July 30, 2012
P&G SPONSORS MORE THAN 150 WORLD-CLASS ATHLETES AT THE LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES
Brand-sponsored athletes include Michael Phelps, Lin Dan, Rudy Fernandez, Roger Federer, Felipe Franca and Nevin Yanit.
Procter & Gamble, a Worldwide Olympic Partner, today introduced the lineup of more than 150 athletes the company and its brands are sponsoring at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The team of international athletes represents P&G and 34 leadership brands including Pampers®, Tide®/Ariel®, Pantene®, Head & Shoulders®, Duracell® and Gillette®. The team has been selected from 48 countries and includes approximately 70 men and more than 80 women.
These athletes will also serve as ambassadors for P&G brands. They will be featured in advertising and retail programs in more than four million stores around the world. Examples of P&G brand campaigns include:
• Gillette - “A Great Start Every Day” campaign featuring Swiss tennis player Roger Federer, British cyclist Sir Chris Hoy, Chinese Badminton player Lin Dan, Brazilian swimmer Felipe Franca, and American swimmer Ryan Lochte
• Ariel & Tide - “Proud Keeper of Your Country’s Colours” campaign featuring Turkish runner Nevin Yanit and Mexican pentathlete Oscar Soto
• Pampers - “Celebrating Babies’ Unique Spirit of Play” campaign featuring U.S. beach volleyball player Kerri Walsh Jennings and British marathoner Paula Radcliffe
• Pantene - “Keep Shining” campaign featuring Argentine tennis player Gisela Dulko, Mexican diver Paola Espinosa, and American swimmer Natalie Coughlin
• Head & Shoulders - “Wash in Confidence” featuring American swimmer Michael Phelps and French handball player Nikola Karabatic
“We are delighted to introduce P&G’s family of athletes to the world. The world-class Olympians we’re sponsoring embody the dedication, passion and commitment that inspires us as a company,” said Marc Pritchard, P&G’s Global Brand Building Officer.
July 22, 2012
Giffoni International Children’s Film Festival 42nd Edition is taking place July 14 - 24, 2012
Photo: American television and film actress Jessica Alba attends 2012 Giffoni Film Festival press conference on July 14, 2012 in Giffoni Valle Piana, Italy. (Photo © Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images).
Photo: Martina Colombari attends 2012 Giffoni Film Festival photocall on July 17, 2012 in Giffoni Valle Piana, Italy. (Photo © Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images).
Photo: Italian film director, actor, and screenwriter Leonardo Pieraccioni attends 2012 Giffoni Film Festival photocall on July 16, 2012 in Giffoni Valle Piana, Italy. (Photo © Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images).
Photo: Italian film director, actor, and screenwriter Leonardo Pieraccioni poses with the Giffoni Award on July 16, 2012 in Giffoni Valle Piana, Italy. (Photo © Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images).
Photo: Mayor of Florence Matteo Renzi attends 2012 Giffoni Film Festival photocall on July 16, 2012 in Giffoni Valle Piana, Italy. (Photo © Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images).
Photo: Italian Actor Roberto Farnesi attends 2012 Giffoni Film Festival photocall on July 17, 2012 in Giffoni Valle Piana, Italy. (Photo © Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images).
Photo: Academy Award-winning American actor, producer and director Nicolas Cage attends 2012 Giffoni Film Festival press conference on July 18, 2012 in Giffoni Valle Piana, Italy. ((Photo © Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images).
Photo: Italian actor Sergio Assisi attends 2012 Giffoni Film Festival photocall on July 20, 2012 in Giffoni Valle Piana, Italy. (Photo © Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images).
Photo: Actress Anna Safroncik attends 2012 Giffoni Film Festival Red Carpet on July 17, 2012 in Giffoni Valle Piana, Italy. (Photo © Stefania D’Alessandro/2012 WireImage).
Giffoni Film Festival is the most important international festival for kids and youth.
Hollywood star Nicolas Cage was there in typical cool rock style, wearing jeans, T-shirt and blue jacket. “I’ve literally fallen in love with the Giffoni Film Festival basic idea, which gives voice to kids and youth from all over the world,” he said at the press conference. “It is the unique philosophy in the world which makes us aware that we are all human and with the same feelings. Young people who participate in Giffoni learn to love each other before adults teach them to hate on the basis of their different cultures.”
The Giffoni International Film Festival is the largest children’s film festival in Europe, and possibly the World. It takes place in the little Italian town of Giffoni Valle Piana in Southern Italy. Over 2,000 children attend the festival. During the festival, the children and teenagers watch the films, learn about the filmmaking process, and are called to judge them and award the best ones with prizes.
July 11, 2012
In Celebration of the London 2012 Olympic Games, Old Spice Teams up with Timothy Wang to Celebrate the "Champion" in Every Man
Photo: In Celebration of the London 2012 Olympic Games, Old Spice Teams up with Timothy Wang to Celebrate the “Champion” in Every Man. Team USA Table Tennis star epitomizes brand’s scent philosophy and gives guys the motivation and self-confidence to “Believe in Their Smellf” and win in the game of life.
“Motivation, self-confidence and the right scent are key elements to becoming a champion in the game of life, and nobody knows this more than Olympic athletes.” Old Spice refers to this winning mix of attitude and scent as “Believing in Your Smellf.” To celebrate the brand’s new Champion grooming line, Old Spice, a Procter & Gamble brand, today announced a partnership with Team USA table tennis representative Timothy Wang, who will look to secure the USA’s first-ever medal in Table Tennis at this year’s London 2012 Olympic Games.
To kick off its partnership with Wang, Old Spice will host a table tennis event in Los Angeles on Thursday, July 12, where Wang will meet and greet fans and provide table tennis pointers prior to departing for the London 2012 Olympic Games to take on the best in the world. The brand will also support its relationship with Wang through a number of Champion-themed digital engagement activations.
“As I prepare to take on the world later this month, I know how important it will be for me to compete with confidence,” said Timothy Wang. “Whether it’s at the Olympic Games or in life, understanding the importance of believing in yourself and smelling great are important tools for achieving personal success. Old Spice Champion offers guys that winning combination.”
Old Spice’s partnership with Wang celebrates the brand’s new Champion scent, which features the Olympic Rings on its packaging. The Old Spice Champion lineup includes a full range of anti-perspirant, deodorant, body wash and body spray products designed to give men the motivation and self-confidence to “Believe in their Smellf” and smell like a champion.
“For world-class athletes like Timothy Wang or ordinary guys, believing in your scent can truly be a powerful personal motivator,” said Josh Talge, brand manager for Old Spice North America. “Old Spice Champion captures the essence of manhood, confidence and a sense of achievement, and celebrates the true champion in every man. It’s designed to give guys the self-assurance that they can do anything if they put their Smellf into it.”
While table tennis (also known as ping pong) is widely popular in the U.S., it has been dominated by China and South Korea since becoming an official Olympic sport in 1988. With a ‘champion’ mentality and scent, Wang will look to bring home Olympic gold.
July 8, 2012
Fred Spofforth, the first man to take a hat-trick of wickets in Test match cricket, inducted into ICC Cricket Hall of Fame
Photo: Relatives of fred Spoffoth receive a cap inducting him in to the ICC hall of fame during the 1st Natwest One Day International match between England and Australia at Lord’s Cricket Ground on June 29, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images. © 2012 Getty Images.)
Former Australia bowler Fred Spofforth was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in front of a large and appreciative international crowd during the innings break at the first ODI between England and Australia at Lord’s on June 29, 2012.
The commemorative cap was received by relatives, Mark and Alex, of the late Australian international, from ICC Director Giles Clarke and the England and Wales Cricket Board Chairman Giles Clarke alongside ICC Director and Cricket Australia Chairman Wally Edwards and MCC President Phillip Hodson. It marks Spofforth’s induction into the Hall of Fame, a joint initiative between the ICC and the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA).
Spofforth was born in 1853 and is recognised as Australia’s first fast bowler and was the first man to take a hat-trick of wickets in Test match cricket.
Born in Balmain, Sydney, Spofforth played for New South Wales and Victoria during his first class career between 1874 and 1888. In his 18 Test appearances for Australia, he took an impressive 94 wickets, claiming four 10-wicket hauls, with a career best of 14-90 against England in 1882.
In his first class career the right-armed bowler claimed 853 wickets at an average of 14.95 claiming 32 10-wicket hauls. He played his final Test in 1887.
The Spofforth family sporting tradition continues now in the UK with Gemma Spofforth, the current 100 metre backstroke world record holder in swimming, who will represent Great Britain in the London 2012 Olympics.
Training in the United States ahead of the London Olympics the swimmer said: “I’m so sorry that I can’t be there to celebrate the success of another athlete in the family, but with the Olympics so close my focus just has to remain on final preparations for the Games.”
• ICC Cricket Hall of Fame inductees:
Curtly Ambose, Sydney Barnes, Ken Barrington, Bishen Bedi, Alec Bedser, Richie Benaud, Allan Border, Ian Botham, Geoffrey Boycott, Donald Bradman, Greg Chappell, Ian Chappell, Belinda Clark, Denis Compton, Colin Cowdrey, Alan Davidson, Kapil Dev, Joel Garner, Sunil Gavaskar, Lance Gibbs, Graham Gooch, David Gower, WG Grace, Tom Graveney, Gordon Greenidge, Clarrie Grimmett, Richard Hadlee, Walter Hammond, Neil Harvey, George Headley, Rachael Heyhoe-Flint, Jack Hobbs, Michael Holding, Leonard Hutton, Rohan Kanhai, Imran Khan, Alan Knott, Jim Laker, Harold Larwood, Dennis Lillee, Ray Lindwall, Clive Lloyd, Hanif Mohammad, Rodney Marsh, Malcolm Marshall, Peter May, Javed Miandad, Keith Miller, Bill O’Reilly, Graeme Pollock, Wilfred Rhodes, Barry Richards, Vivian Richards, Andy Roberts, Garfield Sobers, Fred Spofforth, Brian Statham, Herbert Sutcliffe, Fred Trueman, Victor Trumper, Derek Underwood, Courtney Walsh, Steve Waugh, Wasim Akram, Clyde Walcott, Everton Weekes, Frank Woolley, Frank Worrell.
Four new inductees will be announced in September ahead of the LG ICC Awards 2012.
• According to experts, however, the list does not include many important players, such as — Ranjitsinhji (the erstwhile Jamsaheb of Nawanagar, India, who invented the leg glance, scored close to 1000 runs for England and averaged marginally below 45 in 15 Tests. Ranji Trophy is named after him.), Duleepsinhji (nephew of Ranjitsinhji, who too played for England in pre-independence days and scored close to 1000 runs in only 12 Tests at a high average of 58-plus), C K Nayudu, Lala Amarnath, Vijay Merchant, Vijay Hazare, Vinoo Mankad, Polly Umrigar, Subash Gupte (all from India); Fazal Mehmood (Pakistan) (in the Oval Test on Pakistan’s very first tour in 1954, he took a haul of 12 wickets for 99 runs, 6 for 53 and 6 for 46. Later, he bowled his country to a famous victory over the mightly Australians in their very first encounter in the 1956-57 series at Karachi with a fabulous haul of 13 for 114 in 75 overs); Herbert Sutcliffe, Bill Edrich, Maurice Tate, Godfrey Evans, Hedley Verity, Douglas Jardine, Ted Dexter and Bob Willis (England); Victor Trumper, Stan McCabe, Clarrie Grimmett, Bill Ponsford, Arthur Morris, Lindsay Hassett, Bob Simpson, Doug Walters, Graham McEnzie and Alan Davidson (Australia); Sonny Ramadhin, Alf Valentine, Wesley Hall (West Indies); Jackie McGlew, Dudley Nourse, Hugh Tayfield, Eddie Barlow and Mike Procter (South Africa).
July 7, 2012
New Finger-Dancing Game Turns iPad Into an Interactive, Colorful Dance Floor for Your Hands
Photo: Jennifer Lopez takes a break to focus on her finger-dancing moves while playing Moonshark’s DancePad app on her iPad between takes on the set of her new music video.
Moonshark, a mobile entertainment start-up, co-founded by Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and Qualcomm, has announced a partnership with international superstar Jennifer Lopez for the release of DancePad, a mobile finger-dancing game for iPad that lets users of all ages express themselves. With 100 levels of choreographed finger-dancing set to music from top artists, DancePad offers an innovative, energetic gaming experience.
According to Moonshark, “DancePad is a brand new finger-dancing game for the iPad that challenges players to move their hands to the beat. Although the app is easy to learn, it is hard to master as users will have to skillfully jump, slide and jive around the dance floor following dance moves with their fingers. The better gamers get, the more levels they will unlock.”
“DancePad combines great music and cool dance steps to create an amazing experience, so there is no one better to partner with on this app than Jennifer Lopez,” said Matt Kozlov, CEO of Moonshark. “When we first showed the game to her, she was hooked, and now she’s got everyone from her backup singers and dancers to her own kids playing DancePad.”
July 2, 2012
2012 QS World University Rankings by Subject Reveal New Challengers to the Established Global Hierarchy
QS has announced its 2012 World University Rankings by Subject, the largest set of rankings of its kind ever compiled.
MIT and Harvard both top the table in 11 of the record 29 disciplines covered, ahead of Oxford (3), Stanford (3) and Cambridge (1). Yet it is the performance of universities outside of the traditional US-UK elite that provides the rankings’ main talking point.
Universities from 17 different countries make the top 20 in at least one discipline, spanning five continents: the US, UK, Australia, Canada, Switzerland, Italy, France, Germany, Netherlands, Ireland, Sweden, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan and Brazil.
Asia accounts for around a quarter of leading institutions in engineering, mathematics, chemistry, and material sciences. University of Tokyo ranks 2nd in civil engineering, while National University of Singapore, Peking University, Hong Kong University and Kyoto University all make the top ten in at least one discipline.
“Global competition to develop research capacity and attract international talent is shaking up the established order”, says QS head of research Ben Sowter. “The financial crisis has eroded the ability of leading universities in the US and UK to monopolize world-class researchers and students”.
Continental Europe’s leading institution is ETH Zurich, ranked 4th in chemical engineering. Germany’s increased research funding through the Excellence Initiative is reflected in strong performances in science and technology, with Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Muenchen ranked 12th for physics.
“Countries in Asia, Australasia and parts of western Europe have increased their research budgets in a bid to foster innovation,” says John O’Leary. “The BRIC nations in particular have made higher education central to their plans for economic growth.”
Two Indian institutions (Indian Institutes of Technology) appear for the first time in the top 30 for engineering, while China flexes its muscle with top-30 rankings in 17 disciplines. Brazil’s emergence is reflected by top-50 rankings in six subjects for the University of Sao Paolo.
Australian universities make the top ten in 11 subjects, while Toronto University is Canada’s top institution, with five top-ten rankings. 12 UK institutions make the top 20 in at least one of the 29 subjects, though only three of these universities register their best performance in a science or technology discipline.
QS World University Rankings by Subject is based on new data on research citations alongside global surveys of nearly 50,000 academics and graduate employers.
Source: QS Quacquarelli Symonds
Ratan Tata Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from The Rockefeller Foundation
Photo: Mr. Ratan N. Tata, Chairman of Tata Sons, receives the Rockefeller Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Innovation in philanthropy from Dr. Judith Rodin, President of The Rockefeller Foundation, in New York on June 26, 2012. The annual Rockefeller Foundation Innovation Forum brought together some of the most creative and inventive minds from the worlds of business, government and civil society to explore how the benefits of new technologies can positively impact the world’s poor.
The Rockefeller Foundation, celebrating 100 years of global innovation, honored individuals and institutions as part of its second annual Innovation Awards ceremony on June 26, 2012 in New York.
India’s Mr. Ratan N. Tata, Chairman of Tata Son’s, received a lifetime achievement award for innovation from the Foundation for thoughtfully incorporating the public good into the business model of the Tata Group.
The operations of the Tata Group, which include companies like Tata Motors, Tata Steel, Tata Consultancy Services and Tata Global Beverages, span more than 80 countries across six continents. Since the company’s founding in 1868, the Tata Group has made it their mission to return wealth to the communities in which it operates. Sixty-six percent of Tata Sons is owned by philanthropic trusts founded over 120 years ago.
“At the Rockefeller Foundation, we are constantly searching for innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges, and we have admired Mr. Tata’s work in both the corporate sector and in his personal philanthropy to find these types of solutions as well,” said Dr. Judith Rodin, President of The Rockefeller Foundation. “We are honored to celebrate Mr. Tata tonight for his vision, the Tata group’s leadership, his commitment to innovation in the area of corporate social responsibility and for his commitment to the poor and underserved.”