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TypingDNA Raises $7M Series A to Improve Typing Biometrics Adoption Worldwide

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 6 gennaio 2020

Behavioral-biometrics company TypingDNA announces today that it raised a $7 million Series A round led by Gradient Ventures, Google’s AI-focused venture fund. Other participants include EU-based fund GapMinder, Techstars Ventures and other prior investors.TypingDNA has developed proprietary artificial intelligence algorithms to authenticate users based on how they type. Through a simple training process of watching user keystrokes, TypingDNA can recognize further attempts from a specific user by matching them against their known account. This technology, known as typing biometrics, will enable existing applications such as authentication, fraud detection, password recovery, and online education assessment to fingerprint users more securely than traditional forms of two-factor authentication.“Advancing the research and distribution of typing biometrics is of global importance. Keyboards are incorporated in almost any device today, making typing behavior the most widely available user biometric. This round of funding will allow us to further our mission to provide user-friendly, non-intrusive biometrics and increased security to people around the world,” said Raul Popa, CEO and Co-founder at TypingDNA.
TypingDNA’s Authentication API accepts user keystrokes in a standardized and open-sourced format allowing simple and easy integration into any desktop or mobile application. Developers can implement TypingDNA’s API as a passive two-factor authentication option, password recovery method, or simply to ensure inputs are matched to a given user. TypingDNA’s mobile developer SDK also currently supports the latest version of iOS and Android applications.TypingDNA is currently ACE compliant for verifying students online, and European Banking Authority considers typing biometrics to be compliant for SCA regulation (2FA in banking and payments in EU), as a consequence the company is experiencing great demand from the industry. TypingDNA plans to use this new investment to expand its developer support network and offer more tools to integrate their API with existing website development platforms.

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Allied Wallet China Reaches 200 Million eWallet Users Worldwide

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 1 gennaio 2020

Allied Wallet China, an Asia-based division of Allied Wallet providing online payment processing, and Founder Andy Khawaja recently celebrated reaching over 200 million eWallet users for their digital wallet e-commerce solution.Allied Wallet China and its merchants saw a busy holiday season with a 27% increase in sales, and many users around the world have signed up for their very own eWallet.Digital wallet solutions have been adopted into e-commerce in Asia and abroad as a simple, secure way to shop online. Business owners enjoy it because it speeds up the checkout process, and consumers love it for the convenience and security. Worldpay’s 2018 Global Payment Report says that mobile payments will continue to rise and will be the second most common payment method, second to only debit cards, by 2022. The demand for digital wallets and convenient mobile payments is especially common in China, Mongolia, Brazil, and Kenya.“Smartphones have been the primary way most people have access to the internet around the world, and these people need a safe, simple way to shop while they are online. We are filling this need,” said Founder Andy Khawaja.China leads the world in mobile and digital wallet payments while the rest of the world follows.
“We are on our way to become a cashless society with less borders when it comes to shopping and trade. Many people around the world don’t have a bank account or debit card or credit cards. Our eWallet gives everyone a means to shop safely online,” Andy Khawaja added.According to Visa Europe, millennials are driving the digital payment revolution with 92% of the tech-savvy generation saying they’ll adopt the technology by says, “By 2022, it’s estimated that the transaction value of mobile payment apps will reach nearly $14 trillion illustrating the fast-pace of the industry.”Allied Wallet China proudly reached this new milestone of 200 million users and is confident in their ability to fulfill the demand for safe, secure digital payments and eWallet solutions.

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IDAGIO Launches Free Version Worldwide

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 15 novembre 2019

Idagio, the leading audio streaming service for classical music, is now available free of charge worldwide. IDAGIO Free users can immerse themselves in the entire world of classical music with a catalog of over 2 million tracks, which corresponds to 15 years of back-to-back listening. Users will also have access to personalized recommendations and exclusive recordings from orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic and conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle and Valery Gergiev.To make classical music as accessible as possible, IDAGIO also offers free features that do not require any prior knowledge of the genre. Listeners can select a mood with the Mood Player and will then be played a selection of music to match their mindset. The service also features personal recommendations and playlists curated by artists and experts, such as pianist Lang Lang, and thoroughly curated playlists featuring essential works of the 100 most important composers. There are also composer and artist radios to explore that users can start playing using IDAGIO’s smart search and filter functions.
IDAGIO is available both on the web ( and as a mobile app for iOS and Android devices. IDAGIO also offers a free app for Apple Watch users. IDAGIO Free listeners can play their favorite classical music through speakers and external devices via Airplay and Bluetooth. With IDAGIO Premium and IDAGIO Premium+, users can listen in lossless audio quality (FLAC), store music offline and listen to IDAGIO via systems like Chromecast, Bluesound, Sonos and Burmester. IDAGIO Premium costs $9.99 and IDAGIO Premium+ costs $12.99 per month.

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Technology solution to end corneal blindness worldwide

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 12 ottobre 2019

On World Sight Day, the Tej Kohli Foundation says that a focus on new technologies is needed to accelerate the global mission to end curable corneal blindness worldwide. The Foundation is currently funding the clinical trials and development of a ‘liquid biosynthetic’ solution that could offer an accessible, scalable and affordable solution to corneal blindness that would be relevant to many of the 12 million people worldwide who suffer from this type of blindness.
The thesis of the Tej Kohli Foundation is that humanitarian efforts the world over will be greatly advanced by exponential growth technologies such as AI, robotics and genomics. The Foundation behaves like a venture fund by backing, incubating, acquiring and accelerating the development of technology solutions. Only successful projects secure further funding support, leaving the Foundation agile to back the projects that will have the greatest impact.Blindness is heavily impacted by poverty. According to the WHO, 14 million of the 39 million people who are blind live in India. 12.7 million people are currently waiting for a cornea transplant, including 6 million in India. The Tej Kohli Foundation’s ‘Cornea Institute’ at the LV Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad already conducts thousands of corneal transplants every year using donor cornea, largely for free. The Foundation recently cured five brothers and sisters in the same family from Rajasthan who had all been suffering with long-term visual impairment.But the limited supply of donor cornea and the need for invasive surgery means that worldwide less than 1 in 70 will receive a cornea transplant each year. Artificial cornea or keratoprotheses are expensive and can cost up to US$20,000. The Tej Kohli Foundation is backing the development of technological solutions, because ending corneal blindness will require an affordable, accessible and scalable solution that does not rely on transplantation.The Tej Kohli Foundation previously backed methods of synthesising artificial cornea from yeast and peptides, but new advances mean it has switched this funding to the development of the liquid biosynthetic, which aims to work by causing the regeneration of corneal tissue. The pro-regeneration tissue replacement could avoid the need for expensive corneal grafting and be applied in less than thirty minutes to fill a perforation or to repair a corneal ulcer.In July 2018 the Tej Kohli Foundation also made a $2m gift to Massachusetts Ear and Eye, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, to fund innovation in research into nano-string and DNA-sequencing technologies for early diagnostics and prevention, as well as ‘GelCORE,’ an adhesive biomaterial for replacing corneal tissue.

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Philips unveils HeartStart Intrepid with IntelliSpace Connect across Europe and select markets worldwide

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 22 agosto 2019

Amsterdam, the Netherlands – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, announced the launch of the HeartStart Intrepid monitor/defibrillator with IntelliSpace Connect. Created to provide clinical and operational efficiencies at every stage of the emergency care continuum, the solution lets caregivers evaluate and treat patients during the most demanding medical emergencies in both pre-hospital and hospital settings. The Philips HeartStart Intrepid monitor/defibrillator has received CE Mark approval and is available for sale in Europe and other select markets in Asia and Africa. The HeartStart Intrepid monitor/defibrillator can also be used across various emergency settings in the hospital, allowing clinicians to assess the patient and deliver the appropriate treatment, including defibrillation if a patient is suffering a sudden cardiac arrest. The cloud-based IntelliSpace Connect data management solution helps set the stage for coordinated care across the patient’s clinical care journey. IntelliSpace Connect supports the integration of emergency event data into electronic patient care reporting (ePCR) and electronic medical records (EMR/EHR) for accurate event documentation to facilitate billing, while secure data storage enables post-event review to drive quality improvement initiatives. Designed to be lightweight, portable and rugged, the Philips HeartStart Intrepid can endure both the rigors of emergency medical service (EMS) use and the physical demands of the Emergency Department, as well intra-hospital transport. It offers comprehensive vital patient monitoring parameters and diagnostic measurements to speed triage and help clinicians determine the best course of care. To assist in the delivery of quality CPR, the Intrepid also offers the QCPR solution which provides integrated CPR feedback and guidance for both compressions and ventilations. In addition, with the HeartStart Intrepid, Philips introduces the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Advisory, a unique feature based on key patient vital sign assessment to provide visual guidance to help prevent serious complications in patients with suspected TBI.

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ACI Worldwide to Highlight Campus Commerce at Ellucian Live 2019

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 6 aprile 2019

ACI Worldwide (NASDAQ: ACIW), a leading global provider of real time electronic payment and banking solutions, today announced its participation at Ellucian Live 2019, held April 7-10 in New Orleans. ACI will highlight the latest in campus commerce and simplified student payments. Additionally, school leaders from Millersville University will join ACI in a session on simplified payments.Marc Sczesnak, director, product management, will showcase ACI’s new Student Payment Portal at the Solution Showcase Theatre (booth # 117), in a session titled: “New Payments Portal for Banner,” from 4:15 – 4:30 p.m. Monday, Apr. 8.This session will spotlight the payment methods that students need to fit their lifestyles, and how higher education institutions can avoid late payments, complaints and loss of trust. ACI’s new Student Payment Portal, which supports Ellucian Banner customers, will help combine tuition payments and payment plans into one easy-to-use interface, with simple customization and branding opportunities. Attendees will learn about the mobile-first design and industry-leading security that comes with the new solution.Tom Gavin, senior new business developer, and Marc Sczesnak, director, product management, will participate in a session titled: “Payments Made Simple at Millersville University (Partner Case Study).” This session will spotlight how higher education institutions can deliver an outstanding payments experience despite lower budgets and higher data breaches. Joined by Millersville University, attendees will learn how the university delivered simplified payments while bolstering security, and how they expanded their payment options and lowered costs. In addition, speakers will unveil research on new payment options for students and parents. Additional speakers include Imre Gajari, director, Enterprise Applications, Millersville University and Bob Zwarycz, director, Cloud Architecture, Ellucian

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Apple to Host Annual Worldwide Developers Conference

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 18 marzo 2019

Apple® today announced it will host its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose from June 3 through June 7 at the McEnery Convention Center. Now in its 30th year, Apple’s biggest event will bring together the world’s most innovative and creative developers. With more than 1.4 billion devices now running iOS, macOS®, watchOS® or tvOS™, WWDC 2019 will give attendees insight into the future of these platforms and work alongside the Apple engineers behind the technologies and frameworks developers rely on.
Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software platforms — iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s more than 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it.

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Worldwide spending on Telecom Services and Pay TV Services will increase by 0.6% in 2018

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 12 novembre 2018

A notable decrease in the growth rate compared to the rate recorded in 2017 (1.2%) is mostly the consequence of new accounting rules introduced since the start of this year: mobile operators are now obliged to completely exclude their handset sales revenues from service revenues, which has had a negative impact on service revenues although the overall effect is neutral as handset sales would have gone up. “This is, of course, just a momentary effect,” said Kresimir Alic, senior program manager, IDC Worldwide Telecom Services Database. “We believe that the growth rate will recover as soon as next year.” Over of the 2017-2022 forecast period, the market is expected to remain in a positive mood, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 0.8%. Despite this negative effect, mobile will remain the largest market segment and its share is expected to reach 52% of the total market in 2018. The mobile market is set to grow at five-year CAGR of 1.2%, driven by increased mobile data usage and expanding M2M applications, which is offsetting declines in spending on mobile voice and messaging services. The fixed data services segment is another positive contributor: it is expected to represent 22% of total spending in 2018 and is set to grow at a 4% CAGR through 2022, largely driven by the need for higher bandwidth services. Spending on fixed voice services will decline at a -5% CAGR over the forecast period and will represent less than 9% of the total market by 2022.
From a geographic perspective, IDC expects the Americas to remain the largest services market with revenues of $624 billion in 2018. Asia/Pacific will follow in second place and EMEA in third with revenues of $541 billion and $483 billion respectively. However, the latter two regions will grow much faster than the Americas, mainly driven by the emerging country markets of South Asia and Africa.A graphic illustrating IDC’s forecast for worldwide telcoms services revenue by region over the 2017-2022 forecast period is available by viewing this press release on there is still growth in some emerging markets the overall market for telecom services worldwide is now relatively mature as the latest forecasts show. “Developed and mature markets will only show marginal gains now, driven by technology migration and bandwidth needs,” said Eric Owen, group vice president, EMEA Telecommunications & Networking. “Most operators are now looking to invest in 5G and are struggling with the return on investment given the mature nature of the markets. Success will demand innovative and agile thinking from the operators coupled with some help from regulators in highly competitive markets such as Europe.”

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Juliya Delani: Inspiration Worldwide

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 6 novembre 2018

Roma 15 novembre 2018 ore 18.30 Micro Arti Visive – Spazio Porta Mazzini Viale Mazzini 1, presenta la mostra Inspiration Worldwide della pittrice ucraina Juliya Delani, nativa della città di Kiev.
L’esposizione, presentata da Paola Valori nella sala dedicata alle nuove proposte “Artisti Internazionali” del Micro (Viale Mazzini 1, Roma) rientra nel progetto “NUOVE VOCI, FUTURO CONTEMPORANEO” che mira a mostrare e a valorizzare i giovani talenti creativi stranieri, e alle contaminazioni tra le nuove generazioni. Inspiration Worldwide è un’immersione profonda nella natura e nel colore, compiuta dall’artista attraverso le tappe dei suoi viaggi in giro per il mondo e nei luoghi che più ha amato. Come tessere di un mosaico prendono forma gli azzurri della sconfinata Malesia, l’oro delle dune del Sahara e i verdi brillanti della natura rigogliosa e intatta delle Hawaii, nell’isola di Oahu, luogo della memoria per eccellenza dove si è svolta la sua ultima mostra. Ci sono poi i colori dell’Italia, paese che l’artista sceglie come tappa iniziale per il suo viaggio itinerante, la danza dell’acqua della laguna di Venezia, o i cieli infuocati dei tramonti di Roma. Un percorso attraverso la vita reale e l’immaginario dell’artista, filtrato dai colori dei “paesaggi dell’anima” alla maniera di Kandinsky o di altri celebri pittori della tradizione russa che ci hanno insegnato a “vedere l’invisibile” nella piena libertà pittorica del colore e dalla luce. La selezione comprende circa quattordici opere, tra oli e acrilici su tela, quasi tutti inediti e mai mostrati in Italia. Inspiration Worldwide resterà aperta al pubblico fino al 25 novembre 2018 e rientra in un progetto più ampio che parte da Roma per raggiungere altre città europee: da Madrid a Barcellona, a Praga, per tornare in Italia come tappa conclusiva nel 2019 presso l’European Cultural Centre di Venezia. Nell’ambito della mostra sarà presentata la collezione dell’artista couturier Sara Pezzi, un’area della galleria dedicata al pezzo unico, che rientra nel progetto “Le mani raccontano storie” ideato da Paola Valori per promuovere l’artigianato di innovazione e il design.

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Doha Qatar to Build Next-Generation Life Science Facilities Worldwide

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 6 novembre 2018

At the ISPE annual meeting today, Pharmatech Associates introduced Pharmatech Associates International Contracting and Services, LLC (PAICS), a new company with headquarters in Doha, Qatar. PAICS provides a global, single-source platform for clients and investors from which next-generation pharmaceutical facilities can be designed, constructed, and operated, anywhere in the world.PAICS, with its strategic alliance with FAL Group of Doha, Qatar, will provide drug and product development solutions, including generic drug products, biosimilars, and NCEs, integrating facility design and construction; manufacturing equipment selection; Quality Management System (QMS) integration; management staffing and training; facilities commissioning and qualification; facilities, drug, and product regulatory registration; and commercial operations management.“From our decades of industry experience serving clients, we created PAICS as a single-source solution to producing capital-efficient life science facilities for product development, manufacturing, and quality control assurance with fully integrated, optimized QMS,” said Warren G. Baker, CEO and Chairman of Pharmatech Associates, Inc. “PAICS heralds an era of local design and management of new facilities purpose-built to comply with all regulatory requirements to meet the highest standards of the FDA, EMA and WHO.”

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The Worldwide Futurist Summit comes to Spain for the first time

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 4 ottobre 2018

Spain will host the great international futurist event TransVision for the first time, which will take place in Madrid on October 19-20-21. During this time, futurist experts from all around the world will present the scientific and technological advances that will define how our life will be in the next two decades, with biotechnology, nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, robotics, bitcoin and blockchain, anti-aging and rejuvenation, space colonization, renewable energies, intelligent cities and other avant-garde developments as the main topics during the presentations and debates.In its 20th anniversary, which will take place in Madrid, TransVision 2018 will have as honor guest the first humanoid robot with citizenship, famous Sophia, and her software creator, scientist Ben Goertzel. Additionally, other experts like anti-aging world leader Aubrey de Grey, Oxford researcher in exponential technologies Anders Sandberg, Cambridge mathematician David Wood and MIT engineer José Luis Cordeiro, co-authors of the best-selling book The Death of the Death, will be there. Our honor guest will be Sophia, the humanoid robot, with her “father”, scientist Ben Goertzel, who will speak at the press meeting at 11:00am on October 19th in the Ateneo de Madrid.

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Worldwide Artificial Intelligence as a Service (AIaaS) Market 2018-2023

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 9 luglio 2018

Learning and Deep Learning, and Natural Language Processing), Organization Size, Vertical, and Region – Global Forecast 2023″ report has been added to’s offering.
The global Artificial Intelligence as a service market is expected to grow from USD 1.52 Billion in 2018 to USD 10.88 Billion by 2023, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 48.2% during the forecast period.The major factors that are expected to drive the AI as a service market are the growing demand for AI-powered services in the form of Application Programming Interface (API) and Software Development Kit (SDK) and growing number of innovative startups.Among services, the software tools services segment is expected to hold the larger market size during the forecast period.Among technologies, the machine learning and deep learning technology segment is expected to hold the larger market size, whereas the natural language processing technology is expected to grow at a higher CAGR during the forecast period.The large enterprises segment is expected to hold the larger market size, whereas Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) are expected to grow at a higher CAGR during the forecast period.For verticals, the BFSI vertical is expected to be the highest contributor to the market size of the AI as a service market. Whereas the healthcare and life sciences vertical is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. Both verticals are adopting AI as a service to analyze large volumes of data generated from various business processes.

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Worldwide representatives gather for 12th International Convention

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 28 aprile 2018

BAHA’I WORLD CENTRE — Some 1,300 delegates representing more than 160 countries have arrived in Haifa to participate in the 12th International Baha’i Convention.The International Convention is a unique gathering held every five years in Haifa, the administrative and spiritual center of the Baha’i world community. Delegates hail from virtually every nation. Over the course of the convention, they participate in a series of consultative sessions and elect the Faith’s international governing body, the Universal House of Justice.
The consultations at International Convention are generally concerned with the development of the Baha’i Faith and the contributions of Baha’i communities to the progress of society. One of the primary areas of discussion is how Baha’u’llah’s teachings—such as the oneness of humankind, the equality of women and men, the harmony of science and religion, and the independent investigation of truth—are finding expression in a vast array of social settings, from the remotest of villages to large urban centers, and across diverse cultural realities.Delegates from around the world stand in line at the Haifa International Convention Centre.
The delegates attending this year’s International Convention are members of the annually-elected governing Baha’i councils of their countries. Referred to as National Spiritual Assemblies, these institutions guide and support the activities of the Baha’i community within their respective jurisdictions.On 29 April, the delegates will gather to elect the nine members of the Universal House of Justice, a task that is undertaken as both a sacred duty and a privilege.Delegates have a period of spiritual preparation before participating in the Convention. This entails time to pray and meditate in the Sacred Shrines in Haifa and Akka as well as to visit historical Baha’i holy places.

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A New Humanitarian Envoy to Support Refugees Worldwide

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 30 ottobre 2017

business wireIn a significant step to bolster their ongoing life-saving relief operations, The Big Heart Foundation (TBHF), one of the world’s leading humanitarian organisations based out of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has appointed Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman of Sharjah Media Council, as its Humanitarian Envoy. Since its establishment first as a fundraising campaign in 2013, and then transforming into a full-fledged humanitarian foundation in 2015, TBHF has actioned positive change in the lives of more than 600,000 refugees and people in need, especially women and children who fled regions affected by wars and crises in countries including Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Turkey, Egypt, and Indonesia among other countries.Based out of the UAE’s third largest emirate, Sharjah, and Chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah, TBHF made the announcement in recognition of Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi’s remarkable efforts in charitable fields across the UAE and the MENA region.As TBHF Humanitarian Envoy, Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi will contribute to mobilising community support both regionally and internationally, to advocate for refugees and less fortunate people around the world, and will support TBHF with building stronger humanitarian partnerships in the UAE, the GCC region and beyond.The appointment reinforces Sharjah’s leading role in the international community in driving and supporting humanitarian campaigns worldwide.TBHF also plays a major role in facilitating increased cooperation with local and regional government bodies, international humanitarian organisations and UN agencies. TBHF and its partners operate in a range of countries and terrains – from major cities to remote villages – and tailor their programmes to fit the varying realities of individual conflict zones. (Photo: Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi during his visit to Al Zaatari Refugee Camp Business Wire)

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Lyoness Starts Multi-Brand Strategy Worldwide

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 10 novembre 2014

LyonessLyoness has implemented the previously announced multi-brand strategy in all markets. Since 8th November the group of companies has differentiated between the brand “Lyoness” and the new network marketing brand “Lyconet”. From 8th November everyone interested can watch the special program “Xcite” at the company-owned web channel Lyoness.TV. The company presents all the news concerning Lyoness and Lyconet in an one and a half hour show. With the world-wide implementation of the multi-brand strategy the company finished an important part of restructuring, which had been announced in autumn 2013.
The Lyoness Group divides its three business areas into two brands: The Lyoness brand encompasses the shopping community and the loyalty program. Their target groups are consumers who want to save money by shopping with Lyoness (Cashback) and loyalty merchants who want to use an international multi-sector loyalty program. The Lyconet brand encompasses all network marketing activities of the Lyoness Group. Its target groups are self-employed people and companies. The Lyoness Group is currently active in 46 countries on all continents. Over 4 million members enjoy the Lyoness benefits at over 40,000 loyalty merchants around the world. More at

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Worldwide premiere movie event

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 4 settembre 2011

Venice 7th september from 10.30pm hosted by Rocco Ancarola and noblesse oblige red carpet terrace – lido di Venezia, 68t venice film festival 2011 in competition at the 444 last day on earth directed by Abel Ferrara starring willem Dafoe.

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Newspapers worldwide

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 10 maggio 2011

Some of the most prominent newspapers around the world will start to simultaneously publish a unique article series Religion and the Public Space organized by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, and written by eminent analysts and commentators worldwide. The series, which will run over several weeks, aims to offer newspapers around the world a unique set of commentaries by prominent thinkers and analysts. Newspapers involved in the project include The Straits Times (Singapore), Hurriyet Daily News (Turkey), Jordan Times (Jordan), Guatemala Times, Hindustan Times (India), South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), Publico (Spain), Sidney Morning Herald (Australia), Daily News Egypt (Egypt), Malta Independent (Malta), Gulf Times (UAE), Christian Science Monitor (USA), La Croix(France), Le Devoir (Canada), Le Temps (Switzerland) and the pan Arab daily Al Hayat. The serieswillbe published in five languages (English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic). The project stems from the UNAOC’s global mission: amplifying the constructive role of the media in increasing public understanding of divisive debates, ensuring that a diversity of voices are heard from, and providing free quality content to newspapers around the world.“The UNAOC is committed to maintaining the broad intellectual reach and the global scope that enables readers to see how a common issue is experienced in different ways around the globe. Questions of the engagement of religion in public life are among the most pressing and complex on the international agenda and within many countries,” says UNAOC Director Marc Scheuer. The UNAOC Global Experts involved in the project were asked to provide informed commentaries on pressing issues of their choosing from a variety of perspectives and backgrounds. Together, they are part of an online resource of experts ( established in 2010 by the UNAOC that aims to provide quality analysis and ensure a diversity of opinions in public and media debates. Throughout the series, experts address different aspects of religion and politics in the public space and reflect a variety of professional, cultural, and geographical backgrounds, and political perspectives–from concerns over rising intolerance of religious differences in Europe to worries over similar trends discerned in a number of countries of Africa, Asia, and elsewhere, or the role religion is likely to play in the unfolding transitions of the Arab Spring. The experts include prominent academics from the USA, Iran, France, UK, Malaysia, Brazil, Australia and India, but also civil society leaders from various countries. Through this series, the UNAOC hopes that these commentaries will inform and enrich important, and, at times, difficult discussions about religion in the public space.
About the UNAOC: The UN Alliance of Civilizations was established in 2005 as an initiative of the UN Secretary General, under the cosponsorship of the President of the Government of Spain and the Prime Minister of Turkey. It emerged out of a conviction that, in order to achieve sustainable peace, long-standing divisions and misperceptions between cultures need to be addressed. In April 2007, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Jorge Sampaio, former President of Portugal, as High Representative for the Alliance. Under his leadership, the Alliance promotes dialogue that delivers change on the ground. It is supported by a growing Group of Friends of 128 governments and international organizations. The UNAOC is also involving many other partners.

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Disney stores worldwide

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 14 maggio 2010

Pasadena (California) e Londra (Regno Unito), Disney Stores Worldwide è pronta a ridefinire il settore degli articoli per bambini lanciando il nuovo magico design dei propri punti vendita sui principali mercati degli Stati Uniti e dell’Europa la prossima estate.  Questo innovativo design di Disney Store sarà presentato per la prima volta a giugno in California, presso il Montebello Town Center di Montebello, appena fuori Los Angeles. A questo evento seguirà poi la prima europea, programmata per gli inizi di luglio a Madrid, in Spagna, presso La Vaguada. Il nuovo negozio, concepito come un’unica destinazione sviluppata in base alla prospettiva del bambino, integra le tecnologie più innovative al fine di garantire una migliore esperienza di acquisto, sempre accompagnata dai personaggi e dalle storie più famose della Disney. Si prevede l’apertura di oltre 20 negozi Disney Stores, nuovi o rinnovati, in centri commerciali di primissimo piano in Nord America e in Europa.  Nel Nord America sono già state confermate le location di Roosevelt Field Mall a Garden City (New York), Santa Monica Place a Santa Monica (California), International Plaza a Tampa (Florida), Stockon St. a San Francisco (California) e Fashion Valley a San Diego .  In Europa le aperture interesseranno quattro mercati: Spagna, Portogallo, Italia e Regno Unito. Si tratta del NorteShopping di Oporto in Portogallo, l’Orio Center di Bergamo in Italia e diverse location nel Regno Unito, tra cui il Centre MK a Milton Keynes, il Bon Accord Centre ad Aberdeen e Donegal Place a Belfast.
The Walt Disney Company Italia, fondata nel 1938, è stata la prima filiale internazionale di Disney al mondo. Con sede a Milano, Disney conta un totale di 650 dipendenti e si distingue per la grande creatività nella produzione di contenuti artistici, editoriali e televisivi. In Italia, The Walt Disney Company è leader in dieci aree di business: televisione, prodotti di consumo, home entertainment, cinema, editoria, musica, parchi tematici, interactive, internet e negozi monomarca. Inoltre Disney è il maggiore produttore di contenuti editoriali al mondo e sviluppa in Italia il 70% dei fumetti realizzati a livello mondiale. Disney è stata incoronata regina del box office italiano nel Natale 2009 grazie allo straordinario successo di “A Christmas Carol” e “La Principessa e il Ranocchio” che hanno totalizzato oltre 26 milioni di euro. Alla cerimonia degli Oscar 2010, il capolavoro Disney*Pixar “UP” ha ricevuto due premi come miglior film d’animazione e migliore colonna sonora originale. A marzo 2010 il film di Tim Burton “Alice In Wonderland” ha ottenuto un enorme successo presso il pubblico italiano realizzando la migliore apertura di tutti i tempi in Italia,  il miglior week end opening per la Disney e, con quasi 30 milioni di Euro al box office, si afferma come  il miglior incasso di tutti i tempi per un film Disney in Italia.

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The last supper

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 3 aprile 2010

Roman Catholics globally will join together for feast of Holy Thursday, to commemorate the Last Supper of Jesus the Christ and welcome the Easter Triduum, the holiest days for Catholics.  It was during the Last Supper that Jesus gave those gathered a new commandment —to “love one another, as I have loved you, that you also love one another,” only to be betrayed by Judas. Like Jesus, Roman Catholics everywhere have been betrayed – again.  The latest Roman Catholic Church sex abuse scandal which implicates Pope Benedict XVI, the former Archbishop Joseph Ratzinger of Munich, in a sex abuse case is beyond belief for Catholics worldwide.  How can these crimes still be coming to light when the Vatican has been made aware of the magnitude of the crisis? How is it possible that leaders of the Vatican still have not come clean about pedophile cases that were not properly addressed? For far too long, the all-male boys club has covered up decades of abuse with lies and secrets that have put our most vulnerable in severe danger, a far cry from Jesus’ commandment to live a life of love.  The Women’s Ordination Conference calls for an official opening of the discussion on women’s ordination. In a church reeling from abuse, scandal, and oppression, it’s long overdue for the Vatican to use all of its resources to work toward a solution.  For far too long, only ordained, male, celibate clergy have dictated-or tried to dictate-how Catholics worship, pray and make decisions.  Canon 1024, which states that only men can validly receive the sacrament of ordination, is unjust and does not value the gospel message of Jesus.  It must be changed.   We are calling on our members to take action: express their outrage and call for accountability and equality to their local priests and parish leaders,  reach out to victims and take steps to make sure children are protected now,  write letters to the U.S. Bishops, and discontinue all financial contributions that benefit the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. When women are full and equal partners in every aspect of the Catholic Church, only then, will the Roman Catholic Church be associated with accountability, transparency and justice rather than hierarchy, exclusion, and scandal. Until then, we will continue to raise our collective voices and organize actions that will bring our church closer to the gospel values of Jesus.

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Caritas marks first humanitarian day

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 19 agosto 2009

Caritas Internationalis says that governments must honour their commitments to allow aid agencies access to vulnerable communities on the first World Humanitarian Day.  Established by the General Assembly (GA) of the United Nations in December 2008, 19 August is World Humanitarian Day.  The designation of the Day is a way to increase public understanding of humanitarian assistance activities worldwide. It is in part dedicated to the memory of all those aid workers who have lost their lives while bringing assistance to others, the majority of them from the communities they are trying to help. Caritas says its ability to bring support to the most vulnerable people in conflicts has been severely restricted by the actions of governments over the last 18 months.  Caritas Internationalis Humanitarian Director Alistair Dutton said, “From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, Georgia to Gaza, Sri Lanka to Sudan, we’re seeing the erosion of one of the central pillars of humanitarianism: Aid agencies must be allowed to reach the most vulnerable people in conflicts. Governments must use this first World Humanitarian Day to reassert their commitment to safeguarding this principle as part of their obligations under the Geneva Conventions. The Israeli government prevented access to the Gaza Strip during  military operations that began in December. A Caritas medical centre was destroyed. Zimbabwe suspended all aid agency field operations following contested elections. Caritas members directly fed over a million people there, and their projects helped over three million people in a country where 9 out of ten families go hungry. In Sri Lanka, Caritas was one of only two agencies able to operate in the ‘no-fire zone’ in the conflict zone in the Vanni. Staff remained working in the area alongside the people, enduring months of daily shelling and hardship.  In Darfur in Sudan, Caritas remains operational following the expulsion of 13 international NGOs from Sudan and closure of 3 national NGOs including SUDO, a Caritas partner.  260 humanitarians were victims of murder, kidnapping and serious injury in 2008. Compared to 1998 when 69 humanitarians were involved in security incidents. Caritas united in sorrow for the staff of its members and of partners who were killed as they sought to bring peace in 2009. These include “Raj” Anthonipillai Uthayaraj, 26, a volunteer driver killed in Sri Lanka in the no-fire zone on  8 May and Caritas France’s Ricky Agusa Sukaka, 27, who was shot dead in the Democratic Republic of Congo on 15 July. Caritas Vanni Director Rev. Fr. T.R. Vasanthaseelan and Rev. Fr. James Pathinathan seriously injured in shelling in Sri Lanka in April.

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