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Direttiva UE plastica: “A rischio chiusura 30 aziende italiane con 3000 addetti”

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 aprile 2019

Bruxelles. Con l’entrata in vigore della direttiva UE sulla plastica monouso rischiano la chiusura trenta aziende italiane della filiera della plastica che danno impiego complessivamente a 3.000 addetti. L’allarme viene lanciato dal movimento ecologista europeo Fare Ambiente insieme a 7 associazioni di categoria e consorzi tra cui Unionplast (Federazione Italiana Gomma Plastica), Corepla (Consorzio Nazionale per la raccolta e il riciclo e il recupero degli imballaggi in plastica), Confida (Associazione Italiana Distribuzione Automatica): “La nuova normativa – spiega Vincenzo Pepe, Presidente di Fare Ambiente – non inciderà, se non in minima parte, sul problema ambientale. Infatti il 90% della plastica presente negli oceani proviene da dieci fiumi extra-europei, come dimostrano i dati del Programma Ambiente delle Nazioni Unite (Unep) mentre i rischi produttivi e occupazionali per le imprese italiane sono alti”. E’ il messaggio che le associazioni questa mattina hanno lanciato ai rappresentanti delle istituzioni presenti al convegno tematico organizzato a palazzo Giustiniani: tra i politici in sala il sottosegretario all’Ambiente Vannia Gava, il presidente della commissione Industria Gianni Pietro Girotto, l’europarlamentare Lara Comi e la deputata Maria Stella Gelmini. Il movimento ecologista europeo Fare Ambiente punta il dito anche sulle possibili conseguenze sulla sicurezza alimentare: “Si pensi soprattutto ad esempio a piatti e bicchieri di plastica usati negli ospedali. Vietarne l’uso porterà rischi per la salute dei consumatori”. E la tesi è confermata anche dallo studio del prof. David Mc Dowell dell’Università dell’Ulster e presidente in carica del comitato consultivo britannico per la sicurezza alimentare, che ha “provato il collegamento tra il bando dei prodotti monouso in plastica e l’aumento della diffusione di batteri come escherichia coli, campylobacter, listeria, norovirus e altri virus che causano gastroenteriti acute”.

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Incidenti su strada: obbligo di tecnologie salvavita a bordo

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 aprile 2019

Bruxelles. Nel 2018, sono morte 25.100 persone a causa di incidenti sulle strade UE Da maggio 2022, i nuovi veicoli dovranno essere dotati di dispositivi di sicurezza come l’assistenza intelligente alla velocità e il sistema avanzato di frenata d’emergenza.”Questa legge sta spianando la strada per salvare migliaia di vite umane nei prossimi anni. La nostra attenzione è sempre stata rivolta alla sicurezza degli utenti della strada, in particolare di quelli vulnerabili. L’equipaggiamento obbligatorio aggiuntivo per auto, camion e autobus contribuirà a salvare vite umane”, ha dichiarato la relatrice Róża Thun (PPE, PL). L’accordo provvisorio con i ministri UE è stato raggiunto il 26 marzo.
I veicoli a motore dovranno essere dotati dei seguenti sistemi avanzati per veicoli: adattamento intelligente della velocità, interfaccia di installazione di dispositivi di tipo alcolock, avviso della disattenzione e della stanchezza del conducente, avviso avanzato di distrazione del conducente, segnalazione di arresto di emergenza, rilevamento in retromarcia e registratore di dati di evento (“scatola nera”).
Secondo le stime, il sistema di adattamento intelligente della velocità (ISA) potrebbe ridurre del 20% il numero di vittime sulle strade UE.”L’ISA fornirà al conducente un feedback basato sulle mappe e sull’osservazione dei segnali stradali ogni volta che il limite di velocità verrà superato. Non introduciamo un limitatore di velocità, ma un sistema intelligente che renderà i conducenti pienamente consapevoli del superamento del limite di velocità. Ciò non solo renderà tutti noi più sicuri, ma aiuterà anche gli automobilisti ad evitare multe per eccesso di velocità”, ha dichiarato la relatrice Thun.Per le autovetture e i veicoli commerciali leggeri sarà inoltre obbligatorio disporre di un sistema di frenata d’emergenza (già obbligatorio per autocarri e autobus), nonché di un sistema di emergenza di mantenimento della corsia.La maggior parte di queste tecnologie e sistemi dovrebbe diventare obbligatoria a partire dal maggio 2022 per i nuovi modelli e dal maggio 2024 per i modelli esistenti.
Gli autobus e autocarri dovranno essere sono progettati e costruiti in modo da migliorare la visibilità degli utenti vulnerabili dal posto di guida, come i pedoni e i ciclisti (la cosiddetta “visione diretta”). Nel testo si esplicita che questi veicoli dovranno essere dotati di caratteristiche avanzate per ridurre “al massimo gli angoli morti davanti e al lato del conducente”.La tecnologia della visione diretta dovrebbe essere applicata sui nuovi modelli a partire dal novembre 2025 e su quelli esistenti dal novembre 2028.Le nuove norme miglioreranno anche i requisiti di sicurezza passiva, compresi i crash test (anteriori e laterali) e i parabrezza, per ridurre la gravità delle lesioni per pedoni e ciclisti. Anche l’omologazione dei pneumatici sarà migliorata per testare i pneumatici usurati.Il regolamento, approvato dal Parlamento con 578 voti favorevoli, 30 voti contrari e 25 astensioni, sarà ora sottoposto all’approvazione formale del Consiglio dei ministri UE per poi entrare in vigore dopo la pubblicazione.Nel 2018, secondo i dati preliminari pubblicati dalla Commissione europea, circa 25.100 persone sono morte sulle strade dell’UE e 135.000 sono rimaste gravemente ferite.

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Gig economy: il Parlamento europeo approva nuovi diritti per i lavoratori

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 aprile 2019

Bruxelles. Diritti minimi per i lavoratori che svolgono un’occupazione occasionale o a breve termine
Obbligo di comunicare le condizioni di lavoro il primo giorno o entro 7 giorni se giustificato.I lavoratori a chiamata, a voucher o tramite piattaforme digitali come Uber, Foodora o Deliveroo potranno godere di nuovi diritti, grazie alla normativa approvata in via definitiva.La legge, già concordata con i ministri UE, garantisce una serie di diritti minimi per coloro che svolgono un’occupazione occasionale o a breve termine, come i lavoratori a chiamata, intermittenti, a voucher, tramite piattaforma, così come i tirocinanti e gli apprendisti retribuiti se lavorano in media almeno tre ore alla settimana e 12 ore su quattro settimane. I lavoratori autonomi sono invece esclusi dalle nuove norme.
Tutti i lavoratori devono essere informati fin dal primo giorno, come principio generale e, ove giustificato, entro sette giorni, degli aspetti essenziali del loro contratto di lavoro, quali: descrizione delle mansioni, data di inizio, durata, retribuzione, giornata lavorativa standard o orario di riferimento per coloro che hanno orari di lavoro imprevedibili.I lavoratori con contratti a chiamata o con forme analoghe di occupazione beneficeranno di:
un livello minimo di prevedibilità, come orari e giorni di riferimento predeterminati;
la possibilità di rifiutare, senza conseguenze, un incarico al di fuori dell’orario prestabilito o essere compensati se l’incarico non è annullato in tempo;
il divieto per i datori di lavoro di sanzionare i lavoratori che vogliono accettare impieghi con altre imprese, se le nuove mansioni non rientrano nell’orario di lavoro stabilito, e nuove misure nazionali, da stabilire, per prevenire le pratiche abusive, quali dei limiti allo scopo e alla durata del contratto.
I periodi di prova non potranno essere superiori a sei mesi o proporzionali alla durata prevista del contratto in caso di lavoro a tempo determinato. Un contratto rinnovato per la stessa funzione non potrà essere definito quale periodo di prova.Infine, il datore di lavoro dovrà fornire gratuitamente una formazione che sarà inclusa nell’orario di lavoro. Quando possibile, tale formazione dovrà essere anche completata entro l’orario di lavoro.

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Brexit de Bertoldi (FdI): testimonia fallimento Ue delle consorterie

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 aprile 2019

“La Brexit testimonia il fallimento di questa Unione europea, che Fratelli d’Italia dal 26 maggio vuole cambiare profondamente. Mettendo da parte l’Europa degli eurocrati e dei burocrati che non appartiene ai popoli europei ma piuttosto alle consorterie. Quanto accaduto in Gran Bretagna deve portare a riflettere e a ripensare questa Unione, affinchè non si ripetano altri tentativi di abbandono unilaterale. Fratelli d’Italia lavorerà nell’ottica di rafforzare l’Europa, dandole nuova vitalità ma soprattutto recuperando lo spirito originario dei Trattati di Roma. Per questo siamo solidali con il popolo britannico che non si è piegato ad un’Unione a trazione franco-tedesca, che non ha garantito parità di trattamento tra le varie Nazioni. Il 26 maggio chi voterà Fratelli d’Italia sappia che lo farà per cambiare davvero tutto in Europa”. Lo ha detto in Aula il senatore di Fratelli d’Italia, Andrea de Bertoldi, segretario della Commissione Finanze e Tesoro sul decreto Brexit.

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Europee. de Bertoldi (FdI): elezioni saranno occasione per rafforzare autorevolezza Italia

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 aprile 2019

“La vicenda Tercas, con la Corte di Giustizia europea che ha dato ragione all’Italia, conferma che il 26 maggio bisogna voltare pagina, per ricostruire un’Europa che risponda al vero spirito dei trattati di Roma. Non quell’Europa che in questi anni ha voluto il Pd, nella quale l’Italia è stata ai margini e calpestata, ma in cui ritrovi la sua dignità e autorevolezza. Questo vale anche sul piano del sistema bancario, che dovrà essere il banco di prova della nostra Nazione e rispetto al quale dovrà pretendere parità di confronto e trattamento, come finora non è stato. Fratelli d’Italia dal 26 maggio porterà al Parlamento europeo queste istanze e questa nuova visione d’Europa, facendosi portavoce dei diritti della nostra Nazione”. Lo ha detto in Aula il senatore di Fratelli d’Italia, Andrea de Bertoldi, nel corso della discussione sulla Legge europea.

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Improved law enforcement access to financial information to curb crime

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 aprile 2019

New rules improving law enforcement authorities’ access to financial information to investigate serious crime were adopted by MEPs on Wednesday
Financial data can offer valuable information to law enforcement authorities and can help them prevent, detect, investigate and prosecute serious crime and terrorism. The new rules, already agreed with EU ministers, aim to improve law enforcement authorities’ access to information and the cross-border exchange of financial information between EU authorities.
The new measures include the following changes:competent law enforcement authorities will be able access to bank account information for the prevention, detection, investigation or prosecution of criminal offences;
financial intelligence units (FIU) will be required to cooperate and reply in a timely manner to requests for financial information or analysis from the competent law enforcement authorities; national competent authorities will be required to reply in a timely manner to requests for law enforcement information by the national financial intelligence units;
national financial intelligence units will be entitled to exchange any information related to terrorism and organised crime associated with terrorism; and
better cooperation between authorities in different member states and improved exchange of information between Europol and national financial intelligence units.
The new rules were adopted by 574 to 26, 6 abstentions. The text still needs to be formally approved by the Council before entering into force. EU countries will have two years to put the rules into practice.

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European Border and Coast Guard: 10 000 strong standing corps by 2027

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 aprile 2019

New standing corps to support member states with border control and return tasks and in the fight against cross-border crime Strengthened cooperation with non-EU countries
MEPs approved the new law to strengthen the European Border and Coast Guard, on Wednesday, to ensure better protection of EU external borders.The changes to the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex), already agreed with EU ministers, aim to resolve the current shortcomings and better respond to the present needs in security and migration.
A new standing corps will be set up to support EU countries on the ground in border control and return tasks, as well as in the fight against cross-border crime. Starting with 5 000 operational staff in 2021, the standing corps will be fully operational by 2027 with 10 000 staff. In addition, a rapid reserve pool will be created for deployment in emergencies.
The standing corps will consist of border and coast guards employed by the agency as well as staff seconded on a mandatory basis by EU countries.The updated agency will be able to support return procedures in member states, for example by identifying irregularly staying non-EU nationals and by assisting national authorities to obtain travel documents. The new rules will also strengthen the cooperation with the European Asylum Support Office.
Cooperation with non-EU countries will also be strengthened, by allowing for new agreements beyond the current limitation to countries neighbouring the EU. Respect for fundamental rights and protection of personal data in such cooperation are ensured through several safeguards. Additionally, a significant number of fundamental rights monitors will constantly assess that the agency’s operational activities comply with fundamental rights.

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Guardia costiera europea: 10.000 nuove unità entro il 2027

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 aprile 2019

Le modifiche all’Agenzia europea della guardia costiera e di frontiera (Frontex), già concordate con i ministri UE, mirano a risolvere le attuali carenze e a rispondere con più efficacia alle esigenze di sicurezza e gestione della migrazione.Corpo permanente di 10.000 unità entro il 2027Sarà istituito un nuovo corpo permanente per sostenere i Paesi UE nel controllo delle frontiere e nei rimpatri, nonché nella lotta alla criminalità transfrontaliera. Con un organico operativo di 5.000 persone nel 2021, il corpo permanente sarà pienamente operativo entro il 2027 con 10.000 unità. Inoltre, sarà creato un pool di intervento rapido per le emergenze.Il corpo permanente sarà composto da guardie di frontiera e guardie costiere impiegate dall’agenzia, nonché da personale distaccato su base obbligatoria dai Paesi UE. L’agenzia così rafforzata sarà in grado di sostenere le procedure di rimpatrio negli Stati membri, individuando i cittadini di Paesi terzi che soggiornano irregolarmente nell’UE e aiutando le autorità nazionali ad ottenerne i documenti di viaggio. Le nuove norme rafforzeranno inoltre la cooperazione con l’Ufficio europeo di sostegno per l’asilo (EASO). Sarà infine rafforzata la cooperazione con i Paesi terzi, consentendo nuovi accordi che andranno oltre i paesi limitrofi dell’UE. Il rispetto dei diritti fondamentali e la protezione dei dati personali in tale cooperazione è assicurato da varie garanzie. Le norme stabiliscono l’impiego di personale che valuterà costantemente che le attività operative dell’agenzia siano conformi ai diritti fondamentali.

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Parliament adopts new rules for short-stay visas

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 aprile 2019

Positive incentives for non-EU countries cooperating on readmitting irregular migrants.
The EU will simplify procedures for requesting and issuing short-stay visas and will use its visa policy to encourage non-EU countries to cooperate on migration.
Parliament approved on Wednesday the new EU Visa Code, already informally agreed with the Council of Ministers. The law establishes the procedures and conditions for issuing visas to nationals of more than one hundred non-EU countries travelling to the EU for short periods (up to 90 days in any 180-day period).Procedures for bona fide travellers will be simpler, and there will be a direct link between visa and migration policy.
Visa applications will have to be submitted between six months (instead of the current three months) and 15 days ahead of the intended trip, except for seafarers, who will be allowed to submit applications nine months in advance.Among other changes:
the general visa fee will increase from 60 to 80 euros -with a possible reduction for people under 18 years old-, and children under six, students and researchers will continue to be exempt from paying the visa fee;
the new prerequisite to buy travel health insurance will be assessed by the European Commission 15 months after being introduced, taking into account the actual medical costs incurred by visa-holders;
EU member states will have to work with external service providers to manage visa requests in non-EU countries where they are neither present nor represented; and
frequent travellers might be eligible for multiple entry visas.
Cooperation on readmission by non-EU countries
Some provisions, such as the visa fees, the time taken to issue decisions on applications, and the length of time for which multiple entry visas are valid, may be adapted depending on whether a given non-EU country cooperates “sufficiently”, or alternatively “insufficiently” on readmitting irregular migrants, following a full and objective assessment carried out by the European Commission every year.

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Terrorist content online should be removed within one hour, says EP

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 aprile 2019

Companies could face sanctions of up to 4% of turnover if there are persistent breaches No general monitoring obligation for online platforms, nor compulsory use of filters MEPs insist that free speech and press freedom must be safeguarded Internet companies should remove terrorist content within one hour after receiving an order from the authorities, to combat radicalisation and contribute to public security.
With 308 votes in favour to 204 against and 70 abstentions, Parliament backed on Wednesday a proposal to tackle the misuse of internet hosting services for terrorist purposes. Companies that systematically and persistently fail to abide by the law may be sanctioned with up to 4% of their global turnover.The newly elected European Parliament will be in charge of negotiating with the Council of Ministers on the final form of the text.Once an internet company hosting content uploaded by users (like Facebook or YouTube) that offers their services in the EU has received a removal order from the competent national authority, they will have one hour to remove it or disable access to it in all EU member states. However, they will not be generally obliged to monitor the information they transmit or store, nor have to actively seek facts indicating illegal activity.To help smaller platforms, MEPs decided that, when a company has never received a removal order before, the competent authority should contact it, to provide information on procedures and deadlines, at least 12 hours before issuing the first order to remove content that they are hosting.If a company has been subject to a substantial number of removal orders, the authorities may request that it implements additional specific measures (e.g. regularly reporting to the authorities, or increasing human resources). MEPs in the Civil Liberties Committee agreed not to impose an obligation to monitor uploaded content nor the use of automated tools.The legislation targets any material -text, images, sound recordings or videos- that “incites or solicits the commission or contribution to the commission of terrorist offences, provides instructions for the commission of such offences or solicits the participation in activities of a terrorist group”, as well as content providing guidance on how to make and use explosives, firearms and other weapons for terrorist purposes.
Content disseminated for educational, journalistic or research purposes should be protected, according to MEPs. They also make clear that the expression of polemic or controversial views on sensitive political questions should not be considered terrorist content.

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Tolstoy, Causes, Poland and the Aegean

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 aprile 2019

On 29 May 2018 the Batory Foundation and ESI published a joint report on the rule of law in Poland. We made a concrete recommendation: that the European Commission take Poland to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) to challenge its Law on the Supreme Court, which violated core principles of the legal order of the European Union. On 2 July 2018 the European Commission started the procedure which led to Poland being taken to the CJEU in September. The court issued an interim decision to stop implementation of the law. The Polish government withdrew its changes. It was a victory for the rule of law.On 22 March 2019 the Batory Foundation and ESI published a second report on the rule of law in Poland. We made another concrete recommendation: “the European Commission needs to take Poland to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) as soon as possible for infringement of the EU’s fundamental values and principles, focusing on disciplinary procedures and the executive’s control over judges. The case is strong, and the need is great.” We argued that the system of disciplining judges violated core principles on which the legal order of the European Union is based:
“A Polish judge given a sensitive case, perhaps a business deal involving members of the governing party or a criminal case the government has strong views about, is not “protected against external interventions or pressure liable to impair her independent judgment”, which is what the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg requires of all courts in the EU. Polish ministers of justice, in this or any future government, can threaten, pressure and punish judges. New disciplinary procedures make this all too easy. And it is already happening.”
We added a legal opinion to make a tight argument for another infringement procedure. We presented our proposals to European officials and in the European Parliament in Brussels. We sent a newsletter to 36,000 readers. We sent another newsletter in Polish, a first for ESI.Then we learned that the European Commission launched an infringement procedure against Poland. Its press release on 3 April stated:”The new disciplinary regime undermines the judicial independence of Polish judges by not offering necessary guarantees to protect them from political control, as required by the Court of Justice of the European Union … the Commission is of the opinion that Poland failed to fulfil its obligations under Article 19 of the Treaty on European Union read in connection with Article 47 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, which enshrine a right to an effective remedy before an independent and impartial court. Polish law allows to subject ordinary court judges to disciplinary investigations, procedures and ultimately sanctions, on account of the content of their judicial decisions.” (by European Stability Initiative (ESI)

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Mrs Thatcher Part III, Online at Christie’s in May

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 aprile 2019

London – Christie’s will offer Mrs Thatcher, Part III, an online sale which will be open for bidding between 2 and 9 May 2019. Coinciding with the 40th anniversary of Margaret Thatcher’s historic election as the United Kingdom’s first female Prime Minister (1979-1990), this constitutes the third and final part in a trilogy of auctions held as part of the arrangements following the death of Mrs Thatcher in 2013. Comprising 170 lots, spanning items relating to Mrs Thatcher’s time in office, personal possessions, her ‘uniform’ jewellery, clothes and handbags, estimates range from £100 to £15,000. The sale is now available to view online in full: http://www.christies.com/mrsthatcher.
The sales began in 2015 when Part I and Part II attracted a global audience, selling 100% and totalling £4,516,038/ $6,831,487/ €6,189,443. Part III will provide further public and private insights into the trajectory of a political titan, presenting unique opportunities, across price levels, for collectors around the world to acquire property from the longest serving Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in the 20th century.Adrian Hume-Sayer, Director, Specialist, Private Collections: “The market’s response to the historic sales in 2015 – both the online sale and the traditional live auction – was remarkable, with the overall result for The Mrs Thatcher Collection Part I and II far exceeding pre-sale expectations. Clients from all over the world seized the opportunity to acquire items which gave insights into the life of Britain’s first female Prime Minister, who was a political giant on the world stage. In May 2019, Christie’s third and final sale in this trilogy of auctions coincides with the 40th anniversary of Mrs Thatcher’s historic election, offering collectors, admirers and enthusiasts with one last chance to bid for a memento of ‘The Iron Lady’.”

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ATLAS Space Operations Awarded Project with Space and Missile Systems Center and Defense Innovation Unit

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 aprile 2019

ATLAS Space Operations, Inc., a leading innovator in ground communications for the space industry, today announced an agreement to develop its LINKS platform with the Department of Defense’s Defense Innovation Unit (DIU). The competitively awarded rapid prototyping program will run for 12 months, and will deliver a complete satellite communications platform tailored to the Air Force’s Multi-Band Multi-Mission requirements, as outlined by the Space and Missile Systems Center’s Range and Network Systems Division.The resulting platform will provide several key advantages that have proven challenging for traditional antenna equipment, including the ability to communicate with multiple satellites simultaneously, tracking of resident space objects (RSOs), and providing enhanced telemetry data to ascending launch vehicles. The man-portable LINKS platform will increase capacity, flexibility, interoperability, automation and resiliency of space operations and space lift.Upon completion of the program, ATLAS will hold demonstrations to highlight LINKS’ innovative features, cutting edge design, and multi-mission capabilities to the DIU. The demonstrations will be held at Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado Springs.“Working directly with the Air Force will ensure LINKS’ capabilities precisely meet their requirements,” ATLAS CEO Sean McDaniel said. “This development process and adherence to the Air Force’s high standards will ultimately lead to a product that will easily meet or exceed the requirements of the commercial sector down the road.” ATLAS Space Operations will be at SATELLITE 2019 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. from May 6-9, at booth 2142. There, attendees can learn more about this development partnership. ATLAS industry experts will also be on hand to discuss the latest trends in ground communications, including technology, security and the new space economy. To book interviews, please use the contact information below.

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DWK Life Sciences Announces Workflow Solutions

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 aprile 2019

DWK Life Sciences, the world’s leading manufacturer and supplier of precision labware, announces Workflow Solutions, a portfolio of glass and plastic labware designed to improve productivity through every phase of product development, from research through production and commercialization. The company has created the DWK Solutions Pack, a demonstration of the different services with must-have products for research, packaging & production. Services include surface treatments, such as bar coding, serialization, cleaning, sterilization, and coating, and packaging-related services that include tare weighing, pre-sorting and just-in-time quantity shipments. Once configured, the products are RTU (ready to use) in the customer’s workflow. Customers experience immediate productivity improvements, while increasing output quality with streamlined workflows.
The specialized services offered with DWK Life Sciences Workflow Solutions include: a choice of bar-coding technologies to assure accurate sample management even in severe environments; containers with tare weight values that allow researchers to determine the exact net weight of their samples; particulate cleaning performed with water meeting USP or WFI (water for injection) purification standards to comply with the USP <788> standard for particulates; depyrogenation treatment services for removing RNAse and DNAse enzymes to certified endotoxin levels of less than 0.06 EU/mL; sterilization to Sterility Assurance Level (SAL) of 10-6; silanization or siliconization surface treatments; and, customized packaging offering a range of solutions for customers.Customers may request a demonstration of the DWK Solutions Pack for research or for packaging & production. Visit http://www.dwk.com/research or http://www.dwk.com/packaging.

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New Absolute Research Reveals That Endpoint Security Tools Fail, Reliably and Predictably

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 aprile 2019

Absolute (TSX: ABT), the leader in endpoint resilience, today revealed that endpoint security tools and agents fail, reliably and predictably, based on findings from its new 2019 Global Endpoint Security Trends Report. From there, every additional security tool only amplifies complexity and increases the probability of failure and decay, in turn, exposing the dangers of equating IT security spending with security and risk maturity. The study analyzed data from six million devices and one billion change events over the course of a year.The endpoint has quickly become valuable real estate for security tools and controls, as traditional network perimeters have given way to cloud-based models in support of the digital workforce. Global security spending is forecast to reach $128 billion by 2020 with endpoint security spend comprising 24 percent of that total(1), and yet, over 70 percent of breaches originate on the endpoint. The complexity of endpoint device controls creates a false sense of security among organizations while, in reality, causing security gaps and significant risks due to regular and reliable tool failure. Staggering findings on endpoint security degradation include:
42 percent of all endpoints are unprotected at any given time. Two percent of endpoint agents fail per week, meaning 100 percent of endpoint security tools eventually fail – no tool is immune28 percent of all endpoints are unprotected by anti-malware with 21 percent of these endpoints unprotected due to outdated or broken agents and 7 percent due to missing agents 100 percent of devices will have failed encryption controls at least once within one year. Almost 1 in 5 devices become unreachable due to client management tool failures Client patch management agents fail around 50 percent more often than encryption agents As cybercrime threatens to cost the world $6 billion annually in damages by 2021, organizations need to address these issues. IT and security teams must be able to better understand what is happening on their devices and respond to suspicious events to reduce security failures. Organizations should analyze the tools already in use to identify blind spots or opportunities to strengthen their defenses before adding more security controls.
The “2019 Endpoint Security Trends” report analyzes data compiled over the course of a year by Absolute’s security research team. The devices represent data from 12,000 anonymized organizations across North America and Europe, and a third-party research organization was commissioned to conduct in-depth, exploratory interviews with senior executives from Fortune 500 companies to offer context to the findings.

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XPRIZE Founder Peter Diamandis to Keynote LiveWorx, the Definitive Conference for Digital Transformation

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 aprile 2019

PTC (NASDAQ: PTC) today announced that Peter Diamandis, MD, will keynote the LiveWorx® digital transformation event for the industrial enterprise, on Tuesday, June 11, at 5:30 pm. An entrepreneur, medical doctor, New York Times bestselling author, and MIT and Harvard graduate, Diamandis will discuss how cutting-edge technology like mixed reality, artificial intelligence, and robotics can transform the way companies and humanity will operate in the digital era.As part of the four-day event, Diamandis joins a packed agenda of international influencers, experts, and technologists who will explore digital transformation, the augmented workforce, and how technology complements, rather than replaces, the human’s unique qualities and strengths.Known for saying “The best way to predict the future is to create it yourself,” Peter Diamandis is a perfect addition to the LiveWorx lineup. Diamandis, who was recently named one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine, is the founder and executive chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation, a world leader in designing and operating large-scale incentive competitions. He is also the executive founder and director of Singularity University, a global learning and innovation community using exponential technologies to tackle the world’s biggest challenges. Diamandis co-founded a venture fund that invests specifically in exponential technologies and has started over 20 companies in the areas of longevity, space, venture capital, and education. He is a New York Times bestselling author.To experience his keynote presentation, as well as hundreds of breakout sessions and the Xtropolis™ interactive technology playground, register to attend LiveWorx from June 10-13 in Boston’s Seaport Innovation District at http://www.liveworx.com/register.

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Southeastern Grocers Joins the American Heart Association to Build Healthier Lives

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 aprile 2019

Southeastern Grocers, Inc. (SEG), parent company and home of BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, has partnered with the American Heart Association and other companies across the country to participate in the American Heart Association’s fundraising campaign; Life Is Why We Give™. Elizabeth Thompson, EVP and Chief People Officer of Southeastern Grocers, said, “Southeastern Grocers is committed to being a people-first company our associates, customers and communities can always count on. We care passionately about the health and wellbeing of all those we serve, and are proudly partnering with the American Heart Association to help build healthier lives, free of stroke and heart diseases.”
Now through May 7, BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie customers can help support American Heart Association by donating at the register. Each dollar raised will help pave the way for the next generation of advancements in preventing heart disease and stroke.Southeastern Grocers hopes to empower customers to take control of their own health and encourage healthy habits in others by increasing the awareness of heart disease and stroke, the No. 1 and No. 5 killers of Americans, according to the American Heart Association. The grocer plans to share stories of survival and facts about heart disease and stroke, and encourages customers to learn their numbers with a free blood pressure reading in all BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie pharmacies.To learn more about American Heart Association promotions and special Life Is Why We Give™ events, please visit http://www.heart.org/lifeiswhywegive. Donations can also be made directly to the American Heart Association by visiting http://www.lifeiswhy.org/donate. Donations will help benefit research, public education and community health initiatives of the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association.

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AM Best Affirms Credit Ratings of Instituto Nacional de Seguros

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 aprile 2019

AM Best has affirmed the Financial Strength Rating of A- (Excellent) and the Long-Term Issuer Credit Rating of “a-” of Instituto Nacional de Seguros (INS) (San Jose, Costa Rica). The outlook of these Credit Ratings (ratings) remains positive.The ratings reflect INS’s balance sheet strength, which AM Best categorizes as strongest, as well as its adequate operating performance, neutral business profile and appropriate enterprise risk management (ERM). The positive outlook was maintained due to the still favorable operating performance metrics posted in 2018.INS’ capitalization level of strongest is supported by a comprehensive and adequate reinsurance program, good operating performance and its position as the leading insurer in Costa Rica. The assessment of its business profile considers INS’ market characteristics derived from the country’s Insurance Law of 2008, including its robust market share and the guarantee provided by the Costa Rican government to support INS’ domestic obligations.
INS is Costa Rica’s largest insurer with a market share of 72% as of December 2018, which has decreased due to aggressive growth in voluntary products from specific market participants. The company has exclusivity on underwriting compulsory workers’ compensation and mandatory auto insurance. INS’ compulsory premium segment represents 34% of its business portfolio and 25% of the industry’s total premiums written.The positive outlooks on INS’ ratings reflect the still strong operating performance metrics posted in 2018, despite its deterioration in comparison with 2017 as shown in a larger loss and combined ratio. As of December 2018, INS’ business slowed as economic activity grew less than in previous years; this led to a deterioration of the company’s underwriting metrics compared with 2017, nevertheless, these results remained strong and produced positive net income. The resolution of the positive outlook will depend on the operating performance results during 2019; if these deteriorate further, the positive outlook could revert to stable.Investment income, based on a conservative investment portfolio, has remained supportive of the company’s performance, favored by interest rates and foreign exchange rates. Net income stood at USD 89.5 million, providing a solid growth for its capital base, despite the compulsory 25% dividend paid to the government and a larger reserve creation derived from the favorable performance of the compulsory workers’ compensation segment.AM Best expects INS to continue improving and consolidating its business guidelines by implementing its geographical diversification strategy progressively, which should offset increased competition in the voluntary segments. The company is in a good position to maintain its strong risk-adjusted capitalization, as measured by Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratio, due to its good profitability and ERM practices, and adequate reinsurance with highly rated international reinsurers, which provides a buffer for variations in claim severity and catastrophic events.Positive rating movements could occur if INS is able to improve or maintain its underwriting performance and operating efficiency while continuing to pursue further diversification of its revenue, improving its return metrics and maintaining its strong capitalization. Negative rating actions could occur if technical results deteriorate or there is a reduction in net income, or any loss that significantly affects the company’s profitability and capital generation.

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Direttiva europea sul divieto della plastica

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 18 aprile 2019

La direttiva prevede che tutti gli Stati membri dovranno vietare, entro il 2021, l’uso di prodotti plastici monouso più frequentemente rinvenuti in mare come posate (forchette, coltelli, cucchiai e bacchette), piatti, cannucce, cotton fioc in plastica non biodegradabili, bastoncini di plastica per palloncini, tazze in polistirolo espanso e contenitori per alimenti. Gli Stati membri dovranno, inoltre, garantire che almeno il 50% degli attrezzi da pesca contenenti plastica, smarriti o abbandonati, venga raccolto ogni anno, con un obiettivo di riciclaggio almeno del 15% entro il 2025. Tutte misure che serviranno a ridurre la mole dei rifiuti di plastica in mare del 50% entro il 2025 e dell’80% entro il 2030.Per Marevivo è necessario vietare anche i bicchieri di plastica. Si tratta di prodotti usa e getta che si ritrovano spesso in spiaggia e rappresentano circa il 20% dei rifiuti marini. L’associazione ritiene fondamentale che il Governo inserisca, nell’atto di recepimento della direttiva comunitaria, anche il divieto dell’uso dei bicchieri di plastica, così come già previsto per altri prodotti. Un’integrazione che consentirebbe al nostro Paese di essere all’avanguardia e che sarà di certo considerata positivamente dalla Commissione Europea.«Ho scelto di sostenere questa associazione – dichiara Andy Bianchedi, Cavaliere del mare di Marevivo – perché ne condivido le finalità e le modalità che portano ad azioni con risultati concreti. Mi sto battendo insieme a Marevivo per l’eliminazione della plastica monouso, supportando la campagna #StopSingleUsePlastic. Non si spiega perché i bicchieri non siano stati inseriti nella normativa, solo in Italia ne consumiamo tra i 6 e i 7 miliardi all’anno, è assurdo pensare di continuare così. Occorre vietare anche i bicchieri, la Direttiva europea è ancora migliorabile».

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Il Parlamento rafforza la vigilanza finanziaria UE

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 18 aprile 2019

Il PE ha approvato in via definitiva le norme che rafforzano la vigilanza finanziaria UE, per rendere i mercati finanziari più sicuri, combattere il riciclaggio e proteggere i consumatori.La nuova legislazione, adottata martedì con 521 voti favorevoli, 70 contrari e 55 astensioni e già concordata con i ministri UE, consiste in un aggiornamento delle regole sulle autorità di vigilanza finanziaria dell’UE, istituite nel 2010.Grazie alla riforma, i consumatori, gli investitori e le imprese europee beneficeranno di mercati finanziari più sicuri e più integrati. La riforma è inoltre essenziale per aprire la strada al completamento dell’Unione bancaria e dell’Unione dei mercati dei capitali, due progetti chiave per un mercato unico più forte. Infine, la riforma include delle disposizioni per promuovere i prodotti finanziari che sostengono iniziative ambientali, sociali e di buon governo (ESGs).
La revisione dell’architettura di vigilanza aumenterà le responsabilità delle autorità di vigilanza dell’UE per le banche, per i mercati mobiliari e finanziari, nonché per le assicurazioni e le pensioni, e migliorerà la loro struttura di governance. Ciò consentirà di tenere il passo con il mondo della finanza, sempre più complesso, così da proteggere meglio i consumatori e i contribuenti e risolvere in modo più efficace le controversie e le violazioni del diritto comunitario.Per garantire un’applicazione uniforme delle norme UE e promuovere una vera Unione dei mercati dei capitali, la riforma affida all’Autorità europea degli strumenti finanziari e dei mercati (ESMA) il potere di vigilanza diretta in settori finanziari specifici, come i mercati degli strumenti finanziari. L’ESMA coordinerà inoltre le azioni nazionali nei settori delle tecnologie finanziarie (FinTech), promuoverà la finanza sostenibile, e effettuerà stress test a livello UE per individuare quali attività potrebbero avere un effetto negativo sull’ambiente.I consumatori potranno beneficiare dei nuovi poteri conferiti alle autorità di vigilanza dell’UE, come quello di coordinare le attività di mystery shopping (audit a sorpresa per misurare il rispetto della regolamentazione) delle autorità nazionali, e quello di vietare o limitare alcune attività finanziarie considerate potenzialmente dannose per i consumatori.Infine, con la nuova legge si rafforza il mandato dell’Autorità bancaria europea (EBA), che avrà ora il potere di adottare misure per prevenire e contrastare il riciclaggio e il finanziamento del terrorismo. Le autorità nazionali saranno tenute a fornire all’EBA le informazioni necessarie per individuare le debolezze del sistema finanziario in materia di riciclaggio di denaro.I ministri dell’UE dovranno ora confermare formalmente l’accordo prima dell’entrata in vigore della riforma.

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