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American Chemical Society honors educators making sustainability part of the education of tomorrow’s scientists

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 30 Mag 2013

WASHINGTON The American Chemical Society (ACS) has honored five individuals and teams who have incorporated concepts of sustainability into the chemistry education curricula for future scientists. As part of ACS’ mission to “advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people,” the Society’s Committee on Environmental Improvement (CEI) has recognized individuals or groups who have made exemplary contributions to the incorporation of sustainability in chemical education. The ACS is especially pleased to note that these awards reflect improvements at all levels of education from K-12 to community colleges to graduate degree programs.“Developing sustainable, chemical solutions to everyday problems — whether they be polymer coatings for solar panels, efficient vehicle batteries that will store energy or methods for purifying drinking water — these discoveries require new ways of thinking,” said ACS President Marinda Li Wu, Ph.D. “ACS is proud to announce that leading chemistry educators are stimulating the next generation of scientists to think in new ways to develop new, environmentally sensitive products and processes so that our Earth can continue to sustain us all.”The winners of the ACS-CEI Award for Incorporation of Sustainability into Chemistry Education:
Richard H. Jarmon, Ph.D., College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, Ill.
Andrew Jorgensen, Ph.D., University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio
Resa Kelly, Ph.D., San Jose State University, San Jose, Calif.
Cristina Chang, San Jose State University, San Jose, Calif.
Natalia Pavlovna Tarasova, Ph.D., D. Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology of Russia, Moscow, Russia
Joseph R. Vincente, East Side Community High School, New York, N.Y.
Andrea Swenson, East Side Community High School, New York, N.Y.

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M5S e comunicazione istituzionale

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 30 Mag 2013

In seguito alla mia e-mail sul tema della comunicazione da parte del Movimento cinque stelle e la mia proposta per come renderla operativa alcuni mi hanno scritto e telefonato chiedendomi maggiori particolari. Mi limito, per ragioni di spazio, a indicare solo una delle tre modalità da me proposte. Essa riguarda La “comunicazione istituzionale”. A mio avviso va affidata a un’agenzia giornalistica che provveda a tenere, dal lunedì al venerdì, una conferenza alle ore 10 presso la sala stampa della camera e alle 11, in quella del senato per poi trasferirsi alle 12 presso l’Associazione stampa estera. Il suo compito deve essere quello di fare il punto sulle proposte di legge del Movimento e più in generale dell’attività parlamentare e dei rapporti istituzionali per sfatare anche quel luogo comune che vuole i cittadini parlamentari del movimento dei “dilettanti allo sbaraglio”. Si prevede un organico molto snello costituito da due portavoce di cui uno del senato e l’altro della Camera del Movimento e moderati dal giornalista dell’Agenzia stampa che dovrà offrire la sua disponibilità a titolo gratuito. Come agenzia ho proposto la Fidest, da me diretta, che fin dalla sua costituzione, 24 anni fa, non è allineata ai partiti e non ha mai avuto contributi pubblici e si avvale di collaborazioni volontarie e gratuite e dispone di otto Centri studi tematici sul welfare, l’istruzione, la politica, la terza età, i giovani, ecc. (Riccardo Alfonso fidest@gmail.com)

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Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 30 Mag 2013

La mia convinzione è stata quella che il fallimento dell’Uomo qualunque, nato nel lontano 1945, fosse derivato dal camaleontico atteggiamento del suo autore nello sposare la causa dei partiti e dimentico del fatto che era nato e votato per l’antipolitica che esprimeva. Sulla stessa lunghezza d’onda ho associato il Movimento cinque stelle di Grillo e la sua idea dell’antipolitica che, questa volta, a differenza dell’Uomo qualunque, non intende confondersi con i partiti per cavalcare una protesta che è trasversale e antagonista all’attuale sistema dei partiti. Non mi sono reso conto che esiste una variabile molto importante che fa la differenza tra i due movimenti. Allora sapevamo attendere ora non più. Il nostro malessere per la politica è anche, se non soprattutto, temporale. In altre parole il parlamento discute, approva e riapprova e nel frattempo trascorrono dei mesi mentre i problemi che si dibattono sono percepiti dall’opinione pubblica come un tentativo per rinviare sine die una decisione pur importante e soprattutto urgente. Quanti anni sono passati da quando abbiamo parlato di riforma della giustizia, della scuola, del welfare ecc.? Tanti, troppi e chi ha votato per il Movimento cinque stelle lo ha fatto sperando in una accelerazione dei tempi d’attesa diventati oramai intollerabili. Non è stato così e la ricaduta in termini di consensi è stata inevitabile. Ora occorre spiegare il perché nella logica del fare, saper fare e far sapere e di farlo a tutto campo. Ho un’idea in proposito e penso possa funzionare ma è diventata una sorta di vox clamans in deserto. (Riccardo Alfonso fidest@gmail.com)

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Europe at the polls. Lessons from the 2013 Italian elections

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 28 Mag 2013

One of the interesting aspects of the 2013 elections in Italy is that they appear to innovate in several respects. Since they unfolded during a severe economic crisis, in which EU austerity policies had created strong discontent, European issues could not be ignored. Some of the race’s major themes revolved around the policies candidates intended to pursue vis-à-vis the EU if they were elected. ‘European-level parties’ and their representatives in European institutions played a meaningful role in several instances. Other member states closely followed the elections, and several foreign leaders even voiced their preference. Considerations related to European issues also seem to have influenced the choice of various groups of voters. All this transformed the nature of the election, which became an important moment in European political life. It is still too soon to assess the consequences at the EU level. Yet one can only be struck by the fact that this ‘Europeanisation’ pattern replicates developments that occurred in the 2012 elections in countries like France and Greece.

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Pope Francis tells Caritas leadership: a Church without charity does not exist

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 28 Mag 2013

Pope Francis met with Caritas leaders from around the world to discuss their work in helping millions of poor and vulnerable people, telling them “a Church without charity does not exist.”
The Pope said that Caritas is “an essential part of the Church” and that it “institutionalizes love in the Church”. He said Caritas has two dimensions: action and a divine dimension “situated in the heart of the Church”. He said, “Caritas is not just for emergency situations as a first aid agency. In the situation of war or during a crisis, there is a need to look after the wounded, to help the ill…but there is also a need to support them, to care for their development.”
Pope Francis said that even if integral human development is costly, it is necessary: “We’ll hopefully have to sell the churches to feed the poorest.”
He said, “Caritas is the caress of the Church to its people, the caress of the Mother Church to her children, her tenderness and closeness.”
Leaders from Caritas organisations are in Rome for the annual Representative Council meeting.
Caritas Internationalis President Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga said to Pope Francis “We are your Caritas to be guided by you.” The Cardinal said that Caritas member organisations from around the world had signed up to a campaign to end hunger and asked for the Pope’s blessing. Caritas Internationalis Secretary General Michel Roy present the Pope Francis with a basket of bread to symbolise the campaign.
Caritas representatives from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa, North America and Oceania were also able to give accounts of the challenges facing the poor in their regions.
Sr Leonie Dochamou from Caritas Benin asked the Pope for guidance in how to best serve the poor. “We in Africa have the potential to work for our own development,” she said. Pope Francis replied that one way to promote development was the example of Don Bosco, to give children the tools they need through education.
The Pope stressed the importance of “tenderness”, saying that at times the Church has lost sight of this. “The Church is fundamentally mother. The spirituality of Caritas has to refer to this,” he said. Pope Francis said that Caritas must “go to the peripheries to cure and promote the human being” and to bring to the Church “tenderness.”
On the crisis in Syria, Pope Francis said that one million people have left Syria. “They have lost everything and are on the street. I mention this as an fundamental example,” said Pope Francis. “We have refugees in all countries, those who are smuggled, those whose passports were taken away and are forced into slavery. There is great need for the presence of the tender touch of the Church.”

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Former Guantanamo Chief Prosecutor Responds to Obama’s Plan for Detention Center

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 28 Mag 2013

Washington, DC–In a speech held this afternoon at the National Defense University in Washington, President Obama announced concrete steps to close the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center, including appointing a senior envoy in the State Department tasked with closing the facility, and lifting the ban on detainee transfers to Yemen. Col. Morris Davis, a former Chief Prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay who left his post in 2007 over the interrogation tactics used, provided the below response to the news. His popular Change.org petition calling on President Obama to close the facility has drawn more than 200,000 supporters in a number of weeks: “With the President’s announcement today, it seems years of rhetoric have finally turned into action. Since its beginning, Guantanamo has been costly, inefficient, morally wrong, and a stain on our human rights record. Most people know this is an issue I’ve been personally invested in for years, and I am thrilled to see Obama take a real stand to close the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center.” “I’d like to thank the countless groups and individuals who helped get us to this announcement. I’m especially thankful for the hundreds of thousands of people who signed the Change.org campaign in the last three weeks. When I launched it, I said we’d need help to do this. And boy, did people step up. “Americans know that real patriots don’t abandon their principles or surrender their liberties for temporary security. We’re ready for closure. No more excuses, no more stalling, just get it done as quickly as possible.”Col. Davis flew to Washington to attend the President’s speech this afternoon.Link to Col. Davis’ Petition on Change.org: http://www.Change.org/CloseGitmo

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Sarà più facile viaggiare con gli animali da compagnia

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 28 Mag 2013

La nuova legislazione sul “trasporto non commerciale” di animali da compagnia – già informalmente concordato con i ministri dell’UE – è stata approvata giovedì dal Parlamento. Portare gli animali all’estero sarà più facile, ma le misure sanitarie saranno più severe. Le informazioni online per i proprietari di animali domestici saranno più chiare.Prima di attraversare le frontiere con i loro animali, i proprietari dovranno accertarsi che le vaccinazioni anti-rabbia siano ancora valide. I cuccioli tra le 12 e le 16 settimane vaccinati contro la rabbia – ma non ancora immuni alla malattia – devono comunque poter essere in grado di viaggiare.”Ci sono 64 milioni di gatti e 66 milioni di cani nell’UE. Una famiglia su quattro ha un animale domestico. Nel futuro, viaggiare nell’UE con animali richiederà meno seccature amministrative. Si sono allentate le regole e questo dovrebbe avere un impatto diretto sui cittadini”, ha affermato il relatore Horst Schnellhardt (PPE, DE), dopo che la sua risoluzione è stata approvata con 592 voti favorevoli, 7 contrari e 4 astensioni. La normativa sarà applicabile 18 mesi dopo la sua pubblicazione nella Gazzetta ufficiale dell’Unione europea.
La nuova normativa stabilisce norme più chiare sui “passaporti” e sulla vaccinazione antirabbica degli animali da compagnia. I documenti d’identificazione devono essere rilasciati da un veterinario abilitato e devono specificare il codice del transponder, i dettagli della vaccinazione antirabbica e altre informazioni sullo stato di salute dell’animale.Dal luglio 2011, il sistema elettronico è l’unico mezzo ufficialmente approvato per identificare cani, gatti e furetti (che possono portare il virus della rabbia). Tuttavia, un tatuaggio chiaramente leggibile applicato prima di tale data è ancora valido.
In base alla nuova normativa, non sarà consentito passare i confini con più di cinque animali. Tale restrizione è necessaria per impedire o scoraggiare qualsiasi abuso della normativa per fini commerciali. Tuttavia, i proprietari possono essere esentati qualora dimostrino che stanno prendendo parte a un concorso, una mostra, un evento sportivo o altri eventi ricreativi (ad esempio una squadra di cani da slitta).

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Diabete: ventilate modifiche di rimborsabilità in senso restrittivo delle terapie incretiniche

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 28 Mag 2013

La Società Italiana di Diabetologia (SID), l’Associazione Medici Diabetologi (AMD) e Diabete Italia, in rappresentanza delle Associazioni delle Persone con diabete, prendono atto con sollievo e soddisfazione dell’interesse mostrato dalle Istituzioni in merito alla questione da loro illustrata con la lettera aperta indirizzata al Ministro della Salute, On. Beatrice Lorenzin, e al Direttore Generale dell’AIFA, professor Luca Pani, circa le ventilate modifiche di rimborsabilità in senso restrittivo delle terapie incretiniche. Tale interesse istituzionale si è concretizzato con l’interrogazione parlamentare depositata il 21 maggio in Commissione Igiene e Sanità del Senato dalla Vicepresidente della Commissione XII del Senato, Sen. Maria Rizzotti.
SID, AMD e Diabete Italia confermano la loro piena, indipendente ed incondizionata disponibilità a collaborare con AIFA per la definizione delle più appropriate indicazioni sulla rimborsabilità delle terapie innovative per il diabete, sottolineando che le stesse debbano essere ispirate, seppure nella sostenibilità economica, dalle linee guida nazionali ed internazionali, nonché dal diritto dei cittadini italiani con diabete di poter usufruire dei trattamenti innovativi, così come avviene per gli altri cittadini europei.Ribadiscono dunque la richiesta di un confronto aperto e costruttivo con AIFA, da concretizzarsi con l’apertura di un tavolo di discussione, in merito al processo di revisione della rimborsabilità delle terapie basate sulle incretine, fondato su solide basi cliniche e scientifiche.Sottolineano infine come questa richiesta delle società scientifiche e delle rappresentanze delle persone con diabete sia esclusivamente motivata da considerazioni di carattere scientifico e preoccupazioni di tipo clinico, oltre che dalla volontà di tutelare la salute e la qualità della vita delle persone con diabete che vivono in Italia, non certamente da interessi commerciali. (Dr. Carlo Giorda Presidente Associazione Medici Diabetologi)

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Fabio a un anno dalla morte

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 16 Mag 2013

5919 18x24Il 27 maggio del 2012 moriva a Nerja in Spagna in un tragico incidente Fabio Alfonso. Aveva trent’anni appena compiuti. Figlio unico di Riccardo Alfonso e di Manzo Wanda era in Spagna per migliorare la conoscenza dello spagnolo. Si stava preparando, nel frattempo, al test di ammissione al corso di laurea in inglese in biologia dell’alimentazione presso l’università di Camerino. Grande lettore di classici antichi e moderni aveva una nutrita biblioteca che non mancava, durante i suoi viaggi in Gran Bretagna, Francia e Australia, d’arricchire con edizioni ricercate.
Lascia un grande vuoto e i suoi genitori, parenti e amici non se ne fanno ancora una ragione.
E’ stato educato alla scuola dei maristi e dove ha preso la prima comunione e si è cresimato. E’ stato boy scout.
Ha lavorato in Italia e ha frequentato i corsi di perfezionamento in Inglese a Bristol e in Australia.
Aveva una vita piena d’interessi e i suoi amici erano tanti e sparsi in tutto il mondo. Ha lasciato ai suoi genitori una vasta raccolta di pensieri e di corrispondenze dove i temi della vita erano rappresentati copiosamente. Nutriva grandi progetti per il suo futuro ma non nascondeva le difficoltà che incontrava in specie per la ricerca di un lavoro. In proposito non aveva grandi pretese e non trascurava i lavori più umili, ma li praticava con grande dignità. Era fermo e deciso sui principi e i valori della vita. Con i propri cari e gli amici non nascondeva la sua contrarietà sul come taluni suoi coetanei si esprimevano criticamente nei confronti degli immigrati e se poteva li aiutava anche economicamente.
Generoso, affettuoso, sensibile, altruista riempiva la vita dei suoi genitori che a lui si rivolgevano per avere conforto e un sostegno nella sofferenza.
Ora lascia un dolore profondo da impazzire se non fosse venuta in soccorso la Fede.
In sua memoria il prossimo 27 maggio alle ore 18,30 si celebrerà una messa di suffragio officiata da padre Frumenzio presso la basilica di san Lorenzo al Verano e sarà l’occasione per una preghiera, per un gesto d’amore, per un ricordo anche per gli amici e i conoscenti e tutti coloro che vorranno parteciparvi.

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Extensive partnership between Volkswagen group of America

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 11 Mag 2013

New York City/Wolfsburg. The opening of EXPO 1: New York on May 12 marks the apex of the long-term partnership between Volkswagen Group of America, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and MoMA PS1. On the occasion of EXPO’s opening, Hans Dieter Pötsch, Member of the Board of Directors Volkswagen Group of America; Glenn D. Lowry, Director of The Museum of Modern Art; and Klaus Biesenbach, Director of MoMA PS1, and Chief Curator at Large at MoMA, have announced that the partnership will be extended through 2015. The partnership was established in May 2011, originally for a period of two years.
EXPO 1: New York is an exploration of ecological challenges in the context of the economic and socio-political instability of the early 21st century. It comprises components at MoMA PS1, MoMA, and the VW Dome 2 in Rockaway Beach, NY. Based on its corporate values (“innovative, value retentive and responsible”), Volkswagen launched its “Think Blue.” initiative in 2010 with the aim of establishing a foundation for sustainable activity in relation to society and the environment worldwide – both within the company and for the consumer. The partnership between Volkswagen Group of America, MoMA and MoMA PS1 reflects this corporate commitment.

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Civil Liberties Committee makes it easier to confiscate crooks’ assets EU wide

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 10 Mag 2013

Draft rules to make it easier for national authorities to freeze and confiscate criminals’ assets across the EU were beefed up by the Civil Liberties Committee on Tuesday. However, MEPs also sought to safeguard the right to a fair trial. They also called upon member states to use confiscated assets to fight crime and for social projects. The draft law, which must still be negotiated with national governments, is part of a broader EU strategy to fight fraud and corruption.”‘Follow the money across the border’ should be the driving priority if we want to trace funding for organised crime and terrorism effectively and efficiently. Confiscating criminals’ assets, even where a criminal conviction is not possible, is clearly necessary to recover the proceeds of crime”, said lead MEP Monica Luisa Macovei (EPP, RO).Today, less than 1% of the proceeds of crimes such as drug trafficking, counterfeiting, human trafficking and small arms smuggling are frozen and confiscated. Most of this “dirty money” is laundered and channelled into the licit economy, often in several member states.The new rules would enable national authorities quickly to identify and trace such assets – such as cash held in bank accounts, real estate, vehicles, livestock, artworks, company shares, businesses, and collector’s items – and to freeze, manage and confiscate them consistently across the EU.

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World Jewish Congress Plenary Assembly in Budapest

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 10 Mag 2013

BUDAPEST – The 14th Plenary Assembly of the World Jewish Congress ended on Tuesday with a commemoration of the victims of the Holocaust in Hungary and the presentation of the Nahum Goldmann Award to former Hungarian Prime Minister Miklós Németh. In 1989, Németh was instrumental in opening the Iron Curtain and in helping to secure the emigration of Jews from the Soviet Union. WJC President Ronald S. Lauder told the 500 delegates and guests representing Jewish communities and organizations in more than 70 countries world-wide that “in the 77 years of the World Jewish Congress there have been few gatherings as important as this one.” Lauder was re-elected as WJC head for another four-year term. He has held the position since 2007.“I see this as the top assignment for the Jewish people and I am excited to serve as President of the World Jewish Congress for another four years,” said Lauder.Delegates also elected David de Rothschild from France as the new chairman of the WJC Governing Board and Chella Safra from Brazil as new WJC treasurer. Moshe Kantor, the president of the European Jewish Congress, was elected as chairman of the WJC Policy Council and Mervyn Smith from South Africa as his co-chairman. The assembly also elected 10 WJC vice-presidents ad personam and decided that the heads of the 12 largest Jewish communities in the world (United States, France, Britain, Russia, Canada, Argentina, Germany, Hungary, Ukraine, Australia, Brazil and South Africa) will automatically have a seat on the new WJC Executive. In addition, three young adult representatives, three delegates from international Jewish organizations (ICJW, WIZO and World ORT) and three representatives of small Jewish communities (Czech Republic, Kyrgyzstan, Venezuela) will have a vice-president on the WJC Executive. In addition, the chairs of the five regional WJC affiliates (Euro-Asia, Europe, North America, Israel, Latin America) are ex-officio members of the WJC leadership.The gathering was notably addressed by Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orbán, who said that “Anti-Semitism today in Hungary is unacceptable and we will show zero tolerance in regards to it.” Introducing Orbán, Ronald Lauder called on Hungary and the government to do more against growing anti-Semitism, notably coming from the extreme-right Jobbik partyMazsihisz President Péter Feldmájer said in his speech at the opening dinner: “I believe that the Jews of the world must unite their forces. This day also shows us that we are not alone, we are all listening to each other no matter where we may be living across the globe. The task we have is no little one to handle.”Germany’s Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said in his keynote address on Monday, which was received with a standing ovation by the delegates: “Anti-Semitism has no place neither in Berlin, nor in Budapest, nor anywhere else in Europe or in the world… We are firmly committed to protecting and nourishing Jewish life in our societies and to countering anti-Semitism across the globe. We have to tackle the root causes of anti-Semitism.”Discussions about effective ways to combat the rise of neo-Nazi parties in Europe took center-stage in Budapest, and the Plenary Assembly adopted a resolution which called on Hungary “to recognize that Jobbik and its subsidiaries “pose a fundamental threat to Hungary’s democracy” and that “decisive action … must now be taken to take effective measures including by enacting and enforcing legislation, for the protection of all citizens and residents of this country, in particular vulnerable minorities such as the Roma and the Jews, against threats of violence, racist hate and insults and the denial of the Holocaust.”The WJC also urged national leaders and legislators in Europe to join the 125 legislators from more than 40 countries in signing the London Declaration on Combating Anti-Semitism.In another resolution, the delegates urged the international community to recognize the legitimate rights of Jewish refugees in the Middle East who were forced to flee their countries after 1948.
The World Jewish Congress (WJC) is the international organization representing Jewish communities in 100 countries to governments, parliaments and international organizations. The Plenary Assembly is the highest decision-making body of the organization. It meets every four years and elects the WJC officers. All affiliated Jewish communities are entitled to send a certain number of delegates, depending on the size of their Jewish population.

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Frost & Sullivan: Rising Awareness of Car Sharing Concept Set to Increase Uptake

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 10 Mag 2013

LONDON Whilst Car sharing as a concept has existed for several years, the uptake rates and emergence of new players in the traditional as well as “Peer to Peer (P2P)” car sharing market has proliferated in the last 5 years. Member numbers increased by over 90 per cent between 2008 and 2012, growing from 500,000 to over 940,000. According to Frost & Sullivan, this trend is set to continue.In an upcoming web conference, entitled Car Sharing – The Voice of the Consumer, taking place on Tuesday, 14 May 2013, at 3.00 p.m. BST, Frost & Sullivan Mobility Programme Manager, Mr. Martyn Briggs, and Programme Manager, Mr. Mohamed Mubarak, will present latest findings from a customer research study on consumer profiles of members currently using car sharing services, including their preferences and aspirations for the car sharing concept in future. The idea of this voice of the consumer study was also to understand from non-members what would encourage them to join such new mobility services, as well as their idea of a ‘winning concept’.To participate in this complimentary web conference, please email Katja Feick at katja.feick@frost.com with your full contact details. Upon receipt of the above information, a registration link will be e-mailed to you. You may also register to receive a recorded version of the briefing at anytime by submitting the aforementioned contact details.A targeted survey of over 2,300 people was conducted in a total of 12 cities in the UK (London, Manchester, Birmingham, and Edinburgh), France (Paris, Lyon, Marseille, and Toulouse), and Germany (Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, and Cologne). The study used the ‘Adaptive Choice Based Conjoint’ methodology that enables the possibility to create different simulations of car sharing models and generate the respective pricing and market share. The web conference will now give an overview regarding transport usage and commuting profiles, the customer’s / member’s perspective on the current and future usage of car sharing services and the willingness to pay for the service, existing car sharing member profiles, as well as familiarity, interest and adoption amongst non-members.“Our research revealed a potential for over 15 million car sharing members in Europe alone by 2020, but there is a lot of education and behavioural change amongst consumers’ mobility patterns that need to take place to achieve such growth,” outlines Mr. Briggs. “The voice of the consumer survey yielded interesting results; for example, the majority of car sharing members (53 per cent) were under 34, degree educated (67 per cent), and did not own a car (51 per cent).”The survey also illustrates that the market for P2P Car Sharing is still in its nascent stage and is expected to co-exist with traditional car sharing. The interest in using someone else’s car is higher than the interest to providing own car to be used by others. Surprisingly, there exists a correlation between the interest in becoming a car sharing member and the interest in providing the own car to be used by others.From those of the whole sample, who currently own a car and are considering joining a car sharing service, over 40 per cent would consider selling their vehicle. This underlines the continued downward trend in car ownership in major cities that adopt car sharing services.This web conference will benefit car sharing operators, and all parties interested in the perceptions of car sharing, such as automotive manufacturers, transport operators, fleet/leasing companies, and technology providers in particular, but also from transport & mobility professionals, researchers and associated media.Frost & Sullivan will be hosting its two-day interactive workshop on 19-20 June 2013 for the 5th time this year, taking place at the House of Lords and the Siemens Crystal Building in London. Day 1 will feature a high-level debate on the “Death of the car and rise of new mobility business models in an Urban Environment”. Day 2 will consist of 5 different panels, focussing on mega trends and their impact on mobility, new business models, such as mobility integration, car sharing, and new fleet/leasing models, urban logistics and online retailing, the future of public transport, including HSR, BRT buses, PRT and hybrid/electric buses, as well as autonomous driving and infrastructure trends. For more information, visit: http://www.urbanmobility.gilcommunity.com.
Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants.Our “Growth Partnership” supports clients by addressing these opportunities and incorporating two key elements driving visionary innovation: The Integrated Value Proposition and The Partnership Infrastructure.The Integrated Value Proposition provides support to our clients throughout all phases of their journey to visionary innovation including: research, analysis, strategy, vision, innovation and implementation.The Partnership Infrastructure is entirely unique as it constructs the foundation upon which visionary innovation becomes possible. This includes our 360 degree research, comprehensive industry coverage, career best practices as well as our global footprint of more than 40 offices.

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Frost & Sullivan: Omni-Channel Strategy to Revolutionise Future of Car Retailing

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 6 Mag 2013

LONDON – In a futuristic scenario automotive retail will be influenced by social media, fashion, apparel and the consumer electronics industry. While new cars today are sold via traditional bricks & mortar dealerships, a revolutionary, omni-channel approach will evolve, operating one unified integrated channel of ‘bricks and clicks’, with the entire new car buying process being carried out online as well as mobile and/or non-mobile. This will include finance and insurance deals, with minimal to possibly no need for brick & mortar dealerships. In the future, car retailers are therefore expected to operate both: brick & mortar as well as online or mobile showrooms in independent silos.In an upcoming complimentary web conference, entitled The Future of Car Retailing, taking place on Wednesday, 8 May 2013, at 3.00 p.m. BST, Frost & Sullivan Partner and Global Practice Director Automotive & Transportation, Mr. Sarwant Singh, and Growth Consulting Director, Mrs. Julia Saini, will give a comprehensive analysis of a new omni-channel retail strategy in the automotive industry and discuss opportunities for an every growing value chain. In a recent study, they found that about 4 per cent of all future new cars could be sold completely on-line by 2020, amounting to about 4.5 million cars.To participate in this complimentary web conference, please email Katja Feick at katja.feick@frost.com with your full contact details. Upon receipt of the above information, a registration link will be e-mailed to you. You may also register to receive a recorded version of the briefing at anytime by submitting the aforementioned contact details.The web conference will focus on success stories of automotive OEMs in online retailing and future focus points for retailing in an open opportune market. It will also look at digital retailing and how it impacts hard and soft KPIs.
Frost & Sullivan will be hosting its two-day interactive workshop on 19-20 June 2013 for the 5th time this year, taking place at the House of Lords and the Siemens Crystal Building in London. Day 1 will feature a high-level debate on the “Death of the car and rise of new mobility business models in an Urban Environment”. Day 2 will consist of 5 different panels, focussing on mega trends and their impact on mobility, new business models, such as mobility integration, car sharing, and new fleet/leasing models, urban logistics and online retailing, the future of public transport, including HSR, BRT buses, PRT and hybrid/electric buses, as well as autonomous driving and infrastructure trends. For more information, visit: http://www.urbanmobility.gilcommunity.com.
Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today’s market participants.Our “Growth Partnership” supports clients by addressing these opportunities and incorporating two key elements driving visionary innovation: The Integrated Value Proposition and The Partnership Infrastructure. The Integrated Value Proposition provides support to our clients throughout all phases of their journey to visionary innovation including: research, analysis, strategy, vision, innovation and implementation.The Partnership Infrastructure is entirely unique as it constructs the foundation upon which visionary innovation becomes possible. This includes our 360 degree research, comprehensive industry coverage, career best practices as well as our global footprint of more than 40 offices.For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community. Is your organization prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies?

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“Austrian Company Leads Development of the La Quinta Trade Gateway”

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 6 Mag 2013

Corpus Christi, TX – Port Commissioners and voestalpine Texas Holdings, LLC., representatives officially signed the lease agreement for part of the La Quinta Trade Gateway on a special commission meeting held Tuesday, April 30, 2013.The official signing of the lease agreement made voestalpine Texas Holding, LLC., the anchor investor for the development of the Port’s La Quinta Trade Gateway. The Austrian company will lease approximately 475 acres of upland property and about 11 acres of submerged land for an initial lease term of 50 years with two 15-year options. voestalpine will construct the Hot Briquetted Iron (HBI) plant and a 1,060-foot long high-performance dock on the easternmost portion of the PCCA’s waterfront, capable of unloading iron ore pellets and loading HBI. In his speech Bernarhard Schlattl, voestalpine Texas Holding LLC., CEO said; “Everything begins with an idea. An idea whose time has come. There’s nothing more powerful. But ideas need fertile ground on which to grow and flourish. And, above all, an idea needs passion. Only then it will develop into a dream, a vision, a reality. The signing of this lease agreement is an important step of turning our dream into reality.” Schlattl continues, “Our dream is about building and operating the most modern, environmentally-friendly and successful direct reduction plant. One and a half years ago we set off, highly motivated, to search around the world for the most suitable location. We wanted to set benchmarks in our site selection, both in terms of time and quality. I believe we have mastered this step with flying colors! Apart from the excellent framework conditions, it was the people at POCCA, the CCREDC, the elected officials from San Patricio County and the City of Corpus Christi who finally made the difference. We were very impressed by your openness, hospitality and professionalism.”Headquartered in Linz, Austria, The voestalpine group is a steelmaking, processing, and technology group that operates worldwide and manufactures, processes and develops high-quality steel products. With 500 production and sales companies in more than 50 countries on five continents, the group has been listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange since 1995. With its top-quality flat steel products, the group is one of the leading partners to the automotive and domestic-appliance industries in Europe and to the oil and gas industries worldwide. The voestalpine group is also the world market leader in railway switch technology, special rails, tool steel, and special sections. In the 2011/12 business year, the voestalpine group staffs roughly 46,500 employees worldwide. “Port Commissioners and staff as well as representatives of the Coastal Bend Region involved in the evolution of the project look forward to the full development of voestalpine Texas Holding, LLC. We were impressed with the values of the organization and the creation of this strong relationship needed to move forward. It gave all of us a level of trust about the project.” Said Mike Carrell, Chairman of the Port of Corpus Christi Commission.Port Corpus Christi acquired the La Quinta property (1100 acres) in 1998. In 1999, Port and U.S. Corp of Engineering (COE) initiated a feasibility study for Ship Channel Improvements including extending La Quinta Channel. The U.S. Congress authorized la Quinta Channel Extension to reach the La Quinta Property. In 2007 The Gulf Cotton Compress became the first tenant on La Quinta Property – anticipating the container terminal in the future. La Quinta Channel Extension project was possible through a $58 million Congressional appropriation in 2010. Extension to be complete summer 2013. The construction of the La Quinta Channel extension, supports the development of the La Quinta Property as a multi-purpose container terminal.
As the primary economic engine of the Coastal Bend, Port Corpus Christi is the fifth largest port in the United States in total tonnage. The Port’s mission is to “serve as a regional economic development catalyst while protecting and enhancing its existing industrial base and simultaneously working to diversify its international maritime cargo business.” Strategically located on the western Gulf of Mexico, with a straight 45’ deep channel, (with a channel improvement project permitted and authorized to 52’) the Port provides quick access to the Gulf and the entire United States inland waterway system. The Port delivers outstanding access to overland transportation with on-site and direct connections to three Class-1 railroads and uncongested interstate and state highways. The Port is protected by a state-of-the-art security department and an award-winning Environmental Management System. With outstanding management and operations staff, Port Corpus Christi is clearly “The Port of the Lone Star State.”

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Euronet Launches Prepaid Card Issuing, Processing and BIN Sponsorship Solutions Across Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 6 Mag 2013

LEAWOOD, Kan. (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Euronet 360 Finance Ltd., a subsidiary of Euronet Worldwide (Nasdaq:EEFT), announces the launch of end-to-end prepaid card issuing, processing and BIN sponsorship solutions in Europe.Euronet 360 Finance Ltd., under the supervision of the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), is now providing both electronic money and payment services through card issuing, BIN sponsorship and payment card acquiring. By passporting the e-money license across the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) territory (except Monaco), Euronet 360 Finance Ltd. is able to issue cards and process transactions across the entire European Economic Area (EEA).Euronet 360 Finance Ltd. is also a member of MasterCard Europe sprl., thus allowing issuing of open loop products across the SEPA region containing MasterCard, Maestro and Cirrus brands. Open loop cards provide cardholders the ability to use electronic funds at any MasterCard branded locations around the world.The European prepaid cards market is forecast for year-on-year double digit growth and widely acknowledged as the sector with the greatest growth opportunities in the next five years. Euronet’s complete prepaid card solution provides non-FCA licensed organizations with the ability to quickly, easily and cost effectively enter the prepaid card arena. Card users have the optimal ability to reload their cards using the vast POS, ATM and partner bank network of Euronet Worldwide in addition to its epay and RIA subsidiaries throughout Europe.Standard features of Euronet’s prepaid card solution include the support of physical and virtual cards, for one-time, gift card or reloadable use. Contactless functionality is also supported by MasterCard Paypass, allowing low value transactions to be performed on appropriate devices without the need to insert a card or PIN into a terminal. With prepaid card solutions live or under implementation in 10 European markets, Euronet 360 Finance Ltd. understands the underlying needs of each individual EEA market and is at the forefront of developing relevant and profitable features to meet customer needs.”Euronet Worldwide’s technological infrastructure, combined with the reach, capability and proven track record of its existing client base, clearly positions Euronet 360 Finance Ltd. and its partners to monetize the projected growth of this sector,” stated Ian Dickinson, Managing Director of Euronet 360 Finance Ltd. “Euronet’s processing pedigree, combined with our extensive capability and geographic footprint provides our customers and prospects with an opportunity to offer solutions to their clients without any material up-front expenditures, ensuring their ability to protect, grow and evolve their business and market share with speed and security,” added Nikos Fountas, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Euronet Europe EFT Division.Euronet Worldwide is an industry leader in processing secure electronic financial transactions. The Company offers payment and transaction processing solutions to financial institutions, retailers, service providers and individual consumers. These services include comprehensive ATM, POS and card outsourcing services, card issuing and merchant acquiring services, software solutions, consumer money transfer and bill payment services, and electronic distribution for prepaid mobile phone time and other prepaid products.

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EU fight against organised crime: first set of legislative measures and other actions to be approved

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 6 Mag 2013

The next meeting of the Special Committee on Organised Crime, Corruption and Money Laundering (CRIM) will take place on Tuesday 7 May, in room JAN 4Q2. The committee will vote on the interim report drafted by CRIM rapporteur Salvatore Iacolino. Almost 750 amendments have been tabled.
The committee will also hold an interparliamentary committee meeting with representatives from the relevant national parliaments’ committees to debate their experiences and role in the fight against organised crime, corruption and money laundering. The keynote speech will be given by Ms Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner for Home Affairs. Mr Iacolino will also address the meeting.

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