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February 25, 2024

Hyundai Motor, Kia, and KAIST form a Joint Research Laboratory to develop Next-Generation Autonomous Driving Sensors, while Automechanika and Frost & Sullivan forge a new partnership for Global Impact.


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Photo: Hyundai Motor, Kia, and KAIST form a Joint Research Laboratory to develop Next-Generation Autonomous Driving Sensors.


Seoul, February 25, 2024 — Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Corporation have announced their partnership with KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) to develop cutting-edge autonomous driving sensors for advanced self-driving cars.

Together, they aim to create an advanced research lab to develop high-performance, compact on-chip sensors and new signal detection technology essential in the highly competitive autonomous driving market.

This new technology has several advantages over existing methods. It produces less signal noise, calculates relative speed with objects, and eliminates interference from external light sources such as sunlight. Therefore, it can provide significant benefits in severe weather conditions.


• Automechanika and Frost & Sullivan forge a new partnership for Global Impact.


Cars, Frankfurt


Photo: Guides at Automechanika Frankfurt. Image provided by & copyright © Automechanika.


Frankfurt, February 25, 2024 — Meanwhile, Frost & Sullivan, a Global Growth Pipeline Company, is teaming up with Automechanika, a leading international trade fair brand for the automotive aftermarket. The partnership aims to enhance their services to industry professionals.

The collaboration combines Frost & Sullivan’s expertise in the automotive aftermarket sector and Automechanika’s commitment to providing exceptional trade show experiences. Both companies aim to improve the industry’s knowledge-sharing landscape through this strategic alliance and offer unparalleled value to participants and exhibitors at Automechanika’s 14 global events in 2024.

Sources: Hyundai Motor Company and Automechanika.

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February 14, 2024

Google joins the Coalition for Content Provenance and Authenticity to develop Technical Standards for Content Credentials.


— Watershed Moment in driving Mainstream Awareness and Adoption of Content Credentials —


Google, Content Authenticity Initiative


San Jose, CA, February 14, 2024 — Today marks a watershed moment in driving mainstream awareness and adoption of Content Credentials — Google has joined the Coalition for Content Provenance and Authenticity (C2PA) steering committee.

Google’s decision to join the Coalition for Content Provenance and Authenticity (C2PA) steering committee is a consequential step toward developing technical standards for Content Credentials and their future integration into Google’s products and services.

The C2PA and the Content Authenticity Initiative (CAI) are committed to restoring trust and transparency online by developing technical standards for digital provenance and open-source tools based on those standards.

As misinformation continues to threaten the digital ecosystem, the need to increase trust in Digital Content has never been more pressing. Dana Rao, the EVP, General Counsel, and Chief Trust Officer of Adobe and a co-founder of the C2PA, acknowledges this need and believes that adopting Content Credentials could help validate and secure the media source, increasing transparency and restoring trust online.

The CAI’s work in fighting against misinformation is commendable, as it assists the world in confronting challenges across new frontiers in manipulated and misleading media. Expanding content credentials to new surfaces is a positive development, as it will help enhance public confidence in the integrity of official online government content.

The CAI collaborates with diverse communities to empower adoption and increase transparency. It collaborates with technology companies, social platforms, news organizations, and policymakers to develop policies, guidance, and tools for authenticating Digital Content.

Strengthening public confidence in the integrity of online information through Content Credentials is an exciting prospect and will benefit all individuals who rely on Digital Content.

Content Authenticity Initiative (CAI) is a community of media and tech companies, NGOs, and academics working to promote the adoption of an open industry standard for content authenticity and provenance.

CAI members include Adobe, AFP, AP, BBC, Canon, Gannett, Microsoft, Nikon, The New York Times, Reuters, The Globe and Mail, TruePic, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Leica Camera, USA Today, and the University of Helsinki among others.

• CAI is thrilled to welcome Google as the newest member of the C2PA (Coalition for Content Provenance and Authenticity), the industry standard for combatting deepfakes through metadata and provenance technology. The CAI looks forward to a productive, ongoing relationship with Google as a steering committee partner.

Source: Content Authenticity Initiative (CAI)

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February 13, 2024

Adidas presents the UCL Pro Ball London — the Official Match Ball for the Men's 2023/24 UEFA Champions League™ knockout stage.


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Adidas Football


Adidas Football


Adidas Football


Photos: Adidas presents the UCL Pro Ball London. Images provided by & copyright © Adidas.


London, February 12, 2024 — The Official Match Ball, Adidas UCL Pro Ball London, will be used throughout the 2023/24 UEFA Champions League™ knockout stages, culminating in the showpiece final on June 1.

The new ball will be played with on the pitch for the first time during the first leg of the Round of 16 matches.

The ball stands out on the biggest stage and celebrates London, the final host city. It features vibrant graphics depicting two roaring lions fighting among the stars. The lion symbolizes England’s rich history and culture and capital city, the players’ bravery and strength, and the magnificence of European club football’s most coveted trophy.

The UEFA Champions League is a yearly club association football competition organized by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).

Source: ADIDAS

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February 12, 2024

New York Fashion Week: Tadashi Shoji's Fall/Winter 2024 Collection captures the Spirit of the Woods


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Tadashi Shoji fashion


Tadashi Shoji fashion


Photos: Tadashi Shoji Fall/Winter 2024 Sketches.


LOS ANGELES, Feb. 11, 2024 — Tadashi Shoji, a global women’s formal wear brand known for its impeccable fit, trademark ease, and effortless femininity, premiers its Fall/Winter 2024 collection inspired by an enchanted forest.

On Friday, Feb. 9, 2024, Tadashi Shoji debuted its Fall/Winter 2024 collection as part of New York Fashion Week.

“In the heart of an enchanted forest, our Fall-Winter 2024 collection is brought to life as a story woven from the threads of the woods. As the moon rises, the evening gowns and cocktail dresses take center stage, with each piece becoming a chapter in this tale,” the brand said.

“The collection features intricate motifs inspired by the leaves flourishing in the heart of the woods. Soft chiffon adorned with a forest print will transport you to the canopies of trees under a star-studded night sky. Floral embroidered dresses with hand appliquéd 3-D flowers add a touch of nature’s depth. Chenille embroideries evoke the rustling of leaves in the gentle breeze. For Fall-Winter 2024, we invite you not just to wear a garment but to don a piece of an unbelievable story, where the magic of the forest weaves into the fabric of your attire,” Tadashi Shoji stated.

“Let each gown and dress be a chapter in your adventure. Where your movements dance in harmony with the spirit of the woods, creating a tapestry of enchantment that lasts beyond the winter winds,” said Shoji’s show notes.

Designer Tadashi Shoji, who stems from an artistic background, started his occasion wear brand in 1982 after noticing the few occasion dress options in the contemporary market. Celebrity fans include Taylor Swift, Michelle Obama, Mirai Nagasu, Octavia Spencer, Kate Hudson, Kaley Cuoco, and Sheryl Lee Ralph. The TADASHI SHOJI brand is available in over 700 major department and specialty stores. The company operates offices in Los Angeles and Shanghai and showrooms in New York City and Tokyo.

Source: Tadashi Shoji

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February 5, 2024

2024 GRAMMYs: Taylor Swift makes GRAMMY History with Fourth Album of The Year Win For 'Midnights'


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Grammy Miley Cyrus


Los Angeles, February 5, 2024 — Taylor Swift made history at the 2024 GRAMMYs by winning Album of the Year for her album ‘Midnights’ for the fourth time, making her the artist with the most wins in this Category at the Grammys. She surpassed legends like Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, and Paul Simon, who have each won the award three times.

During her acceptance speech, Swift expressed her shock and gratitude and thanked her producer, Jack Antonoff, and collaborator, Lana Del Rey, who was also nominated in the same Category. She called Antonoff “a once-in-a-generation producer” and Del Rey “a legacy artist, a legend in her prime right now.”

Swift also said that the award is the work and that she wants to keep making music. She added that she loves her job, which makes her very happy.

Swift had already won the Best Pop Vocal Album award earlier in the telecast, marking her 13th win at the Grammys. It was a big night for her, and she used her first win to announce her upcoming album, ‘The Tortured Poets Department,’ to be released on April 19.

Meanwhile, Miley Cyrus won The GRAMMY for Record of the Year for “Flowers.”

Source: Recording Academy / GRAMMYs

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January 29, 2024

Tissot presents Tissot T-Touch Connect Sport


Tissot T-Touch Connect Sport


Tissot T-Touch Connect Sport


Tissot T-Touch Connect Sport


Photos: Tissot T-Touch Connect Sport. Images provided by & copyright © TISSOT.


Tissot is known for its ability to merge style and functionality, and their latest offering, the Tissot T-Touch Connect Sport, is no exception. Building on the success of the T-Touch Connect Solar, this new unisex sports watch is for active individuals who value their well-being and want a high-quality timepiece on their wrist.

The Tissot T-Touch Connect Sport features a quartz movement and is recharged by solar power. With a 43mm diameter, the watch has high-performance solar cells on the dial that capture light and store energy in an accumulator, allowing it to run for months without needing to be charged. The watch also has tactile sapphire glass and an AMOLED screen responsive to touch or side pushers, providing a versatile interactive experience.

Source: TISSOT

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January 15, 2024

Deer. And Rabbits. And Owls. And Foxes.


U.S. Postal Service Issues Winter Woodland Animals Stamps.

U.S. Postal Service

USPS Animals Stamps


Photo: U.S. Postal Service Issues Winter Woodland Animals Stamps. Deer. And Rabbits. And Owls. And Foxes.


WASHINGTON — The United States Postal Service commemorates four species that reside in North American woodlands with the release of the Winter Woodland Animals stamps. These species, including deer, rabbits, owls, and foxes, are some of the most recognizable wildlife found throughout America and remind us of the stunning natural environment surrounding us.

White-tailed deer are one of the most abundant species in North America and are admired for their beauty and agility. Rabbits often live near the edge of forests to easily find food from gardens, yards, and meadows. Foxes are tough and adaptable creatures that have learned to thrive in almost every environment. Owls are fascinating birds of prey that prefer to nest in tree cavities or abandoned nests of other birds.

The stamps feature whimsical, graphic illustrations of these creatures. Antonio Alcala, an art director for the Postal Service, designed the stamps with Katie Kirk, who illustrated them using geometric shapes of bold, solid color. Each animal appears with details of its habitat in winter, such as a full or crescent moon, snow-covered trees, holly branches with berries, and delicate snowflakes.

Source: U.S. Postal Service

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December 30, 2023

New York City Times Square is ready for New Year's Eve Celebrations.


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New York Times Square


New York Times Square


New York Times Square


New York Times Square


Photos: Times Square is testing the Confetti Release. December 29, 2023. At Midnight on New Year’s Eve, thousands of kilos of confetti will be released from the rooftops of buildings, creating a blizzard of colorful confetti and pyrotechnic effects. The hundreds of kilos of confetti include wishes from thousands of revelers worldwide. Images provided by & copyright © Times Square.


New York Times Square

Photo: The Numerals 2-0-2-4 are delivered to Times Square by Kia. Images provided by & copyright © Times Square.


New York Times Square


New York Times Square


Photos: Times Square Confetti Wishing Wall. People write their wishes on the confetti to be released on New Year’s Eve at Midnight. The hundreds of kilos of confetti include wishes from thousands of revelers worldwide. Images provided by & copyright © Times Square.


New York, December 30, 2023 — Times Square in New York City has been the center of attention on New Year’s Eve for over a century, with the rooftop celebrations that began in 1904. The ball-lowering tradition that started in 1907 has now become a symbol of welcoming the New Year.

The Times Square Alliance has unveiled the New Year’s Eve Wishing Wall for the forthcoming New Year’s Eve celebrations. This unique feature gives people from all over the world a personal opportunity to be part of the festivities by writing their wishes for the upcoming year on confetti that will be released at Midnight.

At Midnight, the New Year’s Eve Ball lights will be turned off as the New Year “2024” numerals burst to life, shining high above Times Square.

The famous confetti release occurs from the rooftops of buildings throughout Times Square, creating a blizzard of colorful confetti and pyrotechnic effects. The hundreds of kilos of confetti include wishes from thousands of revelers worldwide, hoping for peace, love, good health, and a better future in the new year.


NEW YEAR’S EVE IN TIMES SQUARE 2023 - 2024

SCHEDULE

THE EVENT

• 6:00 p.m. to 6:03 p.m.

• 6:04 p.m. to 6:05 p.m.

• 6:06 p.m. to 6:18 p.m.

• 6:30 p.m.

• 6:57 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

• 7:01 p.m. to 7:02 p.m.

• 7:05 p.m. to 7:17 p.m.

• 7:56 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

• 8:01 p.m. to 8:02 p.m.

• 8:03 p.m. to 8:08 p.m.

• 8:10 p.m. to 8:12 p.m.

• 8:30 p.m. to 8:35 p.m.

• 8:37 p.m. to 8:55 p.m.

• 8:57 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

• 9:02 p.m. to 9:05 p.m.

• 9:10 p.m. to 9:29 p.m.

• 9:37 p.m. to 9:43 p.m.

• 9:49 p.m. to 9:52 p.m.

• 9:57 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

• 10:01 p.m. to 10:02 p.m.

• 10:04 p.m. to 10:08 p.m.

• 10:09 p.m. to 10:12 p.m.

• 10:21 p.m. to 10:24 p.m.

• 10:34 p.m. to 10:40 p.m.

• 10:45 p.m. to 10:48 p.m.

• 10:57 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

• 11:02 p.m. to 11:07 p.m.

• 11:08 p.m. to 11:11 p.m.

• 11:12 p.m. to 11:14 p.m.

• 11:16 p.m. to 11:20 p.m.

• 11:38 p.m. to 11:46 p.m.

• 11:51 p.m. to 11:58 p.m.

• 11:59 p.m.

• Midnight (12:00 a.m.) — New Year’s Day

• 12:04 a.m. to 12:09 a.m.

• 12:15 a.m. - End of Show.


Source: Times Square

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About one million revelers, equivalent to the population of Chandigarh in India, gathered in Times Square to celebrate the arrival of 2024.





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December 28, 2023

Coca-Cola extends its partnership with the International Cricket Council (ICC) for Eight Years.


Coca-Cola Cricket


New Delhi, India, December 26, 2023 — Coca-Cola has extended its partnership with the International Cricket Council (ICC) for another eight years. This partnership will establish Coca-Cola as a long-standing partner of the ICC and amplify global cricket experiences. The official signing ceremony occurred at ICC Headquarters and marked a historic milestone for the partnership. It demonstrated Coca-Cola’s commitment to sports and confirmed the collaboration as one of the longest-ever associations formed by the ICC with a single brand, spanning 13 years (2019 - 2031).

The partnership will see Coca-Cola’s brands becoming exclusive non-alcoholic beverage partners for all men’s and women’s events at the pinnacle of the sport, including the ICC Cricket World Cups, ICC T20 World Cups, and ICC Champions Trophies until the end of 2031. During the partnership, there will be a prominent international men’s and women’s event every year and a World Test Championship Final every two years.

During the recent ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup India 2023, Thums Up and Limca Sportz were the exclusive beverage and sports drink partners, activating a host of online and offline fan engagement activations. Additionally, Sprite took center stage with its captivating ‘Thand rakh’ campaign, aimed at elevating and sustaining the enthusiasm of cricket fans throughout the biggest World Cup ever.

Coca-Cola has been globally committed to supporting local sporting events and organizations worldwide. The Coca-Cola Company has an eight-decade-long association with the Olympics. Moreover, for over four decades, it has been associated with the FIFA and T20 World Cup and using the power of sports to bring people together and transform lives.

The Coca-Cola Company is a leading beverage company in India that offers consumers a variety of high-quality and refreshing drink options. The Company’s vision is to provide “Beverages for life,” it has a broad portfolio of products, including hydration, sports, sparkling water, coffee, Tea, nutrition, juice, and dairy-based products.

The Coca-Cola Company employs over 700,000 people globally, including its bottling partners, contributing to economic opportunities in local communities worldwide.

Source: Coca-Cola

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December 27, 2023

Academy Snubs India's Official International Feature Film Entry "2018: Everyone is a Hero"; Announces 96th Oscars Shortlists in 10 Award Categories.


OSCARS


Oscars


Photo: American television news reporter, news anchor, and model Jennifer Lahmers arrives on the red carpet of the 95th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood on Sunday, March 12, 2023. Image provided by & copyright © Kyusung Gong / A.M.P.A.S. [File Photo]


Oscars


Photo: American actress and talk show host Kelly Ripa arrives on the red carpet of the 95th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood on Sunday, March 12, 2023. Image provided by & copyright © Michael Baker / A.M.P.A.S. [File Photo]


LOS ANGELES, CA - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the 96th Academy Awards Shortlists in 10 categories: Documentary Feature Film, Documentary Short Film, International Feature Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, Music (Original Score), Music (Original Song), Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, Sound and Visual Effects.

India’s official entry in the international feature film category, “2018: Everyone is a Hero”, is out of the Oscars race. The film failed to make it to the shortlist of 15 films for the category.

The International Feature Film shortlist includes Amerikatsi (Armenia), The Monk and the Gun (Bhutan), Fallen Leaves (Finland), The Taste of Things (France), The Teachers’ Lounge (Germany), Godland (Iceland), Io Capitano (Italy), Perfect Days (Japan), Totem (Mexico), The Mother of All Lies (Morocco), Society of the Snow (Spain), Four Daughters (Tunisia), 20 Days in Mariupol (Ukraine), and The Zone of Interest (United Kingdom).

Films from 88 countries were eligible in the category. The shortlisted movies will advance to the next round of voting.


SHORTLISTS

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM

Fifteen films will advance in the Documentary Feature Film category for the 96th Academy Awards. One hundred sixty-seven films were eligible in the category. Members of the Documentary Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:


DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM

Fifteen films will advance in the Documentary Short Film category for the 96th Academy Awards. One hundred fourteen films qualified in the category. Members of the Documentary Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:


INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM

Fifteen films will advance to the next round of voting in the International Feature Film category for the 96th Academy Awards. Films from 88 countries and regions were eligible in the category.

The Academy invited members from all branches to participate in the preliminary round of voting. They must have met a minimum viewing requirement to be eligible to vote in the category.

In the nominations round, Academy members from all branches are invited to opt in to participate and must view all 15 shortlisted films to vote.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:


MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

Ten films will advance in the Makeup and Hairstyling category for the 96th Academy Awards. All Academy’s Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch members will be invited to view excerpts and interviews with the artists from each shortlisted film on Sunday, January 14, 2024. Branch members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:


MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

Fifteen scores will advance in the Original Score category for the 96th Academy Awards. One hundred forty-eight scores were eligible in the category. Members of the Music Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The scores, listed in alphabetical order by film title, are:


MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)

Fifteen songs will advance in the Original Song category for the 96th Academy Awards. Ninety-four songs were eligible in the category. Members of the Music Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The original songs are listed below in alphabetical order by film title:


ANIMATED SHORT FILM

Fifteen films will advance in the Animated Short Film category for the 96th Academy Awards. Ninety-three films had qualified in the category. Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:


LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

Fifteen films will advance in the Live Action Short Film category for the 96th Academy Awards. One hundred eighty-seven films had qualified in the category. For the first time, the Academy invited its members from all branches to participate in the preliminary round of voting. They must have met a minimum viewing requirement to be eligible to vote in the category.

In the nominations round, Academy members from all branches are invited to opt in to participate and must view all 15 shortlisted films to vote.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:


SOUND

Ten films will advance in the Sound category for the 96th Academy Awards. All eligible members of the Sound Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees. Academy members will be invited to view excerpts from each shortlisted film beginning Thursday, January 11, 2024, in the San Francisco Bay area, followed by London, Los Angeles, and New York. Branch members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:


VISUAL EFFECTS

Ten films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 96th Academy Awards. The Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee determined the shortlist. All members of the Visual Effects Branch will be invited to view excerpts and interviews with the artists from each shortlisted film on Saturday, January 13, 2024. Branch members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:


Nominations voting begins on Thursday, January 11, 2024, and concludes on Tuesday, January 16, 2024.

The Academy will announce the Nominations for the 96th Academy Awards on Tuesday, January 23, 2024.

The 96th Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 10, 2024, at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood and will be televised live on A.B.C. and in more than 200 territories worldwide.


Source: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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December 20, 2023

IMF Executive Board concludes its Annual Consultation with India


IMF, India


Photo: During the 2022 Annual Meetings at the International Monetary Fund, a behind-the-scenes look at the first day. Washington, DC, United States. October 10, 2022. IMF Photo/STEPHEN VOSS. [File Photo]


Washington, DC, December 19, 2023 — The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has concluded its yearly consultation with India. IMF noted that India’s economy has grown robust over the past year, with employment surpassing pre-pandemic levels, formalization progressing, and the financial sector remaining resilient. The current account deficit widened in 2023 as domestic demand and external shocks outweighed robust services exports and proactive diversification of critical oil imports. Despite this, growth is expected to remain strong, with real GDP projected to grow 6.3 percent in 2024 and 2025. However, risks to the outlook are balanced, with a sharp global growth slowdown and further global supply disruptions cited as potential challenges.

Executive Directors commended India’s authorities for their prudent macroeconomic policies and reforms that resulted in the country’s strong economic performance, resilience, and financial stability. They called for appropriate policies to sustain economic stability and further progress in critical structural reforms to unleash India’s significant potential.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) directors also praised the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) efforts to maintain economic stability through proactive monetary policy actions and a solid commitment to price stability. They agreed that the current neutral monetary policy stance, based on a data-dependent approach, is appropriate and should gradually help bring inflation back to its target level.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) annually conducts bilateral discussions with member countries to gather economic and financial information. During these discussions, officials discuss the country’s economic developments and policies. The IMF staff then prepares a report, which the Executive Board discusses. The Managing Director summarizes the views of the Executive Directors and transmits them to the member country’s authorities.

Source: IMF

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December 17, 2023

Ducati Panigale 2023 Replica: Ducati Collectors' Limited Edition to Celebrate a Record-Breaking Season


— Panigale V4 and Panigale V2 are produced in a limited and numbered series, made unique by the rider’s original signature on the tank, with a certificate of authenticity, technical equipment, and a dedicated wood shipping crate.


Ducati


Ducati


Ducati


Photos: Replicas of the Ducati Racing Motorbikes used by the World Champions. Images provided by & copyright © Ducati.


Borgo Panigale, Bologna (Italy), December 15, 2023 - Ducati celebrates the recent victories at the MotoGP, WorldSBK, and WorldSSP by creating five collector’s edition Panigale series. These motorcycles are inspired by the Desmosedici GP of Francesco Bagnaia, Jorge Martín, and Marco Bezzecchi, as well as the Panigale V4R of Alvaro Bautista and Nicolo Bulega’s Panigale V2. The Panigale V4s dedicated to Bagnaia and Bautista are designed with a yellow livery used by the two champions during the Misano Grand Prix and SBK Round. This iconic color has been used throughout Ducati’s history, making the motorcycles even more special.

The company presented the bikes at the press conference during the “Campioni in Festa,” an event with which Ducati celebrated its historic success with its enthusiasts.

Each of the five replicas will be unique, featuring the rider’s original autograph on the tank, protected by a layer of transparent varnish. These replicas celebrate the racing numbers of the riders to whom they are dedicated: Pecco Bagnaia’s 63, Alvaro Bautista’s 19, Jorge Martin’s 89, Marco Bezzecchi’s 72, and Nicolo Bulega’s 11.

The Panigale 2023 Racing Replicas are inspired by racing bikes and are offered only in single-seater configuration. Each bike is decorated with a billet aluminum steering plate with the model’s name and progressive number laser engraved. A dedicated key and animation for the dashboard are activated when you turn on the key. Additionally, the saddle is made of unique material and displays the rider’s logo, just like on the race bike.

Each motorbike has a certificate of authenticity and is delivered in a wooden packing case with dedicated graphics and a customized cover.

Ducati


Photo: World Motorbike racing champion Francesco Bagnaia autographs a bike. Image provided by & copyright © Ducati.


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Photo: The “Campioni in Festa” event was held at the Unipol Arena in Bologna to celebrate Ducati’s remarkable success in racing. Thousands of enthusiastic fans gathered to celebrate Ducati’s dominance in MotoGP, WorldSBK, and WorldSSP. The event also marked the company’s success, rooted in the territory of Bologna, and is a symbol of “Made in Italy” that has won the world over. Image provided by & copyright © Ducati.

Source: Ducati

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December 16, 2023

FIAT Brand Celebrates Arrival of All-new, All-electric Fiat 500e RED in the U.S.A.


Fiat Electric


Photo: FIAT brand celebrates the arrival of the all-new, all-electric Fiat 500e in the U.S.A. Image provided by & copyright © Fiat.


AUBURN HILLS, Mich., December 15, 2023 — The FIAT brand has launched the all-new, all-electric Fiat 500e in the United States. A six-minute video titled “Inspired” has been released to celebrate its arrival, featuring the all-new, all-electric Fiat (500e)RED edition on a road trip from Los Angeles to Las Vegas.

The all-new, all-electric Fiat (500e)RED edition will be available in Stellantis North America showrooms in the first quarter of 2024, followed by more “product drops.”

The Fiat 500e is a new icon for the 124-year-old brand, designed to offer mobility, joy, and style in a battery-electric vehicle (BEV) that is unique to FIAT. Stellantis’ first BEV in North America combines the love of an iconic brand with a sustainable mission.

FIAT has been an automaker for over 120 years, and its vehicles have always been known for Italian design, refinement, and a fun driving experience.

Source: Stellantis

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December 10, 2023

Emily Wilkins elected National Press Club, Washington, DC, President


National Press Club, Washington


National Press Club, Washington


Photo: Emily Wilkins, the new National Press Club, Washington, DC, President. Image provided by & copyright © Alan Kotok/National Press Club.


Washington, DC, December 10, 2023 — Emily Wilkins, Washington correspondent at CNBC, has been elected the 117th president of the National Press Club, Washington, DC.

“We’ve already done a lot with press freedom; we’re going to continue those efforts,” Wilkins said in her speech after the Club announced the results.

Wilkins pledged to continue the efforts of outgoing President Eileen O’Reilly, who she said focused on diversity and inclusion, making people feel more welcome at the Club and helping them better understand what the Club has to offer. O’Reilly is sure Wilkins will keep the Club moving forward.

“Emily has been active in leadership at the National Press Club for many years now, and I have every confidence she will be a fantastic president with sharp ideas on engaging our membership, driving new important efforts on press freedom, and continuing to strengthen the Club’s presence as a leader and a community for all journalists and communicators,” she said.

Wilkins started at CNBC in June, covering Congress, critical regulatory issues, and policies that impact American businesses and the economy. Before CNBC, she served as a reporter for Bloomberg Government, covering breaking news coming out of Washington and Congress with a focus on House leadership. She previously reported on education and labor for both Bloomberg Government and CQ Roll Call.

Founded in 1908, the National Press Club is the World’s Leading Professional Organization for Journalists. Located three blocks from the White House, the Club has as its members more than 3,000 reporters, editors, and expert communicators worldwide representing almost every major news organization. Over the years, distinguished personalities, including U.S. Presidents and World Leaders such as India’s Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru, have graced the Club with their presence as speakers.

Source: National Press Club, Washington, DC

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December 8, 2023

Academy announces International Feature Films eligible for the 96th Oscars.


Oscars


Photo: Indian actress Deepika Padukone arrives on the red carpet of the 95th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood on Sunday, March 12, 2023. Image provided by & copyright © Kyusung Gong / A.M.P.A.S. [File Photo]


LOS ANGELES, CA, December 07, 2023 — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the list of feature films eligible for consideration in the International Feature Film category for the 96th Academy Awards.

Eighty-eight countries or regions have submitted films that qualify for the International Feature Film category.

An international film must be a feature-length motion picture (more than 40 minutes long) produced outside the United States with a predominantly non-English dialogue track.

The Academy has invited members from all branches to participate in the preliminary round of voting. However, they must meet a minimum viewing requirement to be eligible to vote in this category.


Oscars, International Films


Photo: Complete list of eligible films for consideration for the International Feature Film Oscar at the 96th Academy Awards.


The Academy will announce the shortlist of 15 international films on Thursday, December 21, 2023. It will reveal the Nominations for the 96th Academy Awards on Tuesday, January 23, 2024.

The 96th Oscars ceremony will be held on Sunday, March 10, 2024, at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood and broadcast live on A.B.C. and over 200 territories worldwide.

Source: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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December 6, 2023

Genesis unveils X Gran Berlinetta Vision Gran Turismo in Barcelona, Spain.


— X Gran Berlinetta VGT Concept perfectly embodies Genesis’ characteristic Athletic Elegance design philosophy.


Genesis X Gran Berlinetta


Genesis X Gran Berlinetta


Genesis X Gran Berlinetta


Genesis X Gran Berlinetta


Photos: Genesis X Gran Berlinetta. Images provided by & copyright © Genesis.


BARCELONA, Spain, December 2, 2023 — Genesis unveiled the X Gran Berlinetta Vision Gran Turismo Concept at the Gran Turismo World Series World Finals in Barcelona, Spain. The concept car was created as part of Polyphony Digital’s Vision Gran Turismo series and will be available to race in the game starting January 2024.

The 2024 X Gran Berlinetta VGT Concept embodies the most emotional expression of the Genesis brand’s characteristic Athletic Elegance design philosophy. The Concept was born from a design study demonstrating Genesis’ passion and intent for the Vision Gran Turismo series.

The Genesis X Gran Berlinetta VGT Concept’s design language is pure and muscular, with volumes centered around the wheels. The package design maximizes the dash-to-axle ratio while moving the driver and powertrain rearward for a lean mid-engine layout.

“Our goal was to create a timeless design rooted in the essence of motorsport,” says John Krsteski, Genesis’s Senior Chief Designer. “We have a diverse global design team of car and racing enthusiasts. The designers relished the opportunity to create a race car that featured Genesis design elements and technical performance attributes. It has become a catalyst of inspiration for our other programs.”

High performance was the goal for Genesis designers, who worked to achieve impressive aerodynamic fluidity. The design of the X Gran Berlinetta VGT Concept is a perfect embodiment of Genesis’ characteristic Athletic Elegance design philosophy.

Source: Genesis

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December 1, 2023

Tissot T-Race MotoGP™ Limited Edition 2023 is already on the Podium, adding to this Thrilling Season.


Tissot MotoGP 2023


Tissot MotoGP 2023


Photos: Tissot T-Race MotoGP™ Limited Edition 2023. Images provided by & copyright © Tissot.


The Tissot T-Race MotoGP™ Limited Edition 2023 is making waves in motorsports. This latest addition to the Tissot family has already made it to the podium, adding to the excitement of this season. Tissot is the official timekeeper of MotoGP™, and as its ambassador, it represents the resilience, brilliance, and daring of the riders. The T-Race MotoGP™ watch has been completely redesigned for 2023 to celebrate this partnership.

Crafted with the same attention to detail as a watchmaker, motorbike mechanic, and rider, the T-Race MotoGP™ Limited Edition 2023 draws inspiration from the sport. The watch’s technical features are taken from motorcycle DNA, making it a perfect blend of passion and innovation. Precision is a shared quality of Tissot and MotoGP™, with both believing that material and dynamism are critical to success.

The watch’s design is inspired by racing, with flashy red details that reflect the notion of speed. The dial features large, red Arabic numbers that resemble motorcycle racing numbers, and speedometers inspire the chronographs. The watch is water-resistant and has a Quartz chronograph movement, with distinct hour and minute hands coated with Super-LumiNova®.

The T-Race MotoGP™ Limited Edition 2023 is limited to 8,000 pieces, and for those who love the sport and want to show it off, this watch is the perfect choice. It comes packaged in mini helmets, a new design, and a MotoGP™ logo engraved on the back of the case.

Source: TISSOT

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November 28, 2023

Francesco Bagnaia and Ducati become 2023 MotoGP World Champions


Ducati MotoGP


Ducati MotoGP


Photo: 2023 MotoGP World Champion Francesco Bagnaia. Image provided by & copyright © Ducati.


Bologna, Italy, November 28, 2023 — Francesco Bagnaia, riding for the Ducati Lenovo Team, has secured his second consecutive MotoGP World Championship title, making history as the first Italian rider to win in MotoGP with an Italian motorcycle. Bagnaia’s victory came in the final race of the season held at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Cheste, where he won the Valencia GP. His success this year, with seven victories in 20 Grand Prix races, including four wins in the Saturday Sprint races introduced this year, cements his position as one of the greatest riders of his generation. He reconfirms his place at the world’s top with his Ducati Desmosedici GP.

Bagnaia’s journey this year was emotional and eventful, with notable successes at Portim, Jerez, Mugello, the Netherlands, and Austria. His march towards a second title seemed unstoppable until a dramatic accident at Barcelona halted his rise. However, with a spectacular victory in Indonesia, he resumed his climb to the top of the World Championship from the thirteenth position on the grid.

The fight for the world title became a head-to-head between Bagnaia and his Ducati teammate Jorge Marti­n, who was in tune with his Pramac Racing team Desmosedici GP. However, Bagnaia’s response was quick, and he inherited the lead on lap 19 at Valencia when Miller (KTM) crashed at Turn 11. Martin made a late braking move on Pecco to try to take the lead at Turn 1 of lap 2, but they touched, and the Spaniard went wide. Martin then crashed out on lap 6, ending the title battle.

Ducati is now gearing up to celebrate its victories in the MotoGP World Championships and the titles won in Superbike and Supersport. The celebration is set to take place on December 15 in Bologna, where all the key players involved in these successes will come together to commemorate this unforgettable season with the public.

Source: Ducati

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November 20, 2023

Madhuri Dixit honored with the 'Special Recognition for Contribution to Bharatiya Cinema' Award at the 54th International Film Festival of India.


Madhuri Dixit, Indian Cinema


Madhuri Dixit, Indian Cinema


Photo: The Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting, Youth Affairs, and Sports, Shri Anurag Singh Thakur, felicitated eminent film personality Mrs. Madhuri Dixit Nene for her contribution to Bharatiya Cinema at the inaugural ceremony of the 54th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), in Goa on November 20, 2023.


Mumbai, India, November 20, 2023 — Madhuri Dixit was honored with the prestigious ‘Special Recognition for Contribution to Bharatiya Cinema’ Award at India’s 54th International Film Festival. Anurag Singh Thakur, the Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting and Youth Affairs & Sports, announced the award at the festival’s inaugural function in Panaji, Goa.

Madhuri Dixit is a celebrated actress with a career spanning over four decades and has significantly impacted the Indian film industry. She has received six Filmfare Awards and has been nominated for the Best Actress award fourteen times. The ‘Special Recognition for Contribution to Bharatiya Cinema’ Award is a testimony to her exceptional achievements and enduring influence on Indian cinema.

Source: Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India

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November 19, 2023

Sheynnis Palacio from Nicaragua is the New Miss Universe


Miss Universe


Miss Universe


Photos: Sheynnis Palacio from Nicaragua was crowned the winner of the Miss Universe pageant held in El Salvador on November 19, 2023. Images provided by and copyright © The Miss Universe Organization.


El Salvador, November 19, 2023 — Sheynnis Palacio, a 23-year-old mental health activist and audiovisual producer from Managua, Nicaragua, was crowned the winner of the Miss Universe pageant held in El Salvador on November 19, 2023. Congratulations to Sheynnis!

Source: The Miss Universe Organization

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