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Commission adopts strategic guidelines for sustainable and competitive EU aquaculture

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 28 Maggio 2021

The guidelines offer a common vision for the Commission, Member States and stakeholders to develop the sector in a way that contributes directly to the European Green Deal and in particular the Farm to Fork Strategy. The guidelines will help the EU aquaculture sector become more competitive and resilient, and to improve its environmental and climate performance. The guidelines have been prepared in close consultation with EU Member States and stakeholders, notably those represented in the Aquaculture Advisory Council. They set four inter-related objectives for the further development of aquaculture in the Union: building resilience and competitiveness participating in the green transition ensuring social acceptance and consumer information, and increasing knowledge and innovation The proposed guidelines will also support the substantial increase in organic aquaculture at EU level. As noted in the recently published Organic Farming Action Plan, organic aquaculture production remains a relatively new sector but with a significant potential for growth.

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Improved guidelines for testing machine-readable passports just out

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 27 luglio 2018

Machine-readable passports (MRPs) mean faster processing and more accurate matching against immigration databases and watchlists, which is why most passports these days fall into that category. To ensure they meet international regulatory requirements, they are standardized against the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Document 9303. The ISO and IEC standard for testing the durability of these MRPs is an official companion to the ICAO document, defining what is necessary for passports to be compliant. It has just been updated to make it even more robust and fit for today’s globalized world.
ISO/IEC 18745-1:2018, Test methods for machine readable travel documents (MRTD) and associated devices – Part 1: Physical test methods for passport books (durability), now replaces the ICAO’s own technical report for durability, specifying the minimum criteria to be achieved in order to meet ICAO’s expectations.Tom Kinneging, Convener of the working group that developed the standard said it is essential not just to meet legal requirements but to ensure MRPs withstand the stresses it can be placed under.“Having a MRP is only useful if it doesn’t fall apart or lose its readability over time,” he said.“This standard gives details for effective testing so their feasible lifespan can be assessed, and they can thus be built to last.”ISO/IEC 18745-1 was developed and updated by working group 3 Machine readable travel documents, which is part of the ISO and IEC technical committee ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 17, Cards and security devices for personal identification, the secretariat of which is held by BSI, ISO’s member for the UK.It can be purchased from your national ISO member or the ISO Store.

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eCurrency Announces Collaboration with ITU on Standardization Guidelines

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 15 novembre 2017

Beijinge. BeijingCurrency Mint Limited (eCurrency) announced today that it is contributing its seven-layer security architecture to an International Telecommunication Union (ITU) working group’s development of a reference architecture for digital fiat currency (DFC). This working group is tasked with outlining the framework for DFC, showing interoperability scenarios and integration into current payments systems.The working group was established at the first meeting of the ITU Focus Group on Digital Currency including Digital Fiat Currency (FG DFC) held at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, 12-13 October 2017. The meeting was jointly hosted by ITU, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), the Information and Communication Ministry, and the Digital Fiat Currency Institute.“The first meeting of the Focus Group welcomed broad, enthusiastic support from both the public and private sectors,” said Bilel Jamoussi, chief of the ITU-T Study Groups Department. “We are in a strong position to encourage digital currency innovation with the support of all stakeholders, stakeholders that will come together in this Focus Group to build a common understanding of their respective roles in managing ICT-driven transformations of the financial system.” The work of the FG DFC leverages the collaboration of all players in the ecosystem including Central Banks and financial standards bodies. The group has been created to establish guidelines for policy and regulation, study the impact on business and technology, and propose a reference architecture to ensure security.In his keynote speech, Yao Qian, director of the PBOC’s Institute of Digital Money, defined DFC by four fundamental properties as follows (paraphrased and translated): “DFC is defined by (1) its value, which is anchored by the trust of the nation as the unit of account, (2) its cryptography, forming its technology base, its algorithms, which are based on big data and artificial intelligence, and (4) its applications, which allow user experience and economic policies to be smarter.”DFC is authorized and issued by a country’s Central Bank as legal tender, designed to offer the same security status and interoperable function as physical currency. It uses high-security cryptographic protocols to ensure that it cannot be counterfeited, while remaining fully transparent. This secure instrument can be held in all e-money wallets and transacted seamlessly within existing network infrastructure.

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PRQA Announces First Code Analyser for AUTOSAR C++14 Coding Guidelines

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 12 novembre 2017

automotivePRQA has announced the first commercially available tool for automatically applying the new AUTOSAR C++14 Coding Guidelines. The AUTOSAR Compliance Module is an extension to the QA·C++ 4.2 automated static code analysis tool.The AUTOSAR (AUTomotive Open System ARchitecture) development partnership is working on “Guidelines for the use of the C++14 language in critical and safety-related systems” in order to help ensure the safety and security of the code written by implementers of AUTOSAR software. PRQA was invited to become an AUTOSAR development partner and to join the working group responsible for development of the guidelines, because of the expertise in the C++ programming language and best practice software development that it has established over the last 30 years.The Coding Guidelines are delivered as part of the AUTOSAR Adaptive Platform, aimed at high-performance computing ECUs for fail-operational systems for use cases such as highly autonomous driving. It is validated through the adaptive platform demonstrator, an AUTOSAR-internal implementation written in C++. The QA·C++ analysis tool was used to ensure the quality of the demonstrator source code and to verify that it complies with the Coding Guidelines.“Software development is increasingly important for automotive applications. Progressively demanding safety, environmental, and convenience requirements have sharply increased the number of electronic systems found in vehicles,” said Paul Blundell, CEO of PRQA. “We are delighted to offer a tool to help the automotive ecosystem comply with the AUTOSAR Coding Guidelines.”

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WHO issuing updated guidelines for treatment of hepatitis C infection

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 26 aprile 2016

Hepatitis program1Hepatitis programBarcelona, Spain, In view of the continued rapid progress in the development of new treatments for hepatitis C infection, the World Health Organization (WHO) is issuing updated treatment guidelines. The guidelines promote the transition to newer, more effective medicines that have the potential to cure most persons living with hepatitis C infection. WHO issued its first-ever recommendations on the treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV) in 2014. Since then, several new medicines have been introduced and marketed. These medicines, called direct-acting antivirals (DAAs), are more effective and easier to use than established treatment regimens. Furthermore, they have been included in WHO’s Model List of Essential Medicines. Treatment with DAAs is short in duration (8–12 weeks), easy to take (as few as 1 pill per day), has few side effects, and results in a cure for more than 90% of people treated. This is a vast improvement from older treatments, which cured less than half of the people treated, required weekly interferon injections for up to 12 months, and often resulted in severe, sometimes fatal, side effects.The new guidelines also provide guidance on which specific regimens should be used (called “preferred regimens”) based on a patient’s clinical history as well as the genotype of HCV (there are 6 genotypes). These preferred regimens simplify treatment decisions by recommending only 3 treatment epatite programregimens for patients without cirrhosis and an additional 2 for patients with cirrhosis.The updated guidelines are intended to promote the scale-up of HCV treatment, particularly in low- and middle-income countries where few people currently have access to hepatitis treatment, despite also being where most people with HCV live. WHO recognizes that implementation of the recommendations may not be immediate, because the treatments can be expensive and the medicines are not yet approved in many countries.The price of DAAs varies dramatically. The cost to treat a single patient in some high-income countries can exceed US$100 000. However, following the introduction of generic versions of DAAs, the price in other countries, such as India, is less than US$ 500 to treat a single patient.Approximately 130–150 million people are estimated to be infected with HCV. Each year, an estimated 700 000 people die from HCV-related complications including fatty liver (cirrhosis), cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma) and liver failure. Unfortunately, many people with HCV only learn about their infection when they develop symptoms from cirrhosis or liver cancer. Because the prices are rapidly dropping, and because the medicines are easy to use, they have the potential to dramatically reduce the number of deaths due to hepatitis C infection. (fonte: World Health Organization – Who

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Guidelines for Carbon Dioxide Capture

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 novembre 2010

Building constructive relationships with host communities is crucial for the successful deployment of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), a clean energy technology that can help reduce carbon pollution, according to a new report by the World Resources Institute (WRI).
The report, CCS and Community Engagement: Guidelines for Community Engagement in Carbon Dioxide Capture, Transport and Storage Projects, outlines how project developers and operators can effectively engage local communities near a potential CCS site. The guidelines, which had input from over 90 contributors, are meant to strengthen the decision-making process so that community members, developers, and regulators are all represented during project planning and development and throughout a plant’s lifecycle. There are currently a few small-scale industrial operations capturing and storing carbon dioxide emissions around the world, but the technology has not yet been scaled to cut emissions in larger coal-fired power plants. Further testing of demonstration projects will be necessary to determine whether or not CCS is a viable solution to the climate change problem. The report presents a series of case studies, including examples of successful and unsuccessful community engagement strategies including four places in the United States—Wallula, Washington; Matoon, Illinois; Jamestown, New York; and Carson, California. There are also international cases in Barendrecht, Netherlands; and Nirranda, Victoria Australia. The case studies confirm that the decisions on individual demonstration projects ultimately hinge on site-specific factors, including the needs of the local community.
In Matoon, Illinois, for example, trust diminished when the U.S. Department of Energy made changes to the original FutureGen project seven years after the initial announcement. According to the case study, the revised project, renamed FutureGen 2.0, would retrofit an existing power plant with CCS technology across the state in Merodisia rather than building a state-of-the-art plant and research facility in Matoon. Recommendations in the report will be road-tested in real-life CCS demonstration projects, and the outcomes integrated into a more robust set of globally-applicable best practices for CCS projects. The report follows WRI’s Guidelines for Carbon Dioxide Capture, Transport and Storage, a set of technical guidelines published in 2008 for how to responsibly proceed with safe CCS projects.

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