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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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A swarm of stories, and what’s missing

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 11 novembre 2018

By Jon Allsop. The midterms were three days ago, but so much has happened since that they feel like three years ago. The elections (which still aren’t over if you live in Florida or Arizona) proved a direct catalyst for some of the subsequent news congestion: the forced resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions in their immediate aftermath was no coincidence, and the barring of CNN’s Jim Acosta from the White House grounds on Wednesday looked, among other bad things, like a distraction. By the end of Wednesday night in Thousand Oaks, California, 12 people were fatally shot at a bar. Anything happening on Thursday was likely to get lost, and an important immigration story became incidental.Sessions’s ouster, in particular, inspired aggressive reporting. His successor, Matthew Whitaker, has a history with shenanigans and has made hostile comments about the Robert Mueller probe. Nevertheless, some outlets observed that the firing of Sessions has had an anti-climactic feel. Times writers said that it “came as little surprise”; others, including David Leonhardt, an opinion columnist at the same paper, argued that Mueller’s findings are likely to be safe whatever happens next. Reporters have been well aware of Trump’s anger that Sessions recused himself from oversight of Mueller. Perhaps the lack of alarm in coverage reflects our media fatigue.Journalists did stir over the Trump-Acosta showdown: even though the president’s war on the press is not a new story, this was the first time he’d decided to ban a reporter from the briefing room. Many media reporters, in particular, reacted angrily: The Washington Post’s Margaret Sullivan, for example, called on CNN to sue the White House on First Amendment grounds for revoking its reporter’s access. On Thursday, a debate raged over whether a video—which the White House apparently borrowed from a far-right internet personality, then shared—had been doctored in a way that appeared to show Acosta manhandling a female intern, itself a new front in the administration’s anti-truth crusade.In this context, many news outlets deserve credit for centering the Thousands Oaks shooting in their coverage: The three major broadcast networks sent anchors to California last night, while the story topped the homepages of the Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, CNN, the AP, Reuters, NBC News, and others. Its repetition of so many tragedies past proved its most poignant symbolism—reports emerged that survivors of last year’s mass shooting in Las Vegas, the worst in US history, were present on Wednesday, too, having adopted the Thousand Oaks bar as a “place of solace.” Katie Zezima, Mark Berman, and David Fahrenthold wrote in the Post that, for many affected, “There was a grim benefit to being young in America during an age of massacres: They knew exactly what to do, in the way that past generations knew how to hide from tornadoes or nuclear bombs.”With so many new normals to cover, it was perhaps inevitable that the media would downplay one that deserved greater scrutiny. That story was the White House’s announcement yesterday, invoking national security laws, that Trump will have practically untrammeled power to deny asylum to unlawful migrants. The new policy may get more airtime today as Trump prepares to announce which countries to which it will apply. So far, however, it’s received a sliver of the wall-to-wall attention paid to Trump’s wild, pre-midterm fear-mongering about the migrant “caravan,” despite its being unhinged from reality.In the week Democrats won back the House, the media has faced a series of sharp reminders that Trump is still at the top of the agenda, with the power to send reporters racing. The prominence of the media’s Thousand Oaks coverage, however, shows that national tragedies can still resonate beyond the tiresome churn of Washington. The latest immigration policy should be an example of that, too—and it is. The press should stop treating it as a mere product of the Beltway. (font: CJR Editors)

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Missing refugee children: MEPs call for better protection

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 3 marzo 2017

european-parliamentMEPs called for safe environments for unaccompanied refugee children, including immediate appointment of guardians, hotlines and increased cross-border cooperation, in Wednesday’s debate with Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos on the disappearance of migrant children in Europe.Members also debated how to make it easier to trace the children, by taking photos or fingerprints, and underlined that the fight against criminals exploiting them should be stepped up. It is feared that some of these children are being sexually exploited by criminal gangs or forced to beg or commit crimes. Others may have disappeared while searching for their families in other EU countries or out of desperation over cumbersome asylum procedures or detention in reception centres. Around 10,000 unaccompanied refugee children have gone missing after arriving in Europe, Europol estimated in 2016.

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Fate of 10,000 missing refugee children debated in Civil Liberties Committee

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 22 aprile 2016

migrants05How to protect unaccompanied minors and cooperate across borders to find missing children fast were the key issues in an emotional Civil Liberties Committee debate on Thursday about the fate of 10,000 refugee children who have gone missing in Europe.
Representatives of the Europol law enforcement agency, the EU Fundamental Rights Agency and the NGO Missing Children Europe briefed MEPs on the numbers and reasons why the children are believed to have gone missing.It is feared that some of these children are being exploited by criminal gangs, due to the often close ties between human smugglers, who facilitate travel for around 90% of the migrants, and criminal networks. These children may be sexually exploited, used for begging or forced to commit crimes. However, children may also disappear in search of friends or family in other EU countries or out of sheer desperation caused by cumbersome asylum procedures or detention in reception centres. MEPs quizzed the invited speakers for facts and stressed the need to step up protection of unaccompanied minors so as to ensure their safety, as well as improving cross-border cooperation to find children who have gone missing and might have travelled on to another country.

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Missing Unaccompanied Minors

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 16 dicembre 2015

Over the past two years Greece and its neighboring countries in the mediterraneohave seen a great increase of refugees and migrants arriving by sea with most of them attempting to reach other Member States of the European Union. In 2014, around 43.000 refugees and migrants arrived by sea in Greece, an increase of 300% comparing to the previous year. Until today, more than 644.000 refugees and migrants have arrived in Europe by sea. Out of them 34% are women and children. According to the most recent statement of the UNHCR, more than 700.000 people entered into the European Union, 20% of which are children, whereas 3.210 people have lost their lives or have gone missing. Under these conditions a major risk exists for children going missing or falling victim to smugglers and traffickers. We are focusing especially on the protection of refugee and migrant children, unaccompanied minors and children on the move and without parental care. In most of these cases international cooperation and coordination with agencies and other non-governmental organizations is required. The Smile of the Child is taking the initiative through the European Hotline for Missing Children 116 000 to launch an international mobilization effort among all competent actors with the aim to locate the missing unaccompanied refugee minors.At the same time, the services of “The Smile of the Child” have been deployed to the fullest, in order to support children and their families and it cooperates with all the competent actors, public agencies, non-profit and non-governmental Organizations on a case by case basis. Anyone who has any information should contact “The Smile of the Child” Organization, on a 24 hours basis, and the European Hotline for Missing Children 116 000 as well as any police department across the country.

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“A Missing Global Standard with Regard to Emissions Testing is Half of the Issue Here”

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 28 settembre 2015

wolkswagenLondon, UK “The Volkswagen (VW) Diesel emissions scandal affair is unprecedented, owing to the apparent deceit involved to “cheat” the emissions testing. CEO Martin Winterkorn having to step down is not the right answer though (in my opinion), because the market could potentially rather gauge the result of this on his response, rather than on the fact that it happened in the first place. I would not expect the CEO would have known directly about this device, and it is likely to implicate a small number of product managers related to specific models or engines; the media release given indeed specified that Mr Winterkorn did not yet have all the facts – but I’m sure it will not be long before he does, and this is how the market and public should react – to the measures set out to recover from this. We have seen several different vehicle manufacturers with high profile recalls due to safety concerns over the last few years, and whilst this affair is slightly different, they were all somehow gauged on the response that these companies had taken for those. This should be the case with VW as well. Potentially the biggest damage this revelation might have, certainly in the U.S. market, where people are buying the vehicles based on the environmental credentials, is the consumers’ trust in the VW brand and diesel models in general from all companies. If these environmental credentials turn out to not be the case and the consumer realises he has been deceived, this might cause an issue, as those customers will then not go and buy another VW brand vehicle, and expect to be compensated somehow. However, the focus will rather have to be on the scale: is this only a U.S. problem? Earlier on yesterday it was reported that half a million vehicles could be affected, now this number has increased to 11 million vehicles. If it is a U.S. response, it is going to be very different versus a global response. Undoubtedly the whole affair is going to have impacts and repercussions far beyond just VW. We are already seeing people in South Korea, France, the UK, starting to question the emissions testing standards. And this is half of the issue here. There is no global standard regarding emissions testing: the fact that it can be different up to 2.5 time as many NOx pollutants that can be allowed in Europe and in UK versus the U.S. and then further differences on CO2 emissions make it tougher for global vehicle manufacturers to comply. That doesn’t make it acceptable, but does explain part of the problem the manufacturers are facing. So the first question is: will we see more standards on a global level, which is going to have repercussions on all OEMs, while the second one is longer term: is Diesel really the right powertrain we want to produce and want to prioritise through our vehicle manufacturers of the future?”

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Capacity mechanisms in the EU: nationalizing energy security?

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 23 Maggio 2015

energy securityOn 25 February 2015, the European Commission presented its Energy Union Package which illustrated a vision for the future of the European energy sector. Being ambitious in its objectives Commission’s reaction might be coming too late as national initiatives aimed at increasing energy security have already been unilaterally set in motion by the member states.What is the impact of national interventions, especially of the capacity mechanisms, on the internal energy market? Do national energy strategies undermine central principles of the European energy trading? Jekaterina Grigorjeva tries to answer these questions in her Policy Paper and arrives at following conclusions.
– Only compatible capacity mechanism designs with explicit participation models will allow for an effective ‘co-existence’ of the national capacity mechanisms and the European internal energy market.
– European Energy Union is about optimization of resources and infrastructure on the European level. The realization of the need of co-operation in addressing the current problems is still missing among the member states.
– Protection of the old national equilibrium will not solve the issues faced by the member states but only postpone the progress towards a more sustainable European energy sector. (photo. energy security)

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Missing Children Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 4 giugno 2014

Information posters about missing children on the wall at a charity in west LondonBrussels. New data provided by Missing Children Europe at the “When every minute counts” conference for International Missing Children’s day (25 May) held today in Athens shows that runaways make up 50% of missing children cases recorded by 116 000 missing children hotlines across Europe followed by parental abductions with 36% and unaccompanied migrant minors with 2%.Criminal abductions by third parties that are often given more publicity by media make up only 2% of missing children cases.
Data was also collected from 116 000 missing children hotlines in Europe that responded to 630.724 calls in 2013 and dealt with over 5000 cases of missing children. 116 000 hotlines are now operational in 27 out of 28 EU member states as well as Serbia and Albania. Lack of financial resources, lack of support from the government and lack of awareness of the service were reported as the key challenges faced by 116 000 hotlines in 2013. This data is also supported by the fact that 59% of hotline workers are volunteers and that 36% of survey respondents from countries where a 116 000 missing children hotline was availabledid not know which number they would call if a child went missing1.In an effort to raise awareness of the 3 most overlooked groups of missing children, Missing Children Europe will be unveiling a photo exhibition aptly called  “Missing Children: Out of Focus” as part of the event in Greece today. The exhibition will feature artistic images of 3 real stories of missing children cases representing runaways, parental abductions and unaccompanied migrant minors. The conference will also raise awareness on the tools available to support missing children and their families, with a specific focus on cooperation between national stakeholders involved in Child alert systems across Europe. Speaking about the conference, Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, President of Missing Children Europe and UN Special Rapporteur on Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography said, “Luckily, many missing children are found within the first 3 days after the disappearance. But this doesn’t mean that the problem is solved. Once returned to the place from which they have run away, they may again be confronted with the same situation of conflict, abuse or neglect and run away again. The more often they run, the higher the risks they take to survive. In other cases however, the children are never found, or found too late. US statistics tell us that, when children are murdered following an abduction, they are murdered within the first hours after the disappearance. In those rare cases, every minute, every second counts”.About a dozen European countries have set up national Child alert systems to be able to rapidly alert the general public in extreme cases of missing children. However cross border cooperation can be very limited. The “When every minute counts” conference aims at sharing existing best practice on setting up Child alert systems and promoting better cooperation between cross border cases of missing children.

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American families reflect the diversity

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 26 novembre 2009

American families reflect the diversity of this great nation. No two are exactly alike, but there is a common thread they each share. Our families are bound together through times of joy and times of grief. They shape us, support us, instill the values that guide us as individuals, and make possible all that we achieve.  So tomorrow, I’ll be giving thanks for my family — for all the wisdom, support, and love they have brought into my life. But tomorrow is also a day to remember those who cannot sit down to break bread with those they love.  The soldier overseas holding down a lonely post and missing his kids. The sailor who left her home to serve a higher calling. The folks who must spend tomorrow apart from their families to work a second job, so they can keep food on the table or send a child to school.  We are grateful beyond words for the service and hard work of so many Americans who make our country great through their sacrifice. And this year, we know that far too many face a daily struggle that puts the comfort and security we all deserve painfully out of reach. So when we gather tomorrow, let us also use the occasion to renew our commitment to building a more peaceful and prosperous future that every American family can enjoy.  It seems like a lifetime ago that a crowd met on a frigid February morning in Springfield, Illinois to set out on an improbable course to change our nation. In the years since, Michelle and I have been blessed with the support and friendship of the millions of Americans who have come together to form this ongoing movement for change.  You have been there through victories and setbacks. You have given of yourselves beyond measure. You have enabled all that we have accomplished — and you have had the courage to dream yet bigger dreams for what we can still achieve. So in this season of thanks giving, I want to take a moment to express my gratitude to you, and my anticipation of the brighter future we are creating together. (Patrick Obama)

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