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GE Announces Date for Fourth Quarter 2018 Earnings Release and Webcast

News Machinery - Fri, 12/21/2018 - 17:45

GE (NYSE: GE) will hold a webcast on Thursday, January 31, 2019 to discuss the results for the fourth quarter ending December 31, 2018. The webcast is scheduled to begin at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Materials for the event including the webcast link will be posted to our investor website closer to the event. About GE GE (NYSE:GE) drives the world forward by tackling its biggest challenges. By combining world-class engineering with software and analytics, GE helps the world work more effi...

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Electronics Industry Turns to AMA for Integrated Circuit Support Services

News Machinery - Fri, 12/21/2018 - 16:53

Integrated circuit are used in hundreds of millions of electronic devices manufactured each year. Many of these devices are relatively simple, perhaps only consisting of a few components on a small board. However, as manufacturers continually strive to produce more feature rich devices to meet consumer demands, the creation of increasingly complex integrated circuits can lead to manufacturing challenges. - - These demands may also dictate that integrated circuits be designed to consume less...

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Citizens’ Juries – providing a neutral recommendation on voting issues

Swissinfo EN - Fri, 12/21/2018 - 12:00
In Switzerland, issues up for vote are typically complex and the interests of different parties are often difficult to decipher. One solution could be the use of a citizens’ jury whereby a few citizens are selected at random to provide a balanced assessment of voting issues for the many. The random selection of citizens is critical to ensure the independence of the jury. That is the key condition for the jury to undertake its task: to “filter” or sort through information from campaigns and political parties in order to provide citizens with neutral and correct information. At its core, a citizens’ jury should help people make decisions at the ballot box that are balanced and free from any individual or party interests. And, importantly this should be provided in a language that is clear and understandable. A widely used model in the US Citizens' juries, sometimes called panels or committees, are not a Swiss invention. They are widely used in many states in the US, providing a ...
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Green initiative gets early support, but not enough to win vote

Swissinfo EN - Fri, 12/21/2018 - 07:00
A proposal by environmentalists to limit urban sprawl in Switzerland enjoys widespread support nine weeks ahead of a nationwide vote next February. But pollsters say the chances of it being approved are slim. The initiative, launched in 2015 by the youth wing of Green Party, wants to ban new development zones under certain conditions and to promote the creation of environmentally sustainable housing areas in urban areas. They are seeking to outlaw the zoning of new construction land unless the respective surface area is compensated elsewhere. New buildings outside development zones would only be allowed under strict conditions. The initiative also calls on the authorities to promote sustainable forms for housing and jobs in urban areas. An opinion poll, carried out by the leading GfS Bern research institute and published on Friday, found that supporters have a lead of more than 30%. For detail see chart below. “Two-thirds of respondents are currently in favour of the ...
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Deere to launch Startup Collaborator program

News Machinery - Thu, 12/20/2018 - 21:06

  Deere & Company is launching the Startup Collaborator program in its Intelligent Solutions Group to enhance and deepen its interaction with startup companies whose technology could add value for John Deere customers. “Our focus for the Startup Collaborator is specifically on startups that want to work with John Deere in real-world customer environments to determine the technology readiness of their innovations,” said John Stone, senior vice president of Deere's Intelligent Solutions Gr...

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Swiss-British treaty extends worker residency rights post-Brexit

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 12/20/2018 - 15:10
The existing rights of Swiss and British nationals already residing in each other’s countries when Britain leaves the European Union will be guaranteed post-Brexit, the Swiss government has said. The deal, announced on Thursday, ends uncertainty for 77,500 British and Swiss nationals who have taken advantage of the EU freedom of movement of persons principle. But the agreement to extend residency rights only applies to people moving between the two countries while Britain remains in the EU. “The rights granted in this agreement apply indefinitely,” read the Swiss government statement. “However, the terms of the agreement do not apply for UK and Swiss citizens who move to the respective foreign country after the [EU free movement of persons protocol] ceases to apply.” The affected citizens of each country will be able to continue working as foreign nationals and provide the same services. The deal also guarantees the same social security provisions and mutual recognition of ...
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‘Swiss farmers could make a lot more money selling to the US’

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 12/20/2018 - 12:00
The American ambassador to Switzerland believes the agricultural sector has evolved to make room for a potential US-Swiss free trade deal. He also put the onus on Switzerland to move talks forward. Earlier this month, Switzerland’s outgoing Economics Minister Johann Schneider-Ammann sought a rendezvous with America’s lead trade negotiator during a trip to Washington, DC. He ended up meeting the negotiator’s deputy, which some in the Swiss press called a snub and a reason why Schneider-Ammann returned without a significant breakthrough towards formal trade negotiations. But Edward McMullen, US Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein, calls the idea of an American snub as “absurd”. With US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer called into last-minute talks on resolving the US’s ongoing trade row with China, McMullen says he “figured [the US trade office] would cancel the meeting” with Schneider-Ammann. “Just the fact that the meeting happened is representative of the priority ...
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Where the Swiss emperors lived

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 12/20/2018 - 11:21
The origins of the Habsburg family, one of the most influential in European history, are Swiss. Their castle still stands on a hill overlooking the town of Habsburg, in northern Switzerland.  Throughout history, thousands of men and women have shaped Switzerland's territory and society. The stories of who they were, the battles, revolutionary ideas or quiet but significant changes have been handed down through generations, and now fill the pages of Swiss history books. The traces of this rich heritage are many, some hidden and unknown. In this series by Swiss Public Television, RSI, seven places have been chosen that are linked to historical events, myths and legends, that are part of the country's cultural heritage. The Habsburgs were at the head of the empire on which the sun never set. In Switzerland many buildings recall their reign. The seventh and last episode of the series visits two of them, the Habsburg Castle that was built around 1000 years ago, where the family ...
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Asbestos Discovery Results in Restricted Access in Parts of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station

News Machinery - Wed, 12/19/2018 - 16:39

The San Diego Union-Tribune  recently published an article about the discovery of asbestos in parts of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station that are being prepared for eventual dismantling. According to the news story, the friable asbestos was discovered in the Unit 2 and 3 containment domes. - - Both of these structures were built when the use of asbestos-containing materials was still quite common. In fact, due to the widespread use of these materials, this known carcinogen can stil...

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Why the Swiss stock exchange is gearing up for cryptoasset era

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 12/19/2018 - 12:00
The Swiss stock exchange is just one of several trading platforms gearing up for an anticipated wave of cryptoasset trading. So what’s behind this move? The SIX Group, which runs the Swiss exchange, is one of the front-runners in a race to build a blockchain-style distributed ledger platform that is required to trade such assets.  Distributed ledger technology (DLT), which includes blockchain, promises a number of efficiencies: faster, cheaper trading, a reduction in paperwork and the option of issuing numerous tokens to each security. Dividing ownership rights of high value assets, such as real estate, would lower financial barriers for smaller players to invest and small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to more easily issue shares.  Things have moved on since bitcoin and the initial coin offering (ICO) crowd investing wave burst onto the scene. The new kid on the block is the security token, a digital representation of asset ownership. A security token is encrypted digital ...
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Formant Secures $6M in Seed Funding to Solve the Distributed Hybrid Workforce's Biggest Challenge: Getting Humans and Machines to Speak to Each Other

News Machinery - Tue, 12/18/2018 - 22:11

Today, Formant announced $6 million in seed funding from SignalFire. The company, still in stealth mode, is creating the first robot-data management solution aimed at arming businesses with the tools and infrastructure needed to gather and understand complex feedback from their robotic fleets. Global demand for robots is expected to exceed $77 billion by 2022, nearly doubling since 2017. As these tools begin to perform tasks across industries, there comes a growing need for humans and r...

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Trump to attend 2019 WEF meeting in Davos

Swissinfo EN - Tue, 12/18/2018 - 21:48
United States President Donald Trump will attend the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, in January 2019 for the second time. Trump’s press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, told reporters in Washington on Tuesday that Trump would be attending the WEF meeting in Davos on January 22-25. He will head a dozen-strong US delegation alongside Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, and assistants to the president, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump. The annual elite gathering typically attracts around 3,000 business people, government officials and other movers and shakers to the Swiss resort in eastern Switzerland.  Trump attended the 2018 WEF meeting for two days in January, becoming the first US president to attend the summit since Bill Clinton in 2000. During his highly-anticipated speech last year, Trump talked about America being “open ...
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California Metal-Finishing Facility Temporarily Closed due to Hexavalent Chromium Emissions

News Machinery - Tue, 12/18/2018 - 21:22

In October, the  Press-Telegram  published a story about the temporary closure of a metal-finishing business in Paramount, California. According to their article, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) ordered the temporary closure after air monitoring equipment detected above-threshold levels of hexavalent chromium (chromium VI). - - The SCAQMD had been monitoring the air since 2013 when the agency received community complaints of a metallic odor thought to be coming from...

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Multinationals must step up game to attract top business students

Swissinfo EN - Tue, 12/18/2018 - 12:00
Millennials at leading Swiss business schools say it will take more than a good salary to recruit and retain them. They want jobs with purpose, flexibility, and above all, the opportunity for impact. There has been a lot of talk about how millennials (people born between 1983 and 1994) and Gen Zs (born between 1995 and 1999) want more than money and a 9 to 5 job. Various surveys and media reports suggest that, globally and in Switzerland, younger generations are searching for jobs with meaning and rejecting big multinationals as symbols of the rigid, profit-driven corporate structures they are trying to escape. But, the picture is more nuanced if you talk to millennial-age students at top business schools in Switzerland – a group that is highly sought-after by large multinationals. They say the era of multinationals isn't over but they are expecting more from them. The search for purpose and authenticity Dominique Gobat, a career services manager at the University St ...
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Solar taxi driver still pushing for renewables

Swissinfo EN - Tue, 12/18/2018 - 11:30
The man who drove the SOLARTAXI around the world ten years ago thinks that renewables aren’t gaining ground quickly enough. On December 18, 2008, former Swiss schoolteacher Louis Palmer enjoyed a hero’s welcome when he drove his SOLARTAXI back to Lucerne – 18 months, 38 countries and 53,451 kilometres after setting out in the blue-and-white car powered solely by solar energy. What’s changed since that day? “On the one hand, there have been some big changes – like the growing popularity of electric cars. There’s been more investment in renewables and clean tech, and there’s more awareness of global warming than ever before,” Palmer told swissinfo.ch. “But at the same time there’s also more pollution than ever before.” Just days after 190 nations agreed on the rules for implementing the Paris Agreement, Palmer is dissatisfied with climate action. “It’s great that so many countries were talking at COP24, but we need more immediate action. What we need to do is ban cutting down ...
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BluQ Chiller from GEA is “Innovation of the Year”

News Machinery - Tue, 12/18/2018 - 11:06

GEA's BluQ-Chiller has received the "Accelerate Europe Innovation of the Year" award. The readers of Accelerate Europe Magazine voted GEA BluQ "Innovation of the Year". The use of natural refrigerants in BluQ chillers was particularly praised. With the BluQ, GEA offers the possibility of operating large air-conditioning systems in commercial and public buildings in an environmentally friendly way. The new ammonia (NH3) chiller requires only 40 to 50 grams of ammonia per kilowatt of coolin...

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Direct democracy vs. France’s street protesters

Swissinfo EN - Tue, 12/18/2018 - 10:55
Recent protests by France’s “gilets jaunes” or yellow vests (so named after the fluorescent jackets kept in all vehicles in France) obtained changes from the government, but there are important differences with Switzerland’s system of direct democracy, writes Daniel Warner. The recent protests by the gilets jaunes in France would seem to have all the elements of direct democracy. For several Saturdays, thousands of citizens protested in the streets throughout France against the government, initially against an increase in the tax on diesel fuel. And they were successful. French President Emmanuel Macron suspended the gas tax increase as well as acceding to several other demands of the protesters.  Switzerland prides itself on its system of direct democracy. Referendums and initiatives are fundamental parts of the Swiss political system. Citizens can annul legislation passed by their representatives in Bern. Direct democracy can overrule indirect democracy through the expressed ...
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Bridgestone EMEA Selects Dassault Systèmes to Boost their Smart Factory Program

News Machinery - Tue, 12/18/2018 - 10:40

• Leading tire manufacturer will use Dassault Systèmes' QUINTIQ and DELMIA Apriso applications powered by the 3DEXPERIENCE platform for production planning and execution across Europe - • Thousands of machines, devices, sensors and employees will be synchronized in the virtual world to increase productivity and reduce costs - • Dassault Systèmes brings speed and agility to complex industrial manufacturing operations Dassault Systèmes (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) is supporting Bridges...

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PMP to deliver Intelli-Jet V® Hydraulic Headbox and Tandem Intelli-Nip® Shoe Presses to South India Paper Mills (India)!

News Machinery - Mon, 12/17/2018 - 19:22

In the second half of 2018, PMP (Paper Machinery Producer) has signed a contract with South India Paper Mills Ltd., for a delivery of two core technological items - Intelli-Jet V® Hydraulic Headbox and two Intelli-Nip® Shoe Presses in Tandem configuration. Both items will be implemented on PM6 in mill in Nanjangud, India. The purpose of the investment is to bring the highest quality of production process. New machine with PMP key sections will produce testliner, fluting medium and whit...

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Study examines health of Geneva’s undocumented migrants

Swissinfo EN - Mon, 12/17/2018 - 18:00
Little by little, Geneva is discovering more about the thousands of undocumented immigrants thought to be in the region. The initial results of a four-year study into the health and living conditions of illegal and regularised migrants have some important early findings.  Around 76,000 illegal immigrants are believed to be living in Switzerland (see infobox below). Of these, canton Geneva is home to 13,000. In 2015, the local and federal authorities launched a unique pilot scheme, known as Operation Papyrus, that looks set to grant around 2,000 long-term undocumented migrants in Geneva official resident permits when it concludes at the end of this year.  In parallel to the launch of Papyrus, a team of researchers, led by the University of Geneva, initiated a four-year study into the living conditions of illegal immigrants in Geneva and the impact of the regularisation process. They interviewed 450 undocumented migrants – 300 of whom benefited from the Papyrus scheme.  One year ...
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