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The Fulgor Milano BBQ is awarded with the Archiproducts Design Award 2017 for functions, quality and aesthetics


The second edition of the International  Archiproducts Design Award 2017, has received over 600 product applications from as many companies and designers from 15 countries. The jury of experts from the industrial, design, media and Archiproduct staff appreciated all the nominees in the 14 categories envisaged. For the Tech category, which includes home appliances, visual audio systems, cooling and heating systems, smartphones, PCs and software, which are the most representative and current technology that can be found on the market, the only award-winning appliance was the Fulgor Milano outdoor gas barbecue, model SBQ 1000 GX, which convinced for its technical quality, functions and aesthetics. From the rigorous style, Fulgor Milano's built-in barbecue is timeless and is made of 316 stainless steel, which ensures better corrosion resistance, making it particularly suitable for outdoor exposure even in the presence of brackish air. It is equipped with steel side grips, includes 4 high power gas burners (usable with both methane and LPG), 2 stainless steel grilles and 1 Teppan yaki plate. It has been designed to inspire professional cooking to allow you to cook a variety of tasty and sophisticated recipes, far beyond the idea of ​​a simple grilling. Two different types of lids are also available as steel 316. The first, slim, serves only as a cover and protection, while the second roasting instead of the bent effect makes it possible to cook as if using a furnace.

EU Open Conference Financing Energy Efficiency in Italy, Croatia and Slovenia


The Sustainable Energy Investment Forums (SEI Forums) aim to bring together energy efficiency stakeholders from both private and public sectors in order to boost private investment in Sustainable Energy, as public funds are insufficient to cover the needs.

As significant investments are needed to finance energy efficiency and renewable energy measures in buildings and industry to reach the EU’s climate and energy goals for 2030, the private sector will play a key role.

Sustainable Energy Investment Forums (SEI Forums) are organised throughout Europe to boost large-scale investment and financing for sustainable energy. They showcase successful investment projects and programmes, as well as best practices in working with policymakers, banks, project promoters and SMEs.

These Forums build on the work of the European Energy Efficiency Financial Institutions Group (EEFIG) and aim at engaging with the financial sector, public authorities, and all stakeholders involved in delivering investments in sustainable energy.

This Sustainable Energy Investment Forum (SEI Forum) in Milan aims to promote financing opportunities for sustainable energy in Italy, Croatia and Slovenia, and is organised by the European Commission, in partnership with the UN Environment Finance Initiative, the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA), and the Italian Banking Association (ABI). 

Aleph LaForte®Paper the alternative Italian way


Starting from the fashion industry along with the graphic signage and the interior design, digitalization is what truly represents an improvement and a step forward to modernization for all the 3 businesses. Digital printing technology is also moving very fast in order to fulfill the need of state-of-the-art technology requirements but what is the winning response to all of these?

If we think of high performance and efficiency we cannot avoid to mention speed and precision. Aleph LaForte®Paper has a production capacity of 540 sqm/h for a maximum speed of 920 sqm/h with 1850-3200mm width in 4, 6 and 8 colors. Furthermore, the machine reaches a feeding precision below 15 microns and offers a resolution of 1200 dpi.

Besides, Aleph LaForte®Paper stands apart from the competition in terms of low energy and ink consumption as it uses an industrialized vacuum belt feeding system instead of traditional pinch rollers or glue. This allows a high-quality print and no maintenance on the belt, no glue removal and no electrostatic bar that may cause damage to the electronics.

With its distinguishing design and increasing interest from international customers, Aleph LaForte®Paper is entitled to be the alternative Italian way to enter the US market.

Andrea Negretti, Aleph International Sales Manager, says “Participating at SGIA is the starting of the Aleph adventure into the North America market. We want to be the alternative Italian way for the digital textile market. Aleph has a long history in the Italian textile industry and is well known for one of the excellence in innovation and quality. Our goal here is bringing the same working method that distinguishes us in Italy; happiness and satisfaction are the standard for our customers.”

"INTERNATIONALIZE THE BUSINESS" Adico shares research of Sigma Consulting


Adico, the Italian Association ofSales and Marketing Managers, with Sigma Consulting, a company specialized in Market Research, in collaboration with Aice, Italian Association for Foreign Trade, announces the data of the research "Internationalization of the Enterprise", recently presented at the meeting held at the Confcommercio headquarters in Milan.

From the research, an interesting photograph of Pmi's propensity towards foreign markets, an articulated scenario emerges that leaves ample room for the development of internationalization and, therefore, for new growth opportunities for Italian companies. Of the interviews carried out, it turns out that: 59% of Italian companies interviewed already work in foreign markets, 29% think about going there and 12% is apparently not interested. Among the companies active in foreign markets, the most common sales channels are still the direct network (57%) and local distributors (51%). Fundamental tools in the overseas approach are the participation in fairs, availability of product and service information materials, post-sale support and advertising.

If the growth potential is high, the limited resources available, the complexity of finding suitable local partners, the bureaucratic and operational difficulties, coupled with the lack of knowledge of the foreign market, are the main obstacle to opening up to export . In this context, e-commerce and the spread of marketplaces can offer the most immediate business solution, albeit with a solid knowledge and a strategic vision of the digital instrument.

"The goal of research is the need to internationalize: it is the most important challenge for Italian companies in recent decades, at a time when the positive drive for our recovery is strongly conditioned by the export capabilities of the same companies. The other consideration that emerges from research is the need to design, plan resources, actions, sales organization, and partners needed to overcome the challenge, "says Michele Cimino, ADICO president.

Starting with the results of the research, ADICO intends to support Italian companies in foreign competition by focusing on and helping the formation of new market-oriented managers and entrepreneurs. Under the auspices of this mission, comprehensive research on internationalization is now available, in the annex, to the integration of the association's offer.

Which are the Italian teams preferred by foreigners?

  • The A-Series records + 15% of visits from abroad during the last season
  • French, American and Andorran fans most present in the Italian stadiums
  • The Japanese are fans of Atalanta, Pescara and Turin

A football game can become the perfect excuse to prepare the suitcases and visit a city you've never been to. Every year more and more tourists find sporting reasons for traveling and arriving at Italian stadiums as if they were place of worship. According to the figures of the auction platform, while from 2015 to 2016 the share of purchases from abroad for Serie A games remained stable (-1% in 2016), last year, this year it roses by 15%.

According to Goalnomics, the study of the economic prospects of football, now in its third edition and presented these days by the same platform, French neighbors are the most willing to travel kilometers to live alive at a Serie A match, and dominate the football in Italy with over 12% of the total of tickets sold. But American visitors, increasingly attracted by European football, are the great news of the year, and they win 11% of purchases. Andorra is the third nation to buy tickets to see the Italian teams closely. Stages such as the Udinese, Milan, Empoli, Fiorentina, Inter, Naples or Rome have received a flood of visitors from the Principality of Monaco last season.

Great energy and lots of novelties are the key elements of the new Plexiform catalogue


Just launched and completely renewed, the Plexiform catalogue is a rational and simple guide that takes the customer's hand and leads him to explore the company's wide and technological offer. This work is the result of an intense year of engagement involving all business sectors. To emphasize the importance of this moment, Plexiform has brought together its Italian and foreign sales force in the headquarters of Liscate, with an event in which its agents throughout Europe have been the real protagonists. A day of presentations devoted to novelties and business strategies. A new philosophy embodied in the catalogue that introduces a number of important investments in human resources, R & D, new machinery and a renewed impetus to the design division, with the aim of making Plexiform the production center of RossiniGroup.

With about 50 product families, of which over 27 absolute news and 465 pages, this catalogue represents an important step forward for Plexiform. The company is increasingly focused on conscious energy consumption, with LED technology, as well as to the aesthetics that reflect the excellence of Made in Italy. The catalogue is divided into 4 sections, strongly characterized by target and type of product.

Architectural – Design&Light

A chapter targeted to lighting specialists and architects and specifically dedicated to their work in lighting design. The product is the real protagonist, not only for its lighting efficiency but also for its style.

Among the most flexible products in this section, the most interesting are Remo, Eiffel, Rift, System9 and Folio, which are the ideal choice when the design aesthetics and luminous performance must permeate to perfection, without forgetting the Italian style and production.

Technical - Office&Efficiency

In this section of the catalogue, there are different lighting solutions for office, retail and home, taking into account the dynamism and flexibility of working and living space.

Visual comfort is the main feature of this chapter, which is applied to products such as Sofy, Pluma, Tesis S9 and Sky S9.

Industrial - Energy&Relamping

It includes solutions for the industrial environment, complex projects for extended areas that require tested, reliable and solid products.

Production laboratories, warehouses and large shopping malls can count on products such as Nest, Cool and Pencil, which offer ideal solutions for the relamping of old lighting appliances.

Healthcare - Life&Wellness

It is a product range designed for precise and specific designing skills that relate to sensitive areas.

This section includes selected devices to enhance the quality of light (and therefore of life) in protected environments, such as health centres and care. Products like Nature, Hacca and Synto embody a light concept at the service of human being.

The catalogue is available on the website and through the brand new Rossinigroup app available on GooglePlay and App Store.

Wizz Air celebrates 13 years of constant growth and remarkable achievements


Wizz Air celebrates today the 13th anniversary of its very first flight. In the years that have passed since then, WIZZ has gone on to become the largest low cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe and achieve some remarkable milestones. Now, Wizz Air customers can join in with the celebration and discover 141 exciting destinations across the Wizz Air low-fare network, with a discount up to 30%* available on this Anniversary Seat Sale Day, on all routes for new bookings made until midnight. Wizz Air is particularly excited to be able to announce the winners of the WIZZ Youth Challenge, the first international WIZZ case study competition. Out of 978 registered teams, the top 40 presented their projects to a jury including members of Wizz Air’s senior management team and other experts. The winning team is from COUNTRY and was awarded with free unlimited travel on the WIZZ network for a year.  Wizz Air believes that hard work should be balanced with an active lifestyle and thus supports several international running events across Europe in cities such as Cluj-Napoca, Kosice, and Skopje. More than 35,000 runners from more than 50 countries have already taken part in a Wizz Air running events in 2017, with more to come in Budapest, Kyiv and Sofia. So as well as taking the opportunity to fly with WIZZ in the air, why not sign-up for one of these exciting running events? In the past 13 years, WIZZ has flown 1 billion km, the equivalent of circling the Earth 25,000 times and carried nearly 135 million passengers. Each aircraft in Wizz Air’s fleet of 81 Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft – one of the youngest in Europe – flies on average over 12 hours a day and, together, they have performed almost 880,000 flights spending more than 1.4 million hours in the air, which translates into a remarkable 163 years of continuous flying. Wizz Air currently offers over 500 routes from 141 airports in 42 countries, having one of the most diverse networks of any European low cost airline, from Tenerife in the west to Astana in the east and with the longest route being Katowice-Dubai at 4,639 km – and still there are 40 more new routes which will start operating in 2017. In the 12 months to 30 April 2017, over 24 million customers took the opportunity to travel with WIZZ, enjoying the low fares, easy booking system and excellent on-board service. Day in day out, almost 3,300 aviation professionals of 42 different nationalities deliver superior onboard service and WIZZ business supports over 17,000 jobs** in associated industries across the network.

József Váradi, the Chief Executive Officer of Wizz Air said:” 13 years after Wizz Air’s first flight, we’re celebrating the WIZZ team’s success in achieving remarkable results and continuing strong growth. So far, we’ve given the opportunity to almost 135 million passengers to discover Europe and beyond at Wizz Air’s low fares and to travel on one of Europe’s youngest fleets while enjoying the great onboard service delivered by every one of our almost 3,300 colleagues. Wizz Air now connects 141 destinations in 42 countries, where our flights strengthen business relations between countries as well as stimulate the local tourism and aviation industries. Celebrate today with Central and Eastern Europe’s largest low cost carrier at prices even lower than normal. The whole WIZZ team looks forward to welcoming you onboard very soon.”

Playoff Pressure - Not Just for the Players


By Dr. David Greenberg, Staff Member at St. Joseph’s Health Centre Toronto

This year’s NHL playoffs have been a little out of the ordinary for Canadian hockey fans. After 2016, when no Canadian teams managed to qualify for the post-season, this is the first year since 2004 when as many as five Canadian teams made the playoffs. However, while this could (and should) be seen as a source of celebration for the hometown fans, it also provides for a great deal of stress while watching the games, and ultimately disappointment for the fans of all but the one team that takes home Lord Stanley’s Cup. 

As we move through the second round, three Canadian teams have already been eliminated, and research commissioned by StubHub confirms that the effects on Canadian hockey fans may have been greater than one might imagine. Thirty-three per cent of Canadians surveyed said that they found just watching the Playoffs stressful, almost as stressful as paying their mortgage for teams in a game seven, and 25% suffered from “Post Elimination Blues”. So, since you’re not going to want to miss a minute of playoff action, how can you help to manage the stress associated with watching and/or deal with the premature end of your team’s season? Here are a few tips that will keep you healthy and help you to cope:

Exercise is Key

It’s a fact that exercise, in addition to all the other benefits it confers (i.e. burning off the wings and beer), is among the best strategies for managing stress. If you’ve already got a well-established routine try your best to stick with it. If you’ve been thinking about starting, now’s a perfect time. Current recommendations are 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week, that would be walking at a pace that would be as if you were trying to catch a bus.  Go for a walk in-between periods or before/after the game with a fellow fan and you can vent and get your fitness in at the same time.

Sleep is Important

It’s not a huge problem in the first couple of rounds for fans of local teams, and even overtime games that start at 7pm end at a reasonable hour. However, what if you are an Oilers fan who lives in Toronto? Games that don’t even start until after 10pm local time can really take their toll. The problem for most people is that they have a “Hard Start” to their day, that is a time they have to get up to go to work, regardless of what time they get to sleep. Be aware of it when planning the day after a game, and perhaps try to catch up on some sleep on the off nights.

Watch Your Alcohol Intake

I’d be more than happy to have a beer with you watching a game so this isn’t about me being an anchor. However, between 15-20% of the people surveyed said they drink more during the playoffs. Remember that Canadian Safe Drinking Guidelines recommend no more than three drinks for men or two drinks for women in any one sitting. It will also impact your sleep, not to mention the next morning, and for those of you that worry about this, it’s a lot of calories when you can’t burn them off. A good strategy to pace yourself and prevent feeling lousy in the morning is to drink a pint glass of ice water between drinks. It will fill you up, and keep you well hydrated.

I recognize how hard some of these things are to do, and I’m not naïve enough to think that thousands of Canadian hockey fans are going to start adopting a healthier lifestyle in the middle of the playoffs. But please give it some thought, and, anything you can do to adopt any parts of these changes will help. In the meantime, be thankful for the opportunity to watch your team and, win or lose, enjoy every minute of the best hockey of the year.

Yours in Good Health,

Dr. Dave

Aleph LaForte honored with Future Textile Award 2017


In the crowded ball room of The Westin Grand Frankfurt Hotel, in front of an international audience of 200 guests, Alessandro and Roberto Manes, Aleph CEO and R&D Director, received the Future Textile Award 2017 plate for the category  Best product – Industrial Textiles.The aim of this biennial event is to honor cutting edge products, processes and treatments in the textile industry and the jury recognized the innovation enhancement of the LaForte platform, already recognized and funded by EU Horizon 2020, phase 2.“This important recognition arrives after more than 2 years of technical development of our own project related to an improved and integrated solution for digital textile printing, very different and flexible in respect of what was already on the market. We are very thankful and honored and we would like to extend our regards to all the Aleph team!” declared Alessandro Manes. “With great enthusiasm, we will continue to expand our business and guarantee to our customers the best solutions ever!" added Roberto Manes.

Fratelli Pagani SPA invites you to the Meat-Tech Village at TuttoFood


Fratelli Pagani Spa, flavor and meat-processing ingredients specialist for more than 100 years, meets national and international buyers  at TuttoFood 2017 as co-exhibitor at Meat-Tech Village, the exclusive area at the pavilion 2, dedicated to processing and packaging for the meat chain.

Fratelli Pagani Spa, taking full advantage of the important international event, presents a wide range of organic blends and spices for the industry, developed and created with Cerreto BIO Company, which has been operating in the food sector for over 30 years, offering a wide range of high quality organic products - in response to current market demands, in the sign of customization and certified quality.

With the aim to propose to B2B market fully organic ingredients, Fratelli Pagani Spa offers a completely new natural line consisting of more than 70 references. The quality of the product is characterized by the process of controlling the supply chain, through a constant and complete check-up done scrupulously on all raw materials.

Among the many proposals, we find garlic, laurel, anise, basil, but also nettle, peas, sage, celery, soy, ginger, the very famous Sublime Drugs and many others, in different formulations according to needs, all strictly BIO and dedicated to the meat industry.

Fulgor Milano and Palatifini: a new collaboration in the name of the good food


Fulgor Milano announces its collaboration with the two talented chefs Claudio Ceriotti and Alberto Buratti, active protagonists of the modern quality kitchen, who work alongside the renowned master chef Davide Ceriotti in the culinary project called "Palati Fini" and in the managing of the gourmet restaurant Koiné, based in Legnano (MI).

The first meeting with them dates back to the latest edition of Eurocucina, during which the two professionals have grappled with a refined show-cooking, full of interesting ideas, right inside the Fulgor Milano stand.

A cooperation experience that has been now transformed into a continuing collaboration, materializing a true alliance where the undisputed star is the raw material, carefully selected and professionally transformed by the skilled chefs thanks to the innovative technology of the Fulgor Milano appliances.

Aim of this project is to create awareness and an enrichment path for consumers about the many uses and the great potential of the Fulgor Milano appliances range. How? Starting from recipes and especially tales that will become inspirations for those who want to experiment and know more about the best way to preserve food, enhance flavors and the best cooking methods.

In May, Claudio and Alberto will attend the Open Day events of two Fulgor Milano dealers. Following it is scheduled also an original recipe collection and new appointments waiting for the next edition of Eurocucina. An important role will be played by the new oven with the CreActive operating system and the special pizza function, by the renovate steam oven combined with the same technology, the blast chiller and also by the vacuum sealing drawer

Second Sight Announces Professor Stanislao Rizzo Has Completed His 30th Implant of the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis


SYLMAR, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Second Sight Medical Products, Inc. (Nasdaq:EYES), ("Second Sight" or "the Company"), a developer, manufacturer and marketer of implantable visual prosthetics to provide some useful vision to blind patients, today announced that Professor Stanislao Rizzo (Professor Rizzo) has completed his 30th implant of the Argus® II Retinal Prosthesis (Argus II) at the Azienda Ospedaliero Universitaria Careggi located in Florence, Italy.

Will McGuire, President and CEO of Second Sight Medical Products, stated, "This represents an exciting milestone in Italy and an important achievement for Second Sight as we continue to advance our goal of making the Argus II available to patients with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP). Professor Rizzo sets a standard in both quality of outcomes and volume, which serves as a goal for our centers of excellence all around the world."

The 30th surgery, out of more than 220 Argus II implants worldwide, was performed by Professor Rizzo on February 9, 2017 at Azienda Ospedaliero Universitaria Careggi, one of three centers in Italy capable of performing the surgical procedure and post-operative rehabilitation required for Argus II patients. Professor Rizzo has implanted the Argus II at centers in Florence and Pisa, Italy since the system became available in 2011; he has trained surgeons at several international centers.

Professor Rizzo commented, "Over the last five years, I realized not only that the system is safe, but above all, I was able to personally see that its validity and benefits can be maintained for a long time, and that the satisfaction for patients who recover vision is truly rewarding."

In Europe, Argus II is indicated for blind people suffering from advanced outer retinal degenerative diseases such as RP. RP is an inherited disease that often results in nearly complete blindness, affecting an estimated 167,000 Europeans.

About the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System

Second Sight's Argus II System provides electrical stimulation that bypasses the defunct retinal cells and stimulates remaining viable cells inducing visual perception in individuals with severe to profound Retinitis Pigmentosa. The Argus II works by converting images captured by a miniature video camera mounted on the patient's glasses into a series of small electrical pulses, which are transmitted wirelessly to an array of electrodes implanted on the surface of the retina. These pulses are intended to stimulate the retina's remaining cells, resulting in the perception of patterns of light in the brain. The patient then learns to interpret these visual patterns, thereby regaining some visual function. The Argus II is the first artificial retina to receive widespread approval, and is offered at approved centers in Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the U.S.

About Second Sight

Second Sight's mission is to develop, manufacture and market innovative implantable visual prosthetics to enable blind individuals to achieve greater independence. Second Sight has developed and manufactures the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System. Second Sight is currently underway in a trial to test the safety and utility of the Argus II in individuals with Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration. Second Sight is also developing the Orion™ I Visual Cortical Prosthesis to restore some vision to individuals who are blind due to causes other than preventable or treatable conditions. U.S. Headquarters are in Sylmar, California, and European Headquarters are in Lausanne, Switzerland. For more information, visit

Safe Harbor

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which are intended to be covered by the "safe harbor" created by those sections. All statements in this release that are not based on historical fact are "forward looking statements." These statements may be identified by words such as "estimates," "anticipates," "projects," "plans," or "planned," "seeks," "may," "will," "expects," "intends," "believes," "should" and similar expressions or the negative versions thereof and which also may be identified by their context. All statements that address operating performance or events or developments that Second Sight expects or anticipates will occur in the future are forward-looking statements. While management has based any forward looking statements included in this release on its current expectations, the information on which such expectations were based may change. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements, as a result of various factors including those risks and uncertainties described in the Risk Factors and in Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations sections of our Annual Report on Form 10-K as filed on March 11, 2016, as amended on August 8, 2016, and our other reports filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We urge you to consider those risks and uncertainties in evaluating our forward-looking statements. We caution readers not to place undue reliance upon any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. Except as otherwise required by the federal securities laws, we disclaim any obligation or undertaking to publicly release any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement contained herein (or elsewhere) to reflect any change in our expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.



FOAMGLAS® in Tessenderlo (Belgium) presents a breakthrough in the field of cellular glass. Following the development of an innovative technology and years of research, the new FOAMGLAS® T3+ boasts a lambda-value of 0,036 W/mK, improving its predecessor by an ample 12%. “Thanks to this innovation, we can offer our customers the unique properties of cellular glass, enriched with an unprecedented thermal and economic added value, without additional cost”, says Frank Vanhove, Managing Director Benelux. For FOAMGLAS® this is the most radical product innovation in 30 years. FOAMGLAS® cellular glass is widely known in the construction industry as a stiff foam, combining some extraordinary properties such as a remarkable compressive strength, long lasting thermal insulation performance and incombustibility. Cellular glass is also capable of preventing thermal bridges, as its compressive strength allows to be built on directly. These properties remain for generations, being insensitive to water ingress and vapour, shrinkage, mildew, corrosion or changes in temperature. FOAMGLAS® is therefore applied throughout the entire building envelope, from roofs to subterranean walls and in various applications (from parking decks and swimming pools to mission-critical and safety-demanding environments such as hospitals and the chemical industry.) BREAKTHROUGH IN THE INDUSTRY The new development FOAMGLAS® T3+ opens up the doors to new possibilities. After more than four years of Research and Development, the team of FOAMGLAS® in Tessenderlo Belgium, part of the Pittsburgh Corning Group, has developed and applied an innovative technology in the new product. As a result, the insulating capacity of FOAMGLAS® T3+ has been improved by more than 12% (from λ=0,041 to 0,036 W/mK). Thus making it on par with other mineral insulation materials. Frank Vanhove, Managing Director Benelux says: “This innovative product adds a new key asset to the unique FOAMGLAS® properties. Thanks to the substantially enhanced insulation capability, the material can be applied in a lesser thickness or fewer layers. That means a significant gain in cost and time. And that’s why FOAMGLAS® T3+ is considered to be our most important innovation in 30 years, because it offers an answer to the challenges of the construction sector. An ever better energy efficiency, as well as a better management of the total cost of a building, which entails not only the construction itself, but also the maintenance and operating costs over its entire service life. Moreover we will, alongside our traditional expertise in flat roofs, now be able to grow further in other parts of the building shell, such as facades and interior applications.” WHERE IS THE INNOVATION IN FOAMGLAS® T3+? “Producing good cellular glass is a complex and subtle affair, and improving or adapting the mature process even more”, says R&D Manager Stijn Verlaak. “It is preceded by years of research and testing. The greatest challenge is not to affect the typical properties such as fire resistance and compressive strength. In brief, we succeeded in using less glass, as a result of which the material insulates better. Usually this is coupled with a significant loss of compressive strength, but the new technology ensures a finer cell structure to avoid this. Ground breaking in our industry! The preliminary research took around 3 years, with another 1.5 years of production tests and an investment of 1.2 million euros in new technology.” Frank Vanhove concludes: “Thanks to the know-how and creativity of our people, we were able to radically reshape our production process, without influencing the well-known advantages of our product. T3+ will be sold to our customers without a price premium to the existing product, generating a significant saving for them. Naturally we are proud to have redrawn the scope of applications for cellular glass.” WHAT IS FOAMGLAS®? Cellular glass is created when glass is given a cell structure through the gasification of carbon. The raw material for FOAMGLAS® is at least 60% recycled glass material (especially from car windows), supplemented by mineral substances such as sand, dolomite and iron oxide. In a melting furnace this mixture is melted into glass, pulverised in a grinding installation and finally mixed with a small quantity of carbon powder. In a second furnace, this powder mixture is heated once again and there develop millions of tiny, hermetically-sealed glass cells causing it to ´rise´ until it takes the form of a hard foam. It is these glass cells that lend FOAMGLAS® its exceptional qualities. The entire production chain is virtually waste-free. The dust that is generated goes back via an exhaust system to the beginning of the production chain and most of it is reused for the production of new cellular glass; the rest is ground, together with stone debris, into filler material or reused in the production of bricks. ABOUT FOAMGLAS® PITTSBURGH CORNING Pittsburgh Corning is the world’s largest manufacturer of cellular glass. Pittsburgh Corning Europe has been active in Tessenderlo since 1964 and in Europe has a second factory in the Czech Republic (Klàsterec). The greatest factor for establishing a site in our country at that time was the presence of white sand in Mol, the raw material that has now been replaced by recycled glass. Today the Tessenderlo production site is the headquarters for Europe and the Middle East, and also houses the European logistical centre, the Training Centre and the Research and Development facilities. 250 blue-collar workers and 120 white-collar workers work in Tessenderlo; in Europe as a whole the company has 725 employees. The production runs on a round-the-clock system, and 90% is intended for European markets.  

Second Sight at the second edition of Facciamoci Vedere the event organized by Unione Italiana Ciechi e Ipovedenti Onlus


Lausanne, December 13, 2016 - Second Sight Medical Products, Inc. (Nasdaq: EYES), ( "Second Sight") company that designs, develops and markets implantable visual prosthesis which allow to restore part of the visual function in blind patients, participates enthusiastically to the 3-day event held in Milan entitled "Facciamoci vedere – dall’intuizione all’inclusione" organized by the Italian Union of the Blind and Low Vision Onlus. With its own exhibition stand and participation in the rich program of presentations and interventions, Second Sight wants to underline its commitment to research and development of technologies useful for improving the quality of life of the blind. Especially at the stand Second Sight it will be possible to get information about the retinal prostheses Argus II and numerous surgeries already made in Italy. Also Wednesday, December 14, starting at 11.30 am Dr. Leonardo Colombo of the ophthalmology department at the ASST Santi Paolo e Carlo di Milano will speak on "retinal prosthesis: the Hospital San Paolo of Milan experience" helped by first patient implanted in Milano, Mr.. Nicola.

The future is now at Aleph: high performing technology for digital printing


Since the beginning, Aleph invested time and resources on LaForte project and it was clearly a long journey in the sign of innovation. Today at Fespa Eurasia, Aleph is presenting the most modern technology in terms of integrated system for printing on paper and textile. Protagonist of this year exhibition is the LaForte®Paper printer which is  designed and developed for industrial digital printing on transfer paper. Above all the unique feature of this wide format inkjet plotter is the high speed it can reach by delivering an high quality finished product: 800 sqm/h. Larger volumes in lesser time, this is the exceptional attainment that Aleph can guarantee to customers. Other important advantages are: the automatic further improved heads alignment, the new software matrix for the points arrangement and the innovative patented transport system innovative rotary belt with air vacuum system. that provide an exceptional performance compared to competitors  printers. The LaForte®Paper is equipped with 8/16 print heads and delivers 1200 dpi resolution. Entering the Aleph booth is like entering a virtual factory. Visitors can easily understand what the LaForte project is: a complete process line is presented along with the LaForte®Paper. A winder, an unwinder and the Dry Forte, a transfer paper dryer that conceal an innovative rapid fabric drying technology equipped with infrared plasma lamps with extraction surface. The Dry Forte is designed to interface with any inkjet plotter on the market.  Aleph booth at Fespa is also focusing on inks and of course on the after sales service provided by the exclusive distributor for Turkey.

A new VISIT RUSSIA office is opening in Milan


A new office "VISIT RUSSIA"  is opening in Italy  to promote Russia as an important and often unprecedented tourist destination, encouraging the flow of Italian visitors informing them of new tourism opportunities in the country, and strengthen cooperation among tour operators of the two nations. The Office of Milan VISIT RUSSIA is the second in Italy after the one in Rome opened last year.

Milan, 17 November 2016. In the first days of January of 2017 will open in Milan the new National Tourist Office Agency VISIT RUSSIA, who will work for the promotion of 'Destination Russia' to stimulate the Italian tourism to new proposals for 'experiential tourism' of this great country of enormous potential host.

It will then be strengthened cooperation with the Italian tour operators and Russian operating by creating links between the two countries, and enhance the communication dedicated to Italian travelers.

The Office VISIT RUSSIA in Milan is the second in Italy: a Representative Office is already operational in Rome by the end of 2015. So far in the world there are 9 offices VISIT RUSSIA, and 4 others will be opened by the end of this' year.

Partner of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and the Federal Agency of Tourism is the communication agency The Round Table, which will be in Milan VISIT RUSSIA EVENTS.

The presentation VISIT RUSSIA TO MILAN, in the splendid Triennale- Design Museum, was attended by the Deputy Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation At Manilova and the Ministry of State for Arts and Culture and Tourism Dorina Bianchi, the presence of more than 40 Italian journalists and more than 50 representatives of the tourist industry. The two senior officials of the two Ministries have taken this opportunity to present the Joint Action Plan for the 2017-2019 Tourism who have signed in October.

At Manilova he emphasizes: "Italy is the first country in the world where there will be two offices VISIT RUSSIA, reflecting the strong bond between our two peoples in the name of Culture and Tourism. This can also be considered the result of cross-Year Tourism between Italy and Russia, which in 2014 was a tremendous success. "

"Russia and Italy are working tirelessly to strengthen their relations in tourism and our efforts are fruitful. The flow of Russian tourists in Italy has had a joke of a slowdown in the first half of 2016 (-1%), but we expect an overall growth in the year between 5 and 10%. The dynamics of the Italian tourist flow to Russia instead is even more positive: There is one annual growth of 10-15% "- adds At Manilova.

"Today - says Dorina Bianchi - will further strengthen the ties between Russia and Italy. In Rome, on October 5 last year, we signed an action plan for the years 2017-2019, which identified as a priority the strengthening of the smaller destinations and in particular the historic villages, the enhancement of wine tourism, the revival of the historic railways and the exchange of experts and journalists in the tourism sector. Cooperation between Italy and Russia will continue in the field of culture through the organization of specific cultural tourism itineraries (the opera season), with the promotion of intermuseale cooperation and the realization of exhibition projects of high scientific value, aimed at disseminating the cultural heritage of two countries. '

ILA, THE ARABIC STANDARD CERTIFICATION: the Italian model grows and goes to school abroad


During its first year of life, ILA, the certification of standard Arabic, has already arrived at the second examination session and last May were released the first certificates to level A2. ILA was born from the beginning as a project that goes beyond the language certification and that makes medium and instrument for the promotion and dissemination of Arab culture. Strong of these roots, November 18 as part of BOOKCITY event at the theater Tommaseo will be held the presentation of the volume of Nizar Qabbani, My most beautiful poems, Jouvence, followed by a reading Arabic-Italian literature. The project expands and find consensus and wide echo in new areas, such as the University of Belgrade, and with the Department of Oriental languages ​​at the Faculty of Philology, became ILA partner. The teacher. Dragana Djordjevic on 5 and 6 October last year has amply illustrated the certification project in the context of a demonstration at the University of Belgrade dedicated to the certifications. ILA grows and also perfected in Italy. In fact, in recent months there has been felt the need to prepare methodically and effectively to take the exams. For this reason were born the training days for candidates and training for obtaining the certificate of authorized ILA Trainer - Certification Arabic Language. All initiatives welcomed by students and candidates.

Safety, convenience and design with state-of-the-art automatic doors and safety technology from GEZE


Three wings of different sizes make up the new justice centre in Gelsenkirchen. In a slightly displaced arrangement, a building was created with a total of 19,000 square metres of usage area. For the architects of the Stuttgart office Harris + Kurrle, it was not the combined institutions that were the focus in terms of the structuring of the building, but the functions. The building concept was implemented by the Stuttgart engineering and industrial construction company Wolff & Müller and is designed to create synergies and reduce costs over the long term. The biggest component is accommodated by all public areas. All court rooms, the library, the land register and the cafeteria are arranged around an atrium. The administrations of the jurisdictions are located in the two smaller wings. The innovative functionality and the high quality of the GEZE automatic door and safety solutions support the efficiency and safety of the judicial operations with a high degree of convenience for all users. With its discreet, uniform appearance, the systems fit in perfectly into the contemporary, purist architecture.

The "robust" Powerturn drive systems move the large and heavy glass leaves of the three double-leaf swing door systems in the representative entrance area quietly and easily. The drives, which are only 7 centimetres high as is typical for GEZE, proved to be the optimal solution for guaranteeing the continuous flow of pedestrians with barrier-free access convenience. The Smart swing function makes it possible to also open the glass leaves without much effort. It is a prime example for Universal Design and also reduces energy consumption - be it in a permanently open position or in operation. The Powerturn was awarded two Plus X Awards for the variety of its functional and design options: the innovation prize (2015) and in its category as Best Product of 2015/16. It also won the Environmental Product Declaration (EPD), a globally recognised sustainability certificate.

Showa at EICMA 2016 - INVITATION


Showa Corporation, a global leader in the development and production of components for  motor vehicles, will exhibit at EICMA 2016 in Milan*, the world’s biggest motorcycle show.

* Press days: November 8–9, 2016; Public days: November 10–13, 2016

Drawing on feedback of the knowhow that has been cultivated through its involvement with the pinnacle of world motorsports (MotoGP, FIM Superbike World Championship, the Dakar, Motocross World Championship), Showa’s Motorcycle Parts Division develops and produces a range of Front Forks and Rear Cushions, which are supplied to the best motorcycle manufacturers around the world.

Following the release of new technology at our first appearance in the Milan Show in 2014, we introduced in 2015 the “BFFTM Premium Upgrade Kit” and “BFRC-liteTM Premium Upgrade Kit”, the suspension kits for sport motorcycle models boasting top performance and durability in public road riding, which would be the first among the optional parts to be launched. Commercial sales of these products started in July 2016 in Japan, and in August 2016 in Europe.*

* Sales agents: K-Tech Suspension Ltd of the UK in Europe; SPK Corporation in Japan

New optional parts models exhibited this year will include the “A-Kit” and the “Premium Upgrade Kit” for off-road, which have been developed for the tough racing conditions in the Motocross World Championship and the Dakar and cultivated for expert riders’ use in our R&D center. Also on exhibit will be our electronically controlled dampers that incorporate Showa’s unique and very advanced technologies.

Showa executives and engineers will be present in Milan to welcome all media representatives and motorcycle enthusiasts, and to explain the company’s newest products and technologies.

We kindly invite you to visit us at our booth M30 in Hall 14.


UM Motorcycles makes its debut in Europe at INTERMOT 2016


After an outstanding worldwide expansion into 4 continents thru a global distribution network currently exceeding 25 countries and 1200 stores, UM Motorcycles is now consolidating its presence in Europe with an exciting product line-up, specifically designed and crafted with European customers in mind.

UM Motorcycles is presenting at INTERMOT its European range of cruisers, sport, dual purpose, motard, adventure and scrambler models that are the expression of smart design and quality for a gratifying riding experience: 11 models for a remarkable and much-awaited entrance in the European market.

The innovative products with exciting design are embedded with the latest technology and covered by an excellent after sale service. UM’s DSR, Renegade and Xtreet series will soon win the hearts of motorcycle fans and enthusiasts all over Europe.

“Our philosophy is to offer our clients an opportunity to ride an exciting, modern, unique motorcycle line up at a price that will be easy on the pocket” said Mr Juan Villegas, Global Director Business Development at UM International, LLC (USA). “We strive to design good quality recreational and transportation products, with the intention of bringing aspirational models to the daily life of smart users that do not want to overspend, but that at the same time don't want to sacrifice a good riding experience on a unique bike…our Renegade line of Cruisers is a perfect example for those clients (men and women) who would love to cruise around on a comfortable American Chopper, but that may be deterred to buy a big, heavy and expensive bike, for those clients we have an excellent option in our Renegade series that start in the 125cc (EFI) engine size”.

The Company who has already signed three exclusive importers (United Kingdom, Portugal and Spain) is taking the occasion of the INTERMOT exhibition to meet some potential importers to cover other European countries. UM Motorcycles is making a new step forward to become one of the world most recognized motorcycle companies for its smart design, good quality and well priced products.

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Is it possible to price a GOAL?


See score a goal in Serie A costs an average of € 44.28

The Italian stadium where the goal is cheaper by far is the San Paolo in Naples

The most expensive goals? Those of the visiting team to Juventum Stadium and Frosinone at home

The "Italian goal" is always more affordable than the big European leagues; the most expensive is the Premier League with goals guests Manchetser United

The moment when the goal is achieved - it goes without saying - is the most exciting of each game, the essence of football, the driving force that pushes players and fans.

However, not all the fans celebrating at the same rate, nor can one say that they pay the same amount to see their favorite players score a goal.

Inside the report on the economic outlook of Goalnomics football, the portal Ticketbis - ticket trading platform recently acquired by StubHub E-BAY - calculates the price of a goal for each of the stages of the four major European leagues (Premier League, Bundesliga and La Liga) in the 2015/2016 season, through a formula that combines the average of goals scored at every stage in the 2015/2016 season with the average price of the inputs according to data of the same platform.



Kutaisi, 23 September 2016 – Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, today celebrates the major milestone of opening its 25th base in Kutaisi, Georgia. The airline has based one of its new Airbus A320 aircraft at Kutaisi Airport, starting seven additional new low-fare routes to such attractive destinations as Berlin, Dortmund and Munich Memmingen in Germany, Larnaca in Cyprus, Milan in Italy, Sofia in Bulgaria and Thessaloniki in Greece. With its newest services, WIZZ now offers 11 low fare routes to eight countries from Kutaisi.  WIZZ also offers over 70 onward destinations from its bases in Budapest, Katowice, Sofia, Vilnius and Warsaw – giving its Georgian customers the opportunity to travel through the whole of Europe at Wizz Air’s lowest fares. 

Wizz Air’s first Kutaisi flight took off in 2012 and since then over 600,000 passengers have flown with WIZZ to and from Georgia. Wizz Air’s operations not only provide affordable access between Georgia and the rest of Europe, but also stimulate the local job market in aviation and tourism sectors. In 2015, Wizz Air carried more than 125,000 passengers on its Kutaisi routes supporting some 100 local jobs*.

The base establishment represents an investment of $98 million** by WIZZ in Kutaisi, creating 36 direct jobs with the airline. Wizz Air’s local crew are trained to the highest standards – which shows in the fantastic onboard experience on each WIZZ flight.

Wizz Air celebrates the remarkable milestone of opening its Kutaisi base with 20% off*** all flights to and from Georgia. This massive one-day sale*** means even greater savings for Georgian customers and the visitors of the country. Seats can be booked from just EUR 9.99 / GEL 24.99**** until midnight tonight at, which is now available in Georgian language as well. 

New Hettich headquarters to celebrate 20 years of history in Italy


Hettich Italia, founded over 20 years ago in Treviso as a commercial subsidiary of the German group Hettich, today opens a new office, thus reinforcing a long-lasting partnership with the Veneto region and Italy.

Today the company is in effect a branch of the group, with its own identity and its own market and has been able to weave important relationships over time with the entrepreneurs of the furniture and Italians artisans, becoming for them a point of reference and valid business partner.

With the intention of emphasizing the commitment to Italy, Andreas Hettich, Chairman of Hettich International, during the opening ceremony, said: "I am delighted to be here with you today to enhance the importance of Italy in the activities of the Group that I represent and toast to a new success. The Italian Companies are for us a great legacy and a strong urge to always be more creative and innovative ".

Gianni Corso, Managing Director of Hettich Italia has also focused on how the company, settled in the area for over 20 years, invests many resources for accurate customer service: "Our products are an expression of technology, often hidden, able to facilitate highly complex functions, therefore we do not just sell components or mechanisms, we offer solutions, training and punctual assistance, throughout the territory. "  

The first LaForte® Paper installed in Italy at Tintoria e Stamperia di Lambrugo Spa


A few months after its official launch, the first LaForte® Paper  developed and manufactured by Aleph has been installed at an historic Italian company, the Tintoria e Stamperia di Lambrugo Spa which has been operating successfully since 1945 for the fashion industry.

The meeting point between the two companies with headquarters in the Como district of the textile is represented on one hand by the need to equip itself with , high performing advanced products, able to guarantee the tightest production timing and on the other the ability to design innovative tools commensurate to the specific needs.

Developed for digital printing on transfer paper by the engineers of Aleph, the great industrial format plotter has a very high production capacity that can reach a speed of 600sqm / hr. The maximum resolution is 1200 dpi, with a piezoelectric technology of variable-drop jetting up to eight print heads, with a precision of progress below 20 microns.

Aleph has invested heavily in designing robust, state-of-the-art machines but has focused mainly on achieving a final result of naturally flawless to offer a uniform color output to accentuate the defined and authentic effect, without unsightly dimples. The automatic further improved heads alignment , the stability of the print support (THROUGH A PATENTED ASPIRATED SYSTEM) and the new software matrix for the points arrangement  are the elements that guarantee an exceptional performance compared to competitors  machines, bringing LaForte printers a step even higher for innovation and competence.

This first installation is the beginning of the development of the Italian market for LaForte® printers that is also spreading internationally and foresee the production of machines dedicated to emerging markets and also the opening of a new office Aleph in Istanbul for the direct management of the Turkish and Indian markets.

Second Sight Files S-1 Registration Statement for Rights Offering to Shareholders and Sets Record Date


SYLMAR, Calif.-- Second Sight Medical Products, Inc. (Nasdaq:EYES) ("Second Sight" or "the Company"), a developer, manufacturer and marketer of implantable visual prosthetics to provide some useful vision to blind patients, today announced that it has set 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on May 13, 2016 as the record date for its upcoming rights offering. The subscription rights will expire if they are not exercised by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on May 31, 2016. Second Sight may, at its sole discretion, extend the rights offering for additional periods and may cancel the rights offering at any time or for any reason prior to the expiration date. Once made, all exercises of subscription rights are irrevocable.  Under the rights offering Second Sight will distribute one non-transferable subscription right for each share of common stock held by the shareholder of record on the record date. Each right will entitle the holder to invest $0.55 for each share of common stock owned as of the record date. The subscription price will equal the lesser of $4.25 per share or 85% of the Nasdaq closing price on the close of the subscription period on May 31, 2016.  Holders who fully exercise their subscription rights will be entitled, if available, to subscribe for additional rights that are not purchased by other shareholders on pro-rata basis and subject to ownership limitations.

Second Sight plans to use the proceeds from the rights offering to continue funding the ongoing post-market clinical study of Argus® II Retinal Prosthesis Systems ("Argus II"), to assess the safety and efficacy of the Argus II for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration and to further expand domestic and international markets for Argus II. In addition, Second Sight plans to continue funding the ongoing development of Orion™ I Visual Cortical Prosthesis, a visual prosthesis for cortical stimulation, that the Company expects, may be able to treat nearly all forms of blindness. The financing will also provide for other general corporate purposes, including working capital, research and development, business development and operational purposes.  As soon as practicable following the record date, Second Sight intends to mail to shareholders of record, as of the record date, a prospectus and related documents for use in exercising subscription rights. Questions about the rights offering or requests for copies of the prospectus, when available, may be directed to Broadridge Corporate Issuer Solutions, Inc., the Company’s information agent for the rights offering, by calling (855) 793-5068 (toll-free) or

About the Argus II® Retinal Prosthesis System

Second Sight's Argus II System provides electrical stimulation that bypasses the defunct retinal cells and stimulates remaining viable cells inducing visual perception in individuals with severe to profound Retinitis Pigmentosa. The Argus II works by converting images captured by a miniature video camera mounted on the patient's glasses into a series of small electrical pulses, which are transmitted wirelessly to an array of electrodes implanted on the surface of the retina. These pulses are intended to stimulate the retina's remaining cells, resulting in the perception of patterns of light in the brain. The patient then learns to interpret these visual patterns, thereby regaining some visual function. The Argus II is the first artificial retina to receive widespread approval, and is offered at approved centers in Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the U.S.

About Second Sight

Second Sight's mission is to develop, manufacture and market innovative implantable visual prosthetics to enable blind individuals to achieve greater independence. Second Sight has developed and now manufactures and markets the Argus® II Retinal Prosthesis System. Enrollment has been completed in a trial to test the safety and utility of the Argus II in individuals with Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration. Second Sight is also developing the Orion™ I Visual Cortical Prosthesis to restore some vision to individuals who are blind due to causes other than preventable or treatable conditions. U.S. Headquarters are in Sylmar, California, and European Headquarters are in Lausanne, Switzerland. For more information, visit

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USC Annenberg Study Predicts PR Industry Will Approach $20 Billion by 2020


Study Co-Sponsored by Worldcom Public Relations Group Predicts

Long-Term Growth Will be Driven by Content and Digital but Will

Demand Different Talent, Bolder Ideas and Better Measurement

LOS ANGELES -- April 14, 2016 -- The USC Annenberg Center for Public Relations today released an executive summary of its Global Communications Report, a comprehensive survey of senior public relations executives, which predicts the worldwide PR agency business will grow from its current estimated size of $14 billion to $19.3 billion over the next five years.  To accommodate this growth, agency leaders anticipate their headcount will increase over the same period by about 26%.  Industry leaders, both in agencies and in-house, believe future growth will be driven by content creation and social media, as well as more traditional activities such as brand reputation, followed by measurement and evaluation. Earned media still ranks relatively high for both corporate and agency leaders.  Paid media ranked last of 18 possible growth drivers. “Overall, we are sensing a continued optimism about the direction the industry is headed, which is good news for people entering the field,” said Fred Cook, Director of the USC Center for Public Relations. “But questions remain about the industry’s ability to attract the right talent, adapt to new technologies and increase the level of investment required to capitalize on these opportunities.”Both agency and corporate executives strongly agree that the ability to attract and retain the right talent is their greatest challenge and the majority of both groups believe the PR industry is not good at sourcing talent from outside its ranks, citing salary levels as the major obstacle. Traditional expertise still tops the list of skills communications departments and PR firms view as key to success over the next five years. Written communications is the skill ranked most important by client and agency respondents.  When asked what personal traits they felt were critical for the future, industry leaders ranked traditional values of teamwork and hard work near the top -- but they also believe their teams are already strong in these areas. They say more horsepower is needed in curiosity, creativity and critical thinking.

When asked about diversity, only 45% of agency heads and 44% of corporate executives believe their ranks are as diverse as their clients’ customers or stakeholders. Both groups cite lack of access to diverse talent at senior and entry levels as the primary challenge. “It’s clear that finding the right talent is by far the most critical factor in the PR industry’s future growth,” said Cook. “The more complicated question is what skills should this talent possess. Industry leaders still value traditional communications skills but are searching for more strategy, creativity and diversity.” Most survey respondents also anticipate change in the structure of their agencies and departments to better address changes in the communications landscape over the next five years, primarily driven by the adoption of new technologies and increased demand for content delivery across more channels. There is universal agreement that over the next five years, executives will be expected to deliver more strategy, more creativity and more measurement. Relationships also are shifting. Corporate communications clients acknowledge that they value agencies more for their strategy and creative prowess than for their “arms and legs.” Meanwhile, agencies disclose that about 30% of the time they report into marketing or brand management, versus 34% into corporate communications. By 2020, agency leaders expect to see their revenue streams shift away from earned media, but it will still be the dominant revenue driver at 36%. Meanwhile, all of the other media categories will grow  -- owned to 24.6%, shared to 24.2% and paid to 12.9%.  In total, PR executives predict 63% of all media outlets will offer paid placement opportunities in five years. Ironically, only 8% rank media buying skills as an important staff skill for the future. “The pace of change in public relations has never been faster than it is today, but at the same time, it will likely never be this slow again,” added Paul Holmes, editor of The Holmes Report, which partnered on the research. “Both agencies and their clients recognize that change is occurring, but it is not clear that they appreciate the extent, when it comes to finding non-traditional talent or developing non-traditional services, particularly outside of earned media channels."

Looking to the future, it is clear that PR as a profession is evolving.  All survey respondents agree that in five years their jobs will become more complex, challenging, and strategic.  Only 27% of agency leaders believe by the year 2020 the term “public relations” will clearly and adequately describe the work they do.

“As a partnership of almost 100 independent public relations firms on six continents, we are seeing the rapid evolution described in the report firsthand,” said Scott Chaikin, chair, Worldcom Public Relations Group.  “Our partner firms are more sophisticated and have a much greater range of capabilities today.  We’re much stronger as a result and the USC study paints a picture of an industry that is getting stronger as well.”

SmartColor® plays with colors for unique and surprising design


Digital printing that operates successfully since a couple of decades to the textile industry players is the solution for efficient large-scale production, such as fashion, visual communication and interior decoration. On the contrary, design is a matter of colors, light, shades and especially of creativity and expressiveness. So how to best match the technological innovation with the need to give vent to the style and customization of national and international brands?

The magic formula lies in the versatile and easy to use software as SmartColor® of Aleph, the Italian Company specialized in machines for large format digital printing. SmartColor® is a program for the production of textile design variants through the use of color charts and it is realized especially for style offices and converters. It allows to quickly realize variations through the monitor with a precise and clear final color simulation. The software can display more variants at the same time and is capable of handling an unlimited number, with the advantage of including all the information in just one file.

It is a proprietary integrated system for the management of images from small to large size and for color management through editing functions on variants, such as copy, paste, duplicate, import, etc. The color definition can also be done with a spectrophotometer, allowing the generation of new custom color atlases.

And for a perfect realization, the software allows a careful control of all stages and especially of the final design, approaching in this way the digital printing with conventional printing.

SmartColor® by Aleph is a universal program that can be used with all printers equipped with Microsoft or Windows drivers and all textile products on the market.

Created in 1999 in the heart of the Italian textile manufacturing excellence, Aleph is now a company with a solid know-how in the construction of printing machine and in the development of supporting software.

From large format textile printers to drying systems, from proprietary software to consumables, Aleph develops and manufactures technologically advanced products for each individual printing process, and offers reliable after-sales technical support services.

Aleph distributes in UK, India and Turkey through reliable partners. For more info, please visit

At Careggi in Florence, Prof. Stanislao Rizzo made his 25th implant of artificial retina


The Director of the Department of Ophthalmic Surgery of the University Hospital Careggi in Florence, Professor Stanislao Rizzo, recently awarded with the title of Commander of the Italian Republic, has performed his 25th implant of artificial retina on a 47 years old patient from Frosinone who was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a rare degenerative disease, at the age of 7. The patient, being treated at the Careggi, was eligible for treatment, performed under the national health service.

With the achievement of the target of 25 patients who went to Tuscany from all over Italy to be implanted with the artificial retina system Argus II, in just over four years, Prof. Rizzo is a case of Italian surgery excellence. It was in fact the first to believe in the technological progress expressed with the artificial retina implant. “To date, this technology appears to be the only effective response to improve the quality of life of patients who became blind because of outer retinal degeneration” says Prof. Rizzo.

In Italy there are over 20,000 people who have lost their sight because of a disease such as retinitis pigmentosa. The prosthesis, implanted during surgery, is a neurostimulation device that can bypass the death photo cell recipients and stimulate the vital remaining retinal cells. Thanks to a miniature video camera on the glasses supplied to the patient, Argus II captures and converts images into a series of small electrical pulses that are transmitted wirelessly to an array of electrodes implanted on the surface of the retina. These pulses are intended to stimulate the remaining cells of the retina, resulting in the creation of light patterns (MOTIVI in Italian) transmitted from the optic nerve to the brain. The patient then learns to interpret these visual stimulation during a rehabilitation period regaining some visual capabilities. By doing so, the patient will generally be able to achieve a good degree of autonomy by seeing any obstacles and moving around without fear both indoors and outdoors.

The retinal implant surgery performed by Prof. Rizzo and his team is part of over 180 executed in the world to date. Due to the high specialization of the Department of Ophthalmology of the Careggi and the competence of its Director, also in Italy, the latest technology applied to rare diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa, is a reality.



On the 25th February, with an event dedicated to culture and exchange among cultures, ILA was launched: the first certification of Modern Standard Arabic in Italy.

ILA is a relevant innovation in Italy for the teaching and learning of Modern Standard Arabic and is addressed both to Italian and Arabic speaking people: they will get a further competence for their professional career.

It is the first certification in Italy for the Arabic language, the first one referring to criteria and rules of the European Community, with a specific tool, the CEFR. The first test which certifies the skills belonging to the oral area, as required for all the other international certifications

An aspiring project, resulting from the specific need of building good relationships and enhance the mutual knowledge between two cultures and languages  in order to establish a permanent dialogue.

The dialogue was the focus of the evening with the participation of Tahar Lamri, intellectual and writer and with Jolanda Guardi, Scientific Director of ILA. They talked from their own point of view about two aspects of the language-culture and the communication, with the aim of interesting the participants in the Arabic culture through its language and giving them the idea that we can learn a lot from it.

In 2013 Arabic was already curricular in the language schools of Istituto di Cultura e Lingue Marcelline and now this certification represents the further step, but not the arrival point.

It is a starting point towards new objectives. Above all, fulfilling the oral levels of comprehension and interaction up to C2 level, and developing ILA papers to certify the written comprehension and production from A1 level up to C2 level. Finally, in step with what the future certificates will develop, working out ILA papers using multimedia items aiming at achieving a certificate testing and certifying interactive and production skills instantly as well.

Istituto Marcelline Tommaseo worked out and achieved this project with the great experience in teaching foreign languages it has gained since the ‘50ies, among the first in Italy. ILA will be a certification, but it will represent also a fertile ground for cultural exchange, mediation, dialogue and human and social interaction. 

Second International Circus Award MASTER


The second International Circus Award MASTER will take place on 01-05 July 2016 in Sochi, Russia. Until 31 March circus artists and professionals can apply for participation in 14 nominations. The MASTER Award is arranged by the Russian State Circus Company (Rosgostsirk). Established in 2015 it remains the only international prize in the circus sphere.

Moscow, Russia, 29 February 2016 – The Russian State Circus Company (Rosgostsirk) will run the second International Circus Award MASTER from 01-05 July 2016 in Sochi, Russia. A circus celebration dedicated to the award will attract the cream of the international circus society

Circus artists and professionals from all countries of the world (both, professional and amateur) can apply for participation in the MASTER Award at the official website until 31 March 2016. In order to do so it is only required to register and upload a video of their act, attraction or circus show. Participation is free.

In 2016 the MASTER Award features 14 nominations: Best Act, Best Circus Attraction, Best Show, Best Male Artist, Best Female Artist, Best Tamer, Best Clown, Best Director, Best Production Designer, Best Composer, Best Choreographer, Best Producer, Best-Trick, and Best Festival.

The International Circus Award MASTER is run by Rosgostsirk with the support of the Ministry of Culture of Russia. MASTER is the only international award in the circus sphere and was found in 2015. The Award immediately became internationally acknowledged and attracted participants from all over the world, spanning from the USA and Cuba to China and New Zealand. The ceremony was attended by world famous personalities of culture, art and politics, including the Minister of Culture of Russia Vladimir Medinskiy, the legendary Russian clown Oleg Popov, Russian national artist Josef Kobzon, and Charlie Chaplin’s son Eugene Chaplin.Italy was represented by the world famous clown David Labrile, who eventually won the Best Clown nomination. “Each time the new MASTER will differ from the previous one. This time we decided to tie the circus award celebration with cinema. There are lots of wonderful Russian and foreign movies dedicated to circus, including films starring Charlie Chaplin and made by Federico Fellini. We wanted to bridge these two arts. During all five nights we will show movies that are dedicated to or involve circus in the storyline”, – said Vadim Gagloev, the General Director of Rosgostsirk.

The circus celebration of the MASTER Award will take place from 01-05 July 2016 in Sochi, Russia, and will prove an exciting event that will feature striking innovatory ideas. One of which will be participation of rollers and skateboarders in the show, who will demonstrate their skills on a specially constructed ground with springboards, ramps and pyramids.

“These acrobatic genres deserve to be returned to circus arena as they are very popular and spectacular. We are going to amaze the public by both, traditional and innovatory circuses”, – said Oleg Chesnokov, the First Deputy General Director of Rosgostsirk. The International Circus Award MASTER was founded by Rosgostsirk and supported by the Russian Ministry of Culture. Today it is the only circus award in the world. The prize is awarded for professional achievements in creating circus acts and shows based on an international online vote and a decision of an international expert jury. The award is designed to promote circus art, to attract public attention to artists and circus workers, as well as to create new names and light circus stars.

SHOWA: Suspension kit for use in road riding introduced for the first time at EICMA 2015


At EICMA 2015 in Milan, Italy--the world’s biggest motorcycle show, known also as “The Milan Show” and open from November 17, 2015--Showa Corporation (Gyoda City, Saitama; President: Nobuyuki Sugiyama) is introducing its suspension kit boasting the topmost performance in public road riding, which will be the first among the optional parts to be launched to the market starting next year. Incorporated into this suspension kit are the “Balance Free Front Fork (BFF)” and “Balance Free Rear Cushion lite (BFRC® lite)”, which are Showa’s unique, cutting-edge technologies.

Drawing on feedback from the knowhow that has been cultivated through its involvement with the pinnacle of world motorsports (MotoGP; FIM Superbike World Championship [hereinafter called “WSBK”]; the Dakar), Showa’s motorcycle components division has developed and produced wide-ranging front forks and rear cushions, which are supplied to major motorcycle manufacturers around the world.

Released at last year’s Milan Show marking Showa’s first product display at the show, the BFF and BFRC® lite embody our unique technologies refined through our involvement with MotoGP and WSBK. Equipped with the BFF and BFRC® lite, the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R triumphed as the champion machine in the 2015 WSBK.

Showa will launch a suspension kit using this BFF and BFRC® lite next year. While boasting the topmost performance in public road riding, the new suspension kit will also have the durability required of a component on a mass production model. It is possible to install the suspension kit as optional parts on the sport motorcycles of various manufacturers to be launched in the spring of 2016 and thereafter, and the suspension kit will be installed on the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS (the 2016 model) and the Suzuki GSX-R1000 (the 2017 model). Sales of these optional parts will be conducted through the sales agents of K-Tech Suspension Ltd of the U.K. in Europe and SPK Corporation in Japan.

Showa’s booth at this year’s Milan Show will feature the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R, the vehicle that won the championship for the 2015 WSBK, along with the suspension kit released for the first time.



A survey conducted by The Worldcom Public Relations Group, a global partnership of the most experienced independent public relations firms in the world, revealed that 75 percent of its Americas Region partners supported the addition of a “dislike” feature to Facebook as it relates to client communications and engagement campaigns.

VoxPopMe, a powerful video platform that allows brands to capture instantaneous feedback from any audience, enabled the Worldcom Public Relations Group to collect real-time perspectives and opinions from its leaders on the significance and potential PR and brand implications of a Facebook “dislike” feature. A compilation of the video responses is available for viewing by visiting the following link:

The survey also revealed that the majority of respondents still view Facebook as a key channel for digital media strategies with 87 percent of respondents considering the social platform as an important component of a digital marketing strategy. However, 56 percent of respondents saw Facebook’s announcement on the company’s intention to develop the new feature as an effort by the social network to stay relevant in the face of Snapchat’s recent release of enhanced features.

“Our partners found the dislike feature a natural evolution by Facebook, as it now allows brands to collect more unvarnished data,” said Jonathan Bloom, marketing chair of Worldcom Public Relations Group Americas Region and CEO of McGrath/Power Public Relations & Communications, San Jose, Calif. “We think the feature will provide another tool to help better tailor content that resonates with consumers and target audiences.”

Manchester Royal Eye Hospital implants first AMD patient in the world with the Argus® II Retinal Prosthesis


Manchester Royal Eye Hospital and Second Sight Medical Products, Inc. (“Second Sight” or “the Company”) (NASDAQ: EYES), today announce that they are delighted by early stage tests on the world’s first ever dry Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) patient to receive the Argus II ‘bionic eye’. Paulo Stanga, Consultant Ophthalmologist & Vitreoretinal Surgeon at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital and Professor of Ophthalmology and Retinal Regeneration at The University of Manchester, says that initial screening tests on 80-year-old Ray Flynn, from Audenshaw in Manchester, have shown that he has perception in his central vision for the first time in many years. With the Argus II system switched on, Mr Flynn is able to make out the outline of people and objects even with his eyes closed – thus proving that he is not using any of his remaining natural vision to identify the shapes and outlines. The procedure to implant Mr Flynn took place on June 16 in a four-hour procedure. Mr Flynn’s system was turned on for the first time on July 1. Tests carried out the same day consisted of the patient looking at a computer screen and identifying black and white patterns, at different orientations. The patient’s ability to correctly identify the direction of the lines and the difference between the diagonal and horizontal lines shows that the Argus II device is providing central visual function that did not exist prior to the patient being implanted. It is expected that with practice and rehabilitation, Mr Flynn’s vision will continue to improve. Professor Stanga says: “Mr Flynn’s progress is truly remarkable. He is seeing the outline of people and objects very effectively.

Gianni Meneghetti reveals the latest creation signed Fulgor Milano


On 23 June at the presence of a large international audience, lights got turned on the latest creation by Meneghetti Spa: Sofia.

In the magnificent setting of Villa Gioia Grande Rosa, chosen for its proximity to the corporate headquarters and the charming atmosphere, an impressive presentation dedicated to Italian excellence took the stage.

Gianni Meneghetti with his family and all the staff has spoken about the territory, the knowhow, the Italian style, all ingredients that led to Sofia, a professional cooking range targeted primarily to North America and Canada.

The desire to bear witness to the values ​​deeply rooted in the passion for his work and the territory where the company operates actively since more than 60 years, has seen Gianni as the star of a surprising performance, supported by images and exciting videos to highlight the importance of the new achievement represented by Sofia.

More than 180 people attended the presentation: customers, distributors, business partners from the USA, South America, Australia, Europe and the Middle East were invited to discover the beauty of the Vicenza area to understand the context in which the Company designs and develops its products. A scenario which is the background of know-how and inventiveness that always characterizes every creation of Meneghetti Spa.

Fulgor Milano already has its own American history but with Sofia intends to reinforce its position on the market, focusing on some important facts such as technology and design.

Entirely "handcrafted in Italy", SOFIA is available in 30 and 36"  with gas, dual fluel and induction, and in 5 models.

The great attention to details, the study of shapes, sizes and materials make of this freestanding kitchen a jewel of engineering for semiprofessional cooking at your own home.

Beautiful and solid, SOFIA satisfies both in terms of aesthetic and practical.

After the presentation, lots of applause and enthusiastic comments have made a first success for the launch of Sofia and the renewed commitment at the international level of Fulgor Milano.



Ryanair, Europe’s favourite low fares airline, today (15 Jun) made a €10,000 donation to the Meyer Children’s Hospital in Florence, the latest in a series of charities to receive support from Ryanair’s “Fly to Win” scratchcards.

Ryanair’s Chief People Officer, Eddie Wilson, presented the €10,000 donation to Alessandro Benedetti, Secretary of The Meyer Foundation, a centre of excellence in the treatment of children in Italy and neighbouring countries.

Ryanair’s scratchcards are very popular with passengers who can win prizes of cash, luxury cars, or scoop a cool €1 million – all for a stake of just €2, which funds numerous charity donations across Europe.

Ryanair’s Eddie Wilson said:

“Ryanair is delighted to support Meyer Children’s Hospital, which does so much to help children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions. This centre of paediatric excellence is one of many worthy recipients across Europe to receive ongoing donations from Ryanair’s scratchcards, where passengers can win some fantastic prizes while helping out many great causes.”

Gianpaolo Donzelli, President of s The Meyer Children's Hospital Foundation said:

“The Meyer Children's Hospital Foundation is extremely grateful to Ryanair, which transports passengers from around the world, just as the Meyer Hospital helps children from many nations affected by serious and complex pathologies. It is thanks to Ryanair’s generosity and sensitivity that we can help these children return home in good health”.

“Grandma’s Staircase Express” delights the grandchildren and neighbours


The 100,000th stair lift by ThyssenKrupp installed at a retiree’s home in Bergisch-Gladbach near Cologne

Neuss/Bergisch-Gladbach, 3 June 2015 – There are 15 steps to the second level. 15 steps that demanded a great deal of Marga Schüler and were simply an abomination to her whenever she forgot something upstairs. Every step not only required strength, but it also caused her joint pain. However now that’s all in the past: The 80-year-old grandmother just “takes the Express and sails” up and down the stairs. “Express” – that’s what she calls her new stair lift. And this lift is very special because it’s the 100,000th seated stair lift produced by ThyssenKrupp.

“I want to live as long as possible in my own home,” says Marga Schüler. This attitude is the trend these days. One in two Germans would like to stay in their own home when they grow old. This is what the survey “Living in old age” came up with. It was conducted last year for ThyssenKrupp by the market research institute Innofact. Being close to family and friends, a secure health system, a good neighbourhood and predictable housing costs are reasons against moving to a new place when one is old.

But what fitted well when one was young, often no longer fits when one is old. “Back in 1974, my husband and I wanted to have a house without too many walls and doors and with a spiral staircase up to the second level. Within recent years, this staircase has become more of a problem for me; managing the stairs was already difficult enough, but when I also had my hands full and couldn’t really hold onto the railing correctly I noticed how much I missed that feeling of security,” says Marga Schüler. Since a few weeks, though, she has a stair lift from ThyssenKrupp. She can already no longer imagine her life without it.

Russian State Circus Company announced the new Master Award


The Russian State Circus Company (Rosgostsirk) presented its new project – an annual circus award “Master”. The project was presented by the General Director Vadim Gagloev at the International Circus Festival – City of Figueres.

Award ceremony of the first annual professional circus award "Master" will be held in Sochi State Circus on 27-30 June 2015. Its founders and organizers are the Ministry of Culture and "Rosgostsirk."

The award was established in order to find new and interesting projects and names in the field of circus arts, to promote professionalism and creativity in creating circus programs, shows, attractions, improving personal skills of artists and other members of the creative process.

It is designed to support existing tradition of circus business, develop modern trends in the circus arts, to choose the best, to boost artistic search, to facilitate the integration of art genres, to stimulate cross-cultural communication.

Hettich ArtCube – Top-drawer expertise Preview of Interzum 2015

March 24, 2015

When Interzum opens its doors from 5 to 8 May 2015, visitors to the Hettich booth can once again look forward to a special show that's soon sure to get around as the fair's highlight. "Top-drawer expertise" is the theme of the new Hettich ArtCube that will be presenting Hettich's new innovations and highlights.

Following the stir caused by "Kitchen Concept 2015" in 2009, the debut of the ArciTech drawer system in 2011 and "Slide it. Love it" in 2013, the Hettich ArtCube is set to become this year's visitor magnet. The three part "Top-drawer expertise" show takes visitors to the world of drawers: real-life exhibits merge with virtual spaces, a fascinating display puts the spotlight on platform concepts, and surprising new practical highlights move attention across to new Hettich products and visions.

"The trend towards more drawers is unbroken the world over", says Dr. Andreas Hettich, explaining the reason for showcasing this theme at Interzum 2015. "Quality, design and convenience are important to our customers. We are noticing that these demands are finding their way into the white goods segment on an increasing scale. Specializing in all segments, we take a comprehensive approach to the subject of drawers at Interzum under the aspects of perfection, purism, platform and individualisation." Hettich's ArtCube impressively spotlights Hettich's expertise in drawers by showing available product solutions and visions of the future.

Besides the latest trends, such as narrow reveals, large format and elegant drawers in steel and wood as well as handleless design, further aspects covered include cost effectiveness and straightforward handling throughout the process: drawer systems with intelligent platform concepts for industry, fittings retailers and cabinet makers reduce complexity and costs while covering broad swaths of the market.

Hettich will be at stand D30/E41 hall  8.1

Two patients successfully implanted with the “bionic eye” Argus II at Camposampiero Hospital, Padova

March 5, 2015

Dr. Marzio Chizzolini, Director of the OU Ophthalmology, Camposampiero Hospital Padova, and his surgical team, have successfully implanted two patients with artificial retinal prostheses, also known as the “bionic eye”, Argus II by Second Sight Medical Products. The surgeries took place on January 24 and 26, thus reaching the fourteen and fifteenth intervention of this kind in Italy. Camposampiero is the third surgical center in our country that can offer patients the new implant. The surgeries were paid by a healthcare reimbursement scheme with the aim of helping one man and one woman, respectively of ’63 and ‘50, who have become blind due to the inherited condition of retinitis pigmentosa, to gain greater independence. Retinitis pigmentosa is a rare, hereditary disease that causes progressive degeneration of the light-sensitive cells of the retina, leading to a level of sight loss that ranges from significant visual impairment to blindness.


March 3, 2015
Ryanair, Europe's favourite airline, today launched its new Customer Charter and unveiled its 2015 customer experience initiatives which form year 2 of its “Always Getting Better” programme.
Ryanair's new Customer Charter, launched in London today to mark the airline's 30th birthday, will underpin its relentless drive towards improving all aspects of the Ryanair experience for its 100m customers and comprises an 8-promise plan as follows:
1.  Always Getting Better is the way we promise to do things
2.  We promise the lowest fares
3.  We promise the best choice of destinations
4.  We promise to always prioritise safety
5.  We promise to strive to make your travel an enjoyable experience
6.  We promise we will always be Europe’s most reliable airline
7.  We promise to be transparent and to make travel simple for you
8.  We promise to innovate to make your travel exciting

Milions people travelling all around the globe every month to attend main international events

February 25, 2015, online platform for buying and selling tickets for sports events, musical or theatre performances around the world, has developed the dynamic infographic "Fans on the move" which includes the most popular international events that were held during the last three years (from January 2012 to December 2014). In the animation are represented visitors who traveled from their countries to countries of destination to attend events of distinct categories. For the realization of this project, the company has analyzed over 16,000 events around the world, particularly 30 monthly events and six top annual events.

The infographic is available at