Archive for May, 2014

Brazil, WWF and partners announce deal to secure world’s largest network of tropical forest protected areas

Comments Off | 05-25-2014

In a historic move, the Brazilian government, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and partners today announced the creation of a $215 million fund to ensure long-term protection of the world’s largest network of protected areas – 150 million acres of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest.
The innovative plan for sustainable funding of the Amazon Region Protected Areas [...]

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Vivendi to sell 41.5 million Activision Blizzard shares

Comments Off | 05-25-2014

Vivendi announced today that it has agreed to sell 41.5 million Activision Blizzard shares, representing 5.8% of this company’s total common shares. The price of this transaction will be announced after the closing of the book, which will take place today before the NASDAQ opening.
Following this transaction, the Group owns 41.5 million Activision Blizzard shares.
This [...]

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Ukraine Conflict and Deteriorating Investment Climate Hit Russia’s Economy

Comments Off | 05-18-2014

“While Russia could end up paying a very heavy economic price for its annexation of Crimea and its ongoing conflict with Ukraine, the negative impacts on other parts of the world, notably Europe, will also be hard to avoid”
BERLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In addition to souring relations between Russia, Europe and the United States, further escalation of Russia’s [...]

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Vivendi: completion of the Maroc Telecom sale

Comments Off | 05-18-2014

Vivendi announced today that the sale of its 53% interest in Maroc Telecom to Etisalat has been completed, as indicated in Vivendi’s May 8th press release.
The final sale price, in accordance with November 2013 agreements amounted to €4.138 billion, after price adjustments.
The sale of Maroc Telecom is part of the Group’s strategy to refocus on [...]

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TBEA SunOasis Set to Overtake First Solar as World’s Largest Solar EPC Company in 2014

Comments Off | 05-18-2014

U.S.-based First Solar delivered on expectations in 2013 to become the leading Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) company in the global photovoltaic (PV) industry, even though it is likely to be surpassed in 2014 by Chinese EPC TBEA SunOasis, according to a new report from IHS Technology (NYSE: IHS).
First Solar installed a total of 1.1 [...]

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Crown Opens Fifth Production Plant in Brazil

Comments Off | 05-18-2014

To support the continued growth of customers in Brazil, CROWN Embalagens Metálicas da Amazônia S.A. (Crown Brazil), has opened a new production facility in Teresina, the state capital of Piauí in the northeastern part of the country. Established to provide more efficient support to customers in the region, the Teresina plant will have an initial [...]

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ICE returns masterpiece linked to bank fraud to Brazilian government

Comments Off | 05-11-2014

NEW YORK — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) returned a painting linked to a bank fraud investigation to the government of Brazil at a repatriation ceremony Friday in New York. The painting was smuggled into the United States in violation of U.S. customs laws and forfeited earlier this year as [...]

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Demand for Zinc as Micronutrient in Agriculture Grows as Global Population to Exceed 9 Billion by 2050, Food Consumption to Increase 70 percent

Comments Off | 05-11-2014

“Total demand for zinc-derived chemicals is currently 1.5 million metric tons (MMT) (expressed as Zn equivalents)”
Improving diets worldwide and the need to feed the more than 9 billion people who are expected to inhabit the earth by 2050 are driving greater global demand for zinc chemicals to use as micronutrients in agricultural crops. This holds [...]

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Florida-Brazil Partnership Means Economic Growth and Jobs for Florida

Comments Off | 05-11-2014

Numbers show Brazil is Florida’s largest export trading partner, with $20.5 billion valued in trade last year— the largest amount of trade ever between Florida and a foreign country, announced the Florida Chamber of Commerce today.
“This speaks to the importance and impact international trade has on Florida businesses and families,” said Alice Ancona, Director [...]

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Global Cost of Data Breach Increases by 15 percent, According to Ponemon Institute

Comments Off | 05-9-2014

Today Ponemon Institute released its ninth annual Cost of Data Breach Study: Global Study, sponsored by IBM (NYSE: IBM). According to the study of 314 companies spanning 10 countries, the average total cost of a data breach increased 15 percent in the last year to $3.5 million Local currencies were converted to U.S. dollars [...]

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