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Hurricanes could increase over western Europe as climate warms

Damaging hurricanes are familiar along the North American east coast but are relatively rare in western Europe. That could change as Earth’s climate warms over the next century, according to a new study. Western European coastal areas do occasionally experience hurricane force storms in the current climate, but these occur mainly in winter and are formed not as tropical cyclones but by the midlatitude atmospheric baroclinic instability, which is driven by the north-south atmospheric temperature gradient. …read more

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United States Ranks as 19th Best Country for Retirees

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By MANDI WOODRUFF

For retirees hoping to live long and prosper in their golden years, the U.S. is only the 19th best place to be, according to a new index by the NGAM Durable Portfolio Research Center.

The humbling report, called the Natixis Global Retirement Index, places Western European countries far ahead of the U.S. in areas like health, finances, quality of life, and material well-being.

“The message is clear: You will be called on to finance more of your retirement,” John Hailer, NGAM‘s president and chief executive officer, said in a statement.

“Citizens of other industrialized nations can rely on strong social safety nets in old age, at least for now. In the U.S., we encourage workers to plan, save and invest, and promote policies that help them meet their future needs.”

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Norway ranked the best out of 150 nations studied, followed by Switzerland, Luxembourg, Sweden and Austria.

The U.S. was also overshadowed by its neighbor to the North, Canada (No. 13), Japan (No. 15), and came in just one spot ahead of the United Kingdom (No. 20).

Here’s where the U.S. falls behind:

A costly health care system. Although the U.S. spends more on health care per capita than any other country in the world, consumers are still left to cover a big portion of those costs on their own. For retirees, those costs only increase with age. On average, a 65-year-old couple will shell out more than $250,000 for out-of-pocket health care spending needs, according to U.S. News and World Report. Nearly all the high-ranking countries in the NGAM index have universal health care systems in place.

Aging boomers. Americans are living longer than ever, but federally-sponsored social programs that so many older consumers rely on today may not be able to sustain future retirees. According to NGAM, the number of people aged 65 or older is on track to triple by 2050. There’s no telling how long Social Security will last as a viable income option, and as it stands, more than half of married couples and 74 percent of unmarried persons receive 50 percent or more of their income from Social Security. It’s more vital than ever for consumers to re-estimate how much they’ll need to support themselves in retirement.

Retirement savings deficit. It should come as no surprise that more consumers are relying on social programs to supplement their income in old age. The Great Recession played its roll in pummeling nest eggs for millions of workers, but U.S. workers aren’t exactly known for their savvy savings strategy to begin with. More than 53 percent of American workers 30 and older are on a path that will leave them unprepared for retirement, according to a recent U.S. Senate Report. And as it stands, only one-third of eligible workers …read more
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Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc. to Webcast First-Quarter 2013 Earnings Conference Call

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Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc. to Webcast First-Quarter 2013 Earnings Conference Call

ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Coca-Cola Enterprises (NYSE/Euronext Paris: CCE) will release first-quarter 2013 earnings before the market opens on Thursday, April 25.

A conference call discussing these results will be webcast live through the company’s website, www.cokecce.com, at 10:00 a.m. ET, 3:00 p.m. GMT, and 4:00 p.m. CET. A replay of the presentation will be available later that day.

A copy of the company’s news release will be available through the website on the home page and under the Investors section under news and events.

ABOUT CCE

Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc. (CCE) is the leading Western European marketer, producer, and distributor of non-alcoholic ready-to-drink beverages and one of the world’s largest independent Coca-Cola bottlers. CCE is the sole licensed bottler for products of The Coca-Cola Company in Belgium, continental France, Great Britain, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden. We operate with a local focus and have 17 manufacturing sites across Europe, where we manufacture nearly 90 percent of our products in the markets in which they are consumed. Corporate responsibility and sustainability is core to our business, and we have been recognized by leading organizations in North America and Europe for our progress in water use reduction, carbon footprint reduction, and recycling initiatives. For more information about our company, please visit our website at www.cokecce.com and follow us on twitter at @cokecce.

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UPS Expands Expedited Ocean Freight Services, Global Reach

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UPS Expands Expedited Ocean Freight Services, Global Reach


UPS adds Preferred LCL lanes between Western Europe and the U.S. to help importers balance speed and cost

ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)– UPS® (NYS: UPS) today announced the expansion of its Preferred Less-Than-Container Load (PLCL) expedited ocean freight service to include Western Europe. The move highlights UPS‘s competitive advantage in providing customers new options to move goods quickly, yet economically. Additional port access will open in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and the United Kingdom, providing shippers up to 40 percent faster port-to-door delivery time to the U.S. than UPS‘s standard LCL service*. Customers will also have access to the same visibility technologies used for package shipments.

“The expansion of our expedited ocean freight service comes at a time when many companies are considering other modes of transportation for their freight movements,” said Keith Andrey, vice president, UPS ocean freight services. “In the two years that we’ve offered the PLCL service in Asia, we have seen a great deal of customer interest in an expedited ocean freight product. Now that we are expanding this service to Europe, we can help customers bridge the gap between the speed of air freight and the economy of ocean freight to better compete in the global market.”

UPS‘s PLCL service was first launched in the spring of 2011. The time-in-transit improvements are the result of leveraging UPS‘s existing North American freight network. UPS continues to be a leader in the ocean freight market for expedited LCL services, providing service from 26 Asian ports and now four Western European ports.

Companies positioned to benefit from this expedited ocean freight service include U.S. importers and European customers in the industrial, automotive, retail and healthcare industries.

As a top 10 global freight forwarder and one of the world’s top U.S. Non-Vessel Operating Common Carriers (NVOCCs), UPS provides a complete portfolio of ocean freight services ranging from transportation to a Supplier Management service that handles overseas vendors and orders. To learn more about UPS‘s ocean freight offerings and access our global freight services videos, visit ups.com/global freight.

UPS (NYS: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of …read more
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CCE Presents at CAGE Investor Conference, Affirms Full-Year 2013 Guidance

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CCE Presents at CAGE Investor Conference, Affirms Full-Year 2013 Guidance

ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Coca-Cola Enterprises (NYSE/Euronext Paris: CCE) will discuss its plans and outlook with investors at the Consumer Analyst Group of Europe (CAGE) Conference in London on March 18 at 11:15 a.m. EDT (3:15 p.m. in London). The public can access the presentation through our website, www.cokecce.com.

John F. Brock, chairman and chief executive officer, and Bill Douglas, executive vice president and chief financial officer, will deliver the remarks.

In the presentation, CCE will affirm 2013 full-year guidance, including earnings per diluted share growth of approximately 10 percent and net sales and operating income growth in a mid-single-digit range. This guidance is comparable and currency neutral. At recent rates, currency translation would reduce full-year earnings per share by approximately 1 percent to 2 percent.

ABOUT CCE

Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc. (CCE) is the leading Western European marketer, producer, and distributor of non-alcoholic ready-to-drink beverages and one of the world’s largest independent Coca-Cola bottlers. CCE is the sole licensed bottler for products of The Coca-Cola Company in Belgium, continental France, Great Britain, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden. We operate with a local focus and have 17 manufacturing sites across Europe, where we manufacture nearly 90 percent of our products in the markets in which they are consumed. Corporate responsibility and sustainability is core to our business, and we have been recognized by leading organizations in North America and Europe for our progress in water use reduction, carbon footprint reduction, and recycling initiatives. For more information about our company, please visit our website at www.cokecce.com and follow us on twitter at @cokecce.


FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Included in this news release are forward-looking management comments and other statements that reflect management’s current outlook for future periods. As always, these expectations are based on currently available competitive, financial, and economic data along with our current operating plans and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results contemplated by the forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements in …read more
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Texting And Talking On The Phone While Driving More Common In U.S. Than Europe, CDC Finds

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March 14 (Reuters) – More U.S. drivers chatted on the phone or used email and text messaging while behind the wheel in 2011 than did their counterparts in several Western European countries, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday.
The data showed 69 percent of Americans aged 18 to 64 reported they had talked on their cell phone while driving in the previous 30 days, more than in any European country surveyed. In Europe, rates ranged from 59 percent in Portugal to 21 percent in the United Kingdom.
Additionally, nearly a third of Americans reported they had read or sent text or email messages while operating a car, compared with 15 percent of drivers in Spain. Portuguese and American drivers were on par when it came to texting but full country-by-country data was not immediately available.
“Overall, drivers in the United States used their mobile phones to talk and text more than drivers surveyed in each of the other European countries,” said Rebecca Naumann, a CDC researcher on the survey.
The newly released data, collected in 2011 from thousands of drivers, comes at a time of growing public concern over the effects of distracted driving, which has been linked to thousands of vehicular deaths and injuries in recent years and has led to counter efforts by lawmakers and parents.
“We need to make a commitment to putting our devices away while we are in the car,” Naumann said.
The data came amid concerns over the impact of mobile phones and electronic devices on driving and road safety. Thirty-three U.S. states and the District of Columbia restrict at least some drivers from using their cell phones while driving, the CDC said.
Researchers said there was no significant difference in behavior along gender lines but that younger drivers were more likely to use their devices behind the wheel. Roughly half of U.S. drivers aged 18-24 reported reading and sending text or email messages, compared to nearly 10 percent of drivers aged 55 to 64.
Each day in the United States, more than nine people are killed and more …read more
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Review: HVD Comic Serif is a wholesome hero of a font

“So many designers hate Comic Sans,” designer Hannes von Döhren of HVD Font says in email. “They think people who don’t know design are overusing this funny little friendly font, which is nearly every time out of place.” His Comic Serif is a (PostScript) OpenType font that’s an interesting alternative if you want to stick with the comic book theme. The slab serif letters are drawn monoline, but with a fun, easy-going attitude.

Just like its archnemesis, Comic Serif is very legible, even at small text sizes, and can easily be used equally as a display or poster font. However, although the two Comic fonts have a vaguely related heritage, and both include the handwritten styles for lowercase a and g (rather than letter press style), Comic Serif probably isn’t going to be a good choice for beginning readers, mainly because of the heavy weight of the font and the short descenders, which cause the heavy slab serifs to almost not fit in the glyph.

Comic Serif is regular (400) weight, although it seems heavier, possibly because of the short ascenders and descenders relative to the x-height, and x-height slightly above the median. Plus, there’s no bold version of the font, so bolding the font in a text editing program like Microsoft Word or Open Office makes the letters almost run together. That said, Comic Serif includes a crazy 11,940 kerning pairs, so whatever your copy, it’s going to be well spaced; plus all upper and lowercase glyphs, plus numbers, punctuation, many mathematical and scientific glyphs, and Eastern, Central, and Western European language support.

As designer von Döhren suggests, appropriate use is key to not looking out of place, whatever font you use. So even though it includes scientific and mathematical glyphs, don’t use Comic Serif (or any font with the word Comic in its name, for that matter) for grant proposals, dissertations, or signs at MIT. Comic Serif includes installable embedding, and is free for personal and commercial use.

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United Kingdom The Sick Man Of Europe, Despite Free Medical Care

After sixty years of free universal health care, considerable increases in health care spending, and the introduction of several nationwide health initiatives, the United Kingdom has fared badly when compared to its Western European neighbours and Australia, researchers reported in The Lancet… …read more
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US, other nations quietly maneuvering to rein in sprawling, inefficient UN system

By George Russell

Frustrated by the epic inefficiency, sprawling disorganization and free-spending of their money by the United Nations, a group of Western donor nations, including the U.S., has been meeting quietly to develop a strategy to rein in the world organization’s more than $20 billion a year in anti-poverty assistance – which even parts of the U.N. concede hasn’t done much to relieve poverty.

The donor group’s aim is to produce some kind of workable reform agenda for the bloated system that will actually achieve greater efficiency, less duplication and fragmentation of efforts, less corruption and a greater ability to see where their money actually goes.

So far, the would-be reformers are mostly trying to figure out how cost-efficient U.N. programs are, and what management tools the widely differing U.N. organizations can be pressed into adopting.

The U.N. organizations themselves — including such high-profile entities as the United Nations Development Program, UNICEF, the World Food Program, the World Health Organization and more than 30 others —are not invited to the meetings.

According to a document summarizing one of the closed-door sessions obtained by Fox News, the group of 17 reformer nations is aware that they have a long march ahead to reshape the chaotic U.N. system, make it more rational, or even more financially comprehensible.

The document summarizes the most recent meeting of the reformers in the Swedish capital of Stockholm last November, and also looks forward to their next strategy session, known as the Senior Level Donor Meeting on Multilateral Reform, in Berlin next April.

When queried by Fox News for information about the meeting, a spokesman for Germany‘s federal Ministry for Economic Development Cooperation merely acknowledged that the session was taking place.

According to the Stockholm document, the donor nations, which include most major Western European nations, as well as Canada, Australia and the U.S.—but not Japan—are not trying to cut costs, but rather are about “achieving more with available resources.”

In response to questions from Fox News, a spokesperson for Britain’s Department for International Development (DFID), one of the major forces behind the reform exercise, says that “U.N. agencies know that cost effectiveness is an important priority for the U.K.—it is one of the criteria DFID used to assess the value for money of U.N. agencies in the U.K.’s multilateral aid review, which we are updating later this year.”

But in rare public discussions of the exercise, participants from Britain, for example, have also pointed to recent small but significant cuts to the administrative budgets of a few of the bigger agencies, amounting to about 5 percent, as fruit of their nearly year-long efforts.

And Britain has already been more draconian than that. DFID, widely considered to be one of the most aggressively reformist of donor organizations, announced in early 2011 that it would walk out of four smaller U.N. agencies that it had found in its original multilateral aid review had contributed little “value for money” for Britain’s investment, and were ranked “poor” in terms of their impact.

When questioned by Fox News about the British statements …read more
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