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Roku stock jumps after earnings beat and analysts raise price targets

first_img– Advertisement – — With reporting from CNBC’s Michael Bloom.Subscribe to CNBC PRO for access to the livestream of CNBC’s continuous election and business news coverage. The firm raised its price target to $300 from $185. The analysts said they anticipate the stock to make “further gains in the coming months.”Roku did not provide formal Q4 guidance but said it expects the quarter’s revenue to grow in the mid-40% range year over year. The streaming provider has largely benefitted from stay-at-home orders that caused people to seek out in-home entertainment. It’s also benefiting from the shift of viewing away from traditional TV channels as people cut the cord.“We remain Positive on ROKU as we view the company as one of the few ways to play the secular linear TV-to-digital engagement and ad budget shift, which is accelerating during the pandemic,” Susquehanna analysts wrote in a Friday note. The firm also raised its price target to $275 from $185.- Advertisement – The Roku 3 television streaming player menu is shown on a television in Los Angeles, California, U.S., on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013.Patrick T. Fallon | Bloomberg via Getty Imagescenter_img Shares of Roku jumped more than 11% Friday as investors rallied around the company’s strong third quarter earnings beat.The company a day earlier had posted 9 cents in earnings per share on $452 million in revenue. Analysts had projected a loss of 40 cents per share and $366 million in revenue, according to Refinitiv. The company said it added 2.9 million incremental active accounts in Q3 2020 to reach 46 million.“Roku blew past already elevated expectations last night, posting 73% y/y total revenue growth and $56 million in EBITDA as the advertising recovery, particularly in connected TV, accelerated,” Benchmark analysts said in a note Friday.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Google Pay Get a New Multi-Coloured Icon to ‘Evolve’ and Reflect GPay’s Recent Changes

first_img“For many in India, GPay is effectively a replacement for the physical wallet and everything in it – cash, bills, cards, tickets, etc,” wrote Sengupta. He noted that the digital payment service had recently enabled NFC payments with credit cards and introduced the ACE credit card with Axis bank. The new Google Pay icon is meant to reflect these changes, he said, and the evolvement of digital payments in partnership with the Indian ecosystem.While the new design doesn’t effectively convey that the icon belongs to an app for digital payments, it fits well with Google’s minimalistic look and is in line with the tech giant’s recent changes to icons.Mi TV Stick vs Fire TV Stick Lite vs Mi Box 4K vs Fire TV Stick 4K: Which is the best budget streaming device for TVs in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.- Advertisement – Google has started rolling out a new, multi-coloured icon for the Google Pay India app. A Google executive noted on Twitter that the new icon is meant to reflect the recent changes the app had undergone. He added that icons, like products, need to evolve. Google had recently introduced new icons for many of its apps and services, including Gmail and Google Workspace products — a move that hasn’t been too popular among users. The new Google Pay icon hasn’t rolled out for all users yet, but will likely be available to a wider audience within the next few weeks.Google Pay executive Caesar Sengupta addressed the new icon for the app on Twitter. He said that GPay today was a lot more full featured than when it was launched as Tez (in 2017). Users can now pay each other, the vegetable seller, pay bills, trade stocks, and even ‘virtually travel around India.’- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

China urged to share bird flu data, country claims better antiviral and avian vaccine

first_imgDec 27, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A World Health Organization (WHO) official recently urged China to share more information on avian influenza outbreaks in poultry and to change farming practices to help prevent the disease.In addition, China said it has developed a new antiviral drug for flu patients and a new avian flu vaccine for poultry, both of which are said to be better than existing products.Shigeru Omi, the WHO’s Western Pacific regional director, talked about Chinese information-sharing and farming practices during his recent visit to China, according to news accounts.Omi praised China for sharing some data on recent human cases of avian flu but said data on more than 30 outbreaks in poultry had not been divulged, according to a Dec 23 Agence France-Presse (AFP) report.”Human H5N1 viruses are only part of the story,” Omi said at a news briefing. “To fully understand how this virus is evolving, we need viruses from outbreaks in animals.”Omi said Chinese officials shared data on the H5N1 flu outbreak in wild birds at Quinghai Lake earlier this year and also shared five virus isolates from animal last year, according to AFP.He said China was not hiding cases, but a lack of surveillance and awareness in rural areas prevents quick and efficient reporting of outbreaks, according to the story.Julie Hall, a WHO expert on the virus, said WHO has agreed to share virus isolates from two of its six human cases and to provide viral genetic sequence information for two more cases, AFP reported.Omi said China’s common practices of raising different kinds of animals together and living close to them need to change, according to another AFP report. He made the comments in an interview with Xinhua, the Chinese news agency.”We cannot kill all the chickens and ducks to prevent bird flu from spreading among them and to humans; therefore we have to make sure the chickens, ducks and humans do not mingle together,” Omi was quoted as saying.But he acknowledged that this can’t be achieved “overnight,” given China’s huge poultry population.The claim about a new and better anti-flu drug came yesterday from Chinese scientist Li Song of the Academy of Military Medical Sciences, according to a report published today on the China Daily Web site.The new drug is a neuraminidase inhibitor, like the existing antivirals oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza), Li said.”We have completed clinical experiments, and find it is more effective on humans than Tamiflu,” Li said of the new drug, which was not named. He made the comments at a forum on prevention and control of avian flu.Li said the drug would be produced by Chinese companies and would cost only a quarter to a third as much as oseltamivir costs in China.The story mentioned no published scientific reports on the drug. A WHO spokesman in China said he had no information on it, according to an AFP story published today.The report of a new avian flu vaccine for poultry came in another China Daily story, published yesterday. Jia Youling, China’s chief veterinary officer, said scientists have developed a live-virus vaccine that protects poultry from both avian flu and Newcastle disease, according to the story.The combination vaccine can be administered orally, nasally, or by spray, as well as by injection, Jia said. He asserted that the former techniques would save labor and confer increased immunity. Moreover, he said, the vaccine’s production cost is only about a fifth as high as that of other vaccines on the market.The vaccine is the product of four years of development at the Harbin Veterinary Research Institute, Jia reported.Bu Zhigao, a chief scientist on the vaccine project, said the vaccine can protect mammals, such as mice, from avian flu, according to the story.As with the new drug, the China Daily story mentioned no published scientific reports on the vaccine.The government expedited approval of the vaccine after its safety and efficacy were demonstrated, Jia said. The story said that authorities approved mass production of the vaccine Dec 23 and that 1 billion doses would be produced by the end of this month.China is mounting a campaign to vaccine all of its billions of poultry against avian flu. Authorities claimed to have vaccinated 6.85 billion birds as of mid-December.In other recent news, the WHO on Dec 23 recognized the two latest human cases of avian flu reported in Indonesia. The cases were in an 8-year-old boy who died Dec 15 and a 39-year-old man who died Dec 12. The Indonesian government reported confirmation of the cases earlier last week.See also:Dec 23 WHO updatehttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_12_23/en/index.htmllast_img read more

Live H5N1 vaccines show potential in animal study

first_imgSep 13, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Live-virus vaccines made from a combination of H5N1 avian influenza virus and another flu strain protected laboratory mice and ferrets from deadly infection with several different H5N1 strains, according to a report published yesterday.The researchers say the findings are promising because live, weakened virus vaccines can trigger a faster and broader immune response than inactivated vaccines. Such vaccines may offer protection with one dose and be effective against more than one H5N1 strain, which would be major advantages in a flu pandemic, they assert.The new study was the result of collaboration between the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and MedImmune, Inc., maker of the live, intranasal vaccine FluMist. It was published in Public Library of Science–Medicine, with Kanta Subbarao of the NIAID as senior author.”The encouraging findings of this study suggest that vaccines based on live but weakened versions of the H5N1 avian influenza virus may quickly stimulate protective immunity,” NIAID Director Anthony S. Fauci, MD, commented in a news release. “We are further exploring this live, attenuated vaccine strategy as one of several tools that we hope to have available in the event of an influenza pandemic.”Attempts to make H5N1 vaccines so far have focused on inactivated viruses or pieces of viruses. Killed-virus vaccines have generated “suboptimal” immune responses and have required at least two doses, say the authors of the new study.Subbarao’s team made three vaccines by combining six internal protein genes from an influenza A/H2N2 virus with hemagglutinin (H) and neuraminidase (N) genes from three H5N1 viruses, according to the report. The H2N2 virus was a “cold-adapted” strain—one grown in a lab in progressively cooler temperatures so it can’t spread from the relatively cool upper respiratory tract to other parts of the body.The H5N1 viruses used to make the vaccine were isolated from human cases in Hong Kong in 1997 and 2003 and in Vietnam in 2004. For safety, however, the hemagglutinin (H5) genes were modified by changing the amino-acid sequence at a key site to a form found in avian flu viruses that are not highly pathogenic in chickens. The vaccines were grown in chicken eggs.In safety tests, the researchers determined that the vaccine viruses were not lethal in chickens or mice, whereas naturally occurring H5N1 viruses were.The team tested the protective power of the vaccines by administering them to mice and ferrets in nose drops and then exposing them to high doses of natural (wild-type) H5N1 viruses. In mice, a single vaccine dose induced only a low antibody response and did not prevent growth of the wild-type virus in the lungs, but it did protect the mice from death, the report says.When mice were given a second dose of vaccine 28 days after the first, they showed a stronger and faster immune response and had nearly complete protection from respiratory infection with the viruses. The findings were similar for ferrets given two doses. The vaccines protected the animals not only from the 1997 and 2004 H5N1 viruses used in the vaccines, but also from strains collected in 2005 in Indonesia and Vietnam, according to the NIAID.In the news release, Subbarao said the world needs a vaccine that will protect people against a range of H5N1 viruses, since it’s impossible to predict what strain of H5N1 (if any) will cause a pandemic. The next step, he said, is to test the safety and immunogenicity of the engineered vaccines in people, including whether they produce cross-reactive antibodies.The NIAID and MedImmune launched such a study in June at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, using a 2004 H5N1 virus. The vaccine is being tested in about 20 healthy adults, the NIAID said.The authors contend that live vaccines generate a stronger antibody response than killed-virus vaccines and that this is especially true in the mucus membranes of the upper respiratory tract. The combination of antibodies in the blood and the respiratory mucosa “results in broad protection against antigenically drifted [virus] strains,” they write.”This may be a particularly useful feature in the event of a pandemic, in which a vaccine generated from the emergent virus strain is not available,” the report adds. “Whether these theoretical advantages will be seen with live, attenuated H5N1 vaccines remains to be seen.”In an accompanying commentary, two experts who weren’t involved in the study, Stacey Schultz-Cherry and Jonathan A. McCullers, write that the research offers clinicians “a powerful tool in the fight against pandemic H5N1 influenza viruses: an ‘off-the-shelf’ seed virus that could be standardized, rapidly produced, and safely handled by vaccine manufacturers for vaccine production against a diverse population of H5N1 viruses.” Schultz-Cherry is in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and McCullers is at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.Although a single dose of vaccine didn’t completely protect animals from lung infection, “this partial protection may translate to protection from severe illness and death in humans,” Schultz-Cherry and McCullers write. In addition, the hemagglutinin modification that prevented the vaccine from killing chickens means that it would pose only limited risk to the poultry industry if it got loose in the environment, they state.The commentary raises two caveats, however. One is that the immunogenicity of live, attenuated vaccines against H5 viruses has yet not been demonstrated in humans. Other vaccines have protected mice from H5N1 viruses but turned out to generate little immune response in humans.The second concern is the risk that the vaccine virus could combine (reassort) with a seasonal flu virus in a human, producing a transmissible hybrid strain of H5 virus, potentially triggering a pandemic, Schultz-Cherry and McCullers write. “This concern will limit clinical testing of the vaccine in humans and may restrict use of this vaccine approach to the period after a new pandemic strain has begun to circulate,” they state.Suguitan AL, McAuliffe J, Mills KL, et al. Live, attenuated influenza A H5N1 candidate vaccines provide broad cross-protection in mice and ferrets. PLoS Med 2006 Sep;3(9) [Full text]Schultz-Cherry S, McCullers JA. A step closer to meeting the threat of avian influenza. (Editorial)  PLoS Med 2006 Sep;3(9) [Full text]last_img read more

Foot-and-mouth disease resurfaces in England

first_img See also: The lab, located at Pirbright, is shared by the Institute of Animal Health, a government-funded organization, and Merial Animal Health Ltd., an American-owned company that makes FMD vaccine, according to the Associated Press and other news services. In 2001 a major FMD outbreak in Britain led authorities to destroy 7 million cattle in the name of containment, crippling the farm economy and rural tourism. An AP report today said veterinary experts matched the strain found on the farm to the lab shared by the Institute of Animal Health and Merial. DEFRA described the strain as similar to one that caused an FMD outbreak in Britain in 1967. The disease was found in cattle on a farm about 30 miles southwest of London, British officials announced on Aug 3. The strain of virus isolated from the cattle is similar to a strain used at a laboratory about 4 miles away, the United Kingdom’s Department of Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has said. A BBC News report said flooding at the affected farm is another possible cause of the outbreak. A flood occurred at the farm on Jul 20, and investigation of the sick cows’ mouths indicated that they were infected sometime between Jul 18 and 22, the story said. To stop the new outbreak—the first since 2001—officials have destroyed 97 cattle, including 64 at the infected site and 33 on two other sites that are part of the same farming business, DEFRA said in a statement today. The cattle on the other two sites showed no signs of disease, but testing showed that one animal was infected, the agency said. The cattle carcasses were burned. FDM is an extremely contagious disease that affects cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, and deer, causing sores in the mouth and on the hooves. It debilitates but does not usually kill adult animals, but it drastically reduces milk production, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report. The disease very rarely affects humans, according to DEFRA. Debby Reynolds, DEFRA’s chief veterinary officer, said flooding is one of a number of possible factors being considered by investigators, the BBC reported.center_img DEFRA said it has ordered 300,000 doses of strain-specific vaccine from the UK’s vaccine bank but has not decided whether to use it. CIDRAP overview of foot-and-mouth disease Martin Shirley, director of the Institute for Animal Health, said the strain had been in “limited use” in recent weeks, but initial investigation had revealed no biosecurity problems, according an Aug 5 AP report. A Merial official, David Biland, said today that investigators had found no biosecurity failures at the company lab, according to the AP. DEFRA said officials at the Pirbright facility launched an immediate investigation when the outbreak was found. In addition, Brian Spratt of Imperial University was assigned to conduct an independent review of biosecurity at the lab, the agency said. Officials said that if investigation confirms that the outbreak is associated with the Pirbright lab, it probably means the disease will be confined to nearby cattle, today’s AP report said. Britain banned exports of livestock, meat, and milk and froze movements of cattle, sheep, goats, and pigs nationwide in response to the outbreak, according the AP. The European Union endorsed the export ban today, the Times of London reported. Aug 6, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), a cattle disease that devastated the British beef industry in 2001, has resurfaced in England, possibly because of a laboratory leak.last_img read more

A ship for cruising in the polar regions was launched in Brodosplit

first_imgToday, Novogradnja 484, a polar cruise ship being built for the end customer, the Dutch company Oceanwide Expeditions, was launched in the Shipbuilding Industry Split.The polar cruise ship will be the first ship in the world built in the “LR PC6” class, which will meet the latest requirements of the Lloyd’s Register for vessels “Polar Class 6″. It is 107,6 meters long, 17,6 meters wide, and the speed of 15 knots will be provided by two main engines with a total power of 4260 kW. It will be able to accommodate 196 passengers housed in 85 cabins, cared for by 70 crew members.“This ship is a symbol of the restructuring of Brodosplit and a breakthrough in organizational and technological terms, because it is built with new software, tools and technology, especially in the equipment, where almost 80-85% of the ship is already equipped during construction on the slipway, resulting in better quality of workmanship, shorter deadlines and lower construction costs, said Tomislav Debeljak, President of the Management Board of Brodosplit. In many ways, this ship will be special and recognized as a lasting value for Split’s Škver and Croatian shipbuilding ” pointed out Tomislav Debeljak, President of the Management Board of Brodosplit.The ship will offer its passengers a high hotel standard as well as various categories of cabins, from spacious apartments to two-bedroom and four-bedroom cabins, where they will be provided with a safe and comfortable stay with multiple secured systems that serve them.The ship is being built according to a new financing model, for its own fleet and in long-term charter. The partner can redeem it on the first day after the handover, ie at any time, and it is obligatory after 10 years. “I am very pleased with the quality of the ship, which is already quite well equipped, with built-in propulsion and a number of equipment to accommodate passengers and crew. Our team has an excellent cooperation with the shipyard, and the ship will receive the first passengers for the polar regions in June next year. ” said Wijnand van Gessel, owner of Oceanwide Expeditions.The design and all technical solutions are the work of Brodosplit’s designers, who with this job also confirm their key role in positioning Brodosplit high on the list of technical competencies and construction competitiveness.This is a great success of Brodosplit, and only one in a series of completed quality work for a high level of performance and quality. Some new winds are certainly blowing in Brodosplit after the successful privatization.Related news:Brodosplit successfully completed the work of building a dam to save Venice from the effects of the tidelast_img read more

Work has begun on the runway of Dubrovnik Airport

first_imgWork on the runway of Dubrovnik Airport, which is currently the largest construction site in the Republic of Croatia, according to plan, began these days and will last until March 15, 2019, when Dubrovnik Airport should be fully ready for the new tourist season and even better reception of passengers, and also for even better air connections between Dubrovnik and Zagreb, on which the local population depends. During the execution of works, regular winter traffic will take place with minor restrictions, and you can see the traffic schedule HERE.Temporary traffic regulationFor the purpose of performing works at the airport, they also mean a new, ie temporary traffic regulation. The main entrance to the airport for all vehicles will be on the east side (current entrance for cargo and administration building). During the works, the parking lot at the airport will be free, ie without parking fees.These works will require constant adjustments and will directly affect the restrictions, which will have to be introduced in the flight schedule.Aware of the needs of passengers, Dubrovnik Airport has limited these works to the minimum necessary period, specifically to the period from November 8 to December 9 this year, in which certain types of aircraft will not be able to operate at night.  As they point out from Croatia Airlines (CA), adhering to the protocol agreed with Dubrovnik Airport, and in order to transport as many passengers as possible, CA as the Croatian national airline will ensure daily connections between Zagreb and Dubrovnik, implementing a reduced flight schedule. Following the above, and having in mind the realistic flight limitations and always guided by the principle of passenger safety, the reduced flight schedule will be subject to change, depending on daily operating or weather conditions, as well as the stage of work. It should be emphasized that Croatia Airlines, instead of canceling flights, will perform special preparations with crews in the specified period in order to perform flight operations completely safely and despite all restrictions caused by works in ZL Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik Airport and Croatia Airlines will strive to less likely to affect passengers, who will jointly, with the maximum engagement of all capacities, inform about all the necessary changes. To all passengers who bought tickets for evening flights at a time when all the restrictions related to the mentioned works were not yet known, Croatia Airlines will offer a transport service in alternative terms and try to find an acceptable solution and justify their expectations. “Dubrovnik Airport and Croatia Airlines apologize to all service users for possible inconveniences and thank you very much for your patience and understanding given the great complexity of the project for the reconstruction of the maneuvering areas of Dubrovnik Airport.”Conclude Croatia Airlines.RELATED NEWS:FROM 2019 DIRECT FLIGHTS FROM DUBROVNIK TO THE USADEVELOPMENT OF DUBROVNIK AIRPORT IN WINTER SEASON 2018/2019 In the coming winter, Dubrovnik Airport continues the implementation of the Project “Development of Dubrovnik Airport” co-financed by the European Union, through the Operational Program Competitiveness and Cohesion. The most sensitive part of the Project is the reconstruction of the runway, which according to the dynamic plan of works will continue in early November 2018. This reconstruction began last year and was completed in the length of 1200m.The ZLD Development project during the winter season (October 28, 2018 – March 30, 2019) will take place in three phases:• Phase 1 (beginning of November – mid-November): during this period, reconstruction works on the USS will begin, due to which the USS will be limited in force, the length of which will then be 1425m for landing and 1575m for take-off;• Phase 2 (late November – early December): during this period, work on the USS will continue, while the restrictions will be slightly different from Phase 1. The length of the USS for landing will be 1425m while for takeoff it will be available 1515m;• Phase 3 (December 2018 – March 2019): during this period, works on the USS will be carried out, but the limitations of the USS will be significantly lower compared to Phases 1 and 2. The available landing and take-off lengths will be 2100m.last_img read more

Resolving the issue of tourist land opens the door to new investments in tourism

first_imgGet involved in the public debate on the new Tourist Land Act. The HUP (Association of Hospitality and Tourism) emphasizes the satisfaction that this Act has finally come to the fore and points out that the new Act will bring order to the use of state property and eliminate its implementation ambiguities. “We welcome the adoption of new legal solutions in the direction of resolving the issue of tourist land management and opening the possibility of investing in that land in accordance with the valid spatial planning documentation. Namely, due to the inadequate law on tourist land from 2010, legal-property relations on tourist land remained unclear, so there were no numerous investments desirable to maintain and increase the competitiveness of Croatian tourism; and for the state there were no revenues from land use as well as all those consequent revenues generated from investments: such as VAT, taxes and contributions to the salaries of workers in the construction and catering sector, profit taxes and others. ”Said Davor Majetić, General Manager of HUP. RELATED NEWS: Therefore, the adoption of this law and the establishment of a quality legal framework for the use and management of unvalued construction land is a common interest and an important initiative of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, which is expected to have positive effects in the valorization of state property and economic development. The draft law on unrated construction land prepared by the Ministry of State Property is currently in public consultation, followed by the procedure of passing a new law in two parliamentary readings.  Side dish: ADVISORY: BILL ON UNPRECEDENTED BUILDING LAND The final resolution of the Law on Tourist Land has been awaited by employers in tourism for years, which is one of the main obstacles to investment in tourism, especially when we talk about greenfield investors who are chronically lacking. Photo: Pexels.com HUT WELCOMES CHANGES TO LAW ON “TOURIST LAND” last_img read more

The Chinese province of Sichuan and Osijek-Baranja County have established bilateral cooperation. The focus is on tourism and the economy

first_imgOsijek-Baranja County participated in the “Belt and Road Sichuan” International Forum for Cooperation and Development in China, Sichuan Province, where among 42 delegations from 32 countries, the economic and tourist potentials of the County were presented. Osijek-Baranja County was one of the main partners of the Forum, and the focus of participation was the area of ​​trade and investment. The four-day visit of the Osijek-Baranja County delegation to the Chinese province of Sichuan concluded with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Osijek-Baranja County and the Sichuan Province on establishing friendship and cooperation. Osijek-Baranja County, based on the signed Memorandum and established relations with the Province of Sichuan, will continue to promote and position investment potentials with the aim of strengthening the economy and tourism in the county, according to OBŽ. “The memorandum was signed in the desire to strengthen friendly relations through the establishment of interregional cooperation, and the goal is to mutually increase economic and trade exchange and cultural development of the two regions. The priority sectors of cooperation prescribed by the Memorandum are environmental protection and ecology, transport and logistics, modern agriculture and education, tourism and culture. ” said Prefect Anušić during the signing of the Agreement and added that the cooperation with the Province of Sichuan is the result of intensive work on the international positioning of Osijek-Baranja County and its resources, as well as the development of cooperation between Croatia and the People’s Republic of China within the 16 + 1 Initiative. Photo: Osijek-Baranja County “Croatia as a member of the European Union, a country with beautiful natural resources, rich cultural heritage, excellent gastronomic and eno offer and especially after the success of our national football team at last year’s World Cup has become interesting to Chinese tourists and investors. Osijek-Baranja County is geostrategically well positioned and well connected with the entire region, so at the invitation of the host we presented investment and tourism potentials. I believe in the exchange of experiences and future active cooperation between our county and the province of Sichuan, which I emphasized in my presentation at the Governor’s Forum. “said Prefect Anusic. A meeting was also held with the mayors of Leshan and Meishan, the most developed tourist destinations in the Province of Sichuan, and he presented the tourist offer and agricultural resources of the county. The mayors expressed particular interest in developing further bilateral co-operation. Sichuan Province has seen significant economic growth in recent years. In 2018, it achieved a GDP of 605,3 billion US dollars. The province has established economic and trade links with more than 220 countries and regions, and 17 countries have opened consular offices in the province. It is one of the main centers of agricultural production in China, and they are also focused on the development of a high-tech industrial base through investments in electronic and information technologies. As they point out from Osijek-Baranja County, the governor of the Sichuan Province Yin Li expressed great interest in cooperation in terms of organic agricultural production, science and tourism. Therefore, OBŽ sent an invitation to the Governor in Osijek-Baranja County, which will be one of the next steps in the implementation and strengthening of further cooperation.last_img read more

Man-made climate change? Do the math

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThe debate over climate change as the result of man-caused carbon dioxide levels continues to grow. Most individuals on both sides of the argument haven’t realistically done the calculations based on three measured facts. These are the weight of the atmosphere, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and the calculated surface area of the Earth. This calculation should be within the capability of a six-grade student and her teacher. This is not rocket science.  An October 2007 National Geographic magazine has the carbon dioxide level increasing by two parts per million annually (ppm). This calculates at over 400 billion metric tons/year.  However, National Geographic can only account for 8 billion tons/year added to the atmosphere by humans. That is only 2 percent of the measured annual rise. So, human activity must not be the cause for the rise in this greenhouse gas.  Rather, it’s most likely coming from hydro thermal vents at the ocean floor or other sources which we can do nothing about except add stilts to our building foundations and move inland as the ocean levels rise. Rodger AndersonGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more