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Almirall revalidates its excellence in occupational health and safety, environment and energy management

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 4 luglio 2019

Almirall, S.A. (ALM) has achieved several important international accreditations after an external audit of its integrated corporate management system for occupational health and safety, environment and energy, developed by up to seven auditors from TÜV Rheinland, which carried out field inspections during twelve days at the company’s headquarters in Barcelona, its R&D Centre in Sant Feliu de Llobregat and its chemical and pharmaceutical plants in Sant Andreu de la Barca (Barcelona, Spain).
As a consequence of the audit results, the leading global pharmaceutical company has become one of the first in achieving two of the latest standardized international accreditations, both in its sector and in the whole business network: ISO 45001:2018, for occupational health and safety, and ISO 50001:2018, for energy management.
On the other hand, after obtaining the ISO 14001:2015 adaptation’s certificate in 2018, TÜV Rheinland’s auditors have revalidated the company’s environmental management effectivity. ISO 14001:2015 is the latest actualization of the standard ISO 140001, that Almirall reached in 2004 and is renewed periodically since then.
The process of continuous improvement is consubstantial to quality and excellence, so that the accreditations given by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) collect a broad set of cross-cutting policies, processes and activities that must be implemented in its entirety as part of an integrated management system, and when all this set of initiatives is properly applied, it is possible to quantify significant improvements in a series of predetermined indicators.In the case of occupational health and safety management, Almirall has implemented an occupational risk prevention system that has allowed to achieve a low accident rate, significantly lower than the average for the pharmaceutical sector, both in Almirall headquarters and in its subsidiary Spanish centers. In addition, 16% of the hours of training that the company offers its employees are dedicated to the promotion of occupational health and safety, and wellbeing.On the other hand, the environmental management system has allowed the company to achieve a reduction in the emission of greenhouse gases by 38% between 2014 and 2018, considering the purchase of renewable energies; to reduce the waste by 7% in its chemical plants in 2018, and to reduce the use of methylene chloride by 61% since 2013.

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WeatherBug Joins NOAA to Improve the Nation’s Safety and Readiness Against Extreme Weather

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 27 giugno 2019

WeatherBug (a GroundTruth brand), a leading weather site and mobile app with over 20 million users, has been officially recognized by the NOAA as a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador™. The Weather-Ready Nation initiative was launched in 2011 and aims to acknowledge the efforts of organizations that are working to improve the nation’s readiness against extreme weather, water, and climate events.
“WeatherBug shares NOAA’s vision of building a Weather-Ready Nation,” said Louis Uccellini, Ph.D., director of NOAA’s National Weather Service. “Working together we will provide useful and relevant information to schools, businesses, and individuals to help them become ready, responsive and resilient to extreme weather and water events.”Education and safety have always been on WeatherBug’s radar. The application has focused efforts in educating communities and making sure its users are safe and ready for severe weather since 1993. “We are proud to join the Weather-Ready Nation initiative. WeatherBug started as a school program, and our foundation is on educating our community about the weather and its potential hazards. As a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador, we are reaching back to our roots,” said Eddie Dingels, WeatherBug’s General Manager.As a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador, WeatherBug is working closely with NOAA to develop a new educational and safety campaign for schools. “With NOAA’s support and WeatherBug’s consumer experience, we have the ability to create rich educational campaigns to reach millions of people in the United States,” completes Dingels.

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The Meet Group Reaffirms its Commitment to Industry Leading User Safety

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 16 giugno 2019

The Meet Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: MEET), a leading provider of interactive livestreaming solutions, today reaffirmed its commitment to industry leading user safety for its more than 15 million monthly active users.The Meet Group makes user safety a top priority, devoting more than 45% of its entire workforce to regulating the content of its apps. The Company employs a variety of human and technological filters to monitor all visual content. The Meet Group has also developed a proprietary textual-monitoring threat detection system that programmatically detects possible safety issues and alerts its safety team of potential abuses.The Meet Group has a zero-tolerance policy for abusive behavior among its users and encourages its members to report abuse, with a simple, one-click reporting feature. Users on its popular Live feature can appoint other users as “Bouncers” to help moderate their broadcasts. The Company removes more than 3,000 user profiles per day as part of its content review process. The Meet Group also provides its users with various privacy-setting options that allow them to manage who can see their profile and make contact with them. The Meet Group also allows its users to block specific profiles entirely.
As part of its safety commitment, The Meet Group promptly and proactively reports instances of abusive behavior and inappropriate content posting to the proper authorities. In addition, the Company promptly and proactively reports potential safety issues (such as self-harm or potential suicidal behavior) to local authorities.
The Meet Group screens new daily registrants against databases of known sex offenders in the United States and regularly screens all active users against these same lists, blocking registrations and activity from known sex offenders.
The Meet Group has taken numerous steps to educate its users about the dangers of online activity, and in particular, the potential dangers of meeting a stranger in person. The Company prominently displays safety messages to every new user of its mobile apps. The Meet Group never pinpoints users on a map, or gives their exact locations.The San Francisco City Attorney said The Meet Group’s safety and privacy practices “set an industry standard for all social networks at a time when they are increasingly accessed through mobile devices.”The Meet Group also participates proactively in industry safety efforts, including serving on the members group of the Family Online Safety Institute alongside representatives of the largest global technology companies.

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Newmont’s Tanami Power Project in Australia Completed Safely and on Schedule

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 19 marzo 2019

Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE: NEM) (Newmont or the Company) today announced that the Tanami Power Project in Australia was completed safely and on schedule. The project included the installation of two power stations, a 66kV interconnected power line, and a 275 mile (450km) natural gas pipeline. The pipeline was built and will be maintained by Australian Gas Infrastructure Group, while the power stations were constructed and will be operated by Zenith Energy. Capital costs are estimated at approximately $245 million with annual cash lease payments over a 10-year term beginning in 2019.The successfully completed project is expected to provide the Tanami gold mine a safe and reliable energy source while lowering power costs and carbon emission by 20 percent. The project is expected to generate net cash savings of $34 per ounce from 2019 to 2023, delivering an Internal Rate of Return of greater than 50 percent.“In addition to lowering costs and carbon emissions, the completed Tanami Power Project will pave the way to further extend the life of the operation,” said Gary Goldberg, Chief Executive Officer. “Consistent execution and delivery remain the hallmark of our ability to generate free cash flow and create long-term value for our shareholders and other stakeholders. Completion of the project coincides with Tanami pouring its 10 millionth ounce of gold on the back of record production of 500,000 ounces last year. This achievement is a testament to the skill of our team as well as our valued partnership with the Warlpiri people, the Traditional Owners of the land.”Tanami is Australia’s second largest underground gold mine and one of the most cost competitive gold producers in the world. Newmont’s continued exploration success at Tanami has created the potential to extend mine life beyond 2028, with additional upside through a possible second expansion project that the Company expects to make a full funding decision on in the second half of 2019. Last year, more than 800,000 ounces of gold Resources were converted into Reserves from Tanami’s Auron ore body.Over the last six years, Newmont has successfully built 11 new mines, expansions and projects on four continents – on or ahead of schedule and at or below budget. These projects include Akyem and the Phoenix Copper Leach in 2013, the Turf Vent Shaft in 2015, Merian and Long Canyon in 2016, the Tanami Expansion in 2017, and Twin Underground, Northwest Exodus and Subika Underground in 2018. The Company also completed a value-accretive acquisition of Cripple Creek and Victor in 2015 and delivered a profitable expansion at the mine in 2016.

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Security at sports events: EP endorses new Council of Europe convention

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 17 marzo 2019

Safety, security and service independent pillarsof the Convention Sports events need to remain peaceful and enjoyable for everyone Clear measures on crowd management and against any discrimination MEPs recommend authorising member states to ratify the Council of Europe convention on safety and security at football matches and other sports events.
The new convention aims at addressing the challenges caused by the great increase in the number of European citizens attending football matches and other sports events in the last decades. The EP recommendation was adopted on Tuesday with 633 votes to 22 and 14 abstentions.MEPs welcome the convention’s “balanced approach” between the three independent pillars in which it is divided, namely safety, security and service. Safety measures are aimed at protecting individuals both on their journey and in the venue of the sports event. Security measures will “deter, prevent and sanction” any violent behaviour related to football matches. Finally, service measures will ensure stadiums and other sports facilities are welcoming for everyone, including children, the elderly and people with disabilities.
All parties to the Convention are required to adopt clear and concrete measures on crowd management and associated safety and security risks. The text underlines the importance of tackling any discriminatory behaviour, including racist, sexist, homophobic and transphobic aggressions. It is necessary to improve diversity in sports and to encourage athletes and clubs to fight discriminations, MEPs say.The new convention updates the 1985 European Convention on Spectator Violence. The number of football matches and sports events has importantly increased since then. EU citizens now travel throughout Europe to support their teams. Public viewing and fan areas have also changed. The EU cannot become party to the Convention and, due to the content of some of its paragraphs, member states will only be able to adopt it if allowed by the EU.The Council can now give green light to EU countries to ratify the Convention on an Integrated Safety, Security and Service Approach at Football Matches and other Sports Events.

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Vahid Ebadat Announces Launch of Stonehouse Process Safety

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 3 ottobre 2018

Vahid Ebadat today announced the launch of Stonehouse Process Safety (Stonehouse) to provide expert process safety consulting, testing, training and litigation support services in the specialist areas of dust flash fires & explosions, NFPA 652, gas & vapor flammability, electrostatic hazards and thermal decomposition. Headquartered in Princeton, NJ, Stonehouse will be servicing clients in the pharmaceutical, chemical, food, legal/insurance, metals, plastics, rubber and other process manufacturing industries. Vahid Ebadat serves as CEO of Stonehouse.“Stonehouse develops practical, proven, and long-term solutions to technically challenging process safety issues. Companies of all sizes will benefit from our process safety expertise and practical, customized solutions, supported by applicable data from our state-of-the-art laboratories,” said Dr. Ebadat. He continued, “We aim to be pragmatic in our approach to process safety and view client relationships as partnerships that achieve lasting, cost-effective solutions to safety issues. Our strategy is built upon the foundations of knowledge, experience, scientific method, practicality, and trust.”Dr. Vahid Ebadat Ph.D., M.Inst.P, MIET, C.Phys. has worked extensively as a process and operational hazards consultant for the chemical, pharmaceutical, food, oil/gas and paper/wood industries. He has served as a committee member of NFPA 77 (Static Electricity), NFPA 654 (Dust Explosions), and ASTM E27 (Hazard Potential of Chemicals). Dr. Ebadat has published many articles and papers globally and speaks widely on process safety in industry. Earlier in his career, Dr. Ebadat served as CEO of Chilworth Technology, Inc. for more than two decades.

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GEICO Reminds You Motorcycle Safety is More Than the Month of May

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 28 maggio 2018

GEICO is committed to reinforcing motorcycle safety for long enjoyable rides during Motorcycle Safety Month and all year long. If you are gearing up for the riding season or thinking about becoming a new rider, make sure you are on a properly sized bike for your ability. Controlling your bike with one foot on the ground or the tip of your toes is not the most confidence-inspiring approach. You should be able to comfortably put both feet on the ground when the bike is stopped, reach the control levers and foot controls for better handling of your bike. Motorcycle safety courses and clinics for on- and off-road riding are available for all experience levels.Before you ride, give the bike a quick once-over to ensure everything is working properly. Over- or under-inflated tires cause the bike to handle differently. Tire pressure, throttle operation, clutch and brake adjustment have the most influence on your control and safety.When purchasing riding gear, select proper fitting clothes for the riding position. Loose or poorly fitted clothing may feel better when you’re walking around, but in the event you go down, they will twist and not protect you as designed. Today’s protective clothing often features vents, waterproofing, reflective material and hidden pockets. Make sure your helmet is at least DOT-approved and includes a face shield.A motorcycles’ smaller size makes it harder to see, so always ride defensively, leave your headlight on at all times, signal in advance and always watch for turning vehicles. Pass only in the passing lane and give yourself enough time to brake. Avoid other vehicles’ blind spots. Be aware of road hazards such as potholes, train tracks, oil slicks, road debris and animals. Any of these can be a problem, even for the most experienced rider.For other motorcycle related articles, please visit GEICO More. Additional safety tips will ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable motorcycle season.GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company) is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies and is the second-largest private passenger auto insurance company in the United States. GEICO, which was founded in 1936, provides millions of auto insurance quotes to U.S. drivers annually. The company is pleased to serve more than 15 million private passenger customers, insuring more than 24 million vehicles (auto & cycle).Using GEICO’s online service center, policyholders can purchase policies, make policy changes, report claims and print insurance ID cards. Policyholders can also connect to GEICO through the GEICO App, reach a representative over the phone or visit a GEICO local agent.
GEICO also provides insurance quotes on motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), boats, travel trailers and motorhomes (RVs). Coverage for life, homes and apartments is written by non-affiliated insurance companies and is secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency, Inc. Commercial auto insurance and personal umbrella protection are also available.

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Safety and Environmental Responsibility are Key Themes for Edwards at SEMICON China 2018

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 15 marzo 2018

Safety in the sub-fab and environmental responsibility are important topics at SEMICON® China this year, taking place at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, 14-16 March 2018. Visit Edwards (Hall N1 #1601), one of the world’s largest manufacturers of integrated vacuum and abatement solutions, to learn about effective approaches to improve fab safety and adhere to ever-evolving and stiffer environmental regulations.“Safe and effective management of process exhaust is a growing concern today, especially in the case of next-generation device manufacturing, such as 3D NAND, that require high flows of process gasses,” said Jason Xu, general manager, Edwards China. “We will be presenting solutions to these problems, in terms of both hardware and value-added services, and providing approaches to reduce risk.”Andrew Chambers, senior product manager, and Ma Zhen, applications manager China, will present the poster, “Managing Safety and Cost in Dielectric CVD Process Tool Exhausts – Future Sub-fab Integration Trends.” In their booth, Edwards will also be demonstrating the science of detecting leaks and discuss managing condensable gases in the exhaust line. Additionally, visitors at the Edwards booth can try out the “Molecule Blaster,” an immersive virtual reality experience that illustrates the abatement of greenhouse gases to reduce their impact on the environment; this also demonstrates how virtual reality can help training of service personnel.“Edwards customers truly benefit from ‘Global Knowledge, Locally Applied,’ with more than 4,000 employees world-wide and over 300 across China,” said Xu. “It is the broad experience and deep application knowledge of our tightly integrated network of global employees that allows us to develop industry-wide best-known-methods and then adapt them to the particular needs of each customer’s process, ensuring their safety, conserving the environment and helping to reduce risks.”Visit Edwards (Hall N1 #1601) to learn more about innovative sub-fab solutions and value-added services. Further information about Edwards can be found at

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6th Annual World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit Is SOLD OUT!

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 10 febbraio 2018

Joe KianiThanks to overwhelming demand to hear the latest advances in patient safety, registration for the 6th Annual World Patient Safety, Science and Technology Summit is now closed. In order to make sure that as many people as possible can attend, we have made the Summit available online via live streaming.The entire Patient Safety Movement Foundation team is committed to increasing awareness about the exciting and innovative patient safety developments emanating from the summit. There will be keynote addresses from leading political figures and patient safety experts, plenary sessions with healthcare luminaries, members of the press and patient advocates, as well as announcements from organizations who have made their own commitments to reach the Patient Safety Movement Foundation’s goal of ZERO preventable deaths by 2020.
More than 200,000 U.S. patients and three million worldwide die each year from preventable causes. The Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF) was established through the support of the Masimo Foundation for Ethics, Innovation, and Competition in Healthcare to reduce that number of preventable deaths to zero by 2020 (0X2020). Improving patient safety requires a collaborative effort from all stakeholders, including patients, healthcare providers, medical technology companies, government, employers, and private payers. The PSMF works with all stakeholders to address problems with actionable solutions. The Foundation also convenes the World Patient Safety, Science and Technology Summit bringing together some of the world’s best minds for thought-provoking discussions and new ideas that challenge the status quo. By presenting specific, high-impact solutions to meet patient safety challenges, called Actionable Patient Safety Solutions, encouraging medical technology companies to share the data their products are purchased for, and asking hospitals to make commitments to implement Actionable Patient Safety Solutions, the Patient Safety Movement Foundation is working toward zero preventable deaths by 2020. (photo: Joe Kiani)

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Mexican doctors safely reuse donated pacemakers after sterilisation

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 3 novembre 2017

Guadalajara MéxicoGuadalajara. Mexican doctors have safely reused donated pacemakers after sterilisation, shows a study presented at the 30th Mexican Congress of Cardiology. The findings create the possibility for patients to receive a pacemaker who otherwise could not afford one.The annual congress of the Mexican Society of Cardiology is being held in Guadalajara, Jalisco from 2 to 5 November 2017. Experts from the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) will present a special programme. “There is no report of the number of pacemaker implants per year in Mexico, but we implant close to 150 new pacemakers per year in our hospital,” said first author Dr Carlos Gutiérrez, a cardiologist at the General Hospital of Mexico “Dr. Eduardo Liceaga” in Mexico City.“According to government reports, more than half of the population in Mexico does not have access to social security or private insurance that covers a pacemaker implant and 44% live in poverty,” he continued.2 “This suggests that many Mexicans cannot afford a pacemaker. Previous studies have shown the safety of reusing pacemakers after sterilisation.” 3–6The current study included 33 patients with a pacing indication who could not afford a new pacemaker or a battery change. Patients received a reused device at the General Hospital of Mexico in 2011 to 2017. Devices had been donated by relatives of deceased patients and had a minimum of six years of battery life.After confirming that the pacemakers were functioning correctly, they were washed with enzymatic soap and sterilised in an autoclave for 38 minutes. Pacemaker function was rechecked after sterilisationPatients were 72 years old on average (the age range was 20 to 106 years) and 52% were female. The indications for a pacemaker were sinus node dysfunction in ten patients (30%) and advanced atrioventricular block in 23 patients (70%).
Of the 33 patients, 25 received a reused pacemaker. Eight patients already had a pacemaker and received a reused generator (battery). During the implant procedure there was one haematoma which resolved without further complications. There were no complications during the six month follow-up period.Dr Gutiérrez said: “This was a small study but it shows that with a thorough and standardised sterilisation process, explanted pacemakers with a battery life of more than six years can be reused safely. This provides an effective option for patients who cannot afford a new device or a replacement battery.”“This practice could be implemented in many other centres that have equipment to sterilise and reprogramme pacemakers,” continued Dr Gutiérrez. “We also need to promote the donation of pacemakers with little use from deceased patients.”Dr Erick Alexanderson, President of the Mexican Society of Cardiology, said: “This study has encouraging results which open up the possibility of pacemaker treatment for many more Mexicans who need it.”Professor Jose Zamorano, course director of the ESC programme in Mexico, said: “Pacemakers are implanted in many patients across the globe every year. This study highlights a practical way to give access to this life-saving treatment to even more patients who need it.”

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Safety Vision Introduces Law Enforcement Surveillance Innovations at IACP 2017

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 26 ottobre 2017

Safety Vision, LLC, a market leader in mobile surveillance products for law enforcement, is proud to introduce new cameras and recorders that will enhance critical recorded evidence, at the 2017 International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Annual Conference and Exposition. The new ICOP® PRO HD digital video recorder brings high definition recording to the patrol car and other law enforcement vehicles, while integrating with the new Prima Elite body-worn camera.The ICOP PRO HD provides incredible flexibility to law enforcement agencies for their on-vehicle camera selection. Up to four analog high definition (AHD) cameras (and one network IP camera) with recording resolutions up to 1080p are now supported. The new AHD technology delivers high definition video using traditional and familiar analog cables for ease of installation and maintenance. Included with ICOP PRO HD systems is the new AHD low profile windshield camera with 32X optical zoom and automatic digital image stabilizing capabilities. The cabin camera is also enhanced with AHD, delivering sharp recording of subjects in the rear of the vehicle. This new recorder features seamless integration with Safety Vision’s upcoming new body camera, the Prima Elite. Agencies will soon be able to record video from both the vehicle and officer’s own perspective, forming a single visual narrative. The two systems work together with the powerful DVMS PRO video management software. The Prima Elite builds on the enormous success of Safety Vision’s popular Prima Facie® body camera.“We always listen to our customers and we’ve made sure to include their biggest requests in this new system,” says Joe McCleary, Manager of Law Enforcement Sales for Safety Vision. “The new AHD cameras and body camera integration are going to make the officer’s job much easier. License plates, road signs, subject’s faces, objects being thrown from vehicles will be easy to see in these crisp images. The body camera footage is now included and it will all be stored in the same place, making all of it very simple to manage. We implemented these features based on direct input from peace officers that depend on them every day.”Safety Vision is a proud sponsor of IACP and will be in Booth 2959 in the Exposition Hall. More information about the specifications and features of the ICOP PRO HD can be found at

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Red Cross alarm over deteriorating situation as thousands are stranded in Greece

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 2 marzo 2016

red crossAthens Thousands of people are stranded in Greece without food, running water and basic supplies as the situation at the country’s northern border spirals into a struggle for survival for migrants desperate to find safety.Up to 8,000 people are stranded in Idomeni on Greece’s northern border with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Almost all are Syrian or Iraqi, and 40 per cent are children. Two overflow camps have been set up to cope with the increasing numbers of people, but they are without running water, sufficient food, baby food, toilets or hygiene items. Violence has also flared at the border crossing as desperation among migrants mounts.“Greece cannot cope with this alone – food supplies have run out at the northern border and the situation is one of despair,” said Simon Missiri, director of Europe for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).At least 30,000 people have been stranded across Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Athens and Idomeni after Austria and countries along the Western Balkan route significantly reduced the number of people allowed to cross their borders last week. Afghans, who were previously able to move onward in search of asylum, are no longer permitted to travel beyond Greece.Mr Missiri said: “The rest of Europe should not pull down the shutters and pretend this isn’t happening. At least 40 per cent of those trapped in Greece are children. For families who have already experienced more trauma and distress than most of us could ever imagine to be put in this position is appalling.”The Greek authorities are working hard to meet basic needs but with no sign the situation will improve and numbers continuing to increase, the IFRC is gravely concerned about the welfare of those stranded. The Hellenic Red Cross is providing emergency supplies and medical care but more support is urgently needed as families travelling with elderly and disabled relatives, babies and young children are spending their tenth day without proper shelter. Missiri said: “Our teams are on the shores of Lesvos, the streets of Athens and the border camps of the north and support thousands of people every day but the erratic policies of countries along the route are making it almost impossible for people to get what they need most – safety, and to be treated with dignity.”The IFRC is running an emergency appeal for 13.1 million Swiss francs to support 200,000 people across Greece and is preparing to mobilize extra staff and stocks to support the Hellenic Red Cross as it responds across the country, as well as in the north. (photo: red cross)

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Latvia: Speak up to guarantee safety of EuroPride rally

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 18 giugno 2015

latvia_pol98The Latvian government should break its silence and give a firm commitment to do all within its power to ensure the safety and protection of those participating in this year’s EuroPride in Riga, said Amnesty International today.EuroPride, which celebrates the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in a different European city every year, will be held in the Latvian capital on Saturday 20 June, at the end of a week-long festival that began on 15 June.
While EuroPride organizers say law enforcement authorities have been very cooperative, the Latvian government has failed to welcome the event. When asked about it last December, Latvian President Andris Berzins stated that “homosexuality should not be advertised and imposed”.“It is disturbing to see the Latvian government’s evident discomfort at hosting EuroPride. Instead of welcoming an event meant to champion openness and tolerance, Latvia’s leaders seem to be turning their backs on it. As the country holding the presidency of the European Union, Latvia should be leading by example in the fight against homophobic discrimination,” said Lucy Freeman, Director of Amnesty International’s Gender, Sexual and Identity Programme.”The sad fact is the majority of Latvian society is against EuroPride and advancing LGBTI rights remains a struggle: same-sex couples are invisible for the government, homophobic hate crimes are not recognised and high-level politicians employ vicious homophobic rhetoric,” said Kaspars Zalitis, a board member of Mozaika, the Latvian group organizing EuroPride 2015.
This year’s EuroPride is the first held in a former Soviet country, a sign of how far LGBTI rights have come in Latvia. In 2005 a national pride march in Riga was marred by violence and hostility, as 70 activists marched for their rights in spite of more than a thousand counter-protesters who tried to block the march, used teargas and threw eggs at the pride marchers.Despite progress on LGBTI rights in the Baltic states and across Europe, the safety and security of pride marches and freedom of expression in general remains under threat in several other former Soviet countries, where homophobic attacks remain a constant threat. On 6 June, the Kyiv Pride was marred by homophobic violence which saw 10 protesters and 11 police officers injured. Amnesty International said the police did not adequately protect the march.Only five former Soviet states have passed legislation prohibiting discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation in employment and only three of them – Georgia, Lithuania and Estonia – have laws on hate crime or incitement to hatred that explicitly include either sexual orientation or gender identity.
Worryingly, Lithuania and Russia have passed laws that restrict the right to freedom of expression of LGBTI activists, when disseminating information and advocating for issues such as equal marriage for same-sex couples. Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan retain laws criminalizing sex between adult men.Amnesty International activists from around the world will join Latvian LGBTI activists at EuroPride.“With homophobic violence a clear and present danger for activists in post-Soviet states, this week’s EuroPride will hopefully send a message that progress is possible and deep-seated discrimination can be uprooted and replaced with tolerance,” said Lucy Freeman.

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Migrants: Parliament approves search and rescue rules to prevent deaths at sea

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 21 aprile 2014

african_migrants.jpg.crop_displayNew search and rescue rules to clarify how border guards serving in Frontex sea operations should deal with migrants and where they should disembark them were approved by Parliament on Wednesday. The regulation, already informally agreed by Parliament and Council negotiators, should enter into force before this summer.”These new rules will enable Frontex to respond more effectively and to prevent deaths at sea, thus reconciling our need to ensure security with our duty to protect human rights”, said rapporteur Carlos Coelho (EPP, PT). The draft regulation was approved by 528 votes to 46, with 88 abstentions.The regulation defines “emergency phases” for search and rescue operations and places a clear duty upon units participating in Frontex operations to engage and to save lives. The rules on search and rescue operations and the disembarkation of migrants will only cover operations that are coordinated by Frontex. This should help to dispel confusion created by EU member states’ differing interpretations of international law and practices. The “operational plan” governing Frontex-coordinated border surveillance operations must henceforth include procedures to ensure that persons needing international protection, victims of trafficking in human beings, unaccompanied minors and other vulnerable persons are identified and given appropriate help. Only after migrants are identified may possible coercive measures be taken (the identification rules are mandatory, whereas the enforcement ones are optional). Fundamental rights and non-refoulement principle. MEPs tightened up the text to ensure compliance with the “non-refoulement” principle, which says that individuals must not be returned to any country where there is a risk of persecution, torture or other serious harm. Border guards who consider landing intercepted or rescued people in a third country will have to follow certain procedures (e.g. identification, personal assessment, information on the place of disembarkation, etc).No “pushbacks” at sea or punishment of rescuers”Pushback” operations on the high seas will be forbidden. Border guards may only “warn and order” the vessel not to enter in the territorial waters of a member state. MEPs have also inserted a recital saying that “the shipmaster and crew should not face criminal sanctions for the sole reason of having rescued persons in distress at sea and brought them to a place of safety”.

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Misano: secondo posto a Thomas Biagi

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 6 giugno 2011

Il pilota del Team BMW Italia ha concluso gara uno al quarto posto, un risultato prossimo al massimo possibile visti i 60kg di zavorra sportiva che erano a bordo della sua BMW M3 per effetto delle due vittorie nell’ultimo round di Portimao. Suo inoltre anche il giro più veloce della corsa (1’42.965), stabilito al nono passaggio. La giornata ha vissuto il suo momento più emozionante in gara due, disputata sul bagnato. Dopo i primi giri percorsi in regime di safety car il pilota emiliano ha lottato con grande determinazione per il secondo posto, che nelle battute finali sembrava destinato a Cristian Montanari (BMW). Il colpo di scena è invece arrivato agli ultimi metri, quando il campione in carica è riuscito a portare l’attacco decisivo che gli ha permesso di conquistare per soli ventidue millesimi un secondo posto particolarmente utile in chiave campionato. Con i risultati di oggi Biagi sale al secondo posto in classifica con 39 punti, a 18 lunghezze dal leader Pigoli (Mercedes).
La Superstars Series tornerà in pista il prossimo 19 Giugno a Donington Park (Regno Unito) in un evento valido solamente per la Serie Internazionale. (biagi)

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Convegno “ICT Security & Safety”

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 24 novembre 2010

Parma 25 novembre, a partire dalle ore 9, presso il Centro Sant’Elisabetta (Campus Universitario) dell’Ateneo. organizzato dal Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’Informazione  dell’Ateneo di Parma in collaborazione con la Commissione di Informatica, Elettronica e Telecomunicazioni dell’Ordine degli Ingegneri della Provincia di Parma.  Interverranno in veste di relatori docenti e ricercatori provenienti da diversi Atenei e professionisti che svolgono attività nel comparto della sicurezza informatica per importanti aziende ed enti del territorio nazionale. Gli argomenti trattati verteranno su normative e legislazioni inerenti la sicurezza informatica, sull’analisi del rischio nell’IT e sulle problematiche comuni che coinvolgono la sicurezza informatica e la salvaguardia dei dati delle P.A. e delle aziende del comparto industriale e delle telecomunicazione.

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A4 Mestre-Trieste più sicura grazie al tutor

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 26 aprile 2010

Tutor in arrivo sulla A4, nel tratto Mestre Trieste. Autovie Venete, infatti, ha sottoscritto un contratto con Autostrade Tech (spin off tecnologico di Autostrade per l’Italia) per l’installazione di venti postazioni “Safety Tutor”, un sistema composto da sensori e telecamere in grado di rilevare ora di transito, targa e tipo del veicolo, nonché la velocità media, controllando così il rispetto dei limiti. Il safety tutor è in grado di funzionare anche in quelle condizioni atmosferiche (pioggia, nebbia) che normalmente rendono difficoltoso l’uso delle apparecchiature mobili. Gli interventi per l’installazione, che comportano modifiche e adattamenti della carpenteria metallica, saranno effettuati sui portali presenti lungo tutta la rete autostradale. La maggior parte delle lavorazioni saranno effettuate di notte (sono previste una quarantina di notti di lavoro) perché richiedono la chiusura della carreggiata che verrà effettuata in modo alternato rispetto alla direzione di marcia. Sedici le postazioni previste sulla A4, due sulla A 28 e due sulla A23. L’opera in contratto, sottoscritto con Autostrade Tech per un importo di circa 1,8 milioni euro, sarà completata in 7 mesi e permetterà il controllo della velocità media dei veicoli sulla rete autostradale di competenza di Autovie Venete. “Si tratta di un accordo fondamentale per aumentare la sicurezza degli automobilisti che percorrono la rete di Autovie Venete” sottolinea l’assessore regionale ai trasporti e vice-Commissario Riccardo Riccardi che ricorda come, sugli oltre 2 mila e  200 km di carreggiata della rete di  Autostrade per l’Italia su cui il Tutor è già attivo, si è registrata una riduzione del tasso di mortalità di oltre il 50% e del tasso di incidentalità con feriti del 27%.

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Summit of the Healthy Workplaces Campaign

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 12 novembre 2009

Bilbao, Spain, on 17 November 2009. The importance of risk assessment in the workplace, especially in small and medium-sized enterprises, will be the focus of a high-profile event organised by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) and the Swedish EU Presidency, the summit marks the close of the Healthy Workplaces Campaign on risk assessment, which for the last two years has been promoting practical ways in which workplace risks can be managed and reduced. The event will also include the award ceremony of a pan-European photo competition and presentations of some of our 43 EU campaign partners, giving insight to our first campaign partnership experience, and of the winners of the Good Practice Awards. This scheme recognises organisations that have found innovative ways of keeping European workers safe. Preliminary results will also be made available of the European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks (ESENER), a €2.6 million study which provides a unique insight into European organisations, the action they are taking to anticipate and manage the new risks brought about by changing workplaces, and the support they might need in doing so. The Agency has also made a wide range of material freely available, to help organisations (and especially SMEs) carry out risk assessments in a systematic and thorough manner, and so identify the steps that they need to take to keep their employees safe. At the summit, EU-OSHA director, Dr Takala, presents a new Online Risk Assessment Tool with checklists and plans that help to demystify the risk assessment process. This free tool is being developed as a joint project with EU social partners.

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TREE Project from the Renewables Academy

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 29 luglio 2009

Berlin The TREE Project  (Transfer Renewable Energy & Efficiency) of the Renewables Academy has won acclaim by being recognized as an official Decade Project by the jury of the National Committee of the “UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development”. The jury commended the project’s innovative approach combined with its international reach. As a provider of international education for renewable energy, energy efficiency and climate protection, through the TREE project the Berlin-based RENAC has initiated  sustainable knowledge transfer out of Germany to a total of 14 countries across 3 continents. In the project, funded by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, engineers and decision makers from politics, economics and commerce are being educated on various renewable energy technologies together with the economic, financial, market development and policy-framework issues. To achieve this, between December 2008 and February 2009 over 500 participants from energy ministries, research institutions, companies and NGOs from South America, Africa and Asia were guested by RENAC. In September an on-line teaching platform will be launched and additional in-depth courses will be offered. This transfer of knowledge is already starting to bear fruit. Thus, for example, following his participation in the TREE course, an engineer from an Indian solar-energy company has held several workshops on photovoltaics himself at an engineering institute in his home town of Chennai. A professor at the ‘Universidad de Concepción’ in Chile is currently organizing the installation of several PV modules and solar-thermal collectors on the roof of his university. In the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, exemplary projects for innovative and effective implementation of sustainable education are being commended. The award is conferred by a jury consisting of 12 members of the National Committee, which is convened by the German UNESCO Commission. The UN Decade, instigated in 2002 by the United Nations (UN), has the aim of anchoring the principles of sustainable development in national education systems worldwide.,

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