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Comunità Sant’Egidio: visita in corea del Nord

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 17 dicembre 2018

Una delegazione della Comunità di Sant’Egidio, guidata da Marco Impagliazzo, ha compiuto una visita in Corea del Nord (DPRK) nel quadro della cooperazione umanitaria e del dialogo con il Paese. La visita si è svolta in varie città: Pyongyang, Wonsan, Munchon, Panmunjom. Sant’Egidio sostiene da sei anni con aiuti alimentari, farmaci e attrezzature mediche l’ospedale pediatrico di Wonsan che è di riferimento per tutta la provincia di Kangwon nell’est del Paese. Il sostegno alimentare raggiunge anche più di 300 anziani in strutture statali a Munchon.
A Pyongyang la delegazione è stata ricevuta dal Presidente del Presidium dell’Assemblea del popolo, che ha il ruolo di Capo di Stato, Kim Yong Nam. Nel corso dell’incontro il Presidente si è congratulato con la Comunità per l’instancabile lavoro per la pace nel mondo e per il 50° anniversario. Ha ringraziato per il sostegno umanitario ai bambini e agli anziani di Wonsan e Munchon e ha auspicato che la cooperazione si intensifichi in futuro anche sul campo culturale e educativo. Marco Impagliazzo ha illustrato al Presidente le attività della Comunità a favore degli anziani e dei bambini in vari luoghi del mondo e il recente lavoro per la pace in Africa, ha quindi assicurato il Presidente dell’intenzione di rafforzare e estendere la cooperazione nel campo umanitario e educativo e ha auspicato che i recenti passi di pace tra le due Coree abbiano successo per il bene della popolazione della penisola.La delegazione ha anche incontrato il vice ministro degli Esteri per l’Europa, Im Chon Il, con il quale si è intrattenuta sulle relazioni bilaterali con la Comunità e alcuni aspetti di politica internazionale per la pace.A Pyongyang la delegazione ha reso visita alle varie associazioni cristiane presenti, quella cattolica nell’unica chiesa della città a Changchung, la Federazione cristiana di Corea e la Chiesa ortodossa russa presente nella città con due preti che celebrano nella chiesa ortodossa inaugurata nel 2006 dal patriarca Kirill. La delegazione ha avuto anche incontri con studenti e professori dell’Università di studi stranieri di Pyongyang, tra cui studenti di lingua e cultura italiana. Grande interesse è stato manifestato dai docenti e dagli studenti all’apertura di scambi culturali con la Comunità e con istituzioni culturali italiane. A Panmunjom, lungo il 38 parallelo nella zona demilitarizzata che separa le due Coree, è stato ricordato il recente storico incontro tra i leader del Nord e del Sud che ha avviato una stagione di riavvicinamento segnata dalla ripresa del dialogo.

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Launching of the Riachuelo, the first Brazilian Scorpène® submarine

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 17 dicembre 2018

The Brazilian Navy launched its first Brazilian-built Scorpène® submarine, the Riachuelo. The ceremony took place at the Itaguaí Navy base in presence of the President of the Federal Republic of Brazil and of the elected President. In 2009, Naval Group was entrusted by the Brazilian Navy with designing and transferring the technology for four conventional Scorpène® submarines, and for the design and manufacturing assistance for the non-nuclear part of Brazil’s first nuclear-powered submarine. The contract also included the support for the construction of a naval base and a shipyard in Brazil.The Prosub program is a key extension of the strategic defence cooperation agreement signed in December 2008 in Rio de Janeiro.The launching of the Scorpène® Riachuelo in presence of the Brazilian head of state today demonstrates the success of this program, with both the successful completion of the first submarine and of the shipyard’s infrastructure. The latter is being built by a Brazilian company, Construtora Norberto Odebrecht (CNO), based on Naval Group specifications and on the French group’s experience in the design, production engineering and in-service support of submarines.The Riachuelo will start sea trials in 2019 for delivery in 2020. Delivery of submarines 2, 3 and 4 will then follow every 12 to 18 months.
Scorpène® is the conventional submarine designed by Naval Group for the export market. It demonstrates both Naval Group’s ability to deliver best in class submarines and to conduct successful transfers of technology. Today 14 Scorpène® submarines are in operational service or being built, for the Chilean Navy (2 units), the Malaysian Navy (2 units), the Indian Navy (6 units) and the Brazilian Navy (4 units).
The Scorpène® design is adapted to fit each navy’s specific requirements. Thus, the Brazilian Scorpène® will be slightly longer to carry a larger crew, almost double the patrol range, and be able to cover greater distances.Scorpène® is ideally suited for action and operational effectiveness. Robust and enduring, it’s an ocean-going submarine also designed for shallow waters operations. Multipurpose, it fulfils the entire scope of missions such as anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare, special operations, offensive minelaying and intelligence gathering. Integrating improvements from French Barracuda-Class fast-attack submarine, Scorpène® has cutting-edge capabilities.

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LoanMart Introduces “MoneyTalk”

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 17 dicembre 2018

LoanMart is excited to introduce MoneyTalk, a new website portal dedicated to providing knowledge, tips, and tricks that people can use to do more with their money. MoneyTalk is where years of helping customers and years of financial expertise come together to expand the company’s offerings beyond simple lending.No matter where a person is with their finances, MoneyTalk articles can help them gain knowledge that can help them take control of their financial future.LoanMart’s MoneyTalk articles answer questions commonly asked by consumers. With MoneyTalk’s articles, people can learn how to get the most from their money. While navigating the website, users will find practical ways to make and keep a budget, improve credit, use credit cards and bank accounts, and of course, borrow money.The financial information on the website goes beyond yesterday’s trends, and looks to the future, with articles covering everything from digital money to identity theft.According to Jason Springer, LoanMart’s Chief Marketing Officer, “A lot of thought, effort and resources went into creating MoneyTalk, as our goal was to build a robust site that reflects our commitment to helping people meet their financial objectives. For LoanMart, our mission is to provide access to credit for when our customers need it, but also to provide resources that can help people better manage their finances and improve their access to credit in the future.” LoanMart’s MoneyTalk website is live, and ready to be used by those who need it – everyone!

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Christmas goes digital

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 17 dicembre 2018

This year once again, the gifts under the Christmas tree will be emitting beeps, buzzes, and radio waves. According to the Consumer Technology Association, holiday consumer tech sales are poised to hit a record $96.1 Billion in the U.S. this year. This could be a smart watch, a game console, or of course a smart phone. This also means that Bosch will figure prominently under people’s Christmas trees, even though few may realize it. There’s at least one Bosch MEMS sensor in more than half the smartphones on the planet, and five of them on average in every new car. And there are millions more in drones, game consoles, fitness wristbands, and vacuum-cleaning robots. Bosch has produced more than ten billion of these miniature sensors in its wafer fab at Reutlingen since 1995. “MEMS sensors are the building blocks of the connected world. They endow everyday objects with sensory perception and connect them with the internet,” says Jens Fabrowsky, member of the executive management of the Automotive Electronics division at Robert Bosch GmbH. With the number of connected devices rising fast – Gartner expects the global count to come to 20 billion by 2020 – MEMS sensors are sure to become chip-sized superheroes that we simply cannot do without.

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GE Announces Plan for Auditor Tender Process

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 17 dicembre 2018

GE announced that the Audit Committee of its Board of Directors will move forward with a tender process for the appointment as GE’s independent audit firm. The effective date for the audit firm appointment following that process will be based on the progress toward completing the Company’s previously announced portfolio actions. The Audit Committee has determined to reappoint KPMG LLP (KPMG) as GE’s auditor for 2019.The announcement follows the annual auditor ratification vote at GE’s shareowner meeting in April 2018, which was significantly lower than prior years with approximately 65% of the votes cast in favor of ratifying KPMG’s appointment as GE’s auditor for 2018. Since the ratification vote, the Audit Committee has sought feedback from GE shareowners and considered a range of options in response.GE Audit Committee Chairman Geoff Beattie said, “The plan announced today is responsive to our shareowners and balances the competing considerations about undertaking an audit firm rotation amidst the portfolio and other strategic actions that the Company is currently executing.”The Audit Committee plans to provide additional details about its deliberations and the response to the 2018 auditor ratification vote in the Company’s proxy statement that will be filed in March 2019.

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Port of Brownsville Foreign Trade Zone Ranks Second in Value of Exports

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 17 dicembre 2018

For the third straight year, Foreign Trade Zone No. 62 (FTZ) at the Port of Brownsville ranks second in the nation for the value of exports, according to the U.S. Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ) Board’s annual report to Congress released Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. The port’s FTZ reported more than $3.5 billion in exported goods in 2017. Additionally, FTZ No. 62 ranked 18th nationally for the value of imports totaling more than $3.6 billion. The Port of Brownsville FTZ has consistently ranked in the top five nationally since 2012, earning the number 1 spot in the nation in 2012 and 2013. The port’s FTZ has ranked second in the list for three straight years now (2015, 2016, 2017).“The Port of Brownsville continues to maintain a standard of excellence as the leading economic engine in the Rio Grande Valley,” said John Reed, Brownsville Navigation District Chairman. “The zone’s steady growth in cargo movement provides greater job opportunities to our region, driving our economy forward.”FTZ No. 62 is administered by the Port of Brownsville and includes magnet sites at FINSA Industrial Park at Los Indios, NAFTA Industrial Park in Brownsville, Brownsville-South Padre Island Air Cargo Complex, Port of Harlingen, Valley International Airport Industrial Park, as well as the Port of Brownsville. In 2013, FTZ No. 62 was approved for reorganization under the Alternative Site Framework allowing it to operate sites across Cameron County.
“Our customers and port tenants both contribute to the FTZ’s overall success,” said Tony Rodriguez, Director of Cargo Services and FTZ Administrator for the port. “They are essential to the port’s continued economic expansion.”The 79th Annual Report of U.S. Foreign-Trade Zones Board to the Congress of the United States for 2017 is available at http://www.trade.gov/ftz.

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Munich Re, US Appoints Kerner CEO of New Munich Re Specialty Insurance Unit

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 17 dicembre 2018

Munich Reinsurance America, Inc. (Munich Re, US) announced today the appointment of Michael Kerner as Chief Executive Officer for Munich Re Specialty Insurance, a new commercial insurance unit in North America. He will report to Tony Kuczinski, President and Chief Executive Officer, Munich Re, US. In this new role, Kerner will have oversight for uniting several Munich Re Group business units under the new primary specialty commercial insurance umbrella.“We are pleased to welcome Mike, an insurance industry veteran, to this new leadership role,” said Kuczinski. “His deep insurance industry expertise and experience managing multiple functional areas in a global organization are important assets that will help unify and grow our primary specialty commercial insurance business. Munich Re Specialty Insurance will complement American Modern, Hartford Steam Boiler and other parts of the Munich Re family in the U.S.“ Peter Roeder, Chairman of Munich Re America and Board Member of Munich Re, said, “Munich Re Specialty Insurance will unite the expertise of our multiple commercial specialty insurance divisions. I am convinced that the new unit will become an important and profitable part of Munich Re in the U.S. Mike Kerner is the ideal candidate to successfully lead Munich Re Specialty Insurance, and I am happy to have him on board.” Kerner brings with him more than 30 years of experience in the global re/insurance market. For the past two years, he served as Executive Vice President, Risk Management and Strategy at Everest Re. Prior to that, Kerner spent 23 years at Zurich Insurance Company in a variety of senior executive roles, including Chief Executive Officer of General Insurance, Chief Executive Officer of Global Corporate North America, Global Chief Underwriting Officer, Global Head of Group Reinsurance, and Chief Operations Officer of North America Specialties. In the past, Kerner also held actuarial leadership roles in the industry.“I’m very excited to join Munich Re and help fulfill the company’s vision of better serving our clients and brokers and becoming a more capable and relevant participant in the North American specialty commercial insurance market,” said Kerner.Kerner has a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and economics from the State University of New York at Binghamton where he currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Harpur College Advocacy Council. He is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.

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Siria: metà dei bambini (4 milioni) sono cresciuti conoscendo solo la guerra

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 16 dicembre 2018

Secondo l’UNICEF- con circa 4 milioni di bambini nati in Siria dall’inizio del conflitto quasi 8 anni fa – la metà dei bambini del paese sono cresciuti conoscendo soltanto la guerra. Raggiungerli ovunque essi siano e soddisfare i loro bisogni, adesso e nel futuro, rimane la priorità.“Ogni bambino di 8 anni in Siria è cresciuto tra pericoli, distruzione e morte,” ha dichiarato Henrietta Fore, Direttore generale dell’UNICEF, al termine di una missione di 5 giorni nel paese devastato dal conflitto. “Questi bambini devono poter tornare a scuola, ricevere vaccini e sentirsi al sicuro e protetti. Dobbiamo poterli aiutare.”
Visitando alcune delle aree da poco tornate accessibili in Siria, Fore ha visto come il conflitto abbia colpito famiglie, bambini e le comunità in cui essi vivono.A Douma, nel Ghouta orientale, solo pochi mesi dopo la fine di un assedio durato 5 anni, le famiglie sfollate hanno iniziato a ritornare e la popolazione della città adesso è stimata essere di circa 200.000 persone. Molte famiglie sono tornate negli edifici danneggiati e la minaccia di ordigni inesplosi è molto alta. Da maggio 2018, risultano in 26 i bambini uccisi o feriti in tutto il Ghouta Orientale a causa degli ordigni rimasti. “A Douma, le famiglie vivono – e crescono i loro bambini – tra le macerie, lottano per l’acqua, cibo e riscaldamento in questo clima invernale”, ha continuato Fore. “Ci sono 20 scuole, tutte sovraffollate e che hanno bisogno di formazione per giovani insegnanti, di libri, materiali scolastici, porte, finestre ed elettricità.” È tanto il livello di distruzione a Douma che un’organizzazione non governativa partner, con il supporto dell’UNICEF, ha allestito una clinica informale all’interno di una moschea danneggiata.Ad Hama, il Direttore Generale dell’UNICEF ha visitato un centro in cui giovani ragazze e ragazzi imparano come opporsi alla violenza di genere. “Dall’inizio del conflitto, i bambini e i giovani sono diventati sempre più violenti”, ha dichiarato Zein, di 15 anni, un visitatore regolare al centro. “Il bullismo, le molestie, le aggressioni fisiche, i matrimoni precoci – tutte queste forme di violenza sono aumentate. I bambini e i giovani vedono violenze ovunque attorno a loro, e le vedono come normali. Dobbiamo fermare tutto ciò, sensibilizzando a comportamenti migliori”.Durante l’ultimo giorno del viaggio, Fore ha visitato Deraa, città in cui vivono circa 1 milione di persone. Il numero di sfollati nel governatorato è alto, aggiungendo ulteriore stress a servizi limitati. La metà dei 100 centri di assistenza sanitaria primaria del governatorato è stata danneggiata o distrutta. Le due stazioni principali che forniscono acqua alla città di Deraa si trovavano in aree precedentemente contestate, ciò causava frequenti tagli alle forniture idriche e a una dipendenza da camion che trasportano acqua. L’UNICEF ha aiutato a costruire dei condotti lunghi 16 km per portare acqua sicura a 200.000 persone. Di circa 1.000 scuole nel governatorato, almeno metà hanno bisogno di riparazioni. Le aule sono sovraffollate. I bambini hanno perso anni di formazione scolastica a causa della guerra, per questo motivo l’età degli studenti del primo anno può variare da 6 a 17 anni. Molti studenti stanno lasciando la scuola – il tasso di abbandono scolastico in Siria è al 29%.“Nelle scuole vengono piantati i primi semi della coesione sociale”, ha dichiarato Fore. “Abbiamo bisogno di istruzione di qualità per fare in modo che i bambini vogliano andare a scuola e ci vogliano rimanere”.Visto che l’accesso è migliorato, l’UNICEF sta aumentando i suoi servizi a supporto della salute, nutrizione e protezione dell’infanzia, offrendo programmi di apprendimento rapido per gli studenti che hanno perso anni di istruzione, formando gli insegnanti e riparando le reti fognarie, le condotte idriche e gli impianti di depurazione. Nelle aree che rimangono difficili da raggiungere, l’UNICEF rinnova il suo invito a un accesso regolare e senza condizioni e continua a lavorare con i partner per fornire assistenza immediata in qualsiasi momento possibile.In ogni parte della Siria, l’UNICEF chiede protezione per i bambini sempre e una maggiore attenzione per ricucire il tessuto sociale, fatto a pezzi da anni di combattimenti. “A circa 8 anni dall’inizio del conflitto, i bisogni sono ancora enormi”, ha dichiarato la Fore. “Ma i milioni di bambini nati durante questa guerra e che crescono fra le violenze sono pronti: vogliono imparare. Vogliono giocare. Vogliono guarire”.

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Libertà di stampa? In pericolo persino in Francia

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 16 dicembre 2018

I giornalisti denunciano una situazione “inedita” per il diritto di cronaca in Francia. Quattro sindacati di giornalisti – SNJ e le branche sindacali delle tre grandi confederazioni sindacali del settore (CGT, CFDT, FO) -, come riportato tra l’altro dal quotidiano “Le Monde”, hanno denunciato lunedì 10 con un comunicato la situazione “inedita” nell’esercizio della professione giornalistica verificatasi sabato 8 dicembre a Parigi.
Sono stati subito supportati dalla Federazione europea e mondiale dei giornalisti (FEJ e FIJ), mentre fin qui tace pudicamente la Federazione nazionale della stampa italiana, molto più “abituata” a tacere di fronte alle angherie del potere, sia economico che politico.
“È totalmente inaccettabile, in una democrazia e in uno stato di diritto, che i poteri pubblici non garantiscono la libertà di informare”.La denuncia illustra i caso di due fotografi del Parisienne, colpiti intenzionalmente dalle “balle defense” (come peraltro accaduto a manifestanti pacifici e inermi, come testimonia questo video).Inoltre, un fotografo del Journal de Dimanche è stato ricoverato dopo le percosse subite da un agente dei CRS. Altri quindici giornalisti avrebbero subito violenze.Ad alcuni giornalisti è stato intimato di disfarsi dei propri indumenti protettivi, prima della manifestazione, sotto la minaccia di essere posti in stato di fermo.Sembra evidente che l’accanimento su fotografi e operatori video sia motivato dalla volontà di non lasciare “tracce” inconfutabili del proprio comportamento violento e illegale.I quattro sindacati chiedono spiegazioni alle autorità sulle indicazioni date agli agenti sabato e hanno invitato i colleghi a segnalare le varie violazioni. Un episodio inquietante, che insieme alla negazione preventiva della libertà di manifestare denunciata da alcuni legali, e i numerosi episodi di violenza sui manifestanti tutti documentati da video e foto, danno il senso di una pericolosa involuzione delle minime garanzie democratiche in Francia.

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Catella and Söderberg & Partners in strategic partnership

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 16 dicembre 2018

Catella Bank S.A., a subsidiary to Catella AB (publ), has entered an agreement to divest 51% of the Wealth Management operations in Sweden to Söderberg & Partners for approximately SEK 36 Million. Catella’s ownership in the joint venture structure is expected to generate positive cash flow which is an important part of the value of the transaction. The parties will also enter a strategic partnership. Catella will continue to develop alternative investment products to this client segment for the entire wealth advisory industry.As part of the strategic review of Catella’s Banking operation Catella has evaluated various options for the Swedish Wealth Management operation and found the optimal conditions, for customers and employees, in Söderberg & Partners who is a partner and employer with a strong and long-term offering. Entering a strategic partnership ensures customers will be served by their trusted advisor on a competitive platform as well as it is an important step for Catella in the ambition to exit the consolidated situation and thereby improve capital and operational efficiency. The Söderberg & Partners Group is today one of Sweden´s and Scandinavia´s leading advisors within insurance and financial products and has approximately 1 800 employees around Europe.
“Söderberg & Partners is a strong and credible partner and I see great opportunities in our partnership. With this transaction Catella takes another important step towards a more efficient capital-structure and less extensive regulatory framework,” Knut Pedersen, CEO of Catella Group, comments.“The partnership with Catella, as the reputable company it is, will give us great ability to develop our offer further. I am sure that our combined competences will provide synergy and even greater benefits for Söderberg & Partners, Catella and our respective customers”, says Gustaf Rentzhog, CEO of Söderberg & Partners.In connection with the deal, Catella and Söderberg & Partners have entered into a call and put option agreement under which Catella is being granted a put option to sell their shares in the joint venture to Söderberg & Partners and Söderberg & Partners are being granted a call option to acquire the joint venture shares of Catella in 2024 at a price to be calculated through a pre-set formula depending on future profit development.The balance sheet total of Catella Group will decrease by approximately SEK 1 Billion in connection with the transaction as both assets and liabilities will be transferred. Catella will consolidate its 49% share of the joint venture as an associated company in accordance with the equity method when the transaction is closed which is expected to be completed during the first half of 2019.

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Catella completes the purchase of 75% in APAM

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 16 dicembre 2018

Catella AB (publ) (“Catella”) completes, through a subsidiary, the previously announced transaction to acquire 75% of leading UK real estate investment and asset management company, APAM Ltd (APAM). As announced in March 2018 Catella agreed to acquire 75% of the shares in APAM for a price corresponding to GBP 18 million, on a debt and cash free basis. Catella is now completing the transaction, and APAM is consolidated as a subsidiary in Catella Group, since necessary regulatory approval has been obtained from the financial supervisory authority in Luxembourg, Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF). APAM has experienced fast growth over recent years and had revenues of approximately GBP 7 million during 2017.
“The UK is a key strategic market for us where we see significant investment interest from our clients, particularly from our Asian office. APAM is a leading business in its space with exceptional knowledge of real estate markets across the UK and an impressive track record of delivering strong returns for its clients. With this deal we strengthen our pan-European platform and local expertise giving us a competitive edge across Europe.” Knut Pedersen Group CEO of Catella comments.APAM is an independent real estate investment and asset manager operating exclusively in the UK market with a combination of skills to offer clients an ‘end to end’ approach to support their investment strategy. APAM has assets under management (“AUM”) of GBP 1.4 billion and 41 employees. Simon Cooke and William Powell, founders and executive directors of APAM, will remain shareholders in APAM and have committed to the company for at least another five years. Catella APAM will continue to be independently run by its current management team and to pursue its successful growth strategy within UK.“Catella Property Investment Management has continuously strengthened its competitive position in Europe and has experienced an annual cumulated growth rate (CAGR) in AUM of 31 % during the last three years. This transaction further strengthens our position as we reach AUM volume of EUR 8,1 billion” says Timo Nurminen, Head of Property Investment Management at Catella.“The UK remains a hub for capital deployment throughout Europe and our deal with Catella reflects the UK’s continued prominence for global investment amongst institutions, sovereign funds and private investors. We relish the next phase of APAM’s growth within the outstanding Catella European Platform.” Simon Cooke and William Powell, founding shareholders and executive directors of Catella APAM said.

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Dole Food Company Sells Fresh Cut Business in Sweden and Finland

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 16 dicembre 2018

Dole Food Company, Inc., announced today an agreement to sell Saba Fresh Cuts AB and Saba Fresh Cuts OY to BAMA International.Saba Fresh Cuts AB—with production facility in Helsingborg Sweden—and Saba Fresh Cuts OY—with production facility in Espoo Finland—are producers of washed and ready-to-eat salads. The companies prepare and sell various fresh-cut salads and vegetables to the retail and foodservice industry in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Germany and the Baltic States.
The sale of Saba Fresh Cuts AB was a necessary condition of the European Commission’s approval of the investment by Total Produce into Dole in July 2018.“I am very pleased with the outcome of this sale in meeting the EU’s requirement,” said Mr. Johan Linden, President and Chief Executive Officer of Dole Food Company, “and I am confident that Saba Fresh Cuts will be in good hands under BAMA’s ownership.” “We are pleased to announce this agreement with Dole for Saba Fresh Cuts. Convenience products and ready-to-eat salads and vegetables is a fast growing category in all markets, and Saba Fresh Cuts is a solid and very professional player, with a strong organization and high-quality products. We look forward to working together,” added Rune Flaen, Chief Executive Officer of BAMA Group. This transaction is expected to close in Q1 2019 and is subject to approval by the European Commission. Dole was advised by investment bank and financial services company Houlihan Lokey in this transaction.

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LP3 Network Announces Its New Status as a Provider of Continuing Medical Education

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 16 dicembre 2018

As an innovative leader in the personalized medicine industry, LP3 Network announced today that beginning in 2019, the company will be a provider of continuing medical education (CME).LP3 Network’s CME-accredited activities have been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Foundation for Care Management (FCM) and LP3 Network. FCM is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
As a fundamental extension of the triad relationship (physician, pharmacist, patient), LP3 Network strives to empower the healthcare community by raising the standards of healthcare through quality education and training. LP3 Network’s innovative continuing education programs are revitalizing personalized medicine practices and pharmaceutical compounding businesses.“As a first-class provider of continuing education, we are extremely pleased to attain this prestigious accreditation status. This achievement is an attestation of LP3 Network’s long-term commitment to providing the most current, scientifically sound, and evidence-based education to healthcare providers across multiple disciplines,” said Maurizio De Stefano, LP3 Network General Manager.With patient-centric medicine at the heart of its educational mission, LP3 Network recognizes the fundamental importance of working together with fellow healthcare providers to optimize patient outcomes. Through clinical data and peer-reviewed research, LP3 Network’s programs provide practitioners with the evidence-based approaches needed to manage complex hormone and pain conditions. The program facilitators and leading subject-matter experts who reinforce this evidence through their wealth of knowledge and experience, further distinguish the excellence in quality provided by LP3 Network’s platform of continuing education offerings.

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TellusLabs: the leader in the use of satellite imaging for developing agricultural insights

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 16 dicembre 2018

Indigo Ag, Inc., a company dedicated to harnessing nature to help farmers sustainably feed the planet, announces the acquisition of TellusLabs, a leader in the use of satellite imaging for developing agricultural insights. Indigo adds TellusLabs’ proprietary platform and staff of experts to reduce risk and increase yield potential for growers. With this technology and personnel, Indigo will expand the scope and precision of its data insights and recommendation platform. These insights will bring transparency to the global food system while supporting grower profitability, environmental sustainability, and consumer health.TellusLabs has built a living map of the world’s food supply, tracing farm management decisions and agronomic parameters in real time, including field boundaries, crop type, planting and harvest dates, and overall crop performance. When paired with proprietary machine learning, the platform can infer the environmental impact of farming practices from space. Combining these insights with weather and other historical data, along with predictive algorithms, TellusLabs built their flagship product, Kernel, to gather insights on the global food system. This product, capable of monitoring crop progress daily and forecasting crop yields prior to harvest across the globe, will be leveraged by Indigo to enable data-based decision-making for growers and buyers throughout the season.“At Indigo, we are always looking to expand and improve our offering to growers,” said David Perry, Indigo’s CEO. “TellusLabs’ technology will bolster our effort to produce rigorous and useful agronomic recommendations tailored to each acre of a farm. And the team behind the technology is fundamentally aligned to our mission.”Indigo’s microbial products have been shown to increase the drought resistance, nutrient use efficiency, and yield of crops. Understanding the grower’s yield potential and unique land characteristics with TellusLabs’ spatial insights allows Indigo agronomists to make recommendations to improve overall crop yield and quality throughout the season. In addition, by utilizing geospatial insights to optimize the agricultural value chain, Indigo will further enhance its ability to deliver high-quality, sustainably grown crops to the right buyers.“We imagine the combination of satellite data and machine learning providing a spectrum of insights to growers — from the past, in the present, and for the future of their farms,” said Geoffrey von Maltzahn, Indigo’s Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer. “Understanding each field on its own terms, identifying the features that make them unique, and predicting the best products and growing practices for every acre of land are tricky, nebulous agricultural questions. With Indigo’s acquisition of TellusLabs, a farmer looking to grow his or her best crop can receive personalized data and recommendations that change the course of a growing season for the better.”
TellusLabs, founded in 2016 by David Potere, PhD, and Mark Friedl, PhD, was previously based out of Somerville, Massachusetts. The two-year-old company is comprised of statisticians, scientists, and engineers utilizing remote sensing technology to analyze large quantities of agricultural, weather, and satellite data. TellusLabs’ partnership with Indigo was established through Indigo Research Partners, a program designed to evaluate agricultural technologies to support growers with real-time, farm-specific insights. One significant collaboration included the analysis of over 40,000 acres of land to determine yield and quality improvements for the 2018 Indigo Wheat™ harvest. The team will integrate as Indigo’s Geospatial Innovation unit.

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Citi Announces Global, Mission-Led Partnership with the International Paralympic Committee

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 16 dicembre 2018

Citi today announced that it has entered into a partnership agreement with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to become an international partner through 2020 and to support National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) in 18 countries as they prepare for upcoming World and regional Championships, as well as the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.The 18 National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) Citi will sponsor include: Australia, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Costa Rica, Great Britain, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Philippines, Poland, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, and the UAE.
Citi serves clients through a local presence in each of these 18 NPC communities and will engage fans through integrated marketing campaigns and promotions to generate excitement and national pride around the extraordinary accomplishments of the countries’ Para athletes. Citi will also work to help support the day-to-day needs of individual NPCs.
“Citi and the IPC are ideal partners because we share a deep passion for helping to foster a more diverse and inclusive society,” said Citi CEO Michael Corbat. “These athletes have overcome adversity to achieve the world’s most elite level of sporting excellence. Their strength, perseverance and determination is truly what makes them exceptional, and we look forward to supporting their journey to compete on the global stage.”“We are delighted that Citi joins the IPC as our third international partner and that the company’s support extends to NPCs spanning four continents, as well as a number of Para athletes,” said IPC President Andrew Parsons. “Citi has been involved in the Paralympic Movement for more than six years and we look forward to working closely with them to explore opportunities to further awareness of how our work transforms society and drives social inclusion.”Citi began its relationship with the Paralympic Movement in 2012 with its sponsorship of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams. During that time, Citi has supported eight U.S. Paralympians and featured them prominently in their marketing campaigns, supported U.S. Paralympic sports programs, as well as featured them in colleague engagement promotions. In 2018, Citi served as a sponsor of the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation Wheelchair Rugby World Championship in Australia, World Para Swimming Allianz European Championships in Ireland, Asian Para Games in Indonesia, and Para Powerlifting Americas Open Championships in Bogota.

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GBHEM Doubles the Dollar Amount United Methodist Students Can Borrow to Pursue Higher Education

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The Office of Loans and Scholarships at the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) announced an increase in the maximum amount of money United Methodist students can borrow to pursue their education. Students can now borrow up to $10,000 per calendar year (January through December) with a lifetime maximum of $40,000 from the United Methodist Student Loan Fund. The 2019 Spring loan application opens December 13, 2018.Previously students were allotted $5,000 per calendar year with a maximum lifetime total of $20,000 during a four-year college career. With one of the lowest education loan interest rates in the U.S., GBHEM is offering students an opportunity to avoid more costly loans and decrease the amount of education debt acquired.“GBHEM’s Office of Loans and Scholarships has maintained our commitment to providing United Methodist students with affordable options while pursuing higher education. We will continue this commitment and are proud to provide low-interest loan options to help students avoid excessive education debt,” explained Allyson Collinsworth, executive director of the Office of Loans and Scholarships at GBHEM.Student loan debt is one of the highest forms of debt for individuals, totaling more than 1.45 trillion for students in the U.S. alone, loan interest rates are an important factor when considering how to pay for college. Year-over-year federal student loan interest rates are increasing. Federal loan interest rates increased from 4.45-7 percent to 5.05-7.60 percent between 2018 and 2019. GBHEM loan interest rates have remained the same and range from 3.75 percent to 5 percent, which is up to 1.3 percent lower than the federal rates.

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Italian Movie Award: ecco tutti i premiati

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 15 dicembre 2018

New York. Si è concluso a New York, nel prestigioso The Paley Center For Media di Manhattan, il lungo percorso del Festival Internazionale di Cinema ITALIAN MOVIE AWARD.Erano attesi tanti ospiti e attori importanti dall’Italia e il risultato finale è andato ben oltre le aspettative. Poco considerato dalle istituzioni italiane della grande mela, il giovane regista Carlo Fumo è stato in grado di organizzare un evento in grande stile: all’insegna della cultura e volto alla diffusione del Cinema italiano all’estero. Italian Movie Award punta infatti a divenire la più importante kermesse cinematografica italiana all’estero. Ne è convinto il Presidente Carlo Fumo che ha scelto “Il Futuro” come tema dell’edizione 2018, ricordando come la prima edizione venne organizzata in un piccolo paese dell’entroterra irpino, in provincia di Salerno. Quel paese si chiama Valva e nel suol territorio non vi è nemmeno un cinema.
La serata, condotta dalla simpaticissima Diana del Bufalo e dall’ irriverente Luca Abete, è stata all’insegna del grande cinema. Lunghissimi applausi da parte del pubblico durante i momenti in ricordo di Ennio Fantastichini e Bernardo Bertolucci. Tra i tanti nomi che si sono avvicendati sul palco quello del regista Paolo Genovese, insignito del premio “Radici”, che ha raccontato le sue avventure newyorkesi durante le riprese di alcune scene del film “Tutta Colpa di Freud” e la vittoria al Tribeca Film Fest con “Perfetti Sconosciuti”. Genovese ha inoltre svelato che il suo prossimo film si girerà interamente a New York. Importante premio “Best Tv Series” per la serie TV di Sky “Gomorra”, ritirato per l’occasione dall’attore protagonista Salvatore Esposito, che ha raccontato dei film americani che hanno ispirato le frasi celebri di Gomorra e il suo personale sogno di girare presto un film hollywoodiano. Riconoscimento anche per l’attrice Francesca Chillemi, che ha dichiarato di essersi da poco trasferita a New York anticipandoci i suoi progetti futuri.
I premi come “Best Actors” e “Best Actress” 2018 sono stati assegnati a Carolina Crescentini per il film “A Casa Tutti Bene” ed Alessandro Borghi per la straordinaria interpretazione di Stefano Cucchi nel film “Sulla Mia Pelle”. Entusiasmante il momento della serata in cui il Presidente Carlo Fumo ha annunciato il Premio al “Miglior Film Italiano all’Estero” 2018. Il riconoscimento più importante del Festival è andato a “Dogman” di Matteo Garrone. Tra i condidati “A Casa Tutti Bene” di Gabriele Muccino, “Ammore e Malavita” dei Manetti Bros, “Lazzaro Felice” di Alice Rohrwacher e “Rimetti a Noi i Nostri Debiti” di Antonio Morabito.
Il Premio “Best Short 2018” è stato assegnato a “Bismillah” di Alessandro Grande, già vincitore del David di Donatello. Premio “Best Doc 2018” per “Hilter Contro Picasso e gli altri” di Claudio Poli con Tony Servillo come voce narrante in una produzione Nexo Digital in collaborazione con SkyArteHD. Infine il premio “Best Indie 2018” che premia le migliori produzioni cinematografiche indipendenti italiane, assegnato alla romana Sunshine Production. Presente il produttore Bruno Frustaci che ha portato i saluti di Giorgio Tirabassi mostrando in anteprima il trailer della sua opera prima “Il Grande Salto” atteso sul grande schermo nel 2019.Momento importante l’intervento durante la serata della ricercatrice oftalmologa Mina Massaro Giordano in rappresentanza dello S.H.R.O. di Philadelphia, guidato dal Dott. Prof. Antonio Giordano da 5 anni Presidente Onorario dell’Italian Movie Award.
La Massaro ha ricordato la partnership con il festival e di come insieme si stia sviluppando un’avveniristica ricerca scientifica, volta allo sviluppo della “Virtual Reality” per il miglioramento delle condizioni dei pazienti affetti da alcune forme di cancro e malattie degenerative.L’evento ha riscosso un grande successo, testimoniato dalla sala pienissima e da presenze rilevanti tra gli italo-americani presenti a New York. Tanti volti noti sui quali spicca la presenza del ristoratore Francesco Panella e del rapper Frankie Hi-Nrg, del direttore del Festival Plural+ delle Nazioni Unite Jordi Torrent. Prima di chiudere il sipario sulla premiazione il trio composto da Luca Abete, Diana del Bufalo e Carlo Fumo ha annunciato le date della XI edizione 2019, prevista a Pompei dal 27 luglio al 4 agosto. Rivelato anche il tema di questa edizione, un omaggio al “500° Anniversario dalla scomparsa di Leonardo Da Vinci”. (fonte: ComunicatiStampa.net)

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La commissione Petizioni del Parlamento europeo in visita in Piemonte

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 15 dicembre 2018

Tronzano Vercellese 18 dicembre, ore 12.30, Salone del Centro polifunzionale – “Ex Albergo del Sole” Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 129-131. Lunedì 17 e martedì 18 dicembre, una delegazione della commissione Petizioni del Parlamento europeo farà un sopralluogo nell’area di Valledora in Piemonte e incontrerà le autorità locali per discutere della situazione della discarica e, più in generale, della tutela ambientale nella zona.La visita si concluderà martedì 18 dicembre. La delegazione sarà guidata dall’europarlamentare Beatriz Becerra (ALDE, ES) e vedrà la partecipazione degli eurodeputati Peter Jahr (PPE/DE) e Ana Miranda (GREENS-EFA/ES). Come membri accompagnatori gli italiani Alberto Cirio (PPE/IT) ed Eleonora Evi (EFDD/IT). I deputati visiteranno il sito di Valledora in seguito alla petizione 090-2016 con cui è stata denunciata la grave situazione di degrado ambientale del territorio. L’area, un tempo prevalentemente agricola, ha ora rifiuti urbani e industriali per un totale di circa quattro milioni di metri cubi.

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Visti umanitari per diminuire morti e migliorare gestione dei rifugiati

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 15 dicembre 2018

I paesi UE dovrebbero rilasciare visti umanitari presso ambasciate e consolati all’estero, in modo che le persone in cerca di protezione possano accedere all’Europa senza rischiare la vita.Il Parlamento martedì ha chiesto che la Commissione europea presenti, entro il 31 marzo 2019, una proposta legislativa che istituisca un visto umanitario europeo. Tale visto darebbe al richiedente l’accesso al territorio europeo esclusivamente nello Stato membro che lo rilascia e al solo scopo di presentare una domanda di protezione internazionale.
L’iniziativa legislativa è stata approvata con 429 voti in favore, 194 voti contrari e 41 astensioni.I deputati sottolineano che, nonostante i numerosi annunci e richieste di percorsi sicuri e legali per i richiedenti asilo in Europa, l’UE non dispone di un quadro armonizzato di procedure di ingresso protetto. Inoltre, a causa di opzioni giuridiche insufficienti, si stima che il 90% delle persone cui è stata concessa protezione internazionale abbia raggiunto l’Unione europea con mezzi irregolari.Ridurre il numero di vittime, combattere il contrabbando e migliorare l’uso dei fondi per la migrazione
Il Parlamento ritiene che i visti umanitari contribuirebbero a ridurre l’intollerabile numero di vittime nel Mediterraneo e sulle rotte migratorie verso l’UE (almeno 30.000 persone sono morte alle frontiere dell’UE dal 2000). Permetterebbero, inoltre, di combattere il traffico di esseri umani e gestire meglio gli arrivi, l’accoglienza e il trattamento delle domande di asilo.Tale strumento dovrebbe, poi, contribuire a ottimizzare il bilancio degli Stati membri e dell’UE in materia di asilo, procedure di applicazione della legge, controllo delle frontiere, sorveglianza e attività di ricerca e salvataggio.I deputati sottolineano che la decisione di rilasciare visti umanitari europei rimarrebbe di esclusiva competenza degli Stati membri.
La risoluzione chiarisce che i beneficiari del visto dovranno dimostrare una chiara esposizione o un rischio di essere perseguitati e di non far parte di un processo di reinsediamento. La valutazione della domanda non dovrebbe comportare un processo completo di determinazione dello status, ma prima del rilascio del visto, ogni richiedente dovrà essere sottoposto a un’indagine di sicurezza, attraverso le pertinenti banche dati nazionali ed europee, “per garantire che non costituisca un rischio per la sicurezza”.
Il Parlamento chiede alla Commissione di presentare una proposta legislativa entro il 31 marzo 2019. La Commissione dovrà fornire una risposta motivata alla richiesta del Parlamento.

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“The political agenda of these days is dominated by Brexit”

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But it is the decisions on the Eurozone that will make the upcoming European Council and Eurosummit a success or failure” states Sandro GOZI, President of the Union of European Federalists. “After years of discussions and long negotiations, there is no reason to further postpone or water-down decisions needed to fix the architecture and policies of the Eurozone. We need to seize this opportunity as long as the current economic upswing lasts”.
The European Federalists set out their proposals in an open letter to the Heads of State and Government:The Banking Union needs to be supported as soon as possible by a common fiscal backstop.The European Stability Mechanism should be able to support Member States in difficulty at an early stage and with more flexibility of action.
The European Commission and the European Parliament should have a greater role in designing, approving and implementing assistance programmes.The Eurozone should have its own budget, prospectively financed by own resources, for investments but also for stabilisation of the Eurozone economy. The proposals submitted by France and Germany are welcome but greater ambition is needed on the size, role and governance of the Eurozone budget.
A European unemployment (re)-insurance scheme could support Member States hit by high unemployment and help stabilising the Eurozone economy.

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