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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 26 n° 320

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Greenpeace at the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report approval meeting in Copenhagen

Posted by fidest on Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Copenhagen. Greenpeace will host a press briefing on FRIDAY 31st, OCTOBER at 11.15 a.m. at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS) (Øster Voldgade 10, 1350 Copenhagen K) as a ‘side event’ to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) meeting taking place in the city. At the briefing, climate and energy experts from the Danish Energy Agency, Climate Analytics, Ecofys and Greenpeace will elaborate on some key IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) themes: zero emissions, renewable energy and coal.
As official observers to the IPCC a team of experts from Greenpeace will be available for comment on the AR5 findings and their implications for action throughout the meeting in Copenhagen (27th October – 2nd of November, 2014). Media briefings on the IPCC key findings and Denmark’s 100% renewable energy commitment are available at http://www.greenpeace.org/ipcc. The IPCC is convening to approve and adopt the final volume of its AR5 Report. The report itself is scheduled to be launched on Sunday the 2nd of November. The Synthesis Report will integrate and condense the wealth of information contained in the three Working Group reports released over the past year into a concise document – explicitly targeted at policymakers. This is the core factual document drawing together the assessment of past changes in climate as well as projections for the future and looking at adaptation, mitigation and an overview of possible risks and solutions. “The Synthesis Report will bring together the latest understanding of climate change and what we must do to prevent catastrophic consequences. It will be critical in guiding governments as they decide their climate policies in the near future”, said Kaisa Kosonen of Greenpeace. “The takeaway message from the IPCC is that climate change is happening and we are causing it. Its effects are already evident across all continents and oceans – despite there being less than 1C° of warming so far – and some impacts are showing alarming signs of acceleration. Meanwhile, global emissions, especially from coal, continued to grow rapidly in the past decade.” “We still have time to avoid the worst impacts of climate change by phasing out fossil fuels and bringing emissions down to zero, but we need to get started now”.

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Introducing the new EFQM Committed to Sustainability

Posted by fidest on Tuesday, 21 October 2014

BruxellesIn 2014, many organisations may say they understand the concepts of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability, but can they really demonstrate the integration of these concepts into the way they work? When the EFQM Excellence Model was first issued in 1992, the inclusion of a criterion called “Impact on Society” caused the most discussion. Still today, a majority of organisations struggle in demonstrating their commitment. As an answer, EFQM designed a new type of assessment named EFQM Committed to Sustainability.EFQM Committed to Sustainability has been designed to provide a holistic 1 day assessment of an organisation’s sustainability strategy. The assessment explores 4 themes; People, Planet, Profit and Products. With the integration of the 10 principles of the UN Global Compact into the assessment framework, an organisation going through the EFQM Committed to Sustainability will not only gain feedback on the impact and effectiveness of its sustainable strategy but also earn the “EFQM Committed to Sustainability” recognition.
At the EFQM Forum in Brussels, Georg Kell, Executive Director of the UN Global Compact, recognised the first 3 organisations to achieve EFQM Committed to Sustainability; Ricoh Belgium, Robert Bosch Rodez Plant and Royal Philips NV.Georg Kell commented: “EFQM has played a critical role in the development of the Global Compact. Our partnership, formed a decade ago, introduced us to the continuous performance model, which inspired the Global Compact’s Communications on Progress (COP) methodology. As the business and society agenda has evolved significantly over the past decade, a stronger collaboration between the two organisations promises to build a healthier balance between businesses, citizens and the planet.” Marc Amblard, EFQM Chief Executive Officer, added: “Social responsibility has always been at the heart of the EFQM Excellence Model. Our new Committed to Excellence assessment is another milestone in our long-term partnership with the UN Global Compact. Together we can support support organisations on their journey towards sustainable excellence.”
We are committed to help organisations improve performance through the EFQM Excellence Model, a management framework used by over 30 000 organisations. To help you implement our Model, we provide training, assessment tools and recognition. But our real talent comes from gathering good practices and integrating those within our portfolio for your benefit.

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“Water, Energy, Land and Food Security and the Challenge of Large-Scale Land Acquisitions”

Posted by fidest on Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Food_SecurityOctober 2014- January 2015 On behalf of the School of Doctorate of the University of Venice IUAV and the Department of Design and Planning in Complex Environment, and the Venice International University (VIU), we kindly invite you to participate to the seminar series “Water, Energy and Food Security and the Challenge of Large-Scale Land Acquisitions” that will be run in Venice from October 2014 to January 2015. The seminars have received the endorsement of the National Institute of Agricultural Economics (INEA), the Venice Expò2015 Committee and the ENEL Foundation.
Since the early 2000s, private companies, state-owned companies, investment funds and public-private partnerships have invested in large tracts of agricultural land, especially in developing countries, aimed at installing commercial activities. This phenomenon, often referred to as land grabbing, has attracted much attention and also raised concerns about its socio-economic and environmental implications from national governments, international institutions, civil society and academia. This seminar series will address a number of challenges raised by this rush for land, by hosting international scholars and experts. Increasing understanding of the implications for water, food and energy security will be the overarching aim of the seminars. These themes are also relevant for Expò 2015 that will be held in Milan in 2015.

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Why The Bankers’ Bonus Cap Should Be Ignored

Posted by fidest on Monday, 20 October 2014

banca europeaThe European Banking Authority’s (EBA) insistence that a bonus cap should be applied to bankers pay remains advisory and is, in any case, made on the basis of a decision that was beyond the EU’s powers.Speaking at a financial sector forum this weekend the Secretary-General of the Federation of International Employers (FedEE), Robin Chater, repeated his long- standing challenge to the imposition of a cap on bankers’ bonus payments (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21615513).
” The fact that the EBA has not produced its final guidelines on the bonus cap has not prevented them from trying to apply pressure on banks and the Bank of England’s Prudential Regulation Authority to introduce an effective cap now. Unfortunately, many banks are not fully standing up to the EBA and are instead seeking to maintain “role-based allowances” for senior personnel.What I do not understand is why the banks do not directly challenge the EU’s powers to regulate pay? Past laxity by member states has allowed several EU Directives to contain remuneration-related elements that are not connected with “equal pay” – the only valid grounds under the EU treaty for such measures to be introduced at an EU level. Thus measures governing job posting and temporary agency workers both contain unjustifiable pay clauses.If the founding fathers of the European Union had wished to extend the its powers to cover remuneration then it would have been clearly specified within the EU treaty. As it stands – article 153 (5) of the Lisbon Treaty states that EU powers do not extend to pay, the right of association, the right to strike or the right to impose lock-outs.Whatever popular support there may be for curbing pay levels in the financial sector there are no clear grounds for imposing a EU-wide cap on any form of remuneration. I suspect that support for the bonus cap from some member states was just a back-door attempt to undermine the UK’s dominance in financial markets. What legislators do not fully appreciate – largely because they are naïve and unqualified to do so – is that a significant reduction in bankers’ pay will only increase the risk that financial institutions will be under greater threat from fraud and corruption. Why the City of London is so strong is largely because it operates with a high level of integrity, as its top people are sufficiently well paid not to undermine the system for personal gain. “

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Civil Liberties MEPs quiz candidates for EU data protection watchdog

Posted by fidest on Monday, 20 October 2014

BruxellesBruxelles. Monday, 20 October, 19.00 – 22.30 – hearingsTuesday, 21 October 17.00 – 17.45 – vote. The 5 shortlisted candidates for the posts of European Data Protection Supervisor and Assistant Supervisor will be scrutinised by the Civil Liberties Committee on Monday evening in Strasbourg. On Tuesday, the committee will decide which candidates Parliament should back in talks with Council on the final appointments. The responsibility of the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) and the Assistant Supervisor is to make sure that all EU institutions, bodies, agencies and offices respect people’s right to privacy when processing their personal data. The European Parliament and the Council appoint “by common accord” the European Data Protection Supervisor and the Assistant Supervisor for a term of 5 years, on the basis of a list drawn up by the Commission following a public call for candidates.The 5 candidates shortlisted by the Commission for the next 5 years’ term are:
– For the post of European Data Protection Supervisor
Mr Giovanni BUTTARELLI (Italy)
Ms Nöelle LENOIR (France)
Mr Yann PADOVA (France)
– For the post of Assistant Supervisor
Ms Cinzia BIONDI (UK)
Mr Giovanni BUTTARELLI (Italy)
Mr Wojciech WIEWIÓROWSKI (Poland)

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Nclouding Ltd. Chooses Userful as Preferred Entry-Level Desktop Virtualization Solution

Posted by fidest on Monday, 20 October 2014

desktop virtualizationUserful™, a leading entry-level desktop virtualization company, and Nclouding Co. announced today an agreement whereby Nclouding Ltd. will install Userful Multiplatform with the Atrust m320 zero client device for customers throughout South Korea, as a more fully featured alternative to NComputing L300. Installations have already begun.The unique architecture of Userful software appliance provides simplicity and performance, seamlessly delivering HD multimedia across a range of displays and operating environments. Userful leverages zero client devices to replace physical PCs at a lower cost than traditional PCs and with a 96% power savings. The browser-managed Userful solution goes beyond desktops powering interactive touch displays, digital signage and video walls.“We’re very satisfied with the high performance of Userful and the Atrust m320 zero client,” said Michael Chun, founder and chief executive officer at Nclouding Co. Ltd. “The Userful solution can play many 1080p HD videos on YouTube simultaneously with maximum performance.” Chun said, “Nclouding started searching for an alternative virtualization solution when the NComputing hardware wasn’t performing up to our standards”.“We received a lot of complaints from our customers due to the limited performance of the NComputing L300. In several aspects, the device could not meet our customers’ expectations. So we decided to look for an alternative and chose Userful after due consideration.”Chun emphasized the value of easy installation and fast set up that Userful provides.“We found that Userful installs on a host PC with ease and promptness. We also like the intuitive drag-and-drop user interface on the browser-based Userful control center. It is by far the best among those we have tested.”“Some Userful features, such as not needing a Microsoft™ Windows operating system, greatly attracted us as did the ability to add digital signage. We recently introduced the digital signage to our key hospital client and they decided to adopt Userful immediately.”With over 1 million virtualized desktops worldwide, Userful provides schools, libraries, small businesses and the world’s largest virtual desktop deployment, with a simple and low-cost desktop virtualization solution that offers significantly greater flexibility and performance than traditional products.At $199 MSRP, including the device and software, Userful costs less than the NComputing L300 but includes an integrated hypervisor like traditional entry-level solutions like Citrix® VDI-in-a-Box and VMWare Horizon™ View. Userful also offers integrated cloud-client desktops, similar to the Chrome OS built into ChromeBoxes, and supports many other use cases. (photo: desktop virtualization)

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New Report Reveals Global Trends on Students Digital Usage

Posted by fidest on Monday, 20 October 2014

londonLondon. Indisputable today is the widespread use of digital resources in all aspects of life, which is only increasing for students. However, despite the investments made by universities in this area, there is still little evidence about how digital resources are utilised by prospective students as part of their search process; and whether they now outweigh traditional methods.The Students Online: Global Trends 2014 report, compiled by QS, the publisher of the World University Rankings, endeavours to partially fill the gap in research concerning specifically how prospective students will utilise technology as well as traditional sources in their decision making process. This report is essential to the future university outreach efforts for prospective students through new insights concerning preferences.2012 US-based study from Google and Compete found that nine in ten enrolled students had used the internet to research higher education institutions, with one in ten exclusively using online sources of information.
A year earlier, the 2011 E-Expectations Report1 from Noel-Levitz published the alarming finding that one in five surveyed prospective students said they’d removed a college from their list as a result of a bad experience on the institution’s website.
Laura Bridgestock, author of the report says: “While universities know the online sphere is essential when communicating with prospective students, there’s little information available about how students use the internet during their research. This report shows that it is important to use a wide range of tools and not to underestimate the importance of traditional communication methods even in the Web 3.0 era.”

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OPP and Miami Association of Realtors Lead China Initiative

Posted by fidest on Monday, 20 October 2014

Miami-skyline-for-wikipediaMiami, FL – The largest local real estate association in the U.S. has partnered with OPP to foster closer ties between the real estate communities of Miami and China.The Miami Association of Realtors (MIAMI) is coming together with OPP to create a Mission to China this October to coincide with OPPLive China, which is being held from Thursday, October 23 – Friday, October 24 at the China World Hotel, Beijing.Established in 2004, the business to business media, OPP, will be working closely with MIAMI and several other influential organizations to create a week of networking events in the build up to OPPLive and at the show itself. Beginning in Shanghai and then moving on to Beijing the Mission is all about creating long lasting partnerships with leading real estate companies with the clear goal of creating more Chinese incoming business for MIAMI Realtors and Developers. Participation is limited to members of MIAMI and of other approved participating associations.OPPLive was established in London in 2005 and is the trade event for the global cross border residential property industry. It is there to connect and inform professionals. OPPLive China is a launch event, following on from its Asia debut in Singapore this spring, which was hailed as a “spectacular success”.OPP Group Owner, Xavier Wiggins, says, “Working with such an incredibly powerful and forward thinking organization with massive membership (32,000) in an area of the USA that is already very attractive to the Chinese is an honor and an exciting challenge. The potential for a further drastic uplift in real estate buyers from China is there for all to see and it is our job to help MIAMI members forge relationships that count and that can be measured in sales”.The agreement will see OPP offering a package of events to MIAMI members that include educational presentations and seminars on the Miami and Chinese markets for global real estate as well as pre-qualified meetings. OPP will be giving much exposure to the MIAMI delegates on the trip in the build up to the event, raising awareness of the opportunities in Miami real estate to the eager Chinese real estate companies, professionals, and organizations.In turn, MIAMI will be promoting the Mission extensively to its membership as well as informing MIAMI members on the wide offering of OPP that is geared to driving global real estate alliances including the imminent launch of a major new online platform launch.MIAMI, a leader in international real estate business, has 120 foreign partners worldwide and is often recognized for its leadership and remarkable business results, including generating greater exposure for Miami and the local real estate market, increased business opportunities, and fueling a stronger local economy.MIAMI is the only association to be honored three times as a platinum international council by the National Association of Realtors since the inception of the Global Achievement Program in 2011 and has been recognized three times with the prestigious International Business Leadership Award by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.Teresa King Kinney, CEO of MIAMI, speaking after a meeting in the association’s Headquarters with Xavier Wiggins added: “Miami is the top choice for foreign buyers in the U.S. At MIAMI, we are committed to positioning the Miami real estate market at the forefront of international expansion, and we are excited about partnering with OPPLive to further our members’ exposure in Asia, which is rapidly emerging as a strong market for Miami and South Florida. We continue to capitalize on Miami’s position as a leading global destination to further promote the local real estate market worldwide.”
OPP (Overseas Property Professional) Group provides essential news, information, insight, data and connections for businesses in the international property sector. Many successful Missions have already been organized to China and South East Asia but this is the first for one specific area.
As well as organizing the OPPLive shows, OPP Group publishes OPP Magazine and OPP Connect and has offices in Beijing, the Philippines, the UK, Singapore, Thailand, Spain and Canada.Since OPP Group was established in 2004, it has generated business worth an estimated US$7billion for overseas property companies in more than 100 countries around the world.

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Groundbreaking Report Commissioned by Born Free USA Uncovers Ivory Supply Chain from Poached African Elephants to Markets in Asia

Posted by fidest on Monday, 20 October 2014

born freeWashington, Born Free USA and C4ADS released a groundbreaking report, Out of Africa: Criminalisation of the African Ivory Trade, which focuses on the ivory supply chain and the trafficking of ivory from the bush in Africa to retail markets tens of thousands of miles away in Asia. This information comes four months after the groups’ shocking report, Ivory’s Curse: The Militarisation and Professionalisation of Poaching in Africa, which detailed the poaching crisis and its links to violent militias, organized crime, and government corruption. View the full report at http://www.bornfreeusa.org/OutOfAfrica. According to Adam M. Roberts, CEO of The Born Free Foundation and Born Free USA, “The ivory trade is operating today at the highest level since the 1989 commercial ivory trade ban. Our investigation reveals that between 2009 and June 2014, there were more than 90 large-scale ivory seizures, collectively weighing almost 170 tons that bear the hallmarks of international organized crime. This would amount to approximately 229,729 elephants killed and trafficked in fewer than six years.””It is well known that East Asian nationals, and, in particular, the Chinese, drive the modern ivory trade. However, the scale we found in our investigation was shocking; Chinese traffickers are present in virtually every single African range state, and operate at nearly every point along the ivory supply chain,” Roberts explains. Varun Vira, Chief of Analysis at C4ADS and co-author of the report commissioned by Born Free USA, said, “The ivory trade is worth billions of dollars but is still talked about as if it were an unprofessional, disorganized, and artisanal industry, of concern only to conservationists. In reality, it is a highly organized, complex global crime that has avoided consequence for decades. However, our report reveals that there may be as few as 100 large-scale ivory containers moving annually that drive the vast majority of the entire illegal trade. Focusing efforts on intercepting these containers and tracing back their owners and facilitators can have a real impact on the trade.” (born free)

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Gary Hunt wins in Mexico and is crowned the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series Champion for 2014

Posted by fidest on Monday, 20 October 2014

Red BullRed Bull1The 30-year-old came to the final stop not only to receive the trophy for his fourth World Series title, but also to take his fourth victory of 2014. With exactly 500 points, he beats the 2013 World Series winner Artem Silchenko, in second, and the USA’s David Colturi, in third place. The seventh stop, hosted on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula this Saturday, also determined the top five athletes from 27m to prequalify for next season. Athletes from England, Russia, the USA and Colombia have secured spots in the 2015 World Series, the others must compete in qualification in February. After an action-packed year with stops all over Europe, the Caribbean and North America, four competition winners, and a new face on top of the podium, the sixth season celebrated a showdown in style in the majestic Ik Kil cenote. The new season will start in April 2015!
It’s pure, it’s fast and it takes your breath away. Cliff divers leap aesthetically from almost three times the Olympic height and hit the water at speeds of 85kph, protected only by their concentration, skill and physical control. Since 2009, the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series has featured the biggest talents, the most promising newcomers, and since 2013 has also provided a platform for women. Seven tough competitions for the men, three challenges for the women – in its sixth season this jaw-dropping sport will hit new as well as proven ground in the Caribbean, North and Latin America and Europe between May and October to determine a new champion for both men and women. Maurice Lacroix is the official watch partner of the 2014 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series.

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The Danger From Within Oxford study warns of the increasing risk of internal cyber-attacks

Posted by fidest on Monday, 20 October 2014

oxford universityIn a new Harvard Business Review article, Professor David Upton of Saïd Business School, and Professor Sadie Creese of Oxford’s Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre warn that internal cyber attacks against companies, are an increasing threat that costs tens of billions of dollars a year worldwide, can destroy companies, and sink the careers of many senior executives. Their study found that while many organisations are intensifying their defences against external attack, these widely used safeguards are often ineffective against attacks involving insiders. Such attacks from insiders, be they from employees, suppliers, or other companies legitimately connected to a company’s computer system, pose a more pernicious threat than external attacks.Cyber attacks on corporations are on the increase. The 2013 cyber attack on Target, where Russian thieves compromised point of sale information, left the company with a potential loss of $420 million, and affected 70 million customers, made headline news. What is less well known however is that this attack came through an unwitting vendor who had authorised access to Target’s computers, and as such was an insider in their ecosystem.Over the past two years Professor Upton and Professor Creese have led an international research project whose goal is to provide a significant step change on insider threat prevention and detection so companies can be better protected. The study found that many managers were ignorant of the threat of insider attacks and the risks it posed from fraud, sabotage, intellectual property theft, and corporate terrorism. The key to reducing their vulnerability, they say, is to adopt the same approach companies applied to improve quality and safety at the end of the last decade. They recommend removing the reliance on the IT team and making it everyone’s responsibility to ensure critical assets are protected, proposing five steps that managers should implement immediately to reduce the risks:Introduce a clear and concise policy to address what people must or must not do to deter insiders who introduce risk through carelessness, negligence or mistakes. The rules must apply to all levels of the organisation and employees should be given tools to help them adhere to the policy (such as on-screen warning messages). The policy should regularly be reinforced with information sessions and internal communications campaigns.
Be open about likely threats so staff can detect them, and customise training to take into account the kinds of attacks they might encounter, such as phishing: phony emails which trick staff into sharing personal details or access codes, or downloading malware when a link is clicked. Encourage employees to report unusual or prohibited technologies or behaviour – such as the use of portable hard drives or asking for confidential data files.
Adopt screening processes and interview techniques designed to weed out potential threats before they become privileged members of staff. Examples include criminal background checks, looking for misrepresentations on resumes, and techniques that assess a candidate’s moral compass. During the interview process managers should also assess cyber-safety awareness.
Organisations must ensure that suppliers or distributors don’t put them at risk or create a back door to their systems. It’s therefore imperative that managers seek out partners and suppliers that have the same risk appetite and culture, and audit them regularly to ensure practices are maintained; if necessary screen their employees for criminal records, check candidates employment histories, and monitor access to its data and applications for unauthorised activity.The researchers recommend using readily available security software to monitor employee activities, such as accessing websites, yielding important information that will help detect danger. Regular risk assessments will identify the source of any threat, vulnerable employees and networks, and the possible consequences if a risk becomes a reality.‘We have burglar alarms installed to prevent people breaking into our houses,’ said Professor Upton. ‘But it’s the people we let through the door that are the problem. It’s the same for organisations. The principles used to defend against external threats just don’t work with insiders. In recent years businesses have been letting more people into their houses – be it through the use of cloud services, Google drives, employees bringing their own devices to work, or through the proliferation of social media and use of big data. Though these people may have a legitimate access to an organisation’s cyber-assets, the scope for them to exploit this or be exploited is hugely increased.’
‘We found wide-scale global ignorance of the nature of the threat organisations face from internal attack, leaving corporate assets vulnerable, jobs and bonuses insecure, and reputations at risk,’ said Professor Creese. ‘We are now expanding the initial survey of 35 companies to 5,000 which will enable us to develop models to detect threats more accurately, faster and earlier than current solutions, and to help us develop education and awareness materials to help transfer knowledge and management skills to stakeholders.’

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CashGuard hires new Country Manager for Germany

Posted by fidest on Saturday, 18 October 2014

CashGuardCashGuard strengthens its European focus by hiring Harry Timm as the new Country Manager for Germany. Harry has extensive experience with the solution selling approach. He most recently worked as Director of Sales for Zimory GmbH.“It is important to understand the customer’s needs, “ Mr. Timm said. “It is my goal to become a trusted advisor to the customer.”CashGuard’s customer-driven culture and the company’s market-leading position were among the things that attracted Mr. Timm to CashGuard.“CashGuard has a clear focus on cash management for the retail industry,” Mr.Timm said. “The company has a 25-year proven track record, and that is valuable to German customers. The solid product portfolio is also very attractive on the German market.”Adding Mr. Timm to the CashGuard team reflects CashGuard’s strong focus on further growing the business in Europe, says CashGuard CEO Roine Gabrielsson: “We have had great success in attracting large retail chains in many other markets and I am confident that Harry is the right person to do the same in Germany.” (photo: CashGuard)

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The European dream is not working because individual EU governments are not fully committed to integration and populations are wedded to parochial perspectives

Posted by fidest on Saturday, 18 October 2014

BruxellesIf there is going to be sustained economic growth in continental Europe over the next few years it is going to have to happen between 9am and 5am on weekdays and never at lunch time. Most workplaces are dead at weekends and in countries such as France, Italy. Although border posts have gone, populations cling to their cultures and linguistic differences. Travel through the narrow tunnel linking France and Spain in the mid- Pyrenees and it will not only be better weather on the other side, but in the border town of Bielsa it will be difficult to find someone who admits to speaking French. On both sides of the border there is a refusal to post town names in the other country and even satnavs decline to recognize destinations until the border is reached.“After more than half a century the EU remains a fragmented mix of national and local interests all in rivalry with each other” observes Robin Chater, Secretary-General of The Federation of European Employers. “Officials in Brussels can dream of integration, but in reality the members of the EU club are only cooperating to the extent that it suits them.”The absence of true integration is everywhere to be seen. It has taken years for national air traffic control authorities to accept the principle of “a single European sky”. In 18 countries the authorities persist in taking only direct responsibility for their own air space. Meanwhile both Austria and Poland continue to refuse to apply the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive by ensuring that minimum energy performance requirements are set for all buildings. The European Commission has had numerous meetings with the Finnish government in order to persuade them to set up a race equality organisation in line with the race equality Directive that was passed 14 years ago – yet the government continues to ignore their obligations.
In July, the European Commission took 419 decisions concerning actual and potential infringements and made 14 referrals to the European Court of Justice. According to Robin Chater, “this is hardly a sign of a fully functioning European Community. True integration would give a tremendous boost to business and vastly improve living standards for everyone – but national governments are all too prepared to drag their feet if it suits their petty concerns.”Meanwhile China — the most rapidly growing economy in the world, with its vast and truly integrated economy — can take advantage of political divisions, over-regulated labour markets and linguistic divides across Europe to build a dominant position. It will become the biggest economy in the world by 2019 and have achieved this largely through a combination of inward investment and companies exploiting its huge domestic economy. For Robin Chater the writing is already on the wall. “In the next phase of growth large Chinese companies will establish themselves as multinational entities, dictate both the terms of business and language that we shall all have to learn and, within a very brief period of time, no western market or brand will be safe from strenuous competition from organisations that today are barely known outside the Chinese marketplace.”He warns that “the continued fragmentation of Europe — arising largely from the existence of national boundaries and refusal to accept a common lingua franca — will leave its markets exposed to challenges from outside. The world is about to witness a huge change in political, cultural and economic orientation – whilst the governments of tiny entities in Europe refuse to recognise the bigger picture and people everywhere in the EU continue to think largely in parochial ways.”

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Userful Multiplatform desktop virtualization solution receives rave review from technology professional

Posted by fidest on Saturday, 18 October 2014

VirtZine-046Calgary, AB — Userful Corporation, a leading desktop virtualization company, is receiving rave reviews in the United States from Dr. Bill Bailey, tech blogger for VirtZine, a virtualization and cloud computing magazine. Bailey, an experienced computer professional who touts a list of credentials, including Certified Citrix Administrator and VMware Certified Professional, is impressed by Userful’s ease of use and low cost.
Bailey emphasizes the beneficial features of the Userful Multiplatform software that enables small businesses with smaller budgets to easily afford, set up and manage the computing solution.”The difference with Userful is that it is designed for smaller businesses that don’t have the infrastructure that would need to be built to support a typical VDI environment,” said Bailey. “It is the simplest, most flexible and affordable virtual desktop solution I believe you will find because it is unique in the way it operates.” Bailey filmed a product review demonstrating the solution with an infrastructure similar to one that would be used in a small business environment. He demonstrates the ease of switching operating systems on a desktop from Userful’s browser-managed app.”The change from a Windows 7 to a Windows 8 machine simply borders on magical to see that. Using the one-screen interface to get in there and do things works perfectly, so you don’t have to be a virtualization guru to understand how to use and do this.”The Userful Multiplatform desktop virtualization solution powers multiple desktops through one central PC, using zero client devices. This eliminates much of the hardware, software and electricity costs required by the traditional one PC per seat solution. Businesses, such as call centers and retail stores, can utilize the Userful Multiplatform solution to reduce infrastructure costs and power multiple displays including desktops, digital signs and touch screens.Bailey was fascinated by the simplicity and affordability of the Userful Multiplatform desktop virtualization, especially for small businesses wanting to leverage more terminals with less hardware. It reduces costs and is fast and easy to manage. “I was fascinated at how easy it was for someone who doesn’t have a virtualization background to get in there and use it,” Bailey added.

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Experience a Day in the Life of a Horse at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy

Posted by fidest on Saturday, 18 October 2014

????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????[CAEN, France] – With the opening days of the Games off to an exceptional start, spectators are relishing the opportunity to visit one of the most anticipated equine educational spaces at the Games Village, Equispher sponsored by Alltech. Visitors to Equispher, an educational exhibition co-funded by the Normandy Organizing Committee 2014, can avail of the opportunity to experience the world through the eyes of the horse. With a variety of sensory and interactive displays and unique videos, they can learn about the horse’s behaviour, senses and sporting ability.Over the next few weeks, it is expected that Equispher will welcome an estimated 30,000 local school children who will benefit from the dedicated children’s area in the heart of the exhibition.“We are delighted to be a part of this very special equine education space at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy,” said Clare Fahey, global equine marketing manager at Alltech. “We have been very lucky to work alongside Martine Villain and Claire Neveux, two local Normandy businesswomen who first conceived this project. Equispher is a world-class experience where visitors can gain insight and experience first-hand the world of the horse.”Equispher sponsored by Alltech was first conceived as a concept for the Games Village by sporting communications specialist Martine Villain from Com’elle and her business partner Claire Neveux, an equine ethologist from Ethonova. Villain and Neveux designed this world-class experiential exhibition, allowing visitors to walk in a circular pavilion of five sections:
Performance –witness the athletic performance ability of the horse, including the highest puissance wall jumped. Sporting – this area will showcase some of the equestrian sporting disciplines via on-screen visuals and sound showers while providing the visitor an opportunity to mount a saddle to have a unique equine experience. Welfare – the domestic living conditions of the horse can be witnessed in this section of the exhibition providing the visitor with a range of housing and bedding options for the horse.Kids – in this final section of Equispher, children are invited into this dedicated centre area teaching them all about the digestive health with model digestive systems and colouring sheets.“We were delighted to work and collaborate with Alltech to carry out this amazing equine educational project that, we are convinced, will excite the Games Village visitors,” said Villain.”From the start, Alltech shared our vision for this original and interactive exhibition. Our collaborative efforts have resulted in an outstanding experience and insight into the world of the horse” said Neveux.Equispher is open daily in the Games Village during the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy and is free of charge to visitors holding a Games sport ticket or a Games Village ticket (€5.00).The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy are organised every four years and represent the most important equestrian event in the world. Alltech’s title sponsor status provides the company with a unique opportunity to feature the importance of agriculture to a global audience and to communicate Alltech’s passion for improving efficiency, profitability and sustainability on the farm through natural nutrition and scientific innovation. (photo: Life of a Horse)

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