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ABN AMRO Clearing Bank develops alternative for escrow accounts

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With this new service, every individual client of the non-bank organisation gets a bank account with the ABN AMRO Clearing Bank (AACB) via the blockchain. That way, fund flows between the organisation and its clients are included in payment processes under regular supervision, guaranteeing the required transparency. This block chain method drastically reduces administrative costs for the organisation by eliminating escrow account management costs. Fintech Nxchange is the first client to launch this solution, starting in February. Great mark... Read More »

Forbes Media Announces Launch of Forbes Benelux and Forbes Monaco

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Forbes Benelux will be published bi-monthly in English to start. In the future, it will also be made available in Dutch. Forbes Benelux will be edited in The Netherlands where it will be distributed as well as in Belgium and Luxembourg, with the initial launch in September 2018. Forbes Monaco, a new English language Monaco bi-monthly print and online edition, is scheduled to launch in June 2018. It will be accompanied by events and conferences to follow. The editorial content of  Forbes Benelux and Forbes Monaco will retain the editorial ind... Read More »

Philips named a 2017 Top 100 Global Innovator for the fifth consecutive year

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Clarivate Analytics’ (formerly known as the Thomson Reuters Intellectual Property & Science business) annual report highlights the world’s most successful organizations in terms of their active innovation through research and development, protection of intellectual property (IP), and the achievement of commercial success. Philips has been on this prestigious list for the last five years. "We are pleased and honored to once again be recognized as a Top 100 Global Innovator by Clarivate Analytics, as it underlines our commitment to innovat... Read More »

Philips and the Dutch Heart Foundation join forces to promote heart health in the Netherlands

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One of the key aims is to make the Netherlands a ‘6-minute cardiac arrest’ zone by extending a sustainable network of community first responders and AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) across the entire country. This will enable an estimated 2,500 lives to be saved each year. The partnership agreement was signed today by Floris Italianer, Director of the Dutch Heart Foundation, and Henk Valk, Market Leader Benelux at Philips, in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. This important new partnership has several key focus areas. In addition to saving... Read More »

Philips named among Top 50 global innovators

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The Boston Consulting Group 2018 survey is a recognition of companies that have successfully executed the shift to digital innovation by building digital technologies into their global innovation programs. Given this context, the ranking underlines the transformation of Philips into focused health technology company aimed at bringing meaningful digital health innovations to people and health systems worldwide. For the survey, BCG interviewed senior global innovation executives and studied Philips’ performance in the marketplace. ... Read More »

Forbes Announces First-Ever “Under 30 Summit Europe” in Amsterdam

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Forbes announced today that it will be hosting the first-ever Forbes Under 30 Summit Europe in Amsterdam, on 5-7th September 2018. Building from the success of the Under 30 Summit EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa), which has taken place in Israel for the past two years, the European edition of the franchise will bring together around 300 of the region’s most influential young changemakers, as culled from the Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe lists. The Under 30 Summit Europe represents a new regional chapter for the iconic franchise, foll... Read More »

Using TensorFlow to keep farmers happy and cows healthy

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Connecterra means “connected earth.” We formed the company based on a simple thesis: if we could use technology to make sense of data from the natural world, then we could make a real impact in solving the pressing problems of our time. It all started when Yasir moved to a farm in the Netherlands, near Amsterdam. We had both spent many years working in the technology industry, and realized that the dairy industry was a sector where technology could make a dramatic impact. For instance, we saw that the only difference between cows that produc... Read More »

Lufthansa regains place as Europe’s biggest airline from Ryanair

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The Lufthansa group as a whole carried 130 million passengers last year, it said on Wednesday. The equivalent figure from Ryanair was 129 million, meaning Ryanair slips behind Lufthansa after overtaking it in 2016. Lufthansa has grown rapidly, having taken over Brussels Airlines at the end of 2016 and aiming to grow its budget brand Eurowings to become Europe’s third largest point-to-point carrier. The group, which also includes Swiss and Austrian Airlines, has also benefited from the collapse of German rival Air Berlin in the latter part of 20... Read More »

The Netherlands Can Feed the World. Here’s Why It Shouldn’t

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Recently, National Geographic published an article called “This Tiny Country Feeds the World,” where the author extolled the innovations of a small European country that has managed to become a global powerhouse in agriculture and technology—the Netherlands. Now the second biggest exporter in value of agricultural products after the U.S., the country has managed to cut down carbon emissions and its use of fertilizer and pesticides while implementing cutting-edge technology and increasing yields. The article opens with a vivid description of ... Read More »

Europe’s largest pension fund to drop tobacco and nuclear weapons investments

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Owen Walker YESTERDAY Europe’s biggest pension fund, ABP of the Netherlands, plans to ax tobacco and nuclear weapons from its investment portfolio. The €405bn scheme joins a growing list of institutional investors in shunning stocks they deem harmful to the environment and to human health. The industry-wide fund, which manages money on behalf of 2.9m members, said on Thursday it will sell €3.3bn of tobacco and nuclear arms industry holdings in the next year. “Investments in tobacco and nuclear weapons have been a dilemma for us for quite some t... Read More »

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