Thursday, 20 November 2014

Secretary Pritzker Answers Questions about Entrepreneurship

Secretary Penny Pritzker attended the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES)in Marrakech, Morocco. As the Administration’s point person on entrepreneurship, Secretary Pritzker led a U.S. delegation to the Summit, demonstrating the U.S. government’s continued commitment to fostering a culture of innovation around the world.


During her time there, she took questions about entrepreneurship and innovation from Twitter users. Below is a transcript of the Twitter chat.






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Otmane El Rhazi

Department of Commerce

Economic Development

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Friday, 14 November 2014

Deputy Secretary Bruce Andrews Concludes Trip to Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit


This week, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews concluded his four-day trip to Beijing, China for the 2014 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit and the APEC CEO Summit 2014. Deputy Secretary Andrews met with numerous CEOs and business leaders. He represented the Department of Commerce which promotes stronger U.S. economic and commercial ties in the Asia-Pacific.

To help promote foreign investment in the United States, Deputy Secretary Andrews participated in a roundtable focused on innovation and investment, along with Secretary of State John Kerry and CEOs from nine of China's most influential companies.

Deputy Secretary Andrews also moderated a business ethics roundtable, focusing on the importance of public-private partnerships in raising ethical standards in the healthcare industry. He briefed attendees on the progress made to date and discussed how governments and industry can work together to ensure continued progress.

Deputy Secretary Andrews held successful bilateral meetings with officials from various countries, including the Vietnamese Deputy Minister Tran Quoc Khanh and the Malaysian Minister for International Trade and Industry Mustapa Mohamed. In their conversations, he reiterated the U.S. commitment to the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the benefits that would come out of both countries.

APEC is central to U.S. economic engagement in the Asia-Pacific region, serving as the leading forum for facilitating trade and investment and promoting economic growth in one of the most dynamic regions in the world. The Department of Commerce’s participation in many APEC issues – including business ethics, cross border data privacy, disaster risk reduction, and oceans – reflects its commitment to strengthening collaboration with Asian economies in a range of sectors, and reflects the President’s message of support for existing multi-lateral institutions in Asia.



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Otmane El Rhazi
Department of Commerce
Economic Development
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Thursday, 13 November 2014

U.S. Census Bureau Announces Nearly 8 in 10 Americans Have Access to High-Speed Internet


An estimated 78.1 percent of people in U.S. households had a high-speed Internet connection last year, according to a new report released today from the U.S. Census Bureau. However, digital divides exist among the nation’s metropolitan areas and demographic groups.


These statistics come from the American Community Survey, which collected data on this topic for the first time in 2013 and is the largest survey used to examine computer and Internet use in the U.S.


Although most Americans have access to computers and high-speed Internet, differences in high-speed Internet use were as large as 25 percentage points between certain age and race groups, while divides between specific income and educational attainment groups were as large as 45 percentage points. In addition, among the nation’s metro areas, Boulder, Colo., had one of the highest rates of high-speed Internet use at 96.9, while Laredo, Texas, had one of the lowest rates at 69.3 percent.


The report released today, Computer and Internet Use in the United States: 2013, includes analysis of household computer ownership and Internet use by age, sex, race and Hispanic origin, income and education. It covers areas of the country with populations larger than 65,000.


“These new statistics show how the American Community Survey gives communities the information they need on both computer and Internet access for their residents,” Census Bureau Director John H. Thompson said. “As the Census Bureau continues to move more surveys online to reduce respondent burden, these statistics inform us of areas that have high and low Internet use. These statistics also provide the information communities and federal agencies need to make decisions to improve and expand broadband Internet access for all Americans.”


For the full release and report, please visit http://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2014/cb14-202.html




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Otmane El Rhazi

Department of Commerce

Economic Development

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Quelle différence entre temps « périscolaire » et temps « extrascolaire » ?

Avec la généralisation de la réforme des rythmes scolaires depuis la rentrée 2014, on entend souvent parler de temps « périscolaire » mais quelle est la différence avec ce qu'on appelle le temps « extrascolaire » ?

C'est un décret publié au Journal officiel du 5 novembre 2014 qui définit distinctement les deux termes :

les accueils de loisirs « périscolaires » sont ceux qui ont lieu lorsqu'il y a école dans la journée,

les accueils de loisirs « extrascolaires » sont ceux qui se déroulent pendant les temps (...)

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Otmane El Rhazi

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Crous : élections étudiantes entre le 6 et le 28 novembre 2014

Les élections des représentants étudiants aux conseils d'administration des Centres régionaux des œuvres universitaires et sociales (Crous) se déroulent entre le 6 et le 28 novembre 2014 (une seule journée par académie).

Les étudiants peuvent :

soit voter par procuration (établie sur un imprimé numéroté par le Crous à retirer au plus tard la veille du scrutin),

soit voter eux-mêmes en présentant l'original de leur carte d'étudiant dans l'un des bureaux de vote de leur académie (lycées, restaurants (...)

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Otmane El Rhazi

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Agents contractuels de l'État : période d'essai, rémunération, licenciement, quoi de neuf ?

Période d'essai, rémunération, licenciement... Un décret publié au Journal officiel du 5 novembre 2014 définit de nouvelles règles pour les agents contractuels de l'État .

Période d'essai

La durée initiale de la période d'essai peut être modulée à raison d'un jour ouvré par semaine de durée de contrat, dans la limite :

de trois semaines lorsque la durée initialement prévue au contrat est inférieure à six mois,

d'un mois lorsque la durée initialement prévue au contrat est inférieure à un an,

deux mois (...)

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Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Connecting Minority Serving Institutions with Research and Entrepreneurship Opportunities

Earlier this month, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) hosted a special event for minority serving institutions to foster collaborations that could increase minority participation in scientific research and entrepreneurship. Representatives from large and small colleges and universities across the country gathered to learn about NIST’s national research priorities and about “lab-to-market” opportunities from both NIST and the MBDA.


MBDA National Director Alejandra Castillo explained why the event was timely in her opening remarks when she said, “Wealth creation is happening in the high technology sector, but only four percent of those businesses are minority owned. Minority serving institutions are not only positioned to educate scientists and engineers, but to create partnerships for the businesses of tomorrow.”


Attendees learned about the many opportunities for partnering with NIST from Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and Acting NIST Director Willie May, who explained the importance of collaboration to NIST’s world-class research. NIST collaborates with a number of organizations and institutions of higher learning as it addresses national priorities including cybersecurity, manufacturing, communications, forensics, disaster resilience and healthcare and bioscience. “Last year, we provided about $200 million in grants to institutions of higher education that can collaborate with us and assist us in carrying out our mission,” said May.


May highlighted the variety of opportunities at NIST for undergraduate and graduate students and post-doctoral, associate and visiting researchers. Of NIST’s approximately 1,600 associate researchers who come from academia, about one quarter are from Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) or Minority Serving Institutes (MSIs).


The event was initiated by George Cooper, director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), who said he realized there was great potential at NIST for supporting partnerships between HBCUs and the federal government.


Day two’s agenda focused on moving research and technologies out of the lab and into the marketplace. Participants learned about the federal government’s role in technology transfer and the Lab-to-Market Programs in NIST’s Technology Partnerships Office and the MBDA’s San Francisco Business Center. A panel discussion including representatives from industry and non-profit and advocacy groups that support emerging businesses offered best practices for getting from lab to market.


Throughout the event, participants were encouraged to develop relationships not only with NIST and the MBDA, but also with one another. As Cooper put it, their partnerships could “leverage the strengths of multiple institutions” to increase engagement with federal agencies.




Regards,

Otmane El Rhazi

Department of Commerce

Economic Development

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Handicap : semaine pour l'emploi du 17 au 23 novembre 2014

La 18e semaine pour l'emploi des personnes handicapées se tient du lundi 17 au dimanche 23 novembre 2014. Avec de nombreuses actions organisées en France, l'objectif est de favoriser la rencontre entre personnes handicapées, recruteurs et organismes qui agissent en faveur de l'insertion.

Le programme des manifestations est accessible en ligne sur différents sites :

« forums pour l'emploi », « jobdating » ou encore « handicafés » réunissant des entreprises et des candidats en recherche d'emploi,

web-TV (...)

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Otmane El Rhazi

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Le déménageur ne peut pas toujours limiter sa responsabilité

En cas de faute lourde de sa part, le déménageur doit indemniser intégralement le client des préjudices subis. Il ne peut pas dans ce cas écarter ou limiter l'indemnisation par une clause du contrat. C'est ce que vient de rappeler la Cour de cassation.

Un couple avait confié à une société le déménagement de ses meubles et de ses véhicules depuis l'île de la Réunion jusqu'à la métropole. À l'arrivée, il s'était avéré que la totalité des biens transportés avait été abimée par l'humidité prolongée qui avait (...)

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Otmane El Rhazi

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Les usagers pourront saisir l'administration par voie électronique

Dans le cadre de la simplification des relations entre l'administration et les citoyens, les usagers pourront saisir les administrations par voie électronique. C'est ce que prévoit une ordonnance publiée au Journal officiel du vendredi 7 novembre 2014 qui entrera en vigueur un an après sa publication pour l'État et ses établissements publics et deux ans après sa publication pour les collectivités locales.

Une fois l'usager identifié auprès d'une autorité administrative, il pourra lui adresser par (...)

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Otmane El Rhazi

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Monday, 10 November 2014

Photographies, correspondances et souvenirs de la première guerre mondiale : « la grande collecte », c'est vendredi 14 et samedi 15 novembre 2014

Carnets, correspondances, dessins, photographies... Dans le cadre des commémorations du centenaire de la première guerre mondiale, les Archives de France, la Bibliothèque nationale de France, la Mission du centenaire et Europeana 1914-1918 organisent « la grande collecte » de souvenirs familiaux en lien avec la grande guerre vendredi 14 et samedi 15 novembre 2014 sur l'ensemble du territoire. Vous êtes donc invités à apporter dans les services culturels volontaires (archives municipales et (...)

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Otmane El Rhazi

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État de catastrophe naturelle pour plus de 500 communes

À la suite notamment d'inondations et de coulées de boue survenues en 2014, plus de 500 communes ont font l'objet d'une constatation d'état de catastrophe naturelle. Deux arrêtés ont été publiés en ce sens au Journal officiel du vendredi 7 novembre 2014.

Les victimes disposent de 10 jours après la parution au Journal officiel pour faire la déclaration à leur assureur en vue d'une prise en charge du règlement du sinistre. Les communes concernées sont situées dans l'un des 45 départements suivants : (...)

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Otmane El Rhazi

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Sunday, 9 November 2014

« Le silence de l'administration vaut accord » : c'est quoi, pour qui, quand et comment ?

C'est quoi ?

Le silence gardé pendant plus de deux mois par l'administration sur une demande va désormais valoir accord (sauf exceptions). La liste des démarches pour lesquelles le silence de l'administration vaut accord est disponible sur le site legifrance.gouv.fr.

Pour qui ?

Les demandes peuvent provenir de personnes physiques ou morales de droit privé (personnes publiques exclues).

Quand ?

À partir du 12 novembre 2014

Pour toutes demandes adressées aux services de l'État et aux (...)

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Otmane El Rhazi

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Administration & Economy

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Friday, 7 November 2014

Secretary Pritzker Works to Promote More Business in Africa


U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker traveled to Atlanta, Georgia this week to emphasize the importance of helping U.S. companies launch and increase their business in Africa at the “Discover Global Markets: Sub-Saharan Africa” Conference. The event brought together U.S. government officials, visiting U.S. commercial diplomats posted at embassies throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, international business leaders, trade finance experts, and others to help companies identify and develop trade and investment opportunities on the continent.


Secretary Pritzker reiterated America’s commitment to solving the Ebola crisis, while emphasizing that fears about the virus should not get in the way of the facts on the ground in Africa. Ebola is confined to just three countries with a total population of roughly 21 million, while the entire African continent is home to 1.1 billion. The world public health apparatus is actively engaged, and doctors, nurses, and medical workers are using the proper protocols to treat patients and to slow the number of new cases. Efforts to eliminate the virus are starting to turn the corner, and growth of the disease is slowing in Liberia.


Despite the challenges presented by Ebola, Africa presents tremendous long-term growth opportunities, and both the U.S. government and the U.S. private sector are committed to deepening our economic and commercial engagement on the continent. Africa is home to six of the ten fastest-growing economies in the world – including Chad, Congo, the Ivory Coast, Mozambique, Ethiopia, and Sierra Leone. Real income has increased more than 30 percent, reversing two decades of decline, and GDP is expected to rise 6 percent each year over the next decade. By 2040, Africa will boast a larger workforce than either India or China.


The Discover Global Markets Forum served to increase economic and commercial engagement in Africa by helping companies launch or increase their business on the continent. The event also built on the success of the first-ever U.S.-Africa Business Forum, which the Department of Commerce co-hosted in August. This Forum brought together hundreds of American and African chief executives officers with nearly every African head of state to spur more trade and investment between the United States and Africa. At this Forum, U.S. firms announced more than $14 billion worth of investments throughout the continent.


An additional outcome of the U.S.-Africa Business Forum in August was an Executive Order, signed by President Obama, which directed Secretary Pritzker to establish the President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa. Yesterday, Secretary Pritzker announced the appointment of 15 private sector leaders to the Advisory Council. These members will provide information, analysis, and recommendations on the priority areas related to:



  • Creating jobs in the United States and Africa through trade and investment;

  • Developing strategies by which the U.S. private sector can identify and take advantage of trade and investment opportunities in Africa;

  • Building lasting commercial partnerships between the U.S. and African private sectors;

  • Facilitating U.S. business participation in Africa's infrastructure development;

  • Contributing to the growth and improvement of Africa's agricultural sector by encouraging partnerships between U.S. and African companies to bring innovative agricultural technologies to Africa;

  • Making available to the U.S. private sector an accurate understanding of the opportunities presented for increasing trade with and investment in Africa;

  • Developing and strengthening partnerships and other mechanisms to increase U.S. public and private sector financing of trade with and investment in Africa;

  • Analyzing the effect of policies in the United States and Africa on U.S. trade and investment interests in Africa;

  • Identifying other means to expand commercial ties between the United States and Africa; and,

  • Building the capacity of Africa's young entrepreneurs to develop trade and investment ties with U.S. partners.




Regards,

Otmane El Rhazi

Department of Commerce

Economic Development

Text/Mobile, +44 7414 782 320

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Compte pénibilité : s'informer au 3682 et sur www.preventionpenibilite.fr

Pour tout savoir sur les modalités d'application du compte personnel de prévention de la pénibilité, vous pouvez soit contacter le 3682 (appel non surtaxé) du lundi au vendredi de 8h à 17h, soit consulter le site internet www.preventionpenibilite.fr.

Travail de nuit, en équipes successives alternantes ou encore travail répétitif. À partir du 1er janvier 2015, le compte personnel de prévention de la pénibilité entre en vigueur. Pour tout savoir sur les modalités d'application de ce nouveau dispositif (...)

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Otmane El Rhazi

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Administration & Economy

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