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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 33 n° 244

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WOC Responds to Pope’s Comments on Women Deacons Commission

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 9 maggio 2019

WOC’s response to Pope Francis’ remarks May 7 indicating that the Vatican study commission on the history of women deacons in the Catholic Church has been unable to reach consensus:
For centuries, women have served in the tradition of Phoebe (Rm 16:1) and our parishes and communities are blessed by their gifts. Women are called to be deacons — by God and their communities — and model diaconal service for the Church. Recognizing the ministerial gifts and vocations of women is not optional. In his recent exhortation, Christus Vivit, Pope Francis wrote: “A Church that is overly fearful and tied to its structures can be invariably critical of efforts to defend the rights of women, and constantly point out the risks and the potential errors of those demands. A living Church can react by being attentive to the legitimate claims of those women who seek greater justice and equality” (42). We call on Pope Francis to act as the leader of a living Church, not an overly fearful one. The claims of women who seek justice and equality in ministry are legitimate, and must be attended to in a spirit of courage. We must not allow our attempts to study the past prevent us from moving where the Spirit calls us today: to be a Church with doors open to the fullness of women’s gifts and vocations.

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Olha Kryvetska, comments on Siemens and RZD

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 9 luglio 2010

London. The Russian rail market is becoming increasingly attractive for foreign companies and investors, as confirmed by the latest announcement that Siemens is planning a major expansion of its cooperation with Russian Railways (RZD). With a huge rail network of over 85,000 km and 1,100 million tonnes of freight transported in 2009, Russia is one of the most promising rail transportation markets in the world. Adopted in 2008 by the Russian Government, the Rail Transport Strategy was a decisive step towards the dynamic modernisation of the outdated rail infrastructure and resulted in RZD planning investments of €7 billion, €7.4 billion and €7.8 billion in 2010, 2011 and 2012 respectively. However, Russian manufacturers still face a number of significant challenges resulting from a lack of innovative technology expertise. A lack of experience in the development and production of the latest rail equipment with high safety standards and improved efficiency forces Russian OEMs to look for close and long term partnerships with western European suppliers. Cooperation with Russian rolling stock manufacturers and engineering centres creates numerous opportunities for leading global rail OEMs. Siemens is one such supplier that has been successfully cooperating with RZD in the fields of telecommunications, automation, railway line power supply, and the modernisation and technical service of
the rail rolling stock. Siemens is a pioneer in the introduction of high speed transportation in Russia. In 2007, Russian Railways signed a €276 million contract with Siemens to supply 8 Velaro RUS trains and a further 30-years contract amounting to €354 million for technical train maintenance. In 2009, Siemens has signed €580 million contract for the supply of 58 Desiro trains out of which 16 trains would be produced in Russia. With the extensive expertise in the rail sector and well developed brand name in Russia, Siemens is well positioned to become a strategic and reliable partner of Russian Railways. In the long run, cooperation with European OEMs in the adoption of the innovative signalling solutions and in the production of the latest rail equipment is crucial for the effective development of the rail market and for positioning the Russian rail network as competitive on a global level. Closer cooperation between RZD and Siemens may encourage other foreign OEMs to expand their business activities in the Russian market. Olha Kryvetska is a Research Analyst with Frost & Sullivan’s Automotive & Transportation Practice. Her primary focus is to monitor and analyse emerging trends, technologies and market dynamics across automotive and transportation industries of the emerging markets including Europe, the Russian Federation and CIS countries.

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Comments on Geely’s purchase of Volvo

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 3 aprile 2010

London Geely’s purchase of Volvo is indeed a major milestone in the auto industry, being the first successful purchase of a major brand by a Chinese automaker. While the deal itself will take until the 3rd Quarter of 2010, so the actual benefits will really be reaped from 2011 onwards. As it has been structured and conceived, there are significant opportunities for Volvo as well as Geely in this alliance. While penetrating China will be a major opportunity for Volvo, Geely has the opportunity to gain engineering and process know-how to improve quality, safety and reliability of its models, thereby boosting the export potential of its vehicles. In terms of manufacturing locations, while Geely’s commitment to keeping Volvo as a separate division from its Chinese operations, does ensure the short term operation of Volvo’s plants in Sweden and Belgium, there is no long term certainty about the future of these plants. Geely would be best placed to sell Volvo’s manufactured in China itself in the local market, while using the existing facilities in Europe to continue serving markets in Europe and North America. However, Geely could enable Volvo reduce its cost by increasing content sourced from China. There are also significant challenges that need to be addressed, for this deal to be successful. In particular, Volvo being a premium brand, competes on technology with the likes of BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi. While Volvo has established its safety and reliability as its brand attributes, the company will need continuous investment to ensure its R&D is able to churn out advanced technologies. Currently, Volvo is behind its premium competitors in introducing other advanced technologies in domains such as vehicle powertrain, which is becoming a critical area, with the growing pressure from regulators on reducing emissions. Overall, Geely’s purchase of Volvo will work only if the company is willing to adopt a radically different approach from its Chinese competitors that had previously undertaken automotive acquisitions and failed.

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The indictment of Sudanese President Bashir

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 16 luglio 2009

The International Criminal Court indicted Bashir and put out an arrest warrant in March 2009.   The Organization of the Islamic Conference, the Arab League and the African Union have all passed resolutions denouncing the indictment.  Moreover last week the African Union declared that its members will refuse to cooperate in enforcement.  All of the nations polled as part of this study are members of one or more of these organizations.  However large majorities approve of the ICC indictment in Kenya (77%), and Nigeria (71%), as does a modest majority in Turkey (51% with 22% disapproving), and a plurality in Pakistan (39% with 32% disapproving).    “This suggests that leaders of some majority-Muslim and African nations, in denouncing the indictment of President Bashir, are out of step with their people,” comments Steven Kull, director of   In two nations a majority disapproves of the indictment: the Palestinian territories (70% with 25% approving) and Egypt (52%, with 47% approving).  Iraqis are evenly divided (35% approve, 37% disapprove).   The poll of the seven nations ( Egypt, Turkey, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Iraq, and the Palestinian territories) was conducted between April 25 and June 6, 2009 with a total of 6,055 respondents.  The margin of error for each nation ranges from +/- 3 to 4.5 percentage points.  In response to the ICC indictment, President Bashir expelled from Sudan many aid organizations providing relief to hundreds of thousands of displaced people living in refugee camps in Darfur.  Respondents were asked, “If as a result many people in these camps start dying from hunger and exposure, do you think the UN should bring in food and other aid, escorted by military protection if necessary, even against the will of the government or do you think this would be too much of a violation of Sudan’s sovereignty?” Support for such a UN intervention is very strong, including among some publics that oppose the indictment.  Large majorities would favor it in Kenya (82%), Nigeria (68%), Egypt (61%), the Palestinian territories (60%), as well as a plurality in Iraq (46% to 29%).  Only in Pakistan does a plurality oppose the idea (42% to 37%).   These attitudes are consistent with earlier polling on the concept of the UN having a “responsibility to protect.” asked respondents from 20 nations whether the UN Security Council has a responsibility to authorize military force to protect people from severe human rights violations. Majorities or pluralities in all 20 nations polled agreed that the Security Council does have this responsibility, including five of the nations in the present poll: Kenya (89%), Egypt (80%), Nigeria (78%), the Palestinian territories (69%), and Turkey (39% to 20%). In the current poll publics in five nations were also asked whether they have confidence in Bashir to do the right in international affairs as part of a battery that included leaders from many other nations. Bashir received poor confidence ratings in four of the five nations asked.  Most said they have not too much or no confidence in him in Kenya (63%), Turkey (52%), Egypt (51%), and Nigeria (49%).  Only in the Palestinian territories did a slight majority (51%) say they have some or a lot of confidence.  Levels of information about the situation in Darfur vary widely among the publics polled.  While majorities said they knew some or a lot in Kenya (85%), Egypt (78%), Palestinian Territories (65%), and Nigeria (59%), these numbers dropped below half in Iraq (48%), Pakistan (39%), and Turkey (29%).   Overall those with higher levels of information were more supportive of the ICC indictment, but there were variations between nations.  Among those with a lot of information, support was higher than the general public in Kenya (87% as compared to 77%), Turkey (73% as compared to 51%), Iraq (70% as compared to 35%) and the Palestinian territories (37% as compared to 25%).   However, in Pakistan disapproval of the indictment was higher among the most informed (60% as compared to 32%).  In Egypt and Nigeria there was no clear effect with greater information., a collaborative project involving research centers from around the world, is managed by the Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) at the University of Maryland. Funding for this research was provided by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Calvert Foundation.

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