Alvise Casellati’s ‘Opera Italiana is in the Air’ on stage at Lincoln Memorial, Washington

Alvise Casellati’s ‘Opera Italiana is in the Air’ on stage at Lincoln Memorial, Washington

Alvise Casellati’s ‘Opera Italiana is in the Air’ on stage at Lincoln Memorial, Washington

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ‘Opera Italiana is in the Air’, the project of Maestro Alvise Casellati, returned to Washington on Thursday for a new event at the Lincoln Memorial. The free concert, themed ‘Peace on Earth: The Art of Nature’, once again aimed to make the beauty of Opera accessible and enjoyable by all. Headlining the event, tenor Michael Fabiano, together with bass George Andguladze and soprano Lydia Grindatto. “Culture and music have the power to bring people together. On this highly symbolic day, this event contains important ingredients for peace and we are excited to bring them to the nation’s capital,” says Casellati, referring to the International Day of Peace which is celebrated on September 21. The concert was opened by the performance of Verdi’s Hymn of the Nations, written for the International Exhibition in London in 1862. The program also included the performance of ‘All Around Earth’, a composition by eleven-year-old Isaac Thomas, a young talent from the Juilliard School in New York. “We bring together very talented young people together with very established professionals, in this case the orchestra is almost entirely made up of members of the Washington National Opera,” says Casellati. At the concert The Italian ambassador to Washington, Mariangela Zappia, was also present. “It is a symbolic concert,” said Zappia, recalling that in recent days peace in Ukraine has been discussed during the UN General Assembly, and that the concert was held on the same day that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was visiting Washington. “We don’t want to hear the sound of war, but the sound of music,” Zappia said. Alvise Casellati is the founder and musical director of Opera Italiana is in the Air, an organization he created in 2017, six years after abandoning his career as a lawyer to follow his dream: connecting new and diverse audiences to bring Italian Opera back to the context to which it belongs: pop music. Today he lives his “dream” of making the beauty of Italian opera known and accessible to all. Since his debut in Italy at the Venice Opera House in 2011, he has worked with hundreds of artists, dozens of theatres, orchestras and music festivals around the world. “Opera has been popular for 425 years, but in recent years it has been perceived as music for the elites. It is not. It is more relevant than ever to today’s audiences and we want to help a broader, younger audience understand it and fall in love with it, as many others have done in the past,” says Casellati. The concert program saw the performance of compositions by Verdi, Mozart, Beethoven, Puccini and Rossini.

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Forbes Social Awards: Pomilio Blumm shines as top-notch agency

The Forbes Social Awards showcased the significant influence of institutional communication on both society and the economy. This influence has grown even more pronounced in our current intricate socio-political landscape, marked by global concerns like climate change. In this context, institutional communication faces an escalating threat of disinformation and false information. The Four Seasons hotel in Florence provided the setting for the awards ceremony, where Alessandro Rossi, the director of Forbes Italia, stressed the crucial role of effective communication within the intricate fabric of the European Union (EU). Comprising 27 Member States, each with its distinct language, culture, and history, the EU’s diversity is indeed its asset, but it can also present challenges if not managed prudently. Alessandro Rossi pointed out, “Institutional communication serves as a bridge that transcends linguistic and cultural barriers within the union. Through multilingual communication, it ensures that our messages reach every corner of the EU, promoting a sense of inclusivity and shared identity.”

During the ceremony, numerous recipients of awards were associated with campaigns overseen by the communication agency Pomilio Blumm. Thanks to its narrative strategies, this Italian agency has shown remarkable adaptability in navigating the evolving international landscape of the EU. Recognized by the Financial Times as one of the fastest-growing agencies, the company relies on advanced research centres and boasts prestigious clients such as the European Central Bank, the EU Commission, and the EU Parliament.
Additionally, as per the latest annual ranking from the International Communications Consultancy Organisation (ICCO), Pomilio Blumm has emerged as the world’s leading communication firm in terms of growth rate*. The institutional communication agency topped the ICCO’s list, which includes 40 associations representing 82 countries globally and over 3,000 public relations firms. According to PRovoke, the specialized website that published ICCO’s data, Pomilio Blumm achieved these results by securing international contracts successfully, resulting in highly positive financial outcomes.

Among the recognized institutions, the Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers (DG-JUST) garnered acclaim for its Gender Stereotype communication campaign, aiming to raise awareness about the societal consequences of gender stereotypes and foster democratic values and cultural sensitivity among European citizens.

The European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) received recognition for its innovative Normandy Index, a data visualisation service that offers a comprehensive perspective on the world, regions, and countries in the context of peace and threats defined in the Global Strategy. This tool assists EU policymakers in crafting targeted strategies for external action.
The European External Action Service (EEAS) was honoured for its project designed to enhance the separation of recyclable materials in municipal solid waste in four regions: Duboko, Pirot, Srem-Mačva, and Pančevo.

Rome’s Luiss Guido Carli University was acknowledged for its ambitious internationalisation project, showcasing how Italian universities have the potential to rank among Europe’s most esteemed institutions while embracing their venerable heritage and adopting a forward-looking approach.

The ceremony featured two distinguished guests. First, the director of the Galleria dell’Accademia, Cecilie Hollberg, celebrated Michelangelo’s David, commemorating its 150th anniversary at the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence awarded for its communication. She emphasised the work’s status as a symbol of the Italian Renaissance and highlighted efforts to modernize the gallery and protect the David from commercial exploitation, allowing its iconic, pure, and potent message to resonate with the world. Following her address, Andrew Spannaus, Chairman of the Milan Foreign Press Association, underscored the crucial role of basing news reporting on data and evidence, especially in a digital world dominated by infotainment, where content verification often takes a back seat.

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Quantexa Appoints Industry Luminaries to its Advisory Board to Accelerate Growth Plans

Former president of BlackRock, former CEO of NHSX, and former Director of GCHQ bring wealth of industry experience from finance, healthcare, and national security

LONDON, Sept. 22, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Quantexa, the global leader in Decision Intelligence (DI) solutions for the private and public sectors, announced today that it has appointed three industry luminaries to its Advisory Board. These hires include Ralph Schlosstein, former CEO of Evercore and former President of BlackRock, Matthew Gould, former CEO of NHSX, and Sir Jeremy Fleming, Former Director of GCHQ. These distinguished leaders bring a wealth of expertise in finance, healthcare, and national security to Quantexa.

The expansion of Quantexa’s Advisory Board comes at a pivotal time for the organization, following the completion of a $129 million Series E funding round, led by GIC, where Quantexa joined an elite group of UK tech companies reaching breakout unicorn status. It was also announced this year that Quantexa will invest over $155M in the global AI industry over the next three years to help clients advance the use of AI to protect, optimize, and grow their organizations. By 2027, Quantexa’s total global investment in AI will reach more than $250M.

Ralph Schlosstein, former CEO of Evercore and former President of BlackRock, brings decades of experience in investment banking to Quantexa’s Advisory Board. His distinguished career includes playing a strategic role in helping the world’s largest asset management firm go public. Ralph’s financial acumen will play a pivotal role in shaping corporate strategy initiatives.

Matthew Gould, former CEO of NHSX, joins Quantexa’s Advisory Board, after serving as the British ambassador to Israel between 2010 and 2015, where Gould helped to launch the UK-Israel Technologies Hub – an initiative run in Tel Aviv to forge technology partnerships between UK and Israeli companies. More recently, Matthew leveraged his extensive background in healthcare to play a pivotal role in advising NHS on initiatives throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. At NHSX, Gould has been responsible for harnessing the power of data and technology to improve healthcare delivery. Matthew’s deep expertise will help Quantexa identify the economies and industries for strategic focus and make decisions on commercial strategy.

Sir Jeremy Fleming, Former Director of GCHQ, and former Deputy Head of MI5, joins the Advisory Board with more than 30 years of experience in intelligence and technology. His extensive background includes developing the National Cyber Security Centre, where he strived to make the UK the safest place to live and do business online. With a passion for making technology use in government more transparent, Sir Fleming will enhance Quantexa’s capabilities in addressing emerging threats and opportunities.

“We are pleased to welcome Ralph Schlosstein, Matthew Gould, and Sir Jeremy Fleming to our Advisory Board,” said Vishal Marria, CEO of Quantexa. “Their collective expertise in finance, healthcare, and national security will be invaluable as we continue to develop cutting-edge decision intelligence solutions that address the evolving needs of the market.”

“Quantexa’s AI-enabled technology allows its customers to protect, optimize, and grow their organizations with efficiency and transparency,” said Ralph Schlosstein, former CEO of Evercore and former President of BlackRock. I believe Quantexa is well-positioned to capture the opportunities ahead and increase its share of the emerging Decision Intelligence category. I am looking forward to supporting the executive team as they work to accelerate their organic and inorganic growth strategy.”

“It’s an exciting time for me to be joining Quantexa’s Advisory Board, at this critical stage of growth for the company,” said Matthew Gould. “Quantexa’s innovative approach to helping customers in the private and public sectors make data their most valuable utility is revolutionizing decision making across multiple industries. I look forward to working alongside the talented team at Quantexa to connect data and drive better outcomes for organizations.”

Sir Jeremy Fleming, Former Director of GCHQ commented “I’m thrilled to be part of a company at the forefront of AI innovation. I look forward to combining my experience with Quantexa’s impressive capabilities, which will continue to shape how their customers use data to protect businesses and citizens.”

With the help of its Advisory Board, Quantexa remains dedicated to empowering organizations to make trusted operational decisions through innovative Decision Intelligence solutions. For more on Quantexa’s Leadership team, visit here.

About Quantexa

Quantexa is a global data and analytics software company pioneering Decision Intelligence that empowers organizations to make trusted operational decisions by making data meaningful. Using the latest advancements in big data and AI, Quantexa’s Decision Intelligence platform uncovers hidden risk and new opportunities by providing a contextual, connected view of internal and external data in a single place. It solves major challenges across data management, KYC, customer intelligence, financial crime, risk, fraud, and security, throughout the customer lifecycle.

The Quantexa Decision Intelligence Platform enhances operational performance with over 90% more accuracy and 60 times faster analytical model resolution than traditional approaches. Founded in 2016, Quantexa now has more than 650 employees and thousands of users working with billions of transactions and data points across the world. The company has offices in London, Dublin, New York, Boston, Washington DC, Toronto, UAE, Malaga, Amsterdam, Luxembourg, Brussels, Melbourne, Sydney, and Singapore. For more information, follow us on LinkedIn.

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Korea Blockchain Week 2023 Recap: Uniting Industry Leaders and Web3 Innovators in Asia’s hub for tech, business and culture

KBW main events including Impact and The Gateway: Korea gathered over 10,000 attendees to celebrate the leaders and builders driving global innovation to Seoul for KBW’s 6th and most dynamic year to date

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SEOUL, South Korea, Sept. 21, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Korea Blockchain Week, the premier Web3 event in Asia, brought together leading investors, builders, founders, media and brands to explore the latest in Web3 technology in Korea and beyond. Organized by Web3 ecosystem accelerator, FactBlock, and co-hosted by Korea’s leading Web3 VC fund, Hashed, the week-long industry included three tentpole events: the two-day keystone conference Impact, nft now’s The Gateway: Korea digital gallery of 76 artists, and the nft and media art sound festival Micro Seoul, which drew over 20,000 attendees to activations across two venues and the Official KBW Afterparty.

Over 400 media attended and over 225 official featured events and activations took over the city of Seoul to foster collaboration amongst Korean and global blockchain communities. Taking place alongside Seoul Fashion Week and Frieze Seoul, KBW spotlighted Seoul as one of the cultural capitals of Asia and a hub of technical innovation.

KBW’s tentpole event Impact gathered over 240 speakers which included Co-founder of Ethereum, Vitalik Buterin, CEO and Co-Founder of Circle, Jeremy Allaire, and Co-Founder and CEO of BitGo, Mike Belshe. The Gateway: Korea hosted in partnership with nft now and FACTBLOCK included activations by Christie’s, Samsung, adidas, and Beatport as well as Beeple, Matt Medved, Krista Kim, Deekay Motion, Frank Degods, and more taking the stage for panel programming.

Many partners and prominent brands featured are at the intersection of art, Web3 technology and Korean culture including Google Cloud, South Korean video game developer WEMADE, tomi which provides the infrastructure for a web 3 internet, and Lotte Data Communication the fifth largest conglomerate in South Korea.

“As many of the leading Web3 players have targeted APAC expansion, we have seen South Korea emerge as a hub of culture, talent, investment and innovation. Building off of the success of last year’s conference and the global growth of Web3 technology, we enjoyed bringing the industry together for an exciting week that has become a can’t miss event on the crypto circuit,” Co-founder of FactBlock and Korea Blockchain Week Brian Kang shared.

South Korea boasts a dynamic and expanding crypto market that ranks second globally in the adoption of crypto and blockchain technology. Korean conglomerates across technology, entertainment, and art are aligning with local and international Web3 companies to foster meaningful adoption and position Korea as a robust market for Web3 development. KBW has cemented Seoul as one of the most exciting markets for Web3 development and adoption.

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“KBW is establishing itself as a B2B platform that goes beyond mere conferences and events, generating practical multinational business collaboration opportunities and driving significant adoption to establish Korea as a strong player in the Web3 landscape,” Simon Kim, CEO of and Managing Partner at Hashed, and the co-host of Korea Blockchain Week shared.

Since Korea Blockchain Week first began in 2018, the week has transformed from a blockchain industry conference to a week-long tech event celebrating the intersection of culture and technology. For more information on next year’s conference, follow KBW on Twitter and check their website.

About Korea Blockchain Week:
Founded by FACTBLOCK and co-hosted by Hashed, the annual Korea Blockchain Week returns for the sixth year. Korea Blockchain Week brings together the brightest minds in the industry to discuss, redefine, and celebrate the future of finance. The action-packed crypto and blockchain gala features keynote speeches by industry heavyweights, panel discussions by world-renowned experts, and networking opportunities for investors and crypto enthusiasts.

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Meltwater launches AI Ethical Principles: Paving the path ahead for AI Safety

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 21, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Meltwater, a leading global provider of social, media and consumer intelligence, today announces the launch of its new AI Ethical Principles which guide the company’s AI innovation and ensure a commitment to AI safety, transparency, and accountability within the organization and the broader industry.

While AI technology brings unprecedented opportunities, it also poses significant safety concerns that must be addressed to ensure its reliable and equitable use. As Meltwater continues to make significant investments into its cutting-edge AI and machine learning engine, the company also recognizes its pivotal responsibility in shaping the future of AI and tackling AI safety challenges in order to contribute to the responsible advancement of this transformative technology.

“AI continues to change the way we work every day, and with rapid innovations and shifts in these technologies it is imperative that those developing AI technologies are dedicated to safety, transparency, and accountability. Our commitment to our customers – to deliver solutions that help them harness the full power of the internet and understand and analyze billions of new conversations happening every day – also means we have a commitment to responsibly develop our technologies in ways that benefit society as a whole and keep safety, privacy, and security at the forefront,” said Aditya Jami, CTO of Meltwater.

The new Meltwater Ethical AI Principles are inspired by the ethical guidelines from industry leaders such as Google and the OECD and serve as a foundation for how Meltwater conducts research and development in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Data Science. They underscore the company’s commitment to ethical AI practices, in order to ensure these systems are reliable, ethical and beneficial to all, and aligned with Meltwater’s deeply held corporate values.

The Meltwater Ethical AI principles are:

  • Benefit society whenever opportunities arise in inclusive and sustainable ways.
  • Bias and drifts are defects. They fail the business and our customers.
  • Safety, privacy, and security as first-class citizens.
  • Trace everything and be accountable. Transparency is key.
  • We are scientists and engineers; everything must be proven and tested.
  • Use open source whenever possible; vet everything else and assume it is unsafe.

In addition to launching these principles, Meltwater has taken concrete steps to strengthen its commitment to ethical AI practices:

Meltwater is dedicated to fostering a responsible AI ecosystem and invites industry peers, stakeholders, and partners to join in the journey towards ethical AI practices. By setting these principles and collaborating with leading organizations, Meltwater aims to drive positive change and create a safer, more inclusive AI future. The company will continue to invest in its technology and people to continue providing breakthrough AI innovations and provide more value than ever to its customers.

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Meltwater empowers companies with a suite of solutions that spans media, social, consumer and sales intelligence. By analyzing ~1 billion pieces of content each day and transforming them into vital insights, Meltwater unlocks the competitive edge to drive results. With 27,000 global customers, 50 offices across six continents and 2,300 employees, Meltwater is the industry partner of choice for global brands making an impact. Learn more at meltwater.com.

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2.26K out of 2.8K drug-affected barangays in Bicol cleared by PDEA

Nearly 2,300 villages in the six provinces of the Bicol region have been cleared of illegal drugs by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), the Police Regional Office (PRO) 5 (Bicol) said Friday.

Out of the 2,793 affected barangays, 2,264 have been declared drug-cleared as of Sept. 18, with the 529 remaining villages still undergoing assessment by the authorities, PRO-5 spokesperson Lt. Col. Malu Calubaquib said in an interview.

“These barangays received a certification declaring them drug-cleared. They underwent a series of monitoring and evaluation,” she said.

Based on PRO-5 records, from Jan. 1 to Sept. 18, a total of 755 suspects were arrested during 714 anti-illegal drugs operations that led to the confiscation of illegal drugs with an estimated street value of PHP67.7 million, including 731.21 grams of marijuana and 10,063.32 grams of shabu.

Naga City reported the highest amount of confiscated illegal substances, valued at PHP 27.9 million; followed by Masbate (PHP12.7 million); Camarines Sur (PHP12.4 million); Albay (PHP6.4 million); Camarines Norte (PHP6.3 million); Catanduanes (PHP728,561.88); and Sorsogon (PHP16,705.69).

Naga City is an independent component city located in Camarines Sur province.

Calubaquib said as part of the “Buhay Ingatan, Droga ay Ayawan” (BIDA) initiative, the PRO-5, in collaboration with other government agencies, completed the program and assisted in the rehabilitation of individuals engaged in drug sale and use.

“A total of 42,358 individuals participated in the program, with 9,742 individuals graduating from the Recovery and Wellness Program and 32,616 individuals benefiting from the Community-Based Drug Rehabilitation Program,” she said.

Calubaquib said PRO-5’s efforts against drugs would continue to attain a secure and drug-free environment for Bicolanos.

Source: Philippines News Agency