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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 33 n° 335

Posts Tagged ‘combat’

New tool to combat terrorism online agreed

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 13 dicembre 2020

The new law targets texts, images, sound recordings or videos that incite, solicit or contribute to terrorist offences, provide instructions for such offences or solicit people to participate in a terrorist group. It also aims to combat content that provides guidance on how to make and use explosives, firearms and other weapons for terrorist purposes. The definition of terrorist offences are in line with the Directive on combating terrorism.Internet platforms have to remove terrorist content or disable access to it in all member states as soon as possible and in any event within one hour after they have received a removal order. Removal orders may be sent from authorities in any member state to an internet platform set up in any other EU member state. The competent authorities in the member state where the service provider has its main establishment have the right to scrutinise the removal order and suspend it if they consider it violates fundamental rights.If material is disseminated for educational, journalistic, artistic or research purposes or to prevent or counter terrorism, it will not be considered terrorist content. This also includes content expressing polemic or controversial views in a public debate.Internet platforms will not be obliged to monitor or filter all content. Nonetheless, if they are exposed to terrorist content, they will have to take specific measures to protect their services against its dissemination. The service provider decides on those measures. Service providers will also need to publish annual transparency reports on action taken against the dissemination of terrorist content.

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Italia esclusa da asse franco tedesco su ‘Main ground combat system’

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 10 Maggio 2020

“Ho presentato insieme alla collega Petrenga un’interrogazione parlamentare ai ministri della Difesa, degli Esteri e dello Sviluppo economico relativamente all’esclusione dell’Italia dal progetto franco-tedesco denominato ‘Main Ground Combat System’. Una stessa interrogazione è stata presentata alla Camera dai colleghi di FdI in Commissione Difesa: Deidda, Ferro e Galantino, perché giudichiamo gravissimo che l’Italia sia esclusa dal Progetto, restando vittima dell’ormai consolidato asse franco-tedesco, che prepotentemente emargina i Paesi europei – tra cui in questo caso oltre l’Italia anche la Polonia – dal progetto denominato ‘Main Ground Combat System’, che prevede lo sviluppo di un nuovo carro armato da combattimento al fine di sostituire, entro il 2035, i Leopard 2 ed i Leclerc con la condivisione al 50 per cento dei costi del progetto e la conseguente ripartizione dei diritti di proprietà. Tutta la questione, inoltre, si verifica in pieno contrasto con il programma denominato ‘Cooperazione strutturata permanente’ (PESCO), previsto dal Trattato di Lisbona del 2009 e formalizzato nel 2017, ed al quale appartengono 25 stati membri dell’Unione Europea con il fine di assicurare una gestione unitaria in ambito comunitario delle iniziative di cooperazione militare. Da quanto emerge, sia l’Italia che la Polonia avrebbero più volte richiesto di poter partecipare al progetto in questione ma i due Stati promotori, appunto Francia e Germania, avrebbero respinto tali richieste di partecipazione, violando quanto previsto dalla PESCO. Perciò chiediamo al governo italiano quali azioni intenda assumere per difendere l’interesse nazionale e contrastare la condotta assunta dall’asse franco-tedesco e, se ci sia l’intenzione di avviare iniziative di cooperazione in ambito europea, al fine di tutelare la posizione dell’industria nazionale del settore”. Lo dichiara la senatrice di Fratelli d’Italia, Isabella Rauti capogruppo in Commissione difesa.

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Accenture Introduces Offering to Help Financial Institutions Combat Financial Crime and Comply with Regulations

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 24 novembre 2019

Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has introduced a compliance-as-a-service offering to help financial institutions, fintech and technology companies cost-effectively combat financial crime and comply with related regulations.
Navigating the regulations that combat financial crime can be very expensive, and financial institutions have incurred hundreds of millions of dollars in penalties for failing to prevent parties from disguising illegally obtained funds as legitimate income. It is estimated that financial services firms globally will spend 4% of total revenues, on average, on compliance-related activities, with that figure expected to rise to 10% by 2021.Accenture’s compliance-as-a-service (CaaS) offering provides an end-to-end capability that leverages SynOps — Accenture’s human-machine operating “engine” that synergizes data, applied intelligence, digital technologies and exceptional talent — to help financial institutions manage the scope and complexity of the ever-changing regulatory and compliance environment.Designed to serve the compliance departments of banks, insurers, capital markets and other organizations, the CaaS offering —which expands Accenture’s managed service capabilities — delivers a variety of comprehensive managed services, including: Know Your Customer (KYC): Tools and capabilities that help businesses verify the identity of clients and assess their suitability, along with the potential risk of illegal intentions in a business relationship. One large bank using this capability reduced case processing times by 15% and significantly reduced false positives.
Anti-Money Laundering (AML): Intensive measures to enable low- and high-risk customers to comply with AML regulations, including transaction monitoring and alert management. For example, newly fortified AML controls recently helped a large bank achieve quality ratings greater than 95% and eliminate future quality assurance backlogs. Compliance and controls testing, combined with governance, analytics and continuous reporting. Contract lifecycle management, improved by transformational technologies, process and data strategies for London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) contracts. Privacy data management, to ensure data practices keep pace with changing privacy regulations.

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Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 14 agosto 2019

The ‘Together’ initiative has been launched in partnership with, Sheffcare and Student Roost to provide an opportunity for local students and care home residents to create long-lasting friendships. ‘Together’ encourages healthy wellbeing by helping residents build a network outside of their accommodation.The initiative has been launched as a direct response to research statistics showing that both students and the older generation in local communities are at risk of the negative impact of loneliness on mental health and wellbeing. Research conducted by showed that 70% of students have felt lonely whilst studying at university, and a quarter of those often feel that way. In adjusting to the student lifestyle, many students struggle to maintain healthy day-to-day routines and experience academic, social and financial pressures. In addition, roughly a third of students report psychological distress during these formative years. In comparison, according to Age UK, more than 1.7 million older people say they go for over a month without speaking to a friend, neighbour or family member.To kick-start the initiative ahead of being paired with students, a collection of residents across Sheffcare locations were invited to share some of their favourite memories from their life so far and advice for students on relationships, jobs and living. View the video showcase here: the two age groups that are living in purpose built accommodation environments to help combat loneliness, ‘Together’ will pair 12 students living in the five Student Roost Purpose Built Student Accommodation properties in Sheffield with a care home resident in one of the 10 Sheffcare locations. During the first semester of 2019/20, the students will conduct intergenerational volunteering to spend time with their ‘Together’ buddy with a view to building friendships – sharing memories and advice. Based on engagement levels with the initiative, the aim is to implement the model across other university cities in the UK.
Dan Baker, General Manager, EMEA at comments: “Student experience and wellbeing is paramount for us at The ‘Together’ initiative is a fantastic opportunity to take this focus and bring it further into the spotlight as we head into the next academic year. We feel privileged to play a part – alongside our partners – in enriching the university experience for students through this initiative.”

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Technology to Combat Climate Change

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 21 luglio 2019

Phytonix Corporation (Px) is proud to announce its recent success in developing breakthrough technologies to reduce harmful industrial emissions. Px scientists have engineered new strains of cyanobacteria which use photosynthesis to convert CO2 into carbon negative industrial chemicals and fuels, such as butanol, pentanol and other higher alcohols. Beneficial oxygen is released in the process. Scientists working with Phytonix have recently noted that they have achieved the highest photosynthetic butanol production ever recorded at laboratory scale. “The climate crisis is an epic battle to preserve Earth and its environment. This cries for a global mobilization and response,” says Bruce Dannenberg, CEO. “Our company has created a gigaton magnitude weapon against climate change capable of removing, via photosynthetic conversion to chemicals and fuels, billions of tonnes of carbon dioxide from our atmosphere annually. A massive global funding initiative must be established to develop and deploy the powerful carbon dioxide utilization (CDU) technologies that will mitigate climate change and stabilize and heal our environment.”Phytonix is headquartered in North Carolina, USA, with a corporate office in Vancouver, Canada, plus development laboratories and partners in Sweden, Germany, the United States, Nova Scotia and British Columbia, Canada, and The Netherlands. Phytonix Canada Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Phytonix Corporation.The firm is currently testing and optimizing its full production process at indoor pilot scale and will soon achieve outdoor pilot scale deployment, both in Europe and the USA, with two multinational industrial corporate partners.The Phytonix process directly reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at the rate of one metric tonne of CO2 per 138 gallons of biobutanol produced. This significantly carbon negative process is expected to produce cost leadership industrial chemicals at less than half the cost of the incumbent fossil producers. Full global deployment could significantly reduce annual carbon dioxide emissions, slow climate change to manageable levels, and win the fight to save Earth!

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The end of the American combat in Iraq

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 1 settembre 2010

As a candidate for this office, I pledged to end this war responsibly. And, as President, that is what I am doing. Since I became Commander-in-Chief, we’ve brought home nearly 100,000 U.S. troops. We’ve closed or turned over to Iraq hundreds of our bases. As Operation Iraqi Freedom ends, our commitment to a sovereign, stable, and self-reliant Iraq continues. Under Operation New Dawn, a transitional force of U.S. troops will remain to advise and assist Iraqi forces, protect our civilians on the ground, and pursue targeted counterterrorism efforts. By the end of next year, consistent with our agreement with the Iraqi government, these men and women, too, will come home.
Ending this war is not only in Iraq’s interest — it is in our own. Our nation has paid a huge price to put Iraq’s future in the hands of its people. We have sent our men and women in uniform to make enormous sacrifices. We have spent vast resources abroad in the face of several years of recession at home. We have met our responsibility through the courage and resolve of our women and men in uniform. In seven years, they confronted a mission as challenging and as complex as any our military has ever been asked to face. Nearly 1.5 million Americans put their lives on the line. Many returned for multiple tours of duty, far from their loved ones who bore a heroic burden of their own. And most painfully, more than 4,400 Americans have given their lives, fighting for people they never knew, for values that have defined our people for more than two centuries. What their country asked of them was not small. And what they sacrificed was not easy. For that, each and every American owes them our heartfelt thanks. Our promise to them — to each woman or man who has donned our colors — is that our country will serve them as faithfully as they have served us. We have already made the largest increase in funding for veterans in decades. So long as I am President, I will do whatever it takes to fulfill that sacred trust. Tonight, we mark a milestone in our nation’s history. Even at a time of great uncertainty for so many Americans, this day and our brave troops remind us that our future is in our own hands and that our best days lie ahead. (Barack Obama)

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Combat poverty with the EU

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 11 luglio 2010

In the context of the European Year 2010 for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion, the Church and Society Commission of the Conference of European Churches (CSC of CEC) and the Secretariat of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) will meet with representatives of the European Commission to discuss EU’s policies to combat poverty and social exclusion. The churches in Europe will plead for a stronger political commitment of the European Union and its Member States to work towards a society that enables everyone to live in dignity.  In June 2010, the European Council agreed on a poverty and social exclusion target of lifting 20 million people out of poverty by 2020. However, Member States have been left free to set their own national targets on the basis of the most appropriate indicators, taking into account their national circumstances and priorities. If this political decision is a good step in the direction of the reduction of poverty and social exclusion, then the lack of political incentives for Member States might thwart the practical implementation of this strategy Keynote speakers at the Dialogue Seminar are the European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, Mr László Andor, Archbishop em. Jukka Paarma from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, Bishop Giuseppe Merisi, Bishop of Lodi and President of Caritas Italia and Philippe Courard, Belgium Secretary of State for Social Inclusion and Combat against Poverty (tbc.).  Dialogue Seminars have a longstanding tradition in the cooperation between the European Commission and the Churches in Europe. Since their beginning in the early 1990s, they have proved to be a significant discussion forum for matters of common concern. They represent an important element of the open, transparent and regular dialogue between the European Commission and the Churches in Europe.
The Conference of European Churches (CEC) is a fellowship of some 120 Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican and Old Catholic Churches from all countries of Europe, plus 40 associated organisations. CEC was founded in 1959. It has offices in Geneva, Brussels and Strasbourg. The Church and Society Commission of CEC links member churches and associated organisations of CEC with the European Union’s institutions, the Council of Europe, the OSCE, NATO and the UN (on European matters). Its task is to help the churches study church and society questions from a theological and social-ethical perspective, especially those with a European dimension, and to represent common positions of the member churches in their relations with political institutions working in Europe.

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Afghanistan: blindato freccia chi l’ha visto?

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 19 Maggio 2010

Dichiarazione On. Maurizio Turco – cofondatore del Partito per la tutela dei diritti di militari e forze di polizia: “Fin dal 15 luglio 2009 il Ministro della difesa La Russa, all’indomani della tragica e prevedibile morte di un militare dell’esercito impiegato come mitragliere in ralla su un mezzo «Lince» nella zona di guerra dell’Afghanistan, affermava nelle aule di Camera e Senato e su molte testate giornalistiche che i veicoli tattici leggeri multiruolo «Lince» sarebbero stati sostituiti con i più adeguati «Veicolo blindato medio 8×8 Freccia». I 54 mezzi di cui il Ministro aveva annunciato la disponibilità fanno parte di un primo lotto del programma di acquisizioni per 249 unità – 172 combat, 36 commando anticarro, 20 posto comando e 21 porta mortaio -, il secondo lotto in finanziamento è di 109 unità ed il terzo di 86. La prima fase di acquisizione, per 49 unità, è finanziata per 310 milioni di euro dal Ministero dello sviluppo economico (MSE), in base a una convenzione tra il Ministero della difesa ed il Ministero dell’economia e delle finanze, sulla base dell’articolo 1, comma 95, della legge 23 dicembre 2005, n. 266 (legge finanziaria 2006). Le fasi successive avranno un valore di 1.230 milioni di euro. Il costo totale di 1.540 milioni di euro dovrebbe essere ripartito su più esercizi finanziari, dal 2006 al 2014, come segue secondo il programma originale indicato dai documenti del Parlamento: nel 2006, 6 milioni di euro; nel 2007, 50 milioni di euro; nel 2008, 120 milioni di euro; nel 2009, 220 milioni di euro; nel 2010, 260 milioni di euro; nel 2011, 280 milioni di euro; nel 2012, 280 milioni di euro; nel 2013, 260 milioni di euro; nel 2014, 64 milioni di euro. Le cifre sono indicative, per la prima tranche finanziata con fondi del Ministero dello sviluppo economico non è nota la spesa sui singoli esercizi finanziari. Insomma, sono stati spesi moltissimi soldi per non concludere assolutamente nulla! Sono trascorsi più di dieci mesi da quando La Russa ha annunciato l’impiego dei Freccia in Afghanistan eppure questi mezzi sono ancora un miraggio e non sappiamo fino a quando lo saranno. Intanto siamo costretti ad assistere ai suoi annunci, mentre i nostri militari continuano a morire.”

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Police Officers Combat Psychology

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 1 ottobre 2009

Roma i giorni 27-28-29 Ottobre 2009 – presso la Scuola TRAMAT, Città Militare Cecchignola si svolgerà il convegno dove Il Prof. Marco Strano, Presidente ICAA terrà una relazione dal titolo “Police Officers Combat Psychology” sulle alterazioni percettive e cognitive nel corso di conflitti a fuoco, Il convegno è dedicato agli addetti ai lavori. Quest’anno possono però partecipare anche Psicologi e Medici non appartenenti alle Forze Armate.

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