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Special and extraordinary shareholders’ meetings

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 24 settembre 2019

The special and extraordinary shareholders’ meetings that will be held on Tuesday 22 October 2019 at 2:00 p.m. (CEST) at the Company’s registered office.The items on the agenda of the special and extraordinary general meetings of shareholders include, amongst other things, the appointment of Mr. Daniel O’Day and Dr. Linda Higgins as directors of the Company, the approval of the issuance of two warrants for the benefit of Gilead Therapeutics A1 Unlimited Company, and the renewal of the Company’s authorized capital by up to 20% of the share capital.In order to be admitted to the shareholders’ meetings, the holders of securities issued by the Company must comply with article 536 of the Belgian Companies Code of 7 May 1999 and article 29 of the Company’s articles of association, and fulfill the formalities described in the convening notice. The convening notice and other documents pertaining to the shareholders’ meetings, including the biographies of Mr. O’Day and Dr. Higgins, can be consulted on our website (www.glpg.com).
Galapagos (Euronext & NASDAQ: GLPG) discovers and develops small molecule medicines with novel modes of action, three of which show promising patient results and are currently in late-stage development in multiple diseases. Our pipeline comprises Phase 3 through to discovery programs in inflammation, fibrosis, osteoarthritis and other indications. Our ambition is to become a leading global biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of innovative medicines. More information at http://www.glpg.com.

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DPW Holdings, Inc. Announces Adjournment of Annual Meeting of Stockholders

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 4 luglio 2019

DPW Holdings, Inc. (NYSE American: DPW) a diversified holding company (“DPW,” or the “Company”) today announced partial results and the partial adjournment of the Company’s 2019 Annual Meeting of Stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”), which was held at 9:00 a.m. on July 2, 2019 and, at which time, all director nominees were elected and Proposals 2, 3 and 6, as set forth in the Company’s Definitive Proxy Statement, were approved by stockholders. Stockholders voted, on an advisory basis, in favor of annual votes on executive compensation (Proposal 4).
The Company adjourned the meeting with respect to Proposal 5 (to approve a reverse stock split of our common stock by a ratio of not less than one-for-5 and not more than one-for-40, with the exact ratio to be set by the board of directors) and Proposal 7 (to approve an amendment to our 2018 Stock Incentive Plan, which would, among other things, increase the number of shares of our common stock that may be issued thereunder to a total of 7,000,000 shares), in each case for the limited purpose of allowing additional time for stockholders to vote on the proposal.While Proposal 5 exceeded 64% approval of the votes cast, approval of more than 50% of all outstanding shares of our capital stock is necessary for the proposal to be approved. While the votes cast prior to adjournment strongly favored the reverse split proposal, no more than approximately 43.1% of votes were cast; approximately 33% of the shares remained unvoted on Proposal 5.Proposal 7 did not require approval of more than 50% of all outstanding shares of our capital stock for the proposal to be approved, no more than approximately 33% of the votes were cast in favor of Proposal 7, whereas approximately 64% of such votes were case against Proposal 7.Based on the total votes cast prior to adjournment in the case of Proposal 5 and the votes against in the case of Proposal 7, and in order to simplify these proposals, the board of directors (the “Board”) elected to withdraw Proposals 5 and 7 and adjourn the Annual Meeting until 9:00 a.m. (Pacific Time) on July 19, 2019 for the sole purpose of allowing additional time for stockholders to vote on Proposals 5 and 7.

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MiMedx Continues to Fight against Holding 2019 Annual Meeting

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 18 giugno 2019

MiMedx Shareholder Group issued the following statement to fellow shareholders of MiMedx Group, Inc. (OTC PINK:MDXG) (‘MiMedx”): Hialeah Municipal Fund, a MiMedx shareholder, filed a lawsuit April 18, 2019, to force the Company to hold the 2019 Annual Meeting for the election of three Class III directors on June 17, 2019, at the same time as the Court ordered the Company to hold the 2018 Annual Meeting.Just as MiMedx did in opposing the first Hialeah lawsuit regarding the 2018 Annual Meeting for the election of three Class II directors, they are refusing to agree on a date to hold the 2019 Annual Meeting. The Company filed a Notice of Hearing for its Motion to Dismiss the second Hialeah lawsuit in the Circuit Court of Leon County, Florida on June 11, 2019.
The Petit Slate successfully supported Hialeah’s efforts to require the Company to hold the 2018 Annual Meeting. The Company refuses to schedule the 2019 Annual Meeting, even though the three year term of the Class III directors should have ended May 18, 2019, and would have ended then if the Company had continued to hold its Annual Meetings as they were previously held.To avoid and delay the 2019 Annual Meeting and frustrate shareholders’ right to elect the three Class III directors, the Company intends to appoint three Class III directors five days after the 2018 Annual Meeting. If the Company does so, these directors will continue to serve until the 2019 Annual Meeting is held, at which time they will stand for election. Heavily criticized Audit Committee Chairman, Terry Dewberry, is a Class III director, and he would be left in office indefinitely. An additional negative consequence is this could cause a significant delay in the election of the four Class I directors at the 2020 shareholder meeting.The Leon County Circuit Judge is expecting on or before July 5, 2019, for the Company and Hialeah to suggest dates for the 2019 Annual Meeting. Assuming no agreement is reached on that date, the Court will hear the Company’s Motion to Dismiss and Hialeah’s Motion for Summary Judgment August 8, 2019. Whatever the Court decides, the decision is subject to appeal, which would further delay the 2019 Annual Meeting.

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Cvent and InterContinental San Diego Kick Off First Elite Meetings Alliance Event of 2019

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 16 aprile 2019

The world’s largest luxury hotel brand, InterContinental Hotels Group, and market-leading meetings, event and hospitality technology provider Cvent, are excited to announce the first event of Cvent’s Elite Meetings Alliance 2019 series hosted at the InterContinental San Diego. The two-day event, which runs from Saturday, April 13 to Monday, April 15, brings qualified corporate and association event planners together with luxury hotel representatives and industry suppliers for one-on-one meetings, CMP accredited education sessions and unique networking opportunities.“InterContinental San Diego offers groups a sophisticated new urban experience with amenities and refined service typically found at Southern California’s premier resorts,” said Director of Group Sales, Rachael Strong. “By attending the Elite Meetings Alliance at our venue, planners will see San Diego through fresh eyes, experiencing both the excitement of the city and the relaxation of the waterfront in a more intimate, more accessible downtown setting.”Event attendees will enjoy first-class dining, a private property tour, and The InterContinental San Diego will host exclusive unique experiences including a farmer’s market-style luncheon utilizing the historic 45,000 sq. ft. Lane Field Park – the former baseball stadium of the San Diego Padres – and a Valle de Guadalupe-inspired Baja wine dinner on the property’s 4,500 sq. ft. Bayview Terrace.

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Orion Engineered Carbons Announces General Meetings

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 5 marzo 2019

Orion Engineered Carbons S.A. (NYSE: OEC) (the “Company”), a worldwide supplier of specialty and high-performance Carbon Black, today announced that it will hold its Annual General Meeting of Shareholders on April 16, 2019. The Company will also hold an Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders on April 16, 2019. The Company has established March 11, 2019, as the record date for both meetings. The convening notice and agendas for the meetings as well as the proxy card for both General Meetings of Shareholders of the Company will together with further materials be published on the website of the Company (https://investor.orioncarbons.com/sec-filings).The agenda for the Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders includes a resolution on the partial renewal of the Company’s authorized share capital for a period of five years. Pursuant to Luxembourg law, the shareholders of the Company may authorize unissued share capital and permit the Board of Directors to issue shares up to the maximum of this authorized amount of for a period not exceeding five years. The current authorized but unissued share capital totaling EUR 29,817,500 will expire on July 28, 2019. Accordingly, it is proposed that the Extraordinary General Meeting of shareholders approves the renewal of an authorized but unissued share capital now only in the amount of EUR 5,000,000, consisting of 5,000,000 common shares. This partial renewal of the authorized share capital will enable the continued granting, vesting or exercise of awards pursuant to the Company’s equity incentive plans.The Board of Directors issued a report with respect to this resolution, which will be published on the website of the Company (https://investor.orioncarbons.com/sec-filings).

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Gamida Cell to Present Data from NiCord® Programs at the 2018 BMT Tandem Meetings

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 21 febbraio 2018

Gamida Cell, a leading cellular and immune therapeutics company, today announced two presentations from its NiCord programs in high-risk hematologic malignancies and sickle cell disease (SCD) at the 2018 BMT Tandem Meetings, held from February 21 – 25 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, UT. Details for the presentations are as follows: NiCord Single Unit Expanded Umbilical Cord Blood Transplantation (UCBT): Final Results of a Multicenter Phase I/II Trial; Mitchell Horwitz, M.D., Session G: Alternative Donor / Immune Reconstitution, Feb. 23, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. MT in Ballroom I
A Novel Therapy for Sickle Cell Disease (SCD): Co-Transplantation of NiCord [Ex-Vivo Expanded Umbilical Cord Blood (UCB) Progenitor Cells with Nicotinamide] and an Unmanipulated Unrelated UCB Graft Leads to Successful Engraftment and Cure of Severe SCD; Suhag H. Parikh, M.D., Poster Session 1: Cord Blood, Feb. 21, 2018 at 6:45 p.m. MT in Hall E
“We are pleased with the results of the data being presented at the BMT Tandem Meetings, which highlight the promise of NiCord as a potential graft for transplantation in multiple patient populations,” said Ronit Simantov, M.D., chief medical officer of Gamida Cell. “These data are the basis of our phase III study that is currently enrolling patients with high-risk hematologic malignancies, and support our future plans to evaluate NiCord as a stand-alone graft in patients with sickle cell disease.”

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LIBE meetings in Brussels: Visa liberalisation for Turkey/Reform of EU asylum system/10.000 migrant children missing/Foreign fighters

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 19 aprile 2016

Bruxelles Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 April 2016 9.00 – 12.30 and 15.00 – 18.30 – Room József Antall (JAN) 4Q2 Debate with the Commission on the progress made by Turkey in fulfilling the requirements of its visa liberalisation roadmap. As part of the deal with Turkey to better handle migration and refugee flows, the leaders of the EU agreed to accelerate the visa liberalisation roadmap, with a view to lifting the visa requirements for Turkish citizens at the latest by the end of June 2016, provided Ankara fulfils all the requirements. (Thursday, 10.00 – 10.50)
Mission to Turkey (8 – 11 February 2016) – Presentation of a draft mission report. The delegation of MEPs from the Civil Liberties Committee, headed by EP Vice-President Ms Sylvie Guillaume (S&D, FR), visited various facilities and projects for refugees and met with representatives of the Turkish government as well as international ONGs. (Wednesday, 10.15 – 10.30)
Possible ways forward as regards the situation of non-reciprocity with the US and Canada in the area of visa policy – Presentation and debate with the Commission. The Parliament has to inform the Commission on its position on the subject by 12 July at the latest. (Wednesday, 9.10 – 10.00)
Reform of the common European asylum system – Presentations by the Commission and by the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) (Wednesday, 10.30 – 11.30)
Discussion with representatives of Europol, the Fundamental Rights Agency and “Missing children Europe” on Europol´s statement about the 10.000 migrant children gone missing after entering the EU. (Thursday, 15.00 – 16.00)
Foreign Fighters. Presentation of Eurojust´s report on the phenomenon and the criminal justice Response. (Wednesday, 11.30 – 12.30).
Combating terrorism and replacing Council Framework Decision 2002/475/JHA on combating terrorism – debate on amendments, rapporteur Monika Hohlmeier (EPP, DE). (Thursday, 16.30 – 17.30).
New governance rules for Europol. Consideration of recommendation for second reading. Parliament and Council negotiators reached an agreement in November to give Europol new powers to step up EU police cooperation and fight terrorism. Rapporteur Agustín Díaz de Mera García Consuegra (EPP, ES) (Wednesday, 9.00 – 9.10)
Presentation of draft reports on the European travel document for the return of illegally staying third-country nationals (rapporteur Jussi Halla-aho (ECR, FI)) and on the reinforcement of checks against relevant databases at external borders (rapporteur Monica Macovei (ECR, RO)). (Thursday, 9.00-10.00)
Presentation of a draft report on the establishment of an EU mechanism on democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights – rapporteur Sophia in ‘t Veld (ALDE, NL). (Thursday, 17.30-18.15)

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Commissioner Hogan on official visit to Sofia, Bulgaria

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 13 luglio 2015

bulgariaPhil Hogan, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, is today (10 July 2015) on official visit in Sofia, Bulgaria. He will meet with the Bulgarian President, Mr Rossen Plevneliev, with the Prime Minister, Mr Boyko Borissov, and with the Minister of Agriculture and Food, Ms Desislava Taneva. Together with the Prime Minister and the Minister of Agriculture, he will open a factory for meat processing financed by the Bulgarian Rural Development Programme. Commissioner Hogan will also deliver a speech to the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture and Food and will participate in a European debate with Ms Meglena Kuneva, Deputy Prime Minister for European Policies Coordination and Institutional affairs, as well as with Ms Desislava Taneva. They will discuss the key role of Agriculture and Rural Development for jobs creation and investment. In addition to these political meetings, he will also launch the Initiative for Social Empowerment (ISE)’s pilot project empowering disadvantaged communities (predominately women and Roma) from rural areas to start their own micro-enterprises in local herbal products.

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Civil Liberties Committee delegation to Istanbul on the Visa Package

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 3 aprile 2015

Meetings in Brussels on 13 and 14 April Room: Paul-Henri Spaak (PHS) 1A002. Members from the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee will go on a mission to istanbul (Turkey) on 9 and 10 April in the framework of the legislative work on the Visa Package, which includes proposals aiming at shortening and simplifying the procedures for non-EU nationals wishing to come to the EU for short stays, reducing costs and bureaucracy, whilst maintaining the level of security.MEPs will visit EU member states’ consulates, meet with representatives of the Local Schengen Cooperation and visit the External Services provider (VFS Global), which deals with visa applications.The delegation will be composed by the rapporteurs on the Visa Package, Juan Fernando López Aguilar (head of the delegation, S&D, ES) and Brice Hortefeux (EPP, FR), Heinz Becker (EPP, AT), Pal Csáky (EPP, SL), Nathalie Griesbeck (ALDE, FR) and Ignazio Corrao (EFDD, IT). The Civil Liberties Committee will hold a hearing on Tuesday 14 April, from 15.00 to 18.30, to discuss with experts the evolving terrorist threats and the policy approach to take, both in the field of counter-radicalisation and in the field of law enforcement and criminal justice.The first session will focus on the evolving terrorist threats and the implications for EU internal security. Contributions will come from Rob Wainwright, Director of Europol, Dolgor Solongo, from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and Lord of Lothian (tbc), Member of the House of Lords’ Intelligence and Security Committee.The second session will focus on ways to countering violent extremism and preventing radicalisation. The invited speakers are Peter Neumann, Director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, Didier Bigo (tbc), from the King’s College of London and co-author of the study on countering youth radicalisation, and Said Aberkan, Islamic consultant from Antwerp’s prison service.The last session will focus on policy instruments in the fight against terrorism. Anna Nellberg-Dennis, Chair of EUROCOP, Frédéric Van Leeuw, Federal prosecutor in Belgium, and Quirine Eijkman, from the Centre for Terrorism and Counterterrorism of Leiden University, will present their views (draft programme)

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70 Nobel laureates and 672 young scientists expected at Lindau

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 6 marzo 2015

LindauLindau, 70 laureates and 672 young scientists from 88 countries will participate in the 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. The young participants, all of whom are excellent students, PhD candidates, and post-docs aged up to 35, have their research focus in the fields of medicine, physics, or chemistry. They had successfully passed a multi-step international selection process, the results of which have now been published. Conceived as an interdisciplinary forum, the meeting will be held from 28 June to 3 July. Its cause is to foster exchange and networking, and to provide inspiration. The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings have taken place in the Southern German town of Lindau at Lake Constance annually ever since 1951.Among the 70 participating laureates are three of last year’s award-winning researchers: Germany’s Stefan Hell as well as the US-Americans Eric Betzig and William E. Moerner. They shared the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Many of the other laureates are regular guests at Lindau and have participated in the meetings many times. For instance, it will be the 27th meeting already for Swiss microbiologist and geneticist Werner Arber, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine of 1978.As is the case every five years, the 65th meeting of its kind will bring together scientist of all three natural sciences that are Nobel Prize disciplines. “The scientific landscape of the future will be significantly more interdisciplinarily organised than today because this is the only way we can succeed in dealing with the pending big challenges of mankind. With our interdisciplinary meetings we want to make a contribution to educating the next generation of leading researchers working at the interface of the classical scientific disciplines“, says Wolfgang Lubitz, director of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion and Vice-President of the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings.A six-day programme abundant with lectures and panel discussions is in store for the 672 selected young participants. Many consider presenting in one of the master classes a special opportunity. Exchange, networking, and inspiration have been at the core of the Lindau Meetings ever since their establishment in 1951.The attendance steadily became more international as part of the continuous expansion of the network of academic partner institutions. This year’s participants represent 88 countries, including great research nations like the US, the United Kingdom, Japan, Israel, and Germany just as developing countries like Bangladesh or Simbabwe. About 200 academies of science, universities, foundations, and researching enterprises of more than 50 countries played an active part in the course of the selection process for young scientists.“Compared to previous years the quality of the applications has once more increased significantly,” says Burkhard Fricke, professor emeritus for theoretical physics, member of the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings and coordinator of the selection process. “Never before have we seen such an interdisciplinary attendance representing such a broad range of fields like in 2015. A PhD candidate who applies physical-technical methods and uses chemical means to tackle medical questions is not at all an isolated case“.

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China: Partnership between regions

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 17 settembre 2011

A partnership between Tuscany and Sicily to promote Italy to the Asian event planners market. This is a summary of the results of the important and new promotional agreement between Firenze Convention Bureau and Sicily Convention Bureau for the sixth edition of the China Incentive Business Travel and Meetings Exhibition – CIBTM – the most important fair in Asia for the world of meeting planners, held in Beijing from August 30th to September 1st, 2011, that every year hosts about 4,000 visitors, 400 buyers and 400 exhibitors from all over the world. The decision of this collaboration is due to past experiences which have confirmed what the Chinese customers, for your trip in Europe, is involved in multiple destinations in one trip. Great result for both the Regions, with more than 120 interviews in 3 days with local buyers interested in the Italian locations. Regarding to Firenze Convention Bureau, the consortium has been supported also by the collaboration of Promofirenze – Italian Chamber of Commerce to organize meetings targeted towards Chinese companies appropriately selected. Firenze Convention Bureau has been able to represent the Tuscan Region as a whole as a result of the agreement reached between Tuscany and Firenze Convention Promotion Bureau to assign him a leading role in promoting congressional Tuscan destinations for 2011. Here are the words of FCB sales manager Eleonora Odorino: “Italy always arouses a great fascination in the Chinese market. It is true that CIBTM is still a young fair and that the events market in Chine is I development step, but we must admit that Florence we recorded a huge success, with over 50 interviewsconducted and, in our case, a multitude of business cards left at the desk. The categories of buyers met with some potential applications to be developed in the near future, are travel agency, incentive houses and even many service companies and holding companies”. The choice of cooperation between the two partners is motivated not only by the harmony that has been created between the two companies, but also by the complementary offer of the two destinations, which are able to give different experiences even through a single trip. The stand, called “The Best of Italy”, has tried to give a taste of Italy through images of the distinctive landscapes of both the regions, with their famous beauties, appreciated all over the world.

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Josette Sheeran visits Luxembourg

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 13 settembre 2011

Josette Sheeran

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The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Josette Sheeran, will visit Luxembourg on 14-15 September to hold meetings with government officials and to deliver the keynote address to the country’s annual development conference, the Assises de la Coopération.
Sheeran will also deliver a speech on WFP’s response to humanitarian emergencies, highlighting the role of technology in emergency response. She is scheduled to hold meetings with Prime Minister H.E. Jean-Claude Juncker, Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Jean Asselborn and Minister of Cooperation and Humanitarian Issues H.E. Marie-Josée Jacobs. Sheeran will also hold a private meeting with His Royal Highness Grand-Duke Henri. Luxembourg is WFP’s largest per-capita donor, contributing more than €15 per person. This year, it has provided quick response to WFP’s emergency operation in the Horn of Africa, as well as ongoing support to WFP’s activities in West Africa and its work on emergency preparedness, climate change, school meals and nutritional support for HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis activities.

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Sensors for civilian and military applications

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 6 marzo 2010

Veurey-Voroize, France ULIS, a leading infrared vision specialist making affordable uncooled thermal sensors for civilian and military applications, announced today that it will give a presentation on the advances in uncooled infrared detectors at the SPIE Defense, Security and Sensing symposium, April 5 – 9, in Orlando, Florida. These devices, also called microbolometers, are paving the way for high-definition IR products (VGA and XGA – video graphics arrays) and smaller, compact formats. SPIE is the international society advancing optronics and light-based research. SPIE Defense, Security and Sensing 2010 is one of the defense & security industry’s leading meetings for light-based applications, and brings together top researchers, scientists and engineers from the military, industry and academia. Programs cover the latest enabling technologies and applications in infrared, sensors, image analysis, and other systems and devices. As co-chair, Tissot will open the session on “Uncooled FPAs and Applications”. He will then go on to present “High performance uncooled amorphous silicon VGA IRFPA with 17-micron pixel-pitch”, a technical paper he co-authored with ULIS’ research and development team. The paper takes a close look at the high electro-optical performances of this IRFPA (Infrared Focal Planar Array) and the rapid performance enhancements ULIS has achieved. Tissot will discuss the NETD trade-offs with wide thermal dynamic range, as well as the high uniformity characteristics and pixel operability that the company has accomplished through its thorough knowledge of amorphous silicon technology coupled with the ROIC (readout integrated circuit) design. Tissot says this technology node paves the way for high-end products, as well as compact smaller formats like 320 x 240 or smaller.
ULIS, a subsidiary of Sofradir, specializes in the design and manufacture of innovative, high quality uncooled microbolometers for thermography, automotive, safety and military applications. It enables makers of infrared equipment to produce low weight, low power consumption and cost-effective infrared cameras in large volume. ULIS is located in Veurey-Voroize, near Grenoble, and ULIS employs 120 people. For more information: http://www.ulis-ir.com

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Annual meetings banca mondiale

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 5 ottobre 2009

Istanbul 6,7 ottobre 2009. Il recentissimo summit dei G20 di Pittsburgh ha portato con sé un apparente vento di cambiamento, regalando alle economie emergenti un 5 per cento in più di quote di potere nel Fondo monetario e un 3 per cento in ambito Banca mondiale. Sebbene da anni si parli di una nuova Bretton Woods per le istituzioni finanziarie internazionali che riveda gli equilibri di potere a livello internazionale e democratizzi maggiormente le istituzioni di Washington, per esempio tramite le proposte innovative della società civile globale per una doppia maggioranza, politica ed economica, in seno a FMI e World Bank – la montagna ha partorito un topolino. Era ormai scritto da tempo che le nuove super potenze del Sud del mondo come la Cina e l’India avrebbero acquisito maggior importanza e potere decisionale nel board delle due istituzioni. Ma una reale democrazia latita ancora. Non si raggiungerà alla fine una vera parità Nord-Sud e così come accade nei processi del G20, anche nel contesto delle istituzioni finanziarie internazionali i Paesi più poveri – e più impattati da una crisi che non hanno né voluto né causato – continueranno ad avere ben poca voce in capitolo. Il Fondo monetario internazionale ha promesso che destinerà ai Paesi più poveri circa quattro miliardi di dollari nel 2009, altrettanti nel 2010, fino ad arrivare a un totale complessivo di 17 miliardi entro il 2014. Purtroppo non si sa ancora come saranno racimolati 14 dei 17 miliardi previsti. Poco più di 780 milioni derivano dalla vendita di una parte delle riserve auree del Fondo. Fondi che, nonostante le pressioni dei Paesi meno sviluppati e delle reti della società civile globale, non saranno destinate alla cancellazione del debito. Qualora i fondi necessari siano garantiti da Paesi donatori, è alquanto probabile che tali erogazioni non andranno ad aumentare il monte degli aiuti allo sviluppo.  Anche il taglio dello 0,5 per cento degli interessi sui prestiti concessi dal Fondo alle realtà più povere del pianeta avrà degli impatti minimi sulle disponibilità finanziarie di questi ultimi – si calcola un risparmio di un solo milione all’anno in media per Paese.  Infine va sottolineato che gran parte delle nuove risorse che nel 2010 saranno allocate nelle banche multilaterali di sviluppo andranno a beneficiare principalmente i Paesi emergenti e a medio reddito e gli sportelli per il prestito al settore privato. Risulta inaccettabile la proposta del Presidente della Banca Robert Zoellick di creare una linea di prestiti per il salvataggio delle banche private nel Sud del mondo, quando la gran parte di questa è controllata da istituti di credito del ricco Nord che hanno già ampiamente tratto vantaggio dagli aiuti di Stato. I banchieri di Washington sostengono che ormai il 35 per cento del loro portfolio energetico è dedicato alle fonti rinnovavili. Peccato che in quel calcolo vengono considerati per il 60 per cento anche i grandi progetti idroelettrici, che la Banca è tornata a finanziare alla grande. Progetti che hanno impatti negative anche sul clima, oltre che costi socio-ambientali spesso non accettabili. Infatti come comprovato da numerosi studi internaziionali, nel caso delle regioni tropicali la sommersione di vegetazione su larga scala provoca l’emissione cospicua di metano, che è un gas serra. Di contro la Banca mondiale promuoverà a Istanbul una revisione del Debt Sustainability Framework che definisce quanto un Paese povero può indebitarsi. Un allentamento temporaneo delle prescrizioni della Banca a fronte della crisi in realtà non risolve il problema dell’emorragia di risorse che il pagamento del debito esistente continua a produrre, né previene la creazione di nuovo debito. (Luca Manes in sintesi)

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This is the moment our movement was built for

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 6 agosto 2009

For one month, the fight for health insurance reform leaves the backrooms of Washington, D.C., and returns to communities across America. Throughout August, members of Congress are back home, where the hands they shake and the voices they hear will not belong to lobbyists, but to people like you. Home is where we’re strongest. We didn’t win last year’s election together at a committee hearing in D.C. We won it on the doorsteps and the phone lines, at the softball games and the town meetings, and in every part of this great country where people gather to talk about what matters most. And if you’re willing to step up once again, that’s exactly where we’re going to win this historic campaign for the guaranteed, affordable health insurance that every American deserves. There are those who profit from the statu quo, or see this debate as a political game, and they will stop at nothing to block reform. They are filling the airwaves and the internet with outrageous falsehoods to scare people into opposing change. And some people, not surprisingly, are getting pretty nervous. So we’ve got to get out there, fight lies with truth, and set the record straight. In politics, there’s a rule that says when you ask people to get involved, always tell them it’ll be easy. Well, let’s be honest here: passing comprehensive health insurance reform will not be easy. Every President since Harry Truman has talked about it, and the most powerful and experienced lobbyists in Washington stand in the way.  But every day we don’t act, Americans watch their premiums rise three times faster than wages, small businesses and families are pushed towards bankruptcy, and 14,000 people lose their coverage entirely. The cost of inaction is simply too much for the people of this nation to bear.  So yes, fixing this crisis will not be easy. Our opponents will attack us every day for daring to try. It will require time, and hard work, and there will be days when we don’t know if we have anything more to give. But there comes a moment when we all have to choose between doing what’s easy, and doing what’s right.  This is one of those times. And moments like this are what this movement was built for. So, are you ready? (President Barack Obama)

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The Economic Daily Briefing

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 30 marzo 2009

The White House. the President receives the Presidential Daily Briefing and the Economic Daily Briefing in the Oval Office.  Later in the morning, the President will make an announcement about the American automotive industry in the Grand Foyer.  This event will be pooled for TV and open to correspondents.  Later, the President will meet with Defense Secretary Gates in the Oval Office.  Both meetings are closed press.  Later in the afternoon, the President will deliver remarks and sign the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009, one of the most sweeping pieces of conservation and public land management legislation in years, in the East Room.  The event is open press.  In the evening, the President will travel to the Capitol to meet with the House Democratic Caucus.   .

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King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 14 marzo 2009

The White House. The President spoke with King Abdullah ahead of the G-20 meetings in London about the need to coordinate international efforts to restore economic growth. As part of our continuing close consultations with an important friend, the President and King Abdullah also reaffirmed the importance of a strong U.S.-Saudi relationship in promoting peace and security in the region.

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