FreedomPay annonce un partenariat stratégique avec PAX Technology, Inc. pour des solutions de commerce mondial améliorées

Cette collaboration dévoile une expérience client supérieure agrémentée d’avantages fidélité et de services à valeur ajoutée pour des millions de clients dans le monde

PHILADELPHIE, 14 sept. 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —

FreedomPay, plateforme technologique de commerce privilégiée des industries mondiales comprenant l’hôtellerie, l’hébergement, la vente au détail et plus encore, annonce aujourd’hui sa collaboration avec PAX Technology, Inc., l’un des plus grands fournisseurs de solutions de paiement électroniques de la planète.

À compter du deuxième trimestre 2024, FreedomPay lancera des appareils PAX Technology offrant une expérience de validation de commande se montrant à la fois sûre, fluide et unifiée pour les consommateurs tout en permettant aux marchands de bénéficier des capacités d’analyse des données et des programmes de fidélité avantageux de FreedomPay. Ce partenariat renforce l’engagement de FreedomPay à favoriser un écosystème ouvert et accessible pour ses partenaires sectoriels et marchands.

« FreedomPay se dédie à offrir une expérience client sans égale en priorisant la vitesse, la sécurité et la personnalisation », a déclaré Chris Kronenthal, président de FreedomPay. « En faisant équipe avec PAX Technology, les marchands du monde entier peuvent désormais offrir une expérience commerciale de niveau supérieur. »

Ce partenariat annonce une nouvelle ère d’excellence commerciale pour les marchands et consommateurs du monde entier. Grâce à l’inclusion d’une connectivité sans fil 4G de pointe, les marchands pourront désormais profiter de transactions rapides et fluides. Les appareils tout-en-un de PAX Technology, intégrant à la fois point de vente et paiements, rationalisent les opérations et simplifient l’expérience de validation de commande.

« Cette collaboration avec FreedomPay associe une technologie commerciale de pointe avec des solutions matérielles d’acceptation des paiements faisant figure de leaders du secteur, favorisant le commerce mondial en permettant des transactions faciles et sûres tant pour les consommateurs que pour les entreprises », a commenté Andy Chau, président et directeur général de PAX Technology, Inc. « Notre ligne de terminaux Android constituera une solution de paiement extrêmement flexible pour FreedomPay et ses clients. »

À propos de FreedomPay
La plateforme Next Level Commerce™ de FreedomPay transforme les systèmes et processus de paiement existants pour les faire passer à la pointe de la technologie et permet aux marchands de dévoiler la puissance des paiements. En tant que premier choix pour bon nombre des plus grandes entreprises du monde dans les domaines de la vente au détail, de l’hôtellerie, de l’hébergement, des jeux, des sports et du divertissement, des services alimentaires, de l’éducation, des soins de santé et des services financiers, la technologie de FreedomPay a été spécialement conçue pour fournir des performances solides dans l’environnement extrêmement complexe du commerce mondial.

La société maintient un environnement de sécurité de classe mondiale et a été la première à obtenir la validation convoitée du Conseil des normes de sécurité de l’industrie des cartes de paiement (PCI) par rapport à la norme de cryptage point à point (P2PE/EMV) en Amérique du Nord. Les solutions robustes de FreedomPay en matière de paiements, de sécurité, d’identité et d’analyse de données sont disponibles en magasin, en ligne et sur mobile et sont prises en charge par l’adoption rapide des API. La plateforme de commerce FreedomPay primée fonctionne sur une seule et unique pile technologique unifiée sur plusieurs continents, permettant ainsi aux entreprises d’offrir une expérience innovante de niveau supérieur à l’échelle mondiale. www.freedompay.com

À propos de PAX Technology, Inc.
PAX Technology, Inc. est l’un des plus grands fournisseurs de solutions de paiement électroniques au monde, comptant 70 millions de terminaux situés dans plus de 120 pays. En tant que fabricants mondiaux de premier plan dans le domaine, nous sommes déterminés à proposer des solutions de paiement innovantes, sûres et de haute qualité aux entreprises, de toutes tailles, à travers la planète. Pour en savoir plus, rendez-vous sur le site www.pax.us.

Contact :
Jennifer Tayebi
Hill+Knowlton Strategies pour FreedomPay
jennifer.tayebi@hkstrategies.com
+1 734 395 0780

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CNN Travel recognises Dominica as one of the best Caribbean islands

Roseau, Sept. 14, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Cable News Network (CNN) Travel has nominated the Commonwealth of Dominica as one of the nine best islands in the Caribbean!

All nine countries were categorised based on what they were known for catering to a variety of tourists’ reasons for travelling to the Caribbean. Dominica, also widely referred to as the ‘Nature Isle of the Caribbean’, boasts intricate features that make it one of the ultimate destinations for tourists and visitors alike.

CNN Travel classified all nine countries according to the following criteria:

   1. Dominica: For lush natural beauty

   2. North and Middle Caicos: For the unspoiled Caribbean

   3. Curaçao: For ‘city’ life

   4. Saba: For white-knuckle aviation thrill

   5. Antigua: For diverse beaches

   6. Barbados: For great cuisine and rum

   7. St Barts: For over-the-top luxury

   8. Puerto Rico: For music and dance

   9. Martinique: For a taste of France in the Caribbean

CNN Travel highlighted the lush natural island as it is home to natural rainforests, luxurious eco-friendly resorts and sustainable and eco-tourism practices around the Nature Isle. Coulibri Ridge, is one of Dominica’s eco-resorts that has been featured on Conde Nast Traveller and prides itself on its sustainable accommodation standards.

Tourists can complement their visit by booking accommodation in any of the luxurious resorts with natural outdoor adventures. Some factors that supported this recognition are as follows:

Untamed nature 

It is renowned for its lush rainforests, pristine rivers, and abundant waterfalls. The island’s rugged terrain includes the Morne Trois Pitons National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, which showcases volcanic peaks, hot springs, and the famous Boiling Lake.

Morne Trois Pitons National Park 

The Morne Trois Pitons National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its stunning natural beauty and unique geological features. Spanning approximately 68,000 acres, this park encompasses a diverse range of ecosystems, making it a biodiverse hotspot in the Caribbean.

The national park is dominated by volcanic activity, the park displays dramatic features like Boiling Lake, the world’s second-largest hot spring, and the Valley of Desolation, known for its fumaroles and bubbling mud pots.

There are several breathtaking waterfalls, including Trafalgar Falls and Middleham Falls, offering visitors the opportunity to swim in refreshing pools and enjoy the lush surroundings.

There is a rich biodiversity and home to various rare and endemic species of plants and animals, including the Sisserou parrot, which is the country’s national bird. It plays a crucial role in conservation efforts, protecting endangered species and preserving Dominica’s natural heritage.

Morne Trois Pitons offers a network of well-maintained hiking trails, allowing visitors to explore its natural wonders, such as the challenging trek to the Boiling Lake or the accessible Emerald Pool trail.

The park is also culturally significant, with historical remains of indigenous Kalinago settlements, adding an anthropological dimension to its natural beauty.

Boiling Lake 

The Boiling Lake is a geothermal wonder situated within Morne Trois Pitons National Park, formed by the collapse of a fumarole, a vent for volcanic gases. It is one of only a few known boiling lakes in the world.

The lake’s most distinctive feature is its constantly churning and bubbling waters, caused by the intense heat beneath. The water temperature ranges from 180 to 197 degrees Fahrenheit (82 to 92 degrees Celsius), making it too hot for a traditional swim.

The lake is one of the largest of its kind globally, spanning approximately 200 feet (61 meters) in diameter. Its depth is estimated to be over 200 feet, although exact measurements are challenging due to the constantly changing water levels.

The Boiling Lake is a testament to Dominica’s volcanic activity. It is nestled within a volcanic crater and surrounded by a lush rainforest, highlighting the island’s geological diversity.

Accessible only by a challenging hike, the journey to the Boiling Lake takes trekkers through dense forests, sulphur springs, and breathtaking viewpoints, making it a popular destination for adventurous hikers and nature enthusiasts.

Soufriere-Scott’s Head Marine Reserve 

The Soufriere-Scott’s Head Marine Reserve (SSMR) pristine and ecologically significant protected area alongside the west coast of Dominica. One of the most remarkable aspects of this reserve is its diverse marine ecosystem. The nutrient-rich waters support an array of marine species, including vibrant coral reefs, sponges, and an impressive variety of fish species. Divers and snorkelers can witness the colourful underwater world with species like parrotfish, angelfish, and seahorses.

Dominica’s volcanic origins are evident in the underwater landscape of the SSMR. Submerged volcanic craters, drop-offs, and underwater vents create a dramatic and dynamic seascape. The Soufriere volcano, which gives the area its name, is a prominent feature. The reserve also boasts underwater hot springs and geothermal activity, creating unique geological formations.

The reserve is located at the southern tip of the island, where the Caribbean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean. The rugged coastline and cliffs of Scott’s Head Peninsula provide stunning vistas and hiking trails for those seeking a terrestrial adventure.

The marine reserve offers world-class diving opportunities, with sites like ‘Champagne Reef’ where underwater geothermal vents release streams of bubbles, resembling champagne. This phenomenon creates an otherworldly diving experience.

The reserve’s coastal and mangrove areas are important habitats for various bird species, including migratory birds, making it a haven for birdwatchers. It is protected by strict conservation regulations, including no-fishing zones, to preserve its natural beauty and biodiversity.

There is a cultural importance to the local community, as Scott’s Head Village is a fishing hub and a gateway for exploring the marine reserve. The reserve’s beauty extends beyond its underwater wonders, with numerous hiking trails, waterfalls, and birdwatching opportunities.

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Le directeur des ventes chez AI-Media est ravi de présenter une innovation en matière de sous-titrage lors du prochain salon professionnel IBC sur la diffusion

BROOKLYN, État de New York, 14 sept. 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — AI-Media, le chef de file des solutions de traduction, de transcription et de sous-titrage en direct s’axant sur la technologie, a le plaisir d’annoncer sa présence au salon IBC 2023, qui doit avoir lieu du 15 au 18 septembre à Amsterdam, aux Pays-Bas. L’événement promet d’être un rassemblement d’experts de l’industrie, de leaders d’opinion et d’entreprises innovantes dans le secteur de la diffusion et des technologies médiatiques.

En tant que leader mondial du sous-titrage pour l’industrie de la diffusion, AI-Media est fière de faire partie de cet événement d’une grande influence. Notre directeur des ventes, James Ward, dirigera notre délégation et représentera notre engagement envers l’excellence dans la fourniture de solutions de pointe à nos clients et partenaires.

James Ward, directeur des ventes d’AI-Media, a déclaré :

« Nous sommes ravis de faire une nouvelle fois partie du salon IBC. Ce salon professionnel est une plateforme exceptionnelle qui nous permet de présenter nos dernières innovations et de démontrer comment nous continuons à repousser les frontières du possible dans l’industrie de la diffusion. Nous sommes impatients d’échanger avec des leaders de l’industrie, des clients et des partenaires, et de partager notre vision de l’avenir de la diffusion. »

AI-Media va présenter plusieurs solutions de diffusion clés lors de l’événement, LEXI étant la pierre angulaire de notre solution de sous-titrage automatique en direct optimisée par l’IA. LEXI fournit systématiquement des taux de précision supérieurs à 98 %, identifie les changements de locuteur, utilise l’IA pour garantir que les sous-titres n’interrompent pas le contenu à l’écran, et tout cela pour une fraction du coût des sous-titres d’origine humaine. Cet outil innovant est en train de révolutionner le sous-titrage en temps réel, apportant une solution rentable qui a été adoptée par les plus grands diffuseurs du monde. AI-Media organisera des démonstrations en direct sur le stand pour présenter cette technologie révolutionnaire en action.

Le Kit d’outils de sous-titrage LEXI optimisé par l’IA récemment lancé sera également présenté lors du salon IBC2023, avec six solutions clés, chacune conçue pour répondre aux différents besoins du sous-titrage. Le Kit d’outils LEXI transforme la création de contenu et le sous-titrage, en proposant des solutions de bout en bout complètes pour les sociétés de médias, les diffuseurs, les producteurs d’événements, les établissements d’enseignement et les créateurs de contenu dans le monde entier. Les diffuseurs peuvent associer et assortir les éléments du Kit d’outils en fonction de leurs besoins professionnels, en ayant accès à des solutions qui comprennent le sous-titrage, la traduction, l’archivage et la recherche, ainsi que la reprise après sinistre.

Avec la production de vidéo IP à l’avant-garde de l’innovation dans le paysage de la diffusion, les diffuseurs peuvent compter sur la solution ALTA d’AI-Media pour leur encodage de sous-titres compatibles IP. ALTA adhère aux normes de diffusion mondiales, notamment les entrées SMPTE-2110 et MPEG-TS, et peut produire des sous-titres 2110-40, DVB, DVB TTML, DVB Teletext et SMPTE 2038. ALTA peut s’adapter à n’importe quel flux de production car elle peut être déployée en tant que machine virtuelle autonome, AMI prête à l’emploi ou serveur physique clé en main. En plus de gérer sans effort six langues par instance, ALTA prend également en charge l’insertion de signaux publicitaires à l’aide de marqueurs SCTE-35 et SCTE-104. Avec ALTA, AI-Media aide les diffuseurs à élever leurs diffusions vidéo par IP vers de nouveaux sommets en termes de portée et d’accessibilité. Notre stand présentera également notre gamme d’encodeurs matériels SDI, notamment notre encodeur de sous-titres Encoder Pro (HD492) 1 RU, désormais synonyme de norme de la diffusion pour les encodeurs SDI.

Nous sommes également impatients de fournir aux clients un aperçu anticipé de notre solution LEXI Translate améliorée, qui constitue le niveau supérieur d’accessibilité linguistique au sein de notre Kit d’outils LEXI. Cette version bientôt disponible offre une précision inégalée de traduction en temps réel, ce qui permet aux diffuseurs de distribuer le contenu à une audience plus vaste que jamais auparavant.

Rejoignez AI-Media lors du salon IBC 2023, du 15 au 18 septembre, au Centre de conventions et d’expositions RAI Amsterdam, stand n° 5.C31. Les participants sont encouragés à réserver une rencontre avec l’équipe AI-Media qui leur fera découvrir notre gamme de solutions de sous-titrage pour la diffusion de bout en bout.

À propos d’AI-Media

Fondée en Australie en 2003, la société technologique AI-Media est un leader mondial des solutions de traduction, de transcription et de sous-titrage enregistrés et en direct. La société aide les principaux diffuseurs, entreprises et organismes gouvernementaux du monde à assurer des sous-titrages de haute précision, sécurisés et rentables via sa solution de sous-titrage automatique LEXI optimisée par l’IA. Des sous-titres LEXI sont livrés sur des millions d’écran à travers le monde grâce à la gamme d’encodeurs de sous-titrage d’AI-Media et à son réseau iCap Cloud – le réseau de livraison de sous-titres le plus grand et le plus sécurisé au monde. À l’échelle mondiale, AI-Media livre plus de 8 millions de minutes de contenu multimédia en direct et enregistré chaque mois. AI-Media est cotée à la bourse australienne (ASX : AIM). Pour de plus amples informations, rendez-vous sur le site AI-Media.tv.

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Contact auprès des médias :
Fiona Habben
Responsable sénior du marketing mondial
Fiona.habben@ai-media.tv

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Diretor de Vendas da AI-Media Animado em Mostrar a Inovação de Legendagem na Próxima IBC Broadcast Tradeshow

BROOKLYN, N.Y., Sept. 14, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A AI-Media, líder em soluções de legendagem, legendagem oculta, transcrição e tradução ao vivo com base em tecnologia, tem o prazer de anunciar sua presença na IBC Broadcast Tradeshow a ser realizada entre 15 e 18 de setembro em Amsterdã, Países Baixos. O evento promete ser um encontro de especialistas, líderes de pensamento e empresas inovadoras do setor de tecnologia de transmissão e mídia.

Como líder global em legendagem e legendagem oculta para a indústria de transmissão, a AI-Media tem orgulho de fazer parte deste evento influente. Nosso Diretor de Vendas, James Ward, liderará nossa delegação e representará o nosso compromisso com a excelência no fornecimento de soluções de ponta para nossos clientes e parceiros.

O Diretor de Vendas da AI-Media, James Ward, disse:

É um grande prazer fazer parte da IBC Broadcast Tradeshow mais uma vez. Esta feira é uma plataforma excepcional para mostrarmos nossas últimas inovações e demonstrarmos como continuamos a expandir os limites do que é possível no setor de transmissão. Estamos empolgados em nos envolver com líderes, clientes e parceiros do setor e compartilhar nossa visão para o futuro da transmissão.”

A AI-Media mostrará várias soluções-chave de transmissão no evento, com a nossa base fundamental, nossa solução de legendagem automática ao vivo com tecnologia AI – LEXI. A LEXI oferece consistentemente taxas de precisão de mais de 98%, identifica alterações no falante, usa IA para garantir que as legendas não interrompam o conteúdo na tela e tudo por uma fração do custo da legendagem humana. Esta ferramenta inovadora está revolucionando a legendagem em tempo real, fornecendo uma solução econômica que está sendo adotada pelas principais emissoras do mundo. A AI-Media fará demonstrações ao vivo no estande mostrando essa tecnologia inovadora em ação.

O recém-lançado LEXI Captioning Tool Kit, alimentado por IA, também será apresentado na IBC2023, com seis soluções principais, todas projetadas para atender as diferentes necessidades da legendagem. O LEXI Tool Kit transforma a criação e legendagem de conteúdo, oferecendo soluções completas de ponta a ponta para empresas de mídia, emissoras, produtores de eventos, instituições educacionais e criadores de conteúdo em todo o mundo. As emissoras podem misturar e combinar os componentes do Tool Kit para atender às necessidades dos seus negócios, acessando soluções, incluindo legendagem, tradução, arquivamento e pesquisa, e recuperação de desastres.

Com a produção de vídeo IP na vanguarda da inovação no cenário de transmissão, as emissoras podem procurar a solução ALTA da AI-Media para codificação de legendagem e legendagem oculta compatível com IP. A ALTA é compatível com padrões de transmissão globais, incluindo SMPTE-2110, entradas MPEG-TS e com saída 2110-40, legendas DVB, DVB TTML, DVB Teletext e SMPTE 2038. Implantável como uma máquina virtual autônoma, uma AMI pré-definida ou um servidor físico pronto para uso, a ALTA pode se encaixar em qualquer fluxo de trabalho de produção. Além de lidar sem esforço com seis idiomas por instância, a ALTA também é compatível com inserção de dicas de publicidade com SCTE-35 e SCTE-104. Com a ALTA, a AI-Media está ajudando as emissoras a elevar suas transmissões de vídeo IP a novos patamares de alcance e acessibilidade. Também estará disponível no estande nossa linha de codificadores de hardware SDI, incluindo nosso codificador de legenda RU Encoder Pro (HD492) 1 – agora sinônimo de padrão de transmissão para codificadores SDI.

Também estamos muito contentes de fornecer aos clientes uma visão antecipada da nossa solução LEXI Translate atualizada, o próximo nível de acessibilidade de idiomas do nosso LEXI Tool Kit. Esta versão, a ser lançada em breve, tem uma precisão inigualável na tradução em tempo real, permitindo que as emissoras distribuam conteúdo para um público mais amplo do que nunca.

Junte-se à AI-Media na IBC 2023, de 15 a 18 de setembro, RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre, Estande #5.C31. Os participantes podem marcar uma reunião com a equipe da AI-Media para descobrir sua gama de soluções de legendagem de transmissão.

Sobre a AI-Media

Fundada na Austrália em 2003, a empresa de tecnologia AI-Media é líder global de soluções de legendagem transcrição e tradução ao vivo e gravadas. A empresa ajuda as principais emissoras, empresas e agências governamentais do mundo a garantir alta precisão, segurança e custo-benefício por meio da sua solução de legendagem automática LEXI com tecnologia de IA. As legendas LEXI são entregues a milhões de telas em todo o mundo através da gama de codificadores de legendas da AI-Media e sua iCap Cloud Network – a maior e mais segura rede de entrega de legendas do mundo. A AI-Media entrega mais de 8 milhões de minutos de mídia ao vivo e gravada mensalmente em todo o mundo. A AI-Media é negociada na Bolsa de Valores da Austrália (ASX: AIM). Para mais informação, visite AI-Media.tv.

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Contato com a Mídia:
Fiona Habben
Gerente Sênior de Marketing – Global
Fiona.habben@ai-media.tv

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FreedomPay Announces Strategic Partnership with PAX Technology, Inc. for Enhanced Global Commerce Solutions

The collaboration unleashes a Next Level customer experience enriched with loyalty and value-added services for millions of global customers.

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 14, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —

FreedomPay, the preferred commerce technology platform for global industries including hospitality, lodging, retail and more, today announces its collaboration with PAX Technology, Inc., one of the largest electronic payment solution providers in the world.

Available in Q2 2024, FreedomPay will introduce PAX Technology devices to enable a secure, seamless, and unified checkout experience for consumers while empowering merchants with FreedomPay’s robust loyalty programs and data analytics capabilities. This partnership reinforces FreedomPay’s commitment to fostering an open and accessible ecosystem for its merchants and industry partners.

“FreedomPay is dedicated to delivering an unparalleled consumer experience by prioritizing speed, security and personalization,” said Chris Kronenthal, President of FreedomPay. “By teaming up with PAX Technology, merchants worldwide can now offer merchants and consumers a Next Level commerce experience.”

The partnership signals a new era of commerce excellence for merchants and consumers globally. With the inclusion of cutting-edge 4G wireless connectivity, merchants can now enjoy seamless and rapid transactions. PAX Technology’s all-in-one devices, integrating both point-of-sale and payments, streamlines operations and simplifies the checkout experience.

“This collaboration with FreedomPay combines cutting-edge commerce technology with industry-leading payment acceptance hardware solutions, driving global commerce by facilitating secure transactions for both consumers and businesses,” said Andy Chau, PAX Technology, Inc. President & CEO. “Our Android line of terminals will provide an extremely flexible payment solution for FreedomPay, and their customers.”

About FreedomPay
FreedomPay’s Next Level Commerce™ platform transforms existing payment systems and processes from legacy to leading edge and enables merchants to unleash the power of pay. As the premier choice for many of the largest companies across the globe in retail, hospitality, lodging, gaming, sports and entertainment, foodservice, education, healthcare and financial services, FreedomPay’s technology has been purposely built to deliver rock solid performance in the highly complex environment of global commerce.

The company maintains a world-class security environment and was first to earn the coveted validation by the PCI Security Standards Council against Point-to-Point Encryption (P2PE/EMV) standard in North America. FreedomPay’s robust solutions across payments, security, identity, and data analytics are available in-store, online and on-mobile and are supported by rapid API adoption. The award winning FreedomPay Commerce Platform operates on a single, unified technology stack across multiple continents allowing enterprises to deliver an innovative Next Level experience on a global scale. www.freedompay.com

About PAX Technology, Inc.
PAX Technology, Inc.is one of the largest electronic payment solution providers in the world, with 70 million terminals located in over 120 countries. As a leading global manufacturer of payment solutions, we are committed to delivering innovative, high-quality, and secure payment solutions to businesses, large and small, worldwide. To learn more visit www.pax.us.

Contact:
Jennifer Tayebi
Hill+Knowlton Strategies for FreedomPay
jennifer.tayebi@hkstrategies.com
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The 2023 CBI Index – the ultimate cross-jurisdictional investment tool launched

Showcasing the best countries to invest in this year

London, Sept. 14, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, the seventh edition of the CBI Index launched, providing captivating insights into the world’s top investment migration programmes in 2023.

From inception, the CBI Index, published in partnership with the Financial Times’ Private Wealth Magazine has been comprehensively ranking operational Citizenship by Investment (CBI) programmes for almost a decade – making it the ultimate cross-jurisdictional investment tool for global investors. The CBI Index is a trusted source both for those who wish to compare CBI programmes as a whole, and for those who wish to compare specific aspects of each programme.

The Index has evolved to become more than just a ranking tool, over the years it has established itself as a trusted voice in the industry, dissecting and gleaning important insights and trends that drive the investment migration sector. This year is no different, the industry has seen the biggest shake-up since the pandemic and investors require a legitimate sounding board with which to base their investment decisions.

“The CBI Index remains as one of the most important planning tools for global investors looking to include citizenship by investment products in their portfolios. It is well known that the CBI industry is a fragmented one, with different countries managing their own unique programmes, each with varying benefits, requirements, and regulations. Consequently, it can be challenging for investors to evaluate the relative merits of each programme. The purpose of the CBI Index, therefore, is to bring value to the CBI industry by providing a data-driven and practical tool for appraising programmes and facilitating the decision-making process for individuals considering them,” says James McKay, creator of the CBI Index and independent research consultant with expertise in global trend analyses.

The CBI Index assesses the performance and appeal of CBI programmes across a diverse range of indicators and measures by isolating factors — or ‘pillars’ — that measure programme features and the desirability of different jurisdictions. The pillars have been chosen for their relevance and comprehensiveness of measurement, and include:

  1. Standard of Living
  2. Freedom of Movement
  3. Minimum Investment Outlay
  4. Mandatory Travel or Residence
  5. Citizenship Timeline
  6. Ease of Processing
  7. Due Diligence
  8. Family
  9. Certainty of Product

The intricate combination of benchmarking, statistical analysis, and comparative investigation is what makes the CBI Index the number one tool for cross-jurisdictional planning for investors looking to set up their businesses, grow their assets and even find a new home for their families in different markets.

Caribbean nations still retain top spots

This year, St Kitts and Nevis took the coveted top spot, beating 11 other nations with active CBI programmes including Antigua & Barbuda, Austria, Cambodia, Dominica, Egypt, Grenada, Jordan, Malta, Saint Lucia, Türkiye and Vanuatu.

The Caribbean nations of St Kitts and Nevis, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia and, Antigua and Barbuda took the top five spots in the 2023 CBI Index, indicating once again that the Caribbean has the most attractive CBI programmes in the world.

Despite global industry-wide challenges, St Kitts and Nevis took first place at 86 per cent and scored top marks in almost all pillars, cementing itself once again as a leader in the industry. Each of the nine pillars is scored out of a maximum of ten points and St Kitts and Nevis got full marks for Mandatory Travel or Residence, Ease of Processing, Due Diligence and Certainty of Product.

Dominica took second place, at 83 per cent and attained full marks for Minimum Investment Outlay, Mandatory Travel or Residence and Ease of Processing.

Grenada and Saint Lucia shared third place 80 per cent, while Antigua and Barbuda took fifth place, at 73 per cent.

Increased global scrutiny requires agile solutions

This year marked one of the most eventful for the investment migration industry, thanks to the pressures from the United States, United Kingdom, and European Union, exercising their clout in requiring CBI nations to prove that their programmes are indeed not providing a gateway for illicit characters.

Political pressure to suspend CBI programmes has caused much anxiety in the industry – threatening the existence of many programmes which are crucial in channelling much needed foreign direct investment to small island nations.

St Kitts and Nevis retained its top position in the due diligence category as it is the country leading the way in strengthening the legislative framework for its Programme, closing all loopholes relating to real estate investment and development projects. The St Kitts and Nevis Programme stands as one of the most regulated in the industry, showcasing the twin-island’s seriousness when it comes to the integrity of its offering.

Despite external pressures, it must be noted, Dominica was the first Caribbean nation to implement all ‘Six Principles’ agreed upon with the United States at the Roundtable held in February 2023. The ‘Six Principles’ include mandatory interviews for applicants aged 16 years and older and the revocation of passports from citizens who were dishonest in their applications.

Other nations in the Caribbean have followed suit, taking an agile and collaborative approach in responding to the global West.

CBI Index, still the most trusted cross-jurisdictional planning tool

The CBI Index has been published annually for seven years and remains as the most trusted source for global investors looking to expand their portfolios through citizenship by investment.

All 12 CBI programmes are measured according to nine pillars with reliance being placed on official sources and data publications from institutions of the highest international standing, as well as on the specialised input of industry experts, whose contributions and responses were used to obtain and interpret both qualitative and quantitative data used in the construction of the CBI Index.

In the 2023 CBI Index, the Freedom of Movement Pillar measures the relative strength of each country’s citizenship on the basis of three equally weighted factors: the number of destinations to which a country’s passport allows travel without restriction; the number of prime business hubs to which it provides access; and the degree to which a given citizenship provides settlement rights in other nations.

The Standard of Living Pillar is a measure of the level of wealth, comfort, and material goods offered by the 12 CBI jurisdictions under assessment. This pillar is vital to those who yearn to relocate and to secure a prosperous and fulfilling lifestyle as well as for those wanting to take advantage of local business opportunities or seeking additional geographical diversification for their assets.

The Minimum Investment Outlay Pillar measures one of the most practical and foremost considerations of CBI: how much capital is required for the investor to become an eligible applicant for the programme of their choosing.

The Mandatory Travel or Residence Pillar examines the travel or residence conditions imposed on applicants both before and after the granting of citizenship. Often busy with running a business or international travel, global citizens have little time to fulfil minimum stay requirements.

The Citizenship Timeline Pillar looks at the average time taken for citizenship to be secured by the applicant. The time at which application forms and supporting documentation are processed, and
the steps involved in approving an application, vary between programmes. Therefore, a thorough inspection of applicable laws, regulations, and policies was made to determine the official processing times mandated by each jurisdiction.

The Ease of Processing Pillar measures the end-to-end complexity of the CBI application process. In some jurisdictions, the application process can be a labour-intensive and painstaking task that is time-consuming for the applicant; in others, it is streamlined, and the applicant receives clear directives on how to proceed.

The Due Diligence Pillar, one of the most important, focuses on each nation’s commitment to ensuring that their programme remains transparent and effective at evaluating potential candidates for citizenship. It is, therefore, a measure of each programme’s integrity.

The Family Pillar measures the extent to which investors can obtain citizenship for their immediate and extended family. The CBI Index recognises that the rise of increasingly complex family relationships is driving investors to seek programmes that allow for a more diverse range of family members to be included under a primary application. While most CBI programmes provide for the inclusion of spouses and minor children, only a handful of countries do so for adult children and extended family.

The Certainty of Product Pillar encompasses a range of factors that measure a programme’s certainty across five different dimensions: longevity, popularity and renown, stability, reputation and adaptability. With the CBI industry currently in a state of flux amid a tightening regulatory landscape, it is more important than ever to provide investors with a means of differentiating a programme’s relative robustness.

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Heineken® Partners with Jill Scott MBE and Gary Neville to Tackle Online Sexism by Swapping Social Media Accounts

Heineken®’s social experiment highlights the uglier side of the beautiful game and aims to give online sexism the red card

Jill Scott and Gary Neville

Jill Scott and Gary Neville

AMSTERDAM, Sept. 14, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Former England international players, turned pundits Jill Scott MBE and Gary Neville tasted life in a different dugout as part of a Heineken® social experiment entitled, ‘The Social Swap’ aimed at addressing gender bias when it comes to women sharing their opinions about football on social media.

‘The Social Swap’ saw Jill and Gary secretly switch social accounts for five days to share their genuine views on matches, from the use of VAR to team rivalries and match predictions. The only catch? Jill was posting from Gary’s account, and Gary was using Jill’s account.

The experiment acted as a reminder of football’s journey to become more inclusive, with Jill’s account receiving 5 times more sexist responses compared to Gary’s when sharing similar points of view and commentary online. Example responses to the pundits’ posts during the swap illustrating gender bias:

Check out a short film of the pair discussing the experiment, including some of the sexist reactions from social media users, here.

The Social Swap – Mix of Responses

The Social Swap – Mis of Responses

Jill Scott MBE says: “Attitudes have definitely changed, but there’s no doubt that female fans, pundits and players still get a lot more online negativity than men due to gender bias. You develop a thick skin – but we shouldn’t have to. Some people have probably been left a little red-faced by this experiment but hopefully it’s reminded everyone of the need to kick gender bias out of the game for good. Anyone can be a fan of sport, regardless of gender and it’s time to remember this.”

Gary Neville says: “The heated debates and rivalries are what makes football so exhilarating. But when negativity is linked to gender, this goes too far, especially from behind a screen. By putting myself in Jill’s shoes and seeing the reaction, I have seen first-hand the uglier side of this sport that I love and want to make it clear that football is for everyone. On the pitch and online, we should treat each other with respect no matter our gender, race, sexuality or what colour shirt we’re wearing.”

In addition to using ‘The Social Swap’ to highlight the issue of gender bias in football conversations online, Heineken® is kicking off the new football season by unleashing the power of AI to help fans blow the whistle on online sexist toxicity and ensure all fans can freely share their opinions without the fear of abuse.

Thanks to Heineken®’s new partnership with Arwen, thousands of football supporters will be granted free access to its AI-powered online moderation tool1. The Arwen tool lets users filter negativity from their social media feeds by hiding any unwanted or offensive comments and spam. To get your free access1, click HERE:
https://fresherfootball.heineken.com/socialswap

Nabil Nasser, Global Head of Heineken® Brand says: “Heineken® wants to be the most inclusive sponsor in football and ‘The Social Swap’ shows not only the unfair imbalance in football fan culture but also how important it is that we all give gender bias and online toxicity the red card! As well as tackling the issue head on by calling out harmful practices, by teaming up with Arwen, we are excited to be able to be leveraging new AI technology to help fans ditch the negative noise and for this new season keep conversations about football, just about football.”

‘The Social Swap’ is part of a series of campaigns from Heineken®’s ‘Cheers To All Fans’ UEFA sponsorship platform, which aims to level the playing field for all fans by tackling the issues that prevent them from having an enjoyable, inclusive experience.

Editorial information:

  • Please find more information about Heineken’s commitment to making football more inclusive here https://fresherfootball.heineken.com/
  • Please find the high-resolution downloadable campaign images here.
  • A campaign microsite link with video and the social media moderation tool can be found here. For more information, please contact: HNKNFootball@edelman.com

About HEINEKEN:
HEINEKEN is the world’s most international brewer. It is the leading developer and marketer of premium beer and cider brands. Led by the Heineken® brand, the Group has a portfolio of more than 300 international, regional, local and specialty beers and ciders. We are committed to innovation, long-term brand investment, disciplined sales execution and focused cost management. Through “Brewing a Better World”, sustainability is embedded in the business.
HEINEKEN has a well-balanced geographic footprint with leadership positions in both developed and developing markets. We employ over 85,000 employees and operate breweries, malteries, cider plants and other production facilities in more than 70 countries. Heineken N.V. and Heineken Holding N.V. shares trade on the Euronext in Amsterdam. Prices for the ordinary shares may be accessed on Bloomberg under the symbols HEIA NA and HEIO NA and on Reuters under HEIN.AS and HEIO.AS. HEINEKEN has two sponsored level 1 American Depositary Receipt (ADR) programmes: Heineken N.V. (OTCQX: HEINY) and Heineken Holding N.V. (OTCQX: HKHHY).
Most recent information is available on HEINEKEN’s website: www.theHEINEKENcompany.com and follow us on Twitter via @HEINEKENCorp.

1 5,000 fans will get Free access to the service on a three-month trial. Fans interested in trialling a toxic-free social media world can sign up on a first come, first serve basis

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Richard Curtis releases new version of famous Al Pacino ‘locker room’ scene to mark that the world is at halftime on Sustainable Development Goals

Al Pacino still from ‘Inches (with Al Pacino)| The Global Goals | Halftime 2023’

Al Pacino still from ‘Inches (with Al Pacino)| The Global Goals | Halftime 2023’

  • The world is at ‘Halftime’ when it comes to achieving 2030 Sustainable Development Goals – but only 15% are on track to be met
  • Richard Curtis releases new version of Pacino’s famous locker room speech to mark this halftime point

LONDON, Sept. 14, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Filmmaker and Sustainable Development Goal Advocate Richard Curtis and his organisation Project Everyone are releasing a special version of the famous ‘Inch by Inch’ locker room speech, delivered by Al Pacino in the Warner Bros. Pictures film Any Given Sunday.

The new cut of the scene puts it into the context of reaching ‘halftime’ for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and includes new lines especially recorded for this version of the scene by Mr Pacino.

The film is being launched today [14 September] to highlight the fact that the world is now at Halftime when it comes to the SDGs.

The SDGs are a collection of 17 goals agreed by world leaders at the United Nations in 2015 which aim to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all by 2030.

However, only 15% of the Goals are on track to be met, with the triple impact of COVID-19, conflict, and the climate crisis reversing years of hard-earned progress.

The film is being released as leaders prepare to gather at the UN General Assembly in New York. To highlight that the world is at Halftime when it comes to the Goals, renowned artist Es Devlin has designed and built a unique art installation at UNHQ – the SDG Pavilion – which is kicking off with a ‘Halftime Show’ at 7 pm EST on Monday 18 September featuring global talent and world leaders.

Richard Curtis said: “The Halftime Campaign asks everyone to come together to achieve the SDGs by 2030. I’m genuinely optimistic that with the right action and political will, in seven years, we could be looking back at one of the greatest second-half comebacks of all time. It has been very exciting to work with Al Pacino’s extraordinary speech to illustrate the passion and sense of urgency that is needed to turn things around.”

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