• June 2011 Issue •
June 30, 2011
Renault Dacia Duster's Remarkable Debut at Pikes Peak Hill Climb, Colorado Springs, USA
2011 PIKES PEAK HILL CLIMB — TOP THREE FINISHERS:
1- Nobuhiro Tajima (Suzuki SX4), 9m51s (new record)
2- Rhys Millen (Hyundai RMR PM580), 10m9s
3- Jean-Philippe Dayraut (Dacia Duster), 10m17s
In the hands of France’s three-time Trophee Andros champion Jean-Philippe Dayraut, Dacia Duster No Limit produced an extremely competitive time for the course which enabled it to claim third place overall against a field of Pikes Peak specialists and previous winners. The car’s run and podium finish were unanimously praised by the organisers, fellow competitors and spectators alike.
Jean-Philippe Dayraut had long dreamt of contesting the Pikes Peak. He and his team’s technical staff received a warm welcome from the regulars of the world’s most famous and toughest hill climb.
“It’s got to be the most incredible and craziest event I have ever done,” he smiled afterwards. “The mix of asphalt and gravel calls for special driving skills and I am thrilled to have finished on the podium and competed up there with best.”
June 27, 2011
Horse Race in France: Prix de Diane 2011
Photo: On the finish line of the Prix de Diane Longines 2011, the winner Maxime Guyon on Golden Lilac.
Photo: Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan, Longines Ambassadress of Elegance, during the Prix de Diane 2011 with her elegant hat, made by the French milliner Sophie Papiernik.
Photo: View of the stand of Chantilly racecourse during the Prix de Diane Longines 2011.
Maxime Guyon riding Golden Lilac won the Prix de Diane Longines at the Chantilly, France, Racecourse.
The Prix de Diane, sometimes referred to as the French Oaks, is a flat horse race in France. It is run at Chantilly over a distance of 2,100 metres, and it is scheduled to take place each year in June.
June 20, 2011
Alyssa Campanella wins the 2011 MISS USA Competition
Photo: Miss California USA 2011, Alyssa Campanella, is the winner of the 2011 MISS USA Competition. She celebrates on stage after the crowning, which was broadcast LIVE on NBC from the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Theatre for the Performing Arts, in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday, June 19, 2011. The winner will compete in the 2011 MISS UNIVERSE Pageant in Sao Paulo, Brazil on September 12. (Photographer: Richard Harbaugh. © Miss Universe L.P., LLLP. Photo provided for display on GlobalGiants.Com by The Miss Universe Organization, New York.)
June 16, 2011
IBM Executives Ring The Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange
Photo: June 16, 2011 — IBM Chairman and CEO Samuel Palmisano (center) and IBM executives ring The Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange in celebration of the company’s 100th anniversary. To commemorate its centennial, more than 300,000 IBM employees around the globe are volunteering over 2.5 million hours of service in their local communities, helping with civic challenges and societal needs in the 170 countries the company does business. Earlier, IBM Chairman Palmisano underscored how IBM’s history of innovative thinking has impacted the world and society, telling IBMers that the power of their ideas will continue to drive progress. (Feature Photo Service for IBM)
Discovery Channel: LIFE ON A WIRE — Death-Defying Stunts
Photo: Nik Wallenda walking high wire towards crane. (© Discovery Channel.)
Photo: Nik Wallenda practices walking on the ferris wheel. (Photographer: Donaven Staab, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in house photographer. © Discovery Channel.)
Photo: Episode Wheel of Death. Nik recovering from slip on Wheel of Death. (© Discovery Channel.)
Nik Wallenda doesn’t want to die. It just looks that way sometimes. He’s seventh generation of the legendary acrobatic family The Flying Wallendas, and is on a mission to bring his famous family’s skill, passion and showmanship to a new 21st Century audience.
On Wednesday, June 22, Discovery Channel will sneak peek LIFE ON A WIRE, a limited series commissioned by Discovery Channel that profiles Nik and his incredible family. Produced by RelativityREAL for Discovery, additional episodes are set to air later in 2011 on the network.
• LIFE ON A WIRE shows how, through the help of his entire family, Nik creates spectacular acts that cheat death through science, skill and discipline.
The success of any of Nik’s acts — and, indeed, his very life — is dependent upon meticulous preparations that include engineering and wind speed analysis, conducted with a crew that includes his chief engineer (his uncle Mike), and his safety coordinator (his father Terry).
This past weekend, Nik and his mother Delilah made headlines around the world as they successfully walked a high wire in Puerto Rico.
Says Nik, “People ask me all the time - why do you do this? Why do you risk your life? My family has been doing this for seven generations. I was born doing it; it’s really all I know. It’s in my blood, it’s who I am and I can’t imagine doing anything else.”
June 11, 2011
World Renowned Drivers Battle for Supremacy at Eldora Speedway
Photo: Drivers participate in a four-wide parade lap prior to the running of Prelude To The Dream at Eldora Speedway on June 8, 2011 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images For True Speed Communications. © 2011 Getty Images.)
Photo: Ryan Newman, driver of the #39 US Army Chevrolet, drives during qualifying before the running of Prelude To The Dream at Eldora Speedway on June 8, 2011 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images For True Speed Communications. © 2011 Getty Images.)
Photo: A tire from the car driven by Tony Kanaan (not pictured) bounces in front of Justin Allgaier, driver of the #31 Brandt Chevrolet, during the Prelude To The Dream at Eldora Speedway on June 8, 2011 in Rossburg, Ohio. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images For True Speed Communications. © 2011 Getty Images.)
June 6, 2011
Miss Universe attends to Poor Children in her hometown in Mexico
Miss Universe 2010 Ximena Navarrete reaches out to help poor children in the unseen side of her hometown of Guadalajara, Mexico, through Children International, a U.S.-based humanitarian organization.
“It was difficult for me to see the poverty and how these families struggle to get by in the city where I grew up,” said Navarrete. “But now I have seen the life-changing work Children International is doing with children and teens in Mexico. They are giving impoverished children a chance to live better lives.”
The Mexican native recently embarked upon a 3-day visit of Guadalajara where she met with several children and their families supported by the charity.
Established in 1936, Children International is a 75 year-old humanitarian organization with its headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. Children International helps more than 335,000 children and their families in 11 countries around the world including Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Zambia, Honduras, India, the Philippines and the United States.
June 4, 2011
Electric Cars at UN as General Assembly Meets on Green Economy
Photo: Electric cars are parked at United Nations Headquarters in a campaign to work towards supplying sustainable electricity to billions of people. The UN General Assembly is discussing: “Green Economy: A Pathway to Sustainable Development”. June 2, 2011. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine.
Photo: Participants of the Global Summit to Strengthen Public-Private Partnerships to Accelerate Global Electricity Technology Deployment arrive at United Nations Headquarters by electric cars, in a campaign to work towards supplying sustainable electricity to billions of people. The side event is held as the UN General Assembly debates on: “Green Economy: A Pathway to Sustainable Development”. June 2, 2011. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine.
Photo: A wide view of the General Assembly thematic debate on: “Green Economy: A Pathway to Sustainable Development”. June 2, 2011. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz.