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L’irriverente nella palude della legge di Bilancio 2018

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 2 gennaio 2018

pier-carlo-padoanVediamo un po’ questa legge di bilancio del 2018. Hanno detto e scritto in questi anni che le leggi devono essere comprensibili a tutti. Ma noi, che siamo irriverenti, per DNA non ci fidiamo e cerchiamo sempre il pelo nell’uovo. Dopo una tentativo sofferto di lettura e comprensione, dopo esserci coperti le dita coi tanti peli ritrovati nell’albume del nostro uovo, ci siamo resi conto che la navigazione era tutt’altro che semplice. Uno stagno di palude, con correnti sotterranee e bisce e serpenti sott’acqua pronti ad agguantare i nostri piedini immersi ingenuamente senza protezione. Uno stagno con tronchi galleggianti. Liane pendenti che spesso dovevano essere tranciate con un macete per consentirci di proseguire. Piantine di dubbia e sconosciuta salubrita’. Corpi galleggianti di animali di ogni tipo soprattutto umani, scansati da esperti nuotatori che con maschera e boccaglio raccattavano commi ricercati, commissionati e previsti, per infilarli in sacchetti a tenuta stagna si’ da portarli nei singoli collegi. Stavamo cominciando a farci occhio, braccia e orientamento, forti di una leggera imbarcazione di cui nel frattempo ci eravamo muniti, su cui tiravamo sopra tutto cio’ che ci appariva degno di menzione e smembramento per darlo poi in pasto -con le nostre schede pratiche- agli ingenui contribuenti desiderosi di essere cittadini e contribuenti che raccolgono i frutti del proprio impegno civico…. Ma ci siamo imbattuti in un 7-bis di un punto c) di un comma 75 dell’art.1 (1), e abbiamo deciso di buttare i remi in barca:
Art 1, comma 75 c) dopo il comma 7 e’ aggiunto il seguente: « 7-bis. Le disposizioni degli articoli 291-bis, 291-ter e 291-quater del testo unico delle disposizioni legislative in materia doganale, di cui al decreto del Presidente della Repubblica 23 gennaio 1973, n. 43, si applicano anche con riferimento ai prodotti di cui ai commi 1 e 1-bis del presente articolo, ad eccezione dei dispositivi meccanici ed elettronici e delle parti di ricambio, secondo il meccanismo di equivalenza di cui al comma 1-bis. Si applicano altresi’ ai medesimi prodotti di cui ai commi 5 e 5-bis del presente articolo le disposizioni degli articoli 96 della legge 17 luglio 1942, n. 907, e 5 della legge 18 gennaio 1994, n. 50». Chiaro tutto? Siamo noi che non sappiamo navigare in palude? O forse non vogliamo rassegnarci a vivere in palude.http:// http://www.altalex.com/documents/news/2017/12/30/legge-di-bilancio-2018-co0100 Nota. Ringraziamo il quotidiano Italia Oggi del 02/01/2018 per averci ispirato.(Vincenzo Donvito, presidente Aduc)

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Three Remarkable Individuals That Have Beat All Odds Featured on Wells Fargo Stagecoaches During 2018 Rose Parade

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Rose-ParadeAboard its 129th Rose Parade stagecoach and equestrian entry, Wells Fargo & Co., (NYSE: WFC) featured three notable riders—U.S. Marine Corps veteran Simon Kim, small business owner Bianca Vobecky and Wells Fargo team member Gonzalo Aguilar. In honor of the parade’s 2018 theme, “Making A Difference,” each rider represents a real-life example of the company’s commitment to improving the lives of its customers, team members and communities it serves.“We applaud Simon, Bianca and Gonzalo’s achievements, and were honored to have them participate with us on New Year’s Day,” said David Galasso, Wells Fargo’s lead region president for Greater California. “These three remarkable individuals have each beat the odds in their own way, and we are excited to share their stories.”Wells Fargo’s appearance in the 2018 Rose Parade included three of its stagecoaches. For the first time since Wells Fargo has been participating in the parade, each stagecoach was drawn by six horses, rather than four, reflecting the company’s iconic imagery. The first two appeared in the first 25 units. The third was part of the Rose Parade’s closing show, sponsored by Wells Fargo, featuring pop singer Andy Grammer.Fulfilling a passionate dream to serve his country, Simon Kim joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 2006 and was deployed to Iraq in 2007. The lead gunner was awarded the Purple Heart commendation for injuries sustained during his deployment, including a bullet wound to his shoulder, shrapnel injuries and a concussion. In collaboration with the Military Warriors Support Foundation, Wells Fargo presented Kim and his son with keys to a new mortgage-free home. The bank also partnered with the nonprofit and Southern California Honda Dealers Association to surprise Kim with a new payment-free Honda Accord during a float decorating event on Dec. 28.“It’s a privilege to serve our nation’s combat wounded heroes who served for us. However, we can’t do it alone. Together we can accomplish what we can only individually dream, and through collaboration with Wells Fargo, we are proudly improving the lives of our nation’s heroes and their families,” said Ken Eakes executive director of Military Warriors Support Foundation. (photo: rose parade)

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RF IDeas Appoints Nicholas Low as Regional Sales Director for Asia Pacific Region

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 2 gennaio 2018

singapore-marinaSingapore. RF IDeas, Inc. a leading innovator and manufacturer of employee badge readers for in-building applications such as computer access, identification and secure print, today announced the appointment of Nicholas Low, Regional Sales Director for the Asia Pacific region effective immediately. Based in Singapore, Nick will lead business development in the region with an emphasis on developing new original equipment manufacturer (OEM) business. Additionally, Nick will oversee tactical sales activities to bolster channel development for new markets. “With a background in customer-facing, technical support, sales and business development roles, Nick’s track record of industry experience paired with his rich understanding of how the business works positions him to be a strong leader in the Asia Pacific region,” said Tod Besse, vice president – sales and marketing, RF IDeas. “His wealth of knowledge and experience will prove valuable as we look to expand our channel relationships in this region.”
Nick brings with him more than 22 years of executive management experience in the Asia Pacific region, including leadership in multinational companies with a career-long focus on the print industry. Most recently, he was head of the production and industrial printing division for Konica Minolta Business Solutions Asia Pte. Ltd. Low received both his bachelor’s degree in business administration and master’s degree in business administration from the University of South Australia.RF IDeas, Inc. is a leader in the employee badge and card reader space for healthcare, manufacturing, government and enterprise. Partnering with leading technology companies, RF IDeas readers enable innovative solutions for single sign-on, secure printing, attendance tracking and other applications that require authentication. RF IDeas is a subsidiary of Roper Technologies. For more information about RF IDeas solutions, visit the Knowledge Center at https://www.rfideas.com/knowledge-center.

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Silicon Valley AI Chip Startup Gyrfalcon Technology Competes with Intel with its Newly Launched USB Stick

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 2 gennaio 2018

Compute StickGyrfalcon Technology Inc, an emerging AI chip maker in Silicon Valley, CA, launches its Laceli™ AI Compute Stick after Intel Movidius announced its deep learning Neural Compute Stick in July of this year.With the company’s first ultra-low power, high performance AI processor Lightspeeur® 2801S, the Laceli™ AI Compute Stick runs a 2.8 TOPS performance within 0.3 Watt of power, which is 90 times more efficient than the Movidius USB Stick (0.1 TOPS within 1 Watt of power.)Lightspeeur® is based on Gyrfalcon Technology Inc’s APiM architecture, which uses memory as the AI processing unit. This eliminates the huge data movement that results in high power consumption. The architecture features true, on-chip parallelism, in situ computing, and eliminates memory bottlenecks. It has roughly 28,000 parallel computing cores and does not require external memory for AI inference.The standard USB 3.0 Stick can be connected to a range of devices such as PCs, laptops and mobile phones, and can enhance their image-based deep learning capabilities to unprecedented levels without them having to tap into a cloud based system. With Caffe and TensorFlow support, the Stick enables various application development backgrounds.Powered by a specialized AI Processor, Laceli™ can be used in many smart applications such as image and video recognition, natural speech understanding, natural language processing, and day-to-day AI applications.The Laceli™ AI Compute Stick will be shown in public for the first time in January 2018 at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Lightspeeur® 2810S is in production at the moment and is available today to qualified customers. (photo: compute stick)

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AGER Announces Deconsolidation from Athene Holding Ltd

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dublinDublin. AGER Bermuda Holding Ltd. (“AGER”), the holding company of Athene Holding Ltd.’s (“Athene”) European operations today announces its deconsolidation from Athene Holding Ltd. (NYSE: ATH) (“Athene”). AGER’s successful capital raise in April 2017, representing approximately €2.2 billion, laid the foundation for growth in Europe and was an important step toward AGER’s goal of becoming the premier European run-off consolidator and life reinsurance partner. In August of 2017, AGER announced its intention to acquire Aegon Ireland, a Dublin-based insurer, and expects to draw down capital to close the acquisition in the first quarter of 2018, following satisfaction of all conditions to closing, including receipt of regulatory approval.
Athene will remain a minority shareholder in AGER along with other global investors including affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC (NYSE: APO). Additionally, Athene will be a preferred reinsurer for AGER’s spread liabilities and have representation on its board of directors.
With the deconsolidation of AGER from Athene, AGER will change its name to Athora Holding Ltd. effective mid-January 2018. The new name and look reflects AGER’s expanded capabilities and the exciting direction the company is taking, conveying a highly efficient, constantly improving business with an analytical approach to success for all stakeholders.AGER’s principal operating subsidiary remains Athene Lebensversicherung AG (“Athene Leben”), based in Germany. Athene Leben had €5 billion in invested assets as of 31 December 2016. The company has been in run-off since 2010 and since that time has developed the experience and efficiencies critical to succeed as a run-off specialist.

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Velodyne Slashes the Price in Half of Its Most Popular LiDAR Sensor

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 2 gennaio 2018

MegafactoryLed by inventor and entrepreneur David Hall, Velodyne LiDAR – the world leader in 3D vision systems and advanced safety for autonomous vehicles – today announced a significant cost reduction for its VLP-16 Puck, which will spur hope and excitement for the development of safe autonomous vehicles that are accessible to all. Velodyne’s most popular LiDAR sensor, the VLP-16, is now offered to customers around the world for up to a 50 percent cost reduction.“Demand for our VLP-16s grew tremendously in 2017. As a result, we increased capacity and now can pass along savings as cost reduction to our customers,” said David Hall, Founder and CEO, Velodyne LiDAR. “We want to make 2018 a year of optimism for the autonomous vehicle, especially as the first waves of robocabs hit the road. Our goal is the democratization of transportation safety by making it accessible to every man, woman, and child in the world as quickly as possible.”Velodyne’s sensors are rolling off the assembly line as a result of large-scale automated manufacturing at its San Jose Megafactory. Established earlier this year, the Megafactory today leverages advanced and streamlined manufacturing techniques to build a range of Velodyne LiDAR sensors, including the Ultra Puck™ VLP-32C and the recently announced VLS-128. The Megafactory employs hundreds of people who fulfill engineering, manufacturing, and corporate functions for Velodyne, which has more than doubled its full-time employees over the past six months. As noted by Hall, the Megafactory has established a business case for US-based production, because even as automation has increased, so has hiring as the company invests heavily in automation and the skilled support staff that it requires.“Since its launch, customers have been lining up to purchase the VLP-16 and we’ve been able to meet that growing demand by expanding production and developing automated manufacturing for LiDAR sensors at the Megafactory,” said Hall. “With this cost reduction, we’ll be able to get more Pucks into the hands of more customers, support the growing number of autonomous vehicle development fleets around the world, and start creating a better tomorrow.”The VLP-16 was launched in 2016 and had an immediate impact on multiple industries, most notably automotive. It delivers a small, accurate, reliable, and affordable sensor for real-time 3D vision with 100 meters of range and a 360-degree surround field-of-view. Today, the VLP-16 is one of the most widely adopted LiDAR sensors ever made, with use cases that span a multitude of industries, including automotive, freight, 3D mapping, unmanned aerial vehicles, industrial, and robotics.“The VLP-16 opened the door for advanced LiDAR technology in several industries that benefit from real-time 3D data in a small form factor,” said Mike Jellen, President, Velodyne LiDAR. “As interest in LiDAR technology grows around the world, we’re gratified to know that the Puck will be one of the most widely used and accessible sensors available.”Velodyne LiDAR invented and patented the world’s first 3D real-time LiDAR sensor for autonomous vehicles. Over the last ten years, Velodyne sensors have been installed in thousands of vehicles around the world, traveling millions of real-world miles. Velodyne is the industry standard for localization and environmental perception, providing the core technology for dozens of autonomous vehicle programs in over 10 countries. (photo: Megafactory)

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Six Flags One of the Nation’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 2 gennaio 2018

dallasFor the second consecutive year, the National Association for Business Resources (NABR) has named Six Flags Entertainment Corporation (NYSE:SIX), the world’s largest regional theme park company, as one of the Nation’s and Dallas-Fort Worth’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®. Honorees will be recognized at a symposium and awards gala on Monday, January 22, 2018 at the Dallas Arboretum. “Six Flags is a very special company made of exceptional people dedicated to giving their absolute best every day,” said Six Flags Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Kathy Aslin. “Because our team members are our most valuable asset, we strive to provide them with a best-in-class benefits package and create a working environment that is not only fun, but one that recognizes and rewards their efforts. We are delighted to once again be singled out as a Best and Brightest Company.”
An independent research firm evaluates each company using key measures that include Compensation, Benefits and Employee Solutions; Employee Enrichment, Engagement and Retention; Employee Education and Development; Recruitment, Selection and Orientation; Employee Achievement and Recognition; Communication and Shared Vision; Diversity and Inclusion; Work-Life Balance; Community Initiatives; and Strategic Company Performance.“Dallas-Fort Worth companies realize that their employees are key to business success. The companies that were selected demonstrated innovative human resource practices. They intentionally keep employee needs at the forefront of their policies,” said National Association for Business Resources President and CEO, Jennifer Kluge. “We are very impressed by the commitment that they have demonstrated to their employees.” Six Flags offers a wide variety of career opportunities in a fun, friendly environment. To apply visit http://www.sixflags.com/jobs.

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Il rapper Izi al Demodè con Sottosopra Tour Club

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 2 gennaio 2018

IziModugno (Ba) Sabato 6 gennaio al Demodè Club, Via dei Cedri, 14 si esibirà il rapper Izi con una tappa del suo “Pizzicato Tour”, per il Sottosopra Tour Club, format che durante la stagione porta a esibirsi grandi artisti della scena hip-hop e trap italiana nelle location più suggestive e rinomate della Puglia.Considerato come uno dei migliori rapper della nuova scuola italiana, Diego Germini, in arte Izi, non ha avuto affatto un’adolescenza serena. Dopo aver lavorato in campagna, già dall’età di quattordici anni, a diciassette ha deciso di abbandonare la scuola, vivendo un periodo travagliato, durante il quale però si è avvicinato alla musica. Ha cominciato a scrivere canzoni e a interpretarle, ispirato sia dai rapper italiani e internazionali che dai cantautori della scena italiana. Nei primi anni di attività si è fatto chiamare con diversi pseudonimi, tra i quali Spiteful ed Eazyrhymes. In questo primo periodo di attività è entrato a far parte del collettivo Wild Bandana, adottando lo pseudonimo definitivo Izi per l’assonanza con il termine inglese “Easy”. Nel 2016 è stato scelto dal regista Cosimo Alemà come protagonista del film “Zeta”, che parla proprio della storia che poi il giovane Diego ha incarnato, ovvero quella di un rapper in cerca di fama. In seguito all’uscita del lungometraggio, Izi ha pubblicato il primo album “Fenice”, anticipato dal singolo “Scusa”. Il successo di questa prima raccolta di canzoni lo ha portato un anno dopo a pubblicare il suo secondo lavoro discografico, uscito lo scorso 5 maggio su etichetta Thaurus/Sony Music e certificato Oro dalla FIMI. L’album, nel quale si fondono perfettamente melodie vocali, elettronica, sonorità trap e test rap diretti e taglienti, vede le collaborazioni di altri artisti italiani tra cui il noto Fabri Fibra, Caneda ed Enzo dog.
Durante il concerto Izi proporrà tutte le canzoni di “Pizzicato” tra le quali “Pianto”, singolo che ha anticipato l’uscita dell’intero lavoro, “4Getu” “Distrutto” e “Tutto torna”, ma non mancheranno altri importanti successi della sua discografia. La performance canora del rapper sarà inoltre arricchita da numerosi effetti speciali. (foto: izi)

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Diplomati magistrale, oltre 40mila docenti coinvolti nella sentenza di esclusione dalle GaE

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 2 gennaio 2018

ministero-pubblica-istruzioneSecondo dati forniti dal Miur, il numero complessivo di ricorrenti è di circa 43.600, tutti inseriti nelle graduatorie ad esaurimento della scuola primaria e dell’infanzia con riserva. Di questi, sappiamo sono 5.300 i docenti che negli ultimi due anni hanno ottenuto il ruolo, sempre con riserva. Su questi ultimi è probabile che la sentenza esplicherà immediatamente i suoi effetti. Gli unici a salvarsi, ad oggi, sono circa 2.000 docenti destinatari di sentenze ormai passate in giudicato.
Ora, se è vero che le sentenze si accettano, il sindacato Anief non può rimanere inerme dinanzi all’abuso del diritto. Ecco perché, parallelamente all’applicazione dell’esito derivante dal Consiglio di Stato, il giovane sindacato ha deciso di portarla, con i suoi legali, dinanzi ai tribunali, dalla Cassazione alla Corte europea. Inoltre, sempre l’Anief, assieme ad altri sindacati, ha deciso di scioperare, la prossima settimana, per dare maggior forza ai soggetti sociali perché siano ascoltati dal Governo, oltre che per sensibilizzare l’opinione pubblica e per dare voce a lavoratori che stanno per ritornare “precari fantasma” relegati nel dimenticatoio delle graduatorie per le sole supplenze.
Marcello Pacifico (Anief-Cisal): Se bisognava trovare una soluzione prima, a maggior ragione bisogna trovarla adesso, superando le divisioni politiche e senza aspettare la primavera, abbandonandosi a quelle che sembrano le solite promesse elettorali. In modo da dare una risposta certa anche ai laureati in Scienze della Formazione Primaria, pure loro costretti a fare nuovi concorsi per ottenere il ruolo su posti per i quali da anni lavorano come supplenti. Sono questi i motivi per cui l’Anief ha deciso di scioperare il primo giorno di scuola dal rientro delle vacanze natalizie: per dimostrare a tutti che, senza i precari, le scuole resteranno chiuse e perché ai diplomati magistrale e a tutti i docenti abilitati, che non hanno accesso ora alle graduatorie, occorre ridare un minimo di dignità e riconoscere rispetto per la loro professionalità e l’amore per il lavoro che hanno dimostrato e dimostrano da anni. Ecco perché Anief ha avviato le procedure di preadesione al ricorso gratuito dei docenti diplomati magistrale alla CEDU e quelle per inviare una petizione alla Commissione del Parlamento Ue. Il sindacato, infine, sta predisponendo un reclamo collettivo al Consiglio d’Europa.

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