MIAMI, Feb. 23, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading figures from finance, government, business, tech, and innovation are convening to deliberate on a range of pressing economic and public policy issues at FII PRIORITY Miami summit, a major global investor summit, held today and tomorrow at Miami's Faena Forum. MIAMI INVESTOR SUMMIT KICKS OFF TODAY WITH GLOBAL LEADERS DISCUSSING HUMANITY'S BIGGEST CHALLENGES The summit brings together investors from around the world gathered with CEOs of major global corporations and policy experts to seek workable impactful solution to issues such as the regulation of AI. This year's theme, 'On the Edge of a New Frontier,' reflects the profound changes the world is experiencing as technology transforms society and economies. Richard Attias, CEO of FII Institute, said,"Today's conversations reflected a sense of urgency as the world grapples with what to do about AI, political uncertainty, and changes in the shape of the global economy. And we bring these conversations to Miami—the new America—so we can chart a steadfast course towards a prosperous future, fully equipped with the insights and knowledge we need, harnessing the power of collective work and thought." In his opening conversation, H.E. Yasir Al-Rumayyan, Public Investment Fund Governor and Future Investment Initiative (FII) Institute Chairman, underscored the role of AI and its key contribution to future economies, saying "Al is coming in a big way! The impact will be very positive as soon as we have regulations in place to monitor, control, and enable this technology. AI could increase global GDP by 14%." Michael Dell, Chairman and CEO of Dell Technologies, addressed the issue of AI regulation, and how CEOs can innovate through periods of extreme volatility and pivot towards future trends, adding "regulations will struggle to match the rapid pace of technological change and may be outdated within a year. We have to ensure that emerging technologies reflect humanity and our system of values and beliefs." The summit's much anticipated roundtable of global CEOs, entitled the "Board of Changemakers," discussed trends and economic outlook. Participating in this year's roundtable were Pamela Liebman, President and CEO of The Corcoran Group; Pierre Beaudion, Chairman of the Board of Bombardier Inc; Jenny Johnson, President and CEO of Franklin Templeton; Marcello Claure, Founder and CEO of Claure Group; and Stephen A. Schwarzman, Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO of The Blackstone Group. The session underscored the impact of digitalization, particularly blockchain and AI, on future investments, advocating for regulation and ethical usage. The members of the board also highlighted AI's massive role in increasing efficiency and how AI can be harnessed to resolve climate change issues. Mike Pompeo, 70th Secretary of State of the United States and Executive Chairman of Impact Investments, addressed the economic consequences of conflict, saying: "in the economic sphere, the connectivity between the things happening geopolitically is now ever more closely tied to thinking about investments and capital flows. It is impossible to separate geopolitical risk from capital allocation." Conclave sessions were held for select senior participants to delve into the concerns relevant to their sectors with full transparency. For example, the conclave on AI convened many leading figures involved in the development of technologies, governance of AI, technology investment, and regulation, with a number of global initiatives on AI regulation presented A special address by former Treasury Secretary Dr. Lawrence H. Summers, Charles W. Eliot University Professor & President Emeritus at Harvard University, and board member at OpenAI, highlighted economic and political contexts, including prospects for soft or hard economic landing, and likely outcomes of the US election. Dr. Summers was joined by Eric Schmidt, co-founder of Schmidt Fututes, who noted that AI is likely to double everyone's productivity, underscoring the importance of AI regulation, he added "there are questions about what happens when computers start to make decisions." FII Institute's Founding Partner is the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, which, alongside the Vision Partner, the Ministry of Investment of Saudi Arabia, and 26 international strategic partners are actively involved in the ongoing work of the institute. The FII Institute welcomed two new strategic partners at the summit: ACWA Power and Franklin Templeton. Speakers from strategic partners Franklin Templeton, GFH, HSBC, NEOM, ROSHN, Sanabil, Softbank, and State Street shared updates on their international projects relevant to the themes of the summit. Notes to EditorFor media inquiries, please contact:Phone: +966 53 978 2030Email: Media@fii-institute.org The Future Investment Initiative (FII) Institute is a global non-profit foundation driven by data with an investment arm and one agenda: Impact on Humanity. Global and inclusive, we foster great minds from around the world and turn ideas into real-world solutions in four critical areas: Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Robotics, Education, Healthcare and Sustainability. The FII PRIORITY Miami summit continues conversations held in Hong Kong and Riyadh in Autumn 2023. It is part of an ongoing global program of summits held throughout the year, with upcoming summits in Rio de Janeiro in June and Asia later in the year.
BEIJING, Feb. 23, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- By China Report ASEAN Video As clock chimes echo in the streets,New Year dawns,let's take a deep dive into celebrating festivals. Nowadays, the Chinese New Year is gradually becoming a global celebration. This Dragon Year's Spring Festival has seen an enrichment in the ways traditional festive feelings are expressed, with the deep flavor of the season spreading across the globe via the internet. From "Dragon Year's Climate" to "Dragon City Walk," from "My New Year's Eve Dinner" to "The Charm of the Chinese New Year," from "Chinese New Year Customs Popular Overseas" to "Global Celebrations of the Chinese New Year," interesting souls meet and get to know each other through these traditional festivals. They bridge the divides between countries and transcend ethnic boundaries, coming together in laughter and joy through the rituals of the festival.
BEIJING, Feb. 23, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- A report from People's Daily Xiamen, a city in southeast China's Fujian province, is a typical bay city. It rises from the sea, drawn into its embrace. The ecological conservation of bay cities is a global issue. These cities feature dense populations and industrial clusters, with significant pressure on resources and the environment. The challenges such as environmental pollution and biodiversity reduction often hinder their economic and social development. How has Xiamen tackled these challenges and promoted harmony between humanity and the sea? In June 2002, Xi Jinping, then deputy Party chief and governor of Fujian, proposed the idea of shifting Xiamen's urban planning from island-based to bay-based. A development strategy was made to combine the development of Xiamen with the expansion of bays, combine urban transition with economic transition, combine rural industrialization with urbanization, and combine urban characteristics with the protection of bay ecology. Xiamen has pioneered the concept of comprehensive bay-area governance in domestic coastal regions. It adopts a tailored approach for each bay. Since 2002, the city has undertaken a succession of comprehensive renovation and development projects in five bay areas, namely Haicang Bay, Wuyuan Bay, Xinglin Bay, Tong'an Bay and Maluan Bay. By dredging seawall openings, restoring mangrove shorelines, and revitalizing beaches, Xiamen has created a pleasant living environment around the bays. In the past, a large area of water in Maluan Bay was transformed into shrimp ponds and fish farms, leading to deteriorating water quality. To address the issue, Xiamen rolled out a comprehensive "combo" of initiatives, including returning reclaimed land to the sea, watershed management, and ecological water replenishment. "The birds know the best about ecological conditions. Rare bird species like the oriental stork and black-faced spoonbill now flock to Maluan Bay to overwinter," said Guo Qiang, director of the bird-watching association in Xiamen, while snapping photos of the birds. Guo told People's Daily that an ecological park has been built in the bay after dredging, and now it has become the top bird-watching spot for him. Daitou Creek in Xiamen's Tong'an district was once heavily polluted. The district implemented initiatives like full collection and treatment of sewage, clearing sediments from all waterways, and constructing wetland parks, to strengthen ecological protection and restoration. The once black and stinky creek has now become a sound place for citizens, and its water quality was maintained at Class IV throughout last year. Xiamen has carried out coordinated advancement in water resources, water environment, and water ecological management, to improve urban sewage collection and treatment capabilities, provide whole-area rural wastewater treatment, and prevent land-based pollutants from entering the sea. The proportion of wastewater discharge reaching standards into the sea has increased to 99.3 percent across the city. The Xiatanwei Mangrove Park in Xiamen's Xiang'an district presents a beautiful seaside scene with mangroves flourishing on the tidal flats, which sway gently when brushed by sea breeze. Through a series of ecological restoration projects, the total mangrove area in Xiamen has increased from 32.6 hectares in 2000 to 173.9 hectares in 2023, with the ecological vitality and resilience along the coastline significantly enhanced. Peter Thomson, the United Nations secretary-general's special envoy for the ocean, has visited the Xiatanwei Mangrove Park twice. He highly commended the balance achieved by Xiamen between ecological protection and economic development, saying he looked forward to Xiamen providing a model for international marine ecological governance. "Look! White dolphins!" On a boat ride to a rescue and breeding center for Chinese white dolphins in Xiamen's Huoshaoyu Islet, people saw some Chinese white dolphins in the sea. They joyfully swam in the water, occasionally leaping out of the sea. People couldn't help but cheer excitedly, snapping photos and videos. The Chinese white dolphin is guarded under first-class state protection in China. Since 2000, Xiamen has established a national nature reserve for 12 rare marine species, including the Chinese white dolphin and European lancelet, as well as their living environment, with an area of 7,588 hectares. Chinese white dolphins like to inhabit and breed in bays at river estuaries, precisely where human activities are most frequent, posing huge protection difficulties. Xiamen enacted China's first local rules and regulations on Chinese white dolphin protection and built the first Chinese white dolphin rescue and breeding center. After years of efforts, the Chinese white dolphin population in Xiamen has gradually increased, from 60 in the early 1990s to over 80 now. The Chinese white dolphin is an indicator of the marine environment, and Xiamen is one of the few cities in China where the Chinese white dolphin can be frequently observed from the urban area, said Wang Xianyan, a researcher with the Third Institute of Oceanography under the Ministry of Natural Resources. "Over the past 36 years, Xiamen has invested a total of 105.6 billion yuan ($14.68 billion) in marine ecological conservation and restoration, achieving significant ecological, social, and economic benefits. This vividly demonstrates that blue seas and beautiful beaches are invaluable assets," said Lu Lihua, an official of the Ministry of Natural Resources.
BEIJING, Feb. 22, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- A news report from chinadaily.com.cn: The ancient Chinese folk tradition of Lantern Festival is a vibrant cultural phenomenon that embodies the country's rich cultural heritage. This year, the Lantern Festival celebrations during the Spring Festival showcase innovative interpretations of traditional culture, illuminating cities both domestically and internationally. The fusion of "Chinese-style" Lantern Festival with overseas cultures has garnered widespread love from international tourists. As the Lantern Festival approaches on the fifteenth day of the first lunar month, China Daily website has specially planned the "Nihao! China" Lantern Festival 24-Hour Live Global Broadcast event. This live broadcast will cover six cities in four countries: China, France, Hungary and Italy, presenting an unprecedented visual and cultural feast. From the highly anticipated Harbin Ice and Snow World to the Parisian Yuyuan Garden Lantern Festival; from the ancient yet modern intertwining of the Qinhuai Lantern Festival in Nanjing to the Year of the Dragon Lantern Festival in Hungary; from the renowned "Number One Lantern" in Zigong Lantern Festival to the fairytale journey of the "Lanternia" International Lantern Festival in Italy, China Daily's bilingual hosts will lead global audiences across time and space, jointly opening a feast of light and shadow that blends tradition with modernity while experiencing the infinite charm of multicultural fusion and collision. Brilliant lanterns, colorful folk performances, unique interactive experiences... All of this awaits your exploration. Let us look forward to this cross-border Lantern Festival global live broadcast event, experiencing the festive atmosphere and unique charm of the Lantern Festival from around the world. Stay plugged into the China Daily website and the China Daily English app, don't miss it! The "Nihao! China" Lantern Festival 24-Hour Live Global Broadcast event is hosted by China Daily website and is part of the 2024 global celebration of Happy Chinese New Year Program. Broadcast time: Starting at 6:00 PM on February 24, 2024 Broadcast platforms: China Daily website, chinaculture.org, China Culture website, Weibo, Douyin, Bilibili, Kuaishou, Facebook, YouTube, and other domestic and international new media platforms.
RIZHAO, China, Feb. 23, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- A news report from chinadaily.com.cn: A video of an online foreign foodie influencer purchasing goods at Rizhao's rural market recently has gained widespread popularity online in China. What captured the most attention was his fluency in the local Shandong dialect and his sincere embrace of rural customs and traditions. Ryan Norman, a 40-year-old man from the United States and known by the nickname "Brother Lei", or "Lei Ge" in Chinese, has resided in Rizhao, a coastal city in Shandong province, for nearly 18 years. During this time, he has developed a deep admiration for the rustic charm of the city's rural culture. In December 2022, Norman began sharing his life in Rizhao with his friends via short video platforms. A video of his visit to a bustling rural market quickly gained popularity among viewers, thrusting Norman into the public eye. He is widely recognized for his memorable catchphrase "Pots in hand, come along with me". His videos predominantly focus on the delicacies of Rizhao and the life of rural markets. His videos often see him purchasing ingredients within a set budget and then preparing them on-site. "We hope to present everyone with the most authentic, most local, and most down-to-earth views of Rizhao's bustling market," Norman said. In 2023, he and his partner created over 120 short videos on Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok, showcasing the bustling rural markets, the process of sourcing ingredients on-site and preparing dishes like lamb soup, hotpot, spicy chicken, and seafood pancakes. His Douyin account now has amassed over 900,000 followers and more than 5.97 million likes. During this year's Spring Festival holiday, Norman and his wife, a Rizhao native, dressed in festive attires and promoted the cultural tourist attractions of Rizhao via livestream, inviting people to come and celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year in Shandong. Rizhao has become his second hometown, Norman said. He hopes to further promote Rizhao via online platforms and help viewers experience the city's breathtaking seaside landscapes, bustling rural markets, and the inherent warmth and hospitality of its local people.
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