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Threesome: a game or activity for three people

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 25 aprile 2021

Milano FPAC via San Rocco 11 Dal 29 aprile al 29 maggio 2021. Threesome è un progetto trasversale di commistione tra linguaggi che coinvolge artisti visivi legati alla galleria Francesco Pantaleone ponendoli in dialogo con artisti esterni e, insieme, con autori letterari.L’obiettivo è quello di proporre una prospettiva dinamica della fruizione dell’arte, in una logica che vede spazi, opere e artisti come soggetti attivi, dilatando i confini concettuali della narrazione e riposizionando lo sguardo anche su dettagli o particolari nuovi e non immediati. Rimescolamento delle carte in cui nulla è ovvio e tutto è possibile.Progetto già iniziato con due mostre precedenti: Loredana Longo, Mona Hatoum e Ágota Kristóf presso la sede di Milano in un confronto tutto al femminile sulla libertà e necessità di autodeterminazione; Ignazio Mortellaro, Roman Signer e Publio Virgilio Marone a Palermo, riflessione acuta sulla circolarità del Tempo e sulla Natura come elemento generatore. Entrambi momenti di intenso scambio e rinnovata attenzione in cui è stato suggestivo muoversi tra analogie e distanze con assoluta armonia.Threesome dunque, attingendo a questa forza del dialogo, pone linguaggi differenti e differenti sguardi sul confine della conoscenza, della curiosità, colloquio che va oltre e non si arresta, che esplora sempre strade nuove, gli fa eco la parola che lenisce e conduce il pensiero sul sentiero della riflessione. Nell’attuale esposizione Threesome #3 la natura morta di Concetta Modica fragile e imperfetta, allo stesso tempo così presente nel suo testimoniare lo stato d’animo della collettività provata dalle circostanze della vita, vanitas contemporanea che non guarda all’immortale bensì all’ordinario, alla consapevolezza di essere polvere dell’universo, privilegio dolente e potente. Allo stesso modo, facendosi scudo della sua libertà, l’artista immagina una vita dell’oggetto come traccia di un passaggio, una sorta di resistenza materiale che è indipendente dalla sua stessa natura.Accanto, lo scatto intimo e onirico di Clegg & Guttmann che condensa nella luce appena accennata una miriade di dettagli del quotidiano, di vite che passano, vivono forse sopravvivono.Infine il brano tratto dal Re pallido di Forster Wallace che nel suo essere incompiuto e postumo rappresenta l’incertezza dell’umanità in cerca della luce, in cerca della verità, auto confessione tragica della lotta contro la noia, il male di vivere, consapevole della fragilità e incapacità di dover essere, per forza, degli eroi. By Agata Polizzi

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People who’ve received Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 20 aprile 2021

They are likely to need a third dose six to 12 months after their first round, the company’s CEO said Thursday.Speaking during a CVS Health Live event that was posted on Facebook, the head of the pharmaceutical corporation, Albert Bourla, said new data shows that Pfizer’s vaccine is effective against a concerning variant of the coronavirus that was first seen in South Africa.”Protection goes down by time but still in six months it’s still extremely, extremely high,” Bourla said. “If you ask me, I think that there will be a need, based on these data, for revaccinations.”It was still unclear how often people would have to receive booster shots, the CEO said, adding that “a likely scenario is that there will be likely a need for a third dose somewhere between six and 12 months and then from there, there will be an annual re-vaccination. But all this needs to be confirmed.” He noted that in a pandemic, “you are as protected as your neighbor.” Font: https://abc7.com/health/third-vaccine-dose-likely-needed-in-6-to-12-months-pfizer-ceo-says/10520223/

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JTI Italia, Yassine Kabbaj nuovo People & Culture Director

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 24 febbraio 2021

JTI (Japan Tobacco International) annuncia la nomina di Yassine Kabbaj come People & Culture Director di JTI Italia. Kabbaj, già responsabile dell’area risorse umane per JTI in Nord Africa dal 2014, si occuperà di valorizzare il capitale umano impiegato in Italia e di promuovere ulteriormente quella cultura aziendale positiva e inclusiva che da anni caratterizza JTI a livello globale.Il Gruppo è stato selezionato infatti anche quest’anno tra le 16 realtà internazionali certificate Top Employer Global, oltre ad aver ottenuto la medesima certificazione per il decimo anno consecutivo in Europa e per l’undicesimo in Italia.Prima di entrare in JTI, Kabbaj ha costruito la sua expertise per 5 anni nel gruppo Ericsson, ricoprendo ruoli di responsabilità nella gestione delle risorse umane dell’area nordafricana.“L’ambiente di lavoro inclusivo e multiculturale e l’attenzione posta alla crescita e al benessere dei dipendenti hanno reso JTI un’eccellenza mondiale in questo ambito,” dichiara Kabbaj. “Con orgoglio accetto la sfida di guidare il business italiano verso i prossimi obiettivi che ci siamo posti; in particolare nel raggiungimento di una parità di genere nelle posizioni di leadership, l’impegno per la costruzione di un cultura meritocratica e attenta alle diversità, l’apertura verso nuovi modi di lavorare flessibili che diano alle nostre persone la possibilità di esprimere sé stesse e il proprio potenziale” conclude il nuovo People & Culture Director.

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Caritas Internationalis launches an emergency appeal to support Caritas Croatia in giving shelter to quake-affected people

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 10 gennaio 2021

Caritas Internationalis launches an €880,000 appeal to help Caritas Croatia’s work in ensuring safe and dignified living conditions to people made homeless by a recent earthquake.“The ground has been shaking every day since the original earthquake and people are living in constant fear and stress. A vast area of around 2000 square kilometres has been affected,” says Suzana Borko, deputy director of Caritas Croatia.“Two hundred Caritas volunteers have been out delivering food and hygiene items to those affected since the earthquake happened. We’re now focusing on the long-term as we aim to help people rebuild their homes and communities.”Caritas’ eight-month project will initially help up to 200 households by providing prefabricated container accommodation and financial and technical help so people can repair their homes.“Many of those affected in rural areas want to stay near their crops and livestock so they are sleeping in barns, in their cars and in the ruins of their homes. Caritas Croatia will help them as they rebuild their homes and communities so they can live in safe and dignified conditions,” she says. The 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck around 30 miles to the south of Zagreb on 29th December, between the towns of Petrinja, Sisak and Glina. It was the second earthquake in two days and the strongest in the area for 140 years.Caritas’ response will focus on helping people in rural areas who risk being overlooked because of their geographical isolation.Suzana Borko says that up to 90 percent of houses in villages between Petrinja and Glina have been damaged. One of the challenges is that houses have to be reassessed to see if they are inhabitable after each successive quake.In spite of the challenges, she sees signs of hope and says, “At this challenging time we’ve seen a miraculous humanitarian response within our country, with many people sending food and clothes and construction items to the affected areas. Decent shelters and the rebuilding of homes are a primary focus for us and we will stick with these communities until we have achieved this.” Donations can be made here: https://www.caritas.org/donate-now/croatia-earthquake/

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“Unequivocal support” for the people of Bulgaria in their legitimate demands

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 4 ottobre 2020

The Civil Liberties Committee on Thursday called on the Bulgarian authorities to ensure EU values and the Charter of Fundamental Rights are respected. The Civil Liberties Committee approved, with 35 votes in favour, 30 against and one abstention, a draft resolution on the “significant deterioration of respect for the principles of rule of law, democracy and fundamental rights, including the independence of the judiciary, separation of powers, the fight against corruption and freedom of the media” in Bulgaria. MEPs highlight the need for the Bulgarian Government to ensure stricter control of the way EU funds are spent and to address immediately the concerns that taxpayers’ money is being used to enrich those associated with the ruling party. The text focuses also on persisting systemic issues in the judiciary, especially the lack of a framework in place to hold the Supreme Judicial Council and the Prosecutor General accountable and the failure to comply with over 45 European Court of Human Rights judgments by carrying out effective investigations.MEPs are further concerned about a series of developments, including: • the announced constitutional reform, which should be preceded by proper consultations and be in line with international standards • potential changes in electoral legislation, close to the next parliamentary elections • the hasty adoption of legislation by the governing majority • investigations into high-level corruption not yielding tangible results and “corruption, inefficiency, and a lack of accountability” • the serious deterioration of media freedom and working conditions for journalists in Bulgaria over the past decade • allegations against the Bulgarian police regarding the use of force against women and children and journalists during demonstrations • the state of fundamental rights in Bulgaria, e.g. as regards hate speech, gender and sexual discrimination, and the rights of Romani people and asylum seekers. “European law matters; the rule of law matters. The rule of law is linked with defending the interests of the EU and fighting against corruption. Mapping corruption shows clearly that member states with structural deficiencies on rule of law are those most prone to resort to corrupt practices when managing EU budget and funds. That has to come to an end”, said rapporteur Juan Fernando López Aguilar (S&D, ES).The resolution is set to be voted on by the full house on 8 October.

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Face Time: People in Art through the Ages. An Evolution of the Human Image

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 4 giugno 2020

London 2 – 23 June 2020 Online. Christie’s announces the online sale Face Time: People in Art through the Ages, a themed auction which looks at portraiture and the representation of people in art, whilst tracing the evolution of the human image from the Renaissance through to the early 20th century.Comprising 51 lots, including paintings, drawings, sculpture and portrait miniatures, works range in estimates from £600 to £40,000. The sale not only considers portraits through time, but also across cultures. From 16th Century Italian portraiture through to album depicting minorities in China, figurative art has been a method of exploring and contrasting how people have viewed themselves and others throughout history.In the West the tradition of portraiture stretches back to the sculpture of the Greek and Roman empires. With the fall of Rome centuries followed in which figurative representation, even of specific people, became more generic, and then with the Renaissance came the resurgence of the distinctive personal likeness. This shift emerged with the revival of interest in Greco-Roman culture and a greater interest in individual identity. This is the same moment that the notion of the artist as an individual also began to solidify, an idea that gave rise to a plethora of self-portraits. If the reality of the individual is one of the essential marks of European portraiture from the 15th Century through to the present, it also ‘seeks to bring out whatever the sitter has in common with the rest of humanity’, as the great art historian Erwin Panofsky wrote. Bringing together Western and Chinese figurative art at the end of the chronological scope of Face Time highlights this commonality across cultures and peoples, a hugely important notion to maintain in today’s society.

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MEP rejects General Haftar´s self-proclamation as the leader of all Libyan people

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 2 Maggio 2020

After the Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar declared the Libyan Political Agreement invalid on Monday, the Chair of European Parliament’s Delegation for relations with Maghreb countries (DMAG) Andrea Cozzolino (S&D, IT) said:“I denounce General Haftar’s continued attacks against Tripoli and his complete disregard for the UN Secretary General call for a ceasefire at the time of the coronavirus. I also reject completely his claim that the United Nations-brokered Libyan Political Agreement to build a democratic state based on the principles of inclusion, human rights and the rule of law would be ´a thing of the past´ and his self-proclamation as ´the leader of all Libyan people´.We encourage all Libyan political forces and institutions to reject the cynical claims and actions of a would-be dictator. We also urge all the Libyans of good will to join forces in order to impose a cease-fire and relaunch an inclusive political process under the aegis of the UN”.The Libyan Political Agreement was brokered by the UN and signed in December 2015 in Skhirat, Morocco. By forming a Government of National Accord (GNA), it sought to resolve the dispute between the two Libyan governments, bring stability and help to combat IS forces.Despite the Agreement, fighting continued. General Khalifa Haftar’s troops, who support the authorities based in the eastern town of Tobruk, is in control of most of the country. He receives support from the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Russia, though each country has different reasons and different objectives.The GNA, based in the capital Tripoli, and recognised by UN and by the EU, is backed by Turkey and most Western nations.
In January, 16 countries and organisations met in Berlin to renew their commitment to a 2011 UN weapons embargo in a bid to end the civil war that has raged in the country since Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown in 2011. This month, the EU launched the Operation Irini to enforce the UN arms embargo on Libya.

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Return of people residing illegally in the EU

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 26 aprile 2020

Under the readmission agreement, Belarus commits to readmit its nationals who do not, or who no longer, fulfil the conditions in force for entry to, presence in, or residence on, the territory of EU member states. This will also apply to persons who hold a residence permit or a valid visa issued by Belarus, and those who illegally entered EU territory directly after having stayed on, or transited through, the territory of Belarus.The general visa fee for both Belarusians and EU citizens travelling to the other territory for up to 90 days in any 180-day period will be reduced to €35 (some categories of travellers will be exempt from paying fees). The deadlines for consulates to deal with requests will be reduced to 10 calendar days (extendable to a maximum of 30 days). Some Belarusian travellers, such as journalists, students and members of official delegations, will be able to receive multiple-entry visas that will be valid for longer and they will have to submit fewer supporting documents to justify their purpose of travel.
EU citizens can already enter Belarus without a visa for periods of up to 30 days, provided they cross the border at Minsk International Airport. For longer periods, of up to 90 days in any 180-day period, the new agreement will apply reciprocally.
MEPs underline that Belarus has engaged in the last few years in improving the respect of universal freedoms, the rule of law, and human rights, including the freedoms of speech, expression and of media, and labour rights. They also stress that these all constitute fundamental criteria for the EU’s policy towards third countries and that the visa facilitation agreement could be suspended, totally or partially, for human rights and democracy considerations. The two agreements will not apply either to Denmark or Ireland. Petar Vitanov (S&D, BG), rapporteur for the readmission agreement, considered that “the EU should engage more with all Eastern partners, despite the challenges or perhaps, even more so, because of them, as deeper relations should extend the frontiers of the area of freedom, security and justice”. Looking ahead, Vitanov asked for “a more active role for the EP in the opening and negotiations of future readmission agreements, as well as the subsequent monitoring of their application”. “Simplification of travel to and from the EU for both Belarusian as well as EU citizens is an important step on the path for deeper cooperation and understanding between the EU and Belarus and also to intensify the dialogue on democratic values. I would also encourage the European Commission to come back to us one year after the agreement is in place, so that we can evaluate to what extent the agreement meets its intentions”, said Ondřej Kovařík (Renew, CZ), rapporteur for the visa facilitation agreement.

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Food aid and basic assistance for people in need: EP adopts special measures

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 20 aprile 2020

The COVID-19 crisis is hitting the homeless and people living in poverty hardest. It is therefore crucial for MEPs that food aid and other operations supported by the EU’s Fund for the Most Deprived (FEAD) continues to reach those who need it. Specific measures need to be taken urgently to protect the most vulnerable from falling victim to this virus and to ensure that food aid and basic material assistance still reaches them, while respecting social distancing and personal protection requirements.
In light of this emergency, the Employment and Social Affairs Committee (EMPL) quickly reacted by requesting that special measures be adopted through urgent procedure to guarantee the continued functioning of FEAD, which provides around 13 million people in the EU per year with food aid and basic material assistance.The European Parliament on Friday approved the changes to FEAD proposed by the Commission, which offer the option to finance the provision of protective equipment, temporary 100% co-financing from the EU budget for the accounting year 2020-2021 and lighter reporting and audit measures during the COVID-19-pandemic.MEPs also adopted a new provision that was added upon EMPL’s initiative and negotiated with the Council. It stipulates that food aid and basic material assistance can be delivered through vouchers in any form (not only electronic, as proposed by the Commission), to ensure the safety of everyone involved in the operations and to reach the most vulnerable and excluded, in particular homeless people.Lucia Ďuriš Nicholsonová, Chair of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, commented after the vote:
“Our work was focused on the urgent need to protect those who are homeless and the most vulnerable citizens, for whom access to food aid and other assistance is of even greater importance during this coronavirus crisis.With the support of all political groups, the Employment and Social Affairs Committee proposed two additional modifications to the Commission proposal, accepted by the Council. We have added paper vouchers, to complement electronic ones, to ensure that FEAD aid is as inclusive as possible and can effectively reach the most deprived without interruption. The measures adopted today will make a real difference on the ground for the thousands of people who live in very precarious situations throughout the EU and who face extreme poverty.I wish to warmly thank and congratulate the political groups, the Council and the Commission for the excellent cooperation on these measures under severe time constraints.”The amended proposal was adopted with 686 votes in favour, 7 against and 3 abstentions.The Council has to formally approve Parliament’s position. The adopted measures will enter into force once published in the Official Journal of the European Union in the coming days.

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UnitedHealth Group Supporting People Affected by Mass Shooting in El Paso

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 8 agosto 2019

UnitedHealthcare and Optum, the health benefits and services businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), are opening Optum’s Emotional-Support Help Line, providing access to specially trained mental health specialists to support people affected by the recent mass shooting in El Paso.Optum’s toll-free help line number, 866-342-6892, will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for as long as necessary. The service is free of charge and open to anyone. The help line offers specially trained Optum mental health specialists to help people manage their stress and anxiety so they can continue to address their everyday needs. Callers may also receive referrals to community resources to help them with specific concerns, including financial and legal matters.“Unexpected violence and loss can result in feelings of fear, panic, grief or guilt among people who have a connection to the event and others in the community, or even those who are watching it on the news,” said Martin H. Rosenzweig, M.D., chief medical officer, Optum Behavioral Solutions. “These feelings can emerge days or even weeks later. Talking through these reactions with caring professionals is an important source of support during difficult times.”

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IFG Companies Hires Stephanie Winter Yocum as Chief People Officer

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 17 Maggio 2019

IFG Companies (www.ifgcompanies.com) is pleased to announce the addition of Stephanie W. Yocum as Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer. Stephanie, who will be reporting to Christopher M. Lewis, Chief Executive Officer, will join the executive leadership team and oversee all aspects of human resources for the company. Stephanie will be located in Hartford, Connecticut.”Our people have been and will always be are our greatest resource and building a world class leadership team requires attracting talent like Stephanie from outside of the insurance industry, where broad knowledge, culture, speed and agility are vital and integral to success”, said Robert D. Linton, Chairman of IFG Companies’ parent, International Financial Group, Inc. “Stephanie will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our leadership team that will be critical as we continue to build a dynamic and collaborative culture designed to compete in a fast changing economy,” said Chris Lewis.Just prior to joining IFG Companies, Ms. Yocum was the Chief Human Resource Officer for Numotion in Nashville, Tennessee. Stephanie also held key leadership positions in human resources at such companies as ISO New England, M/I Homes, Inc., The Scotts-Miracle-Gro Company and Polyone Corporation. She started her career at Accenture after graduating from Ohio State University with Masters’ Degrees in Educational Policy and Leadership and Labor and Human Resources. Prior to these, Stephanie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Duke University.

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“Heinous outrage” after attacks in Sri Lanka kill more than 150 people

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 22 aprile 2019

World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder has denounced a ‘heinous outrage’ and appealed for zero tolerance of terror after more than 150 people were killed in multiple attacks on churches and hotels in several cities across Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. Lauder said: “World Jewry–in fact all civilized people–denounce this heinous outrage and appeal for zero tolerance of those who use terror to advance their objectives. This truly barbarous assault on peaceful worshippers on one of the holiest days in the Christian calendar serves as a painful reminder that the war against terror must be at the top of the international agenda and pursued relentlessly. Sadly, Jews, repeatedly targeted by terrorists, know this pain first hand. We pray for the swift recovery of the survivors and extend our heartfelt condolences to those who have lost loved ones.”

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More than 1000 people gather in EP to support strong EU ocean policy

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 29 marzo 2019

More than 1000 people gathered in Brussels for this year’s largest EU event on oceans. Organised by MEP Gesine Meissner and European Commissioner Karmenu Vella, the event hosted our continent’s most influential advocates for healthy, safe and sustainable oceans. And with a large delegation of students and youth organisations in the room, the conference was more than an interesting recap of today’s status quo. It was a plea for even more ambition, from policy makers, companies and civil society, to safeguard the most precious organism of our planet: our ocean.Commissioner Vella set the tone of the conference: “the ocean is the genesis of life, but now it is on the front-line in the fight for survival. There is only one possible response, and that response is collective.” That “collective response” is called ocean governance, namely international cooperation on the various aspects that influence our ocean’s health: fisheries policy, protection of habitats and biodiversity, development of the blue economy. The European Commission has just published its progress report Improving International Ocean Governance. The conclusion is an encouraging one: if we are all aligned and don’t waste time, we can still make a difference. The EU has already been acting on most of the 50 actions identified two years ago, and more actions are expected. Maria Damanaki from the Nature Conservancy recognized this achievement and called the EU the champion of ocean governance.Making a difference is exactly what two leaders of the international youth movement were asking from the EU, and they consider it should go faster. Nele Van Hoywegen reminded everyone that the fight against climate change is “no longer a matter of saving our planet for the next generations”. Neither do we suffice with cleaning the oceans, according to Sébastien Willemart. Money talks, so investments and subsidies should steer public and private activity for the better.

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End racist discrimination against Afro-European people in the EU

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 26 marzo 2019

Strasburgo. Member states urged to end racial profiling in criminal law and counter-terrorism. Call for reparations for crimes against humanity during European colonialism
15 million Afro-Europeans live in the EU.MEPs call on the EU and its member states to take measures to tackle the structural racism people of African descent face in Europe.
In a resolution adopted on Tuesday with 535 in favour to 80 votes against, and 44 abstentions, Parliament urges EU and national authorities to develop anti-racism policies and stop discrimination; in the fields of education, housing, health, criminal justice, political participation and migration.In light of increasing afrophobic attacks, MEPs call on the European Commission and EU member states to acknowledge the racist, discriminatory and xenophobic suffering of Afro-Europeans, and offer proper protection against these inequalities to ensure that hate crimes are suitably investigated, prosecuted and sanctioned. Additionally, people of African descent should be taken into account more in current funding programmes and in the next multiannual financial framework (2021-2027).
MEPs condemn the mistreatment of people of African descent in police custody, citing the numerous violent incidents and deaths that have occurred while in custody. They also note the frequent use of racial and ethnic profiling in criminal law enforcement, counter-terrorism measures and immigration control, and urge member states to end this practice.
The resolution encourages EU institutions and member states to address and rectify past injustices and crimes against humanity, perpetrated in the name of European colonialism. These historic crimes still have present day negative consequences for people of African descent, MEPs claim.MEPs suggest carrying out reparations, such as apologising publicly and return stolen artefacts to their countries of origin. Parliament also calls on EU countries to declassify their colonial archives, as well as to present a comprehensive perspective on colonialism and slavery in the educational curricula.
Approximately 15 million people of African descent currently live in Europe. They face persistent discrimination and are subject to deeply rooted negative stereotyping.Evidence suggests that Afro-European children receive lower grades at school than their white counterparts, and their rate of early school leaving is markedly higher.

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GarageExperts Partners with Target Data for People-Based Marketing Solution

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 25 marzo 2019

Target Data, a leader in people-based marketing, announces that GarageExperts, a quality garage enhancement solutions company, is deploying Target Data’s people-based marketing solution to leverage their customer data to engage with their best customers and prospects.
GarageExperts specializes in custom garage cabinets, epoxy garage flooring and organizational products. Target Data will be responsible for implementing a people-based, data-driven marketing approach across both online and offline channels at the corporate and individual franchise levels. Target Data’s Marketing Intelligence Platform will utilize GarageExperts’ customer data to target specific people, not broad-based audiences or segments.“GarageExperts is the largest epoxy flooring company in the United States. We are excited to help them continue to grow. GarageExperts’ franchisees now have an incredible competitive advantage. We are using their customer data to drive highly targeted media execution in a true omni-channel fashion. Our people-based solution will allow all campaigns to be more efficient and we will be able to tie all media spend to revenue. This is a game changer,” said Ross Shelleman, CEO of Target Data.Target Data’s solution will drive GarageExperts’ corporate marketing strategy and individualized programs for their franchise owners. Media execution spans across Paid Search, Paid Social, Direct Mail, Programmatic Digital and soon Connected TV.
“I had worked with Target Data in the past, so bringing them to GarageExperts was an easy decision. The competitive advantage franchise organizations have when they adopt a people-based solution is incredible. Our marketing strategy now rivals companies three times our size. The ability to target individuals and measure everything against revenue is so powerful,” said GarageExperts’ Franchise Director, Alfredo Miro.

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Stop racism and discrimination against Afro-European people in the EU, urge MEPs

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 13 dicembre 2018

The EU and the national authorities should develop anti-racism policies, covering the fields of education, housing, health, criminal justice, political participation and migration, Civil Liberties MEPs say in a resolution adopted on Monday with 29 votes to 1 and 1 abstention.They urge the European Commission and EU countries to acknowledge the racism, discrimination and xenophobia suffered by Afro-Europeans, and to offer them adequate protection against these inequalities.The text voices concern over the rise in Afrophobic attacks registered in the EU in recent years. It calls on the Commission to include a focus on people of African descent in current funding programmes and in the next multiannual financial framework (2021-2027).The Committee underlines the importance of EU countries effectively responding to hate crime, and ensuring that hate crimes against Afro-European people are adequately investigated, prosecuted and sanctioned.MEPs denounce the increasing vulnerability of people of African descent in police custody, pointing to numerous violent incidents and deaths while in custody. They also note the frequent use of racial and ethnic profiling in criminal law enforcement, counter-terrorism measures and immigration control, and urge member states to end this practice.
The resolution encourages EU institutions and countries to follow the example of the member states that have taken steps forward redress for past injustices and crimes against humanity. These historic crimes, perpetrated in the context of European colonialism, still have negative consequences for African descent people in the present, MEPs claim.They suggest the EU and member states to carry out reparations such as offering public apologies and the restitution of stolen artefacts to their countries of origin. The Committee also calls on EU countries to declassify their colonial archives, as well as to present a comprehensive perspective on colonialism and slavery in the educational curricula.

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MEPs call for full protection of intersex people’s rights

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 2 dicembre 2018

Intersex children in the EU still face human rights violations and genital mutilations. Member States asked to ensure depathologisation of intersexuality MEPs condemn the normalisation of sex treatments and surgery Birth registration procedures should be more flexible Civil Liberties MEPs urge the European Commission and member states to put measures forward for protecting and promoting the rights of intersex people in the EU.They denounce that intersex children still face human rights violations and genital mutilations in the EU, and that intersex variations continue to be treated as diseases, despite the lack of evidence supporting the success of medical treatments in the long term. They also demand more flexibility in birth registration procedures and facilitating the change of names on identity cards.In a resolution adopted with 30 votes to 7, the Committee stressed that intersexuality should no longer be dealt with as a pathology, and called on member states to pursue the removal of the category of “gender incongruence in childhood” in the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organisation.
MEPs condemn the high prevalence of sex normalising treatments and surgery, despite not being medically necessary in most of the cases, and encourage EU countries to follow the example of those, such as Portugal and Malta, where these surgical procedures are banned.
The text denounces that surgeries are often performed on intersex children without their prior, personal, full and informed consent, and underlines that genital mutilations can cause life-long consequences, such as psychological trauma and physical impairments.
The resolution underlines the importance of “flexible birth registration procedures” for intersex children. It points to legislation already in place in some member states that allows gender recognition based on self-determination, and encourages other countries to adopt similar rules, including flexible procedures to change gender markers and names on identity documents, including the possibility of gender-neutral names.MEPs call on the European Commission and member states to increase their support, including financial aid, to organisations fighting the stigmatisation of intersex people. They also demand the Commission to make sure that EU funds do not support research or medical projects that further contribute to human rights’ violations of intersex people.
The draft resolution will be put to a vote by the full House during the January plenary session in Strasbourg, following a debate with Council and Commission representatives.

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Robotic Glove Helps People with Hand Paralysis Regain Independence

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 1 novembre 2018

For the nearly 1 in 50 Americans living with some form of paralysis, NEOFECT, a med-tech company, has a new solution that increases hand mobility and helps people regain their independence. The NeoMano wearable robotic glove, available today on Indiegogo, enables people recovering from stroke or living with spinal cord injuries (SCI), multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, or ALS to perform daily tasks they otherwise could not do on their own.
A comfortable, soft, wearable glove, NeoMano is powered by titanium wires that close wearers’ fingers so they can firmly grasp common objects with one hand. With the NeoMano, SCI patients and others with limited hand mobility can hold a cup of coffee, grip and twist a doorknob, use a toothbrush or comb, manipulate shirt buttons and zippers, and perform other basic tasks, enabling them to more fully participate in social activities.“After working with stroke patients in a rehabilitation setting, we recognized the need to improve the mobility of patients with spinal cord injuries and other forms of partial hand paralysis,” said Scott Kim, Co-Founder and CEO of NEOFECT USA. “By helping patients mimic normal hand movement, NeoMano delivers obvious physical and psychological benefits, and increases confidence. We hope this Indiegogo campaign will raise awareness of solutions that can help people with paralysis operate more independently, and expedite the development of the NeoMano so we can get it into the hands of the people who need it most.”
The NeoMano is simple to put on and use; the glove fits over a user’s index finger, middle finger, and thumb. A single press on its wireless, Bluetooth-connected controller activates the pulley housing and motor, causing the built-in titanium wires to actively close the wearer’s hand. The button is pressed again to release the tension and return fingers to a neutral position. The robotic glove is portable, allowing users to wear it wherever they need gripping assistance, and the battery provides eight hours of continuous use.NEOFECT’s line of gamified rehabilitation training solutions, including its flagship product, the RAPAEL Smart Glove for Home, delivers more engaging, measurable rehab to patients recovering from stroke and other musculoskeletal and neurological injuries. With the NeoMano, NEOFECT aims to support a broader base of patients, giving them the same hope, confidence, motivation, and independence it has been delivering to rehab patients for eight years.

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InnoEnergy start-ups have created 1,741 jobs and have brought energy access to 56,000 people in developing countries

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 17 ottobre 2018

Copenhagen, Denmark, The sixth edition, taking place in Copenhagen on 17 -18 October, focuses on the theme “The Future is Now”. InnoEnergy has welcomed more than 700 attendees from over 40 countries to join 150 cutting edge sustainable energy innovations.InnoEnergy, Europe’s sustainable energy engine supported by the EIT, has launched its inaugural impact report today at The Business Booster (TBB) in Copenhagen. The report reveals that InnoEnergy’s work supporting energy start-ups is having a direct impact on Europe’s clean energy transition, with its start-ups having created 1,741 jobs across Europe and brought energy access to 56,000 people in developing countries since 2011.Other key findings revealed in the report include that InnoEnergy´s assets will generate 1,147 GWh of power from clean energy sources, save 809.5m€ in energy costs and reduce carbon emissions by a total of 5.5m tons over 25 years, the equivalent to removing 47,000 cars from the road.
Elena Bou, Innovation Director at InnoEnergy, said during an exclusive press conference at TBB: “It is amazing to see the impact we are achieving together and to cement our position as the trusted innovation partner – guiding businesses on their journeys. Our 200 start-ups have brought innovative technologies to life that are meeting the energy challenges of our changing society. Whether it is by reducing greenhouse emissions or creating jobs, these companies are creating a noticeable impact on the way Europe thinks about, develops and uses sustainable energy.” Recent start-up success stories from the report include the Swedish wave power technology company CorPower Ocean, which has developed and tested a technology to turn waves into electricity with the aid of buoys. Patrik Möller, CEO of CorPower, said during the press conference: “Wave energy is a huge opportunity for Europe to establish a new industry, with significant job creation and export business potential. In our recent deployment in Orkney, Scotland, we have just demonstrated fundamental improvements in survivability and efficiency.” CorPower is planning to build its first pilot arrays from 2021 to 2023 and pre-commercial farms from 2023.Pro-Drone, the leading developer of automated drones for wind turbine blade inspections, on the other hand, is reducing the costs for onshore wind turbine services by €1,000 per inspection.André Moura, Founder & CEO of Pro-Drone, told the journalists: “We have already carried out over 2,300 blade inspections in Europe and South America in our first year of commercial operation. We are proud to be delivering robust, high quality and safe inspections to over 15 clients with ambitious plans to grow globally in 2019.” Pro-Drone´s latest feature is an automatic damage identification tool that is helping inspectors to reduce their assessment time while improving their accuracy and robustness.

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West Africa food crisis threatens 6 million people

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 1 luglio 2018

Caritas Internationalis is appealing for urgent assistance to help millions of people affected by a worsening humanitarian crisis in the Sahel region of Africa. Nearly 6 million people in Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal are struggling to meet their daily food needs. Severe malnutrition threatens the lives of 1.6 million children. It is the worst crisis seen in the region since 2012. Caritas fears the situation will deteriorate even further in the critical months ahead.The latest emergency has been caused by poor rainfall that has resulted in water, crop and pasture shortages and livestock losses. Farmers have been forced to begin their seasonal movement of livestock – four months earlier and across longer distances than usual. Food security has rapidly deteriorated across the region and food supplies for millions of people have been exhausted. Many are dealing with extreme challenges such as limited job opportunities, high food prices, displacement and violent extremism.Severe acute malnutrition rates in the six countries have increased by 50 per cent since last year. One child in six under the age of five now needs urgent life-saving treatment to survive. Families are reducing meals, withdrawing children from school and missing out on critical health services to save money for food. Without immediate scaled-up assistance, many lives will be at risk and the livelihoods of thousands of families will be ruined as the alarming cycle of adversity is set to worsen in the Sahel.Caritas Développement Niger (CADEV) says violent attacks by militants from Boko Haram have added to the challenges as tens of thousands of people have been forced to leave their homes in the Diffa region of south-east Niger. Diffa is one of the poorest regions in the world and women and children represent 85 percent of the refugees and internally displaced persons.
Raymond Yoro, secretary general of CADEV, says the situation is dire. “The humanitarian situation in Niger is worsening day by day due to the security crisis in Diffa, Tillabery and Tahoua,” says Yoro. “The number of people in need has increased to 2.3 million, an increase of 400,000 compared to 2017.”Yoro says an estimated 1.4 million people will require food assistance in Niger in 2018. CADEV is particularly concerned about more than 380,000 young children suffering from severe acute malnutrition (MAS) and 922,000 others with moderate acute malnutrition (MAM).In Diffa, CADEV plans to strengthen the resilience of 1500 households with unconditional cash transfers, give displaced children access to recreation centres and assist 500 women and 200 young people with income generating activities.In Burkina Faso the situation is also critical. Caritas says there is acute malnutrition in six provinces – Soum, Namentenga, Gnagna, Komandjoari, Boulkiemde and Kourweogo. Families are relying on their limited savings to survive and more than 80,000 are considered to be in a phase of food emergency.Abbé Constantin Safanitié Sere, Caritas Burkina secretary-general, says the situation is the worst seen in Burkina Faso since the 2012 humanitarian crisis. Rising cereal prices, the impact of climate change and terrorist attacks in several regions have added to the challenges faced by many who have been displaced.Caritas is committed to assisting the most vulnerable with food assistance and livelihood protection with the aim of helping 2000 households. “If the project is not fully funded, it would be devastating especially for vulnerable households who cannot survive without assistance. In that case we would have to give preference to the most vulnerable groups, namely children, pregnant women, lactating women and people with disabilities,” he says.
In Mauritania severe acute malnutrition rates are at their highest since 2008 with half a million people threatened with hunger. According to a survey conducted in February, 147,507 people could be suffering from acute malnutrition. Caritas Mauritania will work in Gorgol and Brakna providing food and farming assistance to 23,300 people. “Despite the hope brought by some traces of rain here and there, the humanitarian situation remains worrying in rural areas,” says Caritas Mauritania. Access to adequate food and water remains the number one problem and Caritas is working to protect people’s livelihoods while providing food and other assistance.“As the number of crises increases in different countries, our concern is that we will begin to “prioritise” suffering due to scarce financial resources,” says Caritas Mauritania. “That would be dramatic because it would amount to choosing who would be allowed to die.”Caritas Mauritania is urging partners to provide financial support so it can implement its emergency program to support people in their local areas and avoid migration to large urban centres.

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