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The pandemic has shown that Amazon is essential—but vulnerable

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 22 giugno 2020

We have three covers this week. In our Americas edition we report on the founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos. He is perhaps the 21st century’s most important tycoon: a muscle-ripped divorcé who finances space missions and newspapers for fun, and who receives adulation from Warren Buffett and abuse from Donald Trump. Amazon is no longer just a bookseller but a digital conglomerate worth $1.3trn that consumers love, politicians love to hate, and investors and rivals have learned never to bet against. The pandemic has fuelled a digital surge that shows how important Amazon is to ordinary life in America and Europe, because of its crucial role in e-commerce, logistics and cloud computing. Superficially it could not be a better time for Amazon, but the world’s fourth-most-valuable firm faces problems: a fraying social contract, financial bloating and re-energised competition.In our UK edition we analyse why Britain has come to have the highest overall death rate of any country in the rich world. Britain was always going to struggle with covid-19. London is an international hub, Britons are fatter than their fellow Europeans and the United Kingdom has a high share of ethnic-minority people, who are especially vulnerable to the disease. Yet the government played a bad hand badly. It has been slow to increase testing, launch a contact-tracing app, stop visits to care homes, ban big public events, provide health workers with personal protective equipment, and require people to wear face coverings on public transport. The painful conclusion is that Britain has the wrong government for a pandemic.
In our other editions we look at the state of the world, 75 years after the creation of the United Nations. The UN is struggling, as are many of the structures, like the World Trade Organisation and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, designed to help create order out of chaos. The system is beset by internal problems, by the global struggle to cope with the rise of China and most of all by the neglect—antipathy even—of the country that was its chief architect and sponsor, the United States. The threat to the global order weighs on everyone, including America. But if the United States pulls back, then everyone must step forward. If they do not, the world risks a great unravelling, much like the nightmare in the 1920s and 1930s that first impelled the Allies to construct a global order. (by Zanny Minton Beddoes, Editor-In-Chief font: Yhe Economist)

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World’s Most Vulnerable Countries Back Day of Faith Climate Action

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 14 giugno 2016

Philippine climateSix months after the Paris Climate Talks, faith communities came together globally to call for climate action in a day of celebration of the earthcalled – Sacred Earth, Sacred Trust (http://sacredearth2016.org).More than 150 actions and events in 36 countries took place from Rio de Janeiro to New Delhi, including Green Iftars, Solidarity fasts, mobilisations, meditation sit-ins, climate services and many others.The actions had the support of the Climate Vulnerables Forum, the coalition of countries most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.Secretary Emmanuel M. de Guzman, Vice Chairperson of the Climate Change Commission of the Office of the President of the Philippines said on behalf of the Climate Vulnerable Forum Chair Philippines: “Yesterday’s events involving every major faith from Manila to Santiago have shown how united the world’s religions are in the fight against climate change. They echo the unity shown by the world’s governments in adopting and signing the Paris Agreement on climate change. The challenging 1.5C limit to global warming at the heart of this Agreement presents a historic opportunity for all of us to survive and thrive–and achieving this target requires the involvement of all society. We are indeed very glad to see the voices and actions of the world’s climate champions growing and gaining momentum with every passing day.” Faith communities who took part in Sacred Earth, Sacred Trust called for the acceleration of climate action New-Delhifrom countries, businesses and communities globally, in order to keep global temperature rise below 1.5°C and protect the lives of millions of people.The past 12 months have been the hottest consecutive 12 month period in recorded history [2], and the 1.5°C goal agreed upon in the Paris Agreement is looking ever more difficult to achieve.Sacred Earth is part of an escalating wave of climate action from faith communities and follows the Interfaith Climate Change Statement [3] which was handed over to the President of the United Nations General Assembly in New York in April 2016 and was signed by 270 religious leaders from around the world.Rev. Fletcher Harper, Executive Director of GreenFaith one of the organisations involved, said responding to Sacred Earth in light of the attacks in Orlando; “We envision a world where people of all creeds, ethnicities, sexualaties and circumstances work together to protect our common home. That’s what Sacred Earth, Sacred Trust represents, and it is a beautiful vision. We hope this offers hope in the aftermath of yesterday’s horror in Orlando.” Gopal Patel, Director of the Hindu Environmental NGO The Bhumi Project, said: “Care for the natural world is central to Hindu life. As Hindu communities are increasingly seeing the effects of climate change across India, it is heart-warming to see them participating in the Sacred Earth celebrations.”
And Nana Firman, co-Coordinator of Global Muslim Climate Network said that: “Because of where we live globally, Muslim communities are facing the greatest threat from climate change. There is a clear relationship between poverty and climate change, and its underlying spiritual illnesses. This awareness requires a significant transformation in response to the ethical and spiritual message of Islam. The responsibility lies with our ability to urgently take relevant actions at the local, national and international levels. One such initiative is the Green Ramadan project. By emulating the Prophetic guidance on food consumption, Muslims around the world, adopting Green Iftars, are encouraged to consume local and organic food, in order to reduce the carbon emission from the food production and transportation. So, let us all tackle our habits, mindsets, and the root causes of climate change in our particular spheres of influence and bring about a resolution to the challenges that now face us. We all can be winners in this race, “so compete with each other in doing good deeds” (Qur’an 5:48).”

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Check Point svela SideStepper, vulnerabilità di iOS

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 1 aprile 2016

singapore-marinaIl team mobile research di Check Point Software Technologies, azienda specializzata in cybersicurezza, annuncia di avere scoperto una nuova vulnerabilità, SideStepper, in grado di introdursi nel sistema iOS sfruttando le soluzioni MDM (mobile device management), che rappresentano un accesso privilegiato, perché non sono compresi nell’aggiornamento di sicurezza di iOS9. L’annuncio è in corso di diffusione in questo momento alla conferenza Black Hat Asia 2016, Singapore. SideStepper è una vulnerabilità che permette agli hacker di scavalcare gli aggiornamenti di sicurezza di iOS9 introdotti per tutelare gli utenti dall’installare app aziendali malevole. Questi miglioramenti richiedono all’utente di compiere diverse fasi nelle impostazioni del dispositivo per accettare il permesso di uno sviluppatore, rendendo così più difficile l’installazione casuale di un’app malevola. Tuttavia, le app aziendali installate attraverso gli MDM sono escluse da questi nuovi aggiornamenti di sicurezza. Un hacker potrebbe eseguire un hijack oppure imitare i comandi di un MDM accettato su un dispositivo iOS, inclusa l’installazione di app firmate con i permessi di uno sviluppatore, in modalità OTA. Questa esclusione permette a un hacker di saltare la soluzione di Apple creata per limitare l’installazione di app aziendali malevole.Per prima cosa, un hacker convince l’utente a installare un profilo di configurazione malevolo su un dispositivo, sfruttando un attacco di phishing attraverso un SMS, una chat o una mail contenente un link malevolo. Una volta installato, questo profilo malevolo consente di sferrare un attacco man-in-the-middle nella comunicazione tra il dispositivo e la soluzione MDM. In seguito, l’hacker potrà così eseguire l’hijack e imitare i comandi MDM accettati da iOS, con l’eventualità di installare app aziendali in OTA.

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PPF boosts Nepal Earthquake Appeal

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 13 maggio 2015

Bangkok-panorama-italthaiBangkok, Thailand: The International Planned Parenthood Federation today renewed its call for donations to help its work in the wake of two devastating earthquakes in Nepal.The second quake which hit Namche Bazar, near Mount Everest earlier on Tuesday came as IPPF’s Nepal Member Association was due to receive an award for their work in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR).Family Planning Association of Nepal (FPAN) President Amu Singh Sijapati said: “The FPAN team reacted to the first earthquake and provided a range of support and services today at 12.30 Nepal has been hit by another major earthquake.“We are happy to receive this award but our heart is with our country. To all the people across the world – we need to deploy more assistance we appeal to you to help us.”IPPF Director General Tewodros Melesse added: “Our thoughts are with all the people of Nepal and our colleagues and their families – but to help them we need to appeal to people all over the world to provide support. Let us show our solidarity at this critical time.”FPAN an International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) Member Association was recognized for its exceptional services and advocacy on family planning, comprehensive sexuality education and work with Government and partners in a special ceremony today.IPPF’s Governing Council awards Member Associations annually for their outstanding contributions to sexual and reproductive health and rights. The award now in its fourth year celebrates the national successes and services for local communities and marginalized and vulnerable groups.The Family Planning Association of Nepal (FPA Nepal) was established in 1959 and first joined IPPF in 1960 and became a full Member Association in 1969. FPA Nepal has been successful in seeing comprehensive sexuality education included in school curriculum from Grades 6 to 10. Advocacy for youth friendly services will result in youth information centres in all 75 districts by 2015.More recently, FPA Nepal is actively engaged in dealing with the aftermath of the earthquake of 25 April through IPPF’s Sprint Initiative that specializes on immediate humanitarian response through life-saving sexual and reproductive health services. This includes the provision of emergency obstetric and newborn care services and referrals, reproductive health medical mission in camps, delivery of dignity kits, family planning services, community awareness and the provision of syndromic treatment for sexually transmitted infections. FPA Nepal has stepped up activities to respond to the second earthquake disaster of Tuesday lunchtime 12 May.IPPF launched an appeal for the earthquake disaster on 26 April to deliver critical services in the aftermath.

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Mental health conditions

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 19 ottobre 2010

The WHO report demonstrates that people with mental health conditions are vulnerable – not because of any inherent weakness, but as a result of the way they are treated by society.  It illustrates how people are not only missed by development programmes, but can be actively excluded from these programmes, this despite the fact that an explicit goal of development is to reach the most vulnerable. It also presents a number of evidence-based strategies which are known to improve development outcomes for persons with mental health conditions and all vulnerable groups. The WHO report is a call to action to all development stakeholders – multilateral agencies, bilateral agencies, global partnerships, private foundations, academic and research institutions, governments and civil society – to focus their attention on mental health. By investing in people with mental health conditions, development outcomes can be improved. To access the report and following key resources, please visit http://www.who.int/mental_health/policy/mhtargeting/en/index.html

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Deaths on the road

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 17 giugno 2009

Geneva/New York The first global assessment of road safety finds that almost half of the estimated 1.27 million people who die in road traffic crashes each year are pedestrians, motorcyclists and cyclists. While progress has been made towards protecting people in cars, the needs of these vulnerable groups of road users are not being met. The Global status report on road safety, provides the first worldwide analysis of how well countries are implementing a number of effective road safety measures. These include limiting speed, reducing drink-driving, and increasing the use of seatbelts, child restraints and motorcycle helmets. Funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the report presents information from 178 countries, accounting for over 98% of the world’s population. It uses a standardized method that allows comparisons between countries to be made. While road traffic death rates in many high-income countries have stabilized or declined in recent decades, research suggests road deaths are increasing in most regions of the world and that if trends continue unabated, they will rise to an estimated 2.4 million a year by 2030. In addition, road crashes cause between 20 million and 50 million non-fatal injuries every year and are an important cause of disability. In many countries support services for road traffic victims are inadequate. These avoidable injuries also overload already stretched health-care systems in many countries. The report documents numbers of registered motorized vehicles in each country and action being taken to invest in public transport and encourage non-motorized travel such as walking and cycling. Vehicle manufacturing standards and requirements for road safety audits were also reported, as well as the existence of formal pre-hospital care systems, including emergency telephone numbers. Other highlights of the report include: Less than a third of countries meet basic criteria for reducing speed in urban areas. Less than half of countries use the recommended blood alcohol concentration limit of 0.05 grams per decilitre as a measure to reduce drink-driving. While helmet laws exist in more than 90% of countries, only 40% have a law that covers both riders and passengers while also requiring that helmets meet a specified standard. Only 57% of countries have laws that require all car occupants to wear seat-belts. This figure is only 38% in low-income countries. Half of all countries do not have laws requiring the use of child restraints (e.g., child seats and booster seats). This figure masks considerable variation, with relevant laws in 90% of high-income countries but only 20% of low-income countries. Only 15% of countries have comprehensive laws which address all five of these risk factors. Where laws on these risk factors are in place they are often inadequately enforced, particularly in low-income countries. For example, only 9% of countries rate their enforcement of speed limits as over 7 on a scale of 0 to 10, while the corresponding figure for enforcement of seat-belt laws is 19%. The report also shows that road traffic injuries remain very relevant in high-income countries. “Even the top performers globally are often stagnating and still have considerable room for improvement in achieving a truly safe road transport system,” Dr. Krug said.

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Vaccination campaigns in trouble, appeal for further funding

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 26 maggio 2009

International Coordinating Group (ICG) on Yellow Fever Vaccine Provision is warning that the global emergency stockpile of yellow fever vaccine for the world’s most vulnerable populations in Africa is under threat. The current stockpile is scheduled to run out in 2010 and there is no funding to cover campaigns once the stockpile is depleted. Most children and adults in 5 of the 12 most vulnerable countries in Africa are now protected from contracting yellow fever thanks to recent vaccination campaigns. But without further funding millions of people will still be at risk of the disease, according to public health experts.  Dr William Perea, WHO coordinator for the Epidemic Readiness and Intervention said the yellow fever initiative is feeling the effects of the global financial crisis. The five countries that have completed vaccination campaigns so far are Togo, Mali, Senegal, Burkina Faso and Cameroon, which received funding from the International Finance Facility for Immunization (IFFIm), through the GAVI Alliance. There have been no outbreaks in those countries since the vaccination campaigns were completed. Dr Hoekstra said there is a need to further roll out the programme to protect the remaining 150 million children and adults still at risk for the disease in the region, adding that close cooperation among all partners has been effective in supporting national governments to successfully implement the vaccination campaigns.  Yellow fever is caused by a virus transmitted by mosquitoes.  The disease is endemic in forest areas and people are at greatest risk at the end of the rainy season. According to WHO, an estimated 206,000 cases and 52,000 deaths occur every year. The recent campaigns in Burkina Faso and Cameroon benefited more than 95 per cent of the vulnerable populations targeted. Burkina Faso vaccinated 7.6 million people in 33 districts and Cameroon completed a vaccination campaign for 7.5 million people in 62 districts.  Seven other African countries where the threat of yellow fever is highest include Benin, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Liberia, Guinea, Ghana, and Cote d’Ivoire. Members of the ICG, which include the World Health Organization (WHO), Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), met on 12-13 May to assess recent yellow fever vaccination campaigns and discuss future actions.

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About influenza pandemic

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 19 maggio 2009

The 62nd World Health Assembly opened today in Geneva, as officials from 193 member countries began their annual review of the activities of the World Health Organization and set new priorities for the future. In her address to the Assembly, the WHO Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan, noted that the world was facing multiple crises, including the current financial crisis and global economic downturn. In addition to this, it also faced the prospect of the first influenza pandemic of this century. She said that the world today was more vulnerable to the adverse effects of an influenza pandemic than it was in 1968, when the last pandemic began. The increase in air travel, meant that any city with an international airport was at risk of an imported case. Global economic interdependence amplified the potential for economic disruption. Dr Chan noted that 85% of the burden of chronic diseases was concentrated in low and middle income countries, which meant that the developing world had by far the largest pool of people at risk for severe and fatal H1N1 infections. She urged the international community to look at everything that could be done to collectively protect developing countries from bearing the brunt of an influenza pandemic.  The Director-General said that concerns about a pandemic should not overshadow, or interrupt other vital health programmes. She said that an effective public health response to threats depended on strong health systems that were inclusive, and offered universal coverage down to the community level.  Adequate numbers of trained, motivated and compensated staff, as well as fair access to affordable medical products and other interventions were all required for an effective public health response to the current situation. She urged delegations in particular to complete work under the item on public health, innovation and intellectual property. The International Health Regulations and the need to finish the job of polio eradication were all important issues. Dr Chan also referred to the proposed programme budget which will be discussed by the World Health Assembly, and said that “WHO is prepared to lead the response to a global public health emergency. Our services, in several areas, are strained, but we are coping. We need to be assured that we continue to function well, especially if the emergency escalates.

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