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World Jewish Congress to meet in Berlin in wake of sharp rise of anti-Semitism across Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 6 settembre 2014

berlinoNEW YORK/BRUSSELS – A sharp rise in anti-Semitic attacks and the growing hostility towards Israel will be among the subjects to be discussed at a meeting of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) in Berlin, which will take place from 14 to 16 September 2014. The WJC Governing Board will be chaired by David de Rothschild and attended by 150 heads of Jewish communities, delegates and young Jewish diplomats from around the world. Among the guest speakers will be Germany’s Economics Minister, Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.In tribute to his lifetime efforts for reconciliation between Germans and Jews, and between Germany and Israel, the WJC’s Theodor Herzl Award will be bestowed posthumously on the late publisher Axel Springer, whose widow Friede Springer will receive it at a dinner at Berlin’s Jewish Museum on Monday, 15 September 2014.The participants will also take part in the rally against anti-Semitism organized by the Central Council of Jews in Germany in front of Berlin’s iconic Brandenburg Gate on Sunday, 14 September 2014, at 3 p.m., where German President Joachim Gauck, Chancellor Angela Merkel, and many other German leaders are expected.WJC President Ronald S. Lauder, who will be one of the speakers at the rally, said the WJC meeting in Berlin came at an important moment: “After the terrible hostilities against Jews we witnessed in the last eight weeks in Europe, following Israel’s legitimate action in the Gaza Strip, we are faced with a fundamental question: What needs to be done to ensure that the next generation of Jews has a future in Europe? This eruption of anti-Semitism has been an eye-opener for many people, and it would be wrong to go back to doing business as usual. Instead, we expect politicians and societies to address the root causes of this hatred, and to take appropriate action against it.”Reports will be given about Hamas and about the threats posed by jihadist fighters returning to their Western countries of origin. Another focus of the WJC meeting will be visits of the delegates to important Holocaust-related sites in Berlin, including the Wannsee Conference Memorial Exhibit, the ‘Gleis 17’ train platform at Berlin’s Grunewald Station from which many German Jews were deported to the Nazi death camps where there will be a wreath-laying ceremony, and to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe near the Brandenburg Gate. This will take place in the morning of Tuesday, 16 September 2014. At ‘Gleis 17’, there will be a short ceremony and Kaddish will be recited.

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The Istituto Italiano di Cultura, to present Italian singer, actor and composer Simone Cristicchi

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 6 settembre 2014

simoneThursday, September 11, 2014 – 6:30pm – 8:30pm Istituto Italiano di Cultura – 496 Huron St., Toronto Free admission Simone Cristicchi, in a tour between Canada and the USA, will talk about his career as a singer, actor and composer. He will also present “Magazzino 18” (Warehouse 18), the musical show he has written with Jan Bernes on the little known history story of the Italians that left Istria and Dalmatia after World War II. “Magazzino 18″will debut in Toronto on September 12 at the Famee Furlane Club.
Simone Cristicchi (1977) is a singer-songwriter and actor. In 2005 he debuts with the critically acclaimed single “Vorrei cantare come Biagio”, published by Sony Music. His first CD album “Fabbricante di canzoni” (2006), which contains the masterpiece duet with Sergio Endrigo “Questo è amore”, is selected by the American on-line Stylus Magazine as “Album of the Week.” In 2007 he wins the Sanremo Festival and the Prize of the Critic with his song “Ti regalerò una rosa”, a moving letter from a patient in a psychiatric hospital, and he launches his second album, “Dall’altra parte del cancello.” Between 2008 and 2013 he releases his 3th and 4th album (“Grand Hotel Cristicchi” & “Album di famiglia”); embarks on 8 long music tours, writes and performs in two theatrical works: “Li Romani in Russia” (a monologue on the Russian campaign of 1941-43 that was eulogized by the President of Italy Giorgio Napolitano) and “Mio nonno è morto in guerra” (life stories from the Second World War). At the end of 2013 he debuts with a dramatic musical theater piece “Magazzino 18” (Warehouse 18).

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Broader ‘business intelligence’ market surges 50% to US$ 60 billion

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 6 settembre 2014

amsterdamAmsterdam Little did we expect that revenues for the broader business intelligence market would equal that of PlayStation and Nintendo, but what an incredible amount (!). Within the more ‘traditional’ definition of the market research industry, the global size reached US$ 40.3 billion in 2013, representing year-on-year growth of 2.8% and 0.7% after inflation is factored in, the ESOMAR Global Market Research Report 2014 reveals. ‘‘Each issue of this report, which presents the only global analysis of market research spend, has traditionally marked a number of important developments in our profession and this year is no different! Firstly, the more traditionally defined ‘‘market research’’ sector now surpasses the US$ 40 billion mark. Secondly, the North American research market takes the title of fastest growing region for the first time since 2000 – underpinned by a resurgence in Qualitative in the USA’’, comments Finn Raben, ESOMAR Director General.
Asia Pacific is the second of two regions that recorded positive net growth for 2013. China’s growth rate has declined by more than half in the past year, from 11.2% to 4.4%, but the size of the market research industry in China is now quickly catching up with Japan.
The downward trend in European turnover remains the region’s primary challenge; for the third consecutive year in a row, the value of the sector declined.It is largely the EU15 that struggles to overcome the economic pains; France, the Netherlands, Denmark and Luxembourg were the only markets to record net gains in 2014.
The growth of online research has taken an unanticipated turn; global revenues declined 1%, to 28% in 2013, which can be partly explained by increased price competition. This is substantiated by ESOMAR’s 2014 Global Prices Study, which details that global median prices for the online modalities (i.e. Online U&A Study, Tracker Study & Advertising Test) have all registered overall declines over the last four years, ranging from 2% to 12%.The world’s best performing markets in 2013 were Myanmar (+50.0%), Lebanon (+38.4%) and Bangladesh (+28.4%), all posting growth from a small base; the world worst performing markets were Iraq (-45.5%), Cyprus (36.9%) and Portugal (-22.4%).Confidence in the health of the market research industry appears to have strengthened; 82% of the countries that provided forecasts expect their local market to grow in 2014, compared to 60% in 2013.
For the full-year 2014, ESOMAR believes that global industry growth of between 3% and 4% (before inflation) is possible, which is stemming from the optimism that prevails in most of the regions, and the latest signs of economic recovery in some of the world’s largest research markets.

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