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Illumina, Inc. (NASDAQ:ILMN) today announced the opening of its Solutions Center on the Genopole Campus in Évry, near Paris

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 1 dicembre 2017

Paris-antenne-vue-eiffel-tourParis. The leading-edge customer training center will offer demonstrations, instruction, and education in the latest genomics technologies from Illumina for up to 1,000 scientists a year, providing direct links to Illumina’s global network of facilities and in-house experts. The center will also accommodate Illumina’s first commercial office on the European continent to provide support in the development of skills for the expanding genomics industry in France.”Illumina’s unmatched success and reputation as a global leader in genomics is the perfect fit for the Genopole campus, which brings together the key elements needed for our business to thrive, and we look forward to extending our relationships in France,” said Paula Dowdy, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Illumina, Europe, Middle East, and Africa. “The French government’s commitment to its own Genome Project demonstrates the value it places on genomics as part of the strategy to provide better future healthcare.”Genopole, France’s leading biocluster for biotechnologies and research in genomics and genetics, is built upon the model of American and European campuses and unites innovative high-tech life sciences companies, public and private research and higher education facilities at a single site in Évry, near Paris.“We are very proud that Illumina has chosen Genopole to establish its Solutions Center in France,” said Jean-Marc Grognet, CEO of Genopole. “France Médecine Génomique 2025 – the national personalized medicine initiative – has also selected Genopole for its Reference, Expertise, Innovation and Transfer Center (CREFIX), thus building on the strength of the National Research Center on Human Genomics already established on our site by the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA). The arrival of Illumina demonstrates the central role that Genopole plays in the development of personalized medicine and we are happy that its Solutions Center will attract more users to our site.”

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Cardiac imaging experts create ‘imaging phenotype’ to improve personalised treatment

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 6 novembre 2017

lisbonaLisbon, Portugal 6 to 9 December 2017 at the Centro de Congressos de Lisboa (CCL). EuroEcho-Imaging is the annual meeting of the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI), a registered branch of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). The full scientific programme is available here. The EuroEcho-Imaging 2017 mobile app can be downloaded from the App Store or Google play – search for ‘EuroEcho2017’.
“Clinicians, scientists and engineers from across the globe attend EuroEcho-Imaging,” said Professor Erwan Donal, Chairperson of the Scientific Programme Committee. “It is the place to see the most innovative imaging techniques in cardiovascular diseases and journalists will find plenty of fresh material.” Phenomapping is an emerging field that will be discussed by specialists at the meeting. Using the statistical methods that condense large amounts of data from DNA sequences into understandable information, data from cardiac imaging (mainly echocardiography) is transformed into an ‘imaging phenotype’. Professor Donal said: “This is a completely new area in cardiovascular imaging. International leaders will reveal how phenomapping can be used to personalise treatment for patients with cardiovascular disease.” EuroEcho-Imaging is the place to be to meet world renowned global experts in the field of cardiovascular imaging. More than 3 200 healthcare professionals from over 90 countries are set to attend the four day event. Original research will be presented in the abstract programme and more than 150 scientific sessions will explore the hottest topics in cardiovascular imaging. Subjects of interest to the press include the use of holograms and 3D printing to guide procedures such as repair of congenital heart defects and replacement of heart valves; use of imaging for early detection and prevention of heart damage caused by cancer treatment; and foetal cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) and fusion imaging to improve diagnosis and treatment of congenital heart diseases. The main themes of the congress are imaging in heart failure and interventional imaging. Cardiac imagers have played a key role in both areas, using echocardiography, cardiac computed tomography (CT), CMR, and nuclear imaging techniques to select patients and guide procedures. These include atrial fibrillation ablation, valve replacement, and implantation of cardiac resynchronisation therapy devices. Members of the press will hear the latest research in both fields. Members of the press can get a look into the future by attending sessions held in collaboration with Computers in Cardiology, a group of scientists in engineering, physics and computer science who will discuss techniques on the horizon to improve the diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment of patients with cardiovascular disease. Contentious issues will be debated giving media representatives both sides of the story. For example, should patients with coronary artery disease and heart failure receive revascularisation? Professor Donal said: “We don’t have convincing evidence on whether or not to treat the heart failure only. Those in favour of revascularisation argue that it improves ejection fraction and ameliorates heart failure. They will show how CMR can be used to assess viability of the myocardium and select candidates for revascularisation.” Dr Philippe Pibarot from Quebec, Canada, will give the EuroEcho-Imaging lecture “Why and how cardiac imaging has revolutionised the management of aortic stenosis”. Professor Donal said: “EuroEcho-Imaging will demonstrate how clinicians and scientists worldwide are using echocardiography, cardiac CT, CMR, and nuclear imaging to improve our understanding and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. This is the event of the year for breaking news in cardiovascular imaging.”

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The Off-Grid Experts Awards 2015: Power supply in Africa in the focus of prize winners

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 1 ottobre 2015

Award winnerMemmingen.The Off-Grid Experts Awards especially award particularly innovative developments, experiences and impressions from the field of independent energy supply. The award ceremony of the 2nd Off-Grid Experts Awards took place in the framework of the Off-Grid Experts Workshop 2015 on 26.09.2015 in a historical building named Ice Cellar in Memmingen/Germany. Solar applications for the power supply in Africa were in the focus of three of the four prize winners. The competition had been announced for the second time by the system integrator Phaesun this year under the motto “Energy Independence for You.” The trade association „Alliance for Rural Electrification“ (ARE) supported the competition and acted as a jury with their chairmen for the categories product and project. The best photo and the best filmlet were identified with the help of a public voting.In the four announced categories product, project, photo and filmlet, more than 100 applications from 26 countries were submitted, so it was a colourful conglomeration of innovative product developments and exciting projects with solar, biogas, wind and hydropower including colourful pictures and films from the wide range of Off-Grid supply applications. From solar water pumping systems in Haiti through to solar cooling applications for local fishermen on the Somali coast and an energy independent factory on the Swabian Alb, the awards demonstrated what a wide range of applications is included in Off-Grid power supply.During the award ceremony on 26.09.2015 in the historical Ice Cellar of Memmingen, the four best applications were introduced in every category and the prize winners were announced. David Lecoque, Business Developer of ARE and Tobias Zwirner, Managing Director of Phaesun GmbH, handed over the prizes and awarded the winners.
nominees and winnersThe Spanish company Trama Tecno Ambiental has been awarded with the Off-Grid Experts Awards in the category A “product” for their “Universal Electricity Dispenser”, an electronic metering device for low voltage grids. It supports different tariff schemes and, additionally to its function of energy limitation, it is a current limiter. Therefore it is best suitable for minigrids served by renewable energies. The dispenser has already been successfully used with projects in Africa where every power connection such as households, small industrial users and schools are is billed individually.
The Foundation for Rural Electricity Services (FRES) from the Netherlands could also be happy as they were awarded for an extensive project for village power supply in Mali in category B “project. Since 2006 they have been replacing diesel generators by solar plants to run existing minigrids in a more economic and sustainable way. The project in the regions of Ségou and Sikasso uses reliable modern technology and moreover, the local population was involved in the Winning pictureplanning and realisation.
Category D „filmlet“ asked for a documentation for projects or initiatives of Off-Grid power supply. The Bavarian Start-Up enterprise LuvSide received the most votes for their film “The dream of self-sufficient energy supply” with the public voting. The parallels of the newly developed vertical wind generator are shown impressively with the wings of the albatross and a sustainable decentral power supply is propagated.The competition was announced for the second time this year and was addressed to developers, manufacturers, public and private organisations, system integrators, users and interested third private parties. The Off-Grid Experts Award will be again announced in 2017.
The photo competition was won by Gilda Monjanes‘ impression „Solar power solution for learners“.
About Phaesun GmbH. Phaesun has been specialising in the sale, service and installation of Off-Grid photovoltaic and wind power systems since the foundation in 2001. As one of the world’s leading system integrators of Off-Grid energy systems, Phaesun offers products of all reputable manufacturers of this trade. International project management, purposeful training courses for customers and technical support complete the range of services offered.
The headquarters of Phaesun GmbH are based in Memmingen/Germany. The Phaesun Group now has daughter companies in France and Dubai and holds subsidiaries in Eritrea, Panama and Ivory Coast. Phaesun can fall back on a worldwide partner and distribution network. Therefore Phaesun contributes to the sustainable electricity supply in the target regions of Europe, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.
The picture shows a Mozambican child who does his homework in the shine of a solar lamp. Gilda Monjane has been selling small solar systems in rural Mozambique for four years via a network of „Energy Shops”. Info about the photos:
Pic1: All nominees and winners of the Off-Grid Experts Awards 2015, Foto: Phaesun
Pic 2: Award winner of category A „Product“ Marilena Lazopoulou from Trama Tecno Ambiental, Foto: Phaesun
Pic 3: Winning picture “Solar power solution for learners “, Foto: Gilda Monjane

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“Marital Love and Responsible Parenthood”

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 25 settembre 2015

marital loveThe Pontifical Council for the Family today presented at the Philadelphia World Meeting of Families a video-summary on “Marital Love and Responsible Parenthood”. It has been produced by Goya Producciones under the patronage of the Council.
Over 15,000 people are attending the WMF, which is scheduled to be closed on Sunday by Pope Francis.
The new video summarizes a ten-part series of short documentaries to be released by the producer early next year in different languages. Featuring are international experts on debated matters such as marriage, responsible parenthood and natural family planning.
Gynecologists and other experts explain in the video that the natural methods effectiveness is equivalent to any artificial method. They are not, however, “a catholic system of contraception”. They are rather a way of living love based on the respect to nature and to human dignity. The natural methods of fertility regulation keep the espouses closer together. According to US experts, the rate of divorce is less than 3% among users of natural methods, whereas it reaches up to 50% among those using contraception.
The video also shows that the natural methods are good for health, compared with the numerous side effects of the pill and other contraceptives. The natural methods are not only effective for spacing births but also to achieve them in case of infertility. The Natural Procreative Technology is becoming as effective as any Assisted Reproductive Technology techniques, but with lower cost and with healthier pregnancies, and healthier babies, the experts claim.The video shows that the natural methods are being successfully used in many countries of different cultures and religions worldwide. They are however not widely spread because of lack of financial resources.The last part of the video comments on Pope Paul VI encyclical “Humanae Vitae” and the development of his teaching by John Paul II, Benedict XVI and pope Francis. The video was made in cooperation with the UCAM and the ACN. (foto: marital love)

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Leaders in water and development gather in Stockholm to discuss world’s water crises

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 20 agosto 2015

storie acqua World leaders, water experts and development professionals will meet in Stockholm 23-28 August to seek solutions to the world’s several escalating water crises.This year, World Water Week is held under the theme Water for Development. The role of water for development cannot be overestimated. Water is the foundation for all aspects of human and societal progress. While we need it to survive – literally, to quench our thirst, to prepare our food, and maintain our hygiene, it is also central to economic and social development, sustainable growth, and a prerequisite for healthy ecosystems. While we need to ensure access to safe water for all those who do not have it today, we must also manage the global rise in demand for water from growing economies by increasing water productivity, and find incentives for using it more effectively. Water security is both a condition for, and a result of, sustainable development.At World Water Week we will address the complex challenges related to water and development and ensure that water receives the priority it deserves in global decision-making. Over 3,000 participants from some 120 countries, representing governments, the private sector, multilateral organizations, civil society and academia will be in Stockholm 23-28 August to shape joint solutions to global water challenges. Speakers at the Opening on 23 August will include the Prime Minister of Sweden, Stefan Löfven; the Prime Minister of Jordan; Abdullah Ensour; the President of the Marshall Islands, Christopher Loeak and the Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Adnan Z. Amin.
Climate change: Climate change is to a large extent water change. We feel the impact of climate change through water. Increased rainfall variability, less reliable monsoons, prolonged droughts and reduced water storage in snow and ice are just some effects. California is currently suffering the worst drought in living memory, straining parts of the state’s economy. Cities are rationing water and food prices are increasing. Water is also critical for the mitigation of climate change, as many efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions depend on reliable access to water resources. Expansion of renewable energy will to a large extent also depend on access to water – on all levels.
Food and nutrition: About 800 million people in the world are undernourished, and prevalence is going down. Overweight and obesity rates are heading the other direction and today, around 2 billion are overweight or obese. Meanwhile, about a third of all food produced is either lost or thrown out by the consumer. Since most food production demands huge amounts of water, this means rivers of water are literally lost as a result of food being lost or discarded, or overeating.
Water and conflict: Approximately 276 river basins cross the political boundaries of two or more countries, and serve as a primary source of freshwater for approximately 40 percent of the world’s population. Decisions on water allocations can be a source of conflict, but also a catalyst for cooperation and peace building.
Trilateral and multilateral cooperation is, for example, the only solution to current challenges relating to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam in the Blue Nile region. Cooperation over transboundary waters is therefore not only a necessity, but an opportunity for people, regions and states to strengthen and develop cooperation, and to open up new paths of working together.
Social instability: Regional droughts and water stress in combination with water mismanagement and poor governance risk escalating into social unrest, as seen during the Arab Spring in 2011.
The World Economic Forum ranks water crises as the world’s biggest risk and underlying driver of global instability.
Health: An estimated 1.8 billion people live without access to safe water and 2.4 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation. Diseases caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation and hygiene kill more than 5,000 people each day.

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Greenpeace experts at G7 summit

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 4 giugno 2015

berlinoBerlin, Ahead of the G7 summit this Sunday in Elmau, where climate change will be high on the agenda, Greenpeace head of international climate politics, Martin Kaiser said:“If Angela Merkel does not want to go down in history as the ‘Coal Chancellor’, she has to use this opportunity to make the first step in the phase-out of coal in Germany ahead of the summit. This would enable her to convince Obama, together with his G7 colleagues, to make the transition to 100% renewable energy by mid-century.”The G7 meeting in Elmau is six months ahead of the UN climate change conference in Paris, where nations have set a deadline for a global agreement.

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Statement from experts on the need for detailed emissions information in INDC’s

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 13 dicembre 2014

limaLima In order to be able to evaluate the effect of government proposals on their emissions, and to evaluate the collective total global effect of the INDC’s (intended nationally determined contributions) on emissions, it is very important that they include rigorous and scientifically sound emissions information.Two countries studied by the Climate Action Tracker, which has been evaluating the effect of countries pledges since 2009, illustrate this problem and need. In the case of Australia, while its target of -0.5% by 2020 suggests that it is apparently required to limit its emissions from energy and industry to approximately 1990 levels by 2020 under the Kyoto Protocol, when all of the measures available to it in the land sector are independently evaluated, Australia could be allowed a greater than 50% increase above 1990 levels of both energy and industrial emissions by 2020. Australia’s published information on these land use, land use change and forestry activities is not sufficiently transparent to enable independent verification of the government’s own claims that rather than a large credit, as evaluated by the Climate Action Tracker, it would receive a large debit. A credit adds to the country’s allowed emissions and a debit deducts from allowed emissions in its target year, ie 2020.The next example is China, which is taking substantial action to slow – and ultimately peak – its emissions by 2030. China has not, however, provided its own estimate on the envisaged level of emissions by 2030, nor enough information for it to be possible to accurately quantify the level of its peak emissions, which is fundamentally important to the likely level of global warming in the 21st Century. In the first case, Australia, it is clear: present policy settings will likely increase it emissions by more than 50% above 1990 levels by 2020. Hence it is also clear, that Australia has an interest in gaining as many land use credits as it can, and possibly obscuring the real outcome of its international Kyoto targets for as long as possible.In the case of China most analyses that fully account for present and proposed policies indicate that China’s emissions are likely to peak by the late 2020’s if they successfully implement all of the policies proposed. However, we are only able to determine, within a broad range, the likely level of those peak emissions.Given these considerations, it is very important that critical information is provided in the INDC’s of all countries to enable the quantification of expected emission reductions, and transparent information on the accounting of all significant activities and greenhouse gas emissions, particularly in the land use and forestry sectors. The land use change and forestry is particularly important because of the large uncertainties and because of the great potential for selective accounting to produce inflated credits.
The ultimate purpose of the INDC’s is for countries to progress towards holding warming below 2˚C. If the scientific community cannot evaluate the overall effects of INDC’s because countries have not given sufficient information, or not all important assumptions, then there can be no way that the public can be confident that an agreement in Paris will set us on a safer path than at present. The Climate Action Tracker is an independent science-based assessment that tracks the emission commitments and actions of countries. It is a joint project of the following organisations:
Climate Analytics is a non-profit organization based in Potsdam, Germany. It has been established to synthesize climate science and policy research that is relevant for international climate policy negotiations. It aims to provide scientific, policy and analytical support for Small Island States (SIDS) and the least developed country group (LDCs) negotiators, as well as non-governmental organisations and other stakeholders in the ‘post-2012’ negotiations. Furthermore, it assists in building in-house capacity within SIDS and LDCs.
Established in 1984 with the vision of achieving “sustainable energy for everyone”, Ecofys has become the leading expert in renewable energy, energy & carbon efficiency, energy systems & markets as well as energy & climate policies. The unique synergy between those areas of expertise is the key to its success. Ecofys creates smart, effective, practical and sustainable solutions for and with public and corporate clients all over the world. With offices in the Netherlands, Germany, the United Kingdom, China and the US, Ecofys employs over 250 experts dedicated to solving energy and climate challenges.
The PIK conducts research into global climate change and issues of sustainable development. Set up in 1992, the Institute is regarded as a pioneer in interdisciplinary research and as one of the world’s leading establishments in this field. Scientists, economists and social scientists work together, investigating how the earth is changing as a system, studying the ecological, economic and social consequences of climate change, and assessing which strategies are appropriate for sustainable development.
NewCLimate Institute is a non-profit institute established in 2014. NewClimate Institute supports research and implementation of action against climate change around the globe, covering the topics international climate negotiations, tracking climate action, climate and development, climate finance and carbon market mechanisms. NewClimate Institute aims at connecting up-to-date research with the real world decision making processes.

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Global experts call for a binding treaty to tackle poor diets

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 14 novembre 2014

Colosseo (interno)Rome.  In a global show of support for increased efforts to tackle diet-related ill health, leading health campaigners and consumer advocates from across the world have publically endorsed calls for a tobacco-style Global Convention to protect and promote healthy diets.With the world’s governments gathering in Rome this week for a conference that aims to address malnutrition in all its forms, an open letter calling for a binding treaty has been sent to the heads of the WHO and FAO, co-authored by Consumers International, the World Obesity Federation, the UK Health Forum and consumer groups in Fiji and Mexico, with the support of over 320 individuals and organisations.The letter urges greater action to protect and promote healthy diets using a similar mechanism to the Framework Convention for Tobacco Control which has already proved successful in reducing tobacco use. The letter is addressed to WHO Director General Dr Margaret Chan, and FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva, ahead of the International Conference on Nutrition (19-21 November, Rome).The letter states that ‘the governance of food production and distribution cannot be left to economic interests alone,’ and urges governments to take regulatory action to reduce children’s exposure to marketing, to impose compositional limits on the saturated fat, added sugar and sodium content of food, to bring in fiscal measures to discourage the consumption of unhealthy foods, and to require all trade and investment policies to be assessed for their potential health impacts.The authors, who have already drafted a Global Convention to Protect and Promote Healthy Diets, state such a treaty can ‘help Member States, particularly smaller nations, to maintain a robust defence of public health for their citizens.’Amanda Long, Director General of Consumers International said “Diseases like obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer are increasing in all regions of the world, most rapidly in developing countries. The policy actions that governments take now will determine whether we can turn the tide on this health crisis. A binding Global Convention offers the best hope of protecting and promoting the health of all consumers.”Dr Tim Lobstein, Policy Director for the World Obesity Federation, said “The rapid expansion of the marketing of highly processed foods is undermining health in much of the developing world, leading to rapidly rising rates of obesity, diabetes and other chronic diseases. Regulatory action to control food markets will require political courage. We should start with a Global Convention which can help Member States, particularly smaller nations, to build and maintain a robust defence of public health.”

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Multilevel citizenship in Canada

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 16 settembre 2014

York Hall A100 – Glendon College campus, 2275 Bayview Avenue (at Lawrence Ave) Wednesday, September 24, 2014 – 1:00pm – 2:30pm York Hall A100 – Glendon College campus. Simultaneous translation (English to French) will be available. Free Admission RSVP by Monday, September 22, 2014 to On the occasion of the Italian Presidency of the European Union (1.7-31.12.2014) the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in collaboration with yorkGlendon College (York university) present Multilevel citizenship in Canada and the European Union, a round table with Willem Maas (York University), Patricia Mindus (University of Uppsala), Ettore Recchi (Science Po, Paris), three of the most renowned experts in the field of citizenship rights. What does it mean to be a European citizen when there is already French, German, Italian, British etcetera citizenship? What can Europeans learn from citizenship in federal states such as Canada, and what can Canadians learn from Europe about citizenship at different levels? Most people think of citizenship as meaning political equality within a sovereign nation-state; the passport symbolizes that only states may determine under international law who can be called a citizen. But this nation-state-focused idea of citizenship is being challenged as communities and jurisdictions both below and above the nation-state are becoming important sources of rights, allegiance, and status. For example, while the European Union protects the rights of member states to determine who are their own citizens, the project to construct a democratic polity beyond national borders — symbolized by EU citizenship — challenges sovereignty. This roundtable features reflections by Patricia Mindus, Ettore Recchi and Willem Maas on comparative questions of multilevel citizenship.
Willem Maas (PhD Yale) is Jean Monnet Chair and Associate Professor at Glendon College, York University. He is author of Creating European Citizens and editor of Democratic Citizenship and the Free Movement of People and of Multilevel Citizenship. Professor Maas will be awarded a Marie Skodowska-Curie International Fellowship by the European Commission for a project on the future of European citizenship in comparative perspective and will spend 2015-16 in Italy.
Patricia Mindus is Associate Professor in Practical Philosophy at Uppsala University, Sweden, since 2011 and collaborates with the Department of Political Science at the University of Turin, where she previously worked as a researcher 2007-2010. Her area of expertise is political and legal theory and EU studies. Her research has long focused on citizenship and migration policy in the European Union.
Ettore Recchi is Full Professor of Sociology at Sciences Po, Paris. He received his PhD at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence. His main research interests are mobilities (in their different forms), social stratification, elites and European integration. He has published extensively in books, academic journals, and collective volumes in Italian, English, French, German, Spanish and Dutch. From 2002, he has served as coordinator of three large-scale international research projects on mobility in Europe (titled Pioneur, Moveact and Eucross) funded by the European Commission. His last monograph is: Senza frontiere. La libera circolazione delle persone in Europa, Il Mulino. (York)

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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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LEED Certification: The Experts Meet the Activists

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 10 aprile 2012

All is not well with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). As more stakeholders come out in support of reforming the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED certification policy, FSC is fighting tooth and nail to maintain its monopoly, a position that has been bad value for both consumers and taxpayers. But this ongoing fight is all the more damaging because FSC and their fellow greens appear to have lost support from one of their most dependable allies—organized labor. As we have already highlighted, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) have declared their support for LEED to include wood certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), one of FSC’s competing certifiers. But just when the split between green groups and organized labor is become more and more apparent, noted forestry companies such as Cross & Crown in Oregon are also becoming much more vocal in their support to reform LEED. In fact, Robert A. Luoto, the owner of Cross & Crown, went as far to claim that by “giving preferential treatment to FSC, which has 90 percent of its certified land outside the United States, USGBC discourages the use of timber and other forest by‑products harvested on three million acres of lands certified to the SFI Standard in Oregon alone.” Without reform, USGBC is jeopardizing the future of the American forestry industry, especially small landholders who simply can’t afford to comply with FSC’s unnecessary standards. But without the support of unions, business and small landholders, FSC are looking increasingly isolated. Unlike SFI, FSC is thoroughly ideological and has pursed market interference measures both domestically and internationally. But with so much at stake, FSC’s real motives are gradually being found out. It’s therefore hardly surprising that with LEED reforms on the horizon, this debate would juxtapos e the experts against the activists. And there are no prizes for guessing which side is which.

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CIGI experts contribute to Brookings high-level panel

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 30 settembre 2011

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Waterloo, Canada The Financial Stability Board (FSB) should expand its scope, its geographical diversity and institutional capacity, and adopt a bottom-up approach to regional consultation, a high-level panel has concluded. The Brookings-led panel of 14 of the world’s top financial stability experts features former finance ministers and central bank governors from Colombia, Spain, Thailand and Uganda, and includes CIGI Chair in International Political Economy Eric Helleiner and CIGI Senior Fellow Bessma Momani.
The panel put forth 12 recommendations for the FSB in seven keys areas: mandate, chair, staff, legal personality, regional consultative groups, transparency and evaluation. Among its recommendations, the panel urges the FSB to expand its framework for cooperation with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to include the regulation of cross-border capital flows. The panel also suggests the FSB appoint a nominating panel and develop clear procedures for selecting its chair. It also calls for a substantial expansion of FSB staff in a manner that reflects “the broad geographical and institutional diversity” of its membership.
To enable the FSB to better implement these reforms and give the FSB an independent legal personality, the panel recommends the Board adopt “the most favorable and flexible corporate form offered by domestic law in a convenient national jurisdiction.” The panel also suggests the FSB’s regional consultative groups be determined through a bottom-up approach in a move toward universal membership.
“Participating in the panel provided a fascinating opportunity to hear diverse views from around the world, and to work toward common positions, regarding the governance of this new, yet vitally important, institution in the global financial architecture,” Eric Helleiner said.
The Financial Stability Board was created at the height of the global financial crisis as a successor to the Financial Stability Forum—a group of finance ministries, central banks’ supervisory and regulatory authorities, and international financial bodies formed in 1999 to monitor and promote global financial stability. With a broadened mandate, a stronger institutional basis and enhanced capacity, the Financial Stability Board is now responsible for strengthening global financial supervision and regulation. However, despite its growing importance, there is limited knowledge as to how the Financial Stability Board operates, how it is governed and how it will effectively carry out the responsibility of ensuring global financial stability.

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Experts Discuss Fiscal, Constitutional and Human Rights

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 1 giugno 2011

Washington, DC June 1st at 11 a.m. Eastern, 10 a.m. Central, 8 a.m. Pacific On Wednesday, June 1st, the National Immigration Forum will host a press conference on controversial immigration enforcement the House Judiciary Committee is expected to consider Thursday. The immigrant detention bill, H.R.1932, titled “Keep Our Communities Safe Act of 2011”, was introduced by Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX). The legislation would give the Department of Homeland Security authority to detain immigrants indefinitely if they have an order of removal, but cannot be deported because, for example, the immigrant’s country of origin has poor diplomatic relations with the U.S., such as Cuba, or if the immigrant is subject to a removal order that has been stayed by a judge while their immigration case is on appeal. Immigration experts will shed light on the due process, human rights, and fiscal concerns of this legislation involving the prolonged detention of immigrants including asylum-seekers.

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EU documents: more transparency needed

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 14 aprile 2011

The regulation on access to EU documents needs to be thoroughly revised and a change of mentality is needed, argued MEPs on Wednesday at a hearing organised by the Civil Liberties Committee. The hearing, titled “The right of access to EU documents: implementation and future of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001”, gave the MEPs steering Parliament’s work in this field the opportunity to discuss with outside experts the state of play regarding the current regulation and the revision which is under way. “It was clear today that there is a need now more than ever for more transparency in the EU institutions, and we parliamentarians will drive the new regulation in this direction. This is a law that gives you, the citizens of the EU, the right to access any document held, received or produced by the EU institutions, bodies and agencies. Its main ambition is to make the EU lawmakers and all our institutions more accountable to the citizens, and together with my colleagues from the European Parliament I will do all I can for this to be achieved”, said Michael Cashman (S&D, UK), Civil Liberties Committee rapporteur on the revision of regulation 1049/2001 regarding public access to documents.

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Book: La malapianta

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 17 settembre 2010

Toronto (Canada) September 27, 2010 – 6:30pm  Northrop Frye Hall 003 Victoria College, University of Toronto 73 Queen’s Park   Free admission.   Opening introduction by Prof. Marcel Danesi, Dept. of Anthropology, UofT. Copies of the book are available for sale. o not miss the chance to meet Canadian writer Antonio Nicaso and Italian Judge Nicola Gratteri  (Procuratore Aggiunto della Repubblica presso il Tribunale di Reggio Calabria), wo renowned  experts on ‘Ndrangheta.  Their book about the ’Ndrangheta, one of the most pervasive and powerful criminal  organization at the intenational level, has been a best seller in Italy for the past year. The event will also be presented in Italian  by the Columbus Centre with the support of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura  Thursday September 30, 2010 – 7:00pm
Columbus Centre – Rotunda Hall   901 Lawrence West, North York  Free admission. Copies of the book are available for sale.

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European experts debate universities

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 17 settembre 2010

More than 150 university leaders and stakeholders, and representatives of public authorities from 40 countries gathered at the University of Bologna this week (13-14 September) to discuss the crucial issue of financial sustainability of universities and diversifying sources of income. The conference was the platform to debate the findings of a major European University Association project focussing on this topic (EUDIS – European Universities Diversifying Income Streams). The findings, presented at the meeting, drew on the results of an online survey completed by more than 150 universities across 27 countries and site visits and workshops involving a further 50 universities. The EUDIS project has underlined that European universities rely heavily on direct public funding which represents on average, approximately three-quarters (73%) of their overall budget. EUA maintains that it is absolutely crucial that governments increase investment in higher education and that is even more important during a time of economic crisis as higher education has a fundamental role in driving innovation and growth. In terms of setting the right incentives, the EUDIS survey had shown that universities would like the authorities to introduce matched funding schemes (84%), tax exemptions (63%), and new funding for lifelong learning activities (42%), whilst improving regulations governing intellectual property rights (32%). The outcomes of the survey and the expert meeting in Bologna will feed into a major report on the issue of financial sustainability that will be published in January 2011.

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New floating nuclear power plant

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 2 luglio 2010

Baltiysky Zavod (Baltic Plant) belonging to United Industrial Corporation (OPK), has completed the crucial stage in the construction of the unique floating nuclear power plant (FNPP). On 30 June 2010 the renown plant launched the main power generating unit Akademik Lomonossov, which will be the major component of the forthcoming FNPP. The next few months will see the completion of this non-powered flush-decker, particularly the installation of power equipment. After the mandatory testing the unit will be handed over to the customer at its home base. The pilot FNPP was ordered by the state enterprise “Concern Rosenergoatom”. According to the contract between the company and the Baltic Plant made in February 2009 the unit is scheduled to be completed by the second quarter of 2012 and put under commercial load in the fourth quarter the same year. But the construction is already ahead of schedule and Rosenergoatom expects the FNPP to be commissioned as early as 2011. The launch of the main power generating unit Akademik Lomonossov is a triumph of the Baltic Plant which has been the major supplier of civil vessels and nuclear-powered warships since the Soviet times. The Baltic plant has yet again proved that the decade-accumulated technology and expertise have not been lost and are successfully developing. The launch has also demonstrated that the domestic manufacturers are capable of accomplishing top-class projects ensuring high quality within the shortest-possible term. The launch of the power generating unit will also contribute to the process of modernization of the Russian nuclear energy sector. Unsurprisingly the manufacture of FNPPs is one of the two top priorities of the industry sector. The main advantages of the FNPPs are mobility, installability in virtually any coastal zone, including permafrost areas, self-contained infrastructure, and reduced staff number. Although the FNPP is technically described as “floating low-power thermal station” these power-generating units are capable of handling serious missions. They can be used to produce electric and thermal energy as well as desalinate seawater in combination with desalinating plants. A single FNPP can desalinate from 40 to 240 thousand cubic meters of seawater in 24 hours. The contract capacity of each of the two FNPP’s reactors is 35 megawatt, and thermal power is 140 gigacalories. The estimated service life is 38 years, consisting of three 12-year lifecycles and interim reactor repairs. By 2015 Rosenergoatom expects to build another 7 FNPPs. Due to the batch production the construction of each power-generating unit can be speeded up to under three years, according to Baltic Plant experts.

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International Rare Disease Day

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 26 febbraio 2010

Paris. Rare Disease Day was launched and is coordinated by the European Organisation for Rare Diseases – EURORDIS (http://www.eurordis.org), a federation representing more than 400 patient organisations in 42 countries. The campaign involves rare disease national alliances and patient groups in 40 countries, in the EU as well as in the USA, Canada, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China and Taiwan, amongst others. The European Union considers a disease as rare when it affects less than 1 in 2,000 citizens. 80% have a genetic origin and the majority affects children. Most rare diseases are serious, chronic and life-threatening. Due to their low prevalence, medical experts are also rare, knowledge is scarce, offer for care is inadequate, research is limited and very few cures exist. This year’s theme focuses on the importance of rare disease research. Research represents hope for the millions of rare disease patients without cure today. In the last decade, scientific and medical progress has opened up new opportunities in the field of rare disease research; rare diseases have in turn made major contributions to research and treatment discoveries for more frequent diseases. The results of the survey will be presented at a European Workshop organised by EURORDIS, on March 1ST, 2010, in Brussels. The event, co-organised with E-RARE (http://www.e-rare.eu) in partnership with the European Commission, Orphanet (http://www.orpha.net) and EuroPlan (http://www.europlanproject.eu), will make the case for rare disease research to be included in public funding schemes. More information on: http://www.rarediseaseday.org

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Food Choices in Union Square

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 1 novembre 2009

Food is an essential part of Union Square’s DNA, home to gourmet markets, some of the world’s most famous restaurants and, of course, the City’s oldest and largest Greenmarket.  But not all food is created equally and this free speaking event seeks to educate the community on a number of topics.  What are the benefits of, and differences between, purchasing local, organic and slow food?  How are neighborhood food purveyors improving the quality of offerings and raising the bar on healthy choices?  Can food labels be deceptive?  Come listen to our panel of experts and have them answer your questions about healthy food options available here in Union Square. Panelists include June Russell, Farm Inspections Coordinator for CENYC, the organization that manages the City’s Greenmarket program;  Mary Gocke, RD, CDN, Certified Nutritionist and Dietician with Beth Israel Hospital;  Ashley Lederer, MS, RD, CDN, Nutrition Technical Advisor with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; Rachel Soszynski, Food Consultant for Pret a Manger; and Shelley Rogers, Filmmaker, “What’s Organic about Organic?”.

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Appeal of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP)

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 17 giugno 2009

Three new features that stand out are: The world map. On the left hand side of the home page, click on the pull-down menu and choose a country. For any country a visitor selects, s/he will be taken to a page that connects to all relevant USIP material – an overview, a list of the experts in that country, programs, resources and tools, and events.Visitors can also zoom in on the map and click any country on the graphic to find content about that country. Issue areas. Also on the left hand side of the home page as well as at the top of every page on the site, visitors will see examples of issues on which USIP works, with a link to the full list. As with countries, visitors will land on a page that connects to an overview, names of experts, programs, resources and tools, events and features from the field. We hope that these topic pages will help you find the information you are seeking faster and in a more cohesive experience. RSS Feeds. Using our syndicated feeds you can choose which topics, countries or products you want to receive real-time updates for delivered to your online news reader. If you are unfamiliar with RSS we have a quick overview guide for you to review. Tara Sonenshine, executive vice president of USIP, said, “As USIP prepares to move into a new permanent headquarters building and open a Public Education Center on the National Mall, it is more important than ever for us to be able to describe our work in ways that a variety of audiences can use. USIP’s new Web site will allow visitors to access information geographically or topically.” In tandem with the new Web site, our new contacts database will allow you to update your current contact information as well as your subscriptions for our e-mail products to ensure you receive information on only the topics or countries you. Our goal is to provide you the easy access to our materials to make sure you are receiving updates in the manner you would like. Please take a quick moment and click on the update your profile link located at the very bottom of this letter to update your contact information so we can better serve you going forward.
The United States Institute of Peace is an independent, nonpartisan institution established and funded by Congress. Its goals are to help prevent and resolve violent international conflicts, promote post-conflict stability and development, and increase conflict management capacity, tools, and intellectual capital worldwide. The Institute does this by empowering others with knowledge, skills, and resources, as well as by directly engaging in peacebuilding efforts around the globe.

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