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ThinkPad Anniversary Sale starts October 7 in U.S. and Canada

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 29 settembre 2019

Lenovo ThinkPad turns 27 this year. But please, no gifts! We’re turning the tables and marking the 27th anniversary of the launch of the legendary ThinkPad brand by giving customers the best gift of all: deep discounts on EVERY ThinkPad we sell. The annual ThinkPad Anniversary Sale is the best time to buy a new ThinkPad laptop.From Oct. 7 to Oct. 13, shoppers across the U.S. and Canada will save 40% or more on sleek X Series ultraportables, flexible laptop/tablet 2-in-1s, and business-ready T Series models and all other ThinkPads. We’ll also offer discounts on our popular ThinkCentre desktop PCs and ThinkStation workstations, along with other special deals.

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90th Anniversary of Listing on the New York Stock Exchange

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 19 agosto 2019

Curtiss-Wright Corporation (NYSE: CW) will commemorate the 90th anniversary of its listing on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) by ringing The Closing Bell® on Friday, August 23 at 4:00 p.m. EDT. The Company began trading on the NYSE on August 22, 1929. In recognition of this milestone, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer David C. Adams will ring the NYSE Closing Bell®, accompanied by members of the leadership team, executives and guests.“We are honored to be the 56th longest continuously listed company on the New York Stock Exchange and excited to celebrate our rich and distinctive history by ringing The Closing Bell®,” said Adams.Curtiss-Wright‘s legacy of innovation began with the earliest pioneers of the aviation industry. As a result of their successes, Curtiss-Wright was formed on July 5, 1929, by the merger of companies founded by Glenn Curtiss, the father of naval aviation, and the Wright brothers, renowned for history’s first flight.The event will be webcast live via the Internet on Livestream beginning at 3:56 p.m. EDT via

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Loncar China BioPharma ETF (CHNA) Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 18 agosto 2019

Biopharma is a focus of China as it seeks to shift its economy toward innovation and become a global leader in world-class science and medicine. China has a large pool of talent in life sciences, has harmonized its drug regulatory agency with international standards and is adding innovative drugs to its national reimbursement list at an expedited pace.
The CHNA ETF launched in an effort to get ahead of this trend and aims to help investors capture leaders in the space through the convenience of one security that trades in the United States. It is based on the Loncar China BioPharma Index, which was developed by biotechnology investor and Loncar Investments CEO Brad Loncar.“China’s future is rooted in innovation,” says Loncar. “We believe investing in medicine and the scientific revolution within China is a compelling way to harness and capitalize on China’s new and growing economy. The country’s commitment to life sciences and its ability to be a major player in the industry is of global significance and this has been reinforced by the progress seen over the last year.” A new rule implemented by the Hong Kong Stock Exchange allows pre-revenue biotech companies to list publicly for the first time. With this in mind, the CHNA ETF held its most recent semi-annual rebalance on Aug. 12 and added three companies that recently had initial public offerings in Hong Kong to the fund: CanSino Biologics (HKEX: 6185), Hansoh Pharmaceutical Group (HKEX: 3692) and Viva Biotech (HKEX: 1873). This now makes a total of six life sciences companies held by CHNA that are newly listed in Hong Kong over the last year. Click here to see all holdings of the CHNA ETF.For more information and to read Brad Loncar’s commentary, CEO interviews and other exclusive research, please visit Visitors can sign up to receive email alerts at the bottom of any webpage.

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Digital Element Commemorates 20th Anniversary

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 22 giugno 2019

Digital Element, the Atlanta-based technology company that pioneered and revolutionized the geolocation and IP intelligence industry, is celebrating 20 years of successfully helping companies around the world more precisely target and reach online and mobile users in more meaningful, relevant and non-invasive ways.“When you consider that the majority of start-ups don’t make it past their fifth year and the average lifespan of an S&P 500 company is now less than 18 years, I feel very proud about the path we’ve chosen in terms of the evolution of our solutions,” said Rob Friedman, co-founder and executive vice president at Digital Element. “Our geolocation and IP intelligence solutions were engineered in Atlanta―before the city became a world-renowned technology hub. Our company was one of the few that came out of the dot-com bust relatively unscathed. And, we were making privacy-sensitive data available to companies before it became such an important factor in interacting with digital consumers in more socially responsible and respectful ways.”Digital Element first introduced its NetAcuity® technology, which allows users to be geographically targeted by IP address, to the online market in 1999 and has driven its evolution ever since. Initially focused on solutions for online advertising, the company quickly brought to market data that enables much-needed applications for localized content, enhanced analytics, fraud detection and prevention, digital rights management, mobile-user targeting, and more. Since 1999, Digital Element has realized two decades of year-on-year growth.Digital Element’s data is used by many of world’s most recognizable brands, among them Facebook, Hubspot, eBay, Netflix, Pinterest, Twitter, BBC, Sony, Hulu, Adobe, Intuit, and hundreds more.

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50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 25 maggio 2019

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced the “Making History” QLED 8K TV commercial and a multi-platform campaign with CNN Films in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969, when television enabled people around the world to witness one of mankind’s greatest achievements. In 2019, Samsung is making TV history again by pushing the boundaries of technology with QLED 8K, now allowing consumers to watch video content in the highest resolution this category has ever seen.
Created by adam&eveNYC, Samsung’s “Making History” QLED 8K TV commercial campaign features moon landing footage licensed from the groundbreaking ‘APOLLO 11’ documentary. This summer, Samsung will also sponsor the broadcast premiere of the ‘APOLLO 11’ documentary on CNN, beginning June 23 at 9:00pm and 11:00pm Eastern with limited commercial interruption and will feature a special 60-second version of Samsung’s “Making History” commercial. Directed and produced by Todd Douglas Miller, ‘APOLLO 11’ was created from newly-discovered, never-before-seen 70mm archival footage and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings from NASA and the National Archives.
‘APOLLO 11’ (and ‘Apollo 11: First Steps Edition’) is the result of more than two years of collaboration between Miller’s Statement Pictures and CNN Films, and marks the third collaboration between CNN Films and Miller. CNN Films and Miller also collaborated for the production of the documentary short, distributed by Great Big Story, THE LAST STEPS, about the final NASA lunar mission, Apollo 17.
‘APOLLO 11’ is a cinematic event that takes viewers on NASA’s historic mission led by astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins, that first put men on the moon 50 years ago. In addition to the ‘APOLLO 11’ television premiere on June 23rd, the film will encore Saturday, June 29 and Saturday, July 20 at 9:00pm on CNN.
Samsung’s cross-platform campaign with CNN aligns the new era of 8K QLED picture quality together with the technical feat of the film’s extraordinary production. This includes branded content produced by CNN’s brand studio Courageous for Samsung’s QLED 8K TV, which features retired astronaut Scott Kelly narrating a personal experience from his space travel. The creative will launch on the anniversary of the moon landing across CNN’s social handles.Additionally, Samsung will sponsor a three-part digital video series tied to the anniversary. This CNN editorial endeavor will spotlight a new generation of women leaders who are determining where the next great discoveries will be made, developing the groundbreaking technology to send humanity to the farthest reaches of the universe, and tapping a younger, more diverse recruiting pipeline that is opening doors for the next crop of dreamers.

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75th Anniversary of D-Day with a Week of Powerful Programming Devoted to World War II

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 24 maggio 2019

The world was in its fifth year of war, when on June 6, 1944, western Allied forces crossed the English Channel and stormed the German defenses across the heavily fortified beaches of Normandy, France. Invading by land, sea and air, the broad attack was code named Operation Overlord, but the world knows it as D-Day, and it is said to be the beginning of the end of World War II. Ranking as the greatest amphibious landing in military history, the invasion allowed the Allies to advance into France. As a result, by August 1944, Western Europe was liberated from the Nazi German occupation, and World War II would be over the following year.
To mark the 75th anniversary of the pivotal battle at Normandy, National Geographic is celebrating with a week of powerful programming devoted to World War II. Beginning Monday, June 3, at 9/8c, the D-Day Marathon will feature premieres of original specials including Drain the Oceans: Secrets of D-Day, Hitler’s Last Stand: Lost Battalion, Eyewitness: D-Day and The King Who Fooled Hitler as well as encore presentations from National Geographic’s programming archives.In addition to providing unprecedented access to archival material, National Geographic’s original special The King Who Fooled Hitler presents never-before-seen documents, including secret letters from King George VI himself, correspondence and diary entries, along with new interviews giving fresh insight into the infamous D-Day deception that outsmarted Hitler.

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Aldec: Celebrating its 35th Anniversary

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 17 maggio 2019

Aldec, Inc., a pioneer in mixed HDL language simulation and hardware-assisted verification for FPGA and ASIC designs, is celebrating its 35th Anniversary at the 2019 Design Automation Conference (DAC), June 2-6, Las Vegas, NV, and has prepared technical presentations aligned with many of the industry’s hottest topics. “This year’s DAC is a very special one for us as it’s our 35th anniversary and is in Las Vegas, our home city,” says Zibi Zalewski, General Manager of Aldec’s Hardware Division. “During the conference our engineering team will be presenting the latest solutions for a complete verification flow, including multi-language, mixed-signal simulation and hardware emulation and multi-FPGA prototyping. Our technology experts will also be showcasing our latest embedded solutions for 4k video processing and DNN-based object classification using the latest FPGA platforms.”
Established in 1984, Aldec is an industry leader in Electronic Design Verification and offers a patented technology suite including: RTL Design, RTL Simulators, Hardware-Assisted Verification, SoC and ASIC Prototyping, Design Rule Checking, CDC Verification, IP Cores, High-Performance Computing Platforms, Embedded Development Systems, Requirements Lifecycle Management, DO-254 Functional Verification and Military/Aerospace solutions.
Aldec is a registered trademark of Aldec, Inc. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Fraunhofer annual meeting and the organization’s anniversary year

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 10 maggio 2019

Throughout 2019, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is celebrating its 70th anniversary, as are the Federal Republic of Germany and its constitution, the Basic Law. Founded with the goal of rebuilding the local economy, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft has a clear focus on new key technologies and markets, and is both Europe’s leading organization for applied research and the German economy’s innovation engine. At Fraunhofer’s annual meeting in its anniversary year, which included presentation of the Fraunhofer research prizes, some 700 guests from the worlds of politics, business and society gathered in Munich to focus on the technologies that will shape the future of German industry, and to honor the stellar achievements of outstanding scientists. Speakers included Germany’s chancellor, Dr. Angela Merkel, the mayor of Munich, Dieter Reiter, and the president of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Prof. Reimund Neugebauer.
“For 70 years now, Fraunhofer has been a mainstay of Germany’s science community, which is highly respected worldwide. Fraunhofer innovations drive the economy,” explained Prof. Reimund Neugebauer, president of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. “By our own understanding, we set the pace and drive technological progress. Our employees are entrepreneurs and visionaries – and the key to our success. After all, Fraunhofer researchers don’t just pose the right questions, they also find answers to them that are sustainable and add value. I am particularly pleased that, in our 70th anniversary year, the high quality of the submissions allows us to award not only the Fraunhofer Human-Centered Technology Prize, but as many as four Joseph von Fraunhofer Prizes.”
On March 26, 1949, State Secretary Hugo Geiger invited 210 scientists, entrepreneurs and members of society to the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs. He aimed to help revive the economies of Bavaria and Germany by setting up the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. While children played amid the rubble, and the Wirtschaftswunder – Germany’s postwar economic miracle – was yet a distant prospect, the Munich office’s staff of just three people took up the challenge of advancing applied research in Germany. Electing Hermann von Siemens president in the mid-1950s and founding the first of its institutes, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft gradually evolved to become a mainstay of research in Germany. In the mid-1960s, Fraunhofer was officially designated the German science community’s umbrella organization for applied research. In the 1970s, the Fraunhofer model of performance-based funding sparked the dynamic success that shows no signs of slowing. Germany’s reunification presented unexpected opportunities to expand. Moving swiftly and resolutely, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft was quicker than other research organizations to seize the day, setting up more than 20 new institutes and facilities in the states that had newly joined the Federal Republic.
With 72 institutes and research facilities, more than 26,600 employees, an annual research budget of more than 2.5 billion euros and many international alliances, Fraunhofer is one of the most effective research organizations. Contract research accounts for more than two-thirds of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft’s budget; funding from federal and state governments for roughly a third. Building on these assets and its clear focus on new technologies and markets, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft has become the German economy’s innovation engine. Its inventions range from airbags, white LEDs and dandelion rubber to mp3 technology.

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Ceremony to mark the start of the anniversary year: 70 years of future

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 2 aprile 2019

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. was founded in Munich on March 26, 1949, to help rebuild Germany’s economy. It is celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2019, as are the Federal Republic of Germany and its constitution, the Basic Law. With its clear focus on new key technologies and markets, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft has become the German economy’s innovation engine and Europe’s leading organization for applied research. The anniversary year is an occasion for the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft not only to look back, but also to look ahead to the future by preparing strategic initiatives for Germany and Europe. The anniversary year will kick off with a ceremony on the date of the founding, followed by a Bavarian State Reception in Munich. The Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität München (LMU) and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) will join the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft at the event to state their intent to establish an Institute for Cognitive Systems in Bavaria.

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CEC congratulates Estonian Council of Churches at 30th Anniversary

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 4 marzo 2019

The CEC General Secretary Fr Heikki Huttunen brought greetings at the occasion of 30th Anniversary of the Estonian Council of Churches in a special service at the St Michael’s Church in Tallinn, held last week. The event was celebrated with participation from high-level Estonian government officials, church leaders and community members.
Among the participants were Former President Arnold Rüütel and his wife Ingrid Rüütel, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas and Eiki Nestor, Speaker of the Estonian Parliament. The church leaders present included Archbishop Urmas Viilma of the Evangelical Lutheran Church and His Eminence Metropolitan Stephanos of the Estonian Orthodox Church, among others. Both churches are members of CEC and the Estonian Council of Churches.“It is a great honour and pleasure for me to celebrate with you 30th Anniversary of the Estonian Council of Churches and congratulate you on behalf of CEC,” said Fr Huttunen. In his speech, he stressed the “need for Christian presence and witness in Europe” and introduced CEC’s theme for 2019-2023 “Together, in Hope and Witness.”“Churches need to work for the unity of Christians and all humanity, so they can be credible in their witness to the core of the gospel message, which is hope in the crucified and risen Saviour,” he added. During his visit to Tallinn, Fr Huttunen also had an audience with Metropolitan Evgeniy of the Orthodox Church of Estonia of the Moscow Patriarchate.

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New WWI Records for Armistice 100th Anniversary

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 13 novembre 2018

Allied soldiers celebrating Armistice Day or the official end of World War ISALT LAKE CITY, Utah (7 November 2018)– On Veterans Day 2018, the world will look back a century to the victory of Allied forces and the signing of the Armistice that marked the end of World War I. With that signing, on the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” 1918, the world rejoiced. In memory of those who served, FamilySearch has added millions of new, free historical records to help families discover more about their WWI veteran ancestors. Search the WWI collections at (Find and share this announcement in the FamilySearch Newsroom).In many allied nations, Armistice Day is a national holiday coinciding with Veterans Day and Remembrance Day to celebrate the endings of both World War I and World War II. In the warring nations of World War I, millions registered for war and millions served. Twenty-one million were wounded and 20 million died.As countries pause to remember, families seek to document their ancestors’ war-time stories. The stories from WWI are no longer first-person memories, but they do exist on documents, in pictures, and as memorabilia. The era’s records supply rich ancestral details including physical characteristics, vital information, service details and more.FamilySearch has a large, constantly expanding, free collection of World War I records to help remember World War I soldiers. Governments on both sides of the conflict, Allied nations (the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, Belgium, Serbia, and Italy) and the Central Powers (Germany, Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria, and the Ottoman Empire) created a treasure trove of documents useful to genealogists.Some records are unexpected today. For example, American women married to non-American men lost citizenship. Many created citizenship papers to be re-naturalized. Nearly everyone who had a male ancestor aged 21-30 that lived in the U.S. during WWI can find a record of that ancestor.Jennifer Davis, a family historian, found all four of her great-grandfathers in the WWI Draft Records online—even though none of them served active duty. “The only picture I have of my great-grandpa Figgins is in black and white from a copy of a newspaper clipping,” said Davis. “In his draft record, it gives a physical description of him and says his eyes are brown. That’s a cool discovery, because I never would have known his eye color.” The draft records can be the perfect springboard to searching other records, because they often give hints about the registered individual, such as clues to family members listed in the “closest living relative” section or employment clues.

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20th anniversary of TransVision conferences

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 28 giugno 2018

Madrid, Spain, October 19-20-21, 2018 Spain will host the next global futurist summit. Humanity+ will be the main international organizer of this world congress, TransVision 2018, with the help of other leading associations and organizations working on future technologies like robotics, artificial intelligence, longevity extension, human enhancement, bitcoin and blockchain, political and legal issues, and many other future trends.The first TransVision conference was held during 1998 in The Netherlands. During the last 20 years, we have seen phenomenal advances, and we expect to see much more during the next 20 years. What will the future bring? Science and technology should lead the way!Now we are planning to host in Spain the 20th anniversary of the TransVision conferences, an international summit open to people from all continents, with participants coming from the United States to the United Kingdom, from Argentina to Australia, from Africa to China, from Russia to Venezuela. The topics considered will be very broad, ranging from recent medical advances to artificial intelligence and robotics. The first keynote speaker will be Sophia, the first humanoid robot that was awarded citizenship last year. TransVision 2018 will also have several keynote speeches by pioneers of the futurist movement like Natasha Vita-More, Ben Goertzel and David Pearce, members of Humanity+ and other leading institutions like Anders Sandberg from Oxford University, David Wood from London Futurists, and Michael Greve from the Forever Healthy Foundation, and more to come!Madrid will become the meeting point for this transhumanist celebration, where different groups from around the world will gather to connect and closely work together. The objective is to combine the international reunions with local audiences and to help promote future research and development in Spain and around the world. In partnership with pioneering sponsors, we will do our best for public promotion to make society aware of the new economy and opportunities coming within the next two decades.All the academic activities will held in the famous and historic Ateneo de Madrid, a well-known place as center to discuss the most visionary ideas among the Spanish elite. Social and networking activities will be held during two evening cocktails in beautiful rooftop terrazas: the Sky Club at Club Financiero Genova in front of the Columbus Plaza on Friday October 19, and the Rooftop Bar 66 at the Vincci Hotel at the Gran Vía on Saturday October 20.

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Terrorism: Statement on the anniversary of the 22/3 attacks

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 22 marzo 2018

President Antonio Tajani, on the anniversary of the Brussels and London attacks (22 March 2016 and 22 March 2017 respectively), said: “Terrorism is an offence to our basic principles. Defending and honouring the victims of terror is equivalent to defending our values. In the name of all the victims, we are duty bound to verify whether our tools are adequate, or whether we could do more. In 2012 we adopted a Directive on victims’ rights. We should assess its implementation and see whether it is being applied across the board”. “Last year, the European Parliament also strengthened victims’ rights, by establishing measures for immediate assistance, particularly in situations with victims from across different borders. We saw attacks in cities with many tourists and expat communities in London, Paris, Brussels, Berlin, Nice, Stockholm and Barcelona. We must ensure that victims do not go through additional trauma to get help in a foreign city. The setting up of a special Committee on Terrorism is a signal of the importance we place on the security of our citizens. Thanks to its work, the Parliament will be able to enhance its efforts on the Union’s anti-terrorism policies”, President Tajani added.Chair of EP Special Committee on Terrorism, Nathalie Griesbeck (ALDE, FR), at the opening of a public hearing dedicated to the protection of victims’ rights, said: “Today my thoughts are with victims of terrorism and their families. I also welcome the work done by non-governmental organisations, which is essential and exemplary. A terrorist attack majorly breaches the victim’s trust in society. Our obligations are far beyond merely legal and moral. We must carry out our responsibilities, in order to not confine victims to their status, and to prove that our societies are strong and resilient. Member states must put in place the necessary structures and measures to assist victims. We have to guarantee that their needs are quickly met and carefully treated with humanity”.The Special Committee on Terrorism held a minute of silence with representatives of victims who participated yesterday and today in a series of public debates, organised and promoted by the European Parliament.

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70th anniversary of Israel’s independence

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 23 febbraio 2018

Jerusalem, Israel Sunday, April 15, 2018 reception 7:30pm, concert 8:30 pm. International Convention Center Sderot Shazar 1. To mark the 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence, the extraordinary world premiere in Jerusalem of music rescued from the concentration camps.
A joyful musical testament to hope. Amidst the horrors of the concentration camps, musicians kept playing and composing. We know from the people and documents that survived, that they composed in the hope that their music would some day be played again. For more than three decades, Francesco Lotoro scoured the world looking for the hidden manuscripts and memories of the survivors, piecing together this precious musical testimony. The majority of the music is surprisingly joyful, despite the desperate circumstances in which it was composed and the likelihood that it would never be discovered.
On 15 April 2018, a unique concert will be taking place in the Capital of the Jewish State, where this music will be played to a public audience for the first time.
In the presence of both the President and the Prime Minister of the State of Israel Reuven Rivlin and Benjamin Netanyahu, Francesco Lotoro will lead musicians from The Ashdod Symphony Orchestra, alongside a new generation, including students from two schools in the Negev supported by JNF UK and KKL: Bikurim Music School near Gaza, and the Conservatorium of Music in Yerucham.
You have the chance to join them to witness this extraordinary story of defiance: a tribute to the memory of 6 million Jews murdered and a joyous celebration of their hope and belief in the Jewish future.

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80th anniversary of the establishment of the World Jewish Congress

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 5 agosto 2016

NEW YORK – As the World Jewish Congress prepared to mark its 80th anniversary, President Ronald S. Lauder declared that vigilance and bold steps were as necessary today as they were in 1936 to defend Jews and Jewish community life, adding that the very existence of the WJC, the international Jewish umbrella organization, keep the situation for Jews around the world from deteriorating to the level of pre-Holocaust Germany. Ronald S. Lauder said:“In 1936, our founding fathers and mothers gathered in Switzerland to unite against the growing threat of Nazi Germany and to bring the Jewish plight to the world’s attention. Today, the world’s attitude toward Jews may still be hostile, but two things have certainly changed. Firstly, we have changed. The era of the quiet Jew, the timid Jew, the Ghetto Jew, is long over. Those leaders who set up the WJC 80 years ago buried that Jew – and he’s not coming back.“Secondly, there is the State of Israel, the only Jewish state in the world. The World Jewish Congress works to defend Israel and its people in the international arena, and we hope to contribute to achieving peace and stability in the Middle East “The founding of the World Jewish Congress put Jewish interests on the map of international diplomacy for the first time. I am sure that the founding fathers and mothers of the WJC, who could not prevent the Holocaust but who did much to help Jews during and after World War II, would have been proud of what the WJC and what Israel have achieved in recent decades.“Much needs to be done to fight anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry, but as we look back over the last 80 years, it is clear that the world would be an even more dangerous place for Jews were in not for the establishment of the WJC as the representative voice and diplomatic arm of world Jewry.”
8-15 August 1936: Founding assembly of the World Jewish Congress in Geneva The World Jewish Congress was formally established in Geneva, Switzerland, by a plenary assembly of 230 elected representatives from Jewish communities in 32 countries to serve as an umbrella body tasked to defend Jewish rights vis-à-vis governments and international bodies and to mobilize for the establishment of a Jewish home in what was then the Mandate of Palestine.Today, the WJC has affiliated member organizations in over 100 countries and territories and remains the only truly global Jewish umbrella organization.
8 August 1942: Riegner Telegram alerts world to Holocaust During World War II, the WJC set up a relief body to assist persecuted Jews in Europe and it alerted the world to the Holocaust. On 8 August 1942, the WJC’s Geneva representative Gerhart Riegner sent the famous telegram in which he informed the United States for the first time about the Nazis’ ‘Final Solution of the Jewish Question’, the plan to exterminate all Jews in the German-occupied territories. Riegner had received his information from the German industrialist Eduard Schulte.Throughout the war, the WJC lobbied the Allied governments to grant entry visas to Jewish refugees. Despite the US State Department’s opposition, the WJC obtained permission from the US Treasury Department, headed by Henry Morgenthau, to transmit funds to Europe for the rescue and assistance of persecuted Jews. According to a report by Riegner, these funds helped to bring 1,350 Jewish children from the occupied countries to Switzerland and 70 to Spain.
First Plenary AssemblyOn 9 August 1944, the head of the WJC’s Rescue Department, Arieh Leon Kubowitzki, sent a letter to the US Undersecretary of War John McCloy, relaying a message from Ernest Frischer of the Czechoslovak State Council urging the destruction of gas chambers and crematoria in Auschwitz-Birkenau and the bombing of railway communications in this area.
On 14 August 1944, McCloy replied to Kubowitzki by rejecting the idea, saying that “such an operation could be executed only by the diversion of considerable air support essential to the success of our forces now engaged in decisive operations elsewhere and would in any case be of such doubtful efficacy that it would not warrant the use of our resources.”In April 1945, the WJC managed to obtain the liberation of 4,500 inmates from the women’s concentration camp Ravensbrück through direct negotiations with top Nazi leader Heinrich Himmler.
In the aftermath of World War II, the WJC undertook efforts to rebuild Jewish communities in Europe, provided assistance to displaced persons and Shoah survivors, pushed for the indemnification of victims by Germany, and advocated for the punishment of Nazi leaders who committed crimes against humanity.In 1951, WJC President Nahum Goldmann established the Conference of Jewish Material Claims Against Germany to handle Jewish reparation claims.The World Jewish Congress also successfully lobbied the United Nations and governments to support the establishment of the State of Israel. After 1948, the WJC focused its attention on the plight of Jewish refugees in Arab countries and also drew international attention to the plight of Jews in the Soviet Union, who were ultimately granted permission to move to Israel or to remain in their communities.During the 1980s, the World Jewish Congress exposed the Nazi past of former UN Secretary General Kurt Waldheim, who was elected president of Austria in 1986.During the 1990s, the WJC successfully lobbied for the restitution of assets of Holocaust victims held in so-called ‘dormant’ bank accounts in Switzerland and elsewhere, and it ensured that they were returned to their rightful owners, or that adequate compensation was paid. Commissions were set up in 17 nations to investigate Holocaust-era assets, including looted art, and the funds recovered have been used to support a multitude of programs worldwide.The WJC also fought for justice for forced laborers – both Jewish and non-Jewish – whose agonizing hardship had gone uncompensated for decades, resulting in the setting up of a US$ 5 billion fund by Germany in 2001.
The World Jewish Congress has also been at the forefront of fostering a better understanding with other religions, notably with the Catholic Church, and the organization facilitated the establishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and the Holy See in 1993. (photo: First Plenary Assembly)

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Christie’s launches the 250th Anniversary with Defining British Art- June & July

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 3 maggio 2016

Christie’sChristie’s1London – An intimate family portrait by Lucian Freud painted in 1992 (left); a pivotal example from 1864 of British Aestheticism at auction for the first time in 100 years by Frederic, Lord Leighton (centre); and from 1778, an exquisite portrait by Sir Joshua Reynolds on the market for the first time (right), are among the great works of British art to be offered in a sale alongside an exhibition which will launch Christie’s 250th anniversary in London this June. Building on the success of Christie’s pioneering series of curated Evening Sales to date, including Looking Forward to the Past and The Artist’s Muse in 2015, Christie’s will celebrate the artistic legacy of four centuries of British artists, with Defining British Art: Evening Sale (30 June) and Defining British Art: Loan Exhibition (17 June to 15 July). These Evening Sale highlights, a trio of exceptional figurative paintings which come from major private collections and illustrate the evolving Christie’s2face and social customs of British portraiture over three centuries, are among the works that will tour to Christie’s New York: 6 to 12 May and Christie’s Hong Kong: 26 May to 30 May.
Ever since James Christie first opened his doors for business in 1766, in St James’s London, where the headquarters remain today, Christie’s has championed British art and artists, with both Reynolds and Gainsborough among the regular visitors to Christie’s salerooms. The greatest masterpieces are those that define the artist; paintings and sculpture that reflect the quintessential nature of that artist’s lasting legacy. Christie’s Loan Exhibition and Evening Sale will present works which exemplify this.
Orlando Rock, Chairman, Christie’s UK: “A celebration of Britain’s artistic achievements, the Defining British Art Loan Exhibition and Evening Sale will break new ground for Christie’s, charting the evolution of British art over the last 400 years. A fitting launch to Christie’s 250th Anniversary celebrations in London and inspired by James Christie’s own innovative spirit, the sale and exhibition will create dynamic juxtapositions and, we hope, inspire artists and collectors of the future. Open to all, I would like to encourage not only those who are already friends of Christie’s but also those we have yet to welcome, to share in these celebrations and become part of our next chapter, looking ahead to the next 250 years and beyond.”
Jussi Pylkkänen, Global President of Christie’s International: “On the night of 30 June here in London we will hold a landmark sale of major paintings and sculpture to celebrate our 250th year. The auction will be the first sale of its kind to span four centuries of great British painting from Sir Joshua Reynolds to Frederic, Lord Leighton and Lucian Freud. Our specialists from across the globe have worked together to curate what promises to be a fascinating overview of the very best of British Art.”

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Sofradir turns 30, marks anniversary at SPIE DCS

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 15 aprile 2016

Parigi torre-eiffel1Palaiseau, near Paris, France. Sofradir, the global leader in advanced infrared (IR) detectors for military, space and commercial applications, today announces it will mark its 30th anniversary as an industrial pioneer of high performance IR components at the international trade event SPIE DCS.This year Sofradir will unveil its extended Daphnis MW portfolio featuring the HD version. It is the world’s first HD format midwave IR detector based on the new 10-micron pixel pitch industry standard, which replaces 15-micron pixel pitch generation models. With 1280 x 720 pixels packaged to fit previous platform generations, Daphnis-HD MW enables imaging equipment used in airborne, naval and ground vehicles to achieve longer range, wider field of view and better resolution than previously available. This significantly improves target detection, recognition and identification ranges.“We are especially pleased to be celebrating 30 years’ growth in the infrared market at SPIE DCS. This is an annual event where we show the strength of our innovations to customers and demonstrate our commitment to excellence and innovation to the photonics community,” said Philippe Bensussan, chairman and CEO of Sofradir. “We congratulate ULIS on achieving delivery of its 500,000th product and look ahead to marking the millionth unit in a few years from now. Most of all, we acknowledge the trust, loyalty and support that our customers have given us over the decades. It is in their honor that we raise our glasses.”Sofradir will also co-host celebratory cocktails for invitees on Tuesday, April 19 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm, in conjunction with subsidiaries Sofradir EC and ULIS, which make up the Sofradir Group. ULIS, globally the second largest producer of thermal image sensors for surveillance, thermography, defense and outdoor leisure markets, will mark the delivery of its 500,000th unit. Based in the US, Sofradir EC supplies IR cores and engines and services using Sofradir and ULIS detectors with a focus on Northern-American markets. The Sofradir Group has been exhibiting at SPIE DCS, one of the largest international events for sensing, imaging and photonics technologies for defense, security, industry and the environment, for 30 years. Sofradir’s IR detectors are at the center of multiple military and space programs and applications: thermal imagers, missile seekers, surveillance systems and targeting systems. Its IR detectors have played a key role in spaceborne earth observation, meteorology and environment monitoring such as Sentinel 2, Tropomi, Hayabusa 2 and more recently ExoMars space programs; these now total over 70 flight models to date.Sofradir was formed in 1986 through a DGA (the French Defense Procurement Agency) initiative to transfer advanced research in infrared technology developed at the Leti, the leading microelectronics laboratory run by the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), into highly specialized industrial components. Sofradir is a subsidiary of Safran and Thales, which are equal (50/50) shareholders. Since its founding, Sofradir has experienced double-digit growth at a higher rate than the overall market. The Sofradir Group reported an annual turnover of $244M (€214M) in 2015. Sofradir manufactures an average of 7,000 IR detectors per year. The company owns all four cooled main IR technologies, enabling it to cover the whole infrared spectrum and offer the best performing infrared products in each category for all wavelengths from the near visible to the very far infrared. This extensive portfolio, in addition to the top of the range innovations it regularly brings to the market, places Sofradir in a highly enviable and globally competitive position.

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Diynamic Showcase 10th Anniversary

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 5 aprile 2016

Solomun WarehouseRoma Sabato 16 aprile 2016 Apertura porte ore: 23:00 BIGLIETTI: 20euro Intero: 25 euro at Warehouse Via Sambuca Pistoiese 74 Warehouse, Rebel-Rebel e Weekender presentano Diynamic Showcase 10th Anniversary. Il video della sua Boiler Room di inizio 2015 è stato uno dei più visti di tutti i tempi, con oltre 8 milioni di visualizzazioni e sono 633.000 i fan che lo seguono su Facebook; con questi numeri, sabato 16 aprile, arriva a Roma per festeggiare i 10 anni della sua Diynamic, SOLOMUN, il più grande nome della house mondiale e contemporanea.
Solomun approda in Italia subito dopo i grandi festeggiamenti per il decennale dell’etichetta (che sabato 9 e domenica 10 aprile domineranno Berlino) portando al Warehouse di Roma una serata evento unica dedicata agli appassionati e a tutti coloro che vogliono conoscere da vicino una delle label di musica elettronica più rispettate al mondo con produzioni del calibro di party Solomun+1 al Pacha di Ibiza, Dynamic Festival di Amsterdam, Berlino, Buenos Aires e Tel Aviv.
Un appuntamento unico, che pone Roma in prima linea nella scena clubbing internazionale.
I primi passi dell’etichetta sono strettamente legati alla carriera di Solumon, fondatore della Diynamic insieme al suo partner Adriano Trolio. Solomun EP, uscito nel 2006, è il primo tassello di una carriera cresciuta grazie alla simbiosi fra la realtà discografica e la musica. La label si consolida definitivamente grazie alla premiazione di Solomun come producer dell’anno a Ibiza, durante l’esibizione dell’intera crew al Sunkeys con la Diynamic Neon Night. I premi ricevuti da Solomun da quel momento sono diventati interminabili, ultimo in ordine di tempo il riconoscimento di Dj Mag Italia che ha premiato il producer nel 2015 come Best Dj, e per la Best Night (Sundays at Pacha). La particolarità della Diynamic è lo sposalizio con la politica del DIY – Do it Your Self, inserita ad arte nel nome.
Lorenzo Esposito, in arte Lehar, ha immediatamente sorpreso con il suo esordio “Sargas”, inserendosi di diritto nella mappa della musica elettronica contemporanea. Entrato in Diynamic con il remix di “Easy” per Ost&Kejex, ha raggiunto il numero 1 nella top 100 di Beatport. Il club Ego è il quartier generale della Diynamic, locale per lungo tempo gestito da Magdalena, prima donna del roster Diy. Esplosa nel, non ha più smesso di suonare in giro per il mondo, toccando club come Pacha, il Watergate di Berlino, il Cova Santa di Berlino e molti altri.
Johannes Brecht è uno degli artisti più talentuosi in casa Diynamic. Figlio di artisti, si affaccia all’elettronica dopo una carriera legata alla musica classica. Il suo è considerato da molti il sound del futuro. (foto: Solomun Warehouse)

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The sixth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 27 marzo 2016

Barack ObamaEach time the anniversary of this achievement has come around, I’ve thought about the people who stood with Barack every step of the way as he fought to bring quality, affordable health care to people across this country. Today, thanks to the people in our community, more than 20 million Americans have health insurance who didn’t have it before. A young woman who previously would have been charged higher premiums because of her gender no longer faces that kind of discrimination. A young man who just graduated from college can now stay on his parents’ insurance for a few more years while he makes his way in the world. These are the kind of meaningful changes the Affordable Care Act continues to bring to the lives of Americans all over this country. And after coming this far, we simply cannot go backwards. That’s why we need to make sure we elect leaders who will protect Obamacare for future generations, and we need your help to get that done.

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USC Shoah Foundation and World Jewish Congress announce global program to support 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 17 settembre 2014

NEW YORK – USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education and the World Jewish Congress will be supporting the official observance of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of auschwitz-ii-birkenau-4with Auschwitz: The Past is Present, a global communication and education program. As part of the program, the World Jewish Congress will arrange for 100 survivors of Auschwitz, the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp, to attend and participate in the official observance of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz on 27 January 2015.The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum and the International Auschwitz Council are the organizers of the official commemoration event. “27 January 2015 will be a truly exceptional day,” said Dr. Piotr M.A. Cywiński, director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. “On this day of remembrance, the whole world will focus on the tragedy of the Shoah and the entire cruel system of ghettos and concentration camps. The survivors will be our most important guests.”“When we gather at the site of unspeakable terror, we will do so to show not only survivors, but the entire world, that the suffering of so many will never be forgotten,” said USC Shoah Foundation Executive Director Stephen D. Smith. “Those who lived through the Holocaust have carried the burden of remembering long enough. It’s up to us now, their children and grandchildren, to lift its heavy weight off their shoulders. We are ready to take on the responsibility of ensuring that this tragic chapter of human history is never repeated.”“Auschwitz is not only the world’s biggest Jewish graveyard, it is also the primary symbol of the Holocaust, the biggest organized mass murder in human history. This will probably mark the last time that so many survivors will be able to join us there, and we must ensure that the unspeakable suffering they and many others had to endure at Auschwitz will not be forgotten once they are no longer among us,” said WJC CEO Robert Singer.He went on to say: “The World Jewish Congress and our President Ronald S. Lauder are honored that such renowned partners have agreed to jointly prepare this important anniversary, to ensure that this anniversary will get the world’s attention.”An estimated 1.1 million people, most of them Jews, were murdered in Auschwitz, in German-occupied Poland, between 1941 and 1945.

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