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March 31, 2020

Researchers at Three Institutions receive COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator Grants to Study Drugs for Treating and Preventing COVID-19.

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PURCHASE, NY - March 30, 2020 - Today, the partners in the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator announced grants of $20 million to three institutions—the University of Washington, University of Oxford, and La Jolla Institute for Immunology—to fund clinical trials to identify highly potent immunotherapies for the COVID-19 pandemic.

These grants mark the first investments to come from the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator, a large-scale initiative launched by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome, and Mastercard to speed the development of and access to therapies for COVID-19. Currently, there are no broad-spectrum antivirals or immunotherapies available to prevent or treat COVID-19.

“These grants to leading institutions in their fields will advance our understanding of how existing drugs and antibodies can contribute to addressing the pandemic we’re facing around the world,” said Mark Suzman, chief executive officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “These initial investments through the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator will bring rigor to the study of these potential solutions. The way forward will be informed by sound science and shared data.”

Also, newly announced funding from government and philanthropic donors has added to the Accelerator’s initial funding. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative committed $25 million, and the U.K. government invested £40 million last week. The additional funds will allow the Accelerator to continue making grants to study repurposed drugs and investigate biological compounds for activity against COVID-19.

The researchers will investigate two well-established drugs, hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine. Both these drugs have known antiviral properties. These drugs treat malaria and a variety of rheumatological conditions. The trials aim to determine whether the drugs are effective as pre- and post-exposure preventive therapy for COVID-19. While these drugs both show initial promise, rigorous scientific evidence is needed to make decisions on how, where, and within which populations to use them in this pandemic.

The University of Washington will conduct a multi-site clinical trial in Western Washington and the New York City area, in collaboration with New York University’s School of Medicine, investigating whether hydroxychloroquine can effectively prevent COVID-19 in people already exposed to the infection. The trial will enroll up to 2,000 asymptomatic men and women who are close contacts of persons with confirmed or pending COVID-19 diagnoses. Participants will be randomly assigned to take hydroxychloroquine or a placebo over two weeks, and samples will be collected and tested daily to confirm new COVID-19 infections across the two groups. Sandoz, a Novartis division, has donated the hydroxychloroquine doses needed to conduct the study. Participant enrollment will begin in April.

The University of Oxford will lead a study of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine in preventing COVID-19 in at-risk health care workers, frontline staff, and other high-risk groups. More than 40,000 participants in Asia and Europe would receive the drugs as daily prophylaxis for three months. The project, known as COPCOV, aims to determine definitively whether these drugs can prevent COVID-19 and thus protect the vital health care workforce. Participant enrollment will begin in April.

Nick Cammack, COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator Lead at Wellcome, said: “Investment in research is the world’s only exit strategy from COVID-19. Drugs, vaccines, and diagnostics are vital for saving lives, ending this pandemic, and preventing it from happening again. Now is the time to evaluate whether existing drugs will prove to be safe and effective. We urge others to join us in this collective global effort. Investing now in the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator is necessary if we are to change the course of this pandemic.”

In addition to funding drug trials, the Accelerator will provide $1.73 million to the La Jolla Institute for Immunology to establish a Coronavirus Immunotherapy Consortium, known as CoVIC. The effort will bring together scientists from around the world and enable them to share and evaluate candidate antibodies side by side in a blinded, multidisciplinary analysis to identify ideal therapeutic combinations. Antibody therapies protect frontline health care workers, contacts, and others who are exposed, as well as treat those who have already become sick.

“Today’s grants are an important next step in the Therapeutic Accelerator’s commitment to identifying and scaling treatments to combat COVID-19,” said Mike Froman, vice chairman of Mastercard. “To provide therapeutic solutions to this global pandemic, particularly for those most vulnerable, we need to speed up the research and development process through a collaborative funding effort by the private sector, philanthropic organizations, and governments. We welcome the participation of new organizations that can contribute the resources needed to help bring an end to this crisis.”

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March 26, 2020

TISSOT T-TOUCH CONNECT SOLAR

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Tissot T-Touch Connect Solar, the latest generation T-Touch, is packed with Tissot’s unique watchmaking expertise. This Swiss-Made timepiece is connected, securely private, interactive, autonomous, contemporary, and long-lasting.

The T-Touch Connect Solar has a perpetual calendar and countdown. It has various timekeeping, meteorological, and altimeter functions, and alarms. To these, it adds an activity tracker and a smartphone with app notifications and updates.

“The T-Touch Connect Solar is a Swiss-Made connected watch,” Tissot stated. “This certification of component origin and quality is a guarantee of manufacturing excellence and security. No provider can access data via a component, or the operating system. And neither the watch nor its app sends data to a third party,” the company declared.

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March 20, 2020

Mastercard, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Wellcome Launch Initiative to Speed Development and Access to Therapies for COVID-19.

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SEATTLE, March 20, 2020 - Mastercard, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Wellcome have committed up to $125 million in seed funding to speed-up the response to the COVID-19 epidemic by identifying, assessing, developing, and scaling-up treatments.

Their announcement said that the three partners are committed to equitable access, including making products available and affordable in low-resource settings. The COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator will play a catalytic role by accelerating and evaluating new and repurposed drugs and biologics to treat patients with COVID-19 in the immediate term, and other viral pathogens in the longer-term. Currently, there are no broad-spectrum antivirals or immunotherapies available for the fight against emerging pathogens, and none approved for use on COVID-19.

The Gates Foundation and Wellcome are each contributing up to $50 million, and the Mastercard Impact Fund has committed up to $25 million to catalyze the initial work of the Accelerator. The Gates Foundation’s funding is part of its $100 million commitment to the COVID-19 response announced last month.

“Viruses like COVID-19 spread rapidly, but the development of vaccines and treatments to stop them moves slowly,” said Mark Suzman, chief executive officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “If we want to make the world safe from outbreaks like COVID-19, particularly for those most vulnerable, then we need to find a way to make research and development move faster. That requires governments, private enterprise, and philanthropic organizations to act quickly to fund R&D.”

The COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator will work with the World Health Organization, governments, and private sector funders and organizations, as well as the global regulatory and policy-setting institutions. The Accelerator will have an end-to-end focus, from drug pipeline development through manufacturing and scale-up. By sharing research, coordinating investments, and pooling resources, these efforts can help to accelerate research.

The COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator will operate jointly as an initiative of the funders, drawing on expertise from inside and outside their organizations. The Accelerator will pursue several aspects of the development cycle to streamline the pathway from candidate product to clinical assessment, use, and manufacturing. To identify candidate compounds, the Accelerator will take a three-pronged approach. In essence, testing approved drugs for activity against COVID-19, screening libraries of thousands of compounds with confirmed safety data, and considering new investigational compounds and monoclonal antibodies.

Dr. Jeremy Farrar, director of Wellcome, said, “This virus is an unprecedented global threat and one for which we must propel international partnerships to develop treatments, rapid diagnostics, and vaccines. Science is moving at a phenomenal pace against COVID-19. But to get ahead of this epidemic, we need greater investment and research co-ordination. The Therapeutics Accelerator will allow us to do this for potential treatments with support for research, development, assessment, and manufacturing. COVID-19 is an extremely challenging virus, but we’ve proved that through collaborating across borders, we can tackle emerging infectious diseases. We must strive to strengthen efforts in the face of COVID-19, and in doing so, continue to make sure that advances are accessible and affordable to all. Investing now, at scale, at-risk, and as a collective global effort is vital if we are to change the course of this epidemic. We welcome others to join us in this effort.”

While antiviral drugs are approved to lessen the severity of seasonal flu and treat HIV, among other viral diseases, none have demonstrated efficacy against the current epidemic. One reason for the lack of effective treatments is that products may not have an immediate market, which can slow or prevent their research and commercial development. The COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator would help by bringing together resources and expertise to lower the financial and technical risk for academia, biotech, and pharmaceutical companies while ensuring that these products are accessible and affordable to people in low-resource settings. The expertise of pharmaceutical companies will be critical in identifying, researching, and commercializing successful drugs.

“We’re proud to join this crucial effort to combat COVID-19 in furtherance of our commitment to inclusive growth,” said Mike Froman, vice chairman of Mastercard. “This global challenge not only represents a risk to the health and safety of populations all over the world, but also poses a potential disruption to the economic vitality of millions of people, businesses, and organizations worldwide. Our experience with financial inclusion shows us the importance of building a network of parties who bring not only their capital, but complementary assets and skillsets to the table, and we welcome other partners concerned about inclusive growth to join this effort.”

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, based in Seattle, Washington, USA, works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives.

The Wellcome Trust is a research-charity based in London, in the United Kingdom. It was established in 1936 with legacies from the pharmaceutical magnate Sir Henry Wellcome to fund research to improve human and animal health.

Mastercard is a global technology company in the payments industry. Its mission is to “Connect and power an inclusive, digital economy that benefits everyone, everywhere by making transactions safe, simple, smart, and accessible.” Using secure data and networks, Mastercard’s innovations and solutions help individuals, financial institutions, governments, and businesses realize their highest potential.

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March 19, 2020

Orlando Software Company Offering Complimentary Accounts to Colleges and Universities

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ORLANDO, Florida, March 18, 2020 — To aid colleges and universities who must move to an online-only operation, Engineerica Systems is offering complimentary accounts of “Accudemia,” their award-winning center management and cloud-based software. These accounts are available free of charge through the rest of the academic semester.

Wanting to help as many people as possible during this time, Engineerica, Inc., will assist higher education institutions by providing a complimentary “Accudemia” account to academic student service centers such as tutoring, advising, or counseling. It would aid higher institutions as they transition to virtual offerings and services.

“Accudemia” allows center staff and students to arrange appointments and meet virtually, even from their homes. The platform also automates confirmation and reminder emails with a customized message so college staff can provide students detailed instructions for their meetings. Staff, advisors, or tutors can also log meeting notes and schedule future meetings. Administrators will be able to track and report these meetings.

“The Coronavirus disrupted everyone’s lives on a global scale and is forcing colleges to move their operations online on short notice,” says Engineerica’s president Mon Nasser. “We wanted to help in this transition by offering our academic center management technology to any educational institution that can benefit from it. This technology will help students get the assistance they need from college staff without risking exposure to the virus. To provide the fastest possible assistance, we decided to offer the service to new users at no charge from now until the end of the semester. Since this is a cloud-based system, setup is quick and easy, and users can access it from anywhere at any time. Our Orlando-based tech support department will help in the setup and usage of the system. There are no strings attached to this offer. We are only looking to do what we can to combat the negative effects of this pandemic and help our community.”

Engineerica, Inc., of Orlando, Florida, USA, is a technology firm founded in 1995.

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March 16, 2020

Hyundai Motor India launches All-New CRETA.

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New Delhi, March 16, 2020 — Hyundai Motor India Ltd. today launched the much-awaited All-New CRETA.

Building on the success of the 1st Generation CRETA, the 2nd Generation All-New CRETA would define the new Benchmark in its segment with its futuristic design, power-packed performance, and an extensive array of comfort & convenience features, the company said.

Speaking at the launch event, Mr. S S Kim, MD & CEO, Hyundai Motor India Ltd., said, “All New CRETA is the result of Hyundai’s Ultimate Science of Human Engineering to create the Ultimate SUV for Indian customers. It is built on a SUPERSTRUCTURE and promises a perfect Driving Experience. I am confident that All-New CRETA will continue to lead the segment.”

All New CRETA has been crafted along the lines of Hyundai Global Design Philosophy of ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ to offer customers the Ultimate SUV, the company said.

According to Hyundai, “All-New CRETA” is based on 6 Key Pillars for the Indian market:

• Masculine & Futuristic Design

Based on Hyundai’s Global Design Language of Sensuous Sportiness, All-New CRETA sports a bold and dynamic design that amplifies its unique & Futuristic appeal. Hyundai says it has designed it for urban and tech-savvy aficionados & the experimental yet flamboyant generation. The façade of All-New CRETA showcases Hyundai’s new signature face with Cascading Grille. At the same time, the side profile reflects a confident and sporty look with a dynamic rear design that compliments the overall Futuristic & Muscular Stance of All-New CRETA.

• Intuitive Experience & Comfort

All New CRETA projects a Sportier, Futuristic, and Progressive image with Premium Interiors, Spacious Cabin with comfortable seating.

• Advanced Connectivity

All New CRETA comes with Advanced Blue Link that offers over 50 Connectivity features and adds a new dimension to the in-car connectivity with enhanced convenience and comfort. Customers can now experience heightened voice-enabled functions by just saying ‘Hello Blue Link’ to control essential vehicle features such as Sunroof Open/Close, Seat Ventilation Control, Climate Control -Temperature, Fan Speed control, Wind Direction and Air-intake type control (Fresh/ Circulation). Along with in-vehicle assistance like Dial by Number, India’s public holidays’ information, now you can Track Live Cricket Scores, all at the ease of a voice command.

• Smart Technology

All New CRETA has a host of Smart Technology features ranging from Electronic Parking Brake with Auto Hold to Paddle Shifters that offer a sporty and fun-to-drive experience. With 8-Way Power Driver Seat and Tilt steering, All-New CRETA provides an optimal driving position to suit all its drivers.

• Powerful and Efficient Next Gen Powertrain

New BS6 engines - 1.5L MPi Petrol (6MT/ IVT), 1.5L U2 CRDi Diesel (6MT/ 6AT), and 1.4L Kappa Turbo GDi Petrol (7DCT) power All-New CRETA. To enhance the Driving Experience, All-New CRETA comes with three drive modes (Eco, Comfort & Sport) and Traction Control Modes (Snow, Sand & Mud) that optimizes driving comfort across different terrains.

The company stated that All-New CRETA makes the ride more comfortable & stable with reliable steering handling performance and improved suspension that suits the Indian road conditions.

• Hyundai Assurance

Hyundai said it had constructed All-New CRETA on a Superstructure that features an application of 74.3% Advanced & High Strength Steel. It provides Hyundai assurance of safety with enhanced crash performance through the expanded utilization of AHSS and hot-stamping parts.

• Colors

Hyundai will offer the ‘All-New CRETA’ with 10 Colour Options — Polar White, Typhoon Silver, Phantom Black, Lava Orange, Titan Grey, Deep Forest (Turbo Only), Galaxy Blue, and Mulberry Red. That includes 2 Dual Tone (Polar White with Phantom Black and Lava Orange with Phantom Black) options.

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March 15, 2020

Jeep Brand Announces Worldwide Partnership with Groundbreaking Pop Team 'Now United'

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Photos: Jeep Brand Announces Worldwide Partnership with Groundbreaking Pop Team ‘Now United.’

The Jeep brand has revealed an innovative partnership with the world’s first global pop team Now United. They will promote the fashionable ‘Jeep Renegade’ through a series of brand integrations across digital and social media with music videos and live performances around the theme of “Come Together.”

The Jeep brand’s announcement as a global auto partner for ‘Now United’ will unite its global fan base with Now United’s 40 million-plus fans and followers around the world. Following a series of branded teasers on Now United’s social media channels through the current week, the campaign launched Saturday, March 7, 2020, with the official release of the new Now United song “Come Together.” The new music video has made an immediate impact, with 1.8 million views in the first 24 hours of posting.

The ‘Now United’ partnership will cater to first-time auto buyers through a dedicated digital and social media campaign with 15 group members. The campaign includes new music, daily and weekly YouTube shows, real-time social engagement on Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter, as well as branded onstage uniforms for the band members.

Now United is the world’s first global pop team, comprised of 15 different singers and dancers from 15 different countries: India, Brazil, United Kingdom, Mexico, Philippines, Finland, South Korea, Australia, Senegal, China, Japan, Germany, Russia, Canada and the United States of America. Created by music industry icon Simon Fuller in 2017, Now United has quickly amassed a passionate following of 40 million fans worldwide.

“The Jeep brand is unique in that it is truly a global automotive brand, one that is instantly recognizable across every continent,” said Olivier Francois, Chief Marketing Officer, FCA. “Our fans and followers around the world understand that passion, authenticity, and freedom drive the Jeep brand. Now United shares these same core attributes with us. As the band undertakes its summer tour with the first stop in Brazil, we look forward to a partnership with Simon Fuller that both represents and unites our fans in a way that the only Jeep and Now United could make possible.”

Simon Fuller added, “I am excited to be collaborating with Olivier Francois, a branding genius with an extraordinary innovative mind, and welcoming Jeep as a global partner of Now United. Jeep is such an iconic brand, and we share their powerful spirit and sense of adventure. Jeep’s involvement in our Come Together video is the first of many pioneering things we plan to do together, which will empower new ways to collaborate and engage our fans around the world”.

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March 14, 2020

The All-New Hyundai i10 features a new dynamic design that illustrates its agile and active nature.

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Hyundai Motor recently unveiled the All-New i10 at the 2019 Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA). The newest model in the company’s i-range features a new dynamic design, as well as comprehensive connectivity and advanced safety package.

Since its introduction in 2008, the i10 has been a success story for Hyundai in Europe. Its exterior body reflects its young spirit while ensuring uncompromised accessibility and comfort to support its diversified users in their everyday activities.

“The i10 has consistently been one of our sales drivers in Europe,” said says Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, Vice President Marketing and Product at Hyundai Motor Europe HQ. “The All-New Hyundai i10 is the latest example of our democratization of new technologies for our customers. We are launching it with the tagline “Go Big.” to emphasize the feeling that customers will get from this uncompromised city car. It might seem like a small car, but it makes a big statement!”

Customers can choose from 10 exterior base colors, including three new ones: Dragon Red, Brass, and Aqua Turquoise. The other exterior color choices are Phantom Black, Polar White, Star Dust, Sleek Silver, Champion Blue, Tomato Red, and Slate Blue. The option of a two-tone roof - in either Black or Red - further increases customers’ customization options and brings out the All-New i10’s playful side. Overall, 22 exterior color combinations are available.

The All-New i10 has one of the most comprehensive safety packages in its class and is equipped with the latest Hyundai SmartSense active safety and driving assistance features to comply with the highest European safety standards.

Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) utilizes a multi-function camera to detect not just cars but also pedestrians in front of the vehicle. Meanwhile, High Beam Assist (HBA) automatically switches between high and low beams. It provides optimal illumination of the road ahead to help drivers detect lights from oncoming vehicles at night.

Other safety features available in the All-New i10 include the Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS), Driver Attention Warning (DAW), and the Intelligent Speed Limit Warning (ISLW).

The All-New i10 is available with a rear-view camera to assist drivers while parking. When reverse is selected, drivers can see where they are going on the screen in the center dashboard.

Established in 1967, Hyundai Motor Company has an extensive range of world-class vehicles and mobility services available in more than 200 countries. Hyundai sold more than 4.5 million vehicles globally in 2018 and is currently employing more than 110,000 employees worldwide. Hyundai Motor continues to enhance its product line-up with vehicles that are helping to build solutions for a more sustainable future.

Hyundai Motor Company is going to launch its all-new 2021 Hyundai Elantra at a World Premiere Event in Hollywood. The world premiere press conference will take place on March 17, 2020, at The Lot Studios in West Hollywood, California. The event will be live-streamed around the world.

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March 11, 2020

New TAG HEUER FORMULA 1 Timepiece celebrates Long-Standing Partnership with ASTON MARTIN RED BULL Racing Team.

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For the second time in the history of its partnership with Aston Martin Red Bull Racing, TAG Heuer has unveiled a special edition timepiece that commemorates its on-going alliance with the championship-winning racing team. The vibrant blue and striking red and yellow colors found on the newly revealed 2020 Aston Martin Red Bull Racing car inspire this unique edition Formula 1 Chronograph from TAG Heuer.

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March 4, 2020

Alpine A110 Color Edition 2020 — Sunflower Yellow.

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Photos: Alpine A110 Color Edition 2020 - Sunflower Yellow. Photographer © Lionel KORETZKY. Images provided by Alpine/Renault.

Alpine, the premium sports car manufacturer from France, has announced the Alpine A110 Color Edition 2020.

Like seasonal collections in the world of fashion, Alpine would annually refresh the color of this model.

For 2020, the A110 Color Edition comes finished exclusively in intense and thrilling — Sunflower Yellow.

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March 2, 2020

Godrej L'Affaire Concludes its Fourth Season With a Grand Celebration of Lifestyle.

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Photo: More than 1300 people, including several prominent personalities, attended Godrej L’Affaire.

MUMBAI, March 1, 2020 — Godrej L’Affaire, a curated experiential lifestyle platform by the Godrej Group, concluded its fourth season in Mumbai. More than 1300 people, including several prominent personalities, attended it.

Godrej L’Affaire was kicked-off by actress Bhumi Pednekar with her debut as a chef. Bhumi and Chef Varun Inamdar engaged in a live cook-off and a conversation on how to bake a blockbuster. Celebrity couple Karanvir Bohra & Teejay Sidhu was in an interview with anchor Sonam Chhabra on inculcating spirituality in children through travel. They also unveiled the trailer of their upcoming web series ‘Baby Yatra.’

Music director Shantanu Moitra did a standalone talk on his 100-day fascinating adventure across the Himalayas that changed his music forever. India’s leading designers Alan Abraham, Madhav Raman, Swarup Dutta, and Asha Sairam, were involved in an insightful conversation on sustainable designs for homes. The session was moderated by Preeti Singh, Editor of Houzz India, and powered by HR Johnson.

The highlight of the evening soirée was ace fashion-designers Monisha Jaising & Shweta Bachchan Nanda’s luxury fashion label MxS’s first-ever fashion show. The presentation was street-inspired and had sportive elements and fabric mash-ups, giving the collection a jolt of energy. Models Carol Gracias, Deepti Gujral, Aanchal Kumar, and Sucheta Sharma walked the ramp while Shie Lobo choreographed the show. BBLUNT did hair for the models while Asha Hariharan did the make-up. All models wore accessories and jewelry by Isharya and watches by Guess Watches.

Sushant Divgikr’s musical performance with his band Top Storey left the audience mesmerized.

The Godrej Group unveiled its “Food Trends Report 2020” at the event. The Food Trends Report 2020 is a compendium of insights, views, and predictions collated from conversations with 150 experts that include chefs, thought-leaders, and food influencers across significant cities.

Commenting on the fourth season’s success, Tanya Dubash, Executive Director and Chief Brand Officer, Godrej Group, said, “Godrej L’Affaire has redefined lifestyle trends with every new season. Be it personalities, experiences, footfalls, and brand partnerships, the event’s fourth season has raised the bar and turned out to be the most successful edition to date. Godrej L’Affaire has delivered on its promise of showcasing future lifestyle trends that people can adopt for modern-day living.”

Godrej L’Affaire’s fourth season presenting partner was MX Player, while Krsnaa Mehta of India Circus styled the on-ground event. The soirée offered experiences of top lifestyle brands such as Harley-Davidson, Guess Watches, BBLUNT, Esprit, Godrej Security Solutions, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Cinthol, Godrej Bambusa, Myntra, Script, Godrej Properties, and Goodknight Naturals.

Established in 1897, the Godrej Group has its roots in India’s Independence and Swadeshi movement. Its founder, Ardeshir Godrej, lawyer-turned-serial entrepreneur, failed with a few ventures before he struck gold with a locks business. Today, the Godrej Group enjoys the patronage of 1.1 billion consumers globally across consumer goods, food products, real estate, and appliances.

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February 28, 2020

Mastercard Debuts Sonic Brand Melody in India

The distinct and memorable Mastercard acceptance sound will provide additional assurance to consumers about the safe and secure completion of their payment transactions.

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New Delhi, India — In another step towards deepening trust around digital payments in India, Mastercard has embedded its sonic brand melody into Android-based point-of-sale (PoS) devices. This milestone marks the first time Mastercard has rolled out the sonic tune on PoS devices in South Asia. Now, whenever Mastercard cardholders complete a payment transaction on these PoS machines, they will hear Mastercard’s sonic melody and see the double tick mark on the PoS screen. The new audio-visual sensory engagement provides simple, seamless familiarity and an additional assurance to the consumer and merchant that the transaction was safe and secure.

In the first phase of rollout, Mastercard will work with India Transact Services Ltd., an omnichannel merchant digital payment solutions company, to enable Mastercard’s sonic brand identity in PoS machines across five cities - Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, and Pune. In phase two, India Transact Services will implement Mastercard’s sonic tune on 10,000 ONGO PoS machines in more than 15 cities, including tier II & III towns, such as Bhubaneswar, Patna, Satara, and Coimbatore.

Since Mastercard launched its sonic brand identity globally in February 2019, it has exposed Indian consumers to the brand’s sonic melody through several digital campaigns, as well as television advertisements featuring cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The consumers and merchants warmly received the tune during Mastercard events and workshops around the country. Following the receptive response, Mastercard is now taking the next step to integrate its sonic melody into Android-based PoS machines powered by India Transact Services Ltd.

Talking about the launch, Mr. Ravi B. Goyal, Chairman & MD, AGS Transact Technologies Limited, said, “We consistently aim to simplify the digital payments experience for consumers and merchants through our brand ONGO. Our pan-India presence, along with Mastercard’s brand trust, will be the catalyst for strengthening the digital payments ecosystem in India.”

Manasi Narasimhan, Vice President, Marketing and Communication, South Asia, Mastercard, said, “Over the years, Mastercard has been working in India to increase consumers’ trust in the safety, security, and convenience of digital payments. Sound is a powerful way to create an emotionally and culturally relevant connection with consumers. Mastercard’s partnership with India Transact Services enables it to play the familiar, distinct, and memorable melody each time a Mastercard cardholder completes an Android PoS based transaction. This additional layer of reassurance will increase consumers’ trust and confidence in digital payments and goes a long way towards establishing Mastercard debit and credit cards as the preferred safe, secure, and convenient way to pay.”

Mastercard is a technology company in the global payments industry. Its global payments processing network connects consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments, and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. Mastercard products and solutions make everyday commerce activities, such as shopping, traveling, running a business, and managing finances, more comfortable, more secure, and more efficient for everyone.

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February 22, 2020

Sports Footwear Market Size Worth USD 142.40 Billion by 2026.

Torsional Stability and Flexible Properties of Sports Shoes to Fuel their Demand Worldwide, Says Fortune Business Insights.

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Photos: The sports brand PUMA, and the world’s fastest hedgehog, Sonic, are once again joining forces ahead of the release of the blockbuster movie “Sonic the Hedgehog.” The PUMA x SONIC collection will feature the famous blue video game character in its designs and graphics. That collection blends Sonic’s playfulness with PUMA’s sport style design. The collection consists of the SONIC sneaker in two new colorways with a semi-transparent white or black grid look, bright color pops, and gold accents. Images provided by PUMA.

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PUNE, India, February 22, 2020 — Fortune Business Insights have projected that due to the rising prevalence of sports culture, the global Sports Footwear Market size would reach USD 142.40 billion by 2026. Users prefer Sports footwear due to their physical properties such as motion control or torsional stability, and flexibility. Such benefits have increased the demand for sports shoes in the market worldwide.

Fortune Business Insights have published a report titled, “Sports Footwear Market Size, Share & Industry Analysis, By Gender (Men, Women, and Kids), End-User (Professional Users and Recreational Users), Distribution Channel (Online and Offline), and Regional Forecasts, 2019 - 2026.” According to the report, the market value of Sports Footwear was USD 98.70 billion in 2018. It will rise at a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of 4.8 % from 2019 to 2026, the report says.

• Highlights of the Report:

The report on the Sports Footwear Market offers a comprehensive overview of the market and its growth parameters, such as drivers, restraints, and challenges. It also focuses on significant industry developments and critical insights into the market. The report presents a detailed segmentation of the market based on factors such as gender, end-user, distribution channel, and regions. The report lists the names of players operating in the market and the key strategies adopted by them to compete for the top position in the market. The report also contains the current Sports Footwear Market trends and opportunities.

The leading manufacturers in the Sports Footwear Market mentioned in the report are as follows:

ASICS
Nike Inc
Diadora S.p.A.
Adidas Group
Puma SE
Converse
Reebok
MIZUNO Corporation
Sketchers, USA Inc.
Armor Inc.

• Major Growth Drivers:

• Increasing Inclination Towards Physical Fitness Will Promote Growth.

The rise in participation in sports activities worldwide is a significant factor in promoting Sports Footwear Market growth. Further, the increasing number of people suffering from health issues due to the adoption of a sedentary lifestyle is propelling the need for physical fitness and exercises daily. Such factors are likely to increase the demand for sports shoes worldwide, thereby accelerating the rate of growth for the sports shoe market.

Moreover, governments of various nations are encouraging sports and recreational activities at schools and college levels. They are organizing numerous sports championships at district, state, and national levels to provide an opportunity for sports enthusiasts and boost the spirit of sports among youth. For instance, the Government of India is investing in programs encouraging the students to participate in sports activities by organizing various platforms such as ‘Khelo India.’

• Regional Analysis:

• The Asia Pacific to Thrive Owing to Government-supported Initiatives

Based on regional segmentation, we could categorize the global Sports Footwear Market into the regions of North America, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa. We could further segment each of these regions into countries. Among these, North America held the most extensive sports shoe market share and generated a revenue of USD 41.12 billion in 2018 and USD 42.89 billion in 2019. The USA and Canada have a vibrant sports culture and high preference for other similar activities.

On the other side, the sports shoe market in the Asia Pacific could witness robust growth on account of the increasing inclination towards fitness and sports activities. Besides this, the growing number of struck-down by disease population has propelled people to give importance to physical activities such as walking, jogging, running, and yoga. It would further promote the sports shoe market demand in the years to come.

Further, governments in developing nations such as India are promoting sports and recreational activities by making it a compulsory subject in schools. Thus, such initiatives will help add impetus to the regional sports shoe market growth in the forecast duration.

• Competitive Landscape:

• Launch of Innovative Products to Intensify Market Competition

Players operating in the Sports Footwear Market are keen on launching advanced products that are both innovative and will fulfill the requirement of the consumer. For instance, a Fast Flexweave running show was launched by Reebok, with the latest cutting-edge technology. Such innovations are encouraging other players to invest more in product development and maintain a strong foothold in the market. The presence of more sports and physical activity enthusiasts is likely to aid in the expansion of the regional market and earn high Sports Footwear Market revenue.

The authors of the report, Fortune Business Insights Pvt. Ltd., have an office in Pune, India. The full story is available from them. According to them, they offer expert corporate analysis and accurate data, helping organizations of all sizes make timely decisions.

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February 18, 2020

TISSOT HERITAGE NAVIGATOR CHRONO AUTO 1973

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A year after the overnight success of the first generation of the Tissot Heritage Navigator Chrono Auto 1973, Tissot launches the second series of its barrel-shaped chronograph. As a traditional innovative brand, Tissot presents this striking timepiece as part of the partnership that unites Tissot and the Kessel Classics vintage car racing team. This comfortable 43mm piece with high-quality finishes again mingles sports elegance with the neo-vintage design language.

Tissot calls it “The true spirit of classic racing.”

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February 15, 2020

OMEGA Tresor. In Full Color.

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OMEGA Tresor has boosted the watchmaker’s historic reputation for luxurious women’s watchmaking. Omega Tresor timepieces reflect a classic design with modern touches and are a trendy choice.

Now Omega Tresor has unveiled a unique model in red and white. The new timepiece includes a polished 36 mm case crafted in stainless steel.

The innovative combination of colors is the most distinctive feature in this model. The lacquered white dial is surrounded by transferred Roman numerals in red, while the matching strap stands out in red leather.

On the crown, you’ll find another single diamond, this time surrounded by a red ceramic flower made from five OMEGA logos.

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February 14, 2020

Kyle Busch is 'Letting M Do The Talking.' 2019 NASCAR Champion Shares New M&M'S Personality-Filled Packs with Friends and Fans.

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Photo: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Toyota, leads Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota, during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bluegreen Vacations 500 at ISM Raceway on November 10, 2019, in Avondale, Arizona. Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images. Image provided by NASCAR.

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Photo: Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, and Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Hazelnut Toyota, practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 1000Bulbs.com 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 11, 2019, in Talladega, Alabama. Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images. Image provided by NASCAR.

DAYTONA, Fla., February 13, 2020 — The M&M’S is encouraging people to celebrate, connect and find humor in life’s everyday moments - on and off the track - through the voices of the popular spokes candies.

As a part of the M&M’S Messages program, the brand launched 36 uniquely-themed packages with messages ranging from, “You make mama proud,” to “Congrats on that thing you did.” M&M’S has a saying for every person, feeling, and occasion - plus, you don’t have to say anything, you can ‘Let M Say it for You.’

“M&M’S Messages are perfect for thanking your fans for their unwavering support, having fun with your fellow drivers, or even bonding with your pit crew,” said Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 M&M’S Toyota. “I have a few favorites, including “I just want to apologize for whatever I do in the future” that I’ll be distributing to my fellow drivers. And “Don’t say I never did anything for you,” which I intend to share with Coach Gibbs later this week.”

M&M’S Message packages are available in the United States for a limited time in four core varieties, including Milk Chocolate, Peanut, Peanut Butter, and Caramel.

Mars, Inc. is a family-owned business with more than a century of history-making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love. With more than $35 billion in sales, Mars produces some of the world’s best-loved brands: M&M’s, SNICKERS, TWIX, MILKY WAY, DOVE, PEDIGREE, ROYAL CANIN, WHISKAS, IAMS, EXTRA, ORBIT, SKITTLES, UNCLE BEN’S, MARS DRINKS, and COCOAVIA.

Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars Inc. operates in more than 80 countries.

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February 13, 2020

Renault Classic Vintage Cars at Retromobile Exhibition in Paris.

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Photos: Renault Classic Vintage Cars at Retromobile Exhibition in Paris. February 04, 2020. Images provided by & copyright © Antoine PASCAL / RENAULT S.A.

Paris, France — French Car Maker Renault took part in Rétromobile from February 5 to 9, 2020, at the Porte de Versailles Exhibition in Paris.

For the first time, the Renault stand at Retromobile hosted a participatory exhibition. Enthusiasts had chosen 10 of the cars on display from a selection of 40 vehicles from the collection offered by Renault Classic.

Cars exhibited included:

Pre-war Cars:

Post-1960 Cars:

The Renault Classic Collection includes more than 750 vehicles that bear witness to the inventiveness and know-how of Renault, founded in 1898 in France.

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February 2, 2020

OMEGA introduces new Constellation Gents’ collection

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OMEGA Constellation Gents’ collection is now welcoming its 5th new generation of models.

There are 26 new models to choose from in the diverse selection, all sized at 39 mm and crafted from the most exquisite materials, such as 18K yellow gold and 18K Sedna gold and stainless steel. They all exude a refined sense of luxury and elegance.

Omega has upgraded all of the 39 mm models in the Constellation Gents’ collection to Master Chronometer status - achieving the Swiss industry’s highest certification for precision, performance, and magnetic resistance.

Speaking about the newly released collection, Raynald Aeschlimann, the President, and CEO of OMEGA, said, “Men who wear OMEGA timepieces expect sophistication and excellence. These new Constellation models deliver these exact qualities and much more.”

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January 29, 2020

Ferrari: Roar Before the 24 Hours of Daytona 2020

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Photos: Daytona, Florida, USA. 24 January 2020. Ferraris are practicing before the 24 Hours of Daytona 2020 race. Images provided by & copyright © Ferrari.

The 24 Hours of Daytona, an endurance sports car race sanctioned by the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) was held at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, on January 25-26, 2020.

Daytona International Speedway is a race track in Daytona Beach, Florida, United States. It has been the home of the Daytona 500, the most prestigious race in NASCAR. In addition to NASCAR, the track also hosts races of ARCA, AMA Superbike, IMSA, SCCA, and Motocross.

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January 20, 2020

26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Shots

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Photo: Michelle Williams, winner of the for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series, poses with award during the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 19, 2020, in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Turner. © 2020 Getty Images. Image provided by Screen Actors Guild Awards.

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Photo: (L-R) Charlize Theron and Brad Pitt attend the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 19, 2020, in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Turner. © 2020 Getty Images. Image provided by Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Screen Actors Guild Awards

Photo: Sam Rockwell poses in the press room with the trophy for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries during the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 19, 2020, in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images for Turner. © 2020 Getty Images. Image provided by Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Screen Actors Guild Awards

Photo: Phoebe Waller-Bridge poses in the press room with the trophy for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy during the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 19, 2020, in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images for Turner. © 2020 Getty Images. Image provided by Screen Actors Guild Awards.

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Photo: Renée Zellweger, winner of Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture award for ‘Judy,’ poses in the Winner’s Gallery during the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 19, 2020, in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Terence Patrick/Getty Images for Turner. © 2020 Getty Images. Image provided by Screen Actors Guild Awards.

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NASCAR 2019 Car Shots

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Photo: Ryan Blaney, the driver of the #12 Menards/Peak Ford, drives during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 61st Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Copyright © Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images. Image provided by NASCAR.

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Photo: Alex Bowman, driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 61st Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Copyright © Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images. Image provided by NASCAR.

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Photo: Clint Bowyer, driver of the #14 Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1 Ford, during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 61st Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Copyright © Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images. Image provided by NASCAR.

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Photo: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 61st Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Copyright © Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images. Image provided by NASCAR.

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Photo: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Ally Chevrolet, during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 61st Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Copyright © Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images. Image provided by NASCAR.

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Photo: Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, drives during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 61st Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Copyright © Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images. Image provided by NASCAR.

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Photo: Paul Menard, driver of the #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford, during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 61st Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Copyright © Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images. Image provided by NASCAR.

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Photo: Ross Chastain, driver of the #45 CarShield Chevrolet, and Harrison Burton, driver of the #18 Safelite AutoGlass Toyota, lead the field during the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series NASCAR Hall of Fame 200 at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia. Copyright © Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images. Image provided by NASCAR.

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Photo: Denny Hamlin, the driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, takes the green flag to start the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway on October 06, 2019, in Dover, Delaware. Copyright © Matt Sullivan/Getty Images. Image provided by NASCAR.

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Photo: Justin Allgaier, the driver of the #7 BRANDT Professional Agriculture Chevrolet, celebrates his victory during the NASCAR Xfinity Series Desert Diamond Casino West Valley 200 at ISM Raceway on November 09, 2019, in Avondale, Arizona. Copyright © Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images. Image provided by NASCAR.

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