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December 26, 2017

Red Bull Action Shots

Red Bull Photography

Photo: Elaina Hammeken seen in Copenhagen, Denmark. Photographer: © Markus Berger / Red Bull Content Pool.

Red Bull Photography

Photo: Spectators watch the finals of the third stage of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Chiba, Japan. Photographer: © Predrag Vuckovic / Red Bull Content Pool.

Red Bull Photography

Photo: Dani Pedrosa of Spain preforms with Honda RC213V-S at Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. Photographer: © Samo Vidic / Red Bull Content Pool.

Red Bull Photography

Photo: Bryce Menzies jumps at Red Bull New Frontier at Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. Photographer: © Garth Milan / Red Bull Content Pool.

Red Bull Photography

Photo: Matthias Dolderer of Germany leads Kirby Chambliss of the United States and Nicolas Ivanoff of France over the Senftenberger lake prior the sixth stage of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at the EuroSpeedway in Lausitz, Germany. Photographer: © Joerg Mitter / Red Bull Content Pool.

Red Bull Photography

Photo: Nathan Watson performs prior the Red Bull Knock Out in Scheveningen, Netherlands. Photographer: © Rutger Pauw / Red Bull Content Pool.

Red Bull Photography

Photo: Giniel De Villiers performs during the final car testing ahead of Dakar Rally at Goerapan, Upington, South Africa. Photographer: © Tyrone Bradley / Red Bull Content Pool.

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December 24, 2017

Indian Actress Sonam Kapoor attends IWC Filmmaker Award gala dinner at the 14th Dubai International Film Festival

Sonam Kapoor

Sonam Kapoor

Photos: Indian actress Sonam Kapoor attends the sixth IWC Filmmaker Award gala dinner at the 14th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) during which Swiss luxury watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen celebrated its long-standing passion for filmmaking at One And Only Royal Mirage on December 7, 2017 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Photos by John Phillips, Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images. Images provided by IWC Schaffhausen.

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December 20, 2017

Season’s Greetings

Season's Greetings

Dear Viewer,

Season’s Greetings and All the Best for 2018 !

Editor.

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December 15, 2017

Oscars: Academy Unveils Foreign Language Film Shortlist; 9 Foreign Language Films Advance in Oscar Race; India's entry "Newton" Snubbed

Foreign Language Oscar

Foreign Language Oscar

Photo: Mel Gibson, Oscar nominee, and Rosalind Ross arrive on the red carpet of The 89th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA, on Sunday, February 26, 2017. Photographer: Michael Yada. Image provided by and copyright © A.M.P.A.S.

Foreign Language Oscar

Foreign Language Oscar

Photos: Film Director Lazlo Nemes, Hungary, accepts the Oscar from the presenter Sofia Vergara for Best foreign language film, “Son of Saul” from Hungary, during the live ABC Telecast of The 88th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA, on Sunday, February 28, 2016. Photographers: Mark Suban, Phil McCarten. Images provided by and copyright © A.M.P.A.S.

LOS ANGELES, CA - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that nine features will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 90th Academy Awards. Ninety-two films had originally been considered in the category.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:

• Chile, “A Fantastic Woman,” Sebastián Lelio, director;

• Germany, “In the Fade,” Fatih Akin, director;

• Hungary, “On Body and Soul,” Ildikó Enyedi, director;

• Israel, “Foxtrot,” Samuel Maoz, director;

• Lebanon, “The Insult,” Ziad Doueiri, director;

• Russia, “Loveless,” Andrey Zvyagintsev, director;

• Senegal, “Félicité,” Alain Gomis, director;

• South Africa, “The Wound,” John Trengove, director;

• Sweden, “The Square,” Ruben Östlund, director.

Foreign Language Film nominations for 2017 are determined in two phases.

The Phase I committee, consisting of Los Angeles-based Academy members, screened the original submissions in the category between mid-October and December 11. The group’s top six choices, augmented by three additional selections voted by the Academy’s Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee, constitute the shortlist.

Academy members eligible to participate in the Nominations round of voting in New York, London, Los Angeles and, for the first time, the San Francisco Bay Area, will screen the nine shortlisted films in theaters over a three-day period from Friday, January 12, through Sunday, January 14, with three films screening each day. Additionally, international members will be invited to opt-in to stream the nine shortlisted films on the Academy’s member site. Members must see all nine films before casting their ballots.

Nominations for the 90th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 23, 2018.

The 90th Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Meanwhile, “Newton”, India’s official entry in the Best Foreign Language category for the 90th Academy Awards, is out of the Oscars race. Featuring Rajkummar Rao and Pankaj Tripathi in key roles, the Hindi language film chronicles the foibles of democracy in the jungles of Chhattisgarh.

No Indian film has ever won an Oscar. The last Indian film that made it to the final five in the Best Foreign Film category list was Ashutosh Gowariker’s Lagaan in 2001.

Mother India (1958) and Salaam Bombay (1989) are the other two Indian movies to have made it to the top five.

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December 13, 2017

India Government gets 100 applications from educational institutions for the World Class University Tag

India Higher Education

Photo: The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, at the 94th Annual Convocation of the University of Delhi, in New Delhi on November 18, 2017. Image provided by the Press Information Bureau, Government of India.

New Delhi — India Government had approved the enabling regulatory architecture for setting up or upgrading of 10 public and 10 private Institutions of Eminence so as to enable them to reach amongst top 100 of world institutions ranking. Accordingly, applications were invited, for which the last date was 12.12.2017. Overall 100 applications have been received.

Under Public Sector, 10 Central Universities, 25 State Universities, 6 Deemed to be Universities, 20 Institutions of National Importance and 6 Standalone Institutions have applied. Under Private Sector, 9 Private Universities and 16 Deemed to be Universities have applied in brownfield category and 8 Institutions have applied in greenfield category.

“Overwhelming response to the idea of Institutions of Eminence, which will become World Class Universities, is a validation of the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for improving the quality of Higher Education in India”, Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar said.

“All lovers of education will welcome this development. This is how World Class Universities were built in various countries. The same thing will happen in India”, Javadekar said, adding that “the selection of Institutions of Eminence will not only improve the quality of education, but also propel competition in the entire education sector”.

The selection shall be made through challenge method mode by the Empowered Expert Committee constituted for the purpose. The selected 20 institutions shall be named as “Institutions of Eminence” which will have freedom to choose their own path to become world class institutions. These institutions shall be provided with greater autonomy viz. to admit foreign students up to 30% of admitted students; to recruit foreign faculty upto 25% of faculty strength; to offer online courses upto 20% of its programmes; to enter into academic collaboration with top 500 in the world ranking Institutions without permission of UGC; free to fix and charge fees from foreign students without restriction; flexibility of course structure in terms of number of credit hours and years to take a degree; and complete flexibility in fixing of curriculum and syllabus.

The scheme will enable Indian students to get world class education and research facilities within the country.

Among those who have applied from the public sector are seven Indian Institutes of Technology (Madras, Delhi, Bombay, Kharagpur, Kanpur, Guwahati, Roorkee), Delhi University and Jawaharlal Nehru University, Jadhavpur University, Goa University and Mangalore University.

From the private sector, the O P Jindal Global University, Ashoka University, Manipal University and Amity University, among others, have applied for the tag.

A screening committee will go through the applications and select the institutions.

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December 7, 2017

'We Must Be More Agile': How a Culture Shift is Powering Coke’s Innovation Agenda

Coke Headquarters

Photo: The Headquarters building of The Coca-Cola Company is illuminated against the skyline of Atlanta as “Thank You” to the world in celebration of the company’s 125th anniversary. The visual display is the world’s largest single building illumination covering more than 210, 000 square feet. HO Photo Michael Pugh/Coca-Cola.

ATLANTA - Coca-Cola is speeding its transition to a total beverage company and has a renewed focus on innovation and growth, President and CEO James Quincey told more than 120 investors and financial analysts at the company’s global headquarters.

In Coke’s first major investor gathering since 2009, Quincey and other senior leaders explained how the company is expanding its consumer-centric product portfolio, quickly scaling wins from market to market, and embracing an experimental, test-and-learn approach.

“We must be more agile and get things to market quicker,” Quincey said. “We operate in 200-plus countries, so having a success in one country frankly doesn’t move the needle. The needle only really moves with a big success in more than one big country. So lifting and shifting… the best and most successful ideas around the world is absolutely critical to creating more billion-dollar brands in a diverse portfolio.”

For example, the company will launch soy-based beverage brand AdeS - a top performer in Latin America - in Europe early next year. Similarly, Honest Tea and smartwater recently made the jump across the pond from the U.S. to the U.K.

Over the last few years, Coca-Cola has been returning ownership of its bottling operations to independent companies around the world. This newly refranchised system returns the company to its core focus on building and nurturing brands and empowers a network of 250 bottling partners to bring the “total beverage company” vision to life in the marketplace.

“We’re driving a culture change in the way we operate, the way we engage with the bottling system, and the way we go to market collectively,” Quincey said.

Coca-Cola

ENLARGE

Growth is not an objective… it’s a discipline’

Chief Growth Officer Francisco Crespo introduced on a new concept for Coca-Cola: the discipline of growth. “Growth is not an objective… it’s a discipline,” he said. “When you practice that discipline, the outcome is growth.”

Taking a disciplined approach to growth includes building a portfolio of brands with what Crespo calls “quality leadership.” The end result: stronger profit margins than the competition.

“Rather than telling consumers what they should be drinking, we will humbly align our portfolio to follow their tastes, their needs,” Crespo said.

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December 4, 2017

Do Consumers Know Exactly How Much They Are Paying? New Research from Ivy League Columbia Business School shows the Impact of Hidden Fees on the Shopping Experience

Columbia University

• Researchers reviewed consumers’ purchasing trends when a product’s price is divided into a base price plus one or more mandatory surcharges

• Consumer transactions are more likely to involve an additional surcharge now than they were two decades ago

• Researchers, public policy makers, and marketing managers need to understand the psychological processes underlying consumer spending to effectively utilize partitioned pricing

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NEW YORK, December 4, 2017 — Value-added tax (VAT), Goods and Services Tax (GST), Airline baggage fees, fuel surcharges, hotel resort fees, online shipping options and mobile phone service fees are just a few examples of discrete pricing elements that are now the “new normal” of our shopping experience. As the practice - called partitioned pricing (PP) - becomes more widespread, new research from Ivy League Columbia Business School sheds light on how consumers react when they encounter PP.

“From regulatory efforts to pricing strategies, policy makers, researchers and marketing managers need to better understand the way that consumers evaluate and feel about partitioned pricing,” said Eric Johnson, Norman Eig Professor of Business and director of the Center for Decision Sciences at Columbia Business School. “Our research identifies six different dimensions by which consumers experience partitioned pricing, and this framework can be instrumental as companies plot their competitive positioning and segmentation strategies.”

The research, entitled “The Price Does Not Include Additional Taxes, Fees, and Surcharges: A Review of Research on Partitioned Pricing”, introduces a framework that involves six interrelated stages:

Stage 1: Attention to different PP price components

If consumers don’t know of - and comprehend - the multiple pieces that compose total price, they are more likely to underestimate the total cost.

Stage 2: Attitude toward the use of PP for this product

From feelings about the fairness of surcharges to their perception of the seller, consumers come to the table with pre-conceived views about PP.

Stage 3: How consumers combine price components to form a perception of total cost

Whether people ignore surcharges or factor them into the total price, consumers arrive at an overall perception of a product’s total cost.

Stage 4: How consumers evaluate product benefits

When consumers evaluate a product, they may consider other attributes besides price, which may affect their perception of PP in overall cost.

Stage 5: How consumers competitively evaluate the overall product offer

This is the combination of stages three and four by which the consumer forms a full picture of the product.

Stage 6: Post purchase perceptions of the firm and buying experience

If consumers perceive PP to be unfair following a purchase, they will be more careful with future purchases that use PP.

The study has important practical implications for marketing managers, specifically those who seek to use PP to increase demand or reduce price sensitivity. By understanding which stages to focus on, they will want to intervene before - not after - consumers have formed perceptions on pricing.

Public policy makers, such as national and state governments, can use this framework to establish regulations to improve consumers’ understanding of PP, so long as they first understand at what stage the misunderstanding originates. Finally, consumer researchers who seek to study a certain effect of PP will want to know at what stage of the process that effect is likely to occur.

Columbia Business School is a world-class, Ivy League business school that delivers a learning experience where academic excellence meets with real-time exposure to the pulse of global business. Led by Dean Glenn Hubbard, the School’s transformative curriculum bridges academic theory with exposure to real-world business practice, equipping students with an entrepreneurial mindset that allows them to recognize, capture, and create opportunity in any business environment.

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December 1, 2017

UN Security Council Considers Destruction and Trafficking of Cultural Heritage by Terrorist Groups

UNESCO, United Nations

Photo: Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, briefs journalists following a Security Council meeting on the maintenance of international peace and security, specifically destruction and trafficking of cultural heritage by terrorist groups and in situations of armed conflict. 30 November 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Kim Haughton.

UNESCO, United Nations

Photo: Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), briefs the UN Security Council on the maintenance of international peace and security, specifically destruction and trafficking of cultural heritage by terrorist groups and in situations of armed conflict. 30 November 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

United Nations, UNESCO

Photo: A view of the UN Security Council as Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), briefs the Security Council on the maintenance of international peace and security, specifically destruction and trafficking of cultural heritage by terrorist groups and in situations of armed conflict. 30 November 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

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