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A holiday gift with impact: crowdfunding solar-powered water access in Africa

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 24 dicembre 2020

Rome. This holiday season, some of the world’s poorest families in Somalia and Malawi look set to access water through innovative solar energy products financed through a crowdfunding project set up by the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Through this pilot project, IFAD has invested in training NGOs, who currently work with them in Africa, to raise funds through crowdfunding to bring solar-powered irrigation to Malawi, and purified water to Somalia. In Somalia, only 30 per cent of people have access to clean water, leaving them vulnerable to life-threating diseases. Through this crowdfunding campaign, 2,400 Somalis could access clean water and energy through a OffGridBox – a mobile solar system that purifies water and distributes energy with no environmental impact. In Malawi, food insecurity is a major issue with over 3 million people requiring food aid this year, and with more than a third of children under five chronically malnourished. Farmers are at the mercy of unreliable weather and battle to produce enough food. With donations from crowdfunding, a solar irrigation system will provide water for 30 farming families, enabling them to supply food to 12 surrounding villages. The families will be trained to use and maintain the system.Crowdfunding emerged after the 2008 financial crisis. When entrepreneurs faced difficulties in raising funds, they turned to the internet to access pooled donations from multiple individuals. In 2017, US$65 billion was raised on global crowdfunding platforms and there is a growing trend to use crowdfunding to mobilise finance in developing countries. The World Bank has estimated that by contributing small amounts, households in developing countries could deploy up to $96 billion a year in crowdfunding investments by 2025.IFAD’s crowdfunding campaign will run until 15 January.

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“Governments need to halt the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on rural women”

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 17 ottobre 2020

Says IFAD President on International Day of Rural Women. Our food supply is at risk if we don’t start prioritizing rural women during this pandemic, said Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in a strong call to governments to increase their investments in rural women.There are approximately 1.7 billion women and girls living in rural areas, representing more than one-fifth of all humanity. Rural women make up 43 per cent of the agricultural work force in developing countries, and are responsible for much of the world’s food production. However they have less access than men to technologies, markets, financial assets and agricultural resources, making them far more vulnerable to the impacts of COVID-19.Restrictions on movement have limited the ability of rural producers to grow and sell their produce. Rural women, who are often employed informally with no social protection, have faced higher job loss than men, whilst also experiencing an increase in unpaid domestic workloads including caring for sick family members and children not in school.“Rural women – the people who have the greatest responsibility for feeding and raising the next generation – have been neglected through this crisis,” said Houngbo. “It is time to elevate the important contribution they make to their families, communities and the economies of their nations, and ensure that they are supported and protected through this unprecedented time.” While much progress has been made in the 25 years since the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action which provided a framework for addressing women’s empowerment, achieving gender equality in rural areas has been challenging. Women aged 25-34 are still 25 percent more likely than men to live in extreme poverty.

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Continua a crescere l’Impact factor (IF) del Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 2 settembre 2020

(JECCR), E’ la rivista fondata nel 1982 presso l’Istituto Nazionale Tumori Regina Elena (IRE). La rivista open access e peer-reviewed, ha ricevuto un IF di 7,068, rafforzando ancora l’importante ruolo internazionale nella categoria Oncology. Si attesta infatti al 33° posto su 244 riviste oncologiche in tutto il mondo (ranking 33/244). Nel 2019 è boom anche nel numero di pubblicazioni che passano dall’ordine del centinaio degli anni scorsi, a circa 500. I manoscritti, molti a firma di autori esteri, illustrano i risultati di studi clinici di base e traslazionale, sui significativi progressi in campo oncologico. La scalata verso posizioni importanti nella classifica mondiale delle riviste oncologiche “impattate” è iniziato 12 anni fa, quando JECCR si è convertita al digitale a seguito della partnership tra gli IFO ed il publisher BioMed Central/Springer Nature.
Fanno parte del Board Editoriale ricercatori di istituzioni accademiche di spicco tra cui l’University of Arizona College of Medicine, l’ MD Anderson Cancer Center, l’Institut Génétique Biologie Moléculaire Cellulaire, la Tsinghua University, l’University of Sherbrooke, il Roswell Park Cancer Institute, l’Henry Ford Neuroscience Institute, University of North Carolina, la Tokyo Medical and dental University. L’aumento dell’Impact Factor è un importante riconoscimento dovuto anche all’ottimo lavoro svolto dall’ Editor-in-Chief Mauro Castelli e dall’Editorial Office.

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Impact of the Coronavirus on the Italian

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 3 marzo 2020

Un’azienda italiana su dieci a rischio di fallimento nel caso in cui l’emergenza Coronavirus non si arrestasse entro l’anno e con misure che di fatto fermano l’economia delle aree più produttive del paese. A farne maggiormente le spese, tre settori chiave: il manifatturiero tessile, i trasporti e il turismo. È questo il grido d’allarme che emerge dallo studio “Impact of the Coronavirus on the Italian non-financial corporates” di Cerved Rating Agency, agenzia di rating del Gruppo Cerved tra le prime in Europa che attribuisce il merito creditizio alle imprese sul territorio nazionale. Le conseguenze del contagio sono già evidenti: rallentamenti nella produzione, chiusure temporanee forzate, calo dei margini. In uno scenario macroeconomico domestico e internazionale già caratterizzato da un rallentamento generalizzato della crescita, gli effetti del virus sulla produzione cinese hanno comportato nelle scorse settimane una netta frenata del comparto manifatturiero, con conseguenze a catena non trascurabili sullo stato di salute dei mercati mondiali. In particolare, nelle scorse settimane si è assistito alle tipiche manifestazioni di fenomeni di crisi, quali il calo del valore delle principali materie prime come petrolio, rame e gas naturale, congiuntamente a un aumento del valore dell’oro.
Quali effetti possiamo aspettarci ora? Quanto durerà la crisi e come reagirà la nostra economia, già soggetta a stime di crescita molto contenute? Sono questi i principali quesiti affrontati dallo studio di Cerved Rating Agency, che ha ipotizzato per i prossimi mesi due scenari: nel caso più favorevole, si prevede che la crisi sanitaria possa perdurare fino a metà anno, con un’eco non trascurabile sulla solidità finanziaria delle nostre aziende, già investite dalla crisi; nel caso più sfavorevole, invece, si delinea l’ipotesi non poi così remota del dilagarsi della pandemia, con effetti globali duraturi e deleteri fino alla fine dell’anno.
Entrambi gli scenari sono stati applicati al portafoglio di simulazione, costituito da circa 25.000 rating emessi recentemente da Cerved Rating Agency e sufficientemente rappresentativo del comparto delle aziende italiane, tramite l’adozione di un approccio di natura quali-quantitativa. Le ipotesi riguardano essenzialmente le evoluzioni attese in termini di valore e costo della produzione, principali voci di bilancio per cui si prevede un calo (con alcune eccezioni per il settore farmaceutico) derivante dalla riduzione dei volumi di produzione e di contrazione della domanda. Analogamente, si prevede un peggioramento generalizzato del capitale circolante netto e un aumento dei debiti finanziari a breve. Tali ipotesi sul comportamento atteso delle aziende italiane possono pertanto determinare una generale involuzione delle dinamiche economico-finanziarie che influenza la performance economica, la struttura finanziaria e l’andamento dei pagamenti. Ciò che ci si attende, con impatti diversi a seconda degli scenari soft o hard, è un graduale popolamento delle classi più rischiose, con conseguente aumento della probabilità media di default:
In base alla gravità dello scenario, e stimando alle condizioni attuali una probabilità di default pari a 4.9% come valore medio, si sale, nell’ipotesi soft, al 6.8% (con variazione per settore tra il 2.7% e il 10.6%), mentre nello scenario hard la probabilità di default media stimata nell’intervallo considerato arriva al 10.4%, con variazione per settore tra il 7.5% e il 15.4%. Questo notevole aumento del rischio deriva dalla particolare severità dello scenario, in cui si ipotizza una pandemia con effetti gravi e duraturi.
In sintesi, a partire dalla distribuzione attuale delle aziende in sicurezza, solvibili, vulnerabili e rischiose, Cerved Rating Agency stima le seguenti transizioni nei due scenari:
Le imprese cosiddette “a rischio” aumenterebbero dell’8% nel caso soft e addirittura del 26% nel caso hard, con conseguenze quasi imprevedibili per il tessuto economico locale e nazionale, con inevitabili fallimenti e chiusure delle aziende coinvolte.
Il deterioramento di merito creditizio ipotizzato, insieme agli effetti negativi derivanti dall’innalzamento del livello complessivo di indebitamento finanziario a breve termine, sarebbe particolarmente rilevante per settori più esposti come il turismo e le aziende del comparto manifatturiero che presentano interconnessioni maggiori con la Cina, soprattutto per quanto attiene all’importazione delle materie prime. Le stime d’impatto sulla marginalità delineano un quadro allarmante per i settori maggiormente impattati come il manifatturiero tessile, i trasporti e il turismo, per il quale si prospettano addirittura dei livelli di marginalità negativi nello scenario peggiore. Nel contesto delle imprese valutate costituiscono invece un’eccezione le aziende del settore farmaceutico, sia per la produzione sia per il commercio al dettaglio di medicinali, per le quali è ragionevole attendersi un miglioramento della marginalità e una riduzione moderata dei profili di rischio.

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Australian Cohesity Partner Parallo Scoops Computer Reseller News Impact Award

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 4 giugno 2019

The CRN Impact Awards celebrate supplier-led Australian IT projects and technology innovators that make a difference for customer organisations. Parallo received the Modernising Infrastructure category award in recognition of its work in taking the ACU’s IT infrastructure to a modern platform supporting its goals for innovation, cost savings, efficiencies, and growth.The ACU was facing performance and capacity issues with its legacy backup and file services products. Further, the legacy infrastructure products were ageing, complex, and unsuited to next-generation architectures, including cloud. The infrastructure transformation project undertaken by Parallo aimed to reduce complexity, risk, and cost while remediating all legacy backup and file services offerings. Parallo deployed a next-generation platform from Cohesity that simplified the environment, enabled a cloud and disaster recovery strategy, and reduced total cost of ownership.Cohesity’s hyperconverged architecture helps organizations solve mass data fragmentation by consolidating all secondary workloads, including backups, archival, test-dev, file services, and object stores on a single web-scale platform that spans on-premises and cloud environments, managed via a simple, policy-driven user interface. Parallo architected and enabled migration of all backup and file services functions from five legacy management interfaces to the Cohesity DataPlatform, dramatically reducing complexity, risk, and cost, while enabling ACU to give life to its cloud strategy.
The saving was so dramatic that the new Cohesity solution total cost of ownership was less than the maintenance renewal cost of the five incumbent solutions. Further, Cohesity’s global deduplication technology removed redundancies and duplicates from data sets, putting in place an effective copy data management strategy. The lack of proprietary hardware associated with legacy systems changed the economics of the architecture significantly.Cohesity has also enabled ACU to save on data centre footprint costs, as well as costs associated with power consumption, storage, licensing, and management. In addition, it improved ACU’s Recovery Time Objective (RTO), since all backups are readily available on disks and not tapes, while it can also offload snapshots from its primary storage onto Cohesity, which freed up nearly 20 per cent of capacity, postponing the need to invest in more capacity for primary storage.

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Brexit/Fisheries: Commissioner Vella presents contingency plans to mitigate “no-deal” impact

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 30 aprile 2019

The acts, tabled by the Commission in January, have been agreed by Member States and European Parliament at the end of March, in record time. Underscoring that the EU stands shoulder to shoulder with its fishermen, the Commissioner explained that the Commission has taken measures to mitigate the impact on fisheries in case of a no-deal Brexit.
The first preparedness measure amends the Regulation on the Sustainable Management of the External Fleets, with the aim of creating the appropriate legal framework for continued reciprocal fishing access by EU and United Kingdom vessels to each other’s waters during 2019, provided the UK grants such access for EU vessels.The second measure allows fishermen and operators from EU Members States to receive compensation for the temporary cessation of fishing activities, due to Brexit, under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund. This will help to off-set some of the impacts of a sudden closure of UK waters to EU fishing vessels.

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The University Impact Ranking 2019

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 9 aprile 2019

Ottimo piazzamento per l’Università di Parma nel THE University Impact Ranking 2019, una nuova classifica sviluppata da Times Higher Education che punta a misurare il successo degli atenei negli Obiettivi di sviluppo sostenibile (Sustainable Development Goals) delle Nazioni Unite. Più di 450, da 76 paesi, gli Atenei che hanno partecipato al ranking, sottoponendosi all’analisi di Times Higher Education. L’Università di Parma si colloca a livello complessivo nella fascia 101-200, quarta tra gli Atenei italiani in classifica: dopo Bologna, Padova, L’Aquila e a pari merito con Firenze. I 17 Sustainable Development Goals delle Nazioni Unite – che includono tra l’altro un’istruzione di qualità inclusiva ed equa, l’uguaglianza di genere e la promozione dell’innovazione – sono stati adottati dall’ONU nel 2016 e forniscono un quadro per lo sviluppo sostenibile del pianeta. Times Higher Education ne ha scelti 11 per valutare le performance delle Università:
•SDG 3 – Good health and well-being
•SDG 4 – Quality education
•SDG 5 – Gender equality
•SDG 8 – Decent work and economic growth
•SDG 9 – Industry, innovation, and infrastructure
•SDG 10 – Reduced inequalities
•SDG 11 – Sustainable cities and communities
•SDG 12 – Responsible consumption and production
•SDG 13 – Climate action
•SDG 16 – Peace, justice and strong institutions
•SDG 17 – Partnerships for the goals
L’Università di Parma ha ottenuto i risultati migliori su due obiettivi specifici:
SDG16 – Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, dove è al 94° posto, e SDG3 – Good Health and Wellbeing, dove è al 100° posto. Buoni riscontri anche su Gender Equality e Partnership for the Goals, dove si colloca nella fascia 101-200.

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The Societal Impact of Robots and Artificial Intelligence

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 28 settembre 2018

Bruges on 10 October 2018, the Google Chair in Digital Innovation at the College of Europe organizes a seminar dealing with the Societal Impact of Robots and Artificial Intelligence, in cooperation with representatives of Waseda University in Tokyo. The event begins with a presentation by Professor Toshie TAKAHASHI of the School of Culture, Media and Society at Waseda University, Tokyo. Professor TAKAHASHI’s presentation starts at 14:00, and will be followed by remarks by Professor Andrea RENDA, holder of the Google Chair, who will illustrate the current state of the debate on artificial intelligence in Europe. Comments will be provided by Professor Shuji HASHIMOTO and Professor Yoshiyuki SHIRAKAWA of Waseda University, followed by a debate with the audience. The event ends at 15:30.

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Impact Venture Capital Announces It Will Host a Large-Scale Tech & Policy Event in California on May 8th

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 7 maggio 2018

Impact Venture Capital announced that it will host the IMPACT GLOBAL VENTURE SUMMIT ’18 on May 8th at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. The event will focus on the collision of technology and policy with expected attendance of more than 1,000 participants.
Impact Venture Capital will host hundreds of investors, entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and policymakers for this all-day event. The event is garnering participation from dozens of venture groups, including SK Hynix, SAP, GE Ventures, Fidelity, Ford, ZZ Ventures, Orange, Westlake Ventures, Dekrypt Capital, Mark IV, and Sand Hill Angels.The Summit’s open-floor format is purposefully designed to promote engagement and interaction, allowing participants to attend programs most relevant to them. The Summit will feature scores of 75 exhibiting startups, a massive subject matter expert mentoring event for entrepreneurs called Epic Office Hours, live radio, and television.15 highlighted panel discussions on 5 stages of industry and policy experts will focus on key program tracks including: Platforms & Markets; Blockchain & the Data Economy; Mobility & Infrastructure; AI & Employment; and Analytics & Governance.Event speakers include Betty Yee (California State Controller), Darrell Steinberg (Mayor of Sacramento), Saqib Rashid (Abraaj Group), and Allen Taylor (Endeavor Global).Jeff Harbach, CEO of the Kauffman Fellows said, “By bringing world class investors, market innovators, and policy makers together, the Impact Global Venture Summit is setting the stage for technology to serve venture ecosystems in the US and beyond. We’re thrilled to support the team at Impact Venture Capital.” General Partner of Impact Venture Capital Jack Crawford said, “This Summit will kick start amazing opportunities to solve global challenges for the next decade with innovations happening today.” Last year’s Summit included over 700 investors, corporate innovators, and entrepreneurs — and some are forecasting the event will double its number of attendees this year.

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Cash rewards have a positive impact on low income families’ health in New York City, a study found

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 10 marzo 2018

Lifepath announced the publication of its new study on the health impacts of Opportunity NYC–Family Rewards, a conditional cash transfer programme in New York City aimed at improving population health by making cash transfers conditional on engaging in a number of activities, including school attendance, preventive health care use and employment participation for parents. Family Rewards was the first conditional cash transfer program for low-income families in the US. The study, published in the March issue of Health Affairs, a leading health policy journal, found that Family Rewards had small but meaningful effects on the use of some preventive health services, especially dental care. In addition, the programme had a positive impact on parents’ perceptions of their health as well as their level of hope, mainly through improvements in reported financial well-being. This study is a collaboration between King’s College London, Columbia University and MDRC – a nonprofit, social policy research organization – as part of Lifepath, a project funded by the European Commission with the aim of investigating the biological pathways underlying social differences in healthy ageing.Dr. Emilie Courtin, Research Fellow at the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, King’s College London (UK), and her colleagues found that participation in the program was associated with an increased probability of having had at least two dental check-ups in the past year (by 13% in adults and by almost 15% in children 42 months after the program started). This is a very important effect, as oral health care is one of the largest unmet health care needs in the US, and the single largest among children. Family Rewards also had positive effects on health insurance coverage and receiving treatment for any medical condition. Participants were also less likely to forgo medical care due to cost. These effects translated into modest improvements in health status as measured by parental self-rated health and level of hope.
Family Rewards was created by the New York City’s Center for Economic Opportunity (now NYC Opportunity) in partnership with MDRC and Seedco. It was privately funded and offered to more than 4,700 low-income families in six of New York City’s most deprived communities – two each in the boroughs of the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan. It operated from 2007 to 2010 and distributed a total of $20.6 million in cash transfers to participating families, with an average of $8,674 per household. So far, the programme had already shown positive effects regarding reduction in poverty and material hardship, and improvement in perceived financial well-being and graduation rates for children. This new study further explores its effects on health and health care use.
“On top of New York City’s strong existing social safety net, Family Rewards has led to some improvements in health care access and perceived health of poor families” said Dr. Emilie Courtin, lead author of the study. Dr. Courtin added “A key strength of the study is its design. Family Rewards was evaluated in a randomized-controlled trial – the gold standard for finding out if a program like this works.” Conditional cash transfer programmes are becoming a prevalent policy for improving the education and health outcomes of poor children in developing countries, since their introduction in Mexico and Brazil in 1997. They have been implemented with the support of the World Bank and other international financial institutions in many countries, particularly in South East Asia and Latin America.Conditional cash transfer programmes aim to increase human capital investment among poor households to break the intergenerational transmission of poverty and generate individual as well as societal benefits. Interventions across Latin America have led to significant increases in the use of health services, including the number of visits to health facilities and receipt of prenatal care and paediatric examinations. Evidence shows that the interventions have also improved some health outcomes – in particular, developmental, nutritional and cognitive measures among children.“Strong evidence on what works, and also what doesn’t work, is essential for understanding the potential and limitations of conditional cash transfer programs,” said James Riccio of MDRC. “Conditional cash transfer programmes have been increasingly popular in low- and middle-income countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia,” explained Professor Paolo Vineis, Chair of Environmental Epidemiology within the School of Public Health at Imperial College London and co-ordinator of the Lifepath project. “However, programmes with different types of behavioural conditionality are also gaining ground in various developed countries. Our study can help bring lessons, positive and negative, and inform the design of similar experiments in Europe.”

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C.H. Robinson Makes an Impact in Grand Rapids

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 29 ottobre 2017

WestwoodWestwood. C.H. Robinson, a global third party logistics (3PL) company, and its Grand Rapids office contributed to a month-long, company-wide, employee-led giving campaign. The campaign raised a total of $791,000 for local, national and global charities. In addition to the Robinson Cares campaign fundraising, employees accumulated more than 1,450 volunteer hours, helping their neighbors in need.The Grand Rapids office hosted internal events, including raffles and onsite food trucks, raising $12,000 for the following charities: Westwood Middle School, The Boys and Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids, Be Nice Foundation and Mackenzie’s Animal Sanctuary.“Thanks to the hard work of our philanthropy committee and generous donations from employees and local businesses, we were able to surpass our fundraising goal. It was a very rewarding experience for everyone involved, and we couldn’t be more excited to present the charities with our contributions,” said Adam Earle, training consultant at C.H. Robinson.Since 2005, C.H. Robinson, along with its Foundation, has given over $23 million back to our communities.“Our employees are the best in the industry — not just in their supply chain expertise, but their dedication to making an impact in their communities on the issues that matter to them most,” said Angie Freeman, chief human resources officer at C.H. Robinson. “Because of them, we were able to support more than 250 nonprofits working locally and globally.”
At C.H. Robinson, we believe in accelerating global trade to seamlessly deliver the products and goods that drive the world’s economy. Using the strengths of our knowledgeable people, proven processes and global technology, we help our customers work smarter, not harder. As one of the world’s largest third-party logistics providers (3PL), we provide a broad portfolio of logistics services, fresh produce sourcing and managed services for more than 113,000 customers and 71,000 contract carriers through our integrated network of 280 offices and more than 14,000 employees. In addition, the company, our Foundation and our employees contribute millions of dollars annually to a variety of organizations. Headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, C.H. Robinson (CHRW) has been publicly traded on the NASDAQ since 1997. For more information, visit http://www.chrobinson.com (photo: Westwood)

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Expert comment on impact of Brexit on Foreign Direct Investment

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 25 giugno 2016

warwick_campus_2_largeNigel Driffield, of Warwick Business School, has researched the question. Professor Nigel Driffield said: “Our research has found Brexit would greatly reduce the level of foreign direct investment to the UK and for those people who think there might be just a short-term ‘blip’ we have found it will take four years to recover and even then the long-term trajectory will be lower.“EU membership has made inward investment more stable and has increased the long-term trend for the UK, so leaving would make the country less attractive for non-EU investors.”Plus the uncertainty over being in a club where others write the rules, and the uncertainty over access to markets would dominate, and we would remain on a lower long-term trend.”Some argue that with the likely devaluation of sterling following Brexit, small UK exporters may be better able to export, not just to the EU but to the rest of the world. This, however, depends on whether the devaluation also increases their costs, given that 50% of the UK’s exports rely on imported components.”In order to understand the impact that Brexit will have on UK manufacturing, one has to think not in terms of ‘this firm’ or ‘that firm’ but in terms of supply chains, that cross not just countries, but continents. “Many of the most important value chains in terms of UK manufacturing are highly integrated across several European countries. As a result many UK firms and their suppliers are at risk of being less attractive partners in these chains if trade between the UK and the EU becomes more difficult. “This means not just trade costs, but the ease of co-ordinating activities, which is why big business likes trade blocs.”

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Struggling in the U.S. Market Since 2012, the Revelation of Diesel Emissions Cheat Might Throw Back VW for Years to Come

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 22 settembre 2015

wolkswagen group“The Volkswagen Group (VW), the biggest car manufacturer in the world, has been accused of misleading emission results with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the US. This affects 482,000 mid segment diesel models which have been equipped with a “defeat device” software that was able to reduce emissions by up to 40 percent during the emission testing when compared to normal use.
Following the revelation, Martin Winterkorn, the CEO of Volkswagen Group, had to apologise for misleading customers over the EPA results. This has raised a wave of questions now circulating over the renewal of his CEO status and what impact this will have on the planned $7 billion investment into the U.S. market to increase sales. Since 2012 VW has been struggling in the US market. US sales today represent only six percent of the group’s sales. The significance of this revelation however, has already seen share prices plummet by 22 percent as the Volkswagen Group could face $18 billion in fines, not to mention the impact of negative press.”
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The consequences of the end of Schengen

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 3 settembre 2015

schengenThis fictional political skit, realized by Yves Pascouau, Associate Research Fellow at the Jacques Delors Institute and Director of the European Policy Centre, attempts to explore the consequences of the permanent reestablishment of internal border controls in the Schengen area. In the year 2020, member-states decided to put an end to the freedom of movement of people in its current form.
The implications of this decision on Europeans’ everyday lives are analyzed via the revealing experience of a frontier worker, a tourist, and an economist.The impact of this decision on public finances is also raised through a conversation between the President of France and his Minister of Finance. (Photo: Schengen)

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Impact of Driverless Cars on Logistics and Insurance at GIL 2015: Monaco

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 30 luglio 2015

london-centralLONDON Disrupting unsustainable business models is the only way to survive and thrive in the current economy. Many companies are at a crossroad and making the right decisions has become a question of life or death in this marketplace. To help industry leaders identify the way forward and future growth strategies, Frost & Sullivan brings together a global network of visionaries and thought leaders at its annual Growth, Innovation, and Leadership (GIL) conference. GIL 2015 returns for its second edition on the glamorous shores of Monaco on Friday, 23 October. The event at the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort will feature a mix of Frost & Sullivan experts and distinguished industry visionaries. The impact of new business models and a new world of opportunities that are shaking the marketplace are the key themes of this year’s conference in Monaco. Frost & Sullivan Senior Partner and Head of the Visionary Innovation Group Sarwant Singh will present some of these new business models: “We will look at some interesting case studies, such as the impact of driverless cars on logistics and insurance.” Driverless Cars: A Case Study. Shortage deemed to be the single largest challenge in the sector, the future of people logistics and freight logistics is expected to merge. “Think of it as a model in which DHL or UPS would deliver packages small and large using a combination of personally owned vehicles, commercial fleet and also car-sharing fleet. Needless to say this allows for a rather leaner road traffic that can move people and goods, by increasing the utilization of the seat-space and boot-space as well,” says Partner Sarwant Singh.Autonomous cars come with a larger set of challenges. On one hand, these virtually crash-free vehicles entail little or no risk from a collision perspective, which slashes down insurance premiums, thereby directly impacting the insurance community. On the other hand, it brings to the table a new set of risks that insurers have traditionally not been accustomed to addressing. Reliability of the driving algorithm, use-cases not taken into account by the automaker, robustness of fail-operational mode in the vehicle architecture are way too technical to be assessed by insurers.Vehicle insurance currently follows a driver-centric model, with some amount of the calculation of risk and premium being associated with vehicle- and traffic-related parameters. With the driver getting relegated to the level of an occupant in the future, when the vehicle drives itself, the insurance model also shall change accordingly. This would imply that the drivers need not pay as much of an insurance premium as they do in today’s scenario. In 2013, on average, a typical European vehicle owner paid around €470 on insuring the vehicle. Going forward, with level 4 automated vehicles replacing conventional vehicles, the risk of collision can be reduced by around 70 percent and inclusion of new parameters to assess the risk of vehicle is likely to result in average premium to reduce to €300.
The one-day conference will start at 9 am with a welcome speech by the Senior Partner & Global Head of Growth Consulting Jan E Kristiansen. This year, for the first time ever, a brand new analysis by Frost & Sullivan on opportunities in the Financial Services will be presented. Senior Partner and UK Operations Director Gary Jeffery will unveil the latest Mega Trends of a sector that is a key element of Monaco’s economy.
The congress will also host most stimulating keynote presentations from the following Government and Industry Leaders:
– Mr Jean Castellini, Minister of Finance & Economy of the Principality of Monaco,
– Mr Martin Péronnet, Managing Director of Monaco Telecom, the Principality’s Telecom Operator,
– Mrs Isabelle Hilali, VP Marketing and Strategy of Orange Healthcare,
– Mr David Chalmers, Vice President Presales and Chief Technologist (Enterprise Group, EMEA), Hewlett-Packard Limited
The conference will be preceded on Thursday 22 October, by the presentation of the Frost & Sullivan’s Best Practices Awards to a range of regional and global market players for their superior leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development achievements.

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Joint Statement on Mediterranean Crossings

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 24 aprile 2015

Onu palaceUN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for International Migration and Development Peter Sutherland, and Director-General of the International Organization for Migration William Lacy Swing. A tragedy of epic proportions is unfolding in the Mediterranean. We, the undersigned, strongly urge European leaders to put human life, rights, and dignity first today when agreeing upon a common response to the humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean.The European Union is founded on the fundamental principles of humanity, solidarity and respect for human rights. We urge EU Member States to demonstrate moral and political leadership in adopting a holistic and forward-looking action plan centred upon these values.The European Union response needs to go beyond the present minimalist approach in the 10 Point Plan on Migration, announced by the EU on Monday, which focuses primarily on stemming the arrival of migrants and refugees on its shores. As a paramount principle, the safety, protection needs, and human rights of all migrants and refugees should be at the forefront of the EU response. EU leaders must look beyond the present situation and work closely with transit and origin countries both to alleviate the immediate plight of migrants and refugees and address in a more comprehensive way the many factors that drive them to resort to such desperate journeys by sea. Enforcement alone will not solve the issue of irregular migration, but could increase the risks and abuse faced by migrants and refugees.We would therefore encourage bold, collective action to expand the range of measures under consideration to include:Setting in place a State-led, robust, proactive, and well-resourced search-and-rescue operation, urgently and without delay, with a capacity similar to Mare Nostrum and a clear mission to save lives.
Creating sufficient channels for safe and regular migration, including for low-skilled migrant workers and individuals in need of family reunification, and access to protection where needed, as safe alternatives to resorting to smugglers.
Making a firm commitment to receive significantly higher numbers of refugees through EU-wide resettlement, in addition to current quotas, and on a scale which will make a real impact, combined with other legal means for refugees to reach safety.
Bolstering arrangements to support those countries receiving the most arrivals (Italy, Malta, and Greece) and to distribute responsibility more equitably across the European Union for saving lives and protecting all those in need. Combatting racist and xenophobic rhetoric vilifying migrants and refugees.

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World Jewish Congress brings solidarity mission to after Jewish museum attack

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 1 giugno 2014

BruxellesBRUSSELS – A solidarity mission of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) to Brussels will take place next Monday (2 June) following the terrorist attack last Saturday at the city’s Jewish Museum, in which three people were killed and one gravely wounded. The mission will be led by WJC President Ronald S. Lauder and include 25 senior representatives of Jewish communities from around the world. The delegation will hold talks with Belgium’s Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo, Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, Interior Minister Joëlle Milquet, Justice Minister Annemie Turtelboom, the head of Cabinet of the King of the Belgians, Frans van Daele, and the heads of the Jewish Museum, Philippe Blondin, and the Jewish community umbrella body CCOJB, Maurice Sosnowski. Lauder and Sosnowski will also give a WJC press conference on Monday, at 12:15 p.m., at the Steigenberger Grandhotel Brussels and brief the media about the impact this attack has on the Jewish community and what lessons need to be learned from it.“This visit to Brussels will take place on the eve of Shavuot, the holiday that celebrates the giving of the Torah to the entire nation of Israel at the foot of the Mount Sinai. So on Monday, by bringing together Jews from all over the world to stand in solidarity with the Jewish community of Belgium, we are guided by the message of Shavuot, which embodies the notion that all Jews are responsible for one another,” Ronald S. Lauder declared.
b He added: “The entire Jewish world has been shocked by the horrible attack in the center of Brussels last week, and we lament the fact that very little seems to be known about the background of these murders. We must now stand united with the community, and we also expect to get answers from Belgium’s politicians what will be done to ensure that the safety of Jews and Jewish institutions is improved and that Jews do not feel threatened.”

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Jury Announced for Puma. Creative Impact Award 2012

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 28 aprile 2012

London (PRNewswire) Today PUMA.Creative and the BRITDOC Foundation announced the jurors for the PUMA.Creative Impact Award 2012. The jury consists of Hollywood actors and activists, Danny Glover and Djimon Hounsou; director, Mira Nair; writer and campaigner, Jemima Khan; and Executive Director of Greenpeace International, Kumi Naidoo.The second annual PUMA.Creative Impact Award, which honours the documentary films creating the most significant impact in the world today, comes with a cash prize of 50,000 euros which acknowledges the film’s makers and also helps the continuation of the film’s campaigning work.
In 2011 the Award went to the team behind The End of the Line, an environmental documentary on the overfishing of the world’s oceans. That year the jury also awarded a special Jury Commendation-with a 25,000 euro prize-to the makers of Burma VJ, about the 2009 Burmese uprising and the video journalists who risked their life to report on it.The Call for Entries for the 2012 PUMA.Creative Impact Award is now open. Submissions close on May 11, 2012. Anyone can put a film forward from any country-filmmakers, distributors, film festivals, partner organisations including NGOs and Foundations, film critics and journalists. Films can be put forward any time up to three years after release.The 2012 PUMA.Creative Impact Award Jury represents the worlds of film, the arts, academia, social change and journalism.The BRITDOC Foundation will assess the applications and produce a shortlist for consideration by an international Peer Review Committee including: Diana Barrett at Fledgling Fund; Heidi Gronauer at EsoDoc; Yvette Alberdingk Thjim at Witness; Wendy Levy at Tomorrow Partners; Willie McKenzie at Greenpeace International; Jamie Drummond at One.org; Pam Harris at Iris Films; and Sharon LaCruise at the Ford Foundation. Five finalists will emerge from this consultation period, which will be presented to the PUMA.Creative Impact Jury to assess the merits of the films, evaluate relative impact and announce an overall winner.Filmmakers interested in applying for the PUMA.Creative Impact Award 2012 should go to http://www.britdoc.org/impactaward

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C400 SED Offers Extreme Stability

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 21 settembre 2011

Boise, Idaho. Micron Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq:MU), introduced a new version of its popular RealSSD™ C400, featuring self encryption for unmatched data security. The C400 SED (Self-Encrypting Drive) is based on the Trusted Computing Group (TCG) Opal specifications and provides a hardware-based answer for the increasing wave of data breaches that continue to impact computer users and enterprises worldwide. Security breaches caused by malicious attacks are on the rise, according to the recent Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report. While it’s notable that the increase in small-scale external attacks doesn’t rely on highly sophisticated approaches, encryption is widely credited as the first choice for the most affordable security solution for deterring such intrusions.
The C400 SED’s encryption capabilities are delivered through a hardware-based, AES-256-bit encryption engine and advanced security firmware. Micron’s firmware is designed to comply with the TCG Opal specification. TCG Opal is an open industry standard that provides a verifiable path for companies who need to prove they’re compliant with tough data security regulations when devices or drives are lost or stolen.
Like all hardware-encryption, the drive works in conjunction with an encryption management system. Micron’s C400 SED solution was built in partnership with leading encryption management provider Wave Systems (Nasdaq:WAVX). Wave’s EMBASSY® management software provides policy-based access controls, comprehensive reporting, directory services integration and end-user access recovery that allows IT to cost-effectively implement and administer endpoint encryption. Importantly, Wave’s management software gives IT confidence that data is protected in the event that a computer—or the drive itself—is lost or stolen.
The security and reliability of Micron’s C400 SED was designed for large corporations, government systems and other multiple-user networks that require maximum security without cumbersome workflow interruptions or decreased performance.
The C400’s encryption key is protected within drive hardware—separate from the host. This is one reason why hardware-based encryption is superior to software encryption (an alternative solution that stores the encryption key in the computer’s memory, where it’s vulnerable to attack). Micron’s SED offers stronger security because the encryption key never leaves the drive. User authentication is performed by the drive prior to starting the operating system, ensuring independence from the operating system. Another disadvantage of software-based encryption is its dependence on the computer’s processor, which can degrade performance. In contrast, Micron’s C400 SED performs all encryption inside the SSD’s controller, ensuring no system performance degradation.
Micron Technology, Inc., is one of the world’s leading providers of advanced semiconductor solutions. Through its worldwide operations, Micron manufactures and markets a full range of DRAM, NAND and NOR flash memory, as well as other innovative memory technologies, packaging solutions and semiconductor systems for use in leading-edge computing, consumer, networking, embedded and mobile products. Micron’s common stock is traded on the NASDAQ under the MU symbol. To learn more about Micron Technology, Inc., visit http://www.micron.com. The Micron Technology, is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=6950

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The psychological impact of food allergy

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 13 giugno 2011

Istanbul/Zurich. Perceived quality of life is worse for those with food allergy than those with diabetes because they live in a state of uncertainty, new research shows. Dr Anthony Dubois of the Beatrix Children’s Hospital, The Netherlands, used a new psychological test to measure ‘health-related quality of life’ (HRQL) of food allergic patients, and compared them with those with type I diabetes. Measuring the impact of food allergy in psychological terms is difficult because most patients have no physical symptoms most of the time, and death rates from allergy are low. “Hence there is a particular need for measurement of quality of life to assess the impact of food allergy in psychological terms,” said Dr Dubois today at the Congress of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Istanbul. This new test can be used on people of all ages and is available in many languages, and aims to assess quality of life in food-allergic individuals, but also look at the impact of accurate diagnosis using ‘food challenge’ tests (where an individual is exposed to different foods and any allergic response monitored), and subsequent management of their condition. “The studies show that uncertainty is a source of diminished quality of life in food allergic patients, and accurate diagnosis with challenge testing improves HRQL,” said Dr Dubois. Carrying an adrenaline auto injector might help, because it has the potential to reduce perceived uncertainty in people with food allergy and improve their HRQL. “Understanding these effects will allow us to treat patients’ food allergy in a way which optimizes their willingness to follow the safety rules and their HRQL as well,” he explained. HRQL is also important because it can tell us what the ’cost’ of food allergy is to the patient which cannot be measured in dollars and cents. Comparing different therapies for allergy in terms of their effectiveness and economic cost – and impact on quality of life is an important area and will be a focus of future study.

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