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GSMA Report: Mobile Industry to Play Critical Role in Bangladesh’s Digital Transformation

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 5 dicembre 2017

Onu palaceThe GSMA released a new report that highlights the mobile industry’s unique position to play a critical role in achieving both the Bangladeshi government’s Vision 2021 development roadmap and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Titled “Bangladesh: Driving mobile-enabled digital transformation”, the report notes that by working closely together, the government and industry have the capacity to unlock digital transformation for millions of Bangladeshis, as well as drive social and economic growth for the country. The report was produced in partnership with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the UK Department for International Development (DFID), and supported by the United Nations Development Programme.“By encouraging the use of mobile technology across all aspects of society, especially driven by government agencies that may not have considered mobile a key tool they can use to achieve their development targets, Bangladesh can potentially leapfrog other developing markets in terms of growth and economic progress,” said Alasdair Grant, Head of Asia Pacific for the GSMA. “The government has already embraced the UN SDGs and incorporated the goals into the Vision 2021 plans, and it is clear that mobile can play a critical role in achieving those long-term goals.” Vision 2021 is the government’s roadmap for Bangladesh to become a middle-income country where poverty will be completely eradicated by 2021 – the 50th year anniversary of Bangladesh’s independence. One of the components of Vision 2021 is Digital Bangladesh, which aims to bring socio-economic transformation through information and communication technology (ICT). To date, mobile has been an important element in the advances that Bangladesh has made.“In Bangladesh, Sida focuses on deepening the support to basic health care, gender equality and women’s rights, private sector development and the environment, as well as climate change adaptation, said Johan Hellström, Program Manager Specialist, Digital Development, Unit for Global Economy and Environment (GECO), Department for International Organisations and Policy Support (INTEM), Sida. “Sida believes that mobile technology is a cost-effective – and increasingly essential – large-scale tool for inclusive development. Delivering access to information can help in reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions, and increases the effectiveness of private and public services including health care and financial services.”“UNDP feels privileged to partner with Bangladesh on yet another transformative development initiative. Long known as a rich laboratory for innovative development solutions, Bangladesh has creatively leveraged the unprecedented availability and use of simple technologies to pioneer simplification of governance and improvement of people’s lives,” said Mia Seppo, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Bangladesh. “With this new engagement, I am confident that Bangladesh will have plenty to offer for other developing nations to emulate, thereby contributing to global achievement of Agenda 2030.”

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Poll shows 2/3 Europeans critical of EU handling of ISIS and Greece

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 12 agosto 2015

ateneBrussels. Around two-thirds of Europeans believe the European Union is not responding effectively to two of its biggest current challenges, the rise of the Islamic State and the Greek debt crisis, according to research commissioned by Cambre Associates and carried out by Opinium.Some 7,000 adults in seven western EU countries polled between 29 June and 10 July 2015 were also largely unimpressed by Europe’s approach to its other big headache, the migrant crisis.”The results of this poll underscore that the EU is confronted with perhaps its most difficult period since its creation in 1957. Strong leadership and clear vision are needed urgently if the EU is to successfully ride out the current state of crisis and regain the confidence of its citizens,” said Tom Parker, managing director of Cambre Associates. “Particularly alarming is the resounding thumbs-down given to the EU’s handling of the Greek debt crisis.”James Endersby, managing director of Opinium, commented: “Citizens of Europe are concerned about a number of huge global and regional issues. The Greek crisis and rise of IS have obviously needed a swift and robust response but it’s clear from our study that not many of us are happy with how Brussels has dealt with either.“ In a breakdown of the survey results, 67% of respondents condemned the EU’s handling of the rise of Islamic State as bad, while only 5% thought this has been handled well. Italians were the most likely to rate this as bad (75%), followed by France (71%).The EU fared almost as badly for its handling of the Greek debt crisis, with 62% of survey participants critical, as opposed to 12% who were positive.Italians were the harshest, with 76% saying the EU dealt badly with the Greek debt crisis. By contrast, 17% of Germans gave the EU a positive rating as against 56% who were critical. The Dutch were similarly divided, with 19% favourable and 53% unimpressed. On migration, 60% said the EU has mishandled the arrival of refugees from Libya, against just 8% who were positive. Italians were almost twice as likely as Germans to be critical, at 84% versus 48% respectively.Equally, 83% of Italians think it is unfair that they have to process all of the migrants coming from North Africa. A majority of all other countries surveyed agreed, although the UK was the least sympathetic with 55% believing this to be unfair and 13% thinking it is fair.Showing how relatively hardline the UK’s stance is, 41% of British adults think refugees from North Africa who reach their country should be returned to Italy. Whereas other respondents from outside Italy broadly disagreed with this approach. However, most of the respondents did agree that Italy is within its rights to prevent ships from offloading anymore refugees at its ports, with those aged 55+ most likely to agree with this and those aged 18-34 least likely (59% vs. 49% respectively).
On another hot topic for Europeans, the poll showed divided opinions on the EU’s handling of the UK referendum on membership of the bloc. While 35% of respondents think the EU has dealt with this badly, a mere 15% were positive. Most critical were Italians (46%), the British (41%) and the French (40%), with the Germans (28%) and the Dutch (27%) taking a softer line.The southern EU states were the most likely to believe that EU countries should continue to progress towards “ever closer union”, with 56% of Spanish, 54% of Portuguese, and 47% of Italians backing this.However, 47% of British and 42% of Dutch adults said that “EU integration has gone too far and EU countries need to repatriate powers”. EU founding states France and Germany were evenly divided by comparison. Germans narrowly favour closer union (30% pro-integration vs 24% pro-repatriation), while the French are only just opposed to closer union (24% pro-integration vs 32% pro-repatriation).

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Critical National Health and Science Initiatives

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 14 marzo 2012

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Philadelfia and London, (PRNewswire) The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters announced today it was selected by Alzheimer’s Research UK, the Institute of Physics, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the National Science Foundation (NSF) to provide essential data and insight into ground-breaking scientific initiatives led by these organizations. These partnerships will shed new light on the current scientific environments in multiple fields, inform research, and influence policy decision making. Thomson Reuters was selected to provide citation data, unify disparate information sources, and apply insight based on its unique capabilities in evaluating, selecting, and analyzing scientific and scholarly data. For a current look at the state of the UK’s research in Alzheimer’s disease and physics, Thomson Reuters performed in-depth bibliometric evaluations to measure and compare performance and provide snapshots of where the UK stands in each field. These analyses were used in Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Defeating Dementia report and the Institute of Physics’ Bibliometric evaluation and international benchmarking of the UK’s physics research report, where objective Thomson Reuters data is helping to influence government policies and contribute to wider discussions of research in these fields. Thomson Reuters expertise also helps move research forward. Global Health Connect, a unique online resource for tackling the explosion of Big Data for global health, is under development in partnership with the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Technology Transfer and BIO Ventures for Global Health. Once complete, Global Health Connect will support the development of treatments for neglected diseases. These recent initiatives are backed by the history of trusted data Thomson Reuters has collected and curated. For forty years, the National Science Foundation has relied on Thomson Reuters citation data to produce its Science and Engineering Indicators, a volume of records comprising the major high-quality, quantitative data on the U.S. and international science and engineering enterprise. Independently-analyzed Thomson Reuters data is also the basis for the report’s Academic Research & Development chapter, one of the document’s seven major components.
Thomson Reuters is the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals. We combine industry expertise with innovative technology to deliver critical information to leading decision makers in the financial, legal, tax and accounting, healthcare and science and media markets, powered by the world’s most trusted news organization. With headquarters in New York and major operations in London and Eagan, Minnesota, Thomson Reuters employs more than 55,000 people and operates in over 100 countries. Thomson Reuters shares are listed on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges. For more information, go to http://www.thomsonreuters.com.

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Society of Critical Care Medicine

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 2 marzo 2012

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(SCCM) utilizza una soluzione IBM di business analytics per aiutare i suoi membri e una comunità medica più vasta a erogare assistenza in modo più efficace a pazienti affetti da patologie gravi in tutto il mondo. SCCM è un’organizzazione non profit che collega 16.000 medici, infermieri, farmacisti e personale medico in più di 100 paesi per contribuire a far fronte alle necessità di pazienti in terapia intensiva attraverso l’informazione, la ricerca e il sostegno. L’organizzazione utilizza la Web analytics di IBM per ottenere le informazioni frutto dell’attività di ricerca relativa alle problematiche cliniche nelle unità di terapia intensiva (UTI) quali la sedazione, la sepsi e la ventilazione meccanica.Utilizzando la tecnologia Web Analytics di IBM, in collaborazione con il Business Partner IBM Riverpoint Solution Group, la società può raccogliere le informazioni sull’argomento di maggiore importanza o interesse per un medico in particolare e continuare ad aggiornarlo in modo efficace sui progressi della medicina. In base alle risorse disponibili e all’accesso alle conoscenze mediche in qualsiasi parte del mondo, il livello di assistenza ai pazienti può variare considerevolmente. L’apprendimento on-line ha reso disponibili le conoscenze mediche a coloro che curano i pazienti nei Paesi in via di sviluppo. Per anni, formazione professionale in campo medico voleva soprattutto dire partecipazione a eventi “live”. Oggi, SCCM porta avanti la formazione sotto forma di impegni virtuali tramite Learn ICU, un sito web sul quale sono presenti tutte le attività formative di Society, i webinar sulle best-practice e le simulazioni di casi. I membri di SCCM possono accedere a tutte le informazioni necessarie senza doversi spostare o lasciare gli ospedali. SCCM mette a disposizione tutte le informazioni mediche fondamentali e le risorse formative on-line. In questo modo consente ai membri di accedere alle conoscenze mediche più aggiornate oltre a dare la possibilità di collaborare con i colleghi indipendentemente da dove si trovino. Ad esempio, quando il personale sanitario vede un paziente in condizioni critiche ed è incerto su cosa fare, può accedere immediatamente a Learn ICU da un computer o da un dispositivo mobile per ottenere maggiori informazioni sull’argomento, tra cui le ricerche più recenti e i case study. Prima di Learn ICU, Society avrebbe divulgato informazioni a tutti i suoi membri senza un’attenzione specifica alla loro specialità o ai loro interessi medici. Ora la società è in grado di identificare forti relazioni tra la presenza di una persona a eventi di formazione live, a webinar e a un’informazione autodiretta e confrontarla con l’informazione demografica come le certificazioni, l’area geografica o gli anni di esperienza. Come risultato, Society può indirizzare le giuste informazioni e i corsi ai giusti medici, infermieri o farmacisti per garantire a ciascuno di ottenere informazioni corrette al momento giusto e di conseguenza contribuire a salvare le vite in modo più efficace.
Learn ICU funziona in diversi ambienti con diverse funzioni Internet. La Web analytics di IBM consente a SCCM di inviare comunicazioni mirate per orientare un membro a un’area di contenuti specifica su Learn ICU in base alla specialità medica e all’area geografica. La tecnologia web analytics di IBM consente alle organizzazioni di ottenere di più dai loro dati web garantendo approcci comportamentali approfonditi sulle persone compreso chi ha visitato una proprietà web e il modo in cui ha risposto alle campagne on-line e agli impegni dei social media.

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Making handbook for peace

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 10 settembre 2011

Geneva /New York: Interpeace launches the handbook: ‘Constitution-making and reform: Options for the Process’ a comprehensive resource for national constitution-makers and their advisors. Over 150 new constitutions have been created since 1975, and as many as 20 national constitutions are reformed or adopted each year. Recent months and the ‘Arab Spring’ have proven that this development continues. This year alone, constitutional reforms have been, or are, on the agenda in Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco, Nepal, Southern Sudan, Zimbabwe and now Libya. A modern constitution needs to be legitimate in the eyes of the people, but achieving this is a challenge. Often national and international constitution-makers feel out in the cold as there has been no comprehensive resource on the options for constitution-making and reform. The design, implementation and management of these processes, in an inclusive way, create the foundations for lasting peace. The stakes are high. If the process goes wrong the seeds of future conflict and violence will be sown. Interpeace, an international peacebuilding organization, is now filling this critical gap.
Held at the United Nations (UN) in New York, H.E. Mr. Joseph Deiss, President of the UN General Assembly is providing the opening remarks. His Royal Highness Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein of Jordan, Permanent Representative of Jordan to the UN and Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission Country Configuration for Liberia, will moderate a panel discussion. He will be joined by Jean-Marie Guéhenno, Director of the Center for International Conflict Resolution, SIPA, and former Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations; Nicholas Haysom, Director of Political Affairs, Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General; Jamal Benomar, UN Special Advisor and Envoy for Yemen and former Director of the UN Rule of Law Unit; and Michele Brandt, co-author of ‘Constitution-making and Reform: Options for the Process’.
Four respected experts from the constitution-making domain, Michele Brandt, Director of Interpeace’s ‘Constitution-making for Peace’ initiative, Jill Cottrell, Yash Ghai, and Anthony Regan, have united to create this ‘how to guide’ for constitution-makers around the world.
The handbook provides practical guidance on how to design transparent, nationally led and owned processes that are also participatory and inclusive. The handbook will be available on line for all to access from the 9th September at 9am EST on http://www.interpeace.org

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Council Defends Dominican Market

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 2 ottobre 2010

A delegation from a corn-milling company, Maciera Dominican, traveled to the United States this week to explore the status of the 2010 U.S. corn crop. Maciera Dominican typically purchases 70,000 metric tons (2.8 million bushels) of U.S. hard endosperm yellow corn for its corn milling operations. It was forced to switch to South American origin due to difficulties procuring hard endosperm corn out of the United States.  Maciera has been paying a $25/ton premium for flint Argentinan corn and is hoping to switch back to buying U.S. corn when the 2010 crop is harvested. The U.S. Grains Council hosted the delegation in Illinois and facilitated meetings with producers and exporters of hard endosperm corn.  “While hardendosperm corn is a small export market, it is one of the few “value added” grain products that the United States offers,” said Kurt Shultz, USGC director in Latin America and the Caribbean Region. “It’s very important that we maintain or defend our existing markets. The Dominican Republic is our neighbor and an important customer of the United States. Getting this customer back to buying U.S. corn is critical.”

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“The Lehman Brothers of the sovereign debt world”

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 2 maggio 2010

The architect of Greece’s entry into the euro Dr Yannos Papantoniou, Greek economy minister between 1994 and 2001, issued a strong warning for Europe to act “at very high speed” to rescue the economy. With investor confidence in the Greek economy at an all time low, Christopher Wasserman, the President and Founder of the Zermatt Summit, warns that more fundamental change at a grass roots level needs to be implemented by policy makers and businesses to avoid further crises like this.  The summit’s President, Christopher Wasserman, says that having witnessed the biggest corporate and financial collapses in history, many believe that we now need to encourage the next generation of business leaders to operate under a new and ethical mandate.  “It is becoming increasingly critical that we influence the hearts and minds of key decision makers who are responsible for formulating policy in business and government towards responsible leadership, in order to restore stability and identify new opportunities for growth in the world markets,” he said.  “The current market economy has become increasingly ambiguous and contrarian.  Whilst generating unprecedented levels of growth, we are producing more wealth than ever before, but at what cost?” The Zermatt Summit, whose inaugural summit is taking place between the 3-5th of June in Zermatt, Switzerland, has been created to allow innovative business leaders, CEOs, senior policy makers and NGOs to discuss how ethics and not the sole pursuit of pure profit can drive business practices forward in the forthcoming years. The main objective of the Zermatt Summit is to formulate a roadmap and focus on three areas: to revisit the corporate raison d’être of the firm, to integrate leadership and ethics, to make corporate statesmanship a reality Speakers at the summit include: Renowned economists such as Nouriel Roubini and Hernando de Soto who are the at forefront of the change of the economic paradigm, innovative business leaders whose firms are applying new business models and a pioneering group of business schools and firms such as the Globally Responsible Leaders Initiative representing 300,000 students and 1,000,000 employees. Colin Melvin, CEO of Hermes Equity Ownership Services, which is one of the world’s largest and most influential institutional investors, will be speaking at this year’s summit.  Owned by the BT pension scheme, Hermes Equity Ownership Services has over $100bn worth of assets under advice and has been campaigning for a positive dialogue between company boards and their investors. The purpose of companies operating in the new paradigm should be “wealth creation with progressive policies which place social responsibility and sustainability at the heart of their operations.  The new focus of companies operating in the 21st century economy should be people and not just the pursuit of profits at any cost. The world debut of a new 56 minute documentary, “Doing Virtuous Business” will be shown to delegates.

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Nuove funzionalità di disaster recovery

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 4 settembre 2009

IBM ha annunciato miglioramenti nelle soluzioni per la deduplica dei dati ProtecTIER che integrano funzionalità di replica dati remota, riducendo drasticamente il fabbisogno di larghezza di banda ed eliminando così le necessità di trasporto e di stoccaggio dei nastri in siti remoti.  Per molti anni è stata utilizzata la replica dati per consentire la protezione remota delle informazioni mission-critical; tuttavia, i costi elevati relativi alla larghezza di banda di rete e di storage per mantenere i dati on-line erano riservati ai dati e alle applicazioni più critiche delle aziende.  L’approccio di IBM elimina il problema dei costi della larghezza di banda di rete, consentendo alle aziende di replicare più dati ad una frazione del costo degli approcci tradizionali. Sfruttando la tecnologia brevettata di deduplica di ProtecTIER vengono eliminati in modo automatico dati duplicati consentendo la riduzione dello spazio necessario per ospitare i back-up e della banda di rete necessaria per il trasferimento a distanza. Pertanto solo una piccola quantità di dati viene inviata attraverso la rete in qualsiasi momento, consentendo la trasmissione di una grande quantità di dati di back-up con una larghezza di banda minima. Viste le efficienze introdotte la replica elettronica può essere adottata su tutte le applicazioni e non solo su quelle tier-one. Nel 2005, ProtecTIER ha contribuito a modificare il modo in cui le aziende hanno affrontato la protezione dei dati introducendo la prima soluzione di Virtual Tape Library (VTL) con deduplica dati presente nel mercato. Oggi, tutti i principali sistemi VTL hanno una forma di deduplica e si prevede che, entro i prossimi cinque anni, queste soluzioni saranno diffuse nei data center informatici di tutto il mondo.

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The G8 climate change

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 10 luglio 2009

For the first time the world’s richest agreed that it would be a good thing if average global temperatures did not rise above 2 degrees. This is the level scientists say we shouldn’t go over if we are to avert dangerous climate change. They also agreed that rich countries should try to cut their own emissions by 80% by 2050 in order to meet that target. However, they crucially faltered over the 1990 baseline for these cuts which is critical for them to have any credibility.  Most disappointing was the abject failure of the G8 to provide any leadership on the financing needed if these targets are to be reached. Developing countries are currently unwilling to come to the UN negotiating table because they feel it is unfair to expect them to bear the financial burden for adapting to climate change and shifting their economies onto a greener footing.  It is critical that President Obama in his role of chair of the Major Economies Forum is able to increase the pace of progress today. Time is running out.  Today we need stronger language on the 2 degree limit, more stringent emission cuts and money on the table. Specifically, we need all MEF countries to agree to cut their emissions by 80% by 2050 based on 1990 levels and commit to reductions by 2020, otherwise we could reach a tipping point when abrupt and dangerous climate change will occur.  Currently, negotiations under the UN are deadlocked because of the weak commitments on emissions cuts but also crucially on finance. Countries argue that they want to keep their position under wraps to give them a stronger negotiating position – this is a huge gamble.  Finance is needed for developing countries to adapt to the impact of climate change and put themselves on a green economic path (to avoid locking into a high-carbon one).  These are restitutional payments not aid and as such they must be additional to Overseas Development Aid (ODA). We need recognition that finance should be additional to aid, should prioritise the most vulnerable and include a serious assessment of potential sources for that finance. Several weeks ago Gordon Brown showed much needed leadership with his statement of the UK’s position on climate finance. Yesterday the G8 as good as ignored this. We hope the MEF today will see it cannot afford to.

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