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Microsoft Showcases Modern Manufacturing at Hannover Messe 2017

HANNOVER, GERMANY (APRIL 24, 2017) – Today, Microsoft and partner companies put modern manufacturing solutions on display at Hannover Messe 2017, the world’s biggest industrial fair. The company displayed how the synergy between man and machine, artificial intelligence and machine learning are digitally transforming the manufacturing industry.

The role of robots in modern manufacturing was put on display at the event, with partner exhibits showcasing how through AI and machine learning, collaborative robots and intelligent drones can be complementary to human labour. With data and intelligent insights from machines that can learn processes, employees can use that data to eliminate monotonous tasks, solve problems faster and produce better financial outcomes. The combination of humans and intelligent machines is creating a hybrid workforce that is allowing manufacturing companies to tackle some of their toughest challenges.

Examples on display in the Microsoft booth included:

• Comau, a member of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) group, showed how it is using Microsoft HoloLens to control a robot that assembles small components in the automotive manufacturing environment to make the invisible visible. It is also using HoloLens to monitor factory machines, giving manufacturers a new way to interact with data on the factory floor via natural gestures and hands-free operation.

• Robotics company Sarcos is collaborating with Microsoft to offer customers a robot-as-a-service to improve the safety and efficiency of many industrial tasks. Because more than 8 million people are injured or killed on the job each year in the U.S. alone, Sarcos is designing robots that can perform tasks that humans find too dangerous or difficult. The company’s Guardian 5 – Snake Robot can be tele-operated from miles away as it crawls through narrow culverts, pipes and storage tanks or traverses other difficult terrain.

• Microsoft customers including Tetra Pak and ThyssenKrupp Elevator showed how they are creating “digital twins” — or virtual models of products and processes that simulate real world conditions using HoloLens and artificial intelligence.

• Ecolab’s water treatment division is using Microsoft AI and machine learning technology to help manufacturers reduce water usage in their production processes. Analyzing water use data collected from sensors in thousands of facilities around the world, Ecolab develops detailed recommendations and then shares them with customers to help them save water.

For more information, visit Microsoft manufacturing.

Shows: SLATE 1

Microsoft’s Customers and Partners Demonstrate Innovation at Hannover Messe 2017

Microsoft and partners display how humans and machines work together, artificial intelligence, and modern manufacturing at Hannover Messe 2017

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Today, Microsoft and partner companies put modern manufacturing solutions on display at Hannover Messe 2017, the world’s biggest industrial fair. The company displayed how the synergy between man and machine, artificial intelligence and machine learning are digitally transforming the manufacturing industry.

The role of robots in modern manufacturing was put on display at the event, with partner exhibits showcasing how through AI and machine learning, collaborative robots and intelligent drones can be complementary to human labor. With data and intelligent insights from machines that can learn processes, employees can use that data to eliminate monotonous tasks, solve problems faster and produce better financial outcomes. The combination of humans and intelligent machines is creating a hybrid workforce that is allowing manufacturing companies to tackle some of their toughest challenges.

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Examples on display in the Microsoft booth included:

• Comau, a member of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) group, showed how it is using Microsoft HoloLens to control a robot that assembles small components in the automotive manufacturing environment to make the invisible visible. It is also using HoloLens to monitor factory machines, giving manufacturers a new way to interact with data on the factory floor via natural gestures and hands-free operation.

• Robotics company Sarcos is collaborating with Microsoft to offer customers a robot-as-a-service to improve the safety and efficiency of many industrial tasks. Because more than 8 million people are injured or killed on the job each year in the U.S. alone, Sarcos is designing robots that can perform tasks that humans find too dangerous or difficult. The company’s Guardian 5 – Snake Robot can be tele-operated from miles away as it crawls through narrow culverts, pipes and storage tanks or traverses other difficult terrain.

• Microsoft customers including Tetra Pak and ThyssenKrupp Elevator showed how they are creating “digital twins” — or virtual models of products and processes that simulate real world conditions using HoloLens and artificial intelligence.

SLATE 4

Ecolab’s water treatment division is using Microsoft AI and machine learning technology to help manufacturers reduce water usage in their production processes. Analyzing water use data collected from sensors in thousands of facilities around the world, Ecolab develops detailed recommendations and then shares them with customers to help them save water.

SLATE 5

This Video Includes:

• Microsoft Booth @ Hannover Messe 2017 B-Roll

• Soundbites

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Microsoft Booth @ Hannover Messe 2017 B-Roll

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Jason Zander, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft

Other: None

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Silversea Christens New Flagship Silver Muse

– Silver Muse Christened By Silversea Chairman Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio’s Daughter Costanza Lefebrvre In Monaco

– The Ninth Ship In The Silversea Fleet Offers Highest Expression Of Excellence at Sea

MONACO – Ultra-luxury cruise line Silversea welcomed His Serene Highness the Prince Albert II of Monaco, His Excellency Minister of State of the Principality, Serge Telle, His Excellency Archbishop of Monaco Barsi, Mr. Peter Greenberg (CBS-TV News Travel Editor, Master of Ceremony), Mr. Geoffrey Kent (Abercrombie & Kent Founder), Mr. Gerald Lawless (Chairman of WTCC), VIPs and other distinguished guests to Port Hercule in the heart of Monaco, for an intimate ceremony marking the christening of the latest addition to their fleet, Silver Muse.

The historic celebration, which was hosted by Silversea Chairman Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, and was honoured by the amazing performance of Sinfonietta Orchestra of Rome, as well as the renowned Violinist Charlie Siem, providing to the ceremony with a very elegant and amazing atmosphere.

Silver Muse, the ninth ship in the Silversea fleet, caters for the most discerning passengers at sea, offering the highest expression of elegance and comfort, redefining the ultra-luxury cruising experience. Silver Muse and the Silversea brand truly symbolize what company wanted to bring into vogue with the association of tradition, luxury, personalized cuisine and service, elegance and more over Italian style.

Over the past two weeks, guests invited from around the world have had the opportunity to preview the new flagship on a number of exclusive sailings in the Mediterranean. Initial feedback from members of the press, trade and industry representatives alike has been overwhelmingly positive, with the quality of finish delivered by Fincantieri and levels of service by Silversea crew exceeding guests’ expectations.

Accommodating 596 guests, the ship boasts an unrivalled selection of dining options on board including three restaurants new to the Silversea fleet. These are Atlantide, a seafood and grill concept that represents the ultimate in excellence and creativity using the finest ingredients sourced from across the world; the Asian-accented Indochine; and an Italian-themed poolside restaurant Spaccanapoli which serves home-made Italian pizzas throughout the day. These help to give guests on Silver Muse a choice of eight restaurants and also the freedom to eat “anything, anywhere, anytime” on the ship.

The ship is also home to the unique Zàgara Beauty Spa which offers a sanctuary of leisure and comfort, transporting guests on a journey of the five senses tailored to their individual needs and preferences.

Monaco is not simply the base for Silversea’s operations, it is the natural home for the company’s proud Monegasque history. Silversea showcases the culture, traditions and values of the Principality with the world, with its nine ships visiting over 900 different ports of call each year.

For more information please visit: www.silversea.com

Shows:

SOUNDBITES:

· Mr. Roberto Martinoli, CEO Silversea Cruises

· Capt. Alessandro Zanello, Silver Muse Captain

· Mr. Manfredi Lefebvred’Ovidio, Chairman Silversea Cruises

· His Serene Highness the Prince Albert II of Monaco

· Mr. Peter Greenberg CBS-TV News Travel Editor, Master of Ceremony

· Ms. Costanza Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Silver Muse Godmother

B-ROLL INCLUDES:

· Silver Muse B-Roll – Exterior and Interior various

. Performance by Violinist Charlie Siem, Sinfonietta Orchestra of Rome

· The Christening / Breaking of the Bottle

· The Signature of The Golden Book on the bridge

Other: None

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The 2017 Mo Ibrahim Foundation Governance Weekend – Day 2

MARRAKECH, MOROCCO – “Africa at the Tipping Point” was the theme of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation’s annual Ibrahim Forum on Saturday, 8 April. While the continent’s future is in the balance as opportunity or failure both loom depending on the policy actions of the private and public sectors and civil society. Most attendees voiced guarded optimism that African nations can overcome the obstacles to progress, especially in the three main areas of discussion: the fight against terrorism, defending democratic institutions, and creating enough jobs for the coming explosive growth in population.

Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, said that institutions had to be reformed at the highest level, including the UN Security Council and Mo Ibrahim agreed concerning the African Union. Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, noted that African countries are well-represented at the court, which is a good signpost for achieving a fairer society.

Lamido Sanusi, Emir of Kano, Nigeria, warned that local conditions and traditions had to be taken into account – there is no “one-size-fits-all” remedy.

All of these issues don’t just affect Africa. U2 lead singer and founder of ONE and (Red) Bono said that Europe cannot be prosperous without a prosperous Africa.

Member of the Moroccan Royal Cabinet Youssef Amrani called for more regional integration, to share problem-solving and share prosperity. Former Nigerian Finance Minister and World Bank Managing Director Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said more support for small and medium-sized enterprises, especially those run by women, could be an important engine for job growth.

Engaging the younger generation in everything from political involvement to entrepreneurship seemed to answer questions about how to avoid the negative tipping point across most of the issues. Two Ibrahim scholars are translating their internships and academic experience into action – Aya Chebbi in her own Afrika Youth Movement, and Mariam Yinusa through hr work at UNECA and the AfDB.

Another way of reaching that younger generation with the message of good governance is through football and music. A friendly match between Kawkab Marrakech and TP Mazembe of the DRC ended with the Congolese team taking home the Ibrahim Trophy for the third year in a row with a 1-0 victory.

And at the end of the weekend, thousands of young people attended the closing concert, featuring Youssou NDour, Angelique Kidjo, Hamid al Kasri, Hoba Hoba Spirit, and Hindi Zahra, which lasted late into the night.

Shows: Marrakech, Morocco (8 April 2017)

1. Exterior views of the Palmeraie Conference Centre

2. Interiors shots and forum hall

3. Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan saying, “We can get to a situation where the emerging countries, whether it’s India, Indonesia, South Africa or others will ask, ‘Why do we have to accept decisions by this board, this body, that is not representative. So the permanent members and the big boys have to think through very carefully and decide how much power they want to give up to make the participation of the others meaningful, so that you get cooperation. Otherwise you will get to a situation of destructive competition.

4. Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, saying, “Africa has the largest number of states that have joined the ICC. 34 states are part of the ICC from Africa alone. And this is something that we should be proud of as Africans.”

5. Mo Ibrahim, Founder and Chair of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, saying, “The African Union should really stop acting like an exclusive club of presidents, whose only objective is to protect themselves. Come on, that doesn’t work at this time anymore.”

6. Emir of Kano (Nigeria) Lamido Sanusi, saying, “We should be a little careful about using a diagnosis for every place and very time. And we need greater clarity on specifics and local contexts before we talk about solutions.”

7. Member of the Moroccan Royal Cabinet Youssef Amrani, saying, “I think it is an ongoing process today in Africa. And we should work more on regional integration. I think this is a key issue, you know, in order to solve the conflicts, in order to build up peace, in order to create a space of shared prosperity.”

8. U2 lead singer and founder of ONE and (Red) Bono, saying, “There is a totally different relationship with the continent now. Nobody in Europe doesn’t understand that we are eight miles from the continent of Africa. Europe cannot succeed if Africa fails. Most people know that now.”

9. Founder and CEO, Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote speaking about the need for trust in elections

10. Former Nigerian Finance Minister and World Bank Managing Director Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala speaking about supporting female SME owners

11. Former Ibrahim Scholar and Afrika Youth Movement founder Aya Chebbi speaking about the Afrika Youth Movement.

12. Mariam Yinusa, current Ibrahim fellow, speaking about youth involvement.

13. Moise Katumbi, former governor of Katanga province (DRC) and owner, TP Mazmebe football club, speaking in French about the football match

(9 April 2017)

14. Exterior of stadium

15. Various shots of stadium and crowds

16. Cheihab Falatt of Kawkab Marrakech, saying (French),

17. Robert Kidiaba of TP Mazembe saying (French),

18. Highlights of the football match

19. Concert highlights, including

a. Hindi Zahra

b. Youssou NDour

c. Angelique Kidjo

d. Hamid el Kasri

e. Hoba Hoba Spririt

20. Mo Ibrahim addressing the crowd

 

Other: Notes to Editors

Mo Ibrahim Foundation

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation was established in 2006 with a focus on the critical importance of leadership and governance in Africa. By providing tools to support progress in leadership and governance, the Foundation aims to promote meaningful change on the continent.

The Foundation, which is a non-grant making organisation, focuses on defining, assessing and enhancing governance and leadership in Africa through four main initiatives:

– Ibrahim Index of African Governance

– Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership

– Ibrahim Forum

– Ibrahim Fellowships and Scholarships

Ibrahim Forum

Established in 2010, the Ibrahim Forum is an annual high-level discussion forum tackling issues of critical importance to Africa. The Forum convenes prominent African political and business leaders, representatives from civil society, multilateral and regional institutions as well as Africa’s major international partners to identify specific policy challenges and priorities for action. Previous Forums have dealt with: Urbanisation (2015), Africa in the next 50 years (2013), African Youth (2012), African Agriculture (2011) and African Regional Economic Integration (2010). Data and research on Forum issues are compiled by the Foundation as the basis for informed and constructive debate.

Ibrahim Prize

The Ibrahim Prize celebrates excellence in African leadership. It is awarded to a former Executive Head of State or Government by an independent Prize Committee. Previous Laureates: Hifikipunye Pohamba (2014, Namibia), Presidents Joaquim Chissano (2007, Mozambique), Festus Mogae (2008, Botswana) and Pedro Pires (2011, Cabo Verde), as well as the 2007 Honorary Ibrahim Laureate – President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.

Further contacts: * For more information, please visit: www.moibrahimfoundation.org

* You can also follow the Mo Ibrahim Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr:

Twitter: @Mo_IbrahimFdn

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/moibrahimfoundation.org

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/moibrahimfoundation

Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/moibrahimfoundation/

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The 2017 Mo Ibrahim Foundation Governance Weekend – Day 1

MARRAKECH, MOROCCO – The Mo Ibrahim Foundation opened its flagship, high-level Annual Governance Weekend from  7-9 April in Marrakech, Morocco under the High Patronage of His Majesty the King Mohammed VI. The opening night Governance Ceremony.

This year’s event coincides with the Foundation’s celebration of 10 years of putting governance at the centre of Africa’s development discourse. The gathering will build on insights from the 2016 Ibrahim Index of African Governance: A Decade of African Governance and look at the next decade to set out a path forward for the continent. Progressive leaders across politics, business, media and civil society from all over the continent will gather to discuss the challenges of leadership and governance in Africa in the 21st century, and will address the opportunities of the next decade for the African continent.

The weekend will also include the Ibrahim Forum on Saturday, 8 April, focusing on the topic “Africa at the Tipping Point,” and on Sunday a football match between TP Mazembe of DRC and Kawkab Marrackech and a concert with artists Youssou NDour, Angelique Kidjo, Hoba Hoba Spririt, Hindi Zahra and Van.

Further weekend event information:

Saturday, 8 April

Ibrahim Forum (08:00-17:00 GMT)

This year’s Forum topic is “Africa at a Tipping Point.” Panels include former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, U2 lead singer and founder of ONR and (RED) Bono, Unilever CEO Paul Polman and former World Bank Managing Director and Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, aming others.

The event live webcast will be available at: mo.ibrahim.foundation/annual-event

Sunday, 9 April

Football match between the Kawkab Marrakech and TP Mazembe (15:00 GMT)

Music concert featuring Youssou NDour, Angelique Kidjo, Hoba Hoba Spririt,Hindi Zahra and Van.  (18:00 GMT)

The football and concert live webcasts will be available at: mifmaroc.org

Shows:

1. Exterior views of the Palmeraie Conference Centre

2. Arrivals including Mary Robinson, Mo Ibrahim and Kofi Annan

3. Wide shot of conference hall

4. Andre Azoulay, representing King Mohammed VI, officially opening the conference, saying:

5. Mo Ibrahim, Founder and Chair, Mo Ibrahim Foundation, speaking about leaders

6. Former German President Horst Koehler, saying:

7. United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed saying:

8. Musical performance by Hindi Zahra

9. Musical performance by Hugh Masekela

10.Musical performance by Youssou NDour and Angelique Kidjo

 

Other: Notes to Editors

Mo Ibrahim Foundation

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation was established in 2006 with a focus on the critical importance of leadership and governance in Africa. By providing tools to support progress in leadership and governance, the Foundation aims to promote meaningful change on the continent.

The Foundation, which is a non-grant making organisation, focuses on defining, assessing and enhancing governance and leadership in Africa through four main initiatives:

– Ibrahim Index of African Governance

– Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership

– Ibrahim Forum

– Ibrahim Fellowships and Scholarships

Ibrahim Forum

Established in 2010, the Ibrahim Forum is an annual high-level discussion forum tackling issues of critical importance to Africa. The Forum convenes prominent African political and business leaders, representatives from civil society, multilateral and regional institutions as well as Africa’s major international partners to identify specific policy challenges and priorities for action. Previous Forums have dealt with: Urbanisation (2015), Africa in the next 50 years (2013), African Youth (2012), African Agriculture (2011) and African Regional Economic Integration (2010). Data and research on Forum issues are compiled by the Foundation as the basis for informed and constructive debate.

Ibrahim Prize

The Ibrahim Prize celebrates excellence in African leadership. It is awarded to a former Executive Head of State or Government by an independent Prize Committee. Previous Laureates: Hifikipunye Pohamba (2014, Namibia), Presidents Joaquim Chissano (2007, Mozambique), Festus Mogae (2008, Botswana) and Pedro Pires (2011, Cabo Verde), as well as the 2007 Honorary Ibrahim Laureate – President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.

Further contacts:

For more information, please visit: www.moibrahimfoundation.org

You can also follow the Mo Ibrahim Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr:

Twitter: @Mo_IbrahimFdn

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/moibrahimfoundation.org

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/moibrahimfoundation

Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/moibrahimfoundation/

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