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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 259

Posts Tagged ‘consultation’

Public consultation on the European Observation and Data Network

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 23 maggio 2019

The European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) contributes to the EU’s integrated maritime policy. It was set up as a flagship project to prepare a seamless multi-resolution digital seabed map of European waters by 2020. Following the Green Paper “Marine Knowledge 2020” It had been estimated that public bodies in European countries were spending over one billion euro a year in observing the seas and oceans including work by hydrographic organisations, geological surveys, scientists and environmental agencies. However, scientists and engineers who wanted to use the data had encountered that they were difficult to find and were hampered by restrictive usage conditions and poor interoperability. Data from different sources had different baselines, different formats, different nomenclature and different standards. The Commission Communication on “Innovation in the Blue Economy” set out a roadmap for replacing the fragmented, inaccessible and inhomogeneous repositories of marine data in the EU by a sustainable process whereby data are easily accessible, interoperable and free of restrictions on use. EMODnet is now operational.

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LMD Leads Revolution in Smartphone as Medical Device, Driving Growth of Remote Medical Consultation

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 27 febbraio 2018

Leman Micro Devices (LMD), the developer of regulated consumer healthcare products that is backed by major players within the mobile device industry, has announced that its V-Sensor and App integrated with next-generation smartphones will assist diagnosis by physicians and drive growth in remote medical consultation services by enabling patients to self-measure their own vital signs with medical accuracy for online appointments with doctors.Remote medical consultation services are already showing significant growth around the globe: people in developed countries often cannot find the time to visit doctors during medical centre working hours and appreciate the convenience and reassurance of being able to speak to a doctor 24/7; people in less developed nations can experience extreme difficulties in accessing face-to-face medical services. With over 7 billion mobile devices in use worldwide, mobile phones are now bringing widespread access to remote healthcare services to people no matter where they live.
Doctors conducting appointments remotely have had, until now, to rely on patients’ description of their symptoms, plus observation of what they can see using the phone’s camera. Now the essential addition of hard diagnostic data can be provided by LMD’s V-Sensor and App, which leads the field in smartphone medical devices. Integrated with next-gen smartphones, the V-Sensor and App enables patients to measure their own blood pressure, heart rate, respiration rate, blood oxygen level (SpO2) and body temperature with medical accuracy and share the information from these five vital signs with their doctor during the remote consultation, facilitating diagnosis.No external devices are needed; the smartphone provides the complete solution when equipped with a V-Sensor. V-Sensor uses the established Riva-Rocci technique to measure blood pressure, but instead of having a cuff on their arm, the user simply presses their index finger against LMD’s V-Sensor on the side of the smartphone. The V-Sensor app ensures the correct range of pressures is applied and gives an accurate reading in around 60 seconds, without needing any additional accessories or equipment. A thermopile is also built into the V-Sensor module for non-contact body temperature measurement and other built-in features allow all five vital signs to be measured by the patient in less than 60 seconds, without any extra accessories and all to medical accuracy.“Smartphones with LMD’s V-Sensor and App make valuable additional information which is medically accurate and available to doctors exactly when they need it.” says Tom Foley, a leading expert in remote healthcare. “A smartphone with integrated V-Sensor and App also enables patients to check their vital signs regularly with results automatically collected and archived, and these too can be shared during online telehealth consultations, perfect for accurately monitoring ongoing health conditions and for chronic care.”

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Religious Minorities in Diverse Societies: Consultation in Croatia Builds Bridges

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 29 ottobre 2016

religious-minoritiesReligious leaders, human rights advocates, and representatives from governments, youth and international organisations gathered in Zagreb on 21 and 22 October for a conference on religious minorities as part of culturally diverse societies.As a result of their dialogue, participants released a communique calling for increased cooperation to prevent the persecution of religious minorities, create conditions for peaceful coexistence in diverse societies, and ensure ongoing dialogue between majority and minority churches and communities.Speakers were drawn from the Orthodox, Jewish, Muslim, and Protestant traditions in the region. Envoys from governmental leaders of Serbia and Croatia underscored the importance of the event for contributing to the promotion of dialogue and finding common ground in the midst of significant historic differences. Other presenters stressed the importance of education, the complexity of plural identities, the role of international actors, and significant differences in church-state relations across Europe. All addressed the complexity of issues relating to religious minorities due to deep historical, cultural, and geopolitical issues.Strong youth representation at the conference signalled hope for finding new ways forward. Ms Jelena Nestorović, representative of Serbian youth in Croatia, spoke about the need to change the overall atmosphere in society, especially through education and direct peaceful contact among different traditions and religious groups. Mr Mario Vrselja, president of Croatian youth in Serbia, highlighted the ways youth are taking initiative to build a more peaceful future. This included discussion of a joint declaration from minority Croatian and Serbian youth expressing solidarity and mutual support. (foto: Religious Minorities)

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European Churches: Visions of Unity

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 21 giugno 2011

Budapest, Hungary, 22-25 June 2011 the second annual meeting of the Churches in Dialogue Commission (CiD) of the Conference of European Churches (CEC). The purpose of this consultation, organised by the CiD, will be to identify the main points of convergence in relation to the vision of unity within the CEC Member Churches. Positions will be presented from the Anglican, Methodist, Lutheran, Orthodox and Catholic perspectives. This consultation follows on the work of the one held in 2010 on “Visions on unity challenging ecumenism today”. Among the items to be considered at the CiD meeting on the 25th of June will be evaluations on the Graz Process and the Charta Oecumenica – 10 years after the signing; the working priorities up to 2013; and the decisions of recent governing body meetings in relation to the CiD.
The Committee will also be welcoming The Revd Dr Kaisamari Hintikka as the newly elected Interim Director of the Churches in Dialogue Commission. Dr. Hintikka will take up her position in September 2011.
The Conference of European Churches (CEC) is a fellowship of some 120 Anglican, Orthodox, Protestant, and Old Catholic Churches from all countries of Europe, and of 40 associated organisations. CEC was founded in 1959. It has offices in Geneva, Brussels and Strasbourg.

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Consultation on Poverty

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 10 novembre 2010

Budapest.  In the opening speech of the conference H.E. Metropolitan Emmanuel of France, President of CEC, stressed that: ‘”Economic liberalism that was self regulatory before, has arrived at the limit of its expression… There is a crisis of values that places man in front of his own responsibilities, as a person in relation and as a person in relationship.” Churches cannot stand outside of this process, there is active role that churches have to undertake in responding to challenges coming to us from the society we are living in. “We have to promote the development of a new lifestyle, while getting rid of the pressures of the economy and consumerism; we must focus on an ethics of responsibility for our life, conducive to sustainable development.  Faith and works are intimately related,” underlined Metropolitan Emmanuel.  During its opening day, the conference was adressed by Mr Imre Nyitrai, Deputy State Secretary in the Ministery of National Resouces of the Hungarian government. In his presentation, he outlined the strategy of the Hungarian government for addresing poverty. Mr. Nyitrai stressed that there is a close link between employment and poverty. “Particular attention has to be given to child poverty and to do all that is possible to stop the intergenerational transfer of poverty.”  A strong social engagement of the churches is expected. “In particular in contributing to social services, in helping victims of natural disasters and in providing necessary education,” emphasised Mr Nyitrai.
In the theological elaboration of the theme of the conference, Prof. Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, Univertsity of Bamberg, concluded: “It is not only the Bible but also the teachings and great traditions of our churches that speak a clear language concerning the very moral basis of economic activity. The goal of economy is for a just participation for all members of society.”

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Dakar launches a public consultation

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 13 agosto 2010

The International Council of the World Social Forum and the African Social Forum and the Senegalese Organizing Committee launch a public consultation until September 10th to finalize the thematic axes of the centralized edition of the WSF, to be held in Dakar, Senegal, on February 06-11 2011. This methodological proposal was defined after Mumbai (Maharashtra, India), five years ago. Its main goals are to give a structure to the physical space of the WSF, in relation to the distribution of the self-organized activities, and contribute to facilitate the communication between organizations, networks and movements, groups and campaigns participating in the WSF process, reaching greater convergence and articulation between them. This consultation moment was therefore prepared after the three structuring strategic axes of the 2011 event:
1)To strengthen the offensive capacity against neoliberal capitalism and its instruments;
2)To deepen struggles and resistances against capitalism, imperialism and oppression;
3)To propose democratic and people’s alternatives
The Dakar Social Forum proposes 11 thematic axes taking into account the current international context and the context of the movements’ organized struggles and of themes related to Africa. The organizers proposes:
1.For a human society founded on common principles and values of dignity, diversity, justice, equality between all human beings, regardless of genders, cultures, age, disabilities, religious beliefs, health status, and for the elimination of all forms of oppression and discrimination based on racism, xenophobia, caste system, sexual orientation and others.
2.For environmental justice, for universal and sustainable access of humanity to the common goods, for the preservation of the planet as source of life, especially land, water, forests, renewable energy sources and biodiversity, guaranteeing the rights of indigenous, traditional, native, autochthonous and original peoples, their territories, resources, languages, cultures, identities and knowledge.
3.For the applicability and effectivity of all human rights – economic, social, cultural, environmental, civil and political rights – particularly the rights to land, food sovereignty, food, social protection, health, education, housing, employment, decent work, communication, cultural and political expression.
4.For the freedom of movement and establishment of all, especially migrants and asylum-seekers, trafficked people, refugees, indigenous, original, native, autochthonous and original peoples, minorities, people under occupation and people in situations of war and conflict, and for the respect of their civil, political, economic, social, cultural and environmental rights.
5.For the inalienable right of people to the cultural patrimony of humanity, for the democratization of knowledges, cultures, communication and technologies, valuing the common goods, for visibilizing subjugated knowledges, towards the ending of hegemonic knowledge and of the privatization of knowledge and technologies, fundamentally changing the system of intellectual property rights.
6.For a world freed from the values and structures of capitalism, of patriarchal oppression, of all forms of domination from financial powers, transnational corporations and unequal systems of trade, colonial and debt domination.
7.For the construction of a social, solidary and emancipatory economy, with sustainable patterns of production and consumption and with a system of fair trade, putting at the heart of its priorities the fundamental needs of peoples and the respect for nature, ensuring systems of global redistribution with global taxes and without tax havens.
8.For the construction and expansion of democratic, political, economic structures and institutions, at a local, national and international level, with the participation of the people in decision-making and in the control of public affairs and of resources, respecting people’s diversity and dignity.
9.For the construction of a global order based on peace, justice and human security, the rule of law, ethics, sovereignty and self-determination of peoples, condemning economic sanctions and in favor of international rules for the arms trade.
10.For the valuing of the histories and the struggles of Africa and the diaspora and their contribution to humanity, recognizing the violence of colonialism.
11.For collective reflection on our movements, the World Social Forum process itself and our perspectives for the future

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Churches and Economic Policies

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 31 gennaio 2010

The European Union is at the moment revising it’s long-term strategy for the next decade. The process has been started with a public consultation of the European Commission on the new “EU 2020” strategy. The objective of this strategy is to develop EU’s economy into “a new sustainable social market economy”.  In its response to the Consultation, the Church and Society Commission of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) is stressing the need to strengthen the ethical dimension of EU’s policies: “The European Churches have been disappointed to see that the value basis of the European Union, as laid out in the Treaty of Lisbon, has hardly been taken up in the Working Document of the European Commission on the future ‘EU 2020’ strategy.” The Church and Society Commission of CEC asks the European Union and its Member States to make the implementation of fundamental rights and values a key priority in its “EU 2020” strategy. Rüdiger Noll, Director of the Church and Society Commission, explains: “The economic crisis has revealed that a socially, ecologically, and globally committed market economy is morally far more demanding than is generally realised. In order to endure, market structures must be embedded in a system of values supported by all relevant stakeholders. It is an ethical task to balance self-interest with economic, social and ecological responsibility.”  The contribution gives a number of examples for the implementation of ethical principles in the areas of education, science and technology, employment, social inclusion and democratic participation. http://csc.ceceurope.org/index.php?id=838
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 (CSC) is one of the commissions of the Conference of European Churches (CEC). The CSC links CEC’s some 120 member churches from all over Europe and its associated organisations 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 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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EU: report on child trafficking in the EU

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 5 luglio 2009

Brussels 7 July 2009, 11.00 a.m.International Press Centre / Residence Palace Rue de la Loi 155 press conference On the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) will release a new report on ‘The role of the European Union in the fight against child trafficking’. The report notes that every year a significant number of children fall victim to trafficking for sexual exploitation or other purposes. At the same time, there are an extremely low number of convictions in child trafficking cases. The FRA therefore suggests concrete measures to address this EU-wide problem. Speakers: Morten Kjaerum, Director of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) Niraj Nathwani, Author of the Report (FRA) (in English; questions can also be asked in French and German) In July 2007, the European Commission asked the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) to develop indicators to measure how the rights of the child are implemented, protected, respected and promoted in the EU Member States. The indicators were published by the Agency in March 2009 and are available from http://fra.europa.eu. In October 2007, the European Commission requested that the Agency started collecting data on the basis of these indicators. Following a consultation meeting with other international organisations and the European Commission in Vienna, in April 2008, it was agreed that the FRA’s first thematic study on the rights of the child would focus on child trafficking.

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