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Surfrider Foundation Europe vous souhaite une très bonne année 2020

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 1 gennaio 2020

Depuis trois décennies, Surfrider Europe œuvre pour un océan propre, des vagues et des littoraux protégés ainsi qu’une communauté sensibilisée à l’impact de ses actions sur le climat. Notre travail change la façon dont les gens interagissent avec l’environnement. Le mouvement ne cesse de se renforcer et de grandir. En 2020, nous célébrerons 30 ans de victoires en termes de protection du littoral, 30 ans d’engagement bénévole et d’actions en faveur du changement. Surfrider Europe vous remercie d’avoir rejoint le combat et soutenu notre mission tout au long de ces 30 dernières années. Continuons à construire un avenir où les générations futures pourront continuer à jouir de notre océan et nos plages. Nous vous souhaitons une joyeuse année!

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Winners of the prestigious Zimin Foundation’s Enlightenment and Enlightenment

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 22 novembre 2019

The Enlightenment Prize (Premia Prosvetitel in Russian) has just entered its twelfth year. It has fundamentally transformed scientific literacy in post-Soviet Russia by encouraging academics to effectively articulate their work to the general public. The content and books entered into the competition “can be devoted to ideas, theories, interesting facts, and new discoveries in the area of the natural and exact sciences, linguistics, economics and history. It is important that even the most complex scientific theories be accessible to laymen”. Book entries will be assessed in two categories: Natural and Exact Sciences and Humanities. Across the two categories, 25 longlisted books were shortlisted to 8 contenders. A broad spectrum of topics were submitted, which included the history of DNA, Tsarist Russia and the history of music.This year, a new prize, Enlightenment.Digital, has been introduced to reflect the development of online learning and digital educational projects, in the continuity of the Zimin Foundation’s commitment to widen access to scientific knowledge across a variety of platforms. The special jury assessed 30 digital projects in Sound, Text and Video categories for the Enlightenment.Digital award.
Laureates of both book categories and the Enlightenment.Digital Prize will be announced at the ceremony in Moscow and each will receive a 700,000-ruble prize (approximately $11,000). The jury will also award special nominations in the Enlightenment.Digital category aside from the main prize.The winners of the two awards will be chosen by two teams of judges. The jury of the Enlightenment Prize is comprised of experts in the sciences and the arts. These include the chairman of the jury Alexei Semikhatov, Doctor of Physics and Mathematics, leading researcher of the Lebedev Physical institute, scientific curator of the Polytechnic Museum; Maria Falikman, the Head of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Higher School of Economics (HSE), Lead Researcher in Cognitive Research at HSE; Evgeniy Bynimovich, a poet, publicist, Deputy of Moscow State Duma, Chairman of the Commission on Science and Education at the Moscow State Duma since 2009 and; Dilshat Harman, Member of the Association of Art Critics, and 2018 winner of the Enlightenment Prize in the Humanities category.The jury of the Enlightenment.Digital award is headed by Anna Kachkayeva, Director at the HSE University Centre for Digital Cultures and Media Literacy, Professor at the HSE University Faculty of Communications, Media and Design, and journalist. Other members of the jury include: Anton Skulachev, philologist, chairperson of the Guild of Philologists, teacher of literature, and Karen Shainyan, co-founder of the Future History studio, journalist, and co-author of the projects “1968.Digital”, “Project 1917 – Free History”. Dr Dmitry Zimin believes that “popularising science and making it accessible to everybody, particularly empowering young people, can have a profound global impact changing lives.”

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A new agreement between Broadband Forum (BBF) and the Open Networking Foundation (ONF)

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 16 ottobre 2019

BAA and SEBA/VOLTHA are complementary because they solve different carrier problems, while addressing operators’ increasing desire to move to agile, software-defined access networks via open source development with open and standardized interfaces. The agreement between Broadband Forum and ONF further builds on this by focusing on the most important aspects of migration and co-existence to interconnect existing parts of the access network with new technologies. Broadband Forum and ONF believe that many types of carrier deployments would benefit from the capabilities offered by OB-BAA and SEBA/VOLTHA. The cooperation between the two organizations takes their work to the next level, providing an effective and efficient path for operators to leverage the innovations and benefits of both initiatives while ensuring interoperability, high performance, scalability and maximum reliability. https://www.broadband-forum.org

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Lumina Foundation Invests in EduNav to Accelerate Breakthrough Approach to Student Success

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 13 settembre 2019

Lumina Impact Ventures has invested in EduNav, the leading provider of algorithmic-based academic planning software for colleges and universities, to further EduNav’s unique, cutting-edge approach to student success. The investment was sparked by EduNav’s ability to automatically generate and update optimal educations plans to help individual students graduate or transfer on time. EduNav’s software alerts students and academic advisors when students are about to register for or drop a class that could delay finishing or transferring. The software also optimizes future class scheduling by leveraging data from aggregated education plans.Many students take too long to graduate or transfer, and the students who achieve these milestones often take too many courses. Only 20 percent of bachelor’s degrees and 5 percent of associate degrees are earned on time*. At the same time, there are not enough academic advisors to help students, and advisors often spend much of their time doing academic planning instead of advising. The national average caseload is 482 students per advisor, and many advisors carry caseloads of 600 students or more.EduNav helps prevent students from making registration mistakes and taking unnecessary courses, enables advisors to focus on advising instead of creating student schedules and ed plans, and helps administrators plan future course inventories to improve institution-wide graduation rates. EduNav is the only solution that can do this because it uses cloud-based combinatorial optimization and artificial intelligence on continuously updated information that flows among students, advisors, administrators, and the institution’s student information and degree audit systems. The EduNav system takes a wide array of factors into account when computing the optimal education plan for each student, including degree requirements, institution-specific advisory rules, complex class rules and prerequisites, current seat availability, each student’s unique academic history, and other constraints.

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Corvias Foundation Celebrates 2019 College Scholarship Class At Annual Awards Ceremony

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 luglio 2019

Corvias Foundation, a private charitable foundation dedicated to increasing opportunities for military families, recently invited the 13 recipients of the 2019 Corvias Foundation college scholarship class to Boston for an awards ceremony and orientation to recognize their accomplishments and prepare them for college life. The scholarships were awarded based on merit and need and given to eleven military children and two children of Corvias employees. The orientation provided students with key information to help them transition into the routine of higher education and life at college. Topics included financial independence, health and nutrition, professionalism, leadership, dorm life, time management and academic advising. Addition subjects were offered to the eleven military children students about the resources that are available to them as military dependents. Recent graduates of the program were also present at the orientation and provided the new scholars with peer mentoring. The graduates additionally received professional development guidance to help them transition into new careers.The awards, held at the Hotel Commonwealth, consisted of a luncheon and ceremony, during which the recipients were celebrated for receiving Corvias Foundation’s prestigious four-year college scholarship. The occasion further recognized the graduating college seniors who were recipients of the 2015 scholarships. Speakers at the event included Bill Kahn, professor of Management and Organizations at Boston University, Chelsea Williams, Founder and CEO of College Code, and Nancy Hunter Denny, professional speaker and leadership trainer.

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Invitation to sign the Foundation’s Appeal for UNESCO WHC- приглашение подписать Обращение Фонда – invitation à signer l’Appel – invito a sottoscrivere l’Appello

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 29 giugno 2019

The UNESCO has invited the Foundation to 43rd Edition of the World Heritage Committee, in Baku 30 June-10 July 2019. Specifically, on 6th July 2019 the Foundation will hold a conference entitled “Building Peace through Heritage with the Life Beyond Tourism Movement”, with keynote speakers from UNESCO, ICOMOS, IUCN, ICCROM, with the recent Foundation’s Appeal “Building Peace through Heritage” that will be officially presented to that exclusive audience together with the list of the signatories (individuals and organisations) available on the web.
Мы рады сообщить Вам, что ЮНЕСКО пригласила Фонд на 43° сессию Комитета Всемирного Наследия (Баку, 30 июня-10 июля 2019).Таким образом, 6 июля 2019 г. Фонд проведет конференцию под названием “Строительство Мира при помощи Наследия с Движением Life Beyond Tourism”, на которой выступят докладчики из таких организаций, как ЮНЕСКО, ИКОМОС, МСОП, ИККРОМ и будет официально представлено Обращение Фонда “Строительство Мира при помощи Наследия”, вместе со списком всех подписавших его отдельных лиц и организаций.
l’UNESCO a invité la Fondation à la 43ème édition du Comité du Patrimoine Mondial (Bakou du 30 juin au 10 juillet 2019).Précisément, le 6 juillet 2019, la Fondation organisera une conférence intitulée «Construire la paix par le patrimoine avec le Mouvement« Beyond Tourism », avec des conférenciers de l’UNESCO, l’ICOMOS, l’IUCN, l’ICCROM et aussi avec le récent Appel de la Fondation «Construire la paix par le patrimoine», qui sera officiellement présenté au cette audience exclusive avec la liste de ses signataires (individus et organisations) qui serait visible sur le web.
l’UNESCO ha invitato la Fondazione alla 43a edizione del Comitato del Patrimonio Mondiale (Baku, 30 giugno-10 luglio 2019).Precisamente, il 6 luglio 2019 la Fondazione terrà una conferenza dal titolo ” Building Peace through Heritage with the Life Beyond Tourism Movement “, con relatori dell’UNESCO, ICOMOS, IUCN, ICCROM e con il recente Appello della Fondazione “Building Peace through Heritage”, che sarà ufficialmente presentato a questa esclusiva occasione assieme alla lista di tutti i firmatari (individui e organizzazioni). (fonte: http://www.fondazione-delbianco.org)

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The Rite Aid Foundation Launches New Prescription Drug Safety Initiative in Portland-Area High Schools

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 8 aprile 2019

In an effort to help combat teen drug abuse and misuse in Oregon state, The Rite Aid Foundation is bringing the Prescription Drug Safety program, an innovative digital course about prescription drug abuse prevention, to Portland-area high schools.The program, developed by EVERFI, the nation’s leading education technology innovator used in one in seven schools nationwide, will be made available to high schools in Washington, Clackamas and Multnomah counties at no cost. Representatives of The Rite Aid Foundation, U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer and Centennial School District officials announced the launch of the new program today during a press conference and demonstration at Centennial High School.“The rise of prescription drug misuse and abuse is one of the fastest-growing drug problems in the United States, and it’s having an adverse effect on the physical and mental health of our nation’s young people,” said Tracy Henderson, director of The Rite Aid Foundation and charitable giving initiatives. “We are proud to bring this important prevention program to Oregon students to educate them on the risks of prescription drug misuse and abuse and help combat this growing epidemic.” According to an Oregon state audit completed in December 2018 by Secretary of State Dennis Richardson, Oregon ranks sixth for teen opioid drug use. This misuse or abuse of prescription drugs can lead to abuse of illicit drugs such as heroin and fentanyl.The Prescription Drug Safety program uses an evidence-based, public health approach to empower high school students with the skills and knowledge they need to make safe and healthy decisions about prescription drugs. Through interactive scenarios and self-guided activities, students learn the facts about drugs, how to properly use and dispose of them, and how to step in when faced with a situation involving misuse. The course is aligned with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Health Education Standards and state academic standards.According to the Oregon Health Authority, Oregon has one of the highest rates of prescription opioids misuse in the nation. Additionally, on average, five Oregonians die from opioid overdoses every week. While prescription opioid overdoses are declining, opioid overdose hospitalizations have slightly increased.

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Rite Aid Foundation Launches New Prescription Drug Safety Initiative in Harrisburg-Area High Schools

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 18 marzo 2019

In an effort to help address adolescent drug abuse and misuse in Pennsylvania, The Rite Aid Foundation is bringing the Prescription Drug Safety program, an innovative digital course about prescription drug abuse prevention, to Harrisburg-area high schools.The program, developed by EVERFI, the nation’s leading education technology innovator used in one in seven schools nationwide, will be made available to high schools in Cumberland, Dauphin, and York counties at no cost. Representatives of The Rite Aid Foundation, Executive Deputy Attorney General for Public Engagement Rob Reed and Harrisburg School District officials announced the launch of the new program during a press conference and demonstration at Harrisburg High School SciTech Campus.
The Prescription Drug Safety program uses an evidence-based, public health approach to empower high school students with the skills and knowledge they need to make safe and healthy decisions about prescription drugs. Through interactive scenarios and self-guided activities, students learn the facts about drugs, how to properly use and dispose of them, and how to step in when faced with a situation involving misuse. The course is aligned with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Health Education Standards and state academic standards.Pennsylvania is one of the states hardest hit by prescription drug abuse and the opioid epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Pennsylvania is among the top five states with the highest rates of opioid-related deaths, with 5,456 deaths being attributed to opioid drug overdose in 2017, per the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The School District of the City of Harrisburg is committed to providing a rigorous and relevant education to all students in an innovative, supportive and culturally responsive learning environment that fosters high expectations, and data driven, standards aligned instruction provided by committed, highly qualified educators. Through collaborative partnerships, and strong parent and community engagement, we aim to empower all students to become academic achievers and lifelong learners who are motivated and prepared to compete and succeed beyond high school graduation in 21st Century global markets.

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Independence Public Media of Philadelphia, Inc. Names Foundation President

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 16 febbraio 2019

Independence Public Media of Philadelphia, Inc. today named Molly de Aguiar, immediate past managing director of the News Integrity Initiative at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at City University of New York, as the president of the Independence Public Media Foundation.de Aguiar will lead the Independence Public Media Foundation (IPMF), which will fund and support media and media-makers to strengthen and connect diverse voices and foster greater understanding across communities in the Greater Philadelphia region. The foundation has expanded and enhanced its continuing educational and charitable mission since Independence Public Media relinquished its broadcast license in 2017 and received a one-time payment of $131.5 million through the FCC Broadcast Incentive Auction. Independence Public Media of Philadelphia Inc. was founded in 1981.An experienced grant maker with familiarity to Philadelphia, de Aguiar brings expertise in public media and in connecting communities to IPMF.
De Aguiar was the first managing director of the News Integrity Initiative (NII), a global coalition of partners with a vision for news and information that builds trust and lifts up promising approaches to community problems. Prior to joining NII, de Aguiar spent 12 years at the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation where she designed and directed its Informed Communities grants program, which attracted partnerships with national funders and helped New Jersey become a model for local journalism innovation.
IPMF will focus its giving in the Philadelphia region, which Smith said made de Aguiar’s eight years’ experience in the area attractive to the foundation. From 1997 to 2005, de Aguiar held roles at the Gesu School, Kimmel Center and the Free Library of Philadelphia. She is a member of the board of directors of Resolve Philadelphia and supported Philadelphia-based media organizations in her positions at Dodge and NII.

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The First Alliance Foundation To Honor the French-American Military Alliance

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 11 dicembre 2018

The Hon. Carole L. Brookins, Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of The First Alliance (TFA) Foundation will announce the establishment and mission of a new privately-funded non-profit organization at a 6-00pm Tuesday December 11, 2018 reception at the Army and Navy Club (ANC) – Washington DC. Ms. Brookins stated that “The First Alliance Foundation’s logo symbolizes the historic military relationship between America and France that led to the birth of an independent United States of America in 1776. It also signifies the essential French-American military alliance in WW I, WW II and other wars where we have stood united. Our mission is two-fold: first, to honor our historic and enduring military alliance; and second, to further strengthen the bonds of support and camaraderie between future strategic decision makers from both nations.”Lieutenant General (Ret.) Olivier Tramond, who represents France on the Foundation’s Board of Directors said “Thanks to the strategic vision, generosity and leadership of Ms. Carole Brookins, the TFA Foundation will provide grant support for select programs that help commemorate historic events that have furthered the US – French Alliance; and also advance new initiatives in support of bi-lateral military co- operation, through project funding in the USA and France. Vive l’Alliance Franco- Americaine!”Attendees at the December 11 TFA Foundation Reception at the ANC will be senior American & French military, cultural, business & philanthropic leaders, who support the organization’s mission & program grant priorities for 2019 and 2020.

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Rite Aid Foundation Launches Prescription Drug Safety Initiative in Scranton-Area High Schools

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 11 dicembre 2018

In an effort to help address adolescent drug abuse and misuse in Pennsylvania, The Rite Aid Foundation is bringing the Prescription Drug Safety program, an innovative digital course about prescription drug abuse prevention, to Scranton-area high schools.
The program, developed by EVERFI, the nation’s leading technology innovator used in one in seven schools nationwide, will be made available to high schools in the Scranton area, at no cost. Representatives of The Rite Aid Foundation, U.S. Senator Bob Casey’s office, U.S. Senator Pat Toomey’s office, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright’s office and local community officials from the City of Carbondale announced the launch of the new program during a press conference and demonstration at Carbondale Area High School.
The Prescription Drug Safety program uses an evidence-based, public health approach to empower high school students with the skills and knowledge they need to make safe and healthy decisions about prescription drugs. Through interactive scenarios and self-guided activities, students learn the facts about drugs, how to properly use and dispose of them, and how to step in when faced with a situation involving misuse. The course is aligned with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Health Education Standards and state academic standards. There is also a microsite with additional resources including parent guides and information on local safe medication disposal.
Pennsylvania is one of the states hardest hit by prescription drug abuse and the opioid epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Pennsylvania is among the top five states with the highest rates of opioid-related deaths. In addition, the number of drug overdose deaths is increasing more rapidly in Pennsylvania than any other state in the nation.
Carbondale Area School District is implementing the six-lesson online Prescription Drug Safety program as part of the health education program. Carbondale Area High School is the first Scranton-area school to integrate the program into its curriculum. Over the next year, numerous other local high schools will activate the program.In addition to the activation in Scranton-area high schools, as part of its commitment to creating safe and healthy environments for children and teens, The Rite Aid Foundation, through its KidCents program, will also fund the introduction of the Prescription Drug Safety program to high schools in the Harrisburg/York/Lancaster/Lebanon and Pittsburgh markets in Pennsylvania as well as several communities in Washington, California, Michigan, Oregon and Ohio. In all, The Rite Aid Foundation made a three-year, $1.7 million commitment to the Prescription Drug Safety program, which is expected to reach more than 400 high schools.Through KidCents, members of Rite Aid’s loyalty program, wellness+ rewards, can round up their in-store or online purchases to the nearest dollar and give their change to one of more than 440 nonprofit organizations focused on improving the health and wellbeing of children. For more information, visit http://www.kidcents.com.Since its inception in 2001, The Rite Aid Foundation has awarded more than $36 million to nonprofit organizations. Additionally, Rite Aid, through the efforts of its customers, supplier partners and associates, has also raised more than $87 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country since 1994.

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21st Assembly and International Symposium of the Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 26 novembre 2018

Florence (Italy), on 1, 2, 3 March 2019 International Symposium “HERITAGE as a BUILDER of PEACE”, to be held during the 21st General Assembly of the Foundation’s Life Beyond Tourism Movement. The 2019 edition “HERITAGE as a BUILDER of PEACE” Symposium marks the following milestones:
The DISSEMINATION of the Foundation’s “Life Beyond Tourism Movement” into and out of the Foundation’s network, to actively contribute to see the World Heritage Sites as a great opportunity for letting people meet and promoting, thus, dialogue among cultures for the growth of the international Community in Peaceful Coexistence:
“At Heritage Sites – which work for peace – heritage acquires a soul, protecting and enhancing itself and educating visitors, residents and all the actors of the travelling chain to protect all the heritage and planet Earth”.
The PROMOTION of the Local Cultural Expressions – as artisans, local typical products makers, etc. – with the knowledge of their territory – as a great opportunity to make closer relations between visitors and local communities: an opportunity of starting a relationship of collaboration between these people on the way towards mutual understanding.
EXCHANGE and DEBATE on a PLATFORM between the International Community of academicians and practitioners in environment, heritage and travel with the representatives of the local cultural expressions and intangibilities.
The LAUNCH of an APPEAL “Building Peace through Heritage” for a new way to look at Heritage Sites as a training ground for dialogue among various cultures.

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Ascend Cares Foundation Unveils New Sensory Playground at Escambia Westgate School

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 30 settembre 2018

The Ascend Cares Foundation, a nonprofit organization funded and led by employees of Ascend Performance Materials, announced today the funding, installation and opening of a new sensory playground at Escambia Westgate School.
Ascend Cares has partnered with Escambia Westgate School, located in Pensacola, Florida, for six years. The school is dedicated to teaching children with physical and intellectual disabilities from kindergarten to 12th grade.
“This is the largest single Ascend Cares project in the history of the foundation. It is fitting that it relates to two of our focus areas: children and education,” said Rachell Gold, director of the Ascend Cares Foundation. “The purchase and installation of the new playground was funded by foundation donations and our company matching program.”
Employees of Ascend Performance Materials’ Pensacola site worked as volunteers to dismantle the previous playground and prepare the site for the installation of the new sensory playground.“Our previous playground did not meet the needs of the majority of our students,” said Jobenna Sellers, principal at Escambia Westgate School. “The new sensory playground is now fully accessible and will enhance our students’ functional and social development by providing increased exercise and outdoor activity.” “I am so proud of the impact this project will have on the students’ lives, their school and their community,” said Sharhonda Owens, senior quality specialist for Ascend’s Pensacola site and the Ascend Cares playground project coordinator. “The playground was designed to meet the needs of every student at Escambia Westgate School. It has wheelchair-accessible swings, a sensory tunnel with cutouts and musical equipment.”
The previous playground at Escambia Westgate School was donated to another school in the community.

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Roma presenta la prima Strategia di Resilienza in Italia con 100 Resilient Cities – Rockefeller Foundation

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 20 giugno 2018

L’Amministrazione Capitolina ha presentato oggi la Strategia di Resilienza di Roma, prima città in Italia a dotarsi di tale strategia. Si tratta di un ambizioso piano sviluppato in collaborazione con 100 Resilient Cities – un progetto ideato dalla Rockefeller Foundation.Con il lancio di questa strategia, Roma si unisce ad altre metropoli come New York, Parigi e Città del Messico nel fare fronte alle sfide sociali, economiche e fisiche, caratteristiche del 21esimo secolo. Questo piano mette al centro il benessere dei cittadini e, allo stesso tempo, prepara al meglio la città ad affrontare diversi problemi, come ad esempio il cambiamento climatico, l’immigrazione, l’invecchiamento della popolazione, l’inquinamento, il trasporto pubblico, lo smaltimento dei rifiuti e l’aumento della povertà.La Strategia di Resilienza consentirà a Roma di attuare soluzioni integrate per affrontare le sfide attuali e future e si basa su quattro pilastri fondamentali e 58 misure concrete. Tra le diverse attività, è inclusa l’istituzione dell’Ufficio di Resilienza permanente all’interno di Roma Capitale.Per sviluppare questa strategia, Roma Capitale è stata supportata da 100 Resilient Cities (100 RC), un progetto della Rockfeller Foundation. Roma è stata scelta nel 2013 per fare parte del network 100RC tra oltre 1.000 città candidate in tutto il mondo.Sono stati coinvolti oltre 2.000 attori, provenienti da ogni parte della città, in workshop, eventi pubblici, focus group e questionari, affinché esprimessero il loro punto di vista su Roma: in questo modo sono state identificate sei aree prioritarie per la definizione della strategia.Per la Sindaca Virginia Raggi si tratta di un progetto che pone la città di Roma al centro di una strategia globale che la porterà ad affrontare le sfide di oggi all’interno di una rete complessiva. In tal senso l’Amministrazione ha deciso di proseguire questo progetto con determinazione e con un nuovo slancio. Per questo, la Sindaca Raggi ha ringraziato 100 RC e tutti coloro che hanno permesso di raggiungere tale risultato, un serio lavoro sulla resilienza che aiuterà a migliorare la qualità della vita dei cittadini perché la città diventi più efficiente, sempre più al servizio dei cittadini, più flessibile e inclusiva e sappia valorizzare le sue risorse naturali e il suo patrimonio.Per Lina Liakou, Managing Director per Europa e Medio Oriente di 100RC, con il lancio della propria strategia di resilienza, Roma si unisce al movimento globale della resilienza. La strategia è il risultato della fruttuosa collaborazione pluriennale tra 100RC, l’Amministrazione e gli stakeholder interni e esterni alla città. Ed in tale ottica, le città devono ripensare al loro modo di pianificare il futuro, identificando proattivamente e trovando soluzioni agli shock e alle tensioni che si troveranno davanti. Con questa strategia, Roma stabilisce una serie di azioni coordinate con l’obiettivo di prepararsi al meglio per affrontare le problematiche che incontrerà negli anni a venire. Lina Liakou ha sottolineato la felicità per aver collaborato con Roma Capitale allo sviluppo di questa strategia e confermato di essere pronti a lavorare con l’Amministrazione per la sua implementazione.

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Two Bit Circus Foundation Brings STEAM Carnivals to LA Area Schools

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 23 maggio 2018

Two Bit Circus Foundation, a nonprofit educational organization designed to cultivate the next generation of inventors, announced today that it will be executing two of their signature STEAM Carnivals in Southern California. Designed as a Trojan horse to get kids engaged in science, technology, engineering, art and math, STEAM Carnivals allow kids to design, build, and produce their own carnival event featuring drones, robotics, and many more STEAM-based exhibits and activities.
The first will be in Hawthorne today from 10:00am to 1:00pm at Prairie Vista Middle School. The second will take place in Compton at Dollarhide Community Center on Thursday, May 24th from 3:00pm to 7:00pm.
Both events will include hands-on activities with a science fair and other projects built by the students. STEAM Carnivals like these have been held in nearly 50 schools and reached over 3000+ people around the country.STEAM Carnivals are presented to the community at no charge by the generous support of title sponsor American Honda Foundation and supporting sponsor SOHO Impact.
“The generous support of our sponsors, coupled with the efforts of the schools and the community, come together to make these events come to life,” said Dr. Leah Hanes, executive director, Two Bit Circus Foundation. “The kids work all year to build the attractions that are presented at their STEAM Carnival, and being able to share their creations with the community is powerful.”
SOHO Impact is an innovative foundation that fosters creativity to help communities thrive. Through brick play programs, they strive to give communities the building blocks for success and develop 21st century skills.

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Dranoff 2 Piano Foundation Kicks-off 10th Year of PIANO SLAM

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 29 ottobre 2017

Miami-skyline-for-wikipediaMiami. Dranoff 2 Piano Foundation today announced the kickoff of the 10th year of PIANO SLAM, an education and performance program that features a poetry writing competition combined with classical music to learn core subjects in Miami -Dade public middle and high schools. The PIANO SLAM process begins Friday, October 27th with Miami-Dade teachers receiving innovative training at the Adrienne Arsht Center.
Dranoff works with academic officers in core curriculum areas with hundreds of English, Science, Math, Music, and Social Studies teachers to bring new arts integrated learning models to their classroom. Teachers receive continuing education credit from the Florida Board of Education for the training.
“In ten years, Piano Slam has reached 75,000 students from Hialeah to the Beaches and from Miami Gardens to Homestead. This happens by connecting teenagers’ love of music to professional performance artists across creative boundaries – all within their public schools,” said Carlene Sawyer, Executive Director of Dranoff. “PIANO SLAM connects that love of music to a new skill set for writing and language development.” Those newly trained teachers will prepare the teenagers to write poetry about music in their lives or use musical terms in their poetry to describe science or math.“The curriculum developed by the Dranoff Foundation supports a student’s cognitive, social, and emotional development and shows the vital role the community plays in helping our schools, teachers and students,” said Alberto Carvalho, Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools.
Artists will bring Live Classical 2 piano performances to 20 Title 1 middle and high schools throughout November. Students, the artists and poets then discuss the music and how to describe what they heard exploring language of music and its various meanings.15 students’ work will be chosen to perform in PIANO SLAM in the Arsht on February 28th, 2018 where final winners will be announced. Contest winners will undergo three weeks of professional coaching and rehearsal with top local writers and performers all directed by internationally acclaimed Director Tea Alagic.Ms. Alagic has directed a number of off Broadway, international theater productions in London, Dublin and Europe. She heads the Directing Theater department at the New School in NYC.For more information on Dranoff International 2 Piano Foundation, visit: http://www.dranoff2piano.org/ (photo: Dranoff Foundation)

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New Gates Foundation Report Highlights Remarkable Progress Against Global Poverty and Disease

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 20 settembre 2017

Bill_Melinda_Gates_fSEATTLE/PRNewswire/The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today launched an inaugural annual report showcasing the remarkable progress that has been made in reducing extreme poverty and disease in recent decades, but issuing a stern warning to the world that future progress is in jeopardy.
Goalkeepers: The Stories Behind the Data, co-authored and edited by Bill and Melinda Gates and produced in partnership with the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, highlights past progress against some of the most devastating issues facing poor countries and uses breakthrough data projections to forecast good and bad future scenarios – with millions of lives hanging in the balance.In all, the report tracks 18 data points from the UN Sustainable Development Goals, or Global Goals, including child and maternal deaths, stunting, access to contraceptives, HIV, malaria, extreme poverty, financial inclusion and sanitation. The report looks beneath the numbers to pinpoint the leaders, approaches and innovations that made a difference.Through the data and first-person accounts from six contributors, the report showcases the stunning progress the world has made in the past generation: cutting extreme poverty and child deaths in half and reducing HIV deaths and maternal deaths by nearly half, among many other accomplishments. But as the report shows, serious challenges remain – including deep disparities between countries – and future progress is not inevitable.The projections are showcased in charts and explore three potential 2030 scenarios for each indicator. The first is what could happen if we continue along the current path, based on past trends – without significant changes to approaches or current spending levels. Two additional scenarios provide a glimpse at a better and worse future: what could happen with strong leadership, innovation and investment and, starkly, what could happen if attention and funding waned. For example, a mere 10 percent cut in global donor funding for HIV treatment could result in more than 5 million more deaths by 2030.
In their introduction, Bill and Melinda Gates express concern that shifting priorities, instability and potential budget cuts could lead the world to turn away from its commitments, jeopardizing the positive trajectory needed to end extreme poverty and wipe out diseases by 2030.Bill and Melinda Gates will produce the Goalkeepers report every year through 2030, timed for the annual gathering of world leaders in New York City for the UN General Assembly. In 2015, world leaders committed to the Global Goals, which are focused on ending extreme poverty and fighting inequalities. The Goalkeepers report focuses on a subset of the indicators in the Global Goals and is designed to highlight best practices and help hold the Gates Foundation, its partners and leaders around the world accountable. It will document not just what is working, but where the world is falling short.
The report includes first-person accounts from leaders whose innovations and policies have already made a difference – from tackling stunting in Peru to increasing uptake of modern contraceptives in Senegal to bringing more women in India into the formal financial sector.
In conjunction with the report, the Gates Foundation will be hosting two Goalkeepers Events in New York City around the UN General Assembly. Former President Barack Obama, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed, Malala Yousafzai, Richard Curtis, screenwriter, producer and film director, and Stephen Fry, actor, writer and presenter will join events on Sept. 19 and 20. Participants will celebrate progress toward eliminating disease, inequality and poverty around the world, and inspire a new generation of advocates to work towards sustainable development. On the evening of Sept.19 the Goalkeepers Global Goals Awards dinner will honor outstanding activists and groups who have demonstrated a positive impact on people’s lives and are inspiring others to accelerate progress and leave no one behind. The Gates Foundation will livestream the Sept. 19 and 20 Goalkeepers events.

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Wallenberg Foundation bestows Wallenberg Medal to an Armenian Rescuer

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 21 aprile 2016

Dr. Kachatryan (right), Josef Kogan (middle)In a moving ceremony that took place at the Presidencial Palace in Yerevan, Armenia, the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation (IRWF) bestowed the Raoul Wallenberg Centennial Medal to Armenian Holocaust Rescuer, Dr. Harutyun Khachatryan. The medal was presented to Anna Khachatrian, on behalf of her grandfather, by Baruch Tenembaum, founder of the IRWF and Artiom Chernamoryan, a prominent IRWF volunteer.“For the last two years, our organization is led by my good friend, Mr Eduardo Eurnekian, a prominent Argentinean entrepreneur of Armenian descent. We feel blessed to have him on board because he has instilled in us what I would define as “the Armenian spirit”. A combination of the highest values of human solidarity and relentless initiative, which are so typical to the Armenian people.” said Tenembaum.“The Wallenberg Foundation will continue its relentless work with the aim of discovering the awe-inspiring stories of more Armenian rescuers. We are honored and proud to bestow the Raoul Wallenberg Centennial Medal to President Sergh Sargsyan, who as head of state of the Republic of Armenia stands here representing all the Armenian heroes those who were already recognized, and those who are still anonymous.”, said Danny Rainer, IRWF Vicepresident.Harutyun Kachatryan was born on April 5, 1915 in Karakhan-Beklu village of Nakhidjevan. He moved to Yerevan in 1934 and pursued his medical studies a the Yerevan State Medical Institute. He joined the Soviet Army as a physician in 1939. In August 1941 he was captured by the Nazis and taken prisoner near the city of Velikie Luki. In this prisoner camp, serving as a physician he met and treated a wounded Jewish inmate, Josef Kogan, saving his life.Khachatryan returned to Armenia in 1946 and worked from 1946-49 as a chief physician at Ashtarak Regional Hospital. He was sentenced to death in 1949, having been accused of betraying his homeland. The sentence was later changed to 25 years in prison. From 1949 to 1956, he served his sentence in in Norilsk, Siberia. He was released in 1956 and restored to his position in 1960. He worked as a doctor at the Yerevan N17 policlinic from 1956 to 1984. In 1983 he had a long-awaited reunion with his military colleagues and friends.
A letter that Josef Moses Kogan sent to the State Security Committee of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics reveals how this Armenian hero, Dr. Harutyun Khachatryan, saved the life of Mr. Kogan. Kogan tells the whole story in this letter describing how many times the Armenians, and Dr. Khachatryan in particular, saved his life. Kogan was captured by the Germans near the city of Velikie Luki at the end of August, 1941, wounded in the right leg and unconsious, and was moved to the concentration camp of the same name.Dr. Harutyun Khachatryan treated him and he was able to walk again, but later the Jewish war prisoner became infected with spotted typhus. In spite of quarantine and an order not to communicate with dying patients, Khachatryan continued to visit him, bringing food and medication. Seated on the right, Dr. Harutyun Khachatryan, Josef Kogan and their military friends. Family archive, Yerevan 1983
The war prisoners were regularly transported to various concentration camps; from Velikie Luki to Polotsk, from Polotsk to Borisovo, from Borisovo to Beniaminovo (Poland). Beniaminovo was not the only place in Poland where there were Soviet war prisoners; they were transported from Beniaminovo to Demblin, from Demblin to Pulavi.For the past two years, the IRWF has been actively searching for Armenian rescuers and that is how the famous Armenian singer, Anna Kachatryan, contacted Mr. Artiom Chernamorian, a volunteer of the IRWF and provided him with historical information about the feats of his late grandfather – Dr. Harutyun Kachatryan. For his protection, Dr. Khachatryan had arranged for Josef Kogan to stay with Armenian prisoners and go by the name of Michael Markosyan (Misha Markosyan). However, an unknown person betrayed him to the Commanders of the Borisovo camp.
In his book entitled “Missing people,” journalist Michael Hakobyan describes an episode when an Armenian war prisoner (later the Commander of the first Soviet Partisan Detachment of France,) Alexandr Ghazaryan, was called to the headquarters of the Borisovo camp by the Nazis with kachatrianMarkosyan (Kogan) as interpreter. Ghazaryan was interrogated under suspicion that he was a Jew. Then the Armenian was released, followed by Markosyan. Later Kogan wrote in a letter: “In the concentration camp of the city of Pulavi, an unknown person spread rumors about my background and the Germans formed a medical committee to determine my nationality. It seemed inevitable that I would be sentenced to death, but, at the last moment, just before I was to present myself to the Nazi doctors, the only non-German doctor of this Committee managed to get out of the room by risking his life and stopped me in the corridor, and informed me that someone had betrayed me”. Through the efforts of the Armenian war prisoners who had founded Anti-fascist Underground Patriotic Organization in the Beniaminovo camp in 1942, Kogan was able to hide and the same night his escape was arranged.More than 17 years later, through a letter from Lieutenant Colonel Alexandr Ghazaryan, he found out that again, because of betrayal, the Armenians who had arranged his escape appeared had been held prisoner in the same fascist concentration camp. One of the founding members of the anti-fascist Underground Patriotic Organization, Vahan Vardanyan, described in detail his memories the escape of Kogan: “Before the medical committee, we decided to arrange his escape during one of our organization meetings. We gave him a weapon and bullets. He managed to jump over the wall and run away. The Germans found out everything the next day, most likely through the same informer. Stephan Yaghdjyan was exonerated and we, the ten remaining, were judged as German militaries. We were considered to be Vermacht soldiers. We were sentenced to various years of imprisonment; I have forgotten exactly how many. Karapetyan sentenced to be executed for a supposed connection with the partisans. (photos: Dr. Kachatryan (right), Josef Kogan (middle), kachatrian)

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Dutch Settlement Foundation Seeks to Resolve Securities Claims both for the Benefit of Volkswagen and its Investors

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 16 febbraio 2016

amsterdamAmsterdam – The disclosure that Volkswagen installed devices to circumvent mandatory emissions regulations for its diesel engines has caused the Company’s shareholders and bondholders to suffer billions of euros in losses. The Volkswagen Investor Settlement Foundation (“the Foundation”) provides a non-litigation and no cost vehicle for Volkswagen investors worldwide to recover damages incurred on Volkswagen securities pursuant to the Dutch Collective Settlement Act.The Dutch Collective Settlement Act enables parties to resolve international disputes by allowing a Dutch foundation representing investors worldwide and the company to jointly petition the Amsterdam Court of Appeals to approve a settlement providing for payment to investors and a release of claims against the company. Investors who are not satisfied with the settlement can opt out and are not bound. By joining the Volkswagen Investor Settlement Foundation as a participant now, investors protect their interests and demonstrate their support for settlement negotiations between the Foundation and VW, without any costs, obligations or risks. On January 5, 2016, the Honorable Charles R. Breyer of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the federal judge presiding over the litigation involving consumer and securities actions across the United States arising out of the emissions cheating scandal, appointed the Foundation’s US legal counsel Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP (“BLB&G”) as sole Lead Counsel in the class action involving Volkswagen’s ADRs. Shortly thereafter, BLB&G worked with the former President of the Enterprise Chamber of the Amsterdam Court of Appeals, the Honorable Huub Willems, to establish the Volkswagen Investor Settlement Foundation to use the Dutch Collective Settlement Act (the “Act”) to recover investor losses on Volkswagen securities that were publicly traded outside the United States. The Dutch Collective Settlement Act creates a unique procedural device, similar to a US class action settlement, to resolve mass claims and group litigation. The Act has been successfully used to settle numerous cases against Dutch companies such as Royal Dutch Shell. In the groundbreaking effort led by BLB&G to recover losses sustained by investors in Swiss reinsurance group SCOR/Converium decision, the Amsterdam Court of Appeals held that the Act can also be applied to resolve securities claims of non-Dutch investors against a non-Dutch company. Pursuant to various European treaties, the Dutch court’s SCOR/Converium decision—and any similar decision in the VW matter—is enforceable throughout the European Union and various other European nations.Procedurally, the Dutch Collective Settlement Act allows a defendant and a foundation, led by a Board and supported by representatives of the broader investor class, to jointly petition the Amsterdam Court of Appeals for approval of a settlement. After notice to all investors, the Court will review the merits of the proposed settlement and, if approved, institute a settlement binding on all investors who do not exercise their rights to opt-out of the settlement. Investors who do not opt out receive payment and the defendant receives a release of claims. Investors who have opted out remain free to pursue their individual claims.The Volkswagen Investor Settlement Foundation represents investors who purchased or held VW ordinary shares, preference shares, bonds or other publicly traded securities during the period April 23, 2008 to January 4, 2016 and who suffered losses on those securities due to the emissions scandal. The Foundation is governed by the Dutch claimcode and led by a very strong Board, consisting of the Honorable Huub Willems, Prof. dr. Jean M.G. Frijns (former chief investment officer of the ABP pension fund and former Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Delta Lloyd), Prof. dr. mr. Frans van der Wel (part-time member of the Enterprise Chamber of the Amsterdam Court of Appeals and former chair of the Netherlands Institute of Chartered Accountants), and Rob Okhuijsen (co-author of the Dutch governance code for claim foundations). The Supervisory Board consists of Ben Knüppe (Court-appointed Trustee in Bankruptcy for DSB Bank N.V. and former Chief Exective Officer of Dexia Bank Nederland), Hans de Munnik (part-time member of the Enterprise Chamber of the Amsterdam Court of Appeals and former chair of the Dutch Accounting Standards Board), and Prof. dr. Astrid Stadler (professor of law at Konstanz University in Germany and former professor of comparative mass litigation at Erasmus University in the Netherlands). The Foundation has retained BLB&G as US Counsel and the international law firm of Allen & Overy LLP as Dutch and German Counsel.
The Foundation is committed and focused on securing a favorable settlement with VW and obtaining Court approval for settlements covering all publicly traded VW securities, including equity and fixed income securities. The Foundation recommends that institutional investors who purchased or held VW securities during the period April 23, 2008 to January 4, 2016 join the Foundation by signing a participation agreement. Becoming a participant in the Foundation is non-exclusive and entails absolutely no cost to investors. Further, investors who join the Foundation will not be pursuing any formal litigation or be exposed to the potential burdens associated with formal litigation.

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I nuovi server IBM Linux, con tecnologie della OpenPOWER Foundation, per gestire i carichi di lavoro

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 9 ottobre 2015

ibmIBM presenta nuovi server Linux in grado di eseguire carichi di lavoro legati agli analytics in modo più veloce ed economico di analoghi server basati su x86.I nuovi server Power Systems LC sono stati progettati sulla base delle tecnologie e delle competenze di sviluppo dei partner della OpenPOWER Foundation, tra cui Canonical, Mellanox, NVIDIA, Tyan e Wistron. Per chi non lo ricordasse, la OpenPOWER Foundation è un’organizzazione che oggi conta più di 150 membri in tutto il mondo ed è impegnata a creare soluzioni basate sull’architettura open source del processore POWER8 di IBM. Questo modello aperto e collaborativo che consente di avere velocemente risultati importanti, non raggiungibili con le metodologie di innovazione alternativi chiusi.I server LC portano le prestazioni più elevate delle CPU POWER alla vasta community di Linux, in particolare per carichi di lavoro legati agli analytics, al cloud e all’High Performance Computing (HPC). In base ai test interni eseguiti da IBM, il nuovo server Power Systems LC, ad esempio, può completare una media di stessi carichi di lavoro Apache Spark selezionati – inclusi l’analisi dei feed di Twitter, lo streaming delle visualizzazioni di pagine web e altre attività di analytics ad alta intensità di dati – a meno della metà del costo di un server basato su processore Intel E5-2699-V3, fornendo prestazioni 2,3 volte migliori per dollaro speso. Inoltre, la concezione efficiente di un server Power Systems LC Server permette di svolgere il 94% di carichi di lavoro di social media Spark in più, a parità di spazio su rack, rispetto a un server basato su Intel paragonabile. “Le imprese vogliono poter contare su sistemi cognitivi affidabili, efficaci in termini di costi e in grado di acquisire e interpretare un’incredibile quantità di dati strutturati e non”, commenta Doug Balog, General Manager di IBM Power Systems. “Adottare un modello di innovazione aperto ci ha permesso di creare sistemi che possono elaborare montagne di dati trasformandole immediatamente in informazioni di business utilizzabili. Grazie alla collaborazione con i partner della OpenPOWER Foundation, la nostra nuova linea di server fornisce alle imprese le prestazioni necessarie per analizzare e gestire i dati in tempo reale”.Allegiant Air, un’importante compagnia aerea low-cost americana, è uno dei clienti che utilizzano Linux su Power Systems per l’analisi dei dati. La linea aerea è in grado di analizzare immediatamente il comportamento dei clienti sul proprio sito web, per adeguarsi rapidamente, fornire immediatamente offerte promozionali e riuscire a convertire la navigazione online di un potenziale cliente in un acquisto.”Tutte le imprese si confrontano con una mole di dati in costante aumento”, commenta Brian O’Neil, Director of Data Architecture di Allegiant Travel. “È il modo in cui si analizzano – e in cui vengono utilizzati – i risultati che consente di acquisire una posizione di leadership. Sfruttando Linux su IBM Power Systems, siamo riusciti a ottenere immediatamente informazioni preziose da svariate fonti di dati e siamo stati in grado di intervenire con una rapidità e un’efficienza senza precedenti”.

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