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The media today: Midterm coverage beyond Trump

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 21 ottobre 2018

By Pete Vernon. After the 2016 contest for the presidency, when many media outlets missed the rise of Donald Trump, they were left grasping for explanations. There had been too much focus on the horse race, not enough coverage of people on the ground, a fundamental misunderstanding of what polls actually say. All were seen as missteps. Now, less than three weeks out from the midterm elections, it’s hard to quantify whether there has been any meaningful shift from empty prognosticating, though news outlets are talking a good game about having learned from the past.For CJR, David Uberti notes that some newsrooms that got Trump’s election spectacularly wrong have done away with their numerical projections entirely. Others have taken steps to tell their audience understand what the numbers mean. “As news organizations rev up their coverage for midterm elections, the credibility of polling analysis is back on the line,” Uberti writes. “And the question of how to predict what might happen looms ever larger given the political stakes, leaving prognosticators to reconsider how they frame predictions for laypeople—if they produce them at all.”The midterms have been cast as a referendum on President Trump, but competitions for Senate and House seats are inherently local competitions. Ahead of November 6, CJR invited writers from around the country to spotlight stories that deserve closer scrutiny in their states. The subjects that the writers chose varied from coal to racial divides to voter suppression, and several dispatches lamented the dwindling resources of local news outlets.
From Montana, Anne Helen Petersen writes that the local press “simply lacks the resources or wherewithal to pursue the larger issues, institutions, and money-flows in depth.” The state’s lone congressional seat is held by Republican Greg Gianforte, who assaulted a reporter on the eve of his special election in the spring of 2017. “How do you cover a candidate whose antagonism towards the press includes physical abuse?” Petersen wonders.
Kris Kobach, the secretary of state of Kansas, is running for governor there. Kobach, a Republican who led President Trump’s voting fraud panel (since disbanded), has turned Kansas into the “epicenter of a national voter-suppression crisis,” Sarah Smarsh reports. “Readers, viewers and listeners deserve to understand the forces that might compromise the power of their ballots, from gerrymandering to unlawful purging of voter rolls,” she writes. “With pivotal midterm races across the country, no election coverage—in Kansas, and beyond—is complete without deep investigations into the voting process.”
And in Virginia, journalists are dealing with how to report on the racial demagoguery spouted by Corey Stewart, a Republican candidate for senate who has been abandoned by leading officials in his own party. “The press and public,” Elizabeth Catte writes, are “putting lessons learned covering Trump, about being less reactionary in news production and consumption, in practice.” Trump’s dominance of national news storylines and his desire to inject his role into hundreds of local races mean that midterm voters may be thinking more nationally than in years past. But as CJR’s dispatches from around the country show, there are plenty of local and regional concerns that deserve coverage, too. (font: CJR Editors)

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Christie’s: The Collector London Sales

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 21 ottobre 2018

London London – Christie’s will present the autumn edition of The Collector sales on 13 and 14 November in London; an array of decorative arts and furniture ranging across: English Furniture, Clocks & Works of Art; European Furniture, Works of Art & Ceramics, and Silver & 19th Century Furniture, Sculpture & Works of Art.In celebration of the diverse styles and origins of the pieces within the auctions, Christie’s has partnered with avid collector and aesthete Mark-Francis Vandelli, a television personality known for his eccentric and exacting taste, to curate his selection of the sales within The Collector preview, open to the public from 9 to 12 November at the London King Street Galleries.Bringing theatricality and flair to Christie’s sale rooms, Mark-Francis has designed a series of film set-style vignettes; a Manhattan penthouse, a Parisian hôtel particulier and a Roman palazzo. Selected not only in recognition of their status as centres of cultural enlightenment, the recreation of interiors from the three iconic cities reflect the formative locations in which Mark-Francis developed his own aesthetic and appreciation for decorative arts.Orlando Rock, Christie’s UK Chairman and Co-Chairman of Decorative Arts: “Mark-Francis has an eye for the exquisite – and a natural flair that allows him to pick and choose objects across genres, freeing them from their historical shackles of period and place to combine them with panache and style. Mark-Francis’s playfulness and sense of fun dominate in creating very personal, liveable and fresh interiors that are characteristically international. His lifelong love affair with works of art began with auction viewings throughout his childhood – and as a regular visitor to Christie’s and admirer of ‘The Collector’ auctions of decorative arts, we were thrilled when Mark-Francis agreed to work with us to curate three innovative rooms which are representative of the diverse range of styles and periods of objects available in this series of sales. We look forward to welcoming the public to view and enjoy Mark-Francis’s creations in person during the pre-sale exhibition from 9 to 12 November.” Mark-Francis Vandelli: “This collaboration with Christie’s presented a unique opportunity for me to do something entirely different. By creating a series of imposing film sets based on three different cities, we are able to present typically 18th and 19th century works against diverse and unexpected backdrops. These playful, temporary structures allude to the many chapters in these decorative objects’ lives, which will often see them travelling across cultures and continents to new homes, adopted and interpreted each time in a new fashion.”

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Security Intelligence, Opportunity and Innovation

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 21 ottobre 2018

The “Secured IoT: Worldwide IoT Security Intelligence, Opportunity, & Innovation 2018 to 2025” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering. This research forecasts that the IoT security market will grow to become a US$61.39 billion industry in 2025, growing at a CAGR of 32% during 2018-2025. The IoT is exceedingly penetrating from industries to consumer and civil applications such as connected homes, connected cars, health monitoring and smart utility meters. It’s true that IoT devices offer exciting opportunities to improve customer satisfaction and engagement. However, they also introduce new security challenges. Which is not just about tapping billions of devices, but also different operating systems, networks, and protocols. Already we are seeing hacks on IoT applications. In 2012, a malware infected high-risk pregnancy monitors at a Boston hospital in the US. The malware slowed down fetal monitors used on women with high-risk pregnancies being treated in intensive-care wards. In 2014, the European crime agency Europol warned that the IoT creates new types of risks and threats not only in consumer applications but also in critical infrastructure control systems. In 2016, a group of Chinese researchers found vulnerabilities in the Taiwanese-made Edimax smart plug, a device routinely used for home automation. The team was able to gain access to user credentials by exploiting cryptographic flaws. In 2017, Xiongmai Technology, an IoT camera manufacturer from Hangzhou admitted its cameras had been exploited by the Mirai malware to form part of a botnet and launch a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack targeting websites including Twitter, PayPal, and Spotify. The assault was one of the worst in US history. These are not isolated cases; numerous other security flaws are being reported frequently from all over the world. The research tried to find out why are IoT solutions not secure and is it really that difficult to achieve. Our study revealed that the competition in the IoT space is so ruthless that vendors are rushing products to the market, with security often added as an afterthought (if at all) rather than being built-in from the start. For IoT service providers, speed of delivery and low cost are more important than robust security and thorough testing. It doesn’t help that, currently, IoT devices lack a common set of compliance requirements. However, the scenario is going to change soon as next potential IoT adopter (Industry, consumer or government) refuses to embrace IoT solution lacking strong inbuilt security features. The growing penetration of IoT devices will also force governments to set standard for IoT devices and strict guidelines for security and privacy of data and parties who will be accountable in cases if security is compromised. This has opened the door to innovation and added a new dimension to the global competition among IoT security solutions providers. The role of specialised IoT security solutions will eventually grow as the market matures.

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The Forrester Wave: Services Providers for Next-Generation Oracle Applications

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 21 ottobre 2018

The report, which assessed the 12 most significant next-generation service providers for Oracle applications recognizes that Accenture is “well-suited to those with the biggest and boldest Oracle deployments.” In Accenture’s vendor profile, the Forrester report notes that Accenture “serves end-to-end customer needs from cloud strategy to intelligent automation.” Across virtually all Oracle cloud apps, Accenture has a leading number of certified resources and client engagements.” The report also notes that “Accenture has made major investments in accelerators and platforms to help clients innovate faster and become intelligence driven”.
“As Oracle continues to pivot to cloud-based applications and offerings, the needs of customers looking to adopt these solutions are shifting. It is no longer enough to simply define a cloud strategy; instead, customers need an implementation partner with a deep understanding of business and industry challenges, experience driving business change, proven cloud expertise and a strong focus on innovation,” said Terri Strauss, senior managing director of Oracle business for Accenture. “We believe that being positioned as a leader in this report reflects Accenture’s unparalleled track record in this space — delivering innovation at scale to help our clients navigate complex business transformations and achieve tangible business outcomes.”Accenture has been one of Oracle’s leading systems integration partners globally 12 years in a row, with more than 54,000 Oracle-skilled consultants around the world who help accelerate digital transformation by implementing Oracle-based business solutions and new business processes that develop and evolve as their digital business grows. Accenture has teamed with Oracle for over 25 years and is a Global Cloud Elite-level member in Oracle PartnerNetwork. For more information on the Accenture and Oracle relationship, please visit http://www.accenture.com/oracle.

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Heilind Asia Wins the Best Connectors & Electromechanical Products Distributor Awards

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 21 ottobre 2018

Heilind Asia won the 4th edition EM Best of Industry 2018 – The Best Connectors & Electromechanical Products Distributor Awards from Electronics Maker in Bengaluru, India on September 26th.EM Best of Industry Awards is organized by India’s leading electronics magazine – Electronics Maker well known in the industry for the last 20 years. The award honors leading performers in the industry Best Individual Contributors, Organizations that drive the industry forward, and provide them with a platform to showcase their achievements & product successes. The result of this selection is based on public voting and Electronics Maker experts’ evaluation.
As a well-known interconnect and electromechanical distributor in North America market, Heilind Asia bases on the domestic business and looks to the global market from 2012 when first entered APAC. Heilind Asia provides the operations on the ideals of deep inventory, flexible policies, responsive systems, knowledgeable technical support and unsurpassed customer service; it is these philosophies that have made Heilind Asia move forward fast.
“We are very honored to receive the Best Connectors & Electromechanical Products Distributor Awards from Electronics Maker. With the world’s second largest population of more than 1.2billion, millions of internet users, our market potential in India is enormous. Heilind provides a high quality, flexible and responsive resource that can shorten lead times, consolidate SKUs, reduce manufacturing & handling costs, and improves inventory performance & response to manufacturing, which delivers multiple customer benefits. I believe more and more customers need our service on products and solutions, we will continue to carry forward our strengths and bring the core values of distributors to the industry.” said Mr. Vinod Shekhar, Heilind Country Manager (India).Heilind supports both original equipment and contract manufacturers in all market segments of the electronics industry, stocking products from the industry’s leading manufacturers in 25 component categories, with a particular focus on interconnect, electromechanical, fastener/hardware and sensor products.

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Yemen: 18,5 milioni di persone vivono in condizioni di insicurezza alimentare

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 20 ottobre 2018

“Milioni di bambini e famiglie disperati in Yemen potrebbero presto rimanere senza cibo, acqua pulita o servizi igienico sanitari a causa della profonda crisi economica e delle violenze incessanti al porto della città di Hudaydah. La confluenza di questi due fattori è probabile renda la terribile realtà che i bambini e le famiglie stanno affrontando ancora peggiore mentre sempre più persone stanche della guerra si trovano a dover affrontare una prospettiva reale di morte e malattie. Il prezzo di cibo, carburante e risorse idriche è arrivato alle stelle dato che la valuta della moneta nazionale è precipitata.I servizi idrici e di trattamento delle acque reflue rischiano di collassare per l’elevata crescita del prezzo del carburante – questo significa che molti di quegli stessi bambini e famiglie potrebbero rimanere senza accesso ad acqua sicura e servizi igienico sanitari. A sua volta, tutto questo potrebbe comportare epidemie di malattie e un incremento della malnutrizione – questi due fattori combinati all’insicurezza alimentare fanno crescere il rischio di una carestia. Si stima che altri 1,2 milioni di persone presto saranno in grave bisogno di assistenza idrica di base e di servizi igienico sanitari. Questo numero probabilmente crescerà nei prossimi giorni.Le famiglie che non possono più permettersi alimenti di base potrebbero presto aggiungersi ai 18,5 milioni di persone che già vivono in condizioni di insicurezza alimentare – un numero destinato ad aumentare di 3,5 milioni, compresi circa 1,8 milioni di bambini.
Queste condizioni, già di per sé devastanti, sono aggravate dalla situazione ad Hudaydah dove le violenze minacciano di uccidere i bambini e interrompere la catena di approvvigionamento di base di carburante e degli aiuti umanitari che sostengono 28 milioni di Yemeniti. Se il porto sarà attaccato, danneggiato o bloccato, si stima che altri 4 milioni di bambini nel paese vivranno in condizioni di insicurezza alimentare.L’unico modo per interrompere l’incubo dello Yemen è di ristabilire la pace attraverso esaustive politiche di risoluzione. Fino ad allora, l’UNICEF continuerà a chiedere alle parti in conflitto e a tutti coloro che possono esercitare un’influenza di rispettare gli obblighi legali a porre fine agli attacchi contro le infrastrutture civili – compreso il porto di Hudaydah – e a garantire un accesso sicuro, incondizionato e costante a tutti i bambini che hanno bisogno di aiuto in Yemen”.

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Teatro: TOSCA 托斯卡

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 ottobre 2018

Shanghai 2018.10.20-21 19:30 地点|Luogo: 上海大宁剧院(上海市静安区平型关路1222号)Daning Theatre, N.1222 Pingxingguan Road, Jing’an District, Shanghai.
La produzione dello spettacolo è a cura dell’agenzia di promozione musicale WEOPERA che ha coordinato l’allestimento con la Fondazione Teatro “Carlo Felice” di Genova. Esecuzione musicale della Nuova Orchestra Scarlatti con la partecipazione del Coro Lirico Siciliano.
Quest’opera fa parte del programma della 20° edizione del China Shanghai International Art Festival con il supporto dell’Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Shanghai.Tosca trova forse il suo apice il genere del melodramma romantico, ricco di complicazioni passionali e colpi di scena. La sanguigna gelosia della cantante Tosca, la perfida prepotenza del poliziotto Scarpia, la generosa passione amorosa e politica dell’artista Cavaradossi, sullo sfondo grandioso e già decadente della Roma di inizio Ottocento, tra rivoluzione francese, reazione controrivoluzionaria e era napoleonica.Questi gli elementi a tinte forti su cui si innesta la musica fine Ottocento di Giacomo Puccini, che da una dramma del francese Victor Sardou ricava quest’opera ricca di pathos e di tensione, culmine e pietra tombale del melodramma italiano, impreziosita da arie celebri come E lucevan le stelle, Vissi d’arte, Recondita armonia, rimaste fino a oggi tra le musiche più popolari per il pubblico di tutto il mondo.
10月20-21日,由意大利剧作家路易吉·伊利卡和朱塞佩·契亚克萨编剧,普契尼作曲的经典歌剧《托斯卡》将在上海大宁剧院上演。本次演出由我们歌剧制作控股有限公司引进,由热那亚卡洛·费利切歌剧院制作舞台布景,邀请新斯卡拉蒂交响乐团 、西西里合唱团联袂呈现。本场演出也被列为第二十届上海国际电影节演出剧目,得到了意大利驻沪总领事馆文化处的大力支持。
《托斯卡》或许是浪漫爱情歌剧类型里的巅峰之作,各种情感纠葛,矛盾冲突,高潮迭起。本剧以十九世纪初的意大利罗马为背景,此时的罗马看似壮丽辉煌,实则虚弱腐朽,在法国大革命、抗争运动与拿破仑统治等多方力量的相互角力之下动荡不安,正是此时各色主人公登场:女歌手托斯卡的深情刚烈;警察斯卡皮亚的恶毒阴险、恃强凌弱;画家卡瓦拉多西的温柔多情、一腔热血……无一不给人留下了深刻的印象。
除了这些浓墨重彩的戏剧元素外,还有意大利作曲家普契尼于十九世纪末创作的音乐、法国剧作家维克多·萨尔杜的同名戏剧为基础,共同构成了《托斯卡》这部充满人性感动与戏剧张力的经典之作,它被认为是意大利歌剧的巅峰也是谢幕,贯穿其中的多首著名咏叹调唱段:《今夜星光灿烂》、《为艺术为爱情》、《奇妙的和谐》等,时至今日在全球最受欢迎的音乐中仍有一席之地。

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Libano: Al via tre parchi industriali

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 ottobre 2018

Roma lunedì 22 ottobre alle 10.00 presso UNIDO ITPO Italy, sito in VIA PAOLA, 4 inizierà la visita di Stato del Ministro libanese dell’Industria in Italia. L’iniziativa, promossa da Unido (Agenzia delle Nazioni Unite che si occupa di sviluppo industriale) e dal Governo italiano, mira a far conoscere le opportunità offerte dal paese mediorientale e la massiccia campagna di investimenti sostenuti dal suo governo per renderlo attrattivo per le imprese italiane.
Dopo i saluti della Direttrice di UNIDO ITPO Italy, DIANA BATTAGGIA, seguirà un breve intervento del Ministro, che risponderà poi alle domande dei giornalisti presenti. Nel corso della mattinata ci sarà modo di approfondire le tematiche economiche dell’area e l’attività svolta da Unido e dall’Italia in Libano.

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John Amatruda, MD, and Philip Lambert, PhD, Join Life Biosciences

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 ottobre 2018

Life Biosciences Inc. announced today the appointment of two renowned scientists to senior positions at the pioneering company. Dr. John Amatruda has been appointed president of Life Laboratories, which provides central management and resources for drug discovery and development across Life Biosciences and its Daughter companies. Philip Lambert, PhD, has been named senior vice president, discovery and laboratories at Life Biosciences. Dr. Amatruda is also a member of Life Biosciences’ Scientific Advisory Board.Life Biosciences is the first and largest company to address age-related decline (ARD) as a systemic breakdown of the body, rather than a series of isolated events and conditions. The two scientists will support all Life Biosciences’ Daughter companies, as they pursue their independent and collaborative research into the eight pathways of age-related decline.
“We are thrilled and privileged to have John and Phil on our team,” said Tristan Edwards, co-founder and chief executive officer of Life Biosciences. “Their exceptional and celebrated experience in both drug discovery and company-building will make them invaluable contributors to our mission.”Throughout his 26-year career in drug research and development, Dr. Amatruda has produced drugs that treat diabetes and cardiovascular disease. In addition to tenures as a professor at Yale University School of Medicine and The University of Rochester School of Medicine, he co-founded the biotech company CohBar, served on numerous scientific advisory panels and boards of directors and was a Vice President at Bayer Corp. and a Senior Vice President at Merck Pharmaceuticals.Dr. Lambert brings more than 25 years of experience in drug discovery and development to his role at Life Biosciences, as well as remarkable expertise in building companies and providing efficient and predictive preclinical drug discovery. Dr. Lambert comes to Life Biosciences from Charles River Laboratories where he was Head of Discovery Labs. Previously, Dr. Lambert co-founded and was Chief Scientific Officer at VivoPath, a contract research organization providing drug discovery solutions to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology community. Dr. Lambert brings a diverse perspective to his role at Life having held positions in biotechnology, large pharmaceutical companies, a non-profit, and contract research organizations.

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CyrusOne Expands Presence in London and Frankfurt

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 ottobre 2018

CyrusOne (NASDAQ: CONE), a premier global data center REIT, today announced the locations of new data centers in both London and Frankfurt. Construction is set to be completed by the end of the fourth quarter of 2019 for the London III facility, while the Frankfurt III facility is scheduled to be completed in early 2020. These sites are in addition to the data centers acquired through the Zenium acquisition, which closed in August 2018.Located on the Slough Trading Estate, a premier data center location in the UK, CyrusOne’s London III data center will offer approximately 39,500 square feet of world-class data center space with a critical IT load of 9 MW. Each data hall will be customized to meet client specifications and will offer industry-leading energy efficiencies including the latest adiabatic cooling technology and low PUE’s.Upon completion, CyrusOne’s Frankfurt III data center will include two connected four-story data centers offering a total of approximately 123,786 square feet of space. The facility will provide a critical IT load of 22 MW with multiple fiber providers providing carrier neutral connectivity.“Today marks an exciting new chapter for CyrusOne as we set the course for our continued expansion in London and Frankfurt. Part of our mission at CyrusOne is to help the world’s leading technology companies power this new exciting digital era,” said Gary Wojtaszek, president and chief executive officer of CyrusOne. “Expanding our footprint in these markets will help our customers realize their own global growth ambitions.”CyrusOne operates more than 45 data center facilities across the United States, Europe, and Asia to provide customers with the flexibility and scale to match their specific IT growth needs. CyrusOne facilities are engineered to include the power-density infrastructure required to deliver high availability, including an architecture with the highest available power redundancy.

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Reliable Respiratory Acquires Attleboro Area Medical Equipment

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 ottobre 2018

Reliable Respiratory, one of New England’s leading home respiratory and specialty medical equipment providers, today announced the acquisition of Attleboro Area Medical Equipment of Attleboro, Mass. Reliable will continue to provide delivery of equipment and clinical support for respiratory home care to AA Medical Equipment’s patients, while expanding its offering of a variety of home medical equipment and supplies.“Attleboro Area Medical Equipment has served its community with great loyalty and dedication for more than three decades,” said Eric Mongeau, Reliable Respiratory Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “We are eager continue the tradition of excellent patient service that AA Medical Equipment has provided throughout Bristol County. It is a privilege to serve these patients, and we are excited to begin this chapter in the lives of our newest patients, delivering our trademark level of clinical support, patient service and medical supplies.”
With the acquisition, Reliable Respiratory will work with Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro to establish a connection to its patients as it continues to deepen its presence in Southern New England. AA Medical Equipment’s patients will join 40,000 other patients, providers and caregivers throughout New England who are served by Reliable Respiratory.
“It has been an honor to support our patients,” said Director of Attleboro Area Medical Equipment, Joseph Casey. “We know and trust Reliable and are confident that their team will continue our mission of excellent care. Reliable is one of the most respected brands in the New England home care medical equipment industry, and we know our patients are in good hands.”Founded in 1985, Attleboro Area Medical Equipment has been a single-source supplier of a broad line of high-quality medical products and services for physicians, extended care facilities and individual patients. AA Medical Equipment has served its customers with 24-hour emergency service, prompt delivery and setup, and trained, professional staff including registered respiratory therapists – services that Reliable will continue for its patients.
Reliable Respiratory works with healthcare providers and insurance carriers to provide home medical equipment and care support to patients. Reliable gives its members access to one-on-one coaching through respiratory therapists, as well as online resources for ordering supplies and equipment tutorials. Based in Norwood, MA, Reliable Respiratory has locations throughout the New England region, including Springfield, Mass.; Worcester, Mass.; Merrimack, N.H.; White River Junction, Vt.; and South Portland, Maine.

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EUMOFA: Everything you want to know EU fisheries and aquaculture, in one place

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 ottobre 2018

The European Market Observatory for Fisheries and Aquaculture Products (EUMOFA) is a platform developed by the European Commission that offers information on the European Union fisheries and aquaculture sector.Here you can access market information, such as price surveys, market analyses and studies. The website, recently revamped, is available in all EU 24 languages and open to everybody.EUMOFA is a very useful tool to both specialists and the general public. You can get instant access to the latest industry data, an impressive portfolio of studies and reports, market overviews at EU and Member State level and much more. A library section contains around 600 publications which can be sorted by topic, country, fish species and language. You can also subscribe to the Monthly Highlights magazine, read the annual report – “The EU fish market” – or consult ad-hoc analyses on specific market issues (e.g. studies on EU consumer habits, the EU organic aquaculture sector).To discover all services available, visit http://www.eumofa.eu and subscribe to the newsletter to stay updated.

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EFCA – a cornerstone of ocean governance in EU and beyond

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 ottobre 2018

Ten years after its creation, the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) has established itself as a cornerstone of the EU’s fisheries and ocean governance policies.
Since 2008, the agency based in Vigo, Spain, fosters cooperation between national control and inspection activities in the fisheries sector. Its main task: to ensure that EU rules on fisheries management and conservation are implemented equally across the EU and beyond. This leads to fair competition for the EU fisheries industry on a European level playing field, as well as more sustainable fisheries overall.An important part of EFCA’s daily task is supporting national authorities with training programmes or new tools and offering them a neutral platform to exchange technical solutions. By pooling assets and intelligence, EFCA helps member states setting up strategic and cost-efficient control campaigns.
EFCA’s field of action has significantly increased over the last 10 years, and is set to encompass nearly all the EU-regulated species in European and international waters in 2019.
Recently, the agency is also cooperating operationally with mixed teams of inspectors in so-called multipurpose operations. In cooperation with Frontex (European border and coast guard agency) and EMSA (European maritime security agency), it supports national authorities carrying out coast guard functions.

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Record high profits for EU fleet shows economic benefits of sustainable fishing methods

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 ottobre 2018

The 2018 Annual Economic Report on the EU Fishing Fleet shows record-peak levels in economic performance of the EU fishing fleet in 2016 and closely links this achievement to the use of sustainable fishing methods.
Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for environment, maritime affairs and fisheries, said: “It is encouraging to see an ongoing positive trend, which has led to higher profits for the fishing sector and more value added for the EU’s fishing and coastal communities. This clearly demonstrates that our joint commitment towards sustainability pays off. The Ministerial Declaration just signed in Malta between EU member states and third countries from the Mediterranean and Black Sea offers a 10-year Action Plan so that their small-scale coastal fleets can also benefit from this positive trend.”
The 2018 Annual Economic Report on the EU Fishing Fleet points to a significantly improved economic performance of the EU fishing fleet from 2009 onwards. The EU fleet registered record-high net profits of EUR 1.3 billion in 2016, a 68% increase compared to 2015. Moreover, forecasts for 2017 and 2018 are looking positive. Continued improvements into 2016 were mainly a result of low fuel prices and higher average fish prices (more value for less quantity landed). The positive economic development of the EU fishing fleet is also closely linked to the sustainable exploitation of fish stocks. The report indicates that economic performance stagnates where fleets depend on stocks that are still overfished or overexploited. Fleets that fish sustainably, ever growing in numbers, have seen clear improvements in their profitability.
In 2016, the EU fleet’s gross added value, (i.e. the contribution of the fishing sector to the economy through wages and gross profit) amounted to EUR 4.3 billion, a 15% increase compared to 2015. This has led to an increase in the average salaries of the EU fleet employees. Since the large majority of vessels operate in a more efficient and environmentally friendly way, fuel consumption has decreased.The 2018 Annual Economic Report on the EU Fishing Fleet is based on data provided by national authorities and the result of combined work by economic experts from the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee of Fisheries (STECF) and the European Commission.

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Northwest Atlantic: important agreements on conservation and enforcements measures

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All Contracting Parties agreed on a number of conservation and enforcement measures: Key conservation measures for Greenland sharks. The EU and the US worked together to prohibit targeted fishing of this iconic species. NAFO will now work on identifying the fishing areas where higher bycatch and discards take place, in preparation for new measures to be proposed by 2021.Extended scientific monitoring. Regular scientific monitoring must consider the impact on fish stocks and vulnerable marine ecosystems, not only of fisheries, but also of other industries such as oil exploration, shipping and recreational activities.
Adoption of an Exceptional Circumstances Protocol for the harvest control rule for Greenland HalibutRevision of the NAFO Observer Program. Promoted by the EU and Canada, the Program was reviewed and adapted in order to enhance the quality of NAFO’s data collection.
The meeting in Tallinn also set TACs on twelve different stocks, and agreed further measures to increase compliance of the EU fleet with NAFO rules both at sea and in port.

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EMODNET launches new “street view” of the seabed

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 ottobre 2018

EMODNET, an initiative of the European Commission, has launched an impressive high-resolution, 3D underwater terrain model for the European Seas.The model is a significant upgrade of the “bathymetry DTM”, a service that visualises the “beds” or “floors” of water bodies, in this case the European Seas. The DTM is useful for a whole range of applications in marine science, ocean governance, and the blue economy.Available free of charge, it offers a “street view of the seabed” that helps companies and scientists when tracing out new pipeline trajectories, deciding on locations of offshore wind farms or planning harbour extensions. It enables biologists to draw seabed habitat maps, geologists to study morphological processes and oceanographers to develop their hydrodynamic models.The DTM helps to reduce risks for coastal and offshore installations, and improves our ability to forecast storm surges.
First launched in 2010, the EMODnet Digital Bathymetry (DTM) has now become a reference for government, science and industry, being by far the most popular EMODnet product. Regularly visited by more than 10 000 persons per month, with over 3 000 downloads per month, it provides the best publicly available gridded bathymetry model for European marine waters.With the ambition to refine further the quality and the resolution of the DTM, considering both European offshore waters and coastal zones, EMODnet invites potential high-resolution bathymetric data providers to help generate an even better DTM product. Visit the EMODnet Data Ingestion portal (www.emodnet-ingestion.eu) to learn more!

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Increased opportunities for small-scale fishermen in the Mediterranean and Black Sea

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Ministers from EU Member States and riparian third countries adopted an ambitious 10-year Regional Action Plan for sustainable small-scale fisheries in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. The plan sets out detailed measures to ensure a sustainable use of fish stocks, whilst restoring long-term economic and social prosperity for small-scale fishers and coastal communities.The High Level Conference on sustainable small-scale fisheries in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, co-organised by FAO’s General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) and Malta, with the financial support of the European Commission, concluded today with an agreement on a historic political commitment.Today’s Ministerial Declaration takes ambitions to the next level by translating the political commitments set in the Malta MedFish4Ever Declaration (2017) and the Sofia Declaration (2018) into a detailed regional plan. The plan reinforces opportunities for small-scale fishermen in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea regions by giving them a voice in the decisions that affect their livelihoods. It aims at enhancing their capacities in contributing to food security and in achieving economic, social and employment benefits while safeguarding environmentally sustainable fishing practices.The High Level Conference on sustainable small-scale fisheries highlighted best practice from the region, showcasing the progress made in recent years at a dedicated event yesterday. Today, a new digital platform, “Friends of Small-scale Fishermen” was launched. Partly financed by the EU, it is an easy-to-use mapping tool visualising all ongoing projects and investments in small-scale fisheries, and enhancing cooperation across the region.

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EU and Arctic partners enter historic agreement to prevent unregulated fishing in high seas

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 ottobre 2018

A landmark international agreement to prevent unregulated commercial fishing in the Arctic high seas was signed in Ilulissat, Greenland.
Parties in the deal are the European Union, Canada, the People’s Republic of China, Denmark (in respect of Greenland and the Faroe Islands), Iceland, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Norway, the Russian Federation and the United States. Together, these parties represent some 75% of the global GDP. Under the Agreement, the ten Parties concerned have agreed to ban commercial fishing in the high seas portion of the Central Arctic Ocean at least until scientists confirm that it can be done sustainably and until the Parties agree on mechanisms to ensure the sustainability of fish stocks.Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, said: “This historic agreement was only possible thanks to the strong commitment and leadership shown by all Parties. It shows what multilateralism can achieve, when there is a strong sense of common purpose. Protection of the Arctic was a significant gap in international ocean governance. Today, we have all committed to safeguarding this fragile marine ecosystem for future generations. I call upon all Parties to swiftly proceed to the ratification of this important agreement.”The Arctic region is warming at almost three times the global average rate, causing a change in the size and distribution of fish stocks. As a result, the Arctic high seas may become more attractive for commercial fisheries in the medium to long term. However, until present, most of the Arctic high seas were not covered by any international conservation and management regime. Meanwhile there is still a limited understanding of the marine ecosystems of the Arctic and, in particular, of determining whether fish stocks might exist in this area that could be harvested on a sustainable basis.The agreement will be a first step towards the creation of one or more regional fisheries management organisations or arrangements for the Central Arctic Ocean, to ensure that any future fishing is carried out sustainably.The agreement is fully in line with a long-held position of the European Union that no commercial fisheries should begin in the Arctic high seas before a science-based and precautionary management regime is in place. The Agreement is a key deliverable under the EU’s Ocean Governance policy and under the EU’s Arctic policy, wherein sound stewardship of the high seas, a responsible approach towards utilizing Arctic marine resources and respect of the rights of indigenous peoples feature prominently.

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AGRIFISH Press Statement 15 October 2019

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We have had a very productive Council covering fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea, which were adopted unanimously, preparations for the next meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), and preparations on fishing arrangements with Norway.
Today there was a real understanding around the table that we cannot be complacent. The Baltic ecosystem is a fragile one with pollution and ensuing eutrophication. And although some stocks are doing better than others, overfishing still exists and the biomass of some stocks is still not at a healthy level.
Therefore, there was broad recognition that our decisions for 2019 need to be ambitious and responsible, in line with the objective to reach maximum sustainable yield (or MSY) levels by 2020 at the latest.I am therefore happy to say that for 7 stocks out of 8 for which scientists provided an MSY-advice, we have fixed total allowable catches at sustainable levels.This means that in 2019 over 98% of estimated landings in the Baltic Sea will come from sustainable fisheries.And as we have said before, sustainable fishing pays off, so there is equally good news for our fishermen.Our decisions today will mean nearly 1 billion euros worth of landings with an average gross profit margin of above 30%, which is a very healthy level of profitability. And 9 of the top 10 most profitable fleets are going to be small-scale.We agreed to increase catches of western cod, sprat, plaice and Gulf of Riga herring. We kept the same levels of catches as last year for salmon in the main basin. And we decided to decrease catches for eastern cod, salmon in the Gulf of Finland and for western, central and eastern herring, as well as herring in the Gulf of Bothnia.
On western cod, I am pleased that things are looking better in 2019. However, the stock is not yet seeing a sustained recovery. It is a good story that rests entirely on one good year in 2016. This is why it was important to limit the increase to levels that will still leave enough of that good year in the sea so that this fish can fill up the stock and produce more fish for the years to come.While Council today has decided to increase the catch limits by more than that proposed by the Commission, this increase will still keep this catch limit in the lower half of the lower MSY-range. This should still help us to stay at sustainable levels also in the coming years.
This takes me to the fishery which has now become our biggest worry in the Baltic: western herring.Here, the Council agreed to a reduction by 48% and additional conservation measures to be taken by the Member States. This is less than what the Commission has proposed. However, it is still below the lowest point of MSY range based on the latest scientific information and it will allow the biomass to increase by around 4%. This was an essential criterion for me to be able to support the compromise.And let me just briefly say a few words on two other points we discussed: preparations for the next meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) and fishing arrangements with Norway.

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EU and the Republic of Korea join forces in fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 ottobre 2018

Bruxelles. the EU and the Republic of Korea have pledged to work closely together to fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing with a joint statement signed by European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, and Mr Kim Young-Choon, Minister for Oceans and Fisheries of the Republic of Korea. The signing took place on the eve of a bilateral EU-Republic of Korea Summit.Commissioner Vella said: “Putting an end to illegal fishing is one of the main objectives of the EU’s international ocean governance agenda. By joining forces with the Republic of Korea, a world player in fisheries, we send a clear message to those breaking international law that there is no place for such products on our markets and we will continue to fight illegal fishing until we have fully eradicated it.” With the new partnership, in line with the objectives of the EU’s Ocean Governance strategy, the EU and the Republic of Korea will:
exchange information about suspected IUU-activities
enhance global traceability of fishery products threatened by Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing, through a risk-based, electronic catch documentation and certification system join forces in supporting developing states in the fight against IUU fishing and the promotion of sustainable fishing through education and training
strengthen cooperation in international fora, including regional fisheries management organisations. The Republic of Korea and the European Union have been working closely together on IUU fishing for several years already. The Republic of Korea is the fourth country with whom the EU signs a joint statement on IUU fishing, following the USA, Japan and Canada. Together, these five economies imported almost 90 billion euros worth of fish and fisheries products in 2017.
Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing constitutes one of the most serious threats to sustainable fishing and to marine biodiversity in the world’s oceans, with devastating environmental and socio-economic consequences. These consequences are particularly challenging for coastal communities in developing countries, who rely on fisheries for food and employment. Globally, IUU fishing is estimated to deprive coastal communities and honest fishermen of up to 20 billion euros of seafood and seafood products per year.

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