always extraordinary for me to experience the excitement and emotion a customer senses when seeing their Lamborghini for the first time.”

The Countach LPI 800-4’s all-wheel-drive delivers a total of 814 hp and outstanding performance, with acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.8 seconds, 0 to 200 km/h in 8.6 seconds, and a top speed of 355 km/h.

Source: Lamborghini

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August 17, 2022

Chevrolet India continues to maintain its promise to customers.


Chevrolet shall continue supporting customers with parts availability and aftersales services.

Chevrolet remains focused on safety; customers can quickly get their vehicles inspected at the nearest Chevrolet Authorized Service Operations facility.


Chevrolet India

GURGAON, India, Aug. 17, 2022 — Chevrolet continues to take care of its customers in India through a dedicated Chevrolet team responsible for overseeing a service network, training center, and full-fledged warehousing and logistics operation to make genuine parts available for customers. This commitment continues five years after Chevrolet stopped selling vehicles in India and will continue over 2024 and beyond. The company said it upholds its promise to support customers with parts availability and aftersales services during this period.

“At Chevrolet, the customer remains at the center of everything we do, and we are committed to offering quality service for our vehicles in India,” said Devang Parpani, Director, Commercial Operations India.

To ensure easy access to service, Chevrolet has maintained a network of Authorized Service Operations with over 170 customer touchpoints. Customers can also buy genuine Chevrolet parts, including batteries, lube, and genuine Chevrolet parts, over the counter at these locations.

GM is also expanding its aftersales presence in India with ACDelco and will provide parts, including batteries, lube, and other components, for all vehicle makes.

Reiterating its focus on safety, Chevrolet also continues to appeal to its customers to get their vehicles inspected free of charge at the nearest Chevrolet Authorized Service Operations for open recall campaigns.

“It is immensely gratifying to see the team in India remain focused on our important aftersales customers as they continue to deliver on the needs of a parts and service operation,” said William Henrie, General Motors International Operations Aftersales Director.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, available in nearly 80 countries, with almost 2.7 million cars and trucks sold in 2021. Chevrolet models include electric and fuel-efficient vehicles.

Source: Chevrolet India

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August 11, 2022

Global Citizen announces lineups for the 2022 Global Citizen Festival in New York City & Accra, Ghana, on September 24, 2022


Global Citizen, Priyanka Chopra


Photo: Global Citizen Ambassador Priyanka Chopra Jonas will host the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, New York City, on September 24, 2022.


NEW YORK, August 11, 2022 — International advocacy organization Global Citizen has announced the lineups for the 10th anniversary Global Citizen Festival. The festival will occur in New York City’s Central Park, presented by Citi and Cisco, and Black Star Square in Accra, Ghana, presented by Harith General Partners, on Saturday, September 24, 2022.

Since it lit up Central Park’s Great Lawn in 2012, the Global Citizen Festival has become the world’s longest-running global campaign calling for an end to extreme poverty. The event unites millions of voices, amplified by the world’s most prominent artists, demanding world leaders take action NOW.

Globally, the disproportionate impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has pushed nearly 100 million more people into extreme poverty and is reversing recent trends of shrinking inequality, leading to the loss of at least three years of progress. Without urgent action, this backsliding will only worsen, the organization said. In addition, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has aggravated the situation further, with as many as 323 million people facing acute hunger and 1.2 billion people currently living in nations experiencing a perfect storm of food, energy, and financial crises. If we don’t take action now, as many as 200 million more people may be plunged into extreme poverty by November, Global Citizen warned.

The 2022 Global Citizen Festival will call on world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly and the G20 and COP27 to step up and invest $600 million. The investment will go into the future of women and girls, close the annual $10 billion climate financing shortfall, deliver $500 million to help African farmers respond to the global food crisis, and provide urgent relief from crushing debts to End Extreme Poverty.

With two stages in international cultural capitals, New York City and Accra, Ghana, the 2022 Global Citizen Festival will be broadcast and streamed on ABC, ABC News Live, FX, Hulu, iHeartRadio, TimesLIVE, Twitter, YouTube, and more. ABC News Live’s broadcast will air on Saturday, September 24, and a primetime special, Global Citizen Festival: Take Action NOW, will air on ABC on Sunday, September 25 at 7:00 pm ET / 6:00 pm CT. Different tune-in details to follow in the coming weeks.

Performers on the Central Park stage will include Metallica, Charlie Puth, Jonas Brothers, MÅNESKIN, Mariah Carey, Mickey Guyton, and Rosalía, with more to be announced. In addition, actor, producer, author, and Global Citizen Ambassador Priyanka Chopra Jonas will host the Global Citizen Festival in NYC.

Marking the 65th anniversary of Ghana’s independence and the 20th anniversary of the African Union, Accra’s iconic Black Star Square will see live performances from Usher, SZA, Stormzy, Gyakie, H.E.R., Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, and TEMS with more to be announced.

“Decades of systemic and political failures have led humanity into the midst of converging and rapidly deteriorating crises - climate, hunger, health, war, and conflict. We demand a secure future for girls everywhere. We demand governments keep their promises on climate funding. We demand relief from debts unjustly crashing economies. And we demand action NOW, while there’s still time to change our collective trajectory,” Hugh Evans, Co-Founder and CEO of Global Citizen, said.

Source: Global Citizen

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August 3, 2022

FORTUNE RELEASES ANNUAL FORTUNE GLOBAL 500 LIST


• 2022  Ranking Features 145 Chinese Companies,  124 U.S. Companies,  and 47  Japanese Companies  



Fortune Global 2022


Photo: The 2022 Fortune Global 500 cover.


NEW YORK, August 3, 2022 — Today, FORTUNE announced  the ‘Fortune Global 500’ list for 2022, ranking the world’s largest corporations by revenue for fiscal 2021.  Walmart  claims the top spot for the ninth consecutive year and for the 17th time since 1995. In addition, Saudi Aramco (No. 6) reclaims its title as the world’s most profitable company, with $105 billion in earnings.

Mainland China  (including Hong Kong), with 136,  has the most companies on the list,  up from last year. Adding Taiwan, the total for Greater China is 145. The U.S., with 124, is up two; in third place, Japan lost six, totaling 47. For the first time, the aggregate revenue of Fortune Global 500 companies based in Greater China (including Taiwan) exceeded the income of U.S. companies on the list, accounting for 31% of the total.

Of the 2022 rankings, FORTUNE List Editor Scott DeCarlo says, “A rebound from the worst depths of the pandemic created a huge tailwind for the world’s largest companies by revenue. As a result, aggregate sales and profits hit record levels in the fiscal year 2021 for the Fortune Global 500. The Global 500 is the ultimate scorecard for business success, and the companies face another big test navigating several global economic headwinds in 2022.”

Fortune Global 500 companies generated revenues totaling $37.8 trillion—more than one-third of the world’s GDP—for an increase of 19% over last year, marking the highest annual growth rate in the list’s 33-year history. Cumulative profits were up 88% for a record $3.1 trillion over the previous year. Companies on the 2022 list employ 69.6 million people worldwide and are based in 229 cities and 33 countries and regions. The number of Fortune Global 500 women CEOs rose to 24 this year, from 23 last year.

THE 2022 ‘FORTUNE GLOBAL 500’ — TOP 100 COMPANIES

  1. Walmart
  2. Amazon
  3. State Grid
  4. China National Petroleum
  5. Sinopec Group
  6. Saudi Aramco
  7. Apple
  8. Volkswagen
  9. China State Construction Engineering
  10. CVS Health
  11. UnitedHealth Group
  12. Exxon Mobil
  13. Toyota Motor
  14. Berkshire Hathaway
  15. Shell
  16. McKesson
  17. Alphabet
  18. Samsung Electronics
  19. Trafigura Group
  20. Hon Hai Precision Industry
  21. AmerisourceBergen
  22. Industrial & Commercial Bank of China
  23. Glencore
  24. China Construction Bank
  25. Ping An Insurance
  26. Costco Wholesale
  27. TotalEnergies
  28. Agricultural Bank of China
  29. Stellantis
  30. Cigna
  31. Sinochem Holdings
  32. AT&T
  33. Microsoft
  34. China Railway Engineering Group
  35. BP
  36. Cardinal Health
  37. Chevron
  38. Mercedes-Benz Group
  39. China Railway Construction
  40. China Life Insurance
  41. Mitsubishi
  42. Bank of China
  43. Home Depot
  44. China Baowu Steel Group
  45. Walgreens Boots Alliance
  46. JD.com
  47. Allianz
  48. AXA
  49. Marathon Petroleum
  50. Elevance Health
  51. Kroger
  52. Gazprom
  53. Ford Motor
  54. Verizon Communications
  55. Alibaba Group Holding
  56. Fortum
  57. China Mobile Communications
  58. China Minmetals
  59. BMW Group
  60. China Communications Construction
  61. Honda Motor
  62. Deutsche Telekom
  63. JPMorgan Chase
  64. General Motors
  65. China National Offshore Oil
  66. Centene
  67. Lukoil
  68. SAIC Motor
  69. Shandong Energy Group
  70. China Resources
  71. Meta Platforms
  72. Assicurazioni Generali
  73. Comcast
  74. Phillips 66
  75. Hengli Group
  76. Amer International Group
  77. Xiamen C&D
  78. Itochu
  79. China FAW Group
  80. Sinopharm
  81. China Post Group
  82. Valero Energy
  83. Nippon Telegraph and Telephone
  84. Credit Agricole
  85. China Energy Investment
  86. Dell Technologies
  87. Target
  88. Mitsui
  89. China Southern Power Grid
  90. Enel
  91. COFCO
  92. Hyundai Motor
  93. Fannie Mae
  94. Japan Post Holdings
  95. Electricité de France
  96. Huawei Investment & Holding
  97. United Parcel Service
  98. Life Insurance Corp. of India
  99. Deutsche Post DHL Group
  100. PowerChina

In her foreword to the magazine’s August/September 2022 issue, FORTUNE Editor-in-Chief Alyson Shontell writes, “Here’s the catch: [These] numbers reflect financials from 2021 when the world was starting to bounce back from COVID-19. However, this year has brought a whole new truckload of challenges. For businesses of every size, the real test will be who can survive and thrive in tough conditions, especially if—or when—a recession of unknown length and depth settles in.”

Companies are ranked by total revenues for their respective fiscal years ended on or before March 31, 2022. All listed companies must publish financial data and report part or all of their figures to a government agency.

Source: FORTUNE Media

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August 1, 2022

Mahindra Scorpio-N sets a new record - Clocks over 25,000 bookings within 1 minute; Over 1,00,000 bookings in under 30 minutes.



Mahindra Scorpio


MUMBAI, India, August 1, 2022 — Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. announced that it had recorded 1,00,000 bookings for the All-New Scorpio-N within 30 minutes of the booking commencement at 11:00 am today. That translates into an ex-showroom value of - ₹18,000 crores / - USD 2.3 billion. Customers’ enthusiasm for the All-New Scorpio-N has been extraordinary - the Scorpio-N recorded 25,000 bookings within one minute of booking commencement, the company added.

The deliveries of the All-New Scorpio-N will begin September 26, 2022, onwards. Over 20,000 units of the All-New Scorpio-N are planned for delivery by December 2022, wherein the Z8L variant will be prioritized. Mahindra said it would inform the customers about their delivery date by August 2022.

The booking website handled the massive rush of orders well, but there was a brief glitch with the payment gateway provider. Mahindra said that it would like to assure the customers that their time stamp before payment is duly recorded on the booking platform so that each customer will have their rightful place in the order sequence. Accordingly, the first 25,000 will get considered for introductory prices based on this sequence.

The introductory prices of the All-New Scorpio-N variants are applicable for the first 25,000 bookings. After that, the costs for the subsequent bookings will be as per the prices prevalent at the delivery time. The company explained that bookings for the All-New Scorpio-N will continue to be accepted online and at dealerships.

The All-New Scorpio-N has been designed, engineered, and built to disrupt the SUV segment and redefine the existing product category hierarchies across multiple SUV segments creating resonance with the urban customers looking forward to owning an authentic SUV.

“Thrilling performance, unmissable presence, premium crafted interiors, sophisticated ride, and handling, ‘Go Anywhere’ capability, bristling with tech, having a clean conscience, and an immersive and enjoyable experience via AdrenoX makes the Scorpio-N a stand-out SUV,” Mahindra said. Scorpio-N is available in variants including diesel and petrol, manual and automatic transmissions, and 6-seater or 7-seater capacity. It is also available with 4XPLOR first-in-class intelligent terrain management technology to transform it into an all-conquering, capable 4WD beast.

Source: Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.

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July 31, 2022

World Ducati Week 2022 concludes with the Lenovo Race of Champions.



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Photos: World Ducati Week 2022. Images provided by & copyright © Ducati.


Misano Adriatico/Borgo Panigale, Italy, July 30, 2022 - The World Ducati Week 2022 has ended. The event brought together Ducatisti and fans of the world of two wheels for three days of passion, fun, and unforgettable experiences at Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli.”

The passion for the brand and the desire to be present at the great Ducati gathering attracted many fans to Misano. Despite the difficulties in moving around and traveling that still characterize today’s scenario, as well as the pandemic and sweltering temperatures of this period, they crowded the paddock reaching 80,000 visitors over the three days.

The participants came from 84 countries, demonstrating the global dimension of Ducati and the appeal that the brand has to motorcyclists worldwide.

The main protagonists of the three days were the 235 Ducati Official Clubs present at the event, which animated the area of ​​the International Village dedicated to them together with all the Ducati subsidiaries.

“At World Ducati Week, we can experience the celebration of Ducati’s deepest soul: we do not merely sell motorcycles, but we design experiences and emotions with bikes at the center for our fans,” declared Claudio Domenicali, Ducati CEO. “We all wanted to go back to being together with the Ducatisti, and they arrived in massive numbers from all over the world, even though we are still in the presence of travel restrictions and therefore we were not able to welcome anyone from China for example. The big parade on Friday, the crazy Lenovo Race of Champions, the Rustida on the pit straight, the greetings of the riders at the Misano stadium, the musical evenings, and the fireworks show impressed and excited me. These are just some moments that will remain in the memory of each person who came to this 2022 edition. I want to thank all the participants and the staff made up mainly of Ducati employees who, as usual, were present in great strength and worked hard to make this incredible experience possible.”

The most keenly awaited moment was the Lenovo Race of Champions, starring 21 Ducati riders competing in the MotoGP, Superbike and Supersport championships, who fought it out on standard Panigale V4 S and Panigale V2 bikes, equipped only with slick tires and racing exhausts. A unique show that only Ducati can offer its fans, which saw Pecco Bagnaia triumph after setting the fastest lap in 1m35.886s, only two and a half seconds more than the time from this year’s Superbike pole position at Misano. Federico Caricasulo took the victory in the Panigale V2 category.

Many fans followed the race from the Misano stands, giving rise to tremendous cheering. Tens of thousands of spectators joined them, connecting from home to the live streaming on the Ducati website. But not only that: as many as nine international televisions and online streaming services broadcast the race live on their schedule, making the Lenovo Race of Champions a truly global event. For example, in Italy, the Sky Sport MotoGP channel broadcasted the race with the commentary of Guido Meda and Mauro Sanchini and the contribution of Sandro Donato Grosso from the starting grid.

Source: DUCATI

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July 27, 2022

The United International Baseball League creates the first-ever professional baseball league to serve India, Pakistan, and the Middle East.


Team of global sports executives partners with Hall of Fame Baseball Icons Mariano Rivera and Barry Larkin to launch a league in Dubai.


Baseball, India


NEW YORK and DUBAI, UAE, July 25, 2022 — The United International Baseball League (UIBL) announced today its plan to bring professional baseball to India, Pakistan, and the Middle East, beginning with an Inaugural Showcase that will take place in Dubai in February 2023. In addition, the UIBL has partnered with Hall of Fame baseball legends Mariano Rivera and Barry Larkin to help build, develop and grow the league. They are two of the sport’s most iconic and decorated stars, with a combined six World Series Championships and 25 All-Star Game selections.

The Indian Subcontinent and the Middle East region are home to two billion people. More than 900 million people are fans of cricket - the world’s most popular bat and ball sport. Yet, while baseball exists in small pockets across South Asia and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, there is an absence of professional leagues and a void of deep, grassroots player development expertise and infrastructure. The UIBL team is looking to change that.

“I’m very grateful to be a part of the UIBL’s exciting mission to inspire two billion new fans to fall in love with baseball,” said Rivera. He is a professional baseball’s career leader in saves and games finished and the only player ever unanimously elected to the Hall of Fame. “We believe there is an amazing opportunity to educate, inspire and entertain those cricket fans, and open their hearts to an exciting and culturally-relevant form of baseball.”

American baseball is a $13 billion business with nearly 100 million fans across the U.S. and Canada and a rabid following throughout Latin America. However, the game has yet to connect with South Asian and Middle Eastern sports fans, who collectively represent the world’s most extensive cricket fan base. For example, more than 167 million South Asia watched the International Cricket Council (ICC) T20 World Cup last year - 70 million more than the Super Bowl and over 150 million more than the World Series.

“We want to honor the game, and we want to change it,” said Kanwal S. Sra, Founder, Chairman, and CEO, of the UIBL. “We’re excited to help share the beauty and heritage of the game with a part of the world that has yet to embrace it fully. And we’re also excited to do some things differently, acting on years of data, decades of research, and centuries of cultural understanding. But, most importantly, we are passionate about helping unleash the next generation of Indian, Pakistani, and Emirati sports heroes that millions of fans will be able to connect with and relate to for years to come. There’s no better place to begin this journey than Dubai, one of the most iconic cities in the world. Exceptional leaders drive Dubai with a shared vision of growth through sports and entertainment, and we are honored to partner with them.”

The UIBL will introduce new rule changes, create original gameplay concepts, and bring a more immersive viewing experience for fans at the stadium and in their home. In addition to innovations in gameplay and entertainment, the UIBL will pioneer a multi-country league format that will include players from across the world and enable international competition. The league has already begun activating its international scouting and South Asia-focused development program, with a vision to partner with exceptional local organizations to build UIBL Baseball Academies across the region.

As part of its launch, the UIBL also introduced its brand logo and design, which artistically captures the most exciting moment in baseball - the home run. Each element of the brand helps educate the region on the game and inspires the imagination of younger fans.

“Not many moments in sports measure up to the energy and excitement of a home run,” said Kash Shaikh, President and Chief Marketing Officer of the UIBL. “The crack of the bat. The roar of the crowd. The rise in the stands meets the elevation of the ball. A home run can unite a stadium with a single swing. And it’s done just that for over a century. We wanted to capture that moment and share some of that magic with a new generation of fans in South Asia and the Middle East. I can’t wait for our Dubai fans to experience it for themselves.”

Source: United International Baseball League

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July 24, 2022

The World's Most Powerful Passports have the Least Travel Freedom.


Global Passport Index


Global Passport Index


LONDON, July 22, 2022 — Passport holders with the most extraordinary global access are currently the most restricted and reluctant to enjoy their travel freedom, according to the latest results from the Henley Passport Index. Japan holds the number one spot on the index. The index comprises the actual ranking of all the world’s passports according to the number of destinations they can access without a prior visa. Japan has a record-high visa-free or visa-on-arrival score of 193, while Singapore and South Korea come in joint-2nd place, with a score of 192.

But despite the record-breaking worldwide access afforded to citizens of these three nations over the index’s 17-year history, international passenger demand in the Asia-Pacific region has only reached 17% of pre-Covid levels, hovering below 10% for most of the past two years. This figure is far behind the global trend, where markets in Europe and North America have recovered to around 60% of pre-crisis travel mobility levels. However, Dr. Marie Owens Thomsen, Chief Economist at IATA (International Air Transport Association), says passenger numbers should reach 83% of pre-pandemic levels in 2022. “By next year, many markets should see traffic reach or exceed pre-pandemic levels, while we expect this to be the case for the industry in 2024.”

EU member states dominate the remaining top 10 ten spots on the latest ranking, with Germany and Spain in joint-3rd place, with access to 190 destinations visa-free. Finland, Italy, and Luxembourg follow closely behind in joint-4th place with 189 goals. Denmark, Netherlands, and Sweden share 5th place with their passport holders able to travel to 188 destinations worldwide without a visa. The UK and US have dropped down a rank to 6th and 7th place, respectively. Afghanistan remains at the bottom of the index, with its nationals only able to access 27 destinations worldwide visa-free. The global mobility gap between the world’s most and least powerful passports now sits at an unprecedented 166 destinations.

Russian passport holders are more cut off from the rest of the world than ever, as sanctions imposed ban travel and airspace closures limit Russian citizens from accessing all but a few destinations in Central Asia and the Middle East. The Russian passport currently sits at 50th place on the index, with a visa-free or visa-free on arrival score of 119. However, due to airspace closures in EU member nations, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, the US, and the UK, Russian citizens are effectively barred from traveling most of the world. Notable exceptions are Istanbul and Dubai, which have become focal transit points.

Conversely, the Ukrainian passport is in 35th place on the index, with holders able to access 144 destinations worldwide without needing a visa in advance.

• UAE is the clear pandemic winner.

Throughout the turmoil of the past two years, one thing has remained constant: the growing strength of the UAE passport, which now sits at 15th place on the ranking. It has a visa-free or visa-on-arrival score of 176.

• Peaceful countries have more powerful passports.

Unique research conducted by Henley & Partners comparing a country’s visa-free access with its Global Peace Index score shows a strong correlation between a nation’s passport power and peacefulness. Any country in the top ten of the Henley Passport Index is also in the top ten of the Global Peace Index. So is the case for the bottom-ranking nations.

Commenting on the results in the Henley Global Mobility Report 2022 Q3, Stephen Klimczuk-Massion, Quondam Fellow of Oxford University’s Saïd Business School, says: “Your passport is more than ever a calling card, which, depending on which passport you carry and where you are going, will have an impact on the kind of welcome you will receive, where you can go and how safe you will be when you get there. Now more than ever, it’s a mistake to think of a passport as merely a travel document that allows you to get from A to B. On the contrary, the relative strength or weakness of a particular national passport directly affects the quality of life of the passport holder.”

Source: Henley & Partners

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July 14, 2022

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


Longines Suzi


Longines Suzi


Longines Suzi


Longines Suzi


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


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

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

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

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

Source: Longines

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July 10, 2022

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


Wimbledon Towel


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



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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Welspun India Ltd

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July 7, 2022

MG Motor India forges a partnership with Chandigarh University to strengthen Skill Development.



Chandigarh University


MOHALI, India, July 7, 2022 — MG Motor India presented Hector to Chandigarh University to foster skill development and bridge the gap between academia and industry. The initiative aligns with the MG Nurture program and MG’s goal of CASE mobility. It will foster student skill development and prepare them for better employment opportunities.

Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer, Education Minister, Punjab, was the chief guest at the ceremony. He, along with Yeshwinder Patial, Head, Human Resources, MG Motor India, handed over the keys of MG Hector to S. Satnam Singh Sandhu, Chancellor, Chandigarh University. Pooja Syal Grewal, Additional Deputy Commissioner (Urban Development), Mohali, Rajesh Mehrotra, Head- Aftersales, MGI, and Reema Sharma, Senior HR Business Partner, Corporate Office MGI were among those who graced the occasion.

Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer, Punjab Education Minister, said that the need of the hour was to add skill development to the conventional education system. Practical knowledge and hands-on training were a must, along with books.

“India is the youngest nation across the globe, and none can stop its rise to the top of the world, provided we channel the energy of the youth in the right direction. Corporates and Industry leaders like MG Motor India and top educational institutions like Chandigarh University have to unite to steer India’s charge to the top,” said the Minister.

Hayer asked the students in the audience to make the most of their time at the University and build a better future.

“This is your time to learn, to move forward, and build a brighter future for yourself. This time will not come again. It would be best if you decided what to do with your time. While fun is important, it must not come at the cost of learning,” Mr. Hayer said.

“It gives me immense pleasure to inform you that Chandigarh University has forged a partnership with MG Motor India under our flagship Industry-Academia Interface program. The program develops Industry-oriented skills amongst our students and prepares industry-ready professionals. This partnership adds to our ever-strong portfolio of more than 30 tie-ups with industry leaders such as Microsoft, Google, Virtusa, Hyundai, Hewlett Packard, Cisco, Tech Mahindra, Bosch, Honda, IBM, and Videocon. These and many others have established their research centers and laboratories on the campus,” said S. Satnam Singh Sandhu, Chancellor, Chandigarh University.

“The addition of MG Hector Car into the existing equipment, technology, and infrastructure of the University will provide our students, especially from Mechanical Engineering and its allied branches such as Automobile Engineering, an opportunity to upskill their knowledge with advanced vehicle technology in detail. Along with the demonstration and understating of the technology that runs a modern car, it will help in practical knowledge of automobile engineering courses offered in the curriculum and consequently will make the students job-ready and prepare them for better industry prospects,” he added.

Yeshwinder Patial, Director, HR, MG Motor India, said, “We are delighted with this partnership with the Chandigarh University. It will ensure the current generation’s skill development in the mobility segment. We feel this initiative will add value to help children become technologically savvy for the auto-tech industry and prepare them for future job opportunities. The initiative is aligned with the MG’s Nurture program.”

“The partnership will introduce students to vehicular systems and help them understand how to perform primary inspection procedures on cars. In addition, it will empower students with hands-on research on various electrical, electronic, and mechanical systems of technologically advanced vehicles. Students will study multiple parts, technology, and techniques, including engine parts, fuel systems, drive trains, ignition systems, vehicle chassis, HVAC systems, and more. Students of Chandigarh University will also get an opportunity to learn about a car’s aesthetic and interior design aspects,” he added.

Source: Chandigarh University

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June 27, 2022

Myntra StyleCast rolls out the Campus Ambassador Program, kickstarting the journey for 500 aspiring young creators from leading colleges.



Myntra StyleCast


Photo: Myntra StyleCast rolls out Campus Ambassador Program.


BANGALORE, India, June 27, 2022 — Strengthening its proposition for Gen-Z further, Myntra announces the launch of its Campus Ambassador program, onboarding 500 aspiring fashion influencers from leading colleges across tier-1 and tier-2 cities in the country to engage deeply with its thriving cohort of Gen-Z consumers.

Myntra announced that the Campus Ambassador program is a part of the overall Myntra StyleCast Creator initiative, which comprises over 1000 uber-trendy and fashion-first Gen-Z influencers with a deep passion for creating fresh digital content. Myntra chooses campus influencers based on their relevance with the Gen-Z audience, understanding of the content creation industry, their knack for edgy and trendy fashion, and their diversity and reach. Through this program, Myntra will enable opportunities for these young, budding fashion enthusiasts to learn the ropes of content creation and hone their skills. In addition, they will also get the chance to be mentored by some of the famous macro Myntra Style Squad influencers and be featured on Myntra’s live commerce propositions, Myntra-Studio and M-Live, and social media channels.

The Campus Squad includes an array of students aged 17-21 years from some of the leading institutions in the country, including the Indian Institute of Art & Design, Pearl Academy, NIFT, Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University, Mount Carmel College - Bengaluru, Indian Institute of Fashion Technology and Symbiosis Institute of Design - Pune to name a few. These campus ambassadors are the faces of Myntra StyleCast on their respective campuses. According to Myntra, they are among the coolest and the most fashionable kids on campus that everyone looks up to for their fresh and edgy fashion sensibilities. With Gen-Z’s heavy reliance on social media influencers for shopping inspiration, this program will help Myntra StyleCast amplify its share of voice on social media and drive end conversions on Myntra, creating a higher volume of contextual and engaging content.

As Myntra continues to strengthen its offering for fashion-forward customers across tiers, age groups, and genders, the creator-backed commerce plays a crucial role in regulating decision-making and awareness amongst the consumer groups in question.

The top trending categories on Myntra StyleCast include dresses, tops, jeans, and t-shirts, which make up 55% of the overall demand for the class.

Padmakumar Pal, Vice President & Business Head - Apparel, Myntra, said, “We are excited to launch the Campus Ambassador program, as it provides budding influencers an opportunity to grow in the creator ecosystem and become the country’s leading fashion influencers.

Myntra is one of India’s leading platforms for fashion brands.

Source: Myntra

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June 21, 2022

VIKTOR&ROLF ANNOUNCES FKA TWIGS AS THE FACE OF NEW FRAGRANCE 'GOOD FORTUNE'


VIKTOR&ROLF


Photo: FKA twigs for Viktor&Rolf by SeanSeng. Image provided by & copyright © Viktor&Rolf.


VIKTOR&ROLF


PARIS, June 21, 2022 — Viktor&Rolf has announced that acclaimed singer, dancer, and actress FKA twigs will be the face of GOOD FORTUNE, the brand’s new fragrance.

FKA twigs is a Grammy Award-nominated artist whose innovations across the fields of music, visual arts, and dance represent future worlds and draw from past ones.

She debuted as a songwriter and singer in 2012 with EP1. Like her dancing, her music draws on various electronic, R&B, and trip-hop styles. Her Mercury Prize-nominated debut album, LP1, was released in August 2014. She directed four videos for her third EP, M3LL155X (read as Melissa), and Soundtrack 7, a dance film created and filmed at the Manchester International Festival. She has collaborated with Dua Lipa and The Weeknd.

“We’ve been fans of twigs for years,” say Viktor&Rolf designers Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren, “and we’re happy to welcome her to the Viktor&Rolf family. Not only is she one of today’s biggest pop stars, but she’s also hugely creative. She’s an icon and absolutely the right personality for GOOD FORTUNE.”

“I’ve always loved perfume,” says FKA twigs. “Scent has always been an integral part of my sensory world, and creatively collaborating with Viktor&Rolf on this project has been very fulfilling. I feel there’s this bond that unites us. Becoming part of their universe feels like magic, a dream come true.”

Following the ongoing success of FLOWERBOMB, launched in 2005, Viktor&Rolf unveiled GOOD FORTUNE. With this significant new statement, the brand has created a fragrance that expresses modern spirituality, inviting women wanting to embrace their inner modern mystic to follow their way to make their destiny.

FKA twigs will feature in a mystical ‘new-genre’ campaign film directed by Andrew Thomas Huang, to be released later this month. Legendary fashion photographers Inez & Vinoodh created the campaign’s magnetic still photography.

The campaign’s soundtrack, “Killer,” was tailor-made for the campaign by FKA twigs and will be officially unveiled in conjunction with the GOOD FORTUNE campaign.

Source: Viktor&Rolf Fragrances

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June 14, 2022

TAJ IS WORLD'S STRONGEST HOTEL BRAND FOR THE SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR


Taj Hotels


MUMBAI, India, June 14, 2022 — Indian Hotels Company (IHCL), India’s largest hospitality company, announced that its iconic brand, Taj, has been rated the World’s Strongest Hotel Brand 2022 by Brand Finance. The ‘Hotels 50 2022’ annual report by the world’s leading brand valuation consultancy recognizes the most valuable and most robust hotel brands globally.

Mr. Puneet Chhatwal, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Indian Hotels Company, said, “We are very proud that Taj has been recognized as the World’s Strongest Hotel Brand for the second time in a row. Taj is the most acclaimed benchmark of excellence in the industry globally.”

“With travelers increasingly gravitating towards brands that epitomize the essence of world-class luxury and follow responsible business practices, Taj is well poised to pave the future of hospitality. This recognition is a mark of our guests’ steadfast trust, and it celebrates the indomitable spirit of our employees, who embody the legacy of the brand while bringing alive the essence of Tajness.”

Taj received an overall Brand Strength Index of 88.9 out of 100, with a corresponding AAA rating for customer familiarity, employee satisfaction, corporate reputation, and world-class customer service.

The Hotel 50 2022 report highlights the company’s successful strategy to overcome pandemic-induced challenges and remain relevant to the need of consumers. Taj was also at the forefront in its efforts toward supporting the community, including the healthcare sector.

The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) and its subsidiaries bring together a group of brands and businesses that offer a fusion of warm Indian hospitality and world-class service.

IHCL has a portfolio of 237 hotels, including 60 under development globally across four continents, 11 countries, and over 100 locations.

Source: Indian Hotels Company (IHCL)

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