June 30, 2016
FERRARI AT GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED
Photos: Ferrari cars at Goodwood Festival of Speed, Goodwood, England. Images provided by & copyright © Ferrari S.p.A., Italy.
Goodwood, England, 24 June 2016 - The Goodwood Festival of Speed opened with another outstanding display of cars from Ferrari. The California T Handling Speciale, 488 GTB, 488 Spider, and F12df were all taking part in the Michelin Supercar Run in which cars tackle the famed 1.6 mile hillclimb that features the notorious Molecomb Corner and the famous Flint Wall.
Ferrari 488 GTB - Official video / Video ufficiale - https://t.co/rpLgqGjzAb— Global Giants (@GlobalGiants) June 30, 2016
June 29, 2016
Porsche India Celebrates Arrival of the New Porsche 911
Photo: Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet. Image provided by & copyright © Porsche AG.
Photo: Newly arrived Porsche 911 Carrera in Mumbai. Image provided by & copyright © Porsche India.
Photo: Pavan Shetty, Director, Porsche India, with a newly arrived Porsche 911 Carrera. Image provided by & copyright © Porsche India.
Mumbai: Bursting with more power, refined design and increased efficiency, the new Porsche 911 range has arrived at in India showcasing cutting-edge technological advancements in what is the most highly evolved 911 to date.
Now available in a range of model variants including coupe and cabriolet, the new 911 features entirely new turbocharged power units evolved from the racetrack to the road, as part of Porsche’s commitment to technology transfer. This gives the world’s best-selling sports car a boost in performance alongside significantly improved fuel economy. On the exterior, the new 911 impresses with an evolutionary yet further sharpened design, while inside it features the new Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system delivering improved connectivity and controls.
Speaking at the launch event of the new 911 range, Pavan Shetty, Director, Porsche India, commented: “With its unique success story, the Porsche 911 is a car that has achieved iconic status over the decades and we are immensely pleased to be sharing its latest evolution with our enthusiasts and customers here in India. This model represents standard-setting sports car performance along with the convenience of everyday usability, all packaged in a legendary design. Thanks to the extensive range available right from the start, there is a 911 for every driver with each type boasting one overriding trait: pure Porsche performance. The innovations, which allow each version to deliver even more power but with increased efficiency, are nothing short of ground breaking and further extend the 911’s position as a segment leader.”
June 28, 2016
Mercedes-Benz Offers Most Affordable Convertible in the USA
Photo: 2017 smart fortwo Cabrio. Image provided by & copyright © Mercedes-Benz USA.
Atlanta: Mercedes-Benz USA today announced pricing for the 2017 smart fortwo cabrio. Arriving in U.S. dealers this fall, the smart fortwo cabrio will start at just $18,900, launching as the most affordable convertible on the market.
The introduction of the all-new smart fortwo cabrio represents the most expressive variant of the new model series. Last offered as a 2015 model, the new smart fortwo cabrio is the only convertible priced under $20,000 available in the United States. Customers can now park virtually anywhere and navigate narrow or city streets and highways effortlessly, all while enjoying the cabriolet lifestyle at an affordable cost.
The open-top two-seater is three cars in one: at the touch of a button the new smart cabrio is transformed from a closed two-seater into a car with a large sliding canvas sunroof, or a full-fledged cabriolet with the soft top completely open. This enables the fresh air driving experience to be adapted to the weather or the driver’s mood.
Quick and convenient to operate, the new power soft top operates at any speed and retracts in 12 seconds.
smart, a part of the Mercedes-Benz USA portfolio, is headquartered in Atlanta. The smart model line consists of eight fortwo models in both gasoline and electric.
June 26, 2016
ROLLS-ROYCE MOTOR CARS CELEBRATES LARGEST GATHERING OF ROLLS-ROYCES IN THE WORLD
Photo: ROLLS-ROYCE DAWN. Image provided by & copyright © Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
Photo: Rolls-Royce celebrates 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed. June 27, 2016. Image provided by & copyright © Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
23 June 2016, Goodwood, England — Rolls-Royce Motor Cars celebrates the largest gathering of Rolls-Royces in the world this weekend at the 57th Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club Annual Concours and Rally. The spectacular setting of Burghley House in Stamford, Lincolnshire provides the perfect backdrop for a record number of motor cars, with over 1000 heritage and contemporary Rolls-Royces attending the event.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is honouring the occasion with a display of six Bespoke models, hand-built by craftsmen and women at the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood. Examples of Phantom, Ghost, Wraith and Dawn will be on display. The motor cars, hosted by a team of experts from the manufacturing plant, are expected to draw large crowds throughout the three-day event.
The Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club caters for anyone with an interest in the motor car products of Rolls-Royce. From just 11 people at the inaugural meeting in 1957, membership is now approaching 10,000, making it the largest club of its kind in the world. Membership is open to owners and non-owners alike and members are drawn from all walks of life and from many countries around the world.
June 19, 2016
Internationalization of Higher Education: The Enhanced Role of a Public University in Contemporary Academic Environment
Public Universities play a key role in the transformation of the societies they represent and serve.
Thanks to Information Technology, Higher Education is fast becoming internationalized in all disciplines, and Public Universities, all over the world, have started to recognize this fact.
• “Think Globally, Act Locally” is now the norm here as well. Today, a public university with a penchant for seeking flattery from the locals, would find itself sailed into choppy waters.
Photo: Library of Congress, Washington, DC. Library of Congress houses the United States Copyright Office. Image Credit: Adam Fagen.
Our following succinct observation reflects the enhanced role of a public university in contemporary academic environment. This observation has been determined to be copyrightable and has been registered and made a part of its records by the United States Copyright Office, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
June 17, 2016
Jackal and the Cave That Talked
Illustration: A Jackal.
There was once a lion in a part of a forest, and his name was Rough-Claw. One day he found nothing whatever to eat in his wanderings, and his throat was pinched by hunger. At sunset he came to a great mountain cave and went in, for he thought: “Surely, some animal will come into this cave during the night. I will hide and wait.”
Presently the owner of the cave, a jackal named Curd-Face, came to the door and began to sing: “Cave ahoy! Cave aho-o-oy!” Then after a moment’s silence, he continued in the same tone: “Hello! Don’t you remember how you and I made an agreement that I was to speak to you when I came back from the world outside, and that you were to sing out to me? But you won’t speak to me today. So I am going off to that other cave, which will return my greeting.”
Now when he heard this, the lion thought: “I see. This cave always calls out a greeting when the fellow returns. But today, from fear of me, it doesn’t say a word. This is natural enough. For
The feet and hands refuse to act
When peril terrifies;
A trembling seizes every limb;
And speech unuttered dies.
“I will myself call out a greeting, which he will follow to its source, so providing me with a dinner.”
The lion thereupon called out a greeting. But the cave so magnified the roar that its echo filled the circuit of the horizon, thus terrifying other forest creatures as well, even those far distant. Meanwhile, the jackal made off into the forest, singing and repeating the stanza:
“Joy comes from knowing what to dread,
And sorrow smites the dunderhead:
A long life through, the woods I’ve walked
But never heard a cave that talked.”
— Tales of Panchatantra. Translator: Arthur William Ryder (Professor of Sanskrit at the University of California, Berkeley).
June 16, 2016
Revealed: Asia's 350 Best Universities. China Edges Out Japan in Battle for Regional Superiority
Photo: A building at National University of Singapore (NUS). National University of Singapore (NUS) has been declared Asia’s Finest University in 2016 by QS. Image Credit: oncampus.ru.
LONDON — Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), global higher education analysts, today released the QS University Ranking: Asia 2016.
National University of Singapore (NUS) is established as Asia’s finest university for the third consecutive year. It is followed by the University of Hong Kong. Nanyang Technological University rises one place to the podium, taking the bronze medal. While, in overall performance, China remains the preeminent nation, ahead of Japan.
Commenting on this QS Ranking, National University of Singapore (NUS) President Tan Chorh Chuan said: “Our priority is preparing future-ready graduates and developing top talent, driving innovation and forging strategic collaborations with academic and industry partners, and delivering impact from world-class research. I am heartened that our work is also reflected by NUS continued progress in the rankings.”
In this year’s QS Asia University Ranking:
- 17 nations or territories are featured;
- Hong Kong dominates the top ten with four institutions ranked;
- China, Singapore, and South Korea feature two universities apiece in the top 10;
- China has 82 universities among the 350 ranked, Japan has 74,
- South Korea 54, Taiwan 34, India 23, and Malaysia 20;
- There are 13 Thai universities in the rankings, 11 Indonesian, 10 Pakistani, 8 Filipino and five Vietnamese.
- Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have two apiece; Brunei and Macao one apiece.
- This year’s QS University Rankings: Asia are the largest-ever rankings for the region.
QS University Rankings 2016 (Asia): Top 20
2016 Rank — Institution — Country/Territory
- 1 — National University of Singapore — Singapore
- 2 — University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong
- 3 — Nanyang Technological University — Singapore
- 4 — The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology — Hong Kong
- 5 — Tsinghua University — China
- 6 — KAIST - Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology — South Korea
- 7 — City University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong
- 8 — The Chinese University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong
- 9 — Peking University — China
- 10 — Seoul National University — South Korea
- 11 — Fudan University — China
- 12 — POSTECH — South Korea
- 13 — The University of Tokyo — Japan
- 14 — Tokyo Institute of Technology — Japan
- 15 — Kyoto University — Japan
- 16 — Korea University — South Korea
- 17 — Osaka University — Japan
- 18 — Yonsei University — South Korea
- 19 — Sungkyunkwan University — South Korea
- 20 — Tohoku University — Japan
QS University Rankings 2016 (Asia): India
2016 Rank — Institution
- 33 — Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore
- 35 — Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB)
- 36 — Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD)
- 43 — Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM)
- 48 — Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK)
- 51 — Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT-KGP)
- 66 — University of Delhi
- 78 — Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR)
- 94 — Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG)
- 108 — University of Calcutta
- 145 — University of Mumbai
- 155 — Banaras Hindu University
- 169 — Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Amrita University)
- 176 — University of Pune
- 178 — Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani
- 195 — Amity University
- 200 — Manipal Academy of Higher Education
- 231-240 — Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad
- 251-300 — Anna University
- 251-300 — Panjab University, Chandigarh
- 301-350 — Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Allahabad
- 301-350 — Andhra University
- 301-350 — Pondicherry University
QS University Rankings 2016 (Asia): Pakistan
2016 Rank — Institution
- 111 — Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)
- 112 — National University of Sciences And Technology (NUST), Islamabad
- 149 — Quaid-i-Azam University
- 149 — Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS)
- 183 — Aga Khan University
- 201-210 — University of Karachi
- 221-230 — Punjab University, Lahore
- 231-240 — COMSATS Institute of Information Technology
- 241-250 — University of Engineering & Technology (UET), Lahore
- 301-350 — University of Agriculture, Faisalabad
QS University Rankings 2016 (Asia): Bangladesh
2016 Rank — Institution
- 109 — University of Dhaka
- 159 — Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology
June 10, 2016
Porsche Cayenne Expedition to Support Women’s Empowerment through Mobility
Photo: Nidhi Tiwari representing ‘Women Beyond Boundaries’ will be driving 4,000 km over 20 days across the Himalayas. (Image provided by Porsche India.)
Photo: (l-r) Nidhi Tiwari, founder of WBB, and Pavan Shetty, Director of Porsche India, with the Porsche Cayenne. (Image provided by Porsche India.)
Mumbai — Porsche India has partnered with the organisation ‘Women Beyond Boundaries’ (WBB) on a 20-day expedition across the Himalayas. Nidhi Tiwari, founder of the organisation, will showcase “women’s empowerment through mobility” by driving the 4,000 km route through challenging terrain together with her navigator Neha Sadananda. Porsche India will be providing a Cayenne for this trip set to commence on 18 June from Gurgaon. The drive will test the Cayenne’s endurance on some of the highest motorways in the world and test its off-road capabilities across different terrain as well as riverbeds.
‘Women Beyond Boundaries’ (WBB) is an organization which runs extreme overland journeys (XOL) that push boundaries to achieve empowerment through mobility. As part of its core mission, WBB showcases mobility solutions adopted by women in the remote areas through which they traverse. In keeping with this objective the WBB team will also train local women in Ladakh on the topic of XOL driving to motivate their movement between remote communities. This will be done with the help of the local administration and community participation. In addition, the expedition will also interact with local communities to spread awareness on women’s health in collaboration with a reputed local NGO.
Speaking about the project, Pavan Shetty, Director of Porsche India, said: “We are absolutely delighted to partner with WBB on this unique initiative and see their activities as an essential contribution in the overall progress of women’s empowerment. Through this expedition, we want to support this cause and also showcase the endurance of the Cayenne in some of the most remote places in the world.”
The Porsche Cayenne Diesel provided will be driven across more than a dozen high-altitude passes, including Khardung La and Marsimik La, two of the highest motorable passes in the world. Featuring a powerful three-litre V6 turbo-diesel engine, the model produces 245 hp (180 kW) and has a top speed of 221 km/h. Its eight-speed Tiptronic S gearbox will be convenient during the on-road sections of the planned route. When leaving the tarmac, the Cayenne’s three off-road modes ensure maximum support for the driver. Assistance systems offering improved traction on loose, wet and snow affected surfaces include Porsche Traction Management (PTM), Porsche Hill Control, and Porsche Air Suspension Management (PASM).
Nidhi Tiwari, founder of WBB, said: “We are glad to partner with Porsche India for such an initiative. With the spirit of women empowerment, and a sensitive cause of women’s health in the remotest corners of the country, we believe in going beyond all perceived and conventional boundaries. We are equally excited to get behind the wheel of the Porsche Cayenne on some of the most unique roads in the world.”
The 4,000 km expedition will start from Porsche Centre, Gurgaon, north of Delhi, on Saturday, 18th June. Nidhi Tiwari and Neha Sadananda are expected to complete the route in 20 days.
Proverbs of Solomon 31:10 —
• “Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies… Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.” (King James Version)
• “Who can find a virtuous and cultivated wife? She is more precious than rubies. Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life. She brings him good, not harm.” (New Living Translation)
• “Who can find a cultivated wife? Her value is far beyond that of pearls. Her husband trusts her from his heart, and she will prove a great asset to him.” (The Complete Jewish Bible Translation)
Proverbs of Solomon 21:9 —
• “It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than to share a big house with a contentious woman.” (World English Bible Translation)
• “Better to live on the corner of a roof than to share a house with a nagging wife.” (Holman Christian Standard Bible Translation)
June 8, 2016
UNESCO Creative Cities Network focuses on Creativity and Sustainable Urban Development at Beijing Summit
Photo: Beijing, China. Image Credit: Xiquinho Silva.
Beijing, China — On June 6, the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, opened the UNESCO Creative Cities Network Summit (6 - 8 June 2016) with Wang Anshun, Mayor of Beijing, and Yuan Guiren, Minister of Education of the People’s Republic of China.
More than one hundred participants from all over the world attended the Summit, including mayors and policy-makers of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, academics, and experts. The event served as a dialogue and discussion platform for the implementation of the international development agenda focusing on research and policy-making to explore effective ways to integrate culture and creativity in local development strategies.
The UNESCO Creative Cities Network comprises 116 cities from 54 countries, covering Crafts and Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Music, and Media Arts, and aims to foster international cooperation with and between cities committed to investing in creativity as a driver for sustainable urban development, social inclusion, and cultural vibrancy.