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The Economist this week: In a 3°C world, there is no safe place

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 25 luglio 2021

The ground under the German town of Erftstadt is torn apart like tissue paper by flood waters; Lytton in British Columbia is burned from the map just a day after setting a freakishly high temperature record; cars float like dead fish through the streets-turned-canals in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou. All the world feels at risk, and most of it is. Six years ago, in Paris, the countries of the world committed themselves to avoiding the worst of climate change by eliminating net greenhouse-gas emissions quickly enough to hold the temperature rise below 2°C. Their progress towards that end remains woefully inadequate. But even if their efforts increased dramatically enough to meet the 2°C goal, it would not stop forests from burning today; prairies would still dry out tomorrow, rivers break their banks and mountain glaciers disappear. And even if everyone manages to honour their pledges, there is still a risk that temperatures could eventually rise by 3°C above pre-industrial levels. Our cover this week explores what that means for the climate and for climate policy. Zanny Minton Beddoes Editor-In-Chief The economist

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Afghanistan: Save the Children

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 2 gennaio 2021

In Afghanistan, più di 300.000 bambini si trovano senza abbigliamento invernale e riscaldamento adeguati a dover affrontare un inverno, col rischio di ammalarsi e nei casi peggiori anche di perdere la vita. Questo l’allarme lanciato oggi da Save the Children l’Organizzazione internazionale che da oltre 100 anni lotta per salvare i bambini in difficoltà e garantire loro un futuro. Nelle zone più fredde dell’Afghanistan, dove la temperatura può precipitare fino a -27 gradi, le scuole rimarranno chiuse fino a marzo. Si tratta di un colpo durissimo per i bambini perché la classe spesso è l’unica fonte di calore per loro durante l’inverno.Il conflitto in corso ha distrutto molte case e costretto migliaia di bambini a proteggersi in rifugi per senzatetto. Lì rischiano fame e malattie, compreso il COVD-19 e persino la morte a causa delle bassissime temperature. Come Rohina*, che ha 12 anni e vive in un campo nella provincia di Balkh per persone costrette a fuggire dalle proprie case e frequenta corsi di educazione comunitaria sostenuti da Save the Children. “Siamo poveri e viviamo all’addiaccio. Io e i miei fratelli non riusciamo a dormire la notte a causa del freddo. Come si può imparare qualcosa in questo modo?”“La situazione è desolante per i bambini costretti a vivere nei campi, come quelli che si trovano nella provincia di Balkh. Lì fa già molto freddo e le temperature notturne arrivano a -10°. Entro marzo farà ancora più freddo”, continua Chris Nyamandi.“In questi campi, così come in altre parti dell’Afghanistan, uno strato di plastica e gli abiti che si indossano spesso sono tutto ciò che separa queste persone dalle temperature gelide. Per migliaia di bambini l’inverno afghano è un periodo drammatico nel quale sopravvivere”, conclude Chris Nyamandi. Save the Children è in Afghanistan dal 1976. In risposta alle rigide condizioni invernali, insieme alle organizzazioni partner, fornirà kit invernali alle famiglie di Kabul, Badakhshan, Balkh, Faryab, Kandahar, Kunar, Kunduz, Nangarhar, Takhar , Jawzjan, Laghman e Sar I Pul. I kit invernali verranno distribuiti ad oltre 100.000 famiglie in 12 delle 34 province dell’Afghanistan e includeranno carburante e una stufa, coperte e vestiti invernali per bambini inclusi cappotti, calzini, scarpe, cappelli e vasellina. Verranno inoltre distribuiti per riparare i rifugi alle persone che hanno perso o hanno avuto danni alla propria abitazione a causa dei combattimenti e le famiglie senzatetto verranno supportate con 12 settimane di affitto.

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Making Artificial Intelligence ethical, safe and innovative

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 4 ottobre 2020

MEPs approved proposals to address long-term opportunities and legal challenges posed by AI in the area of ethics, civil liability and intellectual property. The Legal Affairs Committee adopted three reports on Thursday on specific issues linked to the increased development and use of artificial intelligence systems. The Commission is expected to put forward a legislative proposal on the matter in early 2021. The legislative initiative by Iban García del Blanco (S&D, ES) urges the EU Commission to present a new legal framework outlining the ethical principles to be used when developing, deploying and using artificial intelligence, robotics and related technologies in the EU, including software, algorithms and data.MEPs adopted proposals on several guiding principles that must be taken into account by future laws including a human-centric, human-made and human-controlled AI; safety, transparency and accountability; safeguards against bias and discrimination; right to redress; social and environmental responsibility, and respect for fundamental rights. When it comes to AI with machine-learning (self-improving) capacities, it should be designed to allow for human oversight. If a functionality is used that would entail a serious breach of ethical principles and be potentially dangerous for people, the self-learning capacities should be disabled and revert to operating safely.The legislative initiative by Axel Voss (EPP, DE) calls for a future-oriented civil liability framework to be adapted, making those operating high-risk AI strictly liable if there is damage caused. This would encourage innovation by providing businesses with legal certainty, protect citizens better and enhance their trust in AI technologies by deterring risky activities. Strict liability should also apply to AI systems that have repeatedly caused damage.In this text, MEPs focused on civil liability claims against operators of AI-systems. The liability would cover protection of life, health, physical integrity, property as well as significant immaterial harm if it results in “verifiable substantial economic loss”.The report by Stéphane Séjourné (Renew Europe, FR) underlines that the key issue of protecting intellectual property rights (IPRs) in the context of artificial intelligence has so far not been addressed by the EU Commission and calls for an impact assessment on the matter.The report stresses that EU global leadership in AI requires an effective intellectual property system and safeguards for the EU’s patent system to protect developers. MEPs specify that AI should not have legal personality, thus “inventorship” should be only granted to humans. The text further addressed copyright, protection of trade secrets and the distinction between IPR for the development of AI technologies and IPR potentially granted on creations generated by AI.Technical Support Instrument adopted by Budget and Economic and Monetary Affairs committees The Technical Support Instrument will help member states to prepare their recovery and resilience plans, which are required to access funding from the Recovery and Resilience Facility.The text, adopted jointly on Thursday evening by BUDG and ECON committees MEPs, lays down the general and specific objectives of the Technical Support Instrument (TSI), the budget for the period 2021-27, the types of funding accessible through the EU and the rules for receiving such funding. The TSI should support economic recovery after and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic by promoting economic, social and territorial cohesion as well as green and digital transformation and implementation of climate targets. The reforms supported by the instrument should result in more economic resilience, a reduction in poverty, increased competitiveness and should address the country-specific recommendations adopted in the context of the European Semester. In order to meet the general objectives, the TSI will assist national authorities in preparing, implementing, revising and improving their national recovery and resilience plans. The text sets out a list of key actions to be carried out by member states, such as digitalisation of administrative structures, creating re-skilling policies for the labour market and building resilient care systems and coordinated response capabilities. The overall budget of the TSI should be EUR 1 450 000 000 in current prices, divided into two tranches, EUR 1 000 000 000 for the period 2021-2024 and EUR 450 000 000 for 2025-2027 in current prices.In order to receive technical support, a member state should submit a request to the Commission by 31 October of a calendar year, identifying the policy areas they will focus on. Member states should ensure synergies between the TSI and other EU programmes in order to avoid any duplication and overlaps.Technical support should depend on fully complying with the rules to protect the Union’s budget from generalised deficiencies as regards the rule of law in the member states, says the text. TransparencyMEPs want the Parliament to obtain from the Commission the plans followed by biannual implementation reports at the same time as the Council for the purposes of democratic accountability and visibility of European Union action. The report was adopted with 74 votes to 10 and 13 abstentions and the decision to enter inter-institutional negotiations was adopted with 75 votes to 8 and 14

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Abu Dhabi crea la ‘Safe Zone’

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 8 settembre 2020

Abu Dhabi, 1° settembre 2020 – Il Dipartimento Cultura e Turismo di Abu Dhabi celebra il successo dell’evento sportivo UFC Fight Island™, che ha affermato l’emirato come destinazione ideale e partner globale per eventi di alto profilo. UFC Fight Island™ ha favorito la creazione di una ‘safe zone’ per circa 2.500 persone a Yas Island, permettendo la realizzazione delle fight nights più seguite della storia di UFC.La ‘safe zone’ ha incluso il circuito di Yas Marina, il campo da golf Yas Links, Yas Beach e il Flash Forum, lo spazio polifunzionale al coperto dove si sono svolti i combattimenti. DCT Abu Dhabi prevede ora di mantenere ed estendere questo ambizioso progetto in vista del ritorno del turismo e altri eventi nei prossimi mesi, compreso il Gran Premio di Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi in programma a fine 2020 e che si svolgerà all’interno dell’attuale perimetro dell’area protetta.All’interno della ‘safe zone’ si trovano anche la du Arena, il forum all’aperto noto per i concerti di portata internazionale, e l’Etihad Arena, destinata a diventare la più grande area indoor polivalente della regione, grazie alle sue 18.000 sedute. Nel centro di Abu Dhabi, Zayed Sports City ospita uno stadio di calcio, un campo da tennis e numerosi hotel, oltre ad uno stadio di cricket adiacente. Queste sedi possono essere utilizzate, sull’esempio della ‘safe zone’ progettata per UFC Fight Island™, per creare zone sicure per eventi futuri.

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Loomis Launches Its Most Compact Smart Safe Yet—the Titan Z

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 3 gennaio 2020

Loomis has announced plans to launch their new SafePoint® Titan Z smart safe at the NRF 2020 Retail Big Show & Expo in New York, January 12–14, 2020. Designed to suit smaller-scale businesses, the SafePoint Titan Z brings secure, reliable, and efficient cash processing benefits in a compact under-counter size. By partnering with Gunnebo, a global smart safe manufacturer and leader in smart cash management solutions, Loomis is expanding their already industry-leading SafePoint cash management ecosystem to further enhance their leadership position in the cash automation sector.
Loomis offers safe and effective comprehensive solutions for the distribution, handling, storage, and recycling of cash and other valuables. Loomis customers are banks, retailers, and other operators. Loomis operates through an international network of more than 400 branches in more than 20 countries. Loomis employs around 24,000 people and had revenue in 2017 of SEK 17.2 billion. Loomis is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm Large-Cap list. For more information, visit
The Gunnebo Group is a worldwide leader in security products, services and software with focus on Safe Storage, Cash Management and Entrance Control. We have locations in more than 25 countries along with 4,500+ expert employees, and we specialize in robust and efficient security solutions for a safer world.

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Concord Safe Technology to Host Expert Panel on Wireless Risks

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 29 dicembre 2019

On Sunday, January 12, 2020, from 2-5 p.m., Concord Safe Technology, in collaboration with The EMR Network, will host an Expert Panel, “Wireless Technology in Our Midst: How Wi-Fi, Smart Meters, Cell Antennas and 4G/5G ‘Antenna Densification’ Present Risks to Health, Privacy, Security and the Planet” at the Willard Elementary School, 185 Powder Mill Road in Concord. Admission is free.The objective is to educate local citizens and governing boards in Concord, MA about the little understood health and privacy risks, and other unintended consequences from:placing radiating wireless routers in Concord’s new middle school and new children’s room at the Concord Free Public Library;placing radiating wireless “smart” meters on homes;placing radiating cellular antennas on municipal infrastructure in residential neighborhoods; risks from 4G/5G “antenna densification”, expected to present significantly greater health and mental health risks from higher frequencies, greater intensity of pulsations, closer proximity of small cell antennas, and from new indoor exposures from the Internet of Things (IoT).

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Road Trip: GEICO Says Make It Memorable and Make It Safe

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 23 luglio 2019

Millions of Americans will be putting millions of miles on their vehicles this summer as they head out for the annual adventure: the great American road trip. A lot of fond memories will be made as travelers visit national parks and seashores, adventure parks and family reunion sites.Before everyone hits the open road, GEICO encourages drivers to use this checklist to help stay safe during their travels: Check your tires: Make sure your tires are inflated to the correct pressure. Recommended tire pressures are listed on the sidewall of the tire as well as the driver doorjamb of the vehicle. Also, inspect the tread on your tires to make sure it isn’t worn. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggests flipping a penny over and placing it in the tread as a test. If you’re able to see the top of Abraham Lincoln’s head on the penny, then your tire is getting bald and should be replaced.
GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company), the second-largest auto insurer in the U.S., was founded in 1936 and insures more than 28 million vehicles. For more than 80 years, the company has worked to make people’s lives better by protecting policyholders against unexpected events. As GEICO has grown, it has delivered money-saving coverage and outstanding customer service to policyholders through its investment in human resources and technology. GEICO is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies.

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Airzus, Inc. Fuses Blockchain Technology With Drone Compliance Data to Promote Safe Drone Use

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 21 dicembre 2018

Airzus, Inc. is excited to announce it has recently been accepted into the forward-looking Oracle Global Startup Ecosystem, whose goal is to build a thriving global startup community to drive the digital economy based on mutually beneficial partnerships that enable next-generation growth and drive cloud-based innovation for startups throughout all stages of growth. Airzus is building aerial data compliance technology on top of Oracle’s next-gen Autonomous Data Warehouse and Blockchain Cloud Service. Utilizing the enterprise-ready open source Hyperledger Fabric architecture, Airzus is taking a token-less approach to ensure the integrity of its inter-industry, permissioned distributed ledger. “We believe being able to verify that any piece of aerial data or media was captured in compliance with existing regulations is integral in promoting increased commercial adoption of drone technology. Since safety is of paramount importance in the industry, we believe creating an immutable acquisition audit trail is a natural evolution in business risk mitigation,” according to Stan Khlevner, the company’s Founder & CEO. “Oracle’s emphasis on cloud-based machine learning and security provides the right ecosystem to nurture our evolving technology.”“We are excited to have Airzus as part of our Oracle Global Startup Ecosystem,” said Jason Williamson, vice president, Oracle Global Startup Ecosystem. “They are leveraging emerging technologies to advance the growing and highly opportunistic space of drones and aerial services. We look forward to working with Airzus to help scale their business and push the boundaries of innovation in this fast-moving space.” Airzus emphasizes skills, safety and professionalism over quantity of certified remote pilots in its drone services work. Remote pilots in its network have worked across industries, either directly or indirectly for clients such as Facebook, Microsoft, Comcast Spotlight, Truebeck Construction, G2D Images, Convey Inc. and others to capture aerial data and media.

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Apixaban is a safe alternative to warfarin during catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 20 marzo 2018

Barcelona. Apixaban and warfarin are equally safe during catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation, according to results of the AXAFA-AFNET 5 trial presented today in a late-breaking trial session at EHRA 2018, a European Society of Cardiology (ESC) congress.1 There were similar rates of stroke and bleeding, and an improvement in cognitive function was shown for the first time.Nearly one-third of all strokes are caused by atrial fibrillation. Oral anticoagulation is the cornerstone of stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation. ESC guidelines recommend non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) in preference to vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) such as warfarin, except in patients with a mechanical heart valve or rheumatic mitral valve stenosis.2 Unlike VKAs, NOACs do not require frequent monitoring and dose adjustment, and NOACs reduce long-term rates of stroke and death compared to VKAs.Catheter ablation is used in patients with atrial fibrillation to restore and maintain the heart’s normal rhythm, but the procedure has an inherent risk of stroke, bleeding, acute brain lesions, and potentially of cognitive impairment. ESC guidelines recommend that patients continue taking their prescribed NOAC or VKA during the procedure. The results of this study confirm that the NOAC apixaban is as safe as a VKA in this situation.The AXAFA-AFNET 5 trial was the first randomised trial to examine whether continuous apixaban was a safe alternative to a VKA during catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation.3 The study design has been previously reported.4 Briefly, 633 patients with atrial fibrillation and additional stroke risk factors scheduled to undergo atrial fibrillation ablation in Europe and the US were randomised to receive either continuous apixaban or the locally used VKA (warfarin, phenprocoumon, acenocoumarol, or fluindione).The primary outcome was a composite of all-cause death, stroke, and major bleeding up to three months after ablation. It occurred in 22 patients randomised to apixaban and 23 randomised to VKA. Professor Paulus Kirchhof, international chief investigator of the trial, said: “The results show that apixaban is a safe alternative to warfarin during catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation in patients at risk of stroke.” The researchers assessed cognitive function at the beginning and end of the trial and found that it improved equally in both treatment groups. Professor Kirchhof said: “This is the first randomised trial to show that cognitive function is improving after atrial fibrillation ablation. It is possible that this is due to continuous anticoagulation, although we did not test this specifically.” A magnetic resonance imaging sub-study in 335 patients showed a similar rate of silent strokes in the apixaban (27%) and VKA (25%) groups.Professor Kirchhof noted that patients in the trial were four years older than participants of previous studies with the NOACs rivaroxaban5 and dabigatran.6 Other features of the trial were that local investigators chose the VKA and catheter ablation procedure which led to the use of a variety of drugs and techniques. He said: “These characteristics of the trial mean that the results apply to older patients and in different clinical settings.”

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Debate on Safe Harbour with Commissioner Jourová

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 24 ottobre 2015

BruxellesBruxelles On 26 October, Civil Liberties Committee MEPs will discuss with the Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Věra Jourová, the Commission’s views on the judgement in case C-362/14 Maximilian Schrems v Data Protection Commissioner of the EU Court of Justice of 6 October (“Safe Harbour”), as well as what the Commission is planning to do next. (Monday, 19.30 – 21.00)

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Migration and refugee crisis: Sylvie Guillaume named rapporteur on EU list of safe countries of origin

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 2 ottobre 2015

european parliamentVice-President and Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee MEP Sylvie Guillaume (S&D, FR) has been appointed rapporteur for the proposal establishing an EU common list of safe countries of origin, on which Parliament will legislate on an equal footing with the EU Council of Ministers. The appointment was announced by committee Chair Claude Moraes (S&D, UK) at the start of the Civil Liberties Committee meeting on Thursday, 1 October, and endorsed by the members. The proposal for a regulation establishing an EU common list of safe countries of origin was presented by the European Commission on 9 September, as part of a package of proposals to tackle the refugee crisis.The EU safe countries list would help speed up the processing of individual asylum applications from people originating in countries that the EU considers safe. In cases where individual assessments establish that applicants have no right of asylum, it would also help speed up their return, according to the European Commission. The Commission proposes to add Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey to the EU list of safe countries of origin.
In a 10 September resolution on migration and refugees in Europe, the European Parliament said that it: “Notes the Commission proposal to strengthen the ‘safe country of origin’ provision of the Asylum Procedure Directive by establishing a common EU list of safe countries of origin; understands that this approach could limit the procedural rights of citizens of those countries; recalls that the acceptance rate for asylum applications varies greatly from one Member State to another, including as regards particular countries of origin; requests that steps be taken to ensure that this approach does not undermine the principle of non-refoulement and the individual right to asylum, especially that of people belonging to vulnerable groups”.

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Debate on the second package of proposals on the European Agenda for Migration

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 19 settembre 2015

immigrati a BudapestThe new Commission proposals to address the migration and refugee crisis, including a permanent mechanism for relocating asylum seekers within the EU and a common EU list of safe countries of origin, will be debated for the first time by the Civil Liberties Committee. Parliament and Council will decide on an equal footing on these two draft laws. The committee will also have an exchange of views with the Commission on the proposal to relocate an additional 120,000 asylum seekers in the EU, ahead of the extraordinary meeting of the Justice and Home Affairs Council, starting at 14.30. Parliament backed the Commission’s proposal in an urgency vote on 17 September.
MEPs and national MPs will meet on Wednesday 23 September to discuss the hotspots, where EU agencies will work on the ground with frontline member states to swiftly identify, register and fingerprint incoming migrants. Hotspots are being set up in Italy and in Greece.
This interparliamentary commitee meeting, organised in the context of the preparation of the strategic report on migration by Roberta Metsola (EPP, MT) and Kashetu Kyenge (S&D, IT), will also be an opportunity for MEPs, national MPs and EU’s Justice and Home Affairs agencies to have a meaningful exchange of views on migration, asylum and border policies, to see how they are being discussed and dealt with at national level.

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Leaders in water and development gather in Stockholm to discuss world’s water crises

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 20 agosto 2015

storie acqua World leaders, water experts and development professionals will meet in Stockholm 23-28 August to seek solutions to the world’s several escalating water crises.This year, World Water Week is held under the theme Water for Development. The role of water for development cannot be overestimated. Water is the foundation for all aspects of human and societal progress. While we need it to survive – literally, to quench our thirst, to prepare our food, and maintain our hygiene, it is also central to economic and social development, sustainable growth, and a prerequisite for healthy ecosystems. While we need to ensure access to safe water for all those who do not have it today, we must also manage the global rise in demand for water from growing economies by increasing water productivity, and find incentives for using it more effectively. Water security is both a condition for, and a result of, sustainable development.At World Water Week we will address the complex challenges related to water and development and ensure that water receives the priority it deserves in global decision-making. Over 3,000 participants from some 120 countries, representing governments, the private sector, multilateral organizations, civil society and academia will be in Stockholm 23-28 August to shape joint solutions to global water challenges. Speakers at the Opening on 23 August will include the Prime Minister of Sweden, Stefan Löfven; the Prime Minister of Jordan; Abdullah Ensour; the President of the Marshall Islands, Christopher Loeak and the Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Adnan Z. Amin.
Climate change: Climate change is to a large extent water change. We feel the impact of climate change through water. Increased rainfall variability, less reliable monsoons, prolonged droughts and reduced water storage in snow and ice are just some effects. California is currently suffering the worst drought in living memory, straining parts of the state’s economy. Cities are rationing water and food prices are increasing. Water is also critical for the mitigation of climate change, as many efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions depend on reliable access to water resources. Expansion of renewable energy will to a large extent also depend on access to water – on all levels.
Food and nutrition: About 800 million people in the world are undernourished, and prevalence is going down. Overweight and obesity rates are heading the other direction and today, around 2 billion are overweight or obese. Meanwhile, about a third of all food produced is either lost or thrown out by the consumer. Since most food production demands huge amounts of water, this means rivers of water are literally lost as a result of food being lost or discarded, or overeating.
Water and conflict: Approximately 276 river basins cross the political boundaries of two or more countries, and serve as a primary source of freshwater for approximately 40 percent of the world’s population. Decisions on water allocations can be a source of conflict, but also a catalyst for cooperation and peace building.
Trilateral and multilateral cooperation is, for example, the only solution to current challenges relating to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam in the Blue Nile region. Cooperation over transboundary waters is therefore not only a necessity, but an opportunity for people, regions and states to strengthen and develop cooperation, and to open up new paths of working together.
Social instability: Regional droughts and water stress in combination with water mismanagement and poor governance risk escalating into social unrest, as seen during the Arab Spring in 2011.
The World Economic Forum ranks water crises as the world’s biggest risk and underlying driver of global instability.
Health: An estimated 1.8 billion people live without access to safe water and 2.4 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation. Diseases caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation and hygiene kill more than 5,000 people each day.

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Biomimetic solution for safe antimicrobial plastics in mass production

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 14 settembre 2014

Parx PlasticsParx Plastics is launching its first ready to use Saniconcentrates™ for manufacturers in Europe and the US to safely create self-sanitizing products with an antibacterial property of up to 99% within 24 hours*.The technology developed by Parx Plastics is the world’s first antimicrobial solution without toxins or chemicals. It does not use chemicals such as Triclosan or heavy metals such as silver, nor does it use biocides, Nano-particles, quaternary salts or any other harmful substances. The antimicrobial property is achieved by making use of one of the most important trace elements in the human body. The trace element, present in our food, is essential for a healthy immune system and for building up and maintaining cells, hair, nails and skin. Absolute safety is guaranteed not only by the biocompatibility but also because the technology does not migrate. The antibacterial property is the result of an intrinsic change and not of leaching substances. The surface of a product becomes hostile to bacteria by means of a mere physical and mechanical action.Michael van der Jagt, co-founder of Parx Plastics with testing plate made of ABS according to ISO norm.The first materials taken into mass production at the Italian facility in Bologna are a Sani-ABS and a Saniconcentrate™ based on Eastman’s copolymer Tritan™. These are uniform grades used as a carrier incorporating the technology that mix at 3% with plain material of the same kind. The mixture brings forth a product with an antimicrobial property of up to 99%*.“Being able to offer these off-the-shelf solutions is a great step forward bringing our biocompatible technology to the market.” according toMichael van der Jagt, one of the founders of Parx Plastics. “The past few months have been pretty turbulent for our organization receiving great interest from many of the largest corporations. The world is moving towards more sustainable solutions and customer pressure is rising. Companies that ignore the shift away from harmful chemicals and dangerous substances are bound to loose or be left behind.”
Parx Plastic, with facilities in The Netherlands, Italy and China, brings to the market an innovative biocompatible technique to incorporate an effective antimicrobial property into plastics. Parx Plastics has been announced by the European Commission as one of the top tech startups of Europe and was recently nominated as finalist in the materials category in the World Technology Awards in association with Fortune and Time. (Parx Plastics)

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Stop Safe Harbour now! MEPs tell Commission

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 17 gennaio 2014

commissione europeaThe European Commission should immediately suspend the EU-US Safe Harbour deal, according to most MEPs taking part at a European Parliament debate on Wednesday afternoon. The revelations on NSA’s mass surveillance practices prove that US companies do not comply with the Safe Harbour scheme, which lays down voluntary data protection standards for American firms when transferring EU citizens’ data to the US.”By cancelling Safe Habour we will pave the way for a new partnership with the US in the future”, said Manfred Weber (EPP, DE). “We will not tolerate Americans and Europeans are divided into first and second class citizens as regards their data protection”, he added.Mr Weber also pointed out that “for many of us it came as a great surprise that the level of surveillance was similar to that of China and Russia, but the Americans are our friends and that changes everything”.For Claude Moraes (S&D, UK), who is the Civil Liberties Committee inquiry’s rapporteur, “the 13 recommendations -tabled by the Commission to improve the functioning of Safe Harbour- may not be enough, this procedure may lack any serious enforceability”. He explained that the preliminary conclusions of the inquiry he’s leading also ask for the suspension of Safe Harbour standards.”We must treat Safe Harbour as a symbolic and practical aspect to re-build trust in our relations with the US”, he underlined, clarifying that “data collected from EU citizens has been transferred to the US under lower data protection standards that exist here in the EU”.
According to Sophie in’t Veld (ALDE, NL) “we have tolerated this situation for many many years and asked the Commission to solve it, but it did not react”. “Why to give more time now to the US and the Commission to solve this? For me we can suspend the Safe Harbour agreement today and ask the Commission, the US and companies to start working for a real solution”, she commented.”It is time that companies face their responsibilities too. I expect the Commission to suspend Safe Harbour today and to come up with a solution before the -European- elections”, she added.”Big data business say ‘thank you’ while EU citizens and consumers lose trust on their governments”, Jan Albrecht (Greens/EFA, DE) said. “If we don’t stop the circumvention of EU laws by US companies and cancel Safe Harbour we will not only lose the sovereignty of the European Union but also the trust of citizens in the EU”, he added.
“The -Safe Harbour- agreement says that it can be suspended if it is not properly implemented”, Cornelia Ernst (GUE/NGL, DE) stressed. “Safe Harbour is in principle a good thing but in practice it is pure fuss”, she commented, adding that “we need something binding in nature, not something that is blocked by the US”.”National security services are there to preserve the lives of citizens. In no way basic citizens’ rights should be compromised. In fact, these programmes ensure the exact opposite”, Niki Tzavela (EFD, EL) stressed.

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