France Community – Val De Moder http://val-de-moder.org/ Fri, 01 Jul 2022 02:20:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://val-de-moder.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Val-De-Moder-icon-150x150.jpg France Community – Val De Moder http://val-de-moder.org/ 32 32 ICC celebrates 20th anniversary with Ukraine in sight https://val-de-moder.org/icc-celebrates-20th-anniversary-with-ukraine-in-sight/ Fri, 01 Jul 2022 02:20:16 +0000 https://val-de-moder.org/icc-celebrates-20th-anniversary-with-ukraine-in-sight/ Published on: 01/07/2022 – 04:20 The Hague (AFP) – The International Criminal Court celebrates its 20th anniversary on Friday, with the war in Ukraine giving the court new momentum after two decades of criticism and controversy. Since its founding Rome Statute entered into force on July 1, 2002, the world’s only permanent war crimes tribunal […]]]>

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The Hague (AFP) – The International Criminal Court celebrates its 20th anniversary on Friday, with the war in Ukraine giving the court new momentum after two decades of criticism and controversy.

Since its founding Rome Statute entered into force on July 1, 2002, the world’s only permanent war crimes tribunal has had a mediocre record of just five convictions.

But the Hague-based ICC remains the court of last resort for serious charges such as genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and aggression, when member states are unable or unwilling to prosecute.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and subsequent ICC investigation into alleged war crimes have made the international community aware of the importance of the rule of law, says ICC prosecutor, Karim Khan.

“If we don’t obey the law today, I think there’s very little hope for anyone tomorrow,” Khan told AFP in an interview in May.

“This growing awareness has been made more acute by the events of February 24 and events in Ukraine – and I think that is long overdue.”

The ICC is hosting a special 20th anniversary conference on Friday to mark the occasion, with speakers including its current president Piotr Hofmanski and prosecutor Khan.

“Lofty Goals”

The Court says the event is “an opportunity to reflect on how the ICC has lived up to expectations”.

But those expectations have always been high.

The ICC is the successor to the Nuremberg trials of Nazi war criminals, when the post-war international order sought an ideal of global justice.

Tribunals over the wars in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s and the Rwandan genocide of 1994 also laid the groundwork for a permanent tribunal.

The Rome Statute was signed in 1998 and entered into force four years later, allowing the Court to finally open its doors.

Yet since then he has failed to ensnare any senior government leader, and his five convictions to date have all been against African rebels, including a former child soldier.

“When considering the legacy of the ICC in light of its lofty goals, the results are negligible,” Thijs Bouwknegt of the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies told AFP.

It has had resounding failures, with former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo being cleared, former DR Congo Vice-President Jean-Pierre Bemba acquitted on appeal and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta being dropped.

The ICC opened its doors 20 years ago but has failed to ensnare any senior government leaders, and its five convictions to date have all been of African rebels Martijn Beekman ANP/AFP/Dossier

Equally detrimental is the absence of key players.

The United States, which signed the Rome Statute in 2000 but never ratified it, has at times been actively hostile, at one point sanctioning the tribunal for its investigation into Afghanistan.

China, Israel, Myanmar and Syria also stayed away, as did Russia, which even reportedly sent a spy posing as a trainee to target the ICC investigation into Ukraine.

“Armageddon Recipe”

But while there have been “fair” criticisms of the ICC, the court has made a “significant contribution”, said Victoria Kerr of the Hague-based Asser Institute for International and European Law.

The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor, Karim Khan, will speak at a special 20th anniversary conference on Friday
The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor, Karim Khan, will speak at a special 20th anniversary conference on Friday JOHN THYS AFP/File

“The ICC is not a panacea, and its effectiveness should not be measured solely on its beliefs,” Kerr told AFP.

In recent years, the tribunal has sought to improve, with new investigations into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Venezuela and the Philippines.

It is now in Ukraine that the court has the opportunity to prove its credentials.

Khan said recent support from 43 states for the ICC’s Ukraine investigation was “not just because of what’s happening in Ukraine.”

“When we look at international law as an a la carte menu that states can choose from… that’s the recipe for Armageddon,” he told AFP.

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DeBose, Kotsur, Eilish among 397 Film Academy guests – The Durango Herald https://val-de-moder.org/debose-kotsur-eilish-among-397-film-academy-guests-the-durango-herald/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 19:12:00 +0000 https://val-de-moder.org/debose-kotsur-eilish-among-397-film-academy-guests-the-durango-herald/ Recent Oscar winners Ariana DeBose, Troy Kotsur and Billie Eilish are among 397 people who have been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Recent Oscar winners Ariana DeBose, Troy Kotsur and Billie Eilish are among 397 people who have been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and […]]]>

Recent Oscar winners Ariana DeBose, Troy Kotsur and Billie Eilish are among 397 people who have been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Recent Oscar winners Ariana DeBose, Troy Kotsur and Billie Eilish are among 397 people who have been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The organization that organizes the Oscars said on Tuesday that 44% of the class of 2022 identify as women, 50% are from outside the United States and 37% are from underrepresented ethnic and racial communities. If the guests accept, which most do, they will be eligible to vote at the 95th Academy Awards.

Guest actors this year include Anya Taylor-Joy, Jessie Buckley, Gaby Hoffman, ‘Belfast’ co-stars Jamie Dornan and Caitríona Balfe, and Jesse Plemons and Kodi Smit-McPhee, both of ‘The Power of the Dog’. “. There is also a significant international presence, with invitations going to Iranian Amir Jadidi (“A hero”), Norwegian Renate Reinsve (“The worst person in the world”), Frenchman Vincent London (“Titane”) , Nigerian Funke Akindele (“Jenifa”) and Japanese Hidetoshi Nishijima (“Drive My Car”).

Directors on the list include Andrew Ahn (“Fire Island”), Reinaldo Marcus Green (“King Richard”), Mary Lambert (“Pet Sematary II”), Amy Seimetz (“She Dies Tomorrow”) and Isabel Sandoval (“Lingua Franca”).

Several people, including “Flee” director Jonas Poher Rasmussen, “Drive My Car” writer-director Ryusuke Hamaguchi, and “CODA” writer-director Sian Heder, have been invited to multiple branches, but they have to pick one. one upon acceptance.

In the music branch, Eilish’s brother, Finneas O’Connell, was also a guest, alongside Dan Romer (“Luca”) and Nathan Johnson (“Knives Out”). And writing branch guests include Jeremy O. Harris (“Zola”), Adele Lim (“Crazy Rich Asians”), Alex Ross Perry (“Listen Up Philip”), Jon Spaihts (“Dune”) and Craig Mazin (“The Hangover Part II”).

Each year, the academy invites a new group of entertainment professionals to join the organization. Although an Oscar nomination is not a requirement, it is often a starting point. The 2022 guest class, for example, includes 71 Oscar nominees and 15 winners.

The academy has for years placed particular emphasis on diversifying its ranks. If all agreed to be part of this year’s class, 34% of the academy would be women, 19% from an underrepresented community and 23% from outside the United States.

The 95th Academy Awards will take place in Los Angeles on March 12, 2023.

This photo combination shows some of the newly appointed members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, top row from left, Andrew Ahn, Mariano Barroso, Lori Tan Chinn, Pawo Choyning Dorji and Robin de Jesús, second row from left, Jamie Dornan, Billie Eilish, Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Jeremy O. Harris and Gaby Hoffmann, third row from left, Amir Jadidi, Troy Kotsur, Adele Lim, Olga Merediz and Hidetoshi Nishijima, bottom row from left, Finneas O’Connell, Jesse Plemons, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Anya Taylor-Joy. (AP Photo)

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“There is a lot of excitement”: the Tour de France arrives in Denmark | Tour de France https://val-de-moder.org/there-is-a-lot-of-excitement-the-tour-de-france-arrives-in-denmark-tour-de-france/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 04:00:00 +0000 https://val-de-moder.org/there-is-a-lot-of-excitement-the-tour-de-france-arrives-in-denmark-tour-de-france/ VSbike lanes have been painted yellow, knitting enthusiasts have made a giant yellow jersey and preparations are underway for a flotilla of yellow-flagged boats. The ‘big yellow party’ comes to Denmark on July 1 when the country widely regarded as the world’s best for cyclists hosts the opening stage of the world’s biggest cycle race. […]]]>

VSbike lanes have been painted yellow, knitting enthusiasts have made a giant yellow jersey and preparations are underway for a flotilla of yellow-flagged boats. The ‘big yellow party’ comes to Denmark on July 1 when the country widely regarded as the world’s best for cyclists hosts the opening stage of the world’s biggest cycle race.

The Tour de France was originally scheduled to start in Copenhagen in 2021, but was moved to Brest in response to a Covid-related scheduling conflict with the European Championships.

The postponement of the Grand Depart from Copenhagen by a year was welcomed as allowing more time for planning and now, after the Covid closures, the organizers are hoping that their investment of 150 million Danish kroner (approximately 17.3 million sterling) will boost tourism.

“There’s a lot of excitement in the city,” said Sophie Hæstorp Andersen, cycling fan and mayor of Copenhagen, where a huge clock in the city’s main square counts down to July 1. “We are preparing for a big yellow party where everyone is invited,” Andersen said.

The King Christian X Bridge in Soenderborg covered in yellow fabric before the start of the 2022 Tour de France cycling race. Photography: Claus Fisker/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP/Getty Images

Denmark’s reputation as a cycling nirvana is well deserved. There are approximately 7,500 miles of cycle paths and cycle paths across the country and half of all Copenhagen residents commute by bicycle.

Cycling fans in Copenhagen will be able to try the Tour de France route for themselves on July 2, when professionals set off for stage two from Roskilde Cathedral, where Viking King Harald Bluetooth is believed to be buried. After a windswept sprint over the Great Belt Bridge, the course ends at Nyborg on the island of Funen.

The third and final Danish stage will begin on July 3 in the town of Vejle, known as the Kingdom of Cycling thanks to its alpine-quality climbs shaped by the Ice Age in an otherwise remarkably flat country.

The Grand Départ trophy of the Tour de France cycling race and various jerseys are on display at an exhibition inside the Danish Industry Building in Copenhagen, Denmark
The Grand Départ trophy and shirts on display at an exhibition inside the Danish Industry building in Copenhagen. Photography: Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP/Getty Images

The route will pass through the port of Vejle, with buildings designed by artist Olafur Eliasson, as well as the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Jelling, where Bluetooth raised the Jelling Stone in 965 CE, marking the unification of Denmark as a Christian nation. Cyclists will pass through Kolding, famous for its 750-year-old royal fortress, Koldinghus, as well as another Unesco World Heritage Site at Christiansfeld before finishing 113 miles later at Sønderborg.

A total of 5,000 volunteers will help keep the festivities going across the country, but the Municipality of Vejle has taken an interesting approach to boost engagement. “We wanted the community to feel like they owned the event instead of just commissioning projects,” said organizer Jacob Rasmussen, “so we created a DKK 3 million grant fund for innovative projects that celebrate cycling”.

Tour de France Vejle is run by an unassuming man in shorts named Lars Ulrich – a physiotherapist and cycling enthusiast who has spent his whole life explaining that he is not Metallica’s drummer.

Ulrich was tasked with getting non-cyclists excited about the race. “I thought to myself, ‘How can I make this event historic? How do I get him to be remembered for anything other than skintight lycra pants? “The Covid has separated us for so long that the Tour de France is an opportunity to reunite, I want everyone to be involved.

Residents of local hospices and nursing homes used 9,000 balls of yarn to knit a giant 600kg yellow jersey to be hoisted at the port.
Residents of local hospices and care homes knitted a giant yellow jersey to hoist at the port.

Sydbank employee Alex Slot Hansen has invested in 9,000 balls of yarn for residents of local hospices and care homes to knit a giant 600kg yellow jersey to hoist at the harbour. “I’ve had a lot of messages from caregivers saying this has been therapeutic for particular patients,” Hansen said.

Morten Teilmann-Jørgensen from the Viking Kings experience center invented “the Viking Biking Escape Box”. “You get in a box on a stationary bike and you see yourself on a screen,” Teilmann-Jørgensen said. “There are virtual ‘Vikings’ behind you, and when you start riding, they start chasing you.”

The Viking Escape Box
The Viking Escape Box Photography: handout

Restaurant owners and retailers are preparing for the city to double in size, with 100,000 visitors from around the world expected. Ulrich and his team focused on the importance of hospitality for local businesses and how to be a good host – something that doesn’t necessarily come naturally in a country that isn’t renowned for its culture of service.

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Maria Theresa Olsen of Café Bryg in Vejle hopes to defy expectations. “I try to think, ‘If I was a tourist, what would I want?’ and ‘how can I give a good impression of this city that I’m proud to call home?’ she said.

“The eyes of the world will be on us, so we want to give the best experience possible.”

The one element of the experience that no one can plan for is the weather, and Denmark’s unpredictable summers make relying on the sun unnecessary. “I check the forecast daily and keep my fingers crossed,” Hæstorp Andersen said, “but it will be what it will be.”

Ulrich takes a more optimistic approach: “It’s like we always say in Denmark: ‘there is no bad weather, just bad clothes'”.

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Colorado is experiencing an unprecedented decline in life expectancy since World War II, driven by COVID and overdose deaths https://val-de-moder.org/colorado-is-experiencing-an-unprecedented-decline-in-life-expectancy-since-world-war-ii-driven-by-covid-and-overdose-deaths/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 10:03:23 +0000 https://val-de-moder.org/colorado-is-experiencing-an-unprecedented-decline-in-life-expectancy-since-world-war-ii-driven-by-covid-and-overdose-deaths/ Life expectancy fell in Colorado for the second straight year in 2021. It’s the kind of decline, driven by the pandemic, not seen in decades, according to state health department data. The average life expectancy for Colorado residents fell to 78 years in 2021. That’s slightly lower than 2020, the first year of the pandemic […]]]>

Life expectancy fell in Colorado for the second straight year in 2021. It’s the kind of decline, driven by the pandemic, not seen in decades, according to state health department data.

The average life expectancy for Colorado residents fell to 78 years in 2021. That’s slightly lower than 2020, the first year of the pandemic when it was 78.4 years, but the drop represents a persistent and significant drop. almost three years compared to 2019.

“The last time life expectancy dropped like this was in 1943, which was the deadliest year of World War II for the nation,” said Chief Medical Officer Dr Eric France. of State. “It is tragic to see life expectancy dropping. Death rates have increased by 20%”.

The main drivers of the decline were COVID-19 and overdose deaths.

Data varies by demographic group. COVID-19 was the leading cause of death among Hispanics, as well as Hawaiians/other non-Hispanic Pacific Islanders and Native Americans/Alaska Natives, the data showed.

Dr Lilia Cervantes, associate professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, said she was not surprised by the new numbers.

“The Latino community makes up the majority of the essential workforce,” said Cervantes, who is a member of the Colorado Vaccine Equity Taskforce. “During COVID they have been the least protected. They could not avoid public transport. They have had to continue working sometimes even when sick and are the least likely to have health coverage.

Vaccination rates for Hispanics, the term used in state and federal health studies, lag other groups, both in Colorado and nationally.

Data reflects national trends.

American Indians and Alaska Natives faced similar health issues at the population level. Both communities entered the pandemic with “long-standing, pre-existing health disparities that made them particularly vulnerable to more severe COVID illness and death,” said Michelle Sarche, licensed clinical psychologist and associate professor at the Centers for American Indian & Alaska Native Health and Department of Community and Behavioral Health at the Colorado School of Public Health.

She noted that many tribal communities face underlying health issues, including “inadequate access to health care, education, affordable and adequate housing, and economic opportunity, all of which are treaty rights and reliance obligations that the United States, in its own analysis, has failed to defend.”

As disturbing as these data are, however, it’s important to tell the whole story, “that of resilience, resistance and survival,” said Sarche, a member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of the Ojibwe Tribe.

Native American and Alaska Native communities “have launched some of the most successful vaccination campaigns,” she said. “They have mobilized enormous resources to protect their communities, and the most vulnerable among them – including the elders”, carrying the native language and culture to younger generations.

Cervantes also highlighted the resilience of Hispanic communities during the pandemic and highlighted changes that could help down the road.

She said countries with similar wealth to the United States provide more comprehensive social services and guarantee health care. She thinks a recent push to cover all Coloradans and make health care more affordable could help.

“I feel like Colorado is creating changes to make access to health care coverage less dependent on immigration status and socioeconomic status,” she said.

Overall life expectancy for Colorado residents was 78.4 years in 2020 (81.0 years for females, 76.0 years for males) and 78.0 years in 2021 (80.9 years for males). women and 75.2 years for men), according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. . This is based on final death certificate data for 2020 and 2021, and improved population estimates for both years.

COVID-19 remained the third leading cause of death among Colorado residents in 2021, as it did in 2020, the health department found. Among non-Hispanic Black/African Americans, Asians and Whites, COVID-19 was the third leading cause of death.

Unintentional injuries, which include all accidental drug overdoses, motor vehicle accidents and falls, remained the fourth leading cause of death among Colorado residents in 2021, while suicide remained the eighth leading cause and that homicide rose from the 17th to the 16th leading cause. Chronic diseases continue to make up the remaining leading causes of death.

“The main driver of the increase in drug overdose deaths in recent years has indeed been fentanyl,” said Vital Statistics program manager Kirk Bol. Fentanyl is a potent synthetic opioid similar to morphine but 50 to 100 times more potent. It is increasingly found in other drugs containing fentanyl, causing users to accidentally overdose.

In 2017, the state recorded 81 fentanyl deaths. In 2021, the number has risen to 912, or half of all overdose deaths. Bol called it a “shocking increase”.

In 2021, there were 1,881 total drug overdose deaths among Colorado residents – an increase from the 1,477 deaths recorded in 2020. The largest increase was for fentanyl, which rose from 540 in 2020 to 912. Increases were also seen in overdose deaths involving methamphetamine and cocaine, while slight decreases were seen in heroin overdose deaths.

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John Tripp – The Sun Sopris https://val-de-moder.org/john-tripp-the-sun-sopris/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 04:12:57 +0000 https://val-de-moder.org/john-tripp-the-sun-sopris/ July 18, 1919 – June 3, 2022 John Tripp, longtime Carbondale resident, died June 3 at the age of 102 in a new place filled with old friends and loved ones. John was born in Waterbury, Connecticut on July 28, 1919, where he lived until World War II brought change for many, including John. He […]]]>

July 18, 1919 – June 3, 2022

John Tripp, longtime Carbondale resident, died June 3 at the age of 102 in a new place filled with old friends and loved ones. John was born in Waterbury, Connecticut on July 28, 1919, where he lived until World War II brought change for many, including John.

He enlisted in the army in Hartford, Connecticut on October 14, 1942. After a short stint in the Army Air Corp, he joined the 87th Mountain Infantry Regiment which brought him to Camp Hale. In the summer of 1943, his regiment set out to liberate Kiska in the Aleutian Islands. After this mission he returned to Camp Hale where the 87th merged with the newly formed 10th Mountain Division. A long period of training at Camp Hale was followed by the Division’s expedition to confront the German army in northern Italy. During this offensive, John was injured, receiving the Purple Heart and Bronze Star medals.

While training at Camp Hale, John met and married Irene Walker. Eight months after the war ended, John returned to Colorado to reunite with Irene and her daughter, Judy. John and Irene settled in Denver where they added three boys to the family, Jon, Larry and Bill.

John and Irene’s love of the mountains has taken them skiing, camping and hiking in and around Leadville and Aspen, in particular. Traveling from Denver to Aspen, they planned to settle in Carbondale, where they could enjoy waking up each morning to a view of Mount Sopris. Their dream of moving to Carbondale came true in 1969 after they bought land and built a house.

John had many jobs in the valley where he made many friends, young and old, whom he and Irene treasured. They also traveled extensively, visiting all seven continents. They spent a lot of time in Provence, France, where John could speak and improve his French.

John lived a long and full life. His mind was sharp and he was vibrant in his thoughts and conversation until the end. Among his contributions to the Carbondale community, John provided an oral history to the Roaring Fork Veterans History Project in association with the Library of Congress in 2007; and he has been interviewed many times for various articles and videos sharing a proud story.

John was predeceased by his wife Irene, parents, two sisters and son-in-law Jim Briscoe.

John is survived by his four children: Judy Briscoe, Paonia; Jon, Carbondale; Larry, basalt; and Bill (Jill) Durango; also his brother-in-law Jerry Walker, Tualatin, Oregon; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the 10th Mountain Foundation (10thmountainfoundation.org) or Aspen Public Radio in its name. A celebration of John’s life will be held July 17 at Sopris Park between 1 and 4 p.m.

“I love nature, it’s the best we have.” –John Tripp, 2018.

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Meta returns to Cannes to showcase the shift from mobile to metaverse https://val-de-moder.org/meta-returns-to-cannes-to-showcase-the-shift-from-mobile-to-metaverse/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 08:00:22 +0000 https://val-de-moder.org/meta-returns-to-cannes-to-showcase-the-shift-from-mobile-to-metaverse/ It’s incredibly exciting for Meta and the creative community to be back in Cannes after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. Since its first outing in 1954, the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity has brought together the creative communications industry in the South of France to learn, network and celebrate. This year, we’re […]]]>

It’s incredibly exciting for Meta and the creative community to be back in Cannes after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.

Since its first outing in 1954, the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity has brought together the creative communications industry in the South of France to learn, network and celebrate.

This year, we’re excited to give attendees a first look at the metaverse, highlighting what might be possible in the future, while sharing the opportunities for businesses right now.

We showcase the creativity of our community, our creators and our partners and share the power and possibilities of our technology: from worlds horizons to reels and enterprise messaging – and how, together, we can work to create authentic links between them and their communities.

Discover new Meta Horizon worlds with MINI and Fender

We are proud to see two new Meta Horizon Worlds makes its Cannes debut today; the MINIVerse, from the automotive brand BMW Group, MINI, and the Fender Stratoverse™ from Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. Horizon Worlds is a social virtual reality experience where people can create and explore together.

MINI is the first automotive brand to collaborate with Meta’s Creative Shop to create a virtual experience in Horizon Worlds. The MINIVerse reinvents that thrilling Go-Kart feeling. Up to four drivers can experience the rush of driving a MINI as it weaves through an exhilarating gravity-defying track. Players can also customize their virtual ride for the track.

The Fender Stratosphere™ Horizon World is a guitar-shaped island, floating high in the stratosphere and offers a first co-play audio experience for creating original musical riffs. Visitors take part in a virtual treasure hunt, finding chords in the Stratoverse and bringing them together to create unique musical combinations

The new Meta Horizon worlds from MINI and Fender are available to all Meta Quest 2 headphone users in the US, Canada and the UK. In addition, visitors to our Cannes headquarters in Meta Beach can experience both worlds of the brand as part of the Meta Horizon Worlds Pavilion demos.

These are great examples of brands taking their first steps into the metaverse. You can read more about this exciting work here.

You can also watch my interview with Sebastian Beuchel, Head of Global MINI Brand Management below.

The Power and Possibilities of Commercial Reels and Messages

At Meta Beach, visitors will be able to get inspired and stimulate their creativity, immersing themselves with Reels. Our Reels Super Studio, created in collaboration with renowned artist Felipe Pantone, is an interactive experience designed to bring out the creator in all of us. Come and find out why this format is the biggest driver of engagement growth for Instagram right now.

We also shed light on how business leaders can reinvent customer communication by using Meta’s messaging solutions as a new creative canvas that can strengthen relationships between brands and their audiences.

Every week, more than a billion people log in with a business account on our messaging services. As part of its first appearance at Cannes, WhatsApp will feature a series of brand activations and experiences to show how messaging can unlock new customer experiences, including a messaging concierge service on WhatsApp that will act as a personal guide for the festival.

I’m excited to spend the week talking to our customers and partners about the shift from mobile to metaverse and how today’s products will deliver the promise of tomorrow and lead us to new creative possibilities.

Check our website to learn more about the thought leadership sessions, workshops and activations taking place at Meta Beach this week.

You can also follow my personal journey around Cannes Lions by following me on instagram and LinkedIn.

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UK monkeypox outbreak not yet under control, experts say | Monkeypox https://val-de-moder.org/uk-monkeypox-outbreak-not-yet-under-control-experts-say-monkeypox/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 13:22:00 +0000 https://val-de-moder.org/uk-monkeypox-outbreak-not-yet-under-control-experts-say-monkeypox/ The UK monkeypox outbreak is not yet under control, experts have warned, with some suggesting vaccines may need to be offered to all men who have sex with men. Monkeypox, which will be given a new name by the World Health Organization (WHO), is usually found in West and Central Africa, but an unprecedented outbreak […]]]>

The UK monkeypox outbreak is not yet under control, experts have warned, with some suggesting vaccines may need to be offered to all men who have sex with men.

Monkeypox, which will be given a new name by the World Health Organization (WHO), is usually found in West and Central Africa, but an unprecedented outbreak in recent weeks has seen cases appear in a host of countries, from France to Canada and Australia. It is understood that the WHO will hold a meeting next week to decide whether the outbreak should be classified as a public health emergency of international concern.

As of June 12, 470 cases had been identified in the UK, including an increase of 104 cases reported in England last Monday. Experts warn that additional measures may be needed to curb the rise.

“At the moment there is no clear evidence that the current outbreak is under control,” said Paul Hunter, professor of medicine at the University of East Anglia.

Cases have so far mainly been found in gay or bisexual men or men who have sex with men – although experts have raised concerns about stigma in some communities, pointing out that anyone can catch it monkeypox and that it is spread between humans through close contact.

A smallpox vaccine that also offers protection against monkeypox is available, with current guidelines ideally recommending that shots be given to close contacts of cases within four days of exposure to monkeypox to prevent or mitigate the impact of infection, although in certain circumstances it may be administered. to people up to 14 days after exposure to reduce symptoms in case of infection.

“I guess if we don’t see this under control very soon, then we’re looking at offering the vaccination to all men who have sex with men, and possibly sex workers,” Hunter said.

Professor Jimmy Whitworth from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine also raised concerns. “These numbers of new cases suggest that we are not yet under control of the monkeypox epidemic,” he said, although he cautioned that the trend in cases over a longer period needed to be examined. , while it could take a week or two before the number of new cases has decreased once transmission is brought under control.

But Whitworth said it was clearly a very difficult outbreak to control. “There appear to have been large spread events which allowed infections to spread rapidly to many different countries, and there are chains of transmission which suggest there may have been cases without any obvious signs of infection. infection, which allowed further spread that went undetected,” he said.

Hunter said there were probably many factors at play. “What worries me the most is that for a disease whose transmission may have a significant stigma for some is that people may not not be totally honest about their contacts and if so, public education and a ring vaccination strategy may not be enough,” he said, adding that another concern was to know to what extent contacts complied with the self-isolation period.

“For someone who is not openly gay, having to self-isolate for 21 days would be tantamount to coming out,” Hunter said, noting that the situation was sensitive and complex, especially for bisexual men who do not. have not dated their female partners.

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According to the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), people who have been tested are usually notified of their result within 24 hours, with contacts identified and followed up as soon as possible, and vaccination offered if appropriate.

However, the agency reported challenges related to the outbreak, noting: “Most cases reported having had sexual contact with new or casual partners, sometimes in the context of cruising venues or during chemsex, often where coordinates were not available for search.”

Dr Michael Head, senior researcher in global health at the University of Southampton, said public health teams in the UK and overseas had done a great job, both with finding and reporting the contacts as well as specific and sensitive public health messages.

Head said there was a small signal in the UK data that the epidemic was slowing down – although it was not yet certain – while the lack of infections in the wider community showed that transmission was resting. on very close contacts.

“It’s less complex to deal with than, say, a Covid-19 epidemic, and it gives hope that the epidemic will end in the coming weeks or months,” he said.

Dr Hugh Adler from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine said there could be a positive view of the rise in the number of cases. “Perhaps this is [reflecting] that public health messages are out and people come in for an assessment,” he said.

Adler said vaccination was not appropriate for all contacts of cases, particularly if they did not have a close or intimate contact. Instead, these people can be monitored for possible symptoms.

“Their risk is so low that vaccination would not be the right thing for them anyway, due to our limited vaccine supplies, as well as side effects,” he said.

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Confident home support Lucy Bronze will help boost England at this summer’s Women’s Euros | Soccer News https://val-de-moder.org/confident-home-support-lucy-bronze-will-help-boost-england-at-this-summers-womens-euros-soccer-news/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 08:05:40 +0000 https://val-de-moder.org/confident-home-support-lucy-bronze-will-help-boost-england-at-this-summers-womens-euros-soccer-news/ Lucy Bronze spoke of the England women’s hopes of making the most of being the hosts of next month’s Euros, with the team recently speaking with members of the men’s squad about their experiences last summer. For the past two weeks, the Lionesses and their male counterparts – Euro runners-up a year ago after losing […]]]>

Lucy Bronze spoke of the England women’s hopes of making the most of being the hosts of next month’s Euros, with the team recently speaking with members of the men’s squad about their experiences last summer.

For the past two weeks, the Lionesses and their male counterparts – Euro runners-up a year ago after losing to Italy at Wembley – have been spending time at the St George’s Park camp.

The England women are seeking glory on home soil this summer after reaching the semi-finals in their last three major tournaments.

Bronze – a member of the squad for each of those campaigns – commented on the pressure of the tournament ahead after it was announced that each of England’s group games and the Wembley final will be played to packed houses: “I think that the best and the biggest players I want to play with that, I want to play in those games, with the stadium full.

“And I think we try to see that as a lot of support. He’s our 12th man, hopefully.

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England will play the first of three warm-up matches against Belgium on Thursday.


“We saw what a difference it made for the men’s team last year and we actually spoke to a lot of them over the last week about their experiences and the difference it made, in some way. kind of being that home country – even though they technically weren’t, but they were.

“Obviously they made the final, so I think that’s something we kind of want to replicate and use that to our advantage.”

She added: “It’s a good vibe because I feel like both teams have gelled really well, which hasn’t really happened in the past. They’re just our peers and they see us the same way.”

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Luzy Bronze kept her cards close to her chest when asked about her next club move, saying she was fully focused on England

When asked if she would be content to mirror England’s men’s achievements last summer, Bronze replied with a smile: “No, I wouldn’t settle for that – I wouldn’t take penalties, we would win the match in normal times!”

The 30-year-old – who is due to leave Manchester City when her contract expires in June – was speaking as Sarina Wiegman’s side had one of their last sessions as a 28-man provisional squad.

The squad is expected to be reduced to 23 for Wednesday’s tournament, a day before the side play the first of three warm-up matches, against Belgium at Molineux.

The groups…

Group A: England, Austria, Norway, Northern Ireland

Group B: Germany, Denmark, Spain, Finland

Group C: Netherlands, Sweden, Portugal, Switzerland

Group D: France, Italy, Belgium, Iceland

The schedule…

Group stage:

Wednesday July 6

Group A: England v Austria – Kick off 8pm, Old Trafford

Thursday July 7

Group A: Norway v Northern Ireland – kick off 8pm, St Mary’s

Friday July 8

Group B: Spain v Finland – Kick off 5.00pm, Stadium MK

Group B: Germany v Denmark – Kick off 8pm, London Community Stadium

Saturday July 9

Group C: Portugal vs Switzerland – kick off 5pm, Leigh Sports Village

Group C: Netherlands v Sweden – kick off 8pm, Bramall Lane

Sunday July 10

Group D: Belgium v ​​Iceland – Kick off 5.00pm, Manchester City Academy Stadium

Group D: France vs Italy – kick-off 8pm, New York Stadium

Monday July 11

Group A: Austria v Northern Ireland – kick off 5pm, St Mary’s

Group A: England v Norway – kick off 8pm, Brighton and Hove Community Stadium

tuesday july 12

Group B: Denmark v Finland – Kick off 5.00pm, Stadium MK

Group B: Germany v Spain – Kick off 8pm, London Community Stadium

Wednesday July 13

Group C: Sweden v Switzerland – kick off 5pm, Bramall Lane

Group C: Netherlands-Portugal – kick-off 8pm, Leigh Sports Village

Thursday July 14

Group D: Italy v Iceland – Kick off 5pm, Manchester City Academy Stadium

Group D: France vs Belgium – kick-off 8pm, New York Stadium

friday july 15

Group A: Northern Ireland v England – kick off 8pm St Mary’s

Group A: Austria v Norway – Kick off 8pm, Brighton and Hove Community Stadium

Saturday July 16

Group B: Finland v Germany – Kick-off 8pm, Stadium MK

Group B: Denmark v Spain – Kick off 8pm, London Community Stadium

Sunday July 17

Group C: Switzerland vs Netherlands – kick off 5pm, Bramall Lane

Group C: Sweden v Portugal – kick off 5pm, Leigh Sports Village

Monday July 18

Group D: Iceland vs France – kick-off 8pm, New York Stadium

Group D: Italy v Belgium – Kick off 8pm, Manchester City Academy Stadium

Knockout stage

Quarter-finals

Wednesday July 20

Quarter-final 1: Winners Group A v Runners-up Group B – kick off 8pm, Brighton and Hove Community Stadium

Thursday July 21

Quarter-Final 2: Group B Winners v Group A Runners-up 8pm, London Community Stadium

friday july 22

Quarter-final 3: Winners Group C v Runners-up Group D – kick-off 8pm, Leigh Sports Village

Quarter-Final 4: Winners Group D v Runners-up Group C – kick-off 8pm, New York Stadium

Semi-finals

tuesday july 26

Semi-Final 1: Quarter-Final Winners 1 v Quarter-Final Winners 3 – Kick-off 8pm, Bramall Lane

Wednesday July 27

Semi-Final 2: Winner Quarter-Final 2 v Winner Quarter-Final 4 – Kick-off 8pm, Stadium MK

Final

Sunday July 31

Winners Semi-Final 1 v Winners Semi-Final 2 – Kick-off 5pm, Wembley

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Saudi Arabia offers $10m to prevent Red Sea oil spill off Yemen https://val-de-moder.org/saudi-arabia-offers-10m-to-prevent-red-sea-oil-spill-off-yemen/ Sun, 12 Jun 2022 09:38:11 +0000 https://val-de-moder.org/saudi-arabia-offers-10m-to-prevent-red-sea-oil-spill-off-yemen/ Published on: 06/12/2022 – 11:38 Riyadh (AFP) – Saudi Arabia pledged $10 million on Sunday to help prevent an aging Yemeni tanker from triggering a potentially catastrophic spill in the Red Sea bordering its waters. The 45-year-old decaying tanker known as FSO Safer, long used as a floating storage platform and now abandoned off the […]]]>

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Riyadh (AFP) – Saudi Arabia pledged $10 million on Sunday to help prevent an aging Yemeni tanker from triggering a potentially catastrophic spill in the Red Sea bordering its waters.

The 45-year-old decaying tanker known as FSO Safer, long used as a floating storage platform and now abandoned off the rebel-held Yemeni port of Hodeidah, has not been serviced since Yemen was plunged into civil war.

A Saudi-led military coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015 after Houthi rebels seized the capital Sanaa the year before.

The tanker, which is about 150 kilometers (100 miles) south of the border with Saudi Arabia, is in “imminent” danger of breaking up, the United Nations warned last month.

The Safer contains four times the amount of oil spilled in the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster, one of the world’s worst environmental disasters, according to the UN.

Last week, environmental campaign group Greenpeace urged the Arab League to raise funds for an operation that would transfer its 1.1 million barrels of oil to another vessel.

A United Nations pledging conference last month fell far short of its $80 million goal, bringing in just $33 million.

Environmentalists warn that the cost of the operation pales in comparison to the estimated $20 billion it would cost to clean up a spill.

The UN has said an oil spill could destroy ecosystems, shut down the fishing industry and shut down the vital port of Hodeidah for six months.

He said the operation needed to be completed by the end of September to avoid the “turbulent winds” that pick up later in the year.

Abandoned oil tanker off Yemen AFP

Riyadh will donate $10 million to the effort through the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center, the official Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday.

“The Kingdom calls on the United Nations to quickly take the necessary measures to ensure the prevention of oil spills…and also calls on the international community to contribute urgently to support this initiative and prevent a serious environmental catastrophe,” the Kingdom said. ‘agency.

Saudi Arabia’s current defense spending stands at $36.8 billion a year, according to the Military Balance+ database prepared by the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

The war in Yemen has killed hundreds of thousands of people and left millions on the brink of starvation.

But the fighting has diminished since April, when a truce came into effect, with the truce currently set to last until August.

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EU unity must not be compromised for Ukrainian candidate status, says French official https://val-de-moder.org/eu-unity-must-not-be-compromised-for-ukrainian-candidate-status-says-french-official/ Fri, 10 Jun 2022 23:12:00 +0000 https://val-de-moder.org/eu-unity-must-not-be-compromised-for-ukrainian-candidate-status-says-french-official/ Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy speaks during a special meeting of the European Council at the European Council building in Brussels, Belgium May 30, 2022. Kenzo Tribouillard/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo Join now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register The European Commission will publish an opinion on candidate status on June 17 Divisions between European states […]]]>

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  • The European Commission will publish an opinion on candidate status on June 17
  • Divisions between European states
  • Ukraine wants a legal commitment, not a political promise

PARIS, June 10 (Reuters) – The decision to grant Ukraine EU candidate status must be taken without weakening the bloc and ensuring that Kyiv does not remain in limbo for years, has said a French presidential official on Friday.

The European Commission, the bloc’s executive arm, will give its opinion on Ukraine’s bid on June 17, with the bloc’s heads of state due to discuss it at a summit a week later. Even if approved, the process to become a full member takes several years and can be vetoed by any member state.

However, there are divisions within the 27-member bloc over granting candidate status. Some eastern member states now want a firm promise to send a strong signal to Russia after its invasion of Ukraine, while others, including the Netherlands and Denmark, are less receptive. The two bloc powers, France and Germany, also expressed reservations.

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“We know that there are different sensitivities on the subject within the European Union,” the French presidential source told reporters.

“We will be attentive to the unity of the European Council. We also believe that the European Union must emerge stronger from this crisis in Ukraine and must not emerge from it weakened.”

Three EU diplomats said the most likely scenario was that the Commission, which will also make recommendations for Moldova and Georgia, would give the go-ahead, possibly with conditions.

The heads of state would then in all likelihood find a “formula” which would abstain for the moment from granting Ukraine candidate status, the diplomats said.

“The philosophy has changed now. No one is saying clearly no, but lukewarm states want to postpone as much as possible,” said a European diplomat.

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy told a conference in Denmark on Friday that grand declarations that Ukraine is part of the European family should be followed by action.

“Our position is clear: Ukraine needs a legal commitment, not a political promise. Hesitation is costing my country too much,” Olga Stefanishyna, Deputy Prime Minister for Integration, said on Twitter. European Union, following a meeting with the Commission on Thursday.

French President Emmanuel Macron suggested last month creating a “European political community” that would create a new structure, allowing for closer cooperation with countries aspiring to EU membership. This move has angered Ukraine and some Eastern and Baltic states, which see it as an attempt to push membership forward.

“The response to Ukraine’s needs is not in a statute, it is in policies and in the demonstration of our solidarity,” the French official said. “The worst (thing to do) would be basically if we gave Ukraine a status and 10 years, 20 years, 30 years, 40 years (later) and if I take the case of Turkey, almost 60 years later, we find that in fact, nothing happened.”

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