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Building a Cyber Security Strategy for Marketers

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 21 Maggio 2022

Marketing teams often work with sensitive data, be it customer or contact data, in your CRM, WordPress site, payment details, and much more. Chief Marketing Officers (CMO’s), Head of Marketing, and Marketing Directors are accountable for data, how it is used, stored, and shared within their marketing teams.Since GDPR was enforced, most marketeers also hold Data Officer roles, or are very interlinked with these roles, and form the connection between data, IT, and marketing departments. Which is why it is crucial for marketing teams to know how marketing tools are used, stored, and processed, so that if a data breach were to take place, accountability is made clear and next steps are known by all parties.Three elements that marketing teams need to be especially prepared for are brand theft, supply chain attack/third party vulnerability, and data security weaknesses. 1. Fight Against Brand Theft. Brand theft covers situations whereby any company/user, applies your company information, such as brand name, emails, domains, and elements like that, without permission/agreement. Copyright infringement included. Large companies are often targeted by phishing campaigns and there are also lots of fake social media accounts out there, right now, using y our brand. Which is why, if there is data that has already been stolen or breached, companies need to know about this, to know exactly what has been accessed, so that an action plan can be made.Marketing team individuals are also often targeted as they can easily be spoofed over an email or phone call. Identities of team members can be at risk, which is why Threat & Risk Intelligence should be used as a tool to view, monitor, prioritise and analyse all digital elements of your organisation. This includes internet, applications, systems, cloud, and hardware, to help detect and prevent attacks. By using this service, you will be alerted on any infringement both on the open and dark web. 2. Know How to Spot Supply Chain Attack An element impacting marketing teams, across the globe, are third party compromises and supply chain attacks. Every time there is a data breach of a third-party provider or data aggregator, there is also a data breach of all their users and partners. In response, a zero-trust model should always be implemented when working with a third party. But this is why it is very important that the marketing tools used by the marketing teams are secured.In effect, while basic training is usually presented to every employee, in every company, there is not much education for marketers on a more granular level. There should be more cyber training and awareness for teams, and marketing should work very closely with their IT Teams, data teams, and security teams, to ensure that the brand is protected, and marketing tools are armed against attack. 3. Data Storage & Regulations With GDPR, there is a fine-tuned process with regards to data storage, and how data is processed. There are also different legalities with regards to data, depending on geolocation. For instance, the EU has strict regulations, and now that the UK has left the EU, there are different regulations in place depending on where the data is coming from.In addition, there are new regulations regarding cookies, which cannot be automatically stored anymore. This effects digital marketing and advertising, and marketers need to know how to deal with this sensitive information now that laws and regulations have changed.

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Sustainable building gains momentum: another successful year for the DGNB – despite Covid-19

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 20 febbraio 2021

The German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) strengthened its position in ‘the year of the coronavirus’. By the end of 2020, the non-profit organisation had seen a record number of new members. The DGNB Academy also made a successful transition to online training. The number of qualified sustainable building experts now exceeds 5000. In addition, the DGNB continued its success in the field of building certification, passing an important milestone on its path to internationalisation with the official launch of the DGNB System in Spain.One indication of this is the sharp rise in membership witnessed by the council in 2020. By the end of December, the number of members had risen to 1337 – the highest number ever for the DGNB. “I’m pleased to say that there were only a very small number of membership cancellations resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. This contrasted to a rise in interest from companies that hadn’t really thought in detail about sustainable building until now,” states Lemaitre. There was particularly strong interest from architects and planning offices. The number of sustainable building experts trained by the DGNB Academy rose to around 5100 last year. The DGNB succeeded in overhauling its business model in this area in 2020 by moving all training courses and staff education programmes into digital formats.
The number of projects awarded DGNB certification rose to around 7200 by the end of 2020. Again, there was no negative impact caused by the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, it was found that almost without exception all projects that already started certification completed the process. One even more significant development when it came to DGNB certification was the number of new projects registered, which remained high. In December, the DGNB reached an important milestone on its mission to become the leading quality standard in Europe. The certification system was successfully adapted for use in the Spanish market. The DGNB System is thus now in use and undergoing further local development by our partner organisations in Denmark, Austria, Switzerland and Spain. This approach is unique within Europe. In international terms, projects have now been certified according to DGNB requirements in no less than 25 countries.On a European level, the DGNB also joined forces with its partners in Denmark, Austria and Spain to conduct a feasibility study on EU taxonomy criteria. Initial results of the study, which took more than 80 projects into account, have already been presented to members of the EU Commission and will be included in an evaluation of taxonomy criteria. A full report on the taxonomy study will be published in the coming weeks.

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Tap into the potential of the building sector for jobs and decarbonisation, say MEPs

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 11 luglio 2020

Ahead of the upcoming Renovation Wave announced by the European Commission, MEPs outline proposals to achieve an energy-efficient and climate-neutral building stock by 2050.The Renovation Wave currently being prepared should also aim to end energy poverty and ensure healthy and safe living conditions for all among its core objectives, say MEPs in a report adopted on Monday in the Industry, Research and Energy committee.Improving the energy efficiency of buildings would also help alleviate the estimated 50 million households in the European Union experiencing energy poverty, by reducing energy bills. Building and renovation policies should, however, be inclusive and contribute to EU climate goals, but also integrate local value chains and should not lead to an unbearable rental cost burden for tenants, say MEPs.They also advocate for renewable energies to be fully integrated into the sector, and stress the importance of decarbonised district heating and cooling for more connected communities.Member states should also propose scrapping schemes to replace old and inefficient heating systems, and establish a roadmap to phase out fossil fuel heating and cooling technologies as part of their national energy and climate plans (NECPs).The use of natural and low carbon building materials, such as certified wood, should be incentivised, as construction offers an opportunity to store carbon in bio-based building products.
MEPs call on the EU co-legislators to ensure the necessary funding within the EU Economic Recovery Plan. The Commission should revise energy efficiency targets upward, as required by the Energy Efficiency Directive, and propose minimum annual renovation rates for buildings as well as measures creating financial triggers and investment stability.The Commission should also consider directing revenues from the Emissions Trading System (ETS) into energy efficiency actions such as for building renovations, and to earmark a portion of the auctioning revenue at EU level.

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ULIS launches ThermEye™ Building, a new product line dedicated to smart building applications

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 1 novembre 2018

ULIS launches ThermEye™ Building, a new product line dedicated to smart building applicationsGrenoble, France, ULIS, a designer and manufacturer of a wide range of innovative thermal image sensors, today announces the launch of ThermEye Building, a thermal sensor line for system integrators of detection and people counting equipment for connected buildings.The ThermEye Building range includes two new products: ThermEye™-b90 and ThermEye™-b120. These 80×80 thermal sensors provide system integrators with advanced functionalities to detect presence (even when people are immobile) and localize and count people in order to improve capabilities in analyzing human activity and communicate with relevant smart building applications. Coupled with a 90° or 120° field of view (FOV) lens, a single ThermEye Building sensor can cover a zone of 30m2 (323ft2), equivalent to a meeting room accommodating eight to ten people.The product range is configured with a conventional video channel (50 images per second) and features an intermittent mode that is compatible with low-power consumption applications.
It only requires one AA battery to run a ThermEye Building sensor when transmitting an image at two-minute intervals.The advantage of running entirely on batteries means that end-users can deploy these detection, people counting and localization systems in both new and existing buildings.
The solutions developed for the ThermEye Building product line guarantee occupant anonymity and privacy, as there is no facial recognition. This is a plus for integrators wishing to use data to develop other future solutions for smart building applications that improve how facilities optimize space usage and energy management, detect potential fire hotspots and manage people flow during a fire. “ULIS is invested in the connected buildings market. This novel product demonstrates our commitment to bringing smarter sensing solutions to facility managers,” said Cyrille Trouilleau, smart buildings manager at ULIS. “We have extensive expertise and experience in designing reliable high-resolution thermal image sensors. We are now applying this know-how and industrial rigor to our mass market sensors. ThermEye-b90 and ThermEye-b120 are 80X80 resolution sensors offering the right level of added performance needed for intelligent systems. Our industrial platform based on a disruptive technology that drives costs down will allow us to produce several hundred thousand of these sensors every year for commercial applications.” ULIS will exhibit ThermEye-b90 and ThermEye-b120 for smart building applications at IBS in Paris, November 6 – 7, 2018 at booth #E30.

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Building bridges of peace and friendship: General Assembly joins in peace prayer on the Danube

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 5 giugno 2018

By Astrid Weyermüller.“CEC believes in reconciliation, reconciliation between different political systems, and between estranged cultures. And today this includes the complexity and opportunity not only of an ecumenical Europe, but also an interreligious Europe and others of faiths and yet others of no overt faith,” says the president of CEC, Rt Rev. Christopher Hill. Novi Sad, the venue of the 2018 CEC General Assembly, witnessed just that during a peace prayer held on the Danube today. Commemoration, forgiveness, and hope were at the focus of this prayer.
A procession of delegates and participants started at the memorial commemorating the victims of the raid on Novi Sad in January 1942 during World War II. Hungarian armed forces occupying the region killed 1,246 civilians of the city, mainly Serbs and Jews, throwing their bodies into the Danube.The procession then passed underneath Varadinski Bridge and ended at the newly constructed Žeželj Bridge. Both bridges were destroyed during the 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia. While the present Varadinski Bridge was reconstructed in 2000, the newly constructed Žeželj Bridge was only opened earlier this year.Commemorating all those who suffered from violence and atrocities, the archivist of Novi Sad Petr Djurdjev presented the history of the site on the riverbank.During intercessions the CEC delegates took this up with the following words: “We pray for those who have been forgotten and remain excluded in our world today that justice may flow down like a mighty stream. For peoples divided, that we may have the courage to ask for forgiveness and so be reconciled for the injustice we cause and the harm we do. For the people and land of Serbia who have known war and injustice in recent years, who, in this place, remember past atrocity.”
At the end of the procession four trees were planted near Žeželj Bridge as a sign of hope and reconciliation. CEC President Hill, Beate Fagerli (Church of Norway), Helen Kesete (Orthodox Church of Finland) and Metropolitan Porfirije (Serbian Orthodox Church) each planted one tree.
They will remain as a reminder of the words of prayer spoken earlier: “Like a great river, you nourish all, enabling us to become fertile ground, to become trees of righteousness, offering shade and bearing fruit. The fruits of the Spirt are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”

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Building on a Legacy: Introducing the Zayed Sustainability Prize

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 22 aprile 2018

The Zayed Future Energy Prize will today become the Zayed Sustainability Prize as part of a strategic move to refocus its mandate. After ten years of successfully promoting renewable energy initiatives across the globe, the Prize will now broaden its focus to affect greater humanitarian impact by supporting a wider range of solutions to the challenges of sustainable development.
Commenting on the Prize’s transformation, His Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and Director General of the Zayed Sustainability Prize, said: “Inspired by the vision and legacy of our founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Zayed Future Energy Prize has, for the last decade, been able to positively impact 307 million lives through empowering access to energy, clean water, education, training, advocacy and more.“In a move to align more closely with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the UAE’s developing national agenda, going forward the Prize will broaden its reach beyond renewable energy, and reward projects and innovative solutions from a wider spectrum of sustainability and human development initiatives. In addition the Prize will expand its support of young people through the Global High Schools category, which will now reward youth-driven projects from a greater number of world regions.”Based on its renewed mission, the Prize now has five distinct categories for applicants to choose from: Health, Food, Energy, Water and Global High Schools. These pillars are interconnected and representative of basic needs essential to human survival where innovations will yield progress in sustainable development.Dr. Lamya Fawwaz, Director of the Zayed Sustainability Prize, said: “The new categories were carefully selected to reflect the most pressing sustainability challenges and offer the greatest socio-economic impact on the lives of people around the world.”
“The Zayed Sustainability Prize will also look to inspire today’s youth to be forward-thinkers and cultivate within them a vested interest in becoming agents of change for sustainable development – after all, youth of today are leaders of tomorrow. Beyond that, we look to recognise existing innovations and amplify their reach so that they may benefit more people and bring us closer to helping solve some of humanity’s biggest challenges,” Dr. Lamya added.
The Zayed Sustainability Prize will see a three-stage evaluation process, beginning with the due diligence that is conducted by a reputed international research and analysis consultancy. Following this, the shortlisted entries will undergo evaluations by a Selection Committee to determine the finalists. From these finalists, a Jury will select the winners in all five categories, including the winning schools from six world regions.

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How to reduce energy use in our buildings and cities

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 1 aprile 2018

Roma 11 aprile 2018 ore 14,30, presso Spazio Europa – European Public Space – Via IV Novembre n149 European Council for an Energy Efficency Economy (ECEEE) e Kyoto Club vi invitano a partecipare al workshop “Roundtable on energy sufficiency: How to reduce energy use in our buildings and cities”, che si inserisce all’interno del progetto sull’energy sufficency di ECEEE, finanziato principalmente dalla Fondazione KR, con il supporto di molte agenzie europee che operano nei settori della ricerca e dell’energia.Il progetto legato all’energy sufficiency prevede diversi incontri e iniziative di ambito politico, durantele quali si offriranno ai decisori politici informazioni pratiche sul tema dell’energy sufficiency e su come queste possano essere tradotte in azioni pratiche al fine di ridurre il consumo di energia.Il workshop avrà come scopo principale quello di informare i partecipanti sui lavori già svolti e le pratiche adottate, partendo dalla nostra idea di energy sufficiency ed analizzando come le azioni di sufficienza energetica possano ridurre il consumo energetico negli edifici.
Verrà anche dato spazio alle opinioni del pubblico riguardanti il ruolo dell’efficienza energetica e delle azioni di energy sufficiency nel miglioramento della pianificazione di futuri edifici e città.Le discussioni del seminario saranno poi raccolte in un rapporto pubblico. Ai partecipanti verrà inviato un briefing a tempo debito che approfondisca il progetto e introduca quella che è stata la nostra attività fino ad ora.
Parteciperanno: Gianni Silvestrini, Direttore Scientifico Kyoto Club – Joanne Wade, CEO Association for the Conservation of Energy – Gianni Girotto, Senatore Movimento 5 Stelle – Stefan Thomas – Wuppertal Institute for Climate Environment and Energy – Lorenzo Pagliano – Politecnico di Milano. Il workshop sarà tenuto interamente in lingua inglese.

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Interior Design App Planner 5D Offers More Building Options than Minecraft and Integrates VR

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 2 agosto 2017

Interior DesignPlanner 5D, which has already helped more than 18 million homeowners, architects and renovators to design their new home, office, or restaurant, is now attracting also those who love games – or those who want to use games in order to design their homes. Users of Planner 5D can visualize and adjust various colors, materials and décor details, see designs in 2D and 3D, create renders, and share them with friends or on social media.
So those who love designing, and feel that Minecraft is not enough, now have an even better tool that offers more options to choose shapes, textures and colors of furniture, walls, and interior design details.For example, Minecraft allows to build in blocks and cubes only, and Planner 5D gives offers various options: a user starts within a block, which is actually a room, and can use their fantasy and integrate whichever shapes they want.A feature called magic cube allows to change the size of an object and morph it into other shapes – and not necessarily buildings.In addition, Planner 5D is already using or working on enhanced reality features that make interior design even more exciting. These features are:
1. Virtual Reality (VR). Virtual reality option, currently available on Android, gives an opportunity to see how the designed house will actually look. After downloading the app and creating a project, users put on VR goggles, turn virtual reality mode on and can “step into” their new house. Virtual reality allows people to really feel what their dream home would look like.
2. AI (Artificial Intelligence). When it comes to interior design, in the near future virtual reality will be closely connected with AI to create life-like user experiences. With the help of AI, users’ wishes will be guessed before they even think about a solution, and reflected through virtual reality goggles. Machine learning algorithm will travel through someone’s projects looking for patterns. For example, some people tend to lean towards lighter wall colors and Italian-style furniture. So when a person chooses their wall color, the system will suggest furniture that they might like – and everything will be shown in real-life virtual reality technology.
3. AR (Augmented Reality). Planner 5D’s AR app, coming in the fall, will automatically recognize walls, furniture and house design model created with the app by using image recognition technology. The AR app would also create a 3D model of the house from a simple photo. A user would only need to snap a photo with their smartphone, which would be sent directly to a server, resulting in a 3D model of the house. The 3D project would be easy to edit and would allow to rearrange furniture, change textures, virtually add new furniture or to delete old furniture and exchange it with new options. AR technology, which will eventually move from smart devices into AR glasses, will change the way we view interior design, making it accessible to anyone.
Planner 5D is already being used in classrooms to help kids learn STEM subjects, such as math skills and interior design, through interactive experiences and games. Gamification is becoming one of the major trends in education this year, and will continue to attract bigger amounts of people who want to build, learn or design – the fun way. To learn more, please visit Planner 5D’s website.
Originally a startup company founded by Alexey Sheremetyev and Sergey Nosyrev, Planner 5D has a community of over 18 million users with more than 100,000 users daily. It’s a free cross-platform application which supports in-app purchases. It can be used on a browser, Android and iOS. The app offers customization of furniture with the ability to change textures, colors and size, a VR tool and creative suggestions for home design. (photo: Interior Design)

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Catella Asset Management advised German institution on acquisition of residential building in Dresden for EUR 8.3 million

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 5 Maggio 2017

xavier-jongen-catellaThe residential team of investment manager Catella Real Estate has acquired a project development with 30 newly built residential units in Dresden for a mandate of a southern German institution. The purchase price was EUR 8.3 million.The purchase was made for a special fund of the German institution. The fund is managed by German capital management company Institutional Investment Partner. Catella performs the portfolio management in the residential segment of the fund.“We are very pleased to have acquired this property for the fund from Gamma Immobilien- Besitz und Beteiligungs. The property is located directly on the Großer Garten in one of Germany’s most dynamic cities,” explains Xavier Jongen, head of Catella’s initiative in residential property funds.The project development was completed in April 2017 and is located in the Johannstadt district, close to Dresden’s historic city centre. The central location has excellent public transport links and also offers a large number of shopping facilities in the immediate vicinity. The property is situated on Stübelallee, one of four link roads around the Großer Garten. The property was fully leased before it was completed. “Even in a city like Dresden, it is not a given that a building is fully leased before it is completed. This confirms the high marketability of the property in the heart of Dresden,” says Michael Keune, Portfolio Manager at Catella.

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Building Roman Greece. Innovation in vaulted construction in the Peloponnese

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 14 novembre 2016

Roma Mercoledì 16 Novembre 2016, ore 0:00 Dipartimento di Architettura, Aula Nervi Via Aldo Manuzio, 68L Presentazione del libro di Paolo Vitti, vincitore del XVII premio L’Erma per l’Archeologia | Edizione L’Erama di Bretschneider 2016Building Roman Greece. Innovation in vaulted construction in the Peloponnese Introducono:
Elisabetta Pallottino, Dipartimento di Architettura Roma Tre
Giorgio Ortolani, Dipartimento di Architettura Roma Tre
Presentano: Rita Volpe, Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali, Heinz-Jürgen Beste, Istituto Archeologico Germanico di Roma (DAI)

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Constructing the future: creating a Paris Agreement-proof building sector

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 2 novembre 2016

energiaThe building sector accounts for around 20% of climate-changing emissions, and its energy demand is likely to double by mid-century without action, according to a Climate Action Tracker (CAT) analysis released today. While the technologies required to make new buildings zero-emissions are all available, the sector is not taking up those technologies as fast as it could and renovation rates are low, says the analysis. Delayed action would put pressure on other sectors to cut emissions, or require negative emissions to keep global warming within the Paris Agreement’s temperature limit.The CAT analysis of the building sector – “Constructing the Future: Will the building Sector Use its Decarbonisation Tools” – is the second in the CAT’s decarbonisation series that examines specific energy-intensive sectors. It looks at how emissions can be reduced to be in line with the Paris Agreement’s warming limit.
The CAT analysis sets out a 1.5˚C-compatible scenario that would see all new buildings zero-energy in the OECD by 2020 and by 2025 in non-OECD countries, combined with very high rates of deep renovation of older buildings. This would enable the sector to almost completely phase out emissions by mid-century, in line with a 1.5°C pathway.
“We have to start building ‘Paris Agreement-proof’ buildings today,“ said Karlien Wouters of Ecofys. “Given the long lifetimes of buildings, rapid action is especially important in this sector. Any inefficient buildings we construct today will have to be renovated at greater cost later, adding to the challenge we’re already facing in renovating the majority of the existing building stock.”
From 1990–2010, emissions from buildings more than doubled, and now represent 20% of global emissions. Under current policies, energy demand from the building sector is expected to be 50 percent higher in 2050 compared with 2010.Past growth has overwhelmingly come from increased electricity use. This is mainly driven by population and economic growth, improved access to electricity, and higher use of electrical appliances and space cooling resulting from increasing living standards, especially in developing countries.These trends will continue in the future, and the way to reduce these indirect emissions is through renewable energy on the supply side, and through improving building and appliance efficiency on the demand side. Much higher efficiency of electricity and energy use will result in lower emissions. Building design and operations improvements lead to higher efficiency of energy use, lower environmental footprint and reduced emissions from burning fuels, e.g. for space heating.“The continued growth of emissions in the building sector is in direct contrast with the maturity of the technological solutions available—the tools have been there for decades, but the sector’s using them far too little,” said Sebastian Sterl of NewClimate Institute. Analysis of per capita emissions shows that the developed world is largely showing a downward trend in emissions from the building sector. Per capita emissions from EU buildings are half those of the US, primarily due to smaller building sizes.The developing world has far lower emissions from buildings per capita, but in both China and India, emissions are rising fast. For China, for example, this growth needs to be curbed within the next 15 years if China wants to avoid overshooting 2˚C, and even earlier to stay on a 1.5˚C-compatible pathway. The barriers to transforming the building sector are largely financial, with higher up-front investment costs (but lower running costs), and incentives and regulatory support are required. Another barrier is the landlord-tenant issue, where the landlord doesn’t get a direct benefit from reducing a building’s energy use. This calls for innovative financing schemes.

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Mark Roden, Founder and CEO of ding celebrates third business recognition of the month

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 12 novembre 2014

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADublin, Ireland –ding*, the world’s largest international top-up provider, has been awarded the number two spot in Deloitte Technology Fast 50, a ranking of the 50 fastest growing technology companies in Ireland. Rankings are based on average percentage revenue growth over five years and ding* posted growth of 1073%. This is the third year in a row that ding* has featured prominently on the list having brought home the top prize in both 2012 & 2013 and was also named Deloitte’s Rising Star in 2011.Founder & CEO Mark Roden commented: “It’s an honour to be recognised in Deloitte’s Fast 50 for a third time. Not only does this award recognise our successful growth to date but it is also a wonderful validation of all the hard work and long hours put in to building the business by all the team at ding*.” He also congratulated Inhance Technology, a Cork based company that develop white-label mobile applications who were awarded the top spot. ding, formerly ezetop, enables people living abroad to top-up the mobile phones of their friends and family back home, making it easier for them to stay connected and empowering the receiver to get the most out of their mobile phone. Since its inception in 2006, ding* has built a network that spans half the world and is partnered with over 300 mobile operators in 130 countries with a total reach of a staggering 3.5 billion phones. Through, the ding* mobile apps and its 500,000 retail outlets, the company delivers a top-up every second of every day.It’s been a great month for Founder & CEO Mark Roden, who was awarded EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 on the 23rd October and was also named ‘Business Person of the Month’ by Business and Finance last week.
Fundamental rights at the EU’s borders: FRA reports reveal challenges aheadTwo new reports by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) present the human rights situation at the EU’s air and land borders where asylum seekers as well as victims of trafficking for labour and sexual exploitation and for organ extraction may also first enter the EU. The reports are based on research at five airports and six major land border crossing points, and demonstrate the potential for fundamental rights infringements at the EU’s borders. Together with FRA’s earlier report on fundamental rights at the EU’s southern sea borders, these studies describe the treatment of people entering the EU and make suggestions to improve respect for their human rights. “The EU’s borders are its first point of contact with the external world. This is where the EU’s fundamental rights’ obligation begins,” said FRA Director Morten Kjaerum. “Any action taken by the EU to help manage its external borders must comply with fundamental rights. Making fundamental rights part of the Schengen border control evaluations is already a step in the right direction. Security concerns at the borders must not overrule fundamental rights, which must be at the core of modern and integrated border management.” The two new reports reveal a number of issues that affect the fundamental rights of non-EU citizens arriving in the EU. In the light of these findings, FRA makes a number of proposals to improve fundamental rights safeguards at the EU’s borders, aimed at EU and national policy makers, the EU borders Agency Frontex, and operative officers working at border check posts. For example: Although border guards receive instructions on professional and respectful treatment, some passengers found border guards to be unhelpful, unresponsive and hostile verbally. EU Member States should therefore take effective action to address serious forms of disrespectful conduct towards travellers; Less than half of border guards at airports said they informed people undergoing detailed border checks why they were being examined. Over two thirds also said they would not tell people who are refused entry into the EU where to get legal assistance. Border guards must provide all travellers with timely and adequate information when they are subjected to detailed checks or if they are refused entry. Member States should also be more active in promoting language learning by border guards and put in place effective interpretation mechanisms at border crossing points;At the land border crossing points, two out of three border guards said they would not start an asylum procedure even if the traveller said that their lives or freedom would be at risk if they were returned to the country they had left. At airports, only 22% of border guards had received written guidance on identifying potential victims of trafficking. Border guards therefore need to be better trained and sensitised to recognise asylum seekers or migrants who have been trafficked. Border management authorities should also ensure there are procedures in place and training available for border guards who deal with children. Facilities for migrants who have been refused entry or who have arrived without papers are often insufficiently equipped, even though people can be held there for several hours; at some airports they were held for several days. Member States must ensure that the facilities in which people whose entry to the EU has been denied are held meet basic needs, including the provision of food and water.FRA’s annual Fundamental Rights Conference, which begins today, is devoted this year to the topic of fundamental rights and migration to the EU. As well as border management, the conference will debate issues such as the protection of children, migrant integration and the growing racism in some places against migrants. Participants will also discuss the challenges posed by the recent pressures at the EU’s external borders for receiving countries, and ways of responding to the situation. Visit the conference site for the programme and list of participants.Fundamental rights at airports: border checks at five international airports in the European Union. Fundamental rights at land borders: findings from selected European Union border crossing points.

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ACS Capitol Hill Briefing — Measuring Economic Growth: R&D Investments

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 24 gennaio 2014

washingtonWASHINGTON The American Chemical Society (ACS) Science & the Congress Project invites news media to attend a luncheon briefing on “Measuring Economic Growth: R&D Investments.” It will be held Thursday, Jan. 30, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Senate Russell Office Building 385. Please RSVP to briefing is sponsored by the ACS Science & the Congress Project.
To assess the size and health of the U.S. economy, economists and policymakers frequently do so by evaluating our gross domestic product (GDP). As a result of an important accounting change instituted by the Commerce Department on July 31, 2013, the economic impact of public and private scientific and engineering research and innovation (R&D) on GDP can now be better characterized. By treating R&D and creative works as investments with future payoffs, policymakers, industry leaders and government officials will be able to make better decisions on job creation, research and education priorities, and discretionary budgets. This panel will explore what better R&D measurements mean for small businesses, industry, state and national economic leaders. The briefing will feature the following panelists and an open discussion:
Moderator: Stephen Merrill, Ph.D., The National Academies, Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy (STEP)
• Carol Corrado, Ph.D., McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University
• Martin Fleming, Ph.D., IBM
• Steve Landefeld, Ph.D., Bureau of Economic Analysis)
• Andrew Lo, Ph.D., Laboratory for Financial Engineering, MIT Sloan School of Management
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Thomas Cook’s Royal Globetrotting Guide

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 22 Maggio 2012

Landscape of the Comino Island Malta

Landscape of the Comino Island Malta (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

London, (PRNewswire) In fact the Queen actually succeeded to the throne, while on a tour of Kenya, a trip which had set the standard for a woman who would spend a great deal of her time during the next 60 years travelling the world, meeting her subjects and representing the UK on both state and commonwealth visits. Strangely despite being so well travelled the Queen, has never had a holiday in Rhodes or like a huge number of her subjects enjoyed cheap holidays to Greece.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visited the strategic Mediterranean island of Malta for four days between November 23 and 26, 2005, during which time Her Majesty opened the biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting.It is a little known fact that the Queen, as Princess Elizabeth, lived in Malta from 1949 to 1951, when The Duke of Edinburgh was stationed on the island. This wonderful, sun-drenched little island is packed with history and personality; make sure you visit some of the many ancient building and architecture that make Malta so special.
The Queen has visited France eight times on official business, which tops it off as the most visited country by the Queen on state visits. The Queen paid a visit to one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, Strasbourg in 1992. The entire town centre has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has a history unique to the area.

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Energy Bulding

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 22 agosto 2010

E’ la tendenza internazionale che permette di costruire e arredare la casa tenendo conto delle piu’ moderne tecniche di costruzione, dei materiali piu’ naturali e sostenibili, ma anche delle antichissime tecniche e filosofie, come il Feng Shui, nate per dare energia e benessere a chi nella casa ci abita. Un centro dove l’esperienza multi-sensoriale non accompagna esclusivamente nell’acquisto dei prodotti, ma addirittura nella scelta di come costruire e progettare una casa, una camera o qualsiasi ambiente, il tutto nel rispetto dell’ambiente. Uno spazio progettato a scopo commerciale e didattico, per offrire e far conoscere al pubblico i vantaggi che derivano dall’impiego di prodotti e soluzioni abitative eco sostenibili, ma anche per far respirare il benessere che tali soluzioni riescono a regalare.  Accolta dal WWF Italia nel club “Imprese per la natura”, riservato a imprese o associazioni che contribuiscono a progetti per la salvaguardia ambientale, Cerchi nel Grano e’ una struttura costruita con materie prime naturali provenienti da fonti rinnovabili e da regioni limitrofe, e utilizza impianti di riscaldamento e di illuminazione a basso consumo, ai quali si unisce la produzione di energia elettrica “pulita” attraverso un impianto fotovoltaico posizionato sul tetto Insomma e’ il “luogo” per chi cerca solo qualche oggetto “green”, qualche libro specializzato di settore o qualche accessorio eco chic per la casa, ma anche per chi invece una casa deve costruirla e vuole farlo tenendo conto del suo impatto ambientale, passando per quelli che invece intendono ristrutturarla nell’ottica di una maggiore efficienza energetica. Grazie a un team di architetti con specifiche conoscenze relative ai temi della bioarchitettura e della bioedilizia, presso Cerchi nel Grano e’ possibile progettare una casa eco sostenibile, avere informazioni sui benefici dell’applicazione dei principi del Feng Shui, richiedere indagini geobiologiche del terreno su cui si intende edificare, capire come riqualificare un edificio dal punto di vista energetico, e persino farsi studiare una progettazione bioclimatica ad hoc degli spazi.  L’obiettivo e’ quello di permettere al visitatore di sperimentare in prima persona e in modo diretto i benefici che mente e corpo possono trarre da una casa progettata e costruita nel pieno rispetto dell’ambiente. Ma anche un luogo da visitare per conoscere tutti i segreti del benessere naturale, con la  possibilita’ di partecipare a corsi di yoga o Feng Shui, cosi’ come di bioarchitettura, bioedilizia, risparmio energetico. Ma Cerchi nel Grano si propone anche di far scoprire ai propri visitatori e clienti, in uno dei momenti di peggior crisi economica, come risparmiare denaro, senza rinunciare al benessere per il proprio corpo e la propria mente.

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Veneto: rilancio imprenditoria giovanile

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 5 ottobre 2009

Venezia 7 ottobre (ore 20.00) nella sede di Confartigianato Venezia (Castello – S. Lio 5653). corso per giovani imprenditori dal titolo “Il controllo direzionale per gestire lo sviluppo aziendale”, in cui verranno illustrate le strategie per sviluppare al meglio il patrimonio di risorse e di competenze, cercando di comprendere quali leve decisionali si debbano toccare per garantire un successo coerente con gli obiettivi e i valori delle imprese.Rafforzare lo spirito d’azienda e il lavoro di squadra attraverso strategie di marketing e innovazione mirate alla fidelizzazione del cliente e fondate sul team building, frontiera avanzata della formazione imprenditoriale. È questa la ricetta che AG Venezia (il gruppo Giovani Imprenditori aderenti alla Confartigianato Provinciale) propone al mondo dei nuovi capitani d’azienda per far fronte alla crisi economica in atto.  Il gruppo veneziano dei Giovani Imprenditori è molto attivo. Lo testimoniano anche i numeri: sono oltre 5.500, sulle 20mila imprese iscritte in CCIAA di Venezia, i giovani capitani d’impresa con meno di 40 anni nelle cui mani è affidato il futuro dell’artigianato e della piccola impresa della provincia di Venezia. Un numero che nel 2008 è cresciuto del 6,5% rispetto all’anno precedente. Tutti hanno avviato l’attività con risorse proprie: proseguire una tradizione familiare, tanto che solo 2 su 100 si sono rivolti all’autoimpiego in risposta alla carenza di posti di lavoro. Circa un terzo delle nuove leve dell’imprenditoria artigiana sono concentrate nell’area di Venezia-Mestre, in Riviera del Brenta e nel Miranese, dove operano oltre 1.800 giovani imprenditori. Tra i diversi settori economici quello su cui puntano maggiormente è il comparto delle costruzioni (con percentuali che toccano il 44%), settore che nell’ultimo anno ha fatto registrare il massimo incremento della componente imprenditoriale giovanile (+8,6%). Seguono il comparto manifatturiero (27,7%) e i servizi alle persone (17,2%). Per quanto riguarda il manifatturiero, si rileva un interesse spiccato dei giovani imprenditori per le attività del settore alimentare (25,6%), che sorpassano per preferenze lo “storico” segmento della lavorazione dei metalli (20%). E ancora, è significativa la presenza di giovani capitani nel settore della lavorazione del legno e della produzione di mobili (17,7%).

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