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Teacher Training Must Change to Keep Up with the Emerging Ecosystem of Education

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 17 febbraio 2019

The world is in a constant state of evolution and change, and this is having a big impact on learning and professional development for teachers. According to Professor Larry V. Hedges, Yidan Prize for Education Research Laureate 2018, teacher training must evolve as well. In a new interview with C.M. Rubin, founder of CMRubinWorld, Hedges explains that in the past, teaching practice was determined “by initial training in universities and teacher training colleges, apprenticeship, and experience,” but moving forward, teaching professionals will need to function like the medical professionals do today. He notes “doctors have wide autonomy, but their practice is informed by a constantly advancing medical science.” He says that teachers must learn to function as professionals “who believe that research can improve practice and that sometimes large scale research is the only way to know what works.” Education research has become a critical part of ensuring nations have an educated workforce to meet economic progress. Hedges believes better research will dramatically improve education outcomes over the next half century similar to the advances made in healthcare in the 20th century. He predicts that in 50 years, we will live in a world where “every student will perform as well as the very best students do today.”
Professor Larry V. Hedges is the Yidan Prize for Education Research Laureate 2018. He is the Chairman of the Department of Statistics, Northwestern University. Hedges is one of the most influential applied statisticians in the world. His work in educational policy allows policymakers, educators and the general public to see the evidence for “what works” in the field of education.CMRubinWorld’s award-winning series, The Global Search for Education, brings together distinguished thought leaders in education and innovation from around the world to explore the key learning issues faced by most nations. The series has become a highly visible platform for global discourse on 21st century learning, offering a diverse range of innovative ideas which are presented by the series founder, C. M. Rubin, together with the world’s leading thinkers. (Font: CMRubinWorld)

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Congo Ebola Outbreak: A Public Health Emergency of International Concern

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 11 febbraio 2019

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) echoes calls by authors of a recent article in The Lancet for World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus to reconvene the Emergency Committee to consider declaring a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), opening the doors for increased international cooperation to stamp out the current Ebola outbreak that is ravaging the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).“Traditional methods for containing Ebola in the Congo simply will not work,” said AHF President Michael Weinstein. “Not only are we seeing an over 50% mortality rate, ongoing political instability and armed conflict are disrupting response efforts and making the populace increasingly distrustful. To further complicate the situation, migration from affected areas threatens the entire region. AHF calls on the WHO to reconvene the Emergency Committee and declare a PHEIC. Ebola is a world problem – not an Africa problem – and the WHO should have every asset at its disposal that the international community can provide. That cannot happen if the status quo is maintained.” It is clear that this outbreak meets the criteria for declaring a PHEIC—it must be put into place. The WHO’s response cannot falter under the pressures of violence and instability, and it must leverage everything in its power to stop the current outbreak. AHF believes it is time to run towards the danger and respond to the call.

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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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Reimposing visas: MEPs back emergency brake measures

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 17 dicembre 2016

europa-261011-cVisa requirements for non-EU nationals will be reintroduced faster when EU countries face irregular migration surges or security risks, under new rules passed by Parliament on Thursday.
Parliament´s rapporteur for the proposal, Agustín Díaz de Mera (EPP, ES), said “We have succeeded in creating a more flexible and operational tool, while ensuring respect for human rights and a key role for the European Parliament. I am confident that following the approval of the suspension mechanism, the Council will cooperate fully to ensure that the proposals to grant visa waivers to Georgia and Ukraine are processed smoothly, given that both countries fulfilled the requested criteria some time ago.”
His report was approved by 485 votes to 132 with 21 abstentions.
Under the new rules, third countries’ visa waiver deals with the EU may be suspended, in which case their citizens would again need a visa to enter the EU, in one or more of the following cases:
a substantial increase in the number of nationals of that country are refused entry to or stay irregularly in EU territory,
a substantial increase in unfounded asylum applications,
a decrease in cooperation on readmissions (returns of migrants), or
an increase in risks or imminent threats to public policy or internal security related to nationals of the third country concerned.
Both EU member states and the European Commission will be able to trigger the visa waiver suspension mechanism. However, the text underlines that a decision to temporarily suspend a visa waiver must be based on “relevant and objective data”.
Following a notification by a member state (or a request by a simple majority of member states), or based on its own report, the Commission will have one month in which to decide to suspend a visa waiver for nine months. This decision will take effect automatically.
During the suspension period, the Commission should try, together with the country concerned, to find solutions to the circumstances that led to the suspension. The Commission will also be in charge of monitoring the situation in visa-exempt countries and reporting, at least once a year, to Parliament and the Council on whether they still fulfil visa waiver conditions such as respect for human rights.
If the situation persists, the Commission will have to present, at the latest two months before the end of the nine-month period, a proposal to prolong the temporary restoration of visa requirements for an additional 18 months. Both MEPs and member states may object to this decision.
The Commission may also decide at any point to present a legislative proposal to move a non-EU country from the list of countries exempted from visa requirements to the list of those that are subject to them. This transfer would need to be approved by both Parliament and the Council. This revision of the visa suspension mechanism, enshrined in EU legislation since 2013, is linked to the proposals to grant visa-free access to the EU to Georgia, already agreed by MEPs and the Council, as well as to Ukraine and Kosovo.
Next steps The draft regulation still has to be formally approved by the Council. It will enter into force twenty days after its publication in the EU Official Journal.The visa suspension mechanism will not apply to the UK or Ireland. Procedure: Ordinary legislative procedure, 1st reading agreement

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20% of emergency department visits preventable of which half are cardiovascular disease

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 17 ottobre 2016

cardiologiaLisbon, Portugal Twenty percent of emergency department (ED) visits are preventable, of which half are for cardiovascular disease, reveals research presented today at Acute Cardiovascular Care 2016.1 “We face an increasing phenomenon of crowding in emergency departments,” said last author Professor Martin Möckel, medical director of Emergency Medical Services at Charité – University Medicine Berlin, Germany. “Acute care of patients with preventable conditions is competing with real emergencies like stroke and myocardial infarction.”The term “Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions” (ACSCs) describes chronic conditions in which ED visits and hospital admissions could be prevented with better primary care. The main cardiovascular ACSCs are heart failure, hypertension and angina pectoris (chest pain).This study investigated the prevalence of cardiovascular ACSCs in 34 444 patients attending two EDs in Berlin during one year. Patients received one of 19 diagnoses using the International Classification of Diseases (ICD)-10 coding. In-hospital mortality and use of intensive care beds was examined in patients with cardiovascular ACSCs. The results were stratified for inpatients (admitted to hospital for further care) and outpatients (directly discharged after treatment or diagnosis in the ED).The researchers found that 21.9% of all patients admitted to hospital from the ED had an ACSC. Of those, 52% had angina pectoris, congestive heart failure or hypertension. In patients directly discharged from the ED, 20.5% had ACSCs, of which 35% were cardiovascular.Professor Möckel said: “Half of the ACSCs were cardiovascular in those who were admitted for further inpatient care. In those who were treated as outpatients, the relative share of cardiovascular ACSCs was lower. This suggests that cardiovascular symptoms and diseases are taken seriously and patients are easily admitted to the hospital from the emergency department.”In-hospital mortality for patients with any type of ASCS was 4.7%, but this dropped to 2.3% for those with cardiovascular ACSCs. Looking specifically at cardiovascular ACSCs, in-hospital mortality was 8.6% for congestive heart failure, 0.3% for angina pectoris and 0% for hypertension.“Patients with chest pain are easily admitted but have a low risk of death due to the intensive structured treatment they receive in chest pain units, with swift access to monitoring units and intensive care,” said Professor Möckel. “On the other hand, acute congestive heart failure is often a terminal condition with a high mortality and patients have little access to specialised care in the community.” “Our results suggest that 20% of ED visits are preventable and half of those are from cardiovascular disease,” said Professor Möckel. “EDs are bursting at the seams and we could reduce crowding with more specialised and accessible outpatient care.” Patients treated in the ED who have no access to specialised chronic care in the community often return to the ED within a month with the same condition. This could be avoided by discharging patients from the ED with a treatment plan, which includes an appointment to see a specialist. “Many patients are very ill and find it difficult to organise appointments – they might call once but the line is busy and they are not able to try again,” said Professor Möckel. “Emergency care doctors should be able to give them a concrete plan when they leave the hospital outlining what to do in the next five days or so.” To prevent worsening symptoms and rehospitalisation for heart failure, specialised centres are needed in the community that are also open in the evening and at weekends. Telemedicine can be used to monitor patients at home and intervene early when symptoms deteriorate. Patients with advanced heart failure can be taught to adjust their diuretic dose if their ankles swell and they gain weight. Professor Möckel concluded: “There is clearly a need to take some of the pressure off overstretched emergency departments. The next step in our research is to identify specific interventions that could improve care for patients with ACSCs and keep them out of hospital.”

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State of emergency in France debated in Civil Liberties Committee

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 17 giugno 2016

Paris-antenne-vue-eiffel-tourWhilst France is indeed grappling with a difficult security situation, it needs to find adequate long-term solutions, because the terrorist threat is likely to last, argued most MEPs in a Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee debate on Thursday with Ambassador and France’s Permanent representative to the EU Pierre Sellal. ”The state of emergency is not a political expedient, but a legal situation in which the law confers upon the administrative authority additional prerogatives and possibilities to act. It is inspired by the logic of prevention”, said Mr Sellal, underlining that the state of emergency is subject to a triple check, ”legislative, judicial and parliamentary”, against excesses.”The President of the Republic has said clearly that the state of emergency is not meant to be permanent. It is hard to dispute that sadly, France continues to be a priority target for terrorists, particularly jihadists”, he added. MEPs hoped that the French experience would stimulate reflection allowing sustainable measures, other than exceptions to the state of law which cannot be an end in themselves, and warned against the impact that they have on society.

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MEPs approve first emergency rules for distributing asylum seekers in the EU

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 11 settembre 2015

european parliamentParliament backed temporary emergency rules to relocate an initial total of 40,000 asylum seekers from Italy and Greece to other EU member states over two years in a vote on Wednesday. In the migration debate, most MEPs welcomed the Commission’s new proposals outlined by Juncker in his state of the Union speech, stressing that more contributions to solidarity will be needed.”We have a humanitarian crisis and we need to act on it now. Relocating 40,000 refugees is just the start. Let this measure be the start of a rights-based, a fair and a common asylum policy, in solidarity with all member states and in solidarity with the refugees,” said Parliament’s rapporteur, Ska Keller (Greens/EFA, DE), in the debate on Tuesday.Ms Keller also stressed the need for a “permanent distribution key in case there is an emergency. We must be able to decide and move forward if we have that emergency, and we should not be blocked by several member states.” The future proposal for a permanent scheme should provide for a mandatory and automatically triggered relocation system.The legislative resolution on the emergency relocation of the initial 40.000 asylum seekers was approved by 498 votes to 158, with 37 abstentions.
To relieve the significant asylum pressure from Italy and Greece, “but also to act as an important test case with a view to the upcoming legislative proposal on a permanent emergency relocation scheme”, Parliament agrees that “an initial total of 40,000 applicants shall be relocated from Italy and Greece” over two years (24,000 from Italy and 16,000 from Greece). To adapt to rapidly changing refugee flows and trends, “a further increase shall be considered” in the course of the application of these emergency measures (i.e. during the two-year period), MEPs add.A separate proposal for a permanent emergency relocation scheme must also be based “on a more substantial contribution to solidarity and responsibility-sharing among member states, including a significant increase in the number of available relocation places”, MEPs stress. It should be built on clearly defined criteria, allowing it to be triggered “on the basis of transparent and objective indicators”.
The EP proposes that asylum seekers should be given the possibility, before they are relocated from Italy and Greece, to rank member states by order of preference, according to criteria such as family ties, social ties and cultural ties, for example language skills, previous stays, studies and work experience.”While applicants do not have a right to choose the member state of their relocation, their needs, preferences and specific qualifications should be taken into account to the extent possible,” says Parliament, since this could facilitate their integration into a particular EU country. Parliament also stresses that special attention should be given to unaccompanied minors.
Parliament has stated its position today, under the consultation procedure (based on Article 78(3) of the Treaty), on the temporary emergency rules for the relocation of the 40,000 asylum seekers initially proposed by the Commission on 27 May. It will be consulted in the coming months on the additional figure of 120,000 to be relocated under the second emergency proposal announced today.
On 20 July, EU interior ministers agreed, as a first step, to the relocation of 32,256 persons and to update the figures by December with a view to reaching the overall number of 40,000

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Migration: MEPs call for more EU solidarity on visit to reception centres in Sicily

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 29 agosto 2015

migrantsmigrants05Countries such as Italy and Greece dealing with an influx of asylum seekers should receive more support from other member states, MEPs said on a delegation visit to the Italian island of Sicily from 22 to 24 July. “Italy spends over €1 billion every year just to take care of those who make it across the Mediterranean. Italy’s borders are the EU’s borders and a better management of the migratory flows is our common responsibility,” said French ALDE member Jean Arthuis, co-chair of the delegation.The other co-chair of the delegation, Bulgarian S&D member Iliana Iotova, expressed her disappointment with the results of the meeting of EU home affairs ministers on 20 July, when member states agreed to take about 32,000 asylum seekers from Italy and Greece over two years, rather than 40,000 as proposed by the European Commission. “What we see is an endemic lack of solidarity among EU member states,” she said. “Countries such as Italy, Greece, Malta and Bulgaria are left alone dealing with a global problem.”
On 16 July Parliament’s civil liberties committee had approved the Commission plans for a binding emergency redistribution of at least 40,000 asylum seekers across the EU. MEPs have been pushing for a stronger common asylum policy and binding quotas for EU member states to take in asylum seekers.
Members from the budgets and civil liberties committees visited the reception centres for asylum seekers in Pozzallo and Mineo and met Italian government and local officials as well as representatives from NGOs, EU border agency Frontex and the European Asylum Support Office. (migrants eu)

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EU Agenda on Migration / Emergency relocation mechanism / Holistic approach to migration

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 4 luglio 2015

Strasbourg -Monday 6 July 2015, 19.00 – 21.00 Room Louise Weiss (LOW) N1.4 The European Agenda on Migration will be discussed in the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee on 6 July, in Strasbourg. Particular attention will be given to, amongst others, the provisional international protection measures for Italy and Greece, a European resettlement scheme, the action plan against migrant smuggling and the guidelines on fingerprints. The committee will also continue discussing the situation in the Mediterranean and the need for a holistic approach to migration. European Agenda on Migration – presentation of the first measures by Matthias Ruete, Director General, DG HOME, European Commission:
– proposal for a Council decision on provisional measures in the area of international protection for the benefit of Italy and Greece;
– Commission recommendation on a European resettlement scheme;
– EU action plan against migrant smuggling 2015-2020;
– guidelines on the implementation of the Eurodac regulation as regards the obligation to take fingerprints;
– revised operational plan of joint operation Triton.

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Energy experts open New Energy Husum

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 22 marzo 2014

energiaHusum. Exhibition boss Peter Becker and experts from the fields of politics, science and industry associations opened the leading renewables trade fair, New Energy Husum, today with a critical keynote speech about the impact of the planned amendment to the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG). Exhibitors will be showing the complete range of products and services for renewable energy generation and storage in three halls and an open-air exhibition space until 23 March. The tenth New Energy Husum is also focusing on alternative transport in the shape of electric vehicles, and on green building and renovation.In his keynote speech, Professor Volker Quaschning from the HTW University of Applied Sciences in Berlin has criticised the plans of the federal government to further restrict the increase in renewable energy sources: “Capping the rise in electricity prices is meant to justify the emergency stop in energy transition. And in return we are sacrificing climate protection and Germany’s position as the leading pioneer of future technology”, said Quaschning.“New Energy Husum clearly shows that the ordinary citizens have already taken the reins of energy transition into their own hands”, said Peter Becker at the opening press conference. “When the parliament in Berlin votes on the amendment to the EEG, we expect to see a clear commitment to energy transition!“
At the press conference, Dr Harald Binder, managing director of the German Energy Storage Association, spoke out for a fundamental reorganisation of the energy supply system: “In future we will generate and use our energy locally. And for this we need intelligent storage solutions and the corresponding framework

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Migrants: MEPs endorse search and rescue rules to prevent further deaths at sea

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 23 febbraio 2014

african_migrants.jpg.crop_displayBinding rules on search and rescue to clarify how border guards serving in Frontex sea operations should deal with migrants and where they should disembark them were approved by the Civil Liberties Committee on Thursday. The rules were informally agreed by Parliament and Council negotiators on 11 February.The text defines “emergency phases” for search and rescue operations and places a clear duty upon units participating in Frontex operations to engage and to save lives. The rules on search and rescue operations and the disembarkation of migrants will only cover operations that are coordinated by Frontex. This should help to dispel confusion created by EU member states’ differing interpretations of international law and practices.The “operational plan” governing Frontex-coordinated border surveillance operations must henceforth include procedures to ensure that persons needing international protection, victims of trafficking in human beings, unaccompanied minors and other vulnerable persons are identified and given appropriate help. Only after migrants are identified may possible coercive measures be taken (the identification rules are mandatory, whereas the enforcement ones are optional).
MEPs tightened up the text to ensure compliance with the “non-refoulement” principle, which says that individuals must not be returned to their country of origin or any other country where there is a risk of persecution, torture or other serious harm.Border guards who consider landing intercepted or rescued people in a third country will have to follow certain procedures (e.g. identification, personal assessment, information on the place of disembarkation, etc). Their actions will be subject to inspection.”Even though no migrant has so far been disembarked in a third country as part of a Frontex-coordinated operation, it is still very important to lay down tough rules to ensure that if this happens, it is done in full compliance with the ‘non-refoulement’ principle and respect for the fundamental rights of the migrants concerned”, said the rapporteur.

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The IWMF seeks Nominations for its 25th Courage in Journalism Awards

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 17 gennaio 2014

washingtonWashington DC – The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is seeking nominations for its 25th Courage in Journalism and Lifetime Achievement Awards in 2014. Awardees will be honored at ceremonies in New York on October 22nd and Los Angeles on October 29th.The Courage in Journalism Awards honor women journalists who set themselves apart by their extraordinary bravery. Facing and surviving danger to uncover the truth, they raise the bar for reporting under duress.We also recognize the pioneers who kicked down barriers to make it possible for women all over the world to find their voices and make them heard. Lifetime Achievement Award winners persevered, opening doors for future generations to make a difference.The IWMF has established an emergency fund for women journalists to support the urgent needs of our awardees and others with everything from medical assistance to emergency relocation for journalists or her loved ones. We have organized pro-bono legal assistance for asylum requests as well as temporary housing and financial aid. For a full history of the IWMF Courage in Journalism Awards, visit iwmf.org/courage.To review nomination requirements and criteria, and to submit a nomination, go to iwmf.org/nomination.Nominations for the 2014 Awards must be submitted by February 14, 2014.

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Missioni di “pace”

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 25 maggio 2011

Roma 27 maggio 2011 Orario: 16.30-20Conferenze di Palazzo Marini – Camera dei deputati Via del Pozzetto 158 Programma Dieci anni di guerra in Afghanistan: un bilancio disastroso. Interventi:
Mir Ahmad Joyenda, ex parlamentare della Camera bassa Afghana
Giulio Cristoffanini, co-fondatore di Emergency
Emanuele Giordana, giornalista esperto di Afghanistan e direttore di Ecoradio
Gen. Fabio Mini, ex Capo di Stato Maggiore della NATO in Sud Europa
Modera: Luca Muzi, Fondazione Basso – Sezione internazionale

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No al nucleare

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 12 ottobre 2010

Roma lunedì 18 ottobre Teatro Vittoria Greenpeace invita tutti per il Nuclear Emergency, una serata-evento contro il nucleare. L’iniziativa vedrà sul palco Diego Parassole, Teresa De Sio, Giovanni Soldini, i Têtes de Bois, Piotta, Leo Pari e Adriano Bono & Torpedo Sound Machine che, insieme all’organizzazione, hanno deciso di dire basta alla truffa nucleare, schierandosi a favore di un futuro energetico pulito. Comicità, letture, video e azioni di Greenpeace e un grande concerto finale per scongiurare il rischio di un futuro radioattivo. “La scelta del governo Berlusconi di riaprire al nucleare  – sostiene Giuseppe Onufrio, direttore esecutivo di Greenpeace Italia – è costosa, rischiosa e inutile. Ancora peggio: è una vera truffa. Il nucleare viene spacciato come una scelta per ridurre i costi della bolletta elettrica ma in realtà li farà crescere. Persino negli USA senza finanziamenti pubblici il nucleare chiuderebbe. E perché mai l’Italia dovrebbe riprendere una scelta che altrove ha fallito? Chi ci guadagnerebbe? Certo non i cittadini”. La serata “Nuclear Emergency” si aprirà con le note speciali dei Têtes de Bois, a seguire l’eco-comicità di Diego Parassole, in scena con lo spettacolo “Che Bio ce la mandi buona”. Interverranno anche la cantante partenopea, Teresa De Sio che leggerà “La cattiva sorella. Lettera alle vedove dei liquidatori di Cernobyl” e Giovanni Soldini, il navigatore italiano delle imprese in solitaria. La seconda parte sarà tutta musicale con l’eclettismo di Adriano Bono & Torpedo Sound Machine, le sonorità di Leo Pari e l’hip hop del Piotta. L’evento si chiuderà sulle note di “NO AL NUCLEARE” il brano degli “Artisti contro il nucleare” ideato da Adriano Bono per la campagna di Greenpeace “Nuclear Lifestyle” e cantato per la prima volta a bordo della Rainbow Warrior, lo storico veliero dell’organizzazione.

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Pakistan floods

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 4 agosto 2010

Islamabad  –  The  United  Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is scaling up emergency relief to  victims  of  catastrophic  flooding  in  Pakistan, prioritizing  the  worst-affected  areas of Peshawar, Mardan, Charsadda and Nowshera,  as  it  continues  to  identify  stricken communities across the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province. Further  food  distributions  are  planned to start in Swat and Dera Ismail Khan  in  the  coming  days,  in  conjunction  with an extensive network of national and international partner NGOs. “We are now into the third day of delivering food to hungry families in Peshawar, Mardan, Charsadda and Nowshera, and have reached more than 40,
000 people with life-saving rations,” said WFP Executive Director, Josette Sheeran. “We are prioritising the worst-affected areas.  More distributions are due to start as WFP mobilises staff to overcome immense logistical challenges.”  “Operations are being mounted on both sides of the border – in Pakistan and in Afghanistan – in these heartbreaking days of loss and suffering,”
Sheeran added.  Food  supplies  targeting  a  total of 250,000 people over this week, will  continue  for a third day in these four areas on Tuesday, while WFP  prepares  to  extend operations to other communities affected by the worst flooding in over 80 years. Families  are  receiving  a  one-month  supply  of  food,  including high-energy  biscuits and ready-to-use foods specifically targeted to protect young children. WFP  is  currently  conducting  food  needs  assessments  in the four worst-hit areas. First indications are that around 1.8 million people across  the  Khyber Pakhtunkhwa  (KPK)  province are in need of foodassistance. Elsewhere, preliminary assessments  indicate  that  up  to  20,000 families  in  other affected areas of Punjab and Balochistan may have been  forced  from their homes by the flooding and be in need of food
assistance. WFP is monitoring the situation closely. Access remains a major challenge to mounting distributions, with manyareas effectively cut off, as roads and bridges  have been washed away by the flooding.

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Scuola: contro le politiche governative

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 16 aprile 2010

Roma 17/4/2010. Corteo Colosseo – Piazza Campo de’ Fiori dalle ore 15.00 manifestazione cittadina delle scuole di ogni ordine e grado contro le politiche scolastiche governative.  “Il MIUR sta comunicando ai sindacati i suoi numeri e criteri per la definizione degli organici – spiega Barbara Battista, della RdB Scuola – e, come avviene da tempo, CGIL,CISL,UIL,SNALS e Gilda fanno i passacarte delle decisioni ministeriali. Anche stavolta l’unico dato certo è rappresentato dai tagli, che saranno effettuati come fissato nella finanziaria 2008. Per i docenti si tratta di  8.700 posti in meno nella primaria, 3.700 nella media, 13.750 nella secondaria. Verranno assunti solo 550 insegnati nella scuola d’infanzia a fronte 32 mila bambini in più, già iscritti da quest’anno. Tutto questo mentre il Governo spende 51 milioni al mese per la guerra in Afganistan!”.  “Il vero e proprio processo di privatizzazione in atto – precisa Battista – ha già tagliato 50 mila posti a fronte di 37 mila studenti in più, introducendo contratti-truffa per i precari. A completare il quadro ci sono i 5.000 posti a rischio per il personale ATA, il 30% dei lavoratori che da decenni garantiscono le pulizie in tante scuole: come gli amministrativi Co.co.co, sono lavoratori con contratti da fame e senza nessuna garanzia. A guadagnarci sono i Consorzi appaltatori mentre, come abbiamo dimostrato col nostro “libro bianco”, le pulizie affidate ai privati costano 75 milioni in più dell’assunzione dei lavoratori a tempo indeterminato. . Aggiunge la rappresentante RdB: “Il Ministro del fare agirà ancora sull’aumento dei carichi di lavoro, innalzando il numero di alunni nelle classi e imponendo ore di straordinario per coprire le mancate assunzioni dei precari; sulla chiusura di altre scuole e la cosiddetta riforma delle superiori, sulla riduzione delle pulizie: in altre parole sulla qualità dell’insegnamento e sulla sicurezza nei luoghi di lavoro, in questo caso tanto più delicati perché ospitano bambini e ragazzi. Contro questo sfascio – conclude Battista – scendiamo in piazza accanto ai comitati dei precari, ai coordinamenti dei genitori, agli ex-LSU e Co.co.co e stiamo preparando il blocco degli straordinari e delle attività aggiuntive sulla base di una vasta e generalizzata consultazione tra i lavoratori. “ A conclusione del corteo, il Coordinamento Permanente delle Scuole di Roma invita tutti i partecipanti ad unirsi alla manifestazione a sostegno di Emergency in Piazza Navona ed a firmare l’appello on line “Io sto con emergency”.

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Emergency: immediato rilascio medici arrestati

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 15 aprile 2010

“Siamo profondamente insoddisfatti dell’audizione del ministro Frattini, il quale non ha sentito neanche il dovere di esprimere una sola parola di solidarietà alle famiglie dei tre volontari sequestrati. Emergency è un’organizzazione umanitaria che fa onore all’Italia nel mondo e non un covo di terroristi. Colpisce il doppiopesismo di questo governo, garantista sempre con i ladri e non con gli operatori umanitari, lo ha dichiarato l’on. Fabio Evangelisti, vicepresidente del gruppo di Italia dei Valori alla Camera, commentando l’audizione del ministro degli esteri Frattini alla Camera sulla vicenda dei tre operatori dell’organizzazione di Gino Strada arrestati in Afghanistan. “Il Governo deve chiedere l’immediato rilascio dei nostri tre connazionali, non limitarsi ad inviare letterine di Babbo Natale a Karzai. Se fossero stati tre cooperatori americani o inglesi avremmo visto tutto un altro film” conclude il vicepresidente del gruppo di IDV alla Camera. (n.r. il Ministro Frattini in una intervista rilasciata dopo l’audizione presso la commissione parlamentare ha reso noto che gli afghani sono in procinto di rilasciare uno dei tre medici arrestati. A sua volte il presidente del Consiglio ha inviato una lettera al suo omologo afghano per sollecitare un celere iter delle indagini in corso.)

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Sarà dimostrata innocenza medici di Emergency

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 14 aprile 2010

Sarà provata l’estraneità dei medici di Emergency arrestati in Afghanistan con l’accusa di terrorismo. Lo dice Aldo Morrone, direttore dell’Istituto nazionale per la promozione della salute delle popolazioni migranti e per il contrasto delle malattie della povertà (Inmp), Istituto che ha i suoi medici anche in Africa, a margine della visita del neopresidente della Regione Lazio Renata Poverini nella sede dello storico ospedale romano San Gallicano. «Lavorare in questi Paesi è sempre molto difficile e la complessità delle situazioni determina grossi rischi», spiega Morrone. Che sottolinea però la totale fiducia nei medici di Emergency. «La caratteristica di questa associazione è di stare sempre dalla parte delle persone che soffrono, a qualunque gruppo sociale o etnico appartengano», conclude Morrone». L’anno scorso con Emergency sono partiti 251 tra medici e infermieri. I progetti più ‘gettonati’ sono quelli legati alle missioni in Afghanistan e in Sudan. Ai camici bianchi che partono in missione, Emergency offre vitto, alloggio, le spese di viaggio e una retribuzione mensile in linea con la qualifica del professionista. Oltre che in Afghanistan e Sudan, Emergency è presente anche in Cambogia, Iraq, Repubblica Centrafricana, Sierra Leone. Emergency – si legge sul sito web dell’organizzazione – costruisce e gestisce ospedali dedicati alle vittime di guerra, alle emergenze chirurgiche, a terapie specialistiche in aree che ne sono prive. E ancora, costruisce e gestisce centri per la riabilitazione fisica e sociale delle vittime delle mine antiuomo e di altri traumi di guerra, posti di primo soccorso per il trattamento immediato dei feriti, centri sanitari per l’assistenza medica di base, centri pediatrici. (fonte doctor news)

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Afghanistan: Solidarietà ad emergency

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 12 aprile 2010

Il coordinatore di Italia dei Valori provincia di Firenze, Alessandro Cresci,  e i referenti cittadini IdV Firenze, Cinzia Niccolai e Mario Rizzuti, esprimono solidarietà a Emergency, a Gino Strada e alle famiglie dei membri dello staff, arrestati con l’accusa di collaborazione con i talebani per un attentato contro il governatore Goulab Mangal. La pretestuosa e infamante accusa di legami con i terroristi di al Qaeda, confermata da una successiva falsa confessione dei nostri tre connazionali e del resto degli arrestati , è un ignobile attacco ad una associazione indipendente che si batte per salvare le vittime della guerra. Dal 1999 ad oggi Emergency ha curato gratuitamente oltre 2.500.000 cittadini afgani e costruito tre ospedali, un centro di maternità e una rete di 28 posti di primo soccorso senza mai avere altro scopo, dimostato, che non l’amore per la vita umana, a rischio della propria vita. Al governo afgano chiediamo di liberare, senza indugio, lo staff di Emergency, al ministro Frattini di spendersi tentando tutte le strade possibili affinchè ciò avvenga e le false accuse siano ritirate.

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Buon compleanno, Emergency

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 31 agosto 2009

Firenze Fiera, dall’8 al 13 settembre al Mandela Forum spettacoli, dibattiti, incontri per conoscere il lavoro dell’associazione e per ragionare sul passato, sul presente e sul futuro dell’Ong fondata da Gino Strada. Nella citta’ toscana si sveleranno al pubblico i segreti di ospedali efficienti e con standard di cura elevatissimi: Sono passati quindici anni dal 1994, anno della nascita di Emergency e del primo intervento nel Ruanda devastato dalla guerra civile. In quindici anni, oltre tre milioni di persone sono state curate gratuitamente in Afganistan, Algeria, Angola, Cambogia, Eritrea, Iraq, Palestina, Repubblica Centrafricana, Sierra Leone, Sudan e in Italia. Mercoledi’ 9 settembre alle 15.00, l’incontro “Come si costruisce un ospedale modello: i centri di Emergency dalla missione esplorativa, alla progettazione, al mantenimento”. Sabato 12 e domenica 13, al mattino, medici e infermieri racconteranno i nuovi obiettivi dell’associazione e le attivita’ degli ospedali di Emergency nel mondo. Spazio anche per i dibattiti “politici” organizzati da PeaceReporter: Martedi’ alle 18.00, sara’ l’Afganistan alla ribalta: “Una missione diversamente difensiva” il titolo dell’incontro per fare il punto su una guerra che vede sempre piu’ coinvolti i militari italiani. Introdurra’ Enrico Piovesana con Nico Piro, inviato del Tg3, il direttore di Analisi Difesa Gianandrea Gaiani, il giornalista Emanuele Giordana, il generale Fabio Mini e Marco Garatti, chirurgo di Emergency di ritorno da Lashkar-gah, capoluogo del distretto di Helmand, teatro della grande offensiva statunitense di questa estate. Giovedi’, sempre alle 18.00, si parlera’ di “I soldi per armi e guerra: un pessimo investimento” con esperti del settore, tra cui Paolo Busoni, Angelo Baracca, Valter Bovolenta e Francesco Vignarca. Sabato, infine, “Il razzismo: una strana malattia”, con lo scrittore Erri De Luca, Don Virginio Colmegna della Casa della Carita’ e Gabriele del Grande, fondatore di Fortress Europe.

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