Intesa Sanpaolo: 800 scholarships for international student exchanges awarded by Intercultura since 2001

MILAN, Italy, May 26, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Intesa Sanpaolo has been supporting the Intercultura Foundation for over 20 years in promoting international student mobility programmes. Thanks to the Group’s support, 800 students from all over Italy and abroad have been able to participate in study programmes in various countries around the world. This year, with the Bank’s contribution, 19 young high school students will study abroad during the 2023-24 school year. Together, the two organisations organised the event ‘Moving minds! Global education for the young people’, where they discussed interculturalism and the internationalisation of Italian schools in the setting of the Palazzo Belgioioso conference centre in Milan. The synergy between Intesa Sanpaolo and the Intercultura Foundation is in fact part of the group’s ESG commitment, which promotes – in line with the EU’s Strategic Research Agenda and the NRRP’s fourth mission – collaborations with schools and universities through joint programmes of scholarships, lectures, research support and international exchanges.
At the event, Elisa Zambito Marsala, Head of Social Development and University Relations at Intesa Sanpaolo, said that “the commitment to guarantee young people the right to education is a priority for us.” In Zambito’s words, “supporting young people’s access to studies and their informed choice of educational paths means preventing school drop-outs and consequently reducing social inequalities.” The opportunity of a study year abroad “is important to wake up, to get out of the daily routine and to see oneself from the outside, to understand that the whole world does not begin and end in Italy,” explained Roberto Ruffino, Secretary General of the Intercultura Foundation, on the sidelines of the event. “We live in a globalised world, but the school is not globalised, it keeps looking inwards at itself. So getting out of your own environment, seeing yourself through the eyes of other people, from other parts of the world, is a fundamental part of your education,” Ruffino stressed, adding that students “learn to fend for themselves, they don’t have their mommy and daddy looking after them. They have to fend for themselves in many situations, and that is the most important lesson they learn.”
Intesa Sanpaolo, Zambito added, has “always paid great attention to the training of young people, the development of transversal skills, and has always supported the internationalisation of schools, in order to enable young people to adapt to an ever-changing work environment, a commitment that we share with the Intercultura programme.” During the event, the students, accompanied by their families, received their Intercultura scholarships.

For more information:
Press Office LaPresse

A video accompanying this announcement is available at:

GlobeNewswire Distribution ID 8847275

WillScot Mobile Mini to Participate in Deutsche Bank Global Industrials, Materials & Building Products Conference

PHOENIX, May 25, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — WillScot Mobile Mini Holdings Corp. (“WillScot Mobile Mini” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: WSC), the North American leader in innovative flexible space and storage solutions, today announced that Tim Boswell, President and Chief Financial Officer, will participate in private investor meetings at the Deutsche Bank Global Industrials, Materials & Building Products Conference in New York, NY, on June 8, 2023.

About WillScot Mobile Mini

WillScot Mobile Mini trades on the Nasdaq stock exchange under the ticker symbol “WSC.” Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, the Company is a leading business services provider specializing in innovative flexible space and storage solutions. WillScot Mobile Mini services diverse end markets across all sectors of the economy from a network of approximately 240 branch locations and additional drop lots throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

Additional Information and Where to Find It
Additional information can be found on the company’s website at

Contact Information
Investor Inquiries: Media Inquiries:
Nick Girardi Jake Saylor

GlobeNewswire Distribution ID 8844367

FCB New York Wins Sports Emmy for Michelob ULTRA’s “McEnroe vs McEnroe”

The AI-powered tennis match that aired as a prime-time special on ESPN tops off a stunning awards season for brand and agency

FCB New York Wins Sports Emmy for Michelob ULTRA’s “McEnroe vs McEnroe”

FCB New York and Michelob ULTRA have been awarded the 2023 Sports Emmy for Outstanding Digital Innovation by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for the groundbreaking long-form film “McEnroe vs McEnroe,” a first-of-its-kind branded AI activation that aired as a prime-time special on ESPN.

NEW YORK, May 25, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — FCB New York and Michelob ULTRA have been awarded the 2023 Sports Emmy for Outstanding Digital Innovation by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for the groundbreaking long-form film “McEnroe vs McEnroe,” a first-of-its-kind branded AI activation that aired as a prime-time special on ESPN.

Through the combination of AI, Unreal Engine MetaHuman technology, body tracking, and a pair of perfectly synchronized robotic arms, “McEnroe vs McEnroe” became the first tennis match in history in which a legend of the sport was able to take on younger versions of himself in real time. The final result was so impressive that ESPN decided to air it — free of charge to the brand — as an hour-long special in prime time across 52 countries. With over 10 million views, “McEnroe vs McEnroe” became one of the most-watched sports events of the year, besting the 2021 NBA Finals.

This win marks the first Sports Emmy for both Michelob ULTRA and FCB New York, which, throughout their multi-year partnership, have been pushing the boundaries of technology in novel ways to enhance the enjoyment of sports. Like in 2020, when COVID-19 restrictions made it impossible for fans to attend games in person, and they launched “Courtside,” a platform that allowed fans to attend virtually — which included seeing their faces in the stands and chatting with people in their “section” — by scanning a Michelob ULTRA bottle.

Michelob ULTRA’s distinct positioning around joy — doubling down on cultural relevance, grabbing people’s attention and reminding them that joy is not just an afterthought — has helped the brand grow to the 2nd-biggest beer in the country. They’ve achieved this success despite relentless category competition and headwinds for the light-beer category, which has declined 3% to 4% per year since 2013.

To date, “McEnroe vs McEnroe” has earned more than 120 media placements, with Sports Illustrated saying it “could be the future of sports” and Yahoo! praising it for “reinventing sports entertainment.” Since the launch of the program, organic searches for “Michelob ULTRA” have grown by 95%.

“An idea as ambitious as ‘McEnroe vs McEnroe’ can only happen when you have that perfect storm of relentless creatives, visionary clients and dedicated partners — all with a Never Finished spirit and a shared belief in the power of creativity as an economic multiplier,” said Michael Aimette, Chief Creative Officer of FCB New York.

“We simply can’t thank our clients at Michelob ULTRA enough for locking arms with us to bring this idea to life, and for always proving that ‘it’s only worth it if you enjoy it,’” added Emma Armstrong, FCB New York’s CEO.

FCB New York is currently the #1 agency in the world according to the recently released One Club Global Rankings, as well as the #1 Creative Agency for Effectiveness as named in the WARC Effective 100 list. It was awarded Agency of the Year by the Clios, as well as Campaign’s Experiential and B2B Agency of the Year, and was named to the Contagious Pioneers list of best and bravest agencies in the world.

“McEnroe vs McEnroe” has swept the 2022/2023 advertising awards season, taking home Ad Age’s Tech Innovation of the Year, five Cannes Lions, 15 Clios, 13 ADC awards and 24 awards at The One Show.

About FCB
FCB (Foote, Cone & Belding) is a global, award-winning and integrated marketing communications company with a heritage of creativity and success dating from 1873.

FCB New York has been recognized globally for using creativity as an economic multiplier to drive meaningful business results for its clients, among them AB InBev, the FDA, MorningStar Farms, New York Mets and Spotify. In 2023 alone, the agency was named the #1 agency in the world on The One Club’s Global Rankings, awarded Agency of the Year by the Clios, honored as WARC’s #1 Creative Agency for Effectiveness, named to Contagious Pioneers’ list of best and bravest agencies in the world, and chosen as Campaign’s Experiential and B2B Agency of the Year. With more than 8,000 people in 109 operations in 80 countries, FCB is part of the Interpublic Group of Companies (NYSE: IPG). Visit or follow @FCBglobal and @fcbnewyork on Instagram.

A photo accompanying this announcement is available at

Kellie Gleason

GlobeNewswire Distribution ID 8846905

Childhood friend of North Korea’s Kim Jong Un says he has never heard about Kim’s son

A childhood friend that has visited North Korean leader Kim Jong Un several times over the years told Radio Free Asia that he has never met Kim’s son, casting doubt on previous intelligence reports about the leader’s family life.

South Korean intelligence has said multiple times that Kim, with his wife Ri Sol Ju, has fathered three children: a son around 2010, a daughter named Ju Ae around 2013, and another daughter in 2017.

Since late last year, Kim has repeatedly appeared with Ju Ae in public, leading to speculation that he might be grooming her to one day rule the country. But others said that was not likely, citing North Korea’s patriarchal society and the belief that he had a son.

João Micaelo, now a chef, was a classmate of Kim’s when they both attended the Liebefeld-Steinhölzli public school in Switzerland from 1998 to 2000. The son of a Portuguese embassy employee, Micaelo is known to have been close friends with the future North Korean leader while attending the school.

Micaelo visited with Kim in 2012 when Ri was pregnant with Ju Ae, and again after she was born.

“In 2013 [on my next visit], I didn’t see his wife, but I knew it was a girl. I heard it was like she was pregnant [with] a girl,” said Micaelo.

When asked if he had met Kim’s son, Micaelo said that Kim had never told him anything about a son.

Another source from a Western country, who is very close to Kim Jong Un and visited him around the same time as Micaelo, also told RFA on condition of anonymity that he had never heard Kim talk about any sons.

“I never heard a word about his son from Kim Jong Un,” the source said. “[He] was proud of Ju Ae all the time. I believe she might be the first child.”

During former NBA star Dennis Rodman’s highly publicized first visit to North Korea in 2013, he was introduced to Ju Ae, and his account of the trip was the first time her name was revealed to the outside world. He is not known to have met a son of Kim.

No Son?

In March, South Korea’s National Intelligence Service reported at a meeting of the National Assembly’s Intelligence Committee that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s first child is a son.

The spy agency reported that “although there is no specific evidence that the first child is a son, it is certain through information sharing with external intelligence agencies that it is a son.”

But a high-ranking official from the South Korean Ministry of Unification met with reporters on May 22nd and said, “It is uncertain whether there is a first child [before Ju Ae] or not.”

Kim’s son may not in fact exist, said Ken Gause, director of Center for Naval Analyses.

“When Rodman was there, he visited Kim Jong Un in Wonsan … there were a lot of Kim relatives, including Kim Sol Song [his half-sister], but there was no son there,” said Gause.

“I’ve also heard that potentially the son, if there is a son, may have some mental disorder or some sort of issue like that, [so] they may have wanted to keep him away … from outsiders being able to see him,” he said.

Because Ju Ae is constantly in the spotlight, it seems that she may be Kim’s firstborn, he said.

“I have always tended to believe that the son either doesn’t exist … because there was never any talk about, ‘Oh, I also have a son,’ I mean, [they] seem to act as if this were his first child, gushing about Ju Ae and everything,” he said.

The family and authorities seems to be “very protective and very mom-like” toward Ju Ae, “which suggests … this wasn’t their second child, this was their first child.”

Copyright © 1998-2016, RFA. Used with the permission of Radio Free Asia, 2025 M St. NW, Suite 300, Washington DC 20036

Global solar investment set to surpass oil spending, report says

Global solar investment is projected to outpace oil spending for the first time in 2023, with China leading the way, a report by an energy watchdog said.

An estimated U.S.$400 billion will be allocated to solar energy this year, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said Thursday in its annual world energy investment report.

“About $2.8 trillion is set to be invested globally in energy in 2023, of which more than $1.7 trillion is expected to go to clean technologies — including renewables, electric vehicles, nuclear power, grids, storage, low-emissions fuels, efficiency improvements and heat pumps,” the Paris-based agency reported.

Clean energy investment surpasses the estimated $1 trillion allocated to fossil fuels, which includes coal, gas and oil. In the past, the $2 trillion annual energy investment was evenly divided between fossil fuels and clean technologies.

China, in particular, has witnessed an exponential acceleration in its solar sector, with installations during the first four months of this year already tripling the figures recorded during the same period in 2022, which marked a twofold increase compared to the previous year.

China alone added over 100 gigawatts (100 billion watts) of solar PV capacity in 2022, almost 70% higher than in 2021.

The report said this robust growth in China’s solar industry is contributing significantly to the world’s progress toward achieving net-zero targets.

According to China Electric Power News, citing the National Energy Administration, China’s combined wind and solar power capacity reached 820 gigawatts (GW) as of end of April, constituting 31% of the nation’s total installed power generation capacity, with wind power accounting for 14% and solar power for 17%.

The state-run industry newspaper reported that between January and April, the newly installed wind and solar capacity amounted to 63 GW, representing 74% of the country’s new installations. This figure marks an 11.5 percentage point increase compared to the previous year.

“Clean energy is moving fast — faster than many people realize. This is clear in the investment trends, where clean technologies are pulling away from fossil fuels,” said Fatih Birol, IEA’s executive director.

“For every dollar invested in fossil fuels, about $1.7 is now going into clean energy. Five years ago, this ratio was one-to-one.”

The report attributed the surge in clean energy investment to various factors, including volatile fossil fuel prices, the implementation of inflation-related policies in the United States, Europe, Japan and China, and growing concerns over energy security arising from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

However, the IEA report also cautioned that Russian action has simultaneously prompted increased investment in upstream oil and gas sectors, with a 7% rise predicted in such investments in 2023, marking a return to levels last seen in 2019.

“The few oil companies that are investing more than before the COVID-19 pandemic are mostly large national oil companies in the Middle East,” the IEA said.

The report said renewable energy investment is expected to have increased 24% since 2021, while fossil fuel investment saw a more modest rise of 15%.

Meanwhile, global coal demand reached an all-time high in 2022, partially due to record-breaking gas prices, with 40 gigawatts of new coal plants approved – the highest figure since 2016. Almost all of these were in China.

Investment in coal supply is expected to rise by 10% in 2023, nearly six times higher than the levels aligned with the global 2030 climate targets.

China’s love for coal shows “high political priority attached to energy security after severe electricity market strains in 2021 and 2022, even as China deploys a range of low-emission technologies at scale,” the report said.

One critical obstacle impeding the expansion of renewable energy sources is the challenge of connecting projects to electricity grids, the report said.

This barrier remains the most significant hurdle in furthering the adoption and integration of renewable energy into existing power systems, the IEA said.

Also, more than 90% of the increase in clean energy investment is in advanced economies and China, which presents a severe risk of a new divide globally if the clean transitions do not pick up in developing and middle-income countries.

However, the IEA said there were some encouraging solar investments in India and renewables in Brazil and parts of the Middle East.

Copyright © 1998-2016, RFA. Used with the permission of Radio Free Asia, 2025 M St. NW, Suite 300, Washington DC 20036