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September 21, 2021

Mastercard Names World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen Global Brand Ambassador

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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 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

“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.

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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.

Source: Ford Motor Company

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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.

Source: TIME

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Tanishq Launches 'Stunning Every Ear'



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.


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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August 26, 2021

Zydus Cadila receives Emergency Use Authorization from the Drug Controller General of India for ZyCoV-D, the only needle-free COVID Vaccine in the World.

World’s first Plasmid DNA Vaccine for COVID-19, ZyCoV-D, will be administered in three doses.

Apart from adults, adolescents aged 12-18 years will take the vaccine shot in India for the first time.

Safety, efficacy, and immunogenicity of the vaccine are well-established.

Company begins stockpiling of the vaccine.

Zydus Cadila, Vaccine

Zydus Cadila, Vaccine

Ahmedabad, India, August 26, 2021 — Zydus Cadila has announced that the company has received the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) for ZyCoV-D, the World’s first Plasmid DNA Vaccine for COVID-19.

ZyCoV-D is a three-dose vaccine administered first on day zero, day 28th, and then on the 56th day. With this approval, India now has its first COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents in the 12-18 age group, besides the adult population. In addition, ZyCoV-D is a needle-free vaccine administered using The PharmaJet®, a needle-free applicator, ensuring painless intradermal vaccine delivery.

For the first time, a technologically advanced vaccine has been successfully developed on the Plasmid DNA platform for human use. The company explained that because of its rapid plug-and-play technology, you could quickly adapt the platform to deal with viruses’ mutations, such as those already occurring. The company plans to manufacture about 120 million doses of ZyCoV-D annually.

Mr. Pankaj R. Patel, Chairman, Cadila Healthcare Ltd., said, “This is a historic milestone with ZyCoV-D, a product of Indian innovation. It is the World’s first DNA vaccine offered for human use and the World’s largest immunization drive. We are delighted that our vaccine will contribute to this fight against COVID-19 and enable the country to vaccinate a larger population, especially the 12-18 years old. I would like to thank all the researchers, clinical trial investigators, volunteers, and the regulators who have supported this endeavor.”

The company also plans to seek approval for the two-dose regimen of the vaccine. The main advantage of DNA vaccines is their ability to stimulate both the humoral and cellular arms of the adaptive immune system. They are a valuable form of antigen-specific immunotherapy, as they are safe, stable, and can be quickly produced.

Zydus has acknowledged the support of the National Biopharma Mission, BIRAC, Department of Biotechnology Govt of India, National Institute of Virology, Indian Council of Medical Research, and PharmaJet® in the development of ZyCoV-D vaccine.

ZyCoV-D is a Plasmid DNA vaccine that produces the spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. In addition, it elicits an immune response mediated by the cellular and humoral arms of the human immune system, which play a vital role in protection from disease and viral clearance.

• Facts about ZyCoV-D

Zydus Cadila is an Indian multinational pharmaceutical company headquartered in Ahmedabad, India. It is primarily engaged in the manufacture of generic drugs.

Source: Zydus Cadila

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August 23, 2021

Pfizer-BioNTech becomes the First COVID-19 Vaccine to receive Full FDA Approval; It would now be called 'Comirnaty.'

Approval Signifies Key Achievement for Public Health.

FDA, Pfizer, Vaccine

SILVER SPRING, Md., Aug. 23, 2021 — Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine was earlier called Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. It will now be marketed as Comirnaty (Koe-mir’-na-tee) to prevent COVID-19 in individuals 16 years of age and older. The vaccine also continues to be available under emergency use authorization (EUA), including for individuals 12 through 15 years of age and for administering a third dose in specific immunocompromised individuals.

“The FDA’s approval of this vaccine is a milestone as we continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. This one and other vaccines have met the FDA’s rigorous, scientific standards for emergency use authorization. The public can be very confident that, as the first FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine, this vaccine meets the high standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality the FDA requires of an approved product,” said Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock, M.D. “While millions of people have already safely received COVID-19 vaccines, we recognize that for some, the FDA approval of a vaccine may now instill additional confidence to get vaccinated. Today’s milestone puts us one step closer to altering the course of this pandemic in the U.S.”

“Our scientific and medical experts conducted an in-depth and thoughtful evaluation of this vaccine. We evaluated scientific data and information included in hundreds of thousands of pages. In addition, we conducted our analyses of Comirnaty’s safety and effectiveness and performed a detailed assessment of the manufacturing processes, including inspections of the manufacturing facilities,” said Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D., director of FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. “We have not lost sight that the COVID-19 public health crisis continues in the U.S. and that the public is counting on safe and effective vaccines. Therefore, the public and the medical community can be confident that although we approved this vaccine expeditiously, it was fully in keeping with our existing high standards for vaccines in the U.S.”

• Ongoing Safety Monitoring

The FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have monitoring systems to ensure that any safety concerns continue to be identified and evaluated on time. In addition, Pfizer has committed to additional post-marketing safety studies, including conducting a pregnancy registry study to assess pregnancy and infant outcomes after receipt of Comirnaty during pregnancy.

• Important Safety Information

What should you mention to your Vaccination Provider before you get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Tell the vaccination provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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August 21, 2021

Lamborghini unveils Countach LPI 800-4 — a futuristic limited edition super sports model.





“The Countach LPI 800-4 is a visionary car of the moment, just as its forerunner was,” says Automobili Lamborghini President and CEO Stephan Winkelmann. “One of the most important automotive icons, the Countach, not only embodies the design and engineering tenet of Lamborghini but represents our philosophy of reinventing boundaries, achieving the unexpected and extraordinary. The Countach LPI 800-4 pays homage to this Lamborghini legacy. Still, it is not retrospective: it imagines how the iconic Countach of the 70s and 80s might have evolved into an elite super sports model of this decade. It upholds the Lamborghini tradition of looking forward, of exploring new design and technology avenues while celebrating the DNA of our brand. It innately expresses the marque’s enduring and emotive power: always inspirational and thrilling to see, hear and drive.”

The Countach LPI 800-4 20” (front) and 21” (rear) wheels are created in the ‘telephone’ style of the 1980s, fitted with carbon-ceramic brake discs and Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires.

Owners of the exclusive limited edition Countach LPI 800-4 can choose from a range of heritage exterior paint options, mostly in solid colors, such as the iconic Impact White, Giallo Countach, and Verde Medio. Otherwise, the contemporary palette offers modern paintings, mostly metallic colors, such as Viola Pasifae or Blu Uranus.

Source: Lamborghini

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August 20, 2021

TAG Heuer Formula 1 Quartz

TAG Heuer

TAG Heuer

TAG Heuer

TAG Heuer

TAG Heuer Formula 1 Quartz is an energetic 43mm 3 hands watch with a bold orange textured dial and white accents. It has a matching black nylon strap with orange and grey touches. The watch is a tribute to the playful TAG Heuer Formula 1 models from the 80s and 90s.

Source: TAG Heuer

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August 17, 2021

Pecco Bagnaia takes second place on the podium at the Austrian GP at the Red Bull Ring in a race made difficult by the rain in the final laps.

Jorge Martín finishes third with the Ducati Desmosedici GP of the Pramac Racing Team.

Ducati, MotoGP, Austria

Ducati, MotoGP, Austria

Ducati, MotoGP, Austria

Photos: Pecco Bagnaia at Austrian GP. Images provided by & copyright © DUCATI.

Spielberg, Austria, August 15, 2021 — Pecco Bagnaia took an excellent second place at the MotoGP Austrian GP held this afternoon at the Red Bull Ring. The Ducati Lenovo Team rider put in a masterful performance in a race made difficult by the rain that started to fall with four laps remaining.

Starting from the front row, from the third spot on the grid, Pecco moved into first place, leading for twenty-three laps while cleverly defending himself from the attacks made by Quartararo and then Márquez. Unfortunately, when the rain began to fall, the Italian rider dropped back into fourth place, but he quickly made the bike swap, returning to the pits along with the riders in the leading group. Pecco rejoined the race in the eleventh position with the Desmosedici GP in wet configuration and soon caught up with the remaining riders on slick tires, overtaking them and recovering up to second place in just one lap to take his fourth podium of the season. Thanks to today’s result, Pecco climbs into the second position in the overall standings, 47 points behind the leader — Fabio Quartararo.

It was an unfortunate race for his teammate Jack Miller. As he got off from sixth on the grid, the Australian rider made a good start, but after a few laps, the lack of grip did not allow him to push, and he eventually fell back into eighth place. When the rain started to fall, Miller was one of the first to enter the pit to change his bike, but the strategy adopted did not allow him to take advantage of it. The Australian rider crossed the line eleventh, and after today’s race, he is fifth in the championship, 76 points off the top of the standings.

Jorge Martín, who took pole position yesterday and won last Sunday’s Styrian GP, also held at the Red Bull Ring, completed the podium in the race won by Brad Binder. The Pramac Racing Team rider finished today’s race in third place, bringing the number of Ducatis on the stage to two. After the Austrian GP, the Bologna manufacturer is now first in the constructors’ championship, while the Ducati Lenovo Team occupies second place in the teams’ classification.

RACE RESULTS — Top Ten Riders


  1. Brad Binder — RSA — Red Bull KTM (RC16) — 40m 43.928s
  2. Francesco Bagnaia — ITA — Ducati Team (GP21) — +12.991s
  3. Jorge Martin — SPA — Pramac Ducati (GP21) — +14.570s
  4. Joan Mir — SPA — Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) — +15.623s
  5. Luca Marini — ITA — Sky VR46 Avintia Ducati (GP19) — +17.831s
  6. Iker Lecuona — SPA — KTM Tech3 (RC16) — +17.952s
  7. Fabio Quartararo — FRA — Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1) — +19.650s
  8. Valentino Rossi — ITA — Petronas Yamaha (YZR-M1) — +20.150s
  9. Alex Marquez — SPA — LCR Honda (RC213V) — +20.692s
  10. Aleix Espargaro — SPA Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) — +21.270s

• Francesco Bagnaia (#63 Ducati Lenovo Team) - 2nd

“Again, today we went close to winning, but I’m still happy! We did our best and worked well. Both when I was leading in the dry and the wet, we managed the situation well. I let Márquez through when I saw the first drops of rain, to see what he would do because I didn’t know if I should go back and change the bike. I saw that many riders didn’t stop, and I thought I had made a mistake by doing the flag-to-flag. After the first lap on the rain tires, I found my rhythm and was able to pass a lot of riders to take second place. We will try again! The next race is at Silverstone, and I’m sure we can fight for a good result there too!”

• Jack Miller (#43 Ducati Lenovo Team) - 11th

“This morning in the warm-up, I had a good pace, but during the race, I wasn’t able to replicate it. After the start, I tried to stay close to the front group, but after a few laps, I started to have grip problems and lost a few positions. When I saw the first drops of rain, I thought to go back in for the bike change, but it started to rain seriously only a lap later. Nevertheless, we tried: these were not the results we expected from these two races in Austria, but now we have to move forward and come back stronger at Silverstone.”

The Ducati Lenovo Team riders will be back on track in approximately two weeks, from 27th-29th August, for the British GP at the Silverstone Circuit.

Source: DUCATI

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August 14, 2021

Badminton Anyone? U.S. Postal Service launches New Commemorative Forever Stamps Featuring Popular Backyard Games.

U.S. Postal Service

U.S. Postal Service

Photos: As temperatures continue rising across the USA, with these 16 Forever stamps, the U.S. Postal Service celebrates the variety of games Americans play to relax and enjoy the sunshine for outdoor recreation.

ROSEMONT, Ill., Aug. 14, 2021 — The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the outdoor recreational games that Americans play with vibrant new stamps during a dedication ceremony at the opening of the Great American Stamp Show 2021 held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL.

The pane of 16 stamps features eight designs illustrating eight backyard games — badminton, bocce, cornhole, croquet, flying disc, horseshoes, tetherball, and pickup baseball.

“It’s an honor to represent the United States Postal Service as we dedicate the Backyard Games Forever stamps at the Great American Stamp Show,” said Judy de Torok, the Postal Service’s corporate affairs vice president. “Stamp collecting has become a great American tradition, just as the backyard games we’re celebrating today have become great American traditions.”

Joining de Torok at the dedication ceremony were Scott D. English, executive director, American Philatelic Society; William J. Gicker, director, Stamp Services, U.S. Postal Service; Alex P. Gara, president, American Bocce Co. LLC; Thomas Chen, Midwest Badminton Club; and Greg Breeding, art director, U.S. Postal Service.

With this pane of 16 Forever stamps, the U.S. Postal Service celebrates the variety of games Americans play for outdoor recreation.

As temperatures warm up, Americans head outside to relax and enjoy the sunshine. But, with a touch of strategy, a bit of luck, and a healthy dose of friendly competition, backyard games provide almost endless amusement. At the beach, in a public park, or your backyard, these games are an excellent way for children and adults to have fun while enjoying the company of friends and family.

• Badminton. A royal country estate in England gives the name to the sport of Badminton. Somebody first played it here. Badminton is a popular form of backyard recreation. Much like tennis, either two or four players can play it. Each player uses a lightweight racket to hit a shuttlecock (also known as a birdie or bird) over a 5-foot net to the opposing side. The game continues as players volley the shuttlecock back and forth, not letting it hit the ground.

• Bocce. Originating in Italy, bocce is now widely played across the United States. However, this sport takes a bit of finesse to perfect. Two players, or multiple players divided into two teams, begin a game by first throwing a small ball known as the jack from one end of the playing area to the other. Players then take turns throwing their large balls — typically made of clay, wood, or plastic — toward the jack, attempting to land their balls as close to the jack as possible. The rousing game of bocce can last just a few rounds or for hours, depending on the players’ skill and their variations on scoring.

• Cornhole. Cornhole (also known as sacks, beanbag toss, or sack toss) has become increasingly popular, likely because of its simple rules and ease of play. Players take turns tossing soft, square bags — filled with dried corn, plastic pellets, or beans — onto wooden boards that are raised slightly off the ground on one end. The goal is to get the bags through a small hole on one side of the board, scoring based on how closely the bags get to the spot. It is a fun, recreational game. Teams or singles can play it.

• Croquet. Croquet is a popular garden party game. Nine wickets, hoops, and two stakes pressed into the ground in a double diamond formation create the gameplay area. Many variations on the game exist, but standard play consists of two or four people, each with their wooden mallet and four balls. Players hit the balls with their mallets, advancing them through the course — created by the wickets and stakes — in the correct order.

• Tossing. Tossing a flying disc can be as simple as playing catch or as involved as a spirited team game called “ultimate.” With the flick of a wrist, a hard plastic, the aerodynamic disc can sail through the air, flying straight or veering at an angle, depending on the thrower’s aim and release. Disc golf is also a popular game using flying discs and has rules like golf — without the ball and clubs, adding a new dimension to the art of throwing a disc just right.

• Horseshoes. The game of horseshoes is traditionally played with heavy metal horseshoes; however, lighter plastic ones have also become common. Two stakes in the ground mark the game area. Players pitch horseshoes at one of the stakes to get the shoe to encircle the stake — what’s known as a ringer. Scoring is based on how closely the shoes of a particular player land to the stake. Much like cornhole, practice with the swing and release of the shoe, getting comfortable with the weight and the distance, makes landing the perfect shot much more effortless.

• Tetherball. Often played in public parks and on playgrounds, tetherball is a fun, fast-paced game children and adults enjoy. Tetherball consists of a semi-soft ball fastened to a rope attached to the top of a pole. Two players take turns hitting the ball, attempting to wrap the string entirely around the bar. The ball can move either clockwise or counterclockwise, keeping players on their toes as they try to win.

• Pickup Baseball. Many versions of pickup games of baseball are played in the United States. One common variation consists of using a lightweight plastic ball and bat, making throwing and hitting the ball easier. The rules are like those of baseball or softball, but an official diamond isn’t necessary. Instead, if players know where the bases are, all that’s needed is an open area and an excited team.

Source: U.S. Postal Service

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August 6, 2021

Sony Music Publishing Signs Olivia Rodrigo to Global Deal

Sony Music Publishing

Sony Music Publishing

Sony Music Publishing

Photos: Olivia Rodrigo. SOUR. Photo credit: Grant Spanier. Images provided by Sony Music.

NEW YORK, August 6, 2021 — Sony Music Publishing has announced the signing of multi-platinum singer-songwriter, actress, and 2021 breakout artist Olivia Rodrigo to a global agreement.

Rodrigo made history with her No. 1, critically-acclaimed debut album SOUR. Released on May 21, 2021, the LP scored the biggest debut of the year, earning the most U.S. audio streams from a female debut album ever and breaking the record for the most-streamed album in a week by a female artist in Spotify history with over 385M global streams. In addition to becoming RIAA Certified Gold in its first week, all 11 tracks from the album have landed in the top 30 of Billboard’s Hot 100, making Rodrigo the first female artist to chart 11 or more songs in the top 30 simultaneously. In addition, the 18-year-old musician earned her second No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with her smash single, “good four u.”

Rodrigo instantly captured audiences worldwide on January 8 with her debut single from SOUR, “drivers license.” It became one of the biggest songs of 2021 and achieved record-breaking success. The cinematic, alt-pop anthem garnered over 76 million U.S. streams in its first week and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, where it remained for eight weeks. The song also earned the largest global weekly streaming debut on Spotify and became the first track to surpass 1 billion global streams in 2021.

Olivia Rodrigo said, “There’s nothing I love more than songwriting; it’s my favorite thing in the world, and I’m excited to be working with the team at Sony Music Publishing.”

Sony Music Publishing Chairman & CEO Jon Platt responded, “Olivia is a once-in-a-generation talent with the heart of a true songwriter - there is no limit to what she can accomplish. Along with the entire Sony Music Publishing team, we look forward to supporting Olivia’s incredible artistry and creating the best opportunities for her songs as she begins this exciting new chapter.”

Sony Music Publishing Director, A&R Thomas Krottinger stated, “It has been a great privilege to work with Olivia over the last year. She constantly pushes her creative boundaries, allowing her to craft genuine, passionate songs that transcend genres and bring people together. We are honored to partner with Olivia and her incredible team, and we are beyond excited to champion her as she continues inspiring the world!”

Sony Music Publishing SVP, Creative Jennifer Knoepfle remarked, “What strikes me most about Olivia is her incredible storytelling ability. Every song on SOUR spins a narrative that is both unique to her and relatable to so many. She has a gift with words, and we are so lucky to support her from the beginning of what will surely be a long and fruitful career.”

According to SONY, Rodrigo has demonstrated her songwriting prowess and knack at creating immediately powerful pop music throughout her career, and it has cemented her status as the most promising young artist to emerge this year.

Source: Sony Music Publishing

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August 5, 2021

OMEGA presents the Speedmaster "Silver Snoopy Award" 50th Anniversary Watch.

Omega Speedmaster

Omega Speedmaster

Omega Speedmaster

Photos: OMEGA presents the Speedmaster “Silver Snoopy Award” 50th Anniversary Watch. Images provided by Omega.

In 1970, OMEGA received the coveted “Silver Snoopy Award” from the astronauts at NASA, recognizing the brand’s unique contributions to space exploration, as well as the Speedmaster’s vital support during the rescue of Apollo 13.

Fifty years later, Omega created an extraordinary timepiece in the occasion’s honor.

According to Omega, “Our favorite beagle plays a prominent role within the timepiece, appearing as an embossed silver medallion on the blue subdial at 9 o’clock. He is wearing his famous spacesuit in the exact style of the silver pin that NASA astronauts give to award recipients.”

The watch’s blue nylon fabric strap matches the other blue elements and even features the trajectory of the Apollo 13 mission, embossed on the lining. This strap is attached to a 42 mm case in stainless steel.

Source: OMEGA

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