Digi Spain and Telefónica agree on a 10-year fixed broadband bitstream wholesale deal

BUCHAREST, Romania, 9-Jul-2024 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — Digi Communications N.V. (“Digi” or the “Company”), one of the leading European telecommunications companies, listed on the Bucharest Stock Exchange, informs the market that on 9 July 2024, Digi Spain Telecom S.L.U. (“DIGI Spain”), through its subsidiary DS Mobile Networks, S.L.U., entered into a national roaming agreement (the “NRA”) and a RAN sharing agreement (the “RAN Sharing Agreement”) with Telefónica Móviles España, S.A.U. (“Telefónica”). These agreements are concluded for a minimum period of 16 years and are intended to replace starting with 1 January 2025 the existing MVNO agreement concluded between DIGI Spain and Telefónica. Under the RAN Sharing Agreement, the parties agree to also share the mobile spectrum owned by them in Spain, in the 3.500 MHz frequency band.

The agreements are subject to customary closing conditions, such as obtaining the applicable regulatory approvals.

In addition, DIGI Spain has concluded a new fixed broadband bitstream wholesale agreement with Telefónica (NEBA) for a period of 10 years (with the possibility to extend such term).

Following the Company’s announcement from 12 December 2023 regarding the purchase of spectrum licenses in Spain, the conclusion of the agreements announced today will enable the Company to execute an efficient and timely transition of its mobile telephony business in Spain from a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) to a mobile network operator (MNO) and to roll-out its own mobile network.

About Digi Communications N.V.

We are a European leader in geographically-focused telecommunication solutions, based on the number of revenue generating units (“RGUs”) and a leading provider of telecommunication services in Romania and Spain, with a presence also in Italy, Portugal and Belgium.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Experience the blend of minimalist elements and Moravian folklore: Czech composer Tatiana Mikova Carnegie Hall on July 1st

NEW YORK, 24-Jun-2024 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — Czech classical and film music composer, Tatiana Mikova, introduces her String Quartet, “In Modo Lidico,” at Carnegie Hall’s Progressive Musicians Laureate Gala. The work will be performed by the Lehner String Quartet on 1st July 2024, in the famous Weill Recital Hall, well known for hosting hundreds of recitals, chamber music concerts, and other events.

String Quartet “In Modo Lidico” is an instrumental piece that blends minimalist elements with distinct themes influenced by Moravian folklore. Following its world premiere in New York in 2021, the composition will be performed alongside works by other composers.

The title of the piece, “In Modo Lidico,” reflects its frequent use of the Lydian mode, commonly found in Moravia – Mikova’s homeland. Her ability to create cultural and stylistic fusions results in a classical music concert work with seamlessly incorporated folk music influences. This piece was composed in 2012 and 2016, with the first two movements crafted in Czechia and the final movement written in England, where Mikova currently resides.

“I am thrilled to present this composition to a live audience in the iconic Carnegie Hall. Music is a universal language, and I hope my work will resonate with listeners, offering them a memorable experience,” Mikova says.

Mikova expressed gratitude to the Lehner String Quartet for premiering the piece during the pandemic, adding that the otherwise positive message of her work contrasted with this complex period.

Classical music enthusiasts can expect the release of the studio recording and sheet music in the autumn of 2024.

About the Composer
Tatiana Mikova is an eclectic, award-winning Czech composer whose works span symphonic pieces, chamber music and solo compositions, complemented by a career in film scoring across diverse genres. Her noteworthy achievements include two chamber works performed by the prestigious Czech Nonet, one of which was featured on Performance Today, and the awarded “Sinfonietta for Orchestra.”
Her versatility extends to film music, where she has garnered more than 30 international festival awards and nominations. She holds a Master’s degree in Music Composition for Film and Television from the London College of Music, University of West London.

For more information, visit: https://www.tatianamikova.com

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Join online crypto casino WickedBet this Euro 2024 for daily boosted odds on highlighted matches

GRAND DUCAL, Luxembourg, 12-Jun-2024 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — WickedBet is thrilled to announce a special promotion for Euro 2024, offering boosted odds on select matchups throughout the tournament. Football fans can now enjoy even more excitement and potential thrill of winning from June 14th to July 14th.

In celebration of one of the most anticipated football events of the year, WickedBet will spotlight a match each day and Boost the odds on either a game outcome or a prop bet. This unique promotion is designed to add extra value for our new and existing customers, providing better returns on their wagers.

“Euro 2024 is set to be a spectacular tournament, and we want to make a splash for our community,” said Ricky Stroude, Vice President of Sports Book at WickedBet. “My goal at WickedBet is to build a foundation that our community truly enjoys. Quantity is always great, but quality goes much deeper in the retention sector. Our daily boosted odds will make each game even more engaging, offering our users the chance to cash some winning tickets, which is always my end goal. People want to win, and at WickedBet, we get it.”

WickedBet invites all football fans to join in the excitement and take advantage of these special offers. Whether you’re betting on your favorite team or exploring prop bets, there’s never been a better time to get involved. To find our promotion, head to wickedbet.com, select Sports Book, and click on “Wicked Promo. Use Promo Code EUROS2024 for a 250% instant bonus on your first deposit.

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For more information and to stay updated on daily boosted odds, visit WickedBet’s website or follow us on social media.

About WickedBet: 

WickedBet is a premier online casino, lotto, and sports betting platform, committed to providing a top-notch betting experience with competitive odds, a wide range of markets, and exceptional customer service. Our innovative promotions and user-friendly interface make us a favorite among gaming providers worldwide.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

New project to use Copernicus satellite imagery and AI to help EU foresters tackle threats like wildfires

PARIS, 12-Jun-2024 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — Insect outbreaks, wildfires, and windthrow are responsible for most of the biomass loss in European forests. These threats are intensified by climate change: the ever more frequent extreme weather events – like droughts, heatwaves, and storms – make trees even more vulnerable to insects and pathogens, damage and uprooting by strong winds, and to becoming dry fuel for wildfires which spread faster and burn for longer.

“The goal of the Horizon Europe SWIFTT project is to help foresters better manage their projects through affordable, simple, and effective remote sensing tools. Backed up by Copernicus’s satellite imagery and cutting-edge artificial intelligence methods, our solution provides next-generation risk modelling to ensure the longevity of this precious environmental resource in the face of climate change,” says Ariane Kaploun, Head of Nature-based Solutions at AXA Climate and SWIFTT’s project coordinator.

The European Union’s Earth observation programme Copernicus monitors our planet and its environment, providing vast amounts of data that supports applications in many non-space domains.  “With Earth Observation data coming from Copernicus satellites, the SWIFTT project can contribute to the EU Forest Strategy aim of strengthening the protection, restoration, and resilience of Europe’s forests,” highlights Chiara Solimini, SWIFTT’s project officer at the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA).

As the project reaches its halfway mark, the SWIFTT platform, alongside its web and mobile apps, is under development by our technology partners. It will provide foresters with mapping notifications of areas in their forests at risk of windthrow damage, insect outbreaks, and wildfire. Meanwhile, the research partners are working hard in the analysis of satellite imagery and the creation and improvement of the AI models that will make it possible for SWIFTT to identify those threats.

The quality of those models is largely dependent on the training data used as input. As such, SWIFTT’s end-user partners are equipped with tools working with the in-house app and global navigation satellite systems (GNSS), including the EU’s Galileo system operated by EUSPA, to collect precise, time-stamped and geo-referenced forest data sets in Belgium, France, Germany, and Latvia.

“SWIFFT is leveraging synergies among the different space components Copernicus and Galileo to address forest health threats providing an easy-to-use application to forest managers and stakeholders,” says Quentin d’Huart, CEO at project partner Timbtrack.

By combining this rich satellite data and powerful machine learning models, SWIFTT will help foresters (i) identify changes in tree health, map dieback in their forests, and coordinate sanitary cuts faster, (ii) map windthrow damage after a storm for post-storm forest management, and (iii) identify areas at high risk of wildfires. With SWIFTT’s sustainable, effective, and low-cost forest management tool, Europe will be better positioned to combat climate change and preserve our biodiversity through healthier forests.

Learn more: https://swiftt.eu/

The SWIFTT consortium is composed of AXA Climate (FR), Da Vinci Labs (FR), Groupe Coopération Forestière (FR), Leibniz University Hannover (DE), Rigas Mezi (LV), Space Research Institute of Ukraine (UA), University of Bari Aldo Moro (IT), Timbtrack (BE), and Wildsense (FR). The project has been awarded a highly competitive grant in the Horizon Europe funding programme, in the topic ‘EGNSS & Copernicus applications fostering the European Green Deal’ managed by EUSPA. The partners will receive a cumulative €2.8M grant from the EUSPA/European Commission between 2022 and 2025.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Interactive Events: Join the Museum of Unrest for interactive virtual events, including talks and online exhibitions

LONDON, 6-Jun-2024 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — The Museum of Unrest, a new venture launched by LPS21 aims to be a pioneering resource in the activist art and design worlds. The launch of our first online collection of images, writing and discussion, offers a platform for artists, designers and activists to connect, and develop ideas.

The Museum of Unrest blends features about design, technology and artistry with content about society and sustainable development. The Museum of Unrest transcends traditional boundaries, providing a global stage for discussion.

Key features

  • Curated online collections: The Museum of Unrest curates thematic collections that aim to promote conversations.
  • Interactive Events: We aim to host virtual events, including talks and online exhibitions.
  • Global reach: We feature artists from different geographical locations and backgrounds, promoting cultural diversity.

“We are delighted to launch the Museum of Unrest, a digital space that can redefine the way we discuss art, design, society and global challenges like climate change”, said John Phillips, Director of LPS21, the sponsoring organisation. LPS 21 ran a leading London print studio before reconfiguring its activities to concentrate on digital projects. Museum of Unrest invites artists, designers activists and  enthusiasts to start their voyage of discovery by visiting www.museum-of-unrest.org

SOURCE: EuropaWire

PINTSCH TIEFENBACH N.A. UNVEILS REIMAGINED WEBSITE ELEVATED WITH CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY

MARION, Illinois, USA, 2024-Apr-15 — /EPR Network/ — Pintsch Tiefenbach North America, a leading provider of innovative signaling and control systems, is proud to announce the launch of its redesigned website, powered by the latest technology and crafted by the renowned responsive website design and development firm, Precept Partners, L.L.C.

The refreshed website, accessible at www.pintschtiefenbach.us.com reflects Pintsch Tiefenbach’s N.A. commitment to staying at the forefront of technology and providing an enhanced online experience for its customers, partners and industry professionals throughout North American continent.  Key features of the newly redesigned website include:

Modernized Design:

The website boasts a sleek and modern design that aligns with Pintsch Tiefenbach USA’s cutting-edge products and solutions. The user-friendly interface ensures easy navigation and a seamless browsing experience that enables customers to seamlessly navigate to major product categories such as railroad Wheel Sensors & Amplifiers, Axel Counting Technologies, Railroad Signal Systems and related Components.

Responsive Technology:

With the latest in responsive web design, the website adapts seamlessly to various devices, including desktops, tablets, and mobile phones. Users can access vital information about Pintsch Tiefenbach USA’s products and services effortlessly, regardless of their preferred device.

Enhanced Product Information Schema:

The redesigned website provides an updated and comprehensive showcase of Pintsch Tiefenbach USA’s signaling and control systems. Visitors can easily explore detailed product documentation and training videos, as well as specifications, legacy information when actively engaged in the installation or deployment of these technologies in the field.

Intuitive Navigation: The website’s intuitive navigation system ensures that users can quickly find the information they need. From product details to technical resources and direct contact information, everything is easily accessible from a wide range of devices.

Advanced Technology Integration:

Precept Partners, LLC has integrated the latest technological advancements to enhance the website’s performance and security. This ensures a seamless and safe online experience for visitors.

Russell L. Pratt, President of Pintsch North American expressed excitement about the website redesign, stating, “Our new website is a reflection of our commitment to innovation and providing our stakeholders with the best possible online experience. We believe that the redesigned platform will serve as a valuable resource for our customers, partners, and the broader rail safety industry.”

The website redesign was carried out by Precept Partners, LLC, a leading web design and development firm known for its expertise in creating visually appealing and technologically advanced responsive web platforms.

About Pintsch North America, Inc.:

The Pintsch companies are known internationally as recognized technology partners for the best railway wheel sensors, amplifiers, axle counting systems, and industrial products, including state-of-the-art rail safety solutions to ensure maximum reliability and safety for railroad signal, train control, and related transportation requirements.

Pintsch products have been proven in both the heavy freight, light rail, and industrial sectors for over 25 years with a diverse range of services from applications engineering and design, to complete turn-key installation services.

For more information visit: www.pintschtiefenbach.us.com

About Precept Partners, LLC:

Established in 2003, Precept Partners provides Internet strategies, website design, development, and online marketing services to clients in e-commerce, retail, manufacturing, healthcare, technology, the arts, and not-for-profit sectors. Recognition for their work includes coverage in The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, NPR, and Inc magazine, with client awards that include the Inc 500, the Internet Retailer 500, the Hot 100 Best Retail Websites award, the Webby award and many others.

For more information visit: www.preceptpartners.com.

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LogTech company driveMybox expands to Hungary

Patrick Jandt, Balazs Hangel and György Ambruzs signing the contract

HAMBURG, 6-Mar-2024 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — The Hamburg-based LogTech company driveMybox officially announces its strategic partnership with I.C.E. Transport Hungary Kft., an established and strong freight forwarder in Eastern Europe, and is delighted to have Hungary as its third international cooperation partner. Together with its locations in Germany and Italy, driveMybox is positioning itself as a “leading partner” in digital container lorry transport.

The partnership with I.C.E. Transport Hungary now enables driveMybox to bring its expertise and technologies to another market with great potential. Due to its geographical location, Hungary occupies a central position in the Eastern and Central European transport business. This, together with the increasing level of digitalization and the resulting demand for digital solutions, makes the Hungarian market indispensable for driveMybox’s strategic growth.

“Having already enjoyed great success in our two locations in Germany and Italy, we are extremely pleased to now be introducing driveMybox to the Hungarian market. In I.C.E. Transport, we have found a competent and reliable partner who will provide excellent support for our expansion into Hungary with its many years of experience and large network,” says Patrick Jandt, CEO of driveMybox.

“We are in the starting blocks and can’t wait to roll out driveMybox – a digital platform that brings everything to the table for the benefit of customers, truckers and us as I.C.E. – in Hungary. We are proud to have a trusted partner in driveMybox and look forward to working closely with the driveMybox team. It’s time to usher in a new level of Hungarian lorry container transport!”, explains Balász Hangel, CEO of I.C.E. and now also CEO of driveMybox Hungary.

The highly motivated driveMybox team in both Hungary and Hamburg is certain that driveMybox will not only be a sustainable addition to the Hungarian logistics sector, but will also set new standards and make a significant contribution to increasing efficiency and modernising truck container transport in Hungary.

The intuitive and user-friendly booking platform was launched in Germany in 2020 and has since offered an all-in-one solution for container road transport, connecting customers and service providers via the platform. In 2021, driveMybox expanded to Italy and began offering cross-border transport services. This network has now expanded beyond Germany and Italy to Switzerland, Austria, the Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands. With Hungary as a strategic location, transports within Hungary and beyond can now also be conveniently booked via the platform. The goal: to become the leading platform for container trucking – worldwide!

driveMybox: More than just trucking
There is no easier way to get a container from A to B than with the online platform. The entire transport process, from the price enquiry (instant quote) to scheduling and invoicing, is digitalised; in just a few clicks, any company that wants to transport a container by truck can book a transport via the platform. Registered drivers, on the other hand, are shown the optimised transport orders directly on their smartphones via push notifications, allowing them to accept or reject trips flexibly and independently. In this way, driveMybox ensures greater flexibility and transparency in container trucking – and it’s free of charge too. The platform maximises truck capacity and provides a precise overview of transports through visibility and real-time data provision. It also eliminates manual processes and establishes an in-time exchange of information and documents.

We want you!
Are you just as interested as we are in solving the complexity and lack of transparency of the container transport market in your own country? Digitising the entire transport process, bringing customers and truck drivers together with innovative approaches and generating more business by opening up the market? Then contact us at info@drivemybox.de and let’s talk about how we can implement the driveMybox platform in your country. Together with your input and expertise and our full support during the process, the driveMybox platform will be customised to your local requirements, offering immense potential to improve the local container transport landscape.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

‘ALife’ Apple Watch Game Gets Revamped with Version 2.0 Update

TOKYO, Japan, 22-Feb-2024 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — Eve-Sense Inc. (Headquarters: Sumida, Tokyo; CEO: Kosuke Shimizu, hereinafter “we”) is pleased to announce a mega update incorporating multiple new features for “ALife.”

The Apple Watch exclusive game “Little Pet Raising – ALife” has announced version 2.0.0 in its second phase! This version incorporates multiple new features into the existing pet raising game, marking a fresh start. In addition to adding pets as raising characters and princesses with support effects, new elements such as shop, gachas, strengthening system, and growth system have been introduced, which were not present before.

Title: Little Pet Raising – ALife ~Little Treasures of Princesses~
Genre: Classic Pet Raising Game
Price: Free to install (with in-app purchases)
Supported Platform: iPhone and Apple Watch Required
Apple Store Link: https://alife.onelink.me/0wxt/pr021
ALife Official Website: https://contents.eve-sense.com/alife/

Within the compact device of the Apple Watch, the popular app “Little Pet Raising – ALife” has undergone a significant transformation! A slew of new features has been added, including new gachas such as Dinosaur Gacha and Premium Gacha, strengthening system, growth system, and a new shop, making this a comprehensive mega update. Please take this opportunity to try it out. Below, we will inform you about the contents of the update.

â–  New Shop Added! (Choose any pet and wallpaper you want for 3 hours!)
The long-awaited new shop has arrived in “ALife”! In this shop, you can freely choose and purchase pets and wallpapers. With products changing every 3 hours, you can always enjoy new items. Combine your favorite pets and wallpapers to create your own unique world. Don’t miss out!

â–  Pet Growth System Added! (Growth speed varies with the efficacy of the food)
Responding to user requests, a new pet growth system has been introduced! It is now possible to grow your pet by feeding it three types of food simultaneously, with a system that allows for growth in seven stages, both small and large. Let’s grow your pet.

â–  Princess Strengthening System! (Strengthen support effects by leveling up!)
In “ALife,” the support effects of princesses are a very important element. Maximize their power to strengthen the support effects. This will surely be of great help in breeding and adventuring.

â–  Significant Additions to Various Gachas!
Pet Gacha: Increased by an additional 61 for a total of 237 (176+61=237 total).
Princess Gacha: Increased by an additional 60 for a total of 120 (30+60=120 total).
Wallpaper Gacha: Increased by an additional 200 for a total of 300 (100+200=300 total).
Dinosaur Gacha: NEW (total of 134).
Premium Gacha: NEW (total of 9) with a super high chance!

â–  New Gacha Released! Dinosaur Gacha (Total of 134)
A princess found a mysterious glowing egg while on a walk. Driven by curiosity, she took it back to the castle and continued to warm it carefully. A few days later, the egg cracked open, and a small dinosaur emerged.

â–  Premium Gacha Added!
The Premium Gacha becomes available once certain conditions are met! Not only does it feature legendary creatures, but the probability of getting them is significantly increased. So, when the gacha appears, make sure to check it out!

â–  Other Updates
The design of the health and experience bars has been revised and adjusted to be cuter!
A revival feature has been added for when your precious pet dies!
A notification feature has been added for when new items are available in the new shop and others!
Additional designs and sound effects have been added!
Bug fixes and page transition speed improvements!
Adjustments have been made to make the expressions for pet sending/receiving and preparation easier to see!
Enhanced fast download and capacity changes!

Currently, “Little Pet Raising – ALife” has completed its update to version 2.0.0. However, we are now embarking on the development of an even more evolved version 3.0.0. We will continue to strive to make ALife more enjoyable and ensure that all users spend meaningful time with it. We look forward to your continued support and patronage.

SOURCE: EPR Network

CDP INDUSTRY UPDATE JAN 2024: CDP vendors, employment, and funding

MILFORD, CT, United States, 20-Jan-2024 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — The Customer Data Platform (CDP) industry continued to attract new participants despite challenging business conditions in the second half of 2023, according to the CDP Institute’s latest Industry Update report.  Most of ten companies added in the latest edition of the report were small firms started in the past five years and focused on profile building and analytics.  In previous reports, many added vendors were older, larger firms that adding CDP features to existing campaign and delivery products.

“The CDP market still contains pockets of opportunity for new vendors to fill,” commented CDP Institute Founder and CEO David Raab.  “Companies specializing in a particular region, industry, or price point continue to identify niches where they can compete.”

Growth of the over-all CDP industry remained sluggish during the six–month report period.  Employment and cumulative funding both rose 2%, well below historical averages.  Total industry size was reported as 186 firms, 16,381 employees, and $6,917 million funding.

There was some improvement in employment growth at previously listed companies, which rose by 1.1% compared with just over 0.5% in the preceding report.  The share of firms reporting an employment increase rose from 62% to 65%.

As in previous periods, larger companies showed better results than smaller firms: employment among previously listed companies rose 2.1% at the largest 25% of firms, compared with a drop of 1% at the remaining 75%.  The top 25% of firms now account for 65% of total industry employment and 80% of funding.  Still, the industry remains highly fragmented, with the five largest firms accounting for only 16% of employment and 13% of funding.

Other key findings in the report include:

  • Funding events including one Initial Public Offering (Klaviyo), one large financing round ($52 million Series D for Simon Data), and four smaller financing rounds.
  • Three ownership events including acquisition of Easyence by mediarithmics, merger of Adabra and Neodata to create Blendee, and purchase of PUSHTech by Cendyn.
  • U.S.-based firms continue to dominate the industry, accounting for 46% of companies, 63% of employees, and 83% of funding.   European vendors make up 37% of firms with 23% of employment and 8% of funding, while Asia-Pacific firms are 18% of companies, 14% of employment and 9% of funding.
  • CDPs that provide marketing functionality make up 66% of vendors with 75% of employment and 75% of funding.  CDPs with functions limited to profile building and analytics account for 34% of vendors, 25% of employment, and 25% of funding.

About the Report

The CDP Industry Update Report provides detailed information on CDP vendors, employment, and funding broken by CDP type, location, founding year, and more.  It is based primarily on public data and includes eight years of information collected at six-month intervals.  The report can be downloaded for free at https://www.cdpinstitute.org/resources/industry-update-january-2024/.

About the Customer Data Platform Institute

The Customer Data Platform Institute is a vendor-neutral organization that educates marketers and technologists about customer data management.   The Institute publishes industry news and educational materials, provides vendor comparison reports, builds directories of industry vendors and service firms, and offers Webinars, workshops, and consulting on related issues.

Customer Data Platforms are defined as “packaged software that maintains a unified, persistent customer database which is accessible to external systems.”  They are the only types of packaged software specifically designed to create and share a complete view of each customer.

For more information, visit www.cdpinstitute.org.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

DIGI SPAIN ACQUIRES SPECTRUM LICENSES IN SPAIN

BUCHAREST, Romania, 12-Dec-2023 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — Digi Communications N.V. (“Digi” or the “Company”) would like to inform the market that on 11 December 2023 Digi Spain has concluded a spectrum transfer agreement with respect to the transfer from Xfera Móviles, S.A. (part of MasMovil Group in Spain) and acquisition by Digi Spain of the spectrum licenses for the private use of the radioelectric public domain related to certain sets of blocks of frequencies (2 x 10 MHz in the 1,800 MHz band, 2 x 10 MHz in the 2,100 MHz band and 20 MHz in the 3,500 MHz band) (the “Spectrum Licenses”) for a consideration of EUR 120,000,000, which includes a conditional component of EUR 20,000,000 (the “Spectrum Transfer Agreement”). The Spectrum Transfer Agreement has been concluded in the context of the merger control proceeding directed by the European Commission (Case M.10896 – OSP/MásMóvil/JV) for the approval of a concentration whereby Lorca JVCo Limited and Orange, S.A. shall create and acquire joint control over a full function joint venture comprising their respective Spanish telecommunications operators. In the same context, Digi Spain and Orange Espagne, S.A.U. concluded on the same date an option agreement whereby the latter grants Digi Spain the option to enter in the future into a national roaming service agreement (the “Option”) for the provision by Orange Espagne, S.A.U. to Digi Spain of a wholesale mobile electronic communications service, which would allow Digi Spain to access all available technologies in the mobile network of Orange Espagne S.A.U. or its affiliates, including MasMovil Ibercom S.A.U., in Spain. The transfer of the Spectrum Licenses and the grant of the Option are subject, among others, to the completion of the transaction between Orange and MasMovil, which requires the approval of the European Commission.

About Digi Communications NV

We are a European leader in geographically-focused telecommunication solutions, based on the number of revenue generating units (“RGUs”) and a leading provider of telecommunication services in Romania and Spain, with a presence also in Italy, Portugal and Belgium.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Digi Communications N.V. expands its presence in Portugal with a spectrum usage agreement

BUCHAREST, Romania, 11-Dec-2023 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — Digi Communications N.V. (“Digi” or the “Company”) would like to inform the market that on December 8, 2023, DIGI PORTUGAL LDA. (“Digi Portugal”) and VODAFONE PORTUGAL – COMUNICAÇÕES PESSOAIS, S.A. (“Vodafone”) have entered into a framework agreement on the basis of which, after the Portuguese Competition Authority’s approval Digi Portugal will be assigned the spectrum usage rights of 2×10 Mhz in the 1,800 Mhz band and 2×10 Mhz in the 3,400-3,800 Mhz band and granted wholesale bitstream access over Vodafone’s own proprietary optical fibre network to Digi Portugal, as part of a remedy package to be submitted by Vodafone to the Portuguese Competition Authority in connection with its acquisition of Cabonitel/NOWO Communications S.A.

About Digi Communications NV

We are a European leader in geographically-focused telecommunication solutions, based on the number of revenue generating units (“RGUs”) and a leading provider of telecommunication services in Romania and Spain, with a presence also in Italy, Portugal and Belgium.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

New Game Release “Little Pet Raising – ALife” on Apple Watch

TOKYO, Japan, 2023-Nov-27 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — We are excited to announce the start of “Little Pet Raising – ALife ~Little Treasures of Princesses~” on Apple Watch!!

Eve-Sense Inc. (Headquarters: Sumida, Tokyo; CEO: Kosuke Shimizu, hereinafter “our company”) is proud to announce the launch of Little Pet Raising – ALife.

Approximately two months after the release of the Apple Watch Ultra 2, we are about to release a novel application. The game, titled “Little Pet Raising – ALife,” will be released simultaneously in 173 countries around the world. It allows players to raise tiny pets, about 3mm in size, within their Apple Watch, making everyday life a little more enjoyable.

â–  Service Launch Date: Scheduled for December 1, 2023 (Friday)
Title: Little Pet Raising – ALife ~Little Treasures of Princesses~
Genre: Classic Pet Raising Game
Supported OS: iPhone and Apple Watch Required
*Member registration is not necessary. If you raise them well, you can enjoy it for free!

App Store here: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/little-pet-raising-alife/id6449017801
Visit the ALife official website: https://contents.eve-sense.com/alife/

■ What is Little Pet Raising – ALife ~Little Treasures of Princesses~
This story is set in the faraway, fantastical world called “the continent of Ekria”, where princesses desperately take care of their adorable pets in order to build deep “bonds” with them. Through the magical Apple Watch, princesses can take care of their pets daily, such as playing, feeding and grooming. Some use their own magical powers or even prepare meals from ingredients to feed to their pets to improve their growth. It seems that some princesses aim to have the most wonderful pet than anyone else. So, will you be able to meet your ideal pet in this magical world?

â–  Basic Information About the Game
This game requires both an iPhone and an Apple Watch. Start by selecting a pet from your iPhone and add it to your Apple Watch. There are over 170 pets and infinite combinations of cooking methods. When preparing for an adventure, you can activate auxiliary effects by taking a limited number of coins and a princess along with you. By combining three ingredients, you can complete the hidden royal recipe and carry up to two items. Also, since you can have one special equipment, you can easily raise the level of your pet by using it in conjunction with auxiliary effects.

On the Apple Watch side, pets sometimes find treasure chests. Let’s open it.
Also, by flicking the Apple Watch, you can check the status and perform various actions.
Although pets are digital, they are living creatures. Occasionally, you play with them or give them a bath, and if they get dirty, you must clean them. An unsanitary environment can lead to illness, so please be considerate when raising your pet.

â–  Pre-Registration Campaign
Upon reaching 1,000 pre-registrations, we will gift a “Zebra” for your pet and 1,000 coins along with a “Magical Clover” for initial use!
Pre-register here: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/little-pet-raising-alife/id6449017801

We hope you take this opportunity to try out Little Pet Raising – ALife.
Thank you very much!

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Motorvision Group is accelerating its localization efforts and cost savings with the help of AI dubbing technology from Dubformer.ai

AMSTERDAM, 9-Nov-2023 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — Motorvision Group, a leading European producer and operator of TV channels specializing in automotive content, is successfully transforming its localization process with the help of AI dubbing technology provided by Dubformer. By embracing AI-powered localization, Motorvision not only significantly reduced its localization costs, but also improved its connection with Motorvision’s target audience in LATAM countries and paved the way for potential expansion into new markets.

Motorvision Group is a well-established operator of TV channels, focusing on all aspects of the automotive industry, offering news coverage, documentaries, lifestyle content, and (Live) motorsports programs. With a worldwide presence and localized in multiple languages such as English, French, German, LAS, Greek, Portuguese, and Thai, Motorvision caters to a diverse range of viewers. The channels feature series with episodes ranging from 30-60 minutes in length, as well as shorter clips primarily intended for their popular Motorvision YouTube channel.

Traditionally, Motorvision relied on human translators and voice actors for subtitling and dubbing. However, the company recognized the need to optimize its localization process in order to stay competitive and meet the growing demands of its global audience. By adopting AI dubbing technology from Dubformer, Motorvision was able to expedite its localization efforts while achieving significant cost savings.

Motorvision began subtitling content in Greek and Brazilian Portuguese, and successfully produced four episodes with voiceovers in Latin American Spanish (LAS). The LAS version received widespread acceptance from Motorvision’s technical team, audience, and local linguists. Importantly, the AI-generated voiceover proved to be far more cost-effective than conventional market rates, allowing Motorvision to consider expanding AI dubbing to a wider range of languages.

One of the initial challenges faced by Motorvision during their AI dubbing testing was ensuring the correct pronunciation of different brands and eliminating the somewhat “robotic” sound (the first test was done in UK English). Dubformer effectively addressed these challenges by incorporating feedback from their “proof-listeners” and is actively working on integrating relevant glossaries to guarantee perfect pronunciation.

Furthermore, in order to create a more natural-sounding audiotrack, the Dubformer team explored different voices and applied enhanced AI mixing techniques, successfully achieving the desired outcome.

“We are thrilled to embark on this journey with Dubformer,” said Raimund Koehler, CEO of Motorvision Group. â€œOur mission is to provide our viewers around the world with the highest quality programming in their preferred language. With the help of Dubformer’s unique AI technology and approach involving human proof-listeners, we can increase our output without compromising on the quality of our content.”

In the initial AI dubbing venture, Motorvision has already achieved a 17% reduction in total localization costs. Motorvision has successfully dubbed four episodes for the LATAM and Spanish markets and is now preparing for further collaboration. The company’s ambitious plans include expanding AI dubbing into French, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, and potentially English, as they continue to revolutionize the localization landscape in the media industry.

Working in collaboration with Dubformer, Motorvision remains committed to enhancing its localization process and revolutionizing the media industry by leveraging AI technology.

About Dubformer
Dubformer (https://dubformer.ai/) is an AI dubbing start-up, specializing in delivering broadcast-level quality dubbing and voice-over services to the media industry. The company leverages a unique technology stack, developed by a team of leading AI experts, pairing it with the Human Touch platform. This approach ensures that the outcome aligns with the media industry standards.

About Motorvision Group:
Motorvision Group is Europe’s leading creator and producer of automotive-themed television programming. The company unites the production, purchase, and sale or licensing of moving image content with the operation of global TV channels, and online and mobile streaming services under one roof. More information: www.motorvision-group.com

SOURCE: EuropaWire

ITC’s agnostic software is set to revolutionize traffic control in the United States

Peachtree Corners announced a partnership with ITC Intelligent Traffic Control Ltd (ITC), providing an agnostic software solution that can be applied to existing traffic infrastructure to measure traffic and predict and mitigate congestion before it occurs for a more safe, sustainable and efficient travel experience. ITC is partnering with Curiosity Lab to launch this solution for the first time in the United States and will be deploying the solution at intersections for demos & testing.

TEL AVIV, Israel, 22-Sep-2023 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — Peachtree Corners – one of the USA’s first smart cities powered by real-world connected infrastructure and 5G – announced a partnership with ITC Intelligent Traffic Control Ltd (ITC), providing an agnostic software solution that can be applied to existing traffic infrastructure to measure traffic and predict and mitigate congestion before it occurs for a more safe, sustainable and efficient travel experience. ITC will be partnering with Curiosity Lab to launch this solution for the first time in the United States and will be deploying the solution in select Peachtree Corners’ traffic intersections for demonstrations and testing.

ITC’s software solution connects to existing traffic cameras and uses ground-breaking computer vision analysis to accurately identify all road objects and collect data including speed, acceleration, traffic flow, distance, pedestrian activity and more, while complying with privacy regulations by hiding license plates and faces. Using proprietary machine learning models, this data is then used to create a traffic model that highlights patterns of each intersection or corridor with the ability to connect across a grid of intersections and create one holistic image. ITC is also predicting traffic patterns in real-time based on historic data, enabling cities to have proactive and adaptive control of traffic congestion.

As what is being called #SiliconOrchard in the metro-Atlanta region, The City of Peachtree Corners in Georgia is a vibrant municipality that’s home to more than 45,000 residents, 45,000 jobs and an innovation hub that houses some of the world’s most disruptive technology companies. Peachtree Corners is a premier smart city powered by real-world connected infrastructure and 5G, serving as the model for how government and private industry can better collaborate to create a better future.

“With our solution already deployed across Israel, in Australia and other countries worldwide, Curiosity Lab will serve as a real-world playground for us to continue to develop our solution and to officially launch in the U.S. with an official office in the Innovation Center,” said Aharon Brauner, ITC Co-Founder and CEO. “That ecosystem is the perfect opportunity for us to demonstrate the effectiveness of our solution with consistent mixed traffic, public transit and pedestrian activity along the corridor. Proven to be 99% accurate in both daytime and nighttime scenarios, our solution is more accurate than human or other data collectors, and we are looking forward to using this opportunity to enhance traffic management throughout Curiosity Lab’s ecosystem and into Peachtree Corners to improve the everyday lives of visitors and citizens.”

In addition to uncovering patterns, ITC’s solution can create traffic simulations across intersections and corridors where the software is deployed. Here, traffic controllers and city managers will be able to see real-time object-driven visualization and simulation with a geographic overlay and to create countless theoretical traffic scenarios for the software to solve. Through its proprietary algorithms, ITC’s software can also manage traffic based on a city’s specific goals, whether that be to limit carbon emissions and improve sustainability or provide general traffic management, prioritize pedestrians or public transit and more.

“Our software not only learns and adapts traffic signals and patterns in real-time, but also has the capability to manage traffic to prioritize certain categories of road users,” said Dvir Kenig, ITC Co-Founder and CTO. “This allows cities to manage each intersection or corridor differently based on the type of traffic they are seeing and/or time of day. If an intersection regularly has heavy pedestrian traffic, our solution can prioritize this category and will develop models for pedestrian tendencies across wait time, how long it takes to cross the street, etc. Cities can then prioritize pedestrians in mixed traffic by limiting the wait time to cross the street based on foot traffic. Similarly, this can be applied to public transit and even school buses in mixed traffic, ensuring for these categories efficient trips to remain on schedule.”

“According to recent studies, more than 40% of traffic accidents occur in intersections, and congestion accounts for 25% of car greenhouse gas emissions – with the average driver spending three days per year stuck in traffic,” said Brandon Branham, Curiosity Lab Executive Director. “This cost-effective traffic solution is going to be a game-changer for cities across the U.S. ITC’s solution gives city managers and traffic engineers the affordable tools to make our roadways safer, more efficient and thus more sustainable for everyone on the road. We will be able to manage intersections in real-time and can easily download a traffic report and adapt traffic signal patterns remotely, which is a huge advantage for city managers when there are major wrecks, community events and sudden surges in traffic. The ease of scalability is also impressive, which makes this even more appealing to city managers and CTOs across the country. As a city, we are excited to witness how ITC continues to improve our residents’ daily driving experience.”

SOURCE: EuropaWire

The EU-funded CommuniCity project to award 30 tech pilots with €12,500 each

PORTO, 20-Sep-2023 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — Following the success of its First Open Call, the CommuniCity project launched on September 12th its Second Open Call Round. Several stakeholders are called into action to co-create innovative, digitally inclusive, sustainable solutions to tackle social, technological, economic, and urban challenges. These efforts are geared towards meeting the specific needs of marginalised communities residing in European cities.

The Second Open Call mimics and expands the First Open Call, during which the project’s 3 Partnering Cities of AmsterdamHelsinki, and Porto awarded 13 innovative ideas (pilots). This time, the initiative has expanded to 4 cities, which will build upon previous valuable knowledge to address additional challenges of AarhusBredaPrague, and Tallinn. These so-called Replicator Cities are joining the project to meet the needs of vulnerable communities. For that purpose, all participating cities have defined several social challenges spanning various topics from the “online abuse against children and women” to “social housing energy efficiency”. In this round, approximately 30 pilots will each receive €12,500. Furthermore, if cross-border pilots are involved, the teams can apply for additional funding of €5000 and €10000.

To promote collaboration and enhance the quality of the pilots, a Matchmaking Platform has been set up for citizens, companies, organisations and tech providers to find a partner for their tech pilots. The Second Open Call Round will follow the same evaluation criteria of the previous round and will ensure a transparent and fair evaluation process. The process is open to all legal entities that can guarantee performance and fulfil the criteria stated in the Open Call Guidelines.

Proposals can be submitted from the 12th of September 2023, until October 31st 2023 at 5 PM CET on the CommuniCity website. The winning teams will be announced in early December 2023, and the pilots will begin right afterwards. The piloting phase is expected to conclude by the end of May 2024.
CommuniCity is a 3-year project funded by the European Commission’s Horizon Europe Framework Programme. The project aims to establish 100 tech pilots through 3 rounds of Open Calls to tackle the needs of European cities and communities through co-creation and co-learning processes.

More details about CommuniCity Open Calls are available on the project’s website (http://communicity-project.eu) and on its social media channels:

Instagram @communi_city
Twitter @communi_city
LinkedIn CommuniCity

SOURCE: EuropaWire

La Astrología Revela la Verdad detrás de la Separación de Joe Jonas y Sophie Turner

BRAZIL, 13-Sep-2023 — /EuropaWire/ — Los fanáticos de Joe Jonas y Sophie Turner se sorprendieron esta semana con el anuncio de su divorcio. En una carta abierta, la actriz enfatizó que la decisión fue mutua y amigable. Las razones de la separación podrían ser muchas, pero la sinastria astral de la pareja indica algunos de los caminos que llevaron al fin de esta unión.

Según Astrolink, si la compatibilidad entre los dos se pudiera medir en una escala del 1 al 100, recibirán una puntuación de 55. Esto se debe principalmente al elemento Fuego que impregna los mapas astrales de ambos. Comenzando con Sophie, que es Piscis, pero tiene un mapa astral bastante interesante: Ascendente, Luna y Venus en Aries. Al mismo tiempo, también tienen una buena compatibilidad en los aspectos lunares, lo que indica una pareja creativa y extrovertida que intercambia muchas ideas y tiene mucho potencial para ser una pareja exitosa.

Sin embargo, hay poca afinidad en los signos solares, venusianos y mercurianos. El Sol en Piscis de Sophie tiende a ser más introvertido y tranquilo, mientras que el Sol en Leo de Jonas prefiere estar en el centro de atención y brillar. Por otro lado, el deseo de atención de este aspecto leonino puede haber sido alimentado por el Ascendente y la Luna en Aries de la actriz.

Otro detalle es que Joe tiene Venus en Escorpio y Sophie en Aries. En este aspecto, estas son posiciones bastante opuestas. A pesar de ser Piscis, Sophie también tiene la Luna en Aries, lo que significa que, a pesar de su introversión, no le gusta quedarse quieta y prefiere momentos de romance y conquista. En cambio, la Venus en Escorpio de Joe tiende a ser más posesivo y tranquilo.

Sophie tiene Mercurio en Acuario y Joe en Escorpio. En este aspecto, Sophie tiende a ser más abierta al diálogo y al intercambio de ideas cuando se siente cómoda. El Mercurio en Escorpio de Joe hace que quiera profundizar en temas y puede ser repetitivo e incluso agotador.

Acerca de Astrolink

Astrolink es la comunidad astrológica más grande del mundo, con más de 10 millones de usuarios. Es una plataforma para adquirir autoconocimiento y mejorar tu vida a través de la astrología, ofreciendo un acceso fácil y rápido a tu carta natal, horóscopo personalizado, sinastria amorosa, tarot, nodos y ciclos lunares, guías y diversas herramientas que te ayudarán a comprender mejor tu papel en el universo y tomar las mejores decisiones. Conocerte a ti mismo, y a quienes amas, cambiará tu vida para mejor.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Astrologia revela a verdade por trás da separação de Joe Jonas e Sophie Turner

BRAZIL, 13-Sep-2023 — /EuropaWire/ — Os fãs de Joe Jonas e Sophie Turner foram surpreendidos esta semana com o anúncio do seu divórcio. Numa carta aberta, a atriz destacou que a decisão foi tomada de forma mútua e amigável. Os motivos da separação podem ser diversos, mas a astrologia oferece algumas indicações sobre os caminhos que levaram ao fim deste casamento.

De acordo com o Astrolink, se a compatibilidade entre os dois pudesse ser avaliada numa escala de 1 a 100, eles receberiam uma pontuação de 55. Isto deve-se, sobretudo, à influência do elemento Fogo nos mapas astrais de ambos. Começando por Sophie, que é pisciana, mas possui um mapa astral bastante interessante, com o Ascendente, a Lua e Vénus em Áries. Ao mesmo tempo, eles também têm uma boa compatibilidade nos aspetos lunares, o que indica um casal criativo e extrovertido, que partilha muitas ideias e tem potencial para ser bem-sucedido.

No entanto, existem poucas afinidades nos signos solares, venusianos e mercurianos. O Sol em Peixes de Sophie tende a ser mais introvertido e reservado, enquanto o Sol em Leão de Jonas prefere estar no centro das atenções e destacar-se. Por outro lado, o desejo de atenção característico de Leão pode ter sido alimentado pelo Ascendente e pela Lua em Áries da atriz.

Outro detalhe a considerar é que Joe tem Vénus em Escorpião e Sophie em Áries, posições bastante opostas. Apesar de ser pisciana, Sophie também tem a Lua em Áries, o que significa que, apesar da sua introspeção, ela não gosta de ficar parada e prefere momentos românticos e de conquista. Já a Vénus em Escorpião de Joe tende a ser mais possessiva e tranquila.

Sophie tem Mercúrio em Aquário e Joe em Escorpião. Neste aspeto, Sophie tende a ser mais aberta ao diálogo e à troca de ideias quando se sente à vontade. Já o Mercúrio em Escorpião de Joe faz com que ele queira aprofundar-se em temas, podendo ser repetitivo e até mesmo cansativo.

Sobre o Astrolink

O Astrolink é a maior comunidade astrológica do mundo, com mais de 10 milhões de utilizadores. É uma plataforma que permite adquirir autoconhecimento e melhorar a vida através da astrologia, oferecendo acesso fácil e rápido ao seu mapa astral, horóscopo personalizado, análise do amor, tarot, nodos e ciclos lunares, guias e diversas ferramentas que ajudam a compreender melhor o seu papel no universo e a tomar as melhores decisões. Conhecer a si próprio – e quem ama – pode melhorar a sua vida significativamente.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Big Updates in TuneFab Spotify Music Converter V3.1.19 – Take Them First!

NEW YORK, NY, United States, 2023-Aug-23 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — The new release of TuneFab Spotify Music Converter V3.1.19 has brought new features to facilitate effortless and more efficient experience of downloading Spotify songs. Take a preview of these new updates brought in the latest version.

TuneFab, the well-known brand mainly for developing handy streaming media solutions, has released the latest TuneFab Spotify Music Converter V3.1.19 with great updates to deliver the leading features in downloading Spotify songs. From the acceleration speed to the capability, TuneFab Spotify Music Converter has leveled up in the new version, greatly facilitating the experience in streaming Spotify Music offline.

“What we mainly focused on in this new update was definitely user experience. Considering efficiency, we have adopted a new technique, functioning to speed up conversion. The outcome was also out of our imagination, which was directly improved by 30 times faster! You will definitely be impressed by the incredible fast performance delivered in TuneFab Spotify Music Converter V3.1.19.” One of the member of TuneFab’s technical team, told us excitedly.

Among all the new updates in TuneFab Spotify Music Converter V3.1.19, the most noticeable change can be the enhanced conversion speed. Other than this, there are more great updates brought in the new version that also contain the following ones:

  • Add support to video podcasts download (extract as regular audio files)
  • Two more uncompressed audio formats (AIFF, ALAC) are added to the optimal output options
  • ID3 tags can be used for editing the files names and also classify the download folders to sort Spotify songs offline automatically
  • Instant downloading list reordering and pausing features are both added
  • The streaming feature is also enhanced to ensure the same great-quality playback experience as using Spotify official music player
  • Cache clearing feature is also added as a bonus to ensure data security and program running stability at the same time

TuneFab Spotify Music Converter V3.1.19 is now on TuneFab’s official site for installing without any charge. You can go to install the program and try its brand-new features for free now.

About TuneFab
A top-rated software developer in the multimedia industry, TuneFab is well known for bringing the most reliable and easy-to-use solutions for audio and video conversion, editing, and playback. In the future, TuneFab will keep on fighting for its mission, to deliver users with stable and speedy streaming media download functions, to ensure a free multimedia enjoying experience for all of you.

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Join the movement: Share your anti-war art on social media using hashtags like #ArtOfPeace

TBILISI, Georgia, 15-Aug-2023 — /EPR INTERNET NEWS/ — This summer, four anti-war Russian emigrants came together through their involvement in the first-ever “Art of Peace” artist residency, backed by Campaigns for Humanity, the human rights-focused philanthropic arm of digital marketing agency Renaissance3. The initiative facilitates connection among artists affected by conflict and provides them with a platform to express their opposition to war and engage with their host communities.

“Art of Peace” innovators blend technology, self-expression to bring anti-war messages to life

Created through a collaboration of artists wishing to remain anonymous due to concerns for the safety of loved ones inside Russia, the cutting-edge project known as “Road Signs” uses augmented reality to catapult street art into the future: Users in Russia and neighboring countries who download the mobile app “AR Hunter” can point their smartphone camera at a road sign and see it transform into an animated artwork promoting peace.

“Road Signs,” whose message speaks directly to those potentially involved in armed conflict, will be integrated into the “AR Hunter” [http://arhunter.org/] app created by Anastasia Vladychkina, leader of the well-known art group Yav [https://taplink.cc/yav_zone], by the end of August.

Continuing the embrace of the latest applications of technology in art, prizewinning artist and “Art of Peace” resident Alisa Yoffe [http://alisayoffe.com/] led a masterclass on protest art in the virtual-reality world of “Xanax Tbilisi.” During the session, Yoffe virtually “walked” participants through the streets of Tbilisi to view protest art superimposed on elements of the cityscape. Emphasizing the collaborative nature of the project, Yoffe has invited all who wish to contribute their own anti-war graffiti to access the world of “Xanax Tbilisi” through the platform “VRChat [https://hello.vrchat.com/].”

Against the backdrop of war, a poignant artistic movement emerges

A heartfelt song born from the collective contemplation of 10 Russian emigrants when posed with the question, “What would you say to someone fighting in the war against Ukraine?” and titled “To the Russian Soldier,” culminates in the haunting refrain, “I want [you] to live… others will live too.”

Data reported [https://en.zona.media/article/2023/07/10/stats] in Mediazona underscore the grave risk born by those sent by Russia to fight: While military casualty data are classified, with those daring to report on the number of fallen soldiers prosecuted for spreading “fake news” about the army, as of late May 2023, at least 47,000 Russian men under the age of 50 had died in the war. Mediazona and Meduza estimated [https://en.zona.media/article/2023/07/10/stats] that 78,000 Russian soldiers may have been wounded or missing in action, bringing overall losses to 125,000. This figure stands in stark contrast with publicly disclosed information from Russia; as reported in Mediazona [https://en.zona.media/article/2023/07/10/stats], the last time the Ministry of Defence disclosed any casualty figures was in September 2022, when Sergei Shoygu announced that a total of 5,937 soldiers were killed in action.

Pioneering narratives for peace

Semra Fogel, an inaugural “Art of Peace” resident and architect of the “Verses are Louder than Bombs” workshop, gathered five anti-war poets at Reforum Space Tbilisi [https://reforumspaces.io/] this July for a collaborative art-making experience centered around song. In her own words, “I think art is a way to draw attention to this problem. If more people are going to use their art for this purpose and ask their friends to, we stand a better chance at peace. It’ll be better… for those who have already suffered from the war and for those defending themselves against further and further evil that this war brings.”

Fogel plans to build on her initial concept, with the goal of scaling it so more people feel prepared to produce protest art, whether collaboratively or individually. Reflecting on the five poets who participated in her flagship workshop, Fogel said, “I’m very proud of their work. I’m proud of my work because I managed to inspire them. It’s the coolest thing.”

Get involved

To participate in the Art of Peace movement, individuals and communities are encouraged to:

  • Share their anti-war artwork on social media using the hashtags #ArtofPeace#ИскусствоМира#IWantYouToLive, & #ХочуЧтобыЖил.
  • Contribute to the virtual gallery [https://campaignsforhumanity.com/art-of-peace] hosted by Campaigns for Humanity.
  • Host their own collaborative art-making meetups. The resident artists crafted a guide for members of the public to use, included below.

Guide to Hosting an Art of Peace Art-Making Meetup

  1. Gather a group of people and any art supplies you like or have access to. Old magazines, glue, and paper are all you need to create a collage!
  2. Together, look at a piece of art, such as one of those included in the virtual gallery [https://campaignsforhumanity.com/art-of-peace/]. Then discuss how it makes you feel, what you like about it; maybe what you didn’t understand or didn’t like about it.
  3. Spend some time as a group making art or poetry of your own, inspired by the discussion and the artwork. You might use the title “I want you to live” or “art of peace” to help guide you.
  4. Share your work on social media using the hashtag #ArtofPeace#ИскусствоМира#IWantYoutoLive, & #ХочуЧтобыЖил.

To stay up to date on the latest Art of Peace news, follow Campaigns for Humanity on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

EXPRESS YOUR OPPOSITION TO WAR THROUGH ART: SHARE YOUR ANTI-WAR ARTWORK ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND JOIN THE VIRTUAL GALLERY 

TBILISI, Georgia, 7-Jul-2023 — /EuropaWire/ — This summer, a group of Russian activists, currently living in exile, are banding together to cultivate artistic resistance to the war among the Russian diaspora. The activists, all of whom are working artists collectively specializing in a variety of mediums, initially connected through their participation in the inaugural “Art of Peace” artist residency sponsored by Campaigns for Humanity, the human rights-focused philanthropic arm of digital marketing agency Renaissance3. The initiative is designed to bring together artists affected by conflict and provide them with a platform to express their opposition to war and engage with their host communities.

“It [Art of Peace] provides an opportunity to collaborate with other talented artists, poets, and writers, united by a common goal: confronting war and violence through art.” – Anastasia Vladyckina, Art of Peace resident

Reflecting on the residency, one participant, who asked to be identified only by the letter “R” due to concern for the safety of her family still living in Russia, stated, “War cannot stop us from creating art. Here we meet, speak out, exchange, and create.”

Driven by their belief in the transformative power of expression, the “Art of Peace” residents are sharing their expertise with the broader diaspora community through immersive art experiences open to the public–including those who may not yet consider themselves artists. During these experiences, participants are guided to cultivate a sense of community amongst themselves as they create works centering around the themes of peace and pleas of “I want you to live,” an appeal directed at those in Russia they fear they could lose to this unjust war.

One of the experiences produced by the residents, titled “Verses Are Louder than Bombs,” is being organized by musician Semra Fogel and takes place at Reforum Space Tbilisi on 8, 15, and 16 July. Prospective participants must submit an application containing an original anti-war poem, which they will transform into a soundtrack over the course of three sessions led by Fogel, who received professional training in workshop facilitation as part of the “Art of Peace” residency.

“I want to inspire people opposed to the war to create art and feel the courage to share it with those who became victims of propaganda,” said Fogel. “I believe that art can be a powerful tool to promote peace and understanding between people of different backgrounds and political opinions.”

Those selected by Fogel to participate will have the opportunity to contribute the song they create during the sessions to an anti-war album that will ultimately be released to the public. Participants pay a fee of 30 GEL, with all proceeds sent to Helping To Leave, a volunteer-driven initiative that provides assistance to Ukrainians affected by the war. Participation is free for Ukrainian citizens.

Additional “Art of Peace” resident-led experiences, including a collaborative street art project conducted in augmented reality and a masterclass in protest art held in virtual reality, will be announced soon.

“Art is also capable of restoring the spiritual strength of people suffering from war and destruction. It can help them perceive the world and themselves in it anew, seeking paths to inner reconciliation and emotional peace. In this sense, art serves as a means of healing and self-expression, which can help people cope with traumas and fears.” – Anastasia Vladyckina, Art of Peace Resident

As “Art of Peace” moves beyond the residency phase and expands its reach to the general public, the founding class of artists expressed enthusiasm about the project’s potential. “While war–using weapons–deprives us of the opportunity for dialogue, art remains a means of interaction on the path to peace,” wrote resident Alisa Yoffe, who is known for her large-scale anti-war art installations. “I am an artist from Russia, and I find it extremely important to speak out against war.”

To participate in the Art of Peace movement, individuals and communities are encouraged to:

  • Share their anti-war artwork on social media using the hashtags #ArtofPeace, #ИскусствоМира, and #IWantYouToLive.
  • Contribute to the virtual gallery hosted by Campaigns for Humanity.
  • Host their own collaborative art-making meetups. The resident artists crafted a guide for members of the public to use, outlined below.

Guide to Hosting an Art of Peace Art-Making Meetup

  1. Gather a group of people and any art supplies you like or have access to. Old magazines, glue, and paper are all you need to create a collage!
  2. Together, look at a piece of art, such as one of those included in the virtual gallery. Then discuss how it makes you feel, what you like about it; maybe what you didn’t understand or didn’t like about it.
  3. Spend some time as a group making art or poetry of your own, inspired by the discussion and the artwork. You might use the title “I want you to live” or “art of peace” to help guide you.
  4. Share your work on social media using the hashtags #ArtofPeace, #ИскусствоМира, and #IWantYoutoLive

To stay up to date on the latest Art of Peace news, including announcements of forthcoming workshops, follow Campaigns for Humanity on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

SOURCE: EuropaWire