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Final Week Of Sydney’s Summer Cultural Hit, Sydney Festival

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – Sydney’s premiere Summer cultural event, Sydney Festival has entertained thousands of local and visiting audiences over the past fortnight with its huge program of events that celebrate circus, theatre, dance, music, visual arts, opera and more.

Whether swimming in a 60-metre wide ocean of 1.1 million recycled translucent balls at The Beach; inhaling the smell of a city at Scent of Sydney; or seeing a world premiere performance from Sydney Dance Company in Nude Live where dancers respond to more than 100 powerful artworks from the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ major summer Sydney International Art Series exhibition Nude: Art from the Tate collection (with extra dates added due to popular demand), Sydney Festival’s program has an event that suits many ages, interests and cultures.

Now in its last week, Sydney Festival still has more to see and do, including the annual favourite, Australia Day Ferrython; Australian exclusive performances of Greek dance/theatre event, Still Life; and reflective labyrinth, House of Mirrors located right next to the hub of the festival, the Meriton Festival Village.

Sydney Festival 2017 is comprised of 150 events, a staggering 73 of which are free. Genres covered include theatre, circus, dance, music, and opera, among others. The program features 16 world premieres, 9 Australian premieres and 14 Australian exclusives. 454 performances will take place across 46 venues, featuring 1021 artists from 15 countries. Sydney Festival’s audacious contemporary programming positions it at the forefront of arts practice in Australia.

Sydney Festival is supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. Visit www.sydney.com for more information.

Shows: Sydney, Australia

Cut Package showing various Sydney Festival events.

Other: About Destination NSW 

Destination NSW is the lead Government agency for the New South Wales (NSW) tourism and major events sectors. Our role is to market Sydney and NSW as one of the world’s premier tourism and major events destinations; to secure major sporting and cultural events; to work in partnership with Business Events Sydney to win major international conventions and incentive travel reward programs; to develop and deliver initiatives that will drive visitor growth throughout the State; to achieve the NSW Government’s goal of doubling overnight visitor expenditure within the State by the year 2020.

From food and wine festivals to surf competitions, world class sporting events to celebrations of arts and culture, New South Wales has an Annual Calendar of Events that celebrates the diverse facets of

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Scientists Gather For Urgent Meeting On Significant Arctic Changes – Davos 2017

DAVOS, SWITZERLAND – The scale of the change that is happening in the Arctic is so significant that it’s sending out a warning cry but the rest of the world isn’t listening.

Professor Gail Whiteman, Rubin Chair in Sustainability. Lancaster University- “We’re setting up the arctic basecamp in Davos because scientists are so worried about the changes that are happening in the arctic and the global risks associated with those.

What happens in the arctic doesn’t stay there and it posts global risks throughout the world

The scale of the change that is happening in the arctic is so significant that it’s sending out a warning cry but the rest of the world isn’t listening.

We want to set up a direct line of communication between arctic scientists and world leaders.

I’m going to be sleeping in that tent over there. There’s going to be ten of us, it’s going to be cold and we’re all scientists here to bring our message of global change.”

Director of WSL, Professor ETH, Konrad Steffen, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow & Landscape Research WSL

“Last year this glacier receded 70 metres and is moving up hill.

What you see is a retreating of the glaciers, the retreating of the ice sheets and that is happening in the arctic as well as the rest of the world and if this continues then most of the glaciers won’t be here by the year 2100.

The glaciers worldwide are the biggest contributor to the global sea-level rise right now. There is a 1mm per year global sea level rise.

I think it is time we start talking about the arctic basecamp and the fast changing arctic because we have seen it. But now it is so urgent, 2016 was the warmest year on record.”

Dr Jeremy Wilkinson – Sea Ice Physicist, British Antarctic Survey-

“Arctic basecamp is here because climate change is happening right now, the science is totally compelling.

We’re here at Davos to bring our message of Arctic change.

The Arctic Basecamp is here because climate change is real. Scientists have been studying the Arctic for years and can conclusively confirm that Arctic change is happening now and we need to bring that evidence of Arctic change to the wider community.”

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PwC Presents Key Findings Of Annual International Business Leaders Survey

DAVOS, SWITZERLAND – PwC’s Global Chairman Bob Moritz presented key findings of PwC’s annual survey of international business leaders at a press briefing in Davos, Switzerland, at 18:30 Central European Time on Monday 16th January 2017 (17:30 GMT/12:30 EST).

The PwC Global CEO Survey has established itself as one of the media highlights of the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos. It includes nearly 1,400 interviews with CEOs from 79 countries, conducted during the last quarter of 2016.

Last year’s survey revealed CEOs were less optimistic about the global economic outlook and their company’s growth prospects. With continued uncertainty surrounding the international economy, business environment and political events, this year’s survey examined changes in CEOs’ confidence, alongside their views on skills, trust, technology, and globalisation.

About PwC

At PwC, our purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. We’re a network of firms in 157 countries with more than 208,000 people who are committed to delivering quality in assurance, advisory and tax services. Find out more and tell us what matters to you by visiting us at www.pwc.com.

PwC refers to the PwC network and/or one or more of its member firms, each of which is a separate legal entity. Please see www.pwc.com/structure for further details.

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Jan, 17, 2017

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New Bentley Continental Supersports The World’s Fastest Four-Seat Car

* New Continental Supersports is the pinnacle grand tourer

* Fastest accelerating Bentley ever: 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds (0-100 km/h in 3.5 seconds); top speed of 209 mph (336 km/h)

* Most powerful Bentley yet: 710 PS (700 bhp), 1,017 Nm (750 lb.ft.)

* Extreme agility blends with refinement and luxurious ride quality

* Unique styling highlights performance potential; available as coupe or convertible

* Video News Release available, access details in notes to editors

 

(Crewe, 6 January 2017) Bentley is today announcing its fastest and most powerful production model to date: the new Bentley Continental Supersports.

 

A top speed of 209 mph (336 km/h) and a 0-60 mph time of 3.4 seconds (0-100 km/h in 3.5 seconds) make the new Continental Supersports the world’s fastest and most powerful luxury four-seat car.

 

Similarly, its soft-top sibling, the Continental Supersports Convertible, is the fastest four-seat convertible in the world, despatching the sprint to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds (0-100 km/h in 3.9 secs) on its way to a 205 mph (330 km/h) top speed.

 

Bentley’s mighty W12 engine, redeveloped for the Supersports with new high-performance turbos and engine hardware, and a torque vectoring system create a Continental Supersports as agile as it is powerful. Meanwhile, unique styling cues inside and out give the new model a sharpened athletic appearance highlighting its performance potential.

 

As well as offering supercar pace and a highly focused driving experience, there is no compromise in the refined nature of the Continental’s ride quality. This fusion of extremes in luxury and performance make the Supersports the ultimate iteration of a model that has come to define and dominate the grand touring genre.

 

Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and chief executive of Bentley Motors, said: “The Supersports name is legendary at Bentley. From the very first Supersports of the 1920s, to the Continental Supersports of 2009 – and now with the third iteration of this iconic model – it is a name which excites, impassions and thrills. Only Bentley could create a car which blends immense performance and unrivalled luxury in this way.”

 

Extreme Power and Torque; Stand-Out Performance

 

A bespoke drivetrain featuring Bentley’s W12 engine combines extreme power and torque to offer exhilarating performance.

 

Key to the Supersports’ additional outputs are newly designed, higher-capacity turbochargers and a revised charge-air cooling system which create more boost and additional power. In order to harness these additional outputs, upgrades have also been made to the Continental’s cranktrain, including new main and conrod bearings.

 

These extensive engine revisions result in an increase of 80 PS (79 bhp) and 217 Nm (160 lb.ft.) over the 2009 Supersports model – a 10 percent power-to-weight and 25 percent torque-to-weight ratio improvement. The top speed rises by five miles per hour (and the 0-60 mph time drops by 0.3 seconds).

 

The Supersports also benefits from a new torque converter which locks up faster allowing the car to make best use of the enhanced torque figure of 1,017 Nm (750 lb. ft.), and accelerate from standstill even more rapidly.

 

In order to rein in this immense performance the new Supersports is fitted with high-performance carbon ceramic brakes with enhanced cooling. The brake discs are the largest of their type in the world, providing excellent performance with minimal fade under extreme conditions.

 

The brakes sit behind lightweight 21” forged alloy wheels, together offering a 20 kg weight saving in unsprung mass. A further 5 kg weight-saving is offered via an optional titanium exhaust system. The new Supersports is the lightest-ever iteration of the current Continental GT and lighter than the 2009 four-seat Supersports model.

 

Enhancing the driver experience still further, the exhaust system has been redesigned to breath more freely and provide an unmistakeable Bentley soundtrack, with down-shifts eliciting a rifle-fire crackle.

 

Ultimate Handling and Luxury Refinement

 

This performance is matched by athletic handling. The Supersports has a specifically calibrated and updated version of the torque vectoring system first introduced on the Continental GT3-R.

 

This dynamic system brakes individual front and rear wheels during acceleration out of corners to increase performance, whilst maintaining full power to unbraked wheels, and brakes the inside rear wheel on turn-in to improve agility. It also has a bespoke, less intrusive stability control calibration for a more precise chassis response.

 

The new Supersports retains the rear-biased torque split of Bentley’s all-wheel-drive system, sending 60 per cent of the engine’s power to the rear wheels as standard for a better balanced, more sporting character, but with the ability to adjust the front-rear power split depending on available traction.

 

Despite the focus on sharper driving dynamics, the Supersports’ lowered and stiffened dynamic suspension set-up retains all of its luxurious ride quality for passengers wishing to cover long distances in supreme comfort.

 

 

Bespoke Design Signalling High-Performance Character

 

The new Continental Supersports features unique exterior and interior styling cues which reflect the significant uplift in the performance capability of this pinnacle grand tourer.

 

Exterior changes include newly sculpted front and rear bumper designs incorporating a carbon-fibre splitter and diffuser respectively, new side sill extensions and bonnet vents also finished in carbon-fibre, gloss-black front wing vents and a new gloss-black, rifled exhaust tailpipe design. Completing the dramatic exterior look are dark-tint headlamps and tail-lamps, and a complement of black-finished brightware to the front grilles, lights, rear bumper, door handles and window surrounds.

 

There is also an optional, aerodynamically balanced rear spoiler and front splitter combination for the coupe, new Supersports badging, a new black and bright-machined finish for the 21” forged alloy wheels and optional side decals. Further highlighting the enhanced performance, an optional gloss-finished, Supersports-branded carbon-fibre engine cover can be specified.

 

The new Continental Supersports Convertible offers the luxury and refinement of a coupé yet transforms into a head-turning open-tourer at the touch of a button. The multi-layer hood ensures high levels of refinement and acoustic insulation. Exhaustively tested in all conditions from -30°C to 50°C or more, it resists even monsoon-force rain and maintains comfortable, draft-free warmth even on the coldest days.

 

Another practical feature, the neck warmer, makes open air driving an appealing and comfortable prospect even on the cooler days of spring and autumn. With the hood down, the Continental Supersports Convertible offers sensational performance with the sensory amplification of open-air motoring. Hood up, it’s as practical a year-round proposition as its coupé stablemate.

 

Inside, a host of bespoke styling details enhance the contemporary British luxury experience.

 

A unique colour split has been created, using three colours: the first tri-tone interior offered in this generation Continental GT. A new diamond-quilted design is incorporated in the seats and door side panels for a unique signature in Alcantara, while chequered Supersports carbon-fibre fascia panels join the existing list of ten veneers and technical finishes available. The interior is completed by new Supersports emblem stitching, and a bespoke Supersports steering wheel and unique gearlever, both featuring Alcantara accents.

 

A titanium exhaust option is available for drivers seeking a more intense audible experience. As well as a stirring soundtrack, the Titanium system also provides a weight reduction.

 

For Supersports customers seeking even more personalisation, an ‘X Specification’ pack is available, consisting of eight unique duo-tone paint treatments and carbon- fibre door mirrors and heel plates. The titanium exhaust option is included, as is a carbon-fibre finish to the interior side panels, the carbon-fibre engine cover and a gloss black finish to the 21” forged wheels.

 

As with all Bentleys, the Supersports can also be handed over to the highly skilled craftspeople at Mulliner, Bentley’s bespoke coachbuilding department, who will respond to individual customer requirements.

 

Supersports: The Ultimate in Luxury and Performance

 

The Continental Supersports of 2009 won global plaudits for its unique combination of extreme dynamics and unrivalled luxury.

 

The new Supersports takes these characteristics to new heights of engineering excellence, transforming this model into the world’s fastest four-seat car and one that is, nonetheless, an everyday, usable luxury coupe or convertible.

 

It sits at the pinnacle of Bentley’s luxury and performance ethos and is the ultimate iteration of a model that has come to define luxury automotive grand touring.

 

Technical Specification

Continental Supersports Continental Supersports Convertible

 

Engine

Type 6-litre twin-turbocharged port injection W12

Max Power 700 bhp / 710 PS / 522 KW @ 6,000 rpm

Max Torque 1,017 Nm / 750 lb.ft @ 2,050 – 4,500 rpm

 

Transmission

Type ZF 8-speed automatic with Quickshift, Block Shifting and wheel-mounted paddleshift

Driveline Continuous all-wheel drive (40:60 rear bias)

Ratios 1st : 4.71; 2nd: 3.14; 3rd: 2.1; 4th: 1.67; 5th: 1.29; 6th: 1.00; 7th: 0.839; 8th: 0.667

Final Drive 2.85

 

Brakes

Front 420 mm Carbon Silicon Carbide, cross drilled

Rear 356 mm Carbon Silicon Carbide, cross drilled

Wheels and Tyres

Wheels 21″ x 9.5J forged alloy wheels in two finishes

Tyres 275/35 ZR21

 

Steering

Type Rack & pinion, power assisted, speed-sensitive ZF servotronic

Turns lock-to-lock 2.6 turns

Turning circle 11.3 m

 

Suspension

Front Four link double wishbones, computer controlled self-levelling air suspension, with anti-roll bar

Rear Trapezoidal multi-link, computer-controlled self-levelling air suspension, with anti-roll bar

Damping Continuous Damping Control, tuned for dynamic performance

 

Dimensions

Wheelbase 2,746 mm / 108.1 in

Overall length 4,806 mm / 189.2 in

Width (across body) 1,944 mm / 76.5 in

Width (inc.mirrors) 2,227 mm / 87.7 in

Overall height 1,394 mm / 54.9 in 1,403 mm / 55.2 in

Fuel tank 90 litres / 20 gallons / 24 US gallons

Boot volume 358 litres / 12.6 cu ft 260 / 9.18 cu ft

Kerb weight (EU) 2,280 kg / 5,027 lb 2455 kg / 5412 lb

Gross vehicle weight 2,750 kg / 6,063 lb 2,900 kg / 6,393 lb

 

Performance

Top speed 209 mph / 336 km/h 205 mph / 330 km/h

0-60 mph 3.4 secs 3.7 secs

0-100 km/h 3.5 secs 3.9 secs

Fuel Consumption (EU cycle)*

Urban 11.6 mpg / 24.3 litres/100 km 11.6 mpg / 24.4 litres/100 km

Extra Urban 26.4 mpg / 10.7 litres/100 km 25.7 mpg / 11.0 litres/100 km

Combined 18 mpg / 15.7 litres/100 km 17.8 mpg / 15.9 litres/100 km

CO2 emissions 358 g/km 362 g/km

Fuel Consumption (EPA cycle)**

City (US mpg) TBC TBC

Highway (US mpg) TBC TBC

Combined (USmpg) TBC TBC

Emissions Controls EU 6 and US LEV II

 

* Fuel consumption figures are provisional and subject to Type Approval.

** Fuel consumption figures are provisional and subject to EPA certification.

 

Shows: BENTLEY CONTINENTAL SUPERSPORTS B-ROLL

6TH JANUARY 2017

00:05 GVs of Bentley Continental Supersports Driving Footage

01:10 GVs of Bentley Continental Supersports Studio Footage

03:44 Interview with Paul Jones, Product Line Director – Continental, Bentley Motors

05:06 Bentley Continental Supersports Design

05:42 Interview with Stefan Sielaff, Director of Design – Bentley Motors

08:02 Contact slate

08:11 Sizzle Reel

09:45 ENDS.

 

Other: Notes to editors

Bentley Motors is the most sought after luxury car brand in the world. The company’s headquarters in Crewe is home to all of its operations including design, R&D, engineering and production of the company’s four model lines – Continental, Flying Spur, Bentayga and Mulsanne. The combination of fine craftsmanship, using skills that have been handed down through generations, alongside engineering expertise and cutting-edge technology is unique to UK luxury car brands such as Bentley

It is also an example of high-value British manufacturing at its best. Bentley employs around 4,000 people at Crewe.

Jan, 06, 2017

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