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Highlights Discoveries in Genetic Research and Progress to Improve Health

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 7 ottobre 2019

Thousands of genomics and genetics researchers, professors, doctors, genetic counselors, nurses, and others from around the world will gather in Houston, Texas, October 15-19, for ASHG 2019, to share their latest research about the benefits of human genetics and genomics research, one of the fastest growing fields of modern health care development. ASHG 2019, the annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG), is the world’s largest source of emerging news and cutting-edge science across the rapidly expanding fields of human genetics and genomics. Scientists from nearly 80 countries will take part in more than 3,400 scientific presentations, workshops, and collaborative events. This will be the first time that Houston has hosted ASHG’s annual meeting since the organization was founded in 1948. Hosting ASHG 2019 in Houston, a major epicenter of biomedical and life sciences, offers ASHG and its members an outstanding venue to inform the general public of new scientific knowledge that is changing the way we diagnose and treat disease, understand human history, and unravel fundamental biologic mysteries. It comes at a time when Houston’s position as an international leader in biomedical research is growing rapidly and will expand with the construction of a collaborative 30-acre biomedical research campus downtown.

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ING publishes first Terra progress report

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 22 settembre 2019

ING today published the first progress report on Terra, ING’s approach to steer its €600 billion lending book in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement to keep global warming to well-below two degrees. With the Terra approach, ING aims to be a positive force in the fight against climate change. The progress report presents ING’s pathway towards climate alignment in the sectors most responsible for climate change and is intended to be published every year.The disclosure addresses developments and climate alignment for the sectors: power generation, fossil fuels, automotive, shipping, aviation, steel, cement, residential mortgages and commercial real estate. These are the sectors in ING’s portfolio that are most responsible for greenhouse gas emissions. In a Climate Alignment Dashboard (CAD) the report presents which sectors are on track for climate alignment and where work is still in progress. This climate change disclosure is a first for banks.Methodologies and standards are not yet finalised for each sector, but ING will continue to work with peers and sectors towards creating these. Knowing where we are today is a vital part of being able to chart a course for the low-carbon world we need in the future. ING aims to publish the climate alignment results for all sectors starting next year.Ralph Hamers, CEO of ING said: “With this first Terra progress report, we are living up to our promise to transparently deliver results on measuring climate impact, setting targets and steering our portfolio. I strongly believe that we can only be successful in tackling the climate crisis if we all work together. That’s why we looked beyond ING and are building partnerships and coalitions that are bigger than just us. We’re working with other banks and governments to set a global industry standard for measuring and aligning our loan books with climate benchmarks. This unity is the key to being effective as a sector and being able to make a real impact.”

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Progress on fisheries management in the South Pacific Ocean

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 31 gennaio 2019

The 7th annual meeting of the Commission of the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (SPRFMO), hosted by the European Union in The Hague, The Netherlands, concluded with good progress made on fisheries issues, compliance and the fight against IUU fishing.
The SPRFMO adopted a new bottom fisheries framework based on a spatial management approach, which will ensure the long-term conservation and sustainable use of deep-sea fishery resources. The EU has successfully negotiated that the new framework will prevent negative impacts on vulnerable marine ecosystems and that management approach and measures will be timely reviewed.The EU has set aside 150 000 euros to support the newly adopted regional Observer Programme, which ensures that observers deployed in the Convention Area meet agreed minimum standards.Agreement was also reached on EU proposals to strengthen compliance and reinforce the fight against IUU fishing, notably by taking action against nationals involved in IUU fishing activities and aligning port inspection provisions with the FAO Port State Measures Agreement. Moreover, the SPRFMO also adopted an EU proposal to prevent marine plastic pollution.Despite these positive developments, the EU regrets that no progress could be made on its proposals on the cross-listing of IUU vessels and on transhipment. Also disappointing is the failure of the SPRFMO to establish its own high seas boarding and inspection procedures for the Convention Area.The EU is concerned by the limited financial resources put at the disposal of the SPRFMO. The EU calls on all SPRFMO members to consider increasing their contribution to the SPRFMO budget to ensure that the SPRFMO has the means to fulfil its mandate.

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KBRA Assigns Preliminary Ratings to Progress Residential 2018-SFR3

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 19 settembre 2018

Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigns preliminary ratings to six classes of Progress Residential 2018-SFR3 (Progress 2018-SFR3) single-family rental pass-through certificates. Progress 2018-SFR3 is a single-borrower, single-family rental (SFR) securitization that will be collateralized by a $662.4 million loan secured by first priority mortgages on 3,459 income-producing single-family homes, of which 3,418 properties (98.9%) were sourced from Progress 2016-SFR1. In conjunction with the subject transaction, Progress 2016-SFR1 was fully repaid on September 7, 2018, which is expected to be reflected in the September 2018 remittance report. The fixed-rate loan will require interest-only payments and have a five-year term. Progress 2018-SFR3 will be the ninth KBRA-rated SFR securitization issued by Progress.The subject transaction will be Progress’ first securitization to include a voluntary substitution feature that permits the issuer to replace any property or sub-portfolio of properties with a substitute property or portfolio of properties up to a maximum of 5.0% of the homes in the underlying portfolio, by count, as of the closing date. Progress is allowed to replace up to 172 properties over the remaining duration of the deal with occupied detached single-family homes. As the substitution threshold is by count, it is conceivable that up to 8.5% of the pool, by BPO value, could be substituted if the assets that were removed from the pool were comprised of those with the highest BPO values.If a Low DSC period has occurred with respect to loan component E, F or G and there are insufficient available amounts to pay full or partial interest on Loan Component F and/or loan component G then the due interest on these components will be deferred and added to the respective principal balance. While such deferrals are occurring, any excess cash flow will be held in a reserve account until the cash flows improve and the DSC threshold is met for two consecutive quarters.The underlying single-family rental properties are located in or near 20 Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSAs) across nine states. The top-three CBSAs represent 39.1% of the portfolio and include Tampa (16.2%), Atlanta (11.7%), and Phoenix (11.3%). The aggregate BPO value of the underlying homes was $794.7 million, yielding an LTV of 83.4%. KBRA adjusted the BPOs, which yielded an aggregate value of $726.1 million. This represents an 8.6% haircut to the nominal BPO value. The resulting LTV based on KBRA’s adjusted BPO value was 91.2%.

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Lead MEP disappointed at lack of progress by member states on the asylum reform

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 6 giugno 2018

Statement by Cecilia Wikström (ALDE, SE), rapporteur for the reform of the Dublin Regulation, on the Justice and Home Affairs Council:“I am deeply disappointed at reports coming out of the Justice and Home Affairs Council today concerning the Dublin regulation and the reforms of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS). Time is quickly running out if we want to find a solution to the Dublin regulation in this mandate, and citizens expect results rather than grandstanding from our leaders.The June summit is the last viable point for the Council to reach an agreement on entering trilogues with the European Parliament in this mandate. I hope that EU governments are willing to set enough of their differences aside at this point in order to allow for negotiations between the Parliament and Council to begin.I am convinced that in these negotiations we can find ways forward that would allow for the creation of a functioning asylum system with adequate support for frontline states, shared responsibilities and correct management of our external borders. Without such negotiations, we stand empty handed with the current failed asylum system and no answers to citizens.”

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SanBio: Update on Development Progress of Regenerative Cell Medicine SB623

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 4 aprile 2018

The SanBio Group (SanBio Co., Ltd. and subsidiary SanBio Inc.) (TOKYO:4592) has updated part of its March 13, 2018 release “Update on Development Progress of Regenerative Cell Medicine SB623”. Updated sections are underlined below.In the SB623 development program targeting chronic motor deficit from ischemic stroke, a Phase 2b clinical trial jointly conducted with Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Co., Ltd., is under way in the U.S., and enrollment of all 163 patients was completed in December 2017. The results of the trial are due in July 2019 following a 12-month follow-up period. In Japan, on February 14, 2018, SanBio and Teijin Limited terminated their licensing agreement, which previously had out-licensed to Teijin development and marketing of SB623 for stroke in Japan. Concurrently, SanBio initiated its own SB623 development program for chronic deficit from ischemic stroke in Japan with the objective to deliver a product in Japan earlier than in any other market in the world.
In a separate global development program targeting chronic motor deficit from traumatic brain injury (TBI), which SanBio is developing independently in Japan and the U.S., a Phase 2 clinical trial is under way, and patient enrollment has been completed with 61 patients enrolled versus the target of 52 patients. After a six-month follow-up period, SanBio plans to utilize the conditional and time-limited marketing authorization system for regenerative medicine products under the Revised Pharmaceutical Affairs Act of Japan to begin sales for its TBI indication before its other SB623 development programs. Specifically, SanBio plans to publish clinical trial results for its Phase 2 TBI study by the end of the fiscal year ending January 2019 and file for approval in the fiscal year ending January 2020.

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Last night in New Hampshire

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 11 febbraio 2016

New HampshireLast night was incredibly exciting — especially for New Hampshire Democrats, who showed up at the polls in droves to help determine who replaces President Obama. Now, in just ten days, Nevada Democrats will have their say, too. We are officially in the fast lane, on our way to Election Day. Our team here at DNC HQ is working around the clock to make sure the future Democratic nominee becomes the 45th President of the United States. I’m confident that we’re going to get it done, because we have two incredible candidates seeking our party’s nomination — and, to be frank, the Republicans don’t have a single one who’s capable of moving this country forward.
The person the American people elect 272 days from today will lead us into the next decade, and we need to make sure he or she is someone who will protect the President’s progress once he’s gone. Simply put: The time is now for Democrats to stand and unite if we want to keep the White House and take back Congress in November.

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Meeting with national parliaments on the future priorities in the field of Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 15 marzo 2014

BruxellesThe meeting, organised jointly by the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee and the Committee on Public Administration, Public Order and Justice of the Hellenic Parliament, aims to boost the debate on the EU’s future priorities in these fields, on the basis of the progress made under the Stockholm Programme.There will be four sessions focused on the EU’s internal security strategy, migration and asylum, fundamental rights in the digital era and the development of a criminal justice area under the Lisbon Treaty. Apart from MEPs and national parliamentarians, commissioners Malmström and Reding will also take the floor to present the Commission’s communications on the future priorities in the Home Affairs and Justice area.

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Share our progress

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 25 dicembre 2010

Letter to editor. This time of year, Americans around the country are taking the time to exchange heartfelt messages with friends and loved ones, reflecting on the past year. They write of achievements and setbacks, of births, graduations, promotions, and moves. These messages allow us to overcome the miles that separate us. And they allow us to continue one of the most basic American traditions that has held folks close for centuries — the simple sharing of stories. And as families gather around holiday tables this season, we also have the opportunity to share the stories of the change this movement has achieved together. It is a narrative woven by individuals across America — in big cities and small towns, hospitals and classrooms, in auto manufacturing plants and auto supply stores. These are stories of rebuilding, and of innovation. Stories of communities breathing new life into old roads and bridges, of local plants harnessing alternative fuel into new energy. Stories of small businesses getting up, dusting themselves off, and beginning to grow again. Stories of soldiers who served multiple tours of duty in Iraq now coming home — and enjoying the holidays this year in the company of loved ones. These are stories of progress. In the coming days, as we gather with our loved ones at dinner tables around the nation, let’s pass them on. Let’s celebrate the spirit of service and responsibility that brought them to fruition. And let’s steady ourselves with the resolve to continue pressing forward.
Because the coming year will hold new challenges — battles that have yet to be fought, and stories of progress that have yet to be written. Take a look at the progress we’ve made in your area — and share the stories you read with your friends and family. (Barack Obama)

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UN Development Programme’s (UNDP)

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 5 novembre 2010

The 20th anniversary edition of the UN Development Programme’s (UNDP) Human Development Report, released worldwide today, spotlights long-term national progress as measured by the Human Development Index (HDI), with Guatemala, Bolivia and Brazil making the greatest gains and other Latin American and Caribbean countries found to be approaching nearly full school enrolment and average 80-year life expectancies.  Forty years ago, barely half of the region’s school-age children were attending school; today the figure exceeds four-fifths, with some countries at almost one hundred percent enrolment, the Report, titled The Real Wealth of Nations: Pathways to Human Development, shows. But despite progress over the last decade, the region is hampered by income distribution that is still the most acutely skewed in the world, as documented in one of several new human development indices introduced in this year’s Report.
The 2010 Human Development Report was launched today in parallel ceremonies in New York by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UNDP Administrator Helen Clark, and in Montevideo by Uruguayan President José Mujica and UN Assistant Secretary-General Heraldo Muñoz, who heads UNDP’s bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean.
The 2010 Report examines gains over 40 years in health, education and incomes, as measured by the HDI, for the 135 countries for which comparable data is available. The 135 countries include more than 90 percent of the world’s population and most of Latin American and the Caribbean. The Report uses new data and methodologies to revisit and understand development trends since 1970.  In the Report’s “Top Movers”—countries that made the greatest HDI progress since 1970—Guatemala ranked highest in Latin America (22 out of 135) followed by Bolivia (31) and Brazil (34). Overall, the region has improved by about one-third in HDI terms since 1970, below the global average of 41percent. The four decades covered by the new HDI trends analysis were a period of profound political transformation for Latin America and the Caribbean. The military regimes and ruling-party monopolies that dominated the region in the 1970s were replaced by democratically-elected governments in almost every country by the 1990s. This reflects enormous gains in empowerment, a key dimension of human development.  Since 1970, average life expectancy in the region has climbed from 60 to 74 years, the Report notes, rising to 79 years in Costa Rica, Chile and Cuba. This stands in stark contrast to 62 years in Haiti, the lowest level in the region. Several countries in Latin America achieved some of the greatest progress seen anywhere in the world. In Bolivia, for example, life expectancy increased by 20 years, from 46 in 1970 to 66 today. School enrolment in the region over the past four decades rose even more dramatically—to 83 percent in 2010, up from 52 percent in 1970. With an average of almost eight years of schooling for the adult population, Latin America and the Caribbean is second among developing regions after Eastern Europe and Central Asia, which has a 10-year average.   The Report’s new Multidimensional Poverty Index—which measures multiple deprivations in health, education and living standards in 104 countries—estimates that 10 percent of the region’s people live in conditions of multidimensional poverty. National variations are huge, however, from 2 percent in Uruguay to a stunning 57 percent in Haiti. The three most populous countries—Brazil, Mexico and Colombia—have multidimensional poverty rates of 8.5 percent, 4 percent and 9.2 percent, respectively.

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“Book in progress”

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 16 Mag 2010

La spesa dei libri di testo è stata oggetto nei vari anni dalla fissazione, da parte del Ministero, di un  tetto di spesa sia per le scuole secondarie di I e di II grado. Nel 2010 Adiconsum ha sollecitato più volte il Ministro a confermare i tetti precedenti, ma nessuna decisione in merito è stata presa fino ad oggi. I tetti precedenti prevedevano una spesa per i libri di testo di 287 euro per la I media, di 111 per la II, e di 127 per la III. Inoltre per le secondarie di II grado, i tetti oscillavano da 240 a 320 euro per il 1° anno a seconda dell’indirizzo prescelto. Tetti che tuttavia erano ampiamente elusi dalle scuole.Una ricerca Adiconsum svolta lo scorso anno evidenziava che il 50% delle scuole secondarie di I grado aveva superato il tetto di spesa con uno sforamento dal 10 al 30%.Il costo dei libri di testo incide sui bilanci delle famiglie per le secondarie di II grado dai 300 euro per il 1° anno ai quasi 200 euro per il 5° anno. Oltre ai libri di testo inseriti nei tetti di spesa vanno aggiunti anche i costi per i libri c.d. “consigliati”, che  in realtà sono invece indispensabili  come ad es. gli eserciziari. Alla spesa dei libri di testo le famiglie devono aggiungere non solo la tassa d’iscrizione obbligatoria di 15, 13 euro per le classi IV e V secondaria di II grado, ma anche il c.d. contributo volontario, volontario per le norme di legge, ma di fatto “obbligatorio” nella richiesta da parte delle scuole. Un “salasso” che si rinnova anche quest’anno in un momento di gravi difficoltà per le famiglie. Un salasso che rischia di essere più pesante anche per le nuove materie introdotte dal Ministro.
L’esperienza dell’Istituto Majorana di Brindisi rappresenta una best practice che Adiconsum ritiene debba essere valorizzata. Una best practice che abbatte in modo rilevante i costi del diritto allo studio senza pregiudicarne la qualità, ma al contrario migliorandola.Il Book in progress permette: di valorizzare la professionalità degli insegnanti che diventano autori dei libri di testo di ridurre la spesa per i libri di testo fino a 5 volte, poiché i testi sono scaricabili dalla Rete “Book in progress” e vengono stampati dalle scuole solo gli argomenti oggetto del programma di studio.

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President’s meeting with Ambassador Chris Hill

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 24 aprile 2009

The White House. Earlier this week, Ambassador Hill was confirmed by the Senate to serve as our Ambassador to Iraq.  Ambassador Hill will head to Iraq this week, and the President wanted to speak with him before he leaves for his important new post. They discussed the current situation in Iraq and the need to make political progress.

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