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Celia Stahr: Frida in America

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 29 settembre 2021

Quando, a ventitré anni, giunse negli Stati Uniti insieme al marito, il muralista Diego Rivera, la giovane Frida Kahlo era una pittrice alle prime armi, da tutti considerata null’altro che la «piccola moglie messicana» di un artista all’apice della fama. La loro prima fermata fu San Francisco, dove Diego era stato invitato dall’architetto americano Timothy Pflueger per dipingere un murale sulla parete del Pacific Stock Exchange. Sebbene entusiasta di partire, Frida fece fatica a dire addio alla propria famiglia mentre lasciava l’amata patria messicana per Gringolandia, come lei chiamava gli Stati Uniti. Le incognite erano tante: com’era davvero quella terra straniera? Sarebbe stata in grado di comunicare, vista la sua scarsa padronanza dell’inglese? Ma, soprattutto, avrebbe trovato ispirazione per la propria arte? Frida era una figlia della rivoluzione messicana, come amava dire, una paladina appassionata dei diseredati e degli ultimi della terra. Eppure le ci volle la permanenza negli Stati Uniti perché le fondamenta su cui poggiava la sua idea di casa e di paese natale vacillassero, costringendola a vedere una realtà diversa. In questa terra straniera lottò e incespicò, talora maledicendola, tal’altra accettandola, raffigurandola tuttavia sempre con occhio attento all’umorismo che ribolliva sotto la superficie della sofferenza. E alla fine il soggiorno a Gringolandia la mutò profondamente, come artista e come donna, trasformando la Señora Rivera nella Frida Kahlo dei suoi dipinti più ispirati. Da quando, nel 1983, Hayden Herrera ha dato alle stampe il suo Frida (Neri Pozza, 2016), non ci sono state altre biografie di rilievo sulla pittrice. E nessun autore ha esplorato in profondità il corpus di opere creato dall’artista durante la sua permanenza negli Stati Uniti. Concentrarsi su questi anni cruciali della sua evoluzione consente di capire più a fondo questa donna e artista geniale. Schiude una porta su molti dei temi, degli atteggiamenti e delle norme con cui Frida si scontrò in questo periodo significativo della sua vita, che gettò le basi della sua identità, della sua immagine pubblica e del suo maturo stile artistico a venire. Celia Stahr è professoressa all’Università di San Francisco, dove è specializzata in arte moderna americana e contemporanea con particolare attenzione all’arte femminista e agli studi di genere, così come all’arte africana e multiculturale. Traduzione dall’inglese di Anna Nadotti Euro 19,00 / 400 pagine I NARRATORI DELLE TAVOLE

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Libro sulla comunicazione politica americana

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 29 settembre 2021

A Brescia, nell’ambito di Librixia, una delle principali fiere del libro a livello nazionale, si è svolta la presentazione del libro di Alessandro Vittorio Sorani, presidente di Confartigianato Imprese Firenze, dal titolo “La comunicazione politica americana da Kennedy a Trump” (Mauro Pagliai Editore). Il volume, che traccia un ritratto di undici presidenti americani e del loro modo di comunicare, è stato presentato, oltre che dall’autore, dal vicesindaco di Firenze Alessia Bettini, dal sindaco di Brescia Emilio Del Bono e dal presidente di Confartigianato Brescia, nonché presidente vicario nazionale di Confartigianato, Eugenio Massetti. La presentazione si colloca nell’ambito della collaborazione tra Librixia e Firenze Books, la fiera del libro che si si svolgerà a Firenze dall’8 al 10 ottobre, negli spazi della Manifattura Tabacchi.“Tra Confartigianato Imprese Firenze e Brescia – sottolinea Sorani – c’è un forte legame, così come tra le due manifestazioni legate ai libri. Confartigianato si impegna da sempre a sostegno della diffusione della cultura della lettura nel nostro Paese: abbiamo deciso di farlo promuovendo due festival simili dedicati alla promozione del libro. Questa presentazione è stata l’occasione per analizzare le mosse politiche e comunicative dei presidenti americani e per fare un parallelismo con la situazione politica attuale del nostro Paese”.“Questo libro – ha dichiarato il vicesindaco di Firenze Alessia Bettini – mi ha particolarmente colpito e ringrazio Alessandro Sorani perché raccontandoci la comunicazione degli Stati Uniti ha messo in evidenza un aspetto importante della politica, in cui credo molto: bisogna recuperare e dare nei contenuti una visione di futuro, che forse nella politica italiana manca da troppo tempo. Io credo che invece in questo periodo post pandemico ci sia bisogno di tornare un po’ a sognare, di avere una visione delle città, del Paese”.

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Why America needs vaccine mandates

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 22 settembre 2021

After months of begging Americans to get themselves vaccinated, President Joe Biden has stopped asking nicely. On September 9th the Biden administration announced a requirement to be vaccinated or tested regularly covering about 100m Americans. There are clear reasons for taking this unusual step. Only 54% of Americans are fully vaccinated, meaning the nation is lagging behind its peers. In a leader, we argue that Republican opposition to the vaccine mandate is fatally wrong-headed. The details of the Biden mandate could be improved on, but in democracies public health sometimes requires some coercion.Polls, meanwhile, show broad public support for the vaccine mandate—52% of adults approve whereas 40% disapprove.The mandate comes as covid-19 cases in American children are at an all-time high, raising the question of whether in-person schooling accelerates the spread of the virus.France tackled its vaccine hesitancy using covid-19 passports, which have proved efficient, and surprisingly popular.India’s pupils have been hard hit by extended school closures during the pandemic. Poverty, undernourishment and poor pedagogy make a bad situation worse.Britain is no longer at war with the coronavirus. Instead, it is working out how best to manage its presence. Its aim is to keep the economy open while saving hospitals from being overwhelmed. Vaccine passports, masks and working from home will be only back-up options. Another piece of good news is that vaccines seem to be holding up against the Delta variant—new data show that severe covid-19 is much rarer among vaccinated Britons. Zanny Minton Beddoes Editor-In-Chief The Economist

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Will America’s vaccine mandates work?

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 14 settembre 2021

A glance at the chart of global vaccine scepticism shows an alarming trend for Americans: while other rich countries see a steadily downward slope, America is flatlining. The highly contagious Delta variant continues its march across the country, wreaking exceptional havoc on the South, one of the country’s least-vaccinated regions. Even the filling up of local hospitals does not dent vaccine scepticism. Joe Biden is introducing vaccine mandates covering 100m people. But with legal challenges inevitable, the mandates face an uncertain fate.All through 2020 and the early part of this year, South-East Asia remained relatively unscathed by the pandemic. By the end of August, however, the region had recorded some 217,000 deaths from covid-19, about 2.6 times its total just three months earlier. The Delta variant has brought devastation.A big study in Bangladesh found simple ways to encourage mask use. Symptomatic infections of covid-19 went down as the use of masks went up.Our finance and economics writers look at the new economics of global cities. As national economies come back to life from the pandemic, cities are lagging seriously behind, as activity spreads outward from urban centres.In Britain, scientists have been purposely infecting volunteers with covid-19. In our Science section, we look at how such controversial “human challenge trials” may help answer important questions about the virus quickly.Our Bartleby columnist writes on how the pandemic has refashioned corporate dress codes. The Delta variant may be forcing companies to delay a return to the office, but when workers are eventually back at their desks, new sartorial rules may be required. Zanny Minton Beddoes Editor-In-Chief The Economist

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America wants to waive patent protection for vaccines

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 11 Maggio 2021

Welcome to our weekly newsletter highlighting The Economist’s best coverage of the pandemic and its effects. In a surprise move on Wednesday, America announced that it would support waiving some patent protections for covid-19 vaccines. Jaws dropped, along with the share prices of vaccine-makers.In India, the epidemic continues to worsen. On May 5th the country reported more than 412,000 new infections, its highest number yet. Half of all cases of covid-19 recorded around the world are in India, up from one in 25 at the start of March. The number of covid deaths in the country tripled in March, and then in April leapt by a factor of ten. The calamity is having political implications for India’s national government, which looks increasingly hapless.Within India, leaders in Delhi could learn useful lessons from Mumbai, which is handling its second wave far better than the nation’s capital. In our Graphic detail section we lay bare how India’s covid-19 crisis has spiralled out of control. The region is recording four times as many cases now as it was at the peak of the first wave. Covid-19 has exposed Africa’s dependence on vaccines from abroad. Until now there has been little incentive for countries on the continent to make vaccines themselves but, since the pandemic began, that calculation has changed.On “The Jab”, our podcast reporting from the sharp end of the vaccination race, we examine how vaccines have become a tool of global influence. China and Russia have sent millions of doses abroad, but the West has lagged behind in so-called “vaccine diplomacy”. What are the risks and rewards? In a related chart, we delve deeper into vaccine donations around the world and find that they are yet to take off—less than one dose for every 100 of the world’s people has been given away so far.Writing in our sister magazine, 1843, Ann Wroe can’t wait to get back to normal. But, given that “normal” is by definition meant to be dull, how long before she’s bored again? Zanny Minton Beddoes Editor-In-Chief The Economist

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Biden e i vaccini: America first

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 22 marzo 2021

By Domenico Maceri, PhD. “Come vi ho detto in precedenza porto in tasca un foglietto con il numero aggiornato degli americani morti a causa del Covid”. Così Joe Biden, presidente Usa, reiterando ai media la sua concentrazione sulla lotta contro la pandemia. Fino ad oggi, 30 milioni di casi positivi e quasi 550 mila americani morti sono le cifre che preoccupano di più l’attuale inquilino della Casa Bianca. Le vaccinazioni continuano in maniera organizzata e celere e si prevede la vaccinazione dei 267 milioni di americani eleggibili (i giovani meno di 16 anni non qualificano) entro il mese di luglio. Il 23 percento degli americani ha ricevuto almeno una delle prime dosi del vaccino. I numeri dei casi positivi sono anche in calo ma preoccupano ancora nuove possibili impennate soprattutto a causa delle varianti del Covid.Biden si preoccupa prima degli americani e in secondo luogo dei cittadini in altri Paesi perché dopotutto l’America è al primo posto nella classifica al mondo per quanto riguarda il numero dei casi positivi e deceduti. In parte ciò si deve alla debolissima reazione del predecessore Donald Trump il quale aveva minimizzato il pericolo del Covid-19. Nessuna politica avrebbe potuto bloccare tutti i casi positivi né tutte le morti ma certamente si sarebbe potuto fare molto di più. Altri Paesi con leadership più serie come quelle della Nuova Zelanda e l’Australia, con casi e morti relativamente bassi, ci servono da esempio.Biden ha ereditato una situazione disastrosa e si capisce dunque la sua priorità di concentrerai prima sugli americani. La pandemia però non conosce confini anche se i diversi Paesi si sono ovviamente preoccupati principalmente di proteggere in primo luogo i loro cittadini. Allo stesso tempo, però, queste politiche nazionalistiche nella lotta contro la pandemia si sovrappongono. Alcuni avrebbero preferito una reazione globale che non distinguesse fra Paesi poveri e ricchi poiché dopotutto il virus non discrimina a seconda dei soldi in tasca dell’individuo. Ciononostante le risorse economiche hanno influito e continuano ad influire.I Paesi ricchi si sono accaparrati dei vaccini prenotandosi anche prima di sapere quali sarebbero stati efficaci. Il sistema capitalista ha funzionato a beneficio dei ricchi mentre i poveri sono rimasti indietro. Le aziende farmaceutiche occidentali hanno sviluppato quattro vaccini che hanno ottenuto il permesso di somministrare ai cittadini dei Paesi che li hanno comprati. I due vaccini iniziali, Pfizer e Moderna, hanno avuto i primi permessi di somministrazione ai quali si è aggiunto AstraZeneca e poco dopo quello di Johnson e Johnson. Gli Stati Uniti hanno abbastanza dosi per vaccinare 500 milioni di americani, quasi due vaccini a persona. Hanno anche il diritto di comprare altre 100 milioni di dosi di AstraZeneca che ancora non è stato autorizzato negli Usa. Il Canada, da parte sua, ha contratti per vaccinare i suoi cittadini nove volte. Un’analisi della World Bank ci informa che fino ad oggi l’82 percento dei cittadini in Paesi benestanti hanno iniziato le vaccinazioni. Solo il 3 percento dei Paesi poveri possono dire altrettanto. La vaccinazione dei cittadini in Paesi poveri non avverrebbe fino al 2024, mentre negli altri Paesi, incluso quelli di reddito medio, la vaccinazione potrebbe portarsi a conclusione alla fine di quest’anno.Considerando questo gap, un gruppo di Paesi poveri sotto la guida dell’India e il Sudafrica aveva fatto richiesta al World Trade Organization di sospendere i brevetti dei vaccini approvati. Questa azione avrebbe potuto accelerarne la produzione e proteggere tutto il mondo in breve tempo. La richiesta è stata bloccata dai Paesi benestanti, incluso gli Usa, l’Unione Europea, la Gran Bretagna, il Canada e l’Australia, i quali hanno prenotato in diverse misure i vaccini per i loro cittadini. Senza la sospensione dei brevetti, il controllo totale della produzione rimane nelle mani di poche aziende farmaceutiche le quali si interessano al bene comune ma il loro scopo principale consiste dei profitti.I profitti fanno parte dei vaccini sviluppati da altri Paesi ma in modo diverso. In Russia il vaccino denominato Sputnik V è stato anche lanciato, ricevendo buone notizie di efficacia (91 percento, simile a Pfizer e Moderna) secondo la rivista scientifica Lancet della Gran Bretagna. Anche questo vaccino è in vendita ma nell’Occidente rimane esitazione anche se alcuni piccoli Paesi come la Repubblica di San Marino lo hanno usato. È anche usato in Paesi del terzo mondo in Africa, Asia, e Latino America. Si è anche parlato di produrlo in Italia e non sarebbe impensabile che sia approvato per uso generale in Europa. Inoltre la Russia ha stabilito accordi in India che condurrebbero alla produzione di 500 milioni di dosi. Per i russi, oltre ai profitti economici, lo Sputnik V servirebbe a riconfermare la potenza e il prestigio del loro Paese nel mondo.La Cina, da parte sua, ha sviluppato ed approvato 5 vaccini, che però fino ad adesso non sono stati riconosciuti dall’Occidente perché non hanno ancora completato la fase 3 dei test. C’è da tenere presente anche la poca trasparenza dei risultati resi noti senza però escludere una sottintesa concorrenza con i Paesi occidentali su chi “salverà” il mondo dalla pandemia. Ciononostante la Cina sta già regalando i suoi vaccini e ne ha promesso 500 milioni di dosi a 45 Paesi.Sia La Russia che la Cina vorrebbero usare i vaccini da loro sviluppati per ragioni geopolitiche. Si tratterebbe di una “politica vaccinale” che ambirebbe a creare aperture ad eventuali mercati in Paesi poveri, rafforzando l’idea che il loro sistema politico funziona non solo dentro dei loro confini ma anche all’estero.Biden ha dato segnali di riconoscere che l’America sta dando l’impressione di essere egoista con i vaccini. Il presidente americano, noto per la sua empatia verso i suoi cittadini, vorrebbe anche applicarla ai cittadini del resto del mondo. Lo ha riconosciuto anche dal lato pratico quando ha dichiarato che la pandemia non si “può fermare con i muri per quanto alti si possano costruire”. Gli americani “saranno sicuri solo quando tutto il mondo sarà sicuro”, ha continuato Biden. Fino al momento, però, la sua priorità rimane la popolazione americana. Domenico Maceri, PhD, è professore emerito all’Allan Hancock College, Santa Maria, California.

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Caritas on the ground giving urgent help to Central America following devastating hurricanes

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 1 dicembre 2020

Caritas has launched emergency appeals for Honduras, Guatemala, and Nicaragua to help vulnerable people after devastating hurricanes Eta and Iota hit Central America back to back. Eta, the most powerful hurricane to hit Central America in the past twenty years, and Iota have affected millions of people, leaving hundreds of thousands homeless and causing floods, landslides and power cuts. Dozens of deaths have been reported across the region. The death toll is expected to rise as rescuers reach communities that have been cut off.Each initial emergency programme in Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua will last two months, cost up to a total of €250,000 per country and will respond to vital needs in the three countries for the next two months. This will include providing food, hygiene kits, access to safe drinking water and ensuring people can protect themselves from COVID-19.Caritas Honduras is focusing on providing food for 2500 families (12,500 people), boosting their ability to protect themselves from COVID and helping them repair their houses. Caritas Guatemala will provide help to 1600 families (8000 people) over the next two months. Much of the country was under flood water that rose to up to 4 metres high. Rural communities and ones living near rivers were particularly hard hit. Caritas says that farming families lost up to 75 percent of their crops in the double disaster.In Nicaragua, Caritas will help 1000 families (5600 people) over the next two months, focusing on food, hygiene, access to clean drinking water, hand washing and COVID awareness. It will build the capacity of indigenous leaders along the Coco river to spread public health messages among communities so they can protect themselves. Who would like to donate can do it at: https://www.caritas.org/donation/hurricane-eta-iota/

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Civil rights is the unfinished business of America

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 4 giugno 2020

The events of the last couple weeks have been horrific, and there are no words to sufficiently capture the pain so many people are feeling right now. But here’s what I do know: Civil rights is the unfinished business of America, and it’s all our responsibility to see that work to completion.We’ve no doubt made progress, but if there’s anything the events of the past couple weeks have laid bare, it’s that we have so much more work to do. From George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, to Breonna Taylor’s death in Louisville, to Ahmaud Arbery’s death near Brunswick, Georgia, everything we’ve seen serves as a sobering reminder of the violence Black men and women face every day in America — and just how far we have to go to root out the poison of racism that pervades every facet of our society. Your commitment to electing leaders who believe this country can live up to the basic ideals of its founding is what continues to move us forward. Achieving progress is rarely easy, painless, or swift, but you’ve never wavered in your commitment. I couldn’t be prouder to stand shoulder to shoulder with you in this work. We have the tools to do this. We’ve done it before. I believe that, together, we can enact real change that matters in our lives, and especially in the lives of Black Americans, in every corner of this country. (By Tom Perez)

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“Questa è l’America” del giornalista Francesco Costa

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 2 giugno 2020

Costa ha presentato il suo libro sugli Usa in streaming per Forum Eventi.Ci sono pochi posti nel mondo dove il divario tra quello che crediamo di sapere e quello che sappiamo è tanto ampio quanto nel caso degli Stati Uniti: la nostra idea è un impasto di luoghi comuni e poche informazioni concrete. In “Questa è l’America” Francesco Costa – vicedirettore de ilpost.it – aiuta i lettori a capire meglio un paese che, volenti o nolenti, influenza anche le nostre vite: l’autore lo ha presentato domenica scorsa sulla pagina facebook “BPER Forum Monzani” e sul sito del Forum.
Spiegare l’America agli europei è difficile: c’è sempre questa mezza familiarità di mezzo – venuta dai libri, dai film, dai viaggi – che ci illude di conoscerla già, anche quando non è vero. Poi ci sono le molte differenze interne, e anche se lo sappiamo tendiamo a dimenticarne la reale portata e le ragioni più profonde. Spesso i giornalisti che provano a spiegarle ricadono nei cliché: un’eccezione è Francesco Costa, vicedirettore de ilpost.it, che l’America l’ha girata quasi tutta, e ora propone il suo saggio “Questa è l’America” (Mondadori), frutto di anni di attività giornalistica e viaggi sul campo che Costa ha raccontato anche attraverso la newsletter e il podcast “Da Costa a Costa”. “Ci sono molti posti del mondo di cui sappiamo meno che degli Stati Uniti d’America”, scrive Costa all’inizio del libro, “ma non ci sono posti con un divario più ampio degli Stati Uniti tra quello che crediamo di sapere e quello che sappiamo effettivamente”. A causa della gigantesca influenza statunitense nei nostri consumi e nella nostra cultura, infatti, “pensiamo di conoscere bene l’America quando in realtà, nella gran parte dei casi, la nostra idea è un impasto di luoghi comuni e poche informazioni concrete”, mescolate al nostro “tifo politico locale”. Il libro prova a colmare questo divario attraverso alcune storie che permettono di conoscere un po’ meglio le persone che abitano il più potente paese del mondo, rispondendo ad alcune frequenti domande sull’America e sugli americani: perché questo assurdo sistema sanitario? Perché non vogliono liberarsi delle armi? Qual è il segreto e il costo del predominio economico degli Stati Uniti? Come si arriva ad avere alla presidenza Barack Obama e Donald Trump nel giro di pochi anni? Nel libro emerge il quadro di una nazione ancora potentissima ma in preda a enormi trasformazioni e problemi, una nazione che vive un’epoca di profondo e doloroso smarrimento. Insomma, un’America che fatica a riconoscersi: “Gli Stati Uniti stanno attraversando un momento delicato. Sono intervenuti negli ultimi anni una serie di cambiamenti, di trasformazioni sociali, demografiche ed economiche che hanno cambiato l’identità del Paese. Da qui l’inevitabile smarrimento”.E’ possibile seguire gli incontri con l’autore di Forum Eventi in diretta sulla pagina facebook “BPER Forum Monzani” oppure dal sito http://www.forumguidomonzani.it.

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A weaker post-Brexit Britain looks to America

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 1 febbraio 2020

The titans of Brexit have a tendency to gush over Britain’s bond with America. Before the referendum in 2016, Boris Johnson—now prime minister, then mayor of London—predicted that, outside the European Union, the thriving British would be “even better and more valuable allies of the United States”. Britain’s relationship with America had long been “special”, enthused Liam Fox as trade secretary in 2018. But Brexit provided a “once-in-a-generation opportunity to raise it to a new level”. Yet in the week that Britain actually leaves the eu it finds itself at loggerheads with America on tax, trade and technology. If the British government persists with plans for a digital-services tax that would hit tech giants, America has said it will retaliate with punitive tariffs on British car exports. And despite heavy American lobbying and suggestions that the countries’ intelligence-sharing could be at risk, Mr Johnson decided on January 28th to allow Britain to buy 5g telecoms kit from Huawei of China. Mike Pompeo, America’s secretary of state, had warned against letting China “control the internet of the future”. (font: The Economist)

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America’s Health Rankings 2019 Annual Report

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 9 dicembre 2019

For 30 years, America’s Health Rankings has played a leading role in raising awareness of important trends in public health. Today, the United Health Foundation released the 2019 America’s Health Rankings® Annual Report, which highlights health trends from the past three decades as well as from the past year. The report showcases meaningful progress in reducing smoking and infant mortality. It also identifies challenges including increasing rates of diabetes, suicide and drug deaths.To mark the 30th edition of the Annual Report, the United Health Foundation is hosting “Shaping the Future of Public Health: Learning from 30 Years of Data,” a public event to convene experts and discuss public health progress and challenges of the last 30 years.Starting in 1990, America’s Health Rankings has helped frame the debate on public health issues by identifying key health challenges at both the national and state levels.

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14-Year-Old Named America’s Top Young Scientist

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 3 novembre 2019

3M (@3M) and Discovery Education (@DiscoveryEd), have named 14-year-old Kara Fan from San Diego, California, the winner of the 2019 3M Young Scientist Challenge (#YoungScientist). Kara invented a first aid liquid bandage using nano-silver technology to reduce the risk of superbug infections caused by antibiotic overuse. Using the biosynthesis method—a multi-step, enzyme-catalyzed process where substrates are converted into more complex products in living organisms—Kara created a nano-silver (AgNP) solution using lemon leaf and silver nitrate to effectively kill and prevent the growth of bacteria. Her solution was tested using the Kirby-Bauer Method against Staphylococcus epidermidis, E. coli K12 and Bacillus subtilis on a Petri plate to measure the zone of inhibition (the circular area around the spot of the antibiotic use in which bacteria colonies do not grow). Finally, Kara mixed the nano-silver solution with a water-soluble polymer (PVP) to create the liquid bandage.Kara formulated a nano-silver liquid bandage to replace the use of more commonly used over-the-counter antibiotics ointments and first aid treatments. With her invention, Kara hopes to reduce the number of incidents related to drug-resistant infections.Kara, a ninth-grader at Westview High School, Poway Unified School District, competed against nine other finalists during a live competition at the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul, Minn. October 28-29. As the winner of this year’s 3M Young Scientist Challenge, Kara was awarded the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist” as well as a $25,000 cash prize and a surprise destination trip.
In second place, Caroline Crouchley, an eighth-grader at Garden City Middle School from Garden City, New York, developed a sustainable method of public transportation that eliminates the need for a diesel engine or electric motor in trains.
In third place, Jordan Prawira, an eighth-grader at Altamont Elementary School from Mountain House, California, invented a wind turbine inspired by hurricane formation concepts to improve the performance and efficiency of current wind turbines.
In fourth place, Camellia Sharma, a seventh-grader at George H. Moody Middle School from Glen Allen, Virginia, developed a water leakage detection system to identify underground water leakage and reduce the estimated 48.6 billion cubic meters of water lost annually through current distribution systems worldwide. The fifth through tenth place winners each received a $1,000 prize and a $500 excitations gift card.

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Arrive Accelerates Deployment of Seamless Parking Solutions Across North America

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 25 ottobre 2019

Arrive is accelerating the deployment of its seamless parking solutions across North America, moving from city-based tests to wide-scale implementation of its frictionless technologies. By the end of 2020, Arrive aims to have installed Bluetooth and other technologies in tens of thousands of garages and lots across the U.S. and Canada. Drivers who purchase parking through the company’s ParkWhiz and BestParking apps, or one of Arrive’s partners like Ticketmaster, Amazon Alexa, or Honda will be able to seamlessly enter and exit garages and lots without making a reservation or pulling a ticket at the gate. “The way people get from place to place is changing as fast as new technology is developed. It can be difficult for businesses to keep up and a financial burden for parking operators and asset owners to continue investing in expensive technology,” said Yona Shtern, CEO of Arrive. “We have developed a range of low-cost and easy-to-install solutions, and are committed to working with operators and PARCS companies to enhance their existing infrastructure, making it possible for them to enable new technology faster and creating a better, more connected experience for drivers.” To help the company accelerate its expansion, Arrive has entered into a strategic partnership with Inugo, a New Zealand-based company, to provide Arrive with Bluetooth connectivity kits that the company has integrated into existing PARCS systems.
“We’ve spent many years building a platform that allows parking operators to have a robust, cost-effective solution for enabling digital access to their gates for a range of use cases. By partnering with Arrive, we will be able to expand our footprint in North America and collaborate with them to enable seamless access for millions of drivers across the country,” said Ben Martel, CEO of Inugo.Inugo is the latest hardware solution provider to join Arrive in its pursuit of seamless parking solutions, joining previously announced hardware partners Flash Parking, Parkonect, TIBA, Skidata and DataPark.In addition to more hardware partnerships, Arrive is also announcing nationwide operator partnerships with InterPark and Propark Mobility to help advance frictionless parking and other mobility services.“Arrive’s unique approach to the marketplace, focusing on connecting parking operators to the millions of customers who will use new technologies in connected cars and fleets, helps Propark enhance our business today, and ensures we are adaptable to the changing landscape of mobility,” said John Schmid, CEO of Propark Mobility. InterPark COO James Mueller said, “Arrive’s flexible and collaborative partnership nicely supports our own investments in improving the customer experience without requiring additional costs.” Arrive and Inugo will demo the new Bluetooth connectivity kit in the Arrive booth at the 2019 National Parking Association Annual Convention and Expo.

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Sallie Mae Named One of America’s Best Midsize Employers

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 21 ottobre 2019

For the second consecutive year, Forbes has named Sallie Mae one of America’s Best Midsize Employers. Sallie Mae was ranked in the top 10 in the banking and financial services category.
Forbes, in partnership with market research company Statista, surveyed 50,000 Americans working for businesses with at least 1,000 employees. The respondents were asked to rate how likely they’d be to recommend their employers to others. Statista then asked the respondents to nominate organizations in industries outside their own. The list ranks 500 midsize employers, across 25 different industries, that received the most recommendations.Sallie Mae offers a comprehensive employee benefits program that features paid leave, including 12 weeks of paid parental leave; medical, dental, and vision care; a company-matched 401(k) plan; an employee stock purchase plan; tuition reimbursement; and a family scholarship program.In communities where its more than 1,800 employees live and work, Sallie Mae actively organizes and participates in volunteer activities, supports nonprofit organizations with charitable contributions, and awards scholarships to deserving students. Since 2016, Sallie Mae employees have raised nearly $175,000 for the company’s Bridging the Dream Scholarship Program.
Sallie Mae (Nasdaq: SLM) believes education and life-long learning, in all forms, help people achieve great things. As the leader in private student lending, we provide financing and know-how to help make college happen and offer products and resources to help customers make new goals and experiences, beyond college, possible. Learn more at SallieMae.com. Commonly known as Sallie Mae, SLM Corporation and its subsidiaries are not sponsored by or agencies of the United States of America.

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AM Best América Latina Executives to Attend 2019 FIDES Conference in Bolivia

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 1 settembre 2019

Carlos De la Torre, senior director, business development and operations, and Midori Honda, market development director, both of AM Best América Latina, will attend the 37th Hemispheric Insurance Conference of the Inter-American Federation of Insurance Companies (FIDES), which will take place Sept. 8-11, 2019, in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
The conference and exhibition, which will be held at the Los Tajibos Hotel and Convention Center, is the regional event for the Latin American (re)insurance industry and is hosted this year by the Bolivian Association of Insurers. The event program will examine new technologies that are disrupting the insurance industry, as well as look at how innovation can help companies keep up with the rapidly changing pace of technology. The conference also serves as a networking opportunity for insurers, brokers and reinsurers as they prepare their reinsurance renewal strategies.AM Best will host a suite at the event, and recently released a Best’s Market Segment Report on Bolivia’s insurance market, in which it assigned the market a stable market segment outlook due to its healthy growth, its insurers’ robust solvency ratios and a sufficient appetite from reinsurers. To access the full copy of the report, please visit http://www3.ambest.com/bestweek/purchase.asp?record_code=289016. Other Latin America market outlooks can be found on AM Best’s Latin America center.To schedule a meeting with De la Torre or Honda to discuss the commercial aspects of and the process for initiating a Best’s Credit Rating, please email midori.honda@ambest.com, or stop by suite No. 15 during the conference. More information about the FIDES conference can be found at the event website.

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Nina Marino of Kaplan Marino Named a Best Lawyers in America

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 19 agosto 2019

White collar criminal defense firm Kaplan Marino announced today that Nina Marino, founding and managing partner, has been selected for inclusion in the 26th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for her work in the area of White Collar Criminal Defense. This is the second consecutive year Ms. Marino has been selected.“To be recognized by my peers in the profession is an incredible honor,” said Marino, who also serves as the current Director of Continuing Legal Education for the Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association (ABA) and the chairperson for the Women in White Collar Committee. “I am grateful to be in the company of so many top-notch lawyers across the country.” Marino is a Certified Criminal Law Specialist and has spent nearly 30 years exclusively focused on white collar and complex criminal litigation on both a national and international level. Marino regularly represents individuals in matters involving allegations of all aspects of fraud, including, wire and mail fraud, health care fraud, insurance, and bank fraud, as well as allegations of money laundering, conspiracy, computer crimes, bribery, and kickbacks, counterfeiting and copyright infringement, tax crimes, securities cases, antitrust matters, and public corruption investigations.
Marino represents both foreign nationals and U.S. citizens in matters involving extradition and related Interpol notices. Marino’s ability to communicate persuasively with all government agencies at every level on behalf of her client has served her client’s interests for nearly three decades and is only matched by her skills as an effective and aggressive litigator.Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Almost 87,000 industry leading lawyers are eligible to vote and nearly 10 million evaluations were received on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

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Travelex North America Names Tania Ali General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 10 Maggio 2019

Travelex, a leading cross-border financial services and payments firm, announced today that Tania Ali has been promoted to General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Travelex North America. Ali leads Travelex North America’s legal team, overseeing the needs of the long-established Retail and Corporate business units; alongside driving North America’s fast-growing cross-border payments business.Ali brings a decade of legal experience in financial regulations, payments, litigation, product development and employment law. Prior to becoming General Counsel for Travelex North America, Ali was Deputy General Counsel for the region. Before joining Travelex, Ali was Senior Legal Counsel at Adecco USA, Inc., She reports to James Birch, Global General Counsel Travelex, and she supports James Hewitt, CEO of Travelex’s North American business unit.“I am delighted to confirm Tania’s promotion to General Counsel, North America. Tania is an astute lawyer who possesses excellent commercial skills. Among other achievements she has been instrumental in the development and delivery of Travelex’s key business lines” says James Birch, Global General Counsel Travelex.On her promotion, James Hewitt, CEO of Travelex North America says, “Tania is a thoughtful and inspiring partner who has been critical in building Travelex North America’s payments business. She is business-savvy and is driving our business forward along with our North America senior leadership team.” Ali holds a juris doctorate degree from Hofstra School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in political science from The George Washington University. She is a member of the State Bar of New York.

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Mall of America Selects Jibestream as New Indoor Mapping Provider

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 7 marzo 2019

Jibestream, the premier indoor mapping platform provider, announced today that Mall of America (MOA), the largest shopping and entertainment destination in North America, is leveraging the Jibestream platform to power and manage their indoor maps.
Jibestream was selected to remap the 5.6 million square foot facility for use in the mall’s mobile app, web directory, and onsite directory kiosks. With Jibestream’s digital maps, MOA offers visitors exceptional experiences including the ability to quickly locate and navigate to their destination with landmark based directions. The Jibestream platform also empowers administrators to independently implement map adjustments in real-time, saving them valuable time while ensuring visitors are getting the most accurate and relevant information across all platforms.“Jibestream is a robust platform that gives developers the flexibility to create and maintain tailored map-enabled solutions using our web-based CMS, APIs and SDKs. Our technology agnostic architecture provides interoperability with third-party systems and data, making it possible for clients like MOA to leverage their existing infrastructure,” said Dave Johnson, Vice President of Sales at Jibestream. “Not only does this create a truly connected environment, it ensures that our clients are able to maximize their existing investment.” “It quickly became apparent that the Jibestream platform offered amazing flexibility and ability to integrate with our own systems to save us time and effort in updating our multiple layers of maps,” said Patrick Wand, Senior IT Project Manager at Mall of America. “Our maps are constantly changing, therefore having a platform that allows us to link directly with our tenant API will be a game changer. Having Jibestream as a partner will allow us to think more outside the box of traditional guest-facing applications and bring dynamic mapping to some of our internal facing applications.”
MOA has transformed the shopping experience into an experiential destination for its 40 million annual visitors. Their continuing commitment to innovation has put them at the forefront of digital technology.

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FANUC America Named A Top Workplace by Two of the Nation’s Leading Newspapers

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 16 novembre 2018

FANUC America Corporation is one of Michigan’s top workplaces according to the Detroit Free Press. This marks the seventh consecutive year that FANUC has achieved this distinction. In addition, the Chicago Tribune named FANUC America’s Hoffman Estates, IL regional office one of Illinois’ top workplaces.“This has been an exciting year for us, and being named a top workplace in Michigan and Illinois means that our extremely talented team enjoys and values our culture, work environment and professional opportunities,” said FANUC America’s President and CEO, Mike Cicco. “It’s a great feeling knowing that in this very competitive labor market our employees have chosen FANUC as their place to work, and have expressed their satisfaction in this way.” According to Cicco, in addition to being a top workplace, FANUC has achieved a wide range of notable accomplishments in 2018 including:Solidified its position as the global leader in robots, CNCs and factory automation with over 24M products installed.
Introduced a variety of new products including collaborative and SCARA robots, advanced features in CNC and motion control, and Industrial IoT technologies — all designed to help customers improve their manufacturing operations. Broke ground on a new North Campus facility in Auburn Hills, MI scheduled for completion in late 2019.Extended certified education outreach to over 750 high schools, technical training centers, community colleges and universities, helping prepare students with the skills to work with today’s advanced automation.

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The stories left untold in America’s newsrooms

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 9 novembre 2018

By Jon Allsop “Unfinished.” That’s the title of CJR’s latest print issue, released today, which focuses on race in journalism and “the stories left untold in America’s newsrooms.” The Race Issue features a range of perspectives on the continued under-representation of people of color in the media—situating the problem in its historical context, sizing up its statistical scale, and outlining the holes in coverage that result. Contributors include Vann R. Newkirk II, a staff writer at The Atlantic; Errin Haines Whack, the Associated Press’s National Writer for Race and Ethnicity; and Rebecca Carroll, special projects editor for WNYC and a critic-at-large for the LA Times. Also in the issue, Gustavo Arellano tackles the uncertain fate of Spanish-language news networks, E. Tammy Kim reflects on lopsided US media coverage of the Koreas, and Eric Deggans interviews David Simon, creator of The Wire, on how journalists could better cover the race beat.CJR’s website will roll out all the columns and features in the issue over the next two weeks. First up this morning, Guest Editor Jelani Cobb, a New Yorker staff writer and director of Columbia University’s Ira A. Lipman Center for Journalism and Civil and Human Rights, discusses “the cost of the status quo” when it comes to race in the media. At a launch event at Columbia Journalism School later today, Cobb will sit down with HuffPost Editor-in-Chief Lydia Polgreen (who serves on CJR’s Board of Overseers) following a roundtable discussion featuring Haines Whack, Atlantic staff writer Adam Serwer, CJR Editor and Publisher Kyle Pope, and former CJR Delacorte Fellow Karen K. Ho. You can livestream the whole event, which is being sponsored by the Ford Foundation and The Guardian, here from 2pm Eastern.In 2017, just 16.6 percent of journalists at daily newspapers in the US were people of color, despite non-white people comprising more than 37 percent of the population at large. “This underrepresentation of minorities is a more polite way of saying that there is an overrepresentation of white people in media,” Cobb writes. “Two years ago, the dearth of people of color at the Oscars generated the satirical #OscarsSoWhite hashtag. A #NewsroomSoWhite hashtag would now be equally fitting.”
For Cobb, this under-representation comes not at the cost of some “vague, frankly condescending idea of ‘inclusion,’” or the appearance of it. It matters, rather, because homogenous newsrooms miss critical stories and perspectives. Cobb cites several micro and macro examples of the trend: from tone-deaf crime coverage in the Bronx, to the Kerner Commission’s 50-year-old finding that the media missed the causes of the 1967 race riots, to euphemistic coverage of the 2016 election campaign “when unblinking assessments of racism and religious bigotry were warranted.”On the eve of the 2018 midterms—whose narrative has, if anything, hewed even more overtly to race—a spotlight has again shone on the timid language much of the media uses to describe racism (even though this language did not go away in between times). On Friday, a headline in the Times referred to the “racial stumbles” of Ron DeSantis, the Republican gubernatorial candidate in Florida; on Saturday, the same paper wrote about the “racially tinged remarks” of hard-right Iowa Congressman Steve King.The Times subsequently changed the latter article to call King’s remarks “racist”—small proof, perhaps, of the power of raised awareness. But as CJR’s new issue shows, journalism’s race problem is entrenched and multi-faceted. Elections loaded with racist rhetoric might seem like an opportune peg for the issue’s release. In truth, any time is a good time to grapple with the media’s failure of representation and its everyday consequences. (from: CJR Editors)

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