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Europe cannot afford more delays and cuts to future EU budget

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 11 ottobre 2019

European citizens want to live in a greener more inclusive and smarter continent and demand the EU play its part by providing sufficient investment. This is why, during the European Committee of the Regions’ plenary session (CoR) held in Brussels today, local and regional leaders, the EU’s budget Commissioner and leading members of the European Parliament urged national governments to drop any tactical positioning and agree a timely and forward looking agreement on the EU budget 2021-2027.
EU’s regional and local leaders raised serious concerns about the sluggish speed of the negotiations on the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), which sets the expenditure ceilings for all EU policies over the years 2021-2027, during debates with EU budget Commissioner Gunther Oettinger and the Chair of the European Parliament’s Committee for Regional Development (REGI), Younous Omarjee. The cuts initially proposed by the European Commission also risk being much deeper if Member States do not agree to increase their contributions and introduce new revenues, such as plastic or web taxes, to fund new policies and fill the financial gap left by Brexit.”Austerity, stifling public investment and a lack of European solidarity has held back economic growth, social progress and regional equality which has exacerbated populism. The decision on the next EU budget will now be the ultimate test of the new European leadership and define the level of the EU’s ambition for the coming years. Cuts will hold back the ability of regions and cities to deliver an inclusive, cohesive and sustainable future at a time when citizens demand results”, CoR President Karl-Heinz Lambertz said. He added that EU national contributions of 1% of the EU27’s Gross National Income (GNI) – demanded by increasing number of national government– would be “pitiful for 500 million Europeans” as he reiterated the CoR’s call for a budget worth 1.3% of EU27 GNI, a position shared by the European Parliament
During the debate, Commissioner Oettinger explained that without securing EU27 national contributions of at least 1.114% of GNI in the next multiannual EU budget, as initially proposed by the European Commission, the support for the new EU priorities would be severely impaired. “Those who want to reduce the EU budget to 1% of the EU27 GNI ignore the need to provide a response to Europe’s new challenges and the Brexit gap which alone will leave a shortfall of €84bn over the next seven years”.He called on local and regional leaders to pressure their national governments to no longer delay making a decision on the next EU budget, “It is already 5 to midnight. If a decision is not agreed by the end of the year, we risk a significant delay in the start of the implementation of the new programmes that is even more needed as Europe is facing economic stagnation.”REGI chair, Younous Omarjee, said: “The European Union’s goal is to build an economy that delivers cohesion, serving the regions, territories and their citizens. Cohesion should not be at the service of economy but, on the contrary, the economy should be at the service of cohesion. We should not forget to remind the Heads of State and government and the European Commission of this”.The risk of further reductions to European Structural and Investment Funds were also discussed the day before on Tuesday 7 October, in a joint meeting between the European Parliament’s Committee on Regional Development and the CoR’s Commission for Territorial Cohesion Policy and EU Budget organised in the framework of the European Week of Regions and Cities 2019.

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“Augmented Analytics: Future of Business Intelligence”

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 9 ottobre 2019

The report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.Augmented analytics technology leverages machine learning (ML)/artificial intelligence (AI) and natural language generation (NLG) to enhance data analytics process by automating data analysis and sharing the insights in a intuitive visual format.The technology is primarily aimed at empowering non-technical/non-data scientist users to effectively perform data analytics on their own without any data skills. The users can easily derive insights from augmented analytics solutions by just simple drag and drop or with a single click of a button which will boost productivity. The other objective of the technology is to free up technical analysts and data scientists from running routine and basic reports, empowering them to charge ahead and tackle more complex queries and data science projects.

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Zendesk Delivers the Future of Conversational Business With Sunshine Conversations

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 6 ottobre 2019

Zendesk, Inc. (NYSE: ZEN) announced Sunshine Conversations, an API-based platform that allows businesses to integrate messaging via today’s most popular social channels and directly interact and transact with customers. Additionally, developers can build messaging into their own apps and services to ensure that customers can engage with companies over websites, social channels and private in-app messaging. With Sunshine Conversations, companies can also unify conversations across every digital channel to ensure that key business functions such as sales, service, and marketing have the context needed to align on and conduct follow-up.Sunshine Conversations is part of Zendesk’s open and flexible CRM platform, Zendesk Sunshine, which helps businesses connect customer data in order to deliver the best customer experiences. Launched in November 2018 and native to Amazon Web Services (AWS), Sunshine allows companies to integrate and understand all their customer data, wherever it lives, and gives developers the ability to build and deploy customer apps and services faster.According to Gartner¹, “By 2022, 70% of customer interactions will involve emerging technologies such as machine learning applications, chatbots and mobile messaging, up from 15% in 2018.”
Beyond social channels, Sunshine Conversations’ SDKs make it possible for modern messaging to be customized and integrated natively into businesses’ websites and mobile apps for a truly tailored brand experience. For example, Sunshine Conversations allows businesses to seamlessly transfer conversations from the web to any mobile messaging channel in order to meet the customer where they are, while retaining all context in one continuous conversation.Sunshine Conversations was built from the platform acquired from Smooch Technologies Holdings ULC earlier this year. Sunshine Conversations is available to customers starting today: http://www.zendesk.com/conversations.

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Fridays For Future

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 2 ottobre 2019

“Non vorrei che apparisse come una giornata celebrativa internazionale come avviene per altre tematiche. Il movimento che scende in piazza oggi è importante perché sottolinea una questione di cui dobbiamo prendere atto tutti: i cambiamenti climatici ormai sono evidenti e anche notizie come quella dello scioglimento dei ghiacciai, ma siamo di fronte ad una situazione che rischia di diventare irreversibile e compromettere il Pianeta e, quindi, abbiamo bisogno di agire subito. All’ONU quasi tutti i Paesi hanno preso impegni su questo fronte e questo significa cambiare i comportamenti e cambiare il modo di produrre. Si tratta anche di un’opportunità perché vuol dire innovare e, quindi, realizzare posti di lavoro nuovi per produrre in un altro modo e per risanare il nostro territorio e per cambiare le nostre abitazioni, il modo di riscaldare, le nostre auto che inquinano. Abbiamo bisogno di fare cose diverse da ciò che facciamo, efficientare, usare l’energia rinnovabile e questo implica lavoro”. Lo ha detto il senatore Franco Mirabelli, Vicepresidente del Gruppo PD al Senato e membro della Commissione Ambiente, intervenendo in Tv a 7Gold.
“La missione di Greta Thunberg non è quella di essere simpatica né quella di essere educata. Questa ragazza ha dato un pugno allo stomaco al mondo dicendo esattamente che la nostra generazione ha dilapidato le risorse e sta creando una situazione per cui si rischia che ci sia un’irreversibile perdita delle condizioni di vita del Pianeta e dunque si deve intervenire. – ha proseguito Mirabelli – C’è una generazione che chiede di avere diritto al futuro e dice che servono iniziative concrete e che ci sia la consapevolezza da parte dei potenti che il tema non può essere quello di lucrare il più possibile oggi ma di salvaguardare un Pianeta che va lasciato a disposizione delle prossime generazioni. Se i ghiacciai crollano, il Polo si scioglie e la foresta amazzonica brucia, non ci sono più le condizioni per la vita nel Pianeta. Noi dobbiamo avere una responsabilità e a questo ci richiamano i giovani”.“Queste cose vanno poi tradotte in azioni concrete. – ha concluso il senatore – C’è un tema che riguarda tutti gli edifici pubblici che sono dispersivi dal punto di vista del calore, richiedono molta energia per essere riscaldati e, quindi, sono fattori di inquinamento. Su questo bisogna intervenire. I bonus che sono stati fatti in questi anni per agevolare le ristrutturazioni edilizie volte all’efficientamento energetico e al riuso andavano in questa direzione e andranno implementati”.

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Robotics community that prepares young people for the future

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 11 settembre 2019

Teams of students and adult mentors gathered at more than 100 international Kickoff events to get a first glimpse of this season’s game, which focuses on building cities of the future: SKYSTONE presented by Qualcomm. An estimated 78,000 students in more than 20 countries around the world will participate this season. FIRST Strategic Partner Qualcomm Incorporated returns as the Season Presenting Sponsor for the 2019-2020 FIRST Tech Challenge season. During the SKYSTONE season, Qualcomm® technology will enable more than 7,800 FIRST Tech Challenge teams to create Android smartphone-controlled robots powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ mobile platform. This control system technology enables students to build innovative and advanced robot designs with autonomous and vision processing features. In addition to technology, Qualcomm directly supports FIRST events, programs, and thousands of teams globally, with its commitment to teams via direct funding and time donated by hundreds of employees. Qualcomm is doing its part to bring innovation, collaboration, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education to students all over the world.
Qualcomm hosted a livestreamed kickoff event at their Headquarters in San Diego, Calif., with more than 50 teams of students who were excited to learn the game details for SKYSTONE.
“We’re thrilled to return as this year’s presenting sponsor for a fourth year in a row, and to host the 2019-2020 FIRST Tech Challenge Kickoff,” said Angela Baker, director, corporate responsibility, at Qualcomm Incorporated. “It’s exciting to see what’s possible when the power of Qualcomm’s technology platforms is combined with hands-on, experiential and mentor-based programs of FIRST to inspire students across the globe.” FIRST Tech Challenge is a widely accessible robotics program for grades 7 through 12 in which teams design, build, code, and operate sophisticated robots to play a themed floor game in an alliance format. Guided by adult coaches and mentors, student develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles, while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and working as a team.In the 2019-2020 game, SKYSTONE, teams work in an alliance to build a superstructure within a burgeoning future city. The object of the game is to attain a higher score than the opposing alliance by repositioning their foundation in their building site; delivering stones from the loading zone to the building zone; placing stones on their foundation; and navigating their robots under their segment of the bridge. Teams must program their robots to play in three sections: autonomous, driver-controlled, and the end game. The game is completed as teams move their structures into their optimal space, topping it off with a crown achievement – a final capstone of their own design to symbolize their reach into the sky. Points are added throughout game play, and penalties are assigned at the end of the match.

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LaVoieHealthScience Looks to the Future

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 16 agosto 2019

LaVoieHealthScience (LHS), an integrated investor and public relations consulting agency focused on advancing health and science innovations, today announced the promotion of two of the agency’s senior-level employees. Sharon Correia, who has been with LHS full-time since 2016, will serve as Executive Vice President, Integrated Communications and Chief Strategy Officer. Ella Deych, who joined LHS in 2015 as the agency’s first executive overseeing finance and operations, is now Vice President, Finance and Chief Operations Officer.
Sharon is an industry veteran who boasts more than twenty years of experience in health and science communications. She joined LHS in 2016 as Vice President, Integrated Communications after previously serving the agency as a senior consultant since 2010, whilst ramping up on an orphan drug communication commercialization program for Pfizer. Prior to making a full-time move to LHS, she held the role of Senior Director, Corporate Communications at Navidea Biopharmaceuticals as well as other communications and PR roles at emerging biopharmaceutical companies.In 2015, Ella joined LHS from Racepoint Global, where she most recently served as the firm’s Finance Manager. Since starting at LHS as the agency’s Director of Finance and Operations, Ella has held several titles of increasing responsibility. “She has shown yearly growth and progression and has long been an important member of the senior leadership team,” said LaVoie.As the Vice President, Finance and Chief Operations Officer, Ella will be the senior executive tasked with overseeing the day-to-day administration and operational functions of the agency.

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“Shaping the EU’s future is a common task and responsibility”

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 luglio 2019

The President of the European Committee of the Regions, Karl-Heinz Lambertz, said on the occasion of the election of Ursula von der Leyen by the European Parliament as the President of the European Commission: “I would like to congratulate Ursula von der Leyen on her election. The European Committee of the Regions looks forward to welcoming her to present her agenda for Europe to the EU’s assembly of locally and regionally elected representatives.” “A new way of working is needed to increase the EU’s legitimacy, ownership and proximity. The incoming Commission should fully support a greater participation of all levels of government at each phase of the EU decision-making process. I value the President-elect’s statement that ‘Our Union’s democratic system is unique, bringing together directly elected parliamentarians at local, regional, national and European levels with elected Heads of State or Government’. I count on her to build a new coordinated action from European, national, regional and local levels that allows the EU to deliver social and economic progress and to bridge the gap with its citizens.” “To fight against the climate crisis and social inequalities and ensure a just transition for all, regions and cities are the key actors in turning promises into reality. Therefore, the European Committee of the Regions supports a strong cohesion policy for all regions. Only through a multi-level cooperation and enhanced public investment capacities we will we be able to deliver a fair and sustainable Union.” “The increased turn-out of the 2019 European elections confirmed that Europe matters to citizens, in particular to the young generation. It is time to make use of this momentum to engage with Europeans in a more systematic way outside election campaigns, including through a common permanent citizens’ dialogue involving local and regional authorities.”
“Shaping EU’s future is a common task and responsibility. The European Committee of the Regions and the cities and regions of the EU stand ready to be part of the ‘Conference on the Future of Europe’.”In view of the political challenges and priorities ahead, the European Committee of the Regions has put already forward its expectations and proposals for the period 2019-2024 in a blueprint and a resolution adopted on 26 June 2019. They argue that for the EU to regain citizens’ trust and address major current challenges, EU decisions and policies must be shaped together and anchored locally.

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ABB Robotics to Develop Solutions for the Hospital of the Future

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 12 luglio 2019

ABB announced that it will introduce collaborative robots to medical laboratories as it opens a new healthcare hub at the Texas Medical Center (TMC) innovation campus in Houston, Texas. The facility will be ABB’s first dedicated healthcare research center when it opens in October 2019. ABB’s research team will work on the TMC campus with medical staff, scientists and engineers to develop non-surgical medical robotics systems, including logistics and next-generation automated laboratory technologies.Sami Atiya, President of ABB’s Robotics and Discrete Automation business said, “The next-generation laboratory processes developed in Houston will speed manual medical laboratory processes, reducing and eliminating bottlenecks in laboratory work and enhancing safety and consistency. This is especially applicable for new high-tech treatments, such as the cancer therapies pioneered at the Texas Medical Center, which today require manual and time-consuming test processes.” Today, a limiting factor to the number of patients who can be treated is the need for highly skilled medical experts who spend a large part of their day doing repetitive and low value tasks, such as preparing slides and loading centrifuges. Using robots to automate these tasks will enable medical professionals to focus on more highly skilled and productive work, while ultimately helping more people to receive treatment through dramatically speeding the testing process.ABB has analyzed a wide range of current manual medical laboratory processes and estimates that 50% more tests could be carried out every year using automation, while training robots to undertake repetitive processes will reduce the need for people to do tasks which cause repetitive strain injury (RSI).As the world population ages, countries are spending an increasingly larger proportion of their GDP on healthcare. In addition to improving the quality of patient care, increasing healthcare efficiency through automation can ease some of the societal, political and financial challenges that this will cause. The market for non-surgical medical robots is estimated to reach nearly 60,000 by 2025 with the market almost quadrupling vs. 2018, according to an internal ABB research.ABB’s collaborative robots, which already operate in food and beverage laboratories worldwide, are well suited to medical facilities as they don’t require safety fences to operate safely and efficiently alongside people. The robots will undertake a range of repetitive, delicate and time-consuming activities including dosing, mixing and pipetting tasks as well as sterile instrument kitting and centrifuge loading and unloading.
Houston is a focal point for medical technology research globally and the TMC innovation ecosystem is the ideal location for ABB’s new healthcare hub. A 20-strong team from ABB Robotics will work in the new 5,300 sq ft (500m2) research facility, which includes an automation laboratory and robot training facilities, as well as meeting spaces for co-developing solutions with innovation partners.

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US Business Leaders Look to Invest in Customer Experience to Propel Future Growth

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 28 giugno 2019

US businesses believe prioritizing investment in the customer experience is the number one requirement for future success, according to new findings from HSBC’s ‘Navigator: Made for the Future,’ a survey of over 2,500 companies in 14 countries and territories. In fact, 57% of US businesses plan to increase investment in customer experience in the next 1-2 years compared to 52% of firms outside the US. Of those businesses, 78% said they will increase investment in customer experience by more than 5%. “Customers’ expectations are evolving and the urgency to meet and exceed those expectations is rising,” said EJ Achtner, US Head of Digital Banking and Strategic Change at HSBC Commercial Banking. “US businesses are more focused than ever on delivering a better customer experience and plan to leverage innovative technologies and digital platforms to improve ease of doing business and open the door to new opportunities.”Survey data also show that sentiment from US businesses is still positive. More than three quarters (77%) of US businesses expect to grow in the next two years and two-thirds (65%) are more optimistic about their growth prospects than they were a year ago.

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Biometric Card Payments: The Future Is Now

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 16 giugno 2019

Madrid, Spain Conference on June 19 The Conference is being held at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, Ave. de Luis Aragones, 4. ADVANTIS is a major sponsor of the Conference. SmartMetric is presenting at the conference in conjunction with its partner, ADVANTIS. More than 800 professionals from within the credit card industry will be in attendance including Europe’s leading card issuing Banks. ADVANTIS is operating in 3 Continents and 40 Countries.The ADVANTIS credit and debit card chip is used on over 1.3 billion cards worldwide. 100 Banks around the world are currently using the ADVANTIS payments card chip and operating system to make credit and debit card transactions on the global payments networks.SmartMetric has integrated the ADVANTIS credit and debit card chip onto its biometric fingerprint activated card allowing the client Banks of ADVANTIS to adopt a biometric payments card solution seamlessly across their payments infrastructure. The conference website is http://www.securepaymentsid.ifaes.com.

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Vizient to Present at FDA Hearing on the Future of Insulin Biosimilars

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 14 Mag 2019

Vizient Inc. announces that Steven Lucio, PharmD, BCPS, vice president, pharmacy solutions, will present on behalf of the company and its member hospitals at the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) public hearing “The Future of Insulin Biosimilars: Increasing Access and Facilitating the Efficient Development of Biosimilar and Interchangeable Insulin Products,” being held from 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. today at the FDA White Oak Campus in Silver Spring, Maryland. The hearing will give industry experts the opportunity to offer insights to the FDA on how to facilitate the development of insulin biosimilars and other interchangeable insulin products to address the soaring cost for these life-saving medications for diabetic patients.
Since 2010, Vizient has provided ongoing training and education on the biosimilar paradigm to its provider members in the form of over 200 in-person presentations and web conferences. We have also developed evidence-based clinical resources to support members in their formulary evaluations of approved and pending biosimilars, and we’ve worked with existing and future biosimilar manufacturers on contractual relationships to maximize the value and cost savings opportunities for our membership. At present, Vizient has over 50 pharmacists and other subject matter expert resources working to facilitate the appropriate use of biosimilars and document the financial value and sustained high quality care associated with these agents.
Vizient is the nation’s largest health care performance improvement company serving a diverse membership that includes academic medical centers, pediatric facilities, community hospitals, integrated health care delivery networks and non-acute health care providers.

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Future of business: Marketing transformation e Credit revolution

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 11 Mag 2019

Milano 6 giugno 2019 al Megawatt (via Watt 15), in collaborazione con IAB Italia e ACMI (Associazione Credit Manager Italia) si snoderà la seconda edizione di Cerved Next, l’appuntamento italiano dedicato alla cultura data-driven e alla digital transformation. che quest’anno Cerved.
Un’occasione per contribuire a immaginare il futuro costruito sui dati, una giornata in cui gli ospiti – imprenditori e business decision makers di ogni settore, appartenenti a grandi imprese così come a PMI, a micro aziende e startup, a banche e istituzioni finanziarie, a pubbliche amministrazioni – potranno scegliere tra lasciarsi ispirare da keynote speaker di fama internazionale, ascoltare interventi di esperti su casi di successo, partecipare a tavole rotonde, seguire sessioni demo, fare networking o lavorare negli spazi di co-working.L’agenda della giornata è molto ricca e affronterà tre temi chiave dell’economia, su cui dati e tecnologie impatteranno sempre di più. Il primo è quello del “Future of business”, in cui si parlerà dei mega trend e di tutto ciò che è intelligenza artificiale, trust economy, big data, blockchain, data visualization, digital transformation impact; il secondo riguarda invece la “Marketing transformation”, dunque vi troveranno spazio programmatic advertising, Seo e Cro, web analytics, customer journey transformation, growth hacking, human-based marketing; infine, la “Credit revolution”, dunque PDS2, open banking, alternative lending, fintech,, intelligenza artificiale applicata al credito, gestione efficace dei crediti in bonis, UTP e NPL.
Alla prima edizione hanno preso parte imprese di ogni dimensione, provenienza geografica e settore: da ICT e telco (24%) a banche e assicurazioni (15%), dal commercio (16%) alla consulenza (9%). Tra il pubblico, il 23% erano top manager, il 10% advisor o liberi professionisti ed erano rappresentate tutte le funzioni aziendali: 20% sales e business development, 18% marketing e comunicazione, 12% amministrazione, finanza e controllo, 17% digital e IT.
Tra gli speaker attesi a Cerved Next: Geoff Mulgan, CEO di Nesta; César Hidalgo, professore associato al MIT e guida del Collective Learning Group del MIT Media Lab; Peter Sondergaard, fondatore ed Executive Advisor di The Sondergaard Group; Cristina Pozzi, co-fondatrice e CEO di Impactschool; Darya Majidi, imprenditrice tecnologica, fondatrice e CEO di Daxo Group; Nicola Palmarini, Program Manager, AI Ethics Lead e Aging & Longevity Lead di MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab a Cambridge, Augusto Fazioli, Business angel IAG, consultant Singularity University & Partner Bip – Business Integration Partners.
L’evento è organizzato insieme a un parterre selezionato di partner, protagonisti del mondo della trasformazione digitale data-driven – Gruppo TIM, Bip – Business Integration Partners, Credimi, Nexi, Experian, Claranet partner AWS, Fincons, Generali, Neo4J, Relabora, Sourcesense – e a numerose associazioni, ACMI, AICS, Angaisa, Assosport, Assirm, Assolombarda, Fintech District, IAB Italia, Unione Industriale di Torino.

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Europe Day: Common Values Shaping the Future of Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 10 Mag 2019

The Conference of European Churches, representing 114 Member Churches in 40 countries, congratulates the European leaders gathering for the EU Summit on the Future for Europe on Europe Day 2019 in the historic city of Sibiu, Romania. It is indeed opportune to reinforce European togetherness on the day commemorating the Schuman Declaration, which introduced the vision of European nations bound together for lasting peace.
The fundamental values of the European Union—respect for human dignity and human rights, freedom, democracy, equality, and the rule of law—have common roots with the ecumenical ideals of justice, peace, and the integrity of creation. These common values have, however, been put under increasing pressure in recent years. In order to renew confidence in and strengthen commitment to the European vision, we need to reclaim and reaffirm our common European values, which today seem to be questioned rather than characterize the state of the Union today. Without an emphasis on values, EU risks becoming a self-perpetuating convolution of short-sighted economic interests, eventually shattering into rival groupings and nations.The Conference of European Churches wishes to highlight the vision of a European Union as a true community of common values that contribute to working together for the shared and sustainable future of the world.The Conference of European Churches thus urges the heads of government to:
Promote economic and ecological justice involving social equality and cohesion.
Work for sustainable migration and asylum policies based on intra-European solidarity, and solidarity with the most vulnerable, based on respect for human dignity and human rights – in the EU, at its borders and in its relations with third countries
Combat all forms of discrimination and racism, based on the conviction that all humans are created equal in the image of God. As Churches we urge all societal actors to counter hate speech, derogatory gestures and acts of vandalism.
Respond to populism and extremism, and the underlying experiences of exclusion, deprivation and hopelessness. Promote inclusion, accessibility and non-discrimination with regards to the development of digitalization and Artificial Intelligence, focusing on ethical and societal issues. Advocate for peace by promoting bridge building strategies that emphasise social, political, and environmental interdependency as a fundamental element of peace and security. As Churches we are concerned about the militarisation of the EU and argue for an approach of justice and peace towards the issues of security on all levels, from national to European and global level.
Commit to the global responsibility. The serious challenges facing Europe—from economy to migration and security to climate change—require global responsibility and action. The role of the EU as a community based on values and a humanitarian superpower should guide its politics in the international arena. The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development should be at the heart of strengthening EU’s global role.
We are encouraged by the fact that according to opinion polls, the European ideals enjoy a higher than ever confidence among the citizens. Our common responsibility for the future of Europe compels us all toward collaboration, solidarity and friendship, even in the midst of uncertain political circumstances and immense political challenges.European churches stand ready to underline and stand for the values of a united Europe, as well as the need to defend these values against the ghosts of the past. As Churches, we are committed to build bridges of peace and hospitality in our communities, to strengthen relationships among Churches and other partners in Europe, and promote a comprehensive vision of the common good, pursuing a humane, social and sustainable Europe at peace with itself and its neighbours, in which human rights and solidarity prevail.

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The battle for Europe’s future

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 3 Mag 2019

Thierry Chopin, special advisor at the Jacques Delors Institute, Nicolò Fraccaroli, PhD candidate in Economics at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, Nils Hernborg, Master student in International Economic Policy at Paris School of International Affairs, Sciences Po, and Jean-François Jamet author of several books and articles on European integration and the Economic and Monetary Union, highlight the forces at work in this campaign for the European elections. This paper investigates the practical implications of the political dividing lines (cleavages) and expected outcomes ahead of the European Parliament elections of 23-26 May 2019. These dynamics will determine the political balance and direction of the new European Parliament and European Commission for the next five years.
For this purpose, we first provide novel projections of the composition of the future European Parliament, both with and without the UK, as the UK’s participation remains unclear at this stage in view of the uncertainty surrounding Brexit. We then compare these projections to the current composition of the European Parliament, showing that the future Parliament will likely be more fragmented, less pro-European, and contain a larger number of anti-establishment right-wing Members of the European Parliament.
The composition of the future European Parliament is however only partially informative of the balance of power that will underpin European politics in the next legislative term. Future coalitions and majorities needed to appoint the European Commission and vote legislation will in fact depend on the dominant ideological cleavages. We hence analyse the evolution of cleavages in the European Union from a historical and political science perspective and outline their potential political consequences. Notably, changes in the political landscape could lead majorities to be based on cleavages related to societal values on selected topics. The latter may end-up reviving the left-right divide on policy choices related to salient issues such as immigration, compared to differences of views on European integration which are expected to underpin majorities on EU constitutional issues such as the coalition necessary to appoint the next European Commission.

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Car of the Future Symposium

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 3 Mag 2019

On Thursday, May 9, Sundeep “Sunny” Madra, vice president of Ford X, Ford Mobility’s business incubator and accelerator, will participate in a fireside chat moderated by Itay Michaeli at Citi’s 2019 Car of the Future Symposium in New York.Madra is the co-founder and former CEO of Autonomic which was acquired by Ford Smart Mobility LLC in 2018. As a longtime entrepreneur and investor, Madra will speak about how Ford is nurturing a culture of innovation and speed as it transforms to deliver smart vehicles for a smart world.In addition, Madra will discuss Ford’s mobility services and solutions including the Transportation Mobility Cloud (TMC) by Autonomic. The TMC is an open, cloud-based platform designed to support the ecosystem for mobility solutions. Madra will describe the successful applications and services Ford is building for the customers of its increasingly connected fleet of vehicles and how other OEMs can do the same using the TMC, now powered by Amazon Web Services.Ford’s fireside chat will take place 8-8:35 a.m. EDT on the 14th floor of Citi Center, 601 Lexington Avenue at East 54th Street, New York. It can be accessed at that time at shareholder.ford.com or by clicking here.

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Torna a Roma TEDx: ‘Society 5.0 – A human Centric Future’

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 7 aprile 2019

Roma Eur 4 Maggio Convention Center “La Nuvola” Viale Asia, 40 “Society 5.0 – A Human Centric Future” è il titolo di questa 6° edizione del TEDxRoma dove 18 speaker internazionali e italiani affronteranno, per la prima volta in Italia, il concetto di Society 5.0, ovvero l’evoluzione della nostra società verso un utilizzo consapevole delle tecnologie di frontiera, e non solo: la Society 5.0 sarà anche la società del futuro in cui porre l’uomo al centro delle scelte in diversi ambiti da quelli sociali a quelli economici e culturali in stretta relazione con una nuova formula di progresso, ancora tutta da comprendere o inventare. “La trasformazione digitale della nostra specie è oggi il tema centrale su cui porsi le domande e orientare le scelte di come dovrà essere la società del futuro. Si sente sempre più la necessità di esplorare queste sfide per fronteggiare le derive sociali ed economiche del nostro tempo. Intelligenza Artificiale, tecnologie esponenziali e di frontiera saranno la base abilitante per la risoluzione dei problemi sociali e il sistema uomo-macchina deve essere ripensato per rimettere l’uomo al centro degli obiettivi e delle scelte”, afferma Emilia Garito, esperta di Open Innovation e Intelligenza Artificiale, curatrice di TEDxRoma e fondatrice di Quantum Leap IP. “È quindi necessaria la collaborazione tra soggetti con missioni e finalità diverse, ovvero Ricerca, PMI e Industria che in maniera bilanciata e sostenibile possano creare una base di competenze multidisciplinari tali da abilitare una società uomo-centrica. La Società 5.0, dunque, non dovrà più basarsi sulla produzione di beni fine a sé stessi, bensì sulla definizione delle soluzioni e dei bisogni reali dell’individuo. E anche le aziende non potranno più prescindere da un chiaro obiettivo etico se vogliono essere parte di una società in cui economia e sociale saranno elementi sempre più interconnessi tra loro”. A 500 anni dalla creazione dell’uomo vitruviano di Leonardo da Vinci si torna a parlare della centralità dell’essere umano nell’universo per guardare al futuro. L’universo è quello tecnologico, luogo in cui l’individuo deve essere protagonista, imparando a trasformare in suo favore le evoluzioni di fronte alle quali è da sempre stato posto innanzi, come sfide e frontiere del progresso, umano, scientifico e sociale. Quali dinamiche si dovranno creare nel rapporto tra l’uomo e la sua estensione artificiale? Chi dovrà condurre le scelte e orientare gli impatti del progresso del XXI secolo? Quale sarà il ruolo dell’uomo in questa trasformazione vertiginosa e inarrestabile? E soprattutto La nuova società, digitale e accelerata, complessa e ineguale, ignara del passato e protesa verso la corsa al futuro, saprà porre l’uomo e la sua specie di nuovo e costantemente al centro delle scelte? Proveranno a rispondere a queste domande esperti provenienti da tutto il mondo: India, Emirati Arabi, Giappone, USA, UK, Europa e Italia. Molte le donne che quest’anno parteciperanno all’evento, tra cui la scienziata Kate Devlin; l’ex membro esecutivo del Consiglio per la Politica Scientifica e Tecnologica giapponese Yuko Harayama; Aya Sadder, manager di Intelak, il primo incubatore nel campo di aviazione, viaggi e turismo negli Emirati Arabi; Joana Baptista, la diciassettenne già fondatrice di tre start up, un tech podcast e una rivista di economia; l’antropologa Judie Aubel; le italiane Deborah Tramentozzi, studentessa di lettere classiche, che unisce il suo amore per l’arte a sfide creative e innovative e la psicologa Silvana Rigobon studiosa dell’interazione del ciclo mestruale nel comportamento delle donne. Interverranno esperti di diversi settori tra Drew Silverstein, fondatore di Amper Music, ; l’economista indiano Ashoka Mody; il biologo e ricercatore scientifico Lewis Dartnell, esperto di astrobiologia e della vita microbica su Marte; l’esperto Blockchain e criptovalute Matthew Gardiner; il biologo evoluzionista Menno Schilthuizen.Tra gli italiani Stefano Andreoli, autore TV e fondatore di Spinoza, blog di satira politica e Vincenzo Nigro, scienziato e professore genetista presso l’Università di Napoli “L. Vanvitelli”.

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Ceremony to mark the start of the anniversary year: 70 years of future

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 2 aprile 2019

The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. was founded in Munich on March 26, 1949, to help rebuild Germany’s economy. It is celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2019, as are the Federal Republic of Germany and its constitution, the Basic Law. With its clear focus on new key technologies and markets, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft has become the German economy’s innovation engine and Europe’s leading organization for applied research. The anniversary year is an occasion for the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft not only to look back, but also to look ahead to the future by preparing strategic initiatives for Germany and Europe. The anniversary year will kick off with a ceremony on the date of the founding, followed by a Bavarian State Reception in Munich. The Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität München (LMU) and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) will join the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft at the event to state their intent to establish an Institute for Cognitive Systems in Bavaria.

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The Future of the Swedish Defense Industry

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 26 marzo 2019

The “Future of the Swedish Defense Industry – Market Attractiveness, Competitive Landscape and Forecasts to 2024” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.
The report provides readers with detailed analysis of both historic and forecast defense industry values, factors influencing demand, the challenges faced by industry participants, analysis of industry leading companies and key news.Sweden is expected to invest US$34 billion in its armed forces over the forecast period. The country’s efforts to replace its aging military equipment and modernize its defense forces with advanced technology are expected to drive defense expenditure over the forecast period. As a percentage of GDP, the country’s defense expenditure is expected to average 1.1% over 2020-2024.Swedish defense expenditure, which recorded a CAGR of 6.72% during the historic period, is anticipated to stabilize and grow at a CAGR of 4.21% over 2020-2024.The Swedish government has decided to substantially increase its defense budget for the first time in two decades. Over the forecast period, the country’s defense industry is expected to witness cumulative spending of US$34 billion, with significant expenditure being directed towards the purchase of advanced defense systems, international peacekeeping missions, and research and development initiatives. This can be attributed to the deteriorating security situation in Europe, particularly in the wake of Russian aggression against Ukraine, and Sweden’s efforts to increase the operational war fighting capability of its armed forces.Owing to security threats from Russia and the deployment of troops in overseas peacekeeping missions, the Swedish government is expected to concentrate on procuring advanced land defense systems, communication systems, and sophisticated air defense equipment. Swedish homeland security expenditure stands at US$5.2 billion in 2020 and is expected to reach US$5.6 billion by 2024, registering a CAGR of 1.84% during 2020-2024.There will be an increase in the country’s total defense budget, military expenditure as a percentage of GDP is predicted to increase marginally from 1.08% during 2015-2019 to 1.11% over 2020-2024. During the historic period, the average allocation for capital expenditure was 36.5% of the total defense budget, which is expected to increase to 36.6% over the forecast period.This is primarily due to the overhaul and modernization of fighter aircraft, and the procurement of helicopters, transport aircraft, frigates, nuclear submarines, C4ISR platforms, and missile defense systems. Additionally, the government is also expected to increase its focus on cyber security and the procurement of drones to enhance aerial surveillance.

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Yidan Prize Laureate Anant Agarwal Discusses The Future of Jobs with CMRubinWorld

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 16 marzo 2019

NEW YORK (PRWEB) Digitalization and job automation have created a skills gap. Employers globally cannot find the workers they need to build their companies. Traditional colleges and universities are not revolutionizing education fast enough to close the knowledge and skills gaps. EdX, an online learning platform which offers over 2000 online courses from more than 150 education institutions to over 17.6 million people, is trying to address the issues by making education accessible, affordable and relevant to workplace needs. CEO Anant Agarwal explains to C.M. Rubin, founder of CMRubinWorld, that some of the most popular subject areas on edX are “data science; computer science and engineering; and business and management.” Agarwal’s platform allows learners to upskill while they are on the job. He states that in a rapidly changing increasingly connected world, “consumers expect to have anything they want available at their fingertips, and education is no different.” Online learning must be flexible and high quality, offering “a hybrid set of skills” that is “increasingly sought out by hiring managers.” Prof. Anant Agarwal, Ph.D. has been the Chief Executive Officer of edX since March 2013 and serves as its Director. Prof. Agarwal is a Co-founder of Tilera Corporation and served as its Chief Technology Officer. He is a Founder of InCert Software Corporation.
CMRubinWorld’s award-winning series, The Global Search for Education, brings together distinguished thought leaders in education and innovation from around the world to explore the key learning issues faced by most nations. The series has become a highly visible platform for global discourse on 21st-century learning, offering a diverse range of innovative ideas which are presented by the series founder, C. M. Rubin, together with the world’s leading thinkers. font: CMRubinWorld by David Wine)

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Icahn Automotive to Offer Scholarships for Future Automotive Technicians

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 4 marzo 2019

Icahn Automotive Group LLC, an Icahn Enterprises L.P. company, which owns and operates leading auto repair and maintenance providers Pep Boys, AAMCO and Precision Tune Auto Care, will award scholarships for the 2019-2020 school year to qualified students studying to become professional automotive technicians. The scholarship program is part of Icahn Automotive’s recently announced Race to 2026 initiative that aims to increase the number of trained technicians and help fill an industry-wide talent gap projected to grow to 46,000 over the next seven years. Icahn Automotive awarded the first scholarship at its Race to 2026 launch event earlier this month at NASCAR Technical Institute. Jonathan Fanstill, a military veteran enrolled in Universal Technical Institute’s automotive technology program, is maintaining a 4.0 grade point average and anticipated to graduate in December 2019. Fanstill was recognized for his passion for the future of the industry, his interest in learning as much as he can about evolving automotive technology and his commitment to caring for customers.Twelve additional $2,500 scholarships will be awarded to students enrolled full- or part-time in high school, college, or trade school pursuing an automotive technician degree or certification. Applications will be accepted from March 1, 2019 through April 30, 2019, and recipients will be announced in June 2019. In addition to the application, students are also required to submit written essays or videos describing “Why I want to be a top technician” and two letters of recommendation. All applications and related materials will be reviewed by the Icahn Automotive scholarship panel, which includes technicians and other employees.Now one of the largest service chain operators in North America, Icahn Automotive offers a broad range of industry-leading opportunities and career paths, as well as benefits such as tuition assistance, an apprenticeship program and company-sponsored certifications. https://www.icahnautomotive.com/scholarship.html.

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