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Innovation and the City – Copenhagen

Innovation and the City – Copenhagen

It is not surprising that the Copenhagen region was identified as an “innovation leader” in the European Union’s 2012 Regional Innovation Scoreboard, a comparative study of 190 regions throughout Europe. This designation of innovation leader  is based on a combination of performance indicators, such as public and private R&D, small and medium enterprise activity, the development…

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Innovation and the City – Stockholm

In the autumn of 2006, the Municipality of Stockholm embarked on developing a 25-year strategic blueprint for the development of Stockholm. Entitled Vision 2030, this initiative takes a holistic approach to urban growth, focusing not only on expanding physical capacity but also on the nurturing of vibrancy, diversity and the overall quality of a dynamic urban…

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Finland’s Regal Route

Finland’s Regal Route

The King’s Road is one of Northern Europe’s oldest transportation routes. Its royal pedigree alludes to the fact that this corridor was used by Swedish kings to wreak havoc on Russia and by the Russian Czar to return the favour in kind, once he got his chance. Originating in Bergen, Norway, it follows a postal…

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Sports Nutrition

Sports Nutrition

SPORTS NUTRITION FLEXING MUSCLE Once the sole province of hardcore athletes, sports nutrition is hitting the mainstream. An increasing number of sports hobbyists and even health-conscious couch potatoes are adding products designed for endurance athletes and body builders into their diet. According to the Nutrition Business Journal, these consumer groups today comprise 95% of a…

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A New Link Between Denmark and Germany

A New Link Between Denmark and Germany

THE FEHMARNBELT LINK: TUNNELLING THROUGH TO AN INTEGRATED EUROPE In October 2012, the prequalification process on one of the world’s most ambitious logistic infrastructure projects was announced. When completed, the Fehmarnbelt, an 18-kilometre immersed road and rail tunnel linking Denmark and Germany some 40 meters underneath the water’s surface, will be the longest tunnel of…

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Finance

Finance

  EXITING IN STYLE: 2012 HOT YEAR FOR STRATEGIC ISRAELI HI-TECH ACQUISITIONS A report compiled by PwC Israel indicates that in 2014, fifty high-tech companies completed exits for a total of US $5.5 billion. The report summarizes exits completed through strategic acquisitions by other companies. It does not, however, include either the acquisition of NDS, (a…

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Innovation and the City – Tel Aviv

Innovation and the City – Tel Aviv

TEL AVIV: START-UP CENTRE Like most great cities, Tel Aviv is constantly reinventing itself. Technology blended with the entrepreneurial spirit, an open mind, youthful energy and an irrepressible drive to create has led to the proliferation of hundreds of downtown technology start-ups. City Hall is lending a hand in turning Tel Aviv into “start-up central”…

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Cleantech – Waste to Synergy

Cleantech – Waste to Synergy

SOLID WASTE TREATMENT CONVERTS ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARD INTO GREEN ENERGY “Waste not, want not” is how the saying goes. Current solid waste treatment system turns this old chestnut on its head. For waste-to-energy technologies, solid waste serves as an input for electricity, steam, district heating/cooling or desalination.  Having embraced waste incineration and “district heating” decades ago,…

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Ashdod Harbour – Security Leader

Ashdod Harbour – Security Leader

ASHDOD HARBOUR – HLS IN ACTION Some 500 foreign participants at the Homeland Security Conference were recently treated to a demonstration of port security at Israel’s Ashdod Port. 40 km south of Tel Aviv, Ashdod is Israel’s main port, handling 1.9 million tons cargo and 1.2 million TEU container traffic and served more than 2,300…

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