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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n°159

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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.
بإمكانك الآن المشاركة في الحوار العالمي للمؤتمر من خلال صفحته على تويتر @wibc_2015 أو التغريد باستخدام الوسم #wibc2015.نيكيتا كانداث (photo: world islamic banking)

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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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World Retail Congress 2015

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 9 luglio 2015

05penthouse-terraceRoma Hotel Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria 8 – 10 settembre. La 9° edizione del World Retail Congress, evento internazionale e punto di riferimento per il mondo retail, si svolgerà quest’anno per la prima volta in Italia a Roma. L’evento, che attrae i player più influenti della distribuzione mondiale, avrà quest’anno come ospite eccezionale Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventore del World Wide Web, che terrà un particolare speech sui futuri e visionari sviluppi del web.Le tre giornate prevedono un fitto programma di eventi, workshop e presentazioni interattive, tavole rotonde e meeting in cui il grande tema sarà proprio il futuro del retail: nuove sfide, soluzioni e prospettive offerte. Inoltre, il programma sarà arricchito da alcune attività collaterali come l’annuale Future Retail Challenge in cui squadre di studenti di tutto il mondo competeranno nel creare un nuovo concept di retail, l’introduzione di tre nuove aziende nella Hall of Fame dei migliori innovatori del settore e la consegna dei prestigiosi World Retail Awards che saranno assegnati durante la cena di gala a conclusione dell’evento.L’edizione 2015 del World Retail Congress prevede inoltre alcune importanti nuove iniziative:
· Il World Retail Congress Innovation Hub: contest che premierà le migliori start-up in ambito retail che avranno l’opportunità di presentare il proprio progetto ad una platea di CEO delle principali aziende presenti. Un’occasione unica per confrontarsi con i player più influenti e all’avanguardia.
· Future vision: un panel di esperti di diversa provenienza presenterà le linee guida che modelleranno il retail in futuro, in un’ottica unitaria e coesa. Un documento importante e d’ispirazione per tutti gli operatori del settore.
· CEO Leadership Workshop: un programma nato dalla collaborazione fra la Said Business School Oxford University e WRC per la formazione continua dei CEO.

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Michelangelo: His Poetry and His World

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 20 novembre 2014

michelangelo_poesie_bisToronto Wednesday, November 19, 2014 – 6:30pm – 8:30pm Istituto Italiano di Cultura – 496 Huron Street Free admission . On the occasion of the exhibition Michelangelo: Quest for Genius, which features 30 drawings from Casa Buonarroti in Florence, held at the Art Gallery of Ontario (October 18–January 11), the Istituto Italiano di Cultura presents Michelangelo: His Poetry and His World, a talk by Sarah Rolfe Prodan (University of Toronto). In addition to being an artistic genius, Michelangelo was a determined and distinctive poet. The verses he left behind include spontaneously scribbled fragments near drawings and on the reverse of letters as well as more laboriously developed compositions, written and re-written multiple times and in different conceptual directions. Ranging broadly from highly expressive and entertaining ludic pieces, through philosophically profound and technologically precise reflections on art and artistic creation, to some of the most complex and compelling spiritual poetry and amorous verses in the Italian language, Michelangelo’s writings were put to music by two of the foremost composers of his day. Since the public first received his poetry in this way, it has been seen as a personal diary, on the one hand, and as a serious literary corpus on the other. Through an examination of Michelangelo’s poetic activity – his verses, the pages on which they were composed, and their fortune– this talk will shed light on the artist, his work and his world. The present talk aims to complement the AGO exhibit Michelangelo: Quest for Genius (October 18 – January 11), which features 30 drawings from the Casa Buonarroti in Florence that together highlight the artist’s genius and his creative process. In concurrence the Istituto Italiano di Cultura presents the photographic exhibition Michelangelo through the lens of Aurelio Amendola (October 1 – January 12).
Sarah Rolfe Prodan is a post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies at Victoria University in the University of Toronto, where she has designed and taught cultural history courses for the Renaissance Studies Program and lectured on Italian language and literature. Her research interests include Michelangelo, spirituality and the intersection of literature and art in the Italian religious culture of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. She is the author of Michelangelo’s Christian Mysticism: Spirituality, Poetry and Art in Sixteenth-Century Italy (Cambridge University Press, 2014), which won the 2013 Modern Language Association’s Scaglione Publication Award for a manuscript in Italian literary studies.

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Construction of Alltech Pavilion Begins on Grounds of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 18 ottobre 2014

Alltech Pavilion Begins[CAEN, France] – With less than four weeks to go to the official opening ceremony of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy, excitement is brewing as construction commences on the Alltech Pavilion. Construction crews are currently transforming the land surrounding the Caen Exhibition Centre, which will play host to the 2014 Games Village where the Alltech Pavilion will be located. The Games Village will offer entertainment and a variety of exhibitions accessible free of charge to everyone holding a Games sport ticket or with the purchase of a Games Village ticket (€5.00). In total, the Games Village is spread over an area of 110,000 square meters, with no fewer than 500 exhibition horses and 450 people working on site.Alltech’s title sponsor status provides a unique opportunity to spread the message of agriculture’s critical role worldwide to a global audience and communicate Alltech’s passion for improving efficiency, profitability and sustainability on the farm and beyond through natural nutrition and scientific innovation. The Alltech Pavilion, located in the heart of the Games Village, will tell the Alltech story to thousands of international Games visitors. Spanning almost 2,000 square meters, the Alltech Pavilion will feature bilingual content about Alltech’s pioneering efforts in the fields of crop, animal and human health and nutrition around the world.“The goal of our Pavilion is to celebrate agriculture and its role in nourishing the world. Visitors to the Alltech Pavilion will witness firsthand how scientists at Alltech are making breakthroughs in providing solutions to farmers while protecting the world’s natural resources. My wife Deirdre and her team have worked tirelessly to design and bring to life our vision here at Alltech through this magnificent Pavilion,” said Dr. Pearse Lyons, founder and president of Alltech.Exhibits at the Alltech Pavilion examine key global challenges to feeding a growing population in a healthy and sustainable way. Visitors can explore the world of scientific innovation in areas such as algae and DHA omega-3 enrichment, crop science, life science, nutrigenomics, farming and animal health. Visitors will discover Alltech’s passionate commitment to curiosity-driven research, which leads Alltech to natural, nutritional solutions for the food and feed industries around the world. ( photo: Alltech Pavilion Begins)

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Il World Wide Lab a Roma

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 2 ottobre 2014

????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Roma, 5 – 12 ottobre 2014 Laboratorio teatrale internazionale e una settimana di repliche: 5 spettacoli inediti sul tema “DISTRUZIONE E RINASCITA” KIT Italia e Kairos Italy Theater, in collaborazione con il Teatro Due Roma – teatro stabile d’essai e 42mm Associazione di arti fotografiche, presentano il progetto internazionale collaborAZIONI: il World Wide Lab a Roma.
Il WWL coinvolge 12 registi, originari di 10 diversi paesi, che lavorano a coppie su 5 idee o testi, inediti in Italia, con un cast di 10 attori. Selezionati, scritti o adattati dagli stessi registi insieme alle direttrici artistiche Orly Noa Rabinyan e Laura Caparrotti, questi rispondono al tema “DISTRUZIONE E RINASCITA” (“Upheaval”). Diretti a quattro mani, verranno presentati organizzati in due programmi e costituiranno i diversi momenti di un unico spettacolo ideale, in scena dal 7 al 12 ottobre presso il Teatro Due Roma – teatro stabile d’essai, Vicolo dei Due Macelli 37. La settimana di repliche è preceduta da un evento speciale – il 5 ottobre presso il Teatro Biblioteca Quarticciolo – che porta a Roma lo spettacolo frutto di collaborAZIONI caLABria, il workshop tenutosi l’estate scorsa fra Cosenza e Pizzo Calabro. Evento speciale, 5 ottobre Teatro Biblioteca Quarticciolo: “Onions – in pasto al mare”“Onions – in pasto al mare” scritto da Rosario Mastrota in collaborazione con Dalila Desirée Cozzolino, regia Orly Noa Rabinyan, con Emilia Brandi, Laura Caparrotti, Rita De Donato, Francesco Meola, Ernesto OrricoIl mito, come bellezza, è ancora possibile: può farsi terra, cibo o pietra per naufraghi mai sazi di essere salvi. Un approdo sicuro, fatto di una tavola piena di cibo, trasforma l’uomo in liberatore di un’amara divinità che non ha più fame d’amore.
????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Lo spettacolo, deriva dal workshop caLABria – tenutosi a Pizzo Calabro dal 25 agosto al 12 settembre sempre nell’ambito di collaborAZIONI – ed è frutto del lavoro collettivo degli artisti coinvolti nel laboratorio: la regista isrealiana Orly Noa Rabinyan e lo scrittore di Castrovillari Rosario Mastrota, coadiuvato da Dalila Desirée Cozzolino, tutti pluripremiati nei rispettivi paesi, e gli attori calabresi Ernesto Orrico, Rita De Donato, Emilia Brandi insieme a Francesco Meola e a Laura Caparrotti. Lo spettacolo ha debuttato il 12 settembre sulla spiaggia Le Tavole di Pizzo Marina. L’evento è stato presentato dalla Kairos Italy Theater e KIT Italia insieme all’Assessorato alla Cultura del Comune di Pizzo Calabro, l’Ufficio di Affari Culturali di Israele in Italia, l’Associazione Culturale Zahir, con il sostegno dall’Azienda Callipo e della Cooperativa Kairos di Pizzo. ( BIGLIETTI 5€ )
7-12 ottobre Teatro Due Roma – Il WWL a Roma: Distruzione e rinascita
“Upheaval”, titolo originale dello spettacolo, è il termine inglese che indica un processo di sconvolgimento e annientamento da cui risorge una nuova possibilità di vita. Il tema, tradotto in italiano come “Distruzione e rinascita”, è il filo conduttore delle idee, ispirazioni, brevi brani di testo su cui sono costruiti i 5 movimenti scenici che compongono questo spettacolo. Che racconta l’oggi: l’immigrazione (Alien Attack!), il potere (Kuafu), la crisi (Imperium), i rapporti interfamiliari difficili (Young Lear e Lion in the streets).
PROGRAMMA A (7, 9, 12 ottobre ore 21:00, 11 ottobre ore 17:00)
Kuafu da Classic of Mountains and Seas, una leggenda cinese, adattamento e regia Laura Tesman (USA) e Jocelyn Youchia Chang (Taiwan), con Francesco Meola Alien Attack! di Sophie Reyer, regia Jay Stern (USA) e Chang Nai Wen (Taiwan/Germania), con Francesco Andolfi, Ketty Di Porto, Marcello Paesano, Laura Rovetti Imperium testo e regia di Evan T. Cummings (USA) e Esther Jun (Canada/Corea del Sud), con Francesco Meola, Marcello Paesano, Nicole Pyrathon, Laura Rovetti
PROGRAMMA B (8, 10, 11 ottobre ore 21:00, 12 ottobre ore 17:00) Lion in the Streets di Judith Thompson, regia Vidhu Singh (India/USA) e Evan Tsitsias (Canada/USA), con Ilaria Ambrogi, Ketty Di Porto, Alessia Giangiuliani, Francesco Meola, Laura Rovetti, Jacopo Rampini
Young Lear da King Lear di W. Shakespeare, adattamento e regia di Annie G. Levy (USA) e Ioli Andreadi (Grecia/UK), musiche Erato Kremmyda con Francesco Andolfi, Ilaria Ambrogi, Alessia Giangiuliani, Nicole Pyrathon, Mauro Santopietro Gli artisti sono stati selezionati tramite bando con l’intento di coinvolgere giovani professionalità under 35: oltre agli attori partecipano al laboratorio Daniele Crasti (assistente alla regia), Sara Svati (scene) e Angela Giulia Toso (costumi). ( BIGLIETTI 15€, RIDOTTI 12€ )

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UN World food programme responds to urgent needs of displaced people in Iraq

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 13 giugno 2014

Onu palaceERBIL, IRAQ ­ The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is launching an initial emergency operation to provide food assistance to 42,000 of the most vulnerable people displaced by conflict this week in Iraq. WFP has deployed emergency and logistics staff to Erbil in the Kurdistan region to determine further food needs on the ground following the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people from Mosul to Erbil and neighbouring areas over the past two days. In its initial response, WFP will deliver approximately 550 metric tons of food a month support the operation, at a cost of $1.5 million. An airlift of emergency food and other supplies is planned from the WFP-run UN Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) in Dubai and another flight with non-food assistance is planned from Brindisi, in Italy. The crisis in Iraq is escalating quickly. In some areas on the borders between Iraq and Kurdistan where newly displaced people are arriving, there are reports of unavailability of food in the shops. Meeting the food needs of the most vulnerable groups is a crucial step for WFP¹s mission in the country, said WFP Representative and Country Director in Iraq, Jane Pearce. WFP will be sending its food assistance into Iraq through Turkey to families displaced by the Mosul conflict. Along with the newly displaced, WFP is already assisting about 240,000 people displaced by conflict in Iraq¹s al-Anbar region, as well as more than 100,000 refugees from the conflict in Syria, who are sheltering in Iraq.WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food in emergencies and working with communities to build resilience. In 2013, WFP assisted more than 80 million people in 75 countries.

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The World Jewish Concgress

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 27 aprile 2014

kansas_cityNew York – The World Jewish Concgress, United States (WJC-US) on Monday expressed shock and outrage at the heinous attack on the two Jewish community centers in Kansas City that took place on Sunday, 13 April 2014. WJC-US remains in contact with members of the Kansas City Jewish community to keep updated on events and on the police investigation of this tragic incident. As in the past, we remind Jewish institutions that security measures must be checked constantly, especially around holiday time, as a vital precaution. Instructions for this review can be found on line at the Secure Community Network, http://www.scnus.org. Rabbi Joel Meyers, Chair, WJC US, said,” We extend  our deepest condolences to the victims, families and entire Jewish community in  Kansas City.  We will remain in contact with authorities regarding this vicious attack as regards developments for further reports  and stand in solidarity with the community.”

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World Bank Group Invests in Energy Trade between Central Asia and South Asia

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 9 aprile 2014

World_BankWASHINGTON. The World Bank Group’s Board of Directors today approved US$ 526.5 million in grant and credit financing for the Central Asia South Asia Electricity Transmission and Trade Project (CASA-1000) for four countries: Afghanistan, Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, and Tajikistan. CASA-1000 will build more than 1,200 kilometers of electricity transmission lines and associated sub-stations to transmit excess summer hydropower energy from existing power generation stations in Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic to Pakistan and Afghanistan. The project will finance the engineering design, construction, and commissioning of transmission lines and three new converter stations. The power generation stations that provide the energy to be traded over CASA-1000, including Toktogul in Kyrgyz Republic and Nurek in Tajikistan, are already in place – and in Tajikistan currently “spill” or waste the hydropower energy during summer months. This transmission infrastructure project will put in place the commercial and institutional arrangements as well as the infrastructure required for 1,300 megawatts (MW) of sustainable electricity trade. The total project cost is estimated at US$ 1.17 billion, and several other development partners will provide financing for CASA-1000, including the Islamic Development Bank and United States Agency for International Development. In addition to the infrastructure investments, the World Bank Group will also provide country-specific community support programs through a Multi-Donor Trust Fund and the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund. These programs will help improve livelihoods in communities living along the project corridor and facilitate revenue-sharing. An Inter-Governmental Council has been established to supervise the design and implementation of these programs. “These four countries are demonstrating strong regional cooperation by addressing their energy challenges together,” said Sri Mulyani Indrawati, World Bank Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer. “CASA-1000 is a transformational project that will give a much-needed boost to energy security, improved connectivity and trade across two regions at a critical time.” Nearly 400 million people in South Asia lack reliable access to electricity. Businesses cite energy shortages as one of the most binding constraints to their operation, expansion, and job creation. Both Afghanistan and Pakistan rely heavily on oil for power generation. Cleaner and affordable electricity imports from Central Asia will enable improved service, reduce shortages over the critical summer period, and lessen the financial pressure of fuel imports. The Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan have abundant hydropower, but power generation capacity exceeds national needs during the summer and is insufficient during the winter. Exporting surplus electricity during the summer will help the two countries generate the revenues they need for priority energy sector investments, particularly to cover energy shortages during the winter. The sale of Tajik electricity through CASA-1000 will come exclusively from existing surplus generation from May to September in order to maintain the seasonal pattern of water flows and winter power generation. The commercial and operating framework for CASA-1000 is specifically based on “open access” principles which will allow additional energy supplying countries to connect with wider regional transmission networks. CASA-1000 will enable the development of the Central Asia South Asia Regional Electricity Market (CASAREM) – a long-term plan for regional energy trade. “There is too little trade among these regions today and opportunities are being missed. CASA-1000 is just one of several important regional energy initiatives that can help strengthen economic ties while improving the energy situation,” said Philippe Le Houérou, Vice President for South Asia. Of the total project financing, Afghanistan will receive US$ 316.5 million in the form of an IDA grant; Pakistan will receive $120 million in IDA credit; Kyrgyz Republic will receive $45 million in IDA grant and credit; and Tajikistan will receive $45 million in grant financing. “CASA-1000 can help improve performance in the transportation, telecommunications, and industrial sectors – all of which are critical elements of a functioning economy and all of which depend on electricity,” said Laura Tuck, World Bank Vice President for Europe and Central Asia. “Improvements in the transparency of revenue management will be implemented by the Central Asian countries, demonstrating their commitment to improving the performance of their energy sectors.”

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Ferrari – The World’s Most Powerful Brand

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 19 febbraio 2014

The Brand Finance Global 500, released today, is an annual study conducted by leading brand valuation consultancy Brand Finance. The world’s biggest brands are put to the test and evaluated to determine which are the most powerful and most valuable.Ferrari is the world’s most powerful brand. The legendary Italian carmaker scores highly on a wide variety of measures on Brand Finance’s Brand Strength Index, from desirability, loyalty and consumer sentiment to visual identity, online presence and employee satisfaction. Ferrari is one of only eleven brands (including Google, Hermès, Coca-Cola, Disney, Rolex and F1 racing rivals Red Bull) to be awarded an AAA+ brand rating and has the highest overall score.Brand Finance Chief Executive David Haigh stated, “The prancing horse on a yellow badge is instantly recognizable the world over, even where paved roads have yet to reach. In its home country and among its many admirers worldwide Ferrari inspires more than just brand loyalty, more of a cultish, even quasi-religious devotion, its brand power is indisputable.”Though Ferrari is the world’s most powerful brand, being a niche, luxury brand with an officially capped production, it is perhaps unsurprising that it is some way off being the world’s most valuable. Its US$4 billion brand value puts it 350th in brand value terms. David Haigh continues, “Apple also has a powerful brand, rated AAA by Brand Finance. However what sets it apart is its ability to monetize that brand. For example, though tablets were in use before the iPad, it was the application of the Apple brand to the concept that captured the public imagination and allowed it to take off as a commercial reality.” This is just one of the factors responsible for its US$105 billion brand value; Apple is the world’s most valuable brand for the third year in a row.

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