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Centrify’s Rashmi Garde Named to Silicon Valley Business Journal’s Women of Influence 2018 List

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 29 aprile 2018

Centrify, a leading provider of Zero Trust Security through the power of Next-Gen Access, today announced that Rashmi Garde, the company’s general counsel, has been recognized by the Silicon Valley Business Journal as one of the most influential women in the region in 2018. The annual list spotlights the 100 most influential women in Silicon Valley from the public, private and nonprofit sectors. “It is an honor to be recognized along with some of the brightest and most influential women in Silicon Valley,” said Garde. “Cybersecurity is a dynamic industry under constant adaptation and evolution, and it impacts everyone whether through imperceptible backend technology or high-profile privacy initiatives like GDPR. I hope my influence in this industry will encourage more women to choose a career path at high-tech companies.” As general counsel at Centrify, Garde oversees the company’s worldwide legal affairs, including corporate governance, intellectual property, data protection, transactions, litigation management, international, employment and real estate.Prior to Centrify, Garde held legal positions at public and privately-held companies including BloomReach, Marin Software and VMware. At each company, she joined as the first legal counsel and built out the legal department. She also helped take Marin Software and VMware public.In addition to her professional achievements, Garde is as an active member of the community, and participates in many non-profit and pro bono activities. She supports the groundbreaking program put on by Skadden called “Know Your Rights and Know the Law: Sexual and Social Media Misconduct” that brings attorneys into classrooms throughout the Bay Area to educate students about understanding their rights and the consequences of their actions in the digital media age. She is also involved in local organizations focused on women in the law, including a Women’s General Counsel Network.

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America’s global influence has dwindled under Donald Trump

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 13 novembre 2017

cover economistA YEAR ago this week Donald Trump was elected president. Many people predicted that American foreign policy would take a disastrous turn. Mr Trump had suggested that he would scrap trade deals, ditch allies, put a figurative bomb under the rules-based global order and drop literal ones willy-nilly. NATO was “obsolete”, he said; NAFTA was “the worst trade deal maybe ever”; and America was far too nice to foreigners. “In the old days when you won a war, you won a war. You kept the country,” he opined, adding later that he would “bomb the shit out of” Islamic State (IS) and “take the oil”.So far, Mr Trump’s foreign policy has been less awful than he promised. Granted, he has pulled America out of the Paris accord, making it harder to curb climate change, and abandoned the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a big trade deal. However, he has not retreated pell-mell into isolationism. He has not quit NATO; indeed, some of America’s eastern European allies prefer his tough-talk to the cool detachment of Barack Obama. He has not started any wars. He has stepped up America’s defence of Afghanistan’s beleaguered government, and helped Iraq recapture cities from IS. In the parts of the world to which he pays little attention, such as Africa, an understaffed version of the previous administration’s policy continues on autopilot. As Mr Trump makes a 12-day visit to Asia, it is hard to dismiss him as a man wholly disengaged from the world.
Many people find reassurance in the sober, capable military men who surround him (see article). His chief of staff, his defence secretary and his national security adviser all understand the horrors of war and will stop him from doing anything rash, the argument goes. Optimists even speculate that he might emulate Ronald Reagan, by shaking up the diplomatic establishment, restoring America’s military muscle and projecting such strength abroad that a frightened, overstretched North Korea will crumble like the Soviet Union. Others confidently predict that even if he causes short-term damage to America’s standing in the world, Mr Trump will be voted out in 2020 and things will return to normal.
All this is wishful thinking. On security, Mr Trump has avoided some terrible mistakes. He has not started a needless row with China over Taiwan’s ambiguous status, as he once threatened to do. Congress and the election-hacking scandal prevented him from pursuing a grand bargain with Vladimir Putin that might have left Russia’s neighbours at the Kremlin’s mercy. And he has apparently coaxed China to exert a little more pressure on North Korea to stop expanding its nuclear arsenal.However, he has made some serious errors, too, such as undermining the deal with Iran that curbs its ability to make nuclear bombs. And his instincts are atrocious. He imagines he has nothing to learn from history. He warms to strongmen, such as Mr Putin and Xi Jinping. His love of generals is matched by a disdain for diplomats—he has gutted the State Department, losing busloads of experienced ambassadors. His tweeting is no joke: he undermines and contradicts his officials without warning, and makes reckless threats against Kim Jong Un, whose paranoia needs no stoking. Furthermore, Mr Trump has yet to be tested by a crisis. Level-headed generals may advise him, but he is the commander-in-chief, with a temperament that alarms friend and foe alike.
On trade, he remains wedded to a zero-sum view of the world, in which exporters “win” and importers “lose”. (Are the buyers of Ivanka Trump-branded clothes and handbags, which are made in Asia, losers?) Mr Trump has made clear that he favours bilateral deals over multilateral ones, because that way a big country like America can bully small ones into making concessions. The trouble with this approach is twofold. First, it is deeply unappealing to small countries, which by the way also have protectionist lobbies to overcome. Second, it would reproduce the insanely complicated mishmash of rules that the multilateral trade system was created to simplify and trim. The Trump team probably will not make a big push to disrupt global trade until tax reform has passed through Congress. But when and if that happens, all bets are off—NAFTA is still in grave peril.Perhaps the greatest damage that Mr Trump has done is to American soft power. He openly scorns the notion that America should stand up for universal values such as democracy and human rights. Not only does he admire dictators; he explicitly praises thuggishness, such as the mass murder of criminal suspects in the Philippines. He does so not out of diplomatic tact, but apparently out of conviction. This is new. Previous American presidents supported despots for reasons of cold-war realpolitik. (“He’s a bastard, but he’s our bastard,” as Harry Truman is reputed to have said of an anti-communist tyrant in Nicaragua.) Mr Trump’s attitude seems more like: “He’s a bastard. Great!”
This repels America’s liberal allies, in Europe, East Asia and beyond. It emboldens autocrats to behave worse, as in Saudi Arabia this week, where the crown prince’s dramatic political purges met with Mr Trump’s blessing (see article). It makes it easier for China to declare American-style democracy passé, and more tempting for other countries to copy China’s autocratic model (see article).
The idea that things will return to normal after a single Trump term is too sanguine. The world is moving on. Asians are building new trade ties, often centred on China. Europeans are working out how to defend themselves if they cannot rely on Uncle Sam. And American politics are turning inward: both Republicans and Democrats are more protectionist now than they were before Mr Trump’s electoral triumph.
For all its flaws, America has long been the greatest force for good in the world, upholding the liberal order and offering an example of how democracy works. All that is imperilled by a president who believes that strong nations look out only for themselves. By putting “America First”, he makes it weaker, and the world worse off. (by The Economist) (foto: cover economist)

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Best’s Special Report: How Chinese Life Insurers Need to Adjust to the New Regulatory Reality

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 26 ottobre 2017

pechinoPechino. Eight of the top 13 life insurers in China have experienced a decline in their solvency level since fourth-quarter 2015, underscoring the crucial need for regulation/supervision that ensures the industry develops in a viable and sustainable manner. A new A.M. Best special report explores how regulators in China’s life insurance sector have had a profound effect on the industry with the influence and enforceability of changes they have enacted. These changes will continue to affect life insurers in a wide range of areas, including product development, distribution, investments and risk management.
The Best’s Special Report, “How Chinese Life Insurers Need to Adjust to the New Regulatory Reality,” how previous changes in investment and pricing regulations by the China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CIRC) led to robust growth in recent years. Direct life premium (excluding premium for investment-linked products) accelerated to a year-over-year increase of 25% in 2015 compared with 4.2% in 2012. This growth rate increased further to 37% in 2016.The companies that exhibited gaps in their solvency level under the China Risk-Oriented Solvency System (C-ROSS), which was fully implemented in 2016, experienced rapid growth in their total required capital that outpaced their actual capital. The top 13 companies represent approximately three-quarters of the total market share. For the eight companies that saw a decline in its capital level, the magnitude ranged from 15% to more than 100%.These life insurers showed signs of solvency improvement in the first half of 2017 due to slower growth in the capital required to support market risk on a quarter-to-quarter basis, relative to the growth in the actual capital during the last quarter. To further improve their solvency position, A.M. Best believes the companies should look at their asset allocations, and consider duration-matching and investment risk more prudently during the investment decision-making process. However, it will take time for companies to divest and rebalance their investment portfolios, particularly if they were already heavily invested in private equity or other long-term investments that have less liquidity. Life insurers also may need to adjust their business mix to achieve a liability mix and duration that can be matched with appropriate investment assets.China’s growing middle class continues to provide ample business opportunities for life insurers to expand their book of business. However, life companies that are less skilled in asset-liability management will face pressure to sustain their business viability as well as capital adequacy over the medium term, and industry consolidation could occur as a result.

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The Augmentation of Female Influence in the Automotive Industry

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 22 ottobre 2014

milanoMILAN. Latest research reveals that women are progressively dominating the car-buying process. With an increase in licences issued to women, there are now more women than men on the road in the United States, a trend that is also being forecasted for Europe. However, 50% of women globally are dissatisfied with their vehicles, while 74% of women feel they are misunderstood by car manufacturers. Frost & Sullivan’s upcoming analyst briefing will address what this growth in power for female car customers means, an understanding of its immense potential, and how industry players should respond. The briefing will benefit Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) who are eager to learn about key global statistics on women driving and vehicle purchasing, participants along the entire automotive value chain, as well as automotive suppliers and retailers. The briefing will discuss the impact of the female consumer on the automotive industry, in addition to the identification of prospective technology trends and the inherent market and business opportunities created by the rising power of the female consumer. Key questions such as, What do women want in a car?, and What does female empowerment mean for the automotive industry?, will be heeded by Frost & Sullivan Visionary Innovation Senior Consultant Olivia Price-Walker and Frost & Sullivan Automotive & Transportation Vice President Lisa Whalen on October 21, 2014. Women are set to become a larger and more influential consumer segment than men, driving OEMs to launch specific models targeting women. “As women become the dominant car buying segment, auto makers and suppliers need to change their product development strategy”, advises Olivia Price-Walker, Frost & Sullivan Visionary Innovation Senior Consultant. “The rise of the female car purchaser is impacting OEM strategy and broadening some car categories. We believe OEMs will win by developing products and strategies that are directed at women.” As a matter of fact, OEMs like Nissan, Ford, and Volkswagen have already begun aiming new vehicle models at women. Smaller city cars started the trend followed by traditionally male categories such as luxury and SUVs. Simultaneously, OEMs are reacting to the global mega trend for health and fitness, by equipping vehicles with climate control systems for fine dust and ionising systems to filter out viruses and spores, high quality interior panelling, and ergonomic seating.

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Russia uses South Stream gas pipeline to widen EU division

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 18 ottobre 2014

gas_map416Plans for tougher economic sanctions against Russia are adding to a rift among European Union countries at the same time as there is division over Russia’s South Stream gas pipeline project, says GIS consultant Dr Frank Umbach, Senior Associate at the Centre for European Security Strategies (CESS) GmbH, Munich, Germany.Some EU-member states and their national corporate energy champions have sided with Moscow over the pipeline dispute when the EU’s authority and common political will is already being questioned by internal disagreement over sanctions.‘It is no coincidence that countries backing the South Stream project – Austria, Bulgaria, Italy and Hungary – are also opposing harsher sanctions,’ he says. ‘These countries do not want to risk their energy and trade ties with Russia. They prefer bilateral relations with Moscow at the expense of common EU energy security policies.’Bulgaria has annual gas consumption of 3 bcm, but is almost entirely dependent on Gazprom gas supplies. Russia’s bilateral relationship is such that it was able to directly influence Bulgaria’s energy legislation in Bulgaria.Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban has said that Russia’s South Stream pipeline is ‘a must’ for Hungary. The government does not want to rely on the outcome of the Ukraine crisis to decide its course of action.Rome, which currently holds the EU’s six-months presidency, has emerged as the biggest obstacle to imposing harsher sanctions on Russia after Moscow intensified its pressure and leverage on Italy as Russia’s second-largest EU trading partner.
Austria is a key natural gas hub in Europe. Half its natural gas imports arrive from Russia via Ukraine and Slovakia, and are transported to Italy, France, Hungary, Germany, Slovenia and Croatia. A third of all Russian gas exports to Western Europe pass through the Austrian gas hub in Baumgarten which explains its close energy dependence on Russia and its major importance to Gazprom and the Kremlin.‘Disregard of the common policies has prompted Poland to demand the direct involvement of the European Commission in all inter-governmental agreements and negotiations to ensure EU law is followed,’ says Dr Umbach. ‘The EU is again standing at another strategic crossroads to live up to its long-term defined common strategic energy security interests.’

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America’s woes to influence of Chicago Economics

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 8 aprile 2011

Arlington, Va. (MMD Newswire) In “Reality Ignored: How Milton Friedman and Chicago Economics Undermined American Institutions and Endangered the Global Economy” (ISBN 1456391860), Kenneth M. Davidson blames Milton Friedman and Chicago School Economics for damaging American society and its economy. Written for policymakers and citizens concerned about America’s future, Davidson’s book describes how government has ceased to protect businesses, investors and consumers as a result of the influence of a flawed economic theory. Since Friedman published “Capitalism & Freedom” in 1962, Chicago School Economics has created one side of America’s political debate. Davidson discusses how these views have framed policies for conservative politicians from the time of Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan to the modern tea party. He demonstrates how these policies have damaged American society by redefining the roles of federal, state and local governments. Davidson also argues that Chicago theories have persuaded American businesses to focus on short-term profits rather than innovation and efficiency which would help create jobs and lead to a more vigorous economic future. Davidson asserts that America requires a free-market system, where laws support society’s expectations of fair and honest business conduct. He says that Chicago School Economics theory disregards the need for trade laws by assuming that our economy is protected by fully informed individuals entering into voluntary contracts. The book describes how this simplistic view ignores the fact that when individuals enter into contracts, they often lack the time, education and information to examine the competence and honesty of the other party, whether these contracts are with their doctors, their brokers or even their local restaurants. Davidson avoids the technical jargon of economics and political theory so that readers can better understand slogans about the role of government and news reports about the state of the economy or financial practices of businesses. Using research, anecdotes and personal experience, he aims to show readers why America is losing economic strength and international influence, and empowers readers with knowledge to help renew American strength.Attorney Kenneth M. Davidson is a senior fellow at the American Antitrust Institute. He has his own consulting practice on American antitrust issues and issues relating to competition law in transitional economies. He was a senior attorney at the United States Federal Trade Commission where he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award. Davidson has written three books and spent seven years as a columnist for the “Journal of Business Strategy.”

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Kit press di Bush

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 3 dicembre 2010

Rosario Amico Roxas ci ripropone quanto Bush ha fatto distribuire ai partecipanti del G8 a Roma (nel corso della sua ultima visita al “suo amico Berlusconi” un kit press dove si può leggere, tra l’altro (versione originale in inglese): “Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is one of the most controversial leaders in the history of a country known for governmental corruption and vice. Primarily a businessman with massive holdings and influence in international media, he is regarded by many as a political dilettante who gained his high office only through use of his considerable influence on the national media.Hated by many but respected by all at least for his bella figura (personal style) and the sheer force of his will, Berlusconi has parlayed his business acumen and influence into a personal empire that has resulted in Italy’s longest–running government ever and in his becoming the country’s wealthiest man. Bursting onto the scene with no political experience in 1993, he campaigned—using his vast network of media holdings—on a promise to purge the notoriously lackadaisical Italian government of corruption. He won appointment to the office of prime minister in 1994. However, he and his fellow Forza Italia Party leaders soon found themselves accused of the very corruption he had vowed to eradicate. Charges of bribery, extortion, and other abuses of power trailed the leader until he was forced to resign later in 1994. Despite convictions on a number of corruption charges that were later overturned, the suave Berlusconi was again elected prime minister in 2001, and remained in that post as of late 2004. […] At this point, Berlusconi found himself increasingly hounded by demands from all quarters that he break up his media empire for violating virtually every anti–trust law in the books. As these pressures increased through the first part of the 1990s, he made a decision that some saw as foolish but that others perceived as an effort to grab the power of the very forces opposed to him: he announced that he would run for prime minister. In typical aggressive fashion, Berlusconi handed over to close friends all his positions at Fininvest and other companies to avoid political conflicts of interest and immediately organized a political coalition named Forza Italia (after the ubiquitous soccer chant meaning “Go Italy”). He appointed himself as its leader. Allying the new grouping with a federalist party and the remains of a disbanded neo–fascist group, he geared up his media companies to begin a television and print blitz to advertise his candidacy. Several editors of his press concerns resigned in protest at being told whom to endorse in the typically free–for–all run–up to elections.”

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Meeting with president Zapatero of Spain

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 5 aprile 2009

President Obama: I just want to say that I’ve very much enjoyed working with Mr. Zapatero over the last several days. He is somebody who clearly understands not only Spain’s extraordinary influence in the world, but also takes those responsibilities very seriously. And I think that we’re going to be able to establish what is already a strong relationship between the two countries — I think we can make it even stronger. So I’m glad to call him a friend and I welcome our opportunities to cooperate on a whole host of issues in the years to come.

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