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The energy of the new technological cycle requires large-scale investments and decisive political action

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 18 aprile 2019

Currently existing technologies for clean power requiring carbon capture and storage increase the cost of electricity by about 60%. New low-cost power systems based on oxy-fuel supercritical CO₂ will be commercially available in the mid-2020s. The so-called “Allam cycle” provides an opportunity not only to produce energy without harmful atmospheric emissions, but also has the additional advantage of low cost for electricity generation (6 cents per kilowatt).Sergey Alekseenko, the 2018 Global Energy Prize laureate, Head of the heat and mass transfer laboratory of the Institute for Thermophysics of the RAS Siberian Branch, underlined the importance of the development of environmentally friendly and efficient technologies to process fossil fuels. In particular, combined-cycle plants and advanced coal processing are the most important steps towards the decarbonization of energy. Although fossil fuels will remain a priority energy source for resource-rich countries Alekseenko stated the world energy mix will radically change due to the development of renewable energy sources (RES), which will start to dominate the global energy balance after 2050. Geothermal energy, and more specifically –petrothermal systems– ( based on hot dry rocks found from 3 to 10 km beneath the surface with temperatures up to 350°C) are the most promising procedures of generating alternative energy, Alekseenko highlighted. In contrast to the variability of sun and wind energy, “Petrothermal energy is on-demand and does not require any energy storage solutions. However, solar and wind energy will likely remain the predominant part of the global energy mix in the future. Therefore the development of renewable energy sources must be accompanied by the creation of efficient energy storage systems,” the scientist mentioned. Further elaborating on the imperative transition to renewable energy sources, Xiansheng Sun, Member of the Global Energy Prize International Award Committee and Secretary General of the International Energy Forum, stated that countries are trying to find an even balance between economic development and the solution of a variety of environmental issues. However, natural disasters caused by climate change are drivers that redirect counties’ development strategies. In pursuit of viable, sustainable energy markets, both corporations and developed countries are turning to new technologies, such as carbon capture, storage and utilization systems, big data analytics, automation, robotics, electric cars and smart grids.
Participants of the Summit concluded that the main challenge for the development of energy in the new technological cycle lies in the hands of political decision makers. While the leading scientists in the field are confident that efficient, environmentally friendly and economically viable technologies are available to provide holistic solutions that were previously impossible, politicians are called upon to take the necessary hard decisions today.

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Barrett-Jackson will usher in a new year of high-octane auction action during

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 18 novembre 2018

Its 48th Annual Scottsdale Auction, featuring some of the world’s most coveted collector vehicles and authentic automobilia collectibles, January 12-20, 2019, at WestWorld of Scottsdale. As in decades past, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions® will be the epicenter of Collector Car Auction Week and entertain thousands of automotive enthusiasts with interactive exhibits, entertainment and activities.
“Our Scottsdale Auction has become a tradition unlike any other in the collector car industry,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “Every year we are honored to host enthusiasts from around the world, who come to experience the magic that comes from bidding on the collector car of their dreams. While the auction is the heartbeat of our Scottsdale event, in addition to the thousands of enviable collector cars ‒ like the exclusive Lexus LFA or rare automobilia pieces ‒ we’ve built the ultimate automotive lifestyle event with fun activities, exhibits and dining the whole family will enjoy.”
Barrett-Jackson’s 2019 Scottsdale Auction will be home to some of the most coveted collector cars on the market, including a ʼ12 Lexus LFA Nürburgring Edition (preview). The ultimate in exclusivity, this supercar is one of only 50 built globally that is equipped with the Nürburgring package. Other supercars taking center stage in Scottsdale will include an ʼ01 Ferrari 550 Barchetta (preview). One of 448 produced to commemorate Pininfarina’s 70th anniversary, it is finished in Grigio Alloy and has only 28,000 actual miles.Domestic supercars, like an ʼ06 Ford GT Heritage Edition (preview), will also be among the most anticipated vehicles of the auction. Built to honor the 40th anniversary of the GT40’s 1-2-3 finish at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966, this GT is one of 343 produced with the Limited Edition Heritage Livery. “As we look at 2018 in the rearview mirror, it’s clear that we’ve enjoyed an incredible year,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “We’ve made incredible memories, supported wonderful charitable organizations ‒ including our own Driven Hearts campaign benefiting the American Heart Association ‒ and set numerous auction records. We’re looking forward to our Scottsdale Auction being an extension of this incredible momentum.” Rare and authentic domestic vehicles will also be a big mix of the Scottsdale Auction docket. Among the most anticipated is the very first Ford Pilot Plant/Pre-production 1965 Mustang hardtop (preview) to receive a VIN. Credited with igniting the pony car revolution, this Mustang is a genuine piece of automotive Americana.
Chevrolet will also be well-represented by some star cars on the docket, including a ’54 Corvette Custom Convertible (preview). This Ridler Great 8 award-winner known as “Transitions” was a six-year build by Larry Griffey’s Hot Rods & Restorations that combines the stylish looks of the ʼ54 Motorama Prototype with modern-day technology, handling and performance. Another high-quality Chevrolet custom build is Art Morrison’s custom ’60 “3G” Corvette (preview). Designed to produce 1G on the skid-pad, 1G of acceleration and 1G of braking, this custom integrates modern luxury performance with classic styling and design.

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Rule of law in Hungary: MEPs demand swift action from EU ministers

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 14 novembre 2018

MEPs urge EU ministers to determine if Hungary is at risk of breaching the EU values and to invite the European Parliament to a formal Council meeting. Ahead of the EU ministers meeting today, Civil Liberties Committee Chair Claude Moraes (S&D, UK) and MEP Judith Sargentini (Greens/EFA, NL) discussed the Parliament’s position on the rule of law in Hungary in a preliminary meeting with Member States representatives. In September, the Parliament asked EU member states to initiate the procedure laid down in EU Treaty Article 7 to determine whether Hungary is at risk of breaching the EU´s founding values. Mr. Moraes said: “Today together with the Rapporteur, Judith Sargentini, we were present for a first exchange of views in a preparatory briefing with Members States representatives – which however can in no way be considered a formal Council meeting.” “We thank the Austrian Presidency for organising today’s meeting, and especially the Netherlands, Belgium, Greece and Sweden that were represented at ministerial level for their interest and cooperation. However, we have to emphasize that we await a more appropriate and formal Council meeting for handling a matter of the highest significance for the rule of law within the EU”, Mr. Moraes stressed.Ms. Sargentini, who authored the Parliament’s report on Hungary, said: “An overwhelming majority of the Parliament supported my report in September. It is a clear signal that we must draw a line when it comes to breaches in a Member State of our shared European values of democracy, rule of law and fundamental rights. It is now to the Member States to act in a swift, open and effective manner.” “The time taken by the Council to figure out the process does not improve the situation. To the contrary, new worrying developments have taken place in Hungary since the adoption of my report, such as a new law that would undermine the independence of the Hungarian judiciary even further”, Ms. Sargentini noted.“At todays’ meeting, I appreciated the critical questions from the ministers on the situation of civil society in Hungary and on the way the Parliament and myself as rapporteur have been treated by the Hungarian authorities. We count on the support of the Member States present at this morning’s informal meeting to push for Parliament to present its report in a formal Council meeting”, Ms. Sargentini concluded.
Rule of law in Poland and Hungary are the first items on the agenda of the General Affairs Council meeting. Ministers will also hold the annual rule of law dialogue today.

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Climate action so far in 2018

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 4 maggio 2018

The Climate Action Tracker has updated our assessments of 23 of the 32 countries whose development on climate action we track. While some progress has been made since November, most governments’ policies are still not on track towards meeting their Paris Agreement commitments, many of which are in themselves far from sufficient to keep warming to the agreed 1.5˚C warming limit. Our assessments point to an urgent need for governments to scale up both their policies and targets to bring them more in line with a pathway to limiting warming to 1.5˚C.
Renewable energy from wind and solar is still developing so fast that the CAT had to revise its projections for emissions in 2030 downwards for the USA (despite the Administration’s efforts in the opposite direction) and for Chile (where record low costs for RE paved the way to the adoption of a plan to phase out coal). Argentina presented new energy scenarios that, if implemented, would result in significantly lower emissions.There are also some standout new policies that have been announced, but not yet implemented (nor quantified by CAT). An example is New Zealand’s new government, which has announced it will be at net zero carbon by 2050 and will introduce a Zero Carbon Act. An increasing number of countries are turning away from coal, with a new “Powering Past Coal Alliance” of more than 20 countries aiming at phasing out its use. One of its members, the UK, has decreased the share of coal in electricity generation from around 40% to 7% in 3 years. Germany, Europe’s leading coal user, has just initiated a process to work out a phase out deadline. Outside the realm of national policies, international shipping acknowledged for the first time the need to phase out GHG emissions completely and has set the target to reduce its emissions by at least 50% by 2050 compared to 2008 (see page 7 of briefing)
In contrast, there is still a disappointing theme of some governments not yet willing – or unable – to give up coal.
Japan, Indonesia, Philippines and Turkey, for example, are still proceeding with coal plant construction plans that will continue to drive up emissions and risk significant stranded assets. Although China is stopping coal plant construction in some provinces due to overcapacities, coal continues to account for about two-thirds of electricity generation, and additional plants have been permitted. Total coal use in China rose again last year after a decline since 2013. Within the EU, Poland, this year’s host of the climate conference, continues to rely heavily on coal and is alone in the EU planning expansion.
Governments that have decided to phase-out coal, but need further steps for implementation:
South Korea has announced its intention to shut down several old coal plants earlier than scheduled and to reconsider the new plants seeking permits or under construction, but has not yet been able to fully implement these aspirations. Other countries, for example Chile and Germany have taken a first step and decided to start a process to determine phase-out schedules. In both countries almost half of the electricity today is generated by coal.
Governments still focussed on a coal-fired future, while the reality on the ground is renewables: continued coal use appears to be still firmly in the sights of the USA and Australian governments, despite clear signs from on the ground that renewable energy is taking over due to cost-competitiveness—and is highly likely to continue doing so.
Under the Paris Agreement, governments have agreed to improve their commitments over time, with preparations for the first round ongoing in 2018. There is a need for most governments to scale up their targets by 2020 to bring them in line with the Paris Agreement 1.5 limit.
Some, for example Mexico and individual EU Member States (Germany, UK, France, Czech Republic) have already developed long term strategies and some are working on strengthening them.
Others, like New Zealand, are working on developing strategies to implement their long-term targets. The EU is working on updating their existing long-term strategy as a basis to revise the 2030 target to speed up action.At the other end of the spectrum countries like Australia have failed to put forward long-term targets and any process to ratchet up their—inadequate—2030 target.

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Make 2018 Your Year of Action: ‘Start Something Priceless’

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 21 gennaio 2018

FINAl-_BillboardThere is no better time than the New Year to remind ourselves that we each have the power to do something meaningful, make something special happen in our lives and our world. With the global launch of Start Something Priceless, Mastercard is inspiring everyone to take a first step in pursuit of their chosen passion or purpose, and turn small moments into amazing memories.“Start Something Priceless is a call to action at a time when people expect actions, not just ads, from brands,” said Raja Rajamannar, chief marketing and communications officer at Mastercard. “This is a time when people truly believe in their power to fuel change, and whether big or small, an action has the ability to make the world a better place. That movement is what we aim to unleash this year.
“Every day at Mastercard we work to make a difference in communities across the world, whether that’s reversing the cycle of poverty with the World Food Programme, donating to Stand Up To Cancer to give more people support in their fight, or bringing young girls into our family to inspire and prepare for a career in STEM.”The #StartSomethingPriceless movement launched today and we are encouraging people to share their pledges to pursue a passion or purpose, effect change, and lift one another up. Commitments can be anything that enriches your life, from reading a book every night with your child to adopting a dog from a shelter just use the hashtag to start something today.The iconic Priceless campaign has been at the forefront of purpose-driven branding for 20 years, with a story that has evolved with the way people think and feel. Priceless has always been about celebrating connections and experiences, but we are now inspiring and empowering consumers to pursue something that is meaningful to them; our journey has taken us from story-telling to story-making. We are now taking Priceless to the next level, to story-inspiring.For Mastercard, the new brand mantra will come to life across a variety of experiences and interests like travel, music, sports and philanthropy. The brand will uncover stories, create opportunities, and provoke people to think differently, all in partnership with Mastercard’s world-class sponsorship properties – GRAMMY Awards®, BRIT Awards, UEFA Champions League, Rugby World Cup, Australian Open, Cannes Film Festival, and the Arnold Palmer Invitational – as well as through its signature Priceless Causes programs with The World Food Programme and Stand Up To Cancer. (photo: FINAl-_Billboard)

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Commission warns Vietnam over insufficient action to fight illegal fishing

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 25 ottobre 2017

european commissionBrussels.The European Commission is continuing its fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing worldwide by warning Vietnam, with a “yellow card”, about the risk of it being identified as a non-cooperating country.Today’s decision highlights that Vietnam is not doing enough to fight illegal fishing. It identifies shortcomings, such as the lack of an effective sanctioning system to deter IUU fishing activities and a lack of action to address illegal fishing activities conducted by Vietnamese vessels in waters of neighbouring countries, including Pacific Small Island Developing States. Furthermore, Vietnam has a poor system to control landings of fish that is processed locally before being exported to international markets, including the EU.
Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, said: “With this action today we demonstrate our firm commitment to fight illegal fishing globally. We cannot ignore the impact that illegal activities conducted by Vietnamese vessels are having on marine ecosystems in the Pacific. We invite the Vietnamese authorities to step up their fight so we can reverse this decision quickly. We are offering them our technical support.”
The decision does not, at this stage, entail any measures affecting trade. The “yellow card” is considered as a warning and offers the possibility for Vietnam to take measures to rectify the situation within a reasonable timeframe. To this end the Commission has proposed an action plan to support the country in addressing the identified shortcomings.
The Commission decision is a result of a thorough analysis and takes into due account the level of development of the country. It follows a long period of informal discussions with Vietnamese authorities since 2012. Vietnamese authorities are now invited to engage in a formal procedure of dialogue to resolve the identified issues and implement the Action plan.
Between 11 and 26 million tonnes of fish, i.e. at least 15% of world catches, are caught illegally a year. This is worth between 8 and 19 billion euros. As the world’s biggest fish importer, the EU does not wish to be complicit and accept such products into its market. The so-called ‘IUU Regulation’, which entered into force in 2010, is the key instrument in the fight against illegal fishing ensuring that only those fishery products that have been certified as legal can access the EU market. With this objective, the Commission maintains bilateral dialogues with more than 50 third countries. When third States are unable to comply with their international obligations as flag, coastal, port and market States, the Commission formalises this process of cooperation and assistance with them to help improve their legal and administrative frameworks to fight against IUU fishing. The steps in this process are first a warning (“yellow card”), a “green card” if issues are solved or a “red card” if they aren’t. The latter leads to a listing by the Council, followed by a series of measures for the third country, including a trade ban on fishery products.

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Forced migration calls for faith in action

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 4 luglio 2017

religious communitiesMADRID — In a stirring display of solidarity and good will, some 300 representatives of religious communities and civil society organizations gathered for a conference in Madrid on an issue of acute concern—forced migration. The event was held at the Iglesia de Jesus Church in Madrid on 20 June 2017, the International Day for Refugees.
A poignant presentation by Reuters photographer Juan Medina captured the urgency of the refugee issue in Europe through a collection of his photographs and a video documenting the journey of refugees into Europe.“It’s important to show these images, however shocking, time and again—as many times as necessary,” said Mr. Medina. “Some say you can become desensitized by so many pictures of suffering, and they will have less of an effect. I think it’s important to tell their story, and remember the sufferings of those who had to leave their country.”“These photos show the harsh reality of what it means to be an immigrant. There is a sharp contrast between the exhausted refugees that are swept in by the shore, struggling to remain alive and locals strolling along the beach.”In 2015, the Spanish government pledged to the European Union to receive over 17,000 refugees. To date, 1,200 have arrived, prompting a growing discussion in the country.
In recent years, the Baha’i community in Spain has recognized the necessity for a more substantial and profound dialogue on migration and the implications of having greater awareness of the issue. Its efforts have rested on the conviction that religion has a critical role to play in cultivating a common sense of humanity as well as in mobilizing communities to contribute to social harmony and peace.The gathering was enriched with artistic presentations, including a performance of indigenous music from Latin America.
Together with a group of other civil society and faith-based organizations, the Baha’i community of Spain convened the recent conference, where diverse participants shared their experiences and renewed their commitment to take action in welcoming and supporting refugees. The event was also a forum through which participants sought to speak to the conscience of their people and kindle the light music from latin americanof compassion in Spanish society.“The purpose of this event is to underline the important role religious communities are playing in the reception and integration of refugees into their own communities and to give voice to the varied experiences and knowledge acquired through their contributions to society,” said Leila Sant Massarat, who chaired the gathering and represented the Baha’i community of Spain.“Regardless of the language we speak, our skin tone or place of birth, we are all human beings and share the same primary identity.”The conference highlighted the efforts of various faith-based groups in Spain to play a constructive role with the rising number of refugees arriving into the country. The representative from the Sant’Egidio community, a Christian organization, described an initiative taken by his community to encourage kindness and understanding by reading the names of all the newly arrived refugees. “We can sometimes forget that refugees have an identity and a name,” he said.Director of Public Affairs for the Baha’i community of Spain, Sergio Garcia, noted other contributions of the various faith groups in support of refugees, citing, for example, an initiative of the Muslim community to ensure that food was prepared and available for families in need and the experience of a Jewish group assisting youth in a refugee camp. (photos: music from latin american,religious communities)

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Rise in anti-Semitism demands stronger action, urge MEPs

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 3 giugno 2017

olocaustoBruxelles. Call for more effective prosecution and cross-border cooperation EU countries asked to appoint national coordinators to combat anti-Semitism Holocaust history should be taught in schoolsLeading politicians urged to denounce any anti-Semitic statement Hate speech and violence against Europe’s Jewish citizens are incompatible with EU values, so all EU member states must take measures to ensure the security of their Jewish citizens, say MEPs. They call on leading national politicians to oppose anti-Semitic statements systematically and publicly, and urge every member state to appoint a national coordinator to combat anti-Semitism.Racist motives should be deemed an aggravating factor in criminal offences. And anti-Semitic acts committed on the internet should also be prosecuted, says the resolution.
MEPs also call for good cross-border cooperation in prosecution especially in the case of terrorist acts. Police forces should set up special anti-hate crime units, and to make prosecution more efficient and effective, all member states should adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of what constitutes anti-Semitism.Online intermediaries, such as search engines, social media, and app platforms, should take stronger action to combat anti-Semitic hate speech, say MEPs. The history of the Holocaust (or Shoah) should be taught in schools and history books should give an accurate description of Jewish history and life and avoid all forms of anti-Semitism, they add.
In a separate vote, MEPs gave their consent to the working priorities for 2018-2022 of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights, including asylum for and integration of refugees and migrants, fighting racism and xenophobia, protecting personal data and Roma inclusion.In talks, Parliament’s negotiators have pressed the EU Commission and Council to make police work and counter-terrorism legislation fully open to scrutiny by the agency – an idea that they have promised to look into.

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IPPF supports Call to Action for protection from Gender- Based violence in crisis

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 25 maggio 2016

turchiaIPPF is supporting the Call to Action on Protection from Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in Emergencies, which aims to fundamentally transform the way GBV is addressed in humanitarian operations via the collective action of numerous partners, each bringing various strengths and capacities to the table. The commitments were presented during a High Level Panel at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul today. On the Call to Action, Tewodros Melesse, IPPF Director General said” We cannot allow gender based violence to go ignored. We are seeing the impact when people reach our humanitarian services. We call for others to follow our lead and deliver a prioritised approach that ensures there is a tailored service for those who affected by gender-based violence. This will ensure that those in crisis will get the support and protection they need so no one is left behind”.Women and girls are disproportionately influenced by humanitarian crises exposed to early marriage, trafficking, rape, forced pregnancies, unattended service delivery during complicated pregnancies and delivery. Women and girls are 14 times more likely to die in disaster settings than men.IPPF tailors its programmes to focus on GBV and women and girls. The Call to Action will strengthen a global standard and prioritization for GBV in crisis settings.IPPF has committed to a range of areas for GBV in crisis settings:IPPF Secretariat-wide standard to drive action and accountability on GBV and gender equality in humanitarian service delivery. Develop a tailored minimal sexuality education programme that is responsive to the needs of people living in crisis settings, recognizing the additional risks of early marriage, and sexual violenceAll IPPF local Member Associations implement GBV and/or gender equality interventions that are based on assessment and planning processes. IPPF targets to deploy its regional and local GBV experts within 72 hours of a major crisis.
A new initiative that looks at the contributions locally-based organisations make in a crisis response was signed by International Planned Parenthood Federation at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul.The Charter for Change Localization of Humanitarian Aid, led by both national and international NGOs, aims to practically implement changes to the way the Humanitarian System operates and enable more locally-led response. The Charter for Change includes eight Commitments that International Non-Governmental Organizations agree to implement by May 2018.“Our local community-based organizations spread over 170 countries, and who are often the closest to crisis, from Syria to Macedonia to Fiji to Uganda to Ecuador to Nepal and dozens of other countries, tell us shocking accounts of what happens during humanitarian crisis.“We have found that through our globally owned and locally connected approach we build community resilience as our Members are there before, during and after a crisis. This contribution is what enables people to have their dignity respected, rights protected and supported regardless of location or needs”, said Tewodros Melesse, IPPF Director General. IPPF closes the gap between humanitarian and development action, preventing an interruption to SRH services when humanitarian assistance leaves.

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Obesity needs urgent action warns research organisation

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 20 maggio 2016

bruxelles (1). The leading organisation responsible for research into obesity in Europe has warned that unless something is quickly done to tackle the region’s rising obesity epidemic, it is going to have a devastating effect on healthcare costs and productivity.The warning, from the European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO), comes in the wake of several reports showing that obesity and overweightness continue to increase at an alarming rate and will affect more than half of all European citizens by 2030. In some countries it may be as high as 90%.EASO, and its member associations in 32 countries in Europe, will be staging various events to draw attention to the situation and to create greater awareness and understanding of obesity as part of the activities for European Obesity Day this Saturday (21 May).According to World Health Organisation, obesity is one of the greatest public health challenges of the 21st century. Its prevalence has tripled in many countries in Europe since the 1980s.It is now costing European countries more than €70 billion in healthcare and lost productivity.
Two reports in the medical journal, the Lancet[i], have also highlighted the sheer magnitude of the global obesity epidemic and have highlighted a huge rise in type 2 diabetes as a result.
Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and certain forms of cancer, are among a number of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) that are all a greater risk to people with excess weight.
European Obesity Day is organised annually by the European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO) to bring people together and to increase knowledge about obesity and the many other diseases on which it impacts.Other major disease organisations, including those related to Cancer, Diabetes, cardiovascular, hypertension, diet and liver disease are also taking part to highlight the dangers that overweight and obesity causes to those diseases too.As well as events on the day itself, many of the EASO National Associations have also been organising various initiatives over recent weeks.These have included public awareness campaigns throughout France and Spain; lectures on the importance of fresh food and vegetables for school children and symposia in medical universities in Bulgaria; public events to measure key health indicators in Bratislava, Trnava and Kosice in Slovakia; Presentations and discussions in the Parliament and at regional level in Italy; and numerous obesity advice initiatives with the media around Europe.In line with the theme for European Obesity Day 2016, Action for a Healthier Future, people across all EU member states are being encouraged to participate.
At a European level, EASO has expressed its support for a Written Declaration that has been initiated in the European Parliament. It calls for greater recognition of obesity as a disease by EU Member States.“Obesity is a complex and chronic disease with numerous causes, many of which are beyond an individual’s control,” says EASO President, Professor Hermann Toplak. “The causes can range from genetic and endocrine conditions to environmental factors, such as stress, diet and increasingly sedentary working patterns.
“A healthier lifestyle, including a healthy diet and regular physical activity can help maintain a normal weight. However, obesity is a chronic disease and should be recognised and treated as such. Accepting and supporting people with obesity will help them seek the help and treatment they need,” he said.

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Governor Wolf Joins Vice President Biden to Launch “It’s On Us” National Spring Week of Action

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 6 aprile 2016

Pittsburgh, PA — Governor Tom Wolf joined Vice President Joe Biden today to launch the “It’s On Us” National Spring Week of Action. This spring, the Week of Action is being held from April 3-9, during Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Thousands of young people across the country will host and participate in events designed to not only raise awareness about the campaign but also continue to work to foster a culture of consent. Vice President Biden and Governor Wolf joined US Department of Education Under Secretary Ted Mitchell, actor/activist Matt McGorry, University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Dr. Patrick Gallagher, and university faculty, staff, and students at the event at the University of Pittsburgh’s Petersen Events Center.“For too many of our young people, classrooms and campuses are not the safe havens that they should be,” said Governor Wolf. “Sexual violence goes against the core of who we are and our collective responsibility to safeguard our children from harm. We can — and must — do more.”Current sexual assault statistics are startling: 1 in 5 women and 1 in 16 men are sexually assaulted in college. Forty percent of survivors fear reprisal by their attacker. Only two percent of incapacitated rape survivors report assault, and only 13 percent of rape survivors report assault.In response to this nationwide crisis, President Obama and Vice President Biden launched the “It’s On Us” campaign in September 2014. Since then, over 275,000 individuals have taken the “It’s On Us” pledge: to create an environment where sexual assault in unacceptable.At the end of January, Governor Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf joined dozens of schools at Elizabethtown College in Lancaster to announce the launch of “It’s On Us PA” – the first statewide campaign to address the crisis of sexual assault in schools and on college campuses. Building on the national “It’s On Us” movement, “It’s On Us PA” engages education leaders from school superintendents to college presidents as well as students, teachers, families, and communities to make a personal and public pledge to play a role in preventing, addressing, and responding effectively to sexual violence.Since the January launch of “It’s On Us PA,” over 400 individuals – including representation from nearly 200 schools across Pennsylvania — have taken the pledge and signed on to the campaign.
“I am thrilled to join Vice President Biden today to continue our work to spread awareness of and action on this issue,” said Governor Wolf. “Sexual assault should not be part of any student’s school or college experience. Ensuring our students’ safety and well-being is paramount not only for their success, but the success of Pennsylvania as a whole.” (by Jeff Sheridan)

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Large South American governments could take more climate action: analysis

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 2 novembre 2015

america latinaWhile Brazil and Peru have better climate plans than Chile or Argentina, none of them have been rated as “sufficient” by the Climate Action Tracker (CAT), which released analyses of the four South American country climate targets today.The CAT – an analysis by four European research organisations – has rated Brazil and Peru’s submissions to the UN as “medium” and has given an “inadequate” rating to both Argentina and Chile. Together, these four countries make up 72% of South America’s greenhouse gas emissions, excluding LULUCF.
The CAT’s “medium” rating indicates that both Brazil and Peru’s climate plans are at the least ambitious end of what would be a fair contribution, and are inconsistent with limiting warming to below 2°C unless other countries make much deeper reductions and comparably greater effort.For Argentina and Chile, an “inadequate” rating is inconsistent with limiting warming to below 2°C: if all countries were to adopt this lower level of ambition, global warming would likely exceed 3-4°C this century.“None of these countries will be immune to the effects of climate change. An increase in warming of 2˚C would have severe impacts on all four of them, and on the rest of the continent,” said Dr. Marcia Rocha, Head of the Climate Policy team at Climate Analytics. “Yet instead of taking action commensurate with the size of the threat, these governments are largely sticking with their current policies, which are heading in the wrong direction.”
“These four South American climate targets are collectively disappointing, with this region extremely vulnerable to climate impacts and many already being observed, now would be the time to really ramp up policies and ambition,” said Bill Hare, CEO of Climate Analytics.
“Now is not the time to simply put forward no more than what is already being done or planned, the world needs real ambition for Paris, and it would be a very important symbol if these countries were able to increase their climate action by the time we get to Paris.”
“Brazil has a large share of hydro power, yet its energy market is projected to increase by more than 50% between 2012 and 2030. While it is good that renewable energy share is set to grow, Brazil needs to be careful it doesn’t recarbonise its electricity sector,” said Dr Rocha.
“With its current deforestation rates, it is difficult to see how Peru is going to meet its climate target, especially its 2021 zero deforestation goal.The country is also likely to face water shortages from glacier melt that will impact on cities and agriculture,” said Juan Pablo Osornio, of Ecofys.
“Chile is a good example of how, if the Paris agreement were to set targets only for 2025, inadequate efforts such as Chile’s could be improved for a 2030 dateline,” said Juan Pablo Osornio.
“Argentina has the potential to step up and at least meet its more ambitious conditional pledge. For a country with such large emissions, and facing quite extreme impacts from global warming, it is disappointing to see such an inadequate effort,” said Dr Rocha.

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“Simulation and Pharmaceutical Technologies for Advanced Patient-Tailored Inhaled Medicines”

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 11 ottobre 2015

parma universitàParma lunedì 12 e martedì 13 ottobre, allo Starhotel du Park di Parma, si terrà il Meeting dell’European Framework Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST Action MP1404 SimInhale) “Simulation and Pharmaceutical Technologies for Advanced Patient-Tailored Inhaled Medicines”, organizzato dalle proff.sse Alessandra Rossi e Francesca Buttini del Dipartimento di Farmacia dell’Università di Parma.
COST Action MP1404 ha una durata di quattro anni. L’obiettivo principale è di sviluppare la ricerca nel settore dei medicinali per via inalatoria al fine di accelerare lo sviluppo di una nuova generazione di prodotti più efficaci e sicuri. Si è costituita una rete europea di esperti che, operando per migliorare la deposizione della polvere inalatoria e l’interazione con l’epitelio polmonare, promuoveranno medicinali inalatori a misura di paziente mediante una valutazione critica della tossicità e dei rischi connessi.
24 paesi, tra cui 4 Paesi non COST (Australia, Stati Uniti, Egitto, Singapore), sono coinvolti in questa azione. Inoltre, importanti aziende come Chiesi, Astra Zeneca, PlumeStars, Medspray, Fluidda, Merck Singapore, hanno manifestato il loro interesse a Siminhale COST Action.

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Global Day of Action for the climate

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 24 settembre 2015

attivisti greenpeace1Greenpeace activists and supporters around the world, from South East Asia to northern Europe, from India to South America, are joining a worldwide day of action on Saturday, to urge their governments to tackle climate change.Their actions, from street theatre to demonstrations, are highlighting the need for the world to phase out fossil fuels and move to 100% renewable energy for all.In some countries, these #ActionsforClimate have already begun. Banksy-style street art appeared overnight in Belgium, naming and shaming the politicians who are refusing to tackle climate change. In Indonesia, activists are holding a renewable energy festival in Jogjakarta province, which is over-shadowed by several coal-fired power plants. http://www.Actionsforclimate.org This is the second Global Day of Action, timed to coincide with the UN summit on the Sustainable Development Goals. Three of the goals directly address the need to combat climate change, conserve the oceans and manage forests in a sustainable way. There will be more #ActionsforClimate on the eve of the Paris climate conference, on November 29th, when Greenpeace will be joined by other environmental groups, united in our demand for action on climate change, with a strong binding agreement setting a long term goal of the phasing out of fossils fuels and the phasing in of 100% renewable energy for all. It’s a goal which Greenpeace has demonstrated is achievable by 2050, given the political will of the world’s leaders.

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A Win for Women and Girls. Now Words Must Become Action

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 4 agosto 2015

Onu palaceOn Sunday, August 3rd, with the conclusion of the final Intergovernmental Negotiations for the post-2015 development framework, governments have finalized the new development framework “Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. It is expected that this final agreement will be formally adopted at the United Nations Summit on the post-2015 development agenda on September 25 to 27, 2015. But although it represents a big leap forward, the words must become action. Tewodros Melesse, Director General of IPPF said: “Today we welcome the commitment that governments are making to put women and girls first, including realising their sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights. If we want this new agenda to change lives – and save lives – it must become a reality on the ground. We are calling on all governments to implement this agenda and ensure that there is adequate funding for sexual and reproductive health and rights and to make the ambition of this agenda a reality.”This Agenda is a win for women and girls. It makes a commitment to ending poverty and protecting the health of the planet, as well as setting out an ambitious agenda for gender equality and women’s empowerment. The goals and targets require every country to take measures to reduce maternal mortality, end HIV, eliminate violence against women and harmful traditional practices, and ensure that everyone has access to Universal Health Coverage, access to sexual and reproductive health care services and the fulfilment of their reproductive rights. It will ensure that the 225 million women who want to, but cannot, access modern contraception will be able to finally make decisions about their families, their bodies and their futures. It will help end early and forced marriage, which currently sees 15 million girls married before their 18th birthdays every year.We also welcome the reaffirmation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development, the Beijing Platform for Action; and the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (“Rio+ 20”), including their follow-up conferences, as these are foundational documents upon which the agenda is built. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is also specifically mentioned as the basis of the new agenda, which further strengthens its people-centered focus.However, the new Agenda fails to define specific accountability mechanisms to promote the full implementation of the agenda and to provide citizens with the tools to hold governments to account for their actions. It is also disappointing that the essential role of civil society participation in planning, implementation and accountability was not stronger.IPPF also called for the inclusion of sexual rights in the final document, however the specific wins in the final 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that IPPF successfully advocated for include:
• A standalone goal on gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, including specific targets on eliminating discrimination and violence against women and girls, and ending early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation. This goal also contains a target on ensuring universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as agreed in accordance with the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the Beijing Platform for Action and the outcome documents of their review conferences.
• A standalone goal on ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being. This contains a commitment to ensuring universal access to sexual and reproductive health care services, including for family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programmes, as well as reducing the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births, and ending the epidemic of HIV.
• A Declaration that emphasized the importance of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls as a crucial contribution to progress across all goals and targets. It also emphasized the fundamental role of human rights and the responsibility of States to work to realize human rights for all.

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Thousands of people in over 30 countries across the globe take action against fossil fuels

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 1 giugno 2015

berlinoBerlin. Ahead of the G7 summit in Elmau, Germany, thousands of people in over 30 countries and over 100 cities peacefully protested over the weekend tokick off a first Global Day of Action [1]. They demanded that the world’s business and political leaders immediately enact policies that phase out fossil and nuclear energies while strengthening the protection of the planet’s precious biodiversity and embracing renewable energies like wind and solar.Greenpeace Head of International Climate Politics, Martin Kaiser, said:“This first Global Day of Action represents a unified acknowledgment by sensible people everywhere that we are either moments away from the healthy planet we deserve or catastrophic climate change brought about by pure greed. We are demanding that our leaders lead us to 100 per cent clean renewable energy for all, and follow the innovators and thinkers who are taking us there by 2050 – ‘join the movement now’ is the call for them.”The “Global Day of Action” – the first of three this year leading to the Climate Conference in Paris – represents a partnership amongst leading environmental movements and organisations including 350.org, Avaaz, Friends of the Earth, WWF, Coalition Climat 21, CAN, and many others. Greenpeace’s #GetupAnd movement represents the solidarity of millions across the globe who are courageously standing against unsustainable energies and threatened ecosystems, while celebrating the easy, available and immediate solution: renewable energy. Events across the globe included:
· On Wednesday, Greenpeace activists in Norway displayed a banner in front of the Parliament in Oslo that said: “GetUpAnd Divest Norway”. Later on that day, the Norwegian Parliament decided to ban investments by the Norwegian Oil Fund to the coal industry.
· Activists from Greenpeace Japan pushed an online petition directed at the Japanese government that called for solar energy uptake and against nuclear energy.
· In France, Greenpeace activists rallied in 15 cities to raise awareness about renewable energy and against nuclear energy.
· In Germany, Greenpeace volunteers rallied in 60 cities asking German chancellor Merkel to quit coal.
· In Spain, Greenpeace volunteers took part in flash mobs in 15 cities to shine a spotlight on renewable energy.
· In Italy, Greenpeace volunteers rallied in over seven cities demanding an end to fossil fuels.
· In Indonesia, Greenpeace Southeast Asia protested with banners asking President Joko Widodo to stop dirty energy.
· In eight cities across Brazil, Greenpeace volunteers set up “green information points” to invite people to get active against deforestation and inform them about solar energy.
Next Sunday to Monday the world’s seven biggest industrial countries, the G7, will meet in Germany. Currently the G7 countries are responsible for 60% of the nuclear and 30% of coal-generated power worldwide. Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel, the current G7 president, has declared climate change as one of the key issues of the summit. It is an important step on the way to a new climate treaty to be signed at the COP 21 in Paris at the end of the year.According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the turnaround in the energy market is faster than expected by reasonable costs: ”In just a few years, renewable energy technologies have demonstrated substantial performance improvements and cost reductions…” “The G7 are both financial powerhouses while being the largest emitters of CO2 emissions. Because of this, they have a moral duty to all of us to make ‘the big switch’ from dirty energy sycophancy to a new energy system, based on 100 percent clean, renewable energy. As Bob Hunter, one of the founders of Greenpeace, said: ‘Big change looks impossible when you start, and inevitable when you finish,’” said Kaiser.

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Incontro di primavera della rete dei cammini

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 2 aprile 2015

PrimaveraL’attenzione ai cammini storici, a tutti i cammini storici italiani, e la consapevolezza del ruolo determinante che essi possono svolgere per lo sviluppo sostenibile del nostro Paese e per la tutela del nostro patrimonio culturale ed ambientale e del nostro benEssere: sarà questo il focus dell’Incontro Nazionale di Primavera della comasca Rete dei cammini, l’Associazione non lucrativa che raccoglie le Associazioni italiane impegnate nella tutela dei cammini e dei pellegrini. Il tutto in linea con la cosiddetta “Carta di Toronto dell’Attività Fisica” (The Toronto Charter for Physical Activity: A Global Call to Action), accordo internazionale, o “protocollo globale”, attivo dal 2010, per la promozione della salute sociale attraverso la promozione del camminare.

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UNDP calls for governments, businesses and communities to boost collaboration for a new climate and development era

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 10 dicembre 2014

GP01XT2Lima, Peru, Tackling climate change requires serious collaboration between the public and private sectors, engagement with civil society, and having strong and transparent institutions, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark said, wrapping up three-days at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP) in Lima today.
“We are on the cusp of creating a new era of action on climate change—here in Lima and with the vital adoption of a new climate agreement in Paris next year. Moreover, a Post 2015 sustainable development agenda is imminent,” Helen Clark said. “We can achieve our goals by nurturing partnerships which promote a low-emission and climate-resilient future.”To enable an historic level of indigenous peoples’ participation at the COP20 in Lima, UNDP and the Governments of Norway and Peru invited more than 300 indigenous women and men from Africa, Asia and Pacific, and Latin America and the Caribbean to attend. They gathered in Lima in an official Indigenous Peoples’ Pavilion for the first time at a climate change COP.Five indigenous men and women from the three regions presented proposals to address climate change, at an official event today.Candido Mezua of the Mesoamerican Alliance of Indigenous Peoples proposed that state delegations include indigenous peoples in their climate change negotiations. He also asked UNDP and the Governments of Peru and Norway to support this proposition.“Indigenous peoples are the real custodians of forests and it is important to strengthen their positioning in the climate negotiations,” said Tine Sundtoft, Minister of Climate and Environment of Norway. She also thanked UNDP and Peru for facilitating an historic indigenous participation at the COP in Lima.“Our commitment for indigenous peoples’ participation in this COP is an important step towards addressing crucial pending indigenous issues, including land tenure, “said Peru’s Vice Minister for Environment Gabriel Quijandria at the event today.Helen Clark stressed that indigenous leaders and organizations must be empowered to play a greater role in leading, collaborating and participating in the global effort to address climate change, particularly given their vital historical role in protecting forests and their deep cultural relationship with and dependence on the natural environment.She also visited a UNDP-managed Global Environment Facility/Small Grants Programme fair with over 40 people – mostly women— from the highlands, from the Amazon forest and coastal areas who sold eco-friendly products such as alpaca wool garments, quinoa, beans and honey.The UNDP Administrator stressed the importance of empowering women while conserving biodiversity, boosting climate resilience and encouraging entrepreneurship.Wrapping up her third day at the COP the UNDP Administrator spoke on how large-scale public-private collaboration can enhance climate progress and sustainable development.
“One of the most exciting and dynamic advances in the forests space over the past year has been the substantial commitments made by major companies on eliminating deforestation from commodity supply chains.” In the palm oil sector, for example, businesses representing over 75 per cent of the global trade in the commodity have adopted zero-deforestation policies in the past year.At the UN Climate Summit, hosted by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in September 2014, UNDP also facilitated the endorsement by more than 170 governments, companies, civil society organizations and indigenous peoples’ representatives of the New York Declaration on Forests aiming to cut the loss of natural forests in half by 2020, and to end it a decade later. Agribusiness giants such as Cargill and Wilmar adopted zero deforestation policies, and the consumer goods industry pledged to eliminate deforestation by 2020.
Helen Clark highlighted the importance of countries’ nationally determined mitigation contributions including ambitious goals and policies to reduce forest loss and increase reforestation. She urged advanced economies to deliver large scale economic incentives for forest protection and restoration in the context of the new climate agreement, particularly through REDD+ – a mechanism which supports the reduction of emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.She thanked the Government of Switzerland for its pledge to support UNDP’s National Commodity Platforms, which have been facilitating country-wide public-private sector collaboration on greater sustainability in major agricultural commodity sectors.For example, the National Pineapple Platform in Costa Rica has led to better governmental regulation, and has encouraged large companies to support small producers to shift to sustainable practices.UNDP launched a Palm Oil Platform for Indonesia in September, and another platform will be established in Peru to reduce encroachment into the Amazon.With the largest climate change portfolio in the United Nations – US$1.3 billion covering adaptation and mitigation – UNDP has been supporting over 140 countries, including more than 40 Least Developed Countries, to access climate finance and mechanisms and implement climate change initiatives.This includes access to nearly all UNFCCC mechanisms such as Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, National Adaptation Plans, Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions, Low Emission Development Strategies and National Communications.UNDP also provides assistance to countries in their climate change negotiations and has supported the Government of Peru in hosting the COP20.During meetings with Helen Clark, President Ollanta Humala of Peru and the Minister of Environment and COP President Manuel Pulgar-Vidal praised UNDP’s support to set up the country’s biggest international event.

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177 Members of the European Parliament call for coordinated European action on allergies

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 26 gennaio 2014

BruxellesBrussels, Belgium – Three months ago, 11 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) proposed a draft Written Declaration on recognising the burden of allergic disease, calling upon the Commission and Member States to recognise the burden of allergic disease and develop policy tools to combat this illness. At the end of the consultation period, the Declaration was supported by a total of 177 MEPs.The MEPs have made a number of recommendations to help mitigate the impact of allergic diseases, which affect over 150 million Europeans: EU Member States were called upon to implement national programmes, to provide better medical training and to encourage scientific research.

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SDI Establishes Presence in Italy

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 11 maggio 2012

Los Angeles, (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — SDI Media (SDI) is continuing the expansion of its global dubbing footprint with the opening of a new full service dubbing studio in Milan, Italy. This newly built facility increases SDI’s owned-and-operated global dubbing footprint to 21 countries. Already the world’s largest provider of fully integrated and standardized dubbing and subtitling services, SDI is committed to providing customers ever-greater access to its integrated global network of facilities. SDI Italy continues SDI’s established strategy of providing an owned-and-operated footprint of facilities in new international territories through a combination of greenfield builds and acquisitions.SDI Italy will open with 2 studio rooms, with additional expansion planned in 2013, and will provide a full range of dubbing services including: mixing, recording, and editing. The studios will be equipped to service projects for broadcast, theatrical, gaming, and additional media venues. SDI Italy will also provide SDI clients additional capabilities – allowing SDI to manage Italian projects, in Italy, with Italian management, while also benefitting clients with the technologies and technical expertise that comes from working with a global provider.
SDI is pleased to announce two additions to SDI Italy’s management team; Audrey Sadleir as Italy’s Country Manager and Emanuela Ghignoni as Production Manager. Both Audrey and Emanuela have extensive experience in the Italian dubbing market with long histories in various dubbing roles. SDI welcomes Audrey as she departs from her role at Studio Asci in Milan, where she facilitated dubbing projects for features, broadcast, and DVD. Emanuela joins SDI from her former role as Dubbing Manager at Jinglebell Communication, also in Milan, where she managed Client and Production services. SDI Italy is scheduled to begin operations in July 2012 and is currently accepting inquiries for new projects.
Headquartered in Los Angeles, SDI Media is the world’s leading provider of dubbing, subtitling, and other media localization services. It has operations in 32 countries spanning Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Worldwide, SDI provides localization services in over 60 languages and dialects, and owns and operates over 100 recording rooms and over 30 mixing rooms. SDI provides language dubbing and subtitling services as well as digital services for feature films, live action, animated television series, interactive games, new media and corporate needs. SDI’s strength is its ability to offer end-to-end, owned-and-operated service offerings to its clients, including scripting, casting, directing, recording/mixing, and other post production services.

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