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Archive for 11 luglio 2015

Migration: Movie screening, debates and vote on the emergency relocation mechanism

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 11 luglio 2015

labour-migrationThe Civil Liberties Committee will hold the eighth debate on the strategic own-initiative report on migration on Thursday 16 July, from 9.30 to 10.30. MEPs will discuss two working documents, one on solidarity and the other on safe and legal access to the EU. The committee will also vote on the emergency relocation mechanism of asylum seekers from Italy and Greece to other EU member states.A series of debates on the portrayal of migration through cinema is taking place in the framework of the preparation of the strategic own-initiative report on migration, followed by a sequence of screenings focussing on this topic. The fourth movie will be shown in room Altiero Spinelli (ASP) 1G3 on Wednesday 15 July, from 19.00: “Akadimia Platonos”, by the Director Filippos Tsitos. After the movie, there will be a debate hosted by co-rapporteur Roberta Metsola (EPP, Malta).
On Thursday morning (9.00 to 9.30), the Civil Liberties Committee will vote on the draft report by Ska Keller (Greens/EFA, Germany) on the provisional measures in the area of international protection for the benefit of Italy and Greece (emergency relocation mechanism of asylum seekers within the EU, on which Parliament has to be consulted).After the vote, the committee will hold the eighth debate on the strategic own-initiative report on the situation in the Mediterranean and the need for a holistic EU approach to migration (9.30 to 10.30). The discussion will focus on two working documents, one on solidarity, by co-rapporteurs Roberta Metsola (EPP, Malta) and Kashetu Kyenge (S&D, Italy), and the other on safe and legal access, co-authored by Roberta Metsola, Kashetu Kyenge, Cecilia Wikström (ALDE, Sweden) and Judith Sargentini (Greens/EFA, The Netherlands).This debate will be followed by the presentation of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO)’s annual report on the situation of asylum in the EU in 2014 by EASO’s Executive Director, Robert K. Visser, (10.30 to 11.30), and the presentation of two studies: “Policies, practices and data on unaccompanied minors in the EU Member States and Norway – 2014”, by the European Migration Network, and on “EU funds for Migration policies: Analysis of Efficiency and best practice for the future”, but the European Parliament’s Policy Department on Budgetary Affairs (11.30 to 12.30).

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South African abalone by Abagold now Friend of the Sea certified

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 11 luglio 2015

abagoldThe South African company Abagold was audited, in 2015, by an independent certification body and was found fully compliant with all the strict Friend of the sea criteria for sustainable aquaculture. Abagold is the first abalone company in the world to be awarded the Friend of the Sea certification. Certified products – sold locally and in export markets, including Hong Kong and Singapore – will now proudly carry the Friend of the Sea international eco-label.
Abagold is located in Hermanus and operates on four farms: Sea View, Amaza, Sulumanzi and Bergsig. The four aquaculture sites combined comprise 10 hectares and house over 2,000 land-based tanks. All potential environmental impacts are managed and professionally controlled, preventing any impact on the surrounding ecosystem. No change or alteration which could have negatively affected the environment occurred during and after the construction of all the various sites.“Abalone have been identified as one of the many classes of organism threatened with extinction due to overfishing, acidification of oceans” explains Dr Bray, director of Friend of the Sea. “Farming abalone can decrease the fishing pressure and help recovery.”
“Abagold applied for Friend of the Sea certification, as we are fully committed to the environment and we consider the organisation to be the most reliable measure of such sustainability standards. Abagold is the first abalone company in the world to achieve this certification. This is a very clear message for our customers and consumers regarding our commitment to marine habitat conservation,” says Mr. Werner Piek, the Marketing manager at Abagold.
Abagold produces abalone, the world’s most desirable seafood, in close harmony with nature at the most southern tip of Africa. The pristine cool water of the Atlantic Ocean provides all the necessary nutrients for the cultivation of the highest quality abalone. The company exports live, canned and dried abalone from it’s ISO 22000 accredited production facility all over the world and builds lasting relationships with loyal clients.
Abagold also produces top quality aquatic feeds through subsidiary, Specialised Aquatic Feeds (Pty) Ltd. In addition, their investment in Mean Sea Level (Pty) Ltd gives exposure to alternative energy solutions, specifically, generation of electricity through harnessing wave energy as well as energy recovery.
Friend of the Sea is an international certification program for products from sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. Over 450 companies in more than 50 countries have relied on Friend of the Sea to assess the sustainability of their seafood origins. Audits, based on best and most updated available scientific data, are run by accredited independent certification bodies.

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UNICEF: milioni di bambini in Siria esposti ad elevati rischi di malattie tra scarsità di acqua e il caldo estivo

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 11 luglio 2015

Giacomo_Guerra_UnicefL’UNICEF lancia oggi un allarme perché le scorte di acqua sicura in esaurimento, durante i torridi mesi estivi in Siria, espongono i bambini al rischio di malattie legate all’acqua. Dall’inizio dell’anno, in Siria sono stati registrati 105.886 casi di diarrea acuta. E’ stato anche registrato un incredibile aumento di casi di Epatite A: 1.700 quelli registrati in una settimana nel solo mese di febbraio.L’intensificarsi del conflitto nel paese ha causato nuove ondate di sfollati, mettendo ancora più pressione sui già fragili sistemi idrici e sanitari.“La situazione è particolarmente allarmante per i bambini che sono esposti a malattie legate all’acqua”, ha dichiarato Hanaa Singer, Rappresentante UNICEF in Siria. “La crisi è adesso al quinto anno, l’acqua è diventata un bene sempre più scarso e non sicuro, le scarse condizioni igieniche soprattutto tra le comunità sfollate stanno mettendo in serio pericolo i bambini”.Un’area in cui il rischio di epidemie di malattie è particolarmente alto è Deir-Ez-Zour, ad Est. Le notizie indicano che le acque di scolo stanno causando serie contaminazioni nel fiume Eufrate, importante fonte di acqua per la popolazione locale. Nell’area, sono stati registrati 1.144 casi di tifo.L’elevato costo del carburante sta avendo ulteriori ripercussioni sull’accesso dei civili all’acqua. A Idleb, nell’ovest della Siria, i prezzi del carburante sono triplicati fino a 500 pound siriani (2,5 dollari) per litro. Inoltre, le stazioni per il rifornimento di acqua sono operative solo due ore al giorno. Questo riduce la disponibilità di acqua a soli 20 litri al giorno per persona. Altra preoccupante questione riguarda la chiusura dei confini con la Giordania, perché in questo modo la distribuzione di aiuti per il trattamento dell’acqua in Siria sta per essere interrotta. Prima della loro chiusura all’inizio di aprile, l’UNICEF utilizzava il confine per distribuire ogni mese materiali per il trattamento di mezzo milione di litri di acqua. Per questo, la distribuzione degli aiuti all’interno della Siria sta rallentando.“Stiamo lavorando, dall’inizio della crisi con diversi partner per garantire il funzionamento delle infrastrutture idriche dalle quali dipendono almeno 15 milioni di persone in Siria”, ha dichiarato Singer. “Il nostro intervento comprende anche la creazione di nuovi pozzi, come fonti alternative di acqua, e il supporto alla produzione locale e al rifornimento di materiali per il trattamento dell’acqua.”L’UNICEF richiede urgentemente 5 milioni di dollari entro la fine di agosto per i suoi programmi per l’acqua e i servizi igienico sanitari all’interno della Siria.

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