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Napoléon Takes to the Battlefield Again

Yves Jégo, a French deputy from the Radical Party and mayor of Montereau, site of a Napoleonic victory, proposes to build a new leisure park about the epic deeds of Napoléon Bonaparte, just 45 miles from Disneyland Paris.

The park will be called Le Bivouac de Napoléon, and the Prefect Jean-Louis Dufeigneux is going to present this idea on 17 February, the anniversary of the battle of Montereau (17-18 February 1814), which resulted in the victory of the French against the Austrians and the Württembergers. The mayor’s team has to raise €200m ($255m) and would like to start building on 17 February 2014, the battle’s bicentenary. The opening of the park is planned for 2017-2018.

Mr. Jégo thinks that this investment can be an anti-crisis measure to create jobs in the region and help turn around the French economy: people desperately need to relax, so the entertainment industry is likely to remain a stable market.

Among the ideas for the attractions, there is a ski slope, the crossing of the Berezina River, a horse performance and labyrinths in the Egyptian pyramids. There will also be facilities such as hotels, restaurants, conference centres, shops, even a high-speed railway service and a museum dedicated to the French leader.

Napoleon is the best-known Frenchman after Charles de Gaulle and is popular also among Russians and Chinese. The French government can play on this popularity to promote the project. Russian and Middle Eastern investors are interested.

By | January 20th, 2012|Blog|0 Comments

London Sustainable Industries Park

Once the home of a coal-fired power station, the London Sustainable Industries Park (SIP) at Dagenham Dock, in east London, is going to be the UK’s largest concentration of environmental industries and technologies. It provides occupants with access to national and international networks and world class research teams to support their development, which is helped by an onsite centre of excellence, the Thames Gateway Institute for Sustainability (LTGDC) – a UK government agency tasked with overseeing regeneration of areas all over east London.

“We’re putting in a lot more landscape infrastructure creating an environment which is much more business park than industrial estate,” said Mark Bradbury, LTGDC’s deputy director of development. A heat network is being installed allowing some of the energy produced to be shared by businesses on site.

So far there is only one tenant at the London Sustainable Industries Park. It is Closed Loop, a company that originated in Australia and that was the first in the world to use the latest technologies to recycle 35,000 tonnes of used plastic bottles a year into new, food grade PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) and HDPE (High Density Polyethylene).

The project is to transform the area into a clean-tech hub. Other companies are set to move in this year. Waste-management company Cyclamax is scheduled to install a renewable-energy power plant creating 16 megawatts of electricity, while TEG (an organic waste recycler) has been given the green light to develop an anaerobic digestion plant.

By | January 19th, 2012|Blog|0 Comments

Business Schools Look at Brazil

According to the Centre for Economics and Business Research, in 2011, the Brazilian economy has become the world’s 6th largest, overtaking the UK. Brazilian exports are booming, creating a new generation of tycoons; therefore, it does not come as a surprise that business schools are keeping an eye on this country.

A Brazilian residency has recently been introduced by the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business as part of its Global Executive MBA (GEMBA), a programme designed for full-time managers. The students will go to Brazil and attend a two-week course there to gain an insight into the Brazilian business environment. There is also an Executive MBA programme for the Americas which is being developed by Canada’s Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University, in collaboration with São Paulo’s FIA Business School, Mexico City’s ITAM and Nashville’s Vanderbilt University.

Brazil’s economy is changing: family-based businesses are being replaced by more professionally managed companies, who are looking for management talent more than ever before. 90% of the students enrolled in the OneMBA program at Brazil’s FGV Business School are funded by their companies, so applications to this programme have doubled in the past two years. In America and Europe, those interested in getting an MBA has fallen over the same period, and the share of students funded by their employer is about a third of the Brazilian one.

By | January 18th, 2012|Blog|0 Comments
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