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June 30, 2006

adidas by Stella McCartney - successful collaboration extended to 2010

Stella McCartney

adidas and Stella McCartney have announced that they will extend their successful collaboration to the year 2010. The groundbreaking partnership was launched with a spring/summer collection in February 2005, debuting in an exclusive distribution network of limited doors mainly in the US and Japan.

Since then, the number of doors has risen to over 400 worldwide in 40 countries, supporting triple-digit growth in sales.

adidas by Stella McCartney is a unique concept for women that fuses real performance with style, by offering functional products in Running, Gym, Swim and a Tennis line.The line features cutting-edge technologies in both footwear and apparel.


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June 29, 2006

BRIGGS & STRATTON DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH

BRIGGS & STRATTON DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH


PHOTO: Katelyn Haglof, 8, of Sagamore Beach, Mass. is coached by Hall of Famers Carlton Fisk (left) and Lou Brock (right) at Hoxie Field in Sagamore Beach. Haglof won the Briggs & Stratton Diamonds in the Rough grand prize, earning a $20,000 field makeover for Hoxie Field and a clinic for her team. Haglof was one of hundreds of children around the USA who submitted an essay and photo nominating their local field as a Diamond in the Rough. (Photo: Briggs & Stratton, Julia Cumes)

Briggs & Stratton Diamonds in the Rough Program helps children and communities refurbish ballparks.

Briggs & Stratton Corporation is the largest manufacturer of small, air-cooled engines for lawn and garden and other outdoor power equipment. The company is also the largest producer of generators and pressure washers in the United States. The company tagline, "The Power Within" is symbolic of its commitment to provide power for all applications. Briggs & Stratton products are designed, manufactured, marketed and serviced in over 100 countries on all seven continents.


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BEDAT & Co. entering New Markets

Expanding the Gucci Group.

Bedat Watches

Founded in 1996 by Simone and Christian Bédat, BEDAT & Co. is a contemporary and exclusive watch brand. BEDAT & Co. offers a handful of models, best sellers of which include N° 1, N°3, N° 7 and N° 8 lines. BEDAT & Co. has created its own quality label (the A.O.S.C. certificate) to certify the Swiss origin of all product components and production as well as stringent manufacturing standards. An individual serial number for each watch guarantees its authenticity as a BEDAT & Co. timepiece.

By working with Gucci Group Watches, BEDAT & Co. is continuing to enlarge the breadth of the product offering and extend distribution into new markets in Europe. Today BEDAT & Co. is distributed in the United States, Japan, Hong Kong, Middle East, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.


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June 27, 2006

Sony Ericsson’s first i-mode™ phone is a 3G style classic

Sony Ericsson K610 Mobile

Those looking to upgrade or enter the world of 3G with a slim, elegant handset, will love K610im, just introduced by Sony Ericsson. K610im is Sony Ericsson’s first GSM/UMTS phone to offer full support for i-mode™, the operator service that delivers a richer experience for handling iMail, browsing the Internet and viewing content. Wrapped in desirable Carbon Black casing, this elegantly designed phone is all about quality, from the feel of the keypad to the sharp, crisp image display. K610im is a modern classic true to its Sony Ericsson heritage – a highly desirable 3G handset that is accessible to a wide audience.

Sony Ericsson K610 Mobile

The innovative i-mode™ service delivers a whole new experience in connected mobile applications such as iMail, Web browsing and iMMS. Viewing multimedia is better, faster and easier, thanks to Web pages and content specially formulated for i-mode. Lighter pages give faster download speeds and users are given access to a host of i-mode™ sites and content.

i-mode™ also helps you get even more from K610im’s impressive functionality. You can shoot great pictures with the phone’s 2 Megapixel camera and send them in high quality as as e-mail as well as iMMS messages.


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June 25, 2006

Reliance Petroleum Limited Selects ExxonMobil Sulfuric Acid Alkylation Technology for World's Largest Unit

Exxon Mobil

ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company (EMRE) has announced that Reliance Petroleum Limited has selected EMRE's Sulfuric Acid Alkylation technology for the construction of the world's largest unit at their export refinery in Jamnagar, India for upgrading the gasoline pool.

Unit capacity will be 83 KBD and will utilize mixed butylenes and isobutane feedstocks.

The unit capacity will be achieved by employing several reactor trains which incorporate the highest capacity designs anywhere in the world. Such large trains are a unique feature of the EMRE technology allowing economies of scale for reduction in capital investment and operating costs.

ExxonMobil's Sulfuric Acid Alkylation process has been operating in multiple units worldwide for over five decades. This vast experience has led to significant cost and reliability improvements that are incorporated in new plant designs.

EMRE is the research and engineering arm of Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM), a leading global oil, natural gas, and petrochemicals company whose subsidiaries have operations in nearly 200 countries and territories.

ExxonMobil Corporate Headquarters - Irving, Texas, USA
Exxon Mobil Headquarters

Built in the American Prairie style, both the architecture and furnishings of the Exxon Mobil headquarters reflect a rich heritage and 120-year history as one of the world's first multinational companies.


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June 24, 2006

Nokia and Siemens to merge their communications service provider businesses

New global network leader for fixed‚ mobile convergence.

Nokia Siemens

Nokia and Siemens have announced that they intend to merge the Networks Business Group of Nokia and the carrier-related operations of Siemens into a new company, to be called Nokia Siemens Networks. The 50-50 joint venture will create a global leader with strong positions in important growth segments of fixed and mobile network infrastructure and services.

View Nokia Siemens Deep Customer Relationships

The combined company is positioned to lead the development and implementation of revenue-generating and cost-saving products and services via its scale and global reach. Nokia Siemens Networks will have one of the world's best research and development teams, with the ability to invest in next generation fixed and mobile product platforms and services. The new company will have a world-class fixed-mobile convergence capability, a complementary global base of customers, a deep presence in both developed and emerging markets, and one of the industry's largest and most experienced service organizations.


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June 20, 2006

HUGO BOSS: Internationally Successful Fashion Brand

Hugo Boss Brands

HUGO BOSS denotes success, perfection and a style that transcends international borders.

The HUGO BOSS brands encompass all key fashion areas, ranging from classic clothing, evening and leisurewear to functional sportswear and complementary accessories. The Group has been successfully asserting and expanding its position as a global market leader in the upscale fashion market for years.

HUGO BOSS is represented in the fashion market by the BOSS, HUGO and BALDESSARINI brands.

These brand collections and their fashion lines are aimed at various target groups.

BOSS BLACK
The womenswear and menswear collections of the BOSS Black line offer wide-ranging styles. The comprehensive spectrum encompasses elegant business ensembles, casual sports clothing and evening wear designed for special festive occasions. The person wearing these clothes appreciates the flawless look that expresses his or her personality and the high standards of quality.

BOSS SELECTION
The luxurious BOSS Selection Menswear collection embodies the premium tier of the BOSS brand world, implementing the design competence of the BOSS brand using the best materials and the finest workmanship. Hand-stitched details and features of traditional custom tailoring express the line’s exclusive nature and assure its positioning in the upper market segment.

BOSS ORANGE
The BOSS Orange collection offers leisure fashion for men and women who enjoy stylish outfits and an element of surprise. Unusual materials, vibrant colors and intricate details are aimed at customers who like experimenting with fashion and also value good workmanship.

BOSS GREEN
The functional sportswear in the BOSS Green line offers athletic and fashion-oriented men a collection that promises optimum performance from both a sports and fashion perspective.

HUGO
The HUGO brand combines creativity and individuality. It offers self-confident men and women a collection to express their own style. HUGO is unconventional and avant-garde – a fashion defined not by age group, but by attitude.

BALDESSARINI
The BALDESSARINI designer label represents luxury mixed with modern individualism for men with exacting standards.

HUGO BOSS products are available worldwide in over 100 countries. HUGO BOSS subsidiaries guarantee professional knowledge of key local markets.


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June 19, 2006

Mitsubishi Motors unveils New Outlander for North American Market at New York International Automobile Show

Misubishi Outlander

Mitsubishi Motors has announced the North American market version of the Outlander SUV model at the recent New York Auto Show. Launched in Japan in October last year, Outlander brings a new-feel product concept that marries mainline SUV functionality and design with sedan-like handling and ride. Outlander has enjoyed strong popularity among Japanese consumers with orders reaching about 20,000 units for the new model in the 5.5 months since its launch - well exceeding the 2,000 unit monthly sales target.

The North American Outlander will be powered by a new high performance, low emissions, and low fuel consumption engine together with a 6-speed automatic transmission to deliver outstanding acceleration and high-speed cruising performance.

The new Outlander offers a choice of drive formats: the electronically controlled 4WD system that has received high acclaim in Japan; and a front-wheel drive version specially tailored to the North American market.

Outlander also features Mitsubishi's Sportronic steering wheel paddle shifters that allow the driver to change gear manually without having to take his hand off the steering wheel.


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June 17, 2006

The New York Times is featuring Live Coverage of the 2006 World Cup

Extensive Blogs and Videos on NYTimes.com and IHT.com

Reporters from The Times and the International Herald Tribune are Covering Soccer's Premier Event.

The New York Times FIFA World Cup

The New York Times is featuring live blogging on www.nytimes.com/worldcup and www.iht.com of the 2006 World Cup soccer tournament with extensive coverage that includes daily video and running game commentary, along with a blog by Roger Cohen, editor at large of the International Herald Tribune, and reporting by a team of sports writers and columnists.

This year's World Cup competition is being held in Germany, from June 9 to July 9. Throughout the monthlong international tournament, The Times and the IHT will offer up-to-the-minute coverage including comprehensive statistics, standings and match information and running commentary of the games played. Interactive flash graphics; multimedia features; daily video casts; reader commentary; and blogs by New York Times writers and columnists ("World Cup '06"), Roger Cohen ("The Beautiful Game") and World Cup fans ("From the Fans...") will enhance the coverage. Important matches and games involving the United States soccer team will be covered via live "match tracking" by commentators who will also incorporate reader reactions.

In addition, TimesSelect, the premium tier Web site of The New York Times, will offer a blog called "Kicking and Screaming: Watching World Cup Soccer in Six Countries," featuring observations by fans in Angola, Argentina, England, Iran, Japan and Mexico.


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June 15, 2006

Siemens buildings around the world

Safety, energy conservation, comfort - Siemens equips buildings from sky scrapers, power stations, tunnels to intelligent smart homes, all over the world.

William J. Clinton Center in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
Siemens Building

Siemens has developed and installed a complete security concept for the William J. Clinton Presidential Center. The Clinton Center in Little Rock, Arkansas, houses the presidential library of Bill Clinton, the 42nd president of the United States. It was opened in November 2004. In such a highly symbolic public building, fire protection and building security are sensitive issues. That is why Siemens Building Technologies developed a special security concept comprising a system for fire alarms and evacuation and a security monitoring system.


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June 14, 2006

Windows Vista: Microsoft and PC Manufacturers Make It Easier for Customers to Get Ready for Windows Vista

Windows Vista Customers can prepare for the future with the help of new Get Ready Web site.

Windows Vista Sidebar Microsoft
Windows Vista Sidebar

As they prepare for the arrival of Windows Vista™, customers shopping for new PCs or upgrading their hardware now have more comprehensive guidance to aid them in their decisions. Microsoft Corp. has announced the launch of the Windows Vista “Get Ready” Web site.

The Best Place to Go to Get Ready

The new site, available at http://www.windowsvista.com/getready, provides a variety of information and tools customers can use to prepare for Windows Vista. Today, this includes information on Windows Vista Capable and Windows Vista Premium Ready PCs, details on how customers can use the Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor beta, and background on the different editions of Windows Vista. The site will be regularly updated with more information related to the forthcoming release of Windows Vista.

Windows Vista is the first operating system that truly scales based on the hardware capabilities of the computer on which it is installed. All editions of Windows Vista will deliver innovations in core operating system experiences, including security, reliability and management of the PC, organizing, managing and finding information, and methods for connecting with people, places and devices at home, at work or on the go.

“Customers have many options and choices to make when it comes to buying a PC today. A wide range of form factors, price points and new technologies figure into their decisions,” said Mike Sievert, corporate vice president of Windows Product Management and Marketing at Microsoft. “With that in mind, Microsoft and OEMs are making it easier to prepare for the arrival of Windows Vista. Customers now have the information they need to get a great Windows XP-based PC today that will deliver rich Windows Vista experiences tomorrow.”


Windows Vista Capable PCs and Windows Vista Premium Ready PCs

To help customers make informed decisions when buying new PCs, Microsoft today announced the availability of Windows Vista Capable PCs and the forthcoming availability of Windows Vista Premium Ready PCs. Through the Windows Vista Capable program, Windows XP-based PCs that are powerful enough to run Windows Vista are now available from leading PC manufacturers worldwide, including Acer Inc., Dell Inc., Fujitsu Limited, Gateway Inc., HP, Lenovo, NEC Corp., Sony Corp., Toshiba and more. The Windows Vista Capable logo is designed to assure customers that the PCs they buy today will be ready for an upgrade to Windows Vista and can run the core experiences of Windows Vista.

Microsoft also is working with PC manufactures to introduce Windows Vista Premium Ready PCs. Windows Vista Capable PCs can earn the Premium Ready designation by meeting or exceeding the requirements outlined below. A Premium Ready designation ensures that the PC will deliver even better Windows Vista experiences, including Windows Aero™, a new user experience designed to deliver a productive, high-performing desktop interface. Microsoft recommends that customers seeking the best experiences with Windows Vista ask for PCs that are Premium Ready or choose PCs that meet or exceed the Premium Ready requirements.

“Dell is focused on designing systems today that will enhance the effectiveness of the features of Microsoft Windows Vista tomorrow,” said John Medica, senior vice president of the Product Group at Dell. “We are working closely with Microsoft to ensure the best user experience on currently shipping performance desktops, workstations and notebooks, and customers can be confident that their high-performance Dell configuration can make the most of the next-generation capabilities of Microsoft Windows Vista.”

“Gateway PCs are optimized to take advantage of the increased usability, reliability, security and functionality that will be available with Windows Vista,” said Greg Memo, senior vice president of Products, Marketing and Web at Gateway. “The vast majority of our consumer and business PCs are already Windows Vista Capable and many are Premium Ready, ensuring that they will seamlessly run Windows Vista when it becomes available.”

“Windows Vista will create a more dynamic computing environment for both corporate and small-business users, and customers need to know that they can buy a system today fully capable of running Windows Vista when it becomes available,” said Philippe Davy, vice president of Strategic Alliances at Lenovo. “Lenovo is working closely with Microsoft to ensure that we deliver a powerful, innovative PC experience. Windows Vista Capable PCs and Premium Ready PCs from Lenovo will help provide customers that peace of mind.”

“Microsoft and Toshiba are working closely together to ensure our notebook customers worldwide are aware of the dramatically enhanced computing experience Vista will offer,” said Hisatsugu Nonaka, Toshiba corporate senior vice president and president and CEO, Toshiba PC and Network Company. “We want our customers to choose a Toshiba notebook computer that is Windows Vista Capable or Windows Vista Premium Ready so they are prepared for this exciting new operating system.”


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June 13, 2006

Siemens: Megatrends - Power

Siemens Electrical Engineering.

Siemens Power Engineering

To supply the world's enormous energy requirement will require a wide mix of technologies already available today and new technologies over the entire energy chain, from extraction and production to distribution and consumption. The world needs solutions that are economical and environmentally benign and that save resources. Siemens is meeting this challenge by providing innovative products, services and solutions worldwide for a climate and environmentally-friendly and economic power generation as well as power transmission and distribution.


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June 12, 2006

UNITED COLORS OF BENETTON: FALL/WINTER 2006/2007: WOMEN’S COLLECTION

UNITED COLORS OF BENETTON WOMEN’S COLLECTION

United Colors of Benetton

Glamorous is the adjective that best describes United Colors of Benetton’s
collections for the next autumn-winter season. Collections focused on fashion
trends without going over the top. Well-established expertise helps to broaden
the knitwear content. Restraint, good taste and an undisputed ability to choose
and offer only what women really want: to be well dressed and very lovely.

Neo Noir for chic minimalists whose femininity shines through even under men’s fabrics and outfits. Straight trousers, Bermudas with turn-ups above the knee, blazers (some with a faux fur collar), simple coats or others with the touch of a thin loose belt, figure-hugging leather bombers, rigorous wool or nylon mid-length jackets. And edgier styles: a short cape, a spencer-bolero with a stand-up collar and a pleated skirt which is also in a surprising puffball version. The knitwear’s main features include large collars, neck openings with or without buttons, combinations of different yarns and wool weights, and black-and-white jacquard. In addition to the colour that gives its name to the range there is a sober brown, a classic charcoal and frivolous touches of white, pale blue and bluey-mauve.

Postcards from ... the dots are obligatory because the inspiring “where” is not well defined: the Los Angeles of Marlowe’s trench coat; the icy north of textured knits; the Paris of light, almost summery little silk dresses; the English countryside of jodhpurs; the yacht clubs of the French Riviera or the Costa Smeralda of the “nautical” caban jackets; the upmarket ski resorts of the down- filled overwear and the knitted waistcoat that brushes the ground like a regal train. The palette is composed of milky-white, golden beige and dun with antique rose seasoned with a light hand and with soft, fleecy knitwear symbolised by the shrug.

Something poetic: the country style’s romanticism and rough sweetness. Material combinations create the mood: tiny silk flowers married to tweed and herringbone; velvet with Shetland wool; tartan with heavy cotton; imitation leather and faux fur mix with striped knitwear. And that’s not all. Even the classic styles mix together: the duffel coat has caban details; the bomber is built like a blazer; the men’s coat is edged with dressing gown-like frills; the hunter’s jacket is made of coated Prince of Wales check. All have the air of a style collector’s classic must-haves given a new creative twist. Knitwear is everywhere with different stitches and yarns, mixtures of lines and modelling and incredible high points – to mention just one, the jacquard cardigan with “rounded” styling, a little bit shawl, a little bit redingote.

Bazaar Kashgar: of the Orient it has the jewel colours –teal, claret and pink-set amidst impenetrable, mysterious black; the silk and floral motifs; the discreet femininity of lace, trimmings, gatherings and sheer effects; the proportions and construction of dresses and blouses always with a high waist and tribal mood. Faux Karakul and textured wool for the main overwear. Lots of knits: layered, draped, low-cut, edged, matched with fanciful scarves.

The way we are is a “young” story of denim trousers, miniskirts, knee-length skirts, pedal pushers and Bermuda shorts wittily matched with important, elegant pieces. The very haute couture pastel hound’s tooth short jacket with a “string” of woollen pearls; the Tyrolean-style boiled-wool spencer; the purple-hibiscus English duffel coat; the black trench coat of the serious New Yorker; the airman’s down-filled bomber jacket; the rapper’s fleece jacket lined with faux fur. Denim blue, black and lots of strong colour underline the brand’s constant theme.


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June 11, 2006

GM and Discovery Channel to Showcase the Future of Cars in a New Documentary

Exclusive series to include young designers as they develop ultra-clean concept vehicles for 2027.

Discovery Channel and GM are taking viewers behind the closely guarded doors of GM Design and into the minds of the automaker's innovative, forward thinking designers as part of a new, four-part documentary. Set to debut in 2007, the Discovery Channel program will examine the future of automotive engineering - from design and alternative fuel sources to advanced materials and in-vehicle electronics.

GM General Motors Discovery Channel


With exclusive access to the GM Design internship program, the documentary will include elite young designers as they develop eight vehicles - each based on GM's advanced hydrogen fuel cell technology - from initial sketches through digital models to finished design properties.

GM General Motors Discovery Channel

Along the way, viewers will get a rare look at the design studios, confidential proving grounds, aero labs and engineering centers that continue to yield amazing advances in automotive development.

General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM), the world's largest automaker, has been the global industry sales leader for 75 years. With global headquarters in Detroit, GM manufactures its cars and trucks in 33 countries. In 2005, 9.17 million GM cars and trucks were sold globally under the following brands: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, GM Daewoo, Holden, HUMMER, Opel, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn and Vauxhall.

Discovery Communications, Inc. is the leading global real-world media company. Discovery has grown from its core property, the Discovery Channel, first launched in the United States in 1985, to current global operations in 170 countries and territories.

"In working with GM, we are providing valuable information to consumers about how today's automotive designers and tomorrow's innovators are working to solve the challenges that impact so many of us on a daily basis," said Jane Root, executive vice president and general manager, Discovery Channel, The Science Channel and Military Channel. "Using GM as a backdrop for advancements in automotive design and engineering, Discovery Channel ultimately provides viewers with knowledge of how their lives will be impacted."

GM's eight design interns will help put a human face on the challenges facing the next generation of car designers. Each summer GM hosts interns from top schools, challenging them with real-world projects that enhance their skills and help them master the latest design technology. The program also helps GM recruit future designers for its network of 11 global design centers.

"GM Design's intern program allows students to create future vehicles in a working design center using the latest in methods and technology," said Ed Welburn, GM Vice President, Global Design, and an alumnus of the GM Design intern program. "My internship at GM, under the leadership of Bill Mitchell, nurtured my passion for design and helped prepare me for a career that I love. Our goal is to do the same for this year's interns."

CBS Productions is producing this documentary for Discovery Channel. For Discovery Channel, Charlie Parsons is the executive producer and for CBS Productions Rob Cohen is the executive producer and Matt Bennett is the senior producer.


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June 9, 2006

adidas designs football boots in the team colours of the 32 nations participating in the FIFA World Cup™

ADIDAS Boots 2006 FIFA World Cup

adidas presents 32 football boot designs, inspired by the team colours of the 32 nations participating in the 2006 FIFA World Cup™. Every nation will have its very own +F50 Tunit design featuring a variety of country colours and details. Some of the shoes will be widely available in retail, others will be produced in limited editions only. The +F50 Tunit 32 designs will only be made available as upper components of the modular TUNIT concept.

During the 2006 FIFA World Cup™, the +F50 TUNIT 32 concept will also be endorsed on the field of play. Amongst the athletes wearing the product will be players such as Lionel Messi (Argentina and FC Barcelona), Lukas Podolski (Germany and 1. FC Cologne), Zé Roberto (Brazil and FC Bayern Munich), Nigel de Jong (Holland and Hamburg SV) and Nicolas Anelka (France and Fenerbahçe).

Lionel Messi: “I think the boot designs look great and the amount of stories and details that have gone into each and every one of them is amazing. But obviously, I personally believe the Argentina boot is the most beautiful one of all. I’m really looking forward to the World Cup and these boots obviously make me feel even more excited!”


+F50 TUNIT Technology

• The lightweight Chassis provides reduced weight through less material usage. This chassis also features the ClimaCool upper. This chassis weighs 75gr.

• The Comfort Chassis provides additional comfort, cushioning and shock absorption at high pressure points, such as the heel and the forefoot ball area. This chassis weighs 84gr.

• The Orthopaedic Chassis features reductions in the sock liner to allow the usage of personal orthopaedic in-socks.

• The specially developed adiHex micro fibre is thin, soft and strong. The use of this unique material allows adidas to produce a very lightweight, yet highly resistant performance boot. The end result: a stunning looking, incredible durable, very comfortable and easy to maintain football boot.

• ClimaCool provides a 360° cooling effect for the entire foot through the adiHex/mesh upper construction and ventilation cut-outs in the outsole.

• The lace cover provides a cleaner kicking surface to reduce missed shots and passes.


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June 8, 2006

adidas presents 13th World Cup Stadium

A Fan Park "adidas World of Football" modelled on Berlin’s Olympic Stadium.

ADIDAS Football Stadium

adidas has just presented the adidas WORLD OF FOOTBALL, a 40,000 square meter football park in front of the German parliamentary building. The heart of the site is the replica of Berlin’s Olympic Stadium which will provide almost 10,000 fans with a unique public viewing experience at all games of the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ and with great entertainment acts.

One day before the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ kicks off, the ZDF Ticket Show will mark the official opening of the adidas WORLD OF FOOTBALL. Numerous celebrities from sport, showbiz and politics will give away the last 2006 tickets for the FIFA World Cup™.

Open every day from noon until midnight during the 2006 FIFA World Cup™, the main entrance to the adidas WORLD OF FOOTBALL is located opposite the Reichstag building. The adidas WORLD OF FOOTBALL also offers much more than the purely stadium-linked activities: exciting football stations and an attractive entertainment program are set up around the park.


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June 7, 2006

FIFA World Cup 2006: United Nations and FIFA join forces for peace and development

FIFA World Cuo 2006 Germany

In a joint message welcoming the opening of the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi A. Annan and FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter made an appeal for peace, tolerance and development. Their message is addressed to the whole world as it comes together in Munich to witness the start of the world's biggest sporting event.

MESSAGE WELCOMING THE OPENING OF THE FIFA WORLD CUP June 2006

Football is a global language. It can bridge social, cultural and religious divides. It enhances personal development and growth, teaches us teamwork and fair play, builds self-esteem and opens doors to new opportunities. This, in turn, can contribute to the well-being of whole communities and countries.

That is why the United Nations is using football as a tool in our work to reach the Millennium Development Goals - the set of powerful, people-centred objectives adopted by all countries as a blueprint for building a better world in the 21st century.

And it is why the United Nations is turning to football in our efforts to heal the emotional wounds of war among young people in refugee camps, and in countries recovering from armed conflict.

At the World Summit last year, all of the world's Governments declared that "sports can foster peace and development, and can contribute to an atmosphere of tolerance and understanding".

Over the next few weeks, as billions of people worldwide focus on the FIFA World Cup, we appeal to players and fans everywhere to support to us in our mission. Let us harness the magic of football in our quest for development and peace.


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Boeing, Continental in Deal for Dreamliners and Next-Generation 737s

Boeing Company Continental Airlines 787 Dreamliner

The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) and Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL) have announced that the airline has ordered another 10 787-8 Dreamliners and an undisclosed mix of 24 Next-Generation 737s as part of Continental's ongoing growth plans.

This order brings to 20 the number of 787s the airline has on order, the most of any U.S. airline. The value of the 10 new 787s and 24 737s is approximately $3 billion at average list prices.

With the 787 Dreamliner, Boeing continues its leadership and innovation with a mostly composite airplane that consumes 20 percent less fuel, provides airlines with up to 60 percent more cargo revenue capacity and offers passengers a better flying experience. The 787 sets the standard for interior passenger comfort, allowing higher cabin humidity, lower cabin altitude, wider seats and aisles, innovative LCD lighting, larger windows and unmatched stowage capacity.

The first of Continental's 787s will deliver in 2009. The Next-Generation 737s contained in the new order are scheduled to begin delivery in 2008.

"The game-changing 787, in combination with the popular 777, will provide Continental with long-range, fuel-efficient capability and the fleet flexibility to react to an ever-changing market," said Mike Bair, Boeing vice president and general manager of the 787 program.

With today's order, Boeing now has 403 orders and commitments from 29 carriers worldwide for the Dreamliner. Continental was the first major U.S. carrier to commit to the technologically advanced 787, which is slated to enter service in 2008.


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June 6, 2006

TAG Heuer’s Carrera Tachymeter Racing

Tag Heuer Carrera

Since its creation by Jack Heuer in 1964, the Carrera chronograph has been one of TAG Heuer’s most iconic models, celebrated as much for its design as for its technological prowess. It derives its name from the Carrera Panamericana Mexico, a famously difficult car race of the 1950s.

TAG Heuer has recently released several new models of this emblematic timepiece, all in keeping with the elegant, sporty and authentic character of the original. Two new Carrera tachymeters were launched at the end of 2005: a model with chocolate-brown dial, tachymeter and bracelet; and a model with blue dial and tachymeter and steel bracelet.

This new sporty chronograph is available from April 2006.

"The brand-new Carrera Tachymeter Racing is targeted at fans of strong sensations. Furnished with a tachymeter on its fixed bezel for calculating speed, it pays homage to the great motor racing legends and “gentleman drivers.” Its rubber bracelet, partially perforated, is inspired by the mythic universe of racecar driving in the 1950s, and the red needles and massive beveled indexes on the black dial call to mind the speed counters on classic racecar dashboards."


"More than a new version of a model that already enjoys cult status, this new addition to the distinguished line perpetuates its historic heritage and the passion that fuels it. More sporty than ever, the Carrera Tachymeter Racing is, like all Carrera chronographs, an object of desire and audacity, timeless and indispensable."


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June 5, 2006

Braun is celebrating 50 Years of Design Innovation 1955-2005

Braun Electric Shavers Beauty Products

To celebrate 50 years of design innovation, Braun recently organized a series of events kicking off with an exhibition at London’s Royal College of Art. The exhibition showcased Braun’s design past, present and future with archival products, photographs and concept models.

Braun’s celebration of 50 Years of Design Innovation reflects the company’s far-reaching influence on product design since its iconography and philosophy was first recognised at the 1955 Düsseldorf Broadcast Exhibition.

Germany-based Braun GmbH, a subsidiary of The Gillette Company, manufactures a wide variety of small domestic appliances that marry innovation, reliability and creative design, ranging from electric shavers to personal diagnostic appliances, and from oral care products and beauty products to household appliances. Braun products enjoy worldwide distribution.


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