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Falsi nella moda: record di sequestri

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By Ginevra Cozzi Responsabile Ufficio Stampa Il Sole 24 Ore. Oltre sessantotto milioni di prodotti moda sequestrati in diciassette mesi dalla Guardia di Finanza. Di cui un quarto, cioè circa 17 milioni, sono prodotti contraffatti: falsi venduti per strada, in spiaggia e soprattutto online. A raccontare questo business in netta crescita (nel 2006 i capi sequestrati erano stati “solo” 14,3 milioni) sono le pagine “.Moda” del Sole 24 Ore, in edicola oggi con un approfondimento sul tema della contraffazione con tutti i numeri del fenomeno, l’impatto sulle imprese e sull’occupazione, e anche le strategie per combatterla. Un fenomeno che, negli ultimi anni, è stato accelerato dalla diffusione dei siti che vendono prodotti falsi e copie “fedeli” e affligge la moda in modo sempre più marcato, in Italia e all’estero. Danneggiando le aziende (che ammettono la perdita di fatturato) e i lavoratori.

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Cosa sono le aste TLTRO e che effetti hanno sull’economia reale?

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By Jessica Samà (fonte: ABC Finanza) La tanto attesa decisione è finalmente arrivata: la BCE ha annunciato un nuovo programma di aste TLTRO a partire da settembre 2019. Mandato in soffitta il Quantitative Easing1, l’Eurotower si prepara a elargire nuovamente condizioni monetarie accomodanti e un nuovo piano di finanziamenti a lungo termine per gli istituti bancari. Se ne parla molto, ma cosa sono esattamente le aste TLTRO? Che effetti hanno sull’economia reale? TLTRO è l’acronimo di Targeted Longer Term Refinancing Operations e rappresentano una delle tante operazioni di politica monetaria2 a disposizione della Banca Centrale Europea (BCE). Le aste TLTRO hanno lo scopo di immettere liquidità nel sistema finanziario e, in teoria, spingere le banche a erogare credito a imprese e famiglie. In parole semplici, si tratta sostanzialmente di prestiti agevolati agli istituti bancari. Perché si parla di aste? Perché le banche possono aggiudicarsi i suddetti prestiti attraverso una serie di aste, tramite cui la BCE finanzia gli istituti bancari tenendo conto del numero di prestiti concessi da essi a società e privati. Ed è proprio per questo che si chiamano “targeted operations”, cioè “operazioni mirate”, perché l’ammontare che le banche prendono in prestito è direttamente correlato ai finanziamenti che erogano alle imprese e alle famiglie. Qualora le banche non dovessero rispettare le condizioni poste, dovranno restituire quanto ricevuto, pagando una penale.La nuova serie di aste TLTRO partirà a settembre 2019 e si estinguerà a marzo 2021. Le banche potranno ottenere fino al 30% dello stock di prestiti idonei alla data del 28 febbraio 2019 e ogni finanziamento avrà una durata di quattro anni. Il tasso di interesse sulle operazioni sarà legato al tasso MRO (Main Refinancing Operation) che attualmente è pari a zero, ma che potrà ulteriormente scendere come successo per il tasso dei depositi, che si trova ora a quota -0.40%. I tassi saranno quindi nulli o negativi per quelle banche che prestano liquidità a privati, famiglie e imprese. Nella storia della BCE ne sono state varate 3: una nel 2014, una nel 2016 e quest’ultima del 2019, sempre tese a scongiurare lo spettro di una crisi bancaria dell’Eurozona e soprattutto per stimolare l’erogazione di credito all’economia reale.Nei suoi bollettini Francoforte ha analizzato l’impatto esercitato nel tempo da questo tipo di interventi, evidenziando come i TLTRO abbiano sempre garantito uno stimolo all’economia reale grazie alla stabilizzazione delle condizioni di finanziamento dal sistema bancario. I TLTRO, insieme ad altre misure introdotte a partire da giugno 2014, si sono dimostrati efficaci nel supportare la concessione di prestiti a privati e imprese: i tassi d’interesse e gli standard richiesti ai debitori sono diminuiti notevolmente subito dopo l’annuncio della prima serie di TLTRO.Ma c’è anche da dire che l’Eurotower si è vista costretta ad emettere una nuova serie di TLTRO visto il pericolo di una congestione del funding causata dalla scadenza degli esistenti TLTRO II3 che da qui al 2021 avrebbero diminuito notevolmente la liquidità degli istituti di credito, con conseguenze rilevanti sulla stabilità del sistema bancario europeo. A farne le spese sarebbero state soprattutto le banche italiane, che avrebbero dovuto restituire circa 250 miliardi4 presi in prestito grazie ai TLTRO II.Inoltre, l’economia in rallentamento dell’area euro, la conseguente riduzione delle stime di crescita, la minaccia del protezionismo, la Brexit e le vulnerabilità dei mercati emergenti hanno sicuramente influenzato la decisione di Francoforte. “Meglio muoversi con prudenza, ma muoversi, in una stanza buia, piuttosto che stare fermi”, ha affermato Draghi. In ogni caso, bisogna precisare che i TLTRO non sono un regalo alle banche, ma una necessità. Servono ad immettere nuova liquidità e soprattutto a scongiurare nuove speculazioni che avrebbero potuto attaccare Paesi come Italia e Spagna (maggiori beneficiari delle manovre passate), con un effetto domino su tutta l’Unione. Ed è per questo che i Paesi membri hanno votato all’unanimità a favore del nuovo TLTRO.
L’emissione dei TLTRO III riguarderà solo indirettamente i mutui, poiché la liquidità presa in prestito dalle banche non potrà essere destinata ai mutui per la casa, al fine di evitare la creazione di una bolla immobiliare. In ogni caso, i mutui risentiranno positivamente delle condizioni agevolate poste dalla BCE, dal momento che, oltre ad annunciare un nuovo round di aste TLTRO, San Mario Draghi ha anche deciso di lasciare i tassi d’interesse applicati ai finanziamenti invariati almeno fino alla fine del 2019. Quindi per l’Euribor, il tasso di riferimento per i mutui variabili, le previsioni rimangono le stesse: la scadenza a tre mesi, la più utilizzata dagli italiani, è rimasta a -0.31, ma anche le scadenze a un mese, sei mesi e 12 mesi rimarranno rispettivamente a quota -0.37, -0.23 e -0.11.Per quanto riguarda il tasso IRS, il riferimento per i mutui a tasso fisso, dopo l’annuncio dei TLTRO ha raggiunto i minimi di quest’anno. Il tasso a cinque anni si è collocato a 0,08, mentre le scadenze a 10, 15, 20 e 25 anni sono scesi a 0.60, 0.96, 1.14 e 1.20.Se da una parte i TLTRO risolvono il problema del funding degli istituti, dall’altra mettono ulteriormente alla prova la profittabilità del settore, poiché i tassi d’interessi applicati ai finanziamenti concessi rimarranno a livelli prossimi allo zero. Le banche potrebbero quindi cercare altre fonti di ricavo, ad esempio innalzando le commissioni bancarie.Nondimeno, molti analisti evidenziano come gli istituti bancari tenderebbero ad utilizzare la maggior parte dei TLTRO per ricomprare i vecchi finanziamenti in scadenza. Così a beneficiarne sarebbe solo il sistema creditizio, che ha attualmente bisogno di liquidità per preservare i suoi requisiti di solidità patrimoniale. Ma il vero problema non è tanto l’offerta, bensì la domanda: finché la domanda di credito non si riprenderà in maniera significativa, tutti questi sforzi saranno inutili.

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8 anni di guerra in Siria

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 19 marzo 2019

“Nel 2018, ogni giorno, almeno tre bambini, tre bambini innocenti sono stati uccisi. E questo è solo il dato verificato dalle Nazioni Unite, ma riteniamo che il numero sia molto più alto. Dal 2011, quando è iniziato il conflitto, sono nati 5 milioni di bambini siriani, 4 milioni all’interno della Siria e 1 milione nei paesi limitrofi. 5 milioni di bambini che non hanno conosciuto niente altro che l’impatto di una guerra brutale sui bambini”, ha ricordato Geert Cappelaere, Direttore regionale UNICEF per Medio Oriente e Nord Africa alla Conferenza dei Donatori a Bruxelles. A 8 anni dall’inizio del conflitto in Siria, l’UNICEF ricorda che sono quasi 8 milioni i bambini la cui vita è stata sconvolta dalla crisi siriana: 5 milioni hanno bisogno di assistenza all’interno della Siria, mentre oltre 2,5 milioni sono i bambini siriani rifugiati registrati nei paesi limitrofi. I bambini rappresentano quasi il 45% del totale della popolazione colpita, su 11,7 milioni di persone coinvolte nel conflitto in Siria e 5,7 milioni di rifugiati. Mentre il conflitto entra nel suo nono anno, la crisi in Siria continua ad avere un impatto fortissimo sui bambini, nel paese, nella regione e oltre, e resta ancora una delle peggiori crisi umanitarie del mondo. Ogni bambino in Siria è stato colpito da violenza, sfollamento, legami familiari recisi e mancanza di accesso a servizi vitali. Oltre l’83% dei siriani vive sotto la soglia di povertà, spingendo i bambini a misure estreme di sopravvivenza, come lavoro minorile, matrimoni precoci e reclutamento nei combattimenti. Tutto ciò ha avuto un fortissimo impatto psicologico sui bambini.La crisi siriana rimane soprattutto una crisi per la protezione: le gravi violazioni dei diritti dei bambini – reclutamento, rapimenti, uccisioni e mutilazioni – continuano senza tregua. Solo nel 2018 sono stati uccisi 1.106 bambini, feriti 748, e 806 sono stati reclutati da gruppi armati; 360.000 bambini vivono in aree difficili da raggiungere e circa 2,6 milioni di bambini rimangono sfollati all’interno del paese. Inoltre, nei paesi limitrofi, circa 10.000 bambini rifugiati sono non accompagnati o sono stati separati dalle loro famiglie, molti di questi bambini sono vulnerabili a situazioni di sfruttamento – come il lavoro minorile – a causa della mancanza di documentazione legale.Quasi 20.000 bambini sotto i 5 anni sono affetti da malnutrizione acuta grave e in pericolo di vita e la malnutrizione acuta fra le donne in stato di gravidanza o allattamento è più che raddoppiata nel 2018. 6,5 milioni di persone sono in condizioni di insicurezza alimentare, fattore che spinge a far lavorare o mendicare bambini anche di 3 anni per sostentare le famiglie.Anni di conflitto hanno drammaticamente ridotto l’accesso ai servizi sociali di base, impedendo a oltre 2 milioni di bambini – più di un terzo di quelli del paese – di frequentare la scuola ed esponendo 1,3 milioni al rischio di abbandonarla; circa il 40% delle strutture scolastiche sono state danneggiate o distrutte durante la guerra, con 120 attacchi verificati l’anno passato.Nel 2018 le Nazioni Unite hanno inoltre verificato 142 attacchi su strutture e personale sanitario, il numero più alto dall’inizio del conflitto. Solo la metà delle strutture sanitarie è funzionante.Almeno il 70% delle acque reflue non è trattato e la metà del sistema fognario non è funzionante, esponendo i bambini a seri pericoli per la loro salute. Le famiglie che vivono in rifugi informali in Siria spendono oltre la metà del loro stipendio per l’acqua.L’UNICEF e i partner stanno lavorando sul campo in Siria e in tutta la regione per proteggere i bambini, per aiutarli ad affrontare l’impatto del conflitto e per recuperare la loro infanzia, migliorando l’accesso a servizi per l’istruzione e di supporto psicosociale per aiutare i bambini e coloro che se ne prendono cura a riprendersi dai traumi e a ristabilire una sensazione di normalità e portando assistenza umanitaria fondamentale in aree difficili da raggiungere.

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Siglato accordo di collaborazione tra INGV e ENAC

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 19 marzo 2019

Il Presidente dell’Ente Nazionale per l’Aviazione Civile (ENAC), Nicola Zaccheo, e il Presidente dell’Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV), Carlo Doglioni, hanno sottoscritto un Accordo quadro tra i due Enti.Al fine di definire le modalità di gestione dell’intesa e le attività di comune interesse, tale Accordo prevede l’istituzione di un Comitato di Cooperazione cui parteciperanno il Direttore Generale INGV Maria Siclari e tre rappresentanti dell’Istituto e, per ENAC, altrettanti rappresentanti con il Vice Direttore Generale Alessandro Cardi. Oggetto dell’Accordo, lo scambio di conoscenze tecniche e scientifiche e la collaborazione nei settori strategici delle ceneri vulcaniche dello Space Weather e dell’utilizzo sperimentale di droni per gli scopi di ricerca e monitoraggio sismico, vulcanico e ambientale.
Viene così formalizzata la collaborazione istituzionale tra i due Enti già posta in essere fin dal 2006, finalizzata al mantenimento e al miglioramento degli standard di sicurezza della navigazione aerea nazionale ed internazionale attraverso il costante monitoraggio dell’attività dei vulcani italiani, la puntuale informazione per gli stakeholders aeronautici e l’applicazione delle procedure di contingenza per l’erogazione dei servizi di navigazione aerea sugli aeroporti italiani prossimali ai vulcani attivi, in aderenza a quanto previsto dagli standard normativi nazionali ed internazionali.In particolare sarà assicurato il supporto dell’INGV, con i suoi due Osservatori vulcanologici nazionali accreditati presso l’Organizzazione dell’Aviazione Civile Internazionale (ICAO – International Civil Aviation Organization), per le attività di competenza dell’ENAC relative alle esercitazioni ICAO VOLCEX. Tali esercitazioni riguardano l’osservazione e la previsione della dispersione delle nubi di cenere vulcanica, per l’applicazione delle procedure previste dall’EUR NAT Volcanic Ash Contingency Plan.Inoltre, in linea con le recenti determinazioni ICAO sull’obbligo di fornire i prodotti e i servizi di Space Weather per l’assistenza alla navigazione aerea internazionale, l’Accordo comprende le attività svolte dall’INGV, anche nell’ambito del Consorzio Europeo PECASUS, per l’osservazione dei fenomeni che avvengono nella ionosfera e nella magnetosfera e la previsione dei fenomeni di Space Weather.

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The George Michael Collection

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 19 marzo 2019

London he George Michael Collection has realised a combined total of £11,328,125 / $15,035,490 / €13,259,045 across the spirited Evening Auction and accessible online platform. Proceeds from the sale will be used to continue George Michael’s philanthropic work. The art collection of the British singer and songwriter, and icon of the imaginative spirit of the 1980s and 1990s, captivated audiences globally and saw international bidding for works in both the Evening and Online Auctions.
One of the most influential and best-selling recording artists of all time, George Michael’s private art collection represented a dialogue with his own British contemporaries, artists such as Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas, Michael Craig-Martin, and Marc Quinn, who rose to prominence by challenging the status quo of the time, together creating the Young British Art movement. Through visits to galleries and artists’ studios, he developed friendships with many of the YBA artists whose work he deeply admired.

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Behavox Announces Google Cloud Partnership

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 19 marzo 2019

Behavox, a pioneering artificial intelligence data analytics firm, announced today that it has officially been named as a Google Cloud Partner (“GCP”). With this new partnership, Behavox will be able to combine its strength as a leading AI provider in financial services, along with the abundance of benefits that a partnership with Google Cloud has to offer. Google Cloud is one of the largest, fastest and most secure private networks in the world.“It is undeniable that this partnership will further reinforce Behavox’s credibility and accelerate development,” said Erkin Adylov, Behavox’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer. “Our technical team now has access to a preferred network of experts from Google to support all Behavox systems, as we continue to transform behavior on Wall Street and beyond.”
Google Cloud works with some of the most trusted, inventive partners to help enterprises innovate faster, scale smarter, and stay secure. Google’s platform allows its partners to build on products to develop innovative solutions, creating new opportunities for our clients and expanding what’s possible in the cloud.Behavox recently announced the launch of Behavox SaaS, its newest deployment: a fully-managed service, which provides customers with rapid deployment, lower costs and advanced functionality on the impressive GCP infrastructure.Earlier this Fall, Behavox also received the prestigious designation of Financial Services Competency for Risk Management from Amazon Web Services (“AWS”). The AWS Financial Services Partner Competency Program identifies technology partners with deep industry experience and expertise, who have demonstrated technical proficiency and proven customer success with readily implemented solutions that align with AWS architectural best practices, and have staff with AWS-certifications.Behavox is building the first behavioral operating system with an eventual focus extending well past compliance into areas like productivity, culture, and revenue generation.

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Newmont’s Tanami Power Project in Australia Completed Safely and on Schedule

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 19 marzo 2019

Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE: NEM) (Newmont or the Company) today announced that the Tanami Power Project in Australia was completed safely and on schedule. The project included the installation of two power stations, a 66kV interconnected power line, and a 275 mile (450km) natural gas pipeline. The pipeline was built and will be maintained by Australian Gas Infrastructure Group, while the power stations were constructed and will be operated by Zenith Energy. Capital costs are estimated at approximately $245 million with annual cash lease payments over a 10-year term beginning in 2019.The successfully completed project is expected to provide the Tanami gold mine a safe and reliable energy source while lowering power costs and carbon emission by 20 percent. The project is expected to generate net cash savings of $34 per ounce from 2019 to 2023, delivering an Internal Rate of Return of greater than 50 percent.“In addition to lowering costs and carbon emissions, the completed Tanami Power Project will pave the way to further extend the life of the operation,” said Gary Goldberg, Chief Executive Officer. “Consistent execution and delivery remain the hallmark of our ability to generate free cash flow and create long-term value for our shareholders and other stakeholders. Completion of the project coincides with Tanami pouring its 10 millionth ounce of gold on the back of record production of 500,000 ounces last year. This achievement is a testament to the skill of our team as well as our valued partnership with the Warlpiri people, the Traditional Owners of the land.”Tanami is Australia’s second largest underground gold mine and one of the most cost competitive gold producers in the world. Newmont’s continued exploration success at Tanami has created the potential to extend mine life beyond 2028, with additional upside through a possible second expansion project that the Company expects to make a full funding decision on in the second half of 2019. Last year, more than 800,000 ounces of gold Resources were converted into Reserves from Tanami’s Auron ore body.Over the last six years, Newmont has successfully built 11 new mines, expansions and projects on four continents – on or ahead of schedule and at or below budget. These projects include Akyem and the Phoenix Copper Leach in 2013, the Turf Vent Shaft in 2015, Merian and Long Canyon in 2016, the Tanami Expansion in 2017, and Twin Underground, Northwest Exodus and Subika Underground in 2018. The Company also completed a value-accretive acquisition of Cripple Creek and Victor in 2015 and delivered a profitable expansion at the mine in 2016.

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Rabobank Announces Plan to Strengthen U.S. Rural Banking Business

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 19 marzo 2019

Rabobank announced that it will transfer the food and agriculture loan portfolio from its California retail banking operation, Rabobank, N.A., to Rabo AgriFinance, further positioning the U.S. operation to become the leading nationwide production ag lender in the U.S. As a result, the food and ag finance company will be positioned to grow considerably in the U.S. food and agriculture sector, the most important growth region for the bank globally.The move comes as part of an agreement to sell the retail, business banking, commercial real estate, mortgage, wealth management and other non-Food and Agribusiness assets of Rabobank, N.A. to Walnut Creek, CA-based Mechanics Bank, a full-service community bank with 44 branches and $6B in assets in California.“Rabobank is committed to supporting leading food and ag producers around the world. In North America, we have seen rapid growth in our rural banking business and by combining our California F&A portfolio into Rabo AgriFinance, we will be positioned to continue our substantial investments in North America,” says Paul Beiboer, CEO of Rabobank North America.Rabo AgriFinance focuses on financing leading U.S. farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses and traces its roots back more than 115 years to its parent company, Netherlands-based Rabobank Group. When this transition is complete, Rabo AgriFinance will be the only U.S. lender to offer a broad, nationwide view of agriculture coupled with local expertise and global resources. The financing capacity, access to networks and sector-specific knowledge offered by Rabo AgriFinance are unmatched in the U.S. ag lending industry.“Our clients appreciate the access to global financing, knowledge and networks we are able to offer as an international finance company,” said Curt Hudnutt, Head of Rural Banking, Rabobank North America. “When we couple that global perspective with the knowledge and relationships offered by our local teams, our clients have a significant advantage in the food and ag space.” Based in St. Louis, Missouri, Rabo AgriFinance currently has more than 40 offices across the U.S. and will open ten offices in California to continue supporting our staff and clients.“Approximately 170 employees who are currently supporting food, agriculture and renewable energy at Rabobank, N.A. will become employees of Rabo AgriFinance, ensuring the continuation of the high quality of service to which our California clients are accustomed,” notes Beiboer.The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals, the approval of Rabobank Group and the completion of various closing conditions, and is anticipated to close in the third quarter of 2019.

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KBRA Comments on the Worldwide Grounding of the Boeing 737

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 19 marzo 2019

With our deepest regrets following the second crash of a 737 Max jet, which resulted in the tragic loss of 157 lives onboard Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 to Kenya on March 12, KBRA details our view on the potential credit impact for both airlines and aircraft lessors, as well as our rated aviation transactions. As of March 13, all 737 Max variants are grounded by the relevant aviation regulatory bodies due to safety concerns. On December 3, 2018, following the crash of the 737 Max 8 jetliner Lion Air Flight 610, KBRA released a report noting our approach for liquidity stresses for aircraft, should there be long-term implications for the value of the 737 Max aircraft series.In this comment, we discuss the financial impact for aircraft lessors and airlines in the event of a prolonged grounding of the 737 Max, as well as the potential stress it could cause for manufacturer Boeing. There continues to be no 737 Max aircraft in any of the Aviation ABS transactions rated by KBRA.

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Seventh Annual Women’s Leadership Conference

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 19 marzo 2019

Golriz Lucina is the Head of Creative at SoulPancake, an inspiring entertainment company founded by actor Rainn Wilson, that creates daily socially conscious videos about human connection. Lucina is also co-author of the New York Times bestselling book SouPancake: Chew on Life’s Big Questions; and co-host and executive producer of the SoulPancake interstitials on the Oprah Winfrey Network’s Super Soul Sunday series. With an academic background in media and publishing and a passion for storytelling, Golriz leads the ideation and development of SoulPancake’s content and is the creative force behind the brand’s distinct aesthetic and a wide body of work which has amassed a community of 10M fans and over 1B views worldwide. SoulPancake.com. Speakers for the event also include experts, Erica Ledesma, Kassia Borycki, Thecia Jenkins, Jessica Gomez, Dr. Carey Yazeed, and Lindsay McPhail, among many others. Closing remarks will include comments from National Keynote Dr. Deborah Cohan.Breakout sessions are developed around this year’s theme—Creating Impact: Imagine, Navigate, Adapt & Build—and are headed by regional leaders whose goals are to foster leadership in business, government, and non-profit organizations that more fully reflect our region. Young professionals, mid-life women balancing family with work, and top-rung professionals can all benefit.“Being a part of the Women’s Leadership Conference is all about connecting and using those connections. Don’t be afraid of change and make that impact you need to move forward,” said Rhonda Klug and Stacey Derrig, 2019 Conference Co-Chairs.The conference will be held on Friday, May 10, from 7:45 AM–5:30 PM at the Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites, 2525 Ashland Street, Ashland, OR 97520. To register for the 2019 Women’s Leadership Conference of SO, go to http://www.WomensLeadershipConference.net.

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Precision Medicine for Pediatric Cancer

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Research performed over the last several decades has led to an increased understanding of the genetics of cancer. The clinical application of this knowledge for pediatric cancer has lagged behind studies performed for adults. In a perspectives article published in the prestigious journal Science, Dr. Jaclyn Biegel, from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and Dr. Alejandro Sweet-Cordero, of the University of California, San Francisco, survey the landscape of this young field and present opportunities for using genomic information to advance a new era of care for children with cancer.Cancer arises from genetic changes, including DNA mutations, that are either present at birth, or are acquired over time. Many adult cancers are initiated by mutations acquired through exposure to substances like smoking and radiation or simply from aging. The tumors may contain hundreds of sequence alterations, and identifying which changes drive the growth of the tumors and impact treatment response can be challenging. In contrast, pediatric malignancies often develop from a very small number of mutations, only some of which overlap with the types of mutations seen in adult cancers. Furthermore, an estimated 20% of pediatric cancers arise in children who have a genetic predisposition to malignancy. For this reason, the clinical genetic assays developed to inform prognosis and treatment decisions for adult cancers have not been as useful in pediatrics.
OncoKids® was one of the first next-generation sequencing panels to detect DNA and RNA changes that characterize pediatric cancers. The panel was developed at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles under the guidance of author Jaclyn Biegel, PhD, FACMG, Director of CHLA’s Center for Personalized Medicine. The OncoKids® panel provides a molecular diagnosis, informs prognosis, and highlights novel therapeutic targets across the broad spectrum of cancers in children, including leukemias, brain tumors and other solid tumors.
Although tremendous progress has been made in pediatric cancer care, treatment resistant disease and relapse continue to negatively impact patient outcomes. Genetic profiling of pediatric cancers is typically done at the time of diagnosis or at the time of relapse to help determine treatment planning. According to Dr. Biegel, future studies that may be performed over the course of treatment and at remission have the potential to provide critical information about the mechanisms of tumor progression, treatment resistance and metastasis.Tremendous opportunity exists for changing outcomes in children with cancer by using an integrated approach to evaluating children and their families that includes genomic medicine as a central component in their care.

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Pulse Biosciences Grants Equity Incentive Awards to New Employees

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 19 marzo 2019

Pulse Biosciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLSE) (“Pulse Biosciences” or the “Company”), a novel medical therapy company bringing to market its proprietary CellFX™ System, announced today that the Compensation Committee of the Company’s Board of Directors granted non-qualified stock options covering an aggregate of 61,000 shares of Pulse Biosciences common stock to three new non-executive employees under the Pulse Biosciences 2017 Inducement Equity Incentive Plan on March 15, 2019.The 2017 Inducement Equity Incentive Plan is used exclusively to grant equity awards to individuals who were not previously an employee or non-employee director of Pulse Biosciences as an inducement material to such individual’s entering into employment with Pulse Biosciences in accordance with Nasdaq Marketplace Rule 5635(c).The options have an exercise price of $18.12 per share, which is equal to the closing price of Pulse Biosciences common stock on March 15, 2019. The 61,000 shares underlying the option grants will vest and become exercisable as to 25% of the shares annually beginning on the first anniversary of the recipient’s start date, subject to the recipient’s continued employment with Pulse Biosciences on these vesting dates. The options are subject to the terms and conditions of the 2017 Inducement Equity Incentive Plan and the award agreements entered into with each recipient.

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Japanese Startups Aim to Solve Consumer and Societal Challenges with New Technologies

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 19 marzo 2019

Japanese startups demonstrated how to solve societal challenges and make lives easier with innovative technologies at SXSW 2019. These startups, part of the government’s J-Startup program to incubate globally-competitive startups, are the face of the new business environment in Japan as a global innovation hub. Specifically tailored to encourage invention and creative problem-solving, the J-Startup program produces startups that are using human imagination to bring greater joy, better environmental stewardship, and groundbreaking innovation to industry and everyday life.Ten startups exhibited at the J-Startup Booth, which was organized by the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), in the Japan Pavilion in the Austin Convention Center and demonstrated their products and services during the Japan Innovation Hour on March 12 in the International Innovation Platform. The demonstrations drew high attendance and the audience was able to view solutions that included applications spanning artificial intelligence (AI), wearable technologies, smart home solutions, and more: ArchiTek chip, a startup that addresses the pressing need to lower the cost and increase the performance of artificial intelligence, demonstrated its low power, high performance chip that runs computer vision and AI algorithms with high performance. The chip can be used for autonomous vehicles, security cameras, cybersecurity systems, robotics, and data centers. It aims to make AI more affordable and integrated into mainstream applications.
Empath Inc. demonstrated its program that identifies emotions – joy, calm, anger, and sorrow –using artificial intelligence, regardless of language. This startup’s mission is to develop and provide technology where all people can understand and help each other, with specific use cases in telemarketing. It’s currently being used by 1,000 customers across 50 countries.
LOAD&ROAD demonstrated its tea-brewing innovation, Teplo, a smart-tea brewer that uses a heart-rate sensor to collect mental state data and securely share it with a mobile app to brew a perfectly personalized cup of tea. It recently won the CES Innovation Award for Home Appliances.

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Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman Launches CLE4Good Initiative

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Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman has launched its CLE4GoodSM initiative, through which continuing legal education (CLE) programs the firm provides will be used to support charitable organizations. The law firm’s first CLE4GoodSM program took place on Wednesday, March 13 at The Bitter End, a legendary rock club in Greenwich Village. The program titled “Key Legal Ethics Concepts Illustrated Through Song” was organized and moderated by Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman partner Kieran Doyle and featured Cowan, Liebowitz attorneys Meichelle MacGregor, Eric Shimanoff, and Dasha Chestukhin, who gave presentations on various legal ethics topics, backed by the “Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman All-Stars” band, which includes Thomas Kjellberg and Nancy Hampton. The program covered ethical considerations when working with investigators; and trademark consumer surveys and the work product privilege, among other topics. The firm donated $10 for every person who attended the program to the TeachRock project of the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation. The firm also raised funds for the project through an auction of a Fender Squier guitar autographed by Steve Van Zandt. The TeachRock project creates multimedia educational materials for teachers and students. The founders Board includes Steven Van Zandt (founder), Martin Scorsese, Bono and Bruce Springsteen. Joel Karni Schmidt, a member of Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman’s executive committee, said “We are very proud to launch our CLE4Good initiative through which we simultaneously provide innovative and fun CLE programs and raise money for charitable organizations. Our first program was a great success, and we thank all our friends, colleagues and clients who attended the event.”

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Humboldt Family Farms, Inc. to Present at the 31st Annual ROTH Conference

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 19 marzo 2019

Humboldt Family Farms, Inc., a vertically integrated cannabis and hemp holding company, today announced that its co-founders, Scott Vasterling and Ashley Hanson, will present and meet with investors at the 31st Annual ROTH Conference. At 9:00am on March 19, 2019, during a special cannabis speaking track, the founders will share unique perspectives on the cannabis and CBD markets as well as the holding company’s vision, strategies and investment opportunities.Humboldt Family Farms, Inc. is uniquely poised to scale and capture increased market share in its core competencies of cannabis and hemp cultivation, manufacturing and distribution. The Humboldt Family Farms, Inc. portfolio consists of three primary fully licensed entities as well as several in-house cannabis and CBD brands.Humboldt Family Farms’ founders are available to meet with investors and potential business discussions for scheduled one-on-one meetings on Monday and Tuesday. Please email oneononerequests@roth.com to arrange a meeting.

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Robbins Arroyo LLP: Ubiquiti Networks, Inc. (UBNT) Misled Shareholders According to Complaint

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 19 marzo 2019

Shareholder rights law firm Robbins Arroyo LLP announces a purchaser of Ubiquiti Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: UBNT) has filed a complaint against the company’s officers and directors for breaches of fiduciary duties, unjust enrichment, and waste. Ubiquiti develops technology platforms for hi-capacity distributed Internet access, unified information technology, and next-generation consumer electronics for home and personal use.

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