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Tyres Set European eRetailing Market for Automotive Parts Rolling

Posted by fidest on Saturday, 12 April 2014

auto industryLondon, UK  The growing influence of the internet on the auto industry can be seen in the continuous growth of the eRetailing market for automotive parts. eRetailing of automotive components has given aftermarket participants a fresh boost and presents a new sales channel dynamic enough to be in sync with evolving macro-economic conditions and also flexible enough to address customer needs by offering a personalized shopping experience. The sale of tyres is according to Frost & Sullivan (www.automotive.frost.com) by far the biggest segment amongst all automotive replacement parts sold online, contributing close to 46 percent of total
aftermarket eRetail revenues for auto parts in Europe and being worth EUR 2.5 billion in 2013.“Rapid growth in online tyre retail is indicative of a shift in aftermarket consumer behaviour with respect to cost, availability and choice,” says Frost & Sullivan Senior Research Analyst, Anuj Monga. “The online sale of tyres currently constitutes 7.8 percent of the total tyre aftermarket. Growth in online tyre sales therefore challenges the current decline in sales, as witnessed by the broader tyre aftermarket, particularly through traditional retail channel.” The impact of the global economic recession has been visible across all industries in Europe, with the automotive industry having been hit the hardest, a major reason for the slump in overall tyre sales.Online tyre retail however, will constitute roughly about 20 percent of the total tyre replacement aftermarket revenues by 2020. “France, Germany and Russia are the countries leading this growth with an online tyre retail penetration of 12 percent, 11 percent and 8 percent respectively while the UK, Italy and Spain are also expected to experience strong growth,” Monga continues. Online tyre retailers are matching service levels of traditional tyre retailers to facilitate this growth, which includes efficient tyre fitment and in most cases return of worn out tyres. While price discounts of tyres sold online is a major pull for customers, the possibility of choosing from a wide variety of make and models is also a key driver. Another area where tyre eRetailers can possibly differentiate themselves are refurbished tyres. eGommerce, an Italian startup tyre eRetailer, is already exploring this avenue. Other discounts and freebies also belong to the tried means of attracting customers to the online channel.New market players are attracted to the market, as customers show a growin confidence in purchasing replacement tyres online. The shift in consumer attitude has lead companies to offer personalized shopping solutions, of which the ‘door-step delivery and fitment’ service is the most popular. Offering consumers a choice of tyre fitment at a location of their choice has already triggered considerable attention, with companies like Allopneus (France) leading the way in enriching the whole customer purchase experience. In terms of revenues, German pioneer Delticom lead the market in 2013 with EUR 600 million in sales.  The company has 137 online shops spread across 42 countries and a network of 35000 professional fitting garages. Other noticeable names in the tyre eRetail market are Blackcircles.com, Oxyo-Pneus, PopGom, Pneus Online, Oponeo.pl and eGommerce. These new market entrants are expected to develop new business models in the future, which will further foster growth in online business. The market is however, expected to witness significant consolidation in coming years, as companies  look to gain a stronghold in this competitive environment.

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Powa Technologies seeks top talent to match booming global demand

Posted by fidest on Saturday, 12 April 2014

londraLondon, UK, 9th April – International commerce specialist Powa Technologies is seeking energetic, high-profile executives to lead its global expansion after the launch of its acclaimed retail solution PowaTag.The company’s recruitment drive comes as the tech sector celebrates the strongest growth levels in almost a decade[1], and the high level of demand for PowaTag means that passionate leaders can expect to advance twice as quickly as in other organisations.
PowaTag is a game-changing new retail service that enables instant purchasing through mobile devices by simply scanning anything from a billboard, shop window, TV screen or a tangible product itself. The service attracted an investment of $96.7m, the largest Series A funding round ever achieved by a technology start-up, and has partnered with 240 global brands including Laura Ashley, Carrefour, Reebok, Casio and Fast Retail. To meet the global demand for PowaTag, CEO and founder Dan Wagner has opened offices in 14 different countries and undertaken a drive to recruit the best talent around the world, so far attracting world class leaders from Yahoo, Microsoft, SAP, IBM, and Deloitte.
George Thaw joined the company as Channel CEO and Group COO, leaving his previous post as COO at SAP, while Chris Taplin, Powa’s Senior Vice President and Global Head of Solution Engineering previously served as Head of Presales for the UK EMEA also from SAP. Andy Muldoon, Senior Vice President, Global Head of Client Services, who has previously held leadership positions at Deloitte and ExactTarget (now part of Salesforce.com), explains the company’s draw for experienced business leaders:
“PowaTag is a truly revolutionary service that has the capability to transform how people shop, and we are working closely with a large number of the world’s leading brands on a daily basis,” he said. “This makes Powa an extremely exciting place to be right now, giving the company a strong sense of purpose and energy. “The enormous potential faced by Powa also means we can offer a huge scope for personal progression and career advancement. Talented and passionate people can expect to advance twice as quickly with Powa compared with most organisations in the tech space.”
Other high-powered leaders at Powa include Mark Weyman, Senior Vice President for Channels and Go-To-Market development, and Martin Hucker, Senior Vice President and Global Head of Channel Sales, who also continue to be focussed on recruiting the best talent to ensure Powa reaches it potential. Current Client Services positions Powa Technologies is seeking to fill include: •Vice President,  Account Management, US
•Associate Vice President,  Account Management, DACH (Germany based)
•Associate Vice President, Account Management, Russia
•Group Account Director, Nordics (London or Stockholm based)
•Account Directors, Spain
•Account Directors, Italy

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Sustained income growth of bottom 40 percent crucial to boosting shared prosperity in Emerging Europe and Central Asia

Posted by fidest on Saturday, 12 April 2014

World_BankWASHINGTON. Countries in Emerging Europe and Central Asia have done relatively well in ensuring that their populations have shared in overall prosperity, but progress has been uneven and its long-term sustainability is under question, according to a new World Bank report launched today during the World Bank / International Monetary Fund Spring Meetings. Shared Prosperity: Paving the Way in Europe and Central Asia says that the average income of the bottom 40 percent of the income scale across the entire region increased by 3.8 percent, about 20 percent more than average income growth at the national level, between 2005 and 2010. However, this growth was not distributed equally across countries. “Since the turbulent transition period of the 1990s, the countries of Emerging Europe and Central Asia have made remarkable overall economic progress, but nevertheless, many people have been left behind in terms of income growth,” said Laura Tuck, World Bank Vice President for Europe and Central Asia, at the report launch. “A combination of new analytical thinking followed by appropriate policy action will be required if we are to effectively boost shared prosperity for future generations in the region.” In countries such as Albania, Croatia, Georgia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Serbia, many people in the bottom 40 percent have not only been excluded from GDP growth, but they have seen their income levels decline. “To better inform the policy agenda, we need a deeper understanding of the range of factors that influence growth opportunities for the bottom 40 percent,” Tuck added. “This report sets the stage for an ambitious new approach to analyzing complex issues such as income generation, distribution and access to education, employment, and markets in countries across Emerging Europe and Central Asia.” The report highlights several countries in the region where the bottom 40 percent have had contrasting experiences. Kazakhstan and Georgia, for example, experienced income growth of about 4 percent from 2005 to 2010, yet the bottom 40 percent in Kazakhstan saw positive income growth of 6 percent, while the bottom 40 percent in Georgia saw negative income growth of -1 percent. “The reasons behind this disparity are complex, but our report looks in particular at access to and ownership of assets such as human, financial, and social capital,” said Hans Timmer, World Bank Chief Economist for Europe and Central Asia. “The lack of opportunity or the inability to earn a steady income, own property or land, or gain a better education often characterize people who do not experience sustained increases in their incomes. Our report analyses the fundamental factors affecting shared prosperity and proposes a framework to develop appropriate policies.” The framework is based on an asset approach to measuring the capacity of the bottom 40 percent to generate income. This approach looks at the accumulation and use of assets, such as financial capital, property, and education, the yields on those assets, and transfers. The opportunity to acquire, build up, and use assets, along with increased access to markets and more effective public and private transfers can enable individuals in the bottom 40 percent to both benefit from and contribute to economic growth, argues the report. Ultimately, the report offers a framework that encourages a more balanced approach to development policy – combining the pursuit of economic growth with a concern for equity – and it argues that policy design viewed through the lens of shared prosperity will enable more inclusive and sustainable growth for the bottom 40 percent in countries across Emerging Europe and Central Asia and beyond.

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Assistenza sanitaria in ambito europeo

Posted by fidest on Saturday, 12 April 2014

parlamento europeoE’ entrato in vigore il D.lgs.38/2014 che ha recepito la Direttiva 2011/24/UE di disciplina dell’assistenza sanitaria in ambito europeo, “concernente l’applicazione dei diritti dei pazienti relativi all’assistenza sanitaria transfrontaliera”.Le nuove norme sono andate ad integrare quelle già esistenti in materia di “coordinamento dei sistemi di sicurezza sociale” (Regolamento CE 883/2004), e quindi anche di assistenza sanitaria diretta, che già offre al cittadino di un Paese europeo (UE, SEE e la Svizzera) la possibilità di fruire di assistenza sanitaria all’estero previa autorizzazione della ASL, con pagamento diretto da parte del servizio sanitario nazionale, quando i tempi di attesa nel proprio Paese risultino inadeguati rispetto alle esigenze terapeutiche. Qual’è quindi la novità? A parte la maggiore omogeneità e chiarezza delle norme, il più funzionale coordinamento delle informazioni tra Paesi diversi, i più stretti e precisi controlli sulla qualità delle prestazioni sanitarie, viene sancito il diritto del cittadino europeo a scegliere dove fruire di cure, con la possibilità di mettere le stesse a carico del sistema sanitario nazionale (tramite rimborso delle spese sostenute) anche nei casi diversi dall’assistenza diretta già detta, quindi anche se è stata scelta una struttura privata o una cura particolarmente specializzata. La condizione per fruire del rimborso è l’ottenimento di una autorizzazione preventiva da parte della ASL di residenza; quest’ultima fissa l’importo rimborsabile, calcolato in base alle tariffe regionali vigenti, tenendo conto delle normative nazionali e regionali. La legge consente di ottenere il rimborso solo per le prestazioni comprese nei “livelli essenziali di assistenza”, ma le Regioni possono prevedere coperture anche per gli interventi di livello diverso (come per esempio le operazioni di chirurgia estetica o particolari cure dentistiche) nonché per le spese si viaggio e di accompagnamento. Le due soluzioni (assistenza diretta e indiretta) coesistono e il cittadino può essere in difficoltà a capire a quale possa aver diritto. Un aiuto in tal senso deve venire dalle autorità sanitarie (Ministero salute, ASL), che son tenute a suggerire al paziente la soluzione per lui più vantaggiosa. La ASL di residenza è il punto di riferimento per ogni informazione e adempimento. Resta da vedere come si svilupperà la cosa e se le nuove norme risulteranno davvero efficaci, soprattutto in merito ai rimborsi che, a detta di molti, rischiano di rivelarsi difficili da ottenere e, visto il criterio con il quale vengono calcolati, insufficienti a coprire la cifra effettivamente spesa.

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Senato: si, no, non so

Posted by fidest on Saturday, 12 April 2014

aula senatoFino a qualche tempo fa la nostra Costituzione era la piu’ bella del Mondo. L’attore Benigni, che potremmo collocare politicamente a sinistra, si sbracciava nelle piazze e in televisione (RAI UNO, 17 dicembre 2012) per decantare le virtu’ della nostra Carta fondamentale. E’ passato poco piu’ di un anno e il governo Renzi (centrosinistra) vuole emendare la Costituzione. C’e’ qualcosa che non quadra.
Nel 2001 il governo Amato (centrosinistra) modifico’ la Costituzione che ora il governo Renzi vuole, a sua volta  cambiare. Il Senato e’ poco europeo, titola qualche giornale; con l’aria antieuropea che tira non e’ il proprio caso di far riferimento alla Europa  ma, in aggiunta, si sostiene che solo la Spagna ha due Camere elettive, e il Senato non e’ presente in Finlandia, Svezia, Danimarca, Grecia, Lussemburgo e Malta. Si potrebbe rispondere che il Senato e’ presente nella maggior parte degli Stati europei (Gran Bretagna, Francia, Spagna, Germania, Austria, Olanda, Irlanda, ecc.). Il bicameralismo perfetto esiste solo in Italia, si sostiene. Vediamo la situazione in alcuni Stati europei.
Italia
Senato della Repubblica e Camera dei Deputati sono elettivi e hanno gli stessi poteri.
Francia
Il Senato e’ eletto a suffragio indiretto. Non vota la fiducia al Governo ma ha gli stessi poteri della Camera (Assemblea Nazionale).
Spagna
Il Senato è composto da un numero di eletti con un sistema misto. Non vota la fiducia al Governo. Puo’ emendare o respingere le leggi approvate dall’altra Camera (Congresso dei Deputati ), che puo’ superare il veto con una votazione a maggioranza assoluta.
Germania
Il Senato (Consiglio Federale, Bundesrat) e’ eletto a suffragio indiretto, non vota la fiducia al Governo ma puo’ emendare o respingere le leggi approvate dall’altra Camera (Bundestag), che puo’ superare il veto con una votazione a maggioranza assoluta.
Ogni Paese ha, quindi, una articolazione istituzionale che nasce dalla propria storia.
Vero e’ che noi abbiamo un duplice sistema, elettivo e funzionale, che rende farraginosa l’approvazione delle leggi ma vogliamo ricordare che quando i partiti sono interessati le norme si approvano in un batter d’occhio: la legge del 1974 sul finanziamento pubblico fu approvata dalle due Camere in appena 16 giorni!
In conclusione, si puo’ modificare la Costituzione e trasformare  il Senato. E’ previsto dalla Costituzione stessa. Non vorremmo, pero’, ritrovarci tra dieci anni a dover rimpiangere “l’antico” Senato, visto che il vecchio (anno 2001) e il nuovo centrosinistra (anno 2014) si cimentarono e si cimentano in riforme costituzionali seguendo gli umori e gli interessi del momento.
In aggiunta, rileviamo che i membri di questo Parlamento, che vuole modificare la Costituzione, sono stati eletti con una legge dichiarata incostituzionale dalla Corte Costituzionale. (Primo Mastrantoni, segretario Aduc)

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Sud Sudan: malnutrizione infantile

Posted by fidest on Saturday, 12 April 2014

sud sudanI cittadini più piccoli della nazione più giovane del mondo sono sull’orlo di una crisi nutrizionale e avverte l’UNICEF, se non si farà qualcosa subito, entro la fine dell’anno, circa 250.000 bambini saranno colpiti da malnutrizione acuta grave.
Molti bambini in Sud Sudan, nei due anni e mezzo di indipendenza (dal 2011) hanno già dovuto affrontare livelli emergenziali di malnutrizione. Ora, con il protrarsi del conflitto, la situazione è peggiorata e – a  meno che non ricevano cure adesso-  fino a 50.000 bambini sotto i 5 anni rischiano di morire.Attualmente nel Paese oltre 3,7 milioni di persone sono a rischio di grave  insicurezza alimentare; di questi circa 740.000 sono bambini sotto i cinque anni. Molti stanno mangiando cibi chiamati “cibi da carestia”, come bulbi e erbe.“Purtroppo, il peggio deve ancora venire. Se il conflitto continua e  gli agricoltori perderanno la stagione della semina, la malnutrizione infantile arriverà a livelli mai raggiunti prima”, ha detto Jonathan Veitch, Rappresentante UNICEF in Sud Sudan. “Se non riceveremo più fondi e non avremo un migliore accesso per raggiungere i bambini malnutriti in Sud Sudan, decine di migliaia di bambini sotto i 5 anni moriranno.”“Queste non sono semplici statistiche – sono i bambini del Sud Sudan, paese pieno di potenziale e di promesse. Non dobbiamo fallire per i bambini di questa giovane e fragile nazione”, ha detto Veitch.L’obiettivo immediato dell’UNICEF è di dare cure a più di 150.000 bambini sotto i cinque anni colpiti da malnutrizione acuta. In parte questo obiettivo potrà essere raggiunto con team di risposta rapida, che distribuiranno alimenti terapeutici pronti all’uso, micronutrienti, medicinali, bustine per la purificazione dell’acqua, vitamina A, vermifughi e aiuteranno le madri in gravidanza  ed in allattamento. Per soddisfare i bisogni dei bambini in Sud Sudan, l’UNICEF ha lanciato un appello per 38 milioni di dollari, ricevendone solo 4,6 milioni.

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Internatio​nal experts focus on solutions to climate change

Posted by fidest on Wednesday, 9 April 2014

amsterdamAmsterdam. Greenpeace is urging governments and corporate leaders to accelerate the transition to 100% clean, safe energy as scientists and officials meet in Berlin this week to finalise the UN climate panel’s report on the solutions to climate change. The report, to be presented on Sunday 13 April, is the third part of the Fifth Assessment Report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The previous two parts assessed the science and impacts of climate change. “We expect the IPCC’s conclusions to reflect breakthroughs with solar and wind energy that have taken place over the past few years. Renewable energy has expanded, fallen in price and is ready to challenge traditional, polluting forms of energy,” said Kaisa Kosonen of Greenpeace International. “There is still time to prevent catastrophic levels of global warming.”Lack of action by governments and corporations has meant that emissions of greenhouse gases have continued to increase since the last IPCC report was published in 2007. But at the same time renewable energy has made significant progress. Global solar photovoltaic generating capacity has increased tenfold and wind power capacity threefold. Renewable energy is now increasingly competitive with fossil fuels, and the least-cost option in a growing number of markets. “Over half of the growth in global emissions of carbon dioxide since 2002 has been from increased coal burning in China. That has created enormous air pollution problems for our cities. But China’s coal consumption trend is now changing rapidly due to new pollution prevention policies,” according to Li Shuo, Greenpeace East Asia’s Climate & Energy Campaigner, who will be participating in the IPCC meeting in Berlin.The host country, Germany, now relies on clean, renewable energy for almost 25% of its power needs, up from 8% in 2002. By 2050 it aims to satisfy at least 80% of its electricity demand from renewables while at the same time phasing out nuclear power. “Germany is committed to a clean energy transition and this is the message for everyone,” said Li Shuo. “We’re seeing signs of this shift in China, too, and the country has become the world leader in clean energy investments. But it must speed up.”Martin Kaiser of Greenpeace Germany said, “Germany’s energy transition is an inspiration to the world but we still have much to do. European climate targets allow for increased use of coal and Chancellor Merkel is failing to address this. Furthermore, she is allowing the destruction of villages for new brown coal in Germany. This is unacceptable and has to change.”A small team of Greenpeace experts will attend the IPCC meeting as civil society observers. In a separate event on Friday 11 April Greenpeace will present new data on renewable energy and report on China’s recent air quality policies and their potential significance for emission trends in China and globally.

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The single owner collection Lalique

Posted by fidest on Wednesday, 9 April 2014

montargisLondon – Christie’s London is pleased to announce the single owner collection Lalique: An Important Private Collection, which will take place at Christie’s King Street on 30 April. The calibre of this private collection bears testimony to the discerning eye of the collector, and is a fitting tribute to the extraordinary vision and creativity of the master glass-maker René Lalique, who continues to enthrall an international audience nearly seven decades after his death. Distinguished from previous collections which have appeared on the market in the last decades, this collection primarily focuses on large-scale vases in rare designs and a wide spectrum of colours. In addition to the jewel-like coloured works, there are a number of exquisite hand-crafted cire perdue vases and a selection of significant display items, such as  Oiseau De Feu, which features a mythical firebird and is illuminated from below (estimate: £25,000-35,000). With estimates ranging from £2,500 to £150,000, the 84 lots are expected to realise in the region of £2 million.Christie’s has been selling Lalique since 1971 and has offered more Lalique at auction than any other auction house internationally. In 2013, Christie’s Lalique sale in London realised over £1.3 million, the highest total ever achieved (perruches, montagis)

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World Jewish Congress head after Greek official’s resignation: Europe needs to isolate extremist parties

Posted by fidest on Wednesday, 9 April 2014

samarasNEW YORK/LONDON – The resignation of a top adviser to the Greek prime minister, after he was caught on videotape discussing an investigation of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Party with an official of the same party, underscores that Europeans “need to establish a common policy against dealings with neo-Nazi, racist, and anti-Semitic elements, and a clear ‘cordon sanitaire’ vis-à-vis these parties,” World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder declared on Tuesday. “It’s outrageous that an aide to Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras spoke to a known anti-Semite and Holocaust denier, and it is only fitting that the aide resigned,” Lauder said. “But this egregious episode points to a larger problem – that legitimate European parties need to isolate racists and anti-Semites like Golden Dawn. Such a policy becomes even more important before the European elections in May, when such disgusting parties stand to gain in Greece and elsewhere.” Samaras’s chief of staff, Takis Baltakos, resigned last week after Golden Dawn released a video in which Baltakos is seen telling Golden Dawn MP Ilias Kasidiaris that the prime minister had allegedly pressed judges to jail members of Golden Dawn for political reasons. Police and magistrates have been investigating charges that Golden Dawn, its members and supporters were involved in a series of violent attacks, including the killing of a left-wing rapper in September, and have formed a criminal organization. Golden Dawn’s leader and other senior members have been detained pending trial on charges of belonging to a criminal organization.Lauder further declared that WJC “has every confidence in the legal process in Greece” and said that “if the charges are upheld in court and Golden Dawn is ruled a criminal organization, the full force of the law must be brought to bear upon it.” The Greek Parliament last Wednesday voted to remove Kasidiaris’ and four other Golden Dawn lawmakers’ parliamentary immunity, clearing the way for another round of criminal charges against its members. Four of the lawmakers named on Wednesday, including the party leader’s wife Eleni Zaroulia, will now be charged with belonging to a criminal organization and of carrying unregistered firearms. The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece (KIS), a WJC affiliate, expressed “strong resentment that a government official was in conversation” with Kasidiaris. In a statement, KIS added: “We repeat our firm position and once more call upon the democratic political parties to join forces and combat the morphemes of Nazism in our country within the framework of the Constitution and the rule of law.”  KIS said that Greece and Europe had a “duty to isolate those who seek the return of Nazism, and those who disseminate racist, xenophobic and anti-Semitic ideas, in order to safeguard democracy.”

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Christie’s will offer Andy Warhol’s White Marilyn

Posted by fidest on Wednesday, 9 April 2014

marilynNew York – On May 13, Christie’s will offer Andy Warhol’s White Marilyn, 1962, one of the most iconic portraits created by the artist and widely recognized as one of the finest examples of Warhol’s greatest and most sensational bodies of work, the Death and Disasters series. The spectacular White Marilyn (estimate: $ 12–18 million), a stunning image of one of Hollywood’s larger-than-life legends, was created immediately after Monroe’s untimely death in 1962, when Warhol became fascinated with the idea of Monroe as a pre-fabricated media product.  White Marilyn emerges as an emblem of 1960s Pop. Belonging to the twelve “single Marilyns” mentioned by Warhol in POPism, White Marilyn was one of eight Marilyns selected for Warhol’s first one-man exhibition at Eleanor Ward’s renowned Stable Gallery in New York in 1962, and was once part of her personal collection.“We are extremely proud to present White Marilyn, one of the nucleuses of Warhol’s first ever and most significant solo exhibition organized by Eleanor Ward for the Stable Gallery in 1962.  With his unique ability to fuse painting and photography into an unforgettably iconic image, Warhol condensed all the themes of his art in this magnificent White Marilyn which keeps one such icon alive and forever in style. Compared to the perfectly coiffed media propagated publicity images of the actress, in White Marilyn she appears touched by humanity, and transcends reality to become a modern Saint. Warhol dedicated this work to Ward and expressed his gratitude scattering hearts on the reverse of the painting. Warhol gave Mint Marilyn to Jasper Johns, Gold Marilyn Monroe and Blue Marilyn were acquired by Phillip Johnson and Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Barr before being gifted respectively to the National Gallery of Arts in Washington, and the Princeton University Art Museum.” declared Laura Paulson, Christie’s Chairman and International Director for Post-War and Contemporary Art.

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The Collection of the Marquesses of Londonderry

Posted by fidest on Wednesday, 9 April 2014

londonLondon – Christie’s is proud to announce the two day sale of The Raglan Collection: Wellington, Waterloo & The Crimea & Works of Art from the Collection of the Marquesses of Londonderry on 22 and 23 May, respectively. These two distinguished historical aristocratic families are linked through their prominence in early 19th century British history. Comprising a total of over 500 lots, the sale as a whole presents a cornucopia of rare and unique opportunities which will excite connoisseurs, institutions and enthusiasts around the world; it is expected to realise a combined total in the region of £1.5 million.

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Civil Liberties MEPs concerned about “overload and degradation” of Italian prisons

Posted by fidest on Wednesday, 9 April 2014

anguillarA Civil Liberties Committee delegation visited Italy on 26-28 March to gather information on the prisons system in Italy. The delegation assessed detainees’ rights and conditions, pre-trial and prison regime for foreigners and the execution of sentences. Commenting on MEPs’ first impressions, the Head of the delegation and Chairman of the Civil Liberties Committee Juan Fernando López Aguilar (S&D, ES) said:”The European Parliament is concerned about the overload and degradation of Italian prisons. The Civil Liberties Committee delegation notes the lack of adequate budgetary resources and the political impetus needed to improve the existing tough conditions in obsolete facilities such as Poggioreale”. “The European Union must make a difference in how it deals with its most unprotected citizens. In this sense, the Civil Liberties Committee will continue to oversee the situation of prisons in all EU Member States to make sure that detainees’ fundamental rights are duly respected and proper conditions provided”, he added.

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Le pouvoir aux citoyens : conditions d’un espace public européen?

Posted by fidest on Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Notre Europe – Institut Delors, en partenariat avec EuroCité et Europartenaires, a organisé le sixième séminaire du cycle “Espace public européen : en route vers les élections européennes” autour du thème “Le pouvoir aux citoyens : conditions d’un espace public européen ?”. Claire Versini, chargée de projet à Notre Europe – Institut Jacques Delors, synthétise ce séminaire autour de trois points principaux :
1. Donner le pouvoir aux citoyens, une réponse institutionnelle au déficit démocratique?
2. Prendre le pouvoir : un véritable parcours du combattant pour les citoyens
3. Ni populisme, ni technocratie : comment communiquer pour donner aux citoyens les moyens de construire un espace public européen ?
Après une introduction de Renaud Soufflot de Magny, chef adjoint de la représentation de la Commission en France, revenant sur les modalités d’expression d’ores et déjà existantes, et la nécessité d’améliorer la dimension participative des outils mis à la disposition des citoyens européens, Nicolas Leron, président d’EuroCité, a modéré un débat entre Sandrine Bélier, députée européenne Verts/ALE et Anne-Marie Perret, présidente de la Fédération syndicale des services publics et présidente du comité des citoyens de l’Initiative citoyenne européenne “Right 2 Water”. Notre Europe – Institut Jacques Delors, Eurocité et Europartenaires remercient la Représentation de la Commission européenne en France d’accueillir ce cycle.

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World Bank Group Invests in Energy Trade between Central Asia and South Asia

Posted by fidest on Wednesday, 9 April 2014

World_BankWASHINGTON. The World Bank Group’s Board of Directors today approved US$ 526.5 million in grant and credit financing for the Central Asia South Asia Electricity Transmission and Trade Project (CASA-1000) for four countries: Afghanistan, Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, and Tajikistan. CASA-1000 will build more than 1,200 kilometers of electricity transmission lines and associated sub-stations to transmit excess summer hydropower energy from existing power generation stations in Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic to Pakistan and Afghanistan. The project will finance the engineering design, construction, and commissioning of transmission lines and three new converter stations. The power generation stations that provide the energy to be traded over CASA-1000, including Toktogul in Kyrgyz Republic and Nurek in Tajikistan, are already in place – and in Tajikistan currently “spill” or waste the hydropower energy during summer months. This transmission infrastructure project will put in place the commercial and institutional arrangements as well as the infrastructure required for 1,300 megawatts (MW) of sustainable electricity trade. The total project cost is estimated at US$ 1.17 billion, and several other development partners will provide financing for CASA-1000, including the Islamic Development Bank and United States Agency for International Development. In addition to the infrastructure investments, the World Bank Group will also provide country-specific community support programs through a Multi-Donor Trust Fund and the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund. These programs will help improve livelihoods in communities living along the project corridor and facilitate revenue-sharing. An Inter-Governmental Council has been established to supervise the design and implementation of these programs. “These four countries are demonstrating strong regional cooperation by addressing their energy challenges together,” said Sri Mulyani Indrawati, World Bank Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer. “CASA-1000 is a transformational project that will give a much-needed boost to energy security, improved connectivity and trade across two regions at a critical time.” Nearly 400 million people in South Asia lack reliable access to electricity. Businesses cite energy shortages as one of the most binding constraints to their operation, expansion, and job creation. Both Afghanistan and Pakistan rely heavily on oil for power generation. Cleaner and affordable electricity imports from Central Asia will enable improved service, reduce shortages over the critical summer period, and lessen the financial pressure of fuel imports. The Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan have abundant hydropower, but power generation capacity exceeds national needs during the summer and is insufficient during the winter. Exporting surplus electricity during the summer will help the two countries generate the revenues they need for priority energy sector investments, particularly to cover energy shortages during the winter. The sale of Tajik electricity through CASA-1000 will come exclusively from existing surplus generation from May to September in order to maintain the seasonal pattern of water flows and winter power generation. The commercial and operating framework for CASA-1000 is specifically based on “open access” principles which will allow additional energy supplying countries to connect with wider regional transmission networks. CASA-1000 will enable the development of the Central Asia South Asia Regional Electricity Market (CASAREM) – a long-term plan for regional energy trade. “There is too little trade among these regions today and opportunities are being missed. CASA-1000 is just one of several important regional energy initiatives that can help strengthen economic ties while improving the energy situation,” said Philippe Le Houérou, Vice President for South Asia. Of the total project financing, Afghanistan will receive US$ 316.5 million in the form of an IDA grant; Pakistan will receive $120 million in IDA credit; Kyrgyz Republic will receive $45 million in IDA grant and credit; and Tajikistan will receive $45 million in grant financing. “CASA-1000 can help improve performance in the transportation, telecommunications, and industrial sectors – all of which are critical elements of a functioning economy and all of which depend on electricity,” said Laura Tuck, World Bank Vice President for Europe and Central Asia. “Improvements in the transparency of revenue management will be implemented by the Central Asian countries, demonstrating their commitment to improving the performance of their energy sectors.”

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Author Launches Kickstarter Campaign To See Her Novel On The Syrian Conflict Edited & Mass-produced

Posted by fidest on Wednesday, 9 April 2014

syrian civil warWestford, MA – ‘War Kids — A Syrian Story’ is the shocking Syrian Civil War story as portrayed through the eyes of a fourteen-year-old survivor. The author is seeking crowdfunding via her Kickstarter campaign to help fund the professional editing costs of this young adult novel and to see it mass-produced.Hayley J. Lawson, the author of War Kids — A Syrian Story, has announced that she is launching her Kickstarter campaign on which aims to cover the cost of having this young adult novel professionally edited and mass-produced.
‘War Kids — A Syrian Story’ deals with the very real crisis of the ongoing Syrian Civil War through the eyes of young children as they try to stay strong despite the overwhelming presence of death. The novel provides a number of perspectives from young characters as they deal with the deaths of their families, the destruction of their villages and their ongoing need to survive. “It really is heartbreaking what is happening in Syria. As I watched TV and folded up my laundry, an image of a young girl appeared. She was older than my daughter by a few years,” said Hayley J. Lawson, author of the book War Kids — A Syrian Story.  When a fourteen-year-old Jada wakes up in a hospital, the last thing she thinks is that her life has completely changed forever. But when the very real civil war forces her to flee from every open space, she must use the firearm skills her father taught her to reunite with him and protect herself. Armed with a single gun and a key to an unknown locker, Jada crosses Syria on a journey with a group of children called the Fearless Freedom Fighters. With the leader, Zak, they mount a plan to rescue their fathers while they try to cope with the merciless murders of their families. As Jada and Zak lead the group together, love blossoms, but with soldiers hot on their tail, they need to stay vigilant in the face of war. To help fund the contemporary young adult novel War Kids — A Syrian Story, visit the Kickstarter Campaign page here. About Hayley J. Lawson
Hayley J. Lawson is the author of the young adult contemporary novel War Kids — The Syrian Story. On August 21st 2013, she was moved by the images of the Syrian conflict and embarked on an unlikely journey of writing her first novel. The novel is set in Syria and encapsulates the Syrian Civil War as seen through the eyes of children. Hayley was born in Lancaster, England. Growing up in a single parent household with five other siblings; was hard, and also character building. Diagnosed with dyslexia at an early age, Hayley always believed that if you worked hard, you could do anything you wanted. If she didn’t know how to do something she would research until she did. As a young child, she found a passion for drawing, and continued her artistic slant into adulthood — graduating from the University of Central Lancashire, England with a BA (Hons) in fashion design. Aged twenty seven, Hayley and her husband left the UK and moved to California, where she gave birth to her daughter. The family relocated to Long Island, NY, where she currently resides.

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