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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: https://easyparkgroup.com/smart-cities-index/

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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 HUS.institute 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 HUS.institute 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. Netz.uk 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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The world’s deepest ocean trenches are packed with pollution

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 16 febbraio 2017

trenchesNOT far off the coast of Guam lies the deepest point on Earth’s surface, the Mariana trench. Its floor is 10,994 metres below sea level. If Mount Everest were flipped upside down into it, there would still be more than 2km of clear water between the mountain’s base and the top of the ocean. Such isolation has led many to assume that it and similar seabed trenches will be among the few remaining pristine places on the planet. However, a study led by Alan Jamieson of Newcastle University in England, has shown that nothing could be further from the truth. As Dr Jamieson and his colleagues report this week in Nature Ecology and Evolution, trenches actually are loaded with pollutants.Despite the cold, the darkness and the high pressure, ocean trenches are home to ecosystems similar in many ways to those found on other parts of the planet. In one important respect, though, they are different. This is where the energy that powers them comes from. In most ecosystems, sunlight fuels the growth of plants which are then consumed by animals. In a few shallower parts of the ocean, hydrothermal vents provide energy-rich chemicals that form the basis of local food chains. No vents are known to exist below 5,000 metres, though, and no sunlight penetrates a trench. The organisms found in them thus depend entirely on dead organic material raining down upon them from far above.Since these nutrients, having once flowed into a trench, never make their way out again, Dr Jamieson found the notion that trenches have somehow remaining untouched by human activities questionable. He suspected that long-lived pollutants such as polychlorinated biphenyls (which were once used widely in electrical equipment) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (employed in the past as flame retardants) might have made their way into the bodies of organisms living in trenches.
To test this idea out, he and his colleagues sent an unmanned lander to the bottom of the Mariana trench and also to the bottom of the Kermadec trench, near New Zealand. This lander fell to the seabed and spent between eight and 12 hours there, capturing amphipods (a type of crustacean, pictured) using funnel traps baited with mackerel. At the end of its mission it jettisoned some ballast and floated back to the surface with its prey.
In total, the lander was able to collect specimens from ten sites in the two trenches. The shallowest site sampled was 7,227 metres down in the Kermadec trench. The deepest was 10,250 metres in the Mariana. When the team looked for pollutants in the captured amphipods, they found that polybrominated diphenyl ethers were indeed present, but at moderate concentrations. Levels of polychlorinated biphenyls, however, were almost off the scale.In animals collected from clean coastal environments, polychlorinated-biphenyl levels do not normally exceed one nanogram (billionth of a gram) per gram of tissue. In grossly polluted areas, like the Liao River in China, that level may rise a bit above 100 nanograms. In the Mariana trench, Dr Jamieson found, amphipods dwelling at 10,250 metres yielded 495 nanograms per gram of the pollutant. Those 8,942 metres down yielded 800 nanograms. And at 7,841 metres he and his colleagues discovered the staggering level of 1,900 nanograms per gram of amphipod tissue analysed. Values from the Kermadec trench were more modest, but still pretty high—ranging from 50 nanograms to 250 nanograms per gram.Precisely why the Mariana trench has such elevated levels of polychlorinated biphenyls remains unclear. Dr Jamieson suspects it has to do with the trench’s proximity to the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre, a whirlpool hundreds of kilometres across that has amassed enormous quantities of plastics over the years, and which has the potential to send the pollutants that bind to those plastics deep into the ocean as the plastics degrade and descend.What consequences all this has for the Mariana’s organisms is unclear. Polychlorinated biphenyls disrupt the hormone systems of some animals that dwell nearer the surface, and can also cause cancer, so the news is unlikely to be good. But what Dr Jamieson’s work shows beyond peradventure is that no part of Earth’s surface is insulated from the activities of Man. (photo: trenches) font: “The Economist”)

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On World Stroke Day New ESC Stroke Council Urges Better Blood Pressure Monitoring

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 30 ottobre 2016

sophia-antipolisSophia Antipolis The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and its newly created Council on Stroke says World Stroke Day should be a wake-up call for people everywhere. Each year 6.5 million people die from stroke and another 10 million are permanently disabled.
“The real tragedy is that most of these cases are preventable,” said Professor Petr Widimsky, chairman of the ESC Council on Stroke. “People need to check their blood pressure levels, and if they’re high, to get them lower with diet and exercise or medication. Doctors have a variety of safe and effective treatments. But it all starts by knowing your levels.”Studies show that only 50% of people get their blood pressure checked each year and only 30% maintain a healthy level of 140/90 or less.
The European Society of Cardiology is the preeminent science organization advancing all aspects of cardiovascular medicine. Professor Lina Badimon, ESC Vice President for Scientific Affairs, said the new Council on Stroke should make a meaningful contribution in the fight against this disease. “By working together with other experts -neurologists, vascular surgeons, neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, epidemiologists and others – the ESC Council on Stroke aims at improving stroke awareness and prevention,” said Prof. Badimon. “The Council is also working to optimise strategies for the acute management of stroke, mapping the current situation in Europe and launching a Pan-European initiative in the field of acute stroke.”

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Ronald S. Lauder: President Santos ‘has set an example for other parts of the world’

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 10 ottobre 2016

new yorkNEW YORK – World Jewish Congress (WJC) President Ronald S. Lauder today welcomed the Norwegian Nobel Committee’s decision to give this year’s Nobel Peace Prize to Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos. “President Santos thoroughly deserves this award. He really is a peace-maker,” Lauder said.Ronald S. Lauder declared: “President Santos has worked incredibly hard for peace, and he has proved that even the most entrenched conflicts can be resolved if all parties are willing to sit down, negotiate, and commit to peaceful solutions. He has set an example for other parts of the world.”Reaching peace after more than five decades and a conflict that cost the lives of so many Colombians is a major achievement. President Santos can be proud of that. Trying to make peace requires a lot of courage and tenacity, and he has shown that many, many times.“I sincerely hope that it will be possible for him to secure a permanent end to this conflict, despite the outcome of last Sunday’s referendum, and I am sure he will succeed eventually.”As the Nobel Committee rightly remarked, this award is also a tribute to the strength and sense for justice of the people of Colombian who have not given up hope of reaching a just and lasting peace.”The Colombian peace process is not completed yet, but hopefully Colombians will feel encouraged by this important award for their president,” the WJC president stated.Lauder has met with Santos numerous times. In March 2016, Lauder was honored in Washington, DC by Colombia’s ambassador to the United States, Juan Carlos Pinzon.
The World Jewish Congress (WJC) is the international organization representing Jewish communities in 100 countries to governments, parliaments and international organizations.

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World’s Most Vulnerable Countries Back Day of Faith Climate Action

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 14 giugno 2016

Philippine climateSix months after the Paris Climate Talks, faith communities came together globally to call for climate action in a day of celebration of the earthcalled – Sacred Earth, Sacred Trust (http://sacredearth2016.org).More than 150 actions and events in 36 countries took place from Rio de Janeiro to New Delhi, including Green Iftars, Solidarity fasts, mobilisations, meditation sit-ins, climate services and many others.The actions had the support of the Climate Vulnerables Forum, the coalition of countries most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.Secretary Emmanuel M. de Guzman, Vice Chairperson of the Climate Change Commission of the Office of the President of the Philippines said on behalf of the Climate Vulnerable Forum Chair Philippines: “Yesterday’s events involving every major faith from Manila to Santiago have shown how united the world’s religions are in the fight against climate change. They echo the unity shown by the world’s governments in adopting and signing the Paris Agreement on climate change. The challenging 1.5C limit to global warming at the heart of this Agreement presents a historic opportunity for all of us to survive and thrive–and achieving this target requires the involvement of all society. We are indeed very glad to see the voices and actions of the world’s climate champions growing and gaining momentum with every passing day.” Faith communities who took part in Sacred Earth, Sacred Trust called for the acceleration of climate action New-Delhifrom countries, businesses and communities globally, in order to keep global temperature rise below 1.5°C and protect the lives of millions of people.The past 12 months have been the hottest consecutive 12 month period in recorded history [2], and the 1.5°C goal agreed upon in the Paris Agreement is looking ever more difficult to achieve.Sacred Earth is part of an escalating wave of climate action from faith communities and follows the Interfaith Climate Change Statement [3] which was handed over to the President of the United Nations General Assembly in New York in April 2016 and was signed by 270 religious leaders from around the world.Rev. Fletcher Harper, Executive Director of GreenFaith one of the organisations involved, said responding to Sacred Earth in light of the attacks in Orlando; “We envision a world where people of all creeds, ethnicities, sexualaties and circumstances work together to protect our common home. That’s what Sacred Earth, Sacred Trust represents, and it is a beautiful vision. We hope this offers hope in the aftermath of yesterday’s horror in Orlando.” Gopal Patel, Director of the Hindu Environmental NGO The Bhumi Project, said: “Care for the natural world is central to Hindu life. As Hindu communities are increasingly seeing the effects of climate change across India, it is heart-warming to see them participating in the Sacred Earth celebrations.”
And Nana Firman, co-Coordinator of Global Muslim Climate Network said that: “Because of where we live globally, Muslim communities are facing the greatest threat from climate change. There is a clear relationship between poverty and climate change, and its underlying spiritual illnesses. This awareness requires a significant transformation in response to the ethical and spiritual message of Islam. The responsibility lies with our ability to urgently take relevant actions at the local, national and international levels. One such initiative is the Green Ramadan project. By emulating the Prophetic guidance on food consumption, Muslims around the world, adopting Green Iftars, are encouraged to consume local and organic food, in order to reduce the carbon emission from the food production and transportation. So, let us all tackle our habits, mindsets, and the root causes of climate change in our particular spheres of influence and bring about a resolution to the challenges that now face us. We all can be winners in this race, “so compete with each other in doing good deeds” (Qur’an 5:48).”

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2015 الشرق الأوسط العالمية للاستشارات تطلق باكورة التقارير حول قطاع التمويل الإسلامي خلال أعمال المؤتمر العالمي للمصارف الإسلامية

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 6 dicembre 2015

world islamic bankالمنامة – 6 ديسمبر 2015: أطلقت الشرق الأوسط العالمية للاستشارات، الجهة المنظمة للمؤتمر العالمي للمصارف الإسلامية، تقرير توقعات شامل خلال اليوم الأخير من أعمال المؤتمر. وقام دكتور سيد فاروق، نائب رئيس مجلس الإدارة والرئيس التنفيذي للشرق الأوسط العالمية للاستشارات، بعرض أهم رؤى التقرير الذي حمل عنوان “تقرير توقعات تقدم التمويل الإسلامي”.
وخلال العرض، أكد الدكتور فاروق إن خلال 22 عاماً كان المؤتمر العالمي للمصارف الإسلامية بمثابة “منصة فريدة عملت في خدمة قادة الصيرفة الإسلامية من خلال تزويدهم بالرؤى المحلية والعالمية المؤثرة بغرض مساعدتهم في تشكيل استيراجيتهم العمل للسنوات القادمة”.
إن فرادة هذا التقرير، بحسب ما قال الدكتور فاروق، تكمن في جمعه لرؤى هادفة منبثقة من قادة التمويل الإسلامي، والتي تم جمعها من إجراء مسح لوجهات نظر الممارسين – مع تحليل دقيق لأداء المؤسسات المالية الإسلامية.
وبحسب هذا التقرير، فإن الوضع الحالي للمصارف الإسلامية يعتبر جيداً في العديد من الأسواق في ما يخص الصمود أمام الآثار المتوقعة من تغير الاقتصاد العالمي والاستفادة من ارتفاع حصتها في السوق. في بعض الأسواق، يتوقع التقرير أن المصارف سوف تستولي على حصة في السوق في المقام الأول من خلال وجود رأس مال وسيولة أعلى من المصارف التقليدية.
وعلاوة على ذلك، يكشف التقرير كيف يمكن للبنوك الإسلامية أن تعمل كمحفزات للنمو في أسواق مثل إندونيسيا وباكستان ومصر حيث ائتمان القطاع الخاص يبدأ من قاعدة أكثر انخفاضاً. وفي هذه الأسواق، فإن الصيرفة الإسلامية لديها حصة ضئيلة من إجمالي الأصول ويمكن أن تنمو بسرعة ليس فقط من خلال بناء حصة في القطاع المالي الحالي، ولكن من خلال نضوج النظام المالي.
وعلى ضوء ذلك، قال الدكتور فاروق “المصرف الإسلامية التي تسعى لمثل هذه الفرصة ستكون معتمدة بشكل خاص على استخدام التكنولوجيا للوصول إلى عملائها، وخاصة من خلال الأجهزة المحمولة، والتي تسمح لهم للوصول بشكل أكثر كفاءة قاعدة كبيرة من العملاء دون التكاليف المرتبطة للتوسع في شبكة فروعها”. وأضاف مسلطاً الضوء على التحديات التي تواجه القطاع خلال سعيه لتوسعة قاعدة عملائه “وجدت نتائج استطلاع الرأي لقادة المصارف الإسلامية أن ما يقارب (13٪) منهم يبحثون عن شراكات مع شركات الاتصالات للتخطيط لتوسعات شبكات الصراف الآلي الخاصة بهم (15٪)”.
وأشار الدكتور فاروق إلى أن البنوك التي نجحت في الوصول إلى سوق أوسع لن تكافاً فقط مع نمو الأصول، ولكن أيضا من كونها قادرة على أن تظهر أن التمويل الإسلامي هو ليس فقط حكرا على سكان المدن الأغنياء. ويمكن في الواقع الوصول إلى الناس من الدخل المحدود أو المتوسط. واختتم الدكتور فاروق بالقول “إن هذا لن يساهم فقط في تقدم هذا القطاع نحو الوفاء بالتوافق مع الشريعة من قبل العديد من المستهلكين، ولكن أيضا سيوسع حجم التوقعات الأخلاقية لقطاع مالي شامل”.
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تم تدشينها في عام 1993، إذ تقوم الشرق الأوسط العالمية للإستشارات بربط الأسواق من خلال تقديم ذكية وتنفيذ الاستراتيجيات. وتعتبر الشرق الأوسط العالمية للاستشارات بوابة ربط ومنصة تقديم تقارير حول الفرص المتوفرة في الأسواق التي تشهد نمو سريع بما في ذلك المغرب، وغرب أندونيسيا في الشرق بالإضافة إلى الشرق المتوسط وشمال أفريقيا، وشرق آسيا. وتفتخر الشرق الأوسط العالمية بوجودها في قلب هذه الأسواق المتنوعة منذ أكثر من 22 عاماً.
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نبذة حول المؤتمر العالمي للمصارف الإسلامي
شكل المؤتمر العالمي للمصارف الإسلامية سمعته بوصفه أكبر تجمع وأكثره تأثيرا في العالم من القيادات المصرفية والتمويل الإسلامي الدولي لأكثر من عقدين من الزمن. وبدعم استراتيجي من مصرف البحرين المركزي، ستركز المؤتمرات القادمة على تحويل التمويل الإسلامي إلى قبلة عالمية من خلال تسهيل الفرص الاستراتيجية، ومعالجة التحديات المنهجية وتعريف اللاعبين في السوق الدولي والمؤسسات الاستثمارية بالحوافز والمميزات الرئيسية في هذا المجال، وقادة الفكر، والشركاء والمؤسسات.
لأكثر من عقدين من الزمن، خدم المؤتمر العالمي للمصارف الإسلامية كمنصة رئيسية للمصرفيين والمستثمرين المؤسسين، ومديري الأصول، وواضعي السياسات والأكاديميين وغيرهم من أصحاب المصلحة في إطار التمويل والصيرفة الإسلامية من الأسواق الرئيسية مثل لوكسمبورغ والمملكة المتحدة والشرق الأوسط والسودان ونيجيريا وسنغافورة، وماليزيا، وإندونيسيا، ونمو والأسواق الآسيوية النامية الأخرى. واستضاف المؤتمر على مدى السنوات الماضية العديد من القادة المعروفين عالميا مثل السير هوارد ديفيس، الرئيس السابق للبنك المركزي الأوروبي، البروفيسور روبرت كابلان من كلية هارفارد للأعمال، نيكولاس نسيم طالب، مؤلف كتاب “البجعة السوداء”، والدكتور مارك موبيوس، الناشئة الأسواق المعلم والرئيس التنفيذي لتمبلتون للأسواق الناشئة.

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برعاية كريمة من صاحب السمو الملكي رئيس الوزراء

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 2 dicembre 2015

world islamic banking1إنطلاق أعمال المؤتمر العالمي للمصارف الإسلامية بمشاركة أكثر من 1,200 من قادة قطاع التمويل الإسلامي في العالم
المنامة، البحرين، 2 ديسمبر 2015: أناب صاحب السمو الملكي الأمير خليفة بن سلمان آل خليفة رئيس الوزراء الموقر، السيد رشيد المعراج محافظ مصرف البحرين المركزي وبحضور سمو الشيخ سلمان بن خليفة آل خليفة مستشار صاحب السمو الملكي رئيس الوزراء، لافتتاح أعمال النسخة الـ22 من المؤتمر العالمي للمصارف الإسلامية، بفندق الخليج اليوم، الذي يعقد انطلق تحت رعاية كريمة من سموه وبمشاركة أكثر من 1,200 من قادة قطاع التمويل الإسلامي من أوروبا، شرق آسيا، الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا، حيث يعتبر المؤتمر البوصلة الموجهة لقطاع التمويل الإٍسلامي.
ويتزامن انعقاد المؤتمر مع احتفال قطاع المصارف الإسلامية بمرور 40 عاماً منذ انطلاقه، حيث يناقش قادة هذا القطاع مستقبل العمل المصرفي الإسلامي.
وشهد انطلاق أعمال المؤتمر استضافة 4 محافظين ونواب محافظين لمصارف مركزية من بينهم سعادة محافظ مصرف البحرين المركزي رشيد المعراج، سعادة الرئيس التنفيذي لمصرف عمان المركزي حمود صنقور الزدجالي، ونائب محافظ مصرف باكستان المركزي رياز ريازدين، ونائب محافظ مصرف كازاخستان الوطني السيد نورلان كاسينوف. وخلال كلمته التي افتتح بها فعاليات المؤتمر، قال سعادة السيد رشيد المعراج، محافظ مصرف البحرين المركزي “إن المجلس المركزي للشريعة المعلن عنه للبحرين سيمنح صلاحيات أوسع في اتجاه الابتكار لقطاع البحرين الإسلامي”.
لقد اشتهرت البحرين بكونها مركز رائد في قطاع التمويل الإسلامي، وهو ما أكده حلولها في المركز الثاني في مؤشر تومسون رويترز لتنمية التمويل الإسلامي، الشيء الذي يعكس سلامة النظام الايكولوجي الذي تتبناه المملكة في الوقت الذي تسعى فيه لزيادة نسبة الأصول التي تدار تحت ولايتها. وبدوره، قال السيد الزدجالي “إن قطاع التمويل الإسلامي سيفيد وسيقود التنمية الاقتصادية والاجتماعية بمجرد وضع إطار تشغيلي”.
وحضر الحفل الافتتاحي لفعاليات المؤتمر ممثلون من العديد من المصارف المركزية، من بينهم من تركيا، البحرين، كازاخستان، عمان، باكستان، السودان، جنوب أفريقيا، إندونيسيا بالإضافة لكبار المسؤولين من سوق أبوظبي العالمي، مركز دبي المالي العالمي، مركز قطر المالي، تحالف تورنتو للخدمات المالية، لوكسمبورغ للتمويل ووزارة المالية والخزانة في جمهورية جزر المالديف.
وتلت خطابات المحافظين كلمات خاصة لعدد من الخبراء العاملين في هذا القطاع من ذوي الشهرة الذين سلطوا الضوء على ما تحقق خلال أربعين عاماً على منذ تدشين هذا القطاع، عبر تقييم نسبة النمو فيه، التأثيرات والانجازات بالإضافة لمناقشة الشكل الذي يجب أن تكون عليه خارطة الطريق المستقبلية. وتناول خمسة من القادة المشاركين في هذا المؤتمر إحدى أهم المسائل الأساسية وهي كيفية عمل النظام الحالي مع الغرض الرئيسي الذي قام عليه هذا القطاع، وهم سعادة السيد نورلان كاسينوف، نائب محافظ مصرف كازاخستان الوطني، وداتوك بروفيسور رفعت أحمد عبدالكريم، الرئيس التنفيذي للمؤسسة الإسلامية الدولية لإدارة السيولة، ونور عبيد، عضو مجلس إدارة مجموعة بيت التمويل الكويتي، وداتو. بروفيسور عزمي عمر، المدير العام للمعهد الإسلامي للبحوث والتدريب، مصرف التطويل الإسلامي والدكتور سيد فاروق، نائب رئيس والرئيس التنفيذي للشرق الأوسط للاستشارات العالمية. وحرصت الشرق الأوسط للاستشارات، الجهة المنظمة لهذا المؤتمر والتي تقدم حلول ذكية لمناطق الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا وجنوب شرق آسيا على مدى 22 عاماً، على استضافة مجموعة رفيعة من المتحدثين خلال الفترة الثانية من اليوم الثاني للفعالية. ومن بينهم ستيفين فينبورغ، الرئيس التنفيذي لأسما كابيتال بارتنرز، والشخصية المشهورة في الأوساط الاقتصادية الدكتور محمد القاري، وطلال ياسين، العضو المنتدب في كريسينت ويلث، ومايكل مكميلين، الرئيس العالمي للتمويل والاستثمار الاسلامي في كورتيس، ماليت-بريفوست، كولت و موسلي. وستختتم فعاليات المؤتمر في الثالث من ديسمبر وستشهد كلمات مرتقبة حول تأثير أسواق النفط والاقتصاد الصيني على الاقتصادات الإسلامية والأسواق المالية من قبل الدكتور هاني فينداكلي، الرئيس التنفيذي السابق لمجموعة البنك الدولي ونائب الرئيس الحالي لمجموعة كلينتون، ومانجيانج تشينغ، وكبير الاقتصاديين في بنك الصين الدولي على التوالي. للمزيد من المعلومات حول المؤتمر، الرجاء زيارة http://www.wibc2015.com. نبذة حول الشرق الأوسط العالمية للإستشارات
تم تدشينها في عام 1993، إذ تقوم الشرق الأوسط العالمية للإستشارات بربط الأسواق من خلال تقديم ذكية وتنفيذ الاستراتيجيات. وتعتبر الشرق الأوسط العالمية للاستشارات بوابة ربط ومنصة تقديم تقارير حول الفرص المتوفرة في الأسواق التي تشهد نمو سريع بما في ذلك المغرب، وغرب أندونيسيا في الشرق بالإضافة إلى الشرق المتوسط وشمال أفريقيا، وشرق آسيا. وتفتخر الشرق الأوسط العالمية بوجودها في قلب هذه الأسواق المتنوعة منذ أكثر من 22 عاماً.نبذة حول المؤتمر العالمي للمصارف الإسلامية
شكل المؤتمر العالمي للمصارف الإسلامية سمعته بوصفه أكبر تجمع وأكثره تأثيرا في العالم من القيادات المصرفية والتمويل الإسلامي الدولي لأكثر من عقدين من الزمن. وبدعم استراتيجي من مصرف البحرين المركزي، ستركز المؤتمرات القادمة على تحويل التمويل الإسلامي إلى قبلة عالمية من خلال تسهيل الفرص الاستراتيجية، ومعالجة التحديات المنهجية وتعريف اللاعبين في السوق الدولي والمؤسسات الاستثمارية بالحوافز والمميزات الرئيسية في هذا المجال، وقادة الفكر، والشركاء والمؤسسات.
لأكثر من عقدين من الزمن، خدم المؤتمر العالمي للمصارف الإسلامية كمنصة رئيسية للمصرفيين والمستثمرين المؤسسين، ومديري الأصول، وواضعي السياسات والأكاديميين وغيرهم من أصحاب المصلحة في إطار التمويل والصيرفة الإسلامية من الأسواق الرئيسية مثل لوكسمبورغ والمملكة المتحدة والشرق الأوسط والسودان ونيجيريا وسنغافورة، وماليزيا، وإندونيسيا، ونمو والأسواق الآسيوية النامية الأخرى. واستضاف المؤتمر على مدى السنوات الماضية العديد من القادة المعروفين عالميا مثل السير هوارد ديفيس، الرئيس السابق للبنك المركزي الأوروبي، البروفيسور روبرت كابلان من كلية هارفارد للأعمال، نيكولاس نسيم طالب، مؤلف كتاب “البجعة السوداء”، والدكتور مارك موبيوس، الناشئة الأسواق المعلم والرئيس التنفيذي لتمبلتون للأسواق الناشئة.
ومع التركيز الكبير على تقديم مضامين رائدة ومعاصرة، لا يزال المؤتمر العالمي للمصارف الإسلامية أحد أهم الأحداث الاستراتيجية والتقنية التي ستشكل صناعة الخدمات المالية الإسلامية في المستقبل القريب.
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WIBC hosts groundbreaking pre-conference sessions with IIFM and Thomson Reuters

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 2 dicembre 2015

Manama, BahrainManama, Bahrain,Today the World Islamic Banking Conference (WIBC) and the International Islamic Financial Market (IIFM) hosted an engaging pre-conference seminar on Islamic capital markets. In attendance were global Islamic finance leaders who converged at the Gulf Hotel in Manama from far and wide – including from the US, UK, Nigeria, Indonesia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Russia and China.The IIFM is a globally renowned standard-setting organization for the Islamic financial services industry focusing on standardization of Islamic financial contracts and product templates relating to the Capital & Money Market, Corporate Finance and Trade Finance segments of the industry. It promotes market unification by developing best practices and achieving Shari’ah harmonization to create a more robust, transparent and efficient Islamic finance industry.Key areas discussed included the impact of adopting more comprehensive standardization documentation to promote the growth of Islamic finance, challenges facing future development of Sukuk markets, and developments to broaden availability of Islamic hedging alternatives.For the very first time, the WIBC pre-conference day includes an afternoon feature during which Thomson Reuters, WIBC’s Knowledge Partner, will facilitate a dynamic roundtable on growth opportunities in key emerging Islamic finance markets with a focus on strategic regions—Central Asia, North Africa and the Americas. The discussions will be led by seasoned practitioners with first-hand experience and knowledge about how to spur growth in these unique markets. Kazakhstan, Canada and Sudan were specifically chosen as being the most likely to emerge as growth markets for the global Islamic finance industry.Speaking ahead of the roundtable, Janet Ecker, President & CEO of the Toronto Financial Services Alliance, explained why her organization was participating at WIBC on behalf of Canada: “Emerging from the global financial crisis, financial stability has been a watchword for a successful financial hub. And Canada’s banking system has consistently been ranked as the safest in the world, providing our financial sector with a sound foundation for growing opportunities in Islamic finance and helping to build Canada as a hub for Islamic Finance within North America.”She concluded by emphasizing that the “World Islamic Banking Conference (WIBC) is a great platform to help build awareness of Canada’s value proposition.”The afternoon roundtable will also explore Kazakhstan as the next frontier for Central Asia. H.E. Nurlan Kussainov, Deputy Governor of the National Bank of Kazakhstan, will speak on his country’s Islamic finance potential. Speaking ahead of the roundtable, His Excellency shared: “Recently Islamic finance has started to play a major role in the global financial system. In this context, the role of Kazakhstan among the most attractive platforms for amplifying Islamic finance is of great significance.”The first official day of WIBC will take place on the 2nd December, and will continue on 3rd December. The 22-year platform will play host to leaders and organisations from over 45 countries.
Middle East Global Advisors (MEGA) is the gateway connectivity and intelligence platform to opportunities in the rapidly developing economic region that stretches all the way from Morocco in the West to Indonesia in the East – The Middle East North Africa Southeast Asia (MENASEA) connection. We pride ourselves for being at the heart of these diverse markets for over 22 years.
The World Islamic Banking Conference (WIBC) has established its reputation as the world’s largest and most influential gathering of international Islamic banking and finance leaders for over two decades. With the strategic support of the Central Bank of Bahrain, the next generation WIBC will focus on transforming Islamic finance into a global proposition by facilitating strategic opportunities, addressing systematic challenges and connecting international market players and institutional investors to the industry’s catalysts, thought leaders, partners and institutions.
For over two decades, WIBC has served as a key platform for bankers, institutional investors, asset managers, policymakers, academics and other stakeholders within Islamic finance and banking from key markets such as Luxembourg, the United Kingdom, the Middle East, Sudan, Nigeria, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and other Asian growth markets. Over the years it hosted globally renowned leaders such as Sir Howard Davies, Former Chairman of the European Central Bank, Professor Robert Kaplan of Harvard Business School, Nicholas Naseem Taleb, the author of “The Black Swan,” and Dr. Mark Mobius, Emerging Markets Guru and Executive Chairman of Templeton Emerging Markets. With its strong focus on cutting edge content, WIBC remains the strategic event for staying ahead of the innovation and technology forces that will shape the Islamic financial services industry in the near future.

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The 22nd World Islamic Banking Conference

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 9 novembre 2015

world islamicManama. 1st, 2nd and 3rd of December 2015 at the Gulf Hotel in Manama, Bahrain 22nd edition of the World Islamic Banking Conference (WIBC 2015). Officially supported by the Central Bank of Bahrain, under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain. For 22 years, the World Islamic Banking Conference (WIBC) has been leading the way in Islamic financial services, establishing its reputation as the world’s largest and most influential annual gathering of Islamic finance industry leaders. In tandem with the development of the global Islamic financial services industry, WIBC has shown tremendous growth – increasing from a handful of 120 delegates in 1994 to more than 1,300 last year from across 50 countries and over 300 companies. This year’s conference theme is “New Realities, New Opportunities”, which will focus on recognizing the transition the Islamic financial services industry is going through as it marks its 40th anniversary. Focusing on the progressive outlook of the industry, WIBC 2015 aims to identify challenges confronting the Islamic Finance industry and address these challenges by engaging leaders in the Islamic finance arena and gain their original insights and propositions. Key features for the brand new WIBC 2015 include specialized streams focused on banking leadership opportunities and asset management best practices, deep insights gained from evidence-based research, thought leadership from Ernst and Young and Thomson Reuters, and a special focus on financial technology. The event will be further harnessed by networking opportunities catalyzed through an app that includes the latest tools to connect you with other leaders who are shaping the future of Islamic finance. (foto: world islamic)

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