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Chinese Startup Takes Parallel Approach to Become the Blockchain of the World’s Choice

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 17 marzo 2019

From telecommunication to the Internet, China now fully recognizes the vital role that technological sovereignty plays in international competition. Blockchain as the technology underpinning Web 3.0 and Industrial revolution 4.0, is enlisted in China’s strategic planning of informatization in spite of the domestic crypto ban. An Australian ICT report shows half of the blockchain patents worldwide last year were applied by Chinese firms such as Alibaba, Baidu, Tencent, etc.Among the big names, some Chinese internet veterans also re-embark on the entrepreneurial journey with blockchain. Shi Xinguo, an operating system expert who led the development of the Chinese version of Linux “Red Flag”, started a small team to develop blockchain three years ago. Now with his patented parallel blockchain technology, he claims that it is time for blockchain to really take off.Early this March, Shi and his team released a blockchain platform called Paralism aiming to support all the businesses and assets worldwide with parallel technology. The platform now has four decentralized applications (DApps) on it covering industries of cosmetics, mobile payment, instant messaging and international trading. None of the above DApps haven been officially promoted to the public yet.There’s little denial to the great potential of blockchain technology, however, it seems that blockchain has presented nothing more than a filibuster to this point. No matter China or other countries, no matter big companies like IBM, Alibaba or grass-root companies like Ethereum, no one has been quite able to bring about the large-scale commercial adoption of blockchain. One of the fundamental reasons lies in the incompetence of blockchain to scale and to connect with each other.Shi Xinguo and Paralism chose to stay quiet for three years because Shi believes they have mastered the true key to solve the problem of scalability and interconnection of blockchain. Many efforts have been paid to solve the above problems: Ethereum has proposed a sharding solution called Casper setting to realize after 2020; EOS has released its mainnet designed to reach one million TPS (transaction per second) but only delivering several thousand; IOTA came up with DAG but struggling to justify it as true blockchain; many others try to improve TPS using PBFT consensus but overlooked that this protocol is more suitable in a half-decentralized situation like consortium chain.According to Shi, parallel blockchain is the only way out – “the must-followed path” – for blockchain to scale and to become inter-connected. “The data structure of traditional blockchain is sequential. This means blocks have to be produced one by one, no matter how fast you improve TPS, blockchain can never scale with single chain,” Shi said.
As Shi explains, under parallel data structure, multiple chains can co-exit and multiple blocks can be produced simultaneously enabling the system to process the large-scale transactions. Sub-chains can also conduct dynamic sharding as the volume of transactions grow and therefore becomes infinitely scalable which is what Ethereum’s Casper thrives to achieve. The parallel blockchain system is also said to be equipped with the natural cross-chain transaction solution allowing businesses to interoperate and value to transmit between chains changing blockchain from isolated chains to a universal blockchain web. Also, for each sub-chain, users can customize the local consensus to tailor to its business hence adding flexibility.The parallel blockchain technology is already granted with the patent authorization from the National Intellectual Property Administration of PRC. With the core parallel technology and the above features, the Paralism platform can support rapid DApps, blockchainization and tokenization, existing ICOs, coin self-issuance, stable coin and decentralized exchange.Up until now, the parallel blockchain technology is only being tested by limited users. As for Paralism, although facing risks, some blockchain pioneers have started their application experiment on the platform. Is this Chinese start-up Paralism and its parallel technology really a stepping stone for the whole blockchain future, or is it another attempt of proof of concept? We can only wait and see.

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A Holistic Approach to Treating Acute Pain

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 7 marzo 2019

More than 63,000 people in the US died of drug overdoses in 2016, and two-thirds of those overdoses involved prescription or illicit opioids. Even as health care providers have in many instances reversed once liberal prescribing of opioids — a significant factor driving the spike in addiction and deaths — open questions remain about how to safely and effectively treat acute pain without over-reliance on these drugs.Now, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), a leader in health and health care worldwide, has developed a resource to help health professionals working on this issue. Advancing the Safety of Acute Pain Management calls for shifting the paradigm from an expectation that pain can be eliminated to one in which clinicians work with patients and families to manage pain in the context of functional and quality of life goals — and where opioids are only one option for pain control.“Providing comprehensive, holistic, safe care for patients with acute pain while minimizing the use of opioids is a very challenging goal for health care organizations and clinicians,” said Patricia McGaffigan, RN, MS, CPPS, Vice President, Safety Programs, IHI. “Our aim with this new resource is to illuminate acute pain management as a patient safety priority and to assist the field in developing an effective pain management strategy.”While there are existing clinical guidelines for treating pain, often organized by medical specialty such as cardiology or oncology, the new resource recommends that every health care organization develop an overarching strategy for treating acute pain. In practice, such a strategy requires assessing organizational strengths and weaknesses around opioid prescribing; determining what metrics to use to measure improvements; and developing and implementing plans that include comprehensive staff education and training and a patient-centered approach to pain assessment and treatment.Advancing the Safety of Acute Pain Management was made possible by financial support from Pacira Pharmaceuticals to further the patient safety mission and the delivery of safe care. IHI exercised sole and independent control of all content and editorial decisions related to the project.

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High Net Worth Marketing, a tailored approach

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 18 Mag 2017

londonLondon. The word exponential is often used to describe the pace of technological change which has come to define the world we live in. And with new technologies such as artificial intelligence, 3D printing and virtual reality only just warming up, the pace is unlikely to let up. In this environment is it easy to become convinced that, when competing in a global marketplace, speed is the greatest of virtues. Indeed, in The Great Acceleration, author Robert Colvile argues that speed has become the defining feature of the modern economy, the driving force behind wealth creation in the 21st century.The High Net Worth (HNW) marketing space is no exception and here also, the trend is towards speed, automation and algorithms. Some companies now use machine learning and natural language processing to target their HNW marketing. Even HNW financial advice is now being automated by companies looking to stay ahead of the technological curve and increase market share.
A recent survey from the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Institute found that, contrary to prevailing trends, while 70% of respondents agreed that automation would bring benefits, a majority still preferred some degree of human interaction.Automated marketing can also sometimes find itself on the wrong side of the fine line between mass electronic communications and spam. While approaches based on machine learning and other emergent technologies can be useful in building initial relationships, the simple act of clearing cookies has the potential to reset the system – in effect undoing any relationship and sending a marketing campaign back to square one.There are also policy dimensions to consider. Recently a whole host of organisations have pulled advertising from YouTube following the discovery that the marketing campaigns into which they have poured a great deal of time, energy and finance, are running alongside extremist videos which have been uploaded to the site2. To a large extent governments and policy makers are engaged in a constant game of catch up when it comes to new technologies. For a HNW marketing campaign that finds itself promoted alongside a video glorifying extremist causes however the damage is already done, irrespective of whatever the government policy might be towards managing these issues.
Another problem posed by the one-size-fits-all approach to HNW marketing is that those who fall into the HNW and Ultra-HNW categories are an increasingly diverse and transnational demographic. There is now a broad spread of HNW individuals, spread both geographically, generationally and socially. Whether it’s industrial magnates from China, energy bosses from Russia or 20-something tech entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley, the days when HWN individuals could be easily categorised or understood as a homogeneous mass are long-gone.
The tastes and habits of this group are just as diverse and as a result patterns of luxury consumption are changing. The trend is away from mass produced items and towards individually created and bespoke products. Indeed, as Margaret Wolhunter of luxury brand strategists The Partners has argued: “Luxury can begin for the individual with a special interest which can become a passion – investing which can focus more on craftsmanship, limited editions and one-off items.”Is there a balance to be struck then between making the most of what new technologies allow when it comes to HNW marketing, while also remembering that those you are targeting are diverse and discerning individuals?For example, SKS Media has built a business around a granular, one-by-one approach which treats each campaign and each client individually. The focus of each campaign always remains very simple: return on investment. While the trend in HNW marketing is often towards expensive events and brand awareness campaigns, the returns on these significant expenses can often be ephemeral. This is why an established agency remains focused on tangible returns which actually grow a client’s business. And while, in a sped-up and interconnected world, this might feel like swimming against the tide, there are growing numbers of people willing to question the narrative that tech is always best. Snapchats recent $29 billion IPO (despite the company having never made a profit) have led many to speculate that we are in the midst of a tech bubble akin to the dot-com bubble of the late 90’s.John Winters, Director at SKS Media’s Singapore office, says: “Technology gives anybody working in the HNW marketing space a whole range of exciting tools with which to better develop and reach out to new audiences. The HNW market is increasingly diverse and increasingly global however and this makes it increasingly difficult to develop systems or approaches which can be applied to this audience as a whole.”The key to HNW marketing is relationships and while working with new technologies needs to be part of the mix for anybody looking to make an impact, there is still a preference in this audience demographic for a more traditional approach focused on ROI, detailed bespoke campaigns and personal attention to relationships.”Highly targeted campaigns, adapted for a range of mediums from broadcast, direct response, networking, events and digital, usually prove to be the most effective. So, when looking at tech trends and the possibilities they promise, the lesson for HNW marketers has to be, don’t not believe all the hype, but take it with a pinch of salt. Or is that silicon?!”

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High Net Worth Marketing, a tailored approach

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 11 Mag 2017

intelligenceThe word exponential is often used to describe the pace of technological change which has come to define the world we live in. And with new technologies such as artificial intelligence, 3D printing and virtual reality only just warming up, the pace is unlikely to let up. In this environment is it easy to become convinced that, when competing in a global marketplace, speed is the greatest of virtues. Indeed, in The Great Acceleration, author Robert Colvile argues that speed has become the defining feature of the modern economy, the driving force behind wealth creation in the 21st century.The High Net Worth (HNW) marketing space is no exception and here also, the trend is towards speed, automation and algorithms. Some companies now use machine learning and natural language processing to target their HNW marketing. Even HNW financial advice is now being automated by companies looking to stay ahead of the technological curve and increase market share.A recent survey from the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Institute found that, contrary to prevailing trends, while 70% of respondents agreed that automation would bring benefits, a majority still preferred some degree of human interaction. Automated marketing can also sometimes find itself on the wrong side of the fine line between mass electronic communications and spam. While approaches based on machine learning and other emergent technologies can be useful in building initial relationships, the simple act of clearing cookies has the potential to reset the system – in effect undoing any relationship and sending a marketing campaign back to square one.There are also policy dimensions to consider. Recently a whole host of organisations have pulled advertising from YouTube following the discovery that the marketing campaigns into which they have poured a great deal of time, energy and finance, are running alongside extremist videos which have been uploaded to the site2. To a large extent governments and policy makers are engaged in a constant game of catch up when it comes to new technologies. For a HNW marketing campaign that finds itself promoted alongside a video glorifying extremist causes however the damage is already done, irrespective of whatever the government policy might be towards managing these issues. Another problem posed by the one-size-fits-all approach to HNW marketing is that those who fall into the HNW and Ultra-HNW categories are an increasingly diverse and transnational demographic. There is now a broad spread of HNW individuals, spread both geographically, generationally and socially. Whether it’s industrial magnates from China, energy bosses from Russia or 20-something tech entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley, the days when HWN individuals could be easily categorised or understood as a homogeneous mass are long-gone.
The tastes and habits of this group are just as diverse and as a result patterns of luxury consumption are changing. The trend is away from mass produced items and towards individually created and bespoke products. Indeed, as Margaret Wolhunter of luxury brand strategists The Partners has argued: “Luxury can begin for the individual with a special interest which can become a passion – investing which can focus more on craftsmanship, limited editions and one-off items.” Is there a balance to be struck then between making the most of what new technologies allow when it comes to HNW marketing, while also remembering that those you are targeting are diverse and discerning individuals? For example, SKS Media has built a business around a granular, one-by-one approach which treats each campaign and each client individually. The focus of each campaign always remains very simple: return on investment. While the trend in HNW marketing is often towards expensive events and brand awareness campaigns, the returns on these significant expenses can often be ephemeral. This is why an established agency remains focused on tangible returns which actually grow a client’s business. And while, in a sped-up and interconnected world, this might feel like swimming against the tide, there are growing numbers of people willing to question the narrative that tech is always best. Snapchats recent $29 billion IPO (despite the company having never made a profit) have led many to speculate that we are in the midst of a tech bubble akin to the dot-com bubble of the late 90’s.John Winters, Director at SKS Media’s Singapore office, says: “Technology gives anybody working in the HNW marketing space a whole range of exciting tools with which to better develop and reach out to new audiences. The HNW market is increasingly diverse and increasingly global however and this makes it increasingly difficult to develop systems or approaches which can be applied to this audience as a whole.”The key to HNW marketing is relationships and while working with new technologies needs to be part of the mix for anybody looking to make an impact, there is still a preference in this audience demographic for a more traditional approach focused on ROI, detailed bespoke campaigns and personal attention to relationships.”Highly targeted campaigns, adapted for a range of mediums from broadcast, direct response, networking, events and digital, usually prove to be the most effective. So, when looking at tech trends and the possibilities they promise, the lesson for HNW marketers has to be, don’t not believe all the hype, but take it with a pinch of salt. Or is that silicon?!”

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Dubuisson boosts home hopes in Paris

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 4 luglio 2015

Victor DUBUISSONVictor Dubuisson continued to delight the locals at Le Golf National by grabbing a share of the halfway lead at the Alstom Open de France. The 25 year old carded a second round 70 to join playing partner and Ryder Cup team-mate Martin Kaymer and Spain’s Rafa Cabrera-Bello on four under par.Cabrera-Bello and Dubuisson had both been part of a four-way tie for the lead once the delayed opening round was completed first thing this morning, and it was the in-form Spaniard who set the morning target as a second round 70 put him in the clubhouse on four under. Dubuisson looked to be taking command of the tournament when he birdied the fifth and holed his approach to the sixth for eagle to reach six under, but in more testing conditions bogeyed the eighth and ninth.Kaymer birdied the latter from 15 feet to turn in 34 and join the leaders, with Dubuisson converting from the back of the 12th green to retake the lead. Two-time Major winner Kaymer converted another chance at the 13th and the pair remained locked together until the German found water with his approach to the 15th and double bogeyed.But Dubuisson failed to get up and down from beside the 17th green and Kaymer birdied the last from 15 feet after the Frenchman narrowly failed to chip in for a gain of his own, to set up an exciting battle over the weekend. “I played very well,” said Dubuisson, whose only previous European Tour victory came in the 2013 Turkish Airlines Open. “On this course, when you start to make one bogey, two bogeys, then you think that it can turn really bad, but I had a great round and I’m very happy about the way I played today. It was really tough out there with the wind this afternoon.”Kaymer missed the cut in his defence of the US Open two weeks ago and on home soil in Munich last time out, and was excited to be involved at the top of the leaderboard once more. “It’s been a few months since I’ve been in one of the last groups of a tournament,” said the 30 year old, who won here in 2009. “Obviously I enjoy that golf course and have had success on that golf course. “The crowds are behind me and Blue dayplaying with Victor the last couple of days was good fun, too. A lot of people were following our group, so I think it’s going to be an exciting weekend.”Cabrera-Bello has finished fourth, 13th, second and 11th in his last four events, but bogeyed the 72nd hole in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open to miss out on a play-off and shot rounds of 74 and 71 after taking the halfway lead in Munich last week. The 31 year old turned in a one under par 34, but bogeyed the fifth before holing a ten foot birdie effort at the next. Another dropped shot followed on the seventh after his decision to chip from the green backfired, but he converted from 20 feet on the next to bounce back once more.The cut came at four over par, but defending champion Graeme McDowell saw his bid for a hat-trick of titles end with a second round 78. (foto: Victor DUBUISSON, Blue day)

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Finished by Fini?

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 9 dicembre 2010

The Economist di questa settimana riporta un articolo sulla politica italiana e, nello specifico, mette a fuoco l’epilogo che si avrà dopo il voto di fiducia al presidente del consiglio da parte dei due rami del parlamento. Riproduciamo il testo nella lingua originale. Noi sappiamo d’avere un Berlusconi al tramonto ma anche che è un tramonto dei più lunghi della storia politica italiana. Nemmeno a De Gasperi gli fu concesso tanto tempo.
Italian politics is seldom straightforward. But rarely has it been as confused as in the approach to a urry of votes due in parliament on December 14th that could topple Silvio Berlusconi’s conservative government. This is not least because of the uncertainty surrounding the intentions and tactics of the man who precipitated the crisis, Gianfranco Fini, speaker of the lower-house Chamber of Deputies. According to Maurizio Pessato of SWG, a polling rm, the main reason for the decline in Mr Berlusconi’s popularity this year has been the split on the right that opened up in the spring, when Mr Fini challenged his party leader. Somebody who had seemed strong suddenly started to look weak, says Mr Pessato. He adds that the breach raised fears among rightwing voters of national disunity (Mr Fini has a mainly southern electoral constituency, whereas Mr Berlusconi, a Milanese, is close to the regionalist Northern League). Mr Fini, a one-time neo-fascist who has gradually been shifting leftward ever since the mid-1990s, argues for a more modern, tolerant and less autocratic form of conservatism than that represented by the 74- year-old media mogul. Few doubt his sin- cerity. But his edgling party, Future and Freedom for Italy (FLI), has perhaps the od- dest pedigree of any progressive group on the European right. Salvatore Merlo, author of a study of Mr Fini’s transformation*, writes that though Fini would never admit itmany of the positions adopted by him today derive from a certain thread in fascist cul- ture. Many of Mr Fini’s fellow-rebels originated in the social wing of neo-fascism, whose anti-capitalist adherents embraced such ideas as feminism and environmentalism as long ago as the 1970s. Some once looked to the controversial Pino Rauti,who split from Mr Fini in 1995 in protest over his growing moderation. Still active at the age of 84, the former leader of Ordine Nuovo was acquitted only last month of involvement in a 1974 terrorist bombing. Mr Fini’s stated aim is a new govern- ment with a new programme, but not necessarily a new leader. So far, Mr Berlusconi has refused to make any concessions, which has left two problems for his erstwhile supporter. The rst is that Mr Fini is being pushed into an ever closer relationship with another former partner of Mr Berlusconi’s, Pier Ferdinando Casini, whose Centre Union (UDC) was part of the previous conservative government between 2001 and 2006. The FLI and UDC have already voted together several times against the government. But whereas Mr Fini’s long-term aim is to shake up the right, Mr Casini, a former Christian Democrat, wants to create a strong third force in Italy that could hold the balance of power.  The other problem for Mr Fini is what to next week. On December 7th the Senate approved Italy’s 2011 budget, clearing the way for the three votes. The government is expected easily to win a condence motion in the upper-house Senate. But it faces two condence motions in the Chamber of Deputies, where the creation of the FLI has robbed Mr Berlusconi of his majority (though he is now busily trying to lure over opposition members). Fearful of being branded a traitor, Mr Fini has vowed not to deliver power to the centre-left opposition. Yet one censure motion in the lower house
is part-sponsored by the FLI itself. If its members voted for Mr Berlusconi’s surviv- al after all the criticism levelled at him by their leader, that would outrage many of the party’s grassroots. Nor would abstention oer a way out. If he is to avoid defeat, Mr Berlusconi must win an absolute majority of votes cast in both motions. So the eect is the same whether the FLI abstains or votes no. De-cember 14th will be a crunch for Mr Fini as much as for Mr Berlusconi

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Nutrition forum in Rome

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 2 giugno 2010

The historic Nutrition Forum held at the Campidoglio in the heart of Rome demonstrates the commitment of global leaders and experts from all sectors to unite to put nutrition at the top of the global agenda in the run-up to the G8 and G20 meetings in Canada later this month. We now have the burden of knowledge.  Recent studies show that malnutrition in the first two years of life can lead to irreversible damage to children’s minds and bodies.  We have also learned that malnutrition can be passed through malnourished pregnant mothers, with their children at high risk of dying before their fifth birthday. The good news is that there are proven, cost-effective solutions.  WFP’s approach of delivering the right food at the right time in the right place is one of those solutions. The burden of knowledge compels us to act together – governments, agencies, and international experts – to scale up nutrition and to improve the lives of millions of children.  The Nutrition Forum was the first in a series WFP is hosting with Rome to reinforce the city as the world capital in the fight against hunger, based on a recently signed partnership between WFP and the City of Rome authorities.

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The need for a two-track approach

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 26 marzo 2010

“Nevertheless I would like to underline once more the necessity of a two track approach – and thus to differentiate between fundamental policy decisions (to be addressed by Council and Commission) and (on the short term) implementation constraints (EU-USA negotiations)”.  With a new open-ended arrangement, it cannot be denied that the EU continues to outsource its financial intelligence service to the US. Therefore, the fundamental question still to be answered (by Council and Commission) is how Europe should cooperate with the US for counter-terrorism purposes and how financial messaging data providers are requested to contribute to this fight, or indeed more generally the law enforcement use of data collected for commercial purposes” she said.

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