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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 301

Posts Tagged ‘role’

Role of Community Partnerships in Fighting the Opioid Crisis

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 29 agosto 2019

Congressman Dan Meuser (Pa.-9) was a special guest at a panel discussion addressing the resources and community partnerships needed to effectively combat addiction and the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania. Hope & Coffee, a coffee shop in Tamaqua, Pennsylvania that offers people recovering from opioid addiction a fresh start through employment and meeting space, was the site of the panel discussion.The event was hosted by Hope & Coffee to share the insights and successes that the organization has achieved in normalizing recovery through its selection of vendors, suppliers and contractors and hiring of staff. In addition, Hope & Coffee provides safe and easily accessible meeting space to recovery organizations.
In addition to Congressman Meuser, attendees of the panel discussion included Micah Gursky, Executive Director, Tamaqua Area Community Partnership; Lisa Scheller, Founder and Chief Benefactor, Hope & Coffee; Marie Beaver, Executive Director, Rea of Hope, Inc.; Winthrop Watson, President and CEO, FHLBank Pittsburgh; and Patrick Reilly, President and CEO, Mauch Chunk Trust Company. Hope & Coffee was founded by Lisa Scheller, with support from FHLBank Pittsburgh’s Community Lending Program. FHLBank’s Community Lending Program provides discounted funding through member institutions to support financing for small businesses, infrastructure, community buildings and community development projects located in moderate- and low-income census tracts. Funding to Hope & Coffee was provided through Mauch Chunk Trust Company.Speaking at the panel discussion, Lisa Scheller and Marie Beaver shared their personal stories of addiction and recovery. In addition to founding Hope & Coffee, Scheller is the President and Chairman of a manufacturing firm and global supplier of metallic pigments. She has been sober for more than 35 years.
oday’s panel discussion on the opioid crisis and issues of addiction is a collective effort to continue to build partnerships and strengthen the health and well-being of the community.

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Clean Planet for all: the role of oceans

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 23 Mag 2019

The Commission’s Clean Planet Communication of November 2018 set out eight scenarios that indicated how net greenhouse gas emissions could be reduced to zero, or nearly zero by 2050. All forecast an increase in electricity consumption, some by more than 100%, as sectors such as transport and home heating shift from fossil fuels. And all indicated that half of this would come from wind, with about half of this offshore. Furthermore, the conversion of land from food to biofuel will create incentives to invest in aquaculture production which, as well as saving land and freshwater, can produce protein with a lower carbon footprint than that grown or raised on land. This is not business as usual and will radically change Europe’s seas and oceans.The sessions aims to generate a discussion as to how we go from here to there.
Representatives of the wind energy and electricity distribution industries will describe how they are tackling the challenges to expansion of offshore wind farms, an expert in life cycle analysis will show how algae could not only provide protein for food and feed but also contribute to the circular economy by removing nutrients and a representative of a national government will explain what needs to be done to find enough space for this expansion without unduly compromising other activities.

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EU must take a leading role in global migration talks, EP says

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 21 aprile 2018

The European Parliament adopted on Wednesday a resolution backing the process initiated in 2016 during the UN General Assembly and its objectives of “developing a global governance regime for enhancing coordination on international migration, human mobility and large movements of refugees”. MEPs call for durable solutions and the protection of human rights. The non-legislative resolution -approved with 516 votes to 137 with 43 abstentions- notes that human mobility and migration is a growing reality, with approximately 258 million international migrants worldwide, while the number of people living in forced displacement reached 65 million in 2015. MEPs underline that the biggest share of the world’s refugees (up to 84%) are hosted by developing countries, and roughly 10% are in Europe. Protecting the children in migration should be a paramount objective of the global compacts, according to MEPs. “All children, irrespective of their migration or refugee status, are first and foremost children”, says the text, welcoming the commitments included in the drafts regarding the end of child detention, action concerning missing minors, supporting family reunification and ensuring access to the education and health systems. Parliament defends a more equitable sharing of responsibility for hosting and supporting refugees globally, suggesting the adoption of a global mechanism to ensure a fairer distribution. Resettlement is a key element in this regard, say MEPs, who call on the EU countries “to do their part and to step up their commitment”. The resolution also insists on the development of safe and legal avenues for refugees (such as humanitarian corridors, humanitarian visas and private sponsorship) and migrants, taking into consideration labour market needs, to prevent smuggling, abuses and loss of lives. Humanitarian assistance should not be criminalised, notes the Chamber. It calls for greater search and rescue capacities for people in distress, and for the “support provided by NGOs in carrying out rescue operations at sea and on land to be acknowledged”. After emphasizing that, despite challenges, migration is beneficial for both migrants and host communities, in economic and social terms, MEPs advocate a positive narrative on migrations and call for EU and international campaigns to draw attention to evidence and counteract racist and xenophobic tendencies in our societies.

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Caspian states jockey for position over its status as a sea or lake

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 16 novembre 2015

caspianby Luke Coffey. The region around the Caspian Sea plays a role in many of the world’s most daunting challenges. From the rise of Islamic extremism to Russia and Iran’s renewed assertiveness, the largest enclosed body of water on earth figures in the problems’ address book. It is rich in natural resources and sandwiched between two of the globe’s most energy hungry markets – Europe and Asia. The tug of war for control of those resources may come down to whether the Caspian is officially designated a sea or a lake, with huge geopolitical implications for the five nations that border it – and for the whole of Europe and the broader region.​ (Photo: caspian) (font: Geopolitical Information Service)

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Migration and role of religion discussed at major European gathering

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 11 ottobre 2015

migrationWARSAW, Poland — The Brussels Office of the Baha’i International Community (BIC) recently participated in Europe’s largest annual human rights and democracy conference—the Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM). The event was organized by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and took place from 21 September until 2 October in Warsaw, Poland.57 countries from among the OSCE states were joined by a number of other agencies—including OSCE structures, civil society organizations and a range of relevant actors.The session on tolerance and non-discrimination, which dealt in particular with combating racism and xenophobia, focused on discrimination against religious communities. OSCE-participating States had previously committed to the prevention of such intolerance and discrimination by “encouraging the development of comprehensive domestic education policies” as well as “through increased awareness raising measures”.
During the session, Rachel Bayani, representative of the BIC, encouraged the OSCE to explore how educational processes and capacity-building endeavors can reinforce the collective awareness of humanity’s oneness, especially among the youth and younger generations.In her comments, Ms. Bayani stated that “intolerance and discrimination essentially are manifestations of a tendency to identify narrowly with certain social, cultural, physical or other such characteristics and place them at the center of our understanding of self”.”In order to help prevent such narrow identifications, there is a need to search for ways to strengthen the collective awareness of humanity’s underlying oneness and to broaden the understanding of our primary over-arching human identity,” she continued.The session on freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief provided an opportunity to discuss existing challenges to the full exercise of the right to the above in the OSCE area and the means by which all relevant actors, including religious communities, can work together in order to address these challenges.Ms. Bayani said that the promotion of the right to freedom of religion or belief needs to go hand in hand with a deeper understanding of how religion contributes to the advancement of society.”It is not surprising that perceptions of how religion contributes to society tend to get clouded, given some destructive expressions of religious belief that appear throughout the world and in Europe today,” she stated.”There is a need to start a collective process of identifying a framework that will allow the constructive powers of religion to find expression. The Bahai International Community encourages the OSCE to start a process of exploring how religion, its principles, its concepts and its insights, contribute to resolving conflict, to facilitating greater social harmony and to creating stable and peaceful societies.” (photo Migration)

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Seminario: “The Role of Cyber Defence to Protect and Sustain EU Economy”

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 29 ottobre 2014

cecchignolaIl 30 ottobre a Roma, nella Città Militare della Cecchignola, si terrà il seminario sulla difesa informatica “The Role of Cyber Defence to Protect and Sustain EU” organizzato nell’ambito delle attività del Ministero in occasione della Presidenza di turno italiana del Consiglio dell’ Unione Europea.
Il convegno, attraverso interventi e dibattiti, offrirà una possibilità per discutere sulle sfide e le prospettive future nel settore dello sviluppo industriale sulla sicurezza informatica a protezione e sostegno dell’ economia europea. Il consesso, aperto dal Ministro della Difesa, Roberta Pinotti, vedrà la partecipazione del Ministro della Difesa dell’Estonia, Sven Mikser, del Sottosegretario alla Difesa lettone, Janis Sarts, e del Capo di Stato Maggiore della Difesa, Ammiraglio Luigi Binelli Mantelli. All’evento interverranno, inoltre, il Director Capability, Armament and Technology dell’Agenzia di Difesa Europea (EDA) Air Commodore Peter Round, alte cariche istituzionali e rappresentanti del mondo industriale impegnati nel campo della sicurezza informatica. (Magg. Andrea M. GRADANTE)

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FRA: Holocaust Lessons

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 27 gennaio 2010

At a Ministerial Conference in Auschwitz on the 2010 International Remembrance Day for the Victims of National Socialism, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) will release the findings of the first ever EU-wide study on the role of historical sites and museums in teaching about the Holocaust and human rights. The report reveals that at historical sites and in schools across the EU, teaching about the Holocaust rarely includes discussion of related human rights issues.  Teachers and guides are regarded as key to ensuring interest in the subject, yet there is a lack of human rights training on behalf of both groups.  Based on the findings of its study, the FRA encourages national governments to better integrate human rights education into their school curricula to reflect the significance of human rights for both the history and the future of the EU. Many of the interviewed students stated that they would appreciate a stronger connection to the present in education activities about the Holocaust, both at school and at historical sites and museums. However, only one of the 22 surveyed Holocaust commemoration sites regarded informing people about human rights as its most important objective.   Based on the findings of the study, the FRA is of the opinion that Holocaust education should go beyond the mere transmission of historical facts to include discussion and debate on past and present human rights issues.  Interviewed teachers appealed not only for financial support for visits to memorial sites, but also for guiding material on how to make best use of such visits. The FRA will publish a handbook for teachers on Holocaust education and human rights education, as well as a handbook to be used by memorial site staff, later in the year.

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King’s College London to run anti-doping

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 3 dicembre 2009

King’s has formed an alliance with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to enable its world-renowned Drug Control Centre to operate a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) accredited satellite laboratory during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The partnership was brokered by King’s Business, the innovation arm of King’s. The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) announced GSK’s status as the Official Laboratory Services Provider and 25th sponsor of the Games today (30 November).  Professor David Cowan, Head of the Department of Forensic Science & Drug Monitoring and Director of the Drug Control Centre, will lead the partnership between GSK and King’s. He played a key role in the successful 2012 Olympic bid, and has been involved in the science of anti-doping across four Winter Olympic Games, two Summer Olympic Games and several Commonwealth Games.    The Drug Control Centre has a track record in anti-doping control, analysing samples collected from athletes competing in major sporting events and training worldwide. Working with UK Sport to implement the UK’s anti-doping policy in sport, the Centre carried out more than 8,000 tests across over 70 sports last year. The Centre is well respected internationally and has a proven record of successfully delivering analysis services for major games. It was the first human sports drug-testing laboratory established outside of an Olympic Games.  There will be thousands of samples analysed throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Games and the laboratory will be in operation 24 hours a day for the duration. The facility will be based at one of GSK’s research and development sites in the UK, offering the capacity for King’s to run the laboratory independently, working with the International Olympic Committee and International Paralympic Committee during London 2012.

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Taipei Museum: Whose Exhibition Is This?

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 28 settembre 2009

Koki Tanaka Go to a flower market and make a bouquet of flowers as big as possible, 2009C-print Participants: VIVA Koki Tanaka Angelika Middendorf Andreas Schimanski Yang-Huei Chiang Cheng-Ta Yu Larry Shao Michael Lee Hong-Hwee Ling-Nah Tang Hu Fang Manray Hsu Xu Tan Raqs Media Collective Wei-Li Yeh nofearsam921 Curator: Fang-Wei Chang Organizer: Taipei Fine Arts Museum In collaboration with PARA/SITE art space What association can the title “Whose Exhibition Is This?” draw? This is the starting point of the exhibition, and the inquiry embodies further questions concerning an exhibition: Who are the authors? For whom an exhibition is created? And what apparatus is an exhibition produced and mediated? These questions address one single important issue,i.e. the objectivity of an exhibition−Why is an exhibition created at all?— to reflect on the fundamental problematic of art. The “individual” of these questions might refer to artists, curators, art administrators, culture policy makers, critics, gallerists, collectors, educators, and spectators among others. The entire reproduction system and ecology of arts constituted by these divisions of labors has incorporated multiple structures of power, through their sophisticated interconnections, in turns to affirm the subjectivity of each role.

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