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UN launches decade-long initiative to promote sustainable energy for all

New York, 09/04/2014 - The United Nations launched to the business community today the Decade of Sustainable Energy for All (2014-2024), an initiative aimed at promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency worldwide, with a forum to take place annually, starting this coming June. more...


Study: Talent mismatch costs global economy USD 150 billion

Frankfurt/Main, 08/04/2014 - New research by professional services network PwC, commissioned by LinkedIn today reveals that poor talent adaptability – the inability for people to retrain for new skills or switch industries – is costing the global economy billions of dollars in lost productivity and leads to businesses wasting huge sums on avoidable recruitment costs. more...


Eurozone growth recovering

Munich, 07/04/2014 - The Eurozone recovery is expected to pick up in the first quarter of 2014. Growth is forecasted to decelerate slightly in the following two quarters. The recovery is expected to be broad based across sectors and countries and the consolidation of the upturn would be determined by a progressive improvement of domestic demand and a slightly positive contribution of the external sector. more...


OECD: Europe's reforms beginning to pay off but continued effort needed

Berlin, 03/04/2014 - Action taken by many European countries to return their public finances to health are beginning to pay off, says the OECD. The Euro area economies which emerged from the crisis with serious current account deficits are now in surplus. Debt-to-GDP ratios are stabilising and market tensions have abated. more...


More flexible visa rules to boost growth and job creation

Brussels, 01/04/2014 - Many non-EU nationals wishing to travel to the EU are often faced with cumbersome, lengthy and costly visa procedures. The proposals presented today will seriously shorten and simplify the procedures for those wanting to come to the EU for short stays, and induce more cost savings and less bureaucracy, whilst maintaining the level of security. more...


OECD: Spain's public sector reform plans on the right track

Berlin, 01/04/2014 - Spain’s planned public sector reforms should help make the country’s institutions stronger and more effective, and proposals to increase transparency and root out corruption will do much to restore public trust, according to a new OECD report. more...


Singapore and Korea top OECD’s first PISA problem-solving test

Berlin, 01/04/2014 - Students from Singapore and Korea have performed best in the OECD PISA first assessment of creative problem-solving. Students in these countries are quick learners, highly inquisitive and able to solve unstructured problems in unfamiliar contexts. more...


UN telecom head calls for real-time flight data in wake of Malaysian airline tragedy

New York, 01/04/2014 - In the wake of the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and the ongoing hunt for the plane, the head of the UN International Telecommunications Union (ITU) today committed the agency to the search for a real-time inflight communications system, drawing on new technology to help improve on the 50-year-old "black box" model. more...


A strong valve family born in Finland - Vexve Oy acquires Naval Oy

31/03/2014 - Vexve and Naval are now one strong family. The most comprehensive district heating and cooling valve family was born on 31 March 2014 when Vexve Oy acquired Naval Oy from the US based Flowserve Corporation. Acquisition to concentrate top expertise more...


A trade boycott would hit Russia much harder than the EU

Munich, 24/03/2014 - A full trade boycott by the EU would have a major impact on Russia. The EU, by contrast, would feel the effects of any boycott to a far lesser degree. “Exports to the EU currently account for 15 percent of Russian economic output. Conversely, exports by the EU to Russia account for only around 1 percent of the EU’s gross domestic product (GDP),” notes Ifo’s trade expert Gabriel Felbermayr. “That is why Russia would be far more strongly affected by a trade embargo in the short term.” more...


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amplus AG

A plus for the internet

The world wide web has continued its ascent in popularity and is considered a must in all spheres of life. It allows businesses to attract custom and new ventures to source financing. Research calls on the input of thousands of online participants. More, accessible information calls for faster and stronger internet connections, and amplus AG is up to that challenge. Nothing less than the cutting edge is good enough for the tech company.

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