December 5, 2013
CARTIER. LE STYLE ET L’HISTOIRE
Photo: (L-R) President of Cartier Stanislas de Quercize and President of Reunion des Musees Nationaux (RMN) Jean-Paul Cluzel pose before the ‘Cartier: Le Style et L’Histoire’ Exhibition at Le Grand Palais on December 1, 2013 in Paris, France. Getty Images for Cartier (Photo © 2013 Rindoff Petroff / Castel/French).
Photo: A sapphire pendant, that belonged to the Queen of Romania, at the Cartier exhibition “Cartier, Le style et l’histoire” at Grand Palais on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 in Paris. The pendant now belongs to the Museum of Qatar. Getty Images for Cartier (Photo © 2013 Rindoff Petroff / Castel/French).
Photo: Actress Monica Bellucci attends the ‘Cartier: Le Style et L’Histoire’ Exhibition Private Opening at Le Grand Palais on December 2, 2013 in Paris, France. Getty Images for Cartier (Photo © 2013 Rindoff Petroff / Castel/French).
Photo: Cosima Ramirez arrives at the ‘Cartier: Le Style et L’Histoire’ Exhibition Private Opening at Le Grand Palais on December 2, 2013 in Paris, France. Getty Images for Cartier (Photo © 2013 Pascal Le Segretain/French Select).
Photo: Prince Charles Philippe d’Oleans and Duchess Diane de Cadaval attend the ‘Cartier: Le Style et L’Histoire’ Exhibition Private Opening at Le Grand Palais on December 2, 2013 in Paris, France. Getty Images for Cartier (Photo © 2013 Rindoff Petroff / Castel/French).
Photo: Adelaide de Clermont Tonnerre arrives at the ‘Cartier: Le Style et L’Histoire’ Exhibition Private Opening at Le Grand Palais on December 2, 2013 in Paris, France. Getty Images for Cartier (Photo © 2013 Pascal Le Segretain/French Select).
Photo: Maharaja Tikka Shatrujit Singh of Kapurthala and Melonie Hennessy Foster attend the ‘Cartier: Le Style et L’Histoire’ Exhibition Private Opening at Le Grand Palais on December 2, 2013 in Paris, France. Getty Images for Cartier (Photo © 2013 Rindoff Petroff / Castel/French).
Photo: Dinner place for the ‘Cartier: Le Style et L’Histoire’ Exhibition Private Opening at Le Grand Palais on December 2, 2013 in Paris, France. Getty Images for Cartier (Photo © 2013 Rindoff Petroff / Castel/French).
Since 1983, the Cartier has been presenting its collection in exhibitions at various cultural institutions worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the British Museum in London, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon and the Palace Museum in Beijing.
From 4 December to 16 February 2014, this creative heritage will be on display at the Grand Palais in Paris as “CARTIER. LE STYLE ET L’HISTOIRE” exhibition. More than 600 creations have been selected for display. High jewellery pieces, mystery clocks, watches and precious objects will be exhibited alongside private loans on show for the very first time.
On December 2, 2013, Stanislas Chauveau de Quercize, President and CEO of Cartier International and Jean-Paul Cluzel, President des Etablissements at the Reunion des Musees Nationaux-Grand Palais welcomed more than 200 guests from the worlds of business and art.
Guests were received in the Salon d’honneur of the Grand Palais, where they were able to enjoy an exclusive preview of the Cartier. Le style et l’histoire exhibition. They then moved on to the Galerie Courbe for a dinner.
November 27, 2013
MBA Employers Name World's Top 200 Business Schools
Published today, the QS Global Business Schools Report 2013/14 provides an alternative to traditional MBA rankings by highlighting the value of MBA programs around the world according to the qualification’s end consumer: the MBA employer.
The report is based on 4,318 responses from recruiters who actively hire MBAs, making it the largest survey of its kind.
Five schools received the maximum score for employer recognition, identifying them as the leading schools in their region: Harvard and Stanford (North America), INSEAD and London Business School (Europe), and again INSEAD (Asia-Pacific).
The report points to a leading cluster of 33 ‘elite global’ business schools spread across North America (18), Europe (13) and Asia-Pacific (2).
Region — 2013/14 Position — Institution — Country
1 Harvard US
2 Stanford US
3 The Wharton School US
1 INSEAD France
2 London Business School UK
3 IE Business School Spain
1 INSEAD Singapore
2 Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad India
3 University of Melbourne Australia
1 Tecnologico de Monterrey Mexico
2 Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile Chile
3 Business School Sao Paulo Brazil
Middle East and Africa
1 University of Cape Town South Africa
2 University of Witwatersrand South Africa
3 American University of Sharjah UAE
The US dominates the accompanying rankings in ten MBA subject specializations: Finance; Strategy; Innovation; Leadership; Marketing; Entrepreneurship; Corporate Social Responsibility; Information Management; Operation Management and International Management.
Harvard tops five of the ten subjects, with INSEAD; Kellogg; MIT Sloan; Stanford and Wharton topping the others.
November 23, 2013
International New York Times Luxury Conference 2013
Photo: Copies of the International New York Times on display on November 20, 2013 in Singapore. The 13th annual International New York Times Luxury conference was a premier meeting point for the luxury industry. 500 delegates from 30 countries gathered in Singapore to hear from the world’s most inspirational fashion designers and luxury business leaders. (Photo © Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images).
Photo: President, International, International New York Times, Stephen Dunbar-Johnson speaks at a press conference on November 20, 2013 in Singapore. The 13th annual International New York Times Luxury conference was a premier meeting point for the luxury industry. 500 delegates from 30 countries gathered in Singapore to hear from the world’s most inspirational fashion designers and luxury business leaders. (Photo © Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images).
Photo: Guests arrive for a cocktail reception at the Caplla Hotel on November 20, 2013 in Singapore. The 13th annual International New York Times Luxury conference was a premier meeting point for the luxury industry. 500 delegates from 30 countries gathered in Singapore to hear from the world’s most inspirational fashion designers and luxury business leaders. (Photo © Nicky Loh/Getty Images).
Photo: Delegates arrive at the Capella Hotel ahead of the conference on November 21, 2013 in Singapore. The 13th annual International New York Times Luxury conference was a premier meeting point for the luxury industry. 500 delegates from 30 countries gathered in Singapore to hear from the world’s most inspirational fashion designers and luxury business leaders. (Photo © Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images).
Photo: Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana of Thailand attends dinner at the Flower Dome on November 20, 2013 in Singapore. The 13th annual International New York Times Luxury conference was a premier meeting point for the luxury industry. 500 delegates from 30 countries gathered in Singapore to hear from the world’s most inspirational fashion designers and luxury business leaders. (Photo © Nicky Loh/Getty Images).
Photo: Pearl Lam, Founder, Pearl Lam Galleries speaks on stage at the International New York Times Luxury Conference on November 21, 2013 in Singapore. The 13th annual International New York Times Luxury conference was a premier meeting point for the luxury industry. 500 delegates from 30 countries gathered in Singapore to hear from the world’s most inspirational fashion designers and luxury business leaders. (Photo © Nicky Loh/Getty Images).
Photo: Guests arrive at the International New York Times Luxury Conference gala on November 21, 2013 in Singapore. The 13th annual International New York Times Luxury conference was a premier meeting point for the luxury industry. 500 delegates from 30 countries gathered in Singapore to hear from the world’s most inspirational fashion designers and luxury business leaders. (Photo © Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images).
Photo: Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece, Founder and Creative Director, Marie-Chantal; Board Director, DFS Holdings, in conversation with Suzy Menkes, International Fashion Editor at the International New York Times, on November 22, 2013 in Singapore. The 13th annual International New York Times Luxury conference was a premier meeting point for the luxury industry. 500 delegates from 30 countries gathered in Singapore to hear from the world’s most inspirational fashion designers and luxury business leaders. (Photo © Nicky Loh/Getty Images).
November 21, 2013
Paris Tops QS Best Student Cities Rankings 2014
Photos: (From Top) Paris, London.
Paris has once again topped the annual QS Best Student Cities, a ranking of the world’s top cities for students, released today. London was two points behind, narrowly missing the top spot.
The ranking, compiled by the team behind the annual QS World University Rankings, is based on five key pillars, which are then broken down into individual criteria: university rankings; student mix; quality of living; employer activity and affordability.
Two pre-requisites have been established to identify the cities evaluated in this exercise. The first is that each city must have a population of over 250,000, the second that it must be home to at least two ranked institutions in the QS World University Rankings. 98 cities in the world qualify on this basis, 50 have been published.
This year, the number of criteria has increased from 12 to 14, adding in the Globalization and World Cities Index as an indicator for “quality of living ” with a focus on the cities’ influence in the global arena.
Thirty countries are represented with the most cities in the US (7), followed by Australia (6), Canada (3) and UK (3).
The new countries represented in the top 50 are Norway, with Oslo (48), New Zealand, with Auckland (18) and Czech Republic with Prague (45).
QS Best Student Cities 2014
RANK — CITY
1 — Paris
2 — London
3 — Singapore
4 — Sydney
5 — Melbourne
6 — Zurich
7 — Hong Kong
8 — Boston
9 — Montreal
10 — Munich
11 — Berlin
12 — San Francisco
13 — Toronto
14 — Seoul
15 — Dublin
16 — Vienna
17 — Tokyo
18 — Auckland
19 — Beijing
20 — Copenhagen
21 — New York
22 — Vancouver
23 — Chicago
24 — Barcelona
25 — Milan
26 — Brisbane
27 — Stockholm
28 — Taipei
29 — Manchester
30 — Perth
31 — Madrid
32 — Edinburgh
33 — Brussels
34 — Buenos Aires
35 — Shanghai
36 — Amsterdam
37 — Canberra
38 — Adelaide
39 — Los Angeles
40 — Moscow
41 — Lyon
42 — Washington DC
43 — Kuala Lumpur
44 — Philadelphia
45 — Prague
46 — Mexico City
47 — Helsinki
48 — Oslo
49 — Santiago
50 — Kyoto
Ben Sowter, head of research at QS says: “With students becoming increasingly internationally-mobile, our aim is to widen students’ horizons, highlighting the appeal of cities which they may not have previously considered as a potential study destination.”
November 14, 2013
Tiger Woods drives from Asia to Europe
Photo: Tiger Woods of the USA, the World Number One, makes history as he hits the first golf shots from East to West on Istanbul’s iconic Bosphorous Bridge linking Asia and Europe on November 5, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images. © 2013 Getty Images).
Photo: Tiger Woods of the USA, the World Number One, makes history as he hits the first golf shots from East to West on Istanbul’s iconic Bosphorous Bridge linking Asia and Europe on November 5, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images. © 2013 Getty Images).
Photo: Tiger Woods of the United States, the World No. 1, makes history as he hits the first golf shots from East to West on Istanbuls iconic Bosphorous Bridge linking Asia and Europe on November 5, 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images. © 2013 Getty Images).
Tiger Woods achieved another first in his long and illustrious career while in the Turkish city of Istanbul on Tuesday, becoming the first golfer to hit balls from east to west off the Bosphorus Bridge.
Woods, one of the most recognizable athletes, struck several shots from the iconic structure that connects Europe and Asia in front of international and local media.
The gravity-anchored suspension bridge, which is 3,524 feet long, was completed in 1973 after 16 years of planning and is located between the European neighborhood of Ortaköy and Asian shore of Beylerbeyi. It is perhaps the most distinguishable landmark in Istanbul, one of the world’s most vibrant and historically rich cities.
October 18, 2013
Miss Universe 2013
Photo Update: Gabriela Isler, Miss Universe Venezuela 2013, is crowned Miss Universe 2013, onstage at the conclusion of MISS UNIVERSE 2013 Pageant from Crocus City Hall in Moscow, Russia on November 9, 2013. Narrowed down from top 16, the top 10 comprised India, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Ecuador, Ukraine, USA, Brazil, Great Britain, Philippines and Spain. Top 5 finalists included Ecuador, Brazil, Spain, Philippines, and Venezuela. Photo © Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP. Photographer: Darren Decker.
Photo Update: Manasi Moghe, Miss India 2013, walks the runway at the Tony Ward Fashion Show on October 26, 2013 during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Moscow, Russia. Tune in to the NBC Telecast at 9:00 PM ET from Crocus City Hall in Moscow, Russia on November 9, 2013 to see who will win the title of Miss Universe 2013. Photo © Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP. Photographer: Frank L. Szelwach.
Photo Update: Manasi Moghe, Miss India 2013, is photographed by fashion photographer Fadil Berisha in the 2014 YAMAMAY FOR MISS UNIVERSE swimwear collection accessorized with faux fur. Tune in to the NBC Telecast at 9:00 PM ET from Crocus City Hall in Moscow, Russia on November 9, 2013 to see who will win the title of Miss Universe 2013. Photo © Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP. Photographer: Fadil Berisha.
Photo: Miss USA 2013, Erin Brady, Donald J. Trump, and Miss Universe 2012, Olivia Culpo announce the location of the 2013 MISS UNIVERSE Pageant. The event will be held at Crocus City Hall in Moscow, Russia on November 9, 2013. Photo © Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP. Photographer: Patrick Prather.
NEW YORK, NY - October 17, 2013 - NBC, Donald J. Trump, and Paula M. Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization, announced today that Thomas Roberts and Mel B will host the 62nd Annual Miss Universe Competition airing Saturday, Nov. 9 from Crocus City Hall in Moscow.
This will be the first time in the pageant’s 62-year history that the competition will be held in Russia. The MISS UNIVERSE telecast is broadcast in approximately 190 countries and an estimated 1 billion viewers worldwide are expected to tune in. Contestants will be judged in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview as they vie for the coveted title of Miss Universe 2013.
2013 MISS UNIVERSE COMPETITION CONTESTANTS LIST
COUNTRY — NAME
• Angola — Vaumara Rebelo
• Argentina — Brenda Gonzalez
• Aruba — Stefanie Guillen
• Australia — Olivia Wells
• Austria — Doris Hofmann
• Azerbaijan — Aysel Manafova
• Bahamas — Lexi Wilson
• Belgium — Noemie Happart
• Bolivia — Alexia Viruez
• Botswana — Tsaone Macheng
• Brazil — Jakelyne Oliveira
• British Virgin Islands — Sharie De Castro
• Bulgaria — Veneta Krasteva
• Canada — Riza Santos
• Chile — Maria Jesus Matthei
• China — Ye Jin
• Colombia — Lucia Aldana
• Costa Rica — Fabiana Granados
• Croatia — Melita Fabecic
• Curacao — Eline de Pool
• Czech Republic — Gabriela Kratochvílova
• Denmark — Cecilia Iftikhar
• Dominican Republic — Yaritza Reyes
• Ecuador — Constanza Baez
• El Salvador — Alba Delgado
• Estonia — Kristina Karjalainen
• Ethiopia — Maheder Tigabe
• Finland — Lotta Hintsa
• France — Hinarani de Longeaux
• Gabon — Jennifer Ondo
• Germany — Anne Julia Hagen
• Georgia — Janet Kerdikoshvili
• Ghana — Hanniel Jamin
• Great Britain — Amy Willerton
• Greece — Anastasia Sidiropoulou
• Guam — Alixes Scott
• Guatemala — Paulette Samayoa
• Guyana — Katherina Roshana Khan
• Haiti — Mondiana Pierre
• Honduras — Diana Schoutsen
• Hungary — Rebeka Karpati
• India — Manasi Moghe
• Indonesia — Whulandary
• Israel — Titi Yitayish Ayenew
• Italy — Luna Voce
• Jamaica — Kerrie Baylis
• Japan — Yukimi Matsuo
• Kazakhstan — Aygerim Kozhakanova
• Korea — Yumi Kim
• Lebanon — Karin El Ghraoui
• Lithuania — Simona Burbaite
• Malaysia — Carey Ng
• Mauritius — Diya Beeltah
• Mexico — Cynthia Duque
• Myanmar — Moe Set Wine
• Namibia — Paulina Malulu
• Netherlands — Stephanie Tency
• New Zealand — Holly Cassidy
• Nicaragua — Nastassja Bolivar
• Nigeria — Stephanie Okwu
• Norway — Mari Ekelof
• Panama — Carolina Brid
• Paraguay — Guadalupe Talavera
• Peru — Cindy Meja Santa Maria
• Philippines — Ariella Arida
• Poland — Paulina Krupinska
• Puerto Rico — Monic Perez
• Romania — Roxana Andrei
• Russia — Elmira Abdrazakova
• Serbia — Ana Vrcelj
• Singapore — Shi Lim
• Slovakia Republic — Jeanette Borhyova
• Slovenia — Nina Durdevic
• South Africa — Marilyn Ramos
• Spain — Patricia Rodriguez
• Sri Lanka — Amanda Ratnayake
• Sweden — Alexandra Friberg
• Switzerland — Dominique Rinderknecht
• Tanzania — Betty Boniface Omara
• Thailand — Chalita Yaemwannang
• Trinidad and Tobago — Catherine Miller
• Turkey — Berrin Keklikler
• Turks and Caicos — Snwazna Adams
• Ukraine — Olga Storozhenko
• Uruguay — Micaela Orsi Jorcin
• USA — Erin Brady
• Venezuela — Maria Gabriela Isler
• Vietnam —Truong Thi May
October 15, 2013
Land Rover Completes World’s First Hybrid Expedition Along Silk Trail From Solihull, UK, To Mumbai, India
Photos: Three Range Rover Diesel Hybrid prototypes have completed the ultimate engineering sign-off test by traversing 13 countries over 53 days from Solihull, UK, to Mumbai, India.
Mumbai, India. October 14, 2013 — Three Range Rover Diesel Hybrid prototypes have completed the ultimate engineering sign-off test by traversing 13 countries over 53 days from Solihull, UK, to Mumbai, India. The world’s first ever hybrid expedition along the Silk Trail and one of the boldest driving adventures ever pursued by Land Rover.
Hostile conditions on the route included asphalt roads riddled with vast and deep potholes, dusty desert trails in 43°C heat and numerous miles of mud and gravel tracks and cattle trails. In addition, river crossings, passes clinging to the edges of mountains partly blocked by rock falls, the thin air of extremely high altitudes and the dense and erratic traffic of Chinese and Indian roads all added to the test of man and machine.
The Silk Trail 2013 expedition was the final validation test for the Range Rover Hybrid before it is signed-off for production. From the home of the Legend in Solihull, UK, it blazed a trail through France, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, China (including Tibet), Nepal and India. For much of this distance the expedition followed the legendary Silk Road trading routes that first connected Asia with Europe more than 2,500 years ago. Overnight halts were made in hotels, hostels and tents at many of the same staging posts visited all those years ago by Silk Road merchants, missionaries and mercenaries.
Where the north and south Silk Roads split, near the remote city of Kashgar in north-western China, the expedition pioneered a mountainous route never previously completed by a vehicle from outside the country and never previously seen in its entirety by any westerner - the Xinjiang-Tibet highway, which put the new Range Rover Hybrid through its paces at heights of over 5,300 metres above sea level.
Seven consecutive days were spent at altitudes between 11,000 and 17,648 feet (3,350 and 5,379 metres). At such great heights, oxygen content in the air is reduced from the 21 percent found at sea-level to as little as 10 percent, making movement more difficult for humans and internal combustion engines. The Range Rovers continued to make good progress, benefitting from the electric motor’s instant torque at 0 rpm and despite being laden with heavy loads including luggage, camping gear, food, medical equipment, and aerodynamically-unfriendly roof-racks carrying spare wheels, tyres and jerry cans of fuel.
Negotiating tracks so sticky with mud that they were impassable to other types of vehicle, the Range Rover hybrid’s engine combination - with a 35kW electric motor supporting the TDV6 3.0 litre turbo-diesel engine - returned excellent fuel consumption for a vehicle so spacious and powerful. Throughout the epic journey the Range Rover Hybrids typically returned 36 to 37 mpg.
Land Rover development engineers closely monitored data loggers fitted to each car, sending back more than 300 gigabytes of detailed technical records to their engineering team at Gaydon in the UK. The purpose of the expedition was not to test the reliability of mechanical components, which are already proven, but to fine-tune the calibration of engine and transmission software to ensure perfectly seamless performance in all terrains and extreme temperatures and altitudes. Technical setbacks reflected the roughness of the road surfaces: 15 punctures among the expedition’s three Range Rover Hybrid and four support vehicles, four wheels damaged by deep potholes, and four windscreens cracked by stones thrown-up on loose surfaces.
Peter Richings, Jaguar Land Rover Hybrids and Electrification Director who took part in the final leg from Jaipur to Mumbai commented: “The world’s first diesel hybrid expedition along the Silk Trail pioneered an ambitious route across Europe and Asia that would have been impassable to most other types of vehicle - but no matter how hostile the conditions, the Range Rover Hybrid prototypes took it all in their stride.
“In developing the hybrid-powered Range Rover, our objective was to gain hybrid’s fuel economy and carbon emissions advantages without compromising the Range Rover’s go-anywhere capabilities, its cabin space or its refinement. The success of this remarkable expedition clearly demonstrates we have achieved that.”
October 10, 2013
VOLKSWAGEN ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF XL1, "THE WORLD’S MOST EFFICIENT PRODUCTION CAR"
The Volkswagen XL1, “the most fuel-efficient and aerodynamic production car in the world”, made its U.S. debut at the 23rd Annual Society of Environmental Journalists Conference at the Chattanooga Convention Center.
The XL1 offers an estimated European combined fuel consumption rating of 261 mpg and can cover up to 32 miles as a zero-emissions vehicle in all-electric mode. The XL1 also has a top speed of 99 mph and can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 12.7 seconds.
“The XL1 offers a glimpse into Volkswagen’s present and future eco-mobility capabilities, and highlights the ultimate successes of ‘Thinking Blue’,” said Oliver Schmidt, General Manager of the Engineering and Environmental Office (EEO), Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. “Volkswagen is proud to debut this ultra-fuel-efficient vehicle before the Society of Environmental Journalists, a group that shares in our commitment to environmental stewardship.”
“The XL1 is an automotive standout that follows pure sports-car design principles: light weight (1753 pounds), exceptional aerodynamics (Cd 0.19), and a low center of gravity. This super-efficient Volkswagen has the ability to cruise down the road at a constant 62 mph while using just 8.4 PS (6.2kW) horsepower. In all-electric mode, the XL1 requires less than 0.1 kWh to cover more than a kilometer,” the company explained. “The XL1 will look spectacular going down the highway — a car of the future, built for today.”
October 8, 2013
76 COUNTRIES IN COMPETITION FOR 2013 FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OSCAR
Photo: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences celebrates the year 1912 and its developmental contributions to motion pictures with a program of selected films in “A Century Ago: The Films of 1912” at the San Rafael Film Center in San Rafael, CA. Photo © Matt Petit/Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - A record 76 countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 86th Academy Awards. Moldova and Saudi Arabia are first-time entrants; Montenegro is submitting for the first time as an independent country.
The 2013 submissions are:
• Afghanistan, “Wajma - An Afghan Love Story,” Barmak Akram, director;
• Albania, “Agon,” Robert Budina, director;
• Argentina, “The German Doctor,” Lucía Puenzo, director;
• Australia, “The Rocket,” Kim Mordaunt, director;
• Austria, “The Wall,” Julian Pölsler, director;
• Azerbaijan, “Steppe Man,” Shamil Aliyev, director;
• Bangladesh, “Television,” Mostofa Sarwar Farooki, director;
• Belgium, “The Broken Circle Breakdown,” Felix van Groeningen, director;
• Bosnia and Herzegovina, “An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker,” Danis Tanovic, director;
• Brazil, “Neighboring Sounds,” Kleber Mendonça Filho, director;
• Bulgaria, “The Color of the Chameleon,” Emil Hristov, director;
• Cambodia, “The Missing Picture,” Rithy Panh, director;
• Canada, “Gabrielle,” Louise Archambault, director;
• Chad, “GriGris,” Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, director;
• Chile, “Gloria,” Sebastián Lelio, director;
• China, “Back to 1942,” Feng Xiaogang, director;
• Colombia, “La Playa DC,” Juan Andrés Arango, director;
• Croatia, “Halima’s Path,” Arsen Anton Ostojic, director;
• Czech Republic, “The Don Juans,” Jiri Menzel, director;
• Denmark, “The Hunt,” Thomas Vinterberg, director;
• Dominican Republic, “Quien Manda?” Ronni Castillo, director;
• Ecuador, “The Porcelain Horse,” Javier Andrade, director;
• Egypt, “Winter of Discontent,” Ibrahim El Batout, director;
• Estonia, “Free Range,” Veiko Ounpuu, director;
• Finland, “Disciple,” Ulrika Bengts, director;
• France, “Renoir,” Gilles Bourdos, director;
• Georgia, “In Bloom,” Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross, directors;
• Germany, “Two Lives,” Georg Maas, director;
• Greece, “Boy Eating the Bird’s Food,” Ektoras Lygizos, director;
• Hong Kong, “The Grandmaster,” Wong Kar-wai, director;
• Hungary, “The Notebook,” Janos Szasz, director;
• Iceland, “Of Horses and Men,” Benedikt Erlingsson, director;
• India, “The Good Road,” Gyan Correa, director;
• Indonesia, “Sang Kiai,” Rako Prijanto, director;
• Iran, “The Past,” Asghar Farhadi, director;
• Israel, “Bethlehem,” Yuval Adler, director;
• Italy, “The Great Beauty,” Paolo Sorrentino, director;
• Japan, “The Great Passage,” Ishii Yuya, director;
• Kazakhstan, “Shal,” Yermek Tursunov, director;
• Latvia, “Mother, I Love You,” Janis Nords, director;
• Lebanon, “Blind Intersections,” Lara Saba, director;
• Lithuania, “Conversations on Serious Topics,” Giedre Beinoriute, director;
• Luxembourg, “Blind Spot,” Christophe Wagner, director;
• Mexico, “Heli,” Amat Escalante, director;
• Moldova, “All God’s Children,” Adrian Popovici, director;
• Montenegro, “Ace of Spades - Bad Destiny,” Drasko Djurovic, director;
• Morocco, “Horses of God,” Nabil Ayouch, director;
• Nepal, “Soongava: Dance of the Orchids,” Subarna Thapa, director;
• Netherlands, “Borgman,” Alex van Warmerdam, director;
• New Zealand, “White Lies,” Dana Rotberg, director;
• Norway, “I Am Yours,” Iram Haq, director;
• Pakistan, “Zinda Bhaag,” Meenu Gaur and Farjad Nabi, directors;
• Palestine, “Omar,” Hany Abu-Assad, director;
• Peru, “The Cleaner,” Adrian Saba, director;
• Philippines, “Transit,” Hannah Espia, director;
• Poland, “Walesa. Man of Hope,” Andrzej Wajda, director;
• Portugal, “Lines of Wellington,” Valeria Sarmiento, director;
• Romania, “Child’s Pose,” Calin Peter Netzer, director;
• Russia, “Stalingrad,” Fedor Bondarchuk, director;
• Saudi Arabia, “Wadjda,” Haifaa Al Mansour, director;
• Serbia, “Circles,” Srdan Golubovic, director;
• Singapore, “Ilo Ilo,” Anthony Chen, director;
• Slovak Republic, “My Dog Killer,” Mira Fornay, director;
• Slovenia, “Class Enemy,” Rok Bicek, director;
• South Africa, “Four Corners,” Ian Gabriel, director;
• South Korea, “Juvenile Offender,” Kang Yi-kwan, director;
• Spain, “15 Years Plus a Day,” Gracia Querejeta, director;
• Sweden, “Eat Sleep Die,” Gabriela Pichler, director;
• Switzerland, “More than Honey,” Markus Imhoof, director;
• Taiwan, “Soul,” Chung Mong-Hong, director;
• Thailand, “Countdown,” Nattawut Poonpiriya, director;
• Turkey, “The Butterfly’s Dream,” Yilmaz Erdogan, director;
• Ukraine, “Paradjanov,” Serge Avedikian and Olena Fetisova, directors;
• United Kingdom, “Metro Manila,” Sean Ellis, director;
• Uruguay, “Anina,” Alfredo Soderguit, director;
• Venezuela, “Breach in the Silence,” Luis Alejandro Rodríguez and Andrés Eduardo Rodríguez, directors.
The 86th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 16, 2014, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
October 5, 2013
Longines presents DolceVita - The Italian way of life
Photo: A model from the Longines DolceVita collection. This quartz watch in steel is set with 32 diamonds (0.269 carat, Top Wesselton VVS) whose sparkle emphasises the rectangular form and harmonious proportions of the case. The white dial features ten indices, an Arabic numeral 12 and silvered hands that indicate the hours and minutes, with a small second at 6 o’clock. This elegant, contemporary model is mounted on a steel bracelet. Water-resistant to 3 bar (30 metres).
Photo: Chi Ling Lin, Longines Ambassador of Elegance, wearing a Longines DolceVita.
Photo: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Longines Ambassador of Elegance, wearing a Longines DolceVita.
According to Longines, its DolceVita collection represents “the charm of the Italian way of life - la DolceVita”.
The models in this Longines collection feature a rectangular case and are available in four different sizes with a multitude of different features. Models are available in steel, yellow gold or steel and rose gold, and all are fitted with quartz movements. Certain models are set with diamonds.
October 2, 2013
IBM Teams With Leading Universities to Advance Research in Cognitive Systems
Photo: On February 20, 2013, IBM inaugurated its IBM THINK exhibit at INNOVENTIONS West at Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort. The exhibit shows visitors how technology and systematic inquiry lead to progress and innovation. Shown here is Lee Green, IBM VP Strategic Design and Brand Experience, who designed the exhibit. (Credit: IBM/Ralph Appelbaum Associates).
Photo: Student presenter at the IBM Watson Case Competition hosted at USC (Credit: IBM/Ralph Cheung).
YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y., Oct. 2, 2013 — IBM today announced a collaborative research initiative with four leading universities to advance the development and deployment of cognitive computing systems - systems like IBM Watson that can learn, reason and help human experts make complex decisions involving extraordinary volumes of fast-moving data.
Faculty at the four schools — Carnegie Mellon University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New York University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute — will study enabling technologies and methods for building a new class of systems that better enable people to interact with Big Data in what IBM has identified as a new era of computing.
“IBM has demonstrated with Watson that cognitive computing is real and delivering value today,” said Zachary Lemnios, vice president of strategy for IBM Research. “It is already starting to transform the ways clients navigate big data and is creating new insights in healthcare, how research can be conducted and how companies can support their customers. But much additional research is needed to identify the systems, architectures and process technologies to support a new computing model that enables systems and people to work together across any domain of expertise.”
The research initiative was announced at a colloquium held at the Thomas J. Watson Research Center attended by nearly 200 leading academics, IBM clients and IBM researchers to begin a dialog that deepens the understanding of cognitive systems and identifies additional areas of research to pursue. These initial university collaborators will help lay the foundation for a Cognitive Systems Institute that IBM envisions will comprise universities, research institutes and IBM clients.
The initial research topics for exploration announced today are:
MIT - How socio-technical tools and applications can boost the collective performance of moderate-sized groups of humans engaged in collaborative tasks such as decision making.
RPI - How advances in processing power, data availability, and algorithmic techniques can enable the practical application of a variety of artificial intelligence techniques.
CMU - How systems should be architected to support intelligent, natural interaction with all kinds of information in support of complex human tasks.
NYU - How deep learning is impacting many areas of science where automated pattern recognition is essential.
“I believe that cognitive systems technologies will make it possible to connect people and computers in new ways so that—collectively—they can act more intelligently than any person, group, or computer has ever done before,” said Thomas Malone, Director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence and the Patrick J. McGovern Professor of Management, MIT Sloan School of Management. “I am excited to be working with IBM and these other universities to understand better how to harness these new forms of collective intelligence.”
“With the explosion of information and the advances in semantic data tools, we are excited to participate in this collaboration to bring the best of human and computing capabilities together in this new era of cognitive systems,” said Selmer Bringsjord, Professor and Head of the Department of Cognitive Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
“The cost-effective creation of cognitive systems for complex analytic tasks will require fundamental advances in the rapid construction, optimization, and constant adaptation of large ensembles of analytic components. Personalized information agents will rapidly adapt and optimize their task performance based on direct interaction with the end user. I am excited that CMU will be teaming with IBM, MIT, RPI and NYU to explore the future of software architecture for cognitive systems,” said Eric Nyberg, Professor at the Language Technologies Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.
“NYU’s research into neural networks has the potential to revolutionize how we think about machines and the role they play in our everyday lives. NYU has a long history of helping create some of the work’s most important technological breakthroughs, so we are honored to be among the universities collaborating on this research initiative into cognitive computing systems,” said Paul Horn, Senior Vice Provost for Research at New York University. “As a research university at the forefront of technology and innovation, we look forward to working with IBM and our fellow institutions to promote basic research into the next era of computing.”
“If I have done the public any service, it is due to my patient thought.”
— Isaac Newton.
September 30, 2013
Nissan Celebrates All-Electric LEAF Sales Milestone On National Plug In Day in the USA
With cumulative U.S. sales passing 35,000, Nissan LEAF brought owners throughout the United States together to share their experiences during National Plug In Day on Sept. 28 and 29.
Nissan — a global leader in electric vehicle sales — is the first automaker to serve as a presenting sponsor of National Plug In Day.
Nissan LEAF sales in the United States are up 317 percent year-over-year since launching the 2013 model in March. Similarly, National Plug In Day has expanded to more than 80 events in cities across the United States and in several other countries. Thousands of EV advocates took part in a variety of activities like EV parades, tailgates, ride-and-drives, live music and games.
National Plug In Day, organized by Plug In America, Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association, is a nationwide celebration created to heighten awareness of and highlight the benefits of plug-in vehicles, such as Nissan LEAF.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan’s second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. In 2010, Nissan introduced the all-electric Nissan LEAF, and continues to lead in zero-emission mobility. The LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle launched globally, is now one of the best-selling EV’s.
September 25, 2013
UN General Assembly Session Opens in New York
Photo: Media crews have set up operations outside the UN Headquarters complex, to cover events taking place there, including the General Assembly general debate. Broadcast journalists file their dispatches with a backdrop of the UN Secretariat Building. September 24, 2013. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine.
Photo: Yoo Soon-taek, wife of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, hosted a tea at her residence in honour of the spouses of the Heads of Delegations attending the sixty-eighth general debate of the General Assembly. A close-up of china used during the event. September 23, 2013. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.
Photo: Barack Obama (centre), President of the United States of America, addresses the general debate of the sixty-eighth session of the General Assembly. Also pictured (seated on podium, from left): Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; John Ashe, President of the sixty-eighth session of the General Assembly; and Tegegnework Gettu, Under-Secretary-General for General Assembly and Conference Management. September 24, 2013. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.
Photo: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Queen Maxima of the Netherlands. September 24, 2013. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras.
Photo: Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Global Education, speaks at a special event entitled, “Delivering on the Global Education Promise”. The event marks the first anniversary of the Secretary-General’s Global Education First Initiative (GEFI), and was co-organized by the Initiative’s Secretariat and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). September 25, 2013. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine.
Photo: Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), speaks at a special event entitled, “Delivering on the Global Education Promise”. The event marks the first anniversary of the Secretary-General’s Global Education First Initiative (GEFI), and was co-organized by the Initiative’s Secretariat and UNESCO. September 25, 2013. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine.
Photo: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Bill Gates (left) and Melinda Gates, Co-Chairs of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. September 25, 2013. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.
Photo: Unites States Secretary of State John Kerry briefs journalists following the closed-door meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Security Council’s five permanent members with their Iranian, as well as German and European Union counterparts. September 26, 2013. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras.
Photo: Catherine Ashton, European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, briefs journalists following the closed-door meeting she attended with the Foreign Ministers of the Security Council’s five permanent members, as well as Iran and Germany. September 26, 2013. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras.
Photo: A wide view of the Security Council as the representative of the Russian Federation registers his country’s abstention on resolution 2117 (2013). The resolution, which was adopted with fourteen votes in favour, expresses the Council’s grave concern at the “illicit transfer, destabilizing accumulation and misuse of small arms and light weapons in many regions of the world”. September 26, 2013. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard.
Photo: A wide view of the Security Council as it meets on the situation in the Middle East concerning Yemen. The Council was briefed on that country by the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser, Jamal Benomar. September 27, 2013. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.
Photo: Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India, addresses the general debate of the sixty-eighth session of the General Assembly. September 28, 2013. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Ryan Brown.
September 24, 2013
The Longines Prize for Precision awarded at the Archery World Cup Final in Paris
Photo: Erika Jones (USA) and Braden Gellenthien (USA), winners of the 2013 Longines Prize for Precision. The Prize has been presented by Alain Henry, Brand Manager Longines France and Prof. Dr. Ugur Erdener, President of World Archery at the Archery World Cup Final in Paris.
Photo: The 2013 Archery World Cup Final took place on the Esplanade of the Trocadero in Paris.
Photo: Erika Jones (USA), winner of the 2013 Longines Prize for Precision at the Archery World Cup Final in Paris.
Photo: Braden Gellenthien (USA), winner of the 2013 Longines Prize for Precision at the Archery World Cup Final in Paris.
As official partner of the Archery World Cup Season, the Swiss watch brand Longines awarded the Longines Prize for Precision at the Archery World Cup Final on Saturday. The two most precise compound athletes of the season, Erika Jones (USA) and Braden Gellenthien (USA) received this award in Paris.
After four qualifying stages, in Shanghai (China), Antalya (Turkey), Medellin (Colombia) and Wroclaw (Poland), the top athletes were in Paris for the Final of the 2013 World Cup. The competition took place on the Esplanade of the Trocadero. Erika Jones (USA) and Braden Gellenthien (USA), the two most precise compound athletes of this year’s World Cup, have been awarded the Longines Prize for Precision. They have scored the most “10s” during the qualifications and the tournament of the season, 379 for Jones and 447 for Gellenthien. They each received a trophy, a Longines watch and a cheque for 5,000 CHF.
September 23, 2013
FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola Kicks Off in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
FIFA World Cup Trophy Will Visit 89 Countries, across all 6 FIFA Confederations in Nine Months.
Photo: Coca-Cola & Sports - Professional ice hockey player Patrick Sharp promoting Coca-Cola Zero.
Infographic: 2014 FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola.
Route Map: 2014 FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola.
In a tour spanning more than 92,000 miles, Coca-Cola and FIFA will take the iconic FIFA World Cup Trophy on its longest journey to date. The route for the highly anticipated 2014 FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour will give more than one million people around the world the chance to experience football’s most coveted prize in their own communities.
The FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola will be the most inclusive, participatory event ever, inviting fans around the world to get up close and personal with the same trophy that is presented by FIFA to the country winning the FIFA World Cup.
The journey will include the first ever pan-Latin America tour, with events in 39 countries across the region that is home to the host nation, Brazil. The tour will also be visiting 50 new countries that have never had the opportunity to host the trophy before.
“Coca-Cola shares the passion that fans have for football around the world and through our partnership with FIFA we champion the power of football to bring the world together,” said Joseph Tripodi, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer, The Coca-Cola Company.
“Like all football fans, we’re especially excited about the 2014 FIFA World Cup taking place in the spiritual home of football and the 2014 FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour will be our opportunity to take the energy and passion of the host nation, Brazil, and share it with millions of football fans around the world,” added Tripodi.
The global FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola kicked off with an official launch ceremony at the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in the presence of Michel Davidovich, General Manager of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Coca-Cola Brazil, Thierry Weil, FIFA Marketing Director, and five World Cup Champions from each of Brazil’s five wins, Zagallo (1958), Amarildo (1962), Rivellino (1970), Bebeto (1994) and Marcos (2002).
“We are extremely happy to bring the most iconic symbol in football to the world once again. As many countries start securing their spots in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, this tour gives us the opportunity to share our passion for the beautiful game with fans across the globe, who are given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the trophy up close in their home country. I want to thank our long-term partner Coca-Cola for making this dream come true for many millions of football fans around the globe,” explained FIFA President, Joseph S. Blatter.
September 18, 2013
THE ACADEMY CELEBRATES SATYAJIT RAY RESTORATIONS
19 FILMS PRESERVED BY THE ACADEMY FILM ARCHIVE TO BE PRESENTED IN LOS ANGELES, LONDON AND VIENNA.
Photo: Front Cover of a book on Satyajit Ray.
Photo: Actress Sharmila Tagore prior to screenings of “Pather Panchali” and “Aparajito,” presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Friday, September 6, 2013 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California. Photo Credit: Todd Wawrychuk. © Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, in celebration of the restoration of 19 Satyajit Ray films by the Academy Film Archive, is presenting new prints of the prolific filmmaker’s renowned early works. [The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world’s preeminent movie-related organization and is known around the world for its annual Academy Awards, now officially known as The Oscars.]
The two-evening screening series kicked off with a double feature of 1955’s “Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road)” and 1956’s “Aparajito (The Unvanquished)” on Friday, September 6 and concluded with 1959’s “Apur Sansar (The World of Apu)” on Monday, September 9 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California.
Special guests for Monday’s program included actress Sharmila Tagore, who made her film debut in “Apur Sansar,” and Dilip Basu, founding director of the Satyajit Ray Film and Study Center Collection at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
The Academy has also partnered with the British Film Institute (BFI), the American Cinematheque and the Austrian Film Museum to screen prints from the Academy Film Archive’s collection.
In London, the BFI Southbank is presenting “Satyajit Ray” from August 14 through October 5.
In Los Angeles, the American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre, in partnership with the Academy, is presenting “Unlocking the Golden Fortress: Satyajit Ray Restored,” from September 12 through October 21, featuring all 19 of the Ray films that the Academy Film Archive has restored to date.
In Vienna, the Austrian Film Museum will present “Satyajit Ray: Early Works” from December 4 through January 8, 2014.
More than 100 screenings will take place between the Academy’s screenings and its partners’ during the months-long celebration.
• Satyajit Ray was an Indian filmmaker, regarded as one of the greatest directors of world cinema.
• In 1992, after a career spanning more than three decades, Ray received an Honorary Award (an Oscar statuette) from the Academy “in recognition of his rare mastery of the art of motion pictures, and of his profound humanitarian outlook, which has had an indelible influence on filmmakers and audiences throughout the world.”
“The director is the only person who knows what the film is about.”
— Satyajit Ray.
September 15, 2013
IBM Customer Experience Lab Unveils New Innovations for Chief Marketing Officers
Photo: In Bangalore, India, IBM unveiled a set of new innovations from its Customer Experience Lab, dedicated to helping business leaders transform the way customers experience their products, services and brands through the use of mobile, social, cloud and advanced analytics technologies. Mahmoud Naghshineh (left), vice president, Services Research at IBM, and Dr. Rohini Srivathsa, executive director, IBM Global Business Services, India/South Asia, demo IBM’s new Edge Analytics technology, which connects people with contextual information, enabling a company to deliver real-time, location-based offers to its customers. (Credit: Jagadeesh NV/Feature Photo Service for IBM).
YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. and BANGALORE, India: IBM today unveiled a set of new innovations from its Customer Experience Lab, dedicated to helping business leaders gain deeper insights into individual customers and transform the way customers experience their products, services and brands through the use of mobile, social, cloud and advanced analytics technologies.
Since the Lab’s launch in March 2013, IBM Research scientists and business consultants have worked together with more than 100 clients from across the world to co-create a variety of new technologies and services to transform the front office, revolutionizing how companies interact and engage with customers. In this new age of the digital customer, organizations are reassessing how to drive brand loyalty and accelerate business growth by moving away from addressing their customers as mass audiences toward cultivating and creating new value from personalized customer relationships.
To help address these challenges, the IBM Customer Experience Lab team in India has introduced three new technologies, each focused on driving innovation in social, mobile as well as Big Data and analytics technologies to help organizations capture and act on deeper customer insights. These technologies build on the work the team has completed around the Watson Engagement Advisor.
• IBM Edge Analytics connects people with contextual information. Once a user has opted in for the service, the tool cross-references the user’s location with the user’s activity to provide useful insights. As users conduct daily transactions, such as buying airline tickets or shopping at the mall, the system sends relevant promotions by email and mobile alerts, per the user’s preferences. An early adopter of the technology, IndusInd Bank in India, has embedded IBM Edge Analytics within its customer channels, such as Internet Banking, ATM, SMS Alerts, Phone Banking and Branch Offices. In addition to helping the bank better understand its own customers, the technology is helping it reach non-customers.
• Vibes is an enterprise software solution to help CMOs target consumers and communities that care about and participate in their industry. Individuals are identified by analyzing their interaction on social networks, and then cross-referenced with their purchase history with the company, or information about their interests based on other social networking activity. For example, a retailer can research past purchases of its Facebook fans to better determine what special offers to make to them. Several leading telecommunications providers in India are currently piloting Vibes to identify the right set of candidates for promoting specific products to increase penetration.
• Social Media Event Tracker Tool (SMETT) leverages natural language processing, text mining technology and advanced analytics to comb through millions of public social network messages to derive meaningful insights. The tool was used recently by ABS CBN, a television news network in the Philippines, to analyze Twitter chatter in both English and the local language (Tagalog) about candidates in the country’s recent mid-term Senatorial elections. ABS CBN used the analysis, which filtered to them in near real-time, to generate new articles for their website as part of their election coverage. Retailers are also turning to SMETT to find out what people think about their products. The tool’s ability to quickly derive insight about numerous related topics in any language could help a retailer find out why a product is popular or improve its online customer service.
“Customers across the world are using innumerable channels - from social networks to online product review sites - to express their individual experience with products and services. This is fueling an explosion of data and driving a radical shift in how companies must engage with their customers to thrive and stay competitive,” said Ramesh Gopinath, Director, IBM Research - India. “The innovations we are developing with clients in the Customer Experience Lab are enabling companies to transform their front office with speed and at scale, reshaping strategy, operations and offerings to attract, retain and exceed the expectations of an increasingly powerful customer.”
The IBM Customer Experience Lab is headquartered at the Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., supported by researchers at IBM’s 12 global labs including Africa, Brazil, California, China, India, Israel, Japan, Switzerland, and Texas. The Lab brings together skills across disciplines including service science, industries research, mathematics and business optimization, social, mobile, Smarter Commerce, data mining, cloud computing, security and privacy, cognitive computing and systems management.
September 14, 2013
Mercedes-Benz E-Class 2014 Gets Impressive Fuel Economy Rating in the USA
The newest Mercedes-Benz E-Class (the 2014 E250 BlueTEC sedan) has achieved an impressive estimated EPA (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) rating of 45 miles per gallon on the highway and 28 mpg around town.
According to Mercedes-Benz USA, the E250 BlueTEC is powered by high-efficiency turbodiesel engine. The all-aluminum, in-line four-cylinder engine makes use of four valves per cylinder and dual overhead camshafts with vane-type variable valve timing, producing 195 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque.
To ensure the E250 BlueTEC meets exhaust emission regulations in all 50 U.S. states, the BlueTEC system uses AdBlue injection to make the diesel as clean as a state-of-the-art gasoline engine.
As modern all-wheel-drive systems become more refined, they are becoming increasingly popular, especially in the luxury car market. With negligible weight and fuel-efficiency tradeoffs, full-time four-wheel drive provides year-round traction and stability benefits on both wet and dry roads. According to Mercedes-Benz, optional on the E250 BlueTEC, the latest Mercedes-Benz 4MATIC Four-Wheel Drive system can be cleanly integrated into the 7-speed automatic transmission so it fits right into the standard body and utilizes the existing front suspension.
Further, according to the company, it focuses on real-world safety with the goal of accident-free driving, and the new E-Class offers more than 30 standard and optional active and passive safety systems under the Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive comfort and safety portfolio. The Driver Assistance Package offers the following content:
• DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist: radar-based cruise control system with semi-autonomous steering inputs that can work from 0-124 mph depending on road conditions.
• PRE-SAFE Brake with pedestrian detection: radar and stereo cameras detect vehicles and pedestrians in front of the vehicle and can adjust braking according to the situation, and apply full brakes if necessary.
• PRE-SAFE PLUS: rear-facing radar that senses possible rear collisions and prepares the vehicle to help reduce the injury risk for the passengers in a rear-end collision.
• BAS PLUS with Cross Traffic Assist: reads cross-traffic encounters with stereo cameras and adds appropriate brake assistance.
• Active Lane Keeping Assist and Active Blind Spot Protection: assists by corrective one-sided braking.
September 10, 2013
QS World University Rankings 2013 Announced
London, September 9, 2013 — QS has announced the tenth edition of its annual World University Rankings.
MIT beats Harvard and Cambridge to retain the top spot.
The US takes 11 of the top 20 positions, but its dominance has eroded since the financial crisis. Of the 83 US universities in the top 400, 64 rank lower than in 2007/8.
• The 43 US public universities in the top 400 have lost an average of 20 places since 2007/8, following successive government funding cuts.
In contrast, 70% of the 62 Asian institutions in the top 400 rank higher than in 2007, yet still no Asian institution in the top 20.
• International student intake up 9% at top 100 universities.
• US takes top 10 places for research citations.
• Record survey responses: 62,094 academics and 27,957 employers.
• 800+ universities ranked.
• UK: Four institutions in top 10; Oxford and Cambridge 1st and 2nd for employer reputation.
• Australia : Melbourne (31st) catching up with ANU (27th).
• Asia : National University of Singapore (24th) overtakes University of Hong Kong (26th). No Indian university in world’s top 200.
• Canada : Toronto (17th) overtakes McGill (21st).
• Continental Europe : ETH Zurich (12th) and EPFL Lausanne (19th=) lead as nine of region’s top 10 maintain or improve position.
• Nordic Countries: University of Copenhagen (45th) leads as twenty rise.
• Latin America : Universidade de Sao Paulo (127th) leads, nine of region’s top ten rise.
• Africa/ME: 33 in top 800, led by King Fahd University (216th).
GLOBAL TOP TWENTY
1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
2. Harvard University
3. University of Cambridge
4. University College London (UCL)
5. Imperial College London
6. University of Oxford
7. Stanford University
8. Yale University
9. University of Chicago
10=. California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
10=. Princeton University
12. Eth Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)
13. University of Pennsylvania
14. Columbia University
15. Cornell University
16. Johns Hopkins University
17=. University of Edinburgh
17=. University of Toronto
19=. Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
19=. King’s College London
Researchers say austerity measures in the wake of the recession have contributed to an “affordability crisis” for students at leading institutions.
“The decline in affordable publicly funded education and the increasing dominance of private institutions means many students may now risk being priced out of a world-class education,” says QS head of research Ben Sowter.
September 9, 2013
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York: September 5-12, 2013
Photo: A model walks the runway during the Desigual Spring 2014 fashion show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 - Official Coverage - Best Of Runway Day 1 on September 5, 2013 in New York City. (Photo © Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz).
Photo: A model walks the runway during the Marissa Webb Spring 2014 fashion show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 - Official Coverage - Best Of Runway Day 1 on September 5, 2013 in New York City. (Photo © Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz).
Photo: A model walks the runway at the Nicole Miller Spring 2014 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Studio at Lincoln Center on September 6, 2013 in New York City. (Photo © Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week).
Photo: A model walks the runway at the Noon By Noor Spring 2014 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center on September 6, 2013 in New York City. (Photo © Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz).
Photo: A model walks the runway at the Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2014 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center on September 6, 2013 in New York City. (Photo © Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz).
Photo: A model walks the runway at the Vivienne Tam Spring 2014 fashion show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 - Official Coverage - Best Of Runway Day 4 on September 8, 2013 in New York City. (Photo © Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz).
Photo: A model walks the runway at the Libertine fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 at The Studio at Lincoln Center on September 9, 2013 in New York City. (Photo © Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz).
Photo: A model walks the runway at the Libertine fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 at The Studio at Lincoln Center on September 9, 2013 in New York City. (Photo © Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz).
Photo: Designer Donna Karan walks the runway at the Donna Karan New York fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 on September 9, 2013 in New York City. (Photo © Arun Nevader/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz).
Photo: A model walks the runway in an Ellassay design at the Fashion Shenzhen fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 at The Studio at Lincoln Center on September 10, 2013 in New York City. (Photo © Fernanda Calfat/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz).
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, now taking place at Lincoln Center, September 5-12, 2013, draws hundreds of thousands of fashion fans to New York City.
“Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York is internationally recognized as the world’s stage to premier the latest developments in cutting-edge fashion to the global fashion industry,” said Stephanie Zimmer, Manager of Brand Experience Marketing for Mercedes-Benz USA. “The excitement is building in anticipation of what will hit the runways from both the well-known designers and emerging talent showing this season.”