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Strasburgo Parlamento europeo: Anteprima della sessione del 3-6 ottobre 2022

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 1 ottobre 2022

Ucraina: i deputati discutono l’escalation della guerra da parte della Russia Mercoledì, il Parlamento discuterà con Josep Borrell le minacce nucleari, il reclutamento dei riservisti russi e i referendum farsa nelle zone occupate dell’Ucraina. Energia: i deputati valutano il price cap e le misure di riduzione dei consumi Il Parlamento adotterà una risoluzione per valutare le proposte presentate dalla Commissione per proteggere i consumatori e le imprese dall’aumento dei costi dell’energia. Un caricabatteria unico per i dispositivi elettronici più utilizzati Il Parlamento dovrebbe approvare in via definitiva la nuova legge che prevede una soluzione comune a livello UE per la ricarica di telefoni cellulari, tablet e altri dispositivi elettronici. Mahsa Amini: dibattito sulle proteste per i diritti delle donne in Iran Martedì pomeriggio, i deputati discuteranno con il Capo della politica estera dell’UE Josep Borrell le proteste contro il regime islamico in Iran. Unione della salute: risposta UE più forte alle emergenze di salute pubblica I deputati dovrebbero approvare in via definitiva le misure per rafforzare la capacità UE di controllare le malattie trasmissibili e affrontare le minacce sanitarie transfrontaliere. Stato di diritto: dibattito sulla sospensione dei fondi UE all’Ungheria Martedì, i deputati discuteranno la proposta della Commissione di congelare i fondi destinati all’Ungheria per proteggere il bilancio UE dalle criticità sullo Stato di diritto. 3,5 miliardi di euro aggiuntivi per affrontare le conseguenze della guerra I deputati discuteranno e voteranno norme semplificate sull’uso dei fondi regionali UE per sostenere ei Paesi UE nell’affrontare le conseguenze della guerra russa contro l’Ucraina. Aviazione: voto sulla revisione delle misure di emergenza della pandemia Il Parlamento voterà un ulteriore aggiornamento delle regole sugli slot di decollo e atterraggio delle compagnie aeree e per mantenere alcune eccezioni introdotte durante la pandemia. Stop al commercio illegale di animali selvatici entro il 2025 Per migliorare la protezione globale delle specie a minaccia di estinzione, i deputati chiederanno un maggiore impegno UE nella lotta al traffico di fauna e flora selvatiche.

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Elezioni in Brasile: 182 indigeni si presentano come candidati

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 1 ottobre 2022

(2 ottobre): Quest’anno sono 182 i candidati di 45 popoli indigeni che si presenteranno alle elezioni brasiliane del 2 ottobre. Provengono da un totale di 24 Stati della regione amazzonica, del nordest e del sudest, dell’ovest e del sud del Brasile. Oltre al presidente, la popolazione brasiliana elegge i nuovi governatori e i membri del Senato e del Congresso. Si vota anche per i parlamenti statali di tutti i 26 Stati federali. Qui, 30 indigeni sono in corsa, altri 21 sono in corsa per la Camera dei Deputati a Brasilia, tre sono in corsa per i governatorati, uno per il Senato. Un’altra donna indigena è in corsa per la vicepresidenza insieme alla candidata presidenziale socialista Vera Lucia. Quattro anni di politica anti-indigena sotto Jair Bolsonaro hanno politicizzato ancora di più il movimento indigeno in Brasile. I rappresentanti indigeni vogliono essere presenti attivamente a tutti i livelli politici e rappresentare direttamente i loro diritti. Da quando Bolsonaro si è insediato, le popolazioni indigene brasiliane hanno subito un enorme regresso e non poche violazioni dei diritti umani e spesso attacchi mortali alle loro comunità. L’invasione dei territori indigeni, l’accaparramento delle terre e gli omicidi difficilmente vengono puniti. Soprattutto durante la pandemia di Coronavirus, la violenza e le invasioni sono aumentate. Senza il sostegno delle autorità competenti, le popolazioni indigene brasiliane hanno dovuto fare affidamento su organizzazioni partner nazionali e internazionali per rendere pubblici gli attacchi e le violazioni dei diritti umani. È tempo che il Brasile elegga un presidente migliore e più umano. Allo stesso tempo, per l’Associazione per i popoli minacciati (APM) è importante che venga eletto il maggior numero possibile di candidati indigeni, affinché possano difendere i loro diritti e contrastare gli interessi delle grandi aziende. Nessuno può rappresentare politicamente gli interessi indigeni meglio di loro stessi. La rappresentante mbya guarani Kerexu, candidata come deputato a Brasilia, spiega: “Se Joenia Wapichana da sola [eletta deputata nel 2018] è riuscita a mobilitare parte del parlamento per difendere i diritti indigeni e l’ambiente, immaginatevi due, tre, quattro donne indigene in parlamento!”. È riuscita a lavorare come lavora un rappresentante indigeno, collettivamente”. Sônia Guajajara, candidata al Parlamento di Brasília, afferma: “Le nostre candidature non sono una ricerca del potere per avere il potere. Siamo le voci che devono essere ascoltate. Ma la nostra lotta non è solo a livello politico, è una lotta permanente per la sopravvivenza”.

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The Best of Making Sense

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 1 ottobre 2022

Last week, protests erupted in the streets of Iran after 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died while in the custody of Tehran’s “morality police.” She had been accused of violating the strict Islamic dress codes imposed on women, which include the requirement of covering one’s hair with a hijab. No one is more familiar with the perils of being a woman under conservative Islamic values than Yasmine Mohammed, who tells her story of escaping Islamic extremism in Unveiled: How Western Liberals Empower Radical Islam.Today’s release on The Best of Making Sense feed is #175 “Leaving the Faith.” Sam speaks with Yasmine Mohammed about her family background and indoctrination into conservative Islam, the double standard that Western liberals use when thinking about women in the Muslim community, the effects of Islamic dress codes on women, and many other topics. Yasmine Mohammed is a human rights activist and writer. She advocates for the rights of women living within Islamic majority countries, as well as those who struggle under religious fundamentalism. She is the founder of Free Hearts Free Minds, an organization that provides psychological support for ex-Muslims living within Muslim majority countries.

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Christie’s Presents ‘The Fortune Pink’

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 1 ottobre 2022

GENEVA – Christie’s announces The Fortune Pink (estimate: US$ 25,000,000-35,000,000), an 18.18 carat pear-shaped fancy vivid pink diamond which will lead the Geneva Magnificent Jewels sale on 8 November 2022, as part of Christie’s Luxury Week. This exceptionally rare gemstone is the largest pear-shaped fancy vivid pink diamond ever to be offered for sale at auction. Weighing an auspicious 18.18 carats, the diamond’s weight literally translates to definite prosperity in Asia and is sure to garner interest from collectors across the globe.To-date the largest vivid pink diamond sold at Christie’s was the 18.96 carat Winston Pink Legacy, which achieved CHF 50,375,000 and set a world record price per carat for a pink diamond sold at auction. Rahul Kadakia, Christie’s International Head of Jewellery: “After The Rock, a 228 carat diamond sold this May in Geneva, Christie’s is proud to present The Fortune Pink, the largest pear-shaped fancy vivid pink diamond offered for sale at auction. With its auspicious weight of 18.18 carats this exceptional pink diamond of phenomenal colour will certainly bring good fortune to its new owner.”The Fortune Pink will be revealed at Christie’s New York the week of 3 October, before touring to Shanghai, Taiwan and Singapore. This rare diamond will then be on display to the public during Christie’s Luxury Week at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva from 2 to 8 November. Please click here to view The Fortune Pink video.

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Gigaset AG bleibt in herausforderndem Umfeld auf Kurs

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 1 ottobre 2022

Bocholt. Die Gigaset AG (ISIN: DE0005156004), ein international agierendes Unternehmen im Bereich der Kommunikationstechnologie, hat heute den Bericht für das zweite Quartal und das erste Halbjahr 2022 veröffentlicht. Trotz der wirtschaftlich herausfordernden Gesamtsituation durch die anhaltende Corona-Pandemie und der daraus resultierenden Materialknappheit, den Kampfhandlungen in der Ukraine sowie Zinssteigerungen, Inflation und Rezessionsangst verzeichnete das Unternehmen im zweiten Quartal ein leichtes Umsatzplus (+1,3 %). Das EBITDA für den Zeitraum April bis Juni 2022 verdoppelte sich auf EUR 5,3 Mio. Auch der Umsatz im ersten Halbjahr stieg leicht um 1,4 % und damit im Rahmen der kommunizierten Erwartungen. Das EBITDA konnte mit 37,2 % deutlich stärker erhöht werden.Verglichen mit dem Vorjahreszeitraum lag der Umsatz im zweiten Quartal 2022 bei EUR 52,2 Mio (Q2 2021: EUR 51,5 Mio). Das Ergebnis vor Zinsen, Ertragsteuern und Abschreibungen (EBITDA) verdoppelte sich gegenüber dem Vorjahreszeitraum auf EUR 5,3 Mio (Q2 2021: EUR 2,7 Mio). Der Umsatz im ersten Halbjahr 2022 stieg leicht auf EUR 103,4 Mio – nach EUR 102,0 Mio im Vergleichszeitraum des Vorjahres.Das EBITDA des ersten Halbjahres 2022 lag mit EUR 5,8 Mio deutlich über dem Vorjahr (H1 2021: EUR 4,2 Mio), obwohl sich die Materialkosten durch gestiegene Material-und Rohstoffpreise weiter erhöht haben. Die Personalkosten konnten hingegen leicht gesenkt werden. Die Gigaset AG, Bocholt, ist ein international agierendes Unternehmen im Bereich der Kommunikationstechnologie. Die Gesellschaft ist Europas Marktführer bei DECT-Telefonen und rangiert auch international mit etwa 900 Mitarbeitern und Vertriebsaktivitäten in über 50 Ländern an führender Stelle. Die Geschäftsaktivitäten beinhalten neben DECT-Telefonen, Android-basierte Smartphones, Cloud-basierte Smart Home Anwendungen sowie Geschäftstelefonie-Lösungen für KMU und Enterprise-Kunden. Das Traditionsunternehmen zeichnet sich in besonderer Weise durch seine Produktion „Made in Germany“ aus. Hauptsitz der Gesellschaft ist Bocholt, Deutschland. Ferner werden ein Software-Entwicklungs-Zentrum in Wroclaw, Polen sowie zahlreiche Vertriebsniederlassungen in Europa und Asien unterhalten. Die Gigaset AG ist im Prime Standard der Deutschen Börse notiert und unterliegt damit den höchsten Transparenzanforderungen. Die Aktien werden an der Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse unter dem Symbol GGS (ISIN: DE0005156004) gehandelt. (abstract)

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Il sabotaggio del Nord Stream 1 e 2 è un atto di guerra contro la popolazione europea

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 29 settembre 2022

By Giorgio Ferrari Nella notte tra il 26 e il 27 settembre, a distanza di 6 ore una dall’altra, sono state registrate dall’istituto di sismologia svedese due forti esplosioni localizzate a sud est dell’isola di Bornholm appartenente alla Danimarca. Enormi bolle di gas sono apparse sulla superficie del mare nel mentre che i tecnici della AG, società danese che gestisce il terminale di arrivo dei gasdotti Nord Stream 1 e 2, vedevano ridursi drasticamente la pressione nei tubi. Scartata l’ipotesi di un terremoto e di una esplosione sotto il fondo del mare, le autorità militari svedesi e danesi sono arrivate a concludere che la rottura delle tubazioni dei due gasdotti è stata causata da una esplosione in acqua e dunque da un atto deliberato di sabotaggio che ha definitivamente messo fuori servizio i due gasdotti. Fin da subito i commenti apparsi sulla stampa internazionale hanno alluso alla possibilità che il sabotaggio fosse opera dei russi (l’Ucraina lo ha sostenuto senza mezzi termini) sulla falsariga di quanto accaduto con la centrale nucleare di Zaporizhia: i russi non sono solo perversi – dato che bombardano una centrale da loro occupata e difesa per motivi che ho spiegato più volte – ma anche incredibilmente stupidi dato che, invece di chiuderne semplicemente i rubinetti, fanno esplodere i tubi di due gasdotti che gli sono costati decine di miliardi di dollari. A smentire questa ennesima manipolazione, sono intervenuti due fattori: il primo è dato dal fatto che le coordinate geografiche del sabotaggio lo collocano in acque controllate scrupolosamente da Svezia e Danimarca. Il secondo riguarda le dichiarazioni dell’ex ministro degli esteri polacco (ora europarlamentare) Radoslaw Sikorski e dello stesso presidente USA Joe Biden. Sikorski, con riferimento al sabotaggio del Nordstream, ha scritto un tweet1 in cui ringrazia gli USA per quella che definisce “Una piccola cosa, ma di grande gioia” arrivando a citare quanto detto da Biden in una intervista del 7 febbraio 2022 a proposito del Nordsteam 2. In questa intervista, riproposta dal settimanale Newsweek, Biden dichiara che se i russi avessero invaso l’Ucraina, gli USA avrebbero messo fine al Nordstream 2 e rispondendo all’obiezione di un giornalista che gli faceva presente essere questo gasdotto sotto il controllo della Germania, Biden rincarava la dose dicendo: “Te lo prometto: saremo in grado di farlo”.2 A corollario di questa orchestrazione va sottolineato che, contemporaneamente alla esternazione del segretario di stato Blinken, il quale ha dichiarato che il danneggiamento dei gasdotti non giova a nessuno, l’ambasciata USA di Mosca invitava tutti cittadini statunitensi ad abbandonare immediatamente la Russia. Nulla di tutto ciò compare sui mezzi di informazione, tanto meno le dichiarazioni della portavoce del ministero degli esteri russo che invita il presidente USA a smentire ogni suo coinvolgimento in questo sabotaggio,3 ma soprattutto non si tiene conto che con la distruzione dei due gasdotti si preclude ulteriormente la via del negoziato e si consegna l’Europa intera alla dipendenza prolungata dalle importazioni di gas statunitense con conseguenze incalcolabili sul tenore di vita della popolazione. Anche volendo prescindere dalla premeditazione di questo atto di sabotaggio da parte degli USA, è sempre più evidente che i paesi della Nato e la stessa Unione Europea non solo non intendono parlare di pace, ma operano concretamente per la continuazione della guerra. L’aumento delle spese militari e delle forniture di armi all’Ucraina (così si era espresso Draghi e così ha annunciato la presidente del consiglio in pectore, Giorgia Meloni), al pari del richiamo all’austerità e ai sacrifici, non avviene, peraltro, sulla base di un consenso popolare diffuso e consapevole, ma di una campagna mediatica intimidatoria e fuorviante che è divenuta parte integrante della guerra. Attribuire il sabotaggio dei gasdotti russi alla stessa Russia fa parte di questa logica, ma l’atto in sé del sabotaggio è un atto di guerra indirizzato non tanto contro la Russia, ma contro tutte e tutti noi che ne dovremo sopportare i costi. Sarebbe ora di prenderne atto e agire di conseguenza. (fonte: Pressenza International Press Agency)

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Popolazioni indigene della Russia

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 29 settembre 2022

Un nuovo rapporto del Comitato internazionale dei popoli indigeni della Russia (ICIPR) evidenzia l’impatto che l’attacco russo all’Ucraina sta avendo sulle popolazioni indigene della regione. Sebbene la guerra in sé non abbia una dimensione indigena diretta, ha serie implicazioni per i popoli indigeni dell’Ucraina e della Russia, nonché per il movimento indigeno internazionale. I popoli indigeni dell’Ucraina, che tradizionalmente vivono principalmente nella penisola di Crimea, sono già stati sottoposti all’aggressione della Russia a partire dal 2014. Nel rapporto pubblicato di recente in inglese “L’aggressione russa contro l’Ucraina e le popolazioni indigene della Russia”, l’ICIPR descrive già gli effetti visibili della guerra sulle popolazioni indigene della Russia e non solo. Il documento affronta le conseguenze politiche ed economiche a breve e medio termine per le comunità indigene e formula raccomandazioni per migliorare la situazione dei popoli indigeni in Russia, nonché per proteggere coloro che continuano il loro importante lavoro sui diritti umani nonostante la crescente repressione. “Il Cremlino sta usando la guerra per restringere ulteriormente lo spazio già molto limitato della società civile in Russia. Questo non vale solo per le proteste contro la guerra”, riferisce Tabea Willi, responsabile della campagna Focus Arctic della sezione svizzera dell’Associazione per i popoli minacciati (APM). “Il movimento indigeno in Russia, un tempo attivo, si è ridotto oggi a una manciata di persone. Devono stare estremamente attenti a ciò che dicono e fanno. Perché chi mette apertamente in discussione le decisioni prese dalle autorità rischia di essere perseguito”. Nel frattempo, è estremamente pericoloso per le voci indigene indipendenti dalla Russia parlare alle Nazioni Unite. Ad esempio, i funzionari del governo russo hanno cercato di intimidire gli attivisti indigeni indipendenti durante la riunione del Meccanismo di esperti delle Nazioni Unite sui diritti dei popoli indigeni (EMRIP) nel luglio 2022. Il regime invia anche persone indigene fedeli al Cremlino presso gli organismi internazionali. Nel frattempo, un numero sproporzionato di popolazioni indigene e minoranze etniche sta combattendo e morendo nella guerra delle forze armate russe contro l’Ucraina. Nell’Artico, in Siberia e nell’Estremo Oriente russo, il servizio militare è spesso la via d’uscita dalla miseria. Durante il reclutamento, i giovani sono stati spesso ingannati sui rischi. I rimpatriati e le vittime della guerra non hanno praticamente accesso al sistema sanitario già carente delle loro comunità indigene.

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Ecology as a feeling

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 29 settembre 2022

Rome 1st – 8th October Il Leone Art Gallery, Roma, Via Aleardo Aleardi 12 Meeting the artists: Saturday, 8 October 6 – 8 PM . We will also take part in this one-day art festival with a project dedicated to the water. AQUA wants to emphasize individual and collective responsibility for the role and use of this element for our planet and its importance for humans, fauna and flora. For our society, water management is one of the greatest challenges and one of the priority objectives of the 21st century. The exhibition was premiere in Dubai in July. Now the artworks from different countries can be exhibited in Rome, to draw the public’s attention to the notion of interdependence because where water is threatened, so all forms of life on Earth are too. As a vital element, it is essential for the protection of biodiversity and ecosystems. Natural resource par excellence, water is at the centre of considerations on the consequences of climate change. In mostra: Krisztina Arláth, Axel Becker, André Colinet, Decheng Cui, Aleksandra de Pan, Lord Nicolaus Dinter, Eivor Ewalds, Lo Fehrling, Heide Fennert, g.f., Katarzyna Gołębiowska, Martha Madrigal, Sharlene Mclearon, Christina Mitterhuber, Moniqqques, Saether Morten, Anne Felicie Nickels, Nhora Ortiz, Kseniya Oudenot, Miya Ozaki, Lilly Russo, Katia Seri. Contemporary Day, the great event organized annually by AMACI to bring the art to the general public will be held on Saturday, 8 October 2022. Now in its eighteenth year, once again Day Contemporary will open the doors of 24 AMACI museums, along with about a thousand institutions throughout Italy and abroad to present artists and new ideas through exhibitions, workshops, events and conferences. This is a multiform programme that, year after year, has given the general public an opportunity to experience from up close the complex and lively world of contemporary art, making the event organized by AMACI the annual appointment that officially opens the art season in Italy.

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What to read to become a better writer

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 29 settembre 2022

Who wouldn’t like to write better? Most people share the pain of getting strong words onto the page in the first place. Learning how to craft sentences that have an impact is not easy. At least guides exist, some of them truly entertaining, to help you along. We’ve picked our favourite five books on writing well—and explained why each is worth turning to—as a part of our “ Economist reads” series. I strongly recommend it. Others you might enjoy include our pick of books to read to understand the British monarchy, our Bello columnist on the must-reads on Latin America, plus a selection of books, and more, that address the energy crunch. As autumn encroaches in the northern hemisphere and energy bills rise you might get to grips with the experts’ explanations of shifts in that sector. Assuming the lights stay on, happy reading. By Adam Roberts Digital editor The Economist

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Halo Collective Completes Acquisition of Premium Indoor Grow and Distribution Hub in Portland, Oregon

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 28 settembre 2022

Toronto. Halo Collective Inc. (“Halo” or the “Company”) (NEO: HALO) (OTCQX: HCANF) (Germany: A9KN) announced, further to its press release dated August 27, 2021, that it has completed the acquisition of all of the substantial assets of three operating entities doing business as Pistil Point in Oregon which collectively hold multiple cannabis licenses. With this transaction, Halo now has full ownership of a range of indoor and outdoor cultivation, manufacturing, and distributions assets, along with an expanded library of genetics that is expected to allow the Company to continue to execute its vertically integrated strategy in Oregon with enhanced competitiveness and economics as it penetrates additional retail dispensaries in the state. Pursuant to the acquisition, Halo has purchased all of the substantial assets of Decatur One LLC, Bradford Two LLC, and Bradford Three LLC through its wholly-owned subsidiary ANM Inc. The consideration payable by Halo in connection with the acquisition was US$4.0 million, payable in 47,224 common shares in the capital of Halo. The common shares issued are subject to a hold period expiring on the date that is four (4) months and one day from the date of issuance. In connection with the acquisition, the parties have waived the requirement to hold US$2.0 million worth of common shares in escrow for potential indemnification claims and the achievement of specified milestones. This transaction follows the acquisition of Food Concepts LLC, the master tenant of the approximately 55,000 square feet indoor cannabis cultivation, processing, and wholesaling facility in Portland, Oregon, in 2021, where the businesses operate.

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Success for “Provenance Revealed: Galerie Steinitz”

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 27 settembre 2022

London – The innovative sale Provenance Revealed: Galerie Steinitz more than doubled its pre-sale estimate, realising a total of £6,299,640 / $7,131,192 / €7,187,889, on 21 September at Christie’s headquarters in London. Selling 89% by value, each lot was registered and secured on the Blockchain through Artory – a notable first for Classic Art. For this celebration of great provenances and craftsmanship, Christie’s partnered with Benjamin Steinitz, the internationally renowned dealer of 18th and 19th century furniture and sculpture, to advance the trade of decorative arts to a sophisticated new realm. The sale was led by two pairs of timeless Empire white marble demi-lune console tables, circa 1805, which realised £730,800 / $827,266 / €833,843 and £693,000 / $784, 476 / €790,713 respectively, each selling for many times their pre-sale estimates (estimate for each pair: £100,000-200,000, example illustrated above). Both pairs were originally supplied to the Villa Reale di Marlia home of Elisa Bonaparte, Grand Duchess of Tuscany, (1777-1820). Almost half of the sale sold for over the high estimate, with other important lots including Narcissus contemplating his image in the water, Paris school, mid-18th century, which was formerly in the celebrated collection of Louis-Antoine Crozat (1699-1770), Baron de Thiers–son of the financier Antoine Crozat who was considered the ‘richest man in France’. The marble realised £604,800 / $684,634 / €690,077 against an estimate of £100,000 to £150,000. Each lot included a secure, encrypted certificate of the sale for the successful bidder, providing a permanent digital record of the information about the artwork.

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Tracey Emin To Offer ‘Like A Cloud Of Blood

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 27 settembre 2022

LONDON – Christie’s will present Tracey Emin’s Like A Cloud of Blood (2022, estimate: £500,000-700,000): an outstanding, deeply personal painting which is being sold by the artist to benefit her pioneering TKE Studios in Margate. An abbreviation of the artist’s full name, Tracey Karima Emin, this revolutionary studio complex and residency programme intends to foster new generations of talent, and to create a thriving artistic hub in her home town. The painting will be on view in London from 6 to 13 October, ahead of the 20th / 21st Century: Evening Sale, which takes place on 13 October 2022. Having repeatedly referenced her Margate upbringing throughout her oeuvre, Emin has become a passionate cultural advocate for the Kent seaside town since returning in 2017. With 12 subsidised professional artist studios, a rigorous exhibition cycle and two-year residencies for 15-20 students with free studios, tutorials and lectures, Emin hopes to create an inspirational ‘artists’ haven’, governed by an ethos of intergenerational dialogue, creative commitment and spirited debate and critique. TKE Studios is set in a former bathhouse and mortuary.

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The 19th Business Travel Journalism Awards 2022

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 27 settembre 2022

Has entered its next phase. We are proud to introduce this year’s judges, carefully selected to represent the breadth of knowledge, creativity and expertise in journalism and business travel that the BTJAs seeks to recognize.Our judges have the exciting job of reviewing submissions against a set of criteria and agree on a shortlist, to be revealed in the first week of November. The winners will be announced at a live event on Monday 14 November. The BTJAs celebrates outstanding journalists and editorial teams who bring stories to life through excellent journalism and striking prose. The previous year has demanded more stoicism and resilience than ever and throughout that time, storytelling and news have provided a vital compass for our industry. We believe it’s important to recognize your role in investigating, reporting and shaping this industry-defining period.Stay tuned for the shortlist and details on the live event on 14 November.

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Maragha Massacre Commemorated at UN Human Rights Council

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 27 settembre 2022

GENEVA The general debate at the UN Human Rights Council, the World Evangelical Alliance paid tribute to the 45 Armenian Christians massacred in Maragha 30 years ago, an atrocity that was documented by a team from Christian Solidarity International (CSI). Maragha is located in Nagorno Karabakh, an Armenian territory which the Soviet Union placed inside the borders of Azerbaijan, a majority-Muslim and Turkish Soviet republic. When the Soviet Union began to break up in the late 1980s, the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh sought independence. Azerbaijan responded by trying to ethnically cleanse the region of its Armenians.As the WEA explained in its statement, Maragha, “was captured by Azerbaijani forces on 10 April 1992. Our partner organization Christian Solidarity International arrived in the village one day after the Azerbaijani troops had withdrawn, and they discovered a massacre. Survivors were in a state of shock; their burnt-out houses were still smouldering.After six years of fighting, in which the nearby Republic of Armenia came to the aid of Karabakh Armenians, the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh was paused in 1994. A ceasefire left the region as a de facto independent state, where Armenians lived in safety and freedom.In September 2020, Azerbaijan and its ally Turkey launched a war against Nagorno-Karabakh, killing thousands and driving tens of thousands of Armenians from their homes. Azerbaijan’s dictator, Ilham Aliyev, has promised to “drive [Armenians] out of our lands!” Over one million Armenians were murdered by Turkish forces and their Azerbaijani allies between 1915 and 1923, in the first major genocide of the 20th century.In a parallel action, Eibner urged the incoming UN High Commission of Human Rights to use his influence within the UN system to encourage recognition of Nagorno Karabakh’s right to self-determination, the suspension of military support to Azerbaijan, and cooperation between the USA, Russia and regional powers in the search for regional peace and stability. These measures, Eibner added, would improve conditions for the peaceful coexistence of the people of the volatile region regardless of ethnicity or religion.Christian Solidarity International (CSI) is a Christian human rights organization promoting religious liberty and human dignity.

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Scientists warn of worsening heart disease as global warming sees temperatures soar

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 27 settembre 2022

Sophia-Antipolis. A nationwide study in France has reported that during the 2019 heatwave, hot temperatures were closely linked with weight loss in heart failure patients, indicating worsening of their condition. The study is published today in ESC Heart Failure, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology.In patients with heart failure, the heart does not pump blood around the body as well as it should. Waste products accumulate, causing shortness of breath and fluid build-up in the lungs, legs and abdomen. Weight is the cornerstone of monitoring because weight gain is related to congestion, the main reason for hospital admission. Diuretics, also called water pills, are used to increase urine output and reduce breathlessness and swelling. ESC guidelines recommend educating patients to increase their diuretic dose or alert their healthcare team if they experience an increase in breathlessness or swelling or a sudden unexpected weight gain of more than 2 kg in three days.2 Weight loss has received less attention.The authors of the current study hypothesised that the body weight of patients with heart failure could change during a heatwave. Professor Roubille explained: “When healthy people drink more fluids during hot weather, the body automatically regulates urine output. This does not apply to patients with heart failure because they take diuretics.”The study examined the relationship between body weight and air temperature between 1 June and 20 September 2019, which covered the two heatwaves at the end of June and end of July. The analysis included 1,420 patients with chronic heart failure. The median age was 73 years, 28% were women, and the average weight was 78 kg. A national telemonitoring system was used to remotely obtain information on weight and symptoms. Patients weighed themselves every day using a connected weighing scale that automatically sent measurements to the clinic. Patients reported daily symptoms such as oedema, fatigue, breathlessness and cough by answering questions on a personal device (e.g. smartphone, tablet), with answers sent automatically to the clinic. Daily temperatures (at noon) were obtained using data from the closest weather station to each patient’s home.The researchers analysed the association between patient weight, ambient temperature on the same day, and temperature two days prior to the weight measurement. The relationship between temperature and weight was very strong, with weight dropping as temperature rose. The strongest relationship was found with temperatures two days prior to the weight measurement.

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Legendary and Unique Watches

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 26 settembre 2022

Geneva, on 6 November 2022 Christie’s Watches is delighted to announce Legendary and Unique Watches: The Collection of a Lifetime, presenting 112 timepieces considered rare treasures by astute collectors. Not one of these watches has ever been offered at auction and many carry the most coveted and desirable specifications. One-off creations, personalised dials, prototypes and the No.1 of limited editions – many watches will represent a unique opportunity for collectors around the globe. Following a month-long world preview that begins in New York on 1 October 2022 and will take a carefully curated selection of timepieces to Hong Kong, Dubai, London, Jakarta and Los Angeles “Legendary and Unique Watches: The Collection of a Lifetime” will arrive in Geneva on 2 November 2022. For your calendar: the auction will be held on Sunday, 6 November 2022 at 5.00pm in Geneva at the Four Seasons Hotel des Barguests collection spans four decades of passion and includes some of the earliest examples by renowned independent watchmakers, including very rare references by Patek Philippe, Rolex and others. Together they form the most important single owner collection ever to be offered in Geneva, with a portion of the proceeds going to philanthropy. The auction is expected to fetch in the region of CHF 20 million.

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Refugee & Migrant International Conference

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 26 settembre 2022

Rome – September 26th to 28th Pontifical Gregorian University. An international gathering of university administrators, faculty, and education practitioners as well as leaders of NGO’s, international agencies, and humanitarian organizations who are committed to enhancing and expanding educational opportunities for refugees and displaced peoples. The conference is taking place at a time of tremendous disruption and major challenges.Participants will include UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi; Thomas Smolich SJ, Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service International; Card. Michael Czerny, Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development; Anthony J. Cernera, Ph.D., Founder of RME Network; Inna Sovsun, Member of Ukraine Parliament and Former First Deputy Minister of Education and Science; as well as numerous experts, international education workers and education officers from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The conference was designed to leave plenty of room for networking and collaboration to explore initiatives, opportunities and ideas for collaboration, and to find strategies to respond to today’s crises. One of the plenary will be focus on Ukranian Refugee education crisis, but many other topics will be addressed in presentations and workshops. What have we learned in the post-pandemic? How/if we will return to normalcy, and how will we approach the future? What was the impact of Covid 19 on refugee education? How can we better understand the root causes of forced migration? What can be the best practices for amplifying refugee voices in academics? How to respond to today’s crisises?

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Esports Sponsorships to Hit Over $1B Value by 2025

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 25 settembre 2022

After becoming a billion dollars worth industry last year, the eSports market continues booming, with more and more brands willing to invest their money into sponsorships and esports advertising.According to data presented by SafeBettingSites.com, as the largest revenue stream of the entire industry, eSports sponsorships and advertising are set to reach over $1bn in value by 2025.The growing viewership remains the biggest driver behind the impressive esports market growth, not just because the viewers are generating revenue. With the potential of reaching millions of people, many brands started investing in eSports, making sponsorships and advertising the largest revenue stream in the industry. Today, the list of the biggest eSports sponsors includes big names, from Coca-Cola, Red Bull and Mercedes-Benz to crypto giants Coinbase and Crypto.com.The Statista data showed that eSports sponsorships and advertising revenues spiked over the years. In 2019, companies and brands invested $479.6 million in eSports ads and sponsorships, or 54% of the total industry revenue that year. Since then, the value spiked by 65% to $791.9 million in 2022, making 55% of global eSports revenues.After reaching almost $895 million in 2023, eSports sponsorship and advertising revenues are projected to grow by another $160 million by 2025, with their total value hitting $1.05bn.Around 50 Million New Esports Viewers Each Year, One-Third of All Viewers from China. Investing money in eSports allows brands to reach a wide audience in no time. As of this year, global eSports viewership reached nearly 530 million people worldwide, and the number continues to grow.According to Statista, the number of eSports viewers is expected to increase by almost 50 million per year before reaching 665 million in 2025. Chinese eSports fans will make up one-third of global eSports viewership.The total eSports industry revenues are also projected to spike, growing by an average of $200bn per year. In 2022, the entire market is expected to generate $1.4bn in revenue. By 2025, this figure is set to touch almost $2bn.

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Where next for Ukraine’s army?

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 25 settembre 2022

On Monday much of the world will be watching the state funeral for Queen Elizabeth. We’ve published a cover story on Britain entering the Carolean era, noting the strange success of the constitutional monarchy. This new piece, meanwhile, reflects on how Britons have reacted in the past few days. But my favourite recent article concerns Britons’ peculiar obsession with queuing, as the many thousands in London who shuffled past the queen’s coffin have just demonstrated. Once you’ve read about the economics of queues, it may forever change your experience of lining up.Joe Biden, one of a large cast of world leaders in London at the start of the week, heads to New York to address the UN General Assembly mid-week. I’ll be listening out for two themes. One concerns the environment: this autumn, in Egypt, world leaders are to gather for COP27, the latest round of annual UN talks on climate change. America, at last, can offer more leadership on the subject. Having passed legislation that should bring down carbon emissions in the coming decade, Mr Biden has some authority to press more countries to do the same.The second theme, naturally, is the war in Ukraine. America’s bet on supplying advanced weaponry and other support to Ukraine is beginning to pay off. We have written repeatedly about the unfolding counter-offensive—including, in some places, the rout of Russian forces—and we are intrigued to see what pressure now builds on Vladimir Putin. Abroad, Russia’s neighbours look emboldened in the face of his apparent weakness. India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, told Mr Putin it was time to end the war. At home Mr Putin will have a tougher job telling his population that he is infallible. Our cover story for much of the world argues that Ukraine, if given the tools, can finish the job of pushing back Russia’s forces. Quite what future is in store for Russia itself, or for Mr Putin, is hard for anyone to predict.This is an important week for central banks around the world. We’ve just argued that the Federal Reserve, when it meets mid-week, should go big and bold in pushing up rates if it really expects to defeat inflation. That bodes ill for economic growth—and the odds of avoiding recession in America look grim—but it’s better to signal a strong move early, rather than drag out incremental rises over a prolonged period. Others setting monetary policy, including in Britain (where a special budget is also due), will keep our economics writers busy.Let me point you to another “Economist reads”—our guide to the handful of books you should turn to to get a good sense of travel writing by female authors. We will also be reflecting on the remarkable phenomenon that is Roger Federer, who is set to retire from professional tennis at the end of this week. Finally, some election news. Our correspondent held a lengthy interview with Lula, a former president in Brazil who we think is likely to be elected again. Look out for our report on that in the next day or two. And keep an eye out, too, for our forthcoming package of reporting and analysis on Italy’s imminent election. Just as Sweden is likely to be ruled by a coalition that includes a right-wing party with extremist roots, will Italy be ruled by a harder-right government?Thanks for your many notes and emails. Vas Charitos, in Britain, writes in favour of having an “apolitical head of state”. I would agree, though I personally don’t see much merit in the position being hereditary. You wouldn’t invent a monarchy today, if you were starting from scratch. Many of you wrote to discuss Ukraine and Russia. Paul Dee asks if Ukraine has relinquished the idea of retaking Crimea which, as he notes, would be an immensely difficult task. My comment is that the city of Kherson, still occupied by the Russians but under pressure, matters for many reasons and one is its importance in controlling the approach to Crimea. Were Ukraine to retake Kherson, then Russia’s control of Crimea would be less comfortable in the long run.Last, Janet Ulyate, a farmer in Tanzania, suggests more attention should be paid to agriculture in Ukraine and to the war’s impact on world food supplies. My two-sentence (slightly optimistic) response, Janet, is this: In looking at energy supplies, and prices, consumers should still be deeply alarmed. But as we wrote last month, there’s more relief for food, after exports of grains, cereals and oils restarted, and the price for many of these goods have all returned to levels last seen before the war began. By Adam Roberts Digital editor The Economist

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How Ukraine can win the war

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 24 settembre 2022

As the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II approaches, we devote a special section to the role and future of the British monarchy. In Britain our cover leader reflects on the improbable success of an institution that, on the face of it, runs against the spirit of the times. Deference is dead and populism sneers at elites. In an age of meritocracy, monarchy is rooted in the unjustifiable privilege of birth. Support for the crown should have crumbled under Elizabeth. Instead, the monarchy thrived. As King Charles III begins his reign amid strife in Britain, populism in the West and a challenge to democratic systems led by China and Russia, Elizabeth’s success sheds light on how all democracies work—including republics.Outside Britain our cover assesses the astonishing progress made by Ukrainian forces in recent days, the most dramatic Russian reversal since Mr Putin abandoned his effort to seize Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, at the end of March. Predictions in war are always risky, but the tide seems to have turned. Russia’s occupation is everywhere held in check, and Ukraine is gradually—and sometimes suddenly—rolling it back. Victory for Ukraine is not yet certain, but a path is discernible. Evicting Russia entirely from Ukraine will be hard. It will mean pushing it out of territory where it is far better dug in and organised than in Kharkiv. A general collapse of the Russian forces cannot be ruled out, but is unlikely. The West should, therefore, reinforce success, by sending more and better weapons, as well as ammunition and armoured vehicles. Zanny Minton Beddoes Editor-in-chief The Economist

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