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Congressman Thompson Joins Clarion Leaders to Celebrate the Community’s Development

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 25 luglio 2019

Congressman Glenn Thompson (Pa.-15) joined Clarion officials, the Clarion Blueprint Communities® team, local businesses and community organizations for a tour of downtown Clarion and a celebration of the borough’s community development progress.Clarion’s revitalization gained momentum in 2015 when it joined Blueprint Communities, an FHLBank Pittsburgh initiative that provides emerging communities with the training and resources to facilitate lasting community development. Since then, Clarion’s Blueprint Communities team has worked to revitalize the area around Main Street to attract new businesses and visitors, increase affordable housing and enhance public spaces.
“It is exciting to see the growth happening here in Clarion,” said Congressman Thompson. “I applaud the hard work of the many organizations that have come together to help revitalize the borough, including Clarion’s leaders, FHLBank Pittsburgh and the local businesses and citizens who strive to make their community better. I look forward to seeing the work continue.” FHLBank Pittsburgh and two of its member institutions, The Farmers National Bank of Emlenton and Northwest Bank, have leveraged additional FHLBank programs to provide financial support to several of Clarion’s revitalization projects. The Boundary Street Rental Development Project, which will offer affordable rentals for the homeless and special needs populations, received more than $273,000 in Affordable Housing Program funding. Clarion River Brewing Company, where today’s tour concluded, also received small business lending assistance through FHLBank’s Banking On Business program.“We are privileged to partner with FHLBank members The Farmers National Bank of Emlenton and Northwest Bank to continue to support Clarion’s progress and serve the community’s needs,” said FHLBank Pittsburgh’s President and CEO Winthrop Watson.In addition to Congressman Thompson and Winthrop Watson, participants in today’s tour included William Marsh, President and CEO, The Farmers National Bank of Emlenton; Penny Campbell, Executive Director, Clarion County Housing Authority; Fred Port, Vice President, Business Banking Relationship Manager, Northwest Bank; Sheila Sterrett, NWPA Regional Manager, Office of U.S. Senator Pat Toomey; Donna Oberlander, PA State Representative; Ed Heasley, Commissioner, Clarion County; Brenda Sanders Dede, Chairperson, Clarion Blueprint, Inc.; Todd Colosimo, Treasurer, Clarion Borough; Carol Lapinto, President, Clarion Borough Council; Jim Geiger, Vice President University Advancement, Clarion University; and Bryan Smith, Owner, Clarion River Brewing Company.
Clarion was one of the six Pennsylvania Blueprint Communities inducted into the program in 2015. To date, 58 communities in Delaware, Pennsylvania and West Virginia have graduated the Blueprint Communities training – 28 of those were in Pennsylvania.

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Natixis Assurances Deploys Guidewire InsurancePlatform to Support Strategic Development

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 10 luglio 2019

Natixis Assurances (Natixis), the insurance arm of Groupe BPCE, the second-largest banking group in France, and Guidewire Software, Inc. (NYSE: GWRE), provider of the industry platform general insurers rely upon, today announced that Natixis has successfully deployed Guidewire InsurancePlatform™ Core and Digital products for claims management and enhanced customer experience. Implementation is planned on a phased basis, with motor, motorcycle, home, as well as accident and health lines of business deployed already. Natixis is happy to reveal that they have obtained certification from the French electronic data interchange platform; one of the fastest certifications awarded by DARVA to date.Guidewire InsurancePlatform products are enabling Natixis to:
Optimise their operational model in terms of management, organization, and employee skills;
Differentiate products and services through an excellent, fluid, and intuitive customer experience;
Ensure better control of average costs regarding service provider networks; and
Optimise recourse strategies and claims fraud detection.
“Through our implementation of Guidewire ClaimCenter™ and its rich functionality, we are now seeing levels of automation that secure our operations and simplify life for our employees,” commented Françoise Terry, Claims Program Manager, Natixis Assurances. “What have we learnt from our experience to date? The importance of a clear goal that everyone understands, the value of clear governance, budget and timeframe, the need for a team focused 100% on the project, and the significance of an OOTB (Out of the Box) approach.”,,

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Apple Unveils Groundbreaking New Technologies for App Development

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 5 giugno 2019

Apple® today unveiled several innovative technologies that make it dramatically easier and faster for developers to create powerful new apps. SwiftUI™ is a revolutionary development framework that makes building powerful user interfaces easier than ever before. ARKit 3, RealityKit™ and Reality Composer™ are advanced tools designed to make it even easier for developers to create compelling AR experiences for consumer and business apps. New tools and APIs greatly simplify the process of bringing iPad® apps to Mac®. And updates to Core ML® and Create ML™ allow for more powerful and streamlined on-device machine learning apps.
The vision for Swift™ has always been about making development faster, easier and more interactive, and a modern UI framework is a huge part of that vision. SwiftUI provides an extremely powerful and intuitive new user interface framework for building sophisticated app UIs. Using simple, easy-to-understand declarative code, developers can create stunning, full-featured user interfaces complete with smooth animations. SwiftUI saves developers time by providing a huge amount of automatic functionality including interface layout, Dark Mode, Accessibility, right-to-left language support and internationalization. SwiftUI apps run natively and are lightning fast. And because SwiftUI is the same API built into iOS, iPadOS™, macOS®, watchOS® and tvOS™, developers can more quickly and easily build rich, native apps across all Apple platforms.

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CEMEX Strengthens Its Commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 30 maggio 2019

CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V. (“CEMEX”) (NYSE: CX) announced today that it is strengthening its commitment to the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by prioritizing five goals that are directly connected with the company’s business and represent a better opportunity to contribute to the UN 2030 Agenda. These five goals are focused on the promotion of decent employment and economic growth (SDG 8); innovation and infrastructure development (SDG 9); climate change mitigation (SDG 13); environmental and ecosystem conservation (SDG 15); and the advancement of sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11). The five priority SDGs represent the greatest opportunities to contribute further and to identify new business opportunities connected with CEMEX’s business strategy, such as innovation, research and development, employability, climate change, diversity, and education, among others. In 2018, 26% of the company’s cement operations’ power supply came from renewable energy, contributing directly to four out of five of the priority SDGs. In 2019, CEMEX expects to continue embedding the UN SDGs into the business processes to create systemic change, increase engagement, promote a sense of purpose, and raise awareness among its stakeholders.
CEMEX’s commitment to the UN SDGs is also highlighted by the signing of the collaboration agreement between the federal government of Mexico, the private sector, represented by the Business Coordinating Council (CCE), and the local Global Compact Network in Mexico. The agreement, which was signed this Monday, May 27, 2019, aims to ensure that every company, including small and medium-sized enterprises, form a part of this joint effort to use the UN SDGs to align our resources, transform who we are and how we do business, and positively impact people and the planet.
Those present at the signing ceremony for the collaboration agreement, held in Mexico City, included Lise Kingo, CEO and Executive Director of the UN Global Compact as a witness of honor; Alfonso Romo, Chief of Staff of the President of Mexico; Antonio del Valle, President of the Mexican Business Council and the representative of the Business Coordinating Council (CCE); Graciela Márquez, Secretary of Economy for Mexico; Antonio Molpeceres, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations System; and Martha Herrera, President Global Compact Mexico and Corporate Social Responsibility Director at CEMEX.CEMEX is a global building materials company that provides high-quality products and reliable services. CEMEX has a rich history of improving the well-being of those it serves through innovative building solutions, efficiency advancements, and efforts to promote a sustainable future. For more information, please visit:

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Second Sight to Accelerate Development of Orion® Visual Cortical Prosthesis System

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 17 maggio 2019

Second Sight Medical Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: EYES) (“Second Sight” or the “Company”), a developer, manufacturer and marketer of implantable visual prosthetics that are intended to create an artificial form of useful vision for blind individuals, today announced its plan to accelerate the development and commercialization of its Orion Visual Cortical Prosthesis System (“Orion”). Orion holds the potential to provide useful artificial vision to individuals blind from many causes, including glaucoma, eye injury, diabetic retinopathy, optic nerve disease or injury, and retinitis pigmentosa (“RP”).“Given the positive results of our Early Feasibility Study, we believe that Orion offers the most effective and quickest path forward to treat nearly all forms of blindness and address a significant unmet need,” said Will McGuire, President and Chief Executive Officer of Second Sight. “After an extensive strategic review, we view Orion as a more attractive platform for continued investment and technological improvement that will extend our leadership position in artificial vision. We remain encouraged by our discussions with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) regarding Orion’s regulatory path and are pleased by recent developments with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding reimbursement for products approved via the FDA’s Breakthrough Devices program.”
“To support these initiatives, we intend to add more than 25 new positions this year, including top research and development talent as we pursue technological improvements of Orion. We are also taking steps to further align our organizational capabilities and focus resources primarily on advancing Orion as well as prepare for future sales volumes that we expect to be orders of magnitude greater than Argus II. Accordingly, we will suspend production of new Argus II systems in the near future as well as reduce ongoing commercial activities,” added McGuire.“We remain committed to supporting existing Argus II users including pursuing regulatory approvals for the Argus 2s next-generation externals. Our commitment to artificial vision is further evidenced by our continued investment in multiple research projects designed to enhance the user experience, such as the integration of object or facial recognition and thermal imaging, with our technology,” concluded McGuire.

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Energy efficiency and renewable energy development – the main requirements for sustainable energy development

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 25 aprile 2019

Universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy is one of the 17 global goals of the UN 2030 agenda for sustainable development. One of the VIII Global Energy Prize Summit`s round tables, held at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, was devoted to the discussion of the requirements for achieving this goal. Representatives of the energy sector from 6 countries identified the economic, environmental, social aspects of the energy goal of the 2030-agenda, as well as the role of international energy cooperation.
In recent years, the proportion of the world’s population with access to electricity has increased from 78% to 87%, thanks to recent progress in electrification, especially in economically backward countries. However, nearly one billion people worldwide still have no access to electricity. Given that energy demand continues to grow, it will require significant investment in infrastructure, systemic integration and strong political action. In this scenario, the share of renewables in the global energy mix will be 50% by 2035 and carbon emissions due to the decrease in demand for coal will be reduced, says Marta Bonifert, Member of the Global Energy Prize International Award Committee, Board Member of the Hungarian Business Leaders Forum (HBLF), Environment and Sustainability WS Leader. She also added that the key to success in achieving the UN goals is the joint work of all state and non-state actors. “We need visionary transformational leaders, as well as leadership from government, science, politics, business and society, to lead this process. The Global Energy Prize is a vivid example of this and a real accelerator of change”. For 17 years, it has played a crucial role in the field of energy, showing the world of scientists whose innovative developments are transformative, expand the boundaries of science and open up new opportunities for humanity,” the expert concluded.
The importance of abandoning hydrocarbon sources for sustainable energy development was stressed by David Faiman, Member of the Global Energy Prize International Award Committee, Professor Emeritus of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. According to him, solar and wind power plants can suspend the construction of new CHP. Thus, 348 billion kW of electricity generated annually by fossil-fuel power plants can be replaced by the construction of 232 GW of new photovoltaic power plants and 199 GW of wind generators. The construction of new power plants can be achieved through the sale of bonds. Such a power plant could generate more revenue per year and cover the cost of construction of the next one. According to the expert, it is necessary to increase the generation of energy from solar and wind power stations by 3-5 times to achieve the sustainable development goals, but this requires political will and concerted actions of various states. David Faiman`s idea about the future weakening influence of traditional energy sources was supported by William Byun, Member of the Global Energy Prize International Award Committee, Managing Director at Asia Renewables, Head of Greenpower fuels and Principal at Conchubar Infrastructure Fund. According to him, global investment in coal-fired power plants will decline, but demand for electricity, especially in developing countries, will continue to grow and increase by 30% by 2035. Therefore, it is necessary to rapidly increase RES, and public and corporate investments in research and development can contribute to this process.The massive development of renewable energy sources is indispensable condition for achieving the seventh sustainable development goal – was accepted by all participants in the discussion. And most often, the advantages of using solar and wind energy were cited as an example. However, Tom Blees, Member of the Global Energy Prize International Award Committee, President of the Science Council for Global Initiatives (SCGI), believes that solar and wind energy is not enough to cover the growing demand for electricity. “Wind and solar power plants require areas equal to South America to provide environmentally friendly electricity to every citizen of the Earth”, he said. The expert is convinced that nuclear energy is the key to achieving sustainable energy development. Among the promising options for nuclear installations, he highlights the low-pressure thorium reactors on molten salts. According to the project, such installations can be located on ships and transported to regions in need of electricity. Thus, they can become available sources of energy, especially for developing countries that do not have the means to build their own nuclear facilities. As a result, it will improve the quality of life of their citizens and raise production.Summing up the discussion, the experts made a conclusion that with the increase in the population, the need for clean energy will only grow. To meet the demand for electricity, it is necessary to increase the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix, improve energy efficiency, increase investment in clean energy sources, and all these measures should be taken into account the socio-economic aspects of a region. At the same time, states must show the political will to achieve a single solution that is environmentally and economically effective as well as socially just. (font: Global Energy Prize Public Relations)

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Youth lead on development in UN Forum

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 21 luglio 2018

BIC NEW YORK — In a series of dynamic panel discussions organized by the Baha’i International Community (BIC), a delegation of young adults consulted about their generation’s responsibility in establishing peaceful and just societies and redefining the nature of leadership and power. The context was a major annual United Nations conference held from 9 to 18 July. How can the responsibility of working for the betterment of the world be not solely the occupation of a relative few experts and professionals but rather the right of all—an expression of what it means to be human? This question was on the mind of Liam Stephens, a BIC delegate and panelist from the Netherlands.“Thinking in this way allows everything we do – work, studies, family life – to move us toward a peaceful and just society. It allows us to see that everyone has a distinctive contribution to make to this work,” Mr. Stephens told his fellow panelists.
BIC delegates to the UN’s 2018 High Level Political Forum joined representatives from collaborating organizations in a series of BIC panels focusing on the contributions young people can make in achieving the global Sustainable Development Goals, referred to as Agenda 2030. The Forum is an annual gathering of member states of the UN and others to review progress toward the achievement of the SDGs; alongside the Forum, non-governmental organizations such as the BIC hold related events. The three panels explored the strength inherent in diversity, the construction of peaceful and resilient societies, and capacity building for the transformation of community life.As young people participate more fully in the life of society, they begin to explore fundamental questions about how society advances and what can either foster or hinder progress. Participants in the BIC panels noted that advancing society requires building capacity for meaningful change among larger and larger numbers of people.Discussions also focused on new approaches to leadership, based on a more constructive understanding of power and authority.
“As inherited concepts of dominance and control are left behind and the power of cooperation and unity of thought and action are embraced, capabilities inherent in youth surface and can be directed toward the common good,” explained Emmanuel Zapata Caldas, a BIC delegate and panelist from Colombia.Young people develop the capacity to identify the positive and negative forces at work in their communities; they rely on the power of consultation to make wise group decisions; and their deepest desires are to serve society selflessly, Mr. Zapata Caldas said.
Speaking to young people who aspire to lead processes of social change, panelist Upasana Chauhan, UN representative for the Man Up campaign, urged them to bring others along in the work: “A leader is not one who just races ahead him or herself alone, but the one who takes the whole group along as well,” Ms. Chauhan noted. “When you are 10 steps ahead of someone else, take 15 minutes at the end of the day and take that person along to whatever situation is helping you learn and advance.”Participants also discussed the implications of the concept that humanity is like an interconnected human body, a central theme throughout the Baha’i teachings, appreciating the numerous ties of interconnection among the peoples of the world.One young panelist from Afghanistan – Bahman Shahi, a delegate from the peace-building organization Search for Common Ground – noted the importance of such bonds in contemporary society and the future, by referring to a classic poem: “It talks about how the human being is just one body and that when any one part hurts, the whole body hurts. This is what the world needs to recognize.”
Another important theme participants discussed was identity, exploring how certain conceptions of the self can create a sense of unity and oneness while other conceptions can heighten a sense of otherness and promote division. All three events in the series sought to explore how to build foundations for a sense of shared identity. “In those essential aspects of life – in the capacity of every human being to dream, to think, to create; in the longing of every heart to find happiness, to grow, to connect with others – we are without distinction,” explained Saphira Rameshfar, BIC representative and one of the organizers of the series.

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Behavox Accelerates Growth with Opening of Research and Development Center in Montréal this Fall

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 21 luglio 2018

Behavox, a pioneering artificial intelligence data analytics firm, announced today they are opening a research and development center in Montréal, Québec, in August, to capitalize on the wealth of talent the city has to offer.When at full capacity, the Montréal office will employ 200 individuals, most of whom will be technology professionals working on Behavox’s industry-leading enterprise data analytics platform, currently used by some of the world’s largest banks, broker-dealers and hedge funds.
Behavox’s machine learning software enables firms to search, interrogate, and generate immediate insights from enormous amounts of employee-generated data, including emails, text messages, trade data and voice calls, all tracked in real-time. “Behavox is first and foremost a machine learning company and we are greatly attracted to the highly diverse technology talent Montréal has to offer,” said Erkin Adylov, Founder and CEO of Behavox. “Montréal is truly an AI development center, with voice and text analytics being particularly strong areas.”The city’s proximity to North American financial centers will help accelerate Behavox’s growth as a leader in behavioural and people analytics, alongside tapping into the soaring Canadian banking market. “This is a very exciting opportunity to expand staffing and R&D capabilities to further serve Behavox’s client base.” Adylov said.
Behavox is a global enterprise headquartered in London, and also has offices in Singapore, New York and San Francisco.

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Point72 Announces First Pre-Certified WELL Project in Hudson Yards Development

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 21 luglio 2018

Point72 Asset Management, L.P. (Point72) is pleased to announce that their new offices at 55 Hudson Yards will become the first project in the Hudson Yards development pre-certified to meet the International WELL Building Standard (WELL). WELL is a new sustainable building standard that certifies a workplace that incorporates health and wellness into the design.
Point72 worked with A+I, the principal architect on the 55 Hudson Yards project, and M Moser, an architecture and design firm with a specialty in WELL consulting, to ensure the new office space implements design elements to maximize health, productivity, and comfort. WELL certification includes an assessment of the building’s clean air, clean water, healthy nutritional options, flexible office design, ergonomics, and acoustics.Based on its success at Hudson Yards, Point72 expects to continue to partner with M Moser to further pursue WELL certifications at office spaces in Hong Kong and Stamford, Connecticut.
Gregory McGee, Global Head of Facilities at Point72, said, “We believe having a modern, innovative space designed to support the health and wellbeing of our employees is an important part of our Mission to be the industry’s premier asset management firm. Taking steps to make sure we meet the high standards set by WELL is just one way we are affirming that commitment.”WELL merges best practices in design and construction with evidence-based medical and scientific research. WELL certification is third party administered through the International Well Building Institute (IWBI) in collaboration with Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), which also administers the global green building program, LEED.

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Record Number of Nominations recieved for US$1Million Al Sumait Prize for African Development

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 12 luglio 2018

Kuwait City.The Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) has announced that it has received 108 nominations from over 36 countries for the US$1Million Health category of the 2018 Al-Sumait Prize for African Development, which closed for entries at the end of June.
The annual Al-Sumait prize, which is worth one million dollars, is awarded for significant advances in development in the categories of health, food security and education for Africa.“This is the largest number of nominations we have received since the inaugural award in 2015. With nominations for 60 World Health Organization affiliated organizations and almost 50 individuals, from around the world, all dedicated to improving health across Africa this is a very encouraging development which provides a great opportunity to promote pioneering health development scientific, medical and social ideas to life in Africa.” said Dr Mustafa Marafi head of the KFAS Prizes Office.
The Al-Sumait Board of Trustees at their planned meeting in November will confirm the winner proposed by the selection committee for the prize. The Board comprises prominent international personalities in the field of development in Africa and world-renowned philanthropists. The Board is chaired by H.E. Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Kuwait.Other trustees include Mr Bill Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Mr Makhtar Diop World Bank’s Vice President for Africa, Mr Kwaku Aning, Deputy Director General and Head of Department at the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mr. Tareq Al-Mutawa Director General and Chairman of the Board of Sadeer and Mr Abdulatif Al-Hamad, Director General and Chairman of the Board of the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development.Past winners of the prize include Professor Kevin Marsh of the University of Oxford and African Academy of Sciences, Kenya, for his sustained efforts to control and eradicate malaria, the Sweet potato for Nutrition Team at the International Potato Centre (CIP) and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) for their work on food security and the Forum of African Women Educationalists (FAWE) Kenya for their work on equity and equality of Education across Africa.Announced by the Amir of the State of Kuwait, H.H. Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah in November 2013 at the 3rd Arab African Summit, the aim of Al-Sumait Health Prize is to contribute significantly to solve major health development challenges facing African nations. The prize celebrates the life of the late Dr Abdulrahman Al-Sumait, a Kuwaiti physician who devoted his life towards helping the poor in Africa.

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“Fellowships Programme for Technical Cooperation Capacity Building and Human Resources Development”

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 2 giugno 2018

Roma 7 giugno (dalle 14 alle 16) SIOI-UNA ITALY Piazza di San Marco, 51 seminario informativo sul: “Fellowships Programme for Technical Cooperation Capacity Building and Human Resources Development,” che si svolgerà alla SIOI, il prossimo 7 giugno (dalle 14 alle 16).Il Fellowships Programme è un’iniziativa finanziata dal Governo Italiano attraverso la Direzione Generale per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo del Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale e l’Agenzia Italiana per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo e curata dal Dipartimento degli Affari Economici e Sociali delle Nazioni Unite (UN/DESA) ed ha l’obiettivo di offrire la la possibilità di svolgere un percorso di formazione professionale presso uffici delle Organizzazioni internazionali in Paesi in via di sviluppo o presso sedi estere dell’Agenzia Italiana per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo.

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The World Water Development Report 2018

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 5 marzo 2018

(Parma, Italy) on 21 March 2018 World Water Development Report 2018, entitled “Nature-based solutions for water”, at the Labirinto d’Acque 2018. The Report will be officially launched at the 8th World Water Forum in Brasilia, Brazil, on March 19, and it will be presented for the first time in Italy during the above mentioned initiative.The event foresees the participation of many national and international high level speakers, that will meet in the largest labyrinth of the world, Labirinto Masone (in Parma, Italy), to discuss about the main challenges facing water resources. The initiative consists of a series of conferences, where experts on water resources and renowned people will meet to “think about water”, both locally and globally.

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Launch of the UN World Water Development Report 2017

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 23 febbraio 2017

world-water-assessmentThe World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) of UNESCO is pleased to announce that the United Nations World Water Development Report (WWDR) 2017 titled “Wastewater: The Untapped Resource” will be launched on the occasion of World Water Day on 22 March 2017. A high-level pivot event including the first official presentation of the WWDR will take place in Durban, South Africa. The event is organized in collaboration with the Department of Water and Sanitation of the Government of South Africa, UN-Water and the four lead agencies of World Water Day (UNEP, UN-HABITAT, UNU and WHO). More information on the program will be circulated shortly.Over 20 regional launches of the WWDR are being organized around the world thanks to the initiative of local and national institutions, interested partners, UN agencies and their field offices. WWAP provides a supporting package of digital and printed resources to regional launches.The full WWDR 2017 is available in English and French. Side publications are available in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Italian, Portuguese, and German. All material will be available for download free of charge at (after 22 March 2017). (photo: World Water Assessment)

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“Monitoring development and activity of brain circuits”

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 14 ottobre 2016

villa del grumello1Como 18 – 21 ottobre Villa del Grumello, si terrà la scuola “Monitoring development and activity of brain circuits”, diretta da Michela Matteoli (Milano), Davide Pozzi (Milano) e Thierry Galli (Parigi). Nel sistema nervoso centrale, i neuroni formano una rete stereotipata di connessioni sinaptiche altamente specializzate che permettono il trasferimento di informazioni con alta precisione spaziale e temporale. Tale rete di connessioni svolge un ruolo fondamentale nel processo e nell’integrazione delle informazioni sensoriali provenienti dal mondo esterno.
Un numero crescente di evidenze sta mostrando come cambiamenti del funzionamento cerebrale – sia durante condizioni fisiologiche che patologiche – siano associati a cambiamenti dinamici dei circuiti neuronali. Durante le fasi dello sviluppo, i circuiti neuronali vanno incontro a uno stadio caratterizzato dall’eliminazione di connessioni sinaptiche aberranti rafforzando invece circuiti critici per il funzionamento cerebrale. Inoltre, i fenomeni di plasticità sinaptica determinano un cambiamento della connettività e del funzionamento dei circuiti cerebrali che garantiscono il corretto funzionamento delle funzioni superiori del cervello, come la memoria e l’apprendimento, per tutta la durata della vita. D’altro canto, alterazioni dei circuiti sinaptici possono verificarsi anche durante stati patologici cerebrali portando a degenerazione del cervello.
Lo sviluppo di recenti tecnologie che consentono di manipolare geneticamente e funzionalmente specifici sottopopolazioni di neuroni (e.g. targeting genico, optogenetica e farmacogenetica) stanno fornendo un’opportunità senza precedenti per studiare il ruolo di questi neuroni e delle connessioni sinaptiche in precisi circuiti cerebrali. Attraverso l’utilizzo pionieristico di queste tecniche altamente innovative, la scuola fornirà una visione completa e attuale delle ultime ricerche scientifiche finalizzate al chiarimento di come l’esperienza e la genetica possano alterare la connessione sinaptica dei singoli circuiti neuronali, sia in stati fisiologici che patologici.

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Responsible Business Forum on Sustainable Development 2016

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 3 settembre 2016

singapore-marinaSingapore. Speaking earlier this week in Singapore, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon stressed the importance of responsible business in creating a sustainable and stable future, and welcomed the growing involvement of companies who are active in pursing the sustainability agenda. He also brought attention to the partnership with UNDP to deliver the Responsible Business Forum, taking place in Singapore in November.The 5th annual Responsible Business Forum is quickly shaping up to be the biggest event on the sustainable development goals in the Asia Pacific region this year.We now have over 40 confirmed speakers from business, government, UN agencies and NGOs. These include: Lawrence Wong, Minister for National Development, Singapore.
Haoliang Xu, UN Assistant Administrator and Director for the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, UNDP
Andrew Morlet, Chief Executive, Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Marco Lambertini, Director General, WWF International
Malcolm Preston, Global Sustainability Leader, PwC
Jimmy Pang, President, Global Government Affairs, Huawei
Roelof Westerbeek, President, Asia Pacific, Amcor
Andrew McConville, ‎Head of Corporate Affairs, Syngenta Asia Pacific
Fokko Wientjes, Vice-President Nutrition Emerging Markets, DSM
Michelle Gyles-McDonnough, Resident Coordinator in Malaysia, United Nations Development Programme
Ramesh Subramaniam, Deputy Director General, South-East Asia Regional Department, Asian Development Bank
Richa Mittal, Director, Research and Innovation, Fair Labor Association
Eric Falt, Assistant Director-General for External Relations and Public Information, UNESCO
James Lomax, Programme Management Officer, Agriculture, Food Systems, UNEP
Jane Badham, Ambassador, Scaling Up Nutrition Movement
Vikram Singh, Regional Director, Asia Pacific, 100 Resilient Cities
Agus Purnomo, Managing Director, Sustainability and Strategic Stakeholder Engagement, Golden Agri Resources
Steve Okun, Director of Public Affairs, Asia-Pacific, KKR
Jake Layes, Director, Global Lead Cleantech & Entrepreneur Impact, Head of Sustainability and Cleantech for AsiaPacific, Autodesk
Chia Boon Chong, Associate Director, Group CSR, SingTel
Tod Gimbel, Vice-President Government Affairs, Asia Pacific, Herbalife
George Tanasijevich, President and Chief Executive Officer, Marina Bay Sands Singapore
Jo LeCouilliard, SVP & Area Director, Asia Pacific Region, GlaxoSmithKline
SDG workshops will be facilitated by UNDP, Scaling Up Nutrition, WHO, UNESCO, UN Women, WWF Water Stewardship, Sustainable Energy 4 All, Fair Labor Association, Asian Development Bank, UN ESCAP, 100 Resilient Cities, UNEP, Conservation International, WWF Coral Triangle and The Nature Conservancy. National commitments and progress will be presented across each of the 17 SDG workshops by regional Government representatives from Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, New Zealand, China, South Korea, Fiji, Australia and Cambodia.

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EJC announces 14 development reporting grant winners

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 13 maggio 2016

Maastricht The European Journalism Centre (EJC) is proud to announce the winners of the seventh round of the Innovation in Development Reporting (IDR) Grant Programme. A combined total of more than €260,000 will be awarded to fourteen journalistic projects that advance development reporting and bring innovative storytelling on global development to a wider public.The final winners were selected during a meeting of the IDR Grant Programme Advisory Council, consisting of senior international journalists. The projects that are eligible for funding will be greenlighted upon signature of a legal contract.The awarded projects have received endorsement from significant media outlets located in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Norway, the United Kingdom and many other countries. The winning projects touch upon multiple development issues, such as water grabbing; ship breaking, its human costs and its consequences on nature; South-South cooperation; the repercussions of the decrease of the bee population on the food system; and the fight against poverty and social exclusion among elderly people in Tanzania and Ethiopia.The winners were chosen because of their solid story ideas and innovative multi-platform approaches, operating on the crossroads between investigative, data-driven and visual journalism. To convey complex development stories in engaging ways, the winning projects will make use of web-documentaries, graphic journalism, gamification elements, 360 degrees videos, virtual reality, etc. In addition, the advisory council applauded the multi-platform approach of many applicants, as this magnifies the visibility and impact of their stories. “With this grant round we have reached the milestone of one hundred funded projects. It’s rewarding to see that, beyond the growing numbers, our grantees have shown visible progress on the quality and innovation level of their stories and have been achieving an ever widening impact,” says EJC Director Wilfried Ruetten.The winners of this round will join a two-day boot camp training on 9 and 10 June, in Maastricht, the Netherlands, where they will meet fellow grantees and learn from top-level media practitioners. They will work on the development of their stories, learn about leveraging multimedia storytelling techniques and develop publication strategies aimed at achieving the best possible public impact.The seventh call for applications ran between 10 September 2015 and 2 March 2016. In total, 199 applications were received.

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Nuovo rapporto sulla malaria

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 19 settembre 2015

malariaSecondo un rapporto congiunto OMS-UNICEF il tasso di mortalità per la malaria è crollato del 60% dal 2000, che equivale a 6,2 milioni di vite salvate, la maggior parte dei quali bambini. Il Rapporto “Achieving the Malaria Millennium Development Goal Target” mostra che lo specifico obiettivo di Sviluppo del Millennio entro il 2015, è stato raggiunto “in modo convincente”, con nuovi casi di malaria diminuiti del 37% in 15 anni.”Il controllo a livello mondiale della malaria è una delle grandi storie di successo della sanità pubblica degli ultimi 15 anni”, ha detto Margaret Chan, Direttore generale dell’OMS. “E’ un segnale che le nostre strategie hanno raggiunto l’obiettivo e che siamo in grado di battere questo antico killer, che rivendica ancora centinaia di migliaia di vite, soprattutto bambini, ogni anno”.
Un numero crescente di paesi sono sul punto di eliminare la malaria. Nel 2014, 13 paesi non hanno riportato alcun caso di malattia e 6 paesi meno di 10 casi. Le diminuzioni più veloci sono avvenute nel Caucaso e in Asia centrale, che nel 2014 non ha registrato nessun caso, e in Asia orientale. Nonostante gli enormi progressi, la malaria rimane un grave problema di salute pubblica in molte regioni. Nel solo 2015, ci sono stati circa 214 milioni di nuovi casi di malaria e circa 438.000 persone sono morte per questa malattia prevenibile e curabile. Circa 3,2 miliardi di persone – quasi la metà della popolazione mondiale – sono a rischio di malaria.
In 15 paesi, soprattutto in Africa sub-sahariana, si registrano l’80% dei casi di malaria e il 78% dei decessi a livello globale nel 2015.
I bambini sotto i 5 anni rappresentano più di due terzi di tutti i decessi connessi con la malaria. Tra il 2000 e il 2015, il tasso di mortalità sotto i 5 anni per malaria è diminuito del 65% con una stima di circa 5,9 milioni di bambini salvati. Tra il 2000 e il 2015, la percentuale di bambini con meno di cinque anni che ha dormito sotto una zanzariera trattata con insetticida in Africa sub-sahariana è passata da meno del 2% al 68%. 1 bambino su 4 in Africa sub-sahariana vive ancora in un nucleo familiare senza zanzariere trattate con insetticida e senza nessuna altra protezione.”La malaria uccide per la maggior parte bambini, soprattutto quelli che vivono nelle aree più povere e remote. Il modo migliore per celebrare il progresso a livello mondiale nella lotta contro la malaria è di impegnarci a raggiungere e curare questi bambini “, ha detto il Direttore generale dell’UNICEF Anthony Lake. “Sappiamo come prevenire e curare la malaria. Dal momento che siamo in grado di farlo, dobbiamo farlo”.

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2015, A Key Year for Development

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 11 settembre 2015

In cooperation with the Directorate-General for Development and Cooperation of the european commission, the European Journalism Centre invites 15 journalists from EU28 to join a press seminar on 30 Sept-2 October 2015 in Brussels, Belgium.The year of 2015 is a landmark year for a number of reasons. It is the year where the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are reaching the conclusion, and a post-2015 development framework, namely the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and Financing for Development are being discussed and to be agreed upon by international community.In addition, the EU has dedicated the year of 2015 as the European Year for Development. As the first ever European Year to focus on external relations , 2015 has shed the light on the role of the EU as an important global player in the field of aid and development, and how its cooperation efforts benefit the EU and people in the developing world. As the year is reaching the final stage and many programmes are implemented in the field and at local, national and regional levels, it is a time to look back and assess where the EU and the world stand in the process of achieving sustainable development at the global level.With this background, the seminar will provide insight into how a new international framework will tackle the pressing global issues in order to grow more sustainable economies and societies. The programme will also look at important key topical themes in international development; for example, migration and gender.The seminar is planned for 30 September-2 October, with arrival on 30 September in Brussels and departure on 3 October.
Travel, accommodation (3 nights) and some meals will be covered and arranged by the organisers.

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Miami Properties Featured at Beijing Luxury Property Show

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 30 maggio 2015

The MIAMI Association of REALTORS® (MIAMI), the nation’s largest local Realtor association with 35,000 members, promoted South Florida real estate to Asian luxury buyers at China’s leading property showcase last month. MIAMI participated in the ninth annual Luxury Property Show Beijing show from April 24-26 at the prestigious Legendale Hotel Beijing.Teresa King Kinney, chief executive officer of MIAMI, presented information on the Miami and South Florida real estate market to event attendees.More than 5,200 affluent real estate buyers and investors from Beijing and Northern China attended the invitation-only event. The 2015 LPS Beijing show featured an impressive collection of some of the world’s most exclusive and coveted luxury properties around the globe, with more than 35 participating countries.
Miami was one of 220 global cities showcased at the show. China is one of the fastest growing segments of South Florida foreign buyers, and the Asian country’s interest should only increase due to Miami’s world-famous lifestyle, leading education institutions, expansive designer shopping, strong economy, great weather, clean air, walkable districts, and secure investments.
“The presence of Chinese buyers in South Florida is definitely growing,” said 2015 MIAMI Residential President Christopher Zoller, who participated in the showcase. “South Florida has long led the nation in international real estate sales, and we feel very strongly that China, the world’s most populated country, will only increase Miami real estate sales to foreign buyers.”In addition to Christopher Zoller, EWM Realty International, the following MIAMI members participated with the MIAMI Association in LPS Beijing 2015: Indra and Haimnath Ragbir, The Keyes Company; Oscar Teran of Avanti Way; Edward Cruz & Keoloha of The Agency Luxe, Inc.; Jesse Pan of Coldwell Banker; and John Milakovic.MIAMI has facilitated several events to help its members better advertise their properties in China. In 2013, MIAMI made a market-presentation in San Francisco to a group of 100 top Chinese brokers with SouFun, which operates one of the leading real estate Internet portals in China. MIAMI also hosted a dinner last fall in Miami for the Chairman of the Chinese Real Estate Association and their delegates.‎ MIAMI members also have special pricing for their properties on SouFun, now
China is one of the fastest growing segments of South Florida international buyers, according to a recent survey conducted by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) for MIAMI. Chinese buyers represented 2 percent of all international closed sales in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties in 2014. That’s a 50 percent increase from 2012 and 2011 when China comprised 1 percent of transactions.About 81 percent of foreign clients paid all cash for South Florida properties, compared to 60 percent of international buyers purchasing homes elsewhere in the U.S., the MIAMI survey showed. MIAMI’s international clients spend a mean purchase price of $444,000 on properties, which is significantly higher than the mean purchase price $245,500 nationally.
miamiMiami is in position to increase its Chinese international investments. PortMiami, the top-ranked container cargo port in Florida with 900,000 TEUs handled each year, is in the process of deepening its channel from its current 42-foot depth to 50-52. When the $2 billion deep dredge project is completed in 2015, PortMiami will be the only U.S. port south of Norfolk, Va. that can accommodate the new, mega cargo vessels that will pass through the expanded Panama Canal. PortMiami hopes to become a transshipment hub for manufactured goods coming from East Asia.
An affiliate of China Communications Construction Company U.S. International made headlines in December when it bought a 2.4-acre Brickell site for $74.7 million. It marked the Chinese firm’s first major Miami purchase. American Da Tang Group Co. Ltd. in New York is working with CCCC as the Chinese firm’s U.S. representative on the project.While CCCC hasn’t announced plans for the Brickell site, it sits near a development being built by Swire Properties Inc., the U.S. real estate arm of the Hong Kong-based firm Swire Properties Ltd. Swire U.S. is currently building Brickell City Centre, a $1.05 billion mixed-use development.Other planned Miami projects are also recruiting Chinese investors. SkyRise Miami tower developer Jeffrey Berkowitz is looking to raise money for his project from foreign investors seeking permanent residency in the U.S. through the EB-5 visa program. SkyRise Miami is a proposed 1,000-foot high steel and glass structure that Berkowitz has called Miami’s version of the Eiffel Tower. Once completed, SkyRise Miami will be the largest observation tower in the U.S.Passed by Congress in 1990 to encourage foreign investments in the U.S., the EB-5 program grants permanent U.S. residency to investors (as well as their immediate family members) who create at least 10 domestic jobs and contribute at least $500,000 to $1 million in a U.S. business venture. About 8,000 people from China received EB-5 visas in 2014. No other country had more than 200 applicants.
The MIAMI Association of REALTORS was chartered by the National Association of Realtors in 1920 and is celebrating 95 years of service to Realtors, the buying and selling public, and the communities in South Florida.

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Routledge Handbook of Southeast Asian Economics

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 14 gennaio 2015

economies of Southeast AsiaThe Routledge Handbook of Southeast Asian Economics offers new insights into the rapidly-developing economies of Southeast Asia.
Despite widespread initial deprivation, Southeast Asia has achieved and sustained a remarkable rate of growth, in the course of which tens of millions have successfully escaped severe poverty. Though the economies of the region vary in many dimensions, integration into the wider East Asian network of production and trade is a notable common feature, one that continues a centuries-long history of engagement with global trade. A second striking feature is the pace and extent of transformation in the structure of production and in sources of household income in the region, which has undergone remarkably rapid industrialization and urban growth. However, the search for sustained and sustainable growth through and beyond middle-income continues to confront pressing economic and policy challenges.This Handbook offers a timely and comprehensive overview of Southeast Asian economic development. Organized according to the logic of chronological and thematic unity, it is structured in these sections:
Growth and development over the long term
Food, agriculture and natural resources
Trade, investment and industrialization
Population, labor, and human capital
Poverty and political economy
Twenty-first century challenges
This original Handbook, written by experts in their fields, is unique in the breadth and depth of its coverage. Its forward-looking perspective renders it relevant both now and in the future. This advanced level reference work will be essential reading for students, researchers and scholars of Asian Studies, Economics and Southeast Asian studies.’This book makes a number of important contributions to the literature on economic development in Southeast Asia. The chapters combine rich historical material with rigorous new analytic work to highlight the factors responsible for the region’s rapid transition and economic progress, as well some of the emerging challenges that have contributed to a slowdown in progress in recent years–including rising inequality and new sources of volatility. In this respect, the book raises important questions about the sustainability of growth and economic progress in the future. The book is a must-read for East Asia scholars and policy makers; but it should also be of interest to the broader development community who are keen to understand the solid growth performance of many Southeast Asian countries–despite earlier dismal predictions–and their emerging role in the global economy.’ – Valerie Kozel

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