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Harvey Nash Names Anna Frazzetto President of Technology Solutions

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 18 novembre 2018

Harvey Nash Inc. announces that Anna Frazzetto has been named President of Technology Solutions in North America and APAC. She will maintain her role as Chief Digital Technology Officer (CDTO). Frazzetto’s new role as President will expand her focus on the overall profitability of the North America and APAC regions, particularly in Australia, where she has worked for more than a decade establishing and leading the business there. She will continue to have ownership of all consulting, offshoring, managed services and outsourcing solutions. Fourteen years ago, Frazzetto joined Harvey Nash as Vice President of Solutions to create and develop an offshore service line for the U.S. She hired an experienced team of Practice Directors and Engagement Managers to support sales and delivery and created a portfolio of services that improved client engagement and opened up opportunities with new ones.
She established Harvey Nash’s first office in Australia, and then pioneered the solutions offered there into other APAC markets, winning the company’s first Hong Kong-based Technology Solutions client, and growing the Sydney market to become the company’s largest market for Technology Solutions today. Frazzetto integrated Technology Solutions with Harvey Nash’s Technology Recruitment and Executive Search solutions, and this business model became the blueprint for collaboration between business lines today.Frazzetto speaks globally on digital innovation. As the National Chair of ARA, a non-profit aspiring to Attract, Retain and Advance women in technology, she’s an outspoken evangelist for the advancement of women in IT.

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European Alliance of News Agencies electing new President

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 22 settembre 2018

During the General assembly held in Warsaw on Friday, September 21st, members of the European Alliance of News Agencies (EANA) elected Mr Peter Kropsch, CEO of German news agency DPA, as new President of the organization, for a 2 year mandate. Also, Mr Alexandru Giboi, CEO of Romanian National News Agency AGERPRES, was elected Secretary General of EANA, for a 3 year mandate. Mr Jiri Majstr, CEO of Czech news agency CTK, and Mr Michalis Psilos, CEO of Greek news agency ANA-MPA, were elected Board Members, joining Mr Clemens Pig, CEO of the Austrian APA, who is going to serve for another 2 years. After the elections, Mr Kropsch said: “I thank the outgoing president Jonas Eriksson from TT, Sweden, for his great work during his presidency since 2016. I am sure that I speak also for all EANA members when I thank the outgoing Secretary General Erik Nylen who has so wonderfully taken care of EANA during the past 17 years. For the next tenure there are many issues to be adressed by EANA. The fight for a fair copyright directive, the freedom of press and a sound transition of the news agency business will be definitely on top of the list.”

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Dr. Karen Cox Named President of Chamberlain University

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 19 luglio 2018

Adtalem Global Education (NYSE: ATGE) today announced Dr. Karen Cox, PhD, RN, FACHE, FAAN, as the new President of Chamberlain University, and she will begin her leadership on August 27, 2018. Dr. Cox is a highly accomplished nursing and healthcare leader, who most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Children’s Mercy – Kansas City, an independent, academic medical center in Missouri. Prior to that role, Dr. Cox was Senior Vice President for Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer. She is President of the American Academy of Nursing, and was previously elected to the American Hospital Association, Section on Maternal and Child Health Governing Council, and appointed to the Children’s Hospital Association, Child Health Committee. She started her healthcare career as a Licensed Practical Nurse, and earned subsequent degrees including an Associate Degree in Nursing from Excelsior College, a BSN from the University of Kansas, and an MSN and PhD from the University of Missouri–Kansas City.Dr. Cox was named a Fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellowship Program and is a Fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives. She was appointed to a term on the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice, U.S. Health and Human Services, and served as board chair of the National Initiative for Children’s Health Quality. She is also a member of the UMKC Board of Trustees and was an inaugural member of the National League of Nursing Foundation Advisory Council. In addition, Dr. Cox has contributed articles to publications including Modern Healthcare, American Journal of Nursing, Nursing Economics, Seminars for Nurse Managers, Journal of Nursing Administration, Nursing Leadership Forum, Nursing Administration Quarterly and Journal of Public Health Nursing.
Also today, Adtalem recognized the accomplishments and retirement of Chamberlain University President Dr. Susan Groenwald, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, which had been previously announced in May of 2018. Dr. Groenwald’s title will change to President Emeritus. Throughout the last 12 years, she has led the evolution of Chamberlain University, leading the institution from one campus to 21 campuses, while developing all undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. She established the Chamberlain Care culture, which created an environment that embodies excellence in nursing, and was the basis of a book she published last fall. Susan successfully launched master’s and doctoral degrees and, most recently, the master of public health program. Dr. Groenwald will continue her affiliation with Adtalem in her roles as Board Member for the Adtalem Foundation and as a Trustee for Ross University School of Medicine and Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.

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WJC President Lauder welcomes Ukrainian President

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 7 maggio 2018

NEW YORK – The World Jewish Congress has welcomed the declaration by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko condemning “any manifestations of intolerance and anti-Semitism.”“The World Jewish Congress is gratified by President Poroshenko’s unambiguous denunciation of the ugly anti-Semitic demonstrations that have recently taken place in various parts of Ukraine,” said World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder. “We hope that his repudiation of any glorification of neo-Nazi ideology and other anti-Semitic outrages will send a clear signal to the Ukrainian people that bigotry in all its forms is unacceptable in our society.” Reacting to a series of neo-Nazi and other recent anti-Semitic manifestations, including a march in Lviv to commemorate the World War II Ukrainian Galicia SS division and anti-Semitic remarks at a public even in Odessa, a series of neo-Nazi and other anti-Semitic marches and demonstrations, President Poroshekno said in a statement on Friday:“I strongly condemn any manifestations of intolerance and anti-Semitism. I consider as unacceptable any attempts to bring these shameful things in Ukraine, as it happened recently during the actions in Lviv and Odesa.“Ukrainian authorities will resolutely respond to any attempts to sow hostility in our society.“The reaction of Ukrainian law enforcement agencies to such unlawful actions will be immediate.“Ukraine is not a place for discrimination and intolerance on any ground, since respect for life and dignity of every person is the highest value for the Ukrainian state.”
The World Jewish Congress (WJC) is the international organization representing Jewish communities in 100 countries to governments, parliaments and international organizations.

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Edna Willingham Named President of Amerigroup Tennessee

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 5 febbraio 2018

PR Headshots of Edna Willingham for AmerigroupAmerigroup Tennessee has appointed Edna Willingham to serve as president of the Medicaid health plan. Ms. Willingham previously served as Chief Operating Officer at the plan and succeeds Al King, who recently assumed another leadership role in the organization.
In her new role, Ms. Willingham is responsible for all aspects of Amerigroup Medicaid health plan operations in Tennessee, ensuring its 400,000 members receive access to high quality care and strengthening relationships in the community, with the state and among health care providers.
“Edna is a trusted and highly respected senior leader who has extensive knowledge of Amerigroup’s business, the Tennessee market and our state customer,” said Brian Shipp, South Region Medicaid President for Amerigroup. “Under Edna’s leadership, our Amerigroup Tennessee team will continue to focus on providing the highest quality service and support to consumers and our state customer as we work to make healthcare accessible, affordable and simpler for all Tennesseans.”Ms. Willingham brings strong health care management experience and a deep knowledge of complex population health programs to her new role. Prior to her service as COO at Amerigroup Tennessee, Ms. Willingham held numerous leadership positions since joining the health plan in 1994. Before joining Amerigroup, she served as a practicing nurse at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis before spending 10 years in various management roles at the Mid-South Foundation for Medical Care.“TennCare is one of the most progressive, innovative and established Medicaid programs in the country,” said Ms. Willingham. “Like all of us here at Amerigroup, I’m humbled to support the program and be able to work every day to improve the lives of my fellow Tennesseans.” Amerigroup Tennessee also announced that Robert Garnett will replace Ms. Willingham as the organization’s chief operating officer. (photo: Edna Willingham)

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Jonathan Moneymaker Appointed as President, Altamira Technologies

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 3 gennaio 2018

Jonathan MoneymakerAltamira Technologies Corporation, a leading provider of technology solutions to the US Defense, Intelligence, and Homeland Security Communities, announced today the appointment of Jonathan Moneymaker as President. Jonathan will lead the integrated Strategy, Operations, and Sales team overseeing all customer delivery and growth functions for the company. Jonathan joined Altamira in 2014 as Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer and has played a lead role in the double digit growth the company experienced in both 2016 and 2017 as well as leading both its acquisitions of 2016. He has been the champion for numerous market initiatives which, when combined, resulted in Altamira being selected as the GovCon Contractor of the Year in 2017 in the $75-$300M category. Jonathan has extensive experience and a proven track record in support of the national security mission serving as an executive at the Fortune 50 Boeing Company as well as west coast based technology start-ups. Jonathan reports to Ted Davies, Altamira’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.“I’m very excited to announce Jonathan’s promotion to President”, said Altamira CEO Ted Davies. “Jonathan’s energy and leadership are contagious and his commitment to both the national security mission and the success of our business is unmatched. I look forward to continuing to work with Jonathan as we build Altamira and deliver world class services to the national security community.” (photo: Jonathan Moneymaker)

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Fifth Third Names Joseph P. Yurosek as California Market President

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 8 dicembre 2017

Joseph_YurosekFifth Third Bancorp (Nasdaq: FITB) has announced it is expanding its commercial banking capabilities to serve California-based middle-market companies by hiring Joseph Yurosek to serve as market president. He will report directly to Lars Anderson, executive vice president and chief operating officer.
Yurosek will be responsible for building a team to provide dedicated resources in client coverage, credit, treasury management and capital markets to support the needs of middle-market companies across the state.“The expansion of talent in California represents a significant opportunity for Fifth Third to support clients and grow our core middle-market business,” said Anderson. “Joe’s knowledge of the California market strengthens our commitment to keep the customer at the center of everything we do. In-state leadership will deepen relationships and enable us to provide services and solutions that help our clients reach their financial goals.”Yurosek joins Fifth Third from Comerica, where he served as market president for the Orange County region. He also was responsible for corporate middle-market strategy in Orange County, Long Beach and San Diego and co-led sponsor coverage strategy for Southern California. Prior to that, Yurosek was regional middle-market group manager in Los Angeles and Long Beach.Yurosek has more than 25 years of banking experience. He holds a bachelor’s degree from California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo and earned his MBA from University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business.This newly created position builds upon Fifth Third’s well-established commercial vertical and market expansion strategy. Fifth Third is making significant investments in value-added products and services to help clients with their most pressing financial and risk management challenges. This focus supports the Company’s NorthStar strategy, a three-year plan designed to deliver strong consistent returns through economic cycles. (photo: Joseph P. Yurosek)

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Donald Trump has no grasp of what it means to be president

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 21 agosto 2017

trumpDEFENDERS of President Donald Trump offer two arguments in his favour—that he is a businessman who will curb the excesses of the state; and that he will help America stand tall again by demolishing the politically correct taboos of left-leaning, establishment elites. From the start, these arguments looked like wishful thinking. After Mr Trump’s press conference in New York on August 15th they lie in ruins.The unscripted remarks were his third attempt to deal with violent clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend (see article). In them the president stepped back from Monday’s—scripted—condemnation of the white supremacists who had marched to protest against the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee, a Confederate general, and fought with counter-demonstrators, including some from the left. In New York, as his new chief of staff looked on dejected, Mr Trump let rip, stressing once again that there was blame “on both sides”. He left no doubt which of those sides lies closer to his heart.
Latest updates. Mr Trump is not a white supremacist. He repeated his criticism of neo-Nazis and spoke out against the murder of Heather Heyer (see our Obituary). Even so, his unsteady response contains a terrible message for Americans. Far from being the saviour of the Republic, their president is politically inept, morally barren and temperamentally unfit for office.
Self-harmStart with the ineptness. In last year’s presidential election Mr Trump campaigned against the political class to devastating effect. Yet this week he has bungled the simplest of political tests: finding a way to condemn Nazis. Having equivocated at his first press conference on Saturday, Mr Trump said what was needed on Monday and then undid all his good work on Tuesday—briefly uniting Fox News and Mother Jones in their criticism, surely a first. As business leaders started to resign en masse from his advisory panels (see article), the White House disbanded them. Mr Trump did, however, earn the endorsement of David Duke, a former Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.
The extreme right will stage more protests across America. Mr Trump has complicated the task of containing their marches and keeping the peace. The harm will spill over into the rest of his agenda, too. His latest press conference was supposed to be about his plans to improve America’s infrastructure, which will require the support of Democrats. He needlessly set back those efforts, as he has so often in the past. “Infrastructure week” in June was drowned out by an investigation into Russian meddling in the election—an investigation Mr Trump helped bring about by firing the director of the FBI in a fit of pique. Likewise, repealing Obamacare collapsed partly because he lacked the knowledge and charisma to win over rebel Republicans. He reacted to that setback by belittling the leader of the Senate Republicans, whose help he needs to pass legislation. So much for getting things done.Mr Trump’s inept politics stem from a moral failure. Some counter-demonstrators were indeed violent, and Mr Trump could have included harsh words against them somewhere in his remarks. But to equate the protest and the counter-protest reveals his shallowness. Video footage shows marchers carrying fascist banners, waving torches, brandishing sticks and shields, chanting “Jews will not replace us”. Footage of the counter-demonstration mostly shows average citizens shouting down their opponents. And they were right to do so: white supremacists and neo-Nazis yearn for a society based on race, which America fought a world war to prevent. Mr Trump’s seemingly heartfelt defence of those marching to defend Confederate statues spoke to the degree to which white grievance and angry, sour nostalgia is part of his world view.At the root of it all is Mr Trump’s temperament. In difficult times a president has a duty to unite the nation. Mr Trump tried in Monday’s press conference, but could not sustain the effort for even 24 hours because he cannot get beyond himself. A president needs to rise above the point-scoring and to act in the national interest. Mr Trump cannot see beyond the latest slight. Instead of grasping that his job is to honour the office he inherited, Mr Trump is bothered only about honouring himself and taking credit for his supposed achievements.Presidents have come in many forms and still commanded the office. Ronald Reagan had a moral compass and the self-knowledge to delegate political tactics. LBJ was a difficult man but had the skill to accomplish much that was good. Mr Trump has neither skill nor self-knowledge, and this week showed that he does not have the character to change.This is a dangerous moment. America is cleft in two. After threatening nuclear war with North Korea, musing about invading Venezuela and equivocating over Charlottesville, Mr Trump still has the support of four-fifths of Republican voters. Such popularity makes it all the harder for the country to unite.
This leads to the question of how Republicans in public life should treat Mr Trump. Those in the administration face a hard choice. Some will feel tempted to resign. But his advisers, particularly the three generals sitting at the top of the Pentagon, the National Security Council and as Mr Trump’s chief of staff, are better placed than anyone to curb the worst instincts of their commander-in-chief.
For Republicans in Congress the choice should be clearer. Many held their noses and backed Mr Trump because they thought he would advance their agenda. That deal has not paid off. Mr Trump is not a Republican, but the solo star of his own drama. By tying their fate to his, they are harming their country and their party. His boorish attempts at plain speaking serve only to poison national life. Any gains from economic reform—and the booming stockmarket and low unemployment owe more to the global economy, tech firms and dollar weakness than to him—will come at an unacceptable price.Republicans can curb Mr Trump if they choose to. Rather than indulging his outrages in the hope that something good will come of it, they must condemn them. The best of them did so this week. Others should follow.(This article appeared in the Leaders section of the print edition under the headline “Unfit” Zanny Minton Beddoes, Editor-in-Chief)

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Electoral victory will make France’s president a potent force

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 20 giugno 2017

the economistFLORENCE LEHERICY is a nurse, but on Monday she is likely to start a new career as a parliamentary deputy for Calvados, in northern France. Jean-Marie Fiévet, a fireman, will join her from a constituency in Deux Sèvres in the west. Both are political novices. They belong to La République en Marche! (LRM), the movement behind Emmanuel Macron, who last month also won his first ever election—and duly took control of the Elysée Palace. Welcome to the revolution.Across France people have risen up against a political class that failed them (see article). The first round of voting for the legislature, on June 11th, suggests that LRM, which Mr Macron created only 14 months ago, will win at least 400 of its 577 seats. The Socialists will lose 90% of their deputies, including their leader who did not even make the run-off. The Republicans will hang on to more, but they expected to win this election—until a few weeks ago, when LRM’s victory became as inevitable as the blade sliding down the guillotine. Mr Macron offers a fresh answer to the popular discontent that has swept through Western democracies. He promises a new politics that ditches divisions between left and right. He wants to restore dynamism and self-belief to France and, with Germany’s help, to the European Union. And he is being watched from abroad by politicians who, in their own countries, cannot seem to make themselves heard above the din. For his revolution to succeed, he needs to have good ideas and the ability to carry them through. Does he?
Mr Macron is the right man at the right time. Voters tired of France’s stale politics wanted an outsider. Although he comes from the establishment—he is a graduate of an elite college, an ex-banker and an economy minister under his predecessor, François Hollande—Mr Macron has never been a party man. He has designed LRM to act as a break with the past. Half of its candidates are new to politics. Half are women. It has campaigned against corruption. In the outgoing assembly the most common age is 60-70; the average of LRM’s novices is 43.Whereas most populists cleave to right and left, the Macron revolution is to the centre. He steals policies without prejudice—from the right, a desire to free up markets and businesses to create jobs and wealth; from the left, a belief in the role of government to shape, direct and protect. In the battle between open and closed, Mr Macron is broadly for open in both trade and immigration. In French terms, he is an economic liberal.And, crucially, he is an optimist. For decades France has suffered from the morose belief that politics involves struggle, but no real solutions. That sabotages reform: why give up what you have today for something worse tomorrow? Elsewhere in Europe, democracy often seems a joyless transaction in which voters are asked to endorse politicians’ empty promises in exchange for benefit cuts and shoddy public services.Somehow, Mr Macron has convinced the French that progress is possible. He has hit back against populist taunts that free markets are a concession to the bankers and the globalists with refreshing patriotism—whether by crushing the hand of Donald Trump or restoring pomp to the presidency. Against warnings about immigrants and foreign competition, he asserts that both will invigorate France, not enfeeble it. To Eurosceptics who accuse Brussels of sucking the life out of the nation, he insists that, no, the EU magnifies French power.Good ideas are not enough. Mr Macron must also break the habit of 30 years in which France’s reforms have been blocked by the hard left. Success rests on early, visible progress in two areas—employment and relations with Germany.French unemployment is double what it is in Germany. For the under 25s, it is stuck above 20%. Firms are reluctant to create permanent jobs because of high social charges and because redundancy and dismissal are expensive and difficult. Mr Macron wants to lower employment taxes and to make workplace bargaining more flexible. Success in the labour market will help him win over Germany, which has lost faith in France’s ability to keep up. So will getting a grip on France’s public spending and its army of bureaucrats. Germany, often standoffish, should give Mr Macron the benefit of the doubt. He is the best, and possibly last, chance to create the impetus for the euro zone to shore up the structure of the single currency.LRM’s landslide makes this programme more likely to succeed. Mr Macron has been lucky. His chief opponent on the mainstream right, François Fillon, was fatally damaged by allegations of corruption. LRM’s victory will be flattered by France’s two-round voting system. A strong EU economy will create jobs (if he is not to jeopardise that, he needs to go easy on the budget cuts). As Theresa May, Britain’s hapless prime minister, can attest, firm control of the assembly will cement his good fortune (see article).
However, resistance will move to the streets. Already, the ancien régime is warning that the election leaves Mr Macron dangerously powerful, and that the turnout of under 50% has deprived him of a mandate. Militant hard-left unions are threatening to fight his labour-market reforms all the way.
They must be faced down. The French president is indeed powerful—but in recent years the problem has been the weakness of the Elysée, not its dominance. The turnout was low, but it has been falling for years and is not much lower than in America or Canada. The unions speak for only the 8% of workers who are their members. That is no mandate. It is what ordinary citizens like Ms Lehericy and Mr Fiévet have been elected to sweep away.
Plenty could go wrong. Expectations of Mr Macron are sky high. Though LRM has experienced politicians to keep order, it could prove chaotic and amateurish. There will be strikes and marches. As the pain bites, the French public will need to hear again and again why reform will benefit the nation.These risks are obvious. More remarkable is the revolution that Mr Macron has already achieved. The hopes of France, Europe and centrists everywhere are resting on him. (by The Economist)

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South Korea’s president is permanently stripped of her powers

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 13 marzo 2017

presidentSEOUL. She had refused to be questioned, and attended none of the 20 hearings since a trial on her impeachment began on January 3rd. She had blocked investigators from entering the Blue House, the presidential residence, and a fortnight ago she demanded the ejection of one of the justices hearing her case. It was all for nothing. On March 10th Park Geun-hye, South Korea’s first female president as well as its first to have an impeachment upheld by a court, was permanently removed from office. It cut short her five-year term by 11 months.All eight justices currently serving on the country’s constitutional court voted to uphold a parliamentary motion, on December 9th, to impeach her. That motion followed weeks of huge but peaceful crowds gathering in downtown Seoul, the capital, to call for her resignation. MPs had listed 13 constitutional violations, including dereliction of duty, abuse of power and infringing the freedom of the press. The court said it could not find conclusive evidence for most of these charges. But it was able to rule that Ms Park had divulged state secrets to Choi Soon-sil, an allegedly corrupt confidante (whose personal wealth, a special prosecution found, stands at $20m), and colluded to help her extort funds from conglomerates and profit from two cultural organisations that Ms Choi controlled.After the crime, the cover-up. The court also found that throughout the investigation Ms Park’s actions had been aimed at concealing the truth; the justices said she had consistently obstructed the ability of the National Assembly to hold her to account. It all amounted to “an undermining of the rule of law and representative democracy”; she had lost the trust of the public and “let down” her citizens.It will be much more difficult to find such unanimity within South Korean society. Over three-quarters of South Koreans felt she deserved to be impeached, according to a poll conducted shortly before the decision. But that still leaves a vocal, mostly older minority feeling that Ms Park is the victim of a left-wing witch hunt. Conservative protest groups opposing Ms Park’s removal have grown larger and shriller in recent weeks. They threatened a “bloody civil resistance” should the court uphold her impeachment (two from their camp, in their 60s and 70s, died during the protest following the verdict this morning). Over 21,000 riot police were today deployed in central Seoul. In recent weeks police buses have been set up as barricades at large demonstrations to keep Ms Park’s friends and foes from clashing. Outside the constitutional court, where police had once again divided them, the anti-impeachment camp blared out the national anthem in defiance and promised to blast the constitutional court to pieces. Cheers meanwhile rose from a jubilant anti-Park camp, striking gongs and dancing to chants of “We won”. One anxious protester who has been to every one of 19 anti-Park weekly rallies said he had not been able to eat for 24 hours. A father had taken his child out of school for the day, for a historic moment that he said was “a truer education”.Many remember the last time a court ruled on a leader’s impeachment, to citizens’ overwhelming approval: in 2004 Roh Moo-hyun, a liberal president, returned to office after 63 days when the constitutional court ruled that the reasons for his impeachment were feeble. Chon Jong-ik, part of the legal team that ruled on Roh’s case, says that set a precedent for the court’s decision today, by establishing that if public trust in a president’s ability to protect liberal democracy had been lost, he—or she—ought to be removed.An investigation into allegations of Ms Park’s influence-peddling, which first surfaced in October, has already led to more than two dozen indictments. Those include Lee Jae-yong, heir to the Samsung empire, whose trial on charges of bribery linked to the presidential office began this week; as well as Ms Park’s former chief of staff, Kim Ki-choon; and Ms Choi, who will stand trial for her Samsung entanglements on March 13th. South Koreans will expect to see progress on these, and due punishment. But an early presidential election must also be held within 60 days; many expect the National Election Commission will set it for May 9th, to give candidates as much time as possible to win over South Korea’s mass of disenchanted voters in what will be a lightning-speed campaign.Ms Park is no stranger to tragedy. In 1974 her mother died in an assassination attempt on her father, Park Chung-hee, South Korea’s long-ruling strongman. Ms Park in effect became the Blue House’s first lady. But five years later her father’s 18-year rule came to an end when he was shot over dinner by his spy chief.After that, at least, a political career for Ms Park seemed assured, and she herself believed she owed it to her dead parents. She became an MP in 1998, and in 2004 the leader of South Korea’s main conservative party. Her staunchest supporters have long been an older class of voters who stubbornly revere her father for his “miracle on the Han river”, South Korea’s phenomenal economic transformation. But some younger voters, hoping for an economic revival, also voted for her in the election in 2012 that brought her back to the Blue House as president.She has been staying put at the Blue House ever since. From tomorrow, she is likely to sleep in her guarded home in the upscale district of Gangnam, in southern Seoul. As she no longer has presidential immunity from criminal investigation, state prosecutors can indict her. A special prosecution, set up at Ms Park’s request, announced the results of its three-month investigation this week into her alleged abuse of power and the sordid collusion between political and corporate elites. It confirmed, among other findings, that 573 calls had been made on Ms Choi’s personal hotline to Ms Park, using phones registered under borrowed names, over a period of seven months last year. Editorials in the main newspapers, and Buddhist and Christian leaders alike, have urged South Koreans to accept today’s ruling. Park Hyung-jun of Sungkyunkwan University says a fair legal decision was essential for South Koreans, who have lost faith in those governing them and in their institutions. Hard generational divides have surfaced in the scandal: for Ms Park’s successor, says Mr Park (no relation), communicating well and building consensus will be crucial. Many now will be closely watching Ms Park’s reaction to the ruling. As an MP who had supported Roh’s impeachment, she said then that she accepted the court’s verdict and saw the decision as an opportunity to cultivate respect for the constitution. Now her time has come. (font: by The Economist + photo)

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Dirk Boll Appointed President, Christie’s

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 8 febbraio 2017

dirk-bollChristie’s announces Prof. Dr. Dirk Boll has been appointed President, Christie’s Europe, Middle East, Russia and India effective immediately and reporting to Guillaume Cerutti, Chief Executive Officer.“Dirk combines being a true art connoisseur with long, proven, commercial experience and acumen”, commented Guillaume Cerutti, Chief Executive Officer, Christie’s. “As President, EMERI, Dirk will oversee our business and client activities in the region working closely with Christie’s market-leading team of specialists,” continued Christie’s CEO.Dirk joined Christie’s in 1998 in London before moving to Germany to head the Stuttgart office. In 2004, he transferred to Zurich to become Managing Director of the region before being promoted in 2011 to Managing Director, Continental Europe, relocating to London at the time. In this role he has run all the regional offices in the region including in the Middle East, Russia and India.Dirk was born in Kassel, and was influenced from an early age by Germany’s prestigious documenta exhibitions that his home city has hosted every five years. He studied law and art management at the universities of Göttingen and Freiburg im Breisgau.Dirk is Professor for Art Management at the University of Hamburg. He publishes regularly in various daily papers and international magazines. His book Art for Sale – a Candid View of the Art Market (HatjeCantz) combines his background in law with his current professional area, analysing the legal and economic basis for the art market. In 2015, he launched a publication on the development of art auctions: Auctioneers who made Art History (HatjeCantz).Dirk is also a board member of the Swiss Friends of the Israel Museum, a member of the Advisory Board of University of Zürich and a board member of the Deusser Foundation, Zürich/Bad Zurzach. (photo: Dirk Boll)

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IPPF Statement: Why we will not sign the Global Gag Rule

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 25 gennaio 2017

trumpOn 23 January 2017 President Trump signed an executive order reinstating the Global Gag Rule, or the Mexico City Policy.The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) believes in the right of every individual to decide about their own health and well-being. As an organisation that seeks to protect and improve the lives of women, men and children around the world, IPPF and its partners in 170 countries will not sign a policy that denies human rights and puts the lives of women at risk. The Global Gag Rule denies U.S. funding to organisations like IPPF if they use money from other donors to provide abortion services, counselling or referrals—even if abortion is legal in a country.It blocks critical funding for health services like contraception, maternal health, and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment for any organisation that refuses to sign it.When it has been enacted by previous Republican Presidents, evidence has shown that the Global Gag Rule has not reduced the number of abortions; rather, by eliminating access to contraception, it has led to more unintended pregnancies and more unsafe abortions. IPPF is the largest non-governmental provider of contraception in the world. It has worked with the U.S. government for decades. Our global network of local partners delivers more than 300 services every minute of every day, including 70 million contraceptive services every year.The Global Gag Rule’s reinstatement will result in additional unintended pregnancies and countless other needless injuries and deaths.It means IPPF will lose $100 million USD for proven programs that provide comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services for millions of women and youth who otherwise go without these vital services, including women suffering the burden of health and humanitarian crises.Over the years USAID has been a huge supporter of family planning – with a budget of over $600 million per year. Reinstatement will mean that years of progress to increase access to essential services globally, will be lost.We cannot—and will not—deny life-saving services to the world’s poorest women. We will work with governments and donors to bridge the funding and service gaps the Global Gag Rule creates. We will ensure that women can exercise their rights and access safe abortion and family planning. ( by International Planned Parenthood Federation)

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Why presidents take an oath of office

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 20 gennaio 2017

george-washingtonAT NOON on January 20th, Donald Trump will take the presidential oath of office, administered by John Roberts, the chief justice. With his right hand raised and his left hand atop two bibles, Mr Trump will say “I do solemnly swear”, (though he also has the option to “affirm”, using a book of his choice), “that I will faithfully execute the office of president of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the constitution of the United States.” If all goes according to plan, Mr Trump will then become America’s 45th president. He will deliver an inaugural address, bid farewell as Barack Obama and his family take their leave, have lunch in the Capitol building and parade down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House.The words quoted above come from Article II, Section 1, Clause 8 of the constitution, which requires that an incoming president takes this oath “before he enter on the execution of his office”. Presidents from George Washington to Barack Obama have been sworn in under the same formula with each change of administration and every re-election. (Most presidents have tacked on “so help me God” at the end of the oath, though the constitutional provision does not contain this divine appeal.) Other federal officials are required to take an oath as well, though Congress, not the constitution, specifies the words. Oaths of office are not an American invention. Members of parliament in Britain pledge to “be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, her heirs and successors, according to law”. In Germany, a federal minister promises to “dedicate my efforts to the well-being of the German people…and do justice to all”. In Egypt, the president swears “to the great god Allah” to “protect the republican system…and work for the good of the people.”The deliberations of America’s founders suggest that the centrepiece of the presidential oath is the pledge to “preserve, protect and defend the constitution”. These words were absent from early drafts (a version from July 1787 included only the “faithfully execute” line, with no reference to the constitution) but became a prominent theme in the eyes of the-economistpresidents who took the oath. America’s third president, Thomas Jefferson, lowered expectations in his first inaugural address by declaring the presidency a “task…above my talents”; the “constitutional vigour” of the government, he declared, is “the sheet anchor of our peace at home and safety abroad”. In 1837, Martin Van Buren said “the principle that will govern me in the high duty to which my country calls me is a strict adherence to the letter and spirit of the constitution”. Nearly a century later, Franklin Delano Roosevelt declared America’s “constitutional system…the most superbly enduring political mechanism the modern world has produced”.There are signs that Mr Trump’s constitutional commitment may not match those of his predecessors in the White House. During the campaign and the post-election transition, Mr Trump made several statements that seem difficult to square with America’s founding document. In an apparent rejection of settled First-Amendment law—and of a ruling by the late Antonin Scalia, a justice he hails—Mr Trump said that people who burn the American flag should be jailed or lose their citizenship. He also called for looser libel laws to permit newspapers to be sued more easily and advocated the use of torture, long held to violate the Eighth Amendment. Some scholars say that the oath gives presidents a tool to protect the prerogatives of their office from the encroachment of Congress. But others argue the presidential oath was designed to serve as a check on chief executives’ power. David Strauss, a law professor at the University of Chicago, observes that oaths are inherently “limiting, not empowering”. (by The Economist) (photo: George Washington, cover The Economist)

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Hillary Clinton: Thank you

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 10 novembre 2016

hillary clintonLast night, I congratulated Donald Trump and offered to work with him on behalf of our country. I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans.This is not the outcome we wanted or we worked so hard for, and I’m sorry we did not win this election for the values we share and the vision we hold for our country. But I feel pride and gratitude for this wonderful campaign that we built together — this vast, diverse, creative, unruly, energized campaign. You represent the best of America, and being your candidate has been one of the greatest honors of my life.I know how disappointed you feel, because I feel it too. And so do tens of millions of Americans who invested their hopes and dreams in this effort. This is painful, and it will be for a long time. But I want you to remember this: Our campaign was never about one person or even one election. It was about the country we love — and about building an America that’s hopeful, inclusive, and big-hearted.We have seen that our nation is more deeply divided than we thought. But I still believe in America — and I always will. And if you do, too, then we must accept this result — and then look to the future. Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead. Our constitutional democracy enshrines the peaceful transfer of power, and we don’t just respect that, we cherish it. It also enshrines other things — the rule of law, the principle that we’re all equal in rights and dignity, and the freedom of worship and expression. We respect and cherish these things too — and we must defend them.
And let me add: Our constitutional democracy demands our participation, not just every four years, but all the time. So let’s do all we can to keep advancing the causes and values we all hold dear: making our economy work for everyone, not just those at the top; protecting our country and protecting our planet; and breaking down all the barriers that hold anyone back from achieving their dreams.
We’ve spent a year and a half bringing together millions of people from every corner of our country to say with one voice that we believe that the American Dream is big enough for everyone — for people of all races and religions, for men and women, for immigrants, for LGBT people, and people with disabilities. Our responsibility as citizens is to keep doing our part to build that better, stronger, fairer America we seek. And I know you will.
I count my blessings every day that I am an American. And I still believe, as deeply as I ever have, that if we stand together and work together, with respect for our differences, strength in our convictions, and love for this nation — our best days are still ahead of us.
You know I believe we are stronger together and will go forward together. And you should never be sorry that you fought for that. Scripture tells us: “Let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season, we shall reap, if we do not lose heart.”My friends, let us have faith in each other. Let us not grow weary. Let us not lose heart. For there are more seasons to come and there is more work to do.
I am incredibly honored and grateful to have had this chance to represent all of you in this consequential election. May God bless you and God bless the United States of America. (Hillary – abstract)

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Happy birthday mr. president

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 8 settembre 2016

marilyn-monroeNew York. On Saturday, May 19, 1962, at a Democratic fundraiser and early 45th birthday celebration, President John F. Kennedy took his seat in Madison Square Garden anticipating what has now become one of the most iconic moments in entertainment and political history. In front of 15,000 guests, many of them celebrities, actor Peter Lawford was about to make an introduction that would change the course of pop culture and Presidential folklore forever. Under a bright spotlight, the legendary Marilyn Monroe walked on stage and peeled away her white ermine fur coat, revealing a skintight, sheer, flesh-colored dress that sparkled with over 2,500 handstitched crystals. The custom Jean Louis creation was so tight fitting that Marilyn wore nothing underneath and had to be sewn into it last minute. Original sketch illustrated by Bob Mackie. When Marilyn appeared and the dress was finally revealed, the entire audience gasped.After Peter Lawford introduced her as the “LATE” Marilyn Monroe, she flicked the microphone and began to sing “Happy Birthday Mr. President” in her trademark sultry, sexy voice with original lyrics she wrote herself.
Marilyn Monroe Happy Birthday Mr. President DressHowever, it was her intimate tone and projection of the words “Mr. President” that would stun the audience, excite the press and become a milestone in popular culture. The song and performance were remembered for many reasons, not the least because it was one of her last public appearances before her untimely death less than three months marilyn-monroe1later. Sadly, President Kennedy died a year later and that infamous night at MSG was the last known time they saw each other. The rendition by Marilyn remains one of the most famous, delivered in her halting, breathy tone. All in all, it lasted approximately 30 seconds, but more than five decades later, it remains the most famous version of “Happy Birthday” ever. The dress, the performance, Jacqueline Kennedy’s absence and photographs from the evening would spark ravenous rumors of an affair between the President and Marilyn.Marilyn Monroe Happy Birthday Mr. President Dress – BackIn fact, it was Marilyn’s death in 1962 that prompted American artist Andy Warhol to create “Marilyn’s Diptych” — one of the most famous art homages to her, permanently securing Marilyn’s place in contemporary art history.“Marilyn Monroe singing ‘Happy Birthday Mr. President’ is certainly one of the most famous impromptu performances in American history,” said Darren Julien, President & CEO of Julien’s Auctions. “That rendition has lived on for decades as one of the most remarkable events in her career and certainly one of the most storied tales in popular culture history — a moment in time squarely at the center of the 1960s, Hollywood and Camelot. We are incredibly privileged to have the opportunity to offer this amazing dress to collectors, fans and contemporary art enthusiasts around the world.”
On November 17, 2016, Julien’s Auctions, the world-record breaking auction house to the stars, will once again make history when it exclusively offers the Marilyn Monroe “Happy Birthday Mr. President” Jean Louis creation at auction. Julien’s Auctions will give collectors and fans from around the globe one of the most awe-inspiring moments in auction history when the gavel comes down on the final bid for this remarkable object.

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Donald Trump can never be president: He is out of control

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 11 agosto 2016

Donald TrumpLast week, Senator John McCain was asked a simple question: are you comfortable with Donald Trump having control of our nuclear arsenal? Now, John McCain supports Donald Trump to become our next Commander-in-Chief — the person who decides whether we use our nuclear weapons. So this should have been a pretty easy answer.Here’s how The Washington Post transcribed his response:
McCAIN: [Silence, followed by unintelligible stammering.] Anyone that the people of this country choose to be the Commander-in-Chief and the President of the United States — therefore can lead this country, and will lead in a responsible fashion. Anyone who is elected president fairly in this country. And that’s the way that our democratic system works. That’s how our government works. The American people select the next President of the United States, knowing full well what the role of the Commander-in-Chief is. Therefore, I have the utmost respect for the verdict of the people. You may have noticed that, after the “unintelligible stammering,” McCain didn’t actually answer the question! But he did get one thing right: the person we elect in November will have all the power and responsibility of Commander-in-Chief. So we can’t let someone as dangerously unhinged as Donald Trump become president.

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World Bank Group President Meets Prime Minister of Ukraine

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 13 marzo 2014

World_BankWASHINGTON World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim met today with the Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk to discuss the current situation in the country and World Bank Group assistance to Ukraine. President Kim expressed hope that the situation in Ukraine will stabilize soon and confirmed the Bank’s commitment to further supporting people of Ukraine during the difficult transition.“We recognize the enormous challenges Ukraine is facing and welcome the government’s commitment to undertake reforms that are urgently needed to stabilize the economy and put the country back on a path to sustainable growth and development,” Kim said. “We are committed to continue supporting the Ukrainian people.”On March 10, the World Bank Group announced that it aims to support reforms in Ukraine and provide up to US$3 billion in 2014. This assistance would come on top of the ongoing investment and guarantee program of about US$3.7 billion, supporting improved basic public service delivery in areas such as water supply, sanitation, power and roads, and supporting the private sector.

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EUA for new President and Board

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 1 febbraio 2011

Professors Lauritz Holm-Nielsen (Denmark) and Maria Helena Nazaré (Portugal) have been officially nominated by the Council of the European University Association (EUA) as candidates for election as the next EUA President. The elections will take place at the EUA Annual Conference in Aarhus on 14th April 2011. Both nominations were approved by the EUA Council at a meeting in Brussels on Friday 28th January.  The successful candidate will become President elect with immediate effect, and will take over from current EUA President, Professor Jean-Marc Rapp, in March 2012. He/she will serve for a period of three years. Lauritz Holm-Nielsen is currently Rector of the University of Aarhus, Denmark and Professor Maria Helena Nazaré is former Rector of the University of Aveiro, Portugal. Both are currently members of the EUA Board. At the EUA Annual Conference in Aarhus, four new EUA Board members will also be elected to replace the four outgoing members. EUA Council proposes 7 candidates for this election (please see below). The four successful candidates will serve for a period of four years (2011-15).
• Wieslaw Banys, Rector of the University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland
• Esther Giménez-Salinas, Rector of Ramon Llull University, Barcelona, Spain
• Vaclav Hampl, Rector of the Charles University, Czech Republic
• Lauritz Holm-Nielsen, Rector of the University of Aarhus, Denmark (*proposal for reelection and should he not be elected as President)
• Kristin Ingolfsdottir, Rector of the University of Iceland
• Dirk van den Berg, President of Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands
• Margaret Wintermantel, President of the German Rectors’ Conference, Germany (*proposal for reelection)
The four elected candidates will join current board members David Drewry (UK), Jean-Pierre Finance (France), Maria Helena Nazaré (Portugal) and Giuseppe Silvestri (Italy), together with the current EUA President.

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Giorgia Meloni for president

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 5 novembre 2010

Allorchè lanciammo la proposta rivolgendoci con una lettera aperta al presidente Berlusconi paventando la candidatura di Giorgia Meloni alla presidenza del consiglio, non ci saremmo aspettati tanta attenzione dal popolo del web. Continuano a pervenirci messaggi, dove non sempre la nostra proposta è accolta favorevolmente. Intanto un successo possiamo mettere in conto: che si riesca a parlare di politici senza mescolarli con la cronaca rosa, gialla e di altro colore. C’è che ci ha telefonato chiedendoci se eravamo il blog della Meloni o il suo portavoce o altro. La cosa più strana, per tutto questo, sta nel fatto che non conosciamo personalmente la Meloni. L’abbiamo solo intravista qualche giorno fa alla cerimonia di presentazione della mostra “Gioventù ribelle”. Abbiamo cercato d’intervistarla in passato ma si è rivelata una impresa impossibile. Sotto tale aspetto l’abbiamo classificata un po’ arrogante e anche opportunista poichè disdegna le testate “non blasonate”. Ma noi non ci lasciamo prendere la mano dai sentimenti e abbiamo valutato la circostanza da professionisti. La Meloni è una donna che per la sua militanza politica è, credo, da considerare tra le poche di cui si possa dire che la “politica la presta a se stessa” al contrario di altre che sono “prestate alla politica”. Ci sono, infatti ex veline, ex imprenditrici, ecc. Brave nel loro nuovo ruolo ma non hanno il curriculum della Meloni. Un altro solido motivo, a nostro avviso, è quello di poter fare un salto generazionale (per via della sua età) e di rappresentare per lo stesso Berlusconi una candidata ideale per distoglierlo dai carichi governativi e per impegnarlo di più alla ricostruzione del Pdl, oramai compromesso, dopo le note vicende con il suo cofondatore. Ai critici rispondiamo che, con loro, potremmo dilettarci a stilare una lunga lista di candidate, ma a che pro? Qui non abbiamo bisogno di colonnelli, più o meno validi, ma di una figura capace di rompere uno schema e anche un primato maschilista con un progetto che sappia contemperare la coerenza politica con l’età giovanile e la tenacia di una donna che si è fatta strada in un territorio dove le donne sono state per lo più adottate per fare da riempitivo e non per una leadership di primo piano. E allora avanti tutta con la Meloni.  precedente: qui (Riccardo Alfonso direttore Centro studi politici e sociali della Fidest)

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Usa: the President’s message

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 19 aprile 2010

It has now been well over a year since the near collapse of our entire financial system that cost the nation more than 8 million jobs. To this day, hard-working families struggle to make ends meet. We’ve made strides — businesses are starting to hire, Americans are finding jobs, and neighbors who had given up looking are returning to the job market with new hope. But the flaws in our financial system that led to this crisis remain unresolved. Wall Street titans still recklessly speculate with borrowed money. Big banks and credit card companies stack the deck to earn millions while far too many middle-class families, who have done everything right, can barely pay their bills or save for a better future. We cannot delay action any longer. It is time to hold the big banks accountable to the people they serve, establish the strongest consumer protections in our nation’s history — and ensure that taxpayers will never again be forced to bail out big banks because they are “too big to fail.” That is what Wall Street reform will achieve, why I am so committed to making it happen, and why I’m asking for your help today. We know that without enforceable, commonsense rules to check abuse and protect families, markets are not truly free. Wall Street reform will foster a strong and vibrant financial sector so that businesses can get loans; families can afford mortgages; entrepreneurs can find the capital to start a new company, sell a new product, or offer a new service. Consumer financial protections are currently spread across seven different government agencies. Wall Street reform will create one single Consumer Financial Protection Agency — tasked with preventing predatory practices and making sure you get the clear information, not fine print, needed to avoid ballooning mortgage payments or credit card rate hikes. Reform will provide crucial new oversight, give shareholders a say on salaries and bonuses, and create new tools to break up failing financial firms so that taxpayers aren’t forced into another unfair bailout. And reform will keep our economy secure by ensuring that no single firm can bring down the whole financial system. With so much at stake, it is not surprising that allies of the big banks and Wall Street lenders have already launched a multi-million-dollar ad campaign to fight these changes. Arm-twisting lobbyists are already storming Capitol Hill, seeking to undermine the strong bipartisan foundation of reform with loopholes and exemptions for the most egregious abusers of consumers. I won’t accept anything short of the full protection that our citizens deserve and our economy needs. It’s a fight worth having, and it is a fight we can win — if we stand up and speak out together. (President Barack Obama)

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