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Anaconda Biomed Announces First-in-Human Study of Next-Generation Thrombectomy System

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 8 novembre 2019

Anaconda Biomed, a medical technology company developing a next-generation thrombectomy system for the treatment of ischemic stroke, has announced the completion of initial patient cases in a first-in-human study at Hospital Vall d’Hebron in Barcelona. This 125-patient, prospective, multi-center study will assess system safety and reperfusion measured using the modified treatment in cerebral infarction (mTICI) score. Study data will be used to support a regulatory submission to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Anaconda’s Advanced Thrombectomy System consists of a delivery catheter, a unique, funnel-shaped aspiration catheter, and a stent retriever. When deployed, the funnel self-expands and directly conforms to the artery diameter up to 5mm. It is designed to locally arrest flow and allow full thrombus extraction without fragmentation. The ongoing, in-human study aims to validate earlier testing that achieved statistically significant improvement in revascularization rates at both first and third pass.

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Discover Ready to Hire the Next Generation of Women Technology Leaders

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 22 settembre 2019

When the world’s largest gathering of women technologists kicks off next month in Orlando, Fla., Discover, one of the largest direct banks in the U.S. and a global payments network with a history of industry-leading technology innovations, will be making job offers to help fill more than 300 roles across technology and data science.Discover is building on their commitment to supporting women in technology through its Diamond-level sponsorship of’s 2019 Grace Hopper Celebration and Community Hall sponsorship this October 1-4. Discover will be bringing more than 70 employees across technology and data science to connect with the 25,000 attendees from around the world expected to attend this year’s event.Since 1994, Grace Hopper Celebration, named in honor of one of the most highly decorated female U.S. naval officers and computer programming pioneer Grace Murray Hopper, has been bringing together the best minds in computing to highlight the contributions of women to the field.
Discover’s continued success in direct banking and payments has led to an increasing need for top technology talent. It is consistently ranked as a best place to work for IT professionals, with 2019 marking the 16th year that Discover was selected by Computerworld as one of the 100 Best Places to Work in IT. At Grace Hopper Celebration, Discover will be looking for individuals who want a career working in data science, development or engineering in the Chicago area.Attendees who visit Discover’s booth can talk to leaders across the organization with more than 15 vice presidents and three executive committee members attending. Visitors also can play Discover’s Make a Match game to match with open roles at Discover and to see how strong a fit Discover is with their long-term career goals.The event is co-sponsored by and the Association of Computing Machinery. Discover experts presenting at the celebration include Kim Holmes, a Discover leader with more than 20 years of experience in technology and helping to lead Discover’s diversity and inclusion hiring. She will be on the panel titled Women, Technologists: Trajectory of Wealth, Oct. 2, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

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Le clan français entre expérience et nouvelle génération

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 2 luglio 2019

Pour cette 7e édition, le Golf PGA France du Vaudreuil et son président Jean-Claude Forestier accueilleront l’élite du golf français. Grégory Bourdy, Julien Quesne, Grégory Havret, multiples vainqueurs sur le European Tour ou encore Antoine Rozner et Robin Roussel, lauréats cette saison sur le Challenge Tour, seront de la partie…
Forte d’une cinquantaine de tricolores, la délégation française comptera dans ses rangs les deux expérimentés Grégory, Havret et Bourdy, ainsi que Julien Quesne, tous trois en quête de victoires afin de retrouver l’élite du Tour la saison prochaine. Ils devront faire face à la nouvelle génération emmenée par Antoine Rozner, déjà double vainqueur cette saison et leader de la Race. Un succès en Normandie lui permettrait d’accéder immédiatement au Tour Européen pour la fin de saison. Robin Roussel, révélation du moment essayera de doubler la mise après sa belle victoire à St Omer.Ils tenteront tous de succéder à l’anglais Richard McEvoy vainqueur en 2018 et d’inscrire pour la première fois un joueur français au palmarès du tournoi.Préparé d’une manière remarquable, le parcours PGA France du Vaudreuil proposera cette année aux 156 protagonistes quelques modifications, puisque les trous 1, 8 et 15 seront dotés de nouveaux départs. Ces « liftings » proposeront aux joueurs de nouvelles stratégies de jeu pour offrir encore plus de spectacle au public. Aucune excuse, pour ne pas venir passer une journée ou plus sous le soleil de la Normandie admirer les futures stars du golf mondial : entrée libre et parking gratuit. Laissez-vous conduire par nos voiturettes de golf jusqu’au club house ou rafraîchissements et restauration publique vous attendent.

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Second-Generation Blood Test for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 23 Mag 2019

Gemelli Biotech, in partnership with the Medically Associated Science and Technology (MAST) program at Cedars-Sinai, announced new findings that validate a second-generation diagnostic blood test for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) as the most accurate ever. Available commercially as ibs-smart™, the test could provide physicians with the most conclusive data currently attainable for ruling in IBS. Primarily applicable to patients with a diarrheal component to their symptoms, the test could serve up to two-thirds of the 45 million Americans suffering from IBS.After over a decade of uncovering the pathophysiology of post-infectious IBS, researchers at Cedars-Sinai validated the antibodies anti-CdtB and anti-vinculin as highly specific biomarkers measurable in blood. This innovative blood test offered patients the first-ever opportunity to receive a diagnosis of IBS by ruling in the disease, rather than by ruling out other diseases.Scientists at the Medically Associated Science and Technology program at Cedars-Sinai, in collaboration with Gemelli Biotech, developed a proprietary epitope optimization process that was instrumental to improving the test for its second-generation launch as ibs-smart™. Cedars-Sinai has entered into an exclusive license agreement with Gemelli Biotech for several patent applications covering the blood test technology.At Digestive Disease Week (DDW 2019) in San Diego, the MAST team reported the results of their validation study. The second-generation blood test is >90% specific in distinguishing patients with IBS from patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease using each marker. When combined, the post-test probability of IBS is >98%. That means that for the first time, a near certain diagnosis of IBS can be made if both biomarkers are elevated.
Gemelli Biotech is determined to bring ibs-smart™ to physicians worldwide. Physicians in the US can order the test for patients via a kit-based system. The company helps interested patients find local specialists and blood draw labs. Samples are tested in a CLIA-certified lab in Irvine, California. The test is covered at least in part by most insurance providers.
Dr. Mark Pimentel, Executive Director of the MAST program, as well as a practicing gastroenterologist and co-founder of Gemelli Biotech, believes the greater diagnostic accuracy is meaningful to patients and doctors alike. “As a physician, I want to know what is causing the disease in my patient, and I want to know as efficiently as possible. This test tells me that my patient has IBS and I can get to the desired therapy without undue testing.”

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Doha Qatar to Build Next-Generation Life Science Facilities Worldwide

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 6 novembre 2018

At the ISPE annual meeting today, Pharmatech Associates introduced Pharmatech Associates International Contracting and Services, LLC (PAICS), a new company with headquarters in Doha, Qatar. PAICS provides a global, single-source platform for clients and investors from which next-generation pharmaceutical facilities can be designed, constructed, and operated, anywhere in the world.PAICS, with its strategic alliance with FAL Group of Doha, Qatar, will provide drug and product development solutions, including generic drug products, biosimilars, and NCEs, integrating facility design and construction; manufacturing equipment selection; Quality Management System (QMS) integration; management staffing and training; facilities commissioning and qualification; facilities, drug, and product regulatory registration; and commercial operations management.“From our decades of industry experience serving clients, we created PAICS as a single-source solution to producing capital-efficient life science facilities for product development, manufacturing, and quality control assurance with fully integrated, optimized QMS,” said Warren G. Baker, CEO and Chairman of Pharmatech Associates, Inc. “PAICS heralds an era of local design and management of new facilities purpose-built to comply with all regulatory requirements to meet the highest standards of the FDA, EMA and WHO.”

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Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 26 settembre 2018, the No. 1 AI platform for sales and business growth, today unveiled a new version of its product featuring Collective Intelligence (CI) insights into 200 million global buyer profiles and billions of sales interactions. The new platform delivers predictive and prescriptive insights that optimize all five major phases of the sales process, helping sales professionals build a larger pipeline and close more deals. It also features the all new NeuralMap™, an Amazon-like feature that discovers net new contacts with intelligence from other vendors that sold complementary products into the same target companies. Unlike legacy CRM Systems of Engagement, delivers a true System of Growth that exclusively combines AI with Collective Intelligence to inform better buying experiences, increase sales efficiency, and drive predictable growth for companies of every size.Suaad Sait, President of Growth and Products at InsideSales explains, “We believe sales is only effective and efficient when it is informed by the behavior of like-minded buyers. Just like Amazon provides ‘People Who Viewed This, Also Viewed That’ insights, we help sales professionals find the most likely buyers for their products. By leveraging our exclusive Collective Intelligence into more than 120 billion global buyer interactions, we are the only company providing accurate and actionable insights to prioritize and close more deals.”

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UNICEF partecipa a Generation Unlimited

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 23 settembre 2018

New York. Domani, nel corso della 73° sessione dell’Assemblea Generale delle Nazioni Unite, i leader del mondo lanceranno una nuova partnership per garantire ad ogni giovane un’istruzione di qualità, formazione o posti di lavoro entro il 2030. Generation Unlimited affronterà la crisi globale dell’istruzione e della formazione che attualmente ostacola milioni di giovani e minaccia il progresso e la stabilità.Il Segretario Generale delle Nazioni Unite, António Guterres; il Presidente del Rwanda Paul Kagame; il Presidente del Gruppo della Banca Mondiale, Jim Yong Kim; l’Alto rappresentante dell’Unione Europea per gli Affari Esteri e la Politica di Sicurezza, Federica Mogherini; il Direttore generale dell’UNICEF, Henrietta Fore; l’Inviato per la Gioventù del Segretario generale delle Nazioni Unite, Jayathma Wickramanayake; il CEO di Unilever, Paul Polman; la Goodwill Ambassador dell’UNICEF Lilly Singh; e il gruppo pop BTS sono tra i leader globali, del mondo, dell’economia, dell’istruzione e dei giovani che aderiscono a Generation Unlimited che parteciperanno a un evento domani alle 12 presso il quartier generale delle Nazioni Unite a New York City per lanciare la partnership.Se non saranno fatti investimenti urgenti sull’istruzione e sulla formazione professionale, la popolazione globale di giovani e adolescenti, in rapida crescita, – che entro il 2030 raggiungerà i 2 miliardi – continuerà ad essere impreparata e non qualificata come futura forza lavoro. Sono oltre 200 milioni di giovani in età da scuola secondaria di primo e secondo grado che attualmente non frequentano la scuola, invece di contribuire ad un progresso equo; questi i giovani – soprattutto quelli più svantaggiati – potrebbero affrontare un futuro di maggiore privazione e discriminazione.Generation Unlimited – che fa parte della Youth 2030 Strategy del Segretario Generale delle Nazioni Unite – integrerà e implementerà i programmi già esistenti che supportano adolescenti e giovani. La piattaforma della partnership si focalizzerà su tre aree chiave: istruzione secondaria; le competenze per l’apprendimento, l’occupazione e il lavoro dignitoso; e l’empowerment. L’iniziativa Youth Challange, in 16 paesi nel mondo, quest’anno chiede ai giovani di partecipare per creare soluzioni che supporteranno le tre aree chiave di Generation Unlimited.“Tutte le nostre speranze per un mondo migliore sono riposte sui giovani”, ha dichiarato il Segretario Generale delle Nazioni Unite, António Guterres. “Nel mondo vive la più grande generazione di giovani di sempre – 1,8 miliardi. Lo sviluppo sostenibile, i diritti umani, la pace e la sicurezza possono solo essere raggiunti se permettiamo a questi giovani di essere leader, e consentiamo loro di liberare il loro pieno potenziale.
“Facciamo in modo che ciò accada: assicuriamo che ogni giovane donna e uomo trovi il suo posto nella società – attraverso l’istruzione, la formazione o un buon lavoro – entro il 2030. Questa è Generation Unlimited, e sono fiera che l’Unione Europea ne faccia parte con l’UNICEF”, ha dichiarato Federica Mogherini, Alto rappresentante dell’Unione Europea per gli Affari Esteri e la Politica di Sicurezza.“I cambiamenti demografici che il mondo sta vivendo, uniti ai rapidi progressi tecnologici, rappresentano un momento fondamentale nella storia. Se agiamo in modo oculato e rapidamente, possiamo creare un gruppo qualificato di giovani meglio preparati a creare economie sostenibili e società pacifiche e prospere. I giovani rappresentano oggi il 25% della popolazione mondiale, ma il 100% del futuro. Non possiamo permetterci di deluderli”, ha dichiarato il Direttore Generale dell’UNICEF, Henrietta Fore.
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Construction of a 112 MW(DC) solar power generation plant

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 26 agosto 2018

Pacifico Energy (Head Office: Minato, Tokyo) is pleased to announce the commencement of construction of a 112 MW(DC) solar power generation plant in Wake, Okayama Prefecture (the Bizen plant) and a 72 MW(DC) solar power generation plant in Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture (the Yumesaki plant).The Bizen plant will be constructed on the site of a golf course in Wake-gun, Okayama Prefecture, Japan. Operations are expected to start in Spring of 2020. Once commissioned, the plant will generate approximately 132 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually, contributing to an annual reduction of approximately 90,000 tons of CO2 emissions. Chugoku Electric Power Co., Inc. will purchase all electricity generated by the plant, pursuant to the Act on Special Measures Concerning Procurement of Electricity from Renewable Energy Sources by Electric Utilities. The Yumesaki plant will be constructed on the site of a golf course in Himeji-city, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. Operations are expected to start in Fall of 2020. Once commissioned, the plant will generate approximately 84 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually, contributing to an annual reduction of approximately 42,000 tons of CO2 emissions. Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc. will purchase all electricity generated by the plant, pursuant to the Act on Special Measures Concerning Procurement of Electricity from Renewable Energy Sources by Electric Utilities.
Pacifico Energy has already completed construction of two solar power plants in Okayama (in Kumenan and Mimasaka), one solar power plant in Osaki, Miyagi, and one solar power plant in Miyazaki totaling 227.4 MW(DC) which are all now in commercial operation. Pacifico Energy is currently constructing several solar power plants, including a 257 MW(DC) solar power generation plant in Okayama (construction commenced in April 2017), a 42 MW(DC) solar power generation plant in Fukushima (construction commenced in September 2017), a 62 MW(DC) solar power generation plant in Aichi (construction commenced in October 2017) and a 55 MW(DC) solar power generation plant in Gifu (construction commenced in February 2018). The Bizen and Yumesaki plants mark the second and third projects for Pacifico Energy to commence construction this year. Leveraging accumulated know-how and experience gained through developing, constructing, and operating utility scale solar power plants all over the world, the company will continue its excellent track record and build these power plants in an environmentally friendly way in cooperation with Okayama and Hyogo regional communities.

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TomTom Telematics Launches Next Generation Fleet Management

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 3 febbraio 2018

TomTom TelematicsTomTom Telematics has launched a new product line-up to enable faster, more efficient, fleet management. The Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution, WEBFLEET, has been completely rebuilt and includes brand new features and a fresh, more intuitive user experience that includes advanced customisation capabilities. The revamped software is enhanced when coupled with the new range of TomTom PRO driver terminals. Together they help provide more effective job dispatch, while delivering market-leading routing, navigation and traffic information.“We have drawn upon more than 18 years’ fleet management expertise to develop our next generation products, incorporating feedback from our 49,000-strong global customer base,” said Thomas Schmidt, Managing Director TomTom Telematics.“The simple and clean WEBFLEET interface offers a superior user experience and new architecture enables quicker development of core features. It also facilitates faster development and deployment of connected partner applications, enabling the technology to adapt and evolve according to customers’ needs.” One of the newly enhanced features enables managers to pre-plan specific routes in New WEBFLEET using an increased range of criteria to help ensure drivers follow specified routes, or avoid certain locations. These routes can then be sent directly to drivers via the new TomTom PRO 5350/7350 driver terminals. This is particularly valuable for industries where drivers are required to follow pre-defined routes, such as waste management, or for avoiding accident hotspots.
WEBFLEET maps and reports can be more extensively customised to suit individual preferences, delivering fleet insights faster. The interface has also been optimised for tablets, meaning WEBFLEET offers greater support for flexible working, accessible now on any screen, anywhere.
New WEBFLEET is available to all TomTom Telematics customers across 60 countries, in 13 languages. The new TomTom PRO driver terminals are now available throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. In April, they will be available in the U.S., Canada, Chile and Mexico. (photo: TomTom Telematics)

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Ujet Shakes Up How We Will Move Around our Cities as it Launches New Generation Electric Scooter

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 8 gennaio 2018

Ujet ScooterToday, Ujet unveiled its first product, the Ujet electric scooter, which is set to redefine urban mobility – putting ease, joy and practicality back into getting around. Designed from the ground up, the stylish scooter combines smart connectivity and high performance materials typically found in the aerospace sector with clean technology and refined design – making it the most advanced in its class.
Through its flagship scooter, the technology company is pioneering an innovative way for individuals to move around their cities, while addressing today’s urban mobility issues of traffic congestion and pollution. It is the first of the leading-edge and luxurious products built to improve mobility, convenience, and sustainability, that Ujet hopes to bring in the future.City populations around the world are growing exponentially as new residents relocate to be a part of the urban experience – in 2016, an estimated 55 percent of the world’s population lived in urban settlements – a figure which is set to hit 60 percent by 2030.[1]. With this rapid growth, city residents are facing challenges that reduce their comfort of life. More traffic not only increases the difficulty of navigating through city streets, but also rapidly increases greenhouse gas emissions, air and noise pollution. Existing urban mobility solutions can’t keep up with the growth of our cities, and are not addressing increased congestion and pollution.“With more of us than ever living in cities, it’s never been more important to make urban environments a place in which people enjoy to live,” said Hugues Despres, CEO, Ujet International. “As a result, Ujet is focused on providing urbanites with great products that help them get around their city with style and ease. Our electric scooter is a perfect example of that with complete connectivity, advanced materials and unparalleled design that pays attention to every single detail. Its compact size occupies much less space for driving and parking, and represents a fast mode of transportation, and the portable battery eliminates the need for charging stations, giving urbanites the freedom to navigate their urban environments efficiently and effortlessly. And, with sustainability at the heart of our brand, Ujet has an important role to play in creating a better future. Our electric scooter is the first of many future products that will bring the Ujet philosophy to life.” Key features of the Ujet electric scooter include: All elements of the Ujet electric scooter were built to be friendly to the user and environment alike. It offers a high performance smart battery available in two sizes with an estimated range up to 70 km (approximately 43 mi) or 150 km (approximately 93 mi), and can be charged from any regular power socket. About the size of a cabin-size suitcase, the battery is removable, portable, and rollable, allowing for easy and convenient transport. (photo: Ujet Scooter)

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Inserting and Replacing Velodyne Showcases the Best of Next-Generation LiDAR, Extends Its Industry Leadership at CES 2018

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 6 gennaio 2018

Business WireInsert under the “Cutting Edge Customer Solutions” section of the release issued January 3, 2018, at 5:00am ET, as the second bullet point: “DIBOTICS, a pioneer in real-time LiDAR processing (SLAM on Chip), will showcase the latest features of its Augmented LiDAR technology using VLP-16, VLP-32, and HDL-32C sensors: precise Localisation and Ego-motion without requiring IMU, Live 3D Mapping, Point-wise Classification, Object Detection and Tracking, and “Calibration-less” Multi-LiDAR Fusion.”
Velodyne LiDAR, the world leader in 3D vision systems for autonomous vehicles, today announced an expansive presence at CES 2018, January 9-12 in Las Vegas. Demonstrations of the LiDAR sensors that have powered the first wave of autonomous vehicles will be featured in Velodyne’s booth #3525 in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Key customers leading the global movement towards driverless cars and developing new use cases for advanced LiDAR technology will also have a presence in Velodyne’s space. In addition, Velodyne will highlight news, key products, and customer achievements during an in-booth press conference on Tuesday, January 9, at 3:30 pm PST.”We expect 2018 to be a watershed year for both Velodyne and the industry, laying the foundation for autonomous vehicle deployments around the world in just a few years,” said Mike Jellen, president and chief commercial officer, Velodyne LiDAR. “At CES 2018, Velodyne will showcase the LiDAR that will be seen on the first wave of autonomous vehicles, as well as new LiDAR use cases that take advantage of Velodyne’s high-resolution, long-range sensors.” (photo: Business Wire)

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The Next Generation of Inspection Services Driven by Advanced Analytics

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 6 dicembre 2017

John SpirtosBureau Veritas, a world leader in testing, inspection, and certification services, and Avitas Systems, a GE Venture, announced a strategic alliance to bring to market cross-industry, analytics-based inspection. This partnership will provide enhanced end-to-end inspection services to customers at a global scale. John Spirtos, President, Avitas Systems (left) and Philippe Donche-Gay, Senior Executive Vice President, international Operations & Support, at Bureau Veritas (right) sign their partnership (Photo: Business Wire) Through the partnership, Bureau Veritas will advance its independent inspection services with the Avitas Systems cloud-based platform, combining automated data collection and artificial intelligence techniques to bring continuous industrial risk management to a new level for asset owners.
Avitas Systems will provide technologies, including sensors, drones, and other robotics, paired with deep learning-based data analytics to automatically recognize asset defects and deliver results via an online interface with user-accessible data and reporting. New technologies will prevent inspectors from working in high-risk and repetitive working conditions, which will improve overall safety and efficiency.Bureau Veritas will provide its deep-rooted, global expertise in industrial assets, notably in visual inspection and non-destructive testing, to create a wide range of integrity assessment models and upgraded services using Avitas Systems technologies.The joint offering will initially focus on electric power and utility assets, notably renewable energy, and will progressively expand to other industrial assets.(photo: John Spirtos)

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The newest generation of cybersecurity analysts

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 31 ottobre 2017

baltimoraBaltimore. BluVector, a leader in machine learning-based network intrusion detection, is partnering with the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) to help build the newest generation of cybersecurity analysts. A team of students within the College of Engineering and Information Technology will now be using a version of BluVector to analyze the university’s network traffic in real time. The goal is to better understand how to find, confirm and contain cyber threats using advanced analytics, including supervised machine learning, speculative emulation and behavioral heuristics. Cyber threat detection and response within an academic environment is challenging as IT departments often have less rigid control over devices on the network yet are tasked with supporting a vast variety of endpoints. By utilizing BluVector’s network intrusion system, students participating in the UMBC program will gain real world experience using deep analysis and detection to triage malicious events for either automated response actions or higher-level human investigation. It’s experience that will make them perfectly suited to operate as Level 1 analysts and highly sought after by future employers.
“At BluVector, learning is in the DNA of our team and our product,” said Robert Thompson, BluVector’s liaison to UMBC and a recent graduate of the Cyber Scholars program at the University. “A partnership with UMBC enables hands-on learning for students and we hope we can, in turn, learn from the students as they observe BluVector in a specialized environment.” “We’re pleased to incorporate BluVector into the ecosystem UMBC has built to develop the next generation of cybersecurity talent,” said Dr. Charles Nicholas, professor of computer science and electrical engineering, UMBC and faculty advisor for UMBC’s Cyber Dawgs, its 2017 National Collegiate Cyber Defense Championship winning Cyber Defense Team. “We hope exposure to analytics driven advanced threat detection solutions both sparks curiosity in data science and underscores the value of machine learning among our students as they enter the workforce to tackle the emerging and dynamic cyber threats we all face.”

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‘The buildings talk to me. Every one has something to say’

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 11 luglio 2017

venice1veniceThe Rubelli family firm has been producing fabrics in Venice for generations. But, as Nicolò Rubelli, its director, explains, the company is just as focused on the future. Jonathan Bastaple went to meet him. Venice is a city of textures and surfaces: the façades hang like faded brocade curtains above the smooth edged docks and portals. The architectural patterns are fascinating — not just the quatrefoil windows and the rhythmic verticals of slender arches, but also the accidental abstractions, where pink plaster has been stained by salt water or fallen away to reveal rough red brickwork, or patch upon patch of repair has left an ancient frontage looking dappled and skewbald like the flank of a pinto horse. And then there is the green and mutable water, which shimmers like a bolt of raw silk rolled out on a narrow table.Rubelli is speaking about his fragile hometown as he makes his way through narrow early-morning streets, across deserted little squares, over tiny humpbacked bridges. He is a collector of maps, specifically old maps of Venice, but he also carries a layered cartographical history of the city in his head.
‘The buildings talk to me,’ he says. ‘Every one of them has something to say.’ He pauses at the ornate Chiesa di San Moisè. ‘Look at that: a baroque church covered in sculptures, but not a single religious symbol. Everything on that façade is a monument to the Fini family who built it, a declaration of their wealth and influence. It’s not a church at all, it’s a triumphal arch masquerading as a church.’
The dawn walk comes to a very Venetian dead end at a square quayside on the Grand Canal. There’s no way to go further without climbing into a water taxi. But Rubelli produces a key from his pocket and goes to an unobtrusive door in the gable end of a building to one side. It leads into a magnificent Renaissance vestibule — low-lying, dark and reeking of history. This is the ground floor of the Palazzo Corner Spinelli, the Venice HQ of Rubelli when Nicolò’s father was in charge. It is now a rather wonderful corporate pied-à-terre.
‘This is like my second home,’ says Nicolò, as he heads up the broad staircase to the office. It is a fabulous set of rooms: coffered ceilings, another disguised triumphal arch in the form of an enormous fireplace by Jacopo Sansovino, a deep light well in which classical busts perch on niches like cormorants on a cliff face. (foto: venice) (by Christie’s)

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2015 a ‘Once in a Generation Opportunity’ for Sustainable Development

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 27 gennaio 2015

Onu palaceNew York. The head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said today that while there is tremendous volatility and turmoil around the world, this year presented a unique opportunity to eradicate poverty and agree on a path for sustainable development.“At UNDP, we see 2015 as a huge opportunity to advance the global sustainable development agenda,” said Helen Clark at the opening session of UNDP’s Executive Board meeting in New York. “The Millennium Development Goals are set to expire at the end of this year and UN Member States will meet in September to agree on the new Sustainable Development Goals, which will guide global development priorities for the next 15 years.”She also cited other events this year that would be critical to global development: the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in March, in Sendai, Japan; the 3rd International Conference on Financing for Development in July in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; and the UN climate change conference in Paris, France, in December.“The combined outcomes of these major processes are a once in a generation opportunity to set a transformational global agenda for sustainable development,” she said.In her statement she also outlined UNDP’s work in response to current crises around the world such as the refugee crisis in countries neighboring Syria, and the crises in Central African Republic, South Sudan, Ukraine, and many others.“Through our work on early recovery we aim to support countries to move from the relief phase to recovery as quickly as possible,” she said. She also discussed UNDP’s implementation of its new Strategic Plan and its ongoing reforms to make the organization more effective and efficient.She also welcomed Fernando Carrera, Permanent Representative of Guatemala to the UN, on his election as President of the UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS Executive Board and thanked outgoing President Peter Thomson, Permanent Representative of Fiji to the United Nations.”This is an exceptional time for the development community”, said Carrera, “The months leading up to the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals offer a unique opportunity for all of us to shape a global agenda for the next generation that will ensure a reduction of poverty and inequality for the world’s poorest and most vulnerable.” “Likewise, in the run-up to the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in December, this year is equally crucial for the international community’s combined efforts to counter the effects of climate change.” “The Executive Board will continue to oversee and support UNDP in the coming year, in particular in the Organization’s ongoing efforts to strengthen oversight and accountability amongst partners and donors.” Concluding her remarks, Clark said: “UNDP is fully committed to playing its part in making 2015 a launch pad for stepped up efforts to advance human, sustainable, and resilient development for all countries and peoples. We look forward to working with the Board to this end, and thank you once again for your support for our work.”

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Dantean Dialogues: Engaging with the Legacy of Amilcare Iannucci

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 30 marzo 2014

Thursday, April 3, 2014 – 6:00pm – 8:00pm   Istituto Italiano di Cultura – 496 Huron St., Toronto   Free admission On the occasion of the launch of Dantean Dialogues: Engaging with the Legacy of Amilcare Iannucci. Edited by Maggie Kilgour and Elena Lombardi (Toronto Italian Studies. University of Toronto Press, 2013), the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Emilio Goggio Chair in Italian Studies, Centre for Comparative Literature and University of Toronto Press organize a tribute in memory of Prof. Amilcare Iannucci and of Dr. Ron Schoeffel, with the participation of Massimo Ciavolella (UCLA) and Maggie Kilgour (McGill University). Dantean Dialogues is a collection of essays by some of the most outstanding Dante scholars. These essays enter into conversation with the main themes of the scholarship of Amilcare Iannucci (d. 2007), one of the leading researchers on Dante of his generation and arguably Canada’s finest scholar of the Italian poet.  The essays focus on the major themes of Iannucci’s work, including the development of Dante’s early poetry, Dante’s relation to classical and biblical sources, and Dante’s reception. The contributors cover crucial aspects of Dante’s work, from the authority of the New Life to the novelty of his early poetry, to key episodes in the Comedy, to the poem’s afterlife. Together, the essays show how Iannucci’s reading of central cruxes in Dante’s texts continues to inspire Dante studies – a testament to his continuing influence and profound intellectual legacy.

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The Future Generation Art Prize

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 10 novembre 2010

Kiev, Ukraine.  The PinchukArtCentre has the honour to present the first exhibition of the 21 shortlisted artists for the Future Generation Art Prize 2010. The group show of the young artists up to 35 from 18 countries from all over the world features the works submitted for the competition, as well as brand new workgroups specially made for the show giving an exciting view on a new generation of artists. The exhibition will be open from October 30 till January 9, 2011 in the PinchukArtCentre (Kiev, Ukraine).  Established by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation this unique biannual artist-focused prize aims to discover and provide long-term support for the generation of emerging artists, wherever they may live and work as well as to make a major contribution toward the production of new work by young artists. It is important contribution to the open participation of younger artists in the dynamic cultural development of societies in global transition.  Following by the open, free and democratic application procedure via Internet the seven members of the Selection Committee, competent and global art-professionals, selected 20 artists from more than 6 000 applications coming from 125 countries and divided over all continents. The 21th nominee is Artem Volokytin, the winner of the first PinchukArtCentre Prize 2009, a contemporary art prize awarded to young Ukrainian artists under 35.
The shortlist of the FGAP 2010 includes: Ziad Antar, Lebanon; Fikret Atay, Turkey;
Fei Cao, China; Keren Cytter, Israel; Nathalie Djurberg, Sweden; Simon Fujiwara, United Kingdom; Nicholas Hlobo, South Africa; Clemens Hollerer, Austria;   Runo Lagomarsino, Sweden; Cinthia Marcelle, Brazil; Gareth Moore, born in Canada;   Mircea Nicolae, Romania; Ruben Ochoa, United States; Wilfredo Prieto Garcia, Cuba; Katerina Seda, Czech Republic; Guido van der Werve, Netherlands; Nico Vascellari, Italy, Jorinde Voigt, Germany; Artem Volokytin, Ukraine; Emily Wardill, United Kingdom;   Hector Zamora, Mexico.

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“Piacevolmente Serio”

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 13 Mag 2010

Scandicci  (Fi) 14 maggio alle ore 21 ad I-Place Concept Store in viuzzo del Piscetto 6/8 secondo appuntamento con “Piacevolmente Serio”. La serata prevede la presentazione del libro “Il quotidiano della beat generation e la IV dimensione” di Duccia Camiciotti con l’intervento di Roberto Cellini, presidente del Centro d’Arte Modigliani di Scandicci e letture di Carlo Ciappi. Duccia Camiciotti, scrittrice nonchè critica letteraria e d’arte, autrice di numero! si libri di poesie e collaboratrice di testate giornalistiche sarà presente durante la serata. La Beat Music con i giovani cantanti della Scuola di Musica di Scandicci accompagnerà l’evento. Al termine, degustazione di dolci tipici toscani e siciliani. All’interno del concept store sarà visitabile anche “Collettiva Primaverile”, un’esposizione collettiva di grafica, pittura e scultura a cura di Roberto Cellini con opere degli artisti Doralice Avanzi, Rossella Baldecchi, Alfredo Correani, Giancarlo Ferruggia, Anna Serrini e Sandra Tesi del Centro d’Arte Modigliani di Scandicci che rimarra’ visibile fino al 10 giugno.
Il progetto Artisti in mostra ad I-Place Concept Store nasce per costituire un ponte non solo ideale tra le eccellenze italiane nel campo dell’artigianato e dell’arte contemporanea in ogni sua forma, con l’intento di offrire a un pubblico piu’ vasto possibile l’opportunita’ di cogliere il meglio dell’italian lifestyle attraverso una visione globale scandita sul filo della tradizione che si rinnova.
“Piacevolmente serio” tornerà giovedi’ 20 maggio alle 21, con il “Recital di poesia contemporanea”  a cura di Carlo Ciappi con i poeti Fiorenza Alderighi, Marzia Carocci, Flora Gelli, Gianmarco Pandolfini, Antonio Sabatino e Patrizia Tofani del Centro d’Arte Modigliani accompagnato dal recital per chitarra solista di Luca Fuca’ della Scuola di Musica di Scandicci.

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Margot Kässmann elects Chairperson

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 31 ottobre 2009

The Synod of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), meeting in Ulm, has elected Dr. Margot Kässmann as the new chairperson of its Council. Since 1999 Dr Kässmann has been the Lutheran Bishop of Hanover. She is the first woman to be elected as the leader of the EKD. She will succeed Bishop Wolfgang Huber, who is retiring. The Venerable Colin Williams, General Secretary of the Conference of European Churches (CEC), has sent Bishop Kässmann a letter of congratulations stating that: “As the Church in Germany seeks ways to speak a word of truth and hope to a generation which longs for both, the EKD is blessed indeed that you will bring to your new position your capacity to speak simply but profoundly into the hearts and minds of women and men”.
The Conference of European Churches (CEC) is a fellowship of some 120 Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican and Old Catholic Churches from all countries of Europe, plus 40 associated organisations. CEC was founded in 1959. It has offices in Geneva, Brussels and Strasbourg.

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Travesties and Masquerades

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 1 luglio 2009

cindy shermanNew York until 11/7/2009495 Broadway Swiss Institute Eleanor Antin, Joan Jonas, Manon, Ursula Mayer, Cindy Sherman, Hannah Wilke Curated by Gianni Jetzer Eleanor Antin, Joan Jonas, Manon, Ursula Mayer, Cindy Sherman, Hannah Wilke A large number of feminist artists from the early 1970’s adopted aspects of self performance and masquerade to unhinge the alignment of certain codes of objectification with the female body, as Amelia Jones remarks in her essay Manon and Masquerade – Gender as Counter- Transference. In conjunction with Manon’s first show in the U.S., five films from female artists are added as an additional layer to her exhibition, bringing artists together from different generations and backgrounds, grouped around the idea of the masquerade.
In her filmic performance The King (1972), Eleanor Antin applies hair to her face. She moves through a variety of bearded faces seeking the identity most appropriate to her facial structure and satisfying to her aspirations. Antin transforms herself into a man and adopts one of her recurring performance personae, “The King.” Based on the 1972 performance of the same name, Organic Honey’s Visual Telepathy, a film by Joan Jonas, is an enigmatic ritual of identity. In this performance, Jonas plays both herself and her masked double Organic Honey. This alter ego, whose guise is a frozen doll’s face adorned in feathered headdress and costumes, embodies artifice, masquerade and narcissism. The film examines female gestures and archetypes, both personal and cultural. In using disguise and masquerade to examine the self, the film of Jonas inquires into the subjectivity and objectivity of personal identity. (Image: Cindy Sherman)

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