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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 279

Posts Tagged ‘support’

MEPs approve €585 million to support Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 15 luglio 2020

Parliament gave its green light to top up support to refugees and host communities in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon in response to the Syrian crisis.The report by Monika Hohlmeier (EPP, DE) recommending the approval of the draft amending budget was adopted on Friday with 557 votes to 72 and 59 abstentions.€485 million have been earmarked to keep funding the two main EU humanitarian support actions in Turkey, the Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) and the Conditional Cash Transfer for Education (CCTE).Host communities and refugees (Syrian refugees and Palestinian refugees from Syria) in Jordan and Lebanon will be supported with a total of €100 million. This money will be used to fund projects that offer access to education, support livelihoods and provide health, sanitation, water and waste services, as well as social protection.

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ECSA in full support of effective and well-targeted tonnage tax for shipping

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 21 giugno 2020

L’ECSA sostiene con forza il regime di tonnage -tax efficace e ben mirata per lo shipping, a fronte dell’odierna nuova richiesta di FERPORT (la Federazione europea degli operatori portuali privati) e CLECAT (l’Associazione europea per le spedizioni, i trasporti, la logistica e i servizi doganali) alla Commissione europea di agire per limitare l’uso del regime di tonnage tax per le compagnie di navigazione. Entrambe le organizzazioni suggeriscono di non applicare più il sistema di tassazione del tonnellaggio alle “attività accessorie”, attività strettamente connesse alle operazioni di shipping.
L’ECSA non vede motivo per questa richiesta in quanto la presunta distorsione della concorrenza derivante dall’applicazione della tonnage tax ad attività accessorie non è riconosciuta.
L’ECSA sottolinea che il sistema di tassazione del tonnellaggio è essenziale per fornire agli armatori europei condizioni di parità nei confronti di concorrenti extracomunitari, salvaguardando posti di lavoro altamente qualificati per molti europei presso le sedi delle compagnie di navigazione in Europa che porta anche a importanti effetti positivi su altri comparti del cluster marittimo e logistico europeo in termini di fatturato aggiuntivo e posti di lavoro.
L’approccio seguito dalla Commissione europea in merito alle “attività accessorie” è applicato da molti anni. L’ECSA non è a conoscenza di alcuna distorsione della concorrenza con gli operatori di altre parti della catena logistica e per questo, dopo una prima incontro di sei mesi fa, ha chiesto a FEPORT e CLECAT di discutere ancora di questo argomento che al momento non ha evidenziato alcun caso di distorsione della concorrenza.
L’ECSA ha piena fiducia nel processo decisionale della Commissione europea in materia di aiuti di Stato al trasporto marittimo e rimane fiduciosa che le condizioni legate all’applicazione della tonnage tax alle attività accessorie e alle altre condizioni che gli Stati membri devono seguire impediscono qualsiasi distorsione della concorrenza con altri operatori della catena logistica.

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McAllister on EU-UK talks: Full support for the EU Chief Negotiator

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 31 maggio 2020

The Chair of Parliament’s United Kingdom Coordination Group, David McAllister (EPP, DE), made the following statement on Friday after a meeting with EU Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier.After a vote in the Committees of Foreign Affairs and International Trade on 12 June, the European Parliament will vote on a resolution at the 17-19 June plenary session to sum up its stance ahead of the milestone High-Level Conference with the UK.“As stated in several resolutions, Parliament will not consent to an agreement that does not include provisions on level playing field, fundamental rights, robust governance and a stable framework for fisheries.It also considers the full implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement, co-signed by the UK Prime Minister, to be crucial.Today we reiterate our full support for the EU Chief Negotiator, who has a clear political mandate from the European Council and the overwhelming support of the European Parliament to negotiate an ambitious agreement that covers all the areas and sectors included in the Political Declaration. Not only the ones in which the UK government is interested.The EU cannot make an agreement at the cost of undermining its internal market or the interests and competitiveness of our companies and industries. Meanwhile, in the UK legal proposals, there are many examples of areas where the UK wants to keep access to the single market whilst not abiding by its rules: it asks for almost complete freedom of movement for service providers, the assimilation of UK auditors, the recognition of professional qualifications and electricity interconnection. The EU has provided none of these in any of its agreements with third countries.As the UK is no longer an EU member, it cannot have similar access to EU databases as member states. For the same reason, the UK cannot enjoy the right to decide on financial services equivalence or the adequacy of data protection, which are EU sovereign competences. The UK has taken a sovereign decision to leave the EU, its internal market and customs union and this will have concrete consequences as of 1 January 2021.”

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EP supports local authorities fighting the effects of the pandemic

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 26 maggio 2020

Brussels. Besides Parliament’s core activities, President Sassoli has offered EP support to local authorities providing meals, shelter and a COVID-19 testing centre. The current precautionary measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 have not affected the European Parliament’s capacity to ensure the legislative, budgetary and scrutiny functions of the Institution.Besides its core activities, the European Parliament contacted the local authorities to offer its support in addressing the socio economic consequences of the crisis in its three main places of work. As result, different agreements with local authorities are in place to address specific requests and needs due to the current circumstances.“We are all involved in an emergency which touches people’s lives. This crisis must push all of us, including the institutions, to set a good example” said European Parliament President David Sassoli.Thanks to its logistical services, the European Parliament provides about 7,000 meals per week, since 14 April, distributed in collaboration with various charitable associations: Resto du Coeur Saint Gilles, DoucheFLUX, the Red Cross, Mother Teresa and CPAS Ixelles. Parliament has also started to deliver meals for medical staff at Saint Pierre hospital.In addition, 100 vulnerable women have been offered a shelter on EP Brussels premises. The Samusocial of the Brussels Region has been running the fully equipped installations in EP’s Kohl building since 29 April. The Parliament also provides the associated catering 7 days a week to them in a cafeteria reorganised to respect all precautionary measures.The European Parliament has also made available part of its car and truck fleet for the transportation of supplies and delivering meals to nurses and doctors.

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Transport: more support and better coordination vital to overcome COVID-19 crisis

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 2 maggio 2020

In a debate on Tuesday with Commissioner for Transport Adina Vălean, MEPs raised a number of persisting problems facing the sector that have been caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.Members insisted on much closer cooperation and a common approach in the European Union to avoid the type of unilateral and uncoordinated action by individual member states that nearly led to a breakdown of the single market, when the containment measures were first introduced.Commissioner Vălean told MEPs that a relief package for the transport sector will be tabled in the coming days and a dedicated crisis exit strategy will be presented as soon as possible. “The Commission is working on a set of recommendations to facilitate this coordination and to avoid fragmentation,” she said. This upcoming guidance to coordinate EU efforts will include various modes of transport as well as safety measures, e.g. social distancing rules and cleaning of vehicles.Many MEPs insisted during the debate that passengers’ rights must be respected and consumers must retain the possibility to be reimbursed. The Commission has to clarify any remaining ambiguity so that these rights are respected in all member states, they said.The Commissioner said that vouchers should be made more attractive to consumers and guaranteed by the state. She said that with various funds made available, as well as state aid rules being temporarily more flexible, “member states are free to decide how to design the measures and help companies to survive”.
Several MEPs brought up the worsening working conditions for transport workers who are dealing with longer hours and little safety and personal protective equipment. The Commissioner argued that, despite the relaxed rules on driving and rest times, workers’ health and safety remain a priority.MEPs reiterated their worries regarding the collapse of the tourism sector, as discussed with Commissioner Thierry Breton on 21 April. The Commission will propose additional measures and a recovery strategy for the tourism ecosystem ahead of the summer season.The European Parliament stated, in its resolution on EU coordinated action to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences, that the transport and tourism sectors have been severely affected. MEPs called for action to ensure the health, safety and working conditions of transport workers and to support transport companies to survive the crisis.

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COVID-19: MEPs free up over €3 billion to support EU healthcare sector

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 19 aprile 2020

The EU funds should directly support healthcare systems in EU member states in their fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The initiative should allow the EU to buy urgent medical supplies, such as masks and respiratory equipment, transport medical equipment and patients in cross-border regions, finance the recruitment of additional healthcare professionals to be deployed to hotspots across the European Union, as well as helping member states to construct mobile field hospitals.A total of €3.08 billion from the EU budget will be channelled mainly through the Emergency Support Instrument (€2.7 billion) and through rescEU (€380 million).The package includes additional funds to finance repatriation flights (€45 million) under EU Civil Protection Mechanism to reunite families stranded in third countries, to provide more resources for the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (€3.6 million), but also to help Greece deal with increased migratory pressures (€350 million), and to support Albania’s post-earthquake reconstruction (€100 million). Budget Committee MEPs already called in March for available financial means remaining in the 2020 budget to be mobilised.

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Coronavirus response: Further EU support to fisheries and aquaculture sectors

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 7 aprile 2020

The package includes support for the temporary cessation of fishing activities due to coronavirus, support to aquaculture farmers for the suspension of production and additional costs, and support to producer organisations for the storage of fishery and aquaculture products. Additional amendments to the EMFF Regulation allow for more flexible reallocation of financial resources within the operational programmes of each Member State and a simplified procedure for amending operational programmes with respect to the introduction of the new measures.Virginijus Sinkevičius, European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, said: “Europe’s fishermen and aquaculture farmers are used to fighting the elements. But the coronavirus is a different kind of storm. The Commission therefore proposes a range of targeted actions addressing the urgent challenges that our seafood community faces. These measures will help protecting thousands of jobs in the EU’s coastal regions and maintaining food security.” With fishers forced to stay in port and fish farmers facing the prospect of having to dispose of unused products, these temporary and targeted measures will serve to provide immediate aid during this difficult situation. The Commission has also acted with a view to fostering greater market stability, mitigating the risk of having high-value seafood products wasted or redirected to non-human food purposes, and helping to absorb the impact of the crisis on the return on products.Provided that the Commission proposal is adopted by the Council and the European Parliament without amendments, expenditure for operations supported under the specific coronavirus-related measures will be retroactively eligible as of 1 February 2020 until 31 December 2020. The supported operations must comply with the eligibility conditions established in the regulation. Therefore, Member States can already start selecting and supporting these operations.

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COVID-19: Parliament approves crucial EU support measures

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 30 marzo 2020

As part of the EU’s joint response to the COVID-19 outbreak, MEPs almost unanimously adopted three urgent proposals in an extraordinary plenary session, on Thursday.The urgent measures to help people and businesses tackle the crisis were voted on in plenary less than two weeks after the Commission tabled its proposals.The approved proposals are:The Corona Response Investment Initiative. These measures are meant to channel €37 billion from available EU funds as soon as possible to citizens, regions and countries hit the hardest by the Coronavirus pandemic. The funds will be directed towards healthcare systems, SMEs, labour markets and other vulnerable parts of EU member states’ economies. The proposal was adopted with 683 votes in favour, 1 against and 4 abstentions.The extension of the EU Solidarity Fund to cover public health emergencies. The measures will make up to €800 million available for European countries in 2020. Operations eligible under the Fund will be extended to include support in a major public health emergency, including medical assistance, as well as measures to prevent, monitor or control the spread of diseases. The proposal was adopted with 671 votes in favour, 3 against and 14 abstentions.Temporarily suspending EU rules on airport slots. This will stop air carriers from operating empty flights during the pandemic. The temporary suspension means that airlines are not obliged to use their planned take-off and landing slots to keep them in the next corresponding season. The ‘use it or lose it’ rule will be waived for the whole summer season, from 29 March until 24 October 2020. The proposal was adopted with 686 votes in favour, no votes against and 2 abstentions.

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‘Together’ Goes Nationwide With Support for Students to Boost Positive Mental Health

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 23 dicembre 2019 announces that Together by will help connect communities across the nation at is launches nationwide in 2020 – being available in Liverpool, Swansea, Birmingham and Edinburgh during early 2020, following a successful launch in Sheffield. Together – created as a direct response to 70% of students feeling lonely whilst at university – provides an opportunity for students and care home residents in local communities to create long-lasting friendships, encouraging healthy wellbeing, by building a network outside of their accommodation.Together hosted a tea party in Sheffield for the care home residents and students taking part in the initiative. The students and care home residents shared favourite family & friendship memories, as well as the latest news and even sharing dating advice. The initiative helps to remedy research statistics showing that both students and the older generation in local communities are at risk of the negative impact of loneliness on mental health & wellbeing. For students, adjusting to the student lifestyle and often living away from home for the first time can be a challenge to maintain healthy day-to-day routines due to academic, social and financial pressures. For the older members of the local community, according to Age UK, more than 1.7 million older people say they go for over a month without speaking to a friend, neighbour or family member.

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European decision-makers and local and regional governments call for European policies to give greater support to rural areas

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 19 novembre 2019

Against the backdrop of ongoing discussions about the EU’s next financial framework, the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), members of the European Parliament and the International Association Rurality-Environment-Development (RED) met at a conference in Brussels on 12 November to talk about the specific needs of rural areas post-2020. They urged the European Commission to include provisions in its future legislative proposals to take account of the specificities of these areas and to provide them with adequate funding, in particular under the European Structural and Investment Funds (EFSI).
On 3 October 2018, the European Parliament adopted a resolution, at the initiative of Mercedes Bresso, chair of Intergroup on Rural, Mountainous and Remote Areas (RUMRA), on the specific needs of rural, mountainous and remote areas. The proposal called for European policies to be coordinated to ensure the development of rural areas so as to meet the economic, environmental and social challenges facing all of Europe’s regions, and rural areas in particular. In order to foster cohesion and prevent the risk of territorial fragmentation in the future, the proposal suggested establishing a Smart Villages Pact with a view to ensuring a more effective, integrated and coordinated approach to EU policies with an impact on rural areas. The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) echoes these demands, which are crucial to ensuring rural development in the 2021 and 2027 period. As pointed out by Gérard Peltre, President of RED and the European Countryside Movement, recognising the diversity of rural areas in terms of development and innovation hubs to meet the major social, climate-related and other challenges facing Europe in a world undergoing radical change is essential to achieving the EU’s territorial cohesion objectives, building on the European Rural Agenda and making a success of Rural Proofing. The most recent figures however reveal a lack of financial commitment to these areas, making the introduction of an operational strategic and financial framework – including the European Rural Agenda – geared to the integrated development of rural areas even more urgent. Mr Peltre argued that future efforts towards a European rural agenda, put on an official footing by the European Parliament, hinged on the support of bodies such as the CoR and, of course, the commitment of the Member States and the European Commission. France had opened the way with its French Rural Agenda. The same applied to the cross-border Grande Région with the rurality reference centre (Lorraine, Luxembourg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Sarre, Wallonia).Franc Bogovič, Member of the European Parliament and vice-chair of the RUMRA intergroup at the European Parliament, pointed out that “with this resolution the European Parliament aims to assure citizens outside urban areas that they hold opportunities similar to those in urban areas. It is up to us MEPs in the relevant Committees to use this resolution as a tool and constant reminder every time we need to argue and persuade other politicians that policies that solely aim at urban areas are incomplete : they only address half of Europe”.Jan Olbrycht, Member of the European Parliament and rapporteur for the multiannual financial framework, added that
the second pillar of the CAP should not be a reserve for the first pillar and that rural development should not restricted to the CAP but should, rather, be taken into account in all European policies.Ulrike Müller, Member of the European Parliament and rapporteur on the CAP Horizontal Regulation, and the CAP’s contribution to rural development, added “we need strong rural areas in the European Union, and that’s why I am calling for the common agricultural policy to continue to provide enough money for the Rural Development Fund in the next funding period. In my view, the key elements in this respect are knowledge transfer and innovation, assistance for young farmers and generational renewal, and support for medium-sized enterprises.More than half the population live in rural areas, where there is often a lack of fast internet, good transport links, easily accessible healthcare, and educational and cultural facilities. That’s also something we need to address.” The speakers agreed on the urgent need to find a response to the rural-urban imbalance and to step up rural-agricultural cooperation. They considered that rural, mountainous and remote areas should be put back at the centre of European economic and social policies in the next cohesion policy programming period. Rural areas must enjoy similar opportunities to the initiatives launched for urban areas.

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Workarea Commerce Cloud to Support New Growth Initiatives

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 13 novembre 2019

Workarea Commerce, a leading enterprise commerce platform, and Syatt Media, an eCommerce development, and growth studio, announced today that Spell & The Gypsy Collective, a growing Australia-based fashion brand, has launched on Workarea Commerce Cloud.Founded in 2009, the modern-bohemian fashion brand has seen steady growth and increasing interest in their product globally and across selling channels. With Workarea, the team embarks on the next phase of their business with a single technology platform to implement rich customer experience improvements across their websites and retail points of sale.Syatt Media, a Workarea Solution Partner, was chosen by Spell to support their implementation of the Workarea Commerce Cloud.
Scaling Globally with Superior Content and Omnichannel Capabilities. As demand for Spell’s products has grown, the digital team looked to Workarea to support customers across the globe. Their new approach leverages Workarea Commerce Cloud’s multi-site capabilities which lets their team efficiently manage unique, content-rich shopping experiences in different markets. Also, the platform’s architecture allows for locale-specific integrations such as payments and fulfillment.

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AmFed Makes Contribution to Canopy Children’s Solutions in Support of Vulnerable Children

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 26 ottobre 2019

Executives from AmFed Companies, LLC, a Jackson-area insurance company that specializes in workers’ compensation, presented Canopy Children’s Solutions with a check for $50,000 to support statewide programs benefitting vulnerable children.
“Mississippi is more than the location of our office and service area. It’s our home,” said Billy Roberts, President and CEO. “Social responsibility is a key factor in AmFed’s company mission and plays a major role in facilitating the ongoing growth and development within our state. Our support of Canopy and their solutions to provide resources and tools for success to the future generations of Mississippians is a way to try to make our home a better place.”This donation is part of a state-wide push aimed at helping to bolster access to quality solutions committed to serving the mental, behavioral, educational and social needs of children in the state. In Mississippi, 1 in 5 children face a significant behavioral health challenge. Of those affected, it is estimated that nearly 100,000 children go without proper treatment.

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Hexnode Announces Zero-day Support for the New macOS Catalina

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 7 ottobre 2019

Hexnode, the global Unified Endpoint Management solution, has announced zero-day support for the latest macOS – macOS 10.15 Catalina. The year 2019 has been Apple’s year since it announced the new OSes and devices in the WWDC’19 event. The series of OS releases and device releases have marked the highlight of the past few months for Apple fans all around the world. Apple has already released iOS 13, iPadOS, watchOS 6, and tvOS 13, and today, it’s the day for the official release of macOS 10.15. Apple has managed to include some amazing new features in Catalina, which makes it more flexible for cross-platform performance. The best example is the feature called “Sidecar”, which enables Mac users to add an iPad as a second screen to the mac. Also, Catalina enables authentication with Apple Watch. Along with new features, a lot of existing features have been enhanced. Apps such as Photos, Notes, Reminders, Safari, etc. have undergone significant modifications. The security features also had their share of the makeover. The most noticeable security aspect is the addition of Activation lock to macOS, which was available only in iOS till now. Like Google Play Protect, from Catalina onwards, apps are checked for security issues before installing them, decreasing app vulnerabilities. Apps from now on will need permission to access files in the devices. The Find My feature, now a consolidation of Find My iPhone and Find My Friends, can track Macs even while offline. iTunes has said bye-bye and been replaced by three new apps – Apple Music, Apple TV, Apple Podcasts.

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Allied Wallet Africa Announces New Office in Angola to Support African Entrepreneurs

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 15 agosto 2019

Allied Wallet Africa, a global FinTech company offering various payment solutions in 196 countries, recently announced a new office in Angola, Africa to support the growing opportunities for African entrepreneurs and business owners.
Millions of people are eager to engage in online commerce, but lack the proper support and functionality. South Africa has the largest e-commerce market in the continent with Nigeria and Kenya following closely, and people of the region are eager to trade and transact in the new digital space.“Africa deserves the opportunity to participate in e-commerce, they deserve advancement,” said Allied Wallet Africa CEO Andy Khawaja, “…and we are happy to be chosen for this opportunity. We are dedicated to helping these entrepreneurs and creating new opportunities in the region.” Allied Wallet Africa will bring new, “open API” online payment solutions along with mobile payment options, digital wallet solutions, and even solutions catered to utility and payroll functions.With a new office and a staff of about fifty employees, Allied Wallet Africa will accommodate the region and share new technology with a population 1.3 reports that Africa has a growing middle class and a year on year increase of 265% in e-commerce growth. McKinsey Global Institute projected that e-commerce will be worth $75 billion in Africa’s leading economies by 2025.Allied Wallet Africa proudly announced their commitment to the region’s digital growth and its mission to improve Africa’s digital infrastructure and previously undeveloped payment processing system.Dr. Andy Khawaja added, “Africa is full of opportunity and smart entrepreneurs that deserve access to new e-commerce tools. It’s our goal to connect Africa – to further connect them as a continent and to further connect them to the world in our growing digital space.”

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Natixis Assurances Deploys Guidewire InsurancePlatform to Support Strategic Development

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 10 luglio 2019

Natixis Assurances (Natixis), the insurance arm of Groupe BPCE, the second-largest banking group in France, and Guidewire Software, Inc. (NYSE: GWRE), provider of the industry platform general insurers rely upon, today announced that Natixis has successfully deployed Guidewire InsurancePlatform™ Core and Digital products for claims management and enhanced customer experience. Implementation is planned on a phased basis, with motor, motorcycle, home, as well as accident and health lines of business deployed already. Natixis is happy to reveal that they have obtained certification from the French electronic data interchange platform; one of the fastest certifications awarded by DARVA to date.Guidewire InsurancePlatform products are enabling Natixis to:
Optimise their operational model in terms of management, organization, and employee skills;
Differentiate products and services through an excellent, fluid, and intuitive customer experience;
Ensure better control of average costs regarding service provider networks; and
Optimise recourse strategies and claims fraud detection.
“Through our implementation of Guidewire ClaimCenter™ and its rich functionality, we are now seeing levels of automation that secure our operations and simplify life for our employees,” commented Françoise Terry, Claims Program Manager, Natixis Assurances. “What have we learnt from our experience to date? The importance of a clear goal that everyone understands, the value of clear governance, budget and timeframe, the need for a team focused 100% on the project, and the significance of an OOTB (Out of the Box) approach.”,,

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Keymao Begins Launch of Magnetic Clip-On Headphones to Support Active Lifestyles

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 31 maggio 2019

Today marks a victory for fitness heads everywhere as Keymao is proud to announce the launch of their Magic Headwear Indiegogo campaign to begin in April. Whether you are a casual weekly runner or a self-proclaimed gym addict, music is surely an essential part of your sacred fitness time. Keymao’s visionary design of the Magic Headwear uses strategically placed magnets that will clip on to a wide array of head worn accessories. These earpieces are incredibly convenient, able to be easily mounted and removed at your leisure. Say goodbye to distracting earpieces that never seem to find that perfect spot. Take your fitness to the next level and say hello to the beginning of your life with uninterrupted workouts.The Magic Headwear has been created with magnets that will clip on to whatever you are wearing rendering the earpieces firmly held in place. This enables you to comfortably go about your workouts without the nuisance of headphone readjustment or even falling out entirely. The magnets are simply inserted into a head worn accessory of your choice allowing the earpieces to rest freely on the accessory’s exterior. With the Magic Headwear you can enjoy fitness while listening to your favorite tunes hassle free. Keymao has gone out of their way to pay attention to even the smallest nuances of comfort and usability.
Founded in February 2017, Keymao is dedicated to bringing quality improvements to even the smallest facets of life through their design of wearable technology. Keymao’s team is currently based out of Shenzhen, China residing in one of the world’s largest thriving tech markets. Despite the small size of their team, it has had seemingly no impact on their relentless ability and drive to deliver quality products for their consumers. Their core belief is that even the smallest innovations can lead to astounding changes in our daily lives. It is with this belief that over the course of 700 days the Magic Headwear was created. Leading with the Magic Headwear as its forerunner, Keymao seamlessly integrates wearable tech into any active lifestyle.

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Julian Assange Appeals for Public Support

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 27 maggio 2019

In his first publicly-released comments to supporters since his arrest, WikiLeaks founder and publisher Julian Assange has detailed the repressive conditions he faces in Britain’s Belmarsh prison and called for a campaign against his threatened extradition to the United States.“I am defenceless and am counting on you and others of good character to save my life,” Assange wrote, adding, “Truth ultimately is all we have.”Assange’s comments were made in a letter addressed to independent British journalist Gordon Dimmack, who decided to make it public following last Thursday’s announcement by the US Justice Department of additional charges against Assange under the Espionage Act. The WSWS is republishing the letter, with Dimmack’s permission, in full below.Assange explained that since he was convicted on trumped-up bail charges shortly after his arrest on April 11, he has been “isolated from all ability to prepare to defend myself, no laptop, no internet, no computer, no library so far, but even if I do get access it will be just for half an hour with everyone else once a week.”The WikiLeaks founder stated that he is allowed “Just two visits a month and it takes weeks to get someone on the call list.”All of his calls, except those to his lawyers, are monitored and limited to a maximum of ten minutes. There is a window of just 30 minutes per day for phone calls to be made “in which all prisoners compete for the phone.” Assange receives only a few pounds of phone credit per week and is not allowed to receive inbound calls.The WikiLeaks founder declared that, despite these onerous conditions, he is “unbroken albeit literally surrounded by murderers. But the days when I could read and speak and organise to defend myself, my ideals and my people are over until I am free. Everyone else must take my place.”The WikiLeaks founder stated that he faced “A superpower” that has “been preparing for 9 years with hundreds of people and untold millions spent” on the case against him.

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Amazon Launches Support for Traditional Chinese Books on Kindle

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 25 maggio 2019

(Nasdaq:AMZN)—Amazon announced today that Kindle customers around the globe can now enjoy reading from a growing selection of more than 20,000 Traditional Chinese language Kindle books with the free Kindle app for iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, and on Kindle devices. Starting today, readers will find a new selection of popular titles in the Kindle store including books from leading authors like Ni Kuang 倪匡, Qiong Yao 瓊瑤, Liu Cixin 劉慈欣 and Pai Hsien-Yung 白先勇, best-sellers like The World Between Us 我們與惡的距離 and You Are The Best 誰說一百分的妳,才是最好的自己, classics like Dream of the Red Chamber 紅樓夢 and Louis Cha Jing-yong Collections 金庸全集 as well as translated bestsellers like Dan Brown’s 丹布朗 Origin 起源, Keigo Higashino’s 東野圭吾 Masquerade Hotel 假面飯店, Hans Rosling’s 漢斯 羅斯林 Factfulness 真確 and George R. R. Martin’s 喬治馬丁 A Song of Ice and Fire Series 冰與火之歌系列. Customers can shop for Traditional Chinese language Kindle books on existing Amazon websites including and
Kindle customers can enjoy several features designed especially for a Traditional Chinese horizontal reading experience, including custom fonts and the ability to search in Traditional Chinese on your Kindle device. Customers using the free Kindle app can also select their menu options to be displayed in Traditional Chinese. Amazon has also brought the same Kindle features that customers around the world love to Traditional Chinese books, such as adjustable text size and margin settings, sampling books prior to purchase, searching text inside a book, and Whispersync so that you can seamlessly switch from reading in the Kindle app to reading on your Kindle device.

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Headspace Announces One Billion Minute Challenge in Support of Mental Health Awareness Month

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 12 maggio 2019

Headspace, a global leader in mindfulness and meditation, today announced a worldwide community challenge to benefit Mind, a mental health charity that provides advice and support to anyone experiencing a mental health problem, in support of Mental Health Awareness Month and World Meditation Day on May 15.
Headspace is one of the leading players in the meditation category committed to advancing the field of mindfulness meditation through clinically-validated research. With one of the largest research pipelines of any digital health and wellness company, Headspace has been shown to reduce negative emotions by 28 percent, increase resilience by 11 percent, reduce stress, and improve satisfaction with life.“Since its inception, Headspace’s mission has been to improve the health and happiness of the world,” said Rich Pierson, CEO and Co-Founder of Headspace. “By partnering with Mind to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month, we are hoping to further advance the conversation around mental health and improve access to as many tools for as many people around the world as possible.”Headspace members will automatically participate anytime they engage with content within the Headspace app, logging minutes of either guided meditation or non-meditation content such as Audio Guided Runs or Sleep by Headspace. At the end of May, Headspace will donate one thousand dollars to Mind for every million minutes spent with Headspace, up to one million dollars.
In addition to the Billion Minute Meditation Challenge, Headspace has also launched “Living Mindfully,” a new featured collection of meditation content designed to infuse more mindfulness into everyday life with guided meditations on topics such as:Life, to help members better connect to themselves and the world around them Work, to find better ways to cope with workplace stressors Finding Balance, to remind members to breathe, reset and renew. The featured collection demonstrates Headspace’s commitment to providing members with curated content to strengthen their meditation practice. For non-paying subscribers, Headspace offers daily sessions around a different theme, allowing everyone to improve their meditation practice.

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Parliament reiterates its support to Laura Codruţa Kövesi to become EU Chief Prosecutor

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 7 aprile 2019

The Parliament reaffirmed that Laura Codruţa Kövesi remains its top candidate to become the first head of the new EU Public Prosecutor’s Office.
Following to President Tajani’s announcement yesterday in plenary supporting Ms Kövesi’s candidacy and after three rounds of negotiations with the Council, the Parliament’s negotiating team reiterated its continued support to Ms Kövesi, a former Romanian anti-corruption watchdog whose candidacy is opposed by the Romanian government. The team also called on the Council to reconsider its position. European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) Chief Prosecutor has to be selected by joint accord between the Parliament and the EU Council.“After the third negotiation meeting with the Council delegation, we deeply regret the current deadlock situation, which prevents the two institutions from appointing the European Chief Prosecutor”, said Claude Moraes (S&D, UK), Chair of the Civil Liberties Committee. “The European Chief Prosecutor will play a key role in the implementation of the EPPO, an office that will be instrumental in combatting crimes against EU budget”, he concluded.Civil Liberties Committee Vice Chair Judith Sargentini (Greens/EFA, NL) said: “The obstruction Ms Kövesi is currently facing from the Romanian authorities highlights her courage and her independence, which both are crucial requirements for the efficient functioning of the EPPO. The harassment of the Romanian government has resulted in completely discrediting the Council’s candidate as well.” “Unlike the Council, the Parliament has held hearings of all three shortlisted candidates. Ms Kövesi is by far the strongest and most promising candidate for the post. We cannot accept the fact that the Council cedes to the pressure of the Romanian government to support a much weaker candidate. Since the EPPO regulation has been watered down during negotiations, it is crucial for the Parliament to select a candidate who would make the institution strong and credible,” Ingeborg Gräßle (EPP, DE), head of the Parliament’s Budgetary Control Committee, told after the third round of negotiations on Thursday. “She is a woman, and the Parliament has just recently called on the Council to respect the principle of gender balance. Moreover, Romania currently does not hold a single EU key post,” she added.Following a pre-selection by a board of experts, EU legislators now have to pick from Ms Kövesi and Jean-François Bohnert from France. The parliament’s negotiating team consists of Mr Moraes, Ms Gräßle and Ms Sargentini.

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