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Sgarbi presenta la mostra “Luciano Ventrone Matrix”

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Luciano VentroneSgarbi Vittorio 10Roma giovedì 16 novembre ore 15.00, Residenza Aldega, C.so V. Emanuele II, 21 Vittorio Sgarbi presenta la mostra “Luciano Ventrone Matrix” alla presenza dell’autore. Dopo l’anteprima di 9 opere esposte dal mese di agosto, il Museo Civico Archeologico e Pinacoteca “Edilberto Rosa” di Amelia (Terni) ospita, negli splendidi locali dell’ex Collegio Boccarini, in origine un convento francescano del XIII-XIV secolo, un’antologica di 30 dipinti di Luciano Ventrone nella mostra personale “MATRIX. Oltre la realtà-Beyond reality”, con l’intento di farne conoscere la produzione più recente. Dal 19 novembre 2017 al 25 febbraio 2018 la mostra, con l’estensione di dipinti di Ventrone distribuiti nelle sale espositive ai piani superiori, offrirà al visitatore un inedito confronto con la celebre collezione archeologica del Museo, in cui spiccano la celebre statua bronzea del generale romano Nerone Claudio Druso, detto Germanico, rinvenuta nel 1963 e l’ara “di Dioniso”, un Luciano Ventrone1bellissimo esemplare in marmo risalente al I secolo d.C., sulla cui fronte è scolpita la leggendaria nascita del dio.
Alcuni dei reperti conservati all’interno del Museo, in particolare i pregevoli capitelli dell’antica Ameria (il nome di Amelia in epoca romana) raccolti negli scavi della città e nei suoi dintorni, sono stati di ispirazione per Ventrone, dagli inizi degli anni Ottanta, per la realizzazione di alcune delle sue famose nature morte. Nella strabiliante tecnica di Ventrone la fotografia, ieri analogica oggi digitale, è un punto di partenza, dal quale decorre l’astrazione del soggetto, che si priva del suo essere materia per divenire un reticolo pulviscolare dalle fattezze di punti di luce e colore.
La mostra, promossa dalla Città di Amelia, dall’Assessorato alla Cultura, è organizzata dall’Associazione Archivi Ventrone in collaborazione con Sistema Museo. L’esposizione è a cura di Cesare Biasini Selvaggi.

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Spira mirabilis esegue la Prima Sinfonia di Brahms

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spira mirabilisRoma martedì 21 novembre alle 20.30 Aula Magna dell’Università La Sapienza Città Universitaria – Palazzo del Rettorato Aula Magna Piazzale Aldo Moro 5 Spira mirabilis esegue la Prima Sinfonia di Brahms.
Spira mirabilis è un progetto nato nel settembre 2007 ad opera di alcuni giovani musicisti già attivi nelle più importanti realtà musicali di tutta Europa, che hanno espresso l’esigenza comune di crearsi uno spazio e una dimensione proprie, in cui poter continuare a studiare senza dover rincorrere il ritmo frenetico imposto dal mondo musicale professionale, e di poterlo fare insieme, in modo da condividere le loro idee e imparare gli uni dagli altri. Per ogni incontro (ne vengono organizzati in media sei all’anno, della durata di circa una settimana) viene scelto un solo brano del repertorio sinfonico, da analizzare, interpretare, provare con tutto il tempo necessario ed eventualmente presentare in pubblico, ma il concerto non è l’obiettivo principale delle prove. È questa la grande differenza tra Spira Mirabilis ed una normale orchestra. Per tale motivo si può affermare che essa non è un’orchestra ma un laboratorio di studio, un’officina in cui al centro del lavoro è una ricerca intellettuale ed artistica volta alla crescita dei musicisti che vi prendono parte. I musicisti di Spira mirabilis sanno che la cosa più difficile non è suonare insieme senza direttore, è più difficile pensare insieme, rinunciare ad una propria idea in favore di un’altra che si dimostri più coerente all’interpretazione, creare un’interpretazione univoca di un complesso brano sinfonico. È proprio questo processo il motivo dell’esistenza di Spira mirabilis, il cui nome deriva dalla figura geometrica studiata per primo da Cartesio e poi da Bernoulli, che è diventata un simbolo di immortalità e rigenerazione.
Potrebbe sembrare un’utopia, ma che i risultati siano reali e concreti lo hanno dimostrato i concerti a Londra, Parigi, Berlino, Istanbul e lo dimostrerà ora la loro interpretazione della Sinfonia n. 1 in do minore op. 68 di Johannes Brahms, la cui composizione richiese oltre venti anni, dal 1855 al 1876. Hans von Bülow la definì la Decima Sinfonia, perché prosegue lungo la strada indicata da Beethoven con le sue nove Sinfonie. È un’opera estremamente complessa, che è colma dello spirito romantico e allo stesso tempo già annuncia il superamento del romanticismo, e la sua esecuzione richiede di penetrare a fondo la sua struttura, i suo valori espressivi, il pensiero estetico che ne è alla base: la musica ideale per l’approfondimento che caratterizza il metodo di Spira mirabilis.
BIGLIETTI: Interi: da 15 euro a 25 euro, più prevendita Giovani: under 30: 8 euro; under 18: 5 euro (foto: spira mirabilis)

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La Particella di Bach incanta Bookcity Milano

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cera lenociRomani e CavasonzaMILANO. Venerdì 17 novembre 2017, a Milano, la meravigliosa Casa Verdi (Piazza Buonarroti 29) alle ore 17,00, ospiterà l’Evento di BOOKCITY MILANO 2017 “La forza rigenerativa della musica”. L’Evento avrà per oggetto la presentazione del Libro di Raffaele Cera “La Particella di Bach”, Edizioni del Rosone.
Si tratta di un romanzo che racconta la storia di un grafico, colpito dall’Alzheimer e guarito grazie all’amore dei familiari e alla musica sublime di Johann Sebastian Bach. Da questa straordinaria e sconvolgente esperienza nasce il desiderio di entrare in conservatorio per studiare musica, per riuscire un giorno a suonare il pianoforte e, ancora, per studiare direzione d’orchestra, al fine di arrivare a capire il senso ultimo della musica e, in particolare della musica di Bach, capace di approdare all’ambito metafisico raggiungendo la bellezza assoluta.
Interverranno: il professor Francesco Lenoci, Docente presso l’Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano; il professor Pietro Fratino, Università degli Studi di Pavia; il preside Raffaele Cera, Autore del Libro. Allieteranno l’evento alcune composizioni di Johann Sebastian Bach eseguite dalla pianista Colette Cavasonza e dal soprano Clarissa Romani. (foto: cera lenoci, romani e cavasonza)

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Concerto del grande pianista Francesco Libetta

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Francesco LibettaRoma 16 novembre ore 19 Accademia di Francia a Roma – Villa Medici viale Trinità dei Monti, 1 Per il ciclo I Giovedì della Villa, ideato dalla direttrice Muriel Mayette-Holtz e curato da Cristiano Leone, il 16 novembre l’Accademia di Francia a Roma propone una serata tra arte e musica. Si comincia alle 19 con l’atteso ritorno di Art Club, la rassegna dedicata all’arte contemporanea a cura di Pier Paolo Pancotto, che per l’occasione ha invitato ventuno artisti internazionali a collaborare fra loro e a confrontarsi con gli spazi di Villa Medici, dando luogo a un’inedita mostra dal titolo Greffes (Innesti). A seguire, alle 20.30, I balletti russi di Diaghilev, concerto di Francesco Libetta (Galatone, 1968), pianista, compositore e direttore d’orchestra, notato dai primi anni ’90 dalla critica internazionale più autorevole, che non esita a definirlo “il più grande pianista vivente” (P. Isotta, Corriere della Sera).
Ore 19. Art Club#18: Greffes. La collaborazione tra artisti è un’esperienza dagli esiti spesso sorprendenti paragonabili a quelli prodotti in natura da un innesto, emblematico punto d’incontro tra Ciprian MUREŞANscienza e sperimentazione, dato di fatto e imponderabilità. L’Art Club #18 si fa portavoce di questo fenomeno, attualmente in forte ascesa e quasi del tutto nuovo per il grande pubblico. Nell’occasione, autori diversi per generazione, cultura e linguaggio si incontrano a Villa Medici in qualità di originali, talvolta inattesi, testimoni del dialogo creativo che, da lungo tempo, li pone in sintonia. Nasce così Greffes, frutto della loro reciproca stima e fratellanza professionale ed emotiva, in un gioco di rimandi intellettuali e visivi che è alla base dell’odierno progetto espositivo.
Ore 20.30. I balletti russi di Diaghilev, concerto di Francesco Libetta. In riferimento alla mostra dedicata a Picasso – in corso alle Scuderie del Quirinale, curata da Olivier Berggruen con Annunciata von Liechtenstein e inserita nel ciclo delle celebrazioni picassiane – il programma si collega ai rapporti tra l’artista spagnolo e Stravinsky, e a una delle figure che hanno lasciato una profonda traccia nella cultura del 1900, il russo Sergej Pavlovič Djagilev, detto Serge de Diaghilev.
Impresario di genio, Diaghilev dimostrò di saper riconoscere le potenzialità e il talento di tanti artisti, e con straordinaria abilità per molti anni riuscì a riconoscere e applicare lo spirito del moderno nella società più influente delle capitali europee della sua epoca.
Achraf TOULOUBMolti dei compositori inclusi nel programma hanno scritto per la compagnia di balletto di Diaghilev: “Les Ballets Russes”. In particolare Stravinsky deve a Diaghilev le prime grandi opportunità della sua carriera (sono ora sepolti accanto, nel cimitero di Venezia): L’Oiseau de feu, Petrouska, Le Sacre du printemps. Fu per Diaghilev che Stravinsky, dopo i successi dei balletti basati su tradizioni russe, e dopo il successo di un balletto di Respighi su tema italiano, scrisse le musiche di Pulcinella. Il balletto andò in scena con l’allestimento curato da Picasso.
Per scrivere questa partitura Stravinsky lavorò su musica antica italiana (Pergolesi in particolare, ma non solo). E fino agli ultimi anni professò la più profonda ammirazione per il genio di Carlo Gesualdo, il Principe di Venosa, sperimentatore di armonie arditissime. (foto: Francesco Libetta, Ciprian MUREŞAN, Achraf TOULOUB) Ingresso gratuito (nel limite dei posti disponibili).

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High-level conference “Towards a renewed partnership with Africa”

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european parliamentBruxelles. A conference on a new EU-Africa partnership will take place in the European Parliament on 22 November from 14.00 to 20.00 CET, ahead of the next EU-African Union summit.African political leaders, African Union representatives and UN officials will discuss with Parliament’s President Antonio Tajani, other MEPs, EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini, and many other leading figures from the private sector and civic society, including Dr Denis Mukwege, Laureate of the 2014 Sakharov Prize about new responses to the challenges Africa is facing and how to deepen the partnership between the two continents. EP President Antonio Tajani said: “This time our approach should be different: it should be a people-centred partnership of equals with a focus on youth and job creation. We should look at Africa through African eyes. Cooperation should not be only political and institutional, but fully involve economic actors and civil society”. The dynamic demographic trend that will make Africa the youngest and most populous continent in the world with 2.5 billion inhabitants by 2050 poses challenges regarding economic growth and job creation, as well as for security, migration, climate change and political participation.The conference brings together political leaders, policy makers and experts, who will discuss in three panels:
· Peace & Security and democracy, good governance and human rights
· Attracting investments for sustainable and inclusive development and growth
· Migration, youth and human development
Parliament will vote on a resolution advocating a new EU-Africa strategy on 16 November.In July, Parliament gave its green light to an EU investment plan tackling root causes of migration in Africa.
The conference in the European Parliament will take place in the run-up to the African Union -EU summit on 29/30 November in Abidjan, Cote d`Ivoire. This year, the summit will focus on “Investing in youth”, a key priority for both Europe and Africa. Other priorities for the partnership include peace and security, governance – including democracy, human rights, migration and mobility – investment and trade, environmental preservation and climate change, skills development and job creation.

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Parlamento europeo: sicurezza stradale

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autostradeSecondo i deputati, tutte le nuove automobili dovrebbero essere dotate di sistemi di frenatura autonomi in grado di rilevare i pedoni e di assistenti alla velocità intelligenti. Ogni anno più di 25.000 persone muoiono – e centinaia di migliaia restano ferite – in incidenti stradali in Europa. Più del 90% degli incidenti sono causati da un errore umano.Cervelli e occhi elettronici nelle nostre auto, che aiutino il guidatore a reagire meglio in situazioni pericolose, possono perciò fare la differenza e salvare delle vite.Non stiamo parlando di sistemi fantascientifici, ma di sistemi già in uso in un numero limitato di vetture di alta gamma. Questi sistemi prevengono gli incidenti frenando o diminuendo la velocità nel caso la macchina rilevi la presenza di pedoni o ciclisti, assistono il guidatore nel mantenere la velocità consentita, aiutano a mantenersi in carreggiata con segnali sonori e sono in grado di sterzare automaticamente per far mantenere la corsia all’auto.I vantaggi di tali sistemi in termini di sicurezza sono evidenti, per questo gli eurodeputati vogliono che siano obbligatori in tutte le nuove autovetture.Il relatore della proposta, il deputato tedesco Dieter-Lebrecht Koch (Partito popolare europeo) ha dichiarato: “Alla guida di un’auto, andando a piedi o in bicicletta, tutti commettiamo degli errori. E in questi casi i sistemi di assistenza automatica sono come silenziosi copiloti che ci aiutano ad evitare gli incidenti”. Se questi sistemi sono inclusi nella auto di alta gamma e in alcuni casi anche in altri tipi di auto, i tre quarti delle nuove vetture non ne sono equipaggiate, spesso perché la loro presenza fa lievitare il prezzo.Per fare in modo che la sicurezza dei cittadini non dipenda da quanto possono spendere per la propria auto, gli eurodeputati suggeriscono di installare obbligatoriamente su tutte le auto quei dispositivi già presenti in commercio e che hanno una provata influenza sulla sicurezza stradale. Uno di questi dispositivi è, ad esempio, la frenata automatica di emergenza in presenza di ciclisti o pedoni.Secondo Koch, “tutti dovrebbero poter acquistare un’auto di questo tipo. Ed è proprio grazie a un’ampia diffusione che il prezzo di queste vetture non arriverà alle stelle; saranno solo un po’ più costose”.Fra le altre misure per la sicurezza stradale all’esame dell’assemblea plenaria c’è anche la possibilità di ridurre a zero il limite di tasso alcolico per i nuovi guidatori e per gli autisti professionisti nell’Unione europea. La risoluzione è stata approvata con 593 voti favorevoli, 39 contrari e 53 astensioni.

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A nationwide campaign against the Sexual Abuse of Children

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ateneAthens. The campaign is organized by “The Smile of the Child” and takes place under the aegis of His Excellency, the President of the Hellenic Republic, Mr. Prokopis Pavlopoulos and with the support of the Representation of the European Commission in Greece.“The Smile of the Child” opened the debate of the issue of “Sexual Abuse of Children” with the participation of prosecutors, Minors’ Investigative Magistrates, Professors of Judicial Psychiatry, Directors and Heads of Social Services, Children’s Hospitals, representatives of primary and secondary Education, from the Hellenic Police and specifically from the Cybercrime Unit and Missing Persons’ Unit, the President of Athens Bar Association, representatives from the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and other competent actors and agencies.
The President of the “The Smile of the Child”, Mr. Costas Yannopoulos underscored: Through the campaign “It remains a Secret” we open the discussion on the issue of sexual abuse of children. This is an issue that torments Greek society for many years. However, over the recent years the sexual abuse has grown in extent not only in Greece, but also elsewhere and has been recognized in our country and internationally as a public health issue. This campaign will offer us the opportunity to work together with the institutional actors involved and come up with common proposals from across Greece, mobilize state authorities and tackle the problem. At the same time, we work relentlessly to strengthen the level of prevention of in and outside the school communities and empower our children with knowledge. We struggle for the ideal result, but we serve what is feasible in order to protect children and avoid their further victimization”.
In the framework of this nationwide campaign, “The Smile of the Child” submitted for further discussion and elaboration the following proposals:
1. The institutionalization of sexual education in primary schools with the goal of providing proper information to children and, at the other hand, raising awareness on all these issues that children should refuse, suspect and ask for help and assistance in the cases they feel threatened.
2. Development of specialized Centers in Greece where a specialized scientific team will take care for each child victim. In these Centers children will testify to trained interviewers in a unified manner, only once and in a safe and fully protective environment. Competent professionals (prosecutorial authorities, Hellenic Police, social services, services of mental and physical health).
3. Strict limitation to the services involved to call a child victim to an additional testimony -interviews before or after the abovementioned single and unified testimony with the goal to avoid any secondary and further victimization of the children victims and any discouragement of potential victims to report.
4. Institutionalized development of a unified authority that will register the cases and nature of sexual abuse of children.
5. Development of therapeutic Centers for children victims of sexual abuse.
6. Training to professionals for the effective tackling of each case of sexual abuse (police officers, prosecutors, teachers, health professionals, social services).
7. Requirement of CLEAN criminal record as a prerequisite for the recruitment of professionals to public and private actors who come in direct contact with children. This certificate should be renewed annually.
8. Facilitation of legal procedures. The cases of sexual abuse of children are lengthy and as a result children-victims usually experience a procedure with detrimental consequences for them.
In the framework of the campaign, similar meetings will take place in various cities across Greece: Patras (14/11), Larisa (16/11), Chalkida (27/11), Heraklion (28/11), Chania (29/11), Tripoli (4/12) and Thessaloniki (8/12). The meetings will be held with the support of the local Municipalities. (foto: Sexual Abuse of Children)

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Rambus Teams with eftpos for Android Pay in Australia

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camberraCamberra. Rambus Inc. (NASDAQ: RMBS) announced that eftpos, the Australian domestic debit network, is using the Rambus Token Service Provider (TSP) technology to securely digitize payment cards to support Android Pay. The proven and trusted Rambus TSP platform enables eftpos to maintain consumer data securely through tokenization, which allows the replacement of sensitive data with unique reference numbers so information is not compromised.Android Pay enables eftpos cardholders from participating banks and credit unions to use their eligible Android smartphones for everyday purchases in-store and within Android apps. Android Pay enables Android users to seamlessly tap and pay with their phones at payments terminals across Australia. Android Pay is the simple and secure way to use your Android phone to pay in stores and within apps. To use Android Pay, you’ll need to download the Android Pay app from the Google Play Store. Then simply add your eftpos card and you are good to go. To use Android Pay in a shop, simply wake your phone, hold it near the contactless terminal, and your payment will be complete.“We’re excited to bring the simplicity and security of mobile payments to eftpos users with Android Pay,” said Pali Bhat, vice president of product management, Payments, Google. “Using Android Pay is more secure — and much faster — than rummaging through your wallet for a plastic card. People with an Android device can pay at almost 800,000 contactless payment terminals in Australia.”“With more than 40 million debit cards distributed across Australia, eftpos is one of the most popular payment methods,” said Bret Sewell, SVP and general manager, Rambus Security division. “This collaboration with eftpos enables millions of consumers the opportunity to enjoy secure mobile payments using Android Pay, leveraging our proven Host Card Emulation (HCE) and EMV tokenization software for truly trusted transactions.”
eftpos members can now use eftpos debit cards in Android Pay for secure transactions, leveraging Rambus tokenization software, with nine financial institutions making the service available to their customers at launch. To tokenize a payment transaction, the primary account number (PAN) is sent to a “token vault,” a centralized and highly secure server stored in a PCI-compliant environment provided by the payment network.“We are thrilled to be one of the first domestic networks in the world to offer tokenization services and support Android Pay,” said eftpos acting CEO, Paul Jennings. “This will bring the convenience of secure, in store mobile payments to many Australians for the first time. We are excited to be working with Rambus, to provide customers with access to their own money via Android Pay at the shops.”

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Capodanno a Parigi

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capodanno a parigiPer chi è alla ricerca di un Capodanno informale e festaiolo, dove fare il conto alla rovescia circondato dall’energia della città, il Comune di Parigi organizza un evento sugli Champs-Elysées. Il viale più bello del mondo, con i suoi quasi due chilometri tra Place de la Concorde e l’Arco di Trionfo, accoglie turisti e parigini con musica, proiezioni di luce sull’Arco di Trionfo e fuochi d’artificio.
Per chi ama i festeggiamenti in strada, ma preferisce un approccio più raccolto e lontano dalla grande folla, l’ideale è raggiungere il quartiere di Montmartre, con le sue piazzette e i suoi vicoli vestiti a festa e ancora più preziosi. Una miriade di locali e cabaret si dipana dalla zona del Sacré-Coeur fino a scendere a Pigalle: per proseguire i festeggiamenti fino all’alba, non c’è che l’imbarazzo della scelta.
A proposito di cabaret, per trascorrere l’ultima notte dell’anno assistendo a uno spettacolo squisitamente francese, la città offre un ventaglio sorprendente di proposte. Il primo nome da considerare, non vi è dubbio, è quello del mitico Moulin Rouge di Pigalle: si inizia con una cena curata dallo chef David Le Quellec e innaffiata da una bottiglia di champagne Roederer a persona, allietati dalla musica dal vivo dall’orchestra. E dopo la mezzanotte, è la volta dello spettacolo “Féerie”, seguito dalla serata con DJ e altre sorprese fino all’alba. Un altro nome storico è il Lido de Paris, al 116 bis di Avenue des Champs-Élysées: qui la notte di San Silvestro scorre al ritmo delle musiche suonate dall’orchestra internazionale di Dov Amiel. Dopo lo spettacolo “Paris Merveilles” si apre la serata danzante che dura fino all’alba. Il menù gastronomico e i migliori champagne promettono un réveillon gustoso, frizzante e sofisticato.Cena di gala con animazione dei camerieri, musica e balli con orchestra dal vivo, spettacolo del tipico Can-can francese “Paradis à la Folie” e una ricca colazione, sono, invece, gli ingredienti per un perfetto Capodanno da vivere fino all’alba al Paradis Latin (a due passi dall’Île Saint-Louis).
parigiGli appassionati degli anni ’60, ’70 e ’80 devono segnarsi il nome Happy Day’s, nel II arrondissement: il cabaret propone una “seratona” dedicata alla musica degli anni che ci fanno sognare – e scatenare – ancora oggi.Da segnalare infine il Cesar Palace, nel quartiere Montparnasse: cena animata da cabaret, spettacolo “OH! CESAR”, open bar, divertimento e balli sfrenati fino all’alba.Per chi preferisce una più tranquilla serata al ristorante, con un tocco di festa in più, le proposte sono davvero infinite. Ecco alcuni suggerimenti da segnalare.
Le Solférino: con la sua cucina francese, la brasserie situata nel cuore della città, sul celebre Boulevard Saint-Germain, offre per San Silvestro una serata divertente con menù fatto in casa e musica con DJ fino all’alba.
A Parigi è possibile addirittura festeggiare il Capodanno come ai tempi dei Galli. La proposta è quella di Nos Ancêtres les Gaulois, vera e propria istituzione nel panorama della ristorazione cittadina che, dal 1969, propone nel cuore dall’Île Saint-Louis un menù originale in un ambiente medievale autentico e festoso: esperienza storico-gastronomica assicurata. Se invece si cerca un’atmosfera da Belle Époque, l’ideale è il ristorante La Crémaillère 1900, a Montmartre. All’inizio del XX secolo questo locale ospitava una libreria, poi diventato una latteria, per trasformarsi, infine, in un ristorante dal fascino antico e aristocratico, con travi in legno, boiserie, specchi e quadri in stile liberty. Sul suo palco Parigihanno debuttato famosi artisti, ballerini, musicisti e cantanti come il cantautore Michel Polnareff. Godersi la città da un punto di vista privilegiato può essere un ottimo modo di iniziare il nuovo anno: a questo proposito è perfetto un cenone lungo la Senna.Gli storici Bateaux-Mouches offrono una crociera di gala con cena a bordo per aspettare i dodici rintocchi di mezzanotte cullati dal fiume, in un’atmosfera intima e romantica, circondati dalle luci cangianti della città. A bordo dei battelli di Marina de Paris si aspetta il 2018 gustando una cena gourmet con selezionati prodotti stagionali per un’esperienza gastronomica memorabile, di fronte alla maestosa Torre Eiffel illuminata. Serata danzante fino all’alba a bordo dei Bateaux Parisiens, dove la cena raffinata è accompagnata da orchestra dal vivo.

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Artemis nomina il Responsabile delle vendite per i Paesi Nordici (Scandinavia)

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Jens Steen_ArtemisJames Young, Responsabile delle vendite europee di Artemis, afferma: “Jens Steen proviene da BNY Mellon, dove era Responsabile delle attività istituzionali per i Paesi Nordici, vanta oltre 17 anni di esperienza nelle vendite nei Paesi Nordici e un’eccellente reputazione. Ha una laurea (BA) in International Banking & Finance e una laurea magistrale (MSc) in International Securities.”
Aggiunge: “La nomina di Jens Steen è parte della nostra costante espansione nell’Europa continentale. Portando il nostro team di vendita e marketing a sette specialisti, ora Jens Steen svilupperà rapporti e vendite nei Paesi Nordici.” James Young conclude: “Abbiamo già registrato una raccolta di circa 1,5 miliardi di Euro nel Continente. Con l’aiuto di Jens Steen, ci aspettiamo un costante incremento degli attivi da amministrare nel corso degli anni.”
Artemis, uno dei principali gestori di investimenti con sede nel Regno Unito, offre una gamma di fondi che investono nel Regno Unito stesso, in Europa, negli USA e in tutto il mondo. La Società è specializzata nella gestione attiva degli investimenti per conto di investitori retail e istituzionali. La Società ha masse amministrate pari a circa GBP 27 miliardi (EUR 31,0 miliardi/USD 36,1 miliardi) distribuite fra una varietà di fondi, due fondi chiusi, un fondo di venture capital e mandati segregati e gestioni patrimoniali in fondi per investitori istituzionali. Alcuni di questi fondi sono disponibili per gli investitori dell’Europa continentale. (foto: Jens Steen)

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With an investment in ubitricity Siemens opts for innovative solutions for electromobility

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monaco di bavieraMunich Erlangen Berlin, ubitricity Gesellschaft für verteilte Energiesysteme mbH and the Siemens Division Energy Management will work together in the development of innovative solutions and business models in the area of electromobility. To this end, Siemens recently bought part of the Berlin company during its current investment round. ubitricity is a provider of intelligent charging and billing solutions that enables, by means of a digital platform, new business models in the area of energy services for electromobility. Siemens Energy Management is one of the world’s leading providers of products, systems and solutions for the reliable transmission and distribution of electrical energy.
Together, both companies aim to develop new products and business models, for example for smart cities, fleet operators, multi-storey car parks and the real estate industry.
As a reliable partner, the Siemens Division Energy Management already provides energy suppliers and industry with the right portfolio for an efficient energy infrastructure and the digitalisation of electricity networks. Since the electric mobility market and the associated interfaces with the electricity network and renewables energies will continue to grow in importance, Siemens aims to cover this market even better by entering into partnerships with specialists. With complementary offers such as charging infrastructure, billing and smart grid solutions, the demands of future markets will be better served. This plan is also underlined by the current investment in ubitricity. The investment was concluded in cooperation with next47, a global venture company formed by Siemens.
Moritz Ingerfeld, Head of Business Development eCharging at Siemens Energy Management: “The complementary ubitricity technology convinced us. It uses digitalisation in the energy field in a targeted manner and open up completely new business models in the future market of energy services for electromobility. We look forward to a successful cooperation with ubitricity and will provide support during the rollout of the solution and its further development.”
At the core of the ubitricity solution is a mobile electricity meter. Integrated into an intelligent charging cable with secure mobile communication, it automatically activates charging processes, records the consumption data for each specific vehicle, and sends these for billing to an energy data platform. The basis for this is an electricity contract that is concluded for the cable.
Since part of the technology that is usually installed in charging stations is already integrated into the charging cable, the charging points are correspondingly cheap and small. The latter fact allows, for example, affordable large-volume installations in real estate and the simple integration of charging cables in street furniture such as streetlights. In London, ubitricity is currently installing lamppost-integrated charging points for residents, in cooperation with several districts and companies.
Charging processes can be controlled in a targeted manner by means of the mobile electricity meter, in order to charge vehicles in accordance with the current capacity of the electricity network. As a decentral store for renewables energies, e-vehicles therefore can be integrated into the smart grid.
“We are happy that we have found a strong strategic partner in Siemens Energy Management, for whom digitalisation in the area of the energy industry represents a key future area,” says Dr. Frank Pawlitschek, managing director of ubitricity. “We are really looking forward to the cooperation with Siemens Energy Management and to implementing our plans and objectives for the future of electromobility.”Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for 170 years. The company is active around the globe, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of efficient power generation and power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. The company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2017, which ended on September 30, 2017, Siemens generated revenue of €83.0 billion and net income of €6.2 billion. At the end of September 2017, the company had around 372,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at http://www.siemens.com.

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Congresso ‘Hepatology in motion: research and utilities’

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Università di Napoli “Federico II”JPGNapoli da giovedì 23 novembre a sabato 25 si terrà il congresso ‘Hepatology in motion: research and utilities’ occasione per un confronto tra esperti provenienti da tutta Italia e dall’estero sulle novità a livello terapeutico, diagnostico e della ricerca in epatologia, che stanno modificando sostanzialmente l’organizzazione dell’assistenza sanitaria, la pratica clinica e l’approccio alle nuove esigenze del paziente.
Il congresso si aprirà alle ore 11 presso l’Aula magna della Scuola di Medicina e Chirurgia Università di Napoli ‘Federico II’ in Via Pansini 5, con una sessione dedicata all’HCV, seguita nel pomeriggio da una tavola rotonda cui parteciperanno tutte le società scientifiche, le associazioni dei pazienti e i rappresentanti dei media dal titolo: ‘Information, deformation and training. Scientific Societies between institutions and media’.

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Yardi Matrix Report Documents October Rent Trends

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SacramentoSacramento. Seasonal factors and an extended deceleration in national rent levels combined to reduce U.S. rents by $4 in October, according to a survey of 121 markets by Yardi Matrix. The drop to $1,358, coming at the beginning of the last quarter when rent growth slows due to seasonal factors, was no surprise. Moreover, the multifamily sector is still decelerating from cycle highs in 2016. “Nationally, rents are only $5 off their all-time peak set in August and are $30 above their level a year ago,” the report states.Houston, deluged by Hurricane Harvey in August, saw rents rise 0.8% year-over-year through October, an improvement over -0.2% in September and the first positive month in the metro since July 2016. Harvey put approximately 45,000 apartments and more than 100,000 housing units out of commission.
Year-over-year rent growth leaders in October were Sacramento, Calif.; Las Vegas; Orlando, Fla.; California’s Inland Empire; and the Twin Cities metro in Minnesota.View the full October Yardi Matrix report for additional detail and insight into 121 major U.S. real estate markets.Yardi Matrix is a business development and asset management tool for investment professionals, equity investors, lenders, and property managers who underwrite and manage investments in commercial real estate. Yardi Matrix covers multifamily, industrial, office and self storage property types. Email matrix@yardi.com, call 480-663-1149 or visit yardimatrix.com to learn more.

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Science Education Takes Center Stage in New Orleans at NSTA’s Area Conference on Science Education

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Thousands of science educators from across the country will convene in New Orleans, Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 2017, for the third of three annual fall conferences hosted by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). Held in conjunction with the Louisiana Science Teachers Association (LSTA), the three-day conference features hundreds of workshops, presentations, and sessions focused on helping science teachers hone their skills in teaching and stay abreast of important new developments in science education. The conference will be held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and other local venues.
The conference offers educators an invaluable opportunity to participate in professional learning activities, examine the newest science teaching materials, and network with other educators. Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear thought-provoking presentations from nationally renowned speakers in science and education. Featured speakers include:Keynote speaker Debbie Silver, will provide an entertaining and informative look at how science can be used as a natural springboard for engaging learners from preK through 12 and beyond. Laced with humor and practical suggestions, she will have attendees laughing, thinking, and ready to champion science students at every level.
Okhee Lee, a professor in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University, will highlight how the instructional shifts associated with the Next Generation Science Standards and the language instructional shifts based on a range of registers and multiple modalities (e.g., physical replica, diagram, text, and computational model) are mutually supportive in promoting both science and language learning for all students.
Milton Chen, a senior fellow and executive director emeritus at the George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF), will discuss how creative science educators are taking students beyond the four walls of their classrooms via “nature nearby” where they learn alongside scientists and naturalists of all ages, as well as online platforms, such as iNaturalist.
Marshall Shepherd, director of the University of Georgia’s (UGA) Atmospheric Sciences Program and as a full professor in the Department of Geography, will examine contemporary challenges associated with communicating weather and climate change to broader audiences and students. Using the lens of accessible analogies and his experiences, he will walk through six overarching challenges and provide solutions that can improve the narrative related to these pressing scientific topics.
When not attending back-to-back sessions and workshops, attendees can browse NSTA’s popular Exhibit Hall to learn about the latest science education materials, laboratory equipment and computer hardware and software available from more than 100 companies and organizations.
The NSTA New Orleans Area Conference on Science Education will begin with concurrent sessions on Thursday, November 30 at 8 a.m. and will conclude on Saturday, December 2. Teachers interested in attending the conference can register onsite at the convention center. For updated information about the conference, visit http://www.nsta.org/conferences/area3.aspx.

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East West Bank Announces Agreement to Sell Desert Community Bank Branches to Flagstar Bank, FSB

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East West Bancorp, Inc. (“East West” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: EWBC), parent company of East West Bank, today announced that East West Bank has entered into a purchase and assumption agreement to sell its Desert Community Bank (“DCB”) branches and related assets and liabilities to Flagstar Bank, a subsidiary bank of Flagstar Bancorp, Inc. (“Flagstar”) (NYSE: FBC).Desert Community Bank consists of eight branches located in the High Desert area of California, and has been operating as a separate division of East West Bank for ten years. The purchase and assumption agreement includes all eight branches, approximately $70 million in loans and $600 million in deposits. Following the sale, DCB will retain its name and continue to operate as Desert Community Bank, a division of Flagstar Bank.Dominic Ng, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of East West, stated, “East West is proud to have served the communities in the High Desert area for a decade. Although we are exiting branch banking in this region of California, it was important for us to find a buyer that was committed to retaining the Desert Community Bank name and banking team, and shared our values in providing an outstanding customer experience. With our choice of Flagstar, we believe we found a dedicated partner to support Desert Community Bank’s integral role in the High Desert communities. I am confident that our customers will be well-served by the team at Flagstar.”The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and satisfaction of customary closing conditions, and is expected to be completed in the first half of 2018. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.Sandler O’Neill & Partners, L.P. acted as financial advisor and King, Holmes, Paterno & Soriano, LLP served as legal counsel to East West Bancorp, Inc.

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Books-A-Million to Welcome Iconic Fiddle Player and Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Daniels on December 16

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mt-julietMount Juliet, (Tennessee) GRAMMY award-winning musician Charlie Daniels will be signing copies of his newly released memoir “Never Look at the Empty Seats” on Saturday, December 16 at 2 p.m. This event will take place at the Books-A-Million located at 401 South Mount Juliet Road in Mount Juliet, Tennessee. Guests will have book signing and giveaway opportunities.Few artists have left a more indelible mark on America’s musical landscape than Country Music Hall of Famer, Charlie Daniels. In his official memoir, “Never Look at the Empty Seats” from Thomas Nelson Publishing, fans will learn about his rise from a post-Depression era childhood to becoming a GRAMMY award winner and Country Music Hall of Fame inductee by focusing on the positives in life. Spanning a career of nearly 60 years, Charlie will share inside stories, reflections, rare personal photographs plus make available lessons learned and sage advice to those seeking a career in the music business.
Daniels is best known for his contributions to country, bluegrass and Southern rock music. As a multi-instrumentalist, lyricist and singer, Daniels’ won his first GRAMMY in 1979 for Best Country Vocal Performance by Duo or Group for “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” The award winning music enthusiast was later inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016. Charlie Daniels currently resides in Tennessee. For more information about Charlie Daniels, please visit http://www.charliedaniels.com.To attend the event, guests are required to purchase an Eventbrite ticket at charliedanielstnbam.eventbrite.com, which will include a copy of “Never Look at the Empty Seats.” Daniels will be giving away a fiddle to one attendee during the event at random and the first 10 people in line will also receive a Charlie Daniels Band 45th Anniversary T-shirt. Winners must be present to claim the prizes.

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Flydubai and GE Aviation Reach Agreement for Intelligent Network

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dubaiDubai. GE Aviation and flydubai today announced that they have reached an agreement for GE to provide Intelligent Network software for efficient recovery of disruptions across the airline’s fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft.“Airline disruptions occur every day, but it’s how you handle them that sets you apart,” said John Mansfield, vice president & Chief Digital Officer for GE Aviation. “Intelligent Network software as a service gives flydubai the real-time tools to predict the impact of operational disruptions, to optimize recovery back to normal operations and to minimize the effect on their passengers.”A result of customer collaboration, flydubai and GE Aviation launched one of the first digital customer solutions built on GE’s Predix platform in June 2016.“Passenger experience is critically important to us. We require a tool to provide improved Customer Service and operational visibility during interruptions to flight operations. Understanding the total impact to our passengers and our operation is of supreme importance,” said Ken Gile, Chief Operating Officer of flydubai. “Intelligent Network provides a clear snapshot of the changes in our daily operations when it comes to any possible disruptions.”The Predix-based Intelligent Network solution is designed to help flydubai to minimize the impact of unavoidable delays, enhance operational understanding, while optimally protecting schedules and revenue.Ramesh Venkat, Chief Information Officer of flydubai added, “We can now understand the knock-on effect across our network and having this software in place will allow us to quickly make the best decisions for our operations.” “By collaborating with customers, we’re better able to understand their challenges,” continued Mansfield. “This is exactly how we want to work together and help customers to drive greater efficiency.” GE Aviation opened the first Middle East Aviation Technology Center in Dubai in 2015 to support customers’ operations in the region. GE Aviation also has a digital center in Austin, Texas and foundries in San Ramon, Paris and Shanghai. These advancements in data and analytic technologies are examples of what GE’s Predix platform for the Industrial Internet is driving in aviation.

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Optiv Security Acquires Conexsys; Supports Global Business Growth Strategy by Accelerating Investment in Canada

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victoria canadaOptiv Security, a market-leading provider of end-to-end cyber security solutions, today announced that it is continuing to accelerate its growth strategy by acquiring Conexsys, a Toronto-based security and networking solutions provider. This acquisition increases Optiv’s ability to serve Canadian, U.S. and global clients with expanded skills, knowledge and presence. Additionally, Optiv enhances its vertical presence in government markets, with the strong business relationships Conexsys brings with the Canadian government. The transaction allows Optiv to serve private and public entities in Canada with more local resources and immediate access to Optiv’s comprehensive service offerings that help remove complexity, align the right technology and process to business needs, and optimize security investments to minimize cost and maximize protection. The terms of the transaction are not being disclosed.“Many Canadian organizations have magnified their investment and focus on cyber security but are finding it increasingly challenging to protect against the sophisticated threat landscape,” said Cheryl McGrath, Optiv’s country general manager for Canada. “Canadian companies need the right expertise from a partner that can bring clarity to the cyber security landscape, which can sometimes feel chaotic and complex. Together, Optiv and Conexsys provide expansive local coverage in Canada to help organizations navigate a myriad of products and technologies, and evaluate their infrastructures and operations to develop safer, saner and more strategic paths forward.” “Conexsys has been committed to serving the Canadian government and large Canadian companies with exceptional technical expertise and high-quality services for more than 30 years,” said Michael Yassin, president of Conexsys. “By joining Optiv, we are gaining access to a number of holistic service offerings that enable us to perform comprehensive security optimization—from strategy and planning straight through to implementation and management. We are very excited about this transaction and what it allows us to bring to the Canadian market.”

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eCurrency Announces Collaboration with ITU on Standardization Guidelines

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Beijinge. BeijingCurrency Mint Limited (eCurrency) announced today that it is contributing its seven-layer security architecture to an International Telecommunication Union (ITU) working group’s development of a reference architecture for digital fiat currency (DFC). This working group is tasked with outlining the framework for DFC, showing interoperability scenarios and integration into current payments systems.The working group was established at the first meeting of the ITU Focus Group on Digital Currency including Digital Fiat Currency (FG DFC) held at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, 12-13 October 2017. The meeting was jointly hosted by ITU, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), the Information and Communication Ministry, and the Digital Fiat Currency Institute.“The first meeting of the Focus Group welcomed broad, enthusiastic support from both the public and private sectors,” said Bilel Jamoussi, chief of the ITU-T Study Groups Department. “We are in a strong position to encourage digital currency innovation with the support of all stakeholders, stakeholders that will come together in this Focus Group to build a common understanding of their respective roles in managing ICT-driven transformations of the financial system.” The work of the FG DFC leverages the collaboration of all players in the ecosystem including Central Banks and financial standards bodies. The group has been created to establish guidelines for policy and regulation, study the impact on business and technology, and propose a reference architecture to ensure security.In his keynote speech, Yao Qian, director of the PBOC’s Institute of Digital Money, defined DFC by four fundamental properties as follows (paraphrased and translated): “DFC is defined by (1) its value, which is anchored by the trust of the nation as the unit of account, (2) its cryptography, forming its technology base, its algorithms, which are based on big data and artificial intelligence, and (4) its applications, which allow user experience and economic policies to be smarter.”DFC is authorized and issued by a country’s Central Bank as legal tender, designed to offer the same security status and interoperable function as physical currency. It uses high-security cryptographic protocols to ensure that it cannot be counterfeited, while remaining fully transparent. This secure instrument can be held in all e-money wallets and transacted seamlessly within existing network infrastructure.

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GM Financial Provides Vehicle to Ronald McDonald House Houston

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General Motors Financial Company, Inc. (GM Financial or the “Company”) today announced the expansion of its Cool Cars for Remarkable Kids program in collaboration with Ronald McDonald House Houston, to address a unique mobility challenge for children and families visiting the House. The Company’s Cool Cars program enables families – many of whom have traveled miles from their homes for medical treatment for their sick children – to have access to GM Financial late-model vehicles for transportation support during their stay.“We are pleased to extend our Cool Cars for Remarkable Kids program to the families of Ronald McDonald House Houston,” said Dan Berce, President and CEO of GM Financial. “Our goal with this program is to ease the transportation challenges to and from treatment centers, including visitors who may have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey. We will also extend our support to the Ronald McDonald House of Galveston later this year.” Ronald McDonald House Houston, which opened in late 1981, joins other Ronald McDonald House locations in Texas, North Carolina, Massachusetts and Michigan to receive a Cool Car – all regions where the Company maintains a significant commercial or employment presence. In total, GM Financial plans to deliver approximately 30 vehicles nationwide through this program in 2017.“As the Texas Medical Center’s pediatric care centers continue to grow, there is an increased need for our services,” said Rick Noriega, CEO, Ronald McDonald House Houston. “The Cool Cars for Remarkable Kids program helps support seamless transportation for children and their families between our Holcombe House flagship facility and their treatment hospitals – another way we can fulfill our mission of providing families with a place of comfort and support.” Cool Cars for Remarkable Kids is one half of GM Financial’s Mobility Initiative – a multifaceted effort focused on driving upward mobility in communities across North America. This platform also includes KEYSSM by GM Financial, which helps consumers unlock smarter financial futures by bridging the financial literacy gap through a combination of live community trainings and online financial education tools and resources.

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