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Trina Solar in Formula 1: Lighting the way…

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A worldwide leader in the global solar industry, the Chinese-based company is also one of the top companies in this field with regards to corporate social responsibility. Trina Solar has a global distribution network in more than twenty countries and believes that Formula 1 may serve as the pinnacle showcase for green technology thinking – proving that performance does not have to be compromised by environmentally-effective solutions. This coming weekend, the spectacular Singapore F1 night race will be screened to millions of viewers marvelling at the impressive track – which is illuminated by more than 1500 projectors. More than 108 km of cable, which is twenty times the length of the circuit, has been strategically placed between 230 steel pylons with 12 twinpowered generators combining an output of a staggering 3.2 million-watt – the equivalent to lighting up 70 football stadiums. The lighting is four-times brighter than a typical stadium with enough blanket coverage to eliminate any shadows cast from the vehicles on the track – but it is this sort of technology Trina Solar believes it could help develop in the future. “In most cases wherever you have electric, there is an opportunity for solar energy to be used instead. Trina Solar are already providing technology and solar power to large scale installations around the world. It is a big undertaking but it is absolutely possible. With Trina Solar, you get the best $/kWh and large-scale projects is what we constantly look at”, said Dr. Haiyan Sun, Trina Solar‟s Vice President of Sales for the APAC/MEA region. The long term future of motorsport, including circuit facilities, may rely on renewable energy sources, and although solar energy may never be the primary source of power on an F1 car, solar power is one technology that may prove inevitable as part of the sport‟s ecosystem and environmental solution. “Our panels have shown superior performance time and again in independent tests around the world”, states Dr. Sun.
In 2010, Trina Solar launched a strategic partnership with the Lotus Renault Grand Prix F1 Team because of their demonstrated commitment to green automotive technologies.This engagement is in line with the Renault group‟s philosophy of providing “sustainable mobility for all”. Renault and the Lotus Renault GP Team represent the ultimate in „green‟ automotive innovation, contributing to the development and deployment of electric cars, more efficient engines, biofuels, and other cutting-edge racing technologies. Trina Solar and Lotus Renault GP have been working together to incorporate solar and other sustainable technologies into the Team‟s activities, both on and off the track. Most recently, this includes having installed a 1.8 kW solar system on the high-spec Lotus Renault GP motorhome, allowing the monitoring of how the system impacts the environment in tangible terms.
The company works alongside Lotus Renault GP and F1 to bring renewable energy to motorsport and opening the door for a range of other industries to progress along the path towards sustainability. “This is the basis for Trina Solar‟s engagement with The Lotus Renault GP team – a partnership that is poised to raise awareness of „green‟ technologies and demonstrate how solar energy can be a commercially viable solution globally today, and in the years to come”, states Dr. Sun.

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CIGI experts available for comment on IMF and World Bank Group meetings

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Washington, D.C., and Waterloo, Canada Looking for expert commentary on the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group? The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) will have the following experts in Washington from Sept. 23-25 and available for media interviews:
• Thomas A. Bernes, CIGI Executive Director and former director of the IMF’s Independent Evaluation Office, and former executive secretary of the joint IMF-World Bank Development Committee
• Bessma Momani, CIGI Senior Fellow and associate professor of political science at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, author of IMF-Egyptian Debt Negotiations (American University of Cairo Press, 2006)
• Susan M. Schadler, CIGI Senior Visiting Fellow and former deputy director of the IMF’s European Department
CIGI will also have a number of its other experts available for phone or video link-up interviews via the CIGI Broadcast Studio in Waterloo, Ontario. This list of experts includes:
• Manmohan Agarwal, CIGI Senior Visiting Fellow and former senior economist at the IMF and former strategist for the World Bank’s Latin American department
• Paul Heinbecker, CIGI Distinguished Fellow and former Canadian ambassador to the United Nations
• Eric Helleiner, CIGI Chair in International Political Economy at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and co-editor of Global Finance in Crisis: The Politics of International Regulatory Change (Routledge, 2010)
• Daniel Schwanen, CIGI Senior Fellow and associate vice president of trade and international policy at the C.D. Howe Institute
• Simon Zadek, CIGI Senior Visiting Fellow and senior adviser on sustainability to the World Economic Forum

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Eurozone Crisis Clouds Recovery In Emerging Europe And Central Asia

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Washington, Economic recovery is underway in the Emerging Europe and Central Asia (ECA) region, but at a slow pace and is at risk from the troubled Eurozone, according to the World Bank at a press briefing during the World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings 2011. According to the briefing, most countries in the region have recovered the output losses suffered during the 2008-9 global economic crisis. In fact, GDP remains below its 2007 level in only eight out of 30 ECA countries. Helped by high commodity prices, the countries farther to the east in the region have done much better since the crisis than those to the west. But ECA’s recovery signals a lower growth gradient than the pre-crisis rates. There has been a noticeable reduction in growth prospects: countries in the region may need to prepare for growth rates that are 2 percentage points of GDP less than what they were before the global crisis.
Unemployment increased significantly during the crisis ― in 2008 it was about 10 percent, while as of about early 2011, the overall unemployment rate for the region is at 13 percent. Meanwhile, youth unemployment remains a particular concern at 27 percent. To address this, governments have been trying to limit the effects of the crisis on labor markets through a wide range of employment programs. Some jobs are returning and unemployment has dropped since the early 2010 peak, with only a few exceptions (Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovenia, Moldova, and Hungary). But the job turnaround will remain gradual even if the economic recovery is sustained. Increases in output per worker are driven by increases in hours worked, but these are still below their pre-crisis levels. Therefore, the room for further increases in productivity and hours worked could delay the recovery in employment.
The global crisis has had a severe negative impact on public finances. During pre-crisis times, structural fiscal imbalances were masked by revenue over-performance, as buoyant economies yielded more taxes than governments often expected. During the crisis, there was sharp fiscal deterioration in most countries in the region. Public debt has gone up in many countries, leaving governments less room to counter any economic slowdown than they had in 2007.
The decline in credit to firms and households from pre-crisis levels was sharp, but necessary in some countries. While credit has been slow to recover, there are encouraging signs in most countries in the region. Only five countries in the region are still experiencing contractions in credit.
Given the importance of Greek banks in the Balkans and Italian banks in Central Europe, any problems they have would have direct effects in those countries. Some of the banks most active in emerging Europe ― especially those based in Austria and Sweden ― have limited exposure in Greece, Italy, Ireland, Portugal, and Spain, but interconnectedness on funding markets could result in adverse consequences.
Western European countries are the most important trade partners for most countries in the region, and weaker economic prospects in Europe will dampen their recovery. There are already signs of declines in export demand. Export levels in 2011 were expected to be above those reached in 2008, but recovery of exports has so far been sluggish. Now a slowdown in global activity has increased the downside risks, most sharply for countries with close economic linkages with the Eurozone.
World Bank support reached $6.1 billion this fiscal year, including $5.5 billion from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and $650 million from the International Development Association (IDA). Turkey ($1.4 billion), Romania ($1.1 billion), and Poland ($1.1 billion) were the largest borrowers. The sectors receiving the most funding were energy and mining ($1.9 billion), public administration ($1.7 billion), and health and social services ($1.2 billion). Along with funding, the Bank provides over 180 economic and technical reports every year in the Emerging Europe and Central Asia region to inform government reform efforts and prioritize its own financial support. It offers analytical support and encouragement to governments to improve labor market and social security systems and expand selected social safety net programs. The Bank is advising governments on how to fix less efficient public programs and improve social services so that their benefits reach those who need them most.

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Early Canada seen from Italy

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Toronto Tuesday, October 4, 2011 – 6:30 pm Istituto Italiano di Cultura 496 Huron St., The Istituto Italiano di Cultura is pleased to present the lectureFather Bressani: Early Canada seen from Italy, held by Prof.Francesco Guardiani, editor of Bressani’s book Breve relatione (Toronto 2011). Free admission Father Francesco Giuseppe Bressani, a 17th century Italian jesuit, is a very well known figure among Canadian historians, for his very accurate early map of New France (Ontario, Québec, and Maritime provinces), as well as an exceptionally modern description of the land, and its native inhabitants. Bressani was a scientist, an astronomer, a cartographer, a teacher of grammar and rhetoric, an anthropologist, and a linguist, besides being a man of faith. Bressani’s book, Breve relatione d’alcune missioni de’ Padri della Compagnia di Giesù nella Nuova Francia [Short relation of some Jesuit mission in the New France] was printed in Macerata in 1653. No critical edition was ever made of this book before this publication, curated by prof. Francesco Guardiani, and the attention it received by Canadian Jesuits and historians, was generally motivated by the need to reconstruct the work of the French missionaries with whom Bressani was associated. In fact Bressani, writing in Italian, appears like an oddity among the Brébeuf, Lallement, Jogues et al. Professor Guardiani looks at this diversity within the wider context of the Jesuit Order and the Italian missionaries of the 17th century, associating the figure of Father Bressani to those of other jesuit missionaries belonging to the same Italian culture of the time: Alessandro Valignano (Japan), Matteo Ricci (China), Roberto de Nobili (India), Giuseppe Cataldini and Simone Maceta (Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay), Eusebio Chini (Mexico, Arizona, and California).
Francesco Guardiani, Mellon Foundation Fellow, professor of Italian, teaches at St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto. He has produced a number of books and articles dealing with various aspects and periods of Italian literature, with a preference for the Baroque. Among his publications, the following books, La meravigliosa retorica dell'”Adone” di G.B. Marino, Firenze, Olschki, 1989; Ed. Lectura Marini, venti saggi di diversi sui venti canti dell’”Adone.” Ottawa, Dovehouse, 1989; Ed. The Sense of Marino: Literature Fine Arts and Music of the Italian Baroque. Ottawa-New York-Toronto: Legas, 1994; Ed. Going for Baroque: Cultural Transformations 1550-1650. Ottawa-New York-Toronto: Legas, 1999. New Italian Fiction, special issue of The Review of Contemporary Fiction. Ed. Francesco Guardiani. No. 12.3 (Fall1992). He has edited eight novels by Francesco Mastriani, made available online. He recently edited Francesco Giuseppe Bressani’s Breve relatione (2011) His articles are published in several academic journals, such as “Quaderni d’italianistica”, “Critica letteraria”, “Italica”, “Il lettore di provincia, “Nuovi argomenti,” “Rivista di estetica,” “Italienisch,” “Colloquium Helveticum,” “McLuhan Studies,” “The Review of Contemporary Fiction,” “Symbolon,” “Cenobio,” “Allegoria,” “Forum italicum.”

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Alltech and Dxcel International Raise

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[Shanghai, CHINA] – Raising a glass to Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company today toasted the transition of their award winning beer into the Chinese market. In partnership with importer and distributor Dxcel, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale will take to taps and shelves throughout Shanghai and Beijing. Earlier this year, the beer made its initial debut in the Chinese market in Qingdao. “Once the official beer of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games and silver medal winner in the World Beer Cup, we now want to see Kentucky Ale expanding into the world’s largest beer market,” said Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech.
Kentucky Ale is a combination of two classic beer styles, Irish Red Ale and English Pale Ale. The unique body and character of Kentucky Ale is heavily influenced by the water, drawn from aquifers (a wet underground layer of water-bearing permeable rock) in the limestone rock of Kentucky. Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale is then a variation on the company’s Kentucky Ale. “What really distinguishes our beer is its touch of bourbon. Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale is aged for six weeks in freshly decanted bourbon barrels, infusing the beer with a hint of oak and vanilla,” said Dr. Lyons. Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale is one of three brands of beer produced by Alltech’s Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company, which began operations in 2000. The company also broke ground last week on a new $4.5 million distillery project in Kentucky, USA, an investment that will provide increased support to its rapidly expanding beverage division. For more information on Alltech’s family of ales, please visit http://www.kentuckyale.com and follow the brew crew on Twitter @KentuckyAle.
Founded by Dr. Pearse Lyons, Alltech is a global animal health and nutrition company with 31 years’ experience in developing natural products that are scientifically proven to enhance animal health and performance. With more than 2650 employees in 128 countries, the company has developed a strong regional presence in Europe, North America, Latin America, the Middle-East, Africa and Asia. For further information, visit http://www.alltech.com. For media assets, visit http://www.alltech.com/press.

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Comunicare la scienza

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Trieste. A partire dal nuovo anno accademico, la Sissa affianca una nuova offerta didattica allo storico master biennale in comunicazione della scienza che, dal 1993 a oggi, in quasi 20 anni di attività, ha formato più di 250 allievi, l’80% dei quali dichiara di lavorare nel campo della comunicazione della scienza. Il nuovo master, di durata annuale, intende formare professionisti con elevate competenze, pratiche e teoriche, nell’ambito del giornalismo scientifico digitale. Accanto allo studio dei linguaggi, delle modalità produttive e delle tecnologie dei media digitali, il corso approfondirà temi scientifici di frontiera, di forte valenza applicativa e al centro dell’interesse pubblico e mediatico: le interconnessioni della scienza con tematiche ambientali, sanitarie, economiche, culturali. Formerà figure professionali versatili: autori, redattori e produttori di contenuti multimediali nei diversi settori dell’informazione scientifica. «Il nuovo Master in giornalismo scientifico digitale della Sissa dà la possibilità di diventare protagonisti dell’informazione nella nuova società della conoscenza, oggi che la rete, i social media e le tecnologie digitali sono diventati fattori determinanti per la comunicazione» commenta il condirettore Nico Pitrelli. L’importanza crescente della scienza e della tecnologia ha aperto infatti nuove nicchie nel mercato dell’informazione, soprattutto digitale. «Questi nuovi spazi – continua – possono essere coperti da professionisti a cui non basta avere solo le competenze tecniche e relazionali richieste dai media digitali e del web. Hanno anche bisogno di conoscere la tecnoscienza contemporanea, strettamente interconnessa con la società, per produrre un racconto credibile, attendibile e utile a migliorare il rapporto tra università, centri di ricerca, imprese e cittadini, la partecipazione democratica e la gestione di situazione controverse».
Gli allievi del Master in giornalismo scientifico digitale troveranno sbocco professionale nelle redazioni multimediali, nell’industria dei nuovi media, negli uffici stampa dei centri di ricerca, negli studi di progettazione di prodotti multimediali e siti web, nelle relazioni pubbliche dei reparti aziendali di Ricerca & Sviluppo o potranno intraprendere la libera professione. Sono già attive o in via di definizione diverse convenzioni di tirocinio con realtà professionali e internazionali tra cui Wired.it, la Fondazione <ahref e l’Istituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia in Portogallo. Le lezioni inizieranno a gennaio 2012.
Il Master in comunicazione della scienza, invece, con sessioni didattiche settimanali da novembre a giugno, forma laureati e laureate che, da tutta Italia, vengono a Trieste per apprendere l’abc del giornalismo scientifico, della comunicazione museale, dell’editoria e della corporate communication. Consolidata ormai la sua validità formativa, si è attestato in Italia quale importante fucina di comunicatori della scienza. Molti ex studenti, infatti, affollano le redazioni di settimanali e mensili, di trasmissioni radiofoniche, gestiscono uffici stampa di enti e istituti di ricerca, collaborano all’organizzazione di eventi e festival della scienza.

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Tumore del colon-retto

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Roma. I farmacisti romani scendono in campo per sostenere l’assistenza ai pazienti colpiti dal tumore del colon-retto ed ai loro familiari. L’Ordine dei Farmacisti di Roma, con Federfarma Roma e A.Gi.Far. (Associazione Giovani Farmacisti) Roma ha indetto il torneo amatoriale di tennis “Batti il Cancro”, aperto a tutti i farmacisti e gli studenti in farmacia, senza limiti di età: la quota di iscrizione al torneo è interamente devoluta all’AMOC, Associazione Malati Oncologici Colon-retto. Il torneo, alla sua prima edizione, oltre a rinsaldare i rapporti di conoscenza e colleganza tra i farmacisti di Roma, permette così di contribuire concretamente ad aiutare l’Associazione, da sempre in prima linea nell’assistenza ai pazienti colpiti da una patologia particolarmente subdola e invalidante qual è il cancro del colon-retto.
Il torneo “Batti il cancro” anticipa la campagna di informazione e prevenzione del tumore del colon-retto che coinvolgerà ad ottobre le farmacie romane e che sarà presentata ufficialmente in Campidoglio il 29 settembre, alla presenza del Sindaco di Roma. L’iniziativa, che si colloca all’interno del protocollo di intesa tra Ordine dei Farmacisti e Roma Capitale per l’informazione e la prevenzione delle patologie maggiormente diffuse, prevede la distribuzione di materiale informativo e la consulenza del farmacista sulle corrette modalità di approccio e prevenzione della patologia, puntando ad intercettarla nelle fasi iniziali.
Le finali del torneo avranno luogo sui campi del prestigioso Circolo Canottieri Roma domenica 25 settembre: i vincitori saranno premiati dall’indimenticabile Nicola Pietrangeli, che ha voluto generosamente dare il suo contributo a questa iniziativa, nell’ambito di una cerimonia che vedrà la presenza di numerose autorità politiche e professionali, tra cui l’Onorevole Rocco Crimi, Sottosegretario di Stato alla Presidenza del Consiglio con delega allo Sport, il Professor Adolfo Panfili, Delegato del Sindaco di Roma per le ASL e per i Rapporti con gli Enti Istituzionali Sanitari, il Dottor Emilio Croce, Presidente dell’Ordine dei Farmacisti di Roma, il Dottor Franco Caprino, Presidente di Federfarma Roma, la Dottoressa Valentina Petitto, Presidente di A.Gi.Far. Roma e Roberta Letizia, Presidente di AMOC onlus. Interverrà all’evento anche un altro grande personaggio sportivo romano: il pugile Emanuele Della Rosa, campione internazionale WBC categoria superwelter.

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Visite contro la sclerodermia

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Bergamo, 25 settembre Ospedali Riuniti visite di controllo gratuite dalle 9 alle 12 per la Giornata del Ciclamino: migliaia di ciclamini, fiori che resistono al freddo e simboli del G.I.L.S., Gruppo Italiano per la Lotta alla Sclerodermia, coloreranno le piazze italiane per informare e sensibilizzare il pubblico nei confronti di una malattia ancora poco conosciuta, per cui la diagnosi precoce è la cura più efficace.
.Nonostante sia stata scoperta negli anni Trenta, attorno a questa malattia rara regnano ancora molta confusione e malintesi. Si tratta di una patologia cronica evolutiva autoimmune, i cui sintomi clinici più evidenti sono l’ispessimento e l’indurimento della pelle, dai quali la malattia prende il nome. Oltre a colpire la cute, soprattutto quella degli arti e della zona attorno alla bocca, la sclerodermia intacca anche i piccoli vasi arteriosi e gli organi interni, causando complicazioni, talvolta anche gravi, al cuore, ai reni, ai polmoni e all’apparato gastrointestinale. Si tratta di sintomi che possono rimanere silenti per anni, rendendo così difficile una diagnosi tempestiva e precoce, ad oggi il mezzo migliore per combattere efficacemente questa debilitante patologia.
Un segno clinico costante della malattia è il fenomeno di Raynaud, causato dalla diminuzione del flusso di sangue alle dita e spesso scatenato dal freddo. Tale fenomeno si caratterizza per il pallore delle dita delle mani e dei piedi, che poi spesso diventano rosse e poi violacee, accompagnato generalmente da una riduzione della temperatura cutanea, da dolore e da alterata sensibilità. In Italia la sclerodermia colpisce attualmente circa 50.000 persone, con un’incidenza maggiore tra le donne: oltre il 90% dei pazienti è infatti di sesso femminile. Insorge principalmente nella fascia d’età compresa tra i 40 e i 50 anni, anche se la forma più grave e debilitante si manifesta tra i 20 ed i 25 anni. Le cause scatenanti di questa patologia sono attualmente sconosciute, anche se recenti studi clinici hanno messo in luce il ruolo fondamentale giocato dalla predisposizione individuale e dal patrimonio genetico quali fattori determinanti per l’insorgere della malattia. Dalla necessità di sostenere la ricerca sulla sclerodermia nasce nel 1993 il G.I.L.S, Gruppo Italiano per la Lotta alla Sclerodermia.

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L’infedele sull’economia

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Milano 26 settembre L’Infedele farà un’analisi della situazione politica ed economica. La trasmissione sarà realizzata in diretta il giorno lunedì 26 settembre alle ore 21:10 presso gli studi televisivi INTERACTIVE in Via Feltre 17,

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Protection for crime victims

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Crime victims who have been granted protection in one EU Member State will be able to get similar protection if they move to another, under a draft agreement on the European Protection Order struck by Parliament and Council representatives on Tuesday, after one and a half years of negotiations. This protection would cover, for instance, victims of gender violence, harassment, abduction, stalking or attempted murder. The deal is expected to be endorsed by EU justice ministers on Friday. Measures to protect crime victims already exist in all EU Member States but at present they cease to apply if the victim moves to another country. When it takes effect,the European Protection Order (EPO) would enable anyone protected under criminal law in one EU state to apply for the same protection if they move to another EU country.
MEPs sought from the outset to make it clearer that the rules should cover all victims of crime, not just victims of gender violence. Most protection measures are granted to female victims of gender violence but an EPO could cover victims of either sex and other crimes too.. The rules would apply to victims or possible victims who need protection “against a criminal act of another person which may, in any way, endanger his life, physical, psychological and sexual integrity […] as well as his dignity or personal liberty”. Such acts would include harassment, abduction, stalking and “other forms of indirect coercion”.
The compromise text is expected to be endorsed by EU justice ministers on Friday 23 September. It will then be put to votes in the Civil Liberties Committee and Women’s Rights Committee at the start of October and by the full Parliament shortly after.

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