November 30, 2012
World Premiere of the new Porsche Cayman
Porsche is celebrating the world premiere of the new Cayman at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show. The third generation of the Cayman, which is making its appearance before an international audience at the LA Convention Center, has been re-engineered from the ground up - it is lower and longer, lighter and faster, more efficient and more powerful. The two-seat sport coupe will be launched on the market in two versions: Cayman and Cayman S. A longer wheelbase, wider track and larger wheels enhance the driving performance of the new model of this mid-engine sports car.
November 27, 2012
ASIA PACIFIC SCREEN AWARDS 2012
Photo: Writer/Director/Producer Emin Alper accepts the award for Best Feature Film, Beyond the Hill, at the the sixth annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards on November 23, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo © Chris Hyde/2012 Asia Pacific Screen Awards).
Photo: Nadine Chandrawinata, former Miss Universe Indonesia, and producer of the Best Children’s Feature Film, The Mirror Never Lies, at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards on November 23, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo © Chris Hyde/2012 Asia Pacific Screen Awards).
Tepenin Ardi (Beyond the Hill, Turkey, Greece) has taken out the Best Feature Film award at the sixth Asia Pacific Screen Awards announced on Friday night at a glittering ceremony at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre in Brisbane, Australia.
Awards and High Commendations went to films from a further ten countries and areas of Asia Pacific including India, Indonesia, Iraqi-Kurdistan, Israel, Japan, People’s Republic of China, Philippines, Republic of Korea and Taiwan, and for the first time, Iraq.
An unprecedented total of 264 films were entered in this year’s competition. Asia Pacific countries and areas represented by the nominated films were Australia, Hong Kong (PRC), India, Indonesia, Iraq, Iraqi-Kurdistan, Islamic Republic of Iran, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Palestine, People’s Republic of China, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Taiwan and Turkey.
• Best Feature Film: Tepenin Ardi (Beyond the Hill), Turkey, Greece
• Best Children’s Film: Laut Bercermin (The Mirror Never Lies), Indonesia
• Best Documentary Feature Film: In My Mother’s Arms, Iraq, UK, Netherlands
• Best Animated Feature Film: Momo e no tegami (A Letter to Momo), Japan
• Achievement in Directing: Anurag Kashyap for Gangs of Wasseypur, India
• Best Screenplay: Reis Celik for Lal gece (Night of Silence), Turkey
• Achievement in Cinematography: Touraj Aslani for Fasle Kargadan (Rhino Season), Iraqi-Kurdistan,Turkey
• Best Performance by an Actor: Choi Min-sik for Bumchoiwaui Junjaeng (Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time), Republic of Korea
• Best Performance by an Actress: Nora Aunor for Sinapupunan (Thy Womb). Philippines
• The UNESCO Award for outstanding contribution to the promotion and preservation of cultural diversity through film went to director Wei Te-sheng and producers John Woo, Terence Chang and Jimmy Huang for their Taiwanese film — Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale.
Acclaimed Australian film producer Jan Chapman headed the six-member International Jury. Ms. Chapman follows previous International Jury Presidents Nansun Shi (2011, Hong Kong, PRC), Lord David Puttnam (2010, UK), Huang Jianxin (2009, People’s Republic of China), Bruce Beresford (2008, Australia) and Shabana Azmi (2007, India).
November 22, 2012
Motorsports: Formula One returns to the USA
Photos: Formula One - United States GP, Austin, Texas. November 16-18, 2012 (Credit: Red Bull and Daimler AG).
Formula One returned to the United States of America with the penultimate round of the 2012 Formula One World Championship held at the purpose-built Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, on Sunday, November 18, 2012.
Austin is the 10th venue for a F1 race in the USA (after Dallas, Detroit, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Long Beach, Phoenix, Riverside, Sebring and Watkins Glen).
2012 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX RESULTS
Position — Driver — Country — Team
- Lewis Hamilton — Great Britain — McLaren-Mercedes
- Sebastian Vettel — Germany — Red Bull Racing-Renault
- Fernando Alonso — Spain — Ferrari
- Felipe Massa — Brazil — Ferrari
- Jenson Button — Great Britain — McLaren-Mercedes
- Kimi Raikkonen — Finland — Lotus-Renault
- Romain Grosjean — France — Lotus-Renault
- Nico Hulkenberg — Germany — Force India-Mercedes
- Pastor Maldonado — Venezuela — Williams-Renault
- Bruno Senna — Brazil — Williams-Renault
- Sergio Perez — Mexico — Sauber-Ferrari
- Daniel Ricciardo — Australia — STR-Ferrari
- Nico Rosberg — Germany — Mercedes
- Kamui Kobayashi — Japan — Sauber-Ferrari
- Paul di Resta — Great Britain — Force India-Mercedes
- Michael Schumacher — Germany — Mercedes
- Vitaly Petrov — Russia — Caterham-Renault
- Heikki Kovalainen — Finland — Caterham-Renault
- Timo Glock — Germany — Marussia-Cosworth
- Charles Pic — France — Marussia-Cosworth
- Pedro de la Rosa — Spain — HRT-Cosworth
- Narain Karthikeyan — India — HRT-Cosworth
November 15, 2012
IBM Announces 2013 Smarter Cities Challenge Grants Winners
Photo: In Palisades, NY, Stanley Litow (left), IBM’s VP of Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs, names recipients of Smarter Cities Challenge grants at the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Summit. (left to right) Winning mayors include: Mayor Miro Weinberger, Burlington, Vermont; Mayor Jose Fortunati of Porto Alegre, Brazil, The Right Honourable the Lord Mayor Alderman Gavin Robinson, Belfast, UK; Mayor Madeline Rogero, Knoxville, Tennessee; and Mayor Dwight Jones, Richmond, Virginia. IBM’s largest philanthropic initiative, the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge is a three-year, 100-city, US$50 million competitive grant program that assigns teams of IBM experts to winning cities to analyze key issues. (Source: IBM).
Photo: Cities are Reaching their Limit Infographic (Credit: IBM)
Photo: Representatives from IBM and Singapore Economic Development celebrate the opening of the IBM Supply Chain Analytics Center of Competency. (Credit: IBM)
• IBM today named 31 cities globally as recipients of IBM’s Smarter Cities Challenge grants for 2013.
Launched in 2011, the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge is a three-year, 100-city, US$50 million competitive grant program. The program assigns a team of six top IBM experts to each winning city to study a key issue identified by the city’s leadership.
IBM teams work with city officials to analyze data, soliciting the input of dozens of local agencies and advocacy groups. IBM then provides detailed recommendations for how the city can efficiently and effectively address the issue.
The grant recipients are being announced at an invitation-only summit bringing mayors and city leaders together with experts and urban policy leaders. Mayors in attendance include those from among cities that were previously awarded Smarter Cities Challenge grants, as well as those whose cities are today being named 2013 winners.
IBM said that at the summit, mayors will share successful strategies on topics ranging from transportation and economic development, to sustainability and citizen participation. They will review innovative solutions to the major challenges facing cities today, such as identifying financing, refining operating strategies, improving productivity, driving organizational change, and using data and technology effectively.
Following are the 31 cities that have won IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grants for 2013:
• Belfast, United Kingdom
• Buffalo, USA
• Burlington, USA
• Cape Town, South Africa
• Chennai, India
• Christchurch, New Zealand
• Copenhagen, Denmark
• Date, Japan
• Faro, Portugal
• Foshan, China
• Fresno, USA
• Gurgaon, India
• Jeju, Korea
• Khon Kaen, Thailand
• Knoxville, USA
• Kyoto, Japan
• Lagos, Nigeria
• Lodz, Poland
• Makati City, Philippines
• Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
• Pingtung County, Taiwan
• Porto Alegre, Brazil
• Quebec City, Canada
• Reno, USA
• Richmond, USA
• Stavanger, Norway
• Trujillo, Peru
• Tucson, USA
• Valparaiso, Chile
• Vitoria, Brazil
• Waterloo, Canada
According to IBM, in year-one and two of the Smarter Cities Challenge, IBM completed work in more than 60 cities globally, deploying nearly 400 of its most talented experts who delivered concrete and measurable results to winning cities.
Smarter Cities Challenge is a variant of IBM’s Corporate Service Corps, a pro bono consulting program that assists governments with projects that intersect business, technology, and society. Since its launch in 2008, Corporate Service Corps has sent more than 2,000 of IBM’s top talent based in 50 countries on more than 200 team assignments in 30 countries. While Corporate Service Corps focuses on the developing world, IBM’s Smarter Cities Challenge addresses urban concerns in both industrialized and developing countries, IBM elucidated.
November 10, 2012
Longines Ambassadress of Elegance, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan wishes a very Happy Diwali to all
This time of the year, as every year, India and Indians across the globe celebrate their most important festival - Diwali, the festival of lights. On this occasion, Longines Ambassadress of Elegance, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan wishes everyone a very Happy Diwali.
November 1, 2012
New “Bond” girl wearing Carrera y Carrera’s Tiger ring
Photo: Actress Berenice Marlohe at the Skyfall film press conference in Berlin. Berenice Marlohe is wearing Carrera y Carrera Tiger ring in a white gold, diamonds and a smoky quartz. Berenice Marlohe is a French actress. Marlohe played Bond girl “Severine” in the twenty-third James Bond film, Skyfall.
Carrera y Carrera is a Spanish jewelry firm. Present in over 40 countries, the company has subsidiaries in the United States, Japan, and Russia, and boutiques in Madrid, Barcelona, Tokyo, Moscow, Dubai, and Kuala Lumpur, among others.