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Brittany Ferries: Third night free on French hotel breaks


A 3-night break to Le Mont St Michel for £118pp Hotel des 13 Assiettes, Le Val St Père, near Mont St Michel Just eight miles from the most visited tourist attraction in France, the Hotel des 13 Assiettes is surrounded by lush greenery and pretty countryside. And there's plenty to see besides the legendary mount. The bay surrounding Mont St Michel is labelled a World Heritage Site and it's easy to see why, with its rewarding walking, abundant wildlife and interesting themed tours including one to view the Banc des Hermelles, an extraordina... Read More »

Capgemini’s first Highland apprentices graduate in Inverness


Graduation certificates were presented to the eleven successful apprentices by Gordon McGuiness, Deputy Director, Industry & Enterprise of Skills Development Scotland, and by Capgemini UK Delivery Director Christine McFadyen. Today's event was also supported by Alex Paterson, Chief Executive of Highlands and Islands Enterprise, whose organisation, together with the Scottish Government and Skills Development Scotland, played a key role in facilitating Capgemini's Highland job creation and apprenticeship plans. The Rt Hon Alex Salmond, MSP... Read More »

EIB to provide PSA Peugeot Citroën with €300 million of financing for the development of low carbon technologies


This financing will be used by the Group for the programme to comply with Euro 6.2 emission standards applicable as from 2017. The €792 million programme, to be implemented in France between 2013 and 2017, reflects the Group’s on-going R&D commitment and the European Investment Bank’s lending priorities to promote sustainable development and innovation. “I am very happy to be signing this financing agreement with PSA Peugeot Citroën today,” said Philippe de Fontaine Vive, Vice-President of the EIB. ”This EIB loan perfectly illustrates... Read More »

H&M Design Award 2013 – the winning collection by Minju Kim at H&M and Opening Ceremony


As part of her overall prize, nine women’s pieces and two accessories have been developed with the H&M design team. The collection will be available from October 17 at selected H&M stores in Sweden, Denmark, the US, UK, Japan, South Korea, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany as well as online. It will also be available at Opening Ceremony in New York, Los Angeles and London, the first time an H&M collection will be sold at Opening Ceremony stores. “Creating this collection with H&M has been an amazing experien... Read More »

Pilot and crew fatigue — frequently asked questions


The EU current safety rules on pilot and crew fatigue were established in 2006 under Regulation (EC) No 1899/2006 (EU-OPS). These mandatory EU flight duty limitations and rest requirements (or "FTL") for aircrew are usually referred to as "Subpart Q"). The aim is to ensure that flight and cabin crew members perform safety functions on board of aircraft at a proper level of alertness. In a nutshell, the current EU rules require Member States, airlines and aircrew to ensure safe duty rosters. They cover, among other issues, flight duty limits ... Read More »

EIB, Banca Popolare di Vicenza and SACE: EUR 100m for enterprise growth and development


This is the first instalment of an EIB loan of up €200 million to Banca Popolare di Vicenza carrying SACE’s guarantee, which can now be onlent to small businesses to finance growth projects in external markets. At least 70% of the funding will serve to finance investment by SMEs (firms with up to 250 employees) in tangible and intangible assets as well as the working capital requirements relating to their normal productive activity. The remainder will go to projects carried out by mid-caps (firms with between 250 and 3 000 employees). The... Read More »

Exclusive negotiations for Citelum acquisition, a key player in the public lighting market


This transaction would help the Group to enhance the services it offers to local authorities and to work together more effectively to safeguard their energy future, a vital key to development. EDF could offer new responses to its local authority clients when it comes to public lighting for the design of eco-neighbourhoods. For Citelum, joining the EDF Group would represent a decisive advantage in its commitment to its development strategy. Indeed, EDF can contribute to a real long-term industrial project for the public lighting company. The ... Read More »

Sanofi and Aviesan renew their agreement to accelerate research in France


"As well as strengthening existing ties, this new agreement will allow us to explore other avenues of research," said Professor André Syrota, President of Aviesan. "Translational research combines clinical and basic research, underscoring the critical importance of linking industrial and academic expertise." Several projects under this new protocol are under discussion, including the creation of centers of excellence as part of future investments, particularly in collaboration with IHUs (University Hospital Institutes) and IRTs (Technologica... Read More »

Total and Etrion to build world’s largest solar merchant project in Chile


Total S.A. (“Total”) (CAC: TOTF.PA) and Etrion Corporation (“Etrion”) (TSX: ETX / OMX: ETX) today announced the planned construction of Project Salvador, the world’s largest solar power project based on spot market electricity (“merchant”) revenues. Project Salvador will be a 70 megawatt-peak (“MWp”) photovoltaic power plant in the Atacama region of Chile. Pursuant to the terms of the related purchase agreement, Etrion, Total and Solventus Energías Renovables (“Solventus”) will own 70%, 20%, and 10% interests, respectively, in the project. T... Read More »

GDF SUEZ bolsters its plans for marine current power in France with the signing of a partnership agreement with Alstom


This agreement is part of the strategy of GDF SUEZ to bring together all interests in a position to participate in the creation of a new French industrial sector. GDF SUEZ is thus consolidating its industrial partnerships to outfit the pilot tidal energy farm at Raz Blanchard with ALSTOM turbines in complement to the VOITH turbines. Last February, GDF SUEZ signed a first partnership agreement with VOITH, CMN, Cofely-Endel and ACE for assembly and maintenance of a pilot turbine plant at Cherbourg. Through the present agreement, the partner... Read More »

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