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Canada International Olive Oil Competition

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 21 aprile 2021

Montreal (Canada) Quest’anno, c’è un nuovo modo per i produttori di olio d’oliva per focalizzare l’attenzione dei consumatori canadesi e degli acquirenti di tutto il mondo: il Canada International Olive Oil Competition (CIOOC), uno tra i premi più ambiti dai produttori d’olio d’oliva. Con giudici provenienti da nove paesi diversi, la giuria del Canada IOOC è tra le più qualificate a livello internazionale. Il Canada, classificatosi al secondo posto nella classifica U.S. News & World Report Best Countries 2020 e sesto nella più recente classifica Forbes Best Countries for Business, è a livello internazionale, il mercato che le aziende produttrici di olio d’oliva dovrebbero più tenere in considerazione. Secondo l’international Olive Council, infatti, le importazioni di olio d’oliva in Canada sono letteralmente esplose, a partire dal 2005, in particolare per quanto riguarda gli oli d’oliva extra-vergini.”Sono in costante aumento I consumatori canadesi che acquistano oli extravergini di oliva di alta qualità, – conferma Karen Rapp di Toronto, componente della giuria del Canada IOOC – i concorsi come il CIOOC aiutano ad aumentare la consapevolezza dei consumatori ed il riconoscimento del prodotto di qualità oltre che ad aprire le porte del mercato canadese ai produttori internazionali.” “Trovare olio d’oliva di qualità – sottolinea Emily Lycopolus da Victoria, sommelier di olio d’oliva (livello 2) e componente della giuria del Canada IOOC – in Canada è spesso impegnativo, il CIOOC aumenta la credibilità dei marchi, permettendo ai produttori di distinguersi sugli scaffali e aumenta la fiducia dei consumatori. Questo concorso rappresenta per i produttori una eccezionale opportunità, in termini di visibilità, nell’attuale panorama internazionale delle competizioni di olio d’oliva”. Completano la giuria, alcuni componenti internazionali, come l’israeliano Ehud Soriano del Kibbutz Magal, un consulente ed esperto certificato dall’Università di Jaén. Il Canada IOOC accoglie con favore la partecipazione di qualsiasi olio extravergine di oliva standardizzato di alta qualità venduto nei negozi al dettaglio, proveniente da qualsiasi parte del mondo, purché sia prodotto con olive raccolte nell’anno di raccolta 2020-21. In una degustazione organolettica ‘al buio’, gli esperti giudicheranno la qualità dell’olio d’oliva utilizzando una scheda di valutazione basata su quella ideata da Mario Solinas dell’international Olive Council. In contemporanea sarà giudicato anche il packaging dell’olio d’oliva. La registrazione al Canada IOOC 2021 è aperta fino al 30 aprile e saranno considerati validi i campioni pervenuti a Montreal entro le ore 17:00 del 10 maggio. Maggiori informazioni e il modulo di iscrizione sono disponibili sul sito ufficiale dell concorso: http://www.canadaiooc.com

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Capital markets union: Economic and monetary affairs committee calls for an urgent completion

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 13 settembre 2020

MEPs called for removing barriers and simplified rules to allow SMEs, mid-caps and start-ups access to financial markets in a non-binding report adopted on Thursday. In their report, MEPs call for the development of the Capital Markets Union (CMU) to be accelerated, arguing that this would be a viable way for fund deprived companies to tap into financial markets and reduce their reliance on bank lending. To this end, MEPs proposed several targeted changes aligning and simplifying the existing provisions concerning for example capital requirements, reporting frameworks or listing requirements for SMEs regarding Initial Public Offerings. They also call for an acceleration of the development of the EU venture capital and private equity markets to increase transparency and reduce fragmentation. At the same time, the report stresses that adequate prudential rules for loss absorption capacity are fundamental. MEPs also suggest that the Commission should come forward with several legislative proposals, including a proposal on ‘European Secured Notes’ (ESNs), as a new dual-recourse funding instrument for banks, which could help improve access to financing for SMEs across the EU, or a European Single Access Point for financial and non-financial information in respect to listed and unlisted EU companies.MEPs point out that the CMU requires a developed investor base with suitable investment options for retail investors paired with the improved disclosure and comparability of key information. They call for a more horizontal, harmonised, approach to consumer and investor protection in the EU financial services legislation, adapted to the green and digital transformation, in order to ensure effective and consistent levels of protection across all financial products and providers.Finally, the adopted text highlights that the CMU should be a key contributor to the transition towards a sustainable, competitive and resilient economy complementing public investment, and in line with the EU Green Deal. The text also points out that Europe competes for capital in a global market therefore efficient and resilient European capital markets are critical to protecting Europe’s economic sovereignty. The report was adopted with 37 votes to 10.

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Piano Link International Amateurs Competition

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 13 settembre 2020

Sono stati presentati ieri pomeriggio in diretta streaming, su Facebook e YouTube, i nomi dei 10 finalisti, provenienti da 7 Paesi in tutto il mondo. Ad annunciarli è stato il direttore artistico del concorso Andrea Vizzini. PianoLink International Amateurs Competition è un concorso internazionale dedicato esclusivamente ai pianisti amatori che aveva preso avvio il 17 Agosto in modalità online. La competizione è stata ideata dall’Associazione Musicale PianoLink, in collaborazione con Yamaha Music Europe Branch Italy e CremonaMusica International Exhibitions and Festival, ed è dedicata a tutti gli amanti e appassionati del pianoforte.
I FINALISTI per la categoria non diplomati sono: Carlo Bergamasco, Avvocato, Italia; Felicia Cheng, Neuroscienziata, Taiwan; Carl Di Casoli, Matematico, U.S.A; Joowon Kim, Laureando in letteratura, Sud Corea; Irene Longacre Whiteside, Executive Assistant, U.S.A. Per la categoria diplomati i finalisti sono: Michael Cheung, Manager, Canada; Cristina De Compadri, Imprenditrice, Italia; Alain Mari, Ingegnere informatico, Francia; Robin Stephenson, Docente universitario di matematica, Regno Unito; Zachary Weiner, Ingegnere informatico, U.S.A.
La giuria ascolterà i 10 finalisti sia dal vivo che in live-streaming (il Concorso prevede le prove da remoto per i finalisti che non possano recarsi a Cremona per le restrizioni legate all’ attuale situazione sanitaria) e decreterà i 5 vincitori del concorso ed il vincitore assoluto, che si esibiranno a Milano e a San Pietroburgo nel 2021 e saranno intervistati per la prestigiosa rivista Pianist.A tutti i concorrenti ammessi al Concorso sarà inviata una valutazione sintetica personalizzata sia in forma di messaggio vocale che scritta, a cura di ciascun giurato ed un Attestato di Partecipazione. Gli Organizzatori produrranno in tiratura limitata, un DVD celebrativo contenente le performance dei finalisti, che sarà regalato ai rispettivi interpreti. I cinque Vincitori del Concorso si aggiudicheranno: Recital dei Vincitori a Milano all’interno del MiAmOr Music Festival 2021, Recital dei Vincitori a San Pietroburgo, Recensione scritta e autografata dalla giuria, Intervista su Pianist Magazine. Sarà attribuito il Primo Premio Assoluto al candidato ritenuto particolarmente meritevole dalla giuria, appartenente a qualunque categoria, che consiste in un’iscrizione al Workshop di Pianoforte e Orchestra PianoLink edizione 2020/2021 con la frequenza delle lezioni e prove con orchestra a Milano, e Concerto Finale con Orchestra Sinfonica, dal valore €4.000, messo a disposizione da Yamaha Music Europe Branch Italy. Sarà attribuito il Premio CremonaMusica, di 1.000 euro, al video che avrà registrato il maggior numero di like e voti espressi dal pubblico presente in sala, si potrà votare fino a Maggio 2021.
IL CONCORSO si è svolto per una sola prova in modalità online, la fase finale si svolgerà in presenza a Cremona presso la Sala Manfredini di Palazzo Affaitati il 26 Settembre a partire dalle 11:30 fino alle 17:30. Alle 19:00 ci sarà un Concerto Speciale tenuto da tutti i concorrenti del Concorso, senza distinzione di categoria, provenienza e risultato conseguito, un’occasione importante di convivialità e di conoscenza, considerata soprattutto l’internazionalità dell’evento. Tutti i momenti della giornata saranno trasmessi in diretta in live-streaming, contemporaneamente sulle pagine Facebook di PianoLink, Yamaha Pianos e Cremona Musica e sul canale YouTube PianoLink International Amateurs Competition. Hanno preso parte alla competizione tutti i pianisti amatori di ogni nazionalità suddivisi in due categorie, diplomati e non diplomati.
LA GIURIA, presieduta dal pianista americano Jeffrey Swann e composta da Bruno Monsaingeon (FRA), Eric Schoones (NLD), Alberto Nosè (ITA) e Alexander Romanovsky (UKR) ha esaminato i 42 video pervenuti da 18 Paesi in tutto il mondo e decretato la lista dei 10 finalisti suddivisi nelle due categorie.

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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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