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Biomimetic solution for safe antimicrobial plastics in mass production

Posted by fidest on Sunday, 14 September 2014

Parx PlasticsParx Plastics is launching its first ready to use Saniconcentrates™ for manufacturers in Europe and the US to safely create self-sanitizing products with an antibacterial property of up to 99% within 24 hours*.The technology developed by Parx Plastics is the world’s first antimicrobial solution without toxins or chemicals. It does not use chemicals such as Triclosan or heavy metals such as silver, nor does it use biocides, Nano-particles, quaternary salts or any other harmful substances. The antimicrobial property is achieved by making use of one of the most important trace elements in the human body. The trace element, present in our food, is essential for a healthy immune system and for building up and maintaining cells, hair, nails and skin. Absolute safety is guaranteed not only by the biocompatibility but also because the technology does not migrate. The antibacterial property is the result of an intrinsic change and not of leaching substances. The surface of a product becomes hostile to bacteria by means of a mere physical and mechanical action.Michael van der Jagt, co-founder of Parx Plastics with testing plate made of ABS according to ISO norm.The first materials taken into mass production at the Italian facility in Bologna are a Sani-ABS and a Saniconcentrate™ based on Eastman’s copolymer Tritan™. These are uniform grades used as a carrier incorporating the technology that mix at 3% with plain material of the same kind. The mixture brings forth a product with an antimicrobial property of up to 99%*.“Being able to offer these off-the-shelf solutions is a great step forward bringing our biocompatible technology to the market.” according toMichael van der Jagt, one of the founders of Parx Plastics. “The past few months have been pretty turbulent for our organization receiving great interest from many of the largest corporations. The world is moving towards more sustainable solutions and customer pressure is rising. Companies that ignore the shift away from harmful chemicals and dangerous substances are bound to loose or be left behind.”
Parx Plastic, with facilities in The Netherlands, Italy and China, brings to the market an innovative biocompatible technique to incorporate an effective antimicrobial property into plastics. Parx Plastics has been announced by the European Commission as one of the top tech startups of Europe and was recently nominated as finalist in the materials category in the World Technology Awards in association with Fortune and Time. (Parx Plastics)

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Strong families are our best defence against poverty

Posted by fidest on Sunday, 14 September 2014

(FILES) Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez MaradiaAround 150 people from the Vatican, Caritas organisations, pontifical universities, religious congregations and Italian dioceses will gather in Rome on 18th September to discuss “The Family: a resource to overcome the crisis.” The outcome of the meeting will form a basis for proposals to the upcoming Extraordinary General Assembly Synod of Bishops on the family held at the Vatican.
Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga, president of Caritas Internationalis, will open the meeting. He said, “The economic crisis has increased inequality and exclusion. With so many challenges, our blood families, our global human family and our spiritual family have become more important than ever in ensuring we don’t fall into loneliness and desperation. Where economic and social systems fail, the solidarity and protection of families are the best defence against poverty.”
The financial crisis which started in 2008 has pushed millions of families into poverty and left the world more unequal than ever. In many countries there are fewer jobs and families even in wealthier countries are finding it increasingly hard to feed themselves.
The seminar will look at the psychological effects of the economic crisis, migration and the pastoral and spiritual approaches for facing the challenges of the crisis, among other things.
Caritas organisations in many countries offer a variety of services such as food and clothes banks, counselling, loans, job training, healthcare and lodging to help people to cope with the crisis.
The meeting will look at how Caritas as the charitable arm of the Church can work through families to better promote development.
Around 150 people from the Vatican, Caritas organisations, pontifical universities, religious congregations and Italian dioceses will gather in Rome on 18th September to discuss “The Family: a resource to overcome the crisis.”
The outcome of the meeting will form a basis for proposals to the upcoming Extraordinary General Assembly Synod of Bishops on the family held at the Vatican.
Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga, president of Caritas Internationalis, will open the meeting. He said, “The economic crisis has increased inequality and exclusion. With so many challenges, our blood families, our global human family and our spiritual family have become more important than ever in ensuring we don’t fall into loneliness and desperation. Where economic and social systems fail, the solidarity and protection of families are the best defence against poverty.”
The financial crisis which started in 2008 has pushed millions of families into poverty and left the world more unequal than ever. In many countries there are fewer jobs and families even in wealthier countries are finding it increasingly hard to feed themselves.
The seminar will look at the psychological effects of the economic crisis, migration and the pastoral and spiritual approaches for facing the challenges of the crisis, among other things.
Caritas organisations in many countries offer a variety of services such as food and clothes banks, counselling, loans, job training, healthcare and lodging to help people to cope with the crisis.

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Antiquities in october

Posted by fidest on Sunday, 14 September 2014

antiquitiesLondon – The Christie’s sale of Antiquities in London on 1 October 2014 comprises 189 lots with exceptional provenance which span the ancient world from the 4th Millennium B.C. to the 7th Century A.D. Leading the sale is a rare and arresting portrait of a distinguished Roman man (estimate: £200,000-300,000, illustrated above). Further highlights include a Roman marble janiform herm of Dionysus (estimate: £150,000 – 250,000), an Assyrian gypsum cuneiform dedicatory panel, which is believed to be the most detailed Assyrian royal inscription known to date (estimate: £100,000 – 150,000), and property from The Rudolf Schmidt (1900-1970) Collection. With estimates ranging from £800 to £200,000 the sale is expected to realise in excess of £2 million.(antiquities)

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Sistema operativo Windows indesiderato e Cassazione

Posted by fidest on Sunday, 14 September 2014

WindowsUna sentenza di Cassazione (19161/2014) ci ha dato ragione nel sostenere che il sistema operativo Windows non e’ parte integrante del pc, e quindi ha ordinato a Microsoft di rimborsarci quanto pagato in merito. Sentenza che conclude un iter che avevamo intrapreso nel 2005 ricorrendo al giudice di pace che ci aveva dato ragione nel 2007 ; Micfosoft aveva impugnato la sentenza in Appello, e nel 2010 la ragione ci era stata ancora riconosciuta ; nel frattempo avevamo fatto ricorso anche all’Antitrust, che anch’esso aveva riconosciuto le nostre ragioni come valide. Ora il punto fermo messo con la sentenza di Cassazione apre le porte ad una valanga di ricorsi che potrebbero essere accolti dai venditori di pc anche dopo la prima raccomandata A/R in cui si intima il rimborso e, nel caso cio’ non dovesse accadere, l’eventuale iter giudiziario che consigliamo sarebbe piu’ facile. Per cui, consigliamo di procedere subito con una messa in mora, tramite raccomandata A/R, al produttore del proprio pc (o altro supporto in cui si trova sempre gia’ installato un software Microsoft che non si vuole utilizzare).

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The estate of David Collins

Posted by fidest on Sunday, 14 September 2014

London – Christie’s is pleased to announce the collection of renowned interior architect David Collinslondra will be offered at auction at Christie’s 8 King Street on 4 November, 2014. Following his untimely death in 2013, the estate sale crystallises his subtle yet distinctive vision that now pervades the contemporary aesthetic and urban landscape. His imagination and creativity brought to fruition luxury interior design and architectural projects across the globe. The projects created by his eponymous Studio represent deeply-textured interiors that feel simultaneously contemporary yet established, rooted in the life and traditions of their respective locations and exemplifying the designer’s extraordinary capacity to reinvent and reinterpret the past. Comprising 200 lots and with estimates ranging from £300 to £60,000, the sale is expected to realise in the region of £1 million.

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Nigeria: gli estremisti di Boko Haram continuano ad avanzare

Posted by fidest on Sunday, 14 September 2014

FCO 312 - Nigeria Travel Advice Ed2 [WEB]In Nigeria i terroristi di Boko Haram continuano la loro avanzata. 150 giorni dopo il rapimento violento di centinaia di studentesse da parte degli estremisti, l’Associazione per i Popoli Minacciati (APM) accusa il governo e le forze di sicurezza nigeriane del fallimento nel proteggere la popolazione civile dal terrore della setta islamista radicale. Di 219 delle studentesse rapite di Chibok manca fino ad oggi qualunque segnale di vita. Polizia, esercito e governo nigeriani hanno ripetutamente annunciato la loro rapida liberazione, ma fino ad oggi non si è visto nessun risultato concreto. Il tragico destino dellee studentesse di Chibok è tipico della situazione di tutta la popolazione civile. La Nigeria del Nord rischia una deflagrazione del conflitto come nel nord dell’Iraq.Boko Haram è sempre meglio armata e fronteggia sempre meglio l’esercito nigeriano. I combattenti della setta, non si spostano più solamente con fuoristrada, ma usano armi pesanti e carri armati proprio come un esercito convenzionale. In questo modo il gruppo terroristico da luglio 2014 è riuscito a conquistare solamente nello stato di Borno ben sette città. Inoltre si è avvicinato fino a 70 km dalla metropoli di Maiduguri, dove hanno cercato rifugio centinaia di migliaia di profughi dal nord della Nigeria. Secondo le stime delle Nazioni Unite da gennaio 2014 almeno 650.000 persone sono fuggite in seguito alle azioni terroristiche di Boko Haram. Altre stime parlano invece di un numero di nuovi rifugiati che arriva a fino a 3,3 milioni di persone.Il governo e l’esercito della Nigeria cercano di propagandare un senso di fiducia e regolarmente annunciano la distruzione di Boko Haram. La realtà invece è molto diversa. Il gruppo terroristico è oggi più forte che mai e costringe il governo e le forze armate della Nigeria a mostrare tutta la loro incapacità. Invece di cercare congiuntamente soluzioni per la lotta contro il gruppo terroristico e per una più efficace protezione della popolazione civile, i politici nigeriani sfruttano il terrore per i propri fini politici e per la campagna elettorale in vista delle elezioni presidenziali del febbraio 2015. Se la politica della Nigeria non sarà in grado di dare una risposta credibile e definitiva alla sfida di Boko Haram, il gruppo terrorista potrebbe diventare una grave minaccia per la sopravvivenza dell’Africa occidentale.

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La contraccezione d’emergenza

Posted by fidest on Sunday, 14 September 2014

ContraccezioneE’ un’importante opportunità per la donna, ma sul tema occorre più informazione. A poco più di sei mesi dalla decisione dell’Aifa di ricomprendere anche il levonorgestrel – oltre all’ulipristal acetato – nella famiglia dei contraccettivi, il past president della Società Italiana della Contraccezione (SIC), Annibale Volpe, torna a parlare della cosiddetta pillola del giorno dopo e si rivolge ai colleghi ginecologi. “Non tutte le pazienti hanno ben chiaro che il farmaco non è in grado di proteggere da eventuali rapporti sessuali non protetti avvenuti dopo l’assunzione. Anzi: secondo alcuni studi le donne che hanno rapporti non protetti dopo l’assunzione del contraccettivo d’emergenza, sono esposte a un rischio di gravidanza iindesiderata 3 volte superiore” specifica il professor Volpe. Continua: “La pillola del giorno dopo sposta infatti più avanti nel tempo l’ovulazione che comunque avrà regolarmente luogo: è un punto essenziale che i colleghi ginecologi devono spiegare con chiarezza alla paziente”. “Si può dunque” suggerisce il past president della SIC “prescrivere subito una pillola contraccettiva da assumere dopo quella d’emergenza e ricordare tuttavia che questa è in grado di mettere del tutto a riposo le ovaie dopo due settimane”. In sintesi, riassume il professor Volpe “le donne devono essere informate che la protezione contraccettiva nel corso dei primi 14 giorni dopo l’assunzione del contraccettivo d’emergenza può essere efficace solamente attraverso mezzi meccanici, quali per esempio il preservativo”.Il meccanismo è identico per entrambe i contraccettivi di emergenza attualmente presenti sul mercato, quello a base di levonorgestrel (che agisce fino a 72 ore dopo il rapporto) e quello a base di upistral acetato (fino a 120 ore dopo il rapporto). “Sia chiaro che entrambe le molecole devono essere assunte il prima possibile” aggiunge il ginecologo “e che la loro somministrazione non è in grado di proteggere dalle malattie sessualmente trasmissibili”.“Altra importante avvertenza” sottolinea il past president della SIC “è che sebbene non esista ancora un’ufficializzazione da parte dell’European Medicines Agency (EMA), recenti e autorevoli studi internazionali hanno messo in luce come il levonorgestrel possa non essere efficace sia nelle donne obese – come nel caso dell’ulipristal acetato– sia nelle pazienti con indice di massa corporea superiore a 25”.“Inoltre” precisa il professor Volpe “occorre spiegare chiaramente alla paziente che il contraccettivo di emergenza deve essere prescritto dal ginecologo e che nel caso di ulipristal acetato la prescrizione può avvenire solo in seguito a un test obbligatorio che abbia escluso una gravidanza già in atto”. “Poiché spesso le pazienti arrivano nei Pronto Soccorso con la richiesta di un contraccettivo di emergenza nel fine settimana, quando le strutture sono già molto affollate” aggiunge Volpe “è bene inoltre informare sempre la paziente che esistono anche altre strutture in grado di dispensare il farmaco e valutare le eventuali controindicazioni, come, per esempio i consultori, gli ambulatori di Medicina generale e, ovviamente, gli studi dei ginecologi”.
Conclude infine il past president della SIC: “In ogni caso, i colleghi hanno il dovere di ricordare sempre alla paziente che, come del resto indica la stessa parola “emergenza”, la pillola del giorno dopo non può essere utilizzata alla stregua di un contraccettivo ormonale a uso quotidiano”. “A tal fine” esorta il professore “il counselling è essenziale per trovare insieme alla coppia la soluzione contraccettiva più adatta e meno invasiva. A tal fine ricordiamo alcuni contraccettivi orali molto ben tollerati, anche a base di estradiolo naturale”.

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Investimento a lungo termine per individuare cure e soluzioni per la sclerosi multipla progressiva

Posted by fidest on Friday, 12 September 2014

sclerosi_multiplaLa International Progressive MS Alliance ha consegnato la prima serie di 22 borse di ricerca a ricercatori in 9 nazioni, finalizzate alla eliminazione delle barriere che ostacolano lo sviluppo delle cure per la sclerosi multipla progressiva. La Alliance è una collaborazione mondiale mirata all’individuazione di soluzioni per le forme progressive, La prima serie di finanziamenti avvia un programma ambizioso che investirà in totale 22 milioni di Euro nel corso dei prossimi sei anni e darà vita a reti di collaborazione internazionali per la ricerca, utilizzando ricerche che sono già in essere e stimolando nuove ricerche grazie agli importanti programmi di finanziamento della Alliance.Per questa offerta iniziale, sono pervenute 195 proposte da 22 nazioni nel mondo. “La risposta della comunità di ricerca al nostro primo appello per ricevere proposte innovative di ricerca è stata eccezionale, e affronta sia i bisogni non soddisfatti che la forza galvanizzate di questa iniziativa internazionale,” ha sottolineato Cynthia Zagieboylo, Presidente del Comitato Esecutivo della Alliance e Amministratore Delegato di National MS Society (USA). “Per la prima volta, le società per la sclerosi multipla nel mondo stanno finanziando la ricerca in modo congiunto, senza tenere conto della geografia, per poter trovare le risposte si cui la comunità della sclerosi multipla ha urgente bisogno,” ha aggiunto.
Le prime borse sono destinate a studi pilota innovativi a breve termine per iniziare a colmare il divario conoscitivo e delle infrastrutture , come ad esempio l’identificazione e i test delle cure potenziali; la comprensione della degenerazione dei nervi; la realizzazione di banche dati e banche biologiche, quali magazzini di campioni biologici da utilizzare nella ricerca, per avere una comprensione migliore della diagnostica per immagini a lungo termine, dei fattori genetici e degli esiti associati alla sclerosi multipla progressiva. Questi studi pilota hanno una durata da uno a due anni.

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Post-War and Contemporary Art

Posted by fidest on Friday, 12 September 2014

donaldNew York Christie’s 20 Rockefeller Plaza, Evening sale Wednesday 12 November 2014 Christie’s is pleased to announce the sale of Donald Judd’s Untitled (Bernstein 93-1) as one of the highlights of the fall auction season. The fifteen foot high sculpture will be included in the Evening Sale of Post-War and Contemporary Art on Wednesday, November 12th. In scale, design, radiance, effect and simplicity, Untitled (Bernstein 93-1) is one of the most important works by the artist to be presented on the market and confirms Donald Judd’s position as a master of Minimalist art. Untitled (Bernstein 93-1) was executed a few months before the artist’s death; this magnificent sculpture, one of the artists large scale stack sculptures, has remained in the same collection since its creation in 1993.
Donald Judd’s Untitled (Bernstein 93-1), is an icon of 20th century sculpture, and one of the artists most important and recognizable works. Judd’s approach to sculpture was truly revolutionary, using industrial materials and pared-down geometric forms that equally stressed the physical structure and the space around it. Resolutely anti-illusionistic, his sculpture used abstraction to explore issues of sensation and perception. Untitled (Bernstein 93-1) is a superb example of Judd’s seminal group of works known as stacks, which he began in 1965, this monumental work is composed of ten rectangular units of brass and colored Plexiglas.
The stack became an important motif to which Judd returned throughout his career, a form that evidently allowed him to explore how different combinations of color and materiality could inform his spatial concepts. In its juxtaposition of rigid form and transparency, Plexiglas blurs the line between the positive space of Judd’s objects and the negative space interspersed in between. Indeed the transparent quality of Plexiglas informs the material object as well as the negative space through its emission of an ethereal glow. Plexiglas was a material that held special resonance for the artist in its ability to embody a multitude of industrial-grade colors. Judd turned to Plexiglas for its spotless luminosity and clear-cut sharpness and for its ability to transmit color without betraying its mode of manufacture. More so than any other material in Judd’s repertoire, because of its ability to become any color and any degree of transparency and opacity, Plexiglas lived up to the artist’s stipulation that material and color should form a single entity, making it a favored material to combine with different metals in his stacks. Preferring to leave the surfaces of his materials unaltered in an effort to present something of their own nature, Plexiglas offered Judd a most effective way to do this, by presenting a colored material that is free of any trace of manual intervention. As explained by Judd, “the piece should never be, as in Abstract Expressionism, a spectacle of its making; it should just be there” (D. Judd, quoted in Donald Judd, exhibition catalogue, Pace Wildenstein, New York, 2004, p. 8). Through the interaction between the strong green radiant color of the Plexiglas coupled with the polished golden brass, Untitled (Bernstein 93-1), is an incredibly complex and nuanced composition in the largest scale format.
Donald Judd is one of the most important and influential artists of the 20th century, whose ideas and work changed the course of modern sculpture. His art is form condensed to its main essence, which he expressed in a reductive language of pristine forms, bold colors, exacting proportions and a precise manipulation of space. Although Judd particularly favored industrial materials – steel, Plexiglas, plywood – the appearance of his sculpture is extremely human, exuding a sense of classical beauty that is brought about by the tactile and personal nature of the work but also by its symmetrical qualities. “I long ago reached an agreement with what I consider the primary condition: art, for myself, and architecture, for everyone, should always be symmetrical except for a good reason,” Judd stated in 1985. In his combining of the artist/craftsman role, and his unwavering focus on space, Judd brings to mind the medieval cathedral builders, steadily creating and occupying space in the most equilibrated of ways. “Space is made by an artist or architect; it is not found and packaged. It is made by thought … Sometimes when they [people] are traveling they enter a cathedral, recognize space, and thank God instead of the architect … Space is so unknown that the only comparison is to the beliefs of the past,” Judd declared in 1993 in what would be his last essay ‘Some Aspects of Color in General and Red and Black in Particular.’ (Capucine Milliot)

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Nuovo digital per l’Europa

Posted by fidest on Friday, 12 September 2014

The Software Alliance accoglie con favore l’annuncio di Jean-Claude Junkerdi un nuovo Collegio di commissari europei, e in particolare la creazione di un Vicepresidente della Commissione per il mercato unico europeo del digitale. Andrus Ansip è stato designato per il nuovo ruolo di Vicepresidente con la funzione di Digital Champion come parte dell’impegno di Junker di creare “un’Europa completamente digitalizzata”.“Siamo contenti che il presidente eletto Junker abbia seguito la nostra proposta di creare un Digital Champion per l’Europa, assegnando ad Andrus Ansip la supervisione dello sviluppo del mercato unico europeo del digitale”, ha dichiarato Victoria Espinel, Presidente di BSA e CEO. “Politiche digitali intelligenti e ponderate assicureranno che le tecnologie digitali continuino a creare i posti di lavoro di cui abbiamo grande necessità e accompagnino la crescita dell’intera economia europea”.
“E’ importante che il Vicepresidente Ansip incoraggi con forza lo sviluppo e la diffusione di nuovi servizi e tecnologie innovative, ora e in futuro”, ha dichiarato Espinel. “Siamo pronti a lavorare con Ansip e il suo team di membri della Commissione per sviluppare pienamente tutto il potenziale della tecnologia a favore dei cittadini europei e, più in generale, dell’economia dell’Unione Europea”. (victoria)

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L’erede di Berlusconi

Posted by fidest on Friday, 12 September 2014

berlusconi_pensieroso.medium_300E’ evidente che Berlusconi ha trovato il suo naturale erede. Il suo capolavoro è stato quello d’individuarlo nel campo avversario. Un vero colpo di genio. E ora che si fa? Bisogna chiedercelo con amarezza. Perché Grillo cavalca una protesta che non riesce a diventare maggioranza poiché suscita più timori che certezze. La destra, invece, è divisa e quel che è peggio non riesce a scrollarsi di dosso un’eredità pesante che può essere servita per avere la visibilità e l’ascolto che le mancava ma che ora come un boomerang si ritorce contro. E’ che noi italiani apparteniamo a una razza più unica che rara. Ci siamo bevuti il fascismo a grandi sorsate, e venuta la repubblica della ricostruzione e delle grandi abbuffate, ma dei politici, beninteso, e dei loro amici, poi è arrivato quel di Arcore e lì non abbiamo smesso di bere e forse pensando che ci avremmo rimediato qualche pranzetto. E non finisce qui, ovviamente. Si dice che errare è diabolico e noi, invece, ci siamo nuovamente ricaduti per la terza volta. Sembra che non riusciamo proprio a rinsavirci e a guardare le cose con concretezza. Ci rendiamo conto si o no che abbiamo perso altri sei mesi dietro la telenovela della riforma del senato e della legge elettorale? Nel frattempo tutto è rimasto a livello di promesse e di piccoli diversivi tattici per farci credere che si sta facendo qualcosa per le grandi riforme strutturali che da anni s’impongono e non perché ce lo chiede solo l’Europa ma lo stesso nostro sistema politico-economico-finanziario-sociale che ha continuato, invece, a partorire evasioni fiscali, lavoro in nero, corruzioni per centinaia di miliardi di euro.
Il nostro male oscuro è che continuiamo a pensare in piccolo non in grande, al presente e non al futuro, ad affidarci ai mediocri e agli affaristi. Ci rendiamo conto che così facendo stiamo lasciando i nostri figli senza un futuro? Ne dubito. (Riccardo Alfonso fidest@gmail.com)

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Photographs from the Forbes Collection

Posted by fidest on Thursday, 11 September 2014

Forbes CollectionNew York – On September 29th Christie’s will present three distinct photograph auctions in New York, including the diverse ‘Photographs’ sale, and two private collection sales: ‘Photographs from the Forbes Collection’ and ‘Triple XXX: Photographs from the Collection of Don Sanders.’ Running concurrently with the September 29th sales will be an online only auction titled ‘Helmut Newton Photographs for Playboy,’ that includes 20 photographs from the collection of Don Sanders. The online auction will be open for bidding from September 23rd through October 7th at http://www.christies.com/HelmutNewton. With a total of 266 lots, the sales are expected to exceed $7 million.

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CV Fraud Costs Europe €8 Billion a Year and USA $7.7 Billion

Posted by fidest on Thursday, 11 September 2014

Brussels. As with every year over this transitional period, tens of thousands of recently graduated young people take their first tentative steps into the employment market, swelling the ranks of job seekers. Faced with increased competition and globalised hiring practices, new certificate holders are expected, now more than ever, to guarantee the authenticity of their key means of communication and persuasion: their CV and academic qualifications.Meanwhile, major universities and other educational institutions are taking charge of their destiny by combating fraud to protect their most valuable assets: the reputation of their education level and the guarantee of excellence of their alumni. To offer a concrete solution to these significant challenges, CVTrust has developed Smart Diploma™, a unique online platform for education professionals, enabling them to design, format, manage and issue digital certificates of all kinds to their communities of graduates, including diplomas, transcripts, badges or even letters of acknowledgement. This solution is in line with the inevitable trend towards digitisation, a turn that has already been taken by telecom companies, banks and public institutions.This innovative solution delivers outstanding added value to graduates by allowing them to store their academic credential(s) in a highly secure personal encrypted electronic ‘safe’, which remains entirely under their own control at all times. This facility makes it easy to present their invaluable documents to potential employers by downloading them as a PDF, inserting a hyperlink into their CV or directly integrating them onto their social networks.After first getting some prestigious names in the Bruxelles on board (in Europe and across the Atlantic), including INSEAD (France and Singapore), IMD in Lausanne (Switzerland) and the MIT Sloan School of Management (Massachusetts, USA), Smart Diploma™ has continued to develop abroad, with new renowned players such as HULT (international), Mannheim Business School (Germany), Nyenrode (Netherlands), GMAC (international) and Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (Belgium).
“At a time when we are witnessing an unbundling of the value chain in the education sector and the democratisation of access to teaching, and when continuous training is increasingly becoming the norm, Smart Diploma™ is much more than just a secure repository for credentials. This platform is a digital passport, a true integrity label, allowing communities of graduates to value their most precious assets and ultimately opening doors to promising career opportunities”, stresses David Goldenberg, co-founder and CEO of CVTrust. “In other words, Smart Diploma™ is positioned as the critical missing link in the educator/pupil/recruiter ecosystem.”
CVTrust has recently been awarded a contract in an open tender process from the Paris-Île-de-France Chamber of Commerce and Industry, gaining access to twenty schools facing similar challenges in terms of administration, prestige and sustainable relationships with their alumni. This achievement now puts the company at the head of the pack to provide these schools with a dynamic, intelligent and user-friendly credentials management tool that has already won over eminent references on the French market, including HEC Paris, Science Po Paris, Institut Mines-Télécom, Novancia Business School, INSEEC, Studialis.At the same time, CVTrust has launched a pilot project with a number of high schools in Paris’ region to support them in digitising their baccalaureate qualifications. This means that CVTrust is diversifying its position across numerous sectors of the educational market, reaffirming once again the universality of its solution, be it in terms of implementation (in SaaS or integrated mode), markets, issuers of qualifications (initial and continuing educational institutions) or compliance with privacy regulations (European and American markets).
In addition to being an ingenious service to kick-start your working life and pursue your career under optimal conditions, Smart Diploma™ constitutes a valuable promotional tool for graduates to demonstrate their acquired qualifications as well as for institutions to enhance their visibility and reputation. Indeed, it is possible to endorse the diploma[1] with a banner (Smart Ads™) that redirects visitors to the website of the issuing institution, if desired by the latter. This provides the best possible exposure via the qualifications of the institution’s ultimate and most loyal ambassadors, setting in motion a real relationship of trust between the institution and its alumni.
CVTrust has also carved out a position as the ideal partner for MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and LMS (Learning Management Systems) by integrating Smart Diploma™ into their e-learning platform so that they can provide certificates to their thousands of subscribers in the most convenient, transparent and secure way. In addition, a recent collaboration with a renowned professional social network allows alumni (Smart Diploma™ holders) to post their official digital credentials in the appropriate slot on their personal profile, without tedious manipulation and in a completely safe manner, allowing recruiters to verify the integrity of the uploaded documents beforehand and in a single click.“According to our calculation, the fraud of one’s expertise costs European companies an average of 8 billion Euro a year, while American companies face a loss of 7.7 billion dollars. Consequences can be tragic, be it on the operational level for the employer or in terms of reputation and therefore professional future for the ‘cheater’”, concludes Pierre-David Dewaele, co-founder and CTO of CVTrust. “Smart Diploma™ constitutes a true shield against falsification, re-establishes confidence in the work sector and allows for an good return on investment for our clients as they can easily and rapidly save money on administration, logistic, printing and communication cost items.”

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Christie’s: Noble collection

Posted by fidest on Thursday, 11 September 2014

Noble collectionLondon – The sales of European Noble and Private Collections at Christie’s King Street and South Kensington salerooms on 30 September and 1 October 2014 bring together a remarkable variety of continental works of art with an emphasis on noble and private provenance. The selection of over 700 lots, including paintings, furniture, clocks, sculpture, tapestries, glass, arms and armour, carpets, silver and European and Asian porcelain and works of art, date from the medieval period to the 20th century and reflect the broad and cosmopolitan collecting of Europe’s aristocracy, offering a fascinating voyage through their changing tastes across generations. Among the many highlights, the most valuable lot is a magnificent monogrammed French flintlock sporting rifle which belonged to Jerome-Napoleon Bonaparte (1784-1860), King of Westphalia and the youngest brother of Emperor Napoleon, by Nicolas Noël Boutet, Directeur Artiste, Versailles, circa 1799-1803 (estimate: £250,000-350,000).With estimates ranging from £400 to £350,000, these sales provide a wealth of opportunities for new and established collectors, interior designers and enthusiasts around the world.The auctions comprise property from Royal, Princely, Noble and Private European Families, including Property from descendants of the Barons Nathaniel and Albert von Rothschild; Property from the descendants of Daniel Grand d’Hauteville (1761-181), from Château d’Hauteville, Vevey, Switzerland (illustrated above); Property of a descendant of Emperor Wilhelm II (1859-1941) of Germany, King of Prussia; Property from the Royal House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha: the Empire ormolu table service from King Louis Philippe of France; Property of the Earl of Radnor, Longford Castle, Wiltshire; and Property of a descendant of Ernst Ludwig Graf zu Rantzau (1869-1930). Works from two properties are to be sold for charity: The Barbara Piasecka Johnson Collection, proceeds to benefit the Barbara Johnson Foundation and a Dutch Collection to benefit the Hartstichting and the Dutch Cancer Society.

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The sale of 44 major Post-War works from The Essl Collection

Posted by fidest on Thursday, 11 September 2014

Essl CollectionLondon – Christie’s is delighted to announce the sale of 44 major Post-War works from The Essl Collection which will be sold in a landmark, stand-alone evening auction in London on Monday, 13 October 2014. The sale will comprise of masterpieces by the giants of German Post-War and Contemporary Art including Gerhard Richter, Georg Baselitz, Martin Kippenberger, Sigmar Polke and Neo Rauch, as well as major works by international artists such as Cindy Sherman, Frank Stella, Louise Bourgeois and Morris Louis. The selection for sale has been carefully made from the Museum’s holding of 7,000 works and will reflect the quality and breadth of the Museum’s collection, which has been put together with great care by Agnes and Karlheinz Essl over a period of 50 years. Included in the sale will also be two works by the leading Austrian artists, Friedensreich Hundertwasser and Maria Lassnig, which reflect the Essl Museum’s reputation as the home of the greatest collection of Austrian Contemporary Art in the world. The sale of these 44 works from The Essl Collection carries a pre-sale estimate of £40,000,000-60,000,000.Commenting on the sale, Jussi Pylkkänen, President of Christie’s EMERI adds “The collection that Agnes and Karlheinz Essl have carefully put together over so many years is one of the most renowned and admired collections of Contemporary Art in Europe. In recent years the prominence of the major German Post-War artists has risen season by season. The auction will give international collectors a unique opportunity to bid for masterpieces by the giants of modern German painting such as Baselitz, Richter, Polke, Kippenberger, Rauch and Oehlen. The exhibition of 44 paintings and sculptures will provide a fascinating overview of 50 years of work. It will be a great privilege to auctioneer the sale here at King Street in October at the beginning of Frieze Week”.The Essl Museum, built by Austrian architect Heinz Tesar in Klosterneuburg, Vienna is dedicated to sharing its passion for art and giving back to society through their ever-evolving exhibition programme, which has presented many important international artists for the first time in Austria, and through an extensive educational program for children and adults alike, designed to build bridges in various ways “Ever since we started collecting works of art it was our concern to facilitate access to art as a source of inspiration for as many people as possible. Art enriches life and releases innovative forces. It is a vital ingredient of life and broadens our insights into the workings of life and human existence. In this spirit we would like to see it as a contribution to the positive development of our society. In order to secure our collection and museum for generations to come, we decided to part from 44 carefully selected works from our collection” stated Agnes and Karlheinz Essl.“Agnes and Karlheinz Essl are among the most important collectors of contemporary art in the world. Any visitor to the Essl Museum in Klosterneuburg, Vienna has borne witness not simply to an assembly of the most influential art of the past 60 years, but has felt Agnes and Karlheinz Essl’s passion for art and their desire to share it with the public. Identifying artists of keen interest, building relationships with the artists and their work and collecting in depth are hallmarks of their activity over the last fifty years. The selection for sale incorporates a landmark grouping of important artworks by giants of German Post-War and Contemporary art including Gerhard Richter, Georg Baselitz, Martin Kippenberger, and Sigmar Polke. From key self-portrait paintings and sculpture by Baselitz and Kippenberger to the much celebrated and unique Clouds (Window) by Richter and arguably the greatest grouping of Sigmar Polke’s works ever to come to market. Rich in the tapestry of styles he concocted, these works represent a remarkable mirror to the retrospective opening at Tate Modern in October. This, combined with Anselm Kiefer at the Royal Academy, will make Frieze week in October a great moment to celebrate the continued vibrancy of German art today,” commented Francis Outred, Chairman & Head of Post-War & Contemporary Art, Christie’s EMERI.Katharine Arnold, Head of the Evening Auction, Post-War & Contemporary Art London, commented: “It has been a great pleasure to work alongside the Essl Museum, carefully curating this group of 44 outstanding works from the collection. We share the same passion for Post-War and Contemporary Art and I look forward to achieving a great result for this major Austrian institution.”

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