UN Security Council votes for a probe on Malaysia air crash

21 Jul 2014

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A UN resolution, backed by all 15 Members of the Council, is calling for the safe, secure, full and unrestricted access to the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.

The commercial aircraft was shot down on 17 July over the rebel-held region of Donetsk Oblast in Ukraine, killing 298 people.

Australia, which tabled the resolution, lost 37 of its citizens who were on board the flight.

In her statement to the Council on Monday, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia urged for respect in the handling of the victims’ remains.

Ms Julie Bishop said her country would not rest until all those who were killed in the “barbaric act” were brought home.

“Our resolution demands that the armed groups in control of the crash site provide safe access immediately to allow for the recovery of the bodies, and that the armed groups stop any actions that compromise the integrity of the crash site. This is imperative. There must be a cease-fire in the immediate area around the site.”

Ms Bishop urged Russia to use its influence over the separatists to ensure they cooperate with these efforts and to help bring the conflict in Ukraine to an end.

Russia is one of the five permanent members of the Council with the power to veto resolutions.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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Mohawk Industries Highlights ‘Good Choices’ In Fifth Annual Sustainability Report

CALHOUN, Ga., July 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Sustainable practices are ultimately good choices. In its fifth annual sustainability report, Mohawk Industries, the world’s largest flooring manufacturer, highlights the good choices the Company makes each day for customers, employees, shareholders, communities and the environment.

“Mohawk’s success is attributable to the good choices made in the past and will be sustained by making good choices in the future,” said Dave Patton, Mohawk Industries’ chief sustainability officer. “As our business continues to grow and expand into new geographies, we remain committed to making responsible choices that create the greatest value for our stakeholders, our customers and the men and women who make up our Company.”

Mohawk’s sustainability report underscores the Company’s commitment to good choices while maintaining consistency, transparency and accuracy in reporting. The 2013 sustainability report includes Mohawk’s three recent acquisitions, which ensures a comprehensive report that truly covers the entire enterprise.

“Last year, Mohawk’s global footprint expanded significantly, and our three major recent acquisitions are reflected in our sustainability report,” said Jenny Cross, vice president of corporate sustainability at Mohawk Industries. “Companies usually require years to fold acquisitions into their sustainability reporting, but our 2013 report includes complete and accurate performance metrics from our entire enterprise.” 

Mohawk’s interactive report, available exclusively online at www.mohawksustainability.com, highlights the Company’s good choices in 2013 and reaffirms its commitment to global stakeholders.

Highlights from Mohawk’s 2013 Sustainability Report include:

  • Continuation of the Company’s legacy of sustainable product innovation with Continuum™ clean recycled polyester fiber processing and Easy Airtight™ energy efficient roofing insulation panels
  • Extension of “Zero Manufacturing Waste to Landfill” program with twelve new sites earning the designation
  • Expansion of ability to meet local market needs into new geographies for laminate and ceramic products
  • Employment of 28% more individuals than in 2012
  • OHSAS 18001 health and safety certification at two North American Ceramic facilities
  • Completion of EPDs for all ceramic products manufactured in North America
  • Partnership between commercial carpet business and the International Living Future Institute and addition of Declare™ labels to products within the commercial carpet portfolio
  • FloorScore® certification for all solid wood, engineered wood and laminate floors manufactured in the U.S.

During 2013, Mohawk continued to make positive progress toward all of its 2020 environmental goals, which are key components of the Company’s sustainability platform. Using 2010 levels as baselines, Mohawk has committed to 25% intensity reductions for energy, greenhouse gases (GHG), water and waste to landfill by 2020.

“We remain committed to using resources more efficiently, reducing our emissions and up-cycling our waste stream into first quality products,” said Cross. “These practices are consistent with the values of millions of people, and we encourage that community to enter into dialogue with us through our social media platforms. We welcome feedback and good ideas that can help us further improve our sustainability practices.”

Individuals can post comments on Mohawk’s LinkedIn platform or follow the company’s Twitter feed (@mhkgreenworks). The Company also has a dedicated e-mail account to respond to sustainability inquiries: mohawkgreenworks@mohawkind.com.

To access Mohawk’s fifth annual Sustainability Report, please visit: www.mohawksustainability.com.

Joint Commission International Appoints New Asia-Pacific Managing Director

OAK BROOK, Ill., July 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Joint Commission International (JCI) has appointed new leadership in the Asia-Pacific region. Prabhu Vinayagam, M.B.B.S., assumes the role of managing director of JCI’s Asia-Pacific Office, located in Singapore, effective 3 July 2014. 

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“Dr. Vinayagam brings clinical experience as a physician and surgeon, strategic business acumen, and a wealth of knowledge of the Asia-Pacific region to his new role,” says Paula Wilson, president and CEO, JCI and Joint Commission Resources. “Asia-Pacific is a key region for JCI as we strive to help our clients reduce risk and improve health care outcomes. We are delighted to have Dr. Vinayagam leading our Asia-Pacific initiatives, where he will be supported by a top-notch team of employees who are all passionate about health care improvement.”

Vinayagam is responsible for regional and country-level strategy and business development for JCI’s advisory services, accreditation and education units in the Asia-Pacific region. He will focus on developing and strengthening strategic relations with international organizations, ministries of health, and leading academic medical centers and hospitals. Vinayagam will be attending Hospital Management Asia 2014, August 28-29, in Cebu City, Philippines, and will be available to meet with representatives of JCI accredited organizations during the conference.

Most recently, Vinayagam was director of Pharmacy Solutions and Clinical Strategy, Central and South Asia Pacific Region, at BD Medical. Previously, he was a surgeon and filled other key roles at Safdarjung Hospital, G.B. Pant Hospital and L.N.J.P.N Hospital, all in New Delhi. He is currently president of the Infusion Nurses Society-India, an organization he was instrumental in establishing to develop and disseminate infusion standards and guidelines in India.

Vinayagam received his MBBS from Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi University, India.

Joint Commission International (JCI) was established in 1994 as a division of Joint Commission Resources, Inc. (JCR), a wholly controlled, not-for-profit affiliate of The Joint Commission. Through international accreditation, advisory services, publications and education programs, JCI extends The Joint Commission’s mission worldwide by helping improve the quality of patient care. JCI assists international health care organizations, public health agencies, health ministries and others in more than 100 countries.

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Statement by the President on the Situation in Ukraine and Gaza

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release

July 21, 2014

South Lawn

11:16 A.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Good morning, everybody.  I want to make a brief statement about the tragedy in Ukraine.  Before I do, though, I want to note that Secretary Kerry has departed for the Middle East.  As I’ve said many times, Israel has a right to defend itself against rocket and tunnel attacks from Hamas.  And as a result of its operations, Israel has already done significant damage to Hamas’s terrorist infrastructure in Gaza.  I’ve also said, however, that we have serious concerns about the rising number of Palestinian civilian deaths and the loss of Israeli lives.  And that is why it now has to be our focus and the focus of the international community to bring about a cease-fire that ends the fighting and that can stop the deaths of innocent civilians, both in Gaza and in Israel.

So Secretary Kerry will meet with allies and partners.  I’ve instructed him to push for an immediate cessation of hostilities based on a return to the November 2012 cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.  The work will not be easy.  Obviously, there are enormous passions involved in this and some very difficult strategic issues involved.  Nevertheless, I’ve asked John to do everything he can to help facilitate a cessation to hostilities.  We don’t want to see any more civilians getting killed.

With respect to Ukraine, it’s now been four days since Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over territory controlled by Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine.  Over the last several days, our hearts have been absolutely broken as we’ve learned more about the extraordinary and beautiful lives that were lost — men, women and children and infants who were killed so suddenly and so senselessly.

Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with their families around the world who are going through just unimaginable grief.  I’ve had the opportunity to speak to a number of leaders around the world whose citizens were lost on this flight, and all of them remain in a state of shock but, frankly, also in a state of outrage. 

Our immediate focus is on recovering those who were lost, investigating exactly what happened, and putting forward the facts.  We have to make sure that the truth is out and that accountability exists. 

Now, international investigators are on the ground.  They have been organized.  I’ve sent teams; other countries have sent teams.  They are prepared, they are organized to conduct what should be the kinds of protocols and scouring and collecting of evidence that should follow any international incident like this.  And what they need right now is immediate and full access to the crash site.  They need to be able to conduct a prompt and full and unimpeded as well as transparent investigation.  And recovery personnel have to do the solemn and sacred work on recovering the remains of those who were lost.

Ukrainian President Poroshenko has declared a demilitarized zone around the crash site.  As I said before, you have international teams already in place prepared to conduct the investigation and recover the remains of those who have been lost.  But, unfortunately, the Russian-backed separatists who control the area continue to block the investigation.  They have repeatedly prevented international investigators from gaining full access to the wreckage.  As investigators approached, they fired their weapons into the air.  These separatists are removing evidence from the crash site, all of which begs the question — what exactly are they trying to hide?

Moreover, these Russian-backed separatists are removing bodies from the crash site, oftentimes without the care that we would normally expect from a tragedy like this.  And this is an insult to those who have lost loved ones.  This is the kind of behavior that has no place in the community of nations.

Now, Russia has extraordinary influence over these separatists.  No one denies that.  Russia has urged them on.  Russia has trained them.  We know that Russia has armed them with military equipment and weapons, including anti-aircraft weapons.  Key separatist leaders are Russian citizens.  So given its direct influence over the separatists, Russia and President Putin, in particular, has direct responsibility to compel them to cooperate with the investigation.  That is the least that they can do. 

President Putin says that he supports a full and fair investigation.  And I appreciate those words, but they have to be supported by actions.  The burden now is on Russia to insist that the separatists stop tampering with the evidence, grant investigators who are already on the ground immediate, full and unimpeded access to the crash site.  The separatists and the Russian sponsors are responsible for the safety of the investigators doing their work.  And along with our allies and partners, we will be working this issue at the United Nations today. 

More broadly, as I’ve said throughout this crisis and the crisis in Ukraine generally, and I’ve said this directly to President Putin, as well as publicly, my preference continues to be finding a diplomatic resolution within Ukraine.  I believe that can still happen.  That is my preference today, and it will continue to be my preference.

But if Russia continues to violate Ukraine’s sovereignty and to back these separatists, and these separatists become more and more dangerous and now are risks not simply to the people inside of Ukraine but the broader international community, then Russia will only further isolate itself from the international community, and the costs for Russia’s behavior will only continue to increase. 

Now is the time for President Putin and Russia to pivot away from the strategy that they’ve been taking and get serious about trying to resolve hostilities within Ukraine in a way that respects Ukraine’s sovereignty and respects the right of the Ukrainian people to make their own decisions about their own lives.

And time is of the essence.  Our friends and allies need to be able to recover those who were lost.  That’s the least we can do.  That’s the least that decency demands.  Families deserve to be able to lay their loved ones to rest with dignity.  The world deserves to know exactly what happened.  And the people of Ukraine deserve to determine their own future. 


11:25 A.M. EDT

Consolidation and Contraction in the GaAs Epitaxial Substrate Market says Strategy Analytics

BOSTON, July 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — While GaAs epitaxial substrate demand registered a small gain in 2013, revenues declined for the second straight year.  The recently released Strategy Analytics Advanced Semiconductor Applications (ASA) spreadsheet model and Forecast and Outlook report, “Markets for Semi-Insulating GaAs Epitaxial Substrates: 2013 – 2018”, forecasts that trends in the GaAs device market will result in only slight production growth and further revenue declines.

Semi Insulating GaAs Epitaxial Substrate Production
Semi Insulating GaAs Epitaxial Substrate Production

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The report concludes:

  • Demand for semi-insulating GaAs epitaxial substrates grew by slightly less than 1 percent in 2013. Despite the small growth in demand, revenue declined by 5 percent from 2012 levels.
  • Through its acquisition of RFMD’s MBE manufacturing capabilities and Kopin’s III-V business, IQE has become the dominant supplier, accounting for nearly 60 percent of all production.
  • Continuing price erosion will result in GaAs epitaxial substrate production growing only slightly through 2018, while revenue will decline to reach an estimated $393 million.

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Eric Higham, Service Director, Advanced Semiconductor Applications commented: “The same trends that are challenging the GaAs device manufacturers filter down to the substrate manufacturers. Increasing market share for CMOS PAs and multi-mode, multi-band GaAs PAs will both slow growth and reduce revenue at the epi substrate manufacturers.”

Asif Anwar, Director in the Strategic Technologies Practice added: “IQE has become the dominant supplier in MOCVD and MBE substrates, but all the suppliers will be facing the challenge of a GaAs device market that is flattening.”

Frost & Sullivan: Region-specific Strategies a Must for Growth in the European Data Centre Services Market

LONDON, July 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The cost advantage of outsourcing as well the growth in cloud, machine-to-machine connectivity and content-heavy applications is lending momentum to the European data centre services market. As companies look for ways to process an escalating amount of data without the hassle of managing an in-house data centre, the uptake of data centre services will continue to rise. In fact, the market is expected to see a compound annual growth rate of 16 per cent up to 2018 despite several restraints. The United Kingdom, Germany, France and Benelux will be the largest markets in the region.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, European Data Centre Services Market, which covers the retail colocation and managed hosting segments, finds that retail colocation will witness lower growth rates than managed hosting due to its market maturity. The retail colocation segment generated revenues of $2.83 billion in 2013 and is estimated to reach $5.27 billion in 2018; managed hosting revenues will increase from $2.01 billion to $4.90 billion over the same period.

“The pressing need to focus internal resources on innovative IT tasks and capitalise on economical IT management services compel enterprises to turn to managed hosting providers for data centre services,” says Frost & Sullivan Information and Communication Technologies Research Analyst Shuba Ramkumar. “The growth of cloud services will also drive the colocation services market in the short term.”

In the long term, however, increasing efficiency and security of the cloud will challenge the growth of the retail colocation market.

In addition, organisations across Europe are bound by regional data laws that complicate decisions with respect to availing outsourcing services. The location of data centres, therefore, becomes an important consideration for users when choosing a provider. The regional nature of European organisations also means that many of them are wary of foreign companies and prefer local providers. These cultural and language barriers are especially strong in countries such as France, Spain, and Italy.

“In order to widen their customer base across Europe, it is important for providers to offer services from a data centre located within a region,” advises Ramkumar. “At the same time, they must provide efficient IT support as well as ensure data confidentiality and security to win the trust of potential customers.”

Due to the need to implement different infrastructure frameworks based on application type, enterprises will use traditional data centre services alongside the adoption of cloud services. As a result, the European data centre services market is focussing on more hybrid data centre services that combine colocation, managed hosting and cloud solutions.

If you are interested in more information on this study, please send an e-mail to Edyta Grabowska, Corporate Communications, at edyta.grabowska@frost.com, with your full contact details, company name and website, city, and country.

European Data Centre Services Market is part of the Telecom Services (http://www.ipcommunications.frost.com), Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related studies include: Cloud in European Vertical Markets, Analysis of the European Infrastructure-as-a-Service Market, Latin American Managed Security Services Market, Data Centre Market in Gulf Cooperation Council Countries, and APAC Unified Communications as a Service Market. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

GaAs Bulk Substrate Market Sees Further Revenue Contraction in 2013 says Strategy Analytics

BOSTON, July 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Despite strong growth in the GaAs device market, GaAs bulk substrate manufacturers saw both production and revenues decline for the second straight year.  The recently released Strategy Analytics Advanced Semiconductor Applications (ASA) spreadsheet model and Forecast and Outlook report, Semi-Insulating GaAs Bulk Substrate Markets: 2013-2018 forecasts that new mobile architectures, competing technologies and flattening GaAs device growth rates will result in further declines in the total available market (TAM) for GaAs bulk substrates.

Semi Insulating GaAs Substrate Production
Semi Insulating GaAs Substrate Production

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The report concludes:

  • Demand for semi-insulating GaAs bulk substrates declined by nearly 2 percent in 2013. The volume decline and increasing price erosion caused revenues to decline by 8 percent.
  • As a result, bulk substrate demand will grow with a CAAGR of less than 1 percent through 2018.  With price erosion returning to historical levels, the slow growth of substrate production will drop revenues to $160 million in 2018.

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Eric Higham, Service Director, Advanced Semiconductor Applications commented: “There will be challenging times ahead for GaAs substrate manufacturers. “The emergence of CMOS PAs and multi-mode, multi-band GaAs PAs will both act to slow growth and reduce revenue.”

Asif Anwar, Director in the Strategic Technologies Practice added: “The good news is that prior disruptions in the GaAs bulk substrate supply chain appear to have been addressed, but this means a return to historical price erosion rates that will pull revenues down.”

Monument Capital Group Holdings Appoints World Class Team of Science and Data Experts to Advise on Security and Technology Acquisitions

WASHINGTON, July 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Leading figures in the world of cryptology and data security have joined the expert team at global security industry investment firm Monument Capital Group Holdings (MCGH).

MCGH is an international private investment firm focused on investments in non-lethal products and services in the global and national security sectors. MCGH specifically targets leading-edge technology companies.

Michael Leiter is Head of Global Government & Cyber Operations and Senior Counselor to the CEO of Palantir Technologies. From 2007 to 2011 he was Director of the United States National Counterterrorism Centre. Mr Leiter has joined MCGH as a Senior Advisor. He will work the MCGH team to provide analysis of the changing global cyber security space and help to inform the firms’ target market and acquisition strategy.

Professor Silvio Micali is a world-renowned cryptologist at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Turing Award Laureate. Professor Alex Pentland is Director of Human Dynamics at MIT Media Lab. He is considered a world-leading expert on data. Both have joined MCGH as scientific advisors.

Chairman and Managing Partner of Monument Capital Group Holdings Joel Andre Ornstein said:

We are developing a team of world class experts who have an unrivalled understanding of the pioneering development and application of technology within the fast moving security and data industries. We are one of only a handful of private equity firms focusing exclusively on the global security market and these appointments give us the insight and edge needed to deliver high growth returns.

Spending on technology and services in the global and national security sectors currently exceeds more than $1.3 trillion globally and is expected to continue to grow in excess of 7% per annum.

The need for off-the-shelf innovative technologies means that middle-market R&D driven companies, pioneering technological innovation, are able to access this high growth, radically shifting market.

Monument Capital Group Holdings Co-founder Robert J.Dunn said:

“Changes in the global security landscape are creating a demand for different kinds of technology developed by new, small to midcap technology-led companies. Monument Capital Group Holdings is targeting investment at those companies that have the potential for significant growth. We use our expertise and access to emerging markets to create significant opportunities for investors and innovative firms alike.”

Michael Leiter, Professor Micali and Professor Pentland join an MCGH team that comprises leading figures from the worlds of finance, private equity, government and the technology security sectors.

Frost & Sullivan: Focus on Product Differentiation and Innovation Will Sustain Alcohol Ingredients Market

LONDON, July 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The global alcohol ingredients market, which covers flavours, colours and other ingredients for beers, spirits and wines, is expected to see steady growth despite the dominance of a few companies. While flavours remain the biggest segment in the market, strong growth is projected in the “other ingredients” segment due to booming demand for yeast and enzymes.

Geographically, focus is expected to increase on developing regions such as Asia-Pacific, where consumer spending on alcohol is rising. Understanding the traditional and cultural tastes and preferences of consumers in these regions will be crucial to take full advantage of this trend.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Analysis of the Global Alcohol Ingredients Market, finds that the market earned revenues of $989.2 million in 2013 and estimates this to reach $1.18 billion in 2019. While Western markets – Europe in particular – are the largest consumers, the strongest growth potential is presented by emerging markets such as Asia-Pacific, South Africa and Latin America. Spirits have the largest market share of alcohol beverage ingredients, mainly driven by the extensive use of flavours.

“As innovation is a key success factor in the alcohol beverage industry, new product development is likely to gain pace in the ingredients space,” said Frost & Sullivan Chemicals, Materials & Food Industry Analyst Tosin Jack. “Brand image and customer loyalty will also drive growth, with consumers embracing authenticity and sticking to products they know best.”

However, the decline in alcohol consumption in developed regions reduces the incentives for manufacturers to invest in production, thus, stifling innovation and restraining alcohol ingredients market growth. Campaigns launched to tackle alcoholism also hamper market expansion. Further, price volatility and limited availability of raw materials to manufacture alcohol ingredients are challenging market participants.

“Within this scenario, finding ways to add value to the alcohol ingredients on offer, and providing robust technical support, will be of utmost importance,” noted Ms Jack. “For companies with a global presence, consolidating with regional and smaller companies that have substantial knowledge of the local market will allow them to tailor alcoholic beverage production to suit varying regional and local tastes.”

For more information on this study, please email Julia Nikishkina, Corporate Communications, at julia.nikishkina@frost.com.

Analysis of the Global Alcohol Ingredients Market is part of the Food and Beverage Ingredients (http://www.food.frost.com) Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related studies include: North American Plant Health Improvement Agents (PHIA) Market, Global Food and Beverage Processing Support Market, and Global Dairy Ingredients Market. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.