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GE’s Power Conversion Technology to Power Seadrill’s West Mira Semi-Submersible


PARIS—May 2, 2013— GE’s Power Conversion business (NYSE: GE) has signed a multi-million dollar contract with shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) of Ulsan, South Korea. GE will supply electric power, propulsion systems and drilling drives for a new semi-submersible drilling platform HHI is building for Seadrill Ltd., which is expected to work in either the North Sea or offshore Canada. “By using our diesel electric power and propulsion technology the components like generators, drives, controlers and switchboards will be optimized to p... Read More »

India Chooses GE Power Conversion Technology to Meet Growing Energy Demands


PARIS—May 2, 2013—GE’s Power Conversion business will help India face its ever increasing electricity demand through the use of its highly efficient variable-speed drive technology, which offers greater output control, for THDC India Ltd.’s (Tehri Hydro Development Corporation), 1,000 Megawatt (MW) pumped-storage hydro power plant. The new facility is located on the Bhagirathi River in the state of Uttarakhand. This is the first pumped-storage power plant in India to use variable-speed pump turbine sets, which will provide higher power outpu... Read More »

Commission calls for cooperation to boost sustainable aquaculture in Europe


As outlined in the reform of the Common Fisheries Policy – currently under negotiation - the aquaculture industry can help fill the gap between an ever growing consumption of seafood and dwindling fish stocks. In fact, it can provide a viable alternative to overfishing and generate growth and jobs in both coastal and inland areas. In other parts of the world the industry is booming. Globally, in the EU it is stagnating, partly because of slow licensing procedures and administrative inefficiencies at different levels. “Today, obtaining a licen... Read More »

Flexible WorkStyle Consulting from Dell Services Unleashes the Power of an Innovative, Remote and Mobile Workforce


Dell provides best practice capabilities and customized, end-to-end tools and IT management necessary to help maximize the individual and group productivity of mobile and geographically dispersed workforces Flexible WorkStyle consulting draws on extensive customer and internal Dell experience to tailor anytime, anywhere collaboration and accessibility for each customer’s unique business needs   Using many of Dell’s own best practices, Dell’s Flexible WorkStyle offering delivers a range of services with the following benefits and offeri... Read More »

Wessanen acquires France Alter Eco, the leading French brand in fair-trade food products


France Alter Eco is engaged in organic and fair trade products such as chocolate, coffee, tea and juices.  Under its brand Alter Eco around hundred products are marketed in the grocery, independent stores and out-of-home channels. It has developed strong partnerships with farmers' cooperatives, based on fair trade and respect for human rights and environment. The acquisition does not include France Alter Eco's activities in North America. The company is based in Paris and generated revenue of € 16.5 million in 2012. From its foundation in 19... Read More »

Festival of Europe – European Parliament open day


To mark the Festival of Europe, the European Parliament and other EU institutions will open their doors on Saturday 4 May 2013 in Brussels and Luxembourg. The festival continues on 19 May in Strasbourg. Discover the European quarter, how Members of the European Parliament work, debate and decide together... «Because it’s about Europe, it’s about you!» In fact, 2013 has been officially named the “European Year of Citizens”. Citizens are not always aware that European citizenship gives them rights. These include the right to move and live freel... Read More »

Apple Launches iBookstore in Japan


TOKYO―March 6, 2013―Apple® today announced the launch of the iBookstore℠ in Japan featuring titles from major and independent publishers, including a great selection of books from Kodansha, KADOKAWA, Bungeishunju, Gakken and Gentosha. The iBookstore has a wide selection of emerging and established authors including Shyotaro Ikenami, Jiro Akagawa, Atsuko Asano and Ryu Murakami. The iBookstore in Japan is the best way for book lovers to browse, buy and read books on iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch®. “We’re excited to launch the iBookstore in Jap... Read More »

Apple Worldwide Developers Conference to Kick Off June 10 in San Francisco


CUPERTINO, California—April 24, 2013—Apple® today announced that it will hold its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) June 10 through June 14 at San Francisco’s Moscone West. At the five-day conference, developers from around the world will learn about the future of iOS and OS X®, enabling them to create incredible new apps with innovative features. WWDC will also feature more than 100 technical sessions presented by over 1,000 Apple engineers, hands-on labs to help developers integrate new technologies, as well as the popular Apple D... Read More »

Greenpeace paints ‘illegal’ on South Korean ship Premier in Mauritian port protest


The activists painted the word "illegal" in Korean and English on the hull of the FV Premier, owned by South Korea's largest tuna company, Dongwon Industries. Activists also held flags and banners calling the ship "criminal" in response to accusations of wrongdoing off the West African coast. The nationalities of the activists are Fijian, Taiwanese, US, Spanish, Indian, French and Italian. "There is no place in the Indian Ocean or any other ocean for illegally operating vessels like the Premier. The South Korean government must immediately r... Read More »

Greenpeace demands RSPO strengthen standards, expel rogue forest destroyers


Duta Palma has a long history of deforestation, community conflict, illegality, and non-compliance with RSPO regulations. As recently as 7 April 2013, the district parliament condemned ongoing conflict between Duta Palma and local communities, which led to loss of life this month. “Duta Palma is a textbook example of why the RSPO urgently needs to tighten its standards and enforcement. Unless repeat offenders such as Duta Palma are expelled and the standard is tightened to stop deforestation, the RSPO will be rightly seen as a toothless tige... Read More »

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