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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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US Ovarian Cancer Market and Competitive Landscape Report 2018

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 12 ottobre 2018

US Ovarian Cancer Market and Competitive Landscape – 2018, provides comprehensive insights into Ovarian Cancer pipeline, epidemiology, market valuations, product sales, market forecast, product forecasts, and market shares. This study accurately estimates and forecast Ovarian Cancer market size and drug sales. This research also provides insights into Ovarian Cancer epidemiology and late stage pipeline.The research is classified into following sections – Ovarian Cancer overview with definitions, symptoms, etiology, diagnosis, treatment options; Ovarian Cancer pipeline insights covering late stage clinical trials pipeline; Ovarian Cancer prevalence trends by countries; Ovarian Cancer market size and forecast by countries, market events, trends; product sales and forecast by countries; market shares by countries. The research scope includes the market – USA.

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The White House responds to NYT report on Trump money

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 8 ottobre 2018

By Pete Vernon. President Trump called it “old, boring and often told.” Sarah Sanders labeled it “a totally false attack, based on an old recycled news story.” Charles Harder, the president’s lawyer, threatened to sue. But when Donald Trump’s press secretary was asked to name anything in The New York Times’s blockbuster story that was specifically inaccurate, she drew a blank.
To any objective observer, the 14,000 words of deeply investigated work that rolled off the New York Times printing presses on Wednesday morning, splashed across eight pages of the front section, were nothing short of extraordinary. David Barstow, Susanne Craig, and Russ Buettner spent more than a year digging through documents and interviewing key sources to authoritatively answer a simple question: What’s the actual truth about how Donald Trump got rich? Their conclusion, presented in painstaking detail, boils down to one major source of the president’s wealth: his father. The report details how Trump, his siblings, and their father utilized dubious tax schemes, including outright fraud, and revealed that the president is far from the self-made man he has claimed to be.Despite the administration’s protests, it was packed with new information, and lauded by journalists across the industry the day after it hit the Web. David Cay Johnston, the Pulitzer-winning investigative journalist whose 2017 scoop on Trump’s taxes was at least partially responsible for getting the Times investigation started, tells me that the Times journalists went far beyond any previous coverage of Trump’s wealth. “I’ve spent years on this,” he said. “Tim O’Brien, the historian Gwenda Blair, the late Wayne Barrett—we’ve all had little pieces of this. [But] this is light years beyond where we ever got.”CJR Editor and Publisher Kyle Pope praises the Times for embracing the long game, publishing a report that “transcends the headlines of the day, focusing on an elemental, fundamental aspect of this man and this presidency that, it turns out, is even more divorced from our common understanding than we might have previously thought. It is an example of journalism as long game, a sport that more of us need to be playing.” For those who hand-wave the piece’s conclusions by claiming it simply tells us things we already knew about Trump’s business dealings, Pope offers a rebuttal: “In fact, you didn’t know it,” he writes. “You thought it. You believed it. You intuited it. But that’s entirely different from having the raw information to back your theory up, to actually show, thanks to months of hard work, how it’s true and what it means.” Explicit in the Times’s story is a criticism of previous reporting—including by the Times itself—that was overly credulous, allowing Trump to create and burnish the fiction that his wealth was self-made, the result of “a small loan” from his father and years of hard work. The reckoning with previous reporting on Trump-as-deal-maker is a story that deserves more reflection, especially from outlets like the New York Post who often served as launderers for Trump’s own tips. As the Times report makes clear, Trump was bailed out again and again by his father, supported to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars, and aside from a handful of reporters, for decades no one seemed to care.

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Greenpeace: “Ci aspettiamo che il nuovo report IPCC dimostri la necessità di azioni urgenti”

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 6 ottobre 2018

«Alluvioni, siccità, tifoni, ondate di calore sono sempre più frequenti e forti in tutto il mondo, e sono solo alcune delle conseguenze del clima che cambia», dichiara Luca Iacoboni, responsabile Campagna energia e clima di Greenpeace Italia all’apertura, in Corea del Sud, della riunione dell’Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), il braccio scientifico dell’Onu che si occupa in particolare di cambiamenti climatici.Il meeting, a cui Greenpeace partecipa in qualità di osservatore ufficiale con scienziati e delegazioni dei vari governi porterà, l’8 ottobre, alla pubblicazione di un rapporto che mostrerà ai decisori politici le possibili strade da percorrere per raggiungere l’obiettivo climatico, siglato alla COP21 di Parigi nel 2015, di mantenere l’aumento di temperatura entro 1.5 °C.«Crediamo che il report che verrà pubblicato la prossima settimana dall’IPCC – aggiunge Iacoboni – sarà un monito a tutta la classe politica: non abbiamo davvero più tempo da perdere. Possiamo limitare gli impatti dei cambiamenti climatici ma dobbiamo agire subito, abbandonare una volta per tutte petrolio, carbone, gas e nucleare e accelerare la rivoluzione energetica verso un mondo 100 per cento rinnovabile».Il report IPCC delineerà le varie possibili strade che ci troviamo davanti, poi starà alla politica decidere quale percorrere.«In questo momento così importante serve più ambizione da parte della politica, delle aziende e degli stessi cittadini, che vivono più di tutti sulla propria pelle gli impatti dei cambiamenti climatici. Con il report dell’IPCC avremo uno strumento chiaro e aggiornato su quelli che sono gli scenari per il presente e per il futuro. Ci aspettiamo che i leader mondiali che si riuniranno a dicembre in Polonia per la COP24 si schierino al fianco dei cittadini e non della grande lobby fossile», conclude Iacoboni.Alla prossima COP24, che si terrà in Polonia dal 2 al 14 dicembre, tutti i Paesi saranno chiamati ad aumentare i propri obiettivi di riduzione delle emissioni di CO2 e di produzione da fonti rinnovabili. Il report dell’IPCC dovrebbe essere lo strumento scientifico che guiderà le prossime decisioni e azioni politiche.

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Report McAfee Labs sulle minacce: settembre 2018

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 29 settembre 2018

SANTA CLARA, California. McAfee, azienda leader nella cybersecurity dal dispositivo al cloud, ha recentemente pubblicato il Report McAfee Labs sulle minacce: settembre 2018 che prende in esame la crescita e le tendenze di nuovi malware, ransomware e altre minacce informatiche nel secondo trimestre del 2018. In Q2, McAfee Labs ha visto impennarsi la crescita dei malware volti a guadagnare tramite il ‘mining’ delle criptovalute iniziata nel quarto trimestre del 2017 e proseguita fino alla prima metà del 2018. McAfee ha anche osservato il continuo adattamento del tipo di exploit di vulnerabilità del malware utilizzato nelle epidemie di WannaCry e NotPetya del 2017.Anche se meno comune del ransomware, il malware cryptomining è emerso rapidamente come elemento importante nel panorama delle minacce. Dopo essere cresciuti di circa 400.000 unità nel quarto trimestre 2017, i nuovi campioni di malware criptomining sono aumentati di un sorprendente 629%, assestandosi a oltre 2,9 milioni di campioni nel primo trimestre del 2018. Questa tendenza è proseguita nel secondo trimestre, con una crescita dell’86% dei campioni totali, pari a oltre 2,5 milioni di nuovi campioni. McAfee Labs ha identificato quelli che sembrano essere malware più vecchi, come i ransomware appena riattrezzati con capacità di estrazione mineraria.In alcuni casi, il mining delle criptovalute prende di mira gruppi specifici invece che indirizzarsi a grandi numeri di potenziali vittime. Un ceppo di malware cryptomining ha preso di mira i giocatori su un forum russo ponendosi come una “mod” in grado di migliorare alcuni giochi popolari. I giocatori sono stati indotti a scaricare il software dannoso, che ha continuato a utilizzare le risorse del loro computer a scopo di lucro.Anche se il minning di criptovalute si rivolge principalmente ai PC, sono stati presi di mira anche altri tipi di dispositivi. Ad esempio, gli smartphone Android in Cina e Corea sono stati oggetto del malware ADB.Miner per produrre criptovalute Monero.

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AIM Group International pubblica l’Annual Report 2017

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 27 settembre 2018

AIM Group International, agenzia leader nell’organizzazione di congressi, meeting ed eventi, pubblica l’Annual Report 2017 e annuncia risultati economici positivi.
I risultati più significativi raggiunti riguardano il rafforzamento del business, l’aumento della competitività in tutti i mercati di riferimento e un robusto sviluppo economico, così come previsto nel Business Plan 2015-2017 del Gruppo. Inoltre, nel 2017 AIM Group ha ampliato la base di clienti, con aziende del settore farmaceutico e non solo, e ha ulteriormente diversificato il business sia nei servizi offerti sia nelle aree geografiche raggiunte.Un altro successo ottenuto è la capacità di offrire servizi qualificati per i clienti in molti Paesi: grazie a ottimizzazioni organizzative e al new business, il network di uffici internazionali del Gruppo si è rafforzato, garantendo maggiore redditività.Per quanto riguarda, in dettaglio, i risultati economici, grazie all’ottimizzazione dei costi, all’efficienza organizzativa e allo sviluppo del business, il Bilancio Consolidato 2017 è positivo, con un EBIDTA di 2 milioni di euro e un fatturato complessivo di 87,5 milioni di euro, che superano i 100 milioni di euro includendo le società non interamente possedute dal Gruppo. «Siamo particolarmente soddisfatti dei risultati dell’EBITDA, che sono sempre stati positivi nella nostra storia e confermano la solidità della nostra strategia manageriale» sottolinea Gianluca Buongiorno, presidente AIM Group International.

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Best’s Market Segment Report

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 11 settembre 2018

The amount of mortgage exposure ceded to the global reinsurance industry continues to grow as more reinsurers partake in the currently lucrative business of covering mortgage risk. How the operating environment continues to be favorable for the U.S. mortgage industry and conducive to reinsurers taking on more mortgage risk is detailed in the new A.M. Best report, “Global Reinsurance: Optimism Fizzles, It’s Back to the ‘New Normal.” According to the report, reinsurers’ sustained appetite to provide coverage for mortgage risks is being driven mainly by the benign mortgage loss environment, the increased capital requirements for private mortgage insurers (as outlined in the Private Mortgage Insurance Eligibility Requirements) and the favorable home pricing conditions. Another key factor is the mandate by the Federal Housing Finance Agency requiring the two government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs), Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, to “de-risk” their balance sheets and reduce taxpayers’ risk by increasing the role of private capital in the mortgage market. As a result, supply and demand conditions have created a favorable outcome, with reinsurers being the beneficiaries of the insurance-reinsurance transactions of the GSEs’ U.S. mortgage credit risk-transfer programs. As of July 31, 2018, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae have transferred a combined $18.2 billion in limits to the reinsurance sector, and A.M. Best expects reinsurers’ participation in the credit risk-sharing programs to remain elevated over the next few years.The report also outlines the recent ramp-up of mortgage risk ceded by private mortgage insurers to third-party reinsures – averaging 13.2% of gross premiums written from 2016 to 2017, compared with 5.1% from 2012 to 2015 – and the emergence of mortgage insurance-linked securities (MILS) transactions for covering mortgage exposures. These MILS transactions effectively transfer mortgage exposures to the capital markets in a fully collateralized format, and as of August 2018, approximately $2.89 billion in mortgage insurance limits has been transferred to investors.Finally, the report section, titled “Reinsurance and the Speedy Road to U.S. Mortgage Risk,” outlines the continuum of “diversification benefits” achieved by the various types of reinsurers that cover mortgage risk ceded either by the private mortgage insurers or by the GSEs through their risk-transfer programs. This diversification benefit is a function of the marginal increase in Net Required Capital and depends entirely on the type of reinsurer taking such risks.“Diversification benefit is highest for well-diversified reinsurers with low-risk investment portfolios, markedly less for moderately diversified reinsurers with high-risk investment portfolios, and virtually non-existent for reinsurers that solely cover mortgage risk,” said Emmanuel Modu, managing director, Insurance-Linked Securities.A.M. Best’s criteria procedure for mortgage risk, “Evaluating Mortgage Insurance,” is available in the methodology section of A.M. Best’s website.

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