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Archive for 7 febbraio 2019

Upgraded EU visa information database to enhance security at external borders

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 7 febbraio 2019

Committee would ensure a better EU response to security and migratory challenges. Visa Information System (VIS) is an EU database used by authorities to store issued visas, to verify that a person presenting a visa is its rightful holder and to identify persons found on the Schengen territory with no or fraudulent documents. The reform would enable the system to better respond to evolving security and migratory challenges and improve the EU’s external border management The Civil Liberties Committee agreed to the following changes to VIS: mandatory security checks across all databases (such as for example Eurodac and the Entry-Exit System) to detect applicants using multiple identities and identify anyone posing security or irregular migration risks;
inclusion of long-stay visas, including the so called golden visas, and residence permits in the database to close security information gaps;
the age for obtaining fingerprints and facial images of minors will be lowered from 12 to 6 years, to help identify and trace missing children and establish family links;
a more structured access to Europol and law enforcement authorities to VIS data for the prevention, detection or investigation of terrorist offences or other serious crimes or for the search and identifying of missing or abducted persons and victims of trafficking, and Quote.
Rapporteur Carlos Coelho (EPP, PT) said: “We are securing our territory before people reach our borders. We are enhancing the screening of third country nationals, including those with golden visas. We will have better tools for return. We will prevent child trafficking and better identify criminals and terrorists. This is a future proof VIS.”The draft report was adopted by 30, to 8, 3 abstentions on Monday. The Full House will likely vote on the draft report in the first March plenary.The Civil Liberties MEPs agreed that the new rules should become applicable two years after their publication. Eu-LISA agency will be responsible for the development and management of the upgraded VIS database.

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A pro-Trump website’s scoop drives a governor to the brink

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 7 febbraio 2019

By Jon Allsop. Over the weekend, an explosive scoop pushed Ralph Northam, Virginia’s Democratic governor, to the brink. A source alerted a journalist to a racist photo, on Northam’s page of an old medical school yearbook, showing one individual in blackface, and another in the white robes and hood of the Ku Klux Klan. Strikingly, it wasn’t a local paper or powerhouse investigative newsroom that got the goods; nor was it a prominent right-wing media player like Fox News or Breitbart. Instead, it was Big League Politics, a relatively obscure pro-Trump website, that broke the story that drove a national news cycle through the weekend.
Since Trump burst onto the political scene, sites like Big League Politics have been notable not for their reporting, but for their role driving an increasingly muddy, and increasingly fragmented, news ecosystem. According to The Washington Post’s Paul Farhi, Big League Politics has, in its short existence, “reliably boosted Trump, attacked Democrats and liberal figures, and written many articles promoting a discredited conspiracy theory popular among far-right conservatives about the murder of a young Democratic National Committee staffer named Seth Rich in 2016.” While some among the wave of sites that fit this profile give the impression of being run out of Trump obsessives’ bedrooms, others have significant partisan or financial heft behind them. As Farhi notes, Big League Politics’s owners include consultants who have worked for far-right Republican candidates like Corey Stewart, in Virginia, and Roy Moore, in Alabama.Patrick Howley, the 29-year-old Breitbart and Daily Caller alum who edits Big League Politics, told Farhi that “a concerned citizen, not a political opponent,” brought the yearbook photo to the site’s attention. Nonetheless, Farhi reports that someone from Northam’s medical school cohort appears to have volunteered the tip in response to Northam’s comments, during a radio interview last week, around a state bill aiming to ease access to third-trimester abortions. Critics accused Northam of justifying infanticide for children born after failed abortion attempts. Although Northam strongly denied that that was what he had meant, some conservative outlets have since paired the abortion remarks with the racist yearbook scandal. Ben Sasse, Republican senator for Nebraska, did likewise on Fox.
Over the weekend, right-wing commentators also alleged Democratic Party—and media—hypocrisy around the photo. Fox’s Laura Ingraham decried “a double standard”: “If this had been a Republican with that photo, he’d never be seen again, [he’d] probably have to change his name and move to South America,” she said. These remarks, and others like them, were disingenuous. A cavalcade of senior Democrats, in Virginia and on the national stage, called on Northam to resign. The national news media, for its part, has quickly and aggressively pursued the story—arguably more so than it did last month after Steve King, a far-right Republican, lamented that white supremacist and white nationalist had “become offensive” terms. (King is not in South America but is still in Congress, where he represents Iowa.)
Major outlets were quick to verify the yearbook photo, and report Northam’s admission, later on Friday, that he was in it. And they held Northam’s feet to the fire when, on Saturday, he U-turned and said the photo wasn’t of him, after all, and that he would not be resigning his office. Questioned by journalists at an extraordinary press conference in Richmond, Northam acknowledged that he’d previously dressed up as Michael Jackson (but only used “just a little bit of shoe polish” on his face) and seemed set to prove he could moonwalk until his wife, standing next to him, warned him not to.The story dominated the news cycle yesterday—even though new developments were thin on the ground until, in the evening, word broke that Northam had met with his staff to consider his options, including resigning. Northam’s resignation may, indeed, be imminent. But if he chooses to stick it out, it will become harder for the media to keep the spotlight on the story, as previous scandals involving, for example, Greg Gianforte, King, and, of course, Donald Trump have proven. Our present, polarized moment may have boosted accountability journalism, but it’s hard to escape the feeling that it’s diminished actual accountability. Pro-Trump websites that muddy the truth for partisan ends have played their part in that. (font: CJR Editors)

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Alnylam to Webcast Presentations at Upcoming February Investor Conferences

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 7 febbraio 2019

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: ALNY), the leading RNAi therapeutics company, announced today that management will present company overviews at the following conferences:
21st Annual BIO CEO & Investor Conference on Monday, February 11, 2019 at 1:30 pm ET at the Marriott Marquis in New York City
8th Annual SVB Leerink Global Healthcare Conference on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 10:30 am ET at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel in New York City
A live audio webcast of each presentation will be available on the Investors section of the Company’s website, http://www.alnylam.com. A replay will be available on the Alnylam website within 48 hours after each event.
Alnylam (Nasdaq: ALNY) is leading the translation of RNA interference (RNAi) into a new class of innovative medicines with the potential to improve the lives of people afflicted with rare genetic, cardio-metabolic, hepatic infectious, and central nervous system (CNS)/ocular diseases. Based on Nobel Prize-winning science, RNAi therapeutics represent a powerful, clinically validated approach for the treatment of a wide range of severe and debilitating diseases. Founded in 2002, Alnylam is delivering on a bold vision to turn scientific possibility into reality, with a robust discovery platform. ONPATTRO® (patisiran) lipid complex injection, available in the U.S. for the treatment of the polyneuropathy of hereditary transthyretin-mediated (hATTR) amyloidosis in adults, is Alnylam’s first U.S. FDA-approved RNAi therapeutic. In the EU, ONPATTRO is approved for the treatment of hATTR amyloidosis in adults with stage 1 or stage 2 polyneuropathy. Alnylam has a deep pipeline of investigational medicines, including three product candidates that are in late-stage development. Looking forward, Alnylam will continue to execute on its “Alnylam 2020” strategy of building a multi-product, commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company with a sustainable pipeline of RNAi-based medicines to address the needs of patients who have limited or inadequate treatment options. Alnylam employs over 1,000 people worldwide and is headquartered in Cambridge, MA.

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NRG Closes on Sale of its South Central Business

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 7 febbraio 2019

NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NRG) has closed on the previously announced sale of NRG South Central Generating LLC (South Central) to Cleco Corporate Holdings LLC (Cleco) for $1 billion in cash, prior to adjustments pursuant to the terms of the Purchase and Sale Agreement entered into on February 7, 2018.“The closing of the South Central transaction marks the achievement of yet another fundamental milestone in our transformation,” said Mauricio Gutierrez, President and Chief Executive Officer, NRG. “With the majority of our asset sales program complete, we continue to focus on capital allocation, cost excellence and margin enhancement across our businesses.”

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IHS Markit to Present at Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 7 febbraio 2019

IHS Markit (Nasdaq: INFO), a world leader in critical information, analytics and solutions, today announced that Jonathan Gear, President of Resources, Transportation and CMS, will present at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 in San Francisco. The presentation is scheduled for approximately 2:40 p.m. Pacific time.A live webcast of the presentation will be available on the Investor Relations section of the IHS Markit website at http://investor.ihsmarkit.com. A replay of the webcast will be available for 90 days after the conclusion of the live event via the same website link.
IHS Markit (Nasdaq: INFO) is a world leader in critical information, analytics and solutions for the major industries and markets that drive economies worldwide. The company delivers next-generation information, analytics and solutions to customers in business, finance and government, improving their operational efficiency and providing deep insights that lead to well-informed, confident decisions. IHS Markit has more than 50,000 business and government customers, including 80 percent of the Fortune Global 500 and the world’s leading financial institutions.

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