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October 20, 2021

ELLE Celebrates 2021 Women in Hollywood


Gal Gadot, Jennifer Hudson, Rita Moreno, and Halle Berry were honored at ELLE Women in Hollywood Celebration presented by Ralph Lauren and Lexus.


ELLE Women in Hollywood


ELLE Women in Hollywood


ELLE Women in Hollywood


ELLE Women in Hollywood


ELLE Women in Hollywood


Photos: ELLE’S Women in Hollywood, November 2021 Issue. Images provided by ELLE. Photographer Credit: Greg Williams.


LOS ANGELES, CA. October 20, 2021 — Eight remarkable women were honored at the 27th annual ELLE Women in Hollywood Celebration for their creative and cultural contributions to the worlds of music, film, television, and beyond.

Gal Gadot, Jennifer Hudson, Rita Moreno, and Halle Berry were feted by the world’s largest fashion magazine brand, in partnership with Ralph Lauren and Lexus.

Eva Longoria hosted the celebration, which took place at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles. Patty Jenkins, Debbie Allen, Kerry Washington, Lena Waithe, Jon M. Chu, Demi Moore, and Nyle DiMarco presented to Gadot, Hudson, Moreno, Berry, Chan, Jolie, and Ridloff, respectively.

In partnership with Ralph Lauren and Lexus and supporting sponsor Laurent-Perrier, ELLE Editor-in-Chief Nina Garcia brought together honorees, presenters, artists, and Hollywood legends for this year’s dinner and awards celebration.

Additional attendees included: Hailey Bieber, Diego Boneta, Alexandra Daddario, Karen David, Lucy Hale, Moses Ingram, Danielle Macdonald, Addison Rae, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, Odeya Rush, Saniyya Sidney, Diana Silvers, Demi Singleton, Jurnee Smollett, Ciara Wilson, Lexi Underwood, and many more!

Ralph Lauren dresses were worn by: Nyle DiMarco, Jennifer Hudson, Eva Longoria, Rita Moreno, and Demi Singleton.

In addition to being feted at the annual awards dinner in Los Angeles, the honorees feature on individual covers of ELLE’s November 2021 Women in Hollywood issue on newsstands on November 9.

ELLE is the No. 1 fashion magazine brand globally, with 45 editions, 34 websites, and 158 supplements worldwide, reaching over 29 million influential readers, users, fans, and followers across all platforms. ELLE inspires women to explore, cultivate and celebrate their style in all aspects of their lives.

Source: ELLE

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October 17, 2021

Sushmita Sen Launches Zoya's Festive Collection, Libera


Zoya’s Libera is an exuberant invitation to find your flow with rare jewelry.


Zoya, Sushmita Sen


Photo: Sushmita Sen, Miss Universe 1994, launched Zoya Libera jewelry. Image Credit: Zoya.


Mumbai, India. Oct 17, 2021 — Zoya, the exquisite diamond boutique from the House of Tata, launched its stunning new collection Libera with Sushmita Sen, Miss Universe 1994.

According to Zoya, in keeping with its tradition of peerless design innovation, the visual vocabulary of this elegant collection seeks cues in the artistic movement of the late 1800s. As a result, the Libera collection presents experimental silhouettes with a timeless craft that is as original as diverse. “The vitality of dance coalesces in Libera’s curved lines, accentuated by sensuous forms swirling in a hurricane of drapery. Every piece in Libera is like a powerful, personal talisman that enables her to find her flow. Novel, ornate and elegant, it is created to delight the quintessential Zoya woman. Libera connects with the inner world of its muse, a poetic ode to the flow of an unfettered mind,” Zoya elaborated.

Zoya, the exquisite diamond boutique from the House of Tata, is a luxury fine jewelry brand renowned for its expert craftsmanship and outstanding design. Zoya now enters its thirteenth year of operations with a product created exclusively with the “discerning, aesthetically astute woman” as its muse.

“Zoya finds its inspiration in numerous external and internal journeys from the ones that take you across the world-iconic destinations, history, culture, art, legends, and elements that help you discover your feminine self. These inspirations are translated into one-of-a-kind designs by its panel of master craftsmen, forming the genesis of Zoya’s unique collections in contemporary as well as fusion styles,” the brand explains.

Zoya’s four boutiques in Bengaluru, Mumbai, and Delhi and Zoya galleries in Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Chennai, and Chandigarh showcase luxury in its most undiluted form. Zoya’s personalized service focuses on providing an unmatched buying experience for its exclusive products. In addition, Zoya now extends its service through video-assisted jewelry advisory, home trials, contactless delivery, and interactive e-catalogs.

Source: Zoya

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October 7, 2021

Lakmé Fashion Week And Fashion Design Council of India Announce Fashion Week, October 5 — October 10, 2021.



Lakme Fashion Week


Lakmé Fashion Week


Photo: Fashion Designer Arpita Mehta showcases her collection at Lakmé Fashion Week, October 5 — October 10, 2021. Image Credit: FDCIxLFW.


Lakmé Fashion Week


Photo: Fashion Designer Arpita Mehta showcases her collection at Lakmé Fashion Week, October 5 — October 10, 2021. Image Credit: FDCIxLFW.


Lakmé Fashion Week


Photo: Fashion Designer Tarun Tahiliani showcases his collection “The Reunion” at Lakmé Fashion Week October 5 — October 10, 2021. Image Credit: FDCIxLFW.


Lakmé Fashion Week


Photo: Fashion Designer JJ Valaya launches his collection “RUMELI” at Lakmé Fashion Week, October 5 — October 10, 2021. Image Credit: FDCIxLFW.


Lakmé Fashion Week


Photo: Actress Mrunal Thakur turns showstopper for the FDCI Showcase at Fashion Designer JJ Valaya’s launch of his collection “RUMELI” at Lakmé Fashion Week, October 5 — October 10, 2021. Image Credit: FDCIxLFW.


Lakmé Fashion Week


Photo: Fashion Designer Tarun Tahiliani showcases his collection at Lakmé Fashion Week, October 5 — October 10, 2021. Image Credit: FDCIxLFW.


Lakmé Fashion Week


Photo: Twinkle Hanspal’s collection reflects the modern union of East meets West. Here she celebrates the classic Indian silhouettes with a contemporary twist at Lakmé Fashion Week, October 5 — October 10, 2021. Image Credit: FDCIxLFW.


Lakmé Fashion Week


Photo: Fashion Designer Anamika Khanna showcases her collection at Lakmé Fashion Week, October 5 — October 10, 2021. Image Credit: FDCIxLFW.


Lakmé Fashion Week


Photo: Fashion Designer Gaurang showcases ‘Chaand,’ a collection of ethereal Jamdani Sarees at Lakmé Fashion Week, October 5 — October 10, 2021. Image Credit: FDCIxLFW.


Mumbai, October 7, 2021 — The powerhouses of fashion and beauty in India - Lakmé, Fashion Design Council of India & RISE Worldwide are jointly presenting FDCI X Lakmé Fashion Week with digital and on-ground shows from October 5 to October 10, 2021.

Lakmé Fashion Week and the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) have released the schedule comprising the best curation designers from Delhi, Mumbai, and other cities across India.

The upcoming season will showcase a host of new, emerging talent and the biggest and most established names from Delhi, Mumbai, and other parts of the country, setting an unparalleled benchmark in innovations, sustainability, and creativity.

Sunil Sethi, Chairman FDCI, commented, “The Fashion Design Council of India for decades has tirelessly worked to make the design industry lead from the front and leave a global footprint. Our partnership with Lakmé Fashion Week to present a joint schedule this season has blurred geographical boundaries and will help one view the Indian Fashion industry more holistically. It also enables both FDCI and LFW to deliver the best and obtain in all forms, be it creative or the business of fashion.”

Sumati Mattu, Head of Innovations at Lakmé, said, “Lakmé led the inception of the Fashion Week in India decades ago with the idea of driving the twin worlds of fashion and beauty for the discerning Indian consumer. Since the beginning of the Lakmé Fashion Week, we have attempted to inspire thought leadership while driving the interests and expansion of the Indian Fashion Industry and giving a stage to fresh design talent in the country. Our continued collaboration with FDCI to present a joint schedule creates more opportunities for the industry to thrive and brings more fresh talent into the industry folds. We continue to remain true to the pillars of Lakmé Fashion Week, which are discoverability, sustainability, and talkability as we present the best in Indian fashion & beauty this season to a global audience.”

Source: Fashion Design Council of India

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6 Degree platform presents Gaurang’s ‘Chaand,’ a collection that brings forth an anthology of ethereal Jamdani Sarees from across India to FDCI x Lakmé Fashion Week, October 5 — October 10, 2021.



FDCI Showcase: JJ Valaya with his majestic ‘Rumeli’ collection. FDCI x Lakmé Fashion Week, October 5 — October 10, 2021.


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October 5, 2021

Goodyear is looking for Highway Heroes.


Goodyear’s Highway Hero Award recognizes extraordinary acts of courage by North American truck drivers.


Goodyear Highway Heroes


Goodyear Highway Heroes


Photo: Plus truck with Goodyear tires. The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is collaborating with Plus, a global provider of self-driving truck technology.


AKRON, Ohio, October 5, 2021 — On the heels of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is opening a call for nominations for its 2020-2021 Highway Hero Award.

From now through December 31, 2021, you can nominate a professional truck driver who has acted selflessly for the good of others on the highways across North America.

“We designed the annual Goodyear Highway Hero Award decades ago to honor the heroic efforts of professional truck drivers who act as first responders on the highway,” said Gary Medalis, Goodyear’s director, Product Marketing. “These drivers are at the center of the trucking industry and are seldom recognized for their important role in keeping the global supply chain moving. The Goodyear Highway Hero Award is our way of shedding light on the merits of this profession and rewarding those who go above and beyond in their duty.”

To enter the Goodyear Highway Hero Award program, visit GoodyearTruckTires.com and tell the story of a driver you know who is deserving of the honor via the nomination form. The grand prize winner will be announced in early 2022 and will receive a package that includes a cash prize and a trip to Orlando for the Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition, which takes place March 8 - 11, 2022. In addition, two finalists will also receive a prize package.

While the program was formerly on pause due to COVID-19, the 2020-2021 Goodyear Highway Hero Award marks the 37th year Goodyear has celebrated truck drivers with the award. Past winners include a driver who ripped the back door from a burning car to save two passengers and a driver who dove into a pond to pull a child from a submerged car.

Nominations for this year’s program must meet the following criteria:

Goodyear is one of the world’s largest tire companies. It employs about 72,000 people and manufactures its products in 55 facilities in 23 countries around the world. Its two Innovation Centers in Akron, Ohio, and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg, strive to develop state-of-the-art products and services that set the technology and performance standard for the industry.

Source: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

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October 4, 2021

L'Oréal Paris Fashion made a Bold Statement with its Public Runway Show at the Symbolic Human Rights Square transformed for the Occasion into the Square of Human and Women's Rights


Twenty-six spokespeople, 19 designer partners, and 20 creative performers broadcast across more than 30 countries - inviting men and women all over the world to “stand up” against street harassment.


L'Oréal Paris Fashion Show


L'Oréal Paris Fashion Show


Photo: Runway during “Le Defile L’Oreal Paris 2021” as part of Paris Fashion Week on October 03, 2021, Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images For L’Oreal).


L'Oréal Paris Fashion Show


Photo: Camila Cabello at the L’Oréal Paris Fashion Show as part of Paris Fashion Week on October 03, 2021, Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images For L’Oreal).


L'Oréal Paris Fashion Show


Photo: Aja Naomi King at the L’Oréal Paris Fashion Show as part of Paris Fashion Week on October 03, 2021, Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images For L’Oreal).


L'Oréal Paris Fashion Show


Photo: Nikolaj & Filippa Coster Waldau at the L’Oréal Paris Fashion Show as part of Paris Fashion Week on October 03, 2021, in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images For L’Oreal).


L'Oréal Paris Fashion Show


Photo: Aishwarya Rai at the L’Oréal Paris Fashion Show as part of Paris Fashion Week on October 03, 2021, in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images For L’Oreal).


L'Oréal Paris Fashion Show


Photo: Cindy Bruna at the L’Oréal Paris Fashion Show as part of Paris Fashion Week on October 03, 2021, Paris, France. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino/Getty Images For L’Oreal).


L'Oréal Paris Fashion Show


Photo: Katherine Langford at the L’Oréal Paris Fashion Show as part of Paris Fashion Week on October 03, 2021, Paris, France. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino/Getty Images For L’Oreal).


L'Oréal Paris Fashion Show


Photo: Aishwarya Rai at the L’Oréal Paris Fashion Show as part of Paris Fashion Week on October 03, 2021, in Paris, France. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino/Getty Images For L’Oreal).


PARIS, October 04, 2021 — On October 03, L’Oréal Paris stood up for women’s rights on the Runway, paying tribute to an empowered and inclusive vision of beauty. As an official partner of Paris Fashion Week, the brand hosted its 2021 public runway show open to all at the Parvis des Droits de l’Homme - a symbolic site in Paris where the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was first adopted. The show’s theme was an ode to women’s empowerment and diversity in alignment with the brand’s global outreach program, “Stand Up Against Street Harassment,” which aims to educate the public on how to fight street harassment and to empower women to walk without fear. In the context of the 50th anniversary of L’Oréal Paris’ inspiring slogan, “Because I’m Worth It,” this bold approach resonated as a powerful statement about the individual value and as an expression of the brand’s commitment to supporting all women around the world.

Standing Up for Women’s Rights on the Runway

This year, “Le Défilé L’Oréal Paris” (The L’Oréal Paris Fashion Show) took a bold departure from the format of typical fashion shows, amplifying the brand’s central theme of self-worth, freedom of movement, and self-expression. Hosted at the Parvis des Droits de L’Homme (an esplanade at the foot of the Palais de Chaillot with a panorama view of the Eiffel tower where the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was first adopted), the show transformed the historic space into the Parvis des droits de l’Homme et de la Femme (Square of Human and Women’s Rights). In addition, the company designed the empowered approach to align with and boost the brand’s global outreach program, “Stand Up Against Street Harassment,” established in 2020 and currently present in over 20 countries. L’Oréal Paris believes that women should walk without fear of harassment and feel their sense of worth.

A Cast of Empowered Global Spokespeople

Returning for its fourth edition since 2017, “Le Défilé L’Oréal Paris” (The L’Oréal Paris Fashion Show) is always an opportunity to unite the brand’s global spokespeople in Paris on the catwalk. This year, Katherine Langford, Yseult, Camille Razat, Nidhi Sunil, Jaha Dukureh, and Bebe Vio made their first appearances on behalf of the brand. In addition, timeless beauty Helen Mirren also returned to the Runway, bringing her signature confidence and charisma to the catwalk. Other returning spokespeople at Le Défilé included Aishwarya Rai, Camila Cabello, Amber Heard, Aja Naomi King, Liya Kebede, Cindy Bruna, Soo Joo Park, Luma Grothe, and Nikolaj Coster Waldau.

Inclusive Looks for All Women

In its direct-to-consumer approach, L’Oréal Paris shared how-to’s straight from the Runway. In-house global makeup director Val Garland and her team of artists created looks for women of all skin tones and ages. In contrast, international hair artist Stephane Lancien and his team crafted an array of unique hairstyles. For its fourth edition year, “Le Défilé L’Oréal Paris” embraced the synergy between beauty and fashion and shared it on a global scale.

The brand partners for the 2021 Le Défilé L’Oréal Paris were Alexandre Blanc, Ami, Azzaro, Balmain, Coperni, EgonLab, Elie Saab, Ester Manas, Giambattista Valli, Koché, La Fetiche, Mossi, Mugler, Nicola Lecourt Mansion, Olivier Theyskens, Pierre Hardy, Rokh, Uniforme, and Xuly Bët.

Source: L’Oréal Paris

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October 3, 2021

Pepsico Positive takes Center Stage at Expo 2020 Dubai Opening Day


PepsiCo Celebrates the Opening Ceremony and Official Inauguration of the PepsiCo Pavilions — Bringing Innovation, Sustainable Fun to the First World Expo Ever Hosted in the Middle East.


Pepsi, Dubai


Pepsi, Dubai


Pepsi, Dubai


Pepsi, Dubai


Photos: Pepsi Go, the brand’s first AI-powered store, offers Expo 2020 Dubai visitors a seamless, contactless check-out experience. Images provided by Pepsico.



DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Oct. 2, 2021 — As the Official Beverage and Snack Partner of Expo 2020 Dubai, PepsiCo celebrated the opening of the global event by inaugurating its three pavilions: The Plus (Pepsi and Lay’s), The Bolt (Gatorade) and The Drop (Aquafina). The latest innovations from PepsiCo, such as the Aquafina Water Station and Pepsi Go, are also open to Expo 2020 Dubai visitors to experience new snack and drink options.

PepsiCo will offer the first pep+ (PepsiCo Positive) look in action to visitors of Expo 2020 Dubai through the various experiences included in each pavilion. The company recently announced pep+, its end-to-end strategic transformation, putting sustainability at the center of creating shared value and growth. PepsiCo provides Expo 2020 Dubai visitors with positive food and drinks choices from Aquafina and Sunbites and positive experiences of its transformation.

For more than 170 years, World Expos have brought people together and provided a platform to showcase the innovations and technologies that shape the world’s shared future. PepsiCo said it is proud to be part of the first World Expo ever hosted in the Middle East, Africa, South Asia region.

Ramon Laguarta, PepsiCo’s chairman and CEO, led the PepsiCo delegation throughout the Expo 2020 Dubai Opening Ceremony, officially inaugurating the PepsiCo Pavilions. The ribbon-cutting moment marked the official start of the PepsiCo experience at Expo 2020 Dubai, which will see the global brand bring its unique sense of fun to the event while also leading conversations that will address some of the world’s most significant issues.

“It is an honor to be in Dubai to celebrate the Opening Ceremony of Expo 2020 and PepsiCo’s role as Expo’s Official Beverage and Snack Partner. Expo 2020 Dubai will be a hub for innovation, creativity, and cross-industry collaboration. Our amazing PepsiCo pavilions - The Plus, The Bolt, and The Drop - will demonstrate how we are leveraging these capabilities to support our pep+ vision of driving positive outcomes for people, the planet, and our business. With millions of visitors coming together from nearly 200 countries across the world, Expo gives us hope that together we can meet our shared challenges and build a more sustainable future for us all,” said Ramon Laguarta, PepsiCo Chairman and CEO.

Experience PepsiCo’s Pavilions

Visitors can immerse themselves in the fun and inspiring world of PepsiCo at The Plus, The Bolt, and The Drop pavilions while also learning about the positive changes PepsiCo is making to create more sustainable products, packaging, and supply chain for consumers around the world.

Expo 2020 Dubai

From Oct. 1, 2021, to Mar. 31, 2022, Expo 2020 Dubai will welcome visitors from every corner of the globe to join the making of a new world, as it brings together the planet in one place to reimagine tomorrow.

Expo 2020 will be the world’s most impactful global incubator for new ideas, catalyzing an exchange of new perspectives and inspiring action to deliver real-life solutions to real-world challenges.

Source: PepsiCo, Inc.

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October 1, 2021

Dubai Expo 2020's Opening Ceremony unites Millions around the World.


Dubai Expo 2020


Dubai Expo 2020


Dubai Expo 2020


Dubai Expo 2020


Dubai Expo 2020


Dubai Expo 2020


Photos: Expo 2020 Dubai Opening Ceremony. Images provided by Expo 2020 Dubai.


DUBAI, 30 September 2021 - A glittering line-up of stars helped welcome the world to Expo 2020 Dubai with the Opening Ceremony watched by a 3,000-strong audience, as well as the millions across the globe.

The inclusive World Expo was officially underway with the golden ring - the inspiration for the Expo 2020 Dubai logo - raised to the trellis of the magnificent Al Wasl Plaza and the spectacular setting.

In addition to music from some of the most influential artists and a beautiful live orchestra, a sensory overload of powerful visuals beamed across Al Wasl Plaza’s dome, the giant 360-degree projection screen. More than 3,000 lighting fixtures, 1,000 speakers, 1,300 costumes, and passion and emotion from each of the 1,000-plus participating performers and volunteers also contributed to a one-of-a-kind spectacle of masterful artistic collaboration.

The flags of 192 participating nations opened one by one via a domino effect. It was a proud and visually stunning moment that also signified a reawakening of the world.

It was celebrated tenor Andrea Bocelli who brought the house down, rounding off the night’s electrifying proceedings with one of his all-time classics, The Prayer.

Before that, chart-topping British vocalist Ellie Goulding belted out a resounding, uplifting version of Anything Can Happen. Next, Andra Day enraptured the audience with Rise-Up. Next, Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang wowed with his magic. Finally, four-time Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Angelique Kidjo and renowned Saudi singer Mohammed Abdu sang John Legend’s mighty Are You Out There?

The artistic prowess of Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman’s all-women ensemble, the Firdaus Orchestra, comprising 50 musicians from across the Arab world, also proved a pivotal part of the ceremony’s inspiring journey.

Scott Givens, Executive Producer, Expo 2020 Opening Ceremony, who co-curated and co-produced the show with Franco Dragone, Artistic Director, said: “We picked artists that had songs that belonged in the ceremony and that tied in with Expo’s themes.

“Of course, we wanted to represent the world, we wanted to be plural, and we wanted to reflect the diversity of our planet. I’m very proud of the combination of talent that we’ve brought together to do this and the way they’ve executed the story.”

A feeling of warmth, respect, togetherness, and camaraderie was palpable throughout the celebration, which also demonstrated that the world is ready to re-embrace live events. As a result, the stage is now set for Expo 2020 Dubai to host one of the most significant cultural gatherings in the world. The Expo would be presenting a visually striking and emotionally inspiring 182 days. More than 200 participants, including nations, multilateral organizations, businesses, and educational institutions, along with millions of visitors, would create the largest and most diverse World Expo ever.

Source: Expo 2020 Dubai

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A clip from the Expo 2020 Dubai and A. R. Rahman’s presentation of Turkish March performed by the Firdaus Orchestra. Turkish March was composed by Wolfgang Mozart, a prolific and influential composer of the Classical period.


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September 25, 2021

Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex to Join Global Citizen Live on the Great Lawn of Central Park in New York City on September 25


Campaign Calls For The G7 and EU to Share at Least One Billion COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Immediately with Those Most in Need.


Global Citizen Live


Global Citizen Live



NEW YORK, September 24, 2021 — Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, will join Global Citizen Live on the Great Lawn of Central Park in New York City on September 25. They would continue their work with world leaders in pursuit of global vaccine equity. International advocacy organization Global Citizen announced this.

Also appearing as part of the global broadcast event are:

Global Citizen Live is part of the once-in-a-generation day of unity across seven continents. It would be broadcast over 24 hours worldwide on Apple Music, Apple TV App, YouTube, and Twitter. Global Citizen Live will also air on ABC, ABC News Live, iHeartRadio, Hulu, The Roku Channel, FX and TIME in the United States, BBC in the United Kingdom, Caracol in Colombia, Channel 9 in Australia, MagentaTV and MagentaMusik 360 in Germany, Mediacorp in Singapore, Multichoice in Africa, Multishow & Bis in Brazil, S3 on SABC in South Africa, AIM Group in Nigeria, Sky & TV8 in Italy, TF1/TMC in France and TV Azteca in México, and more to come.

• The once-in-a-generation day of global unity will:

Global Citizen Live gets support from a corporate coalition that includes Global Partners: Accenture, Cisco, Citi, The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines, Google, Live Nation, P&G, Salesforce, and Verizon. Campaign partners include Hilton, WW International, and World Wide Technology, who will engage support from the private sector in driving new commitments toward the campaign’s policy objectives.

• Campaign co-chairs include:

Executive Producers of the Global Citizen Live campaign include Michele Anthony for UMG, Francine Katsoudas, Tina Kennedy, Eric Ortner, Guy Oseary, Michael Rapino for Live Nation, Brian N. Sheth, Wassim “Sal” Slaiby, and Chris Stadler.

The program will be executive produced by Jane Y. Mun, creating partners Deviants Media, Diversified Production Services, Done and Dusted Productions, Ken Ehrlich Productions, Live Nation, Livewire Pictures, TMPL Motion Pictures, and U-Live.

• The Performances Line-Ups:

• Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India will deliver a video address at the event on the evening of September 25, 2021.

Global Citizen’ is a global advocacy organization that is working to end extreme poverty. ‘Global Citizen Live’ is a 24-hour event held on 25th and 26th September. It will involve live events in major cities, including Mumbai, New York, Paris, Rio De Janeiro, Sydney, Los Angeles, Lagos, and Seoul. In addition, the event will be broadcast in 120 countries and over multiple social media channels.

Sources: Global Citizen. Prime Minister’s Office, New Delhi.

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New York City native Jennifer Lopez performs her hit 2002 song “Jenny From The Block” on the Great Lawn in Central Park for Global Citizen Live New York. Global Citizen is a social action platform for a global generation that aims to solve the world’s biggest challenges.



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September 21, 2021

Mastercard Names World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen Global Brand Ambassador


Mastercard, Magnus Carlsen


Photo: Mastercard Names World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen Global Brand Ambassador. Image provided by Mastercard.


Purchase, NY, September 21, 2021 — Mastercard announced today that it is naming Magnus Carlsen, the highest-rated chess player of all time, a Mastercard Global Brand Ambassador, as it adds chess to its coveted roster of sports sponsorships. Carlsen is a natural fit to join the company’s all-star lineup of ambassadors, including Lionel Messi, Naomi Osaka, Crystal Dunn, and Dan Carter. Further, as part of Mastercard’s commitment to bringing new and exciting Priceless Experiences to chess enthusiast cardholders, Mastercard is joining Meltwater Champions Chess Tour as an official partner, effective immediately.

With Carlsen and the Tour, Mastercard is curating a wide range of Priceless experiences and exclusive cardholder benefits via Priceless.com and upcoming promotions to help fans experience what they love about chess. For example, cardholders can register for the Chess Insights from World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen Experience starting today. Fans will get to join Carlsen during a live, virtual experience and listen to him speak about his passion for chess, with Carlsen answering select questions from the live audience throughout the digital experience. Those who attend the experience will also receive a one-month premium subscription to chess24.com.

“Expanding the influence of the game of chess has always been close to my heart. So to have Mastercard, which brings people and their passions together in meaningful ways, partner with the Tour is inspiring,” said Carlsen. “Chess has given me so many priceless experiences over the years, and I’m proud to join Mastercard to bring the sport forward to millions of fans worldwide.”

Chess has grown and evolved significantly over the last 18 months. Online tournaments have also brought the popularity of chess to new heights. More than 27 million hours of the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour have been watched so far in its inaugural season, already more than all hours watched of chess on Twitch in 2019, with the Tour Finals remaining.

“Mastercard strives to connect people with their passions,” said Raja Rajamannar, chief Mastercard marketing and communications officer. “Teaming up with Magnus, widely regarded as the best chess player of all time, and the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour underscores our enthusiastic commitment to providing cardholders with Priceless Experiences that celebrate the physical and mental sport of chess. We’re excited to bring the global chess base closer to the game they love and to engage with new enthusiasts.”

“Having one of the most established brands in the sports world partner with us is an incredible moment not only for Magnus and the Tour but for the global chess community,” said Andreas Thome, CEO of Play Magnus Group. “With the Tour, we are proud that we have built a platform for global brands like Mastercard to activate with chess.”

Through this partnership, Mastercard will also create a chess-themed curriculum for its signature science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) program, Girls4Tech™, continuing its commitment to promote gender equity and foster a future generation of female chess players.

Carlsen, a four-time World Chess Champion, started playing chess at a young age and quickly amazed the world with his prodigious talent for the game. At 13, Carlsen became the youngest Grandmaster at the time. Since becoming Chess World Champion in 2013 and the highest-rated player in history in 2014, the Norwegian Grandmaster has stayed at the top in classic, blitz, and rapid chess.

Over the past decade, Mastercard has developed one of the most well-rounded sports and entertainment portfolios globally. In 2018, Mastercard became the first global sponsor of League of Legends Esports in a multi-year partnership with Riot Games, signifying Mastercard’s support of the esports community. Mastercard’s sponsorship portfolio also includes partnerships across arts and culture, the culinary world, sports, and music.

Source: Mastercard

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Ambrane Signs Bollywood Diva 'Disha Patani' as its Brand Ambassador


Ambrane, Disha Patani


Photo: Ambrane Signs Bollywood Diva ‘Disha Patani’ as its Brand Ambassador. Image provided by Ambrane.


New Delhi, India, September 20, 2021 — Ambrane, one of the most prominent ‘Make in India’ mobile accessories brands, has roped in Bollywood Diva Disha Patani as its brand ambassador in India. With the multifaceted & fashionable Disha coming onboard, Ambrane aims to strengthen its network among the millennials. Disha is the latest to join the Ambrane family, which already includes the famous Cricketer Ravindra Jadeja as its Brand Ambassador.

Ambrane boasts a strong portfolio of high-quality products in India, ranging from power bank, audio, wearables, and more. The products are designed to match the ever-evolving consumer lifestyle, offering a complete mobile solution to users at the most affordable price points. With the keen objective to attract the young generation with a relevant fashion-forward offering in line with the brand DNA of quality and technology, Ambrane is taking the next step in its journey.

Mr. Ashok Rajpal, CEO & Founder, Ambrane India, said, “We are thrilled to join hands with Disha Patani. A fashion icon and a powerhouse of talent, Disha’s vibrant, exciting and vivacious personality make for a perfect fit with the style and panache of Ambrane. Disha is not only a style icon but also an inspiration to the youth. She has an incredible fan following, not just on-screen, but her influential presence on social media has captured the fellowship in millions. Moreover, her commitment to fitness and her love for dance, combined with her zesty personality, makes her an ideal choice for Ambrane.”

“Disha, with her very astounding performance, has carved a niche for herself in Bollywood. She is one of Bollywood’s leading stars and has received critical and popular acclaim for her style and work. However, it is her versatility that resonates with Ambrane’s identity. Through this association, we aim to ignite a stronger narrative for the brand,” he added.

Disha Patani commented, “Ambrane has simplified my everyday routine. The gadgets help me stay powered and charged in style. I am in love with the very dynamic product range. I am excited to be associated with Ambrane and looking forward to this collaboration.”

This festive season, Ambrane shall announce its integrated campaign with Disha. The outreach shall include all the Digital platforms along with fascinating outdoor executions & activations.

Source: Ambrane

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September 18, 2021

Ford Motor Company submits All−Electric Police Pilot Vehicle to Michigan State Police for Zero Emissions Testing.


Ford Motor Company


Ford Motor Company


Photos: Ford’s All-Electric Police Pilot Vehicle. Images provided by Ford Motor Company.


DEARBORN, Mich., Sept. 17, 2021 - Ford is paving the way for electric police fleets in America. As part of its more than $30 billion investment in electrification through 2025, Ford explores all-electric, purpose-built law enforcement vehicles.

The company is submitting an all-electric police pilot vehicle based on the 2021 Mustang Mach-E SUV for testing as part of the Michigan State Police 2022 Model Year Police Evaluation. Ford will demonstrate that a car with an electric powertrain can deliver strong performance and stand up to demanding police duty cycles. Ford will use the pilot program testing as a benchmark while exploring purpose-built electric police vehicles in the future. Law enforcement demand for all-electric vehicles is growing worldwide.

Last week, Ford introduced a new Mustang Mach-E police concept car in the United Kingdom that has police agencies lining up for a chance to try it out.

Ford Motor Company designs, manufactures, markets, and services a full line of connected, increasingly electrified passenger and commercial vehicles: Ford trucks, utility vehicles, vans, cars, and Lincoln luxury vehicles. In addition, the company is pursuing leadership positions in electrification, connected vehicle services, and mobility solutions, including self-driving technology. Ford employs about 182,000 people worldwide.

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September 16, 2021

South Asian Fashion Label holiCHIC spiced up New York Fashion Week (NYFW) with Indian-Inspired Collection.


NYC-Based South Asian Fashion Brand makes its debut at New York Fashion Week (NYFW) in partnership with Flying Solo NYC and Product of Culture.


New York Fashion Week


Photo: Creative Director, Pooja Desai Shah (left), Founder and Designer, Megha Rao (right). Image provided by holiCHIC.


New York Fashion Week


Photo: Three looks from the holiCHIC x Flying Solo NYFW Show. Image provided by holiCHIC.


NEW YORK, Sept. 16, 2021 — Founder and Designer Megha Rao and Creative Director Pooja Desai Shah from Indo-Western fashion label holiCHIC made their mark at New York Fashion Week (NYFW) in partnership with a local retailer, Flying Solo. The show opened with a look that represented the brand and everything it stands for: a traditional Indian sari paired with classic jeans and a t-shirt.

The visual and literal juxtaposition of East and West with a sari set against the skyline was a full-circle moment for the designer. holiCHIC developed well before the brand’s official launch in 2014; Growing up as an Indian-American in NYC, Megha Rao faced the task of learning to embrace both identities and molding them into one and found it best to express her individuality through fashion.

“Many Indian-Americans face the battle of which identity to embrace, but seeing it in fashion and on the runway gives them the courage to accept both whole-heartedly. We see our culture embraced on the runway - it’s not Indian or American, it’s both,” shares Founder and Designer Megha Rao when discussing how she views the impact of seeing holiCHIC at NYFW.

holiCHIC announced their retail partnership with Flying Solo in August, where the multi-designer retail store houses the brand’s top sellers and newest collections. In addition, each year, the retailer hosts a fashion show as an opportunity for many small brands they work with to showcase their upcoming collections to the public - holiCHIC was one of the brands selected to take part in the show. Alongside their retail partnership, holiCHIC teamed up with Product of Culture to develop their fashion show. Founded by Archana Misra Jain and Monika Sharma, Product of Culture is a WOC-founded and funded collective dedicated to amplifying South Asian brands and creators. Paired with music and visuals by DJ USA, art by @ManasiArya, Tesher, Jay Sean, Payal Kadakia, Richa Moorjani, and Deepica Mutyala were among the South Asian celebrities, entrepreneurs, and influencers to show their support. The fashion label concluded NYFW with an impactful weekend for both the brand and the South Asian community.

As a first-generation Indian American, designer Megha Rao got constantly inspired by her two contrasting worlds of East & West. This fuse was the driving force behind the creation of her brand, holiCHIC. Empowered by the vibrancy of South Asian culture, their designs are rich in detail, derived from century-old Indian craftsmanship techniques, flattering silhouettes, hand-dyed fabrics, and intricate artisanal embroideries.

The brand’s mission is to keep South Asian culture alive through the expression of fashion. The label represents a thoughtful movement of creating meaningful garments for versatility and longevity. Allowing you to shop more sustainably, building your wardrobe with timeless staples you can wear season after season.

Source: holiCHIC by Megha

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September 15, 2021

TIME announces its Annual List of the 100 Most Influential People in the World

TIME — Most Influential People 2021

Photos: 2021 TIME100 Covers.

NEW YORK, Sept. 15, 2021 — Today, TIME revealed the 2021 TIME100, its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The issue has seven worldwide covers, each highlighting a member of the TIME100: Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, gymnast Simone Biles, actor Kate Winslet, singer-songwriter Billie Eilish, director-general of the World Trade Organization Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, CEO of NVIDIA Jensen Huang and writer Cathy Park Hong.

The TIME100 includes surprising pairings of the list members and the guest contributors TIME selects to write about them. The eighteenth annual list features:

Of the 2021 TIME100 list, TIME CEO and editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal writes, “I find the reason for optimism… in our 18th annual TIME100 list of the world’s most influential people. It features extraordinary leaders worldwide working to build a better future, from entertainers striving to make Hollywood more inclusive to activists fighting for sustainability and human rights. They are disrupters, fixers, doers, iconoclasts, problem solvers — people who in a year of crisis have leaped into the fray.”

For the second year in a row, TIME Studios and ABC will bring the annual TIME100 list of the world’s most influential people to life with a particular primetime television event, “TIME100,” airing Monday, Sept. 20 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. The special offers an inside look at the pioneers, artists, leaders, icons, titans, and innovators comprising the 2021 list, along with special performances and surprise appearances.

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Tanishq Launches 'Stunning Every Ear'

Tanishq

Tanishq

Photo: Left to Right- Ranjani Krishnaswamy, GM, Marketing, Tanishq, Titan Company Ltd., and Mira Kapoor.


MUMBAI, India, September 15, 2021 — India’s top jewelry retailer, Tanishq, from Tata Group, launched its latest and most comprehensive range of Earrings - ‘Stunning Every Ear’ on September 14, 2021. With this new launch, the brand has expanded the designs and variety of earrings, offering something for every woman’s style. Each pair of earrings has a story to tell and a personality of its own, making it a perfect match for all, the company said.

“This largest ever assortment, available across 360+ Tanishq stores in India, consists of more than 2000 pairs of earrings products in 16 forms and across 29 categories. Tanishq has crafted the range in gold, diamonds, and platinum, including daily wear, office wear, festive wear, and wedding wear. The collection ranges from classic gold and diamond studs to intricate designs in gold or Kundan traditional Jhumkas while embracing the boldness of modernity with a touch of tradition. There is truly something for every occasion,” Tanishq spokesperson stated.

Ranjani Krishnaswamy, GM, Marketing, Tanishq, Titan Company Ltd., said, “Earrings are women’s true companion, while each pair of earrings has a story to tell they also reflect a personality of its own. The new & exciting range of earrings is designed keeping in mind the quintessential women of today who believe jewelry is an extension of their personality. Through this new launch, we are offering the widest line-up ever of Earrings under one roof. With more than 2000 products and over 29 categories to choose from, we indeed intend to change the vocabulary around earrings and make our women look stunning every day!”

Speaking at the launch, Mira Kapoor said, “I have always loved the delicate and up-to-date designs Tanishq launches. The brand has played a vital role in some of the most important occasions of my life. I am delighted and excited to be a part of the launch of the ‘Stunning Every Ear’ collection at Tanishq. The collection is unique and diversified, much like every Indian woman.”

Tanishq offers Gold, Diamonds & Platinum jewelry in over 5000 traditional, western, and fusion looks. The Tanishq retail chain currently spreads across 360+ exclusive boutiques in more than 200 cities in India.

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September 14, 2021

Ana de Armas Stars in Natural Diamond Council's Campaign for a Second Consecutive Year

The new “For Moments Like No Other” campaign celebrates a brilliant, energetic return to adventure, wanderlust, new connections, and romantic instances, showcasing the integral role of natural diamonds in celebrating life.


Natural Diamond Council


Natural Diamond Council Photo: Ana de Armas Stars in Natural Diamond Council’s Campaign for a Second Consecutive Year.


MUMBAI, India, Sept. 14, 2021 — The Natural Diamond Council (NDC) has announced the launch of its second global “For Moments Like No Other” advertising campaign inspired by the “Love Life” thought. The campaign stars the actress and NDC Global Ambassador, Ana de Armas.

“Ms. de Armas radiates throughout the Mallorca, Spain-shot campaign, fully embodying “Love Life” as an inspirational call to action and rejoicing in various social settings as natural diamonds help generate new memories. The Natural Diamond Council approached Ms. de Armas for the sophomore “For Moments Like No Other” campaign as she radiantly captures a zest for life alongside a deep appreciation of natural diamonds. Gregarious, confident, talented, and worldly, she is a fitting ambassador for the Natural Diamond Council’s unique, international mission,” NDC spokesperson said.

“Diamond jewelry sales have seen record-breaking growth as we emerge from the pandemic,” said David Kellie, CEO of Natural Diamond Council. “Consumers are eager to create new memories, and natural diamonds are synonymous with celebrating life’s moments. This campaign emanates the ‘Love Life’ manifesto to the core. We’re thrilled to have Ana de Armas back with us for another year to share the magic of natural diamonds with a global audience.”

“I hope this campaign brings joy and hope to everyone. I hope that it inspires people to love stronger, enjoy every minute, and cherish the moments of happiness with their loved ones. It was an amazing experience working with this incredible team, and I couldn’t be happier to be working again with the Natural Diamond Council,” said Ms. de Armas.

Ms. de Armas wears an 11-piece diamond jewelry collection custom-designed for the campaign by the Brooklyn-based jewelry designer Malyia McNaughton.

“The TVC captures the prevailing sentiment of positivity and optimism as the world opens up and we get the opportunity to celebrate the meaningful moments of life with our loved ones. There is no better expression of this love and affection than forever, emotion-evoking natural diamonds. Ana brings alive these emotions through her spontaneity. We hope it inspires everyone to love life and enjoy their diamond jewelry this festive season,” says Richa Singh, Managing Director - India & Middle East, Natural Diamond Council.

The Natural Diamond Council (NDC) advances diamonds’ desirability by publishing trends and sharing information with consumers on the ultimate timeless and natural luxury good. The NDC also works to support the integrity of the natural diamond industry, providing transparency and insight on the ethics, sustainability, and progress of this sector.

Source: Natural Diamond Council

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September 13, 2021

The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts voted as the World's Best Hotel Brand for the Second Consecutive Year by 'Travel + Leisure USA World's Best Awards 2021'

Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts

Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts


Photo: The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts voted as The World’s Best Hotel Brand.



MUMBAI, India, Sept. 13, 2021 — The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts, owned and managed by a Brookfield Asset Management-sponsored private real estate fund, has been voted the World’s Best Hotel Brand for the second consecutive year by Travel + Leisure USA World’s Best Awards 2021.

“The Leela is the epitome of true Indian luxury infused with a distinct aesthetic that celebrates India’s rich art, cuisine, and culture ingrained in its offering of India’s heritage to the world. This honor is a recognition of the brand’s consistency in pursuing excellence and its commitment towards curating authentic luxury experiences with the graciousness of Indian hospitality,” the hotel spokesperson said.

“Travel + Leisure USA’s World’s Best Awards are a renowned benchmark of excellence for travel and hospitality companies globally. They honor the finest travel experiences in the world selected by Travel + Leisure’s global readership of discerning travelers. Readers rate their experiences and evaluate hotels across the world on characteristics such as rooms, location, service, cuisine, and value,” the spokesperson added.

“We are truly humbled and excited to be voted The World’s Best Brand by the readers of Travel + Leisure USA for the second consecutive year. It is a testament to the Leela brand’s recognition and an appreciation of our teams’ hard work and dedication. We go above and beyond every day to deliver an impeccable luxury experience and make every guest’s stay a memorable one,” said Mr. Anuraag Bhatnagar, Chief Operating Officer, The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts.

“Being recognized as ‘The World’s Best Hotel Brand’ for the second year in a row is a tremendous achievement for The Leela hospitality business. Congratulations to the entire Leela team that has ensured the highest delivery of services despite the challenging time the world has witnessed this past year,” said Ankur Gupta, Managing Partner Brookfield Asset Management. “These awards are also a recognition of the appreciation that Indian hospitality enjoys globally and the limitless potential of India’s travel and tourism industry. Brookfield is committed to growing The Leela hospitality business domestically and internationally while retaining its authentic Indian luxury offering.”

Headquartered in Mumbai, The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts operates ten award-winning properties in major cities and leisure destinations across India. These include the flagship hotel in the capital city of New Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Udaipur, Jaipur, Gurugram, East Delhi, Goa, Mumbai, and Gandhinagar. According to Leela, it “celebrates each hotel through its unique location, art, culture, and cuisine with thoughtful services, celebratory rituals, and immersive experiences.” The brand has a marketing alliance with US-based Preferred Hotels & Resorts and is a member of the Global Hotel Alliance.

Source: The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts

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September 12, 2021

Pecco Bagnaia secures Extraordinary Maiden Victory in Aragón MotoGP. Jack Miller gets the fifth place.


Ducati MotoGP


Ducati MotoGP


Ducati MotoGP


Ducati MotoGP


Ducati MotoGP


Photos: Jack Miller and Pecco Bagnaia at the MotoGP Grand Prix of Aragón. September 12, 2021. Images Credit: DUCATI.


Aragon, Spain, September 12, 2021 — The MotoGP Grand Prix of Aragón, held this afternoon at the MotorLand Aragón in Alcañiz, ended with an extraordinary victory for Pecco Bagnaia, who secured his first MotoGP success.

The Ducati Lenovo Team rider, who took pole position yesterday (the 50th premier class pole for Ducati) and first also this morning in the warm-up, produced a masterpiece today. As he took the lead after the start, Pecco held on to it from start to finish and held off Marc Márquez, who was always close to his Desmosedici GP 21. With three laps to go, the Spanish rider started to attack Bagnaia, who could respond to them, remaining firmly in the lead. After a fierce duel on the last lap, the rider of the Bologna-based squad was finally able to get the better of Márquez, crossing the finish line in the first place with a gap of 673 thousandths on his opponent.

In qualifying, Jack Miller closed the thirteenth round of the 2021 MotoGP season in fifth place. After the first lap, the Australian rider tried to follow his teammate and the Spaniard, but a problem towards the second part of the race led him to make a mistake. As a result, Miller went wide and was passed by Mir and Aleix Espargaro, finishing in fifth place, eventually crossing the line.

After today’s race, Bagnaia remains second in the overall standings, 53 points behind leader Quartararo, while Miller is fifth, 85 points off the top of the posts. Ducati returns to the top of the manufacturer’s standings, while the Ducati Lenovo Team is second in the teams’ standings.

• Francesco Bagnaia (#63 Ducati Lenovo Team) - 1st

• Jack Miller (#43 Ducati Lenovo Team) - 5th

• Luigi Dall’Igna (Ducati Corse General Manager)

The Ducati Lenovo Team riders will be back on track in less than a week, from 17th-19th September. It would be the second home Grand Prix for the Bologna-based squad at the San Marino and Riviera di Rimini GP, scheduled at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.

Source: DUCATI

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September 10, 2021

Ricoh announces RICOH GR IIIx, a High-End, Compact Digital Camera.


The newest addition to the popular GR Series features a newly developed lens for high-quality street photography at a standard viewing angle.


Ricoh Camera

Ricoh Camera

Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation today announced the RICOH GR IIIx. This high-end digital compact camera features a newly developed GR lens with a 40mm angle of view in the 35mm format. The RICOH GR IIIx blends professional-grade image quality with a compact, lightweight body perfect for dramatic and inspiring street photography.

Source: Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation

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September 5, 2021

World's First: Aeroplane flies through a tunnel at 245 kph to set World Records.


Italian pilot Dario Costa clears Turkey’s dual Çatalca Tunnels in under 44 seconds.


Red Bull, Dario Costa


Red Bull, Dario Costa


Red Bull, Dario Costa


Red Bull, Dario Costa


Red Bull, Dario Costa


Red Bull, Dario Costa


Red Bull, Dario Costa


Red Bull, Dario Costa


Photos: Dario Costa. Aerobatic Airshows. Location: Turkey. Saturday, September 04, 2021. Images provided by & copyright © Red Bull.


Just after dawn on Saturday, September 4, 2021, professional race and stunt pilot Dario Costa of Italy wrote a new chapter in aviation history. He flew a race plane through the narrow confines of two enclosed auto tunnels just outside Istanbul. In near-darkness and closely surrounded by the concrete arc of the walls, Costa executed a tricky takeoff inside the first tunnel, flashed through an open-air gap, and then continued his 245kph flight through the second tunnel, flying less than 1m from the asphalt.

Costa, 41, won the top category of the Italian Aerobatic Championship and became the first Italian pilot to join, and earn a race win in, the Red Bull Air Race Challenger Class. He has over two decades of flying experience and numerous aviation feats to his credit. He has flown more than 60 airplane models and logged over 5,000 hours in the air - more than half in high-performance aerobatics.

Tunnel Pass was by far Costa’s most demanding and complex undertaking yet, requiring a team of 40 people, specially developed training techniques, and more than a year of preparation. Throughout, the project was shrouded in secrecy to limit variables and distractions, allowing complete focus for a successful flight that was no more than a simple idea on paper 12 months ago.

Located outside Istanbul on Northern Marmara Highway and initially put into service in March 2020, the dual Çatalca tunnels are state-of-the-art; but were designed for automobile traffic, not the flight of an aircraft.

From takeoff to exiting the second tunnel, the flight lasted 43.44 seconds, covering a distance of 2,260m / 2.26km and reaching a top speed of 245kph.

Changes to airflow, combined with the highly sensitive steering of the aircraft, required pilot reaction times of less than 250 milliseconds and delicate hand movements of mere millimeters throughout the flight. One of the most critical moments came at the 360m gap between tunnels, which exposed the race plane to crosswinds as Costa prepared to thread it into the low, narrow opening of the second tunnel.

Costa described: “Everything seemed to be happening so fast, but when I got out of the first tunnel, the plane started to move to the right because of the crosswinds, and in my head, everything slowed down at that moment. I reacted and focused on getting the plane back on the right path to enter the other tunnel. Then in my mind, everything sped up all over again.”

When the race plane shot out of the other side, Costa pulled it into a celebratory loop before landing. The ecstatic pilot said: “I’d never flown in a tunnel in my life - nobody had ever done it .”

The achievement set a new Guinness World Record: Longest Tunnel Flown through with an Aeroplane (1,610 m). Four other notable records were:

Péter Besenyei, 65, mentored Costa. Besenyei is a Hungarian aerobatic and racing pilot, an aviation legend renowned for his role in developing and competing in the Red Bull Air Race. Besenyei is also well known for feats such as flying upside down under the Chain Bridge in Budapest.

Besenyei said: “To fly in a tunnel is not a normal situation. The main point is the mindset. Because flying straight at one meter off the ground and following a centerline is technically not so difficult if you are over a runway. But in the tunnel, especially a dark tunnel, coming out of the tunnel into the light and then back into another dark tunnel is different. And also, some airwaves can affect the flight, and you should expect some bumps. So it’s difficult in your mind because you know that if you make a mistake, the wall is hard.”

Source: Red Bull

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August 29, 2021

NASCAR: Blaney takes the victory, Reddick clinches the Playoff spot, and Larson wins Regular Season Championship at Daytona

Nascar Daytona

Nascar Daytona


Nascar Daytona


Photo: AJ Allmendinger, driver of the #16 Hyperice Chevrolet, leads the field to the NASCAR Xfinity Series Wawa 250 at Daytona International Speedway on August 28, 2021, in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images). Image provided by & Copyright © NASCAR.


Nascar Daytona


Photo: Jason White, driver of the #66 A-Game/CMR Construction Ford, AJ Allmendinger, driver of the #16 Hyperice Chevrolet, Harrison Burton, driver of the #20 Offerpad Toyota, Justin Haley, driver of the #11 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet, and Jordan Anderson, driver of the #31 Bommarito Automotive Group Chevrolet, race during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Wawa 250 at Daytona International Speedway on August 28, 2021, in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images). Image provided by & Copyright © NASCAR.


Nascar Daytona


Photo: A general view of cars racing past the grandstands during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Wawa 250 at Daytona International Speedway on August 28, 2021, in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images). Image provided by & Copyright © NASCAR.


Nascar Daytona


Photo: Jeb Burton, driver of the #10 Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Chevrolet, Christopher Bell, driver of the #54 Reser’s Fine Foods Toyota, Noah Gragson, driver of the #9 Bass Pro Shops/TrueTimber/BRCC Chevrolet, and Justin Allgaier, driver of the #7 BRANDT Chevrolet, race during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Wawa 250 at Daytona International Speedway on August 28, 2021, in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images). Image provided by & Copyright © NASCAR.


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., August 29, 2021 — The Coke Zero Sugar 400 NASCAR Cup Series regular-season finale at Daytona International Speedway unfolded as billed with dramatic action all Saturday night. It included 45 lead changes, a 14-minute Red Flag period, and a wild final lap of overtime to decide the championship Playoff picture.

Ultimately, Team Penske’s Ryan Blaney managed it all and took his second NASCAR Cup Series victory in as many weeks as a colossal multi-car accident happened behind him in the last corners of the track on the final lap.

Blaney’s No. 12 Team Penske Ford led only seven of the 165 laps, but the North Carolinian took the lead from fellow Ford driver Roush Fenway Racing’s Chris Buescher for the two laps of overtime to claim his third win of the season and seventh of his career.

In a close and suspenseful battle with Austin Dillon, Richard Childress Racing’s Tyler Reddick earned the 16th and final playoff position with a fifth-place finish.

“How about that,” Blaney said. “That was a lot of fun. But, gosh, we just barely missed that wreck. Got to line up on the front row and got a good push by the 7 (Corey LaJoie). You never know how the end of these things is going to play out. Down the back, you don’t know what lane is getting a bigger run. I guess someone got tangled up over there. Hopefully, everyone is okay.”

Kyle Larson, who has a series-best five wins on the season, clinched his first NASCAR Cup Series Regular Season Championship with a 21st-place finish. Both he and Denny Hamlin were in the last lap wreck. Hamlin, who has led the points standings for all but three of the previous 25 race weekends, finished 14th.

“Got good momentum,” Blaney said, smiling, “Nice to make it three in a row. We’ll see.”

Bubba Wallace, who led eight laps late in the race, finished second - his best 2021 season. Ryan Newman, Ryan Preece, and Tyler Reddick rounded out the top five, a season-best for Newman and Preece as well.

Haley was sixth, followed by Alex Bowman, who won the Xfinity Series race earlier in the afternoon. Chase Elliott, B.J. McLeod, and Josh Bilicki rounded out the top 10. It was McLeod’s first top-10 finish in 76 NASCAR Cup Series starts.


• NASCAR Cup Series Race - 63rd Annual Coke Zero Sugar 400

Daytona International Speedway

Daytona Beach, Florida

Saturday, August 28, 2021.

RACE RESULTS

Average Speed of Race Winner: 142.201 mph.

Time of Race: 2 Hrs, 54 Mins, 3 Secs. The margin of Victory: Under Caution Seconds.

Source: NASCAR

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