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EU-UK future relations: “level playing field” crucial to ensure fair competition

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 14 febbraio 2020

On Wednesday, the European Parliament adopted a resolution providing MEPs’ initial input to the upcoming negotiations with the British government on a new EU-UK partnership after the Brexit transition period. The text was adopted by 543 votes to 39, with 69 abstentions.Parliament wants the association agreement with the UK to be as deep as possible, based on three main pillars: an economic partnership, a foreign affairs partnership and specific sectoral issues. However, a non-EU country cannot enjoy the same rights as a member state and the integrity of the Single Market and the Customs Union must be preserved at all times say MEPs.
To reach a new ambitious free trade agreement, MEPs broadly agree with the lines along which the Commission has proposed to negotiate. Given the size of the UK’s economy and its proximity, future competition with the EU must be kept open and fair through a “level playing field”, which means guarantees for equal rules on, among other things, social, environmental, tax, state aid, consumer protection and climate matters.To maintain quota-free, tariff-free trade relations, the British government should pledge to update its rules on, for instance, competition, labour standards and environmental protection, in order to ensure “dynamic alignment” of EU-UK laws, say MEPs.The resolution also makes clear that to gain Parliament’s consent, any EU-UK free trade deal must be conditional on a prior agreement on fisheries by June 2020. If the UK does not comply with EU laws and standards, the Commission should “evaluate possible quotas and tariffs for the most sensitive sectors as well as the need for safeguard clauses to protect the integrity of the EU single market.” This is particularly important for food and agricultural imports, which have to strictly comply with EU rules.
The text also contains chapters on citizens’ rights and mobility of persons, data protection, the future of financial services, the situation on the island of Ireland, the role of the European Court of Justice in settling disputes, EU programmes and agencies, foreign policy and security matters, as well as other European Parliament priorities, and will be available in full here.Parliament also supports the fact that Gibraltar will not be included in the scope of the agreements to be concluded, and that any separate agreement will require the Spanish government’s prior approval.
The resolution is based on the European Commission’s draft negotiating directives, which were presented by EU Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier on Monday 3 February. These directives are the frame that sets out the purpose, scope and objectives for the talks. They also need to be signed off by EU27 member states’ representatives in the Council, which is expected to happen on 25 February.

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“Global Design Competition of Intelligent Life”

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 27 novembre 2019

The press conference of the “Global Design Competition of Intelligent Life”, jointly organized by the Jinghai District People’s Government of Tianjin, PRC., the Industrial Culture Development Center of MIIT of China, the Tianjin Municipal Committee Cyberspace Office, China, and the Tianjin Municipal Bureau of Industry and Information Technology of China, was held at the China National Convention Center in Beijing, signifying that the Competition is officially launched to accept entries worldwide.With the theme “5G Intelligence Drawing Smart Life”, the “Global Design Competition of Intelligent Life” Jinghai Tianjin of China aims to present the Family Apartment area of the Jinghai Intelligent Industrial Park in Tianjin as a space for the application of 5G intelligent life. Following the key idea of “green, shared, interconnected, and innovative” design, a win-win and sharing platform is created by virtue of the Competition for the communication and cooperation associated with intelligent life to satisfy the needs of high-level talents in the innovation and business starting field for their family life in the future, and promote the extensive integration of intelligent technology into their everyday life. Additionally, a community will be fostered as an example of intelligent life to lead its development in China and then win a global reputation, so as to make Jinghai Tianjin of China an industrial demonstration district for intelligent life in the world.The task list for the Competition contains 28 design tasks in three categories – namely, intelligent community building design, intelligent design, and operational mode design. The Competition receives the intelligent life solutions submitted by the world-renowned architectural design studios and intelligent life solution providers, and encourages the application of innovative ideas and digital technology in the design while keeping good predictability, scalability, iteration and operability, and highlighting easy application, easy identification, and security. Meanwhile, investment estimation and cost effectiveness are significant factors considered in the review of entries. The Competition is divided into three stages, including entry registration, qualification review, and final review. It is expected to organize the final review in the middle of April 2020, and hold the award ceremony of the “Global Design Competition of Intelligent Life” to present 1 first prize, 2 second prizes, and 3 third prizes. A recognition award will be granted to the design teams of the other entries in the final.As one of the 5G pilot cities in China, Tianjin has held the Global Intelligent Competition for three consecutive years since 2017. In this way, it is embracing the new era of intelligence, developing the new economy of intelligence, and nurturing the new life of intelligence with its vanguard arms stretched out wider, so as to speed up the development of “Tianjin Intelligent Port”.Abutting Xiong’an New Area and Binhai New Area (Tianjin), Jinghai District of Tianjin City is a great place for investment and development thanks to its unique geographical location and advantageous resources. In recent years, Jinghai District is thoroughly implementing and carrying out the Development Planning of the State Council for a New Generation of Artificial Intelligence and the related requirements of Tianjin Municipal Committee and Municipal Government for the construction of intelligent city. Relying on the Jinghai Intelligent Industrial Park, it is dedicated to developing a new highland, a high-end clustering area, and an application demonstration area for global intelligent industry, so that the economy will be stimulated by intelligence.

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Health Care Analytics Case Competition

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 19 novembre 2019

The name in the first paragraph, the third paragraph and the photo caption is corrected to read: Ozgur Cetinok (instead of: Ozguk Cetinok).The corrected release reads:The student team of Ozgur Cetinok, Leah Kelly, and Erica Millwater from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has won the $30,000 First Place prize in the Humana-Mays Health Care Analytics 2019 Case Competition sponsored by health and well-being company Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) and Mays Business School at Texas A&M University.
Over 1,300 masters level students representing over 80 major universities in the U.S. registered for the national competition to compete for $52,500 in total prizes. The third annual competition was open to all accredited educational institutions based in the United States. Full-time and part-time master’s students from accredited Master of Science, Master of Arts, Master of Information Systems, Master of Public Health, Master of Business Administration programs, or other similar master’s programs in business, healthcare, or analytics, were eligible to enter.Ozgur Cetinok, Leah Kelly, and Erica Millwater received the top prize following a presentation Thursday, Nov. 14 to an executive panel of judges at Texas A&M’s Mays Business School’s CityCentre Houston location. The Second Place prize of $15,000 was awarded to Saurabh Annadate and Tanya Tandon from Northwestern University, while the Third Place prize of $7,500 was presented to Hong Gao, Shuyu Wang and Jie Yang from New York University (NYU). The analytics case received by the students was designed to be multi-faceted and complex, similar to a real-world business problem. This year’s competition focused on chronic pain and the treatment of this condition through long-term opioid therapy, which has increased dramatically over the past two decades. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as 1 in 4 patients receiving long-term opioid therapy in a primary care setting will struggle with opioid disorder. Using de-identified data, the students were asked to predict long-term opioid therapy post initial treatment. The goal is to identify patients at risk for continued long-term use of opioid therapies allowing for early intervention.

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300 Schools Advance in Samsung’s National STEM Competition

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 18 novembre 2019

Samsung Electronics America, Inc. today announced the 300 State Finalists in the annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, a $3 million nationwide competition that challenges students to creatively use STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills to address a community challenge. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this 2019-2020 school year, the competition fosters critical thinking and creative problem solving skills among thousands of students across the country as 6-12 grade classrooms are tasked with solving a challenge impacting their community.This year, teachers nationwide submitted creative and strategic proposals to solve current problems, such as environmental issues, reducing the carbon footprint, mental health, vaping and student safety. Throughout the next month, each of the 300 State Finalists will engage their community and conduct field visits to gain firsthand knowledge of the issue, evolving their initial proposals into a detailed project plan to be executed this school year.
Selected from a pool of more than 2,000 entries nationwide, the 300 State Finalists will each receive a Samsung tablet for their classroom. Each State Finalist also has the opportunity to advance through future phases of the contest to win additional prizes and educational opportunities. The remaining phases of the competition include:
100 State Winner schools will advance in the contest and receive $15,000 in technology and classroom materials as well as a video kit to help showcase their project. 20 National Finalist schools will be selected to travel to the pitch event in the spring where they will present their project to a panel of judges. For achieving National Finalist status, schools will receive $50,000 in technology and classroom materials. Five National Grand Prize-winning schools will receive $100,000 in technology and classroom materials, and a trip to Washington, D.C. to present their projects to members of Congress. Public voting will also determine one Community Choice winner from the pool of National Finalists, who will be eligible to win an additional $10,000 in Samsung technology.
In celebration of the 10th year of Solve for Tomorrow, Samsung expanded the program to award more schools and provide more resources – including increasing the prize pool by $1 million. Previously, the contest awarded 250 State Finalists – five schools from each state. This year, 50 additional schools have been named State Finalists, with at least five schools recognized as State Finalists in each state.Schools from across the U.S., from Alaska to Florida, answered the call for submissions in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, including submissions from several academies for young women as well as a specialty school for the deaf and blind. Since its inception in 2010, the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest has awarded $15 million in Samsung technology and classroom materials to more than 2,200 public schools in the United States.

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

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 3 maggio 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 maggio 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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