Women’s Autonomy, Gender Equality and the Building of a Care Society are a Precondition, Path and Catalyst for Sustainable Development

Gender Inequality

Ministers of Women’s Affairs and authorities from mechanisms for women’s advancement in Latin America and the Caribbean inaugurated today the 62nd Meeting of the Presiding Officers of the Regional Conference on Women, organized by ECLAC in coordination with UN Women.

 

Women’s autonomy, gender equality and the building of a care society are a precondition, path and catalyst for sustainable development, according to the Ministers of Women’s Affairs and authorities from mechanisms for women’s advancement in Latin America and the Caribbean who participated today in the inauguration of the Sixty-second Meeting of the Presiding Officers of the Regional Conference on Women, which was held virtually on Thursday, January 27.

The meeting – attended as well by delegates from the region’s countries, members of international organizations, academia, women’s and feminist organizations, civil society and trade unions, among others – is being organized by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), which serves as the Secretariat of the Conference, in coordination with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women).

Speaking at the opening session were Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of ECLAC; María-Noel Vaeza, Regional Director for the Americas and the Caribbean of UN Women; and Mónica Zalaquett, Minister of Women’s Affairs and Gender Equity of Chile, in her capacity as Chair of the Presiding Officers of the Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The gathering featured the participation of Sima Bahous, the new Executive Director of UN Women who, along with Alicia Bárcena and María-Noel Vaeza, launched the Special Session of Regional Consultation prior to the 66th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).

“The recovery will be feminist, or it will not be at all,” Alicia Bárcena, ECLAC’s Executive Secretary, remarked in her opening speech. Reflecting on her years at the helm of ECLAC, she reviewed the contributions to substantive equality in the region and to the regional gender agenda that were made under her leadership.

In that regard, she recalled that ECLAC has contributed to establishing women’s autonomy as an issue in the region, to analyzing and linking gender inequality to the lack of women’s autonomy, and to producing evidence on women’s physical, economic and decision-making autonomy, their interrelationships, and their manifestations in the structural constraints of inequality.

Separately, she said that women have been on the front lines of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and that the importance of care and equality for the sustainability of life has never been clearer.

She emphasized that in the face of a development model that is associated with the concentration of wealth, environmental deterioration, the climate crisis and care crisis, the increasing precariousness of women’s living conditions and societies marked by patriarchy, racism, violence, inequality and the culture of privilege, “we cannot go back to a normality that produced huge inequalities, poverty and suffering.”

For that reason, “we need an urgent shift in the development model to move towards a care society that recognizes the interdependence of people and the environment; the interdependence between productive processes and society; and that puts the sustainability of human life and the planet at the center,” Alicia Bárcena affirmed.

She warned that the pandemic has widened gaps and disproportionately harmed women, who are concentrated in the sectors most affected by job losses. But the discouraging data is not confined to the realm of economic autonomy, the Executive Secretary stated.

“We must shine a light on the pandemic in the shadows. Femicide and other gender-based violence continue to affect women and girls in the region. According to ECLAC’s Gender Equality Observatory, at least 4,091 women were victims of femicide in 26 of the region’s countries in 2020, and one out of every four girls and adolescents in Latin America and the Caribbean contracted marriage for the first time or maintained a live-in relationship before the age of 18; this is a harmful practice and a human rights violation that has not changed in the last 25 years,” she declared.

In her remarks, the senior United Nations official highlighted that in the last decade, ECLAC has accompanied Latin American and Caribbean governments in their work to address conceptual and public policy challenges to promote sustainable development based on gender equality and women’s rights and autonomy.

She noted that the Montevideo Strategy for Implementation of the Regional Gender Agenda within the Sustainable Development Framework by 2030 constitutes a contribution by the region to putting gender equality and women’s autonomy at the center of the debate on sustainable development. The Santiago Commitment, meanwhile, takes a forward-looking view, with agreements in areas that had not been addressed before in the Regional Gender Agenda and that are key for responding to emerging challenges for women amid changing economic, demographic, climate and technological scenarios.

Finally, Alicia Bárcena pointed up the strength, courage, capabilities and creativity of women in Latin America and the Caribbean and their organizations, and she reaffirmed ECLAC’s commitment to continue championing policies and partnerships that would allow for protecting the progress made on guaranteeing women’s rights in the last decade, preventing setbacks and promoting a transformative recovery with gender equality, which is based on the feminist principles of redistribution of power, resources, work and time.

“The goal must be to move towards the forging of fair and egalitarian development patterns. We see the care society as a civilizational leap forward, as the most promising horizon for a transformative and sustainable recovery with gender equality,” she added.

“Together we can do more and better for a sustainable, inclusive and resilient recovery. I will say it again: the post-pandemic recovery in Latin America and the Caribbean will be feminist, or it will not be at all,” she concluded.

In her remarks, María-Noel Vaeza stressed the urgency of better incorporating women into the socioeconomic recovery, with strengthened systems for comprehensive care and with universalized access to technology.

“These elements will allow for building more just and egalitarian societies, with better conditions for addressing present and future challenges. I believe it is critical to emphasize that the creation of comprehensive care systems can become a true motor of the region’s socioeconomic recovery, leaving no one behind,” she stated.

Minister Mónica Zalaquett, meanwhile, indicated that the pandemic has exposed the fragility of the hard-won achievements made on gender equality.

“Today it is imperative to work so that the post-COVID-19 world can be structurally less unequal. This crisis has given us a unique opportunity to implement actions that would allow us to reduce gender gaps and move steadily towards sustainable development. We must act urgently to restructure care systems,” she said.

At the 62nd Meeting of the Presiding Officers, authorities will exchange opinions and positions on preparations for the fifteenth session of the Regional Conference on Women in Latin America and the Caribbean, which will take place later this year in Argentina and will have as its central theme, “The care society: a horizon for sustainable recovery with gender equality.”

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Skybox Security Expands Market Leadership with Over 4x Growth in Subscription Business from New Customers in 2021


Subscription Business
  • New 2021 customers include Fortune 500, Global 500, major government agencies, and companies in critical infrastructure sectors
  • The industry’s most advanced exposure analysis, risk scoring, security automation, and vulnerability management innovations help advance strategic cybersecurity initiatives and optimize security posture
  • Skybox Security continues significant market share gains in the rapidly growing Vulnerability Management category

Demand for Skybox vulnerability management and security automation capabilities drove 30% new business growth

Skybox Security today announced that soaring global customer demand for its Security Posture Management Platform drove a 4x increase in subscription business from new customers year-over-year. Customer expansion and new logos also resulted in over 30% growth year-over-year, driven by global customer demand for Skybox vulnerability management and security automation capabilities. Further, Skybox Security reported the strongest quarter in the company’s 19-year history to include significant expansion within the critical infrastructure sectors.

“Increasing cybersecurity regulations, digital transformation initiatives, and cloud migration continue to fuel demand for our preventative Security Posture Management Platform,” said Skybox Security CEO and Founder Gidi Cohen. “Other cybersecurity companies say they do exposure analysis. Skybox Security delivers the only solution that can do it with the precision you need to prevent a cyberattack, with the full context of the network, cloud, and OT infrastructure of the organization.”

New 2021 customers include Fortune 500, Global 500, major government agencies, and companies operating critical infrastructure in the energy, utilities, manufacturing, defense, and telecommunications sectors. Increasingly dangerous vulnerabilities, including but not limited to Log4j, require a new focus on preventing breaches by eliminating cyber exposure ahead of an attack.

 

A new path forward for breach prevention

The company’s tremendous growth is fueled by capturing the ever-increasing market need for preventative cybersecurity management while strategically expanding into new verticals and regions. Hundreds of customers trust the industry-leading Skybox Security Posture Management Platform to prevent breaches before incidents happen.

Skybox Security is the only cybersecurity company to provide complete visibility and understanding of the attack surface. No other solution can visualize and analyze hybrid, multi-cloud, and OT networks across all industries and verticals.

2021 financial highlights: year-over-year growth

  • 4x increase in new recurring subscription business
  • 30% new business growth year-over-year, driven by global demand for Skybox vulnerability management and automation capabilities
  • Added ten new logos in the critical infrastructure sector, including major international manufacturers, energy and utility providers, telecommunications leaders, and one of the largest U.S. oil & gas companies
  • Won major government contracts across federal, state, and local agencies
  • Continued expansion into the highly regulated financial services sector, with 18 new logos
  • Reported the strongest quarter in the company’s 19-year history

 

2021 new and expanded customers

  • One of the largest U.S. energy & utility companies expanded its Skybox deployment to protect over 200,000 assets with Skybox Vulnerability Control. The company needed to ramp up its vulnerability management program and report to senior management teams. It was equally important for the company to get a centralized view for all departments to have an objective way to measure and manage risk, allowing admins to mitigate risk exposures on various assets.
  • A major multinational oil & gas company purchased Skybox Vulnerability Control to reduce risk and increase the resiliency of OT assets. Then, the company decided to deploy Skybox Firewall and Network Assurance during the pilot phase to ensure compliance and segregation in OT and corporate environments continuously. Lastly, the customer selected Skybox Change Manager to reduce the risk and effort of making network changes throughout the organization, replacing an aging home-grown application.
  • A multinational manufacturer purchased the Skybox Security Policy Management solution to collect, normalize, and optimize their network and security data. After a security assessment showed significant risks linked to network misconfigurations, the customer evaluated different security policy management solutions. Skybox Security was selected because it is the only solution to deliver comprehensive security policy management capabilities that enable the customer to automate firewall rules and see across their attack surface with the Skybox network model.

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New World Report Reveals the 2021 Winners of the Energy Elite Awards

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United Kingdom, 2022 – New World Report has announced the winners of the 2021 Energy Elite Awards.

In its inaugural year, the Energy Elite awards aim to recognize the innovative companies and inventors within the energy and powers sectors. Along with traditional energy sources, we also look to the sustainability efforts of the present and future, to energy-efficient and renewable solutions.

With events such as COP26 and the 2030 Agenda planning steps to help the sustainability efforts, acknowledging those who help this effort, big or small, should also be recognized.

Awards Coordinator Kaven Cooper took a moment to share their thoughts on the award and the winners. “I would like to offer my sincere congratulations to all the nominees and winners! As this is our first year running the Energy Elite Awards, that makes this announcement all the more special. All of us at New World Report wish you the best of luck for the future.”

To learn more about our award winners and to gain insight into the working practices of the “best of the best”, please visit the New World Report website (https://www.thenewworldreport.com/awards/energy-elite-awards/) where you can access the winners supplement.

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NOTES TO EDITORS

 

About New World Report

New World Report is an insightful and informative business news platform providing readers throughout the Americas with business advice to aid business progress, success stories aimed to inspire and trends and innovations to support business growth and continuity. Born out of the merge of U.S. Business News and Latin America News, The New World Report has a dedicated website which is updated daily with content and each month a newsletter is circulated to more than 100,000 businesses and professionals from across the region.

New World Report is brought to you by AI Global Media. AI Global Media is a digital media group launched in 2010 with 12 brands in its portfolio. The group has in excess of 600,000 pageviews across its brand websites per month (*accurate as of June 2020) and circulates newsletters and special edition magazines to more than 1.6m recipients across various walks of life.

 

About AI Global Media

Since 2010 AI Global Media has been committed to creating engaging B2B content that informs our readers and allows them to market their business to a global audience. We create content for and about firms across a range of industries.

Today, we have 12 unique brands, each of which serves a specific industry or region. Each brand covers the latest news in its sector and publishes a digital magazine and newsletter which is read by a global audience. Our flagship brand, Acquisition International, distributes a monthly digital magazine to a global circulation of 108,000, who are treated to a range of features and news pieces on the latest developments in the global corporate market.

Alongside this, we have a luxury-lifestyle magazine, LUXlife, which appeals to a range of high-net-worth individuals, offering them insight into the latest products, experiences, and innovations to ensure they can live the high-life to its fullest.

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Why Should You Invest In International Companies?

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Most U.S. investors focus on stocks (or mutual funds) in the Dow Jones Industrial Average or S&P 500. But even new investors don’t have to limit themselves to investing in companies in their own country.

Whether you live outside the U.S. and want to get in on the most valuable companies in the world such as Apple, Google, and Microsoft, or if you live in the U.S and want to diversify a bit and invest in emerging economies, this article is the guide for you.

We’re going to go over the risks and benefits of foreign investing, and the five best platforms to use when investing in international companies.

 

Risks

Investing internationally comes with its fair share of risks. For starters, emerging markets are among the most volatile one can invest in. It’s easier for events such as a global pandemic or political issue to have an impact on smaller markets. This recent article on Medium, for example, goes over how foreign investment in Africa dropped by 16% in 2020.

Another factor many U.S investors may not realize is that access to information about foreign companies can be very limited when compared to publicly traded companies on the NYSE. There can also be increased costs and fees depending on the country you are investing in, and there could be changes in currency rates that are incorrectly factored in.

 

Benefits

The most common reason for investing in foreign companies is diversification. This is especially true if you live outside the U.S., as a lot of the largest companies in the world are based within the United States.

For U.S based investors, investing in foreign companies is a great way to take advantage of the economic growth of some emerging economies and diversify their portfolio.

 

Domestic Brokers

There’s a chance the brokerage you currently use will let you trade on foreign exchanges. Contact your broker and see whether it’s possible to invest in the market you want to invest in.

If it’s not, you can look into some brokerages that are meant for foreign trading. Our top pick is Interactive Brokers, as people from both the U.S and other countries can use the platform.

They accept customers from over 220 countries and are expanding the number to this day. You can trade options, stocks, indexes, futures, bonds, forex, and mutual funds all from one account on their site.

There are 135 different markets that you can invest in that cover 33 different countries. They offer market research on their platform as well, which is a must-have for foreign investors.

Foreign investing can be slightly risky as you are investing in companies outside your government’s jurisdiction and there can often be limited information available depending on which market you want to trade in.

With that said, diversification is a solid method to use when investing, and foreign investing can help you achieve just that. We recommended Interactive brokers as an exchange to use for foreign investments.

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New World Report Unveils the 2021 Winners of the Latin & South America Business Awards

United States, 2022 – New World Report has announced the winners of the annual Latin & South America Business Awards.

New World Report takes pride in awarding businesses who contribute largely to the economy within the Latin & South America region and this awards programme is designed solely to do that. The Latin & South America Business Awards acknowledges and honours businesses from all industries including, manufacturing, engineering, telecommunications, agriculture, and mining.

The Latin & South America Business Awards has been running separately throughout previous years, but has combined both the regions for the first time in 2021. The aim of this merge was to accept a greater number of nominations from businesses within the diverse geographic regions of Latin & South America.

Our Awards Coordinator, Dean Taylor, has commented on the success of the Awards programme: “This Awards programme has proven to be successful, and I am so proud of all the businesses who have been awarded by the business. I would like to offer my heartiest congratulations and wish all the winners the best of luck for their future endeavours.”

To find out more about these prestigious awards, and the dedicated professionals selected for them, please visit https://www.thenewworldreport.com/awards/south-america-business-awards/ where you can view our winners supplement and full winners list.

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NOTES TO EDITORS

About New World Report

New World Report (https://www.thenewworldreport.com/) is an insightful and informative business news platform providing readers throughout the Americas with business advice to aid business progress, success stories aimed to inspire and trends and innovations to support business growth and continuity. Born out of the merge of U.S. Business News and Latin America News, The New World Report has a dedicated website which is updated daily with content and each month a newsletter is circulated to more than 100,000 businesses and professionals from across the region.

New World Report is brought to you by AI Global Media. AI Global Media is a digital media group launched in 2010 with 12 brands in its portfolio. The group has in excess of 600,000 pageviews across its brand websites per month (*accurate as of June 2020) and circulates newsletters and special edition magazines to more than 1.6m recipients across various walks of life.

About AI Global Media

Since 2010 AI Global Media (https://www.aiglobalmedialtd.com/) has been committed to creating engaging B2B content that informs our readers and allows them to market their business to a global audience. We create content for and about firms across a range of industries.

Today, we have 12 unique brands, each of which serves a specific industry or region. Each brand covers the latest news in its sector and publishes a digital magazine and newsletter which is read by a global audience. Our flagship brand, Acquisition International, distributes a monthly digital magazine to a global circulation of 108,000, who are treated to a range of features and news pieces on the latest developments in the global corporate market.

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Find and Succeed in Online Degree Programs for Your Business

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Knowing your strengths and weaknesses, knowing how to recognize your preferences, and continuing studying, reinforcing these areas of interest is something you can benefit from. Having decided to pursue the degree, you have already taken the first step towards success. Yet, it is pretty challenging to take the second step to determine how to choose the degree correctly and where to study. Things get even more complicated when you need flexibility when selecting the schedules and subjects of your career. Here we can look for some studies that can be taken online. But before making this decision, we have to answer a question:

 

Is online education suitable for you?

Accredited MBA online programs can raise your job finding and high salary receiving opportunities several times. For example, online MBA programs offer flexibility and opportunity for you to evoke your free time to work. Before answering this question, you have to make a checklist of all the things related to online studies.

Let’s look at what you should consider if your choice is an online degree.

 

Assess Learning Needs and Goals

Before choosing any career, you have to be very clear. You should know your expectations and what kind of outcome you are supposed to get. You also have to differentiate between what you want and what you can do and achieve. Instead of choosing a vast area of studies, limiting it to something more specific where you could specialize better is better. Once these aspects are considered, you can start looking for the program.

 

Look for Accredited Programs

The non-accredited programs are invading the web. However, are these programs worth it? The answer will not be ambiguous: They are not. If an institution offers a high-quality online MBA degree or program, it is not challenging to accredit this program. Nevertheless, if you seek an online MBA program, you should check the ones with triple accreditation. The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, The Association of MBAs, and The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business are responsible for accreditation MBA programs in the US. The European Quality Improvement System, The International Accreditation Council for Business Education, and regional accreditation associations work outside the US.

If your degree is from an accredited program, you are likely to get the job you apply for before the candidate who has a non-accredited degree. Obtaining this degree will be more expensive than a non-certified degree because getting the accreditation from the organizations mentioned above, expenses are supposed from the institution.

 

The MBA Application & Requirements

If you have already made up your mind, it is time to start with the application process. Doubts related to how, where, and when to apply for an MBA degree can be solved by accessing affordable MBA admissions consulting companies. They can offer information and guide you from the decision-making to the application filling procedure. In general, the applications are online forms with some general information gaps. There may also be some questions to answer. Bear in mind that you will generally find a limit of words you should not exceed. The college is not looking for an extended essay but a solid and specific answer.

Another point is to have a look at the requirements of the college. If, for instance, the University you want to access has an SAT acceptance rate of 1400, and you have only scored 1200, you are more likely not to enter there. It is not a motive for disappointment but improvement and the right choice.

 

When to Apply to MBA Programs?

All the programs have application deadlines. There are two rounds to apply for an MBA degree: early and regular. The circulating information that early applications are more likely to enter the program is inaccurate. It depends on the candidates and not applications. Make sure not to overdo the deadline. Once the application has been filled out and sent, you can already be waiting for the response from the center.

You are in, congratulations!

 

How to Succeed in Online Programs

Now it’s time to see how to succeed in online programs. Online MBA programs have the benefit of being flexible. However, if you do not establish certain criteria for your studies, it will be challenging for you.

  • To gain a quality education, it is imperative to have a place to focus on the work you are doing. If your studying environment does not give you the necessary concentration vibes, you are likely to lose rather than gain. Create your study corner: buy a comfortable chair and a desk to help you organize your things. Be careful when choosing colors: very bright colors can cause distraction, and pastel or dull colors can make you sleepy. If you are unsure, you can consult specific academic articles related to color psychology. Design your corner with some detail that motivates you and makes you grow as a person. Do not use elements that cause melancholy these things you can have in other corners of your house or apartment.
  • Another critical moment when studying is to organize your time. You should separate the time you dedicate to obtaining information and the time you commit to carrying out the tasks and reviewing the materials. Time optimization is the philosophy of your success.
  • Even if you have your classes online, this does not mean that you are alone. You still have online classmates. Get in contact with your classmates and carry out some team projects. Teamwork and group work will help you be connected with people and collaborate and cooperate with them. Through these collaborations, serious professional networks are created.
  • As in other areas of life here, you will also have many difficulties. However, do not give up. You can overcome the challenges and move forward. If you find the tasks too difficult, separate them into smaller tasks and concentrate on smaller parts of these tasks. Once you have solved one part, you can move towards the second and the third. Finally, by uniting different parts of the task at the end, you will reach the complete solution of it.
  • Stay motivated. There will always be ups and downs in studies; this does not demotivate you. Both extrinsic and intrinsic motivations are essential for learning. We all are particular and dissimilar, and we find our motivation in different things. For you, it can be an excellent speech given by your professor, and for your classmate, it can be a smile. Find interest in the little things you do. Solve your tasks, review them and get BRAVOS! From your mentors.
  • Take care of your mental health. Your physical and mental health is essential to achieve all the benefits of your online studies. Think positive, be open-minded, enjoy your time. If you are overwhelmed, take some fresh air or meditate. Find the balance between your studies and your life. Self-care is not just an expression, and it is the condition for a healthy spirit. You can achieve this balance by doing things you like. Create a balanced diet and devote some time to nature. Online studies suppose sitting in front of the monitor for quite a long time. That is why you should plan some workouts as well.

 

Online degrees offer lots of benefits that depend a lot on the learner. We mentioned flexibility as one of the essential advantages of this type of learning. Online studies also offer you advancement in your professionality. As you manage your time, you can advance and acquire new essential skills while taking your online degree. On the one hand, It offers you the possibility of making plans. On the other hand, online degrees are cheaper. You can save money for your plans.

You are exposed to the whole course through different digital platforms. It will help you become proficient in technology use. Online degrees offer immersion in diversity which will enhance you culturally and professionally.

Global attitude is what the present job market requires and offers. Studying online allows you to interact with people in different parts of the world and receive information and classes from professionals who are not in the same country or the same city. You create relationships and collaborations that can become future professional and work projects and networks. New Insights and career opportunities are higher than in on-campus studies. Your contact lists can expand from Asia to Europe, America to Australia, and more.

 

Final Thoughts

Before starting any online career, it is essential to keep a few points in mind. The most important one is to know what we want and the result we hope to obtain. On the other hand, we also have to know that we have to manage our time when it comes to taking online classes. If we want to get the maximum benefits from our studies, this time management can be one of the key points.

Also, this type of learning offers us a more global vision of the laboral and professional world. Through collaboration and cooperation with people worldwide, online degrees offer us more job opportunities in the future and the creation of contacts around the globe. Massive network and professional insights are some more benefits of online degrees.

 

And finally, you save money!

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The Biggest Upcoming 2022 Alcohol Trends in the States

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After a hard day at work, there’s nothing more rewarding than an ice-cold beer or comforting glass of wine. There’s no denying that it’s been a particularly trying time for everyone the last few years, and so no one can begrudge you from indulging where you can. Still, we have seen some interesting behavioural shifts in our alcohol consumption, particularly over in the United States. For example, one in five Americans have been noted to still be drinking heavily two years on from the start of the pandemic.

Of course, there is also the trend for no- and low-alcoholic drinks on the other end of the scale. So which drinking trends should we expect to travel across the pond in 2022? In this article, stainless steel enclosures manufacturer Electrix explores further.

 

Under the Influencer

A key trend in the American drink industry of late has been celebrity drinks. The star-studded seal of big names is a marketing tactic as old as time across every sector, and now, it looks set to support drinks trends.

In recent years, a number of celebrities have put their names to their own brands of alcohol, particularly tequila, marking the drink as a potential trend for 2022. With the likes of George Clooney, Kendall Jenner, and Dwayne Johnson all weighing in on the industry, tequila’s share in the market has enjoyed a celebrity surge of 13 per cent over the last few years.

There has also been a celebrity push for low- and no-alcoholic options. At the end of 2021, Bella Hadid put her name to Kin Euphorics, a no-alcohol alternative for adults that is making waves in the industry – especially with the new “sober curious” movement.

 

More Ground Broken for the Sober Curious

Over in the United States, there is an increasing number of Americans choosing to go no- or low-alcohol with their beverage choices, and this could be making waves in the rest of the Western world. This is a trend that was on the rise pre-pandemic, but it’s in the spotlight once again. The non-alcoholic beverage industry is now a $331 million market in the US, representing a 33% rise with innovations in booze-free cocktails that taste like the real deal.

There has been a lot of talk across the world about the younger generation drinking less. While the current generation of teenagers, like every group before them, is trying out alcohol, millennials and many of Gen Z are drinking less than their Gen X and baby boomer counterparts did at the same age.

The main motivation behind giving up alcohol tends to be a distaste for how it makes people feel. We’ve seen accounts from both everyday people and celebrities on why they’ve given up alcohol, with many remarking that they didn’t like the way it made them behave or the hangovers they woke up with the next day. Instagram accounts including The Retired Party Girl and No Booze Babes have tens of thousands of followers as young women seek out sober lifestyles.

This trend is here to stay, and will likely surge even more in 2022.

 

Lighter Alcohol

Inspired by the sober curious, a trend for lighter alcoholic drinks is also making its way across the drinks industry. Instead of a heavy pint of beer, consumers in America have been turning to hard seltzers and beverages with lower alcohol contents for the last few years. White Claw surged in popularity in 2019, and although its popularity has dipped slightly in 2021, another hard seltzer is gaining traction: High Noon. These drinks are so popular that traditional beer brands including Budweiser have been getting in on the action. Hard seltzer and drinks comprised of spirits and soft drinks are no longer the domain of young college women; they’re now palatable for everyone.

This isn’t just driven by a desire to avoid alcohol, but rather, to avoid calories too. Many of these drinks are marketed as low-calorie, appealing to a younger demographic that is interested in health.

 

The pandemic has, both directly and indirectly, impacted global drinking habits. A rise in consumption began in March 2020 but held strong long into 2021. Conversely, we’ve also seen pre-COVID trends in the US, like the sober curious movement and a shift to lighter alcoholic beverages, gain traction and take a larger share of the market. As we enter 2022, the non-alcoholic drinks market is set to grow even bigger, turning the booze market on its head.

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New World Report Announces Winners of 2021 Automotive Elite Awards

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United Kingdom, 2022 – New World Report has announced the winners of the annual Automotive Elite Awards.

The automotive industry is becoming increasingly fascinating, especially across North and South America. With a global desire for more sustainable living, there has been a rise in innovative and greener vehicles. Many companies and individuals in the automotive industry strive for advancements in technology, meeting consumer demand, adapting to new legislations, all the while keeping the economy in mind.

While the last two years have been particularly difficult, some industries have thrived under the pressure, and come out the other side with some great work to show for it. The Automotive Elite awards this year is more significant in this regard, as New World Report is proud to recognize those who improved the industry, not just in terms of the output, but also for their companies.

Awards Coordinator Steve Simpson took a moment to speak on the achievements of those recognized. “Congratulations to all the nominees and winners from myself and the New World Report team. With 2022 starting, we cannot wait to see what our winners do next!”

To learn more about our award winners and to gain insight into the working practices of the “best of the best”, please visit the New World Report website (https://www.thenewworldreport.com/awards/automotive-elite-awards/) where you can access the winners supplement.

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About New World Report

New World Report is an insightful and informative business news platform providing readers throughout the Americas with business advice to aid business progress, success stories aimed to inspire and trends and innovations to support business growth and continuity. Born out of the merge of U.S. Business News and Latin America News, The New World Report has a dedicated website which is updated daily with content and each month a newsletter is circulated to more than 100,000 businesses and professionals from across the region.

New World Report is brought to you by AI Global Media. AI Global Media is a digital media group launched in 2010 with 12 brands in its portfolio. The group has in excess of 600,000 pageviews across its brand websites per month (*accurate as of June 2020) and circulates newsletters and special edition magazines to more than 1.6m recipients across various walks of life.

 

About AI Global Media

Since 2010 AI Global Media has been committed to creating engaging B2B content that informs our readers and allows them to market their business to a global audience. We create content for and about firms across a range of industries.

Today, we have 12 unique brands, each of which serves a specific industry or region. Each brand covers the latest news in its sector and publishes a digital magazine and newsletter which is read by a global audience. Our flagship brand, Acquisition International, distributes a monthly digital magazine to a global circulation of 108,000, who are treated to a range of features and news pieces on the latest developments in the global corporate market.

Alongside this, we have a luxury-lifestyle magazine, LUXlife, which appeals to a range of high-net-worth individuals, offering them insight into the latest products, experiences, and innovations to ensure they can live the high-life to its fullest.

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What is Instagram Working On for 2022 and Why It Will Survive?

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When you watch Instagram Chief’s video post, on their platform, you clearly understand that 2022 will be… more of what was done in 2021. In fact, the goal for this social media is to try to tame the Tik Tok wave, so that it doesn’t drown in it. And the best way they found to do so, was to copy their strong competitor. But Instagram is not about to be dominated. Here is why and also more on the subject.

 

Two Main Themes for 2022: Video and Control

Adam Mosseri, Chief of Instagram, took to its own platform to inform users on what was to come in terms of development, in 2022. He stated clearly that the two key elements that they would be working on, are video and control. It is clear that the first part is in response to the huge pressure being placed on Instagram by the other social media known as Tik Tok, that keeps developing rapidly and taking more space on the market. In its continuous effort to grow, the team will focus on maximizing engagement from users.

Posting videos for a company may not be as simple as for an individual. That is why they sometime call upon influencers to do it for them. But sometimes, it is better to talk directly to your own customers. In such cases, it is suggested to call upon specialists, such as the ones you will find at https://www.12handz.com/. They can create the account for you and even prepare the posts. Looking professional on Instagram is a must, if you intend to gain new clients on it. So, don’t hesitate to ask for counsels.

 

A Focus on Reels

Reels on Instagram was created to counter Tik Tok advances. And now, it needs to keep developing, in order to maintain users on the social media, instead of posting elsewhere. The youngest population on social media seems to prefer Tik Tok, which is a definite problem when it comes to Instagram’s future, if they can’t reverse the tendency. And so, they hope to continue the growth through Reels, a similar tool as what Tik Tok offers, which has been their strongest point since they have launched it. That is why they have now integrated these short-form videos into the main Instagram feed.

 

A larger Control for the Users

Instagram will also be focusing on transparency this year. The idea is to let users choose the way that their feed is presented, either chronologically or reversed. Since the Chief explicitly stated how important this subject is to them, it will be interesting to see what comes next. This follows a year where it would seem as if internet users are looking to gain more power on their virtual tools, seeing how they’d lost so much in the real world. It doesn’t take a lot for people to feel better, when given choices online. Instagram knows it, and they are pleasing their users with these changes.

 

Instagram: A Huge Part of the Facebook/Meta Company

As Tik Tok gets closer to Instagram, in terms of numbers of users, we have to remind readers that the second one is part of the Facebook group, and as such, has lots of security underneath their virtual feet. But the app is the current locomotion of the internet giant, and there can be nod doubt that it will receive all the financial help it needs, in order to continue to generate important revenues.

We also have to consider that Facebook, which are now called Meta, is currently working on something that should revolutionize the internet: The Metaverse. This virtual world was first mentioned in science-fiction books about 30 years ago. After two years in which people around the world have had to live online, it only makes sense that Facebook/Meta decides that it is time to make the “dream” come true. To do so, it has announced a large amount of recruitment, including around Europe. It would seem as if many of those will be specialists of various fields and that they will be working remotely from their home. It only makes sense, when you are trying to grow an online community, at the level they expect it to become; when you want people to literally live their lives online, you start with your own employees, right?

 

Social Media is evolving

However, the biggest trouble ahead for Instagram and its sisters and brothers, may just be the increase in the number of communities being created online. In fact, it has become common for website owners to add to their property, rooms in which those using their products and/or services can exchange between each other. Although it is quite difficult to imagine a group of people talking about Goodyear tires, all day long, it certainly isn’t as hard to think of companies like Gucci, and other fashion brands, attracting and keeping some internet users on their website. But 2022 won’t see the end of Instagram, of that you can be sure.

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Best Digital Real Estate Platform – USA

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Saltmine, a company helping other professionals resolve the current corporate question of how to return to the office and what that may look like in a post-pandemic world, has built itself a reputation for creating wholly innovative, streamlined, and tailor-made workspaces for teams all over the world. Specifically serving design teams, architects, and real estate firms, it is the guiding hand shaping Covid-19 safe office redesigns, and will be a defining factor in deciding what the workspaces of the future will inevitably look like.

 

A software that has been built to design and optimise workplaces, Saltmine has been developed specifically for enterprise businesses and real estate teams, allowing them to restructure their work environments. Fundamentally, its technological and innovative approach to its work allows it to help its communities plan spaces faster, with increased levels of collaboration and communication amongst stakeholders and project managers. In essence, this makes for a simplified portfolio and centralises those pivotal key insights. Each of these is incredibly significant in project planning and can save tremendous amounts of time, with Saltmine making itself an exemplary technological partner for its clients, empowering them to create spaces that are tailor-made for their employees and the work on their dockets.

 

Effectively, it puts its revolutionary platform to the test in order to complete data-driven decisions that will streamline a workplace from top to bottom; this includes making the working area more dynamic, responsive, and tailor-made to the teams working within it, retrofitting the space to fit business needs and employee goals. Saltmine, therefore, is an incredible workplace strategy to have on one’s side in such a drastically changeable modern marketplace.

 

Additionally, Saltmine allows for cross-team collaboration, creating an engaging employee experience that reduces real estate and design project costs simply by cutting the bloatware out of the process and ensuring that each team member has access to everything they need at any given moment. Founded in 2017, the CEO, Shagufta Anurag, used her base in San Francisco as a springboard to further success, quickly gaining traction in her market. Before long, she had 125 employees all over the globe working on Saltmine’s one-of-a-kind solutions and software package, with customers and partners representing major elements of the international architecture and design industry.

 

It also boasts a large retinue of stakeholders in the corporate real estate industry, bringing each of these stand-out voices in the modern corporate ecosystem together in order to empower fellow professionals to create the best possible workspaces, and thus achieve the best possible project outcomes. Working with enterprises that are looking to digitally transform, executives seeking more transparency and direct control, teams that are ready to take a leap into revolutionary workload management, and more, Saltmine can help clients to configure their digital cloud, transform guidelines, and build catalogues to incredible standards. Additionally, being immersive, iterative, and intelligent, its staff help its customers every step of the way with diligent and empathic service, helping clients how to resolve the burgeoning question of today’s remote work age: ‘how do I return to the office?’

 

For business enquiries, contact Katie Samuelson at Saltmine via saltmine.com.

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