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Archive for 29 marzo 2013

Vogliamo essere guidati

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 29 marzo 2013

Il destino dell’essere umano non sembra quello di agire da solo ma di farlo in comunità sotto la guida di un leader che a un certo punto riconosciamo per tale. Se ci limitiamo al solo caso italiano, ma non siamo soli nel mondo, ovviamente, e limitiamo la riflessione agli eventi più recenti possiamo dire che Mussolini ha rappresentato tutto questo, nel bene e nel male, ma anche il coevo Hitler nella colta Germania non è stato da meno. Nel nostro paese è seguita, negli anni post-bellici, una ricerca spasmodica del leader. La stessa democrazia cristiana e il partito comunista ci hanno mostrato vari campioni da De Gasperi ad Andreotti, da Togliatti a Berlinguer. Ne avevano il carisma ma, ad eccezione di Andreotti, erano una specie di scirocco che durava tre giorni e poi spariva. Ci volle negli anni novanta lo choc imposto dai giudici di mani pulite per far emergere una figura di leader e l’impressione che fosse incrollabile sotto la scure dei processi che furono intentati a suo carico e degli intrighi di palazzo. Divenne per molti italiani l’uomo del destino e se ne fecero carico a dispetto di tutto e di tutti. Ma avere nel sangue la leadership non significa, necessariamente, essere un dittatore o un popolano del taglio di Masaniello. Significa rappresentare un disagio esistenziale reale e declamarlo con forza e convinzione. Questo è per me Grillo. E il popolo che lo segue è quello che è crollato subendo il peso di chi lo ha tradito con il sistema del pifferaio e chi crede di governare con un’ubriacatura di democrazia del consenso nella logica del tutto cambiare per nulla cambiare. (Riccardo Alfonso fidest@gmail.com)

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Halifax Reduces Mortgage Rates

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 29 marzo 2013

HAlifax, England, PRNewswire Halifax has announced a number of rate reductions across its range in a move to further support the UK’s mortgage market. Available from today (19th March), selected rates have been reduced by up to 0.30% on a number of fixed rate and tracker mortgages.
2 year 60 % LTV fixed homemover product reduced by 0.10% to 2.49 % for properties under £150,000 (£995 fee), and reduced by 0.20% to 1.99 % for properties over £150,000 (£1,995 fee). 2 year 75% LTV fixed remortgage rates reduced by 0.20% to 2.89% for properties under £150,000 (£995 fee), and reduced by 0.30% to 2.39% for properties over £150,000 (£1,995 fee). 2 year 80% and 85% LTV fixed and tracker remortgage rates reduced by 0.20%. Upon completion of their mortgage, Halifax customers will also receive £500 cashback to help with the cost of moving. This offer is available on all first time buyer and home mover products until 5th April 2013.

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Men and Women: The Economic and Financial Divide 2013

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 29 marzo 2013

Halifax, England, PRNewswire Halifax’s annual examination of the behaviour and experiences of men and women in the labour market and in key areas of personal finance such as spending, savings, pensions and housing The key findings for 2013 are: Pay gap narrowing as women have fared better than men in the financial downturn Since 2009 male unemployment has fallen while women have seen an increase Women less inclined than men to believe they are living comfortably, and more likely to say money is tight
Women’s savings balances are larger than men’s, and men are more likely to have no savings at allWhile both are equally likely to save into a company pension scheme, women are less likely to have their own personal pension Men are more confident than women over the outlook for house prices Single women are more likely than single men to own their own home, but among those who haven’t bought a home women are more pessimistic about their prospects Pay: Gap continues to narrow but inequality remains
The gap between men and women’s earnings has narrowed over the past decade as women’s earnings have risen faster than men’s. Women’s earnings for full-time employees have increased by 37%, on average, in the last ten years compared with a 30% rise for men, reducing the premium for male earnings from 40% in 2002 (£27,829 against £19,911).Women’s earnings have fared better during the financial and economic downturn, rising by an average of 13% between 2007 and 2012 compared with a 7% increase for men.Nevertheless, men in full-time employment continue to be paid significantly more than women in full-time employment. In 2012, average male earnings were £36,156; 32% higher than average female earnings of £27,291.Employment trends: Economic environment hits women harderBoth men and women have been badly affected during the current economic downturn, but unemployment has affected women particularly badly. The number of women claiming unemployment benefits has more than doubled over the past five years, rising by 144%, more than double the 71% increase in the number of men on the unemployment claimant count.Male unemployment has fallen by 14% over the past three years while female unemployment has risen by 22%. The headline figures show participation in the labour market remains skewed in favour of men: Men are more likely to be in employment than women – 64% against 54% Men are more likely to be in full-time employment than women – 57% against 33% Women are three times more likely than men to be in part-time employment – 21% against 7% Men are twice as likely to be self-employed than women -10% against 5% As of February 2013, women, generally, are less inclined than men to think that they are currently living comfortably (14% against 20%), with a bigger proportion of women also reporting that money is tight (46% compared with 41%). It may be an indication of who does the shopping, but women (63%) are more inclined to say that they are spending more or a lot more than a year ago on household groceries than men (56%). More women report they are spending a lot less than a year ago on going out and treating themselves – 25% against 19% – and less or a lot less on clothes (42% against 33%).

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Domino’s Brings Some Warmth this Easter

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 29 marzo 2013

London, PRNewswire An offer that includes the good kind of ice – With the weather outside being colder than Christmas time, you could be forgiven in forgetting that Easter is just around the corner. At least Domino’s Pizza makes staying in to avoid the cold worth it!
To celebrate the Easter weekend, Domino’s is offering customers a ‘Feaster’ deal available from Friday 29th March to Monday 1st April. Customers will receive a free 500ml tub of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream when £25 is spent. For any of those stores that do not stock Ben & Jerry’s, customers will be able to get a free portion of Domino’s Cookies instead. The deal is only available online at http://www.dominos.co.uk and at participating stores – excludes stores in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The fun and games of the holidays continue on Domino’s social media pages. For those who like a challenge, there will be an Easter Egg hunt hosted on Domino’s Facebook and Google+ pages, as well as its Twitter profile. Those fans that successfully solve the riddle and find the Easter Eggs hidden within the pages and profiles will be given a £15 free online voucher code. There will be 12 Easter Eggs to find. For further information on all things Domino’s please visit http://www.dominos.co.uk.
Domino’s Pizza Group plc is the leading player in the fast-growing pizza delivery market and holds the exclusive master franchise to own, operate and franchise Domino’s Pizza stores in the UK, Republic of Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Luxembourg. The first UK store opened in Luton in 1985 and the first Irish store opened in 1991. In April 2011, the Group acquired a majority stake in the exclusive master franchise to own, operate and franchise Domino’s Pizza stores in Germany. In September 2012, the Group acquired the master franchise for Switzerland, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein and an option to acquire the Master Franchise Agreement in Austria prior to the end of 2014.
Founded in 1960, Domino’s Pizza is one of the world’s leading pizza delivery brands. Through its primarily franchised system, Domino’s Pizza operates a global network of more than 10,000 Domino’s Pizza stores in 75 international markets. Domino’s Pizza has a singular focus – the home delivery of pizza, freshly made to order with high quality ingredients.

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Tetragon Financial Group Limited (TFG) Announces Update On Its Share Repurchase Program

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 29 marzo 2013

London, PRNewswire TFG today announces in furtherance of its share repurchase program initially announced on November 30, 2007, that for the period of March 25, 2013 through March 29, 2013 TFG purchased 75,000 of its shares for an average price of U.S. $11.08 per share. Tetragon Financial Group Limited (TFG) is a Guernsey closed-ended company traded on NYSE Euronext in Amsterdam under the ticker symbol “TFG” that aims to provide stable returns to investors across various credit, equity, interest rate and real estate cycles. The company maintains two key business segments: an investment portfolio and an asset-management platform. Both segments cover a broad range of assets including bank loans, real estate, equities, credit and convertible bonds.

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Global Payments Continues Focus on Mobile Payments in the UK

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 29 marzo 2013

London, PRNewswire Global Payments is further strengthening its mobile payment offerings in the UK following the latest roll-out of Intuit Pay, an integrated mobile payment solution provided by Intuit. Global Payments is now a partner of choice for three major UK mobile payments providers, which include previously announced agreements with O2 and hibu. All three solutions offer businesses an affordable and flexible way to accept card payments using a smartphone or tablet. The addition of Intuit to the marketplace is a significant step toward the more widespread adoption of mobile payments among small businesses in the UK. Intuit Pay is fully chip and PIN compliant and allows small businesses and individuals to accept card payments with their mobile phone, using a dedicated reader and downloadable app. Generally available in the UK since March 2013, Intuit Pay was recently featured as iTunes Editor’s Choice App of the Week and reached number six in the iTunes Business App Store. Intuit was also awarded Best SMB Innovation at the 2013 PYMNTS.com Innovator Awards. About Global PaymentsGlobal Payments is HSBC Bank plc’s preferred supplier for card processing in the UK.
Global Payments in the UK (formerly HSBC Merchant Services) was acquired by Global Payments Inc. in 2009 and specialises in card payment processing for merchants ranging in size from multinationals to owner-managed businesses. Every year Global Payments Inc. processes billions of transactions for over one million merchant locations worldwide.
Our terminals feature some of the most up-to-date technology in the industry, and our comprehensive services include alternative payment methods from contactless cards to near-field communication (NFC) enabled mobile phones, stickers and wristbands.
Global Payments is a trading name of GPUK LLP, a limited liability partnership registered in England, with a Head Office in Leicester and offices in London and Sheffield. Visit http://www.globalpaymentsinc.co.uk for more information about the company and its services.

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