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Ottavo International Meeting

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 2 febbraio 2020

Haifa, in Israele (4-6 febbraio), nell’ambito dell’ottavo International Meeting organizzato dall’Integrated Brain and Behavior Research Center (IBBRC) Andrea Sgoifo, docente di Fisiologia e coordinatore dello Stress Physiology Lab del Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche, della Vita e della Sostenibilità Ambientale dell’Università di Parma, sarà “invited speaker”. La relazione di Sgoifo tratterà dell’evidenza psicobiologica dell’efficacia antistress di strategie alternative alla terapia farmacologica. Le ricerche condotte in questi ultimi anni dal gruppo di ricerca del docente hanno dimostrato quanto efficaci possano essere interventi non invasivi e non farmacologici quali l’osteopatia, la stimolazione elettrica transcranica e la routine cosmetica combinata con l’aromaterapia nel favorire la resilienza allo stress.Su queste tematiche, lo Stress Physiology Lab dell’Università di Parma ha appena avviato uno studio condotto da Luca Carnevali ed Elena Pattini in collaborazione con i chirurghi toracici (Paolo Carbognani) e gli anestesisti (Elena Giovanna Bignami) del Dipartimento di Medicina e Chirurgia dell’Ateneo, volto a quantificare il livello di stress in sala operatoria, con l’obiettivo finale di implementare accorgimenti utili a ridurne l’impatto fisico e psicologico.

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International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 29 gennaio 2020

OSWIECIM (Poland) On the site of former German Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, Ambassador Ronald S. Lauder, President of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) and Chairman of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Foundation (ABMF), today rang the alarm bell on the rise of antisemitism, appealing to world leaders to advance Holocaust education before it’s too late. As part of the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by the Red Army, the ABMF — under Ambassador Lauder’s leadership — organized a survivors’ delegation of more than 100 Auschwitz-Birkenau survivors and their families from the United States, Canada, Israel, Australia, Latin America and several European countries.The preceding night, Lauder and the ABMF welcomed the survivors at a dinner gathering in Krakow also attended by Jewish community delegations from around the world. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke to those gathered and called the survivors “strong and incredibly courageous” and “rays of sunshine that penetrated the darkness.”
At the January 27 official International Holocaust Remembrance Day memorial ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, Lauder presented keynote remarks on behalf of the Pillars of Remembrance, private donors who support the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation and its mission to preserve the authenticity of the memorial site. Lauder emphasized that it was the scourge of antisemitism combined with world indifference which led to the Holocaust, and urged citizens and government leaders everywhere to speak out against intolerance and hatred.Marian Turski, a Polish Auschwitz survivor who spoke during the ceremony, warned that Auschwitz “did not fall from the sky.” He said that Auschwitz and its horrors existed as a result of world indifference to antisemitism and discrimination.In his remarks, Piotr M.A. Cywinski, Director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum and President of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation, asked, “Where and why did we squander our basic fundamental values? When will Auschwitz become a reality that has been overcome and liberated? In the very essence of the cry of ‘never again,’ the liberation of Auschwitz continues right here, right now, every day.”
After a ceremonial blowing of the shofar, Cantor David S. Wisnia, a member of the ABFM’s survivor delegation, recited the traditional Jewish memorial prayer, El Maleh Rahamim, and invited participants to join him in the Mourner’s Kaddish.Profiles of survivors participating in the delegation can be found at on Ronald S. Lauder’s commitment to the preservation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial
Lauder, former U.S. ambassador to Austria, dedicated his efforts to the preservation of the memorial at Auschwitz-Birkenau after visiting the site with his family in 1987 and finding a state of disrepair that threatened its disappearance. He committed to its preservation for future generations, shortly thereafter bringing in curators from the Egyptian Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to assess the needs and create a plan. Lauder, with the help of Auschwitz survivors Kalman Sultanik and Ernest Michel, raised the initial $40 million from 19 countries to ensure the site’s preservation. Lauder has donated tens of millions of dollars toward the memorial site’s preservation.In 2003, with the financial support of the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation, the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum opened its Conservation Laboratories. The laboratory’s mission is to preserve material traces of the camp, including every shoe, every document and every building that remain at the site.
The WJC is committed to preserving the memory of the Holocaust and of the millions of Jews and countless Jewish communities destroyed during the Holocaust, and to advocating on behalf of its survivors and their families. The WJC works to raise public consciousness of the dangers of religious, racial and ethnic oppression and persecution. In the weeks leading up to International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the World Jewish Congress launched its fourth annual #WeRemember campaign to spark a global dialogue around the need for better, stronger and more widespread Holocaust education. The campaign invited participants to take a picture of themselves holding a sign with the words “We Remember” and to then share the photo on social media.

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The 30th International Symposium on ALS/MND

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 13 dicembre 2019

Orion has studied the effects of oral levosimendan on respiratory function in patients with ALS and presented biomarker and pharmacokinetic data from previous studies, a systematic literature review on pharmacological effects of levosimendan, and baseline characteristics and status update on the progression of REFALS phase 3 study at the 30th International Symposium on ALS/MND in Perth, Australia last week.
The REFALS trial studying the effects of oral levosimendan on respiratory function in patients with ALS, completed enrolment in July 2019. The trial enrolled 496 adult patients with definite, probable or laboratory supported probable ALS and some degree of respiratory dysfunction (sitting SVC 60-90%) at 104 clinical sites in 14 countries in EU, North America and Australia. Randomised patients are treated with oral levosimendan (target dose 2mg daily) or placebo for 48 weeks in a double-blind, parallel group design.Baseline characteristics of the patients enrolled in REFALS are similar to those of other recent large clinical trials in ALS. Due to inclusion criteria, all patients in REFALS study have already had signs of decrease in their respiratory function. The patients enrolled in REFALS were on average 59.3 years of age, 61.9% percent male, and had experienced symptoms more than 2 years and had substantial disability based on the ALS-FRS-R score. Most patients were receiving riluzole and almost one third of patients in North America had started edaravone. Safety labs revealed relatively common increases in liver tests, low creatinine and frequently increased markers of muscle injury including CRP, creatine kinase and troponin T.

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First International Symposium on Merkel Cell Carcinoma 2019

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 21 ottobre 2019

Immunomic Therapeutics, Inc. will present data on its investigational nucleic acid platform, UNITE (UNiversal Intracellular Targeted Expression), that elicits potent immune responses when used with its investigational UNITE vaccine, ITI-3000, in mice. UNITE fuses a tumor-associated antigen, in this case a mutated form of the large T antigen (LT) of Merkel cell polyomavirus (MCPyV), with lysosomal-associated membrane protein 1 (LAMP1). This lysosomal targeting technology results in enhanced antigen presentation and a balanced T cell response, as ITI-3000 activated antigen-specific CD4+ T cells in vivo. The data will be presented at the First International Symposium on Merkel Cell Carcinoma in Tampa, Florida.The majority of Merkel cell carcinomas (MCC) are associated with MCPyV infection, making LT an attractive target for therapeutic cancer vaccines. MCPyV integrates into the host genome, resulting in expression of a truncated form of the viral LT in infected cells. While induction of tumor-reactive CD8+ T cells is a major goal of cancer therapy, CD4+ T cells provide essential support to CD8+ T cells by promoting their expression of cytotoxic effector molecules and increasing their migratory capacity. Cytokines secreted by CD4+ T cells, such as IFNγ, can also exert desirable effects on the tumor microenvironment. Hence, a cancer vaccine that promotes potent, antigen-specific CD4+ T cell responses to MCPyV-LT may drive robust anti-tumor immune responses.

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Aflatoun International Launches AflaYouth

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 19 ottobre 2019

Aflatoun International will launch its latest curriculum ‘AflaYouth’ during its biennial Global Social and Financial Skills Conference, from 30 Oct -1 Nov, 2019.
The AflaYouth programme, comprising three tracks Social and Financial Education, Employability Skills and Entrepreneurship Skills, is suited to be easily adaptable in all contexts. It will enable the youth, particularly vulnerable young women and men (from agricultural communities, other low-income groups, school drop-outs, etc.) to gain access to training, on- and offline courses, and mentoring during their transitions into internships, the formal labour market and/or entrepreneurship.AflaYouth would also provide support to local organisations to engage with young people, the private sector and the value chains across the world.Aflatoun CEO, Roeland Monasch, says, “Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and local entrepreneurs would, especially, stand to benefit from the rich talent pool that AflaYouth can help build. In collaboration with our partners globally, we are adopting an innovative approach, whereby participants will be inspired, informed, engaged, coached and assisted to start a private enterprise or achieve employment through effective upskilling,”

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The Cleanie Awards® Announces 2019 Winners at Solar Power International

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 28 settembre 2019

The Cleanie Awards®, the only comprehensive awards program focused exclusively on the clean energy industry, announced its 2019 platinum and gold winners today at Solar Power International (SPI). The diverse group of winners includes leading organizations such as Enel Green Power, Clearway Energy Group, Smart Electric Power Alliance and Hannon Armstrong.
Representatives from each winning organization were recognized at SPI by The Cleanie Awards’ Advisory Council members, judges and strategic partners including SPI, Energy Storage International, North America Smart Energy Week, POWER Magazine and the U.S. Energy Storage Association.“In addition to receiving a 200 percent increase in submissions this year, the quality of entries was so strong that our esteemed judging panel elected to add in new tiers of recognition to properly honor the changemakers and leaders in the industry,” said Elyssa Haynes, program director, The Cleanie Awards. “Our platinum and gold winners represent nearly every facet of the cleantech and renewable energy market. Congratulations to our 2019 honorees!”

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23rd International AIDS Conference

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 28 settembre 2019

San Francisco Monday, September 30, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. PT Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation – 185 Berry Street, Lobby 1, Suite 2000, , CAThe 23rd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2020) organizers will convene public officials and community leaders on Monday, September 30th to shine a spotlight on stories of resilience that have shaped the HIV response. The event will also focus on what to expect at AIDS 2020 and the unique and large-scale collaborative effort that took place between San Francisco and Oakland to secure the bid to host the world’s largest conference on HIV and AIDS.
The first AIDS conference to be hosted in two cities concurrently, AIDS 2020 is returning to the Bay Area three decades after it was first held in San Francisco. More than 20,000 participants from 170 countries are expected to attend the event which will be held in both San Francisco and Oakland, July 6-10, 2020.Established in 1985 with a focus on the intersection of science, advocacy and human rights, AIDS 2020 is the largest conference of its kind. The biennial event will bring together scientists, policy makers, healthcare professionals, people living with HIV, funders, media, and community to share the latest knowledge and advocate for effective action to address HIV and related epidemics.As the core theme of the conference, organizers will share an overview of the AIDS 2020 Profiles in Resilience campaign. Bay Area artists have been commissioned to create works that will feature the unique stories of people from around the world who are living with HIV and AIDS, and those affected by the epidemic, such as clinicians, activists and community members.

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76th Venice International Film Festival

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 7 settembre 2019

A Guangdong film Europe roadshow was launched during the 76th Venice International Film Festival on 3rd September, bringing some of its best productions in the recent years to European audience and seeking to promote cultural understanding and relations.
Guangdong, one of the most economically-developed provinces in China, is also traditionally strong in culture heritage and film production. This roadshow led by the Guangdong Film Administration kicked off in Venice, followed by Milan, Athens and Madrid.
She believes that the art of film has long been playing a key role in fostering cross-cultural understanding, inspiring the minds, and enhancing the friendships between different countries. Therefore, this Europe roadshow is a chance for Guangdong Province to learn from the world and attract international investments, talents, technologies and resources to help Guangdong film industry go global.On the Italian side, Maria Troccoli, Director of Film and Audiovisual, Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism; Roberto Stábile, Director of International Department, National Association of Cinematographic, Audiovisual and Multimedia Industries (ANICA); and the representatives of Italian film organizations attended the event. “We have established long-term exchange and cooperation relations with the Chinese film industry. We believe Guangdong film Europe roadshow will enhance our cultural exchange and bring more cooperation in the future,” said Stábile. At the event, the Guangdong delegation presented the trailer of the films brought on the roadshow, including the first 4K Cantonese opera film “The Tale of the White Snake” by the Pearl River Film Group and a documentary about the changes to China produced by Shenzhen Media Group. In addition, an agreement was signed for a Chinese-Italian co-production film project titled “Survivor” as a latest achievement in the bilateral cooperation in the film industry.

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53rd International Paris Air Show

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 17 giugno 2019

Paris June 17-20, 2019. Le Bourget, Paris, France. Cadence is located in Booth B40 in Hall 3. Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS) today announced it will showcase its most recent aerospace and defense innovations at the 53rd International Paris Air Show. To learn more about the Cadence® activities at the International Paris Air Show, visit
At the event, Frank Schirrmeister, product management group director for Cadence is scheduled to deliver a workshop titled, “Systems of Systems Verification and Digital Twins for Aerospace Applications,” on Thursday, June 20 at 11:00 a.m. on the Launch Pad, Booth B79 in Hall 3. The presentation will outline system design and verification techniques including simulation, emulation and prototyping to reduce product cycle times and enable early software development.Attendees who visit the Cadence booth will be introduced to the Cadence aerospace and defense solutions and the latest tools, methodologies and support needed for first-pass silicon success for mission-critical systems. Cadence subject matter experts will be available in the booth to discuss advanced aerospace system development, AI/ML processor IP, system verification, emulation and prototyping. More information about the Cadence aerospace and defense offerings and its presence at the International Paris Air Show is available on the Cadence Breakfast Bytes blog at

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25th of May: International Missing Children’s Day

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 23 maggio 2019

“The Smile of the Child”, for the 16th consecutive year, on the occasion of the 25th of May – International Missing Children’s Day, organized a dedicated event on the new actions, initiatives and synergies for the prevention and tackling of cases of missing children, as well as persons that belong to vulnerable and high-risk groups. The event was moderated by journalist Mrs. Alexandra Kapelentzi.According to the official statistics of “The Smile of the Child”, 191 children were reported missing and were being searched for in 2018, while the Amber Alert Hellas mechanism was activated 11 times. Respectively, within the period from January to April 2019, 37 children were reported missing and were being searched for, while Amber Alert was activated on 2 occasions. According to the data of the Hellenic Police, presented by Mr. Nikolaos Zervakakos, Head of the Missing Persons’ Subdivision of the Hellenic Police, from 1/1/2018 to 11/5/2019 299 cases of missing children and 1.514 cases of missing unaccompanied children were handled.
At the opening of the meeting a short addresses were extended by Mrs. Xeni Dimitriou Vasilopoulou, Prosecutor of the Supreme Court, Mr. Nikolaos Manios, MP, Mrs. Anthoula Mpoumpa, Head of the Piraeus Prosecutor’s Office, Mr. Lucian Fătu, Ambassador of Romania (Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU), Mrs. Iveta Hricova, Ambassador of Slovakia (Slovak 2019 OSCE Chairmanship), Mr. Georgios Kastanis, Head of the Security Division of the Hellenic Police, Mr. Thomas Stavroathanasopoulos, Captain, Hellenic National Defense General Staff, Mrs. Maria Papamichail, Colonel, Hellenic Army General Staff, and Mr. Aristeidis Kalovredis, Battalion Chief, Hellenic Fire Brigade. Short addresses were also extended by Mr. Panagiotis Vasilakis, Head of the Security Division of the Omonoia Police Station, Athens, Mr. Stuart Kenny, President of the National Search and Rescue Dog Association (NSARDA), while a recorded message from Mr. Paul Shapiro, Chief Executive Officer of International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC) was screened.
The new innovative programme of Missing Alert was presented during the event, an initiative that will be implemented by the Organization based on the model of Amber Alert Hellas for the prevention and tackling of cases of missing persons that belong to vulnerable and high-risk groups. The aim of this initiative is to provide specialized protection to persons that run a risk of going missing (for example due to a mental disorder, psychological problems etc.), missing persons following an accident or a natural disaster, or persons with serious health problems in need of constant medical/pharmaceutical support.In addition, in the context of new tools and technological means, whose utilization is made possible by “The Smile of the Child” thanks to the cooperation of international organizations, technology leading companies on a worldwide level, as well as companies and organizations in Greece, the following tools were presented:
● The Missing Alert App with the kind support of COSMOTE
● The Child Rescue programme, with the participation of 10 organizations from 6 EU Member States and the coordination of the National Technical University of Athens
● The GMCNgine and the FIA Missing Child Alert of the Global Missing Children’s Network (GMCN)
● The Chat App of the SOS 1056 hotline implemented with the kind support of the National Bank of Greece.
In addition, the new members of the Amber Alert Hellas were presented with the participation of DHL Express, the Greek Amateurs Radio Association and the new members of the Search and Rescue Team “Thanasis Makris”. In the outdoor facilities of the venue, the logistical and technical means at the disposal of missing children were presented, including among others the Mobile Lab of Information, Education and Technology “Odysseas”, Mobile Medical Units (ambulances), rescue vehicles, bicycles, motorbikes, mobile generators, rescuers and volunteers, dog teams from across Greece, vehicles from the Fire Brigade, the Hellenic Police, Hellenic Army and the Coast Guard.Finally, young visitors from the private kindergarten “Lilipoupoli” had the opportunity to attend the presentation of a fairytale on the issue of child disappearances and pass their own unique message for the International Day.

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Terza tappa dell’International Pizza Festival di Milano

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 22 aprile 2019

Milano in Piazza Duca D’Aosta da venerdì 3 a domenica 5 maggio 2019 (ven. sab. e dom. dalle 12,00 alle 24,00). Nelle prime due tappe del tour 40mila persone hanno potuto gustare le prelibatezze culinarie degli esperti pizzaiuoli presenti al festival. L’International Pizza Festival di Milano sarà una vera e propria festa della pizza napoletana in tutte le sue versioni e gusti.
Venti forni, sempre accesi, 60 pizzaiuoli che impasteranno, inforneranno e serviranno pizze, negli stand predisposti nelle vie di Milano, da mezzogiorno alla sera, senza interruzione, portando in piazza la bontà e la genuinità della pizza napoletana. In campo l’eccellenza della tradizione dell’arte della pizza, realizzata con i migliori prodotti, i più sani e gustosi, per offrire il sapore autentico del più italiano tra prodotti culinari.
Tra i Pizzaiuoli, delle vere punte di diamante come i titolati : Vincenzo Fotia, il vice campione Mondiale di pizza senza glutine, i maestri Pizzaiuoli dell’Accademia nazionale di Pizza DOC come Salvatore Lioniello vincitore per il 2013/2014/2015 di – Titolo Mondiale di Pizza in pala, Titolo mondiale di Pizza in teglia , Titolo mondiale di Pizza senza glutine, presente da tre anni nella trasmissione “Bel tempo si spera” su Tv 2000 e Vincenzo Capuano Ambasciatore della Pizza Napoletana nel Mondo all’Expo di Milano 2015, vincitore dei campionati mondiali per la pizza napoletana nel 2014/15/16, terzo a Las Vegas nel Traditional Division, tudor nella trasmissione Rai “Detto Fatto”.
Importante sarà anche l’aspetto sociale che l’International Pizza Festival rivestirà per Milano, così come dichiara Samuele Piscina, Presidente del Municipio 2 di Milano che da il patrocinio all’iniziativa: “La Stazione Centrale è la porta principale d’ingresso della nostra città, purtroppo è stata spesso oggetto di fatti di cronaca preoccupanti. La nostra missione è quella di far vivere l’area con iniziative che portino una presenza positiva in piazza Duca D’Aosta, per questo siamo felici contribuire a un evento così importante come L’International Pizza Festival, e siamo grati all’organizzazione del Festival per la grande disponibilità dimostrata, avendoci coinvolto attivamente all’interno di Milano Food City “.
Le giornate dell’International Pizza Festival saranno animate da musica e intrattenimento ma anche dalle iniziative culturali e artistiche previste dal programma del Milano Food City, ci sarà la possibilità di assaggiare una pizza per i bambini e ogni stand preparerà due pizze speciali diverse dagli altri. Per realizzare il progetto “INTERNATIONAL PIZZA FESTIVAL” hanno unito le loro forze, Alfredo Orofino, uno dei più importanti organizzatori di eventi gastronomici in Italia, e l’Associazione GPN Gruppo Piccola Napoli, un’associazione con fini culturali e ricreativi, che riunisce tantissime pizzerie napoletane e campane con lo scopo di promuovere e valorizzare l’Arte della Pizzeria.
Il Tour di eventi ha come obiettivo quello di far conoscere l’Arte della Pizza ma anche di coinvolgere attivamente gli appassionati nelle principali piazze italiane. In ben 13 città diverse, i più importanti maestri pizzaioli porteranno la loro ‘arte’ e maestria nel preparare la pizza nelle piazze italiane, adoperandosi per tutti coloro che vorranno parteciparvi.
Il 4 febbraio 2010, la PIZZA è stata ufficialmente riconosciuta come Specialità tradizionale garantita della Comunità Europea, nel 2017 il Comitato Intergovernativo per la Salvaguardia del Patrimonio Culturale Immateriale dell’UNESCO ha riconosciuto:
“L’Arte del Pizzaiuolo Napoletano come parte del patrimonio culturale dell’Umanità trasmesso di generazione in generazione e continuamente ricreato, in grado di fornire alla comunità un senso di identità e continuità, e di promuovere il rispetto per le la diversità culturale e la creatività umana, secondo i criteri previsti dalla Convenzione Unesco del 2003”.
L’International Pizza Festival sarà in piazza dopo Milano a Potenza, Arezzo, Roma, Teramo, Porto Recanati, Gaeta, Formia, Monza, Siena, Trento.

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International Liver Congress™ 2019

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 6 aprile 2019

Shionogi & Co., Ltd. and its European subsidiary, Shionogi B.V. (hereafter “Shionogi”), announced it will present four posters on lusutrombopag, a once-daily, orally administered, small molecule thrombopoietin (TPO) receptor agonist, at The International Liver Congress™, the annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL), to be held in Vienna, Austria, April 10-14, 2019. Lusutrombopag was granted marketing authorisation by the European Commission (EC) on February 18, 2019 for the treatment of severe thrombocytopenia in adult patients with chronic liver disease (CLD) undergoing invasive procedures. It has already been approved for use in Japan1 and the US where it is marketed under the brand name Mulpleta®2.All poster presentations will be displayed in Reed Messe Wien Exhibition & Congress Center Hall B on Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Central European Time (CET). The research will be presented in the Cirrhosis and Complications poster area and will include the following: Poster SAT 002: Lusutrombopag Is a Safe Treatment Option for Thrombocytopenia in Patients with Chronic Liver Disease Undergoing an Invasive Procedure: Pooled Safety Analysis from 3 Studies.

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WorldQuant Completes Inaugural International Quant Championship

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 30 settembre 2018

WorldQuant, the global quantitative asset management firm, announced the completion of its inaugural International Quant Championship, a competition designed to simulate the best algorithms with over 11,000 participants from more than 1,000 universities across 80 countries. The 47 finalists traveled from 15 countries for the ultimate competition in Singapore, following regional finals where over 500 teams competed in Bangkok, Beijing, Hanoi, Moscow, Mumbai, Seoul, Singapore and Taipei. “The scale and success of our competition cements our philosophy that talent is distributed globally and there remains an untapped pool of extremely smart data scientists seeking professional opportunities that can be delivered virtually. Our vision remains to further scale WorldQuant’s virtual network to bring opportunity to any individual with the interest and ability to put their expertise to use,” said Igor Tulchinsky, Founder, Chairman and CEO of WorldQuant. The International Quant Championship builds on the 20 competitions that the WorldQuant Virtual Research Center has hosted over the past five years to uncover talent globally, foster interest in quantitative finance and allow participants to compete with top quantitative minds. Participants come from various disciplines, including computer science, engineering, physics, finance, business administration and mechanics, and are evaluated on a range of skills, including the use of operators and datasets and the understanding, selection and execution of high-quality algorithms.
“Academic theory does not directly teach the discipline of quantitative finance, so it is up to industry to build up the skills required by individuals to become successful quants and creating practical algorithm simulations is an essential part of that process. We are also pleased that over a quarter of our International Quant Championship contestants were women, including the winning team of three Russian women living in France,” said Nitish Maini, General Manager of WorldQuant Virtual Research Center.WorldQuant Virtual Research Center has more than 70,000 users from 180 countries and over 2,000 universities who are given the opportunity to learn about quantitative finance, build financial models, participate in global competitions and be considered for research consultant positions. WorldQuant has discovered over 1,000 consultants through the Virtual Research Center and users have collectively run over 93 million simulations on the Virtual Research Center’s online platform.

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EU leads international efforts to restore sustainable tuna stocks

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 25 novembre 2017

tonno in scatolaThe International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), responsible for the conservation of tunas and tuna like species in the Atlantic Ocean and adjacent seas, has concluded its Annual Meeting in Marrakesh. on 14 The meeting was dominated by discussions surrounding Bluefin tuna, in particular for the Eastern and Mediterranean stock. Based on scientific advice, ICCAT agreed to a gradual increase in the total allowed catches (TAC) reaching a maximum of 36,000 ton in 2020 (28,200t in 2018 and 32,240t in 2019). This increase reflects a widely recognised improvement in the overall situation for Atlantic tuna stocks, compared to a decade ago. Whilst the proposal for the increase was not tabled by the EU, the general improvement of the stock reflects the outcome of action led by the European Union and the sustained efforts by fishermen and the fishing industry, in the last decade.
Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries said: “Our experience of recent years is that concerted efforts by all parties can secure rapid progress towards more sustainable fisheries. We now need to continue our work towards a long-term management regime for Eastern Bluefin tuna as proposed by the European Commission.”Against this background, the EU had proposed to replace the existing rebuilding plan with a management plan for Eastern Bluefin tuna, acknowledging the success of the recovery measures implemented since 2007. However, it was decided to delay the discussions to next year’s ICCAT meeting.ICCAT also continued its work on other commercially important species, in particular on Northern albacore. Based on an EU-proposal, for the first time in ICCAT history, Harvest Control Rules were adopted and TAC increased by 20%. Harvest Control Rules are the latest generation of science-based approaches to effective fisheries management and provide guidelines on how much fishing can take place according to the state of the stock.Moreover, ICCAT adopted measures to freeze the fishing effort on the stock of Mediterranean albacore, adopting a precautionary approach until better information becomes available on this stock. Finally, ICCAT adopted Recommendations reducing the TACs for Northern and Southern Atlantic swordfish tabled by the EU, also with the objective of adopting a precautionary approach encouraged by the scientific Committee. In terms of Tropical tunas, ICCAT did not adopt specific measures this year but decided to implement a pro-rata reduction of the TACs for Bigeye tuna and Yellowfin tuna, for which overfishing took place in 2016. It is also planned that an extensive review of the existing management measures should take place in 2018.Regarding sharks, ICCAT was able to adopt measures aimed at protecting sharks in the North Atlantic. The measures adopted for Northern shortfin mako aim to reduce the current fishing mortality and to lay the ground for the adoption of more ambitious measures in 2019. Despite an increase in the number of Parties supporting the proposal to introduce a fins-attached policy, it was regrettably not possible to secure its adoption.

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Prima edizione dell’International Inventors Exhibition

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 10 agosto 2016

carnevale di venezia san marcoVenezia.  E’ iniziato il conto alla rovescia verso la prima edizione dell’International Inventors Exhibition (I.E.E.), in programma dal 13 al 16 ottobre prossimi al Pala Expo di Venezia, su iniziativa di D-nest, società spin-off dell’Università di Verona.In queste settimane si susseguono le registrazioni all’evento: oltre a una nutrita rappresentanza italiana, hanno già aderito delegazioni da Polonia, Corea del Sud, Giappone, Iran, Russia, Egitto, Emirati Arabi Uniti e Nigeria.Il team degli organizzatori sta lavorando per predisporre, nel dettaglio, il programma della quattro giorni patrocinata anche dall’ANdI (Associazione Nazionale degli Inventori) e che sarà il primo appuntamento di un progetto imprenditoriale su base quadriennale.”Il lavoro di networking e ricerca continua senza soluzione di continuità, con importanti riscontri – spiega il direttore della “I.I.E. 2016”, Gianfranco Gramola – Con soddisfazione registriamo il supporto, che stiamo ricevendo da tutte le organizzazioni internazionali, che operano nel campo dell’innovazione.Tra le prime invenzioni, che si potranno vedere a Venezia: nuove soluzioni applicate in campo edile, innovative tecniche di ortodonzia, piani di rigenerazione urbana con prodotti nuovi come le pareti insonorizzate con vegetali.”Molto altro è comunque prossimo alla formalizzazione di un accordo ed al Pala Expo di Venezia, città “inventata” per definizione, le presenze straniere saranno molte; l’occasione sarà quindi propizia per favorire incontri, da cui potrebbero nascere soluzioni tecnologiche e possibilità di business a carattere internazionale.

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International police cooperation – MEPs give green light to deal with Brazil to fight organised crime

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 17 marzo 2016

europolA new agreement establishing police cooperation between Europol and Brazil to reinforce the fight against organised crime, such as facilitating illegal immigration and human trafficking, drug related crimes and credit card fraud and other cybercrime related activities was passed by the Civil Liberties Committee on Wednesday by 42 votes to 5, with 6 abstentions.”The agreement on strategic cooperation between Brazil and Europol will be of particular importance, particularly in the run up to the 2016 Olympic games, to support the fight against organised crime, including human trafficking and cybercrime”, said Civil Liberties Committee Chair Claude Moraes (S&D, UK) who is responsible for steering the proposal through Parliament.”This agreement will enable the exchange of specialist knowledge, information as well as advice and support related to criminal investigations with full respect of fundamental rights to privacy and without involving the exchange of personal data,” he added.Under the current rules, Parliament must only be consulted before the Council establishes police cooperation agreements with third countries. However, in the recently concluded talks on new rules to govern Europol, Parliament’s negotiators insisted on inserting a review clause on all such agreements.This means that all existing international agreements between Europol and third countries will be assessed within five years after the entry into force of the new regulation in order to check that they comply fully with data protection standards and meet EU standards on policing.Under the Lisbon Treaty, Parliament decides on an equal footing with Council on Europol. Once the new Europol regulation enters into force, Parliament will be required to approve all new international police agreements.
The recommendation to establish strategic cooperation between Europol and Brazil is scheduled for a Plenary vote in April. Once Parliament has been heard, the Council of Ministers can authorise Europol to formally conclude the agreement, so that it can enter into force.

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International ocean governance: dialogue with our partners intensifies

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 2 ottobre 2015

maritime“Drivers for Blue growth in the Baltic Sea Region” conference, Copenhagen, 6 October 2015. European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, has intensified dialogue with international maritime stakeholders on how to improve ocean governance globally. To take advantage of the opportunities offered by this global outreach, the Ocean governance consultation period ends on 15th of October.Following his speech earlier this month at the GLACIER Conference (Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience), organised by the US State Department in Anchorage, Alaska, Commissioner Vella this week held intensive meetings in Washington, D.C., with the US administration, NGOs and stakeholders. His listening tour on ocean governance will continue in the coming weeks with stops in Chile (Our Oceans Conference, Viña del Mar), Spain, and China.
Besides putting ocean governance onto the international agenda, these meetings are also an opportunity to stress the EU’s commitment to sustainable development and its efforts to protect and preserve marine ecosystems for current and future generations. For instance, the EU is developing a Blue Growth Strategy that allows maritime activities to thrive while maintaining high standards on environmental protection.In this context, Mr Vella has repeatedly welcomed the UN’s new 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and goals, which were adopted on 25 September. Goal 14 specifically calls on the international community to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. (Photo: maritime)

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Building the Blue Growth agenda: Commission asks public its views on EU’s role in shaping international ocean governance

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 27 giugno 2015

commissione europeaThe Commission has launched a public consultation on what the EU can do to improve international governance of oceans and seas to the benefit of sustainable blue growth. Speaking at the World Ocean Summit in Portugal earlier this month, Commissioner Karmenu Vella said: “If our oceans are not healthy, our economy falls ill. Global maritime challenges require global solutions. I am committed to work intensively to define Europe’s role in international ocean governance, for a sustainable blue economy and blue growth”.
As the use of marine resources continues to increase around the globe, the existing international ocean governance framework could be ineffective in addressing resulting maritime challenges, particularly in the 60 per cent of the oceans that are beyond national jurisdictions. The consultation therefore asks European and international stakeholders – international organisations, state actors, NGOs, business, the research community, academia and civil society – for their views on the best path of action and the EU’s role. The consultation is available in all EU languages and in an on-line survey format (English only). It will run until 15th September 2015.To complement the consultation, Commissioner Vella will also be meeting personally with stakeholders and international partners to gather their views and discuss possible ways forward. The listening tour will kick off with a visit to Cork, Ireland in early July.

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Powa Technologies seeks top talent to match booming global demand

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 12 aprile 2014

londraLondon, UK, 9th April – International commerce specialist Powa Technologies is seeking energetic, high-profile executives to lead its global expansion after the launch of its acclaimed retail solution PowaTag.The company’s recruitment drive comes as the tech sector celebrates the strongest growth levels in almost a decade[1], and the high level of demand for PowaTag means that passionate leaders can expect to advance twice as quickly as in other organisations.
PowaTag is a game-changing new retail service that enables instant purchasing through mobile devices by simply scanning anything from a billboard, shop window, TV screen or a tangible product itself. The service attracted an investment of $96.7m, the largest Series A funding round ever achieved by a technology start-up, and has partnered with 240 global brands including Laura Ashley, Carrefour, Reebok, Casio and Fast Retail. To meet the global demand for PowaTag, CEO and founder Dan Wagner has opened offices in 14 different countries and undertaken a drive to recruit the best talent around the world, so far attracting world class leaders from Yahoo, Microsoft, SAP, IBM, and Deloitte.
George Thaw joined the company as Channel CEO and Group COO, leaving his previous post as COO at SAP, while Chris Taplin, Powa’s Senior Vice President and Global Head of Solution Engineering previously served as Head of Presales for the UK EMEA also from SAP. Andy Muldoon, Senior Vice President, Global Head of Client Services, who has previously held leadership positions at Deloitte and ExactTarget (now part of, explains the company’s draw for experienced business leaders:
“PowaTag is a truly revolutionary service that has the capability to transform how people shop, and we are working closely with a large number of the world’s leading brands on a daily basis,” he said. “This makes Powa an extremely exciting place to be right now, giving the company a strong sense of purpose and energy. “The enormous potential faced by Powa also means we can offer a huge scope for personal progression and career advancement. Talented and passionate people can expect to advance twice as quickly with Powa compared with most organisations in the tech space.”
Other high-powered leaders at Powa include Mark Weyman, Senior Vice President for Channels and Go-To-Market development, and Martin Hucker, Senior Vice President and Global Head of Channel Sales, who also continue to be focussed on recruiting the best talent to ensure Powa reaches it potential. Current Client Services positions Powa Technologies is seeking to fill include: •Vice President,  Account Management, US
•Associate Vice President,  Account Management, DACH (Germany based)
•Associate Vice President, Account Management, Russia
•Group Account Director, Nordics (London or Stockholm based)
•Account Directors, Spain
•Account Directors, Italy

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Unimak Maritime Group’s Russian scallops verified Friend of the Sea sustainable

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 25 febbraio 2014

Friend of the Sea announces the certification of North Kurilsk Seiner Fleet Base scallops. The company is the Russian partner of Unimak Maritime Group. The scallops are fished in the Pacific Ocean (Kuril Island and Okhotsk areas) where this species is abundant. North Kurilsk Seiner Fleet Base is a sister company to Kamchatka’s Tymlatskii Rybokombinat, which together with Unimak, obtained certification for sockeye and pink salmon.The audit was run by an accredited international body and based on Friend of the Sea strict social and environmental requirements.Use of dredges is authorized as the level of scallop population is so high that the gear does not touch the seabed. Vessels are operated at due distance from the coast: 12 miles for driftnets and 1.2 miles for traps. Crabs and echinoderms are immediately released alive when they accidentally enter the traps.Discard of scallops fishing tends to zero. This achievement is neatly under 8% maximum allowed level of discard according to Friend of the Sea.The reliability of the company is also proved by its modern fleet whose fishing vessels are mandatorily registered with Russian Federation’s flag.”Unimak Maritime is proud of Tymlatski’s double Friend of the Sea certification.” comments Mr William Turner, Unimak Maritime Group’s President. “This further recognition confirms once again our deep sense of responsibility and attention to environmental conservation.”

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