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Le avventure di Washington Black di Esi Edugyan

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 7 giugno 2019

Barbados, 1830. George Washington Black, detto Wash, ha undici anni quando muore il suo primo padrone. Nessuno, nella piantagione di Faith, lo rimpiange; nei campi gli schiavi si limitano a chinare la testa, piangendo per se stessi e per l’imminente vendita della proprietà.Diciotto settimane dopo, tuttavia, alla testa di una carovana di carrozze coperte di polvere, a Faith si presenta il nipote del defunto proprietario: le ciglia pallide e la pelle di un biancore simile al pane crudo, a Erasmus Wilde, questo il nome dell’uomo, basta una sola, gelida occhiata per terrorizzare gli schiavi che assistono, impotenti, al suo ingresso nella casa padronale.Per Wash l’arrivo di Erasmus Wilde muta ogni prospettiva, soprattutto quando il nuovo padrone decide di cederlo come valletto al fratello minore, il bizzarro Christopher Wilde, che tutti chiamano Titch.
I capelli che gli arrivano alle spalle e gli occhi ombreggiati da folte sopracciglia, Titch si è insediato nella vecchia casa del sorvegliante, un lungo edificio basso nel mezzo della foresta, disabitato da anni e su cui, nella piantagione, si bisbigliano le più atroci storie dell’orrore. Quando ne varca la soglia, Wash è pronto al peggio, ma deve ricredersi: Titch si rivela ben diverso dall’uomo malvagio e animato da cattive intenzioni che ha immaginato fino a quel momento. Al contrario, con stupore Wash scopre di trovarsi al cospetto di un naturalista, uno scienziato e un brillante inventore al lavoro su uno strano e misterioso marchingegno: un Nemboveliero, ovvero un pallone aerostatico ancorato a una navicella di vimini e legno, con due prue e i remi che vogano sospesi nell’aria.
Presto Wash verrà introdotto in un mondo di straordinarie idee, in cui una macchina volante può trasportare un uomo attraverso il cielo, dove un ragazzo nato in catene può abbracciare una vita di dignità e libertà e dove due persone, separate da classi sociali distinte, possono vedersi solo come esseri umani. Ma un grave fatto accaduto nella piantagione cambierà di nuovo tutte le carte in tavola, costringendo Titch e Wash a una precipitosa e rocambolesca fuga proprio a bordo del Nemboveliero.
Dai campi di canna da zucchero dei Caraibi a un remoto avamposto nell’Artico, dalla movimentata vita londinese fino all’infuocato deserto del Marocco, Le avventure di Washington Black è «un ritratto straziante della schiavitù, ma anche una storia d’avventura mozzafiato. Un romanzo storico epico che ha molto da dire sui tempi in cui viviamo» (The Guardian).
Esi Edugyan si è laureata in scrittura creativa alla University of Victoria e alla John Hopkins University. I suoi lavori sono apparsi in diverse antologie tra cui la Best New American Voices 2003. Questo suono è una leggenda è il suo secondo romanzo.

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Washington Federal Promotes Bryan Lutz as Its New Northern Washington Regional President

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 7 gennaio 2018

washingtonWashington Federal, Inc. (NASDAQ: WAFD) today announced that effective February 2, 2018, Bryan Lutz will lead its Northern Washington Region as Senior Vice President and Regional President. Tom Kenney, its current Northern Washington Regional President, is retiring effective February 2, 2018, after serving in this capacity over the last eight years. Bryan is well known to many of Washington Federal clients as he has been serving as one of the bank’s division managers since 2012.Washington Federal President & CEO, Brent Beardall, said, “We are pleased to see Bryan step up to this well-deserved leadership role. Our Washington roots go all the way back to 1917 with our original branch in Ballard, Washington. Over the decades, via both organic growth and acquisition, Washington Federal’s presence north of Seattle has grown steadily. Today, the Northern Washington Region is one of our top performers, with forty-four retail offices, $1.2 billion in deposits, and $1.35 billion in loans. I am confident Bryan is the right leader to continue to grow our customer base, raise our visibility and take us to the next level.
Effective February 2, 2018, Bob Peters, Washington Federal’s Executive Vice President and Group Manager of Commercial Banking will lead the commercial banking teams in Bellingham. Peters has more than thirty years of commercial banking experience in the Puget Sound area and is familiar with many of the bank’s commercial clients and prospective clients. Both Grace Peschek, Vice President and Division Manager, and Jonathan Ensch, Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager, as well as the other commercial bankers based in Bellingham, will be reporting to Peters.Prior to joining Washington Federal in 2008, Lutz held mortgage leadership positions with several financial institutions in the Northwest and Midwest. In 2010, Bryan assumed leadership of Washington Federal’s Tucson, Arizona Retail Banking Division as Vice President and Division Manager. After two very successful years in Tucson, Lutz returned to Western Washington to assume the role of Senior Vice President and Manager of Washington Federal’s Mid-Sound Retail Banking Division. Under his leadership, the division was consistently one of the top producing divisions of the bank.Washington Federal is a national bank that operates 237 branches in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Texas, Nevada and New Mexico. Publicly traded since 1982, the bank recently marked its 139th consecutive quarter of paying dividends. Washington Federal provides consumer and commercial deposit accounts, financing for small to middle market businesses, commercial real estate and residential real estate, including consumer mortgages, home equity lines of credit and insurance products through a subsidiary. As of September 30, 2017, the Company reported $15.3 billion in assets, $10.8 billion in deposits and $2 billion in stockholders’ equity.

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Delegation to Washington: data protection, e-evidence, counterterrorism, cybercrime and immigration

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 17 luglio 2017

washingtonA delegation of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee, led by Chairman Claude Moraes (S&D, UK), will travel to Washington D.C. from 17 to 21 July 2017. This delegation is a continuation of previous missions carried out by the LIBE Committee since 2012 and, in particular, the last one in 2016. The objective of the visit is to obtain up-to-date information on the state of play and progress in the US on major topics which fall within the remit of the LIBE Committee. Several meetings with US authorities (e.g. Departments of State, Justice, Treasury, Homeland Security, Commerce, Federal Trade Commission) Congress representatives, stakeholders, academics and civil society are scheduled.The scope of the mission focuses on matters which directly affect EU-US relations in the field of justice and home affairs, more specifically, topics related to the protection of personal data (EU-US Privacy Shield and its implementation by the US, digital privacy and electronic communications, law enforcement), cybercrime, counterterrorism, radicalisation, immigration (ESTA Programme) and protection of victims.

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ACS journals are again among the most cited in chemistry; flagship journal achieves best Impact Factor ever

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 16 giugno 2016

washingtonWASHINGTON. The peer-reviewed journals of the American Chemical Society (ACS) are once again the most-cited and/or most-impactful scientific journals in 14 scientific categories, including six core chemistry categories, according to the 2015 Journal Citation Reports® (JCR)*, released on Monday, June 13, by Thomson Reuters. The citation-based rankings, which measure the influence and impact at both the journal and category levels, underscore the depth, breadth and quality of the research published across the Society’s preeminent portfolio of journals.The 2015 JCR affirmed the continued high impact and scientific importance of ACS’ oldest and most renowned peer-reviewed journal — the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS) — as a forum for publishing essential, fundamental research of perceived significance. JACS achieved its highest-ever Impact Factor at 13.038, and ranked ahead of both Wiley and the German Chemical Society’s Angewandte Chemie (11.709), as well as the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Chemical Science (9.144). JACS continues to be the Society’s flagship publication, as the most-cited peer-reviewed journal in chemistry, with more than 500,000 total citations in 2015, up 3 percent from 2014.Two-thirds of the 46 ACS journals featured in the report had a JCR Impact Factor of 4.0 or higher, with a Society portfolio median of 4.820. Seventeen journals posted their highest Impact Factors ever. In total, ACS journals were cited more than 2.76 million times in 2015, up from 2.6 million citations in 2014, for an increase of 6 percent. Despite publishing only 6 percent of the journals reviewed in the chemistry category, ACS journals are responsible for over 30 percent of the citations (over 2 million), an indicator of their high relevance and value to chemists and the research libraries that support them.
New ACS journals that were eligible for review by Thomson Reuters for the first time received strongly competitive inaugural Impact Factors, illustrating the value ACS adds to the dissemination of quality research in new or emerging fields of science. ACS Photonics achieved an impressive Impact Factor of 5.404, ranking as one of the top 10 journals in the Optics category. Environmental Science & Technology Letters received an Impact Factor of 4.839, making the top 10 list for the Engineering, Environmental category. This significant ranking reaffirms the success and impact of the journal’s parent journal, Environmental Science & Technology, which saw an increase in its Impact Factor to 5.393.”I am delighted to see the impressive increases in Impact Factor for ACS journals; this is a direct reflection on the dedication and commitment of our journal editors, editorial boards and referees,” said James Milne, Ph.D., senior vice president, Journals Publishing Group of ACS Publications. “ACS journals are synonymous with high quality, high impact and unparalleled global readership. Coupled with some of the fastest publication times, one can see why researchers submit their best work for publication in our internationally acclaimed titles. I’d like to thank our authors, editors and referees for their continued support in making ACS journals the premier publications in their fields.”
ACS Publications, a division of the American Chemical Society, is a nonprofit scholarly publisher of nearly 50 peer-reviewed journals and a range of eBooks at the interface of chemistry and allied sciences, including physics and biology. ACS Publications journals are among the most-cited, most-trusted and most-read within the scientific literature. Respected for their editorial rigor, ACS journals offer high quality service to authors and readers, including rapid time to publication, a range of channels for researchers to access research via the Society’s award-winning web and mobile delivery platforms, and a comprehensive program of open access options for authors and their funders. ACS Publications also publishes Chemical & Engineering News — the Society’s news periodical for the global chemistry enterprise, covering science and technology, business and industry, government and policy, education and employment aspects of the chemistry field. The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With nearly 157,000 members, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences.

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USA: Coordinamento consolare italiano

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 20 ottobre 2015

washingtonL’On. Fucsia FitzGerald Nissoli ha partecipato, presso l’Ambasciata italiana a Washington, alla tradizionale riunione annuale di coordinamento consolare, indetta dall’Ambasciatore Bisogniero, con i Capi degli Uffici consolari, i Presidenti dei Comites, i Direttori degli Istituti di cultura e i neo eletti membri del CGIE. In questa occasione preziosa per capire i problemi dei connazionali in Usa, l’on. Nissoli è intervenuta dando un contributo al dibattito partendo dalla propria attività parlamentare e richiamando il suo impegno per la scuola italiana all’estero. Infatti, ha ricordato che “recentemente, è stata approvata la riforma della scuola italiana, la cosiddetta “buona scuola” dove è stato approvato anche un mio emendamento, molto semplice, ma che rivoluziona il sistema di promozione e diffusione della lingua e della cultura italiana; dopo parecchio tempo, pertanto sarà istituita una cabina di regia da parte dei soggetti coinvolti nella promozione scolastica nel mondo, per cui i ministeri degli Esteri e dell’Istruzione dovranno coordinarsi e garantire insieme una efficace sinergia degli strumenti di promozione della nostra lingua nel mondo, nell’esercizio di quell’autonomia e della flessibilità che saranno prassi in Italia e che potranno trovare anche una migliore e più efficace applicazione all’estero. Poi, qui in Usa, il Programma Advanced Placement ha raggiunto ottimi risultati grazie all’impegno ed al lavoro dell’Ambasciatore e del CGIE”. Infatti, grazie a questi programmi i tanti figli di italiani che vivono in Usa hanno avuto la possibilità di conoscere meglio le proprie radici; concordemente a quegli studi pedagogici che hanno dimostrato che conoscere la lingua di origine serve ad uno sviluppo psicofisico più armosioso e contribuisce ad una migliore integrazione nei territori di accoglienza. Un aspetto importante, quindi, anche per i tanti figli di italiani che vivono in Usa.“Un altro punto – ha riferito l’on. FitzGerald Nissoli – di cui si è discusso riguarda le problematiche che si affrontano sul campo, soprattutto per la ricerca di risorse finanziarie locali e per la ricerca di soluzioni adeguate per venire incontro alle nuove esigenze di lingua e cultura italiane dei nostri connazionali di seconda, terza e quarta generazione, arrivando a proposte operative che tengano effettivamente conto della domanda di lingua e cultura italiana proveniente dalle diverse realtà geografiche, in tutte le sue diversificazioni e specificità. In questo, è fondamentale il contributo dei Comites e dei Consolati in un atteggiamento dialogico e costruttivo ed aperti al contributo dell’associazionismo e delle tante realtà della società civile operanti su questo territorio”. Infine, l’on Nissoli, ha evidenziato, con soddisfazione, il clima di dialogo costruttivo che si è venuto a creare durante la riunione auspicando che continui così anche in futuro”.

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Washington la cerimonia del Premio Eccellenza Italiana

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 16 ottobre 2015

washington l’evento si svolgerà sabato 17ottobre alle 12 al Cafè Milano, il ristorante più amato dai Presidenti degli Stati Uniti. L’incontro precederà di qualche ora il Gala 2015 della NIAF. Il premio, presieduto da Santo Versace, ha nella sua giuria personalità italiane come l’ex Ministro degli Esteri ed ex Ambasciatore a Washinghton Giulio Terzi di Sant’Agata, il critico d’arte e giornalista Philippe Daverio, il guru della nutrizione e docente alla Sapienza Luca Piretta e l’armatore Salvatore Lauro e personalità italo americane che vivono la realtà degli Stati Uniti d’America, diffondendo il loro radicato valore e la loro passione per l’Italia nel mondo. Il premio è patrocinato dall’Asmef, presieduta da Salvo Iavarone, che quest’anno con il programma istituzionale delle Giornate dell’Emigrazione giunge alla decima edizione.
L’evento precederà di poche ore il Gala 2015 dalla Fondazione NIAF nel quale quest’anno sarà premiato anche il proprietario del Cafè Milano, l’imprenditore Franco Nuschese.
“Il Premio Eccellenza Italiana” – afferma Massimo Lucidi – “è per chi crede e per chi lavora con entusiasmo, per chi nonostante le difficoltà e le delusioni sorride al futuro, perché lavora con il prossimo e per il prossimo. Tanti di questi sono gli italiani in Italia e nel mondo.Il Premio accende i riflettori su persone, prima di tutto, ma anche Aziende, Stili e Profili che danno un contributo significativo al cambiamento culturale e sociale affermando i contenuti propri del Made in Italy: cultura, benessere, bellezza, eleganza, passione, innovazione. I valori più espressivi e unici dell’italianità.
Il Premio quest’anno conferma la buona stella dal momento che i premiati hanno realtà in forte sviluppo e che alimentano percorsi di crescita e di best practice per il territorio.”E’ il caso del vincitore 2015 della sezione Industria il Gruppo Caffo . L’azienda di Limbadi a pochi passi da Capo Vaticano che festeggia quest’anno il Centenario, e’ una realta’ industriale internazionale che non produce solo l’Amaro del Capo il piu’ bevuto e apprezzato tra gli Amari italiani, ma tanti distillati di eccellenza che coniugano tradizione e innovazione, rendendo unici i prodotti distribuiti in tutto il mondo. Un’azienda capace di competere adoprando le armi della comunicazione e del marketing dopo aver consolidato un’ampia gamma di prodotti tipici e grappe. Il Gruppo Caffo e’ strutturato con una societa’ basata in New Jersey e con dipendenti della struttura commerciale che fanno riferimento ad Alessio Pane vice presidente della Caffo Beverage.Premio Eccellenza Italiana per la moda alla Doratex spa, l’azienda della Famiglia Ferrari nella bassa bresciana, nata oltre 50 anni fa per sviluppare una maglieria di grande qualita’. Un esempio di stile e raffinatezza che sviluppa piu’ marchi quali Gio Ferrari, Andrea Fenzi e Cristiano Fissore. Ed e’ con il suo marchio di punta Andrea Fenzi che Doratex vince il Premio Eccellenza Italiana per la prima volta nella sezione moda, convincendo in primis il suo presidente Santo Versace per due aspetti. Doratex sapientemente guidata dal Commendatore Mario Ferrari, dalla moglie Ester Tonon e dal figlio Cesare sono azienda total look per uomo giovane e sportivo ma pure in considerazione della continua capacita di conventirsi alle diverse esigenze dei mercati globali, hanno dimostrato una grande capacita’ manageriale e solidita’ finanziaria. Estro e management migliore premessa per crescere.
Il premio alla cultura 2015 assegnato alla Villa greco romana di Casignana: siamo a Bianco un lembo di terra in provincia di Reggio Calabria che valorizza il vino Greco di Bianco… in pratica tra un ambiente ancora incontaminato, una villa romana con mosaici conservati e recuperati con un corposo intervento sostenuto dall’Europa e con tanti produttori locali capaci di ripercorrere quella produzione di vino doc unico per storia e gusto. Un vino dolce ottimo dopopasto, col fascino di avere una storia millenaria. Ma se questo e’ possibile lo si deve a una visione di progetto che ha distinto tanti volontari e una famiglia in particolare i Crino’ che vuoi come Sindaco, Parlamentare, consigliere regionale, due fratelli Franco e Pietro hanno saputo animare il territorio.
Nuro Efis vince il Premio Eccellenza Italiana sezione start up per un innovativo sistema di volo messo a punto da una giovane squadra di ingegneri capitanati dall’entusiasmo di un fiscalista internazionale del calibro di Giuseppe Nucera che interverra’ personalmente a Washington anche per ritirare il Premio nella sezione Innovazione alla societa’ Seim System di Giovanni Sabetti. Peraltro aziende che hanno cominciato grazie al Premio anche a lavorare assieme. segno davvero di come il premio eccellenza italiana serva a raccontare l’Italia del merito e a creare un produttivo networking.
Il Premio per l’internazionalizzazione delle imprese sarà assegnato al Presidente del Gruppo Pmi Estero di Ance (Associazione Nazionale Costruttori Edili) Gerardo Biancofiore per l’impegno profuso nell’internazionalizzazione delle imprese italiane di costruzione attraverso un innovativo metodo che affianca le aziende in ogni fase dell’approccio ai mercati di sbocco: dall’informazione e dalla consulenza su servizi finanziari e assicurativi fino alla partecipazione a missioni selettive, scelte sulla base di una puntuale valutazione delle potenzialità offerte dal Paese di riferimento.”La presenza di Cristoforo Pignata- continua Lucidi- imprenditore italiano che sta investendo a Miami e patron del prestigioso Puntino Restaurant sulla Lincoln Road di Miami Beach è segno di crescita del Premio: i Comitati Italiano e Americano stanno progettando numerose iniziative culturali collaterali al Premio, non solo nomination dunque a Miami, ma anche un evento d’arte dal 3 al 6 dicembre in occasione di Miami Art Basel. Gli organizzatori riservano un particolare ringraziamento agli imprenditori come il fondatore della Diesel Renzo Rosso che da Miami hanno fatto squadra e supportano gli eventi.”

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Sustained income growth of bottom 40 percent crucial to boosting shared prosperity in Emerging Europe and Central Asia

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 12 aprile 2014

World_BankWASHINGTON. Countries in Emerging Europe and Central Asia have done relatively well in ensuring that their populations have shared in overall prosperity, but progress has been uneven and its long-term sustainability is under question, according to a new World Bank report launched today during the World Bank / International Monetary Fund Spring Meetings. Shared Prosperity: Paving the Way in Europe and Central Asia says that the average income of the bottom 40 percent of the income scale across the entire region increased by 3.8 percent, about 20 percent more than average income growth at the national level, between 2005 and 2010. However, this growth was not distributed equally across countries. “Since the turbulent transition period of the 1990s, the countries of Emerging Europe and Central Asia have made remarkable overall economic progress, but nevertheless, many people have been left behind in terms of income growth,” said Laura Tuck, World Bank Vice President for Europe and Central Asia, at the report launch. “A combination of new analytical thinking followed by appropriate policy action will be required if we are to effectively boost shared prosperity for future generations in the region.” In countries such as Albania, Croatia, Georgia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Serbia, many people in the bottom 40 percent have not only been excluded from GDP growth, but they have seen their income levels decline. “To better inform the policy agenda, we need a deeper understanding of the range of factors that influence growth opportunities for the bottom 40 percent,” Tuck added. “This report sets the stage for an ambitious new approach to analyzing complex issues such as income generation, distribution and access to education, employment, and markets in countries across Emerging Europe and Central Asia.” The report highlights several countries in the region where the bottom 40 percent have had contrasting experiences. Kazakhstan and Georgia, for example, experienced income growth of about 4 percent from 2005 to 2010, yet the bottom 40 percent in Kazakhstan saw positive income growth of 6 percent, while the bottom 40 percent in Georgia saw negative income growth of -1 percent. “The reasons behind this disparity are complex, but our report looks in particular at access to and ownership of assets such as human, financial, and social capital,” said Hans Timmer, World Bank Chief Economist for Europe and Central Asia. “The lack of opportunity or the inability to earn a steady income, own property or land, or gain a better education often characterize people who do not experience sustained increases in their incomes. Our report analyses the fundamental factors affecting shared prosperity and proposes a framework to develop appropriate policies.” The framework is based on an asset approach to measuring the capacity of the bottom 40 percent to generate income. This approach looks at the accumulation and use of assets, such as financial capital, property, and education, the yields on those assets, and transfers. The opportunity to acquire, build up, and use assets, along with increased access to markets and more effective public and private transfers can enable individuals in the bottom 40 percent to both benefit from and contribute to economic growth, argues the report. Ultimately, the report offers a framework that encourages a more balanced approach to development policy – combining the pursuit of economic growth with a concern for equity – and it argues that policy design viewed through the lens of shared prosperity will enable more inclusive and sustainable growth for the bottom 40 percent in countries across Emerging Europe and Central Asia and beyond.

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World Bank Group Invests in Energy Trade between Central Asia and South Asia

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 9 aprile 2014

World_BankWASHINGTON. The World Bank Group’s Board of Directors today approved US$ 526.5 million in grant and credit financing for the Central Asia South Asia Electricity Transmission and Trade Project (CASA-1000) for four countries: Afghanistan, Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, and Tajikistan. CASA-1000 will build more than 1,200 kilometers of electricity transmission lines and associated sub-stations to transmit excess summer hydropower energy from existing power generation stations in Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic to Pakistan and Afghanistan. The project will finance the engineering design, construction, and commissioning of transmission lines and three new converter stations. The power generation stations that provide the energy to be traded over CASA-1000, including Toktogul in Kyrgyz Republic and Nurek in Tajikistan, are already in place – and in Tajikistan currently “spill” or waste the hydropower energy during summer months. This transmission infrastructure project will put in place the commercial and institutional arrangements as well as the infrastructure required for 1,300 megawatts (MW) of sustainable electricity trade. The total project cost is estimated at US$ 1.17 billion, and several other development partners will provide financing for CASA-1000, including the Islamic Development Bank and United States Agency for International Development. In addition to the infrastructure investments, the World Bank Group will also provide country-specific community support programs through a Multi-Donor Trust Fund and the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund. These programs will help improve livelihoods in communities living along the project corridor and facilitate revenue-sharing. An Inter-Governmental Council has been established to supervise the design and implementation of these programs. “These four countries are demonstrating strong regional cooperation by addressing their energy challenges together,” said Sri Mulyani Indrawati, World Bank Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer. “CASA-1000 is a transformational project that will give a much-needed boost to energy security, improved connectivity and trade across two regions at a critical time.” Nearly 400 million people in South Asia lack reliable access to electricity. Businesses cite energy shortages as one of the most binding constraints to their operation, expansion, and job creation. Both Afghanistan and Pakistan rely heavily on oil for power generation. Cleaner and affordable electricity imports from Central Asia will enable improved service, reduce shortages over the critical summer period, and lessen the financial pressure of fuel imports. The Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan have abundant hydropower, but power generation capacity exceeds national needs during the summer and is insufficient during the winter. Exporting surplus electricity during the summer will help the two countries generate the revenues they need for priority energy sector investments, particularly to cover energy shortages during the winter. The sale of Tajik electricity through CASA-1000 will come exclusively from existing surplus generation from May to September in order to maintain the seasonal pattern of water flows and winter power generation. The commercial and operating framework for CASA-1000 is specifically based on “open access” principles which will allow additional energy supplying countries to connect with wider regional transmission networks. CASA-1000 will enable the development of the Central Asia South Asia Regional Electricity Market (CASAREM) – a long-term plan for regional energy trade. “There is too little trade among these regions today and opportunities are being missed. CASA-1000 is just one of several important regional energy initiatives that can help strengthen economic ties while improving the energy situation,” said Philippe Le Houérou, Vice President for South Asia. Of the total project financing, Afghanistan will receive US$ 316.5 million in the form of an IDA grant; Pakistan will receive $120 million in IDA credit; Kyrgyz Republic will receive $45 million in IDA grant and credit; and Tajikistan will receive $45 million in grant financing. “CASA-1000 can help improve performance in the transportation, telecommunications, and industrial sectors – all of which are critical elements of a functioning economy and all of which depend on electricity,” said Laura Tuck, World Bank Vice President for Europe and Central Asia. “Improvements in the transparency of revenue management will be implemented by the Central Asian countries, demonstrating their commitment to improving the performance of their energy sectors.”

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ACS Capitol Hill briefing – Bio-based feedstocks

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 14 dicembre 2013

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WASHINGTON, Petrochemical innovations of the twentieth century gave us synthetic materials like nylon, plastics, and composites with a wealth of applications. With today’s refined understanding of synthetic methods chemists have begun to generate products from biological starting materials. Often inspired by green chemistry, bio-based products are now hitting the market. Many bio-based products can exceed their petrochemical-based counterparts in cost savings, superior properties, durability, and recyclability. This panel will discuss corn-, soy-, and other bio-based materials spanning the agricultural, automotive, coatings, and textile industries.Moderator: Stephen Ritter, Ph.D., Chemical & Engineering News Panelists:
Carrie Majeske, Ford Motor Company, Michigan
Jim Martin, OmniTech International, Kansas
Dean Webster, Ph.D., North Dakota State University
Richard Wool, Ph.D., University of Delaware
Richard Wool will be honored on Dec. 11 as a recipient of the 2013 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards given jointly by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and ACS. Wool will honored for creating several high-performance materials using biobased feedstocks, including vegetable oils, chicken feathers, and flax to produce a range of products such as adhesives, composites, foams, a leather substitute, and even computer circuit boards.The Science & the Congress Project was established in 1995 to provide a neutral and credible source of scientific information targeted to policymakers on Capitol Hill. Expert speakers are chosen to provide a balanced presentation about the topic under discussion, and their comments are independent of any position that may be held by the ACS, the sponsors of ACS Science & the Congress or its co-hosts. For more information, click here.
The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 163,000 members, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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ACS Capitol Hill Briefing – Leak-Proofing the Innovation Pipeline

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 15 novembre 2013

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English: The American Chemical Society Building, also known as the Clifford and Kathryn Hach Building, located at 1155 16th Street, N.W., in downtown Washington, D.C. Built in 1959 (remodeled in 1995), the ten-story, postmodern high-rise was designed by architectural firm Structural Design Group, Ltd. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WASHINGTON, The American Chemical Society (ACS) Science & the Congress Project invites news media to attend a luncheon briefing on “Leak-proofing the Innovation Pipeline.” It will be held Monday, Nov. 18, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Rayburn House Office Building, B369. Please RSVP at http://bit.ly/1b5FyDB.The briefing is sponsored by the ACS Science & the Congress Project and ACS Corporation Associates, with honorary co-host the Congressional Technology Transfer Caucus, and co-chairs U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM).Innovation drives prosperous growth, but sparking profitability requires significant investment. The innovation pipeline involves multiple factors and processes to carry an idea through development to successful commercialization. Discovery, attainment of intellectual property rights, refinement, increasingly realistic testing and market research are all essential steps in developing technologies for the marketplace. Each requires funding before the product can generate revenue. Unfortunately, the majority of potential products fail during technology maturation, which is a significant economic policy concern. The panel will explore what bottlenecks and leaks in the innovation pipeline prevent more discoveries from making it to the marketplace.

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American Chemical Society applauds Senate, urges swift passage of helium bill

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 22 settembre 2013

WASHINGTON The American Chemical Society (ACS) applauds the Senate action today in passing helium supply legislation by a vote of 97 to 2.
“ACS urges the House and Senate to swiftly conference this legislation so it can be presented to President Barack Obama for his immediate signature,” said ACS President Marinda Li Wu, Ph.D.“MRIs that image cancer tumors use helium,” said Wu. “Heart patients rely on helium for proper catheterization during surgery. It’s vital for national defense. Even scuba divers who conduct rescue operations rely on helium. If the liquid helium supply was to suddenly vanish, our society would be turned upside down.”The Senate’s urgent vote was held to stave off closure of the Amarillo, Texas, helium production facilities, which have been operated by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) under the Federal Helium Program — set to expire on Oct. 7, 2013. Availability of helium reached a critical point when BLM announced it would begin shutting the Amarillo facility down as early as mid-September, as the world’s second-largest supply in Wyoming shut down earlier in September for maintenance.Legislation is needed to permit the BLM to continue operating the Amarillo helium facility until 2015, when the commodity can be privatized. ACS has supported both the House and Senate bills, respectively: H.R. 527 and S. 783 — taking the position that making sure that helium supplies are available and uninterrupted is the primary concern.The American Chemical Society is a nonprofit organization chartered by the U.S. Congress. With more than 163,000 members, ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and a global leader in providing access to chemistry-related research through its multiple databases, peer-reviewed journals and scientific conferences. Its main offices are in Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio.

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New World Bank Project in Kyrgyz Republic Will Help Improve Basic Education

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 9 marzo 2013

Washington. Today the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved financing of US$ 16.5 million equivalent for the Sector Support for Education Reform Project in the Kyrgyz Republic. US$ 9.1 million is a highly concessional credit, while US$ 7.4 million is a grant.
The objective of this project is to create conditions for improved learning outcomes in basic education. In particular, the project will work to enhance learning process and improve management and accountability of Kyrgyz schools. The project builds on the achievements of the World Bank-supported Rural Education Project (2004-2011), which supported the Kyrgyz Government’s education reforms through introduction of the efficient school resource management schemes, textbooks development and commissioning control, and national sample-based assessment of students’ learning achievements. The Rural Education Project also raised students’ test scores and distributed over 1,000,000 textbooks. “The Sector Support for Education Reform Project will directly support the Kyrgyz Government’s Education Development Strategy by increasing accountability at the school level and improving classroom learning,” says Dingyong Hou, World Bank’s Senior Education Specialist and Task Team Leader for the project. “The goal is to make Kyrgyz schools more successful, Kyrgyz teachers better teachers, and Kyrgyz students better learners.” The project will be implemented over five years by the Ministry of Education with the support of the Kyrgyz Academy of Education, regional methodological centers, local self governance institutions, and schools. The beneficiaries of the project are school students who will gain from the improved quality of education, and teachers whose teaching and mentoring skills and qualifications will be strengthened. The project will also benefit parents, and communities will have greater control over school development plans and budget formation. The World Bank’s overall mission in the Kyrgyz Republic is to reduce poverty, promote economic growth, and encourage a better quality of life. 45 percent of the World Bank’s assistance to the Kyrgyz Republic is in the form of grants. The other 55 percent is in highly concessional credits – no interest, and only a 0.75 percent service charge. Credits are repayable in 40 years, including a 10-year grace period, while grants require no repayment. The financial assistance to the Kyrgyz Republic since 1992 amounts to over US$ 1 billion, in the form of grants and highly concessional credits.

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The Panda and Kimberly Clark’s Free Pass from Greenpeace

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 18 maggio 2012

WWF claims that halting “the degradation of the environment” is one of its primary objectives. Unfortunately it appears to have done very little – or nothing – to help Kimberly-Clark, one of WWF’s chief allies and one of the world’s leading producers of paper products, clean up its act in Washington state. Last year WWF and Kimberly-Clark agreed to expand the latter’s “membership in the Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN), a WWF initiative to eliminate illegal logging and conserve the world’ s most valuable and threatened forests.” However, despite closing its facility in Snohomish County in Washington State, Kimberly-Clark is being heavily criticized for polluting a river with “toxic substances linked to cancer in humans at 15 times the level the state considers safe.” So much for protecting the environment. Looks like WWF is in bed with a business that’s guilty for, well, “the degradation of the environment.” But where on earth is Greenpeace in all of this? From Greenpeace’s history they are usually all over any business that is even suspected of releasing dioxins, let alone found to have been complicit in their release. Why is Kimberly-Clark getting a pass? According to FSC’s 2009 Annual Report, Kimberly Clark boasted that they were increasing their FSC-certified tissue fiber by some 70 percent from 2007 levels. Last year Kimberly-Clark entered into a partnership with WWF whereby the WWF panda logo would be used on the company’s materials. If competitor SCA Hygiene’s £10 million quid pro quo with WWF on the panda logo is any indication, this deal likely cost millions to Kimberly-Clark. Kimberly-Clark has also partnered with WWF on “identifying, mapping and monitoring high conservation value forests in Sumatra, Indonesia, and to develop best practices for plantation for estry in that nation,” a not so veiled attempt to render the forestry industry in that country uncompetitive. One can only presume that Kimberly-Clark’s relationship with WWF and FSC has provided them with cover from any potential blowback from Greenpeace or any other anti-development NGO. WWF and Greenpeace are again playing good cop/bad cop alliance – or in this case, dirty good cop/dirty bad cop. This just goes to show how these NGOs can be paid off, surrendering any semblance of concern about the state of the environment as long as the businesses are kowtowing to their agenda. But for how long?

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World Bank Group Continues Strong Partnership with the Russian Federation

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 22 dicembre 2011

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Washington, The World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors today discussed a new Country Partnership Strategy (Strategy) for the Russian Federation for the period 2012 – 2016. The Strategy serves as the business plan of the World Bank Group in support of Russia’s own development agenda. Following the previous Strategy, it also continues the shift to innovative modalities of engagement at the global, regional (i.e., less developed countries in ECA), and national (federal and sub-national) levels. It aligns the World Bank Group’s program with the emerging Russia’s “Strategy 2020” update and other strategic documents, which have already made progress towards a consensus view in the country. It has been designed to be a demand-driven and flexible document to enable the World Bank Group to provide a timely and sustainable response to changes in Russia’s economic priorities. A Country Partnership Strategy Progress Report in 2014 will take stock of implementation and will allow the World Bank Group, in consultation with the authorities and other partners, to make mid-term adjustments in the strategy to ensure continued alignment with government priorities.
The Strategy was prepared in close dialogue with the Government of Russia and in consultation with the representatives of federal and local governments, civil society and business communities, think-tanks, academia, and other stakeholders. The main purpose of the consultations was to discuss progress achieved during the last Country Partnership Strategy period, to identify existing successful approaches to socio-economic development in Russia’s regions, and to learn in which areas or sectors the authorities would desire the most support. The 2012 – 2016 Country Partnership Strategy will support Russia’s efforts to:
1. Increase growth and diversification through better management of public finances, improved investment climate and innovation, a stronger financial sector, better infrastructure, and more effective protection of the environment;
2. Expand human potential by strengthening skills and social services through improvements in education, health, and social protection;
3. Deepen Russia’s global and regional role related to its aspirations as a donor and the provision of global public goods; and
4. Improve governance and transparency through more accountability and better service standards in public administration, procurement, and financial management (as a cross-cutting theme).
Russia is an extremely important partner for the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), and is a country where MIGA has a long history of providing guarantees for private sector projects. Looking ahead, MIGA remains committed to encouraging developmentally sound foreign investments in Russia. It will also keep providing investment guarantees to Russian companies going to invest overseas.

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CIGI experts available for comment on IMF and World Bank Group meetings

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 24 settembre 2011

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Washington, D.C., and Waterloo, Canada Looking for expert commentary on the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group? The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) will have the following experts in Washington from Sept. 23-25 and available for media interviews:
• Thomas A. Bernes, CIGI Executive Director and former director of the IMF’s Independent Evaluation Office, and former executive secretary of the joint IMF-World Bank Development Committee
• Bessma Momani, CIGI Senior Fellow and associate professor of political science at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, author of IMF-Egyptian Debt Negotiations (American University of Cairo Press, 2006)
• Susan M. Schadler, CIGI Senior Visiting Fellow and former deputy director of the IMF’s European Department
CIGI will also have a number of its other experts available for phone or video link-up interviews via the CIGI Broadcast Studio in Waterloo, Ontario. This list of experts includes:
• Manmohan Agarwal, CIGI Senior Visiting Fellow and former senior economist at the IMF and former strategist for the World Bank’s Latin American department
• Paul Heinbecker, CIGI Distinguished Fellow and former Canadian ambassador to the United Nations
• Eric Helleiner, CIGI Chair in International Political Economy at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and co-editor of Global Finance in Crisis: The Politics of International Regulatory Change (Routledge, 2010)
• Daniel Schwanen, CIGI Senior Fellow and associate vice president of trade and international policy at the C.D. Howe Institute
• Simon Zadek, CIGI Senior Visiting Fellow and senior adviser on sustainability to the World Economic Forum

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Visita Alemanno a Washington

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 4 giugno 2011

Da domenica 5 a mercoledì 8 giugno 2011 Il sindaco di Roma, Gianni Alemanno, sarà in visita ufficiale a Washington, dove inaugurerà la mostra “Dream of Rome” alla National Gallery, con l’esposizione della celebre “Venere Capitolina”, variante romana in marmo di un originale creato da Prassitele. È la prima volta che la preziosa statua si allontana da Roma per volare negli States. La mostra fa parte di una strategia di promozione della città che prevede di portare i grandi capolavori dei Musei Capitolini negli Stati Uniti, uno dei più importanti mercati turistici per l’Italia e Roma, in un progetto elaborato in collaborazione con i Knights of Columbus, associazione americana laica cattolica. Il Sindaco firmerà poi con il primo cittadino di Washington, Vincent Gray, un “Sister city” agreement, ovvero un accordo di amicizia tra le due Capitali, e incontrerà il presidente della Banca Interamericana di Sviluppo, Luis Alberto Moreno. In programma anche un discussion lunch presso il German Marshall Fund, think tankdi rilievo, con quindici esperti di politiche urbane, federalismo fiscale, infrastrutture e mobilità, al fine di attirare l’interesse dei grandi investitori americani verso i progetti di programmazione strategica di Roma Capitale come il Progetto Millenium e il Secondo Polo Turistico. Molti i colloqui politici e istituzionali: Alemanno e la delegazione capitolina incontrerannoJ.Adam Ereli, Sottosegretario di Stato americano per gli Affari Culturali; ElizabethDibble, Deputy Assistant Secretary, presso il Dipartimento di Stato; Craig Kennedy, presidente del GMF; Richard Fishman, direttore generale dell’American Israel Public Affairs Committee; il Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Arcivescovo di Washington; WarrenMiller, Chairman Us Commission for the preservation of American Heritage Abroad. Il Sindaco visiterà inoltre il Museo dell’Olocausto, l’Heritage Foundation e altri luoghi di interesse sociale e culturale a cura dei Cavalieri di Colombo.

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