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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 220

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Refugees on Greek islands: MEPs urge evacuation of camps to prevent spread of COVID-19

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 27 marzo 2020

In order to control the COVID-19 pandemic, preventive measures have to be applied to everyone, including asylum-seekers living in overcrowded hotspots on the Greek islands.Juan Fernando López Aguilar (S&D, ES), Chair of the Civil Liberties Committee, has written to Commissioner Janez Lenarčič -s European Emergency Response Coordinator and Chair of the Crisis Coordination Committee-, on behalf of the whole committee, calling for an “immediate European response” to avoid the humanitarian crisis on the Greek islands becoming a public health issue, with the risk of many deaths.After a first case has been confirmed on the island of Lesvos, “one of the main issues to be addressed to avoid the quick and wide spread of COVID-19 is the urgent preventive evacuation of the overcrowded camps”, notes the text.Many of those in the camps (42.000 people in total) are already in a precarious health situation and, despite the measures taken by the Greek authorities, the overcrowding and the dire living conditions make it difficult to contain COVID-19, MEPs warn.
“There is no chance of isolation or social distancing, nor is it possible to ensure appropriate hygienic conditions. (…) There are only six intensive care beds available on the island of Lesvos (…) and the necessary health equipment is not at present available on the islands”, they add.MEPs demand an action plan that should include:
• Preventive evacuation of the population at high risk including those older than 60 and people with respiratory conditions, diabetes of other diseases;
• Increased cooperation amongst EU member states’ health care systems;
• Additional financial resources for increased hospitalization capacity and intensive care, and
• Relocation, in particular of children, must not be put on hold due to the pandemic.
“There will be no true control of the COVID-19 outbreak without preventive measures for all, including asylum-seekers. We therefore urge you to undertake immediate action and start with the preventive evacuation of the most vulnerable groups in the camps on the Greek islands. This is of crucial importance to save their lives and decongest the hotspots”, concludes the letter.

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Byrider Selects PointPredictive as Machine Learning AI Partner to Prevent Fraud

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 2 gennaio 2020

PointPredictive Inc., the San Diego-based machine learning company, announced today that Byrider has selected the company’s risk scoring solutions to help them better segment high- and low-risk applications and dealers to improve profitability, expand loan availability and enhance the lending experience for both consumers and dealers.As part of the integration, Byrider will use the company’s scoring solution – Auto Fraud Manager with Auto Fraud Alert Reporting – to identify misrepresentation and prevent default on high-risk applications while streamlining the approval process of low-risk applications to improve and expedite both the consumer and dealer loan funding experience, ultimately expanding their loan portfolio profitably.Byrider selected PointPredictive’s machine learning AI scoring after extensive testing of the solution and evaluating retrospective results. “In our retrospective test with PointPredictive, we saw a significant lift in identifying defaults tied to misrepresentation and fraud,” said Gary Harmon, Chief Risk Officer of Byrider.PointPredictive launched Auto Fraud Manager with Auto Fraud Alert Reporting to help address the $6 billion-dollar annual problem of misrepresentation and fraud that plagues the auto lending industry. The solution uses machine learning to mine historical data from applications across the industry to pinpoint where fraud is happening. Over 60 million applications have been evaluated and scored by the unique machine learning AI system which is continuously learning new patterns as they emerge.

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MetLife Expands Access to Genomics to Help Customers in Asia Prevent and Manage Cance

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 7 dicembre 2018

MetLife continues to expand access to new and differentiated health services for customers in Asia to help them better understand and manage their risk of serious illnesses like cancer and determine the best prevention and treatment options.AmMetLife Insurance Berhad (“AmMetLife”), the strategic partnership between MetLife and AMMB Holdings Berhad (AmBank Group), has launched a first-of-its-kind plan in Malaysia that includes coverage of genomic testing for customers diagnosed with cancer.
The “HCC BoostUp Rider,” attached to the HealthCare Choice Rider, gives customers coverage for a unique combination of medical benefits including genomic testing for cancer, out-patient dengue treatment, home nursing care, and pre-hospitalisation treatment. “We’re pleased that AmMetLife, is the first insurer to offer a genomic tumour assessment benefit for cancer patients in Malaysia, so they have more information to undertake precision treatment. We already offer genomic testing and precision medicine benefits through some of our solutions in China and pharmacogenomics benefits as a value added service in Korea,” said Joyce Au-Yeung, Regional Head of Health for MetLife in Asia.
To ensure its services and solutions keep pace with medical trends and customers’ evolving needs, MetLife has teamed up with leading medical experts like Dr. Steven Tucker, who specialises in cancer, genomics and precision medicine.
“Genomics is a game changer when it comes to cancer treatment. No two people are the same and consumers everywhere are demanding more personalisation. Medical care is no different and genomics allows us to define the unique characteristics of a patient’s cancer and treat it with precision,” said Dr. Tucker, MetLife’s external medical consultant.Across Asia, MetLife is steadily building out a combination of holistic insurance solutions and services to help customers better understand how to prevent, diagnose, treat and manage serious illness. In doing so, the company is focused on the five serious illnesses most relevant to Asians: cancer; cardiovascular disease; diabetes; dementia; and mental health.

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Marking breast implants with tomato DNA to prevent counterfeiting

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 4 agosto 2018

With business going global, product counterfeiting has become a growing problem for manufacturers. Consumers are at risk when counterfeiters set their sights on sensitive products such as medical equipment and drugs. Fakes are usually inferior. They can seriously harm patients’ health and even jeopardize lives, as the scandal surrounding a French breast implant manufacturer goes to show. The company cut corners, blending in unapproved silicones to slash production costs (more on this in the box “How breast implants are made”).This kind of illegal manipulation is almost untraceable. It takes elaborate analyses to detect such tampering. “Counterfeiters generally buy high-quality individual components from reputable suppliers and stretch them with cheap silicone, which costs a fraction of the premium material. Product pirates turn huge profits,” says Dr. Joachim Storsberg, a scientist at the Fraunhofer IAP in Potsdam and an expert witness in court cases centered on breast implants. A method to substantiate both quantitative and qualitative manipulations of one or more components would be ideal.
Storsberg and his team – which includes Marina Volkert from Berlin’s Beuth University of Applied Sciences – developed precisely this type of procedure. It has already been patented. The idea is to use DNA sequences as permanent markers to positively identify implants. This gives manufacturers the opportunity to tag products with a counterfeit-proof marker and thereby enhance patient safety. The source material is sure to raise eyebrows: tomato DNA makes the perfect marker, as various experiments have substantiated. “We isolated genomic DNA (gDNA) from tomato leaves and embedded it in the silicone matrix. We used approved siloxanes, which are building blocks for silicone products, to manufacture breast implants,” explains Storsberg. The researchers managed to demonstrate the extracted DNA’s temperature stability in pilot experiments. They vulcanized the gDNA in the host silicone at 150 degrees for five hours and then tested it with a polymerase chain reaction (PCR), a technique to amplify DNA, and with a special analytical method call gel electrophoresis. The DNA remained stable and did not degrade.
“Breast implants are made up of components; that is, several silicone polymers that cross-link to form a gel. The components’ manufacturer now has the option of marking silicones with the encapsulated tomato DNA sequence during the production process. He alone knows the type and concentration of the DNA used. The components are marked first, and then sold to the implant manufacturer. The PCR method can detect if the manufacturer stretched components with inferior materials or used a lower concentration. “This works much like a paternity test,” says Storsberg. The advantage of tomato DNA is that it costs next to nothing and is suitable as a counterfeit-proof marker for many polymer-based implants such lens implants. The IAP researchers published their findings in Plastische Chirurgie, a plastic surgery journal.

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Reduce overcrowding in prisons to prevent radicalisation, urge MEPs

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 7 ottobre 2017

carcereEU member states should improve prison conditions across the EU, so as to protect the health and wellbeing of inmates and staff, favour rehabilitation and reduce the risk of radicalisation, say MEPs in a resolution voted on Thursday. To help prevent radicalisation, MEPs also recommend staff training, prison intelligence, interfaith dialogue and psychological care.MEPs say that imprisonment, and especially pre-trial detention, should be a last-resort option, reserved for legally justified cases, and consider it particularly inappropriate for vulnerable individuals such as minors, the elderly, pregnant women and people with serious illnesses.For convicts who do not present a serious danger to society, MEPs advocate alternatives to prison, such as detention at home, community service and electronic tagging.Parliament encourages member states to allocate adequate resources for the refurbishment and modernisation of prisons, adapt detention rules to the prisoners and the level of risk they pose and provide inmates with a balanced programme of activities and time outside their cells . The specific needs of female inmates should also be taken into account, especially during pregnancy and after giving birth, it adds.MEPs also warn that the increasing privatisation of prison systems may worsen detention conditions and undermine respect for fundamental rights. They point to high suicide rates among prisoners and condemn the prison dispersal policy applied by some member states, which they say represents an added penalty affecting prisoner´s families.The own-initiative report was approved by 474 votes to 109, with 34 abstentions.

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Personalised workouts to prevent heart disease designed by new digital instrument

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 20 aprile 2017

cardiologiaSophia Antipolis. Personalised workouts to prevent heart disease can be designed by a new digital instrument, according to research published today in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.1 The EXPERT tool specifies the ideal exercise type, intensity, frequency, and duration needed to prevent a first or repeat cardiovascular event.
“Exercise reduces cardiovascular risk, improves body composition and physical fitness, and lowers mortality and morbidity,” said lead author Professor Dominique Hansen, associate professor in exercise physiology and rehabilitation of internal diseases at Hasselt University, Diepenbeek, Belgium. “But surveys have shown that many clinicians experience great difficulties in prescribing specific exercise programmes for patients with multiple cardiovascular diseases and risk factors.” The European Association of Preventive Cardiology Exercise Prescription in Everyday Practice and Rehabilitative Training (EXPERT) tool generates exercise prescriptions for patients with different combinations of cardiovascular risk factors or cardiovascular diseases. The tool was designed by cardiovascular rehabilitation specialists from 11 European countries, in close collaboration with computer scientists from Hasselt University. EXPERT can be installed on a laptop or personal computer (PC). During a consultation, the clinician inputs the patient’s characteristics and cardiovascular risk factors, cardiovascular diseases and other chronic conditions, medications, adverse events during exercise testing, and physical fitness (from a cardiopulmonary exercise test).The tool automatically designs a personalised exercise programme for the patient. It includes the ideal exercise type, intensity, frequency, and duration of each session. Safety precautions are also given for patients with certain conditions. The advice can be printed out and given to the patient to carry out at home, and reviewed by the clinician in a few months.Professor Hansen said: “EXPERT generates an exercise prescription and safety precautions since certain patients are not allowed to do certain exercises. For example a diabetic patient with retinopathy should not do high-intensity exercise.” “This tool is the first of its kind,” said Professor Hansen. “It integrates all the international recommendations on exercise to calculate the optimum training programme for an individual patient. It really is personalised medicine.” There are different exercise goals for each cardiovascular risk factor and cardiovascular disease. In a patient who has diabetes, is overweight and has hypertension the three goals are to reduce blood glucose, fat mass, and blood pressure. The tool takes all three goals into account.Professor Hansen said: “EXPERT provides the exercise prescription a patient needs to meet their particular exercise goals, which should ultimately help them to feel better and reduce their risks of morbidity and mortality. By prescribing an exercise programme that really works patients are more likely to be motivated to continue because they see that it is improving their health.” The next step is to test the impact of EXPERT on patient outcomes in a clinical trial. Professor Hansen said: “Our hypothesis is that clinicians using the tool will prescribe exercise interventions with much greater clinical benefits. That will lead to greater reductions in body weight, blood pressure, blood glucose, and lipids, and improvements in physical fitness, with a positive impact on morbidity and mortality.”

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European standards to prevent repeat heart attacks launched today

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 8 settembre 2016

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Sophia Antipolis. European standards to prevent repeat heart attacks are published today in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology.1 The standards were defined by the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).2“Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the world’s number one killer, accounting for one in five deaths in Europe,” said lead author Professor Massimo F. Piepoli. “The biggest consequence of CVD is myocardial infarction (heart attack).” He continued: “One in five people who survive a heart attack have a second cardiovascular event in the first year – even when receiving optimal treatment and care. The people behind these numbers spurred this call for action to reduce the risk.” The consensus document outlines the steps patients and healthcare professionals can take to prevent recurrent heart attacks. “A heart healthy lifestyle is the most effective way to avoid another heart attack,” said ESC prevention spokesperson Professor Joep Perk. “This should be supported with good medical treatment and follow up.”
Steps to prevent repeat heart attack:
1. Quit smoking
2. Do regular physical activity
3. Eat healthy food
4. Take prescribed medication to protect coronary vessels, and to control risk factors such as high blood pressure and cholesterol
“Stopping smoking beats everything for preventing heart attacks,” said Professor Perk. “Combine that with exercise and a healthy diet and we could avoid 80% of all myocardial infarctions.” According to the EUROASPIRE survey, after an acute myocardial infarction 16% of patients smoke, 38% are obese and 60% report little or no physical activity.3 Only half of patients are advised to participate in a cardiac rehabilitation programme, of whom just 80% actually attend. European guidelines on CVD prevention outline blood pressure and cholesterol targets but these are still missed. “Having a heart attack is an upsetting experience but it does not seem to motivate patients to adopt a healthy lifestyle to avoid having another one,” said Professor Piepoli. “We also know that more than half of heart attack patients stop taking their preventive medications.” “Patients are almost blinded by the excellent results of stents to clear blocked arteries,” said Professor Perk. “There is an over-belief in what medical care can provide and patients feel they don’t have to do anything. The challenge is to convince patients that the best way to prevent another heart attack is to take responsibility for their own health. Many lives could be saved – there is too much to lose by not doing it.” Prevention of recurrent heart attacks should begin immediately after the first event, while patients are still in hospital. This should be given equal priority to treating the initial heart attack. Patients should be referred to an outpatient cardiac rehabilitation to reinforce lifestyle messages and encourage adherence to behaviour change and medications. Professor Piepoli said: “Acute cardiovascular care specialists are responsible for identifying risk factors (smoking, inactivity, poor diet) and teaching patients how to improve their lifestyle habits. This can be supported by prescribing medicines for high blood pressure and cholesterol. Failure to start prevention as early as possible may give the erroneous impression that it is less important than the cure.” He concluded: “We have scientifically proven ways to prevent second heart attacks. But we need to empower patients to better understand their risk factors after myocardial infarction and take a central role in their recovery. Cardiologists, nurses and allied professionals all have a role to play in prevention, starting in the acute phase through to follow up care after hospital discharge.”

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4th International Course on Implementation in Infection Control

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 6 aprile 2016

Geneva, SwitzerlandGeneva, Switzerland 4th -7th October 2016 University Hospital of Geneva Salle Opera level 0 Rue Gabrielle Perret Gentil 4. There is overwhelming evidence that best practice procedures prevent healthcare-associated infections. However, establishing such practice is challenging and infection prevention and control professionals often struggle in the process of implementation.For the fourth time we organize the “International Course on Implementation in Infection Control”. The course provides both theoretical concepts on implementation and practical case studies. The faculty consists of experts in the field of infection prevention and control, sociology, and healthcare management.We had very positive feedback after the last course: all participants indicated that the course met their expectations and that they would recommend the course to a colleague. Please, find here some of the comments of the participants:
“Speakers were talking about real IC issues to work with, no talks about basics which was wonderful”
“The schedule based on the very important topic of implementation – our daily business”
“I like most that there was enough room for questions”
“This course is exactly what I need for my daily work in infection prevention and control” (by Didier Pittet, Walter Zingg)

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Fair trials: MEPs beef up draft EU law on presumption of innocence

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 31 marzo 2015

amxr7051Draft EU rules to ensure that the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty is fully respected in member states were approved by the Civil Liberties Committee on Tuesday. MEPs inserted amendments to prevent statements by public authorities that might suggest a suspect is guilty before a final conviction, ensure that the burden of proof stays with the prosecution and guarantee the rights to remain silent, not to incriminate oneself and to be present at trial.“The presumption of innocence is a fundamental right and above all it is an essential principle if we are to prevent arbitrary judgments and abuses of power in criminal proceedings. This principle seeks to guarantee the right to a fair trial”, said rapporteur Nathalie Griesbeck (ALDE, FR) in a committee debate.”The proposal for a directive is made all the more important by the erosion of the principle of the presumption of innocence that is currently being seen in several EU member states”, she added.Public authorities must refrain from making public statements referring to suspects or accused persons “as if they were guilty”, before a final conviction or before or after a final acquittal, say MEPs.The amended rules would therefore require EU countries to forbid their public authorities from disclosing information, “including in interviews and in communications issued through or in conjunction with the media”, or from leaking information to the press “which could create prejudice or bias against the suspect or accused person before final conviction in court”, explains the committee. EU countries should also promote the adoption of codes of ethical practice in cooperation with the media, it adds.“Where applicable”, legal persons, too, should be covered by these EU rules, MEPs say. This was not envisaged in the initial proposal.Allowing presumptions that shift the burden of proof from the prosecution to suspects or accused persons is “unacceptable” say MEPs, who deleted this possibility from the Commission’s initial text. The burden of proof must rest with the prosecution and “any doubt always benefits the suspect or accused persons”, they insist.
MEPs also deleted from the proposal a provision that would have made it possible in limited cases to “compel” a suspect or accused person to provide information relating to charges against them. .
Suspects or accused persons should not be considered guilty simply because they exercise their right to remain silent, MEPs underline. The exercise of this right, as well as the right not to incriminate oneself and not to cooperate, “must never be considered as a corroboration of the facts”, they say. In other additions to the Commission’s text, MEPs stress that any evidence obtained in violation of these rights or by torture shall be inadmissible and that cases in which judgments may be delivered in absentia must be kept to a strict minimum.

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IS fighters returning to EU: MEPs debate how to prevent internal security threat

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 24 ottobre 2014

terroristiConcerns over the possible threats to the EU’s internal security posed by Europeans returning home after fighting for the so-called “Islamic State” (IS) were raised by MEPs in a debate on Wednesday. Some called for a swift approval of the EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) proposal to better detect potential terrorists entering or leaving the EU. Most stressed, however, that all measures taken by the EU to tackle this problem must respect fundamental rights.MEPs were divided on the possible withdrawal of EU citizenship from the foreign fighters of European origin, with some stressing that the priority should be prosecuting them as criminals.Some MEPs called for a swift approval of the EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) proposal, which would oblige air carriers to provide EU countries with the data of passengers entering or leaving the EU to enable these countries to prevent, detect, investigate and prosecute serious crime and terrorist offences.Most MEPs stressed, however, that all measures taken by the EU to tackle this problem must respect fundamental rights.The causes prompting young people to join the IS (including unemployment and poor working conditions) also need to be addressed, they added. The stigmatisation of certain groups should also be avoided.Kobane: MEPs criticise Turkey and urge EU to do more to prevent a massacre. In a separate debate, MEPs stressed that preventing a massacre of the civilian population of the Syrian city of Kobane must be the first priority in the international community’s fight against IS. They also criticised Turkey’s inaction in the face of the threat and deplored the lack of a genuine EU strategy for the region.Many MEPs insisted that Turkey, as an EU candidate country, should align its foreign policy much more closely with that of the EU. They regretted that Turkey’s decision to allow Kurdish Peshmergas to cross its territory in order to fight for Kobane was „too little too late“. While recognising Turkey’s positive attitude in welcoming thousands of refugees from Syria, the majority of MEPs who spoke called on the EU to step up pressure on Turkey to act to prevent a massacre in Kobane.Many also said that the EU lacks a joint vision and strategy to combat terrorist groups in the whole of the Middle East and deplored the failure of EU member states to coordinate their efforts more closely.

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Ministers can and must accelerate action against global warming during UN climate talks

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 8 giugno 2014

global warmingGovernments are taking the unusual step of scheduling two days of ministerial meetings to kick off two weeks of United Nations climate talks in Bonn. The intention is to build momentum towards concluding an effective global agreement against climate change by the end of 2015. Martin Kaiser, Head of international climate politics at Greenpeace, said: “The top priority for ministers is to end the waiting game and reverse the downward spiral of inaction on climate change. They should be spurred on by recent political signals from the two biggest carbon polluters – the United States and China – about their intentions to curb emissions. Ministers must also act on scientific conclusions that their governments have accepted from the UN IPCC about the need for a fundamental transformation of the energy system, and replace dirty fossil fuels with clean energy.” China last September introduced an air pollution control plan containing tough and unprecedent measures that mark a historical change in China’s coal policy. Earlier this week President Obama unveiled measures to cut carbon emissions from US coal-fired power plants by 30% by 2030 from 2005 levels. Given Europe’s energy security concerns, the European Union must adopt ambitious and binding targets for 45% of its energy needs to be provided by renewable energy, and for 40% energy savings by 2030. By this date, Europe’s climate target needs to deliver at least a 55% reduction in carbon emissions. Martin Kaiser emphasised the need for a two-pronged, national and international approach to combating climate change: “National action can ratchet up international ambition. China, the EU and the US can and must do more by prioritising investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency. Other governments need to get on board with their emissions cuts so that dangerous global warming can be held below 1.5 degrees Celsius. The current absence of an ambitious global agreement does not prevent governments from ending subsidies to coal, oil and gas, and ensuring that development banks no longer finance coal-fired power plants. Urgent, tangible steps such as these would cut emissions and increase the chances of reaching an effective global agreement.”
Future steps on the road to a new global climate agreement include a one-day Summit for Heads of State, being convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in September 2014, and UN climate Convention summits to be held in Lima and Paris in December 2014 and 2015, respectively.

 

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Caritas statement on Pope and HIV and AIDS

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 22 novembre 2010

Caritas Internationaliswelcomes the Pope’s reported comments on the importance of responding to theHIV pandemic. They are an affirmation of the importance of pastoral sensitivityand compassion in HIV and AIDS prevention. The comments are reported inthe book “The Pope, the Church and the Signs of the Times” due to be publishedon November 23. In the book, the Pope isquoted as saying that for some individuals – for instance a male prostitute –the use of a condom to prevent HIV infection can be a first step towardsassuming moral responsibility and adopting a more human way of livingsexuality. He goes on to say that whilecondoms may reduce the risk of infection, the Church does not regard them as areal or moral solution. Caritas Internationalis worksin the prevention of HIV infection and in the treatment and care of thoseliving with HIV and AIDS. Caritas Internationalis SecretaryGeneral, Lesley-Anne Knight, said: “The Pope’s reported comments in this bookillustrate the importance of compassion and sensitivity in dealing with thecomplexities of HIV/AIDS prevention. Caritas delivers its HIV/AIDS programmesin line with Church Teaching and we will consider, in close consultation withthe Holy See, whether there are implications for our work in these reportedcomments of Pope Benedict.” Caritas Internationalis isthe confederation of 165 national Catholic aid agencies. Its members provideHIV programming in more than 100 countries.

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Nato, EU Prevent Pirate Attack

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 30 agosto 2010

London. A Japanese Maritime Self Defence (JMSDF) maritime patrol aircraft located a pirate skiff with seven suspected pirates on board. The suspected pirates were preparing to attack merchant vessels transiting the International Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC) in the Gulf of Aden.  Within minutes a helicopter from the Danish warship ESBERN SNARE from NATO’s counter-piracy task force intercepted the skiff. Subsequently the suspected pirates threw their weapons overboard and surrendered. The Italian warship ITS LIBECCIO from the EU Naval Force’s counter-piracy task force sent their helicopter to provide airborne support.  The American warship, USS KAUFFMAN who is also in NATO’s counter-piracy operation, codenamed OCEAN SHIELD, closed and boarded the skiff and found a pirate ladder and other pirate related paraphernalia.
NATO has contributed to the international counter piracy effort off the Horn of Africa since December 2008.  The mission has expanded from escorting UN and World Food Programme Shipping under Operation Allied Provider and protecting merchant traffic in the Gulf of Aden under Operation Allied Protector.  In addition to these activities and as part of the latest mission, Operation Ocean Shield, NATO is working with other international bodies to help develop capacity of countries in the region to tackle piracy on their own.    NATO has recently announced its continuing commitment to counter-piracy by extending Operation Ocean Shield to December 2012.

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Give children with HIV a chance

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 26 novembre 2009

Cardinal Oscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, President of Caritas Internationalis, has called for immediate action to prevent the deaths of children with HIV in poor countries.  Speaking about the theme of World AIDS Day, 1 December “Universal access and human rights”, the Caritas Internationalis President said that it is a basic human right that children with HIV are allowed to grow up and become adults.  Cardinal Rodríguez said, “On World Aids Day 2009, we turn our thoughts to the theme of “Universal access and human rights”. It’s a basic human right that children grow up to become adults and yet half of children with HIV die before their second birthday because they live in poor countries where access to adequate care is limited.  “Caritas works in communities across the world where HIV is devastating families. Through our “Haart for Children” campaign we are urging governments, pharmaceutical companies and the global community to ensure children have early access to HIV and TB testing and treatment. In 2009, Caritas Internationalis launched the “Haart for children” campaign to urge governments, pharmaceutical firms and the global community to provide better testing and treatment for children with HIV and TB. Caritas is also campaigning to improve efforts to prevent HIV from being passed on from mothers to their children. Caritas runs HIV and AIDS programmes in over a hundred countries and has been engaged in tackling the pandemic for over 20 years.

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