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December 22, 2021

The Academy announces Oscar Shortlists. Once again, Snubs the International Feature Film Entry from India.


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Photo: Oscar nominee, American singer, and songwriter, H.E.R. arrives on the red carpet of The 93rd Oscars at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA, on Sunday, April 25, 2021. Image Credit: Troy Harvey / A.M.P.A.S. [File Photo]


LOS ANGELES, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced shortlists in 10 categories for the 94th Academy Awards: Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, International Feature Film, Makeup, and Hairstyling, Music (Original Score), Music (Original Song), Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, Sound and Visual Effects.


• DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Fifteen films will advance in the Documentary Feature category for the 94th Academy Awards. One hundred thirty-eight films were eligible in the class. Members of the Documentary Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

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

  • “Ascension”
  • “Attica”
  • “Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry”
  • “Faya Dayi”
  • “The First Wave”
  • “Flee”
  • “In the Same Breath”
  • “Julia”
  • “President”
  • “Procession”
  • “The Rescue”
  • “Simple as Water”
  • “Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)”
  • “The Velvet Underground”
  • “Writing with Fire”


• DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT

Fifteen films will advance in the Documentary Short Subject category for the 94th Academy Awards. Eighty-two films qualified in the class. Members of the Documentary Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

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

  • “Águilas”
  • “Audible”
  • “A Broken House”
  • “Camp Confidential: America’s Secret Nazis”
  • “Coded: The Hidden Love of J. C. Leyendecker”
  • “Day of Rage”
  • “The Facility”
  • “Lead Me Home”
  • “Lynching Postcards: “Token of a Great Day”
  • “The Queen of Basketball”
  • “Sophie & the Baron”
  • “Takeover”
  • “Terror Contagion”
  • “Three Songs for Benazir”
  • “When We Were Bullies”


• INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM

Fifteen films will advance to the next round of voting in the International Feature Film category for the 94th Academy Awards. Films from 92 countries were eligible in the class.

Academy members from all branches participated in the preliminary round of voting.

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

  • Austria, “Great Freedom”
  • Belgium, “Playground”
  • Bhutan, “Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom”
  • Denmark, “Flee”
  • Finland, “Compartment No. 6”
  • Germany, “I’m Your Man”
  • Iceland, “Lamb”
  • Iran, “A Hero”
  • Italy, “The Hand of God”
  • Japan, “Drive My Car”
  • Kosovo, “Hive”
  • Mexico, “Prayers for the Stolen”
  • Norway, “The Worst Person in the World”
  • Panama, “Plaza Catedral”
  • Spain, “The Good Boss”

As is the tradition for many years, the Academy once again snubbed India’s Official Entry in the International Feature Film category. As a result, the country’s submission, “Pebbles,” failed to qualify for the next round.


• MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

Ten films will advance in the Makeup and Hairstyling category for the 94th Academy Awards.

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

  • “Coming 2 America”
  • “Cruella”
  • “Cyrano”
  • “Dune”
  • “The Eyes of Tammy Faye”
  • “House of Gucci”
  • “Nightmare Alley”
  • “No Time to Die”
  • “The Suicide Squad”
  • “West Side Story”


MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

Fifteen scores will advance in the Original Score category for the 94th Academy Awards. One hundred thirty-six scores were eligible in the class. Members of the Music Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

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

  • “Being the Ricardos”
  • “Candyman”
  • “Don’t Look Up”
  • “Dune”
  • “Encanto”
  • “The French Dispatch of the Liberty, Kansas Evening Sun”
  • “The Green Knight”
  • “The Harder They Fall”
  • “King Richard”
  • “The Last Duel”
  • “No Time to Die”
  • “Parallel Mothers”
  • “The Power of the Dog”
  • “Spencer”
  • “The Tragedy of Macbeth”


• MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)

Fifteen songs will advance in the Original Song category for the 94th Academy Awards. Eighty-four songs were eligible in the class. 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 along with the motion picture in which each piece features:

  • “So May We Start?” from “Annette”
  • “Down To Joy” from “Belfast”
  • “Right Where I Belong” from “Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road”
  • “Automatic Woman” from “Bruised”
  • “Dream Girl” from “Cinderella”
  • “Beyond The Shore” from “CODA”
  • “The Anonymous Ones” from “Dear Evan Hansen”
  • “Just Look Up” from “Don’t Look Up”
  • “Dos Oruguitas” from “Encanto”
  • “Somehow You Do” from “Four Good Days”
  • “Guns Go Bang” from “The Harder They Fall”
  • “Be Alive” from “King Richard”
  • “No Time To Die” from “No Time to Die”
  • “Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)” from “Respect”
  • “Your Song Saved My Life” from “Sing 2”


• ANIMATED SHORT FILM

Fifteen films will advance in the Animated Short Film category for the 94th Academy Awards. Eighty-two films qualified in the class. The Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

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

  • “Affairs of the Art”
  • “Angakusajaujuq: The Shaman’s Apprentice”
  • “Bad Seeds”
  • “Bestia”
  • “Boxballet”
  • “Flowing Home”
  • “Mum Is Pouring Rain”
  • “The Musician”
  • “Namoo”
  • “Only a Child”
  • “Robin Robin”
  • “Souvenir Souvenir”
  • “Step into the River”
  • “Us Again”
  • “The Windshield Wiper”


• LIVE-ACTION SHORT FILM

Fifteen films will advance in the Live Action Short Film category for the 94th Academy Awards. One hundred forty-five films qualified in the class. Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation, Directors, Producers, and Writers Branches vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

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

  • “Ala Kachuu - Take and Run”
  • “Censor of Dreams”
  • “The Criminals”
  • “Distances”
  • “The Dress”
  • “Frimas”
  • “Les Grandes Claques”
  • “The Long Goodbye”
  • “On My Mind”
  • “Please Hold”
  • “Stenofonen”
  • “Tala’vision”
  • “Under the Heavens”
  • “When the Sun Sets”
  • “You’re Dead Helen”


• SOUND

Ten films will advance in the Sound category for the 94th Academy Awards. Members of the Sound Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

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

  • “Belfast”
  • “Dune”
  • “Last Night in Soho”
  • “The Matrix Resurrections”
  • “No Time to Die”
  • “The Power of the Dog”
  • “A Quiet Place Part II”
  • “Spider-Man: No Way Home”
  • “tick, tick…BOOM!”
  • “West Side Story”


• VISUAL EFFECTS

Ten films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 94th Academy Awards. The Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee determined the shortlist.

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

  • “Black Widow”
  • “Dune”
  • “Eternals”
  • “Free Guy”
  • “Ghostbusters: Afterlife”
  • “Godzilla vs. Kong”
  • “The Matrix Resurrections”
  • “No Time to Die”
  • “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”
  • “Spider-Man: No Way Home”

Nominations voting begins on Thursday, January 27, 2022, and concludes on Tuesday, February 1, 2022.

The Academy will announce the Nominations for the 94th Academy Awards on Tuesday, February 8, 2022.

The 94th Oscars will take place on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 200 territories worldwide.

Source: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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December 21, 2021

Porsche Exclusive Nights held across Five Cities in India for Customer Preview of 2022 Models.


Porsche India celebrates with more than a thousand customers to wind up a strong 2021


Porsche, India


Photo: Manolito Vujicic, Brand Director at Porsche India, unveiling the first all-electric model, the Taycan, at the Porsche Exclusive Night in Chandigarh. Image provided by Porsche India.


Porsche, India


Photo: The latest Macan and the all-new fully electric Taycan at the Porsche Exclusive Night in Mumbai. Image provided by Porsche India.


Porsche, India


Photo: Photocall in Ahmedabad following the reveal of the latest Porsche Macan. Image provided by Porsche India.


Porsche, India


Photo: Porsche Taycan saloon range. Image provided by Porsche India.


Porsche, India


Photo: Latest Macan S in Mumbai. Image provided by Porsche India.


Mumbai, December 21, 2021 — Porsche India celebrated the completion of a successful year capped by the strongest ever third-quarter sales result and a preview of two new models. In addition, it hosted a series of Porsche Exclusive Nights across the country (especially in five cities — Mumbai, Delhi NCR, Chandigarh, Ahmedabad, and Kochi) to thank its customers for their continued loyalty and support throughout 2021.

For five weeks starting mid-November, more than 1,200 customers witnessed the reveal of Porsche’s first fully electric sports saloon, the all-new Taycan, as well as the latest Macan compact SUV. Both models are available for order now, with the first units expected to arrive in the first quarter of 2022.

Manolito Vujicic, Brand Director at Porsche India, said the events had been an ideal way to thank Porsche owners for their trust and loyalty over the year and show them the first two essential models that will arrive in 2022. “Our customers helped Porsche India achieve a remarkable bounce-back after the difficult pandemic situation in the first half of the year. As a result, demand is high, as evidenced by strong sales across the country this year and most recently with a 96-percent gain in the third quarter over our 2019 sales. This result also records a 24-percent increase over our previous best third quarter recorded back in 2014,” Mr. Vujicic added.

Following a year of many disruptions in life and business, Vujicic added: “These nights are our way of thanking our loyal customers in person. It also gives them an exclusive preview of what’s to come with the revolutionary electric vehicle range of Taycan models as well as our popular new Macan that has already received enormous interest.”

The latest Macan offers increased performance and sharper styling in three variants comprising the Macan, Macan S, and Macan GTS, along with a range of 14 colors newly available for the Macan.

The all-new, all-electric Taycan is available in four saloon models, comprising the Taycan, Taycan 4S, Turbo, and Turbo S. The exciting Cross Turismo in 4S, Turbo, and Turbo S versions complement it. They add the versatility of extra ground clearance, Gravel Mode, and 1,200 liters of rear cargo space.

Porsche India is confident about the business performance next year, with many projects in full swing. Plans include expanding the national dealer network with new partners and upgrading several facilities. As a result, the network shall consist of nine locations by the end of 2022.

Source: Porsche India

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Ducati MotoE bike takes to the track for the first time on the Misano circuit.

  • The Ducati prototype that will race in the FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup has completed its first laps on the track at Misano.

  • Michele Pirro, official Ducati rider and test rider took part in the tests.


Ducati


Decati


Ducati


Photos: Ducati MotoE prototype. Images provided by & copyright © DUCATI.


Borgo Panigale (Bologna, Italy), 20 December 2021 - The Ducati MotoE bike took to the track first at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. Starting from the 2023 season, the Borgo Panigale motorcycle manufacturer will be the sole supplier of motorcycles for the FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup, the electric class of the MotoGP™ World Championship.

The electric motorcycle prototype, code-named “V21L”, is the result of the joint work of the Ducati Corse team and the Ducati R&D engineers. Roberto Canè, Ducati eMobility Director, led the team, and the bike was taken out on track by Michele Pirro, a professional rider and Ducati test rider since 2013. He evaluated the technical characteristics and potential of Ducati’s first electric motorcycle.

Roberto Canè, Ducati eMobility Director: “We are experiencing a truly extraordinary moment. I find it hard to believe it is real and still not a dream! The first electric Ducati on the track is exceptional not only for its uniqueness but also for the type of undertaking: challenging both for its performance objectives and its extremely short timescales. Precisely for this reason, the work of the whole team dedicated to the project has been incredible, and today’s result repays us for the efforts made in recent months. We are certainly not finished yet; indeed, we know that the road ahead is still very long, but in the meantime, we have laid a first important ‘brick.’”

Michele Pirro, Ducati test rider: “Testing the MotoE prototype on the circuit was a great thrill because it marks the beginning of an important chapter in Ducati history. The bike is light and already has a good balance. Furthermore, the throttle connection in the first opening phase and the ergonomics are very similar to a MotoGP bike. If it weren’t for the silence and for the fact that in this test, we decided to limit the power output to just 70% of performance, I could easily have imagined that I was riding my bike.”

The most critical challenges in developing an electric racing motorcycle remain related to the batteries’ size, weight, and range. Ducati’s goal is to make electric motorcycles that are high-performance and characterized by their lightness available to all FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup participants.

Ducati’s experience in the FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup will be fundamental support for product R&D. The goal is to create a Ducati electric vehicle for road use as soon as the technology allows it. Sporty, light, exciting, and able to satisfy all enthusiasts.

Source: DUCATI

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December 20, 2021

The new French National Identity Card gets the Best Identity Card recognition.

French National Identity Card

French National Identity Card


PARIS, Dec. 20, 2021 — The new French electronic National Identity Card (eID) has been awarded the prestigious Best New National ID Card prize by Reconnaissance International at the HSP Awards EMEA (High-Security Printing for Europe - Africa - Middle East). A jury of independent international experts has recognized this personal identification document program’s outstanding achievement and technical sophistication. The French Ministry of the Interior, ANTS (Agence Nationale des Titres Sécurisés), and IN Groupe worked to design and produce the new French eID.

• An identity document at the cutting edge of technology

Under its Regulation, France has deployed a new identity card, more secure, convenient, and innovative. This card can be used to prove one’s identity and serves as a travel document in the European Union. As a result, France has issued more than 2 million new eID(s) since June 2021.

This next-generation polycarbonate card can meet French citizens’ everyday needs. It incorporates both tried and tested security features and innovations with security design validated by the Ministry of the Interior experts.

The card incorporates new security features, including the DOVID, a new-generation holographic device. The card’s secure background extends into the transparent border of the card. In addition, a Visible Digital Seal allows the card to be digitally signed and ensures the integrity and origin of the credentials. Further, it is impossible to access the data on a highly secured chip.

• IN Groupe at the service of the State

In the French National Identity Card program, IN Groupe acts as a solutions integrator, relying on the contribution of some twenty different companies. As a result, IN Groupe qualifies, tests, and selects the best technologies, components, and IT systems that the French government needs to build the most secure document according to the ANTS specifications and the expected security targets.

IN Groupe is a public limited company. It guarantees France the sovereignty to issue its legal identity documents. Further, it equips the French government with identity technology operations.

For IN Groupe, identity and its protection are at the heart of its raison d’être because it ensures States’ sovereignty and trusts with their citizens, especially since legal identity remains the reference identity among all others both in the physical and digital worlds.

Source: IN Groupe

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Kia Carens, a three−row recreational vehicle, debuts in India with six standard airbags across variants


Kia Carens


Kia Carens


Kia Carens


Kia Corporation has launched the Carens during a world premiere event in India. The recreational vehicle (RV) is another made-in-India global product from Kia that brings the sophistication of a family mover and the sportiness of an SUV in one compelling package.

The Kia Carens, designed for modern Indian families, is a comfortable and spacious three-row seater with the most extended wheelbase in its class. In addition, the car comes with a first in India Hi-Secure Safety Package as standard across all trims, including six airbags, making it one of the safest vehicles in India. The Kia Carens is also a connected car with many class-leading features, setting new benchmarks in the industry.

“With its bold design, high-tech features, and industry-leading safety systems, the Kia Carens would create a completely new segment and industry benchmark for family vehicles,” said Ho Sung Song, President, and CEO at Kia Corporation. “Kia is especially honored to launch Carens in India, where new ideas and innovations are taking shape. We are confident that the Kia Carens will deliver meaningful experiences to modern families both in their daily and leisure life.”

Tae-Jin Park, the Managing Director, and CEO, Kia India, said, “India is diverse, and the people here have different preferences. It is the most exciting insight we tried to unlock while developing the Carens. It’s safe, is feature-rich, has artistry in its design, and is comfortable and classy; it packs everything a modern Indian family would want in their vehicle. The Carens, in all aspects, is another true customer-centric offering from Kia. The vehicle is all set to revolutionize and redefine family commuting. It is another game-changing product dedicated to our discerning Indian customers.”

The Kia Carens will be available in India and selected markets starting from the first quarter of 2022.

Source: Kia Corporation

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December 19, 2021

Hyundai IONIQ 5 East Coast Buyer Exemplifies New Set of Owners Making the Transition to Electric

Hyundai America

Hyundai America

Photo: John Szymanski, general manager, Eastern Region, Hyundai Motor America, IONIQ 5 customer Ms. Sandra Bergland, and Gary Rome, dealer principal, Gary Rome Hyundai at Gary Rome Hyundai in Holyoke, Mass. on December 17, 2021. (Photo/Hyundai)

HOLYOKE, Mass., December 17, 2021 — Hyundai celebrates one of its early IONIQ 5 electric cross-over utility vehicle buyers, Ms. Sandra Bergland of Boston, Mass. Ms. Bergland purchased a 2022 IONIQ 5 Limited AWD in the Digital Teal exterior finish. Coming from a family of early adopters of electric vehicles, Ms. Bergland was drawn to the IONIQ 5’s driving range and ultra-fast charging coupled with Hyundai’s new Electric-Global Modular Platform that allows for more interior space and optimized performance. In addition, IONIQ 5’s progressive design represents a departure from past norms, exploring new design freedom.

“As a captain for a major cargo airline flying large freighter planes, I am immersed in technology and how it’s reshaped the industry. The IONIQ 5 is the perfect vehicle for me. I appreciate its progressive aerodynamic exterior design with a spacious and smart interior, innovative connectivity, and advanced technologies; it’s redefining the industry and providing new choices for customers like me. After the wait, I’m thrilled to be among the first to drive the IONIQ 5 and embark on road trips that complement my active lifestyle without the need to stop at gas stations.” said Ms. Bergland.

Sandra Bergland is a captain for a major cargo airline based in the United States, flying one of the giant freight airplanes in the industry. When not flying to Europe and Asia, Ms. Bergland enjoys spending time with her family and skiing in Park City, Utah. The IONIQ 5’s flexible and intelligent interior design and towing capability are perfect for carrying ski equipment and providing the extra space her two dogs will enjoy. The ultra-fast charging and impressive driving range are key attributes as she plans to drive the IONIQ 5 from the Berkshires in Massachusetts to Park City, Utah, next year. Sandra Bergland comes from a family of early EV adopters, including her brother, who currently owns a 2019 IONIQ EV. Hyundai plans to work with Ms. Bergland to chronicle her first year driving the IONIQ 5 and share this journey via social media platforms.

Source: Hyundai Motor America

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December 15, 2021

UNESCO inscribes ‘Durga Puja in Kolkata’ on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity


Unesco, Durga Puja


Unesco, Durga Puja


Unesco, Durga Puja


Photos: Durga Puja inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Images Credit: UNESCO; Ministry of Culture, Government of India.


New Delhi, December 15, 2021 — In an important announcement, the Intergovernmental Committee of UNESCO’s 2003 Convention on Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage has inscribed ‘Durga Puja in Kolkata’ on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity during its 16th session being held at Paris, France from 13th to 18th December 2021. The Committee commended Durga Puja for its initiatives to involve marginalized groups and individuals and women in their participation in safeguarding the element.

As a ten-day celebration, Durga Puja represents the collective worship of the Hindu Goddess Durga. During this time, masterfully designed clay models of the Goddess are worshipped in “pandals” or pavilions where communities get together and celebrate. In addition, several folk pieces of music, culinary, craft, and performing arts traditions add to the dynamism of this celebration.

While Durga Puja is one of the most important festivals of West Bengal, India, it is widely observed across the country and in major cities of the world by the Bengali diaspora.

Durga Puja celebrates feminine divinity and a consummate expression of dance, music, crafts, rituals, practices, culinary and cultural aspects. The festival transcends the boundaries of caste, creed, and economic classes and joins the people together in its celebration.

With the inscription of Durga Puja in Kolkata, India now has 14 intangible cultural heritage elements on the prestigious UNESCO Representative List of ICH of Humanity. The recent ICH elements that saw inscriptions are Kumbh Mela (2017) and Yoga (2016).

India is a signatory of the 2003 UNESCO Convention, which aims for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Heritage and traditions and living expression. Intangible cultural heritage means the practices, representations, words, knowledge, skills - as well as the instruments, objects, artifacts, and cultural spaces associated with them that communities, groups, and, in some cases, individuals recognize as a part of their cultural inheritance.

Sources: UNESCO; Ministry of Culture, Government of India.

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December 13, 2021

TIME Names the 2021 Person of the Year: Elon Musk


TIME, EON MUSK


NEW YORK, December 13, 2021 — Today, TIME named Elon Musk the 2021 Person of the Year.

TIME Editor-in-Chief and CEO Edward Felsenthal write, “Person of the Year is a marker of influence, and few individuals have had more influence than Musk on life on Earth, and potentially life off Earth too. In 2021, Musk emerged not just as the world’s richest person but also as perhaps the richest example of a massive shift in our society.”

Felsenthal continues, “Musk’s rise coincides with broader trends of which he and his fellow technology magnates are part cause and part effect: the continuing decline of traditional institutions in favor of individuals; government dysfunction that has delivered more power and responsibility to business; and chasms of wealth and opportunity. In an earlier era, ambitions on the scale of interplanetary travel were the ultimate collective undertaking, around which Presidents rallied nations….For creating solutions to an existential crisis, for embodying the possibilities and the perils of the age of tech titans, for driving society’s most daring and disruptive transformations, Elon Musk is TIME’s 2021 Person of the Year.”

In his letter to readers, Felsenthal writes, ” Elon Musk’s spacefaring adventures are a direct line from the very first Person of the Year, Charles Lindbergh, whom the editors selected in 1927 to commemorate his historic first solo transatlantic airplane flight over the Atlantic. For us at TIME, it has also been a year of building on the past to forge the future.”

In the cover story, which includes an exclusive interview with Musk, TIME’s Molly Ball, Jeffrey Kluger, and Alejandro de la Garza, write, “His startup rocket company, SpaceX, has leapfrogged Boeing and others to own America’s spacefaring future. His car company, Tesla, controls two-thirds of the multibillion-dollar electric-vehicle market it pioneered and is valued at a cool $1 trillion. That has made Musk, with a net worth of more than $250 billion, the richest private citizen in history, at least on paper. In addition, he’s a player in robots and solar, cryptocurrency and climate, brain-computer implants to stave off the menace of artificial intelligence and underground tunnels to move people and freight at super speeds.”

The December 27, 2021 - January 3, 2022, Person of the Year issue of TIME goes on sale on Friday, December 17.

Source: TIME

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Miss Universe India, Harnaaz Sandhu, crowned 70th Miss Universe in Global Anniversary Televised Event.


Three-Hour Special included inspiring performances by powerhouse female musical artists JOJO and Noa Kirel.


Miss Universe, India

Photo: Harnaaz Sandhu, Miss Universe India 2021, poses for a portrait after being crowned Miss Universe after the 70th Miss Universe Competition on December 12, 2021, at the Universe Arean in Eilat, Israel. The new winner will move to New York City, where she will live during her reign and become a spokesperson for various causes alongside The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Benjamin Askinas. Image provided by & copyright © Miss Universe Organization, New York.


Miss Universe, India

Photo: Harnaaz Sandhu, Miss Universe India 2021, is crowned Miss Universe by Miss Universe 2020 Andrea Meza after the 70th Miss Universe Competition on December 12, 2021, at the Universe Arena in Eilat, Israel. The new winner will move to New York City, where she will live during her reign and become a spokesperson for various causes alongside The Miss Universe Organization. Photographer: Benjamin Askinas. Image provided by & copyright © Miss Universe Organization, New York.


ISRAEL (December 12, 2021) - Miss Universe India Harnaaz Sandhu was crowned Miss Universe live on FOX and Telemundo tonight from Eilat, Israel. Harnaaz will use her time as Miss Universe to advocate for menstrual equity through public administration.

After a two-week-long visit to Jerusalem and Eilat, a beautiful National Costume Competition, rounds of interviews, a preliminary competition, and the live Finals, Harnaaz was crowned with the iconic Mouawad “Power of Unity” Crown. It was presented to her by outgoing Miss Universe Andrea Meza. Harnaaz will move to New York City in the new year to represent the brand and various philanthropic organizations during her reign.

“This has been an experience of a lifetime!” said Miss Universe Harnaaz Sandhu. “The past three weeks have been a dream getting to know these exceptional women, and I’m honored to be chosen among them to represent this inspiring organization. I hope to serve the global community to the best of my ability in the year to come.”

Miss Universe India, Harnaaz Sandhu, credits her mother, who broke generations of patriarchy to become a successful gynecologist, for inspiring her to follow her dreams. Driven to support women similarly, Harnaaz grew up working with her mother at health camps, educating women about their health and menstrual hygiene. Deeply conscious of the privilege her mother’s struggles have gifted her, Harnaaz strongly advocates for women’s empowerment today, particularly their constitutional rights to education, careers, and freedom of choice. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Public Administration. Harnaaz is also an actress and enjoys yoga, dancing, cooking, horse riding, and playing chess in her free time.

“It’s been exceptional getting to know the contestants through our shared admiration of the history and beauty of our host country these past two weeks,” stated Paula M. Shugart, President of the Miss Universe Organization. “I’m thrilled to have Miss India Harnaaz Sandhu represent Miss Universe this year, as her passion for helping educate women and fight for their freedoms emulates all the crown stands for.”

The 70th MISS UNIVERSE competition aired live from a bespoke venue in Eilat, Israel. Legendary entertainer Steve Harvey hosted it, along with backstage correspondents, Emmy Award-winning TV personality and style expert Carson Kressley (“RuPaul’s Drag Race,” “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy”) and TV presenter and former Miss USA Cheslie Kryst (“Extra”).

One of the evening’s many highlights included the powerful performances from GRAMMY Award-winning artist, JoJo and Israeli singer Noa Kirel. In addition, women representing 80 countries competed to become the next Miss Universe in this anniversary spectacular. Selection committee members for the 70th annual show included:

  • International supermodel, actress, and businesswoman Adriana Lima.
  • Model, television host, and Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere.
  • Beauty entrepreneur and model Lori Harvey.
  • Bollywood actress Urvashi Rautela.
  • Filipino actress Marian Rivera.
  • Actress, author, TV host & Telemundo star Adamari Lopez.
  • ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ actress, Rena Sofer.


Source: Miss Universe Organization, New York.

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December 8, 2021

Academy announces International Feature Films Eligible for Consideration for the 94th Oscars


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Photo: Margot Robbie arrives on the red carpet of The 93rd Oscars at Union Station in Los Angeles, CA, on Sunday, April 25, 2021. Photo Credit: Matt Petit. Copyright © Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. [File Photo]


Los Angeles, December 8, 2021 — Ninety-three countries have submitted films eligible for consideration in the International Feature Film category for the 94th Academy Awards. However, some films have not yet had their required qualifying release and must fulfill that requirement and comply with all the category’s other qualifying rules to advance in the voting process.

An international feature film is a feature-length motion picture (more than 40 minutes) produced outside the United States with a predominantly (more than 50%) non-English dialogue track. Somalia is a first-time entrant.

The shortlist of 15 films will be announced on Tuesday, December 21, 2021.

The Academy will announce the Nominations for the 94th Academy Awards on Tuesday, February 8, 2022.

The 94th Oscars will take place on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood and will be televised live on ABC and in more than 200 territories worldwide.


• 94TH ACADEMY AWARDS •

INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILMS ELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION

(Listed in Alphabetical Order by Country)

  1. Albania, “Two Lions to Venice”
  2. Algeria, “Heliopolis”
  3. Argentina, “The Intruder”
  4. Armenia, “Should the Wind Drop”
  5. Australia, “When Pomegranates Howl”
  6. Austria, “Great Freedom”
  7. Azerbaijan, “The Island Within”
  8. Bangladesh, “Rehana”
  9. Belgium, “Playground”
  10. Bhutan, “Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom”
  11. Bolivia, “The Great Movement”
  12. Bosnia and Herzegovina, “The White Fortress”
  13. Brazil, “Private Desert”
  14. Bulgaria, “Fear”
  15. Cambodia, “White Building”
  16. Cameroon, “Hidden Dreams”
  17. Canada, “Drunken Birds”
  18. Chad, “Lingui, The Sacred Bonds”
  19. Chile, “White on White”
  20. China, “Cliff Walkers”
  21. Colombia, “Memoria”
  22. Costa Rica, “Clara Sola”
  23. Croatia, “Tereza37”
  24. Czech Republic, “Zátopek”
  25. Denmark, “Flee”
  26. Dominican Republic, “Holy Beasts”
  27. Ecuador, “Submersible”
  28. Egypt, “Souad”
  29. Estonia, “On the Water”
  30. Finland, “Compartment No. 6”
  31. France, “Titane”
  32. Georgia, “Brighton 4th”
  33. Germany, “I’m Your Man”
  34. Greece, “Digger”
  35. Haiti, “Freda”
  36. Hong Kong, “Zero to Hero”
  37. Hungary, “Post Mortem”
  38. Iceland, “Lamb”
  39. India, “Pebbles”
  40. Indonesia, “Yuni”
  41. Iran, “A Hero”
  42. Iraq, “Europa”
  43. Ireland, “Shelter”
  44. Israel, “Let It Be Morning”
  45. Italy, “The Hand of God”
  46. Japan, “Drive My Car”
  47. Jordan, “Amira”
  48. Kazakhstan, “Yellow Cat”
  49. Kenya, “Mission to Rescue”
  50. Kosovo, “Hive”
  51. Kyrgyzstan, “Shambala”
  52. Latvia, “The Pit”
  53. Lebanon, “Costa Brava, Lebanon”
  54. Lithuania, “Isaac”
  55. Luxembourg, “Io Sto Bene”
  56. Malawi, “Fatsani: A Tale of Survival”
  57. Malaysia, “Hail, Driver!”
  58. Malta, “Luzzu”
  59. Mexico, “Prayers for the Stolen”
  60. Montenegro, “After the Winter”
  61. Morocco, “Casablanca Beats”
  62. Netherlands, “Do Not Hesitate”
  63. North Macedonia, “Sisterhood”
  64. Norway, “The Worst Person in the World”
  65. Palestine, “The Stranger”
  66. Panama, “Plaza Catedral”
  67. Paraguay, “Nothing but the Sun”
  68. Peru, “Powerful Chief”
  69. Poland, “Leave No Traces”
  70. Portugal, “The Metamorphosis of Birds”
  71. Romania, “Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn”
  72. Russia, “Unclenching the Fists”
  73. Saudi Arabia, “The Tambour of Retribution”
  74. Serbia, “Oasis”
  75. Singapore, “Precious Is the Night”
  76. Slovakia, “107 Mothers”
  77. Slovenia, “Sanremo”
  78. Somalia, “The Gravedigger’s Wife”
  79. South Africa, “Barakat”
  80. South Korea, “Escape from Mogadishu”
  81. Spain, “The Good Boss”
  82. Sweden, “Tigers”
  83. Switzerland, “Olga”
  84. Taiwan, “The Falls”
  85. Thailand, “The Medium”
  86. Tunisia, “Golden Butterfly”
  87. Turkey, “Commitment Hasan”
  88. Ukraine, “Bad Roads”
  89. United Kingdom, “Dying to Divorce”
  90. Uruguay, “The Broken Glass Theory”
  91. Uzbekistan, “2000 Songs of Farida”
  92. Venezuela, “The Inner Glow”
  93. Vietnam, “Dad, I’m Sorry”

Source: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences

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December 6, 2021

Miss Universe Contestants in Eilat, Israel for the Sunday, December 12 Contest


Miss Universe


Miss Universe


Photo: Contestants in “Fashion by Portia and Scarlett” on stage during the opening of the MISS UNIVERSE Preliminary Competition at the Universe Arena in Eilat, Israel on December 10, 2021. Tune in to the LIVE telecast on FOX and Telemundo on Sunday, December 12 at 7:00 PM ET to see who will become the next Miss Universe. Photographer: Benjamin Askinas. Image provided by & copyright © Miss Universe Organization, New York.


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Photo: Kawtar Benhalima, Miss Universe Morocco 2021, on stage during the National Costume Show at the Universe Arena in Eilat, Israel, on December 10, 2021. The National Costume Show is an international tradition where contestants display an authentic costume of choice that best represents the culture of their home country. The Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing, and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe finals on Sunday, December 12 at 7:00 PM ET. Photographer: Benjamin Askinas. Image provided by & copyright © Miss Universe Organization, New York.


Miss Universe


Photo: Shiyin Yang, Miss Universe China 2021, on stage during the National Costume Show at the Universe Arena in Eilat, Israel, on December 10, 2021. The National Costume Show is an international tradition where contestants display an authentic costume of choice that best represents the culture of their home country. The Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing, and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe finals on Sunday, December 12 at 7:00 PM ET. Photographer: Benjamin Askinas. Image provided by & copyright © Miss Universe Organization, New York.


Miss Universe


Photo: Harnaaz Sandhu, Miss Universe India 2021, on stage during the National Costume Show at the Universe Arena in Eilat, Israel, on December 10, 2021. The National Costume Show is an international tradition where contestants display an authentic costume of choice that best represents the culture of their home country. The Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing, and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe finals on Sunday, December 12 at 7:00 PM ET. Photographer: Benjamin Askinas. Image provided by & copyright © Miss Universe Organization, New York.


Miss Universe


Photo: Harnaaz Sandhu, Miss Universe India 2021, enjoys the morning swimming with the dolphins in Eilat, Israel. The Miss Universe delegates are touring, filming, rehearsing, and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe crown before the show airs LIVE on Sunday, December 12 at 7:00 PM ET on FOX and Telemundo. Photographer: BENJAMIN ASKINAS. Image provided by & copyright © Miss Universe Organization, New York.


Miss Universe


Photo: Essi Unkuri, Miss Universe Finland 2021, starred in a fashion show showcasing Haboydem and sustainable dresses. After the show, the delegates celebrated all night long! The Miss Universe delegates are touring, filming, rehearsing, and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe crown before the show airs LIVE from Eilat, Israel, on Sunday, December 12 at 7:00 PM ET on FOX and Telemundo. Photographer: BENJAMIN ASKINAS. Image provided by & copyright © Miss Universe Organization, New York.


Miss Universe


Photo: Sofia Arapogianni, Miss Universe Greece 2021, poses while spending the day at Ein Karem in Jerusalem, Israel. The Miss Universe delegates are touring the sights, filming, rehearsing, and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe crown before the show airs LIVE from Eilat, Israel, on Sunday, December 12 at 7:00 PM ET on FOX and Telemundo. Photographer: BENJAMIN ASKINAS. Image provided by & copyright © Miss Universe Organization, New York.
Miss Universe


Photo: Harnaaz Sandhu, Miss Universe India 2021, goes on an adventure in the desert while exploring Eilat, Israel! The Miss Universe delegates are touring the sights, filming, rehearsing, and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe crown before the show airs LIVE from Eilat, Israel, on Sunday, December 12 at 7:00 PM ET on FOX and Telemundo. Photographer: BENJAMIN ASKINAS. Image provided by & copyright © Miss Universe Organization, New York.

Source: Miss Universe Organization, New York.

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December 4, 2021

Ecom Express launches its first All-women Delivery Center in India.


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Photo: Delivery Associates of Ecom Express All-women Delivery Centre.


GURUGRAM, India, Dec. 4, 2021 — Ecom Express Private Limited, one of the leading technology-enabled end-to-end logistics solutions providers to the e-commerce industry, announced the launch of its first all-women Delivery Center in Delhi today. The all-women Delivery Center is an initiative towards empowering women and providing them financial independence while strengthening the company’s Diversity and Inclusion agenda.

The company has already inducted women forces in the Delivery Center. However, it will be the first time that a 10-member team, exclusively comprising women from the ranks of Delivery Center Head to Delivery Associates, will be engaged independently in all operational activities, the company stated.

Manju Dhawan, Co-founder, Ecom Express Limited, inaugurated the all-women delivery center. She said, ”The launch of our all-women delivery center is a conscious plan and an extension of our continued effort supporting women with opportunities that empower them to grow and economically elevate them. We aim to create more and more opportunities for female team members across roles, including the front-line delivery role. We are steadfast in our approach to support them and their career progression.”

Ecom Express is also planning to establish more all-women delivery centers soon. In addition, the firm is breaking the glass ceiling by bringing in need of the hour ideas and business models. Today, Ecom Express has close to 2000 women working across its processing centers, hubs, centers, fulfillment centers, and many women bikers as delivery associates across the country.

“I am pursuing my graduation, and I look forward to creating a good career for myself in the future. I was thrilled to explore this field and wondered if men can get into delivering goods, why can’t women. I have always received a positive response. In a year, I have grown in my role with Ecom Express, from a part-time delivery partner to a full-time on-roll employee,” stated Kusum Jain, Delivery Associate at Ecom Express’s all-women delivery center.

Ecom Express is looking to increase diversity across its supply chain to make it more inclusive. Several of its extensive facilities across the country have their operations for general shifts entirely run by women. Sortation and fulfillment centers, including Bilaspur (Haryana), Bhiwandi, Surat, Vijayawada, Guwahati, and others, have women staff take care of millions of shipments, contributing to a seamless e-commerce experience for customers.

Ecom Express Private Limited, headquartered in Gurugram, is a leading end-to-end technology-enabled logistics solutions provider to the Indian e-commerce industry.

Source: Ecom Express

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December 3, 2021

Gita Gopinath to Be IMF's New First Deputy Managing Director


IMF, Gita Gopinath


Photo: The International Monetary Fund’s HQ1 and HQ2 buildings sit amid the season’s first snow. December 16, 2020. Washington, DC, United States. IMF Photo/ Cory Hancock.


IMF, Gita Gopinath


Photo: Chief Economist Gita Gopinath provides the World Economic Outlook during the 2021 Annual Meetings at the International Monetary Fund. October 12, 2021. Washington, DC, United States. IMF Photo/ Cory Hancock.


Washington, DC, December 2, 2021: Today, the IMF said that First Deputy Managing Director (FDMD) Geoffrey Okamoto would leave the Fund early next year. Gita Gopinath, currently the IMF’s Chief Economist, is proposed to be the Fund’s new First Deputy Managing Director. Kristalina Georgieva, the IMF’s Managing Director, announced, “Both Geoffrey and Gita are tremendous colleagues — I am sad to see Geoffrey go. But, at the same time, I am delighted that Gita has decided to stay and accept the new responsibility of being our FDMD.” Ms. Gopinath was to return to her academic position at Harvard University in January 2022.

Ms. Georgieva added: “Especially given that the pandemic has led to an increase in the scale and scope of the macroeconomic challenges facing our member countries. I believe that Gita — universally recognized as one of the world’s leading macroeconomists — has precisely the expertise that we need for the FDMD role at this point. Indeed, her particular skill set—combined with her years of experience at the Fund as Chief Economist—make her uniquely well qualified. She is the right person at the right time.”

Ms. Georgieva noted that Ms. Gopinath’s contribution to the Fund’s work has already been exceptional, especially her “intellectual leadership in helping the global economy and the Fund to navigate the twists and turns of the worst economic crisis of our lives.” She also said that Ms. Gopinath—the first female Chief Economist in IMF history—has garnered respect and admiration across our member countries and the institution, with a proven track record in leading analytically rigorous work on a broad range of issues.”

Ms. Georgieva observed that under Ms. Gopinath’s leadership, the IMF’s Research Department had gone from “strength to strength.” For example, the IMF Research Department now does multilateral surveillance via The World Economic Outlook, a new analytical approach to help countries respond to international capital flows. Ms. Georgieva also praised Ms. Gopinath’s recent work on a Pandemic Plan to end the COVID-19 crisis by setting targets to vaccinate the world at a feasible cost.

On her new appointment, Ms. Gopinath said:

“I am honored and humbled to become the IMF’s next FDMD. Over the past three years, I have had the opportunity to experience first-hand and be a part of the hugely important work done by the IMF at the intersection of rigorous economic analysis and public policy. It is gratifying to see the positive impact of our work on economies and the lives of many people worldwide. As the pandemic continues its grip on us, the work of the Fund has never been more critical. I am very thankful to Kristalina and the Board for this opportunity, and so look forward to collaborating closely with all the incredibly brilliant and committed colleagues at the Fund, working with whom has been an absolute privilege.”

Source: IMF

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December 2, 2021

Indian School of Hospitality and Sommet Education Kick-off Development Plans for India Region


Indian School of Hospitality


Photo: Benoît-Etienne Domenget, CEO, Sommet Education and Dilip Puri, Founder & CEO, Indian School of Hospitality.



GURUGRAM, India and GLION-SUR-MONTREUX, Switzerland, December 01, 2021 — Sommet Education, a world leader in hospitality and culinary education, has entered into a strategic partnership with the Indian School of Hospitality (ISH), founded by hospitality veteran Dilip Puri.

Sommet Education is the world’s leader in hospitality management education. Its global network of prestigious institutions comprises Swiss-originated hospitality business schools Glion Institute of Higher Education and Les Roches.

The partners aim at offering a global standard of education to a more significant number of hospitality and culinary arts aspirants in the years to come in India and neighboring countries. Through this partnership, worldwide education reference in culinary arts, École Ducasse now has its first campus in India at ISH, and Les Roches, one of the world’s leading hospitality business schools.

At an event in Delhi NCR to celebrate the partnership, Benoît-Etienne Domenget, CEO, Sommet Education, and Dilip Puri, Founder & CEO, Indian School of Hospitality, announced their future development plans for India. The first step of this plan is to expand the current ISH Gurugram campus, which will feature an additional 25,000 sq. ft of classrooms, training kitchens, and student experience areas. This expansion will take up the capacity of the campus to over 500 students per intake, with an overall total of 1,200 students per year. New facilities are under construction and will be operational by early 2022.

While ISH has set benchmarks with its global curriculum, faculty, and state-of-the-art infrastructure, expansion of the campus will lay grounds for more talented students to choose the exciting field of hospitality and culinary arts and become future leaders in the industry.

In terms of expansion outside the Gurugram campus, Sommet Education and ISH are evaluating opportunities for a second campus in Mumbai, Bengaluru, or Hyderabad. They also intend to launch a network of Ecole Ducasse studios in select cities across India. These culinary institutes will cater to the needs of professionals, enthusiasts, and career changers for upskilling and acquiring new skills. The targeted cities include New Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru.

Together, the partners shared their ambition to become India’s largest hospitality and culinary arts education player in the next three years.

Indian School of Hospitality (ISH) is an institute of higher education focused on reimagining hospitality education for today’s generation and tomorrow’s businesses. ISH is part of Sommet Education’s global network of 18 campuses across eight countries.

At its ultra-modern campus in Gurugram (Delhi NCR), ISH offers degree and diploma, and certificate programs in hospitality management and culinary arts at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Source: Sommet Education

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Autonomous Car arrives at Florida Poly for Enhance Research.


Autonomous Car


Photo: Florida Polytechnic University researchers Dr. AJ Alnaser (left) and Dr. Onur Toker stand alongside the new drive-by-wire autonomous test vehicle on campus in Lakeland, Florida.



LAKELAND, Fla., December 2, 2021 — Researchers at Florida Polytechnic University’s Advanced Mobility Institute are beginning a new phase in their work on autonomous vehicle testing and verification. The research is shifting gears from software to hardware testing at a new simulation facility on campus, funded in part by a $350,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.

The project’s centerpiece - a tricked-out, autonomous sedan - recently arrived at Florida Poly. The car is equipped with sophisticated electronics and transformed into a drive-by-wire autonomous test vehicle.

“Drive-by-wire means you can control the steering, acceleration, braking by electronic signals,” said Dr. Onur Toker, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and researcher. “If you put a computer in it, it becomes an autonomous vehicle test car.”

The researchers will put the autonomous car to work on Polytechnic Circle, the road encircling campus.

“Autonomous vehicles have computer systems that you can think of like a child - it needs time to mature, grow, and learn,” said Dr. AJ Alnaser, assistant professor of applied mathematics and researcher. “Once it learns enough, we have to test it. Then, finally, we have to be able to trust that we can give it a driver’s license and it can drive safely.”

Researchers can emulate driving conditions inside the new simulation lab and test whether a car’s programming is accurate. The lab’s equipment includes advanced computers connected to two lifelike driving simulators, complete with racing seats, steering wheels, pedals, and large monitor screens.

Alnaser said testing and verifying connected autonomous vehicle (CAV) technology is a vast, multidisciplinary industry problem.

“We want to define what’s a safety measure for cars and then go after how to make conditions as dangerous as possible in a simulation platform,” Alnaser said. “It’s cheaper and safer.”

Dr. Arman Sargolzaei, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Tennessee Technological University, is working with Florida Poly researchers on the project.

“CAVs will be used in the future to transfer people and goods, and we need to make sure this technology is ready and safe in advance,” said Sargolzaei. “This new facility at Florida Poly allows researchers to develop, implement, and test their algorithms in realistic and safe environments.”

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November 27, 2021

Euro NCAP announces Assisted Driving Gradings of Seven Cars equipped with Highway Assist.


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Photos: Assisted Driving Gradings by Euro NCAP. Images provided by & Copyright © Euro NCAP.


November 27, 2021 - Euro NCAP has published the Assisted Driving gradings of seven cars equipped with Highway Assist. The overall best performer in this batch is the BMW iX3, graded as ‘Very Good.’ Two others - the Ford Mustang Mach-E and the CUPRA Formentor - achieve ‘Good’ gradings. The assist systems of the Polestar 2 and the Hyundai IONIQ 5 are graded as ‘Moderate,’ while the Toyota Yaris and Opel Mokka-e offer ‘Entry’ level systems.

Highway Assist systems help the driver to maintain a steady speed, to keep a safe distance from the car in front, and to keep the vehicle in the center of the lane by combining (intelligent) Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Lane Centering (LC). Highway Assist systems are designed to assist the driver, not to take control, and the driver is expected to keep his hands on the wheel and his eyes on the road at all times. For this reason, Euro NCAP tests the car’s ability to assist and promote safer driving and evaluate how the system engages the driver and, if the unexpected happens, what safety backup is offered by the vehicle.

First offered on premium vehicles, the technology has gone mainstream in recent years and is now available on cars in all categories, albeit with varying degrees of sophistication and different price points. In its previous rounds of Assisted Driving tests in 2018 and 2020, Euro NCAP found some vehicles promised more than they could deliver, implying that they provide more automation than they were capable of doing through their naming and interaction with the driver. However, all the cars tested in this round offer a balance between Assistance Competence - the degree to which the system can help the driver - and Driver Engagement - the extent to which the driver feels they must remain in control and not disengage from the driving task.

Michiel van Ratingen, Secretary-General of Euro NCAP, says, “This balance between assistance and engagement is crucial. Cars are not yet capable of fully automated driving and should not mislead drivers into thinking that they are. Reports from America have highlighted the severe problems when people have an unrealistically high expectation of what such systems can offer and when the car they are driving does not actively try to get them back in the loop. We are pleased that the manufacturers represented in this round of tests make clear the level of support that they can provide.”

The range of cars tested demonstrated the growing prevalence of Assisted Driving across the spectrum of vehicle categories. While offering less functionality than more sophisticated systems, entry-level systems nevertheless provide the driver with a practical level of support. Moreover, the fact that they are fitted on volume-selling cars shows the direction of travel for automated driving.

Euro NCAP said its tests follow a rapidly changing legislative background. Technology is developing very quickly, and the degree of automation allowed and what action the car must take when, for example, handing control back to an unresponsive driver, is being reviewed. Euro NCAP’s future tests will take these regulatory changes into account.

Euro NCAP organizes crash & safety tests on new vehicles and provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. Established in 1997 and backed by several European Governments, motoring, consumer, and insurance organizations, Euro NCAP has rapidly become a catalyst for encouraging significant safety improvements to new car design.

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November 22, 2021

ETS Expands Presence in India, Driving Growth for Core Brands TOEFL® and GRE®

ETS

PRINCETON, N.J., Nov. 22, 2021 — ETS has announced the formation of ETS India, officially establishing an office in the country to grow its global footprint as it seeks to continue serving learners as part of their lifelong educational journeys. Lejo Sam Oommen, formerly of Pearson™, will lead ETS India as Managing Director. In this role, Oommen will develop and implement ETS’s overall growth strategy for its products and services in India.

ETS has long been committed to the Indian education community. Establishing the ETS India office is a natural next step in supporting learners and higher education institutions. The formation of ETS India will continue to strengthen the organization’s relationships with key partners in-country, providing both ETS and Indian businesses increased opportunities for collaboration and investment, including in and with schools, institutions, corporations, education agents, language trainers, and study abroad advisors.

“ETS is strongly aligned with India’s bold and visionary approach to reforming, improving, and broadening access to quality education for all Indians through the framework of the New Education Policy (NEP),” said Mohammad Kousha, Associate Vice President of Global Growth, at ETS. “ETS’s mission-oriented approach of advancing quality and equity in education for all is consistent with this forward-thinking vision. We look forward to expanding learning opportunities in-country to the people of India, and having Lejo on board will help us accomplish this.”

“I am pleased to be joining ETS and leading its India office and the team at a time when the organization is undergoing significant transformation as we look to the future of serving learners worldwide with a particular focus on those in India,” said Oommen. “I intend to build on the already strong foundation that exists here in India, reinforcing the value of ETS’s existing products including the TOEFL® Family of Assessments, GRE® test, and TOEIC® exam, as well as new learning tools and business opportunities.”

At Pearson, Oommen served as General Manager with oversight of the PTE® Academic test and was credited for his contributions to the strong business performance of the organization, delivering significant results in growth, revenue, operational performance, and profitability. Before Pearson, he held roles at Reliance Money, ICICI Bank, and Axis Bank. He is an alumnus of Bangalore University.

Despite impacts from COVID-19, ETS continued to focus on delivering research and assessment solutions that serve the needs and interests of Indian students and institutions, so their education needs and requirements remained uninterrupted.

Based in Delhi, India, ETS India is a subsidiary of ETS headquartered in Princeton, N.J., USA. ETS India is bringing the organization’s wide-ranging expertise in education and learning to test takers and learners throughout the region. In addition, the staff of ETS India offers deep knowledge and insight into delivering high-quality learning and assessment solutions and new business opportunities to organizations, institutions, and individuals in the country.

ETS develops, administers, and scores more than 50 million tests annually — including the TOEFL® and TOEIC® tests, the GRE® tests and The Praxis Series® assessments — in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide.

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November 21, 2021

President of India honors Cleanest Cities of India.

  • Indore wins the ‘Cleanest City’ title for the fifth consecutive time.

  • Indore, Navi Mumbai, and Nellore emerge as Top Performers in SafaiMitra Suraksha Challenge.


Swachh Awards 2021


Photo: The President, Ram Nath Kovind, presenting the Swachh Survekshan (Cleanliness Survey) Awards 2021 at the Swachh Amrit Mahotsav (clean nectar festival), organized by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, in New Delhi on November 20, 2021.


New Delhi, November 21, 2021 — The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, felicitated the awardees of the cleanest cities of India at the ‘Swachh Amrit Mahotsav’ hosted by the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA) at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi yesterday.

For the fifth consecutive year, Indore was awarded the title of India’s Cleanest City under Swachh Survekshan. At the same time, Surat and Vijayawada bagged the second and third spots respectively in the ‘more than 1 lakh population’ category. In the population category of ‘less than 1 lakh’, Vita, Lonavala, and Sasvad, all from Maharashtra, bagged the first, second, and third positions. Varanasi emerged as the ‘Best Ganga Town’ while Ahmedabad Cantonment won the title of ‘India’s Cleanest Cantonment,’ followed by Meerut Cantonment and Delhi Cantonment.

For the third consecutive year, in the State awards, Chhattisgarh emerged as the ‘Cleanest State’ in the category of “more than 100 Urban Local Bodies.” At the same time, Jharkhand, for the second time, won the Cleanest State award in the “less than 100 ULBs category”. Karnataka and Mizoram became the ‘Fastest Mover States’ in the big (more than 100 ULBs) and small (less than 100 ULBs) state categories, respectively.

Speaking at the event, the President said that this year’s Swachh Survekshan Awards are unique because we celebrate ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.’ The President noted that effective solid waste management is essential to keep the cities clean. He stressed that environment conservation had been an integral part of the traditional lifestyle of India. Today, the whole world is emphasizing environmental protection in which the focus is on reducing, reusing, and recycling the resources. He noted that good examples are coming out of ​​’Waste to Wealth,’ and many start-ups are active in these areas. He said that we should encourage entrepreneurship and investment in these fields.

Under the Prerak Daaur Samman, a new performance category introduced under Swachh Survekshan 2021, five cities - Indore, Surat, Navi Mumbai, New Delhi Municipal Council, and Tirupati got categorized as ‘Divya’ (Platinum). This year’s Survekshan, participated by 4,320 cities, also saw an unprecedented number of citizens’ feedback - over five crores, compared to 1.87 cores last year.

Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs gave further impetus to the vision of a Garbage Free India by announcing the results of 3-star and 5-star rated cities under the Star Rating Protocol of Garbage Free Cities. 9 cities - Indore, Surat, New Delhi Municipal Council, Navi Mumbai, Ambikapur, Mysuru, Noida, Vijayawada, and Patan- have been certified as 5-star cities.

In the category of ‘Fastest Mover,’ Hoshangabad (Madhya Pradesh) emerged as the ‘Fastest Mover City’ (in the ‘more than 1 lakh population category) with a jump of 274 ranks from 361st position in the 2020 rankings to the 87th position this year, thus securing a place among the top 100 cities.

In contrast, Chandigarh dropped 50 places from the last year’s overall ranking. The residents of Chandigarh woke up to find their self-styled “City Beautiful” at a poor, 66th position.

The Ministry launched a futuristic and state-of-the-art spatial Geographic Information System (GIS) platform to propel the Mission towards intelligent, data-driven decision making. These new digital enablements will further enable the Mission to become paperless, robust, and transparent, along with round-the-clock connectivity with States, Cities, and stakeholders across the Swachhata spectrum.

Swachh Amrit Mahotsav was thus a celebration of cities’ achievements in the past seven years of Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban and a commitment from cities and citizens to move forward with renewed vigor in the next phase of Cleanliness.

Source: Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, India

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November 20, 2021

All New Breitling Boutique New York Opens with a Star-Studded Celebration


Breitling, New York City, Watches


Breitling, New York City, Watches


New York, November 20, 2021 — Breitling celebrated the reopening of its Madison Avenue flagship boutique after a complete redesign to the brand’s industrial-loft concept. The event, held in the heart of Manhattan, brought together global stars and Breitling enthusiasts from around the world.

Adding their star power to the event were Breitling Spotlight Squad members actor and producer Charlize Theron and ballet dancer Misty Copeland, who co-hosted with Breitling CEO Georges Kern. US ambassadors for Breitling and friends of the brand also turned out to see the new boutique unveiled. The guest list included former American football quarterback and host of The NFL Today Boomer Esiason, American professional triathlete Ben Hoffman, CBS Golf and NFL reporter Amanda Balionis, Grammy Award-winning musician Eric Harland, astronaut Scott Kelly, and professional golfer Gary Woodland.

Breitling CEO Georges Kern commented: “Forget all your notions of how a watch showroom looks. With this boutique redesign, we’ve created a relaxed, uplifting, and inclusive environment that you’ll feel the moment you step through the door. By redefining the whole premise of the retail experience, we’re achieving our vision of being the undisputed leader of neo-luxury.”

Source: Breitling

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November 19, 2021

Super AVI, the Newest Watch Series from Breitling


Breitling AVI

Breitling AVI

Breitling AVI

Breitling AVI

Breitling AVI

Breitling AVI


Super AVI, the newest watch series from Breitling, is a celebration of aviation history with designs inspired by the original 1953 “Co-Pilot” Ref. 765 AVI aviator’s watch and four legendary planes: the North American Aviation P-51 Mustang, the Vought F4U Corsair, the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, and the de Havilland Mosquito.

“This collection embodies that sense of nostalgia for the early days of aviation when pilots relied on their watches as onboard tools,” says Breitling CEO Georges Kern. “But you don’t have to be a pilot or vintage-aircraft buff to appreciate the exceptional craftsmanship and rugged design.”

That pioneering watch is the inspiration for today’s Super AVI, the debut series in Breitling’s Classic AVI collection. Its launch marks nearly a century of aviation timepieces from a brand that has shared some of the field’s finest moments. From brave first takeoffs to the birth of commercial air travel, Breitling’s history is inseparable from that of flight.

• Drawn from Vintage Aviation Aesthetic

The collection comes in five unique versions honoring four powerful and memorable aircraft, whose filigree silhouettes adorn the watches’ sapphire case backs.

  • The Super AVI P-51 Mustang pays homage to the best all-around fighter plane of its era in two distinct versions: a stainless-steel case with a black dial and gold-brown leather strap and an 18 k red gold version with an anthracite dial and a black leather strap.

  • The Super AVI Tribute to Vought F4U Corsair features a blue dial, tone-on-tone chronograph counters, and a black leather strap that take their design cues from the distinctive livery of the record-breaking naval aircraft.

  • The Super AVI Curtiss Warhawk, with its military-green dial, white contrasting chronograph counters, and red accents, plays on its namesake’s famous shark-mouth nose art that gave the plane its unmistakable identity.

  • The Super AVI Mosquito features a combination polished and satin-brushed black ceramic bezel and a black dial with white contrasting chronograph counters. Its red and orange elements recall the roundels and markings on the versatile plane, dubbed the “Wooden Wonder.”

“Our watchmaking DNA is what dominates here, while the interpretations of the four aircraft give the series its emotion and bold graphic appeal. These elements evoke the spirit of early flight,” says Breitling Creative Director Sylvain Berneron. “We can’t forget that Breitling pioneered aviation tool watches like the Ref. 765 AVI. That heritage is so strong; we had not only to keep it intact but rewrite it for the 21st century.”

Source: Breitling

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Breitling Summit with Breitling CEO Georges Kern


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