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September 2013 Issue


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September 30, 2013

Nissan Celebrates All-Electric LEAF Sales Milestone On National Plug In Day in the USA

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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.

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September 25, 2013

UN General Assembly Session Opens in New York

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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September 24, 2013

The Longines Prize for Precision awarded at the Archery World Cup Final in Paris

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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.

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Photo: The 2013 Archery World Cup Final took place on the Esplanade of the Trocadero in Paris.

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Photo: Erika Jones (USA), winner of the 2013 Longines Prize for Precision at the Archery World Cup Final in Paris.

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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.

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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.

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Photo: Coca-Cola & Sports - Professional ice hockey player Patrick Sharp promoting Coca-Cola Zero.

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Infographic: 2014 FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola.

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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.

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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.

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Photo: Front Cover of a book on Satyajit Ray.

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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.”

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“The director is the only person who knows what the film is about.”

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September 15, 2013

IBM Customer Experience Lab Unveils New Innovations for Chief Marketing Officers

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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.

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September 14, 2013

Mercedes-Benz E-Class 2014 Gets Impressive Fuel Economy Rating in the USA

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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.

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September 10, 2013

QS World University Rankings 2013 Announced

World University Rankings, Global Giants

World University Rankings, Global Giants

World University Rankings, Global Giants

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.

GLOBAL HIGHLIGHTS

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.

REGIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

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.

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September 9, 2013

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York: September 5-12, 2013

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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).

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York, Global Giants

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).

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York, Global Giants

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).

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York, Global Giants

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).

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York, Global Giants

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).

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York, Global Giants

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).

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York, Global Giants

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).

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York, Global Giants

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).

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York, Global Giants

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).

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York, Global Giants

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.”

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September 5, 2013

G20 Heads of State meet in St. Petersburg, Russia

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Photo: President of the United States of America Barack Obama at the second working meeting of the G20 heads of state and government, heads of invited states and international organizations. G20 Summit, September 6, 2013, St. Petersburg, Russia. © Host Photo Agency.

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Photo: Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and President of the United States of America Barack Obama during the official welcome of heads of delegations of G20 member states, invited countries, and international organizations. G20 Summit, September 5, 2013, St. Petersburg, Russia. © Host Photo Agency.

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Photo: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel during an official welcome of G20 heads of state and government, heads of invited states and international organizations. G20 Summit, September 5, 2013, St. Petersburg, Russia. © Host Photo Agency.

G20 Russia, Global Giants

Photo: Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Prime Minister of the Republic of India Manmohan Singh during an official welcome of G20 heads of state and government, heads of invited states and international organizations. G20 Summit, September 5, 2013, St. Petersburg, Russia. © Host Photo Agency.

G20 Russia, Global Giants

Photo: Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al-Assaf, Minister of Finance of Saudi Arabia, during an official welcome of G20 heads of state and government, heads of invited states and international organizations. G20 Summit, September 5, 2013, St. Petersburg, Russia. © Host Photo Agency.

G20 Russia, Global Giants

Photo: Russian President Vladimir Putin and President of Argentina Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner during the official welcome of heads of delegations of G20 member states, invited countries, and international organizations. G20 Summit, September 5, 2013, St. Petersburg, Russia. © Host Photo Agency.

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Photo: Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland David Cameron and Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Angela Merkel at the first working meeting of the G20 heads of state and government, heads of invited states and international organizations. G20 Summit, September 5, 2013, St. Petersburg, Russia. © Host Photo Agency.

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Photo: President of the Republic of South Africa Jacob Zuma’s wife Gloria Bongi Ngema visits the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet. G20 Summit, September 5, 2013, St. Petersburg, Russia. © Host Photo Agency.

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Photo: City of St. Petersburg, Russia. © Host Photo Agency.

The participants of the G20 Leaders’ Summit have arrived at their first working meeting. Over the two days, they will discuss the priorities of Russia’s G20 Presidency in 2013 and outline future plans. The Summit is expected to conclude with a joint declaration from the leaders.

Prior to the meeting was the official welcome of the G20 heads of state and government and heads of invited states and international organizations.

Russia assumed the G20 presidency for the first time on December 1, 2012. The G20 is the leading international cooperation forum, focusing on the most important international economic and financial issues. The G20 Leaders’ Summit, being held in St. Petersburg on September 5-6, 2013, is the main G20 event of 2013.

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“There must be, not a balance of power, but a community of power; not organized rivalries, but an organized peace.”

— Woodrow Wilson (28th President of the United States, from 1913 to 1921. President of Princeton University from 1902 to 1910).


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September 3, 2013

Stars Arrive in Style at the 70th Venice International Film Festival

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Photo: Actress Clotilde Coureau attends ‘Gravity’ premiere and Opening Ceremony during The 70th Venice International Film Festival at Sala Grande on August 28, 2013 in Venice, Italy. (Photo © Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Maserati).

Venice International Film Festival, Global Giants

Photo: Liliana Matthaeus attends the L’Uomo Vogue Party during the 70th Venice International Film Festival at Terrazza Maserati on August 27, 2013 in Venice, Italy. (Photo © Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Maserati).

Venice International Film Festival, Global Giants

Photo: Moran Atias attends the L’Uomo Vogue Party during the 70th Venice International Film Festival at Terrazza Maserati on August 27, 2013 in Venice, Italy. (Photo © Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Maserati).

Venice International Film Festival, Global Giants

Photo: Actor Nicolas Cage attends the ‘Joe’ Premiere during The 70th Venice International Film Festival at Palazzo Del Cinema on August 30, 2013 in Venice, Italy. (Photo © Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Maserati).

Venice International Film Festival, Global Giants

Photo: Director Philip Groning attends the 70th Venice International Film Festival at Terrazza Maserati on August 30, 2013 in Venice, Italy. (Photo © Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Maserati).

Venice International Film Festival, Global Giants

Photo: Actress Maria Roveran attends the 70th Venice International Film Festival at Terrazza Maserati on August 31, 2013 in Venice, Italy. (Photo © Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for Maserati).

Venice International Film Festival, Global Giants

Photo: Director Noaz Deshe attends the 70th Venice International Film Festival at Terrazza Maserati on August 31, 2013 in Venice, Italy. (Photo © Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Maserati).

Venice International Film Festival, Global Giants

Photo: Actress Madalina Ghenea attends the 70th Venice International Film Festival at Terrazza Maserati on August 31, 2013 in Venice, Italy. (Photo © Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Maserati).

Venice International Film Festival, Global Giants

Photo: Actor James Franco attends ‘Palo Alto’ Premiere during the 70th Venice International Film Festival at Sala Grande on September 1, 2013 in Venice, Italy. (Photo © Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for Maserati).

Venice International Film Festival, Global Giants

Photo: Alexandra Finder attends the 70th Venice International Film Festival at Terrazza Maserati on August 30, 2013 in Venice, Italy. (Photo © Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for Maserati).

Venice International Film Festival, Global Giants

ENLARGE

Photo: Miss Italy 2009 Maria Perrusi attends the 70th Venice International Film Festival at Terrazza Maserati on September 4, 2013 in Venice, Italy. (Photo © Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Maserati).

Venice International Film Festival, Global Giants

Photo: Orizzonti Jury member Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani wears a Jaeger-LeCoultre Vintage Duoplan watch at the Opening Ceremony of the 70th Venice Film Festival on August 28, 2013 in Venice, Italy. (Photo © Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Jaeger-LeCoultre).

Venice International Film Festival, Global Giants

Photo: Caterina Balivo wears the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Ultra Thin watch at the ‘Philomena’ Premiere during the 70th Venice Film Festival on August 31, 2013 in Venice, Italy. (Photo © Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Jaeger-LeCoultre).

The 70th Venice International Film Festival is being held from 28th August to 7th September 2013.

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