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Debut cliff diving competition adds to Dublin’s rich seaside history

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 3 Mag 2019

While brilliant Brit Hunt can equal his winning streak of six consecutive victories across seasons from 2015 with another first place in Ireland, Romania’s Constantin Popovici proved he has bags of potential from the 27m platform during his debut as a permanent diver in the Philippines. His impressive armstand dive earned the 30-year-old Olympic diver, who strives for qualification for Tokyo 2020, the high score of the day and his first ever World Series podium behind the defending 7-time champion.Title hopefuls such as Mexico’s Jonathan Paredes and Steven LoBue from the US, will have to make a move in order to prevent the King Kahekili Trophy moving beyond reach already at this early stage of the season.In the women’s Australian Iffland continues to be the acme of perfection when it comes to acrobatically launching from 21 metres. The 27-year-old secured her 12th victory in 18 competitions during the season opener in Asia and seems to be facing the strongest competition from Belarusian Yana Nestsiarava and Canada’s Lysanne Richard. Contrary to 2018 runner-up Adriana Jimenez from Mexico, who finished on a disappointing 5th place in the Philippines, the duo managed to keep up with the triple champion.Following three events at the near-rectangular natural pool in Inis Mór on the rugged Aran Islands, the World Series is hosted in Ireland’s capital city for the first time.
Dún Laoghaire, located to the south of the city centre, is an iconic seaside town with over 200 years of history. The town features the iconic ’40 Foot’ for those who fancy a quick swim before the real thing, Ireland’s National Maritime Museum, the People’s Park and the dlr LexIcon Library, which has a view that will only be rivalled by the platforms, which will stand at 21 and 27 meters.Located on Carlisle Pier, the divers will have a panoramic view over Dublin Bay from the platforms, with Poolbeg Lighthouse, Howth Head, Dalkey Island and the whole of Dún Laoghaire in the immediate vicinity. Walking the East Pier is the main tourist activity in Dún Laoghaire Harbour and thousands of people are expected to cheer the 24 athletes to extraordinary feats from there.It took 42 years to construct the harbour, from 1817 to 1859, and it will take the divers 3 seconds from the platforms to the water below to add their magic to the area’s history.

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Thales and Gemalto are Granted Regulatory Clearance from the Competition Board in Turkey

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 4 settembre 2018

Reference is made to the joint press release by Thales (Euronext Paris: HO) and Gemalto (Euronext Amsterdam and Paris: GTO) dated 27 March 2018 in relation to the launch of the recommended all-cash offer by Thales for all the issued and outstanding shares of Gemalto (the “Offer”), the publication of the Offer Document, and the joint press release of Thales and Gemalto dated 10 August 2018 in relation to the further extension of the Acceptance Period. Terms not defined in this press release will have the meaning as set forth in the Offer Document.Thales and Gemalto today announce that they have received antitrust Regulatory Clearance in Turkey. The decision of the Turkish Competition Board, which was notified today to Thales, is effective as of 27 August 2018.Together with the anti-trust clearance obtained in China and Israel, and clearances relating to foreign investments in Australia and Canada, Thales and Gemalto have obtained 5 of the required 14 Regulatory Clearances.Thales and Gemalto continue to work constructively with the competent antitrust authorities to obtain the remaining Regulatory Clearances in Australia, for the European Union, in Mexico, in New Zealand, in Russia, in South Africa and in the United States. In addition, Thales and Gemalto are seeking CFIUS approval in the United States and Regulatory Clearance relating to foreign investments from the competent authority in Russia.As expected, the transaction should close shortly after all of the Regulatory Clearances have been secured which should occur before the end of 2018.
Further announcements will be made if and when a Regulatory Clearance has been obtained or the Offer Condition with respect to Regulatory Clearances is satisfied, waived or has become incapable of being satisfied, or as otherwise required by applicable law. As announced on 10 August 2018, the Acceptance Period has been further extended by Thales in accordance with an exemption granted by the Dutch financial markets authority (AFM) and will end two weeks after the fulfilment of the Offer Condition with respect to Regulatory Clearances or the waiver thereof (but no later than the Long Stop Date).

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Mouser Electronics Empowers Student Innovation with FIRST Robotics Competition Sponsorships

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 28 febbraio 2018

Mouser Electronics, Inc., the New Product Introduction leader empowering innovation, is proud to announce that it is once again a major sponsor of the 2018 FIRST® Robotics Competition Dallas Regional, March 1–4 at the Irving Convention Center. As Captains of Innovation Sponsor, Mouser will showcase some of the newest technologies at its exhibit at the Dallas-area event, where 59 teams from Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Brazil will compete.Since 2012, Mouser has been a strong and consistent supporter of FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), the world’s leading child-serving nonprofit advancing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Mouser sponsors FIRST competitions at the local, regional and international levels and also donates electronic components to FIRST teams.
“Electronics education is key to Mouser’s mission, going back to our founding more than 50 years ago,” said Kevin Hess, Mouser’s Senior Vice President of Marketing. “We are very proud to continue sponsoring FIRST, which supports the brightest young minds and future engineers.”The 2018 arcade-inspired theme — FIRST POWER UPSM — promises to inspire and challenge students and to entertain audiences of all ages. Two 3-team alliances are “trapped” in an 8-bit video game, where they must control their robots to perform tasks and defeat the evil boss to win the game. Each FIRST Robotics Competition team receives a kit of parts — including motors, batteries, a control system, a PC and a mix of automation components — with no instructions. Teams have six weeks to transform their kits into working robots designed to perform specific tasks.
The Dallas Regional competition will be followed by the FIRST Championship held in Houston, April 18–21, and Detroit, April 25–28. Mouser will sponsor the Hall of Fame Exhibit, which honors the winning teams of the esteemed Chairman’s Award at both championship locations. Overall, more than 91,000 high school students worldwide are expected to participate.“The FIRST Robotics Competition provides students with a platform for innovation, a chance to solve real engineering challenges, and an opportunity to build character and self-esteem,” Hess added.This year also marks the third time the competition will be offered through the University Interscholastic League (UIL), an organization that provides educational extracurricular contests for public primary and secondary schools in Texas. The UIL championship, also sponsored by Mouser, is set for May 17–19 at the Austin Convention Center.

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Joensuu City Challenge – International Competition for Innovative SMEs Opened

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 16 dicembre 2017

Joensuu City ChallengeCity of Joensuu, Finland, has announced an international competition in which 200,000 euros will be used for innovative pilot projects in the city centre. Joensuu has defined four city platforms on which companies or other interested organizations are invited to present innovative proposals. The winning proposals will be implemented as pilot projects in Joensuu. The deadline for the proposals is 18th March 2018. The implementation phase of the proposals should be carried out by May 2019. Competition information is provided in English, and proposals can be made in English and Finnish.
The four challenges for which solutions are sought are versatile. A smart solution pilot related to city services is searched for. In the City-Lab approach, innovative proposals such as CityLabs or StreetLabs are expected. The third case is related to a river/lake tourism solution, proposals can range from tourist service solutions to VR/AR applications for recreational purposes. Finally, green energy solutions are expected for a vast recreational area at the lakeside where one of the oldest Finnish rock festivals takes place every summer.Joensuu is a university town and a growing regional centre in the eastern part of Finland in the Finnish Lakeland. The town has one of the most ambitious climate targets in Europe – to be carbon neutral by 2025. One-third of the population is under 25 years old, and there are more than 20,000 students in the town. The city population approaches 76,000 and the nearby region has 120,000 inhabitants. Joensuu core competencies are forest bioeconomy, education, photonics, ICT, metal industries and new materials. The European Forest Institute, an international science-based organization is also located in Joensuu. The town has a strong policy for innovative public procurement, investments and solutions.The competition was launched at the Bioeconomy Investment Summit in Helsinki, Finland, 14th of December 2017 which gathered over 500 participants from 40 countries. The competition will also be announced via the Finnish and European e-tendering systems Hilma and TED next week. The initiative is supported by the Urban Growth Agreement of the Finnish Government and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment. (photo: Joensuu City Challenge)

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Competition Law, IP and Regulation in the Pharmaceutical Sector

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 8 novembre 2017

Interno farmacia

Roma Giovedì 9 Novembre 2017, ore 14:30 Dipartimento di Giurisprudenza, Sala del Consiglio Via Ostiense 163 avrà luogo il convegno sul tema “Competition Law, IP and Regulation in the Pharmaceutical Sector”.  Program:
14,30 – Welcome address: Antonietta Di Blase (Vice Dean, Department of Law, University of Roma Tre) Introduction: Giovanni Pitruzzella (President, Italian Competition Authority)
15,00 – First session Chair: Margherita Colangelo (University of Roma Tre) Keynote speaker: Michal Gal (University of Haifa) Pay-for-Delay and No-Contest Clauses in the Pharmaceutical Sector Speakers: Emanuela Arezzo (University of Teramo) Patents between incentive towards innovation and strategic gaming Claudia Desogus (Italian Competition Authority) Competition authorities’ recent experience on excessive prices in pharmaceuticals Second session
16,00 – Roundtable Chair: Giandonato Caggiano (University of Roma Tre) Speakers: Ginevra Bruzzone (Assonime) Francesco Mazza (Farmindustria) Francesca Mastroianni (Italian Medicines Agency – AIFA) Pietro Merlino (Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP) Gabriella Muscolo (Italian Competition Authority) Serena Sileoni (Istituto Bruno Leoni)
Conclusions: Vincenzo Zeno-Zencovich (University of Roma Tre)

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Lo spin off Unicam Biovecblok ha vinto la Global Social Venture Competition!

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 26 febbraio 2017

biovecblokCamerino. Nel corso della finale a sei tenutasi ieri all’Arena S. Paolo di Milano, i giovani ricercatori hanno ricevuto il premio di €10.000 , riservato alle prime due posizioni, e avranno ora la possibilità di partecipare alla competizione di Berkeley dove le migliori start up si contenderanno un premio di 80.000 dollari.
ATLAS, questo il titolo del progetto che sta suscitando così tanto interesse, è un insetticida biologico e non tossico, innovativo strumento di controllo ecologico di zanzare vettrici di malattie come Malaria, Dengue e la nuova emergenza Zika. (foto: biovecblok)

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The best European social entrepreneurs have been chosen

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 25 ottobre 2016

europeAprendices Visuales, BioCarbon Engineering, Silent Secret, and FitforKids winners of the Social Innovation Tournament 2016. Aprendices Visuales (Visual Learners), from France/Spain, and BioCarbon Engineering from the UK have been awarded the first and second prizes in the fifth edition of the Social Innovation Tournament, a competition organised by the European Investment Bank Institute to reward and promote innovative initiatives with a social, ethical or environmental impact in the fight against social exclusion.This year’s edition took place on 20 October in Ljubljana, Slovenia, in cooperation with the Faculty of Economics and the Social Entrepreneurship Centre of the University of Ljubljana, and the Slovenian Ministry of Economic Development and Technology.Silent Secret, from the UK, and FitforKids, from Denmark, won the first and second prizes in the Special Category on health (with a special emphasis on childhood obesity).Aprendices Visuales, an initiative that aims to facilitate children with autism’s access to the tools they need in order to develop their full potential, through research, creation of e-learning tools and social awareness, and Silent Secret, an application for teenagers (11 to 19 year olds) to share secrets, thoughts, news and their lifestyle anonymously and access in-app counseling from professionals, thus creating a social community received EUR 50 000. Aprendices Visuales also won a voucher to receive subsequent advice from EY Transaction Advisory Services in Brussels.BioCarbon engineering an initiative that wants to counter industrial scale deforestation using drones and FitforKids which is a programme specifically designed for obese children and their families promoting healthy eating habits and an active lifestyle, each received EUR 20 000.In addition, four projects – Edukit, Freebird Club, Lazzus and Rés do Chão – won a voucher to receive subsequent mentoring services to help take the project forward. And for the first time this year the EIB Institute is partnering with INSEAD Business School to offer Ithaca from Greece and Aprendices Visuales from France/Spain the opportunity to attend the INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship programme.Also this year for the first time, selected finalists in previous editions of the SIT will be invited to an innovative one-week executive education programme to be held in Lisbon in December in collaboration with the Católica-Lisbon School of Business & Economics of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa. The programme also includes an “Investors’ Fair” designed to showcase projects for potential investors and build bridges for future investment deals.
Dr Miro Cerar, Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia, said: “The 15 finalists are among the best social innovators in Europe, because of their modern business ideas and socially responsible business models. With their creativity, they are the drivers of our development and progress ‘train‘. I therefore hope that they will first help us to meet key social challenges – like the creation and development of new quality jobs, migration, and gender equality – which are today facing not only Slovenia but also Europe.”
Francisco de Paula Coelho, Dean of the European Investment Bank Institute, said: “This tournament is about Europe’s best social innovators, and the projects that were presented to us today reveal the great potential of untapped social innovation that is available in Europe. In only five years, the Institute’s Social innovation tournament has succeeded in creating a growing community of social entrepreneurs from 20 different countries working to combat social exclusion through more than 60 projects. That is quite an achievement.”Sophie Robin, President of the Jury, said “The best projects have won, but it was a very difficult decision to make. We thank all the finalists for their participation and for the quality of their projects, and I thank the Institute for organising this competition”The Social Innovation Tournament was established in 2012 by the EIB Institute. It is held every year in a different country to reward and sponsor European entrepreneurs whose primary purpose is to generate a social, ethical or environmental impact. Projects are typically related to combating unemployment and the marginalisation of disadvantaged communities and promoting access to education.
Fifteen finalists from ten countries had initially been selected for the Tournament from 282 proposals submitted by applicants from 30 countries.During the Tournament, the finalists had to present and defend their project before a Jury composed of seven social innovation specialists chaired by Sophie Robin (Stone Soup Consulting) and also including José Tomás Frade (former EIB staff member), Elena Casolari (OPES Impact Fund), Alenka Slavec (University of Ljubljana) and Hans Wahl (INSEAD).The next Social Innovation Tournament will take place in Riga, Latvia, with the call for projects scheduled to start in February 2017. In 2017, the Special Category Prizes will go to projects focusing on ageing.

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Hocoma Named One of the Swiss Champions

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 13 giugno 2016

hocomaThe new PwC study on the secrets of success of Swiss small and mid-sized companies recognized Hocoma as a ‘Swiss Champion’.PwC assessed small and mid-sized companies with head offices in Switzerland that are considered to be market leaders on at least one continent, or the best in their specific industry.They found that three factors were common among these companies: client orientation, a culture of innovation and strong research and development.At Hocoma, all three factors are present in the day-to-day. Hocoma was founded on a basis of research and development; and innovation still drives the solutions that help patients get back to their normal daily life and therapists to help their patients achieve that.When asked how the company dealt with competition in the market, Dr. Gery Colombo, CEO of Hocoma, pointed out that similar products exist or are being introduced into the market, mainly in China. Hocoma, however, covers the entire value chain from research to customer training, a comprehensive concept other companies simply can’t match.Swiss world market leaders are niche suppliers with high production costs. They are only able to survive in the global market if their products are of the absolute best quality and if they are focused on the needs of their customers.Dr. Colombo continued by saying, “Hocoma employees know what they’re working toward. They understand they have the power to revolutionize an industry and change people’s lives for the better. And that is all the motivation I need.” (photo: hocoma)

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Expert comment on AB InBev’s plan to sell SABMiller’s central and eastern European businesses

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 3 Mag 2016

John Colley, of warwick_campus_2_large, is a Professor of Practice and researches large takeovers. He is also a former MD of a FTSE 100 company. Professor John Colley said: “Competition authority negotiations to win approval for AB InBev’s deal with SABMiller are continuing to take their toll. One major brand included in the latest sale is Pilsner Urquell and its worldwide rights outside the US. Japan’s Asahi might be a possible suitor following their acquisition of Grolsch and Peroni. Within the US Pilsner Urquell is going to Molson Coors as further efforts are made to gain competition authority approvals.”In North America, while MillerCoors has been sold to Molson Coors, there are continuing concerns from anti-trust authorities about control of distribution and AB InBev’s ability to prevent craft beers reaching drinkers. After the disposal of Miller AB InBev still has 45% of the US beer market. It is vertically integrated into wholesalers and many of the others represent AB InBev exclusively. One senses the game is not over either in the US or Europe and that further restrictions will be imposed. “AB InBev’s enormous market shares, post the SABMiller bid, have resulted in major disposals in the US, Europe, and China together with worldwide rights to a number of brands such as Grolsch, Peroni, Miller and now Pilsner Urquell. The main objective of the deal is stronger growth positions in Africa and Latin America. However, the extent of divestments elsewhere needed for competition authority approvals, is continuing to grow.”

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World’s coal power plants consume enough freshwater to sustain 1 billion people – Greenpeace

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 23 marzo 2016

Hong Kong.Hong Kong. The world’s rapidly dwindling freshwater resources could be further depleted if plans for hundreds of new coal power plants worldwide go ahead, threatening severe drought and competition, according to a new Greenpeace International report.The report is the first global plant-by-plant study of the coal industry’s current and future water demand. The research also identifies the regions that are already in water deficit, where existing and proposed coal plants would speed up the depletion of water resources.“If all the proposed coal plants would be built the water consumed by coal power plants around the world would almost double. We now know that coal not only pollutes our skies and fuels climate change, it also deprives us of our most precious resources: water,” said Harri Lammi, senior global campaigner on coal, at Greenpeace East Asia.
Globally, 8,359 existing coal power plant units already consume enough water to meet the basic water needs of 1 billion people. A quarter of the proposed new coal plants are planned in regions already running a freshwater deficit, where water is used faster than it is naturally replenishing, which Greenpeace calls red-list areas.The top countries with proposed additional coal plant capacity in red-list areas are China (237 GW), India (52 GW) and Turkey (7 GW). Almost half of the proposed Chinese coal fleet is in red-list areas. In India and Turkey this figure is 13%.Coal is one of the most water-intensive methods of generating electricity. According to the International Energy Agency, coal will account for 50% of the growth in global water consumption for power generation over the next 20 years. Greenpeace research shows that if the proposed coal plants come online, their consumption of water will increase by 90%. Given the deepening water crisis in the major coal power bases, it is unbelievable that plans for hundreds of new coal plants are even being considered.“Governments must recognise that replacing coal with renewable energy will not only help them deliver on their climate agreements, but also deliver huge water savings. It’s more urgent than ever that we move towards a 100% renewable future,” said Iris Cheng, lead author of the Greenpeace International report.
Greenpeace proposes three key policy steps, which, taken together, can turn around the coal industry’s water use:
An immediate moratorium on coal expansion in regions with high water stress, and a transition from thirsty coal to energy that uses little or no water, like solar PV and wind.
Replacing the planned coal plants in the red-list areas with renewable energy, such as solar PV and wind power, would avoid consumption of 1.8 billion cubic metres of water per year in China, and 1.2 billion cubic meters per year in India.
Closing plants that have been operating for 40 years. The US could save a staggering 9 billion cubic meters of water by shutting down its old coal power plants.

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Law Firm: New Hires in Italy and Launch of New York Office

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 29 ottobre 2015

new-yorkNew York. Portolano Cavallo has recently expanded his international focus opening our first U.S. representative office in New York and hiring in Italy two senior professionals that will add significant experience and skills. Emily Maxwell, as of counsel, will launch the firm’s investigations practice and expand the dispute resolution practice. Prior to joining the firm, Emily developed her expertise defending complex business disputes, handling domestic and international arbitrations, and working on corruption investigations as a partner at Howrey, DLA Piper, and its predecessor firm, Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich. During her nearly twenty years practicing in California, Emily represented high profile technology companies, including Sony and Apple, as well as Steve Jobs.
Davide Bresner, as associate, will strengthen the dispute resolution and intellectual property practice areas. With more than ten years of experience, Davide’s practice focuses on intellectual property disputes involving trademarks, patents, design models, unfair competition claims, as well as customs surveillance and anti-counterfeiting. Prior to joining Portolano Cavallo, Davide worked at Rapisardi, an Italian IP law firm.
The New York office will enable us to better assist his U.S. clients in their Italian and European law matters. Yan Pecoraro’s practice focuses on representing non-Italian clients looking to make Italian investments or to establish and operate businesses in Italy; Yan joined Portolano Cavallo in 2004 and has been a partner since 2011.

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Post-election EU: Ask for the programme!

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 25 giugno 2014

DelorsWhile numerous debates are focused on the identity of the main European decision-makers for the 2014-2019 period, Jacques Delors and António Vitorino underline that is essential to specify the political directions that the EU is called upon to pursue after the European elections of 22-25 May. Such clarification of its programme is all the more necessary as the appointment of the president of the Commission must receive the support of a qualified majority of European Council members and the approval of a majority coalition at the European Parliament. In this regard, three main political directions seem to have emerged, based on the partisan balance of power established by European voters, and they share a common point, that of promoting EU action that is both clearer and capable of producing conclusive results, both at the EU and euro area levels.
1. From Europe of the Troika to Europe of the triptych: “Competition that stimulates, cooperation that strengthens, solidarity that unites”
2. From introverted Europe to the EU within globalisation
3. From intrusive Europe to embodied Europe

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Greenwashing – the extent to which companies meet their CSR promises depends on national attitudes to competition and individualism says Oxford academic

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 29 aprile 2014

oxford universityThe assumption that corporations say one thing and do another when it comes to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is not far from the truth, but just how much they follow through on their promises depends on cultural interpretations of the principles of liberal economics and the perceived role and strength of the government, says Thomas Roulet, Research Fellow at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.In a paper for the Journal of Business Ethics, “The Intentions with Which the Road is Paved: Attitudes to Liberalism as Determinants of Greenwashing”, Thomas Roulet and his co-author, Samuel Touboul, IPAG Business School, explored the ambiguities surrounding firms’ commitments to social and environmental initiatives. They discovered that in countries where people believed strongly in the virtues of competition, firms were more likely to practise “greenwashing” – that is, to make a lot of noise about their CSR but to do very little. In countries where liberalism was interpreted as predominantly about individual responsibility, firms were more likely to focus on concrete actions.“Our research suggested a highly complex relationship between beliefs in particular virtues of economic liberalism and the socially responsible behaviours of organisations,” said Dr Roulet. “It also raises a number of subtle questions relating to the respective roles of business and the state. When a small state is favoured, for example, it seems more likely that companies will step in to ‘fill the gap’. Indeed, some businesses end up having more power than the state and, through becoming involved in developing infrastructures, even substitute for it. However, the business people we interviewed were keen to make a distinction between socially responsible things that businesses should be doing, such as reducing the harmful emissions that they generate themselves, and activities that they engage in that are not really part of their remit, but may enhance their reputations. Even when firms act responsibly, they can be doing so with a certain amount of cynicism.”Using qualitative and quantitative methods, the researchers calculated average country-level beliefs when it came to two central tenets of economic liberalism: a belief in the virtues of competition and a belief in the importance of individual responsibility. They found that developed market economies such as Switzerland, the United States, New Zealand and Canada tended to have higher cultural beliefs in favour of individual responsibility. While those countries also score highly in terms of cultural beliefs in favour of competition, it appears that countries with higher scores on this variable are fast developing countries such as India, China, and Morocco.Mapping these country-level beliefs against the CSR actions of firms in those countries confirmed that firms are more likely to greenwash when populations’ beliefs in the virtue of competition are predominant, and when their beliefs in individual responsibility are less prominent. Therefore, in a country like Morocco, where beliefs in the virtue of individual responsibility are low, but in the virtue of competition are high, firms are more likely to greenwash. Conversely, in a country like France, where the population believes in the virtue of individual responsibility but prefers an absence of competition, firms are less likely to greenwash as they tend to implement socially and environmentally responsible actions without specifically signalling those actions.“We tend to assume that firms are inherently selfish and more likely to indulge in symbolic CSR practices that look good, such as getting green accreditation, than actively trying to improve stakeholders’ welfare by, for example, reducing CO₂ emissions,” said Dr Roulet. “In fact, our research has shown that what a firm does in the context of CSR is influenced by the shared cultural expectations in its country of origin, which either unconsciously encourage greenwashing or demand substantive action. Subtle distinctions between different countries’ interpretations of what a liberal economy is all about can lead to very different attitudes and actions when it comes to how businesses operate in relation to society.”

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Winners will be announced on 25 April at the Burrell Collection in Glasgow

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 30 marzo 2014

Alexander jamesTriumph Gallery, 3/8, Ilyinka Street, Building 5, Moscow  17th April – 11th May 2014 The Hague. This year marks the birth of a new award, an award to highlight multimedia use at cultural heritage in Europe -The Heritage in  Motion Awards. This competition will give a stage to the creators and producers of films, games, apps and websites on themes related to  Europe’s heritage, cultural and natural, tangible and intangible. Heritage in Motion grants awards and celebrates the best multimedia  achievements and products -through varied, creative and innovative means, in order to draw attention to the value of Europe’s cultural and natural heritage in all its facets. James has gained international recognition for his photographic works, which defy categorisation. His artistic process begins with the creation of intricate sculptural compositions, in which he utilises natural materials and handmade props. These scenes are created in vast tanks of purified water and photographed as a documentary act, before being destroyed. The play of light in water and James’ use of paint brushes and other objects on the surface tension of the water gives the resulting works a painterly effect, heightened by the dark background and vivid colours, which recall Dutch Vanitas still-life painting. Though rooted in tradition, James’ blurring of boundaries between photography, painting and sculpture lends his works a unique and contemporary aesthetic. James’ key works may be found in The Monsoon Collection, Davis Museum Lisboa, Rothschild Group, DDB Group and Lend Lease Group, as well as in major independent collections of Peter Simon and Ivor Braka who was Francis Bacon’s primary dealer who was recently quoted as saying ‘I only buy things as a dealer when I have a belief in the quality of the work. I may not like it, but it has to be the absolute best’. Now, the artist is developing an ambitious new series of large-scale works for the upcoming Moscow exhibition ‘Rastvorennaya Pechal’. Such is the magnitude of the project that he is relocating his entire studio to Moscow for four winter months, until the opening of the show. The new pieces he will unveil develop the themes explored in an earlier series entitled ‘A Beautiful Announcement of Death’ inspired by John Millais’ Pre-Raphaelite masterpiece Ophelia (1851) and La Jeune Martyre (1855) by Paul De La Roche. The new works will also be figurative with the artist working with live models suspended in water. Requiring a large studio, the artist will work in a 250m2 space in the Red October, an island in central Moscow that housed a chocolate factory under czars and then Soviet authorities, and now a hub for contemporary art, which has hosted exhibitions by Gagosian Gallery, Baibakov Art Projects and the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. This, however, will be the first time the island has housed an artist and his studio. James has relocated his studio in the past to Tokyo, Sydney and New York, which added particular flavours to the work he created. Now, the artist will form a unique dialogue with the surroundings in Russia by creating the works in situ and sourcing local materials. The relocation of the studio and staging of the exhibition in Russia are particularly timely considering that 2014 will mark the year of cultural exchange between the UK and Russia. Supported by the British Council and the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the exchange will see the biggest ever programme of UK cultural projects to take place across Russia and an unprecedented showcase of Russian culture in the United Kingdom. Major art events will include The Golden Age of the Russian Avant-Garde at the Moscow Museum curated by British film director Peter Greenaway and a Kazimir Malevich retrospective organised by the State Tretyakov Gallery and the Tate Modern. Triumph Gallery already has a reputation for introducing major British artists to a Russian audience and is renowned for presenting a dynamic exhibition programme, featuring major contemporary artists both from Russia and around the world. In 2006, the gallery became the first in the country to exhibit works by Damien Hirst, following with an exhibition by Jake and Dinos Chapman a year later. Joining this impressive roster, James will be amongst only a handful of British artists to have staged a solo show at the gallery and the only one to have produced the works in Russia. The exhibition follows on from the artist’s critically-acclaimed show ‘Intersection’, which took place in London. (Alexander james)

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Programme for Parliamentarians across Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 4 luglio 2013

To coincide with the UN General Assembly’s upcoming high-level meeting in September regarding the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Special Olympics, the World’s largest sports organisation for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, is embarking on an Awareness Programme targeting policy makers and parliamentarians across Europe and Eurasia. The Programme will focus on 58 countries within the Special Olympics Europe Eurasia region. The aim of the Awareness Programme is to highlight to Parliamentarians the vital work Special Olympics is doing every single day to improve the lives of millions of people with intellectual disabilities. This population, of which there are 200 million in the world, often face neglect, unmet health needs, bullying, discrimination and violence in many parts of the world.“Governments have a collective responsibility and duty to uphold the principles of human dignity, equality and equity for all, particularly for those who are vulnerable and marginalised. Our aim is to educate Parliamentarians on the power of Special Olympics and how the lives of people with intellectual disabilities are being changed every single day in 170 countries as a result of Special Olympics. Special Olympics serves more than 4 million athletes and was originally an organisation that concentrated its efforts on sports training and competition. Now whilst this continues, we look at the needs of the athletes in relation to their health, their nutrition, their interaction with their communities, their acceptance and their inclusion. In this valuable work, there is a real opportunity to develop strong partnerships with Governments and legislators as we cannot achieve our ambitious goals in isolation from political leaders and policy makers,” stated Mary Davis, Regional President of Special Olympics Europe Eurasia.“Many Governments throughout our region are recognizing the advantages of co-operating closely with organisations such as ours in order to meet their obligations in line with their public policy agenda. They see our work as a vital component in helping them build cohesive communities, enhance democratic participation and strengthen relations between civil society and Governments. We have a tangible and practical contribution to make in helping to turn Governments’ commitments and obligations into reality,” concluded Mary Davis.

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News from the Competition: Ukraine

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 12 novembre 2011

Wheat in the Hulah valley, 2007

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U.S. exports are likely to face strong competition from Ukrainian corn and feed wheat exports, reported Cary Sifferath, USGC regional director. “With a record corn crop this year and plenty of feed quality wheat to sell, I would now say Ukraine will have 10 million metric tons (394 million bushels) to as much as 12 mmt (473 million bushels) of corn and 7 mmt (257 million bushels) of feed wheat available for export,” he said.Ukrainian farmers are using inputs like fertilizer more aggressively to increase yields. Capital spending on port facilities and export capacity is also increasing as multinational exporters invest in the region, but Sifferath warns that rail and export facilities could still prove a bottleneck for moving such grain volumes.“It wasn’t that long ago that the multinational grain companies were wondering if Ukraine was a safe place to invest in facilities, since the government can restrict exports, as it did in 2010,” he explained.In October, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich cancelled export duties for wheat and corn that had been imposed in July, and Ukrainian officials have talked of exporting 27 mmt of grain in 2011/12.Much of Ukraine’s corn and feed wheat is likely to go to the Mediterranean region, to Israel, Syria, as well as the North African and E.U markets. Sifferath suggested, “Israel has been a big feed wheat user in the past and is likely to be a big buyer because of low transportation costs from the Black Sea.”“Egypt, Algeria and Morocco are restricted from importing wheat for feed use, and sales to the EU’s Mediterranean nations will depend on pricing.”“We know the Japanese and Taiwanese have purchased some Ukrainian corn,” Sifferath said, “and Ukrainian feed wheat may have traded into Southeast Asia.” He noted that feed wheat could also go to South Korea and even China, if the Chinese choose to buy wheat instead of corn to build their grain reserves. There has also been speculation about yellow corn sales to South Africa.

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“Battle born”

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 21 agosto 2011

An enthusiastic crowd of more than 500 fans got to see outstanding performances on the stage, where all participating crews had to perform a six-minute show and were judged on synchronicity, stage presence, theme, music, choreography as well as b-boying moves. Easy Rock (Los Angeles), Lego (Miami) and Moy (Houston) could only give one group ticket to France for the winning crew. “Braun Battle of the Year US was an unbelievable competition. Just to beat The Squadron… It’s a definition of super crew, they are a bunch of spartans. We want to bring this back to the origins of BOTY: crew battles, crew shows, family. We will be trying to bring the title back to the US,“ say the lucky winners in a first statement. All night long the atmosphere was electric and whenever there were no shows or battles, everybody started battling themselves and forming “cyphers”. The competition format promised to show fierce battles, phenomenal athleticism, incredible flair and explosive group performances from the best b-boy collectives in the US. Even by Hollywood standards, the qualifiers promised to be pure box-office entertainment.
Thomas Hergenroether, organizer of the Braun Battle of the Year, break dancer since 1983 and founder of BOTY in 1990: “After three years break today’s event was a good foundation for the future. With Battle Born the right crew won, who will have to do a lot of practicing until Montpellier though to be able to battle it out against international competitors.” The event also featured stellar breakbeat and “old-skool” hiphop DJs. On the turntables: official Braun BOTY DJ Lean Rock (Boston), DJ Renegade (London, United Kingdom) and DJ Ervin (Los Angeles). The US qualifier was the first of five main Braun Battle Of The Year qualifiers (USA, Germany, Italy, BeNeLux and Middle East/Dubai) taking place this summer. The following week on August 27, German crews including 711, Flow Job and Battle Toys will slog it out for their chance at qualifying at an event at the Pavillon in Hannover. Results braun battle of the year qualifier Los Angeles
1. Battle Born – Las Vegas
2. The Squadron – Los Angeles
3. Gravity Benders – Milwaukee

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Hunt blows away competition

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 19 giugno 2011

‘Brilliant Brit’ takes second consecutive win in France. 70,000 spectators, winds up to 60kph and 12 athletes competitive to the core – La Rochelle added a few more superlatives to its collection during the 4th stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, while Gary Hunt (GBR) lead the dozen of high divers who defied the harsh conditions in the early evening hours on Saturday, June 18. Friday prevented take-off from the 27.5m platform and thus the competition was decided in three rounds. The venue in the Bay of Biscay staged the midway stop of the 2011 edition, presented a new face on the podium – Alain Kohl from Luxembourg made his first appearance in the top three and followed Michal Navratil in third place – and stirred up the overall standings. Reigning champion Hunt pulls further ahead in the overall rankings. After the French gusts, the high diving elite heads south to Lake Garda, Italy, for the next stop on July 24. (DT_110618, RA_110618)

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Plan for universities developing talent in Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 14 Mag 2011

The European University Association (EUA) has today published a political declaration underlining the outcomes of its recent Annual conference held at Aarhus University (Denmark) which focused on the role of universities in developing talent in Europe. As political leaders in Europe begin important negotiations to determine the next EU budget (after 2013) the Aarhus Declaration begins by underlining the importance of investing in education, research and innovation to enable universities to play their full role in nurturing talented individuals and in contributing to the EU 2020 strategy for ‘smart sustainable and inclusive growth’. The Declaration is, however, not only addressed at political leaders as it also contains an action agenda for universities to develop talent. Nurturing talented individuals has always been central to the mission of Europe’s universities and becomes increasingly vital as knowledge becomes central to social and economic development and as global competition for talent increases. The Aarhus Declaration calls on universities to strengthen this role and outlines an agenda for action. It encourages universities to:
Widen access and increase capacity to respond to the needs of more diverse student populations
Develop distinctive research portfolios
Ensure that university staff and students identify with the university and its specific mission as a basis for generating and maintaining a vibrant university environment.
The statement then calls for clear university “strategies that promote talent from an early stage”, in particular:
Strengthening the links between teaching and research from an early stage and building research capacity from the undergraduate level
Building attractive and transparent career structures, tracks and opportunities for all staff
Placing a special focus on doctoral education and training and prioritising the development of career opportunities for early stage researchers
And developing and promoting the circulation of talent in order to enhance research capacity and bring new knowledge.
Finally, the statement underlines the need for:
Strong university leadership to promote talent development in all its dimensions
Ensuring a clear internationalisation strategy within universities
Ensuring an overall commitment to a quality culture and to transparency within universities
Understanding the importance of partnerships. Promoting dialogue with, and engaging a variety of stakeholders at different levels, ensures impact on society, and the development and dissemination of local knowledge in an international context.
The European University Association, as the representative organisation of both the European universities and the national rectors’ conferences, is the main voice of the higher education community in Europe. EUA’s mission is to promote the development of a coherent system of European higher education and research

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Cocktail competition

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 27 settembre 2010

Camaiore (LU) 18 ottobre, presso UNA Hotel Versilia di Lido si terrà l’annuale cocktail competition tra Barladies Lady Drink, ideata da Danilo Bellucci, dedicata alle donne professioniste del bere.  “Il primo concorso Lady drink si è svolto nel 1996 a Perugia ed è tuttora unico nel suo genere perché non esiste, in nessuna nazione del mondo, una competizione di questo tipo”, “la quattordicesima edizione sarà un’ennesima riconferma della professionalità femminile nel mondo del bar” dichiara sempre il patron Danilo Bellucci.
Sarà come di consuetudine una gara appassionante ed emozionante, che si svolgerà sotto lo sguardo di un gran numero di spettatori formato da addetti al lavoro e colleghi, sostenitori, produttori delle maggiori industrie nazionali ed internazionali. La sfida verrà vagliata da una giuria tecnica esperta, scelta tra esponenti della stampa, della produzione e da un pool composto da consiglieri e fiduciari AIBES e condotto dal presidente AIBES, Giorgio Fadda.  I cocktail verranno quindi valutati con massima competenza dalla giuria sulla base dell’aspetto, del gusto, dell’aroma e non ultimo per la decorazione. Il concorso si concluderà con la premiazione delle prime tre classificate nelle categorie Pre Dinner, After Dinner, Sparkling e Long drink.  Le tre vincitrici si impegneranno in una gara finalissima e la prima in classifica si aggiudicherà il titolo di Lady Drink 2010,  per la migliore bar lady.

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