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DiDi Unveils Voice Assistant and AR Navigation Programs

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 21 agosto 2018

Didi Chuxing (“DiDi”), the world’s leading mobile transportation platform, shared its latest developments in AI technology applications with students, engineers and academic and industry partners, at the DiDi Tech Day in Beijing on Thursday.
At the event, DiDi’s tech executives, led by Bob Zhang Bo, Chief Technology Officer, shared details of breakthroughs in the company’s popular Express Pool service. When machine learning algorithms deliver a good user experience, carpooling is the most effective mobility option for drivers to increase their income, for passengers to reduce costs, and for cities to enjoy a high level of efficiency in the transportation system. Operating across more 100 cities in China, Express Pool now accounts for over 20% of all trips in many core markets.
DiDi also debuted two pilot projects slated for street testing, its indoor augmented reality (AR) navigation and a driver voice assistant. The interactive, app-based AR navigation service, which is built on computer vision positioning and 3D scene reconstruction technology, can help passengers seamlessly navigate through large buildings, such as airports, train stations and malls, to reach a vehicle pick-up location.The driver voice assistant, which is voice activated via an in-vehicle smart device, is designed to provide a full spectrum of services ranging from audio and video content search, information inquiry and temperature adjustment, to passenger communications, customer service, and even refuel, recharging or repair services.During the event, DiDi also announced the launch of its AI for Social Good project in conjunction with more than 10 founding partners.DiDi believes that as we develop more powerful AI capabilities, tech companies need to work more closely with communities to fully understand AI’s social impacts and to reinforce its social commitments. Tech Day 2018 marked the launch of DiDi’s AI for Social Good Initiative. Together with 10 founding partners, DiDi will seek joint technological and social solutions to environmental, safety, health and accessibility challenges.

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WOW Responds to news of Voices of Faith Speaker Mary McAleese

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 4 febbraio 2018

ordain womenwow steering committeeWomen’s Ordination Worldwide (WOW) notes with disappointment the news that organizers for a fifth annual event at the Vatican for International Women’s Day were told they could not feature former Irish president Mary McAleese and Ugandan activist Ssenfuka Joanita Warry.Pope Francis has called repeatedly for fearless dialogue in the church. Yet, within the Vatican bureaucracy silencing and policing of women’s voices continues to be the status quo. It is reported that Cardinal Kevin Farrell’s Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life is responsible for the decision. No reason was cited, but McAleese is known as an outspoken advocate for women’s ordination and LGBT rights.”For the past four years organizers have carefully curated the invited speakers and painstakingly avoided the topic of women’s ordination,” said Kate McElwee, executive director of the Women’s Ordination Conference and member of WOW. “While this turn of events is unfortunate, perhaps it is an opportunity to bring the Vatican’s role in the structural and spiritual oppression of women into this year’s discussion.”
WOW supports the organizers of Voices of Faith for continuing in their mission despite the lack of hospitality from the church hierarchy. As we know too well: we may be marginalized but we will not be silenced.
Women’s Ordination Worldwide: Founded in 1996, WOW is an international network of groups whose current mission is the inclusion of women in all ordained ministries in the Roman Catholic Church. Founded on the principle of equality, WOW opposes all discrimination. ‘There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus’. (Galatians 3:28) http://www.womensordinationworldwide.org

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Albano vince il premio “The voice”

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 20 febbraio 2017

albanoAlbano la sua prima apparizione al Sanremo Music Awards la fece a Mosca, al Cremlino, nel lontano 2001, insieme a Lucio Dalla, Antonello Venditti, Matia Bazar, Toto Cutugno, Francesco Baccini, Marco Masini, Tony Esposito, Amedeo Minghi, Pupo e tanti altri, Più di 35 Artisti italiani sul prestigioso palco del Cremlino alla presenza di Putin. Per l’occasione ci fu la mondovisione, la diretta di “Quelli che il calcio”, la diretta di “Striscia la notizia” con Enzo Iacchetti e di tutti i TG (Rai e Mediaset). Quest’anno a distanza di 16 anni ritorna ospite della famosa Kermesse premiato dal noto scultore Grillo’s, che gli dona una sua scultura in rappresentanza del “Sanremo Music Awards”, a Sanremo, in concomitanza del Festival della Canzone Italiana, dove Albano ha presentato un brano di Maurizio Fabrizio “Di Rose e di Spine”.
Albano da sempre è considerato un cantate melodico con una voce grandiosa ma non ha mai ricevuto un premio specifico per questo, il Sanremo Music Awards invece ha voluto sottolineare questa sua caratteristica che lo contraddistingue dandogli proprio il premio “The Voice”.Al Festival dell’Ariston il cantante di Cellino San Marco è stato escluso ma si è rifatto gli occhi con il premio dello scultore Grillo’s; una scultura in bronzo di colore rosso, tanto per dare una nota scaramantica alla situazione, che gli è servita per ripartire alla grande e già pronto per la prossima edizione del Festival.
Intanto il Sanremo Music Awards, che gira il mondo ad organizzare manifestazioni, già pensa di organizzare alcuni suoi concerti in qualche location estera dove sarà presente, coniando la formula sempre vincente di Food, Moda e Musica. La prossima tappa sarà Dubai, in preparazione per il mese di Giugno.2017. (Nella foto l’Artista Grillo con Albano per la consegna dell’opera-premio del “Sanremo Music Awards”)

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The founding of the Investment Migration Council was announced

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 8 ottobre 2014

labour-migrationThe Investment Migration Council (IMC) has been formed by the leading experts within the immigration and citizenship-by-investment industry to bring together the foremost stakeholders within the field and to give the industry a voice. The IMC will help to improve public understanding of the issues faced by clients and governments in this area, and promote education and demand the highest professional standards and ethics among its members. The Chairman of the IMC, Professor Dr. Dimitry Kochenov of the University of Groningen, Netherlands, said, “The IMC will set industry standards on a global level, and interact with other professional associations, academic leaders, governments and international organizations in relation to investment migration”. The investment migration industry has grown significantly over the past decade. Immigration and citizenship options for investors have become topics of significant interest among international clients as well as practitioners and companies providing services to such clients. Likewise, countries are increasingly keen in attracting more foreign direct investment through investor immigration and citizenship programs. One founding member commented, “With the rapid growth of this important and influential field, there was a great need for a central, responsible body. The IMC will fulfil this role and provide significant structure, standards, and accountability for the industry”. The IMC is constituted as a not-for-profit association under Swiss law. Based in Geneva, it has initiated the opening of representative offices in New York, London, Dubai and Hong Kong. Managed by a Chief Executive Officer under the direction of a Governing Board, the IMC also has a non-executive Advisory Committee, in which the most important industry stakeholders are represented. The founding members include national industry associations, major law firms such as Fragomen LLP, Mishcon de Reya Solicitors and Foster Quan LLP; National Bank of Canada, Henley & Partners, Visa Consulting Group, KPMG, BDO, and many further leading stakeholders. The members of IMC’s Governing Board and Advisory Committee comprise of many distinguished individuals from the global investment migration field, including:
Professor Dr. Dimitry Kochenov, Chair in EU Constitutional and Citizenship Law, University of Groningen
Dr. Demetrios G. Papademetriou, Co-Founder, Distinguished Senior Fellow and President Emeritus, Migration Policy Institute, Washington DC, USA, and President of MPI Europe, Brussels, Belgium
Kamal Rahman, Head of Immigration, Mishcon de Reya, London, UK (investment)
Professor Dr. Christian Joppke, University of Berne, Switzerland
Christian H. Kälin, Chairman, Henley & Partners Holdings Plc
David Chen, Visa Consulting Group, Shanghai, China
Dr. Philippe Foret, SAGUF Environmental Humanities Co-Director, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Robert F. Loughran, Partner, FosterQuan LLP, USA
Louis Leblanc, Vice President and Managing Director, National Bank of Canada, Montreal, Canada
Dr. Khalid Koser, Chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Migration, Geneva, Switzerland
Timothy Mohr, Principal, National Financial Services Advisory Leader, BDO Consulting, New York, USA
Ambassador Wendell E. Lawrence, St. Kitts
Boriss Cilevics, Citizenship and Human Rights Advocate and Member of Parliament, Riga, Latvia
Nadine Goldfoot, Partner and Head of Investor Immigration Practice, Fragomen LLP, London, UK The website of the Investment Migration Council, http://www.investmentmigration.org, has been launched as well, where further information on the Council’s structure, membership and governance may be found. A full factsheet can be downloaded here and is also attached. Photo attached: Bruno L’ecuyer, Member of the Governing Board and designated CEO of the Investment Migration Council, addressing the Inaugural Assembly of the Association at Hotel Le Richemond, Geneva, on 1 October 2014.

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European Parliament elections: It’s about Europe, it’s about you!

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 22 Mag 2014

parlamento europeoStatement by the General Secretary of Conference of European Churches on European Parliament elections 2014The elections to the European Parliament are an opportunity for each citizen of the European Union to make their voices heard and to shape our common future. It belongs to the Christian understanding of the role of each person in society not to hide individual responsibility for the development of the community. Every day the European Union pervades our life in many different ways. At this particular time, when the daily existence of millions of people in Europe is affected by the continuing impacts of the economic and financial crisis, when peace and reconciliation neither in society, nor within the continent as such are any longer as obvious as it used to be just a couple of years ago, and when the future of Europe more than ever raises questions and concerns, the Conference of European Churches (CEC) urges Christians all over the European Union, members of our  member churches, to seize the opportunity of the upcoming elections to cast their votes for candidates promoting peace, reconciliation, societal justice and cooperation instead of extremism and separation. As was expressed in an earlier statement on the topic by CEC Governing Board, our vision is ‘Europe as a place of peace, solidarity and cooperation.’ For this particular reason: “CEC invites its member churches to stand up actively against extremist positions that are contrary to basic standards of humanity and that deny values on which the European tradition has been built and that stand against basic principles of Christian ethics and faith.” We wish to express our support for those candidates standing in elections who value human life and the dignity of each individual without distinction. Christians all over Europe have a long-standing tradition in working towards justice and fairness in interpersonal relations, in cooperation among nations, as well as in our relation to the world. This should drive us to make our position clear also in the upcoming elections. For more information about themes related to the elections important for CEC, its member churches and our partners you are invited to read the CEC leaflet and the website http://www.eurovoices2014.eu. A voice for a Europe of peace, solidarity and cooperation is crucial at this particular moment!

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MEPs voice serious concerns over Russia’s request for air passenger data

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 15 giugno 2013

Russia’s requirement for European airlines to hand over passengers’ data is a “very worrying issue” that could create a precedent for other countries, said Civil Liberties Committee MEPs in a debate with Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström on Monday evening.In July 2012 the Russian Transport Ministry adopted a decree requiring European airlines to transfer air passengers’ data (also known as Passenger Name Record -PNR-) as from July 1st 2013. This also applies to over flights. Commenting on this, Ms Malmström said that “this measure will create huge problems for air carriers” because they are not allowed under EU law to send those data to third countries.Ms Malmström pointed out the need for a “long-term viable solution” and she warned that the Commission will “make the link” between the Russian request for PNR data and the planned review of the current visa facilitation agreement between the EU and Russia, which entered into force in 2007.The Commissioner also criticised the lack of information from the Russian authorities: “they did not tell us, we found out about it by ourselves”, she said. She also told MEPs that, due to technical issues, Russia will not start collecting PNR data on July 1st, “but we need guarantees that this will be suspended until we have all information we need”, she added. A technical meeting between the Commission and Russian officials will take place next week.”This is a very worrying issue”, said Véronique Mathieu (EPP, FR), who asked to “address the visa issue as leverage”. She also warned that airlines will have to bear the economic cost of this measure, also in terms of employment.”I’m highly sceptical about how this will fit in with the visa facilitation process”, commented Cornelia Ernst (GUE/NGL, DE).”Discussions must be based on an EU approach, rather than giving a random response to any particular case”, pointed out Timothy Kirkhope (ECR, UK). “It is a pity that we do not have an EU PNR system”, said Ms Mathieu, arguing that “if we could act together, we would be able to negotiate on a firmer footage”.”I’m very critical when it comes to the question of whether we need an EU PNR system”, highlighted Birgit Sippel (S&D, DE). “I’m against the use of PNR data without having any suspicion, it goes against the treaties and the [EU] Charter [of Fundamental Rights]”, commented Jan Albrecht (Greens/EFA, DE).”This could create a precedent for any other major country to begin their own PNR system”, explained Claude Moraes (S&D, UK).The EU concluded PNR deals with the US and Australia and a third one with Canada is being negotiated. Sophie in’ T Veld (ALDE, NL) said that “we have asked the Commission time and time again what it would do if other countries knocked at the door”. She also explained that the Commission refused in the past to start PNR negotiations with countries such as Qatar.”I don’t think that because we have PNR agreements with the US and Australia we need to have one with Russia”, Sarah Ludford (ALDE, UK) explained.Replying to MEPs’ questions, Commissioner Malmström pointed out that “we do not plan to enter into any PNR negotiations for the moment, but this has to be discussed on a case-by-case basis”. She also excluded the possibility to negotiate a PNR deal with Russia. “It is not on the agenda for the moment”, she concluded.Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs CommitteeIn the chair: Juan Fernando López Aguilar (S&D, ES)

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Cohesion reform debate

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 13 aprile 2010

The Committee of the Regions (CoR) is setting out its stall ahead of the debate on the future of EU cohesion policy: at their plenary session on 14-15 April, Europe’s regional and local representatives will adopt a report on the issue prepared by Michael Schneider (DE/EPP). The following week, an external COTER seminar in Jaén, Spain, will provide an opportunity to flesh out these requests. As EU politicians are discussing their strategic framework for the next decade (“Europe 2020”), the debate on the future of cohesion policy is expected to enter its crucial phase later this year with the publication of the European Commission’s 5th cohesion report. First drafts of the new structural funds regulations could then be presented in mid-2011.  To make sure that the voice of Europe’s regions and cities is heard at the very beginning of this discussion, the Committee of the Regions is preparing an outlook opinion on the future of EU cohesion policy after 2013. Over the past few months, Michael Schneider (DE/EPP), European Affairs State Secretary of the Land of Saxony-Anhalt and CoR rapporteur on the issue, has consulted widely with other CoR members, local and regional authorities from across Europe, their associations and other stakeholders. Schneider will present his draft opinion at the CoR plenary session on 14/15 April, in the presence of Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for Regional Policy. By adopting this opinion, the Committee of the Regions will become the first EU body to formulate an official position on the future of cohesion policy.  In an interview, Michael Schneider makes the case for a strong cohesion policy at European level  in the future: “Given its target of the harmonious development of the European Union as a whole, economic, social and territorial cohesion forms a core element of the European integration model that was further strengthened by the Lisbon Treaty.”

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Letter from Obama

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 18 marzo 2010

Letter to editor: “I wanted to take a moment to thank you directly for the outstanding work you’ve been doing as part of Organizing for America’s Final March for Reform. I can tell you that your voice is heard in Washington every day. I see how your efforts are moving us toward victory. But I also know that with just days remaining, the final vote is shaping up to be extremely close. Everything we’ve worked for is on the line, and your voice is needed now more than ever before.
In these final, crucial days, much more will be asked of us. Our resolve will be tested. During moments like this, I believe it’s important to remember why we have worked so hard for so long. That’s why I spoke to the country Monday at a gathering in Ohio and said it plainly: I’m here for Natoma. Natoma Canfield is like most of us: She works hard, and tries to do what’s right. Years ago, she had battled back from cancer, so she always maintained health insurance in case she ever really needed it again. But because of her medical history, the insurance company kept raising her deductible and her premiums. Last year alone, Natoma paid over $10,000 in monthly premiums and co-pays, while her insurance company chipped in just $900. And then they hiked up her rates another 40%. She simply couldn’t afford it — she had to cancel her policy. That’s when she wrote to me. I read her letter, and shared her story with insurance company CEOs as another reason why the system has to change. That was two weeks ago. Then, just last week, the unthinkable happened: Natoma collapsed, and was rushed to a hospital. It’s leukemia — the cancer has returned. Now she’s in the hospital, worried sick not just about her condition, but how she’ll financially survive. So why am I still in this fight? Simple. I’m here for Natoma. I’m here because of the countless others who have been denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions. I’m here for the small business owners forced to chose between health care and hiring. I’m here for the folks who are forced to watch helplessly as their premiums skyrocket with no reason or recourse. And I’m here for my mother. She died of cancer, and in the last six months of her life, I saw her on the phone in her hospital room arguing with insurance companies instead of focusing on getting well and spending time with her family. As I was finishing my remarks Monday, a woman in the crowd called out, “we need courage.” She’s right. The politicians in Washington need courage to face down the powerful interests who have held back progress for far too long. And all of us who share this cause need courage to speak up with persistence and clarity in these final days. I’ve always found that courage comes from remembering that we fight for something and someone beyond ourselves. It comes from our faith. And it comes from our commitment to those we love. So please take a moment to remember those who inspire you — those who give you the strength to march on. There’s very little time left, and still much to do. But I believe to my core in the power of Americans to change history when we put our mind to it. And if you’ll stay with us in these final days, I know we can do it again. Thank you for making it possible, (President Barack Obama)

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“The strength of CPCE lies in local cooperation”

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 16 dicembre 2009

Protestant churches are becoming more self-aware through the CPCE: an interview appearing today in CPCE focus half-time between the General Assemblies of 2006 in Budapest and 2012 in Florence with President Thomas Wipf and General Secretary Michael Bünker.  “It is the wish of the churches that the voice of Protestants becomes audible through CPCE”, concluded the President of the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe (CPCE), Revd Thomas Wipf, in an interview appearing with the current CPCE focus at half-time between the General Assemblies of 2006 in Budapest and 2012 in Florence. The social and political discussion in many countries has also been coloured by the protestant churches. “In times of increasing pressures in Europe the voice of Protestantism is a voice of freedom”, adds Bishop Michael Bünker, General Secretary of CPCE.  It is good for the protestant churches “that through the CPCE they are becoming ever more self-aware”, Wipf emphasises. Ecumenical dialogue needs self-aware partners in order to achieve greater nearness substantially and structurally. The Leuenberg Agreement, the foundation document of CPCE, is a “source of impulses”, thus Bünker further. “Confessionality is an important presupposition”, but on its own “not enough”.  The commitment involved in membership in CPCE needs to be intensified. This can be reached through strengthened local cooperation as well as through the coordination of agreements on the European level through the CPCE. Bünker: “The strength of CPCE lies in local cooperation. Protestants do not put their trust in the power of an ecclesiastical hierarchy.”  Central contributions to ecumenical dialogue will be emerging in CPCE by the coming General Assembly of the 105 member churches in Florence in 2012. These include the European-wide questions of the significance of the ordained ministry and of the various confessional documents. In addition two younger groups from theology and the churches are working out concepts for new social challenges and for processes of church reform. Also important, finally, is the common position paper on euthanasia, with which CPCE hopes to offer church leadership theological orientation and assistance. http://www.leuenberg.eu.

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The new WCC General Secretary

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 28 agosto 2009

The CPCE congratulates Pastor Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit on his election as General Secretary of the World Council of Churches. World-wide crises call for a clear common voice of the churches, commented CPCE General Secretary Michael Bünker. The General Secretary of the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe (CPCE), Bishop Dr Michael Bünker, congratulates the new General Secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Pastor Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit (Oslo), on his election today by the Central Committee of the world-wide church council. From 1994 to 2001 Olav Fykse Tveit was a member of the CPCE Executive Committee (now Council), from 2001 to 2006 he served as deputy member.  Bünker reacted “with great delight” to the election of Tveit to “this important and demanding office”. The latest world-wide crises called for a clear common voice of the church to give orientation. Bünker continued: “We wish with all our hearts that your work for the World Council will bring this vision nearer. Ecumenical conversation is very familiar to you, so you know very well the scope for possible developments.” Bünker went on to say that for 35 years the CPCE had experienced a reconciled diversity of churches of very different traditions. “Even if the framework of tradition in the WCC is spread much wider, we maintain the hope that the churches can also find world-wide a reconciled fellowship in their existing diversity.”  For its coming meeting from 2-4 October 2009 the CPCE Council will be in the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva and at this time will also be engaged in exchanges with the organizations based there.

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Analysis of six major industrial clusters in the country

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 14 agosto 2009

New Delhi,  India’s largest online B2B marketplace, IndiaMART.com, has join hands with Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) for its Indian SME Cluster Study 2009. The study, which would contain an in-depth analysis of six major industrial clusters in the country, would highlight the industries working in each of the six regions. The study will be disseminated through a series of events and publications targeting Indian SMEs. IndiaMART’s association with Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) comes close on the heels of its recent partnerships struck with the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and The Economic Times, which aimed at taking the Indian SME’s voice to the forefront. Highlighting the concerns of SMEs, Mr. Dinesh Agarwal, Founder and CEO, IndiaMART.com, said: “Traditionally, Indian SMEs have been growth engines of our economy and have met the expectations of the government, achieving the goals set before them. But in this era of global turmoil, it is the SMEs which are most affected and unless measures are taken, their growth will be at stake. IndiaMART has always been at the forefront to support SMEs in providing them a global exposure. This is just a step forward in this direction and we hope it has a spillover effect.”
IndiaMART.com is India’s largest online B2B marketplace connecting global buyers with suppliers through business directories, online product catalogues, buy-sell offers, industry specific marketplaces, printed media and trade shows participation. Founded in 1996, the company has a presence in over 100 cities Pan-India. With approximately 1000 employees, IndiaMART.com offers an extensive range of value-added products and services to over 500,000 members and over 5 million global buyers across industries and verticals. http://www.indiamart.com/press-section/

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