This Artist Walked from Tijuana to L.A. to Make a Powerful…

first_imgArtThis Artist Walked from Tijuana to L.A. to Make a Powerful StatementJackie Amézquita trekked 150 miles to underscore both the physical and psychological obstacles of immigrationBy Andrea Alonso – April 27, 20181041ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItI spot Jackie Amézquita just as she begins to cross the Cesar E. Chavez Avenue Viaduct, the Eastside to her back as she treads toward downtown. From where I stand, a few steps away from the Spanish Colonial-style arches that mark the bridge’s halfway point, Amézquita is no more than a faceless moving figure, yet her purposeful stride is surprisingly visible given the distance. She’s accompanied by a close friend who matches her pace, though with calmer, subtler movements. I’ve never met Amézquita before, nor do I know what she looks like, yet there’s no need to speculate which of the two women she is. The intensity with which she walks eliminates the guesswork. It’s April 12 and at this point Amézquita has been walking for eight consecutive days, making her way up to Los Angeles all the way from the U.S.-Mexico border as part of an art performance piece she’s titled Huellas Que Germinan (Footprints That Sprout). The project was born of a course called Socially Engaged Art at ArtCenter College of Design, where Amézquita is currently wrapping up her senior year. The final destination of her 150-mile walk is a small, unnamed gallery space tucked away in Chinatown—a mere 1.3 miles from where we stand on the bridge—where 15 other students from ArtCenter and a local nonprofit called Art Division have curated an exhibition titled “Decentralized.” The show explores the idea of displacement among marginalized groups, and Amézquita has timed her arrival to coincide with the opening reception.Amézquita (right) and a close friend (left) walk across the Cesar E. Chavez Avenue Viaduct on the last leg of her journey.It’s around 7:40 p.m. when I greet Amézquita on the bridge, 40 minutes past her scheduled arrival time and still a 25-minute walk from the gallery. I’m there to take a quick portrait, so I repeatedly mumble that I’ll be fast, wary of further delaying her arrival. Yet Amézquita doesn’t seem worried about the time. While she doggedly keeps her pace, only pausing for a few seconds to facilitate a shot, she seems completely absorbed in the moment.Neither of us say it aloud, but crossing the bridge feels both momentous and symbolic. It’s the last such juncture she’ll encounter on the journey and, as a piece of urban infrastructure, it links two distinctly different neighborhoods. This idea of connectivity—the experience and consequence of cultures merging and the practice of analyzing environments through a psycho-geographical lens—functions as the foundation and central theme of her piece and her oeuvre as a whole.Amézquita was born in 1985 in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala and made her way to the States on the eve of her 18th birthday. When asked about the two-week journey across the border, Amézquita’s eyes go wide as she lets out an incredulous laugh, almost as if she can’t believe the experience was real. “That was…intense,” she says. She recounts the one small knapsack she was allowed to bring, filled with nothing but snacks for the journey, no room for clothing or personal items. But the fear of assault and sexual harassment overshadowed every other hardship of the experience. “It’s horrible. I was worried that I was going to get raped. I was wearing loose clothing all the time to not show my body because I was worried I’d be attractive to some men. And even though I was doing that, a smuggler asked me if I wanted to stay with him. I remember the night before we tried to cross [the border], I went up on the roof and I slept there the entire night, because I was worried about what would happen if I stayed inside.”Though Amézquita made it safely across the border, she lived undocumented for over a decade, unable to return to Guatemala and living in fear of being sent back. It wasn’t until two years ago after she successfully obtained a greencard that the idea for the performance piece started becoming a reality.Shedding light on the profuse dangers that threaten women migrants was a major motivator behind Huellas Que Germinan. The walk served as a pilgrimage to not only raise awareness to these injustices, but also to showcase the resilience and tenacity of the immigrant experience. It was both a call to action and a commemoration.PlayPlay/Pause00:00/00:00Mute00:00Player SettingsFullscreenSpeedNormal Amézquita’s walk was also deeply personal. As she marched along in silence and solitude, repressed memories from her childhood resurfaced. Various vignettes—many revolving around the absence of her mother who immigrated to the United States when she was just 2 years old—vividly came back to her. Amézquita says these moments made her confront her past in a way she’d never done before.“It’s really hard. It’s just you dealing with your fears, you dealing with those ghosts of the past and trying to be present too,” she explains. “It’s just a back and forth. And also thinking ahead to the future. So you’re kind of in three different screens, there’s a past, there’s a present, there’s a future, but you’re still one in the same place.”These mental movements through time paired with the physical act of walking forward seem to perfectly embody the sentiment behind the title of the piece, Huellas Que Germinan (Footsteps That Sprout). It’s a potent reminder that our past, present, and future coexist simultaneously. In a poem introducing the project, Amézquita’s most poignant line reads: Saludo al presente en donde las huellas del pasado germinan/I greet the present where the traces of the past germinate. “It has a lot to do with me shedding all these memories. But also realizing that I’m not the only one, this is something that is still happening,” she says. “This happens every day, every minute, every second, somebody is going through this. And we don’t see the privilege that we have. So what is our job as humans in this society? What are we doing to make a difference about this?”Olga Koumoundouros, Amézquita’s professor, created the curriculum of the Socially Engaged Art course to address these exact questions. “I really liked the idea of setting up a philosophical program that also addressed how to be a citizen in the world and how to look at context and look at our impact. That was really the driving force behind Socially Engaged Art,” she says. As we near the end of the bridge, Amézquita and I say goodbye, and I make my way (in the comfort of my car) to the gallery in Chinatown for her ultimate arrival. Amézquita continues down Cesar E. Chavez, now just 20 or so minutes from her endpoint.I join a crowd of about 50 people who stand outside the space, eagerly looking in all directions for signs of Amézquita’s arrival. Then, down the stretch of Jung Jing Road, somebody spots her in the distance—steady, resolute strides carrying her down the deserted alleyway. The crowd erupts in applause and words of encouragement, “I love yous” echo down the lantern-lit walkway. The cheers continue until Amézquita comes to a complete stop and faces the crowd.Amézquita arrives outside of a gallery space in Chinatown as she finishes a 150-mile walk from the U.S.-Mexican border.She stands next to a blue oil drum—the same kind of drum used in femicides across Mexico to burn and dispose of victims’ bodies. It’s a haunting ode to the countless lives lost, many in pursuit of a better life across the border. But instead of fire, Amézquita has filled the drum with water, a subversive declaration of triumph in the face of danger and hate. It’s a tactic Amézquita employs in much of her art—transforming negative symbols and themes into moments of celebration. Absences—of memories, of space, of security—become fertile ground for growth and creation.The crowd is silent as Amézquita looks around the audience with a serious yet serene look in her eyes. A sense of overwhelming awe and humility permeates the space. Those with cameras drop their lenses for just a moment. Amézquita ceremoniously removes her faded overalls to reveal a hand-crocheted traje, or jumpsuit, made from Guatemalan thread. The suit is a creamy beige with two parallel wine-colored stripes that cross over her abdomen—the red tint derived from two months’ worth of Amézquita’s menstrual blood. Carefully, Amézquita props herself against the edge of the drum and submerges herself completely. It’s as if the crowd simultaneously holds their breath with Amézquita—when she re-emerges, a collective gasp fills the air.Amézquita smiles widely for the first time. Her mother comes forward and embraces her as she still stands in the oil drum. Slowly, Amézquita pulls herself up and out, and her mother wraps a towel around her soaking body. The two walk into the gallery space, and the crowd stays still, stunned. Days later, I replay the moment in my head as I read the last lines of Amézquita’s poem. Her words the perfect description for an indescribable moment:Es aquí donde mis piernas se vuelven mas fuertes al golpear el suelo/ This is where my legs become stronger as they hit the groundEs aquí donde mis brazos aprenden a balancear todo el peso de mi cuerpo/This is where my arms learn to balance the weight of my bodyEs aquí donde aprendo que el esfuerzo físico lo oxigenan mis ancestros, mis abuelos/This is where I learn that my ancestors, my grandparents oxygenate my physical strengthY hoy mas que nunca mi madre./ And today more than ever my mother.Amézquita finishes her performance piece outside of a gallery space in Chinatown.RELATED: The Death of Photographer Laura Aguilar Is a Major Loss for L.A.Stay up to date with everything you need to know about L.A. by following us on Facebook and Instagram. TAGSperformance artImmigrationChinatownArtPrevious articleSan Luis Obispo Has Ocean Breezes—and Two Wine RegionsNext articleDNA Submitted for Genealogy Research Led Police to the Golden State Killer Suspect RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR‘We Knew Nobody Would Expect This’: An L.A. Gallery Expands to the DesertFor Artist Brenda Chi, Painting Chinatown Became a Form of Healing‘I’ve Got Nothing More to Hide’: Polly Borland Puts Her Nude Selfies on Displaylast_img read more

Merck finds a silver lining in its last big Alzheimer’s failure

first_img What is it? Merck finds a silver lining in its last big Alzheimer’s failure Log In | Learn More [email protected] GET STARTED STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. National Biotech Reporter Damian covers biotech, is a co-writer of The Readout newsletter, and a co-host of “The Readout LOUD” podcast. Pharma Combing through the data of its most recent setback in Alzheimer’s disease, Merck (MRK) sees a glimmer of hope that a once-failed drug might come through for patients in the earliest stages of disease.Merck’s drug, verubecestat, was virtually indistinguishable from placebo in a trial involving roughly 2,000 patients with mild or moderate Alzheimer’s, the company revealed Thursday. Over 18 months, patients saw their cognition, function, and dementia grow worse regardless of whether they got  verubecestat or a sugar pill, and no matter whether their disease was mild or moderate. The results were so decisively negative that Merck ended the trial five months early. Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED Damian Garde What’s included? Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Kena Betancur/Getty Images By Damian Garde Nov. 2, 2017 Reprints About the Author Reprints @damiangardelast_img read more

Financials and energy sectors boost TSX

first_img Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Following Wednesday’s announcement that the Fed remains on course to raise rates one more time this year and three times in 2018, interest-sensitive names on the TSX have benefited, said portfolio manager Kash Pashootan. “Banks stocks are having a good couple of days here given that higher interest rates help their net interest margins,” said Pashootan, who works at First Avenue Advisory, a Raymond James company. “So although the announcement came from the U.S. it had a spillover effect in Canada.” South of the border, banks and industrials were among the few bright spots on U.S. stock indexes as modest gains from a day earlier were wiped out. The Dow Jones industrial average was down 53.36 points to 22,359.23. The S&P 500 index lost 7.64 points to 2,500.60 and the Nasdaq composite index gave back 33.35 points to 6,422.69. “You’re seeing a hangover effect from yesterday’s Federal Reserve meeting and comments,” said Pashootan. “Really, the take away of course is that if there were any doubts that rates were going to continue to rise, that’s been removed off the table.” As a result, he said, that’s having a bullish effect on the U.S. dollar and putting downward pressure on the loonie. The Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of US81.04¢, down 0.44 of a cent. Pashootan said the fact that the market has been fairly boring and inactive in the United States “is a good thing because it’s taking the time needed to digest the news.” “If you think about monetary policy in Canada compared to the U.S., it’s been quite different in the sense that the U.S. has done a better job at speaking ahead and preparing the markets for higher rates,” he said. “The Bank of Canada didn’t prepare the markets as well in advance and you’ve seen the result of that in the Canadian dollar being up double digest in the last six months.” In commodities news, the November crude contract shed US14¢ to US$50.55 per barrel and the October natural gas contract was down US15¢ to US$2.95 per mmBTU. The December gold contract dropped US$21.60 to US$1,294.80 an ounce and the December copper contract declined US3¢ to US$2.93 a pound. Toronto stock market dips on weakness in the energy and financials sectors S&P/TSX composite hits highest close since March on strength of financials sector David Hodges center_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Toronto’s main stock index continued to push higher Thursday as Wall Street veered lower on heightened interest rate expectations from the U.S. Federal Reserve. The S&P/TSX composite index climbed 65.32 points to 15,454.92, with rising energy and financials shares among the key gainers. Keywords Marketwatch TSX gets lift from financials, U.S. markets rise to highest since Marchlast_img read more

Global credits, investing under greater ESG influence: Moody’s

first_imgpanorama with green house and windmill on white background 123RF Study: Racial diversity stagnated on U.S. corporate boards Catastrophe bond market gains momentum Global insurers’ focus on ESG will impact energy sector: report Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media “Investors are seeking more disclosure from companies about how they are addressing these risks as the financial implications are becoming clearer,” Ram Sri-Saravanapavaan, ESG analyst at Moody’s, said in a statement.The report noted that stricter climate-related policies will increase transition risk for industries that are most exposed to carbon regulation, such as utilities, oil and gas, auto manufacturing, airlines, building materials and shipping.“Rising concerns of future asset write-downs and reduced cash flow may raise companies’ cost of capital or reduce access to funding, impairing their ability to raise, service or refinance debt,” Moody’s said.Alongside climate change, Moody’s said that public interest in “preserving natural assets, such as land, water and living things, will increase significantly over the coming years.”From a credit assessment perspective, Moody’s said that “water scarcity, biodiversity, land use, deforestation and food insecurity” will put the spotlight on issuers’ resource management.“Other trends include risks and opportunities created by aging populations and socially driven regulation,” Moody’s said.“Aging is already a big concern in advanced European economies and Japan, and will become a rising credit issue in emerging markets,” it noted.“Consumer activism and heightened focus on responsible production throughout the supply chain will exacerbate the risks of certain products and services, and encourage regulation of new categories such as e-cigarettes.” Environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues are weighing more heavily on credit assessments and investment decisions, says Moody’s Investors Service in a new report.The rating agency has found that the impact of climate change and the transition to a low-carbon economy are increasingly relevant to global credit markets. Keywords ESG,  Climate changeCompanies Moody’s Investors Service Related news James Langton last_img read more

Inmates Begin Clean-Up of Spanish Town

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The St. Catherine segment of the Inmate Public Work Project is now underway, with inmates from the St. Catherine Adult Correctional Centre engaged in clean-up activities in Spanish Town.The work involves the clearing of grass and debris along Burke Road, the Spanish Town Cathedral and the Spanish Town Prison Oval.Speaking at a ceremony held at the Prison Oval on Thursday (Nov. 22) to launch the programme for St. Catherine, Minister of National Security, Derrick Smith, said that the government is committed to implementing workable rehabilitation programmes in correctional institutions.He said it is important to find ways to prepare inmates to rejoin the society after they are released from prison and called on the public to support the work programme.He assured that the inmates were carefully selected and posed no risk to the public. “These persons are considered moderate to low risk and I am 99.9 per cent sure that they will harm no one and in fact, they will make no effort to escape,” he said.Minister Smith told the inmates that the continuation of the project will depend on their conduct. “I am sure that you will benefit from the programme and indeed, you will want some of your fellow inmates to be exposed to a programme of this nature,” he said.In the meantime, he informed that Commissioner of Corrections, Major Richard Reese, has indicated that inmates will undertake repair work at the Richmond Police Station in St. Mary at a minimal cost.“I have taken note of that and I will speak to our building officer to ensure that the quality of work is done and we will take you up on that,” he told Major Reese, who was at the function.Recently, the government approved some $100 million to rehabilitate police stations that have been damaged islandwide.The Inmate Public Work Project, which is being undertaken by the Department of Correctional Services, involves engaging low-risk inmates in the cleaning and beautification of public places.It will be carried out in two phases, with phase one, involving Kingston and St. Andrew, St. Mary, St. Catherine and Manchester to run from November 5 to December 13. Phase 2 will run for 12-weeks beginning January 7, 2008. Inmates Begin Clean-Up of Spanish Town UncategorizedNovember 24, 2007 RelatedInmates Begin Clean-Up of Spanish Town RelatedInmates Begin Clean-Up of Spanish Towncenter_img RelatedInmates Begin Clean-Up of Spanish Town Advertisementslast_img read more

Facelifted 2021 BMW 5 Series leaks ahead of schedule

first_img Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” The refreshed 2021 BMW 5 Series is expected to be fully unveiled at the end of May, and available later this year. advertisement The changes to the 5 Series are minor but noticeable, and occur mostly at either end. The hockey-stick shapes inside the taillights have now made their way to the front daytime running lights; there, they border the lower outside edges of the headlamps. The grille took some inspiration from the rest of BMW’s lineup excepting the 7, it seems, with silver accents and a more angular shape.The whole package brings the 5 Series more in line with the 3 Series’ design, as well as incorporating some touches from the 7 Series, which is exactly what you’d expect from the middle ground of those vehicles. Trending Videos BMW’s venerable 5 Series has been the brand’s mainstay for years, and for 2021 it will be receiving a minor facelift, which we’re now getting an early look at thanks to a series of image leaks.According to BMW Blog, the leak depicts the 530e plug-in hybrid, which features a four-cylinder gasoline engine coupled to a hybrid system, which together develop 252 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque.Rumours surrounding the facelifted 5 speculated it might follow the styling of the 7 Series, which would have meant a massive kidney grille that sticks out like a sore thumb. These images seem to quell those fears and depict a rather understated but handsome-looking vehicle. Trending in Canada The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car evercenter_img COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. See More Videos ‹ Previous Next › PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca RELATED TAGS5 SeriesBMWSedanLuxuryLuxury CarsLuxury VehiclesNew Vehicleslast_img read more

676 “5Star” Wineries to Receive Year-Round Promotional Support from Vinitaly and…

first_imgFacebook Home Industry News Releases 676 “5Star” Wineries to Receive Year-Round Promotional Support from Vinitaly and Vinitaly…Industry News ReleasesWine Business676 “5Star” Wineries to Receive Year-Round Promotional Support from Vinitaly and Vinitaly InternationalBy Press Release – April 17, 2019 128 0 Pinterest Email TAGS5StarWinesVinitaly ReddIt Share Twitter Linkedin AdvertisementThe international selection event 5StarWines announced that 676 wines made it through the blind tasting sessions held in Verona between April 3 and 5, 2019. Appointed wineries will benefit from the results right away, receiving immediate recognition during the Vinitaly exposition whilst availing of a series of exclusive promotional tools and events throughout the rest of the year.Vinitaly’s blind tasting event 5StarWines 2019 drew to a close with a total of 676 selected wines. The wine selection’s third edition included over 3000 bottles, having been sent in from Italy and from all over the world, including countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Canada, USA, and France. Under the supervision of the Senior General Chairman Lynne Sherriff MW, over 90 individuals in the wine business participated as judges: Masters of Wine, Master Sommeliers, oenologists, producers, importers, buyers, journalists, and bloggers. Spanning three-days, these highly-qualified judges examined, commented, and eventually decided which wines would earn international recognition and benefit from various promotional initiatives organized by Vinitaly International and Veronafiere in connection with 5StarWines.Here is a list of the trophies assigned by the judges at 5StarWines:WINERY OF THE YEAR – GRAN VINITALY: CANTINE ANTONIO MAZZELLA SAS – ISCHIA (NA)BEST ITALIAN WINE – BANCO BPM: BAROLO DOCG TERLO RISERVA 2013 – L’ASTEMIA PENTITA SRL – BAROLO (CN)BEST WINES – THE BEST WHITE WINE: ISCHIA DOC BIANCOLELLA “VIGNA DEL LUME” 2018 – CANTINE ANTONIO MAZZELLA SAS – ISCHIA (NA) BEST WINES – THE BEST ROSÉ WINE: CERASUOLO D’ABRUZZO DOP ” HEDÒS” 2018 – CANTINA TOLLO S.C.A. – TOLLO (CH)BEST WINES – THE BEST RED WINE: ISOLA DEI NURAGHI IGT ROSSO “SERRANU” 2015 – CANTINA TANI – MONTI (SS)BEST WINES – THE BEST SWEET WINE: PASSITO DI PANTELLERIA DOC “BEN RYÉ” – DONNAFUGATA S.R.L. – MARSALA (TP)BEST WINES – THE BEST FRIZZANTE WINE: LAMBRUSCO GRASPAROSSA DI CASTELVETRO DOP FRIZZANTE SECCO “VINI DEL RE” 2018 – CANTINA SETTECANI CASTELVETRO SOC. COOP. AGR. – SETTECANI DI CASTELVETRO (MO)BEST WINES – THE BEST SPARKLING WINE: LESSINI DURELLO DOC SPUMANTE BRUT “SETTECENTO33” – CANTINA DI SOAVE – SOAVE (VR)A key section of the blind tasting was also Wine Without Walls dedicated to biodynamic, organic, and natural wines. Here is the list of trophies awarded in that specific category:WINERY OF THE YEAR 2019: FATTORIA LA VIALLA DI GIANNI, ANTONIO E BANDINO LO FRANCO SOC. AGR. SEM. – AREZZO (AR) BEST ITALIAN WINE 2019 – ITALIAN WINE WITH THE HIGHEST OVERALL SCORE SELECTED FOR INCLUSION IN THE GUIDE “5STARWINES: L’ARCHETIPO DI CARLO NAZARENO DIBENEDETTO – CASTELLANETA (TA)5StarWines General Chairman Robert Joseph comments on the importance of featuring in the guide resulting from the selection, particularly for Italian wine producers: “For an Italian wine producer, or indeed a producer anywhere else, what 5StarWines is, is not really a competition, it is based on the book, it is based on giving the reader/consumer a clear idea of good examples of particular Italian wines. And so the panels of tasters here, we have Italian Oenologists who understand the typicity, we’ve got sommeliers,  international buyers, journalists, they are all combining to find the best examples they can of a very wide range of wines. And hopefully for each of these producers, the guide will help them sell that wines into export markets.” 5StarWines judge Emma Gao who is the General manager and winemaker at the Silver Heights Winery in the Ningxia region in China, commented on the importance of the selection: “This is a very good opportunity for producers to have feedback after a whole year of work. Myself, I am a winemaker and I know well the challenges of the wine business. With the market and the tastes of consumers changing so very often, the help of international wine professionals like the 5StarWines judges is key. We’re talking about people who are always travelling, researching, and tasting wines from all over the world. The expertise coming from that can be of great help to wine producers.”The first of these assets for the selected wineries is the possibility of featuring in the 5StarWines – the Book, a print and digital guide that will be widely distributed to to a public composed of top buyers, selected journalists, and wine influencers from all over the world. 5StarWines General Chairman Daniele Cernilli explains the rationale behind the compilation of 5StarWines – the Book: “A guide is the result of an inquiry. 5StarWines-the book is indeed a very charming tool, which is useful first and foremost for an international public. A guide is an authoritative instrument, a little bit like an encyclopedia. 5StarWines-the Book should be read and consulted to approach a very complex and well-structured topic like Italian wine is.”Right after the selection, however, starting from the the first day of Vinitaly, selected wineries will already be able to display their 5StarWines certificate at their booth and find their profile information published on the Vinitaly App. While the diplomas immediately certify the quality of wine presented at their stand, through the app wines will appear on visitors’ and buyers’ screens. Right after the bling tasting, the selected wineries will have their data uploaded onto Vinitaly’s official exhibitors catalogue, accessible both via the web and via app. Using the application, buyers and distributors on the hunt for quality products inside the pavilions will be alerted to the winery’s location at the fair. Special transmission devices using Bluetooth technology, positioned on the winery’s stall, will activate visitors’ smartphones with a notification of the winery’s recent award.The advantages to those who chose to participate in 5StarWines are not limited to Vinitaly; wine producers also earn access to many other tailored promotional opportunities throughout the year. 5StarWines partnered up with Wine-Searcher.com, the search engine used by wine lovers from all over the world to look up reviews, prices, and availability of any given wine. 5StarWines selected labels are inserted in the website’s database with all their respective details and scores, so that millions of wine aficionados will be just one click away from all the “5Star” wines producers entered on the site.Designated wineries will also be able to travel with 5StarWines – the Book. Every year,  Vinitaly International acts as an aggregator for Italian wine producers by organizing a series of events and masterclasses around the world. One of the most significant opportunities for the selected wineries is to become part of these masterclasses and have their wines presented by renowned international professionals in Russia, China, and Hong Kong. This initiative has proven to be a very effective marketing tool, increasing cross-promotion opportunities for both producers and buyers.For the past 50 years, Vinitaly has managed to ride the waves of market fluctuations and changes. In order to do so, the organization has created numerous opportunities to assist wine producers in the expansion of their business. 5StarWines – the Book is a marketing tool that Vinitaly specifically designed to help Italian wineries build new trade relations. The Book is the first promotional guide published by an international expo. Getting published in the guide means having one’s name (and products) spread throughout Italy and abroad via the major trade fairs in the sector, B2B meetings, tastings and masterclasses aimed at professionals in the wine business. It also means accessing key players in the reference market. In 5StarWines – the Book, each wine selected has a dedicated page, along with photos, information about the company, the 5StarWines score, and the judges’ tasting notes.There were 3056 wines participating at this years’ edition of 5StarWines – more than last year’s. Out of these 3056, over 676 scored more than 90 out of 100 and therefore will make it into the Book. For the third year in a row Italy has stood out as one of the best producers at the selection, with Cantine Antonio Mazzella SAS – Ischia (NA) taking home the “Best Winery of the Year – Gran Vinitaly 2019”.You can see the complete list of wines on http://www.5starwines.it/5StarWines – the Book is the annual wine selection organised by Vinitaly. Held in the lead-up to the biggest Italian wine fair in the world, the event is now at its third edition. 5StarWines is a three-day tasting aiming at shedding light on wineries investing in the improvement of their products. During the event, a highly qualified panel of wine professionals tastes and gives score on a 100-point scale to the participating wines. In the last edition, over 2700 bottles took part in the selection and 625 were selected, making it on the 5StarWines – the Book. The guide is a useful tool both on the promotional and commercial side. It introduces the international buyer and wine lover from all over the world to new wine products of great value. It guarantees quality for the wines and it maintains and certifies their value at an international level. Advertisement Previous articleCavit Collection Wines Debuts Cavit Sweet RedNext article2019 Sonoma County Wine Auction Announces Christopher Jackson and Gina Gallo as Honorary Co-Chairs Press Releaselast_img read more

Samsung appoints ex-NSN boss as it attacks mobile networking market

first_img Google renueva Android y muestra novedades en IA PeopleSamsung Home Samsung appoints ex-NSN boss as it attacks mobile networking market Tags AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 05 FEB 2014 KT makes LG Electronics trade-in move Richard is the editor of Mobile World Live’s money channel and a contributor to the daily news service. He is an experienced technology and business journalist who previously worked as a freelancer for many publications over the last decade including… Read more Samsung boosts logic chip investment by $34Bcenter_img Richard Handford Previous ArticleSony looking to sell PC business, focus on mobile — reportNext ArticleVivendi seeking €7B in loans for SFR spinoff – report Author Asia Samsung has appointed Giuseppe Donagemma (pictured), a former senior NSN exec, as the new head of its mobile networking business in Europe.The choice of Donagemma as head of Samsung Networks Europe is not the first hire from its rival as the South Korean giant tries to drag up the less-heralded side of its mobile business.Last autumn Samsung snapped up former NSN chief executive Simon Beresford-Wylie for a key role at its networking business.Donagemma was previously “responsible for Nokia Solutions and Networks in Europe”, according to Samsung. However, NSN’s own website (which curiously still discloses Donagemma’s details), describes him as “head of west south Europe region”, a slightly different title.Samsung’s announcement praises Donagemma for having “ensured healthy profitability for the company (NSN) at a time of global economic crisis”.Since leaving NSN, he has been an adviser and board member for several technology and private equity firms.The Samsung Networks Europe unit was set up to strengthen the vendor’s presence in the region. So far, customers are sparse although the Korean vendor is the sole supplier of a LTE network to 3 Ireland. Relatedlast_img read more

Singtel profit remains under pressure

first_img Asia Singapore operator Singtel reported another year-on-year drop in quarterly profit, due to a sharp decline in the contribution from its regional mobile units and continued weakness in its domestic mobile market.Net profit for the quarter ending 30 June (its fiscal Q1 2019) fell 6.6 per cent year-on-year to SGD832 million ($610 million), which the company said was due to lower contributions from its associates, higher withholding taxes on dividend receipts and adverse currency movements. Its profit also fell year-on-year in its fiscal Q3 and Q4 2018.In the recent period, pre-tax earnings from Singtel’s four regional associates dropped 42 per cent year-on-year to SGD391 million, with weaker results from Airtel in India and Telkomsel in Indonesia.Operating revenue dipped 0.5 per cent to SGD4.13 billion, with a 1.9 per cent increase in consumer revenue to SGD2.36 billion offsetting falls in enterprise (3.2 per cent) and digital life (5.4 per cent). Group mobile service turnover declined 2.2 per cent to SGD1.39 billion, while data revenue fell 1.5 per cent to SGD824 million. Equipment sales rose 13.7 per cent to SGD581 million.Its associates’ proportionate revenue decreased 9.6 per cent from fiscal Q1 2018 to SGD3.28 billion.In an earnings statement, group CEO Chua Sock Koong said the results reflect the resilience of Singtel’s core business against intense competition and increasing headwinds, noting “the group continued to record data growth and Optus made gains in both the consumer and enterprise markets”.DomesticMobile service revenue dropped 3.8 per cent year-on-year to SGD265 million, attributed to the continued impact of voice to data substitution and increased demand for SIM-only plans. Mobile data remained a growth driver, with data roaming revenues offsetting declines in voice roaming. Equipment sales grew 5.5 per cent to SGD105 million with higher take-up of premium handsets.Blended mobile ARPU fell 2.4 per cent year-on-year to SGD35. Mobile subscribers slipped 1 per cent to 4.08 million, with a 5.7 per cent fall in prepaid subs offsetting a 2.1 per cent increase in post paid numbers.AustraliaTotal mobile revenue at Optus grew 7.9 per cent to AUD1.3 billion ($964 million), driven by a 19 per cent jump in equipment sales and a 2.1 per cent increase in mobile service sales. Customer growth was partially offset by lower blended ARPU, down 2 per cent to AUD32 due to an increasing mix of SIM-only plans and data price competition.Optus’ mobile customer base grew 4.2 per cent year-on-year to 10.2 million at end-June, with post paid numbers up 6.7 per cent and prepaid subs stable.Regional unitsSingtel said mobile data continued to grow strongly for its regional associates, but Airtel’s results were affected by mandated cuts in mobile termination rates and Telkomsel’s earnings were impacted by intense price competition, particularly during a compulsory registration of prepaid SIM cards. This exercise is now complete and the pricing situation improved towards end June.Chua noted while competition remains keen in Indonesia and India, Telkomsel and Airtel gained market share: “we have started to see revenue stabilise on a sequential quarter basis for India”.Singtel said AIS and Globe continued to perform strongly: AIS registered robust growth from revenue improvement and cost control; Globe grew earnings on the back of data revenue growth and cost management.OutlookSingtel forecast operating revenue from its consumer and enterprise groups to grow by a low single-digit figure and EBITDA to be stable. Mobile service revenue is tipped to grow by a low single-digit in Australia and decline by a mid single digit in Singapore. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 08 AUG 2018 Joseph Waring Author Home Singtel profit remains under pressure Telkomsel turns on 5G in major cities Previous ArticleAT&T, Telefonica increase Mexico spectrum holdingsNext ArticleSamsung to give huge investment boost to AI, 5G center_img Singtel rethinks strategy after profit plummets Tags AirtelOptusSingTelTelkomsel Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more Singtel lights SA 5G network Relatedlast_img read more

EU passes on Telecom Italia fixed move probe

first_img Telecom Italia announced it was on track to launch fixed spin-off Fibercop in Q1 2021, after the European Commission (EC) concluded the plan and stakeholder make-up of the venture didn’t require further investigation under EU merger rules.Following an EC assessment of Telecom Italia’s plan, the authority decided it “cannot be considered a concentration” in the market and as a result didn’t fall under the jurisdiction of European merger regulation.Final details of the plan to spin-off Telecom Italia’s so-called “secondary network” into FiberCop was detailed in September, when the operator announced the sale of a 37.5 per cent stake to investor KKR Infrastructure for €1.8 billion, subject to regulatory approval.Assets to be held by the new company comprise its fibre network from cabinets to homes in addition to the network owned by FlashFiber, Telecom Italia’s joint venture with Fastweb.Following the investment by KKR Infrastructure, Telecom Italia will own a 58 per cent stake with Fastweb holding 4.5 per cent.Telecom Italia said the EU notification was “an important step towards the launch of FiberCop’s operations”.The company’s shuffle of its fixed assets comes at a time when Italy is pushing for the creation of a single national fibre network, which would be formed by merging assets held by FiberCop with rival Open Fiber.Despite being a long-held aim of the country’s government, the move could yet fall foul of European competition regulations. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Chris joined the Mobile World Live team in November 2016 having previously worked at a number of UK media outlets including Trinity Mirror, The Press Association and UK telecoms publication Mobile News. After spending 10 years in journalism, he moved… Read more Español Related Las grandes operadoras europeas ponen condiciones a las RAN abiertas Chris Donkin Telecom Italia Home EU passes on Telecom Italia fixed move probecenter_img Previous ArticleWind Tre and ZTE Build the Best Italian NetworkNext ArticleITU approves global 5G radio standards Author Telecom Italia bets on long-term renewable energy AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 27 NOV 2020 Telecom Italia confident on hitting annual goals Tags last_img read more