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Third Annual Industry Report

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 20 giugno 2019

WebPT, the market-leading software platform for outpatient rehab therapists, released its 2019 State of Rehab Therapy report detailing the findings from its recent industry-wide survey of more than 6,000 physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech-language pathology professionals from an array of specialties, settings and geographic locations. According to the report, the biggest challenges facing the rehab therapy industry today include provider burnout, increasingly complex payer relationships and mounting student debt.Organized into five sections — demographics, business and financials, challenges and opportunities, salary, and technology — the report presents data on job satisfaction, billing and reimbursements, revenue, practice size, patient volume, career outlook, top challenges and technology preferences. Key findings include:Within the next five years, more than 51.9 percent of rehab therapy professionals are considering a career change, with many looking to either reduce work hours or move into non-clinical roles.
As organizations get larger, they are increasingly participating — or planning to participate — in value-based payment programs. In fact, more than 25 percent of 21-plus-provider companies report that they already participate in such programs.
About 23 percent of all respondents reported being involved in a merger or acquisition within the last five years.
More than half of rehab therapy graduates will have more than $70,000 in student loan debt, and nearly 25 percent will owe more than $100,000. However, overall, students reported slightly lower levels of debt in 2019 compared to 2018, with the percentage of students owing $0 at graduation jumping from 8.3 percent in 2018 to 13.5 percent in 2019.
Nearly 80 percent of organizations require a physician referral for new patients even though some form of direct access to physical therapy is available in all 50 states.
High copays and coinsurances were the top-ranked regulatory issue in terms of impact to the rehab therapy community, regardless of respondent role, longevity or sex.

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Immigrazione: Report FdI su islamizzazione

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 23 maggio 2019

Nel 2050 con l’immigrazione incontrollata degli ultimi anni l’Europa vedrebbe triplicato il numero dei musulmani in Europa. E dal 2001 in Europa sono 729 i morti in attentati, di questi 641, pari all’88 per cento delle vittime, per mano di islamici. Sono questi alcuni dei dati più significativi diffusi oggi dalla Fondazione Farefuturo e dall’Ufficio studi di Fratelli d’Italia nel corso di una conferenza stampa alla Camera, in cui è stato annunciato il Rapporto annuale sull’islamizzazione d’Europa e la costituzione di un Comitato scientifico, che sarà presieduto dal professor Francesco Alberoni e composto, tra gli altri, dallo psichiatra Alessandro Meluzzi, da Gianpaolo Rossi, componente CdA Rai e Mario Ciampi, segretario generale della Fondazione Farefuturo.”Intendiamo come Ufficio Studi di FdI e Farefuturo, presentare ogni 11 settembre un rapporto che faccia emergere l’islamizzazione in maniera scientifica attraverso indicatori ufficiali dell’Istat e di altre agenzie demoscopiche. E la scelta della data non è casuale, spiega il senatore di FdI e presidente della Fondazione Adolfo Urso, è legata al gravissimo attacco alle Torri gemelle alla data della battaglia di Vienna del 1683 che segnò la fine dell’assedio e la sconfitta dei turchi”.Tra i dati diffusi emerge che tra gli immigrati irregolari il 78 per cento sono musulmani, con un’età media di 30,4 anni rispetto ai 43,8 di chi non è musulmano. Mentre sul piano della natalità una donna musulmana in Europa ha in media 2,6 figli contro l’1,6 delle non musulmane. E riferito all’Italia il dato delle donne italiane scende fino all’1,32.”Dai dati che abbiamo elaborato – spiega il senatore di FdI Giovanbattista Fazzolari, responsabile nazionale del programma – emerge che siamo in presenza di un processo di islamizzazione, dovuto in particolare all’immigrazione illegale, e che viene amplificato dall’età più giovane dei musulmani e dalla natalità. In particolare tra Dal 2010 al 2016 la popolazione islamica è aumenta di un terzo in Europa, 32 per cento, e in Italia nello stesso periodo è aumenta del 38 per cento. E questo fenomeno con l’attuale gestione dell’immigrazione nel 2050 porterà a triplicare il numero degli immigrati islamici in Europa. Con aumenti sostenuti in Germania del 253 per cento, del 229 per cento nel Regno Unito e in Italia del 182 per cento”.Penetrazione islamica che, come ha spiegato Nicola Procaccini, dirigente di FdI e candidato alle elezioni europee, è “effettuata in modo orchestrata dalle monarchie del Golfo attraverso operazioni di soft power orizzontale, investendo in attività culturali, e verticali, iniziative popolari come il calcio. Proprio qui, infatti, è sempre più evidente il peso degli investimenti arabi”.Sul piano delle proposte, infine, la senatrice di FdI, Isabella Rauti, vicepresidente vicario del gruppo al Senato oltre ad evidenziare l’assenza di una normativa che impedisce all’Italia di contrastare l’integralismo islamico, ha ricordato che: “Fratelli d’Italia nella scorsa legislatura e in quella in corso ha presentato una proposta di legge per introdurre il reato di integralismo islamico. Siamo in una condizione di vacatio legis non solo in Italia ma anche in Europa, che si è rivelata una incubatrice di militanti estremisti, di jihadisti, di reclutatori, di predicatori, di radicalizzatori e radicalizzati. Dobbiamo impedire la diffusione ed il proselitismo estremista e allo stesso tempo tracciando i flussi di denaro vietare i finanziamenti da parte di quegli Stati che foraggiano le correnti islamiche integraliste”.

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Best’s Market Segment Report: Growth Opportunities Abound in Hong Kong’s Health Insurance Market

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 21 maggio 2019

High out-of-pocket payments by patients at private hospitals and overwhelming demand for public health care underscores the need for further development of Hong Kong’s health insurance sector, according to a new AM Best market segment report. With the recently launched Voluntary Health Insurance Scheme (VHIS), which encourages individuals to utilize insurance protection, and the subsequent regulatory approval for more than two dozen insurers to launch VHIS insurance products, the uptake of health insurance in Hong Kong should grow significantly.In the new Best’s Market Segment Report, titled, “Growth Opportunities Abound in Hong Kong’s Health Insurance Market,” AM Best notes that while insurers are cognizant of and keen to leverage the growth potential, they must also be mindful of challenges affecting profitability and sustainability of the health insurance business. Total non-life gross premiums from direct medical insurance expanded robustly, with year-over-year growth rates rising to 11% from 4% in a five-year span (2013-2017). As direct medical products account for approximately three-quarters of the accident and health (A&H) line, A&H business now represents the largest share of domestic non-life gross premiums written, at 33% as of 2017. Despite the strong growth momentum, the A&H line of business has shown declining profitability. A&H underwriting performance has remained close to breakeven and the underwriting margin has declined sharply. Additionally, the expense ratio on direct medical insurance has continued to edge upward, to 21.3% in 2017 from 18.9% in 2013.
Intense competition on A&H business, along with rising demands for greater transparency and standardized product designs, will continue to exert pressure on underwriting profitability. AM Best considers it important for the industry to embrace a lean structure and adjust marketing and distribution strategies to lower acquisition and operational costs. At the same time, the VHIS plans present market players with an opportunity to strengthen their customer base, while gradually paving the way to upsell more profitable products.AM Best believes that insurers will pay close attention to consumer sentiment toward VHIS, and adjust their strategies accordingly. In addition, smaller market players that can find sustainable ways to refine cost structures and enhance operational efficiency while maintaining disciplined underwriting strategies likely would experience better-than-average profitability in the A&H line. Insurtech also can play an increasingly influential role in insurance companies’ customer acquisition, sales and cost management strategies.

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Roma: presentazione report su liste d’attesa e costi

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 11 maggio 2019

Roma Mercoledì 15 maggio dalle ore 10 alle ore 13 presso la sede della Cgil Nazionale in corso d’Italia 25 sarà presentato il Nuovo report sui tempi di attesa e sui costi delle prestazioni sanitarie nei sistemi sanitari regionali. Una fotografia delle condizioni delle prestazioni sanitarie in Italia, tra liste d’attesa e costi, tra pubblico e privato. Interverranno il professore Federico Spandonaro (Università di Tor Vergata e Presidente Crea Sanità), la professoressa Carla Collicelli (Ricercatrice Senior Associata Cnr Itb), Sergio Venturi (Assessore alla Sanità Regione Emilia-Romagna), Valeria Fava (Cittadinanza Attiva e Responsabile osservatorio civico sul federalismo in sanità), Stefano Cecconi (Responsabile Salute e Area Welfare Cgil nazionale) e, infine, Serena Sorrentino (Segretaria Generale Fp Cgil nazionale).

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Commission adopts a report calling on EU Member States to ratify STCW-F Convention as soon as possible

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 30 aprile 2019

The STCW-F Convention sets standards of training for personnel on board of fishing vessels and is an important contribution to the promotion of safety at sea. It contains stricter provisions for vessels of 24 meters in length or above, but it also contains important provisions on basic safety training and watch keeping applying to all fishing vessels regardless of their size.In 2015, Council Decision 2015/799 authorised Member States to ratify the STWC-F Convention in the interest of the European Union, and encouraged them to do so by May 2017. Today, the European Commission adopted a report to the Council reviewing Member States’ progress in the ratification of the STCW-F Convention.The report shows that only nine EU Member States have become Parties to the STCW-F Convention (Belgium, Denmark, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Spain).Ratifying and implementing international standards on safety and working conditions in fishing is of utmost importance to protect the lives of the more than 150 000 fishers in the EU and the livelihoods of their families. Therefore, Member States are encouraged to ratify the STCW-F Convention, without further delay.Fishing is one of the most hazardous professions in Europe and according to EMSA report on marine casualties and incidents of 2018, almost 60% of the accidents are due to human error.National regulations on occupational health and safety in fishing, when they exist, vary widely between countries. Moreover, fishing being an international sector, most of its regulatory provisions are set at international level with the aim of creating a level playing field.

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LAIX Inc. Filed 2018 Annual Report on Form 20-F

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 20 aprile 2019

LAIX Inc. (NYSE: LAIX), an artificial intelligence (AI) company in China that creates and delivers products and services to popularize English learning (“LAIX” or the “Company”), today announced that the Company has filed its annual report on Form 20-F that includes its audited financial statements for three years ended December 31, 2018 with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 18, 2019. The annual report is available on the Company’s website at ir.laix.com.The Company will provide a hard copy of the annual report, free of charge, to its shareholders and ADS holders upon written request. Requests should be directed to Investor Relations, LAIX Inc., Floor 3, Building B, Changyang Chuanggu, 1687 Changyang Road, Yangpu District, Shanghai 200082, People’s Republic of China.LAIX Inc. (“LAIX” or the “Company”) is an artificial intelligence (AI) company in China that creates and delivers products and services to popularize English learning. Its proprietary AI teacher utilizes cutting-edge deep learning and adaptive learning technologies, big data, well-established education pedagogies and the mobile internet. LAIX believes its innovative approach fundamentally transforms learning. LAIX provides its products and services on demand via its mobile apps, primarily its flagship “English Liulishuo” mobile app launched in 2013. On the Company’s platform, AI technologies are seamlessly integrated with diverse learning content incorporating well-established language learning pedagogies, gamified features and strong social elements to deliver an engaging, adaptive learning experience. LAIX provides a variety of courses inspired by a broad range of topics and culture themes to make English learning more interesting and is committed to offering a fun, interactive learning environment to motivate and engage its users.

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ABB publishes 2018 Annual Report

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 31 marzo 2019

ABB Ltd has published its 2018 annual report on its website and has filed the annual report on Form 20-F with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.The 2018 annual report is now available electronically at http://www.abb.com/groupreports. It provides comprehensive information on the company and its strategy, business, governance and financial performance.Shareholders may request a printed copy of the annual report via this link. It will be distributed when it becomes available.
ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in power grids, electrification products, industrial automation and robotics and motion, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization with two clear value propositions: bringing electricity from any power plant to any plug and automating industries from natural resources to finished products. As title partner in ABB Formula E, the fully electric international FIA motorsport class, ABB is pushing the boundaries of e-mobility to contribute to a sustainable future. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 147,000 employees. http://www.abb.com

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South Africa Tile Industry Report 2019

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 11 marzo 2019

South Africa’s tile industry is experiencing difficulties due to poor economic conditions, restrained consumer spend and limited public and private sector investment. The construction industry, on which the tile sector is reliant, is highly dependent on government infrastructure development which has been slow.Despite the tough conditions, major player Italtile grew its store network of CTM, Italtile Retail and TopT by 9% to 176 in 2018 and will open 10 to 15 more in 2019. Tile Africa, owned by London-based Norcros, has 32 owned stores and two franchise stores and added two in 2018 with plans to open a further two stores in 2019. Metrotile Europe has also increased its footprint in South Africa and neighbouring countries through local partner Metrotile SA.

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SJW Group Announces Release of 2018 Corporate Sustainability Report

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 20 febbraio 2019

SJW Group (NYSE: SJW), the parent company of San Jose Water – the largest retail provider of high-quality, safe, and reliable water service in Santa Clara County – and SJWTX, Inc., doing business as Canyon Lake Water Service Company in the Texas Hill Country, announced today it has issued its inaugural Corporate Sustainability Report, covering its industry leading sustainability measures in 2018.Some of the key accomplishments SJW Group highlighted in the report include the following:
The opening of our reconstructed Montevina Water Treatment Plant, which was recognized for its achievements in environmental design by two industry organizations;
An asset management program that drove more than $1 billion in capital investments in our communities over the last decade to continue to ensure we are providing customers with a resilient water system;
Securing a 5-year Regional General Permit to ensure that maintenance activities on the Los Gatos Creek Watershed are protective of sensitive plant and animal species while safeguarding water quality and source reliability;
Investments in leak detection technologies at San Jose Water, which have helped reduce our water loss to 7.4%, less than half the average water loss across our industry;
Investments in energy efficiency and resource management, to minimize our energy needs as we pump water throughout our system to ensure reliable water service is available to fight fires and to serve all customers whenever they need it; and
Employee commitments to our community through a mix of volunteer programs, employee-led community giving initiatives and a corporate community investment of more than $200,000 annually in local non-profit organizations that help to improve the quality of life in the communities where we live, work and serve.

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The “Intravenous (IV) Therapy and Vein Access: Global Markets” report

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 27 gennaio 2019

This report focuses on the global market for IV therapy and vein access devices and provides an updated review that includes applications in various care facility settings.The scope of this study encompasses different types of IV solutions and devices used for therapeutic purposes. this research studied and analyzed the market for key components including different types of intravenous solutions and sets (general IV solutions and sets, parenteral nutrition IV solutions and sets and premixed drug IV solutions and sets), infusion pumps (large-volume infusion pumps, syringe infusion pumps, ambulatory/disposable infusion pumps, insulin infusion pumps, PCA infusion pumps, enteral feeding pumps and implantable infusion pumps) and vein access devices (peripheral intravenous catheters and central venous catheters).This report covers associated regulatory aspects such as innovations and technological improvements (patents and approvals), latest trends, preferences and progress in the field of IV therapy. In addition, the study also covers the market projections, market leaders and market shares for the global IV therapy and vein access market.

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“Research Report on Timber Import in China, 2019-2023”

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 24 gennaio 2019

According to the report, in 2017, Russia, the U.S., New Zealand and Canada, the four largest sources of China’s timber imports, provided 64% of the total import volume of timber in China. In particular, Russia and the U.S. provided about 31% and nearly 10% respectively of the total timber imports.On August 3, 2018, China’s Ministry of Commerce announced a 5% to 25% tariff increase on U.S. exports worth USD 60 billion, including a 25% tariff increase on U.S. timber. Evidently, the Sino-U.S. trade war will have a certain impact on China’s timber import.
The domestic supply of merchantable timber has been contracting, and China’s reliance on timber imports has exceeded 50% since the Chinese government announced the prohibition on the commercial cutting of natural forests in 2017. It is expected that the international timber prices will show an upward trend in the next few years as the import volume of timber keeps rising in China.Some Chinese enterprises have begun to invest in the forestry industry in other countries, mainly Russia, to ensure a stable and adequate supply of timber. By the end of 2018, more than 100 Chinese enterprises had invested in Russia’s forestry industry with a total of over USD 2 billion – and the figures are expected to grow further.The Chinese government has few restrictions on timber import. Therefore, the Chinese market will provide global forestry enterprises with numerous opportunities in the next few years.

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A new report from Navigant Research

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 21 dicembre 2018

It examines the cybersecurity landscape for intelligent buildings and the implications of increased Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity. While smart buildings are centered around the ideas of connectivity and interactivity, new interfaces are dramatically increasing access points, providing gateways to sensitive data, and creating new vulnerabilities for building automation systems. Further, the proliferation of IoT-enabled devices and third-party entities has widened the surface area for attack, compounding the security issue by making threat detection less straightforward and more difficult to remedy. Click to tweet: According to a new report from @NavigantRSRCH, this nascent IoT cybersecurity market is expected to show steady growth as the demand for strong security solutions continues to increase.“Cybersecurity issues are expected to grow in tandem with the digital transformation of real estate through intelligent building technologies,” says Casey Talon, research director with Navigant Research. “The information/operational technology (IT/OT) convergence is a necessity for successful deployment and the use of intelligent building solutions, but in many customer organizations, these business units act in isolation. This creates gaps in human capital skill sets, resulting in infrastructure and processes that can be vulnerable to cybersecurity breaches.”Navigant Research recommends intelligent building stakeholders take a proactive approach to cybersecurity threats by determining vulnerabilities and attack vectors and educating the enterprise. Stakeholders should take a layered approach to cybersecurity, in addition to building a cyber threat alliance and continuing to strengthen their line of defense. The report, Cybersecurity Will Define Market Leaders in the Intelligent Buildings Market, examines the cybersecurity landscape for intelligent buildings and the implications of increased IoT connectivity. It analyzes several best practices and strategies that managers and vendors are taking to secure intelligent building systems. The report also provides a list of recommendations for stakeholders to integrate into their cybersecurity frameworks as they continue to build resilience against threat vectors. An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the Navigant Research website.

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Arthur D. Little (ADL) released its worldwide automotive market report

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 20 dicembre 2018

Key findings are that desire for car ownership remains strong, especially amongst the young, and that drivers are considering a dramatic switch to electric and hybrid vehicles (EVs). This will impact manufacturer and supplier engine strategies and push for faster development of EV ecosystems, such as charging solutions.Drivers are now much more willing to embrace alternative drivetrains. 58% would accept paying more for hybrids, and 50% for EVs. While the majority have petrol or diesel-engined vehicles, this could change rapidly. Of those planning to replace their car, 48% said they’d consider an EV (BEV, hybrid or plugin hybrid), 36% a petrol-engined vehicle and 12% diesel.
Klaus Schmitz, Partner with Arthur D. Little explains: “Extending our groundbreaking 2015 automotive study shows enormous changes. While attachment to car ownership remains high, meaning the overall automotive market will remain stable, the switch to alternative drivetrains and new mobility options will disrupt manufacturers, with EV driver demand exceeding currently planned capabilities and ecosystem readiness.”Trust in autonomous vehicles (AVs) has weakened – 57% of drivers would use full AVs, down from 64%. If used, 44% said AVs would replace private cars for short, urban trips and 29% replace public transport – affecting city mobility strategies. Personal data concerns within autonomous and connected driving are rising. 59% of US drivers say data security worries would prevent them using advanced autonomous driving functions.
Wolf-Dieter Hoppe, Partner with Arthur D. Little comments: “Drivers in all countries we surveyed except China are becoming much more sensitive around private data. In the long run, protecting this data will become a key competitive differentiator for manufacturers and providers of mobility solutions.” Half of respondents agreed that owning a car was important – almost the same number as in 2015, with independence, comfort and convenience remaining their top reasons. Despite the growth of car sharing schemes, a minority, even of under 30s, were registered with one. Openness to peer-to-peer sharing of private cars dropped globally, from 25% to 23%, although it grew slightly in China (42%) and the US (29%).

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Cargo Handling, Storage and Warehousing in South Africa – 2018 Report

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 9 dicembre 2018

The “Cargo Handling, Storage and Warehousing in South Africa 2018” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering. This report focuses on the loading and unloading of cargo, irrespective of the transport mode used, and the operation of storage and warehousing facilities for all kinds of goods, but excludes storage facilities operated by companies for their own use.
It examines current conditions and discusses the issues, difficulties and opportunities facing the sector. Also covered are regulatory developments and initiatives by government and local companies.The report profiles 51 companies including local subsidiaries of multinationals such as Santova Logistics, local companies operating internationally such as Barloworld and Grindrod and several state-owned enterprises which dominate the sector such as Transnet and SAA.Approximately 90% of South Africa’s international trade is moved by sea through Transnet ports in the form of containers, dry bulk, liquid bulk, break-bulk and automotives. Air freight accounts for a very small percentage of the total freight moved in, to and from South Africa.South African exports for the seven months to end-July 2018 increased by 3.6% while imports for the same period increased by 10.2%. Low economic growth, the volatile currency, poor investor confidence and credit rating downgrades will have a negative effect on the volume and value of goods requiring handling, storage and warehousing..Transnet and South African Airways (SAA) are among the state-owned entities under the spotlight in the commission of inquiry into state capture, corruption and fraud in the public sector, while SAA remains financially vulnerable.
A World Bank report reflects a significant drop in the performance of South Africa’s logistics industry based on factors including customs efficiency, quality of infrastructure and logistics services, ability to trace and track consignments and the frequency with which shipments arrive on time.South African ports are losing their competitive edge to other African ports due to their high port tariffs, congestion, berthing delays, labour unrest, equipment availability and work stoppages.

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The EU can more than halve emissions by 2030 by acting in just three sectors – report

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 7 dicembre 2018

Katowice, Poland The European Union could reduce its emissions by more than 50% by 2030 compared to 1990 by scaling up climate action in just three sectors: electricity supply, residential buildings and passenger road transport, according to a new analysis released today by the Climate Action Tracker.These three sectors account for around 60% of the EU28’s emissions. The report, “Scaling Up Climate Action: European Union” sets out a pathway for the EU to decarbonise all three sectors by mid-century, which would make its emissions trajectory Paris Agreement-compatible, and create hundreds of thousands of additional jobs, improve health, and reduce expensive energy imports. The report is the second in the CAT’s new series of analyses that identify the most promising sectoral pathways for countries to achieve Paris Agreement 1.5˚C compatibility (1). It clearly shows that the most ambitious emissions reduction pathways presented in the recently published draft of the EU’s long-term climate strategy could not only be achieved, but would also come with significant co-benefits.“Our analysis shows the EU can—and needs to—ratchet up its 2030 target to make it consistent with the Paris Agreement,” said Bill Hare, CEO of Climate Analytics. “Decarbonising electricity is the key to decarbonising the economy. The EU’s first step must be to phase out coal by 2030, and many EU member states are well on the way to achieving this.”By the middle of this year, ten of the 28 EU member states—accounting for 26% of EU coal capacity—had already set 2030 coal phase-out goals. In addition, Germany and Spain, accounting for over 39% of EU coal capacity, are both considering phase out decisions.“Why should the EU increase its action? The IPCC has clearly shown that keeping warming to 1.5˚C will reduce negative climate impacts like the extreme heatwaves, drought and flooding that are already being felt in the region. If the EU weans itself off fossil fuels, it will also reduce air pollution and premature deaths,” said Hare. New EU policies—including the binding target of 32% for the share of renewable energy in overall total energy demand—would lead to a 48% share of renewable energy in electricity generation by 2030: a good step in the right direction, but still not consistent with the Paris Agreement.“The whole of the EU needs to – and can – move faster than best players in the region: Denmark has so far been the frontrunner for scaling up renewable energy and renovating buildings, Norway for electric mobility, and Austria and Czechia for public transport,” said Prof Niklas Höhne, of NewClimate Institute.
The report concludes that the Paris Agreement 1.5oC compatible scenario would create up to 350,000 additional direct jobs between 2020 and 2030 in the electricity sector alone, particularly in wind and solar energy.To decarbonise its passenger road transport sector, the EU needs to increase the share of electric vehicles (or other emissions-free vehicles) in new car sales from today’s 2% to 100% in 2035, apply stringent CO2 emissions intensity standards for new vehicles, and increase public transport to the same kinds of levels as seen in Czechia and Austria.This means that no more internal combustion vehicles should be sold after 2035. Some member states such as Netherlands, UK, France, have adopted phase out targets around this time—others need to follow.“Road transport is responsible for 30% of the EU’s NOx emissions. Decarbonising the transport sector would not only help the EU become Paris Agreement-compatible, it would also significantly decrease the EU’s reliance on energy imports, and help reduce air and noise pollution,” said Yvonne Deng, of Ecofys, a Navigant company.With more than a third of the EU’s emissions coming from the residential buildings sector, the EU must increase both its building renovation rates and efficiency. With full electrification and phasing out fossil fuels for heating and cooling, this could result in an almost complete decarbonisation of the sector. In this sector, too, the whole of the EU needs to go further than the “best in class”—Denmark.

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AHF Echoes Call for UNAIDS to Release Report on Sexual Harassment Before Dec 11th Geneva Meeting

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 7 dicembre 2018

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) today called on the governing board of UNAIDS to publicly release the report it commissioned in response to credible claims of sexual abuse among its staff and the senior management cover-up that followed.On December 11, the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board will meet in Geneva to review the report. In a desperate attempt to suppress the report’s findings, UNAIDS has refused to publicly release the report after it said it would make it public.The so-called “independent expert panel” is supposed to present the report at the UNAIDS board meeting; however, the staff at UNAIDS is doing all it can to make sure it doesn’t see the light of day.”Sunshine is the best disinfectant, and UNAIDS needs to be disinfected from a culture that encourages sex abuse and the promotion of predators. AHF calls on the representatives of UN member states represented on the UNAIDS board which have access to the report to immediately release it prior to its next board meeting,” said Michael Weinstein, president of AIDS Healthcare Foundation. “This cover-up has lasted long enough.”The Code Blue Campaign, a group working to end impunity for sexual abuse by UN personnel, offered this on the background of the twin scandals of sexual abuse and the subsequent cover-up by UN officials:“The sexual assault investigation and cover-up that provoked public outcry about UNAIDS leadership remain outstanding. In April, Secretary-General Guterres, who appointed the top managers of UNAIDS, announced that the UN would undertake a new investigation into Luiz Loures, who has since retired. Nothing further has been heard about that reopened investigation in the more than half-year since.”

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According to the latest Salary Trends

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 24 novembre 2018

Report by ECA International (ECA), UK employees in the private sector are expected to see a real salary increase of 0.8 percent in 2019, the equivalent of almost £20 a month (£237.35 per annum) for the average worker¹ before tax. This is following a better than expected salary increase for UK workers in 2018 (0.4 percent), originally forecasted to be among the lowest in Europe at 0.2 percent.The real salary increase is calculated based on the difference between the forecast nominal salary increase (3 percent in the UK) and inflation² (2.2 percent).A significant factor which could impact these figures however, is the UK’s impending withdrawal from the EU.The annual Salary Trends Report from global mobility experts ECA International, analyses current and projected salary increases for local employees in 69 countries across the world.
The average real salary increase across Europe is expected to be 0.8 percent, unchanged from 2018, while inflation in Europe is forecast to be the lowest in the world next year at 1.8 percent on average.After employees in Ukraine experienced a -0.9 percent decrease to their salaries in 2018, the improved inflation forecast in the country means that workers look set to receive a real salary increase of 2.7 percent – the highest in Europe next year. Ukraine is also the only European country to be in the top 10 for highest real salary increases in the world next year, and the only nation outside of the Asia-Pacific region.
Asian nations once again dominate the global top twenty highest wage increases. 14 of the top twenty, and all but one of the top ten, are Asian countries.
India tops the rankings for 2019, where employees are forecast to receive a 5.1 percent real salary increase, over six times more than employees in the UK.
Although employees in the United States are forecast to receive a slightly higher real pay rise than those in the UK (0.9 percent), it still falls below the average real salary increase in the Americas which is predicted to be 1.5 percent. Inflation in the Americas remains higher than average at 3.2 percent on average, compared with the global average of 2.3 percent.
However, employees in Peru look set to benefit from the lowest inflation in the region in 2019, making it the highest salary increase expected in the Americas at 2.5 percent.
Argentina sits at the bottom of ECA’s table, with the forecast predicting a -8.7 percent decrease in the average real salary. This comes off the back of a -11.6 percent decrease in real salaries in 2018.
Kilfedder said “The bad news continues for workers in Argentina with another decrease in their real wages predicted for the coming year. The economic policies of President Macri, that were designed to reverse years of economic turmoil, have failed – resulting in an International Monetary Fund (IMF) bailout of over USD 56bn. With inflation set to remain sky-high at 31.7 percent, far outstripping salary increases, another decrease in Argentinian real salaries now looks inevitable.” High inflation continues to suppress pay increases in Africa, Middle Eastern outlook is mixed. Although employers in Egypt, Nigeria and Turkey are expected to offer among the highest nominal pay increases next year, high levels of inflation mean employees in each of these countries will likely receive real pay decreases of 1 percent, 3.2 percent and 6.7 percent respectively. However, workers in Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates are expected to see a boost in 2019 compared to this past year as inflation in most parts of the Middle East looks set to ease.Kilfedder said “The real salaries in Saudi Arabia and the UAE look set to increase to 2.0 percent and 2.1 percent respectively after a disappointing 2018 which saw a drop in salary increases for both nations. This is a result of inflation easing after a short-lived spike last year following the introduction of a 5 percent VAT in January 2018.” http://www.eca-international.com.

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Social and Governance Report

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 1 novembre 2018

Kinder Morgan, Inc. (NYSE: KMI) announced today the publication of its first, stand-alone Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) report. This report details progress in key areas and compares performance to prior years.The report highlights the company’s continued success in improving its environmental, health and safety metrics. Since 2007, KMI has published updated performance metrics monthly on its website. With a culture of safety and preparedness, the company’s performance on environmental, health and safety measures consistently outperforms industry averages, and continues to improve.The report also covers additional KMI social policies and programs. The company believes that respecting its neighbors, communities and governing bodies is instrumental in guiding how the company conducts its business. In particular, it values the diversity of culture and unique histories of Indigenous Peoples. In 2017, KMI published policies reflecting its ongoing commitment to building trust, collaboration, communication and cooperation within Indigenous communities affected by its construction and operations.
KMI believes that strong governance and management systems are important factors in the success of the business. The report details how potential climate-related risks and opportunities are addressed within the company. For more than 20 years, the company has been committed to reducing methane emissions from its natural gas pipeline assets. Over the past three years, emissions reductions have totaled more than 5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions. The company continues to develop and implement best practices in the area of methane emission measurement and reduction by working collaboratively with industry peers, agencies and other stakeholders.

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Kinder Morgan Issues First, Stand-Alone Environmental, Social and Governance Report

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 1 novembre 2018

Kinder Morgan, Inc. (NYSE: KMI) announced today the publication of its first, stand-alone Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) report. This report details progress in key areas and compares performance to prior years.The report highlights the company’s continued success in improving its environmental, health and safety metrics. Since 2007, KMI has published updated performance metrics monthly on its website. With a culture of safety and preparedness, the company’s performance on environmental, health and safety measures consistently outperforms industry averages, and continues to improve.The report also covers additional KMI social policies and programs. The company believes that respecting its neighbors, communities and governing bodies is instrumental in guiding how the company conducts its business. In particular, it values the diversity of culture and unique histories of Indigenous Peoples. In 2017, KMI published policies reflecting its ongoing commitment to building trust, collaboration, communication and cooperation within Indigenous communities affected by its construction and operations.KMI believes that strong governance and management systems are important factors in the success of the business. The report details how potential climate-related risks and opportunities are addressed within the company. For more than 20 years, the company has been committed to reducing methane emissions from its natural gas pipeline assets. Over the past three years, emissions reductions have totaled more than 5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions. The company continues to develop and implement best practices in the area of methane emission measurement and reduction by working collaboratively with industry peers, agencies and other stakeholders.
Kinder Morgan, Inc. (NYSE: KMI) is one of the largest energy infrastructure companies in North America. We own an interest in or operate approximately 84,000 miles of pipelines and 152 terminals. Our pipelines transport natural gas, refined petroleum products, crude oil, condensate, CO2 and other products, and our terminals transload and store liquid commodities including petroleum products, ethanol and chemicals, and bulk products, including petroleum coke, metals and ores. For more information, please visit http://www.kindermorgan.com.

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The Forrester Wave: Services Providers for Next-Generation Oracle Applications

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 21 ottobre 2018

The report, which assessed the 12 most significant next-generation service providers for Oracle applications recognizes that Accenture is “well-suited to those with the biggest and boldest Oracle deployments.” In Accenture’s vendor profile, the Forrester report notes that Accenture “serves end-to-end customer needs from cloud strategy to intelligent automation.” Across virtually all Oracle cloud apps, Accenture has a leading number of certified resources and client engagements.” The report also notes that “Accenture has made major investments in accelerators and platforms to help clients innovate faster and become intelligence driven”.
“As Oracle continues to pivot to cloud-based applications and offerings, the needs of customers looking to adopt these solutions are shifting. It is no longer enough to simply define a cloud strategy; instead, customers need an implementation partner with a deep understanding of business and industry challenges, experience driving business change, proven cloud expertise and a strong focus on innovation,” said Terri Strauss, senior managing director of Oracle business for Accenture. “We believe that being positioned as a leader in this report reflects Accenture’s unparalleled track record in this space — delivering innovation at scale to help our clients navigate complex business transformations and achieve tangible business outcomes.”Accenture has been one of Oracle’s leading systems integration partners globally 12 years in a row, with more than 54,000 Oracle-skilled consultants around the world who help accelerate digital transformation by implementing Oracle-based business solutions and new business processes that develop and evolve as their digital business grows. Accenture has teamed with Oracle for over 25 years and is a Global Cloud Elite-level member in Oracle PartnerNetwork. For more information on the Accenture and Oracle relationship, please visit http://www.accenture.com/oracle.

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