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CashGuard hires new Country Manager for Germany

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 18 ottobre 2014

CashGuardCashGuard strengthens its European focus by hiring Harry Timm as the new Country Manager for Germany. Harry has extensive experience with the solution selling approach. He most recently worked as Director of Sales for Zimory GmbH.“It is important to understand the customer’s needs, “ Mr. Timm said. “It is my goal to become a trusted advisor to the customer.”CashGuard’s customer-driven culture and the company’s market-leading position were among the things that attracted Mr. Timm to CashGuard.“CashGuard has a clear focus on cash management for the retail industry,” Mr.Timm said. “The company has a 25-year proven track record, and that is valuable to German customers. The solid product portfolio is also very attractive on the German market.”Adding Mr. Timm to the CashGuard team reflects CashGuard’s strong focus on further growing the business in Europe, says CashGuard CEO Roine Gabrielsson: “We have had great success in attracting large retail chains in many other markets and I am confident that Harry is the right person to do the same in Germany.” (photo: CashGuard)

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The European dream is not working because individual EU governments are not fully committed to integration and populations are wedded to parochial perspectives

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 18 ottobre 2014

BruxellesIf there is going to be sustained economic growth in continental Europe over the next few years it is going to have to happen between 9am and 5am on weekdays and never at lunch time. Most workplaces are dead at weekends and in countries such as France, Italy. Although border posts have gone, populations cling to their cultures and linguistic differences. Travel through the narrow tunnel linking France and Spain in the mid- Pyrenees and it will not only be better weather on the other side, but in the border town of Bielsa it will be difficult to find someone who admits to speaking French. On both sides of the border there is a refusal to post town names in the other country and even satnavs decline to recognize destinations until the border is reached.“After more than half a century the EU remains a fragmented mix of national and local interests all in rivalry with each other” observes Robin Chater, Secretary-General of The Federation of European Employers. “Officials in Brussels can dream of integration, but in reality the members of the EU club are only cooperating to the extent that it suits them.”The absence of true integration is everywhere to be seen. It has taken years for national air traffic control authorities to accept the principle of “a single European sky”. In 18 countries the authorities persist in taking only direct responsibility for their own air space. Meanwhile both Austria and Poland continue to refuse to apply the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive by ensuring that minimum energy performance requirements are set for all buildings. The European Commission has had numerous meetings with the Finnish government in order to persuade them to set up a race equality organisation in line with the race equality Directive that was passed 14 years ago – yet the government continues to ignore their obligations.
In July, the European Commission took 419 decisions concerning actual and potential infringements and made 14 referrals to the European Court of Justice. According to Robin Chater, “this is hardly a sign of a fully functioning European Community. True integration would give a tremendous boost to business and vastly improve living standards for everyone – but national governments are all too prepared to drag their feet if it suits their petty concerns.”Meanwhile China — the most rapidly growing economy in the world, with its vast and truly integrated economy — can take advantage of political divisions, over-regulated labour markets and linguistic divides across Europe to build a dominant position. It will become the biggest economy in the world by 2019 and have achieved this largely through a combination of inward investment and companies exploiting its huge domestic economy. For Robin Chater the writing is already on the wall. “In the next phase of growth large Chinese companies will establish themselves as multinational entities, dictate both the terms of business and language that we shall all have to learn and, within a very brief period of time, no western market or brand will be safe from strenuous competition from organisations that today are barely known outside the Chinese marketplace.”He warns that “the continued fragmentation of Europe — arising largely from the existence of national boundaries and refusal to accept a common lingua franca — will leave its markets exposed to challenges from outside. The world is about to witness a huge change in political, cultural and economic orientation – whilst the governments of tiny entities in Europe refuse to recognise the bigger picture and people everywhere in the EU continue to think largely in parochial ways.”

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Userful Multiplatform desktop virtualization solution receives rave review from technology professional

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 18 ottobre 2014

VirtZine-046Calgary, AB — Userful Corporation, a leading desktop virtualization company, is receiving rave reviews in the United States from Dr. Bill Bailey, tech blogger for VirtZine, a virtualization and cloud computing magazine. Bailey, an experienced computer professional who touts a list of credentials, including Certified Citrix Administrator and VMware Certified Professional, is impressed by Userful’s ease of use and low cost.
Bailey emphasizes the beneficial features of the Userful Multiplatform software that enables small businesses with smaller budgets to easily afford, set up and manage the computing solution.”The difference with Userful is that it is designed for smaller businesses that don’t have the infrastructure that would need to be built to support a typical VDI environment,” said Bailey. “It is the simplest, most flexible and affordable virtual desktop solution I believe you will find because it is unique in the way it operates.” Bailey filmed a product review demonstrating the solution with an infrastructure similar to one that would be used in a small business environment. He demonstrates the ease of switching operating systems on a desktop from Userful’s browser-managed app.”The change from a Windows 7 to a Windows 8 machine simply borders on magical to see that. Using the one-screen interface to get in there and do things works perfectly, so you don’t have to be a virtualization guru to understand how to use and do this.”The Userful Multiplatform desktop virtualization solution powers multiple desktops through one central PC, using zero client devices. This eliminates much of the hardware, software and electricity costs required by the traditional one PC per seat solution. Businesses, such as call centers and retail stores, can utilize the Userful Multiplatform solution to reduce infrastructure costs and power multiple displays including desktops, digital signs and touch screens.Bailey was fascinated by the simplicity and affordability of the Userful Multiplatform desktop virtualization, especially for small businesses wanting to leverage more terminals with less hardware. It reduces costs and is fast and easy to manage. “I was fascinated at how easy it was for someone who doesn’t have a virtualization background to get in there and use it,” Bailey added.

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Experience a Day in the Life of a Horse at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 18 ottobre 2014

????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????[CAEN, France] – With the opening days of the Games off to an exceptional start, spectators are relishing the opportunity to visit one of the most anticipated equine educational spaces at the Games Village, Equispher sponsored by Alltech. Visitors to Equispher, an educational exhibition co-funded by the Normandy Organizing Committee 2014, can avail of the opportunity to experience the world through the eyes of the horse. With a variety of sensory and interactive displays and unique videos, they can learn about the horse’s behaviour, senses and sporting ability.Over the next few weeks, it is expected that Equispher will welcome an estimated 30,000 local school children who will benefit from the dedicated children’s area in the heart of the exhibition.“We are delighted to be a part of this very special equine education space at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy,” said Clare Fahey, global equine marketing manager at Alltech. “We have been very lucky to work alongside Martine Villain and Claire Neveux, two local Normandy businesswomen who first conceived this project. Equispher is a world-class experience where visitors can gain insight and experience first-hand the world of the horse.”Equispher sponsored by Alltech was first conceived as a concept for the Games Village by sporting communications specialist Martine Villain from Com’elle and her business partner Claire Neveux, an equine ethologist from Ethonova. Villain and Neveux designed this world-class experiential exhibition, allowing visitors to walk in a circular pavilion of five sections:
Performance –witness the athletic performance ability of the horse, including the highest puissance wall jumped. Sporting – this area will showcase some of the equestrian sporting disciplines via on-screen visuals and sound showers while providing the visitor an opportunity to mount a saddle to have a unique equine experience. Welfare – the domestic living conditions of the horse can be witnessed in this section of the exhibition providing the visitor with a range of housing and bedding options for the horse.Kids – in this final section of Equispher, children are invited into this dedicated centre area teaching them all about the digestive health with model digestive systems and colouring sheets.“We were delighted to work and collaborate with Alltech to carry out this amazing equine educational project that, we are convinced, will excite the Games Village visitors,” said Villain.”From the start, Alltech shared our vision for this original and interactive exhibition. Our collaborative efforts have resulted in an outstanding experience and insight into the world of the horse” said Neveux.Equispher is open daily in the Games Village during the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy and is free of charge to visitors holding a Games sport ticket or a Games Village ticket (€5.00).The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy are organised every four years and represent the most important equestrian event in the world. Alltech’s title sponsor status provides the company with a unique opportunity to feature the importance of agriculture to a global audience and to communicate Alltech’s passion for improving efficiency, profitability and sustainability on the farm through natural nutrition and scientific innovation. (photo: Life of a Horse)

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Roche’s Acquisition of InterMune Triggered by Pirfenidone Breakthrough Therapy Designation, says GlobalData Analyst

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 18 ottobre 2014

londonLONDON, UK (GlobalData), Adam Dion, GlobalData’s Analyst covering Healthcare Industry Dynamics, says:“Roche’s recent acquisition of InterMune gives the former the rights to pirfenidone, InterMune’s oral respiratory therapy for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF). Pirfenidone is approved for marketing in Canada and 30 European countries under the brand name Esbriet, and in Japan and South Korea where it is marketed by Shionogi as Pirespa. GlobalData forecasts sales of Esbriet to reach $1.5 billion by 2019, with long-term cash flows of $12 billion and an overall net present value of $6.7 billion, assuming US generic entry in November 2026.“There are no known causes of IPF, and there are currently no approved therapies in the US for the condition, leaving lung transplantation as the only option to extend patient life. However, InterMune hopes to change that, having just received breakthrough therapy designation from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in July for pirfenidone, based on results from the Phase III ASCEND trial. The FDA has stated that it will make its final decision on the application by late November. Following the organization’s previous rejection of pirfenidone, this breakthrough designation was clearly the sign that Roche was waiting for before pulling the trigger on the purchase.“For Roche, the acquisition extends its reach into the fast-growing respiratory market, a therapy franchise from which the company derives only a small fraction of its sales. The deal will broaden Roche’s portfolio, which currently consists of marketed products Xolair and Pulmozyme for treating asthma and cystic fibrosis, respectively.“InterMune stated that it has been charging about $40,000 a year per patient for pirfenidone outside the US. The price reflects the value that the medicine brings, since IPF affects about 100,000 people in the US and has been an especially daunting medical target, with patients often dying three to five years after diagnosis. Roche probably considered these factors when it decided to purchase InterMune, giving the company an opportunity to charge a high price for a new drug indicated to treat a disease with poor diagnosis.”

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Sub-Saharan Africa’s telecoms market is growing faster than that of any other global region

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 18 ottobre 2014

JohannesburgJohannesburg.The African telecoms market is set to be one of the main growth success stories for the telecoms sector in the next 5 years, according to a new report entitled Sub-Saharan Africa telecoms market: trends and forecasts 2013–2018 from telecoms specialist Analysys Mason.The telecoms market in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is transitioning, as growing revenue from mobile data services increasingly matches mobile voice growth.Telecoms service revenue in the SSA market will increase at a 6% CAGR during 2013–2018 (mobile at 6.7% and fixed at 1.0%), jumping from USD49 billion in 2013 to more than USD65 billion in 2018.Increased 3G coverage and capacity, and the widespread introduction of low-cost smartphones will help support the take-up of mobile data services. A related key driver is the increasing take-up of adjacent digital economy offerings – notably, mobile financial services.According to Analysys Mason’s regional analyst Mpho Moyo, “SSA’s telecoms market is growing faster than that of any other region, and will increase its share of worldwide telecoms revenue over the next 5 years, although this will still remain small compared with other regions.”The SSA market accounted for only 2.9% of worldwide telecoms revenue in 2013, increasing to 3.6% by 2018.Telecoms revenue in SSA will continue to be heavily dominated by mobile services, which accounted for 86.5% of telecoms revenue in 2013 and will contribute an even higher 89.4% in 2018. Mobile voice and handset data revenue will together deliver 90% of the total telecoms revenue growth in the region in the next 5 years.Mobile growth is coming in part from expanded penetration of mobile services generally. Mobile penetration of population was still below 80% in most countries in SSA in 2013, with the exception of Ghana and South Africa. Mobile voice will continue to be the largest component of the telecoms market through 2018, as new subscribers, new market entrants and mobile termination rate (MTR) reductions drive price competition and increased traffic.However, mobile data revenue will grow far faster than mobile voice revenue (at a 5-year CAGR of 19.6% compared with 4.7% for voice). Mobile handset data’s share of total telecoms revenue will almost double by 2018, reflecting the role of mobile devices as the main Internet access point for most users in Africa.Increased penetration of smartphones in the SSA region is underpinning handset data growth. Smartphone penetration will more than double from 12% of handsets in 2013 to 26% in 2018 (at a CAGR of 25.2%).Access to high-speed broadband services will remain restricted to a minority of users in the region for the next 5 years. 3G connections will account for 23% of mobile (non-M2M) connections by 2018, while 4G will account for only 3%. Fixed broadband household penetration will continue to lag significantly behind global averages at only 3.3% in 2018, and levels well below 2.0% in most markets. Significant structural and commercial barriers will continue to restrain fixed services growth – particularly outside major urban areas.As report co-author Alexandra Rehak notes, “Under-penetration of fixed and mobile data services in SSA represents a major growth opportunity for service providers and other market players, as does the growing demand for value-added digital economy offerings such as mobile financial services. However, affordability, coverage and effective regulatory and market structures remain major challenges for successful telecoms development in Africa.”

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Russia uses South Stream gas pipeline to widen EU division

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 18 ottobre 2014

gas_map416Plans for tougher economic sanctions against Russia are adding to a rift among European Union countries at the same time as there is division over Russia’s South Stream gas pipeline project, says GIS consultant Dr Frank Umbach, Senior Associate at the Centre for European Security Strategies (CESS) GmbH, Munich, Germany.Some EU-member states and their national corporate energy champions have sided with Moscow over the pipeline dispute when the EU’s authority and common political will is already being questioned by internal disagreement over sanctions.‘It is no coincidence that countries backing the South Stream project – Austria, Bulgaria, Italy and Hungary – are also opposing harsher sanctions,’ he says. ‘These countries do not want to risk their energy and trade ties with Russia. They prefer bilateral relations with Moscow at the expense of common EU energy security policies.’Bulgaria has annual gas consumption of 3 bcm, but is almost entirely dependent on Gazprom gas supplies. Russia’s bilateral relationship is such that it was able to directly influence Bulgaria’s energy legislation in Bulgaria.Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban has said that Russia’s South Stream pipeline is ‘a must’ for Hungary. The government does not want to rely on the outcome of the Ukraine crisis to decide its course of action.Rome, which currently holds the EU’s six-months presidency, has emerged as the biggest obstacle to imposing harsher sanctions on Russia after Moscow intensified its pressure and leverage on Italy as Russia’s second-largest EU trading partner.
Austria is a key natural gas hub in Europe. Half its natural gas imports arrive from Russia via Ukraine and Slovakia, and are transported to Italy, France, Hungary, Germany, Slovenia and Croatia. A third of all Russian gas exports to Western Europe pass through the Austrian gas hub in Baumgarten which explains its close energy dependence on Russia and its major importance to Gazprom and the Kremlin.‘Disregard of the common policies has prompted Poland to demand the direct involvement of the European Commission in all inter-governmental agreements and negotiations to ensure EU law is followed,’ says Dr Umbach. ‘The EU is again standing at another strategic crossroads to live up to its long-term defined common strategic energy security interests.’

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Construction of Alltech Pavilion Begins on Grounds of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 18 ottobre 2014

Alltech Pavilion Begins[CAEN, France] – With less than four weeks to go to the official opening ceremony of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy, excitement is brewing as construction commences on the Alltech Pavilion. Construction crews are currently transforming the land surrounding the Caen Exhibition Centre, which will play host to the 2014 Games Village where the Alltech Pavilion will be located. The Games Village will offer entertainment and a variety of exhibitions accessible free of charge to everyone holding a Games sport ticket or with the purchase of a Games Village ticket (€5.00). In total, the Games Village is spread over an area of 110,000 square meters, with no fewer than 500 exhibition horses and 450 people working on site.Alltech’s title sponsor status provides a unique opportunity to spread the message of agriculture’s critical role worldwide to a global audience and communicate Alltech’s passion for improving efficiency, profitability and sustainability on the farm and beyond through natural nutrition and scientific innovation. The Alltech Pavilion, located in the heart of the Games Village, will tell the Alltech story to thousands of international Games visitors. Spanning almost 2,000 square meters, the Alltech Pavilion will feature bilingual content about Alltech’s pioneering efforts in the fields of crop, animal and human health and nutrition around the world.“The goal of our Pavilion is to celebrate agriculture and its role in nourishing the world. Visitors to the Alltech Pavilion will witness firsthand how scientists at Alltech are making breakthroughs in providing solutions to farmers while protecting the world’s natural resources. My wife Deirdre and her team have worked tirelessly to design and bring to life our vision here at Alltech through this magnificent Pavilion,” said Dr. Pearse Lyons, founder and president of Alltech.Exhibits at the Alltech Pavilion examine key global challenges to feeding a growing population in a healthy and sustainable way. Visitors can explore the world of scientific innovation in areas such as algae and DHA omega-3 enrichment, crop science, life science, nutrigenomics, farming and animal health. Visitors will discover Alltech’s passionate commitment to curiosity-driven research, which leads Alltech to natural, nutritional solutions for the food and feed industries around the world. ( photo: Alltech Pavilion Begins)

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Fraunhofer technology thrills Frankfurt museum

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 18 ottobre 2014

Fraunhofer technologyDisasters are threatening historic cultural treasures. For the first time last week, Fraunhofer researchers automated 3D reconstruction of artifacts in the Frankfurt Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung, making them accessible for eternity. CultLab3D, the world’s unique 3D scanning facility for cultural artifacts, was in operation inside the Medieval Room of the Frankfurt Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung developed by Fraunhofer IGD, is to revolutionize the needed 3D digitization of cultural artifacts. The artifacts, threatened by environmental influences and disasters, are secured in their current state of preservation and at the same time are made accessible to international research. So far, this process has been very expensive and time-consuming. With CultLab3D, the Fraunhofer researchers are relying on the industrialization and automation of the entire 3D digitization process of artifacts by means of state-of-the-art scan and illumination techniques. The mobile digitization laboratory thus allows for the millions of existing artifacts to be scanned and archived in an industrial, cost-effective and fast manner.With their CultLab3D, the Fraunhofer researchers are digitizing genuine cultural artifacts for the first time in a fully automated way in Frankfurt. “In this test run, we gained a great number of very valuable insights”, says Martin Ritz of Fraunhofer IGD. “The properties of the different sculptures but also the conditions in the museum operation are providing us with some important impulses to further develop CultLab3D.” This is how the researchers managed, among other challenges, to apply the automated scanning process with industrial cameras to very dark and low-contrast objects as well. In the process, CultLab3D does not only capture geometry and texture of artifacts but also their optical material properties such as reflection and absorption behavior. This allows for a photo-realistic 3D illustration.
So far, 3D scans of art treasures have entailed laborious and cost-intensive manual labor for the most part. Due to the higher speed, the Fraunhofer researchers aim to reduce the cost of 3D scans tenfold to twentyfold. The outlook of being able to digitize entire collections in the future is very welcome to Prof. Dr. Vinzenz Brinkmann, head of the collection of antiques at the Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung: “Whoever knows how we had to work before, will recognize the “miracle” of the scanning facility. Entirely new ways of scientific study will now open up to museums around the world.”
Fraunhofer IGD is the world’s leading institute for applied research in Visual Computing. Visual Computing is image- and model-based information technology and includes computer graphics, computer vision, as well as virtual and augmented reality.In simple terms, the Fraunhofer researchers in Darmstadt, Rostock, Graz and Singapore are turning images into information and extracting information from images. In corporation with its partners, technical solutions and marketrelevant products are created. (photo: Fraunhofer technology)

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In a recent visit to SOCAR, Swiss company AXPO highlighted the importance of Azerbaijan’s role in the energy sector. AXPO have a 5% participation in the TAP Trans Adriatic Pipeline

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 18 ottobre 2014

Azerbaijan16This project will be providing energy security to Europe by transporting natural gas from the Caspian region to across Europe, with routes from Greece and Turkey through to Albanian and the Adriatic Sea before finally reaching Southern Italy. TAP will connect with TANAP (Trans Anatolian Pipeline) at the Greek-Turkish border. Europe will expect to receive volumes of Azerbaijani gas by January 2023.The project will be among the main topics of discussion at the 2nd Azerbaijan & Caspian Sea Oil & Gas Week 2014, 19 – 21 November at the Four Seasons Baku. This leading forum will bring together senior level delegates from Azerbaijan’s growing oil and gas industry. It will assess the latest developments in upstream, midstream and downstream projects.Representatives from National and International Oil Operators will present the future outlook for Azerbaijan’s Oil and Gas industry including SOCAR Turkey, BP, TOTAL and NOCAR. The event will include a 3 day conference and workshop analysing new areas of development and investment in Azerbaijan’s oil and gas projects.Over the past 16 years Azerbaijan has seen $60 million in foreign investment for the oil and gas sector. It continues to be a leader in oil production. Shah Deniz Oil field is the largest in Azerbaijan with reserves between 1.5 – 3 billion barrels. It has put Azerbaijan as a leader in oil production. The TAP project will guarantee continued development of the national economy.
As one of the world’s most ancient oil countries, Azerbaijan continues to draw upon its energy resources to increase its own economic turnover, done largely by co-operating with industry leading companies. This year presents the 20th anniversary of the “Contract of the Century”; a significant point in oil strategy for Azerbaijan and the Caspian region. It involved 11 great oil companies representing 8 countries and it has had an exceptional impact on the economy.
The Azerbaijan and Caspian Sea Oil & Gas Week 2014 is now in its 2nd year and continues to bring together global leading specialists and leaders in the energy sector. Oliver Kinross are a leader in delivering summits of high quality with networking opportunities for the industry.

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Music stars Rudimental receive honorary degrees from Leeds Met today

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 18 ottobre 2014

soundChart-toppers, BRIT award winners and Leeds Metropolitan graduates, Rudimental, returned to the University to be awarded honorary degrees.Piers Aggett and Kesi Dryden, who make up half of the group, graduated from Leeds Met in 2008 from BSc (Hons) Creative Music and Sound Technology.Since storming to the top of the UK charts in 2012 with their single Feel the Love, the group have enjoyed continued success. Last year their album Home, which features a string of stars including John Newman and Emeli Sandé, debuted at number one in the charts.On receiving his award, Piers commented: “This award means a lot. It’s a big achievement and it feels amazing to be rewarded for our hard work. We’ve been successful for two years now and there have been so many highlights. The main one for me has been playing at Glastonbury this year.“My best memory of studying here was being in the studio – they’ve got amazing studio facilities here and they were just really fun. We got to use lots of really cool equipment. Networking with other students and just trying out new things in the studio was the funnest part.”
Kesi added: “We’ve had so many career highlights it’s hard to pick one – every couple of weeks there’s something new, which is amazing. For me I would go with getting to number with ‘Feel the Love’ which was our debut single so that was special. The advice I’d give to students graduating today would be to work hard and put the hours in, whatever career it is that you want. Leeds is a great place to be as a student, there’s so much going on. We had an exciting three years here.”In February this year, the band won their first BRIT award for Best British Single for their track Waiting All Night, which was released in April last year and features the vocals of singer, Ella Eyre.Piers and Kesi were both awarded an Honorary Masters of Music for their contribution to the arts.The pair remain close to their roots and, in November 2012, they returned to Leeds Met to talk to music students about their success and experience at the University, taking part in a lively question and answer session with the undergraduates prior to their concert at the O2 Academy in Leeds that evening.Alongside Piers and Kesi, Amir Amor and DJ Locksmith make up the London-based quartet. As well as having toured extensively in the UK, Rudimental have also toured in Europe, Australia and the USA.They kicked off 2014 with a performance on Jools Holland’s annual Hootenanny and have continued with a sell-out UK tour including three consecutive dates at Brixton Academy.
Others receiving honorary degrees from Leeds Metropolitan this week include: Coronation Street Producer, Stuart Blackburn; former professional road racing cyclist and national champion, Sid Barras and director of critically-acclaimed films, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and Brassed Off, Mark Herman.
Leeds Metropolitan University Vice Chancellor, Professor Susan Price, said: “Since graduating Piers and Kesi’s success has known no bounds, and we could not be more proud of them and all that they have achieved. An inspiration to both our students and current graduates, they are living proof that hard work and determination does pay off and we are delighted to recognise their contribution to the arts and the continued support they show to our University with their Honorary Masters of Music awards.”

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Latest Human Development Index shows overall slowdown in growth

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 18 ottobre 2014

levelLevels in human development continue to rise – yet the pace has slowed for all regions and progress has been highly uneven, according to the latest Human Development Index (HDI) included in the 2014 Human Development Report “Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience”, published today by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
The lower human development groups appear to be improving at a higher rate – grounds for optimism that the gap between higher and lower human development groups is narrowing.
Zimbabwe, for example, experienced the biggest improvement in HDI due to a significant increase in life expectancy – 1.8 years from 2012 to 2013, almost quadruple the average global increase.Meanwhile, the rankings remain unchanged at both ends of the HDI. Norway, Australia, Switzerland, Netherlands and United States remain in the lead for another year, while Sierra Leone, Chad, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Niger continue to rank bottom of the list.Despite overall gains in human development, progress in all regions decelerated over 2008-2013 compared to 2000-2008. In the Arab States, Asia and the Pacific region, and Latin America and the Caribbean, average annual growth rate in HDI dropped by about half when comparing these periods. The steepest declines in HDI values this year occurred in Central African Republic, Libya and Syria, where ongoing conflict contributed to a drop in incomes. This year’s Report presents HDI values for 187 countries, and is the first index to use the latest International Comparison Program’s conversion rates of national currencies to purchasing power parity, released by the World Bank in May 2014. Income inequality continues to grow and education remains persistently unequal The 2014 Report reveals that overall inequality has declined slightly in most regions, as measured by the Inequality-Adjusted Human Development Index (IHDI). This has been driven mainly by improvements in health in recent years.However, inequality in income has risen in several regions, including among very high human development countries. Despite registering the biggest drop in overall inequality this year, the Latin America and Caribbean region maintains the global high-water mark in income inequality. And high disparities in education persist. The Report shows that older generations continue to struggle with illiteracy, while younger ones are having difficulty making the leap from primary to secondary schooling. The highest levels of education inequality are found in South Asia, the Arab States and Sub-Saharan Africa.The IHDI, calculated for 145 countries, shows that the lowest levels of inequality are to be found in Norway, Finland, and Czech Republic.When ranked by the IHDI, some countries rank lower than when ranked by the HDI.In United States, Gross National Income (GNI) per capita is higher than in Canada. But when the GNI is adjusted for inequality, the reverse becomes true. Similarly, Botswana, Brazil and Chile have large adjustments to GNI per capita due to high inequality.

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2.2 billion people are poor or near-poor, warns 2014 Human Development Report on vulnerability and resilience

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 18 ottobre 2014

human-growth-developmentPersistent vulnerability threatens human development, and unless it is systematically tackled by policies and social norms, progress will be neither equitable nor sustainable. This is the core premise of the 2014 Human Development Report, launched here today by Prime Minister of Japan Shinzō Abe, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark and Director of the Human Development Report Office Khalid Malik. Entitled Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience, the Report provides a fresh perspective on vulnerability and proposes ways to strengthen resilience. According to income-based measures of poverty, 1.2 billion people live with $1.25 or less a day. However, the latest estimates of the UNDP Multidimensional Poverty Index reveal that almost 1.5 billion people in 91 developing countries are living in poverty with overlapping deprivations in health, education and living standards. And although poverty is declining overall, almost 800 million people are at risk of falling back into poverty if setbacks occur. “By addressing vulnerabilities, all people may share in development progress, and human development will become increasingly equitable and sustainable,” stated UNDP Administrator Helen Clark today. The 2014 Human Development Report comes at a critical time, as attention turns to the creation of a new development agenda following the 2015 deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals.
The Report holds that as crises spread ever faster and further, it is critical to understand vulnerability in order to secure gains and sustain progress. It points to a slowdown in human development growth across all regions, as measured by the Human Development Index (HDI). It notes that threats such as financial crises, fluctuations in food prices, natural disasters and violent conflict significantly impede progress. “Reducing both poverty and people’s vulnerability to falling into poverty must be a central objective of the post-2015 agenda,” the Report states. “Eliminating extreme poverty is not just about ‘getting to zero’; it is also about staying there.” “Reducing vulnerability is a key ingredient in any agenda for improving human development,” writes Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz, in a contribution to the Report. “[We] need to approach it from a broad systemic perspective.”
The 2014 Report takes such an approach, using a human development lens to take a fresh look at vulnerability as an overlapping and mutually reinforcing set of risks. It explores structural vulnerabilities – those that have persisted and compounded over time as a result of discrimination and institutional failings, hurting groups such as the poor, women, migrants, people living with disabilities, indigenous groups and older people. For instance, 80 percent of the world’s elderly lack social protection, with large numbers of older people also poor and disabled. The Report also introduces the idea of life cycle vulnerabilities, the sensitive points in life where shocks can have greater impact. They include the first 1,000 days of life, and the transitions from school to work, and from work to retirement. “Capabilities accumulate over an individual’s lifetime and have to be nurtured and maintained; otherwise they can stagnate and even decline,” it warns. “Life capabilities are affected by investments made in preceding stages of life, and there can be long-term consequences of exposure to short-term shocks.” For example, in one study cited by the Report, poor children in Ecuador were shown to be already at a vocabulary disadvantage by the age of six. Timely interventions-such as investments in early childhood development-are therefore critical, the Report states.

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So the recession was not so bad after all

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 18 ottobre 2014

European CommissionAs the world economy hovers close to another growth crisis, European statisticians have quietly admitted that the last recession was not quite as bad as they made us believe.The European Commission’s statistical agency has just released revised economic growth figures for the period 1997-2013  Whilst they try to play down the overall impact of the changes, the detailed country data for recent years makes much more dramatic reading. Due to new ways that the capitalization of research and development is treated in the figures and various “statistical improvements”, the collapse of the economies of Cyprus and Netherlands in 2010 now appear to have been severely overblown. The new figures raise the 2010 GDP figures by 9.5% for Cyprus and 7.6% for the Netherlands.
Other countries affected by these changes are Sweden (+5.5%), Finland (+4.7%) and the Czech Republic (+4.3%). In all other EU countries except Latvia the changes had a positive effect upon GDP. Commenting on these revisions today, Robin Chater – Secretary-General of The Federation of International Employers (who is himself a professional statistician) – said:“ We have always known that GDP figures have been vulnerable to such substantial revisions. That is why it is so dangerous to look at current statistics and draw too many conclusions from them. This is, however, a significant embarrassment for the European Commission as it will be fully aware that all players in the EU economy have relied so much upon their data as a basis for purchasing and investment decisions. Now to be told that the recession was not quite so dramatic after all will make many companies very angry – especially in the finance sector. “The Federation is currently compiling new figures to create improved estimates for the global economy, prices and remuneration. These will make it much easier to assess the overall movement of economic cycles as they occur. ends/

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The MIAMI Association of REALTORS and the Southeast Florida Multiple Listing Service are the sources for statistics reported by the National Association of Realtors and Florida Realtors

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 18 ottobre 2014

Miami-skyline-for-wikipediaMiami, FL – The Miami real estate market continued to experience rising prices in the second quarter of 2014 due to strong demand, particularly for single-family homes priced between $200,000 and $400,000, according to the 30,000-member MIAMI Association of REALTORS and the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) systems.In the second quarter, the median sales price for homes in Miami-Dade County was $245,000, an increase of 8.9 percent compared to last year. The median sales price for condominiums rose 5.6 percent to $190,000 in the second quarter compared to a year earlier. Second quarter price increases mark ten (10) consecutive quarters of growth for both single-family homes and condominiums.
“The Miami real estate market continues to reflect strength and vitality fueled by demand from both foreign and domestic buyers,” said 2014 Chairman of the Board of the MIAMI Association of REALTORS Liza Mendez. “While supply is growing and creating more balance between buyers and sellers, inventory in certain price points and market segments remains tight, particularly for single-family homes. Financing for condominiums is still difficult to obtain, a fact that is hurting sales for this property type.”Compared to last year, the average sales prices for single-family homes and condominiums increased 3.5 percent to $460,018 and 6.7 percent to $375,941, respectively.Nationally, the median sales price of existing single-family homes was $212,400 in the second quarter, up 4.4 percent from the second quarter of 2013. The national median sales price for condominiums was $211,100, a 5.9 percent increase over the previous year.The statewide median sales price for single-family existing homes in the second quarter was $180,000, up 5.3 percent from the same quarter a year ago. The median sales price for condominiums in Florida was up 10.1 percent compared to the same quarter last year at $142,000.
There were 8,139 homes and condos sold in Miami-Dade County during the second quarter of 2014, a negligible decrease of 0.9 percent compared to the second quarter of 2013, when there was record sales activity. Sales of single-family homes increased 4.9 percent to 3,650, while condominium sales decreased 5.2 percent to 8,214 compared with the same period in 201Sales of single-family homes priced between $200,000 and $400,000 surged 68 percent in the second quarter of 2014 compared to the same period in 2013. Sales of condominiums priced between $100,000 and $400,000 increased 35 percent in the second quarter.“As the Miami real estate market continues to normalize and perform in a healthy manner, there are increased opportunities for all types of buyers,” said 2014 MIAMI Association of REALTORS Residential President Francisco Angulo. “While inventory is still limited depending on the area and price range, buyers generally have more to choose from and prices remain at affordable 2003 levels.”Nationally, total existing-home sales, including single-family and condos, increased 5.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.87 million in the second quarter from 4.60 million in the first quarter, but were 4.5 percent below the 5.10 million pace during the second quarter of 2013, according to the National Association of Realtors.Statewide closed sales of existing single-family homes totaled 67,579 in the second quarter, up 7.3 percent compared to the year-ago figure, according to the latest housing data release by Florida Realtors. Closed sales of condominiums totaled 30,918, down 3.4 percent compared to 2013.
The Miami Association’s initiatives to increase inventory and focus on assisting members to get more listings has proven successful along with some additional distressed properties coming on the market. The fact that sales remain at historically strong levels while inventory is growing points to seller confidence. Sellers are listing properties for sale because they have confidence in the market.Home and condominium listings also increased in the second quarter but by narrower margins. There were 8,635 new single-family home listings during the second quarter, a growth of 4.0 percent relative to the same period last year. New condominium listings increased 3.8 percent from 6,025 in the second quarter of 2013 to 6,255 this year.
Second quarter active listings in Miami-Dade County totaled 17,089, representing an increase of 29.9 percent. This reflects the success of the MIAMI campaign to achieve a more balanced market between buyers and sellers. At the current sales pace, current inventory represents 5.5 months of inventory for single-family homes and 7.8 for condominiums. Compared to the second quarter of 2013, months supply of inventory for single-family homes and condominiums increased 13.5 percent and 33.6 percent respectively. A balanced market between buyers and sellers offers between six and nine months supply of inventory.The median duration of single-family home listings during the second quarter was 43 days compared to 40 days during the same period last year, a slight increase of 7.5 percent. Similarly, the median days on the market for condominium listings were 56 days compared to 45 last year, an increase of 24.4 percent.

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“Politicians need to address transport taboos, not just new technology, to meet carbon targets,” say researchers

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 18 ottobre 2014

university_surrey_schoolNew research published today in the Journal of Transport Geography has found that a focus on new technology is not enough to meet carbon reduction targets in the transport industry.Transport accounts for 30% of CO2 emissions in the EU, with emissions rising 36% between 1990 and 2007. The research, carried out by Lund University and the University of Surrey a found a need to dissect the widely-held view that new technologies, such as biofuel and improved aircraft design, will result in carbon reduction targets being met.In the paper, researchers highlight the fact that policy makers are turning to the perceived benefits of such technologies to drive decarbonisation policy, despite contrary evidence. They argue that in order to cut damaging carbon emissions, politicians need to address ‘transport taboos’ rather than focus just on technological innovation.These transport taboos are defined as transport ‘norms’, such as societies’ growing appetite for frequent, long-distance travel, the unjust relationship between mobility and income, and the powerful position of lobbyists and industry in influencing policy. The team of researchers found that policies which challenged these taboos are regarded as serious threats to political position and are therefore ignored by politicians.
“This study shows what a pervasive force the transport industry is in influencing carbon-reduction policy. Politicians continue to ignore evidence of what works in favour of optimistic headlines about technological innovation, driven by industry and lobbyists,” said co-author, Dr Scott Cohen from the University of Surrey“There is a lot of exaggeration surrounding ‘wonder’ technologies that promise to reduce carbon levels while allowing privileged sections of society to continue to travel without limits. These optimistic claims are largely undebated in political circles, as this would force politicians to face some harsh truths.”Researchers found that it is the most highly mobile and environmentally aware travellers who refuse to reduce travel, with men in higher income groups the most frequent and long-distance flyers. “The richest and politically powerful contribute the most to global carbon emissions. Ironically they are offered rewards for this behaviour with air miles, as well as earning prestige among peers who view international travel as a status symbol. Our research explores how these transport taboos are driving policies that are contradictory to carbon emission targets. For example, energy intensive air transport is the least taxed and most subsidised. In one year, Ryanair received subsidies of 800m Euro while encouraging frequent, low-cost flight. Rather than maintain the status quo, we need to start challenging these damaging norms.”

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