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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n°85

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CEC at the celebration of World NGO Day at Council of Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 9 marzo 2019

At the World NGO Day, observed on 27 February, CEC Executive Secretary Rev. Sören Lenz participated in a debate on “Why do we need NGOs? – (I)NGO contribution to the work and to the mandate of the Council of Europe” in Strasbourg. The high level conference was organised by the Conference of International NGOs at the Council of Europe and gathered many official NGO representatives with participatory status at the Council of Europe.
“We as Conference of European Churches represent a large part of the European people and we have the advantage of having an enormous diversity among our Member Churches,” said Rev. Sören Lenz, based at the CEC office in Strasbourg. “We not only deal with issues related to trade unions or human rights as NGO do, but we as churches are confronted with all problems and questions modern society is dealing with,” he added.“We need to be present with and try to work together with other NGOs because we have a responsibility for civil society, not only in social matters but also in area of human right.”“When the prophet Jeremy says to the Exiles in Babylon: ‘But seek the welfare of the city!’ (Jeremiah 29,7), he doesn’t talk about conditions to be fulfilled or the distinction to be made between those to be helped and those not to be helped. Seeking the welfare of the city means that God calls us to participate in the shaping of an equal and just society. NGOs, even if they do not always hold the same positions, are reliable partners, especially in the work at the Council of Europe, where they have an important role to play,” added Rev. Lenz.Claudia Luciani, Director of Democratic Governance and Anti-Discrimination, Council of Europe was stressed the need for a political dialogue between NGOs and the governments, and the most important question to be discussed, she said, is how to initiate this dialogue?One important point was made at the event, when several speakers remembered that, unlike other international organisations such as UN, NGOs have a full participatory status in the Council of Europe, adding to the importance of European Institution of Human rights, Rule of Law and Democracy.“The crucial role of NGOs is to connect citizens to policy makers,” stressed Peter Verhaege, representative of CARITAS, during his speech.

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World Wide Technology Teams Up with Red Hat to Accelerate Service Provider Time to Revenue

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 27 febbraio 2019

World Wide Technology (WWT), a market-leading technology solution provider, is collaborating with Red Hat’s extensive partner ecosystem to validate and customize the Red Hat Virtual Central Office (VCO) solution in WWT’s Advanced Technology Center (ATC).Once validated, WWT can deploy the VCO solution at scale through its global Integration Centers to help customers make the most of customized open solutions by enabling innovative services and enhancing the customer experience.Joe Wojtal, vice president of open systems and solutions for WWT, said, “Service provider customers are looking to deliver new, innovative services to their customers. By delivering these services via software, they can quickly change or add features based on customer demand and improve their time to market.”As interest grows around edge-based services, VCO will experience increasing demand for software-based services and operational simplicity. Red Hat’s advanced capabilities are foundational in WWT’s ability to deliver full-stack network function virtualization (NFV) solutions four times faster than traditional validation. The ecosystem partners actively working in WWT’s ATC include Affirmed Networks, Altiostar, Amdocs, Cumulus Networks, Edgecore Networks, F5 Networks, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, MYCOM OSI and Trilio. For more information regarding Red Hat’s Virtual Central Office solution, please visit

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Mobile World Congress 2019

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 23 febbraio 2019

Barcelona 25th of February from 01:00 to 02:30pm. Venue FIBOCOM: Hall 1. Stand 1E21.FIA is built as a collaboration with operators and partners to focus on new innovations and IoT devices born from the advances of 5G connectivity. With a strong background in IoT through support from Fibocom Wireless Inc., Fibocom is the first wireless communication module and solution provider listed publicly in China(SHE: 300638). For over 20 years, Fibocom has been dedicated to providing many global top 500 IoT consumer electronics, and global carrier companies with end-to-end wireless communication solutions covering 5G, LTE, NB-IoT/eMTC, HSPA+, and GSM/ GPRS. This strong background is further enabled by the world’s largest PC parts/CPU manufacturer, and major Fibocom shareholder, Intel.

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Intel at Mobile World Congress 2019

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 3 febbraio 2019

Barcelona Feb. 25-28 Fira Gran Via, Hall 3, Intel Booth 3E31 At Mobile World Congress 2019, Intel will demonstrate solutions powering the 5G future. Come experience compelling use cases highlighting the power of 5G across client, cloud, network and edge, enabling Intel customers to deliver new innovative capabilities and scalable and efficient business models. As the world moves beyond connecting billions of humans to connecting billions of “things,” Intel’s world-class data-centric technologies and solutions will drive 5G’s usefulness and presence everywhere.
See how delivering 5G’s expanded capacity in a manufacturing setting will enable safer, more flexible and more efficient production by applying machine-to-machine connectivity, transformed networks, computer vision, edge computing and AI capabilities to real-world applications.
Learn how edge computing will enable new revenue-generating, immersive media experiences (virtual reality/augmented reality gaming) for consumers anywhere, without being tethered to a wired network. See how Hollywood is embracing the power of Intel processing and software and the visual cloud to bring its latest films to life.
5G’s gigabit speeds, transformed networks and edge computing augmented by new computer vision and AI technologies will give retailers new capabilities to efficiently enable retail deployments in virtually any location without the expense of a wired infrastructure.
See the latest Intel partner ecosystem offerings in network, edge, vRAN and base station technology – enabled by Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, Intel® FPGAs, Intel Atom® processors, and Intel connectivity products.

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IBTM World annuncia che DCT Abu Dhabi sarà il Premier Partner per l’edizione 2019

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 4 dicembre 2018

IBTM ha annunciato che il Dipartimento Cultura e Turismo – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) sarà il Premier Partner di IBTM World 2019. È la prima volta in 31 anni di storia che IBTM World sceglie un Premier Partner. L’accordo consentirà a DCT Abu Dhabi di sfruttare il suo rapporto con uno degli eventi più noti e prestigiosi del settore, dandogli accesso a un pubblico globale e altamente qualificato di professionisti.
Commentando la notizia, Shane Hannam, Direttore Portfolio, ha dichiarato: “Sono entusiasta di annunciare il nostro primo Premier Partner dedicato per IBTM World. Abbiamo un ottimo rapporto con il team del Dipartimento Cultura e Turismo – Abu Dhabi, avendo lavorato a stretto contatto da diversi anni per IBTM Arabia e sono lieto che ora abbiamo esteso questa partnership a IBTM World.”
La partnership si basa sulla Economic Vision 2030 di Abu Dhabi e fa parte delle iniziative in corso del Dipartimento per migliorare lo sviluppo sociale ed economico attraverso l’hosting di eventi aziendali innovativi.
SE Sultan Al Mutawa Al Dhaheri, Direttore Esecutivo del Turismo per DCT Abu Dhabi, ha dichiarato: “Siamo molto lieti di annunciare la nostra partnership con IBTM World. L’accordo ci consentirà di sviluppare il nostro lavoro per promuovere Abu Dhabi a un pubblico globale come destinazione senza eguali per eventi aziendali. La partnership si allinea bene con iniziative più ampie, incluso l’Advantage Abu Dhabi dell’Abu Dhabi Convention Bureau, che offre un’opportunità unica agli organizzatori di eventi di ottenere un supporto di valore dalla destinazione fornendo un contributo personalizzato per le destinazioni in una serie di settori chiave del mercato.”
IBTM World 2019 si svolgerà dal 26 al 28 novembre alla Fira Gran Via Barcelona. Per maggiori informazioni:

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Trollbeads: Get Christmas cards from all over the world!

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 22 novembre 2018

Trollbeads is in the lead when it comes to playing with the company’s customers. Several times each year, events are hosted both online and in the stores. Right now in this sweet season, it is time for the Share a Christmas Card with a Stranger-event. A beloved event that has been hosted by Trollbeads for many years. Share a Christmas Card is a fun worldwide event where all friends and customers of the brand are invited to tap into one of the many holiday traditions: Sending physical Christmas cards (not digitally!) – but this time to a stranger! Everyone can join the event.The event works in a system that delivers the name and address of five other participants. This means that during December, participants will also receive Christmas cards from other Trollbeads friends from all over the world.
It is free to participate, and by being a part of this event, the participants are even able to win prizes every day of December! It is possible to sign up now and the lottery will start on December 1, 2018.A magical event at a magical time of year! And you won’t understand it completely before you sign up for it yourself. Join the fun!
Trollbeads, a Danish family-owned jewellery brand, was established in 1976. Trollbeads is the original bead-on-bracelet concept. At the core of the brand lies self-expression through 600 different beads in sterling silver, 18 karat gold, Murano glass, freshwater pearls, amber and gemstones. Trollbeads jewellery is available in more than 30 countries through the company’s own flagship stores, independent retailers, and online at

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World Energy Week

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 10 ottobre 2018

In materia di sicurezza informatica gli attacchi causati da personale interno alle organizzazioni sono più frequenti (33%) rispetto agli attacchi esterni (28%) che sono, però, in crescita. E’ quanto emerge dallo studio “The State of Cyber Resilience 2018” di Accenture, di cui si parlerà l’11 ottobre, nell’ambito della World Energy Week in programma a Milano da oggi a giovedì 11 ottobre. Lo studio Accenture è stato condotto su 4.600 responsabili sicurezza di aziende con un fatturato superiore a un miliardo di dollari in 19 settori e 15 paesi tra Nord e Sud America, Europa e Asia. L’argomento sarà oggetto di una sessione specifica dell’Italian Energy Day dedicata ai temi dell’innovazione digitale nel settore con Accenture, Eni, Cesi. La World Energy Week è un evento internazionale organizzato dal Consiglio Mondiale dell’Energia, che r-iunisce i leader globali del settore per promuovere un confronto a livello internazionale con l’obiettivo di rendere l’industria energetica più sostenibile e inclusiva.L’impatto delle violazioni dall’esterno è aumentato del 9% rispetto al 2017 (dal 19% al 28%), mentre gli attacchi interni che hanno causato danni maggiori sono diminuiti dal 43% al 22%.
A distanza di un anno dall’episodio di Wanna Cry, gli attacchi sono più che raddoppiati (+ 119%, 106 nel 2017, 232 nel 2018) e in risposta le aziende si sono dotate di sistemi di controllo preventivo (87% rispetto al 70% nel 2017).Secondo il World Energy Council (Marsch&McLennan Companies, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions) entro la fine del 2018 l’industria del petrolio e del gas potrebbe spendere 1,87 miliardi di dollari in sicurezza informatica.Del resto la spesa sulla sicurezza informatica è cresciuta in maniera significativa rispetto al 2017: nel 10% dei casi il budget è quasi triplicato (dal 22 al 74%) ma per quanto ci sia consapevolezza di un continuo aumento delle violazioni (una media di due/tre al mese), solo il 31% degli intervistati si aspetta che gli investimenti in cyber security crescano in maniera significativa (il doppio o il triplo). Quattro intervistati su cinque sono d’accordo nell’affermare che tecnologie rivoluzionarie come intelligenza artificiale, machine learning e blockchain siano essenziali per proteggere le aziende, infatti il 62% spenderebbe budget aggiuntivi per colmare i gap nell’attuale cyber security e il 59% investirebbe in innovazione.
Inoltre la maggior parte dei team sta diventando più veloce nell’arrestare le violazioni, ad oggi quasi due terzi dei tentativi vengono bloccati più rapidamente dello scorso anno. Nel 2018 il 55% delle violazioni sono state rilevate entro una settimana (rispetto al 10% dello scorso anno) e l’89% intercettate entro un mese (rispetto al 32% del 2017). Questa tendenza virtuosa non è comunque sufficiente per considerarsi al sicuro, per Il 71% degli intervistati gli attacchi informatici rimangono ancora imprevedibili e i loro danni difficilmente ipotizzabili, dato in crescita rispetto allo scorso anno (66%).

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Developing Tolerance is Imperative for Students to Flourish in a Diverse World

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 28 settembre 2018

Top Global Teachers have shared their unique perspectives with CMRubinWorld on how education can help students find a “common ground” as part of the important 21st century skills needed to flourish in a diverse world.International migration has increased social and cultural diversity significantly. Fighting bias remains a local and global challenge. Students are facing a world infused with differences, where their tolerance and ability to cope with differences determine whether they can thrive in society. Children in the 21st century need to be able “to cross cultural boundaries, regardless of ethnic boundaries, race, age, geography or other boundaries,” says teacher Nam Ngo Thanh based in Vietnam. “An alternative rhetoric of ‘us’ is needed to build others as we grow and not at the expense of others,” notes Miriam Mason based in Sierra Leone. “A restorative approach strives to develop compliance with social norms and rules through internalization of responsibility for one’s action and a respect for the rights of other people,” says Maarit Rossi based in Finland.

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What world do you want to live in?

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 1 settembre 2018

Summer in the Northern Hemisphere this year has been brutal. In Japan, 65 people died in one week, as temperatures rose to over 40°C in metropolitan areas. In China, 22 counties and cities recorded their hottest July on record. Wildfires have been raging across Europe, from the Arctic Circle to the Mediterranean, and across America, including the largest ever recorded in California, where the Mendocino Complex Fire has engulfed more than 120,000 hectares of land.
Such extreme weather is just one of the expected consequences of climate change. Sustained, coordinated action is needed to prevent further disaster. That means bringing together actors from the private sector, governments, international organisations, civil society and citizens to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and find new, innovative models that allow the world to share a prosperous, low-carbon future.This summer shows that climate change is no longer a distant, abstract prospect. Time is short.

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Next Generation of Innovators and Future World Leaders

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 24 agosto 2018

FIRST® Global, a not-for-profit organization established to promote science and technology leadership and innovation in young people from all nations through the sport of robotics, brought together students from more than 160 nations last week at Arena Ciudad de Mexico for the FIRST Global Challenge, a high-profile, international robotics competition convening high-school-aged participants who work together to solve global challenges.Ricardo Salinas, chairman of Grupo Salinas, founding member of FIRST Global, and chairman and host of the 2018 FIRST Global Challenge in Mexico City, recognized the passion of the young competitors in creating and driving robots. “This is the best demonstration that this world can become a better world if we all work together,” he said.The focus of the 2018 FIRST Global Challenge was “Energy Impact,” in which shifting alliances of three nations competed to fuel power plants, initiate renewable energy plans and build a resilient transmission network in a simulated exercise using robots. The event highlighted the importance of various energy sources and making them more sustainable, excited students to learn and discover STEM through robotics, and inspired students and adults alike on the importance of collaborating across places of origin, creeds, religions, and races to build a better tomorrow.
This competition inspires not only those who participate, but also many more from the teams’ home countries. The inaugural FIRST Global Challenge was held last year with 157 nations. It’s based on the principles of FIRST, a K-12 STEM education nonprofit founded by inventor Dean Kamen in 1989.“I’ve learned through FIRST that if we teach the world’s young people the common language of STEM, they’ll learn how to work together across cultural and religious differences,” said Dean Kamen, president of DEKA Research & Development and founder of FIRST and FIRST Global. “Through the excitement of an Olympic-style sporting event, the FIRST Global Challenge is uniting students around the world to solve the greatest problems we face as a global community.”
Official sponsors of the 2018 FIRST Global Challenge include: Bezos Family Foundation, TE Connectivity Foundation, Qualcomm Incorporated, Royalty Pharma/Alianzia AMZA, DeKa Foundation, Intel, Shell, Baker Hughes GE, FedEx, Tec de Monterrey, and MexiChem.

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More secure seas and oceans for Europe and around the world

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 21 luglio 2018

European ministers have adopted a revised action plan on maritime security. With the new plan, Europe strengthens its commitment to security at sea – both at home and around the world.
“With this action plan, the EU reaffirms its role as a global maritime security provider,” said High Representative, Vice President and Head of Agency Federica Mogherini. “It promotes international cooperation, maritime multilateralism and the rule of law at sea, in line with the strategic priorities identified in the EU Global Strategy”. “Secure seas and oceans are crucial to Europe’s welfare”, said European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella. “We have made a big step forward recently with coastguard cooperation, and we must build on that success to move on to other forms of collective preparedness. Risks and threats evolve all the time, and this revised action plan allows us to anticipate better, plan better and react better.”

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World Oceans Day: Statement by Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 11 giugno 2018

On World Oceans Day, I want to join the global celebration of our oceans. I want to highlight their importance for our wellbeing and for the wellbeing of future generations: as an abundant supplier of food, energy and other natural resources; as a regulator for our climate and many of our natural cycles; and as source of inspiration, imagination and humility. On this day, I also want to recall the urgent need to address the immense challenges that our oceans are faced with: climate change, pollution, environmental degradation and unsustainable management of their resources. Our oceans connect us all. Borderless as they are, so are the challenges they face. This is why the European Union is supporting strong international ocean governance. Last year in Malta the Our Ocean Conference resulted in 433 commitments from across the world, and financial pledges of over €7 billion euros. We look forward to the next edition in Bali, on 29-31 October, and will contribute to its success by delivering on our promises and tabling new commitments. We also remain firmly committed to the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and are embedding this agenda into our policies.The theme of this year’s World Oceans Day is “Preventing plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean”. The European Commission has recently tableda proposal that will halt pollution from single use plastic items and derelict fishing gear. With the help of our EU citizens, our companies and innovators, our fishermen and fishing gear producers, we will be able to prevent marine litter at source. Other recent initiatives, such as the Fisheries Control Regulation, the Directive on Port Reception Facilities, and our proposal for the next long-term EU budget, complement this proposal, removing barriers and adding financial stimuli.On World Oceans Day, I want to send a positive message. With our common fisheries policies, we are showing that sustainability and economic performance go hand in hand. In the North-east Atlantic, we have moved from 5 to 53 fish stocks at sustainable levels in less than a decade, while the net profit of our fishing fleet is reaching record highs. The European Union is playing its part, we are taking care of our future; standing up for our oceans.

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Northern European cities offer best living conditions and in the world

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 24 marzo 2018

Copenhagen and Bern offer the best living standards in the world for expatriates according to a report by global mobility experts, ECA International (ECA).
Analysing a range of ‘liveability’ scores for Europeans moving abroad, from air pollution and personal security, to language barriers and isolation, ECA reveals cities in Denmark, Switzerland and the Netherlands offer Europeans the best living standards overall.According to ECA’s annual report, living standards in London do not score as well in comparison. The UK capital features further down in the liveability rankings mainly due to higher air pollution levels and crime rates. Glasgow is the only UK city that scores worse, primarily due to a more limited access to schools offering an international curriculum.
“London does not score as well as most other UK locations in our report due to higher levels of crime and air pollution, although this is to be expected for a city of its size,” said Neil Ashman, Senior Location Ratings Analyst at ECA International. “Even so, when compared to other major capital cities in Europe such as Madrid, Berlin, Lisbon and Brussels, we can see that London’s overall living conditions are still slightly worse – with only Rome scoring lower. However, London is still relatively high in the rankings and scores very well in areas such as recreation and the quality of healthcare, so there are still many positives for an expatriate moving to the UK’s capital city.”Although Berlin’s scores for natural phenomena and language limitations are worse than London’s, crime is considered somewhat less of an issue based on expatriate feedback and external sources. The same goes for Lisbon and Madrid, where although the language barrier is more of an issue, both cities score better for crime.Eastern European cities tend to be some of the worst-performing European locations, with Belgrade, Sarajevo and Minsk all outside the top 100 in the rankings. However, Chisinau, Moldova is the worst-performing European city on the list at a lowly 198th. The Moldovan capital scores poorly on a range of criteria, including availability of healthcare and international schooling.
Canadian cities in ECA’s report score better than many cities in Europe. Air pollution is low, personal security is good, and most Canadians speak English (which cannot be said for most cities in Spain and Italy, for example). Many Canadians also speak French, the third most widely spoken language in Europe.
“Canadian cities, namely Toronto and Vancouver, are relatively easy for European expatriates to adapt to thanks to excellent infrastructure and facilities coupled with low levels of pollution and crime,” explained Ashman. “It’s for the same reasons that Canberra in Australia and Wellington in New Zealand also score well for Europeans despite their geographical distance from home.”Austin and Boston in the USA also score better than some cities in the UK, France and Italy despite their distance from Europe, again due to lower air pollution as well as a better language score. English is of course spoken by the majority of residents in the US; however, Spanish is also widely spoken in Texas due to its Mexican influence.
Singapore offers the best quality of living for European expats in Asia, mostly due to its culture score compared to other Asian cities. Singapore is also considered to be much safer in terms of personal security than many European cities.
“The large number of expats in Singapore, combined with a low crime rate and lower levels of pollution than many of its regional neighbours, means it remains the most liveable city in Asia for Europeans,” said Ashman.South American locations tend to feature lower down the rankings for European expats, with Montevideo, Uruguay and Santiago, Chile the only cities to feature in the top 125. However, compared with many other South American cities in the list, Montevideo has a very favourable score for socio-political tension, as well as relatively low crime rates, making it the most liveable South American location for Europeans.
Although Port Louis has a fairly high natural phenomena score due to frequent cyclones in the area, the capital city of Mauritius has good air pollution and culture scores.
Ashman explained, “Port Louis has a population where many of the residents speak both French and English. Socio-political tensions in Port Louis are also much lower than in most other cities in Africa.”
Cape Town in South Africa follows Port Louis. Although the city offers a much better score for both natural phenomena and quality of healthcare, its overall rank is below Port Louis. This is mainly due to the very high crime levels the city experiences. There are also issues with utility provision, as evidenced by the extreme water shortages currently being experienced. High crime levels in most African cities make Africa generally the most difficult region to live in.

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4 Italian Cities Among the 100 Smartest Metropolis in the World

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 7 novembre 2017

Duomo di Milano at dusk. Milan, Italy.; Shutterstock ID 102912281

Next Wednesday, November 8th we are releasing a global study ‘The 2017 Smart Cities Index’. The research ranks the top 100 cities who are at the forefront of smart evolution, looking particularly at digitalization, urban growth, mobility, sustainability, and governance. This index is the most comprehensive study regarding ‘smart cities’ to date, defining a concept which is not easy to categorize or rank. Analysing 19 factors ranging from the proliferation of car sharing services to clean energy technologies, the index offers an unparalleled insight into smart infrastructure around the world. For an added expert opinion, over 20k technology and urban planning journalists were asked to rate how smart they considered each location to be.This study offers the perfect opportunity to clearly understand which cities are making impressive strides towards a smoother, digitalized life for their citizens. There are many interesting angles to be explored, for instance, Romania having faster internet than most of North America, or that just after Luxembourg, South Korea has the highest smartphone usage in the world. The results are sent out with an embargo of November 8th, 6 am, however, if you would like an earlier release please contact me and I can see if one can be arranged.
I am available to respond to any questions or for interviews. If this study is not for you then please pass it onto a colleague who may find it of interest. Press releases are also available upon request.For the results of all 100 cities including 4 Italian:

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World illumined by light of bicentenary celebrations

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 23 ottobre 2017

indigenous musicTwo hundred years after the birth of Baha’u’llah, countless communities in every corner of the globe are honoring His compelling vision of a better world.In Iran, the land where Baha’u’llah was born and where His Faith has suffered endless waves of persecution, one of the many simple gestures of unity came from a Muslim family, who offered a beautifully decorated cake as a gift to their Baha’i neighbors in honor of the bicentenary. Particularly poignant was the fact that some members of that family only a generation before had been antagonistic towards the Faith and had even refused to touch Baha’is, believing them to be unclean. Throughout Europe, gatherings both large and small have attracted many participants today. In Paris, at an apartment that was once graced by the presence of ‘Abdu’l-Baha, a small group of dignitaries and other prominent officials met this morning to say prayers together. This intimate event followed a set of round table discussions held by the Baha’i community on social cohesion and inclusion in France.
Another significant aspect of the bicentenary period in France unfolded in Corsica. For the first time, a selection of Baha’i prayers and writings has been translated into the Corsican language and published in a bilingual Corsican and French book. A musical composition in Corsican can be heard here.
indigenous music1In Thailand, the Royal Family was represented by Princess Soamsawali at the bicentenary celebration held at the Baha’i Centre in Bangkok. The evening’s program featured music, prayers, and traditional Thai dances. The gathering was attended by nearly 250 participants and was one of many commemorations held in the country today.At the Aboriginal Friendship Centre in Vancouver, Canada, over 200 participants gathered to commemorate the bicentenary with traditional indigenous dance and music. A dignitary from a local First Nations community welcomed everyone with a prayer in his native language.“I prayed that you would all recognize the truth in Baha’u’llah’s words,” he told the audience afterwards.Baha’is have at times been astounded by the number of their friends and neighbors who wish to participate in celebrations. A community of just ten Baha’is in Ohio received 150 guests at a formal dinner that they hosted yesterday.Across the continent of Africa, communities have been celebrating in every setting, gathering in homes for prayers, meeting in the streets for parades, and holding commemorations that reach thousands of people. These festivities are animated by a spirit of joy—some including singing, drumming, or dancing.The film Light to the World has continued to be screened throughout the weekend in living rooms, cinemas, stadiums, and tents.At Baha’i Houses of Worship across the world, thousands have gathered throughout the weekend for celebrations. A broadcast of the most recent devotional program at the Temple in Wilmette will start at 20:30 GMT and can be live streamed on the official bicentenary website. (photo: indigenous music)

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Barceló Bávaro Celebrates the Last Night of the Year on one of the Best Beaches in the World

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 1 ottobre 2017

Barceló BávaroRIO DE JANEIRO /PRNewswire/ Expected by the younger ones and elders as well, undoubtedly New Year’s Eve is the most enjoyable night of the year. To celebrate this festivity in special way Playa Bávaro in Punta Cana offers as a paradisiacal destination which gives the opportunity to enjoy the best beaches and plans for December 31.
The end of a matter is better than its beginning so choosing an iconic place to say goodbye to 2017 in an unforgettable destination is a must. Take stock of the best moments lived in one of the ten best beaches in the world surrounded by an unforgettable New Year’s gala in Barceló Bávaro Grand Resort is the unique way to do it. December 31 is organized so that the relaxation and the party are the main protagonists of the day. At events scheduled for such a special date, there are activities for all tastes, starting the day with a few games and sports sessions to stay in shape, until minutes before the New Year’s Eve dinner starts. The night will continue at the End of Year Gala, with music and live show and with a special guest as a DJ to not stop dancing even when they are 12 o’clock in the evening. For the early risers, the next day, classes and surprises continue until a new night in which to continue celebrating the arrival of everything good that will happen in 2018.”Everything good is finished but it keeps in the memory if you have enjoyed the best company and in the best conditions of leisure. This is the Barceló Bavaro Grand Resort complex in Punta Cana, a place you want to return to every year to continue creating memories,” affirms Karen Pérez, Marketing Assistant in Barceló Bávaro Grand Resort. (photo: Barceló Bávaro)

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Disruption, panic mode, new world order – the past years have been very challenging for businesses all around the world

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 22 agosto 2017

VADUZ, Liechtenstein/PRNewswire/Many futurists are preaching that it is already too late if one hasn’t already adjusted to the digital trends by now. A Liechtenstein based think-tank that dedicated itself to the potentials of the Digital Modern era doesn’t quite agree with the doomsaying. THE could draw a positive balance after their first business year and hosted a panel with representatives of the United Nations Technology Innovation Lab, initiatives of Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT) and the Liechtenstein Institute for Strategic Development at the University of Liechtenstein on Friday 18, August 2017. The topic of the discussion panel “A sustainable ecosystem” indicates the overall vision of the think-tank: Easing the way into a holistically sustainable present and future with the help of the microstate Liechtenstein as a closed living-lab for important game-changing solutions and projects in the Digital Modern Era.THE founded by futurist Christopher P. Peterka and Liechtenstein visionary Rudolf D. Hilti focuses on the transformation from the Gutenberg era into the Digital Modern era. An innovative network arose in the course of the first business year: Human beings from various countries were enthused by the vision of the think-tank. Argentina, Italy, Iran, Great-Britain, the US or India to only name a few of the origins. The members called “Transformers” are just as diverse in terms of profession. From poet to investment broker, from student to CEO – transformation calls for multifaceted groups to effectively impact outworn systems and affect new tendencies in this time full of disruption.

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Europe’s future entwined with world, says BIC

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 20 luglio 2017

The future of EuropeBRUSSELS — “The future of Europe is intrinsically linked to the future of the global community,” stated the Baha’i International Community (BIC) Brussels Office in a meeting at the European Parliament on 27 June.The high level dialogue brought together policy makers and faith leaders to discuss the direction Europe should take in the coming decade.The meeting at the European Parliament, and a second held on 7 July at the European Commission, came on the heels of the sixtieth anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, a major historical milestone in the formation of the EU. A new publication—the “White Paper”—was prepared by the European Commission for that historic occasion and has set in motion a series of dialogues on the future of Europe.In her comments at the European Parliament event, BIC representative Rachel Bayani highlighted the critical need today to recognize the interconnectedness of the global community.“Our policies cannot only be concerned with creating increased prosperity for our continent alone,” she stated. “Solutions that consider the well-being of one part of the world without adequately considering others are proving inadequate. The advantage of the part is best reached by the advantage of the whole.” “The movement of populations into Europe, especially as a result of global inequality, has demonstrated that we cannot isolate one part of the world from the issues affecting humanity in another,” commented Ms. Bayani.To build consensus about Europe’s path forward will require a robust conversation among the diverse populations on the continent, argued Vice-President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans. He commented that “across Europe, we feel extremely comfortable with the company of people who are like us and that we seek dialogue with those with whom we already agree. But the only way forward for a society as diverse as Europe’s is to come to a common understanding of the values we share.”Responding to his comments, Ms. Bayani pointed to the presence of both faith and secular organizations as an example of the kind of dialogue between different worldviews that would be needed to overcome fragmentation and build mutual understanding.Reflecting on the meetings afterward, the BIC noted a challenge facing Europe today: regardless of the different worldviews held by its citizens, Europe will have to fundamentally re-examine its relationship to and understanding of religion.
The subject of religion has become more prevalent in Europe’s public discourse recently. While for many years, an assumption prevailed that religion would become less important as the forces of modernity advanced; the experience of the past decades has shown this not to be the case.“A question for Europe, then,” stated the BIC, “is how to find a model of public discourse in which religion can play a constructive part in shaping society.” (foto: The future of Europe)

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Festival of Ridvan celebrated around the world

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 9 maggio 2017

Festival of RidvanFor 12 days at the end of April and beginning of May, Baha’i communities around the world celebrated their most holy festival: Ridvan.This annual festival marks the anniversary of the days Baha’u’llah spent along the River Tigris in Baghdad.In 1863, Baha’u’llah stayed in a garden on the banks of the Tigris River for 12 days, during which His many admirers in the city came to bid Him farewell. Baha’u’llah announced to the friends gathered with Him during those days that He was God’s Messenger for a new age, foretold in the world’s scriptures. He called the garden they were gathered in “Ridvan,” meaning “paradise.”
The Ridvan period was also a time when Baha’u’llah proclaimed the foundational spiritual principles that lie at the heart of His teachings—signaling the arrival of a new stage in the evolution of the life of humanity, characterized by peace and an end to violence.
Today, the festival of Ridvan is the most joyous of Baha’i holy days. In villages, towns, and cities around the world, Baha’i communities celebrate these special days with gatherings open to all. (photo: Festival of Ridvan)

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High Net Worth Marketing, a tailored approach

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 6 aprile 2017

london-centralLondon. The word exponential is often used to describe the pace of technological change which has come to define the world we live in. And with new technologies such as artificial intelligence, 3D printing and virtual reality only just warming up, the pace is unlikely to let up. In this environment is it easy to become convinced that, when competing in a global marketplace, speed is the greatest of virtues. Indeed, in The Great Acceleration, author Robert Colvile argues that speed has become the defining feature of the modern economy, the driving force behind wealth creation in the 21st century.The High Net Worth (HNW) marketing space is no exception and here also, the trend is towards speed, automation and algorithms. for example, based in London, use machine learning and natural language processing to target their HNW marketing. Even HNW financial advice is now being automated by companies looking to stay ahead of the technological curve and increase market share.
A recent survey from the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Institute found that, contrary to prevailing trends, while 70% of respondents agreed that automation would bring benefits, a majority still preferred some degree of human interaction1. Automated marketing can also sometimes find itself on the wrong side of the fine line between mass electronic communications and spam. While approaches based on machine learning and other emergent technologies can be useful in building initial relationships, the simple act of clearing cookies has the potential to reset the system – in effect undoing any relationship and sending a marketing campaign back to square one.There are also policy dimensions to consider. Recently a whole host of organisations have pulled advertising from YouTube following the discovery that the marketing campaigns into which they have poured a great deal of time, energy and finance, are running alongside extremist videos which have been uploaded to the site2. To a large extent governments and policy makers are engaged in a constant game of catch up when it comes to new technologies. For a HNW marketing campaign that finds itself promoted alongside a video glorifying extremist causes however the damage is already done, irrespective of whatever the government policy might be towards managing these issues.
Another problem posed by the one-size-fits-all approach to HNW marketing is that those who fall into the HNW and Ultra-HNW categories are an increasingly diverse and transnational demographic. There is now a broad spread of HNW individuals, spread both geographically, generationally and socially. Whether it’s industrial magnates from China, energy bosses from Russia or 20-something tech entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley, the days when HWN individuals could be easily categorised or understood as a homogeneous mass are long-gone.The tastes and habits of this group are just as diverse and as a result patterns of luxury consumption are changing. The trend is away from mass produced items and towards individually created and bespoke products. Indeed, as Margaret Wolhunter of luxury brand strategists The Partners has argued: “Luxury can begin for the individual with a special interest which can become a passion – investing which can focus more on craftsmanship, limited editions and one-off items.”
Is there a balance to be struck then between making the most of what new technologies allow when it comes to HNW marketing, while also remembering that those you are targeting are diverse and discerning individuals?For example, SKS Media has built a business around a granular, one-by-one approach which treats each campaign and each client individually. The focus of each campaign always remains very simple: return on investment. While the trend in HNW marketing is often towards expensive events and brand awareness campaigns, the returns on these significant expenses can often be ephemeral. This is why an established agency remains focused on tangible returns which actually grow a client’s business. And while, in a sped-up and interconnected world, this might feel like swimming against the tide, there are growing numbers of people willing to question the narrative that tech is always best. Snapchats recent $29 billion IPO (despite the company having never made a profit) have led many to speculate that we are in the midst of a tech bubble akin to the dot-com bubble of the late 90’s.John Winters, Director at SKS Media’s Singapore office, says: “Technology gives anybody working in the HNW marketing space a whole range of exciting tools with which to better develop and reach out to new audiences. The HNW market is increasingly diverse and increasingly global however and this makes it increasingly difficult to develop systems or approaches which can be applied to this audience as a whole.

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