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Subject: newsfox.digest
Date: Wed, 12 Feb 2003 22:10:24 +0100 (CET)

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News of the day
Message digest by newsfox from 02/12/2003
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 1. Google named leading world brand 
    Nokia first in Europe 
    (pte030212019)

 2. Intracom stake in Siemens approved 
     
    (pte030212020)

 3. BP invests billions in Russian oil venture 
    New company expected to supply 1.2 million barrels a day 
    (pte030212023)

 4. German music industry plans download site 
    New platform to go online by mid 2003 
    (pte030212028)

 5. Climate change may affect poor regions of Italy 
    Severe loss of biodiversity expected in next decades 
    (pte030212032)

 6. Swiss cement industry agrees to CO2 cuts 
    First sector to set common targets with government 
    (pte030212033)

 7. Croatian doctors urged to end strike 
    Union measures blamed for unnecessary deaths 
    (pte030212034)

 8. Coulthard against secret deals in F1 circuit 
    Scottish star fears agreements could harm Grand Prix 
    (pte030212038)

 9. Austrian ISPs on the verge of bankruptcy 
    Price war will soon lead to significant reduction 
    (pte030212050)

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   Google named leading world brand
   Nokia first in Europe

   New York (pte, Feb 12, 2003 11:58) - The popular search engine Google has
   received the title "Brand of the Year" for 2002 in a study carried out by
   the marketing agency Interbrand http://www.interbrand.com. Among 1,315
   participants, Google achieved first place with a 15 per cent hold on the
   global market ranking.

   Google was followed by computer producer Apple (14 %) and soft drink
   giant Coca-Cola (12 %). Fourth and fifth in the world ranking were
   Starbucks (11 %) and Ikea (10 %).

   Nokia http://www.nokia.com took first place in Europe, achieving 19 per
   cent of the vote among 1,290 participants, followed by Ikea at 16 per
   cent and Mini at 15 per cent. Fourth place went to BMW (12 %), and fifth
   place went to the Swedish brand Absolut.

   Target http://www.target.com was the leader in the United States,
   receiving 19 per cent of the vote, followed by Apple (18 %) and Starbucks
   (13 %). Places four and five were occupied by Krispy Kreme doughnuts (12
   %) and the airline JetBlue. In total, 1,983 people took part in the US
   survey.

   LG Electronics http://www.Ige.co.kr dominated the Asian market by earning
   24 per cent of the vote, followed by Samsung (22 %) and Sony Playstation
   (19 %). Only 800 people in this region filled out the questionnaire.

   The survey was carried out online in November and December 2002 in a
   cooperation with Business Week and Brandchannel.com
   http://www.brandchannel.com.
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   Submitter: pressetext.europe
   
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   Intracom stake in Siemens approved

   Athens (pte, Feb 12, 2003 12:15) - Greek telecom equipment producer
   Intracom has received permission to acquire a 41 per cent stake in the
   local branch of German industrial group Siemens AG. As reported by
   Seeurope, the European Commission gave the deal its official approval
   yesterday.

   Intracom http://www.intracom.gr/ plans to purchase a 29 per cent stake
   directly from Siemens, and another 12 per cent in shares from the
   National Bank of Greece. Together Intracom and Siemens would then hold 41
   per cent each. The Greek National Bank would retain 18 per cent of shares
   in the form of Siemens Teleindustrie.

   According to Siemens http://www.siemens.com Information and Communication
   Networks, the sale of this sizeable stake to Intracom is part of its
   strategy to boost production units around the world and offer expanded
   services in southeast Europe.
   (end)
    
   Submitter: pressetext.europe
   
   Contact: Astrid Nolte,
   E-Mail: address@hidden,
   Phone: + 43 – 1 – 811 40 – 319

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   BP invests billions in Russian oil venture
   New company expected to supply 1.2 million barrels a day

   Moscow/London (pte, Feb 12, 2003 12:44) - British energy group BP
   http://www.bp.com is investing billions of dollars in a new Russian joint
   venture, which will form Russia’s third largest oil and gas business.

   In the deal BP has agreed to join together with Russia’s Alfa Group and
   Access-Renova (AAR), with each partner holding a fifty per cent stake.
   Over the next four years, BP plans to invest a total of 6.75 billion
   dollars in cash and shares.

   The new oil supplier will incorporate TNK and Sidanco. Together they
   produce approximately 1.2 million barrels of oil a day. It will also own
   significant exploration interests in Siberia and Sakhalin, together with
   a major downstream business that includes interests in five refineries
   and a retail network of over 2,100 sites in Russia and the Ukraine.

   BP estimates that the new company will have production of some 1.2
   million barrels of oil a day, and that the oil and gas resources of the
   new concern are at least 5.2 billion barrels.

   In a BP press release Chief Executive Lord Browne called the transaction
   "a major strategic step into a country with massive oil and gas reserves
   and immense potential for future growth.” He further said: "These prudent
   measures, combined with Russia's greatly improved economic stability,
   improved legal system and increasing commitment to international rules of
   trade and business, have convinced BP that now is the time to deepen our
   partnership with AAR."

   The transaction, which will be effective from 1 January 2003, is
   scheduled for completion in the summer.
   (end)
    
   Submitter: pressetext.europe
   
   Contact: Astrid Nolte,
   E-Mail: address@hidden,
   Phone: + 43 – 1 – 811 40 – 319

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   http://www.pressetext.com/pte.mc?pte=030212028

   German music industry plans download site
   New platform to go online by mid 2003

   Dusseldorf (pte, Feb 12, 2003 13:12) - The German music industry may soon
   have its own communal platform for music downloads.

   According to Handelblatt http://handelsblatt.com, the German industry
   plans to launch a new portal by mid 2003, which should initially serve as
   a business-to-business platform for music dealers and online services.

   The driving force behind the project is Phononet GmbH
   http://www.phononet.de, which is owned by six music companies including
   Universal and Edel Music. Unlike the unsuccessful US industry download
   sites, the German version should offer clients a more unified and
   centralized business location.

   German phonographic association head Gerd Gebhardt told Handelsblatt:
   "The music industry has understood that there must be an alternative to
   illegal music exchange sites.”

   Negotiations are being held with several providers, including Deutsche
   Telecom, over who should provide the technical infrastructure of the
   platform.

   The platform will be directed at business clients looking for a
   ready-made music portal, which can be listed as a logo and link on their
   own websites.

   Phononet GmbH currently runs a website called Muscline.de
   http://musicline.de, which could potentially be restructured as a
   download portal.

   While the portal would show a unified face to its clients, the
   participating labels would individually profit from their music sales.
   (end)
    
   Submitter: pressetext.europe
   
   Contact: Astrid Nolte,
   E-Mail: address@hidden,
   Phone: + 43 – 1 – 811 40 – 319

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   http://www.pressetext.com/pte.mc?pte=030212032

   Climate change may affect poor regions of Italy
   Severe loss of biodiversity expected in next decades

   Rome (pte, Feb 12, 2003 13:50) - Changes in climate could have a
   devastating effect on several impoverished regions of Italy, according to
   a new study by the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy
   and the Environment (Enea) http://www.enea.it.

   As new research by Enea shows, much of Italy will experience
   desertification, loss of biodiversity, and less rainfall yet more
   flooding within the next few decades. Experts expect these effects of
   climate change to hit the poorest areas of the country particularly hard.

   Among the regions most affected will be mountains, coastlines, the south
   and the two major islands of Sardinia and Sicily, the report states.
   Because of their heavy dependence on agriculture and tourism, Italy’s
   southern regions are likely to experience the most severe economic
   setbacks.

   The Venice area in the northeast of the country and several river
   estuaries will have a higher risk of flooding. Researchers say a total of
   4,500 square km of land could be at risk, 62.6% of which is located in
   the south.

   Reduced rainfall and higher temperatures, especially in the summer, could
   also put considerable strain on the south and the islands, where many
   areas are already undergoing a process of desertification.

   The experts involved in the study have urged the government and local
   authorities to be quick in focusing on preventative measures. They
   caution that better coastal protection is needed to prevent the erosion
   of the coastline, and that farmers should prepare to adapt to more
   efficient methods of irrigation.

   Enea’s declared mission is to provide research and innovation for the
   sustainable development of the nation.
   (end)
    
   Submitter: pressetext.europe
   
   Contact: Astrid Nolte,
   E-Mail: address@hidden,
   Phone: + 43 – 1 – 811 40 – 319

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   Swiss cement industry agrees to CO2 cuts
   First sector to set common targets with government

   Bern (pte, Feb 12, 2003 14:04) - Switzerland’s cement industry has become
   the first sector to join forces with the government in setting targets to
   reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. In a signed agreement, the sector
   has pledged to reduce emissions between now and 2010.

   The agreement was made under the government's Energy Switzerland
   programme, which aims to achieve a ten per cent reduction in CO2
   emissions compared with 1990 levels. The target is required by national
   law.

   Under the agreement, the cement industry is prepared to reduce the amount
   of CO2 produced by fossil fuel combustion processes by 44 per cent. This
   should largely be achieved through the replacement of fossil carbon-based
   fuels with renewables. A second binding target is to reduce the amount of
   CO2 resulting from manufacturing processes by 30 per cent.

   Switzerland's federal agency for the environment, forests and landscape
   (Buwal) http://www.buwal.ch/ expects to conclude around 30 similar
   agreements with various financial sectors under the Energy Switzerland
   programme this year.

   Despite expected progress, Buwal says the government has not ruled out
   the introduction of a special CO2 tax to help it meet the ten per cent
   target.
   (end)
    
   Submitter: pressetext.europe
   
   Contact: Astrid Nolte,
   E-Mail: address@hidden,
   Phone: + 43 – 1 – 811 40 – 319

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   Croatian doctors urged to end strike
   Union measures blamed for unnecessary deaths

   Zagreb (pte, Feb 12, 2003 14:18) - Croatian doctors have been warned to
   end a one-month strike action amid claims that 13 people have died as a
   direct result of their actions, as reported by HRT Web
   http://www.hrt.hr/.

   The Croatian Department of Health confirmed that it believed the
   month-long industrial action organised by the Croatian Doctor’s Union
   (HLS) over pay and conditions had claimed lives, but declined to say how
   many patients this was in total.

   The Department of Health has however set up a special free phone
   complaints hotline for people to call to report doctors who they accuse
   of breaking their Hippocratic oath, a move unions say is a way of putting
   pressure on the strikers.

   Croatian media have carried a spate of reports about what they claim are
   13 alleged deaths, including a report in the weekly news magazine the
   Feral Tribune which carried the headline "Croatian Doctor’s Killed My
   Mother”.

   Speaking at a press conference in the wake of media outrage, Croatian
   Prime Minister Ivica Racan said concern was now so great the government
   planned to force the union to back down and let doctors go back to work
   in an effort to "protect patients and the dignity of doctors as well".

   He said: "The government will take clear action."

   The HLS, which represents 90 per cent of the country’s doctors, called
   the strike to back its demands for a 27 per cent hike in wages. The
   average salary for a doctor in Croatia is roughly 750 pounds per month.
   Under the terms of the strike doctors will only deal with patients
   requiring essential or urgent medical attention.

   The Croatian Health Ministry spokesman in Zagreb said that if the doctors
   rejected the Prime Minister’s appeal then they could be ordered to return
   to normal service by invoking a provision in the Croatian constitution
   which allows the government to force people working in the public sector
   to call off strikes. The spokesman did not give a timetable, but added if
   that failed for whatever reason, they could then sue the organizers of
   the strike.

   Union leader Ivica Babic speaking last night (Mon) on Croatian television
   dismissed the Health ministry claims and media reports of deaths as a
   result of the strike, and insisted that no-one had died.

   He accused the media of acting as the puppet of the government and
   conspiring to influence public opinion by turning it against doctors. He
   also pledged that the strike would continue regardless of what legal
   action was taken.

   A doctor’s union spokesman in the southern town of Split who asked not to
   be named said: "We could set a limit of 40 minutes per patient
   consultation, as we are allowed to under law. That wouldn't be a real
   strike, but would create chaos. We still have a lot of options whatever
   they do."
   (end)
    
   Submitter: pressetext.europe
   
   Contact: Mike Leidig,
   E-Mail: address@hidden,
   Phone: + 43 – 1 – 811 40 – 319

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   Coulthard against secret deals in F1 circuit
   Scottish star fears agreements could harm Grand Prix

   Bratislava (pte, Feb 12, 2003 14:38) - Scottish F1 ace David Coulthard
   fears behind the scenes deals between teams on the Formula One circuit
   http://www.formula1.com/ could destroy attempts to make Grand Prix more
   interesting.

   The 31-year-old McLaren driver said that under new rules on qualifying
   and car set-ups this season every Grand Prix would see some of the best
   drivers on the circuit forced to fight their way into leading positions
   from the back of the grid.

   But while that would be exciting, the star said, it could become
   artificial if drivers from one F1 outfit help those of another.

   He told Slovak daily ‘Pravda’ http://www.pravda.sk: "It’s going to be
   more interesting. At every Grand Prix there’ll be a couple of good
   drivers who will start from the back. If they want to get higher up
   they’ll have to do a lot of overtaking, which is what the fans like.

   "But I hope that no groups behind the scenes get in the way of that
   contest. Ferrari supply motors to the Sauber team. It could happen that a
   Sauber driver would have to free up the track for a Ferrari driver, which
   would destroy the entire attempt to make Grand Prix more dramatic.

   "I don’t want to tempt the devil but these things can happen.”

   Under new rules introduced for this season by the sport’s governing body,
   the FIA, drivers will be able to drive only one lap after coming out of
   the pits to set their fastest time during qualifying.

   In previous seasons drivers were allowed to race twelve laps in a
   qualifying session, and as many as they wanted after coming out of the
   pits, and take their best time from those laps.

   The FIA has also ruled that any driver who changes his set up between
   qualifying and the actual race will have to start from the back of the
   grid.

   Coulthard said: "Qualification will be a challenge for every driver.”
   (end)
    
   Submitter: pressetext.europe
   
   Contact: Harry Miltner,
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   Phone: + 43 – 1 – 811 40 – 319

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   Austrian ISPs on the verge of bankruptcy
   Price war will soon lead to significant reduction

   Vienna, Austria (pte, Feb 12, 2003 18:36) - Every second internet service
   provider in Austria is on the verge of bankruptcy, according to a study
   by Arge, which examined the internet activities of around 70.000
   organisations. http://www.argedaten.at The survey found that 140 of the
   600 internet service providers are competing for contracts from the most
   attractive 500 big companies, four fifths of which use the services of
   more than one company.

   Experts predict that the fierce price war will soon lead to a reduction
   in the number of internet service providers, as many are pushed into
   bankruptcy. The survey predicted that the price of internet services
   would not go much lower next year and that companies would seek to win
   new clients by offering services such as the atomisation of data, or by
   specialising in certain sectors and themes and by focussing on regions.
   According to the study, the relatively large number of internet service
   providers in Austria means that customers will continue to be able to
   dictate the price. Telekom Austria is the market leader with a 15 per
   cent share of the company internet share provider market followed by UTA
   and Inode with market shares of ten per cent.

   (end)
    
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