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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 301

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Statement regarding adoption of new Italian decree law

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 6 settembre 2019

ArcelorMittal notes the publication today on the Italian Official Journal of a decree law adopted by the Italian Government. This decree law amends the so-called Crescita decree law which had removed legal protection pending the implementation of the environmental plan for the Taranto plant. Following its publication, the decree law comes into immediate force, although its permanence is subject to ratification by the Italian Parliament within 60 days. As a result of this development, ArcelorMittal Italia will continue operations beyond 6 September whilst continuing to monitor legal, regulatory and operational developments in relation to the Taranto plant closely in view of its continued viability.
ArcelorMittal is the world’s leading steel and mining company, with a presence in 60 countries and an industrial footprint in 18 countries. Guided by a philosophy to produce safe, sustainable steel, we are the leading supplier of quality steel in the major global steel markets including automotive, construction, household appliances and packaging, with world-class research and development and outstanding distribution networks.Through our core values of sustainability, quality and leadership, we operate responsibly with respect to the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees, contractors and the communities in which we operate.
In 2018, ArcelorMittal had revenues of $76.0 billion and crude steel production of 92.5 million metric tonnes, while own iron ore production reached 58.5 million metric tonnes.
ArcelorMittal is listed on the stock exchanges of New York (MT), Amsterdam (MT), Paris (MT), Luxembourg (MT) and on the Spanish stock exchanges of Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid and Valencia (MTS).

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Crown Sterling Issues Statement Regarding Recent Allegations Made at Black Hat 2019

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 13 agosto 2019

Crown Sterling announced TIME AI™, the world’s first dynamic ‘non-factor’ based quantum AI encryption software to protect data privacy for consumers and enterprise systems – E. Grant, Crown Sterling Founder and CEO, also gave a presentation at Black Hat in a ballroom filled at-capacity on August 8 entitled, “Discovery of Quasi-Prime Numbers: What Does this Mean for Encryption?” related to his paper published through Cornell University in March, 2019 where he identified the first Infinite Prime Number prediction pattern. The discovery was published on Cornell University’s titled: “Accurate and Infinite Prime Number Prediction from Novel Quasi-Prime Analytical Methodology.” The paper was co-authored by Physicist and Number Theorist Talal Ghannam PhD.Some allegations were made at Black Hat 2019 claiming that Grant’s presentation included misrepresentations and erroneous claims.The company’s response to these allegations: “Crown Sterling has announced a legitimate multi-dimensional encryption technology that challenges the paradigm of today’s encryption framework. We understand that the discovery completely transforms the way we secure data and that some members of the security industry are resistant to change or accepting of new technologies that do not conform to traditional approaches,” said Grant. “We completely stand behind all content presented at Black Hat 2019 and we look forward to presenting further developments about the company and our quantum AI encryption technology. Stay tuned for more exciting developments from Crown Sterling.”

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Media Statement on ‘Caravan to Canada’

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 30 luglio 2019

Today, a ‘Caravan to Canada’ of diabetes patients and advocates are traveling from Detroit, Michigan to Windsor, Ontario to access safe and affordable insulin. Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (I-VT) – a long-time advocate for accessing medications from Canada – will be joining them for the trip.The following statement is from Tracy Cooley, Executive Director of the Campaign for Personal Prescription Importation (CPPI):“This Caravan, and similar organized and individual road trips, demonstrate that safe daily health maintenance medications are available in Canada at dramatically lower prices. Although the Caravan will be going to a brick-and-mortar pharmacy, millions of Americans access their daily medications through licensed, legitimate online pharmacies in Canada.“Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar recently recognized that both American and Canadian drug distribution systems are safe. Whether from a brick-and-mortar store or a licensed, legitimate online Canadian pharmacy, Americans should have access to life saving medicines through personal importation.“As the cost of prescription drugs in the U.S. continues to skyrocket, personal prescription importation offers Americans an immediate and ongoing option for accessing safe and affordable prescription drugs. In fact, on average, Americans can save up to 80 percent on their prescription medications by buying them in Canada.”

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Eagle LNG’s Jacksonville LNG Export Facility Receives Final Environmental Impact Statement from FERC

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 16 aprile 2019

Eagle LNG Partners (“Eagle LNG”) announced today that it reached a major milestone, receiving the Final Environmental Impact Statement (“FEIS”) from the United States Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) to construct the Jacksonville LNG Export Facility. This is the final step in the environmental review process before the final Federal Authorization Decision Deadline and anticipated FERC approval of the project.
“Achieving this critical milestone is a significant step forward for Eagle’s Jacksonville LNG Export Facility as we continue to advance our efforts to supply clean burning, domestic and affordable LNG for marine bunkering and small-scale LNG export to both domestic and international markets,” said Sean Lalani, President of Eagle LNG. “We appreciate the continued support we have received from regulators, the Jacksonville and North Florida communities, and local agencies.” The FEIS is a result of FERC’s comprehensive process that Eagle LNG started in December 2014, and includes the completion of numerous comprehensive environmental, safety and security reviews involving input from both federal and state agencies and various stakeholders. The FEIS is a key step for Eagle LNG in their commitment to develop small-scale LNG projects.The proposed Jacksonville LNG Export Facility will initially consist of three liquefaction trains, which, at full build-out, will be capable of producing up to 1.65 million gallons of LNG per day, or approximately 1 million tonnes per annum. “The Jacksonville LNG Export Facility, with its prime Florida East Coast location, will give us a unique and competitive advantage in helping provide some of the lowest-cost power generation for nearby Caribbean countries. With approximately $500 million of infrastructure investment, this project will continue to generate numerous well-paying direct and indirect jobs in Florida,” said Sean Lalani, President of Eagle LNG.

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Elliott Statement on Telecom Italia

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 3 aprile 2019

Elliott Advisors (UK) Limited (“Elliott”) welcomes Vivendi’s decision to withdraw its request to shareholders to revoke five of Telecom Italia’s (“TIM”) Directors, a clear sign that Vivendi understands that there is broad support for TIM’s existing independent Board. This outcome is a victory for the Company and paves the way for stability and sustained value creation for all of TIM’s stakeholders. Elliott remains fully supportive of CEO Luigi Gubitosi, the Company’s management team and the existing independent Board, and looks forward to constructive dialogue with all stakeholders to pursue a value maximising path forward for the Company.
Elliott Management Corporation manages two multi-strategy funds which combined have approximately $34 billion of assets under management. Its flagship fund, Elliott Associates, L.P., was founded in 1977, making it one of the oldest funds of its kind under continuous management. The Elliott funds’ investors include pension plans, sovereign wealth funds, endowments, foundations, funds-of-funds, and employees of the firm. Elliott Advisors (UK) Limited is an affiliate of Elliott Management Corporation.

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Elliott Statement on Telecom Italia

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 1 aprile 2019

Elliott Advisors (UK) Limited (“Elliott”) welcomes Vivendi’s decision to withdraw its request to shareholders to revoke five of Telecom Italia’s (“TIM”) Directors, a clear sign that Vivendi understands that there is broad support for TIM’s existing independent Board. This outcome is a victory for the Company and paves the way for stability and sustained value creation for all of TIM’s stakeholders. Elliott remains fully supportive of CEO Luigi Gubitosi, the Company’s management team and the existing independent Board, and looks forward to constructive dialogue with all stakeholders to pursue a value maximising path forward for the Company.
Elliott Management Corporation manages two multi-strategy funds which combined have approximately $34 billion of assets under management. Its flagship fund, Elliott Associates, L.P., was founded in 1977, making it one of the oldest funds of its kind under continuous management. The Elliott funds’ investors include pension plans, sovereign wealth funds, endowments, foundations, funds-of-funds, and employees of the firm. Elliott Advisors (UK) Limited is an affiliate of Elliott Management Corporation.

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Elliott Statement on Telecom Italia

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 16 marzo 2019

Elliott Advisors (UK) Limited, which advises funds (together “Elliott”) that have a substantial holding in the shares of Telecom Italia (“the Company”, or “TIM”), welcomes today’s recommendation by ISS to vote against Vivendi’s proposals at TIM’s upcoming Annual General Meeting on March 29. ISS rightly concludes that Vivendi has failed to make a compelling case that change to the Company’s Board of Directors is warranted, nor presented any substantive argument related to performance. Elliott notes ISS’s observation that for a campaign focused on governance-based arguments, the corporate governance track record of Vivendi’s controlling shareholder, Bolloré, is far from ideal, with governance and disclosure practices far below French market standards and a history of related-party transactions and conflicts of interest. ISS concludes that “Vivendi’s arguments are mostly based on governance, though Vivendi’s own past actions undermine its moral authority in this case and may actually justify the steps taken by the Elliott-[nominated] directors.”Elliott reiterates its view that Vivendi’s nominees are unsupportable, lack true independence and would simply return control to a group with demonstrable and unacceptable conflicts of interest. Elliott calls upon Vivendi to end the fighting and to give TIM and its independent Board the stability and space required to implement its strategy, and to deliver sustainable shareholder value.In order to share its perspectives with its fellow shareholders, Elliott has today launched a new website,, where both the presentation and related materials are available to view and download. Interested parties are encouraged to visit the website to receive additional information and to sign up for future updates.

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High-Quality Elementary Science Education in New Position Statement

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 16 novembre 2018

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the world’s largest association of science educators, has issued a position statement underscoring the importance of a high-quality science education for our nation’s 30 million elementary students. The statement—focusing on students in kindergarten through 5th and 6th grade—establishes four key principles to guide effective science learning, including the need for schools to give science learning equal priority as other core subjects and strive for at least 60 minutes of science instruction a day that includes science investigations.“Research shows that schools devote significantly less time on science learning than other subjects such as math and reading/language arts,” said NSTA President Christine Royce. “This is unacceptable. With the growing recognition that STEM education is critical to our children’s success in the workplace and as citizens, we can no longer afford to neglect science education, especially at the elementary level.” Other key principles in the statement focus on the importance of an educational environment that supports creative and in-depth student learning; the capacity of elementary students to engage in scientific and engineering practices when given multiple and varied learning experiences; and the need to engage elementary students within the broader community of science.The statement also calls on science education stakeholders—science educators, administrators, curriculum specialists, policymakers, and families—to support high-quality elementary science. In particular, it recommends that educators engage students in three-dimensional instruction as recommended by the Framework for K–12 Science Education; administrators ensure teachers have adequate time to engage students every day in high-quality science instruction; and that pre-service science teachers receive specific coursework that supports three-dimensional instruction in the areas of physical science, life science, and Earth and space science, as well as engineering.One of NSTA’s strategic goals is to improve the quality and prominence of elementary science Education and is focused on providing resources and professional learning opportunities for K–6 educators in science content and pedagogical strategies.The statement was developed by a team of science educators and experts and adopted by the NSTA Board of Directors.

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Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease Statement on Trump Administration’s Proposed Changes to Medicare Part B

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 27 ottobre 2018

Addressing the burden of chronic disease to promote better health acutely depends upon enhancing not restricting access to evidence-based preventive and medical care, including physician-administered prescription drugs. We have grave concerns that the Administration’s proposed changes to Part B will create significant barriers to access to care for Medicare beneficiaries living with serious, complex, chronic conditions.Ninety-six cents of every dollar Medicare spends goes to treating beneficiaries with at least one chronic condition. Medicare beneficiaries incurring the most medical spending often have five or more chronic conditions, representing significant medical needs and individualized care to address them. Focusing on ways to reduce the prevalence and toll of chronic illnesses would improve the overall health of Medicare itself and the millions of Americans it serves.
Medicines administered under Medicare Part B involve serious, complex chronic illnesses, including most cancers, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and other autoimmune conditions. Individual etiology of disease stage, severity, aggression level, and patient goals will factor into treatment decisions developed by physicians and their patients. The proposed changes will inject additional parties to that decision-making, ones making judgments not on the physician’s recommendations, or what’s in the best interest of the patient or her treatment goals, but on exclusively economic grounds. That includes decisions made by foreign nations where policy decisions have delayed patient access to new medicines and include judgments of “value” of health care products and services that discount the personalized nature of patient needs and responses to care.Controlling spending on health care is a priority for all Americans, but Medicare’s most vulnerable – beneficiaries living with serious, complex chronic diseases – should not be sacrificed in pursuit of that goal. Instead, we should be focusing on improvements that help Medicare garner the full benefit preventing and better managing chronic diseases to reduce costs and save lives.

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AGRIFISH Press Statement 15 October 2019

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 ottobre 2018

We have had a very productive Council covering fishing opportunities in the Baltic Sea, which were adopted unanimously, preparations for the next meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), and preparations on fishing arrangements with Norway.
Today there was a real understanding around the table that we cannot be complacent. The Baltic ecosystem is a fragile one with pollution and ensuing eutrophication. And although some stocks are doing better than others, overfishing still exists and the biomass of some stocks is still not at a healthy level.
Therefore, there was broad recognition that our decisions for 2019 need to be ambitious and responsible, in line with the objective to reach maximum sustainable yield (or MSY) levels by 2020 at the latest.I am therefore happy to say that for 7 stocks out of 8 for which scientists provided an MSY-advice, we have fixed total allowable catches at sustainable levels.This means that in 2019 over 98% of estimated landings in the Baltic Sea will come from sustainable fisheries.And as we have said before, sustainable fishing pays off, so there is equally good news for our fishermen.Our decisions today will mean nearly 1 billion euros worth of landings with an average gross profit margin of above 30%, which is a very healthy level of profitability. And 9 of the top 10 most profitable fleets are going to be small-scale.We agreed to increase catches of western cod, sprat, plaice and Gulf of Riga herring. We kept the same levels of catches as last year for salmon in the main basin. And we decided to decrease catches for eastern cod, salmon in the Gulf of Finland and for western, central and eastern herring, as well as herring in the Gulf of Bothnia.
On western cod, I am pleased that things are looking better in 2019. However, the stock is not yet seeing a sustained recovery. It is a good story that rests entirely on one good year in 2016. This is why it was important to limit the increase to levels that will still leave enough of that good year in the sea so that this fish can fill up the stock and produce more fish for the years to come.While Council today has decided to increase the catch limits by more than that proposed by the Commission, this increase will still keep this catch limit in the lower half of the lower MSY-range. This should still help us to stay at sustainable levels also in the coming years.
This takes me to the fishery which has now become our biggest worry in the Baltic: western herring.Here, the Council agreed to a reduction by 48% and additional conservation measures to be taken by the Member States. This is less than what the Commission has proposed. However, it is still below the lowest point of MSY range based on the latest scientific information and it will allow the biomass to increase by around 4%. This was an essential criterion for me to be able to support the compromise.And let me just briefly say a few words on two other points we discussed: preparations for the next meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) and fishing arrangements with Norway.

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Statement from WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey Announcing Plans for Direct-to-Consumer Streaming Service

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 12 ottobre 2018

“We announced plans to launch a new direct-to-consumer streaming service in the fourth quarter of 2019. This is another benefit of the AT&T/Time Warner merger, and we are committed to launching a compelling and competitive product that will serve as a complement to our existing businesses and help us to expand our reach by offering a new choice for entertainment with the WarnerMedia collection of films, television series, libraries, documentaries and animation loved by consumers around the world. We expect to create such a compelling product that it will help distributors increase consumer penetration of their current packages and help us successfully reach more customers.”

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World Oceans Day: Statement by Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 11 giugno 2018

On World Oceans Day, I want to join the global celebration of our oceans. I want to highlight their importance for our wellbeing and for the wellbeing of future generations: as an abundant supplier of food, energy and other natural resources; as a regulator for our climate and many of our natural cycles; and as source of inspiration, imagination and humility. On this day, I also want to recall the urgent need to address the immense challenges that our oceans are faced with: climate change, pollution, environmental degradation and unsustainable management of their resources. Our oceans connect us all. Borderless as they are, so are the challenges they face. This is why the European Union is supporting strong international ocean governance. Last year in Malta the Our Ocean Conference resulted in 433 commitments from across the world, and financial pledges of over €7 billion euros. We look forward to the next edition in Bali, on 29-31 October, and will contribute to its success by delivering on our promises and tabling new commitments. We also remain firmly committed to the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and are embedding this agenda into our policies.The theme of this year’s World Oceans Day is “Preventing plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean”. The European Commission has recently tableda proposal that will halt pollution from single use plastic items and derelict fishing gear. With the help of our EU citizens, our companies and innovators, our fishermen and fishing gear producers, we will be able to prevent marine litter at source. Other recent initiatives, such as the Fisheries Control Regulation, the Directive on Port Reception Facilities, and our proposal for the next long-term EU budget, complement this proposal, removing barriers and adding financial stimuli.On World Oceans Day, I want to send a positive message. With our common fisheries policies, we are showing that sustainability and economic performance go hand in hand. In the North-east Atlantic, we have moved from 5 to 53 fish stocks at sustainable levels in less than a decade, while the net profit of our fishing fleet is reaching record highs. The European Union is playing its part, we are taking care of our future; standing up for our oceans.

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Statement from Southeast Anesthesiology Consultants and Mednax Services, Inc.

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 15 Mag 2018

Southeast Anesthesiology Consultants (“Southeast”), an affiliate of MEDNAX, Inc. (NYSE:MD) today filed a motion with the North Carolina Business Court seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against Atrium Health and Dr. Thomas Wherry’s Scope Anesthesia.
The motion seeking a temporary restraining order is necessary given that for some time, Dr. Wherry and Atrium have been attempting to recruit physicians from Southeast, in violation of the contract Southeast has with Atrium as well as contrary to statements both Atrium and Dr. Wherry have made to the press. The motion requests the judge to order the defendants to cease such solicitation immediately.Additionally, the motion seeking a preliminary injunction details how Atrium and Dr. Wherry improperly obtained highly proprietary information related to staffing the anesthesia treatment locations where Southeast currently provides services.Despite Atrium’s continued attempts to impugn our practice and our intent, Southeast and MEDNAX are proven assets to Charlotte and the surrounding region. Our 88 physicians stand ready, willing and able to continue serving patients as we have done faithfully and tirelessly since 1981.Atrium Health and Southeast have built one of the highest quality anesthesia programs in the country that took years to develop and refine. We believe Atrium is destroying a highly successful program as a means to improve its bottom line, with little consideration for the potential damage it can do to the communities that it serves as the region’s public hospital system.

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ADM Statement on Signing Ceremony in China

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 12 novembre 2017

BEIJING, China. Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) and COFCO Group are proud to have participated in a signing ceremony witnessed by U.S. President Donald Trump, and President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, on Thursday, Nov. 9, in Beijing, China.This memorandum of understanding, signed by ADM and COFCO Group for the export of U.S. soybeans into China, is a strong example of our countries’ increasingly productive and mutually beneficial trade relationship. The U.S. and China are the world’s two largest producers and consumers of food, and together, both countries play a key role in helping to achieve food security not only for their respective populations, but for the globe.ADM and COFCO are pleased to continue advancing agriculture as a basis for ongoing cooperation and collaboration between our two countries, and creating a foundation for a stronger overall bilateral relationship in the years ahead.
For more than a century, the people of Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) have transformed crops into products that serve the vital needs of a growing world. Today, we’re one of the world’s largest agricultural processors and food ingredient providers, with approximately 32,000 employees serving customers in more than 160 countries. With a global value chain that includes approximately 500 crop procurement locations, 250 ingredient manufacturing facilities, 38 innovation centers and the world’s premier crop transportation network, we connect the harvest to the home, making products for food, animal feed, industrial and energy uses. Learn more at

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AIG Issues Statement on Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) Decision to Remove SIFI Designation

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 1 ottobre 2017

tokyo-japanTokyo. American International Group, Inc. (NYSE: AIG) today issued the following statement from AIG President and Chief Executive Officer Brian Duperreault regarding the Financial Stability Oversight Council’s decision to remove AIG’s designation as a Systemically Important Financial Institution (SIFI): “I welcome the decision by the Financial Stability Oversight Council to rescind AIG’s SIFI designation. The Council’s decision reflects the substantial and successful de-risking that AIG’s employees have achieved since 2008. The company is committed to continued vigilant risk management and to working closely with our numerous regulators to enable a strong AIG to continue to serve our clients.”
Certain statements in this press release constitute forward-looking statements. These statements are not historical facts but instead represent only AIG’s belief regarding future events, many of which, by their nature, are inherently uncertain and outside AIG’s control. It is possible that actual results will differ, possibly materially, from the anticipated results contemplated by these statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ, possibly materially, from those in the forward-looking statements are discussed throughout AIG’s periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission pursuant to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.American International Group, Inc. (AIG) is a leading global insurance organization. Founded in 1919, today AIG member companies provide a wide range of property casualty insurance, life insurance, retirement products, and other financial services to customers in more than 80 countries and jurisdictions. These diverse offerings include products and services that help businesses and individuals protect their assets, manage risks and provide for retirement security. AIG common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
These references with additional information about AIG have been provided as a convenience, and the information contained on such websites is not incorporated by reference into this press release.AIG is the marketing name for the worldwide property-casualty, life and retirement, and general insurance operations of American International Group, Inc. For additional information, please visit our website at All products and services are written or provided by subsidiaries or affiliates of American International Group, Inc. Products or services may not be available in all countries, and coverage is subject to actual policy language. Non-insurance products and services may be provided by independent third parties. Certain property-casualty coverages may be provided by a surplus lines insurer. Surplus lines insurers do not generally participate in state guaranty funds, and insureds are therefore not protected by such funds.

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IPPF Statement: Why we will not sign the Global Gag Rule

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 25 gennaio 2017

trumpOn 23 January 2017 President Trump signed an executive order reinstating the Global Gag Rule, or the Mexico City Policy.The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) believes in the right of every individual to decide about their own health and well-being. As an organisation that seeks to protect and improve the lives of women, men and children around the world, IPPF and its partners in 170 countries will not sign a policy that denies human rights and puts the lives of women at risk. The Global Gag Rule denies U.S. funding to organisations like IPPF if they use money from other donors to provide abortion services, counselling or referrals—even if abortion is legal in a country.It blocks critical funding for health services like contraception, maternal health, and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment for any organisation that refuses to sign it.When it has been enacted by previous Republican Presidents, evidence has shown that the Global Gag Rule has not reduced the number of abortions; rather, by eliminating access to contraception, it has led to more unintended pregnancies and more unsafe abortions. IPPF is the largest non-governmental provider of contraception in the world. It has worked with the U.S. government for decades. Our global network of local partners delivers more than 300 services every minute of every day, including 70 million contraceptive services every year.The Global Gag Rule’s reinstatement will result in additional unintended pregnancies and countless other needless injuries and deaths.It means IPPF will lose $100 million USD for proven programs that provide comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services for millions of women and youth who otherwise go without these vital services, including women suffering the burden of health and humanitarian crises.Over the years USAID has been a huge supporter of family planning – with a budget of over $600 million per year. Reinstatement will mean that years of progress to increase access to essential services globally, will be lost.We cannot—and will not—deny life-saving services to the world’s poorest women. We will work with governments and donors to bridge the funding and service gaps the Global Gag Rule creates. We will ensure that women can exercise their rights and access safe abortion and family planning. ( by International Planned Parenthood Federation)

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Position Statement AME sulla terapia sostitutiva dell’Ipotiroidismo Primitivo

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 21 gennaio 2017

ipotiroidismoÈ stato presentato in anteprima a Roma, nel corso del XV Congresso Nazionale AME (Associazione Medici Endocrinologi), un Position Statement della società scientifica relativo alla terapia sostitutiva dell’ipotiroidismo primitivo, sotto la veste di una breve guida per la pratica clinica. Abbiamo chiesto di delineare i punti-chiave del documento al suo primo autore, il prof. Rinaldo Guglielmi, Past-President AME.
Nonostante la presenza di svariate Linee Guida di buona fattura sull’ipotiroidismo, pubblicate negli ultimi 5 anni da parte dell’AACE (American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists) e dell’ETA (European Thyroid Association) nel 2012 e dell’ATA (American Thyroid Association) nel 2014, l’AME ha deciso di pubblicare un breve statement, in collaborazione con l’Italian AACE Chapter, con il fine di fornire ai propri soci uno strumento clinico aggiornato, agile e pertanto di estrema utilità nella vita pratica di tutti i giorni. Le Linee Guida troppo ponderose come per esempio quelle dell’ATA, che ha prodotto un documento puntuale di 80 pagine con circa 700 riferimenti bibliografici e tecnicamente ineccepibile, sono difficili da consultare e quindi di ridotta utilità pratica. Lo statement dell’AME conferma il ruolo centrale del TSH nel monitoraggio della terapia sostitutiva ma specifica i differenti intervalli di riferimento sulla base dell’età del paziente: per i soggetti giovani è consigliato un intervallo del TSH tra 0.6 e 3.0 mIU/L mentre per i soggetti più anziani sembra più appropriato un intervallo più alto (4.5-5.5 mIU/L). Viene ribadito che il farmaco di scelta è la levotiroxina (LT4) sintetica in monoterapia. Il pannello degli esperti ha sottolineato come le formulazioni estrattive o le sostanze considerate supplementazioni dietetiche, sostanze simpaticomimetiche e, in alcuni casi, ormoni tiroidei non titolati, non hanno alcun ruolo nella terapia dell’ipotiroidismo. La dose iniziale di LT4 consigliata dipende dall’età e dalle comorbidità: nei soggetti giovani può essere iniziata la dose piena (1.6 µg/kg di peso corporeo/die ricordando che nei soggetti obesi tale dose sovrastima il fabbisogno reale in proporzione all’eccesso ponderale), mentre con l’avanzare dell’età deve essere posta più cautela nella dose inziale del farmaco. Altrettanta attenzione deve essere dedicata ai soggetti con comorbilità cardiovascolari e soprattutto in quelli con rischio di aritmie (cominciare con una dose di 25-50 µg/die di LT4 e incrementare progressivamente fino al raggiungimento dei target terapeutici).Il pannello degli esperti ritiene tutte le formulazioni di LT4 disponibili (compresse, liquide, soft-gel e generiche) utilizzabili al momento di iniziare la terapia. È opportuna la modifica della dose sostitutiva in relazione al valore del TSH desiderato, ma in caso di TSH instabile è consigliabile passare alle formulazioni che hanno dimostrato un migliore assorbimento (formulazione liquide e/o soft-gel). L’assunzione della terapia prevede il digiuno ma la distanza dal pasto è in relazione alle caratteristiche della formulazione, essendo la formulazione liquida quella che necessita del più breve periodo di distanza con la colazione e che può essere assunta con il caffè o una spremuta. È stata presa in considerazione anche la somministrazione bed time del farmaco ma solo dopo almeno tre ore di digiuno. Grande attenzione va fatta a tutte le condizioni che possono creare interferenza nell’assorbimento della LT4 e sono riportate tutte le condizioni cliniche e i farmaci in grado di interferire con l’assorbimento della LT4.Infine una particolare attenzione è data a quei pazienti che, pur presentando analisi biochimiche apparentemente adeguate, presentano ancora sintomi correlabili con ipotiroidismo. Pur essendo i sintomi della malattia molto aspecifici e quindi possibili spie di numerose altre situazioni cliniche potenzialmente confondenti, in tali pazienti può essere giustificata l’aggiunta di una piccola dose di LT3 alla dose di LT4 con un rapporto LT4/LT3 tra i 10 ed i 20:1. Questa aggiunta, in molte occasioni, consente un miglioramento dello stato clinico del paziente. La precauzione è quella di evitare sovradosaggi di LT3 e soprattutto il suo uso in soggetti molto anziani, cardiopatici o donne in gravidanza. In sintesi potremmo concludere con James V. Hennessey che, nel benevolo editoriale dedicato allo statement dell’AME, dichiara che quest’ultimo conferma l’evoluzione della terapia dell’ipotiroidismo. Hennessey, infatti, ricorda che, nonostante l’apparente semplicità della terapia, negli ultimi anni sono comparsi numerosi lavori che meglio hanno definito i meccanismi fisiopatologici della malattia e della sua terapia e pertanto “the replacement therapy is a work in progress”. (fonte: doctor33) (foto: ipotiroidismo)

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Faith Leaders Challenge Sovereign Wealth and Pension Funds in COP 22 Interfaith Climate Statement

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 11 novembre 2016

marrakechBy Jenny Phillips. Green Faith Marrakech, Leaders from global faith groups, financial institutions and foundations called on sovereign wealth and pension funds to rapidly end trillions in investments related to fossil fuels and invest in renewable energy in line with the Paris AgreementThe faith leaders met at Building the Divest Invest Movement with Faiths, Foundations and Finance, an official side event of the COP22 UN Convention on Climate Change, which began November 7 in Marrakech.At the event, the COP22 Interfaith Climate Statement was released, with eminent leaders from across faith traditions joining together in a powerful call to action. Signatories include His Holiness the Dalai Lama; Msgr. Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences; Rev Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, General Secretary, World Council of Churches; Sayyid M. Syeed, Islamic Society of North America; Archbishop Desmond Tutu; and over 220 other faith leaders from around the globe. Other signatories include senior Buddhist, Hindu, Jain, Sikh, Muslim, Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Anglican, Episcopal, Baptist, Pentecostal, Lutheran, Quaker, Unitarian Universalist, Indigenous and other spiritual leaders.The Statement included a set of imperatives designed to speed a transition to a low carbon future in a timeframe consistent with the goal of limiting temperature rises to 1.5°C above preindustrial levels. The calls included shifting public finances away from fossil fuels, increasing financing to end energy poverty with renewable energy, and ensuring a just transition that protects human rights and vulnerable communities.Faith leaders urged their communities for more commitments to divest from fossil fuels and invest in renewable energy, with the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) releasing a major announcement that it would commit to divest its investments from fossil fuels and encourage its two constituent organizations and five national affiliated institutions to do so as well. This marked the world’s first divestment announcement from a Muslim institution.“According to Islam’s most basic and fundamental teachings, human beings have been uniquely charged with the great responsibility of being Guardians of the Earth. It goes against the mission of the ISNA to invest in fossil fuel companies whose operations and products cause such grave harm to humanity and to Creation,” said Dr. Azhar Azeez, President of the Islamic Society of North America.The event also included presentations by philanthropic foundation leaders. Mark Sainsbury, Chair of the Mark Leonard Trust, made the financial case for divest invest: “The Paris Agreement, new regulations and technological innovation will see fossil fuel companies lose value and market share to sustainable energy technologies. In fact, it’s happening already. We’re in a sustainable energy revolution and I believe it’s wiser to invest in the low carbon technology of today and tomorrow, not the high carbon technology of yesterday,” he said.Ellen Dorsey, Executive Director of the Wallace Global Fund, stated, “Governments have significant influence on global finance with their investment assets. Nations can play a critical and stabilising role in expediting the transition from a fossil-fuel based economy to a net-zero carbon economy, mitigating the financial and humanitarian risks of dangerous climate change. Nations’ sovereign wealth funds must be invested consistent with the commitments made in Paris.”Rev Fletcher Harper, Executive Director of GreenFaith said, “Religious and spiritual communities recognize that the earth is a gift, and that it is our responsibility to protect it. In the face of the climate crisis, we are all required to act and to immediately shift away from fossil fuels and toward clean energy. Faith communities are also united in their concern to care for the most vulnerable and are committed to bring distributed, clean power to the 1.1 billion people globally who lack access to electricity by 2030.”The side event was hosted by GreenFaith and Divest Invest. Greenfaith is an interfaith environmental organization that inspires, equips, and mobilizes diverse faith communities for environmental action. Divest Invest encourages individuals and philanthropic institutions to accelerate the transition to a clean energy future.

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Statement from SEIU’s Henry on police shootings

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 8 luglio 2016

washingtonWASHINGTON In response to police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota, SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement:“I am shocked and dismayed by the police shootings that have taken the lives of Black men in Louisiana and Minnesota over the past two days.“SEIU members’ thoughts and prayers are with the families of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, and our members in Louisiana and Minnesota are joining in the local responses in Baton Rouge and the Twin Cities.“But we know thoughts, prayers and protests are no longer enough. We need to hear that Black Lives Matter, not just from protesters but from our elected officials, and together we must take action to end structural racism in America.“The use of excessive force by police officers against Black people is a national problem that must be addressed by our nation’s leaders. America won’t succeed if we don’t prioritize dismantling structural racism and ending anti-Black racism.“It is important that we take care of one another during this difficult time. The psychological trauma of the continuous attacks on Black people affects our emotional and physical well-being, individually and collectively. When we see our brothers and sisters attacked, our own sense of safety and security is also attacked. “May everyone involved in these tragedies find justice and peace.”

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Statement by Martin SCHULZ, EP President on the situation in Greece following the Referendum

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 6 luglio 2015

Martin-schulz“The ‘no’ side has won the referendum with an overwhelming majority and we have to respect the vote of the Greek people. In full sovereignty they expressed a clear ‘no’ to the proposals on the table in the eurozone. This is a difficult day: there’s a broad majority in Greece and the promise of Prime Minister Tsipras to the Greek people that with the ‘no’ the position of Greece for negotiating a better deal would become better is, in my eyes, not true…
“…We are in a difficult situation, the Greek people said no, but eighteen other states of the eurozone agreed about the proposals to which the Greek people said ‘no’. But this is democracy in Greece and democratic governments and parliaments in other countries had another view a different view. It is now up to the Greek government to make proposals which could convince the eighteen other member states of the eurozone and the institutions in Brussels that it is necessary, possible and even effective to renegotiate, but this depends now on the proposals coming from Greece…”
.. But, nevertheless we have to respect the sovereignty and the will that the greek people expressed today in the referendum. The promise of the minister of finance that the banks will open tomorrow and that money will be available for tomorrow and Tuesday seems to me very difficult and dangerous. And, therefore, because I believe that the Greek people will be, during the week and even every day in a more difficult situation, I think we should tomorrow, at the latest on Tuesday for the eurozone summit discuss about a humanitarian aid programme for Greece…”
“…Ordinary citizens, pensioners, sick people or children in the kindergarten should not pay a price for the dramatic situation in which the country and the government brought the country now. Therefore a humanitarian programme is needed immediately and I hope that the Greek government will make in the next coming hours meaningful and constructive proposals allowing that it is meaningful and possible te renegotiate. If not, we are entering a very difficult and even dramatic time.”

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