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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 301

Archive for 2 febbraio 2012

Putting NY Students First

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No area of government needs reform more than our education system. New York State spends more than any other state per pupil, yet ranks only 38th in graduation rates. Why aren’t New Yorkers getting what they’re paying for Our system has suffered because Albany has spent more time worrying about the business of education — contracts, salaries, and benefits — than it has worrying about the children. Education should be about the STUDENTS. We need to have a system in Albany that focuses on improving student performance and school accountability. Adopting a real teacher evaluation system is the key to this effort. In 2010, our state was awarded a $700 million grant from the federal government that required teacher evaluations, but the state has failed to produce the system. Currently there is a lawsuit between the teachers unions and the State Education Department that is blocking the evaluations from moving forward. If we do not act, we are at risk of losing $700 million in federal funding.

 

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European Medicines Agency Approves Orphan Medicinal Product Application of DCPrime’s Acute Myeloid Leukemia Vaccine

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Amsterdam Biotechnology company DCPrime today announces that the Committee for Orphan Medical Products (COMP) of the European Medicines Agency has issued a positive opinion recommending DCPrime’s application for orphan drug designation of, the company’s dendritic cell-based cancer vaccine candidate, which targets Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).”This orphan drug designation is a major step in DCPrime’s work towards approval of our AML vaccine, and clearly reflects the COMP’s view of the potential of this vaccine in improving survival of patients with AML”, said DCPime’s CEO and CSO Dr. Ada Kruisbeek. “At the present time, AML patients lack an approved therapy to prevent the cancer from returning after standard chemotherapy. In 75% of the patients treated, the leukemia returns within 2 years. Our vaccine is intended as a therapy to prevent the cancer from coming back, and in our current clinical study we are establishing if we can delay or prevent AML from returning. If we succeed, this will improve survival outcomes in AML.”
Orphan drug designation is granted to products aimed at treatment of a rare disease or condition that affects fewer than 5 per 10,000 people in the European Community. As a result, DCPrime will be eligible to receive a number of benefits, including fee reduction, valuable scientific advice to optimize development and guidance on clinical design, and extended allowance for marketing exclusivity after the drug’s approval for a period of up to ten years.
DCPrime is a Dutch clinical stage company, dedicated to developing cancer vaccines based on its proprietary dendritic cell (DC) technology platform DCOne™. With this platform, the company can generate off-the-shelf DC-based vaccines for a broad range of cancer types. DCOne™-based DC vaccines share all immune-stimulatory properties with patient derived DC-based vaccines, and have the simple logistics of off-the-shelf products. DCPrime’s lead product DCP-001 is in the clinic in a Phase I/IIa study in patients with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).

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NATO and Russia Exercise Together in Gulf of Aden

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London. NATO and Russian Counter Piracy Forces met in the Gulf of Aden to look at the practicalities of conducting refuelling at sea between NATO and Russian ships. This was the tactical part of an ongoing dialogue between NATO and Russia which aims to foster closer cooperation in counter piracy operations. Two weeks ago, the NATO Task Force Commander Rear Admiral TOSUN met with his Russian counterpart Captain 1 st Rank Ildar Ahmerov. The Commanders talked about the various areas where NATO and the Russian Task Force could cooperate, one of which was refuelling at sea.
To that end, refuelling at sea was conducted between a NATO and an EU ship and between two Russian ships. During both refuelling operations, NATO personnel were embarked on the Russian flagship and Russian personnel were on board the NATO flagship so both crews could observe refuelling at sea methods and procedures. Afterwards, Rear Admiral TOSUN said “I am very pleased to see positive results of our meeting after so short a time. As a sign of our determination to work together, this first step was important to ascertain refuelling at sea capability between NATO and Russian units in the near future.”
NATO has contributed to the international counter piracy effort off the Horn of Africa since December 2008. The mission has expanded from escorting UN and World Food Programme Shipping under Operation Allied Provider and protecting merchant traffic in the Gulf of Aden under Operation Allied Protector. In addition to these activities and as part of the latest mission, Operation Ocean Shield, NATO is working with
other international bodies to help develop capacity of countries in the region to tackle piracy on their own

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The National Trust Bucks Economic Trends to Have Bumper December

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Swindon, EnglandThe National Trust has reported a substantial increase in its visitor numbers, and retail and catering sales in December 2011 compared to the previous December, despite a backdrop of challenging economic times and lack of consumer confidence.There were more than half-a-million (521,000) visitors to Trust properties in December 2011, an increase of 74 per cent on the previous year*.Factors affecting the large jump in visitor numbers include the mild weather (December 2010 saw heavy snowfall hitting the number of getting out and about) and an increasing number of houses running Christmas themed activity, such as lighting schemes and decorating stately homes for Christmas. Over forty Trust pay-for-entry properties were open during the weekends in December. Attingham in Shropshire saw its busiest ever weekend with its Frost Fair which ran on the first Saturday and Sunday of the month.he Trust is on target to have its best ever year for visitor numbers to its pay-for-entry properties, exceeding 18 million visitors for the first time in its history**.The retail business, which includes high street shops, shops at properties and online sales, saw an increase in sales of 24 per cent and the cafes and restaurants had a 71 per cent increase in sales in December 2011 compared to the same month in 2010. In the year to date retail sales have increased by 8 per cent and catering has so far seen a 14 per cent increase in sales.Fiona Reynolds, Director-General of the National Trust, said: “In these economically tough times the National Trust seems to have swum against the tide with these fantastic results.Simon Jenkins, Chairman of the National Trust, added: “This shows that arts and heritage charities not dependent on government grants appear to be experiencing a surge in trading income. The public is turning away from more expensive leisure venues, overnight stays and foreign trips. It is a rare good news story in the gloom.”
The National Trust is one of the most important nature conservation organisations in Europe with over 1,000 places to visit to visit in the UK covering 250,000 hectares, including coastal sites, woodland and upland areas, including many gardens to visit; many of which are rich in wildlife. The All 17 species of UK bat have been recorded as roosting or breeding on National Trust land and 96 per cent of all resident UK butterflies can be found on our land. Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire is our most species rich site and 93 per cent of our land has been surveyed for its nature conservation importance.

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47° Tirreno Adriatico

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Ancora una volta, le Capitanerie di porto – Guardia Costiera saranno presenti alla Tirreno – Adriatico, la corsa dei due mari. Si rinnova, per il terzo anno consecutivo, la partecipazione della Guardia Costiera a questa importante manifestazione sportiva che apre di fatto la stagione ciclistica internazionale. “A seguito della carovana avremo ancora una volta la possibilità di incontrare tanta gente che, pur non avendo un rapporto quotidiano con il mare, ha molta voglia di saperne di più” ha dichiarato il Capitano di Fregata Filippo MARINI, Capo Ufficio Relazioni Esterne del Comando Generale delle Capitanerie di porto. Confermato, in ogni città sede di tappa, l’impegno nel progetto BiciScuola che coinvolgerà gli alunni delle scuole elementari, con giochi e indovinelli, sui vari argomenti legati al mondo marino. “Quest’anno in particolare” ha concluso il Comandante MARINI “focalizzeremo l’attenzione sull’ambiente marino e su come salvaguardare l’importante patrimonio sommerso”. http://guardiacostiera.it/tirrenoadriatico

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Deutsche Bank lancia l’offerta per i pensionati

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 2 febbraio 2012

Dal 7 marzo 2012, in seguito alle nuove indicazioni contenute nel decreto “Salva Italia”, le pensioni sopra 1.000 euro non potranno più essere pagate in contanti. La nuova disposizione normativa, infatti, introduce per le pubbliche amministrazioni la soglia di 1.000 euro per i pagamenti effettuati in contanti di pensioni, stipendi e compensi, comportando quindi per i pensionati coinvolti la comunicazione all’Inps delle modalità scelte per l’accredito dell’assegno previdenziale. Deutsche Bank è tra i primi istituti di credito ad adeguare le proprie offerte alla nuova disposizione per i pagamenti delle pensioni lanciando l’offerta per i pensionati: si chiama db Saggetà il nuovo conto corrente per facilitare l’accredito delle pensioni Canone gratuito per chi accredita la pensione, offre a zero spese la carta bancomat e il deposito titoli. Oltre alla possibilità di investire in PCT al 4,50% Per promuovere l’iniziativa, la Banca ha lanciato una campagna pubblicitaria presso le principali città italiane che consiste nell’esposizione di locandine dedicate presso gli sportelli Deutsche Bank e in attività di volantinaggio.

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