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Covid-19 has slashed life expectancy in many rich countries

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 8 ottobre 2021

Welcome to our weekly newsletter highlighting the best of The Economist’s coverage of the pandemic and its effects. Demographers are used to seeing life expectancy rise steadily over time: in the 20th century lifespans in Britain rose by roughly three years every decade. The data from 2020 buck this trend, however, because of covid-19.Researchers in Britain, Denmark and Germany found that between 2019 and 2020 life expectancy at birth dropped in all but two of the 28 countries studied. Only in Denmark and Norway, and for women in Finland, did it rise. America, which has reported the world’s highest covid-19 death toll, fared worst, with male life expectancy at birth falling by more than two years. But in many other countries, including Italy, Poland and Spain, more than one year was wiped off expected lifespans. America is recording nearly 2,000 covid-19 deaths a day, according to a seven-day average compiled by Johns Hopkins University. That is only 40% below the country’s peak in January. But the true death toll is even worse. The Economist’s excess-deaths model, which estimates the difference between the actual and the expected number of deaths recorded in a given period, suggests that America is suffering 2,800 pandemic deaths per day compared with 1,000 in all other high-income countries combined (as defined by the World Bank). Adjusting for population, the death rate is now about eight times higher in America than in the rest of the rich world.Travellers, meanwhile, are eager to fly to America again. For 18 months the country’s borders have been shut to foreigners but, from November, vaccinated travellers will be allowed to enter provided they test negative for covid-19 within 72 hours of departure. People have already begun plotting their itineraries—searches for international flights to America have jumped by 32% since the announcement; searches for round-trip flights from Europe are up by 133%. Europe has become a great place for a growing brigade of digital nomads. This kind of itinerant lifestyle is as old as laptops and free internet, but covid-19 has given it a boost. Though pandemic restrictions are easing, the trend continues as many Europeans reject a traditional office routine after a year and a half of remote work. Zanny Minton Beddoes Editor-In-Chief The economist

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EU countries amass €171 million in GDPR fines in 2020, UK and Italy account for 59%

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 7 gennaio 2021

The GDPR Fines 2020 Report reveals that Italy accounts for the highest fines at €58.16 million of the total fines from 34 violations. The United Kingdom ranks second with €43.9 million in fines from only three violations. The two countries cumulatively account for 59.5% of all the EU GDPR fines. Germany is third at €37.39 million from three major violations.Sweden’s 15 violations attracted €14.27 million in fines, while Spain closes the top five categories with €8 million in fines arising from 128 incidents. In 2020, a total of 299 fines were registered in the EU.On specific incidents, Germany’s H&M Hennes & Mauritz online Shop AB & Co. KG was fined €35,25 million for data protection violation. This is the biggest single fine on a specific data breach incident in 2020. Italy’s TIM, a telecommunication operator, received the second-highest fines at €27,8 million. British Airways is third after amassing fines of €22,04 million.The fine comes after over two years since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was implemented in the EU and EEA back in May 25, chief editor Oliver Scott commented:“Despite campaigns to have organizations enact better measures to protect consumer data, the violations recorded across the EU remain significant with the law coming into place in 2018. It will be interesting to see if organizations will take up extra responsibility to prevent breaches in 2021. However, stakes remain high for companies to avoid risking regulatory action for breaches and protecting reputation alongside legal actions.”

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Still a long way to go to achieve gender equality in all EU countries

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 2 novembre 2020

In the context of the first European Gender Equality Week, the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) released its 2020 Gender Equality Index this morning. This tool monitors the progress made every year towards gender equality in the EU and in each member state. For 2020, the EU scores 67.9 points out of 100, which shows that progress is slow and that it would take 60 years to reach full gender equality at this current rate.Evelyn Regner (S&D, AT), Chair of the Committee for Women’s Rights and Gender Equality, reacted: “Thanks to EIGE’s work, we know where we stand and what remains to be done to achieve gender equality. It is quite clear that COVID-19 will exacerbate inequalities and put the achievements of the past decades at risk. At this snail’s pace, it will take at least 60 more years to get to 100 points in all fields. All our recovery efforts have to be gender mainstreamed so as not to push the heroes of the pandemic into a long-lasting crisis afterwards. The burden of unpaid care work, the segregation of work sectors, the alarming numbers of violent acts against women, and the lack of women in leadership roles will not solve themselves. We need action by all EU countries, and we need binding measures. Quotas for company boards have had the biggest impact on advancing gender equality. Building bridges over the care, pay and pension gaps is the way forward.”Dimitrios Papadimoulis (GUE/NGL, EL), Vice-President of the Parliament in charge of gender equality and diversity, added: “One aspect is especially striking: having women in power is crucial to promote equality in other fields. Within the European Parliament, we are taking this very seriously and we were able to make significant steps towards closing existing gender gaps. About 40% of the members are women at the moment and we have gender balance among the Vice-Presidents. The EP Bureau has also unanimously approved ambitious new objectives for the Parliament: 50% heads of unit, 50% directors, and 40% directors-general should be women by the end of the legislative period in 2024. Moreover, with the adoption of the Gender Action Plan, we are preparing to take further measures to achieve gender equality across all fields in the Parliament. EIGE has been a very supportive partner in this and its general data, and especially the yearly Gender Equality Index, are key to reaching our goal of equality.”

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MEPs approve €585 million to support Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 15 luglio 2020

Parliament gave its green light to top up support to refugees and host communities in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon in response to the Syrian crisis.The report by Monika Hohlmeier (EPP, DE) recommending the approval of the draft amending budget was adopted on Friday with 557 votes to 72 and 59 abstentions.€485 million have been earmarked to keep funding the two main EU humanitarian support actions in Turkey, the Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) and the Conditional Cash Transfer for Education (CCTE).Host communities and refugees (Syrian refugees and Palestinian refugees from Syria) in Jordan and Lebanon will be supported with a total of €100 million. This money will be used to fund projects that offer access to education, support livelihoods and provide health, sanitation, water and waste services, as well as social protection.

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COVID-19: MEPs call for a strong EU action to help developing countries

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 22 aprile 2020

Development Committee discussed EU measures to combat COVID-19 in developing countries, with International Partnerships Commissioner Urpilainen and Crisis Management Commissioner Lenarčič. On Tuesday, MEPs highlighted the global nature of the pandemic, and therefore the need to work in solidarity both within the EU, and outside in support of partners. COVID-19 cases continue to evolve in Africa, where it is now present in 52 countries. Numbers are growing every day and experts believe that the pandemic in Africa could be more deadly than elsewhere in the world. The coronavirus is also spreading rapidly in other developing countries such as Yemen and Afghanistan.Committee members highlighted the need to build pandemic defence not only within the EU, but also outside in partner countries. The effects of the pandemic could be devastating given the poor quality of the healthcare systems in some developing countries, which makes it essential for the EU to provide external support to its partners, they stress.MEPs fully support all the efforts of the EU institutions to coordinate and strengthen its work within the European Union. Nevertheless, they underlined that the EU needs to marshal its global leadership and enhance international solidarity toward developing countries and more specifically to cooperate with partners in Africa on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Commissioner Lenarčič stated that on 8 April, the European Commission adopted the communication on the global EU response to COVID-19 under which it will coordinate its actions with the EU member states, United Nations agencies and NGOs to support emergency humanitarian needs, strengthen health systems and mitigate economic and social consequences. The European Commission has so far provided EUR 30 million to the World Health Organization (WHO). This is not fresh money and options for mobilizing the reserve for humanitarian aid are being explored.Commissioner Urpilainen promised that her team would follow up on the EU supported COVID-19 global initiatives to ensure the speedy operationalisation on the ground on three priorities: reallocate EUR 500 million to short-term emergency response; provide EUR 2.8 billion to bolster research as well as enhancing social protection, and provide EUR 12.3 billion to address social-economic impact of the pandemic. This is retargeted and not fresh money. She also said that the Commission would coordinate well with the EU member states and partners such as the W.H.O., multilateral lending institution and other partners in a global partnership to ensure maximum impact. Urpilainen added that the European Commission is co-organising an online pledging event on 4 May 2020, to team up with partners to boost funding for diagnostics, medicines and vaccines to up to 7.5 billion euros. By taking this lead, the EU aim to align efforts with other donors and initiatives such as Gavi (the Vaccine Alliance) and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations.
Commissioners Urpilainen and Lenarčič promised to work closely with MEPs on humanitarian response and development policy.
“Even if the external relations angle was somewhat absent in the weeks when the COVID-19 pandemic first affected EU countries, there is now an acute awareness that the situation in developing and crisis-affected countries makes it essential to provide an ambitious and action-oriented EU external response,” said Tomas Tobé (EPP, SE), Chair of the Committee on Development.

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Coronavirus: urgent response to support citizens, regions and countries

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 20 marzo 2020

Regional Development Committee triggers the urgent procedure to adopt the Corona Response Investment Initiative measures. On behalf of the Regional Development Committee, Chair Younous Omarjee, in agreement with the political coordinators, requests that the European Parliament use the “urgent procedure” (defined under Rule 163), to allow the proposed measures to be efficiently adopted.The committee agrees, therefore, to speed up the legislative process by referring the proposal without amendments to be adopted directly by plenary, in order to channel available EU funds as soon as possible to citizens, regions and countries hit the hardest by the Coronavirus pandemic.EP Regional Development Committee Chair, Younous Omarjee (GUE/NGL, FR) said: “We must respond as urgently as possible, by channelling all means available under the cohesion policy, to mitigate the catastrophic situation caused by the Coronavirus epidemic. Any delay would result in more lives being lost and additional difficulties for European regions, companies and citizens. Our committee is fully briefed about the situation and ready to act. All political groups are united. We are opening the door and I am convinced that the same spirit will prevail within the Council. In this critical moment in time, seeking something better than what we have on the table may do more harm than good”.
Amending EU funding rules falls under the co-decision procedure, so both Parliament and Council will need to adopt them. The Parliament will shortly announce the details of the urgent procedure.

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Terrorist content online: MEPs agree to start negotiations with EU countries

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 28 settembre 2019

• Internet companies would have one hour to remove terrorist content
• Penalties of up to 4% of the company’s turnover in case of persistent breaches
• Online platforms should not be subject to general monitoring obligations, nor compulsory use of filters
Civil Liberties MEPs agreed on Tuesday to begin discussions with EU ministers on new EU rules to tackle the dissemination of terrorist content on the internet.
According to the draft legislation, internet companies hosting content uploaded by users (like Facebook or YouTube) that offer their services in the EU will have to remove terrorist content when told to do so by the competent national authority, at the latest within one hour of receiving the order.The European Parliament adopted its position on this proposal last April and the Civil Liberties Committee today confirmed it with 55 votes in favour to 6 against and 4 abstentions. EP and Council negotiators will soon begin the discussions on the final form of the rules.MEPs do not want platforms to be obliged to monitor the content they upload or to have to apply automatic filters. Parliament also wants to ensure that free speech and press freedom are guaranteed, so MEPs made it clear that the expression of polemic or controversial views on sensitive political questions should not be considered terrorist content.
Negotiations with the Council of the EU may start as soon as the negotiating mandate is confirmed by plenary, which will consider the proposal at the 9-10 October session in Brussels.

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InnoEnergy start-ups have created 1,741 jobs and have brought energy access to 56,000 people in developing countries

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 17 ottobre 2018

Copenhagen, Denmark, The sixth edition, taking place in Copenhagen on 17 -18 October, focuses on the theme “The Future is Now”. InnoEnergy has welcomed more than 700 attendees from over 40 countries to join 150 cutting edge sustainable energy innovations.InnoEnergy, Europe’s sustainable energy engine supported by the EIT, has launched its inaugural impact report today at The Business Booster (TBB) in Copenhagen. The report reveals that InnoEnergy’s work supporting energy start-ups is having a direct impact on Europe’s clean energy transition, with its start-ups having created 1,741 jobs across Europe and brought energy access to 56,000 people in developing countries since 2011.Other key findings revealed in the report include that InnoEnergy´s assets will generate 1,147 GWh of power from clean energy sources, save 809.5m€ in energy costs and reduce carbon emissions by a total of 5.5m tons over 25 years, the equivalent to removing 47,000 cars from the road.
Elena Bou, Innovation Director at InnoEnergy, said during an exclusive press conference at TBB: “It is amazing to see the impact we are achieving together and to cement our position as the trusted innovation partner – guiding businesses on their journeys. Our 200 start-ups have brought innovative technologies to life that are meeting the energy challenges of our changing society. Whether it is by reducing greenhouse emissions or creating jobs, these companies are creating a noticeable impact on the way Europe thinks about, develops and uses sustainable energy.” Recent start-up success stories from the report include the Swedish wave power technology company CorPower Ocean, which has developed and tested a technology to turn waves into electricity with the aid of buoys. Patrik Möller, CEO of CorPower, said during the press conference: “Wave energy is a huge opportunity for Europe to establish a new industry, with significant job creation and export business potential. In our recent deployment in Orkney, Scotland, we have just demonstrated fundamental improvements in survivability and efficiency.” CorPower is planning to build its first pilot arrays from 2021 to 2023 and pre-commercial farms from 2023.Pro-Drone, the leading developer of automated drones for wind turbine blade inspections, on the other hand, is reducing the costs for onshore wind turbine services by €1,000 per inspection.André Moura, Founder & CEO of Pro-Drone, told the journalists: “We have already carried out over 2,300 blade inspections in Europe and South America in our first year of commercial operation. We are proud to be delivering robust, high quality and safe inspections to over 15 clients with ambitious plans to grow globally in 2019.” Pro-Drone´s latest feature is an automatic damage identification tool that is helping inspectors to reduce their assessment time while improving their accuracy and robustness.

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‘Spirit of Wipro’ Run 2018 Held in 125 Cities across 34 countries

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 24 settembre 2018

Wipro Limited (NYSE: WIT, BSE: 507685, NSE: WIPRO), a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company, today organized the 13th edition of the ‘Spirit of Wipro’ Run in 125 cities across 34 countries. Several thousands of Wipro employees, their friends and families, alumni, customers, partners and suppliers came together for the Run. The theme for this year’s Run was ‘We Before Me’, a concept rooted in the spirit of camaraderie that drives the ‘Spirit of Wipro’ Run and celebrates the collective passion of participants and teams whose goal is to connect rather than just compete.The Run is an annual global initiative to champion and reinforce the core values of the organization: Be passionate about clients’ success, Treat each person with respect, Be global and responsible, and Unyielding integrity in everything we do. Abidali Z Neemuchwala, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, Wipro Limited said, “Everything we do at Wipro is firmly rooted in the ‘Spirit of Wipro’. The ‘Spirit of Wipro’ Run embodies that commitment. Long distance running requires perseverance, long days of physical and mental preparation, and determination for the cause. It is fantastic to see the collective spirit of Wiproites and our clients and friends across the globe who put ‘We Before Me’ to make the Run a success.” Saurabh Govil, President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Wipro Limited said, “The ‘Spirit of Wipro’ Run is among the largest employee engagement events in the world. It is a great manifestation of what the spirit of togetherness and genuine collaboration can achieve. The Run that brings together our employees, their families and friends, clients, partners and suppliers, emphasizes our commitment towards putting greater common good over individual interests.”
The ‘Spirit of Wipro’ Run 2018 was organized in New Jersey, Portland, Mountain View, Atlanta, Tampa, Boston, Austin, Dallas, Nottingham, Reading, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Edmonton, Ottawa, Dublin, Yokohama, Kuala Lumpur, Curitiba, Guadalajara, Mexico City, Cebu, Manila, Doha, Dubai, Dalian, Singapore, Johannesburg, and Zurich among other cities. In India, the ‘Spirit of Wipro Run’ was held in 15 cities, including Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Pune and Kolkata. The event saw an officially timed 21K or half marathon in Bangalore, Chennai, and Pune. This apart, timed 10K races were held in Bangalore, Pune, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, and Hyderabad.Each year the proceeds from the Run are used towards social causes identified by participants, globally. The funds raised by the runners globally are matched by Wipro Limited and are used by Wipro Cares, the community initiatives arm of Wipro Limited. In the United States, where Wipro has a significant presence, the funds will be used to support K-12 education support programs in underserved communities. In India, the 2018 edition of the Run will support the educational needs of underprivileged and disadvantaged children.

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CTA Says New NAFTA Agreement Must Include Three Countries and Focus on Key Issues

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 4 settembre 2018

The following statement is attributed to Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association (CTA), regarding President Trump’s notification to Congress of plans to update the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA): “We’re encouraged by the open dialogue between the Trump and Peña Nieto administrations, working toward a modernized trade agreement that recognizes the technology sector’s critical role in American economic growth. At the same time, we are concerned that excluding Canada from a final agreement will limit our export opportunities and hurt the U.S. economy.“Nevertheless, to maintain America’s innovation leadership a renegotiated agreement must: reduce barriers to digital trade by eliminating tariffs on content such as e-books and software; protect intellectual property rights and innovation with a balanced copyright approach including fair use and intermediary liability protections; eliminate technical barriers to trade; and recognize parity in rules of origin.“The technology sector is critical to America’s economic growth and global leadership. We urge the administration to focus on these key innovation priorities as negotiations evolve.”

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Carestream’s Successful R&D Efforts Earn 36 U.S. Patents In 2017; 43 Additional Patents in Other Countries

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 25 gennaio 2018

CarestreamCarestream Health was awarded 36 new patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last year for innovation in radiography; cone beam CT imaging; healthcare IT; and other areas. The company also received 43 additional patents in European and Asian countries last year.New medical image capture technologies related to the development of cone beam computed tomography (CT) systems designed for orthopaedic extremity imaging
Enhancements to Carestream’s portfolio of healthcare IT systems that manage, store and share patient data and medical imaging exams
Continued technology advances in Carestream’s growing portfolio of radiology systems that can enhance diagnostic image quality for a wide range of healthcare providers; and
Advancements in Carestream laser imagers that provide affordable output of digital X-ray exams onto medical film and paper.
The company’s product portfolio includes digital imaging systems for general radiology and specialty areas such as orthopaedics and pediatrics; digital laser imagers that output medical images to film and paper; and the latest healthcare IT solutions and cloud-based services for hospitals, clinics and physician practices. (photo: Carestream)

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EU countries must step up fight against sexual abuse of children, say MEPs

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 16 dicembre 2017

european parliamentTake measures against new forms of online crime, such as revenge porn and sexual extortion. Strengthen police and judicial cooperation to protect migrant children. EU member states must work more closely with each other and with Europol and the IT industry to fight sexual abuse and exploitation of children, said Parliament on Thursday.MEPs approved a non-legislative resolution assessing the implementation of the 2011 EU directive on combating sexual abuse of children. The text, drafted by Anna Maria Corazza Bildt (EPP, SE), was passed by 597 votes to 6, with 20 abstentions. Web pages containing child sexual abuse material must be quickly removed and, when this is not possible, member states should block access to those pages for users within their territory, MEPs say.
National authorities should enhance cooperation with the IT industry, as well as with third countries and Interpol, to speed up notifying and take-down procedures, in the cases where illegal content is made available from abroad, the text adds. It suggests drawing up blacklists of web sites containing child sexual material, to be shared among member states and with Europol and Interpol, and communicated to internet providers. Adequate financial and human resources, reinforced cross-border information exchange and updated digital investigative techniques are key to protecting children against sexual abuse and exploitation, they insist. MEPs worry about the threats and risks to which children are exposed online, particularly recruitment. They also demand specific measures to combat new forms of crime online, such as revenge porn and sexual extortion. Member states that have yet to do so, should criminalise online grooming, cyber stalking and luring children online, they add. MEPs highlight the special vulnerability of migrant children to abuse, trafficking and sexual exploitation and call for stronger police and judicial cooperation, and rapid exchange of information, to trace missing children. The resolution urges member states to introduce mandatory criminal background checks for persons applying or volunteering for activities or jobs with access to children, and to “systematically exchange information on individuals posing a risk to children”. MEPs want to prevent sex offenders moving unnoticed from one member state to another to work with minors.
Parliament notes that most cases of sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children are not reported and calls on member states to develop or reinforce child helplines, which should be free, confidential and available round the clock, to provide help and support for victims and ensure their fundamental right to be heard. Finally, MEPs urge member states to ensure that victims receive legal aid, psychological support and assistance. Anna Maria Corazza Bildt (EPP, SE), rapporteur, said: “”Member states must do more, better and faster to ensure zero tolerance against child sexual abuse online and offline. The focus should be on removing illegal material at source and blocking when this is not possible, with faster procedures and safeguards. We also urge the internet industry to take their share of responsibility for working out innovative solutions to protect children”.

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Octapharma Donates 30.5 Million International Units of Its Medicine Nuwiq to Treat People with Haemophilia in Developing Countries

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 24 novembre 2017

HaemophiliaOctapharma is pleased to announce the completion of a charitable donation of 30.5 million international units of its human cell-line derived recombinant factor VIII product, Nuwiq®, in collaboration with Project SHARE, North Andover, Massachusetts (USA).Up to 75% of the world’s estimated 400,000 people with haemophilia have little or no access to treatment that resolves life- and limb-threatening bleeds, and enables surgery and rehabilitation. A humanitarian program, Project SHARE facilitates the donation of blood-clotting factor products for the treatment of people with haemophilia in need of factor replacement therapy in countries where these medicines are scarce or still unavailable.Over the last nine months, donations of Nuwiq® have been reaching seriously ill people in need in 16 countries: Armenia, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Cambodia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Fiji, Kenya, Honduras, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Philippines, Romania and Venezuela.“We are deeply grateful to Octapharma for allowing us the privilege to serve those with haemophilia in developing countries who have limited or no access to treatment. These donations are saving lives,” said Laureen A. Kelley, the founder of Project SHARE.
“Octapharma has been committed to improving the lives of people with Haemophilia A since 1983. We are glad to continue our donation initiatives, providing access to patients with haemophilia in countries with little to no access to therapy,” remarked Olaf Walter, Board Member at Octapharma AG in Lachen, Switzerland.“The haemophilia factor concentrates are used on patients suffering from serious joint and musculoskeletal complications and life-threatening bleeds,” said Walter Mwanda, Patron of the Kenya Haemophilia Association. “Assistance to one you do not know is great, and to a child is even greater. The Kenyans, mainly children living with haemophilia, thank you very much.”“We cannot thank Octapharma and Project SHARE enough to for being so kind and generous,” said Suraksha Mani, of the Nepal Haemophilia Society. “We had limited factor stock when we received the Nuwiq® delivery. People in rural areas now have better access to factor concentrate. We believe this donation has already made positive changes in the lives of many people with haemophilia in Nepal. It has been life-saving and is helping to prevent disabilities.” “This donation of Nuwiq® will help families with haemophilia in Honduras,” said Maria del Carmen of the Honduran Haemophilia Society. “The use of this medicine will serve families because their children and young people will have factor doses in their homes and therefore not miss classes in their schools and universities.” Antonia Luque, Venezuelan Association for Haemophilia, added “We are currently going through a crisis for which we do not have the medicines that people need. There are currently 2185 people living with haemophilia A in Venezuela. Please accept our gratitude for such a valuable donation that will come to relieve cases of our population who are suffering from haemophilia A.” (photo: Haemophilia)

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Class action against UK Government for failing in ‘duty of care’ to British citizens in countries like the UAE

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 18 ottobre 2017

CozyA landmark class action against the UK government is being prepared by clients of Radha Stirling, David Haigh and a UK Queen’s Counsel.The action is based on the UK government’s failure in its duty of care towards citizens about the dangers of places like Dubai and the UAE. The Government has failed to give sufficient warning to UK nationals travelling to the Sharia governed desert state, it has failed to respond to requests for help for British citizens who fall foul of the strict laws, and when it does respond, it takes almost no action on behalf of its citizens.The Treaty between the UK and UAE on judicial assistance in civil and commercial matters. (2009) states in Article 1 that, “Nationals of one Party shall, in the territory of the other Party, enjoy the same judicial protection as nationals of the other Party and shall have the right of access to courts of the other Party under the same conditions as those for the nationals of the other Party.” This is clearly not the normal experience of UK Nationals in countries like the UAE.Radha Stirling, CEO of Detained in Dubai and Managing Partner at Stirling Haigh, a UK based legal advisory firm, along with Queen’s Counsel, have reviewed a number of cases of British nationals who have suffered legal abuse abroad. They are fielding calls from citizens seeking to join the action and expect the total number of complainants to be in the vicinity of 50-100.Statements taken so far have included everything from small debt cases, wrongful arrest, false imprisonment and detention without charges, to large commercial cases where the UK hasn’t enforced the Treaty and large amounts of money have been lost.The breaches have left UK businessmen and private individuals flailing as Emirati companies are allowed to steal from UK businessmen with impunity. In the UK, they are protected by the lack of enforcement of the treaty and in the UAE, they are protected by the courts and the law, while UK nationals remain fully exposed, imprisoned and in many cases left penniless.The recent case of Dr. Haddad who has lost millions of pounds of profits and investments in KMG holdings will feature prominently in the lawsuit. Dr. Haddad was a successful businessman in the UAE, and a partner in the highly profitable KM Holdings when he was illegally deprived of his corporate assets by his local business partner, who then employed Habib Al Mulla to file a series of frivolous civil cases against him.Mr Haddad stated “The aim of this was to lock me out of my own business and to appropriate my shares in the company.In order to achieve this, Habib Al Mulla illegally represented both partners in the same civil case, without having obtained Power of Attorney. During this farcical court case, Al Mulla “confessed” on my behalf (with no legal authority to do so) to the crime of embezzlement, which ultimately led to my being criminally charged, and to the theft of my GBP 250,000 pound share in my own company.”
Radha Stirling has issued a statement on the recent developments within the action, she says that, “repeated warnings have been issued to the UK FCO, by myself and other individuals concerning the inadequacy of their protection and the inaccuracy of their advice. Dr Haddad has spoken to them personally about his case, they admitted that the treaty has been breached but still refused to enforce it. The UK FCO have refused to make themselves publicly accountable, instead giving preference to diplomatic relations and protecting trade agreements; even to the detriment of UK citizens.”Ms. Stirling continues, “Because Emiratis are the largest investors in the UK, they are being protected over the interests of UK nationals when it comes to business. Emirati companies are overtly favoured and using assets stolen from UK businessmen in the UAE to make their investments. It’s time for the treaty to be enforced thoroughly to stop all breaches, the UK government needs to make it known that it is on the side of its citizens, rather than foreign business investors. ” Radha Stirling said “The FCO, while giving some travel advice, have not provided remotely sufficient information to the British public to help them avoid arrest. The majority of British nationals travelling to the UAE are committing ‘crimes’ without knowing it, such as sharing certain posts on Facebook and Twitter, drinking alcohol on the flight, sharing a room with their partner, holding hands in public and so on. The government does not advise citizens of the serious flaws in the judicial system that could leave people locked up for years merely on one person’s hearsay accusation. The UK Courts will not even extradite people to the UAE and in their high court ruling stated this is because of the “real risk of human rights violations and unfair trials”. If the UK courts are aware of the risks, the government needs to follow suit and advise their citizens.”

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Renewable energy will be cheapest electricity in G20 countries by 2030

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 7 luglio 2017

amburgoHamburg. Wind energy and solar power will be the cheapest form of power generation in every G20 country by the year 2030 at the latest, a new Greenpeace Germany report has found.Ahead of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, the Greenpeace Germany-commissioned study also found that in about half of the G20 countries, renewable energy has been cheaper or equal in price to electricity generated from dirty coal or hazardous nuclear power plants since 2015.”There can be no excuses anymore. Climate protection increasingly makes economic sense across the G20 as renewable energy becomes cheaper than dirty coal and nuclear,” Greenpeace Germany energy expert Tobias Austrup said.“Any G20 country that is still investing in coal and nuclear power plants is wasting their money on technology that will not be competitive in coming years. The G20 now has a responsibility to send a clear signal that accelerating the clean energy transition is not only the right thing to do for the climate, but also for the economy.”The Finnish Lappeenranta University of Technology study, commissioned by Greenpeace, calculates the electricity generation costs in all G20 countries for the years 2015 and 2030.The study found that wind farms already generate the cheapest form of electricity in 2015 in large parts of Europe, South America, the US, China and Australia. Due to rapid technical progress and falling price, in 2030 solar energy will be so cheap that it will be even cheaper than wind power in many G20 countries. Global investments mirror the results of the Greenpeace study. UN figures reveal that in 2016 investments in renewables were double that of investments in conventional power stations. About 55 percent of the added electricity capacities were based on renewable energies last year – a record figure.
US President Trump, however, is mistakenly promoting coal and nuclear power.”Trump’s energy policy is simply a bad deal,” Austrup added. “The US has excellent conditions for expanding its wind and solar energy capabilities and states like California, Texas or Iowa will not miss this chance.”

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Researchers develop faster and cheaper cardiac imaging test for developing countries

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 26 Maggio 2017

pragaPrague, Czech Republic Researchers in the UK and Peru have developed a faster and cheaper cardiac imaging test that can be used in developing countries, according to the results of the INCA-Peru study presented today at EuroCMR 2017.1 The scan is three times faster, less than one-fifth of the cost, and changed clinical management in 33% of patients.Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) is the gold standard for diagnosing many cardiovascular diseases. It is used to measure the structure and function of the heart, and to assess scarring on the heart muscle after a heart attack to predict if another will occur.Lead author Dr Katia Menacho, a cardiologist from Peru and PhD student at University College London (UCL), UK, said: “In Peru just two public hospitals offer CMR – each performs 12 scans on one day a week. Five private hospitals provide CMR at $USD 600–800 per scan. Public hospitals without CMR refer to the private sector and it takes up to three months to approve the paperwork, delaying diagnosis and treatment.” The Impact of Non-invasive CMR Assessment (INCA)-Peru study was set up to develop and test an ultrafast CMR protocol for wider uptake in Peru. The study was an international academic and political collaboration between Peru, the UK, the USA and Brazil.An initial protocol was developed at UCL which reduced average scan time from 60 to ten minutes. It was successfully used in Thailand to assess cardiac and liver iron overload in patients with thalassaemia major.2 The protocol was adapted for the INCA-Peru study by adding the contrast agent gadolinium which is critical for the detection of cardiac fibrosis and infarction, and the diagnosis of various cardiovascular diseases. It was tested in a pilot study of 50 patients at UCL and each scan took 15 to 20 minutes.For the current analysis, the ultrafast CMR protocol using contrast was tested over two days at two hospitals in Peru, accompanied by training for local cardiologists, radiologists, and technicians. The study included 100 patients with suspected cardiomyopathy and 11 healthy controls. All of the patients were under local cardiology care and had never been assessed by CMR.There were no scan-related complications. All scans were diagnostic, although two patients had a repeat scan (one due to failure of contrast delivery and one to confirm unexpected cardiac amyloidosis). Gadolinium based contrast agents were administered to 95% of patients (5% of patients had iron overload).Each ultrafast CMR scan took 18 minutes on average and cost $USD 150. The most common underlying diagnoses were hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (21%), non-ischaemic dilated cardiomyopathy (17%), and ischaemic cardiomyopathy (11%), plus 20 other diagnoses including tumours, congenital heart disease, myocardial iron overload, amyloidosis, vasculitis, and apical thrombus.CMR had an impact on the clinical management of 33% of patients. CMR revealed a new, unsuspected diagnosis in 20% of patients, leading to a complete change in management. In 30% of patients no further cardiac testing was needed (coronary angiography, computed tomography, cardiac biopsy).“We showed that this ultrafast CMR protocol can be used to accurately diagnosis patients leading to changes in clinical management,” said Dr Menacho. “The protocol takes one-third of the standard scan time at a fraction of the cost.”INCA-Peru researchers will follow-up the patients for two years to evaluate the impact of diagnosis by ultrafast CMR on long-term morbidity and mortality.Dr Menacho said: “Accurate diagnoses provided by CMR have reduced morbidity and mortality in Europe and we hope to find the same in Peru. If we show long-term benefits on prognosis we will seek support from the Peruvian government to provide ultrafast CMR at more hospitals in Peru. The accurate diagnosis provided by CMR should lead to more targeted patient care and better outcomes.”

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EU countries that do not host asylum seekers should not get EU solidarity funding, says lead MEP

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 11 marzo 2017

europa-comunitariaAll EU countries must share responsibility for hosting asylum seekers arriving in Europe. So it follows those that refuse to do so should not get solidarity funding from other EU member states, Cecilia Wikström (ALDE, SE), lead MEP on the reform the Dublin asylum system told the Civil Liberties Committee on Thursday.Ms Wikström presented her draft report on the proposal to review the Dublin III Regulation, which determines the member state responsible for processing an asylum application. She proposed making several amendments to the Commission´s proposal:
no option for member states refusing to accept asylum seekers to pay a “solidarity contribution” of €250,000 per person instead. If an EU country refuses to participate in the relocation system, then it should not be eligible for solidarity payments from other member states, through the European Structural and Investment Funds,
transfers of asylum-seekers to other EU countries should be automatically triggered when the first country has reached 100% of its allocated share (not 150%, as proposed by the European Commission),
no “admissibility checks” ahead of relocation,
faster family reunification and special focus on children, and applicants for international protection should have the option to register as a group (maximum 30 people) upon arrival in Europe. They would then be transferred together.

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Refugees: MEPs demand emergency winter aid and transfers to other EU countries

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 20 gennaio 2017

Female refugeesEU and national authorities should provide emergency aid to help migrants and refugees to cope with freezing temperatures and snow in several parts of Europe, MEPs urged on Wednesday. They also called on EU governments to keep their promises to transfer thousands of asylum-seekers, particularly from Greece, to other countries. Several speakers called the plight of refugees in the Greek islands, but also in other countries like Serbia and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, “unacceptable” and some asked how many people have to die of cold before the EU reacts. Many MEPs underlined that only 6% of the 160,000 asylum-seekers who should have been relocated from Greece and Italy have so far been moved. “We are not proud of this very painful situation”, said humanitarian aid Commissioner Christos Stylianides, who explained that the EU had allocated enough money to help Greece cope with this unprecedented conditions, but that “some weaknesses on the ground did not allow this money to be utilised in the best way”.

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Resettlement of refugees from third countries to the EU

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 15 novembre 2016

Female refugeesThe proposal for a new law setting up an EU Resettlement Framework will be debated at a hearing in the Civil Liberties Committee on Monday afternoon 15.00-17.00. MEPs will be presented with a study on resettlement programmes across member states and statements on the proposal by the UN refugee agency UNHCR, International Organisation for Migration, IOM, and NGOs.The aim of the Commission’s proposal, presented on 13 July 2016, is to provide a unified procedure for resettlement across the EU by establishing a common set of standard procedures for the selection and treatment of resettlement candidates, and set broad geographical priorities from where the resettlement will take place. Member states will still be able to decide how many people will be resettled each year. The Commission proposes to provide €10,000 from the EU Budget for each person resettled. The proposal is part of the Commission’s strategy for an European Agenda on Migration communicated on 13 May 2015. Parliament’s rapporteur is Malin Björk (GUE-NGL, SV). A delegation from the Civil Liberties Committee in September visited Lebanon on a fact finding mission in relation to the Committee’s legislative work on the Resettlement Framework.

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MEPs urge EU countries to take more asylum-seekers from Italy, Greece and Turkey

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 17 settembre 2016

mediterraneoEU countries must honour their pledges to accept refugees relocated from Greece and Italy, to relieve migratory pressure on these two “frontline” countries, and at the same time discourage irregular entries by opening up legal and safe routes to the EU, MEPs said on Thursday.In a non-binding resolution approved by 470 votes to 131, with 50 abstentions, Parliament rejected a European Commission proposal to take 54,000 places from a scheme for relocating asylum seekers from Greece and Italy to other EU member states, and use them to resettle Syrian refugees from Turkey in the EU instead, as part of the migration deal agreed between Turkey and EU leaders last March. Under the Commission proposal, EU countries could deduct Syrian refugees needing international protection who they take in from Turkey from the numbers of asylum-seekers whom they have pledged to relocate from Greece and Italy.The deal between Turkey and EU leaders requires the EU to take in one Syrian refugee from Turkey for each Syrian returned from the Greek islands to Turkey. Parliament objects that the intra-EU relocation scheme should not be mixed up with the resettlement one, which involves a non-EU country. “Resettlement should not take place at the expense of relocation”, says the text prepared by Ska Keller (Greens, DE). MEPs note that the need for emergency relocation from Greece and Italy to other EU member states is expected to remain high, pointing to the urgent humanitarian situation in Greece and the risk of deterioration in Italy. During the debate in plenary, Keller underlined that the relocation scheme is a true solidarity instrument that “needs to be strengthened, not watered down”. The problem, she added, is that member states are “simply not doing enough” and complained that some countries have not even taken a single refugee.In the resolution, MEPs stress that even though EU countries have agreed to relocate a total of 160,000 asylum-seekers within two years (two separate decisions were taken in 2015, for 40,000 and 120,000 places, respectively), only a small percentage of people have so far been relocated (see updated figures). They therefore urge EU countries to make available at least one-third of their promised relocation places by 31 December 2016.
The text also asks that Afghan, Iraqi and Eritrean refugees be made eligible for relocation within the EU. It notes that in 2015, Afghans were the second largest group of asylum-seekers in the EU, with an unprecedented number of around 180,000, many of whom were unaccompanied minors with special protection needs.

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