Big Tech stocks soar as results still come in from nail-biter election

first_img– Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement – NBC News has not yet projected the presidential election results, as several states remain uncalled. Democrats, meanwhile are projected to hold control of the House, while it’s unclear how the Senate race will play out.Some investors also viewed the potential for Republicans to hold onto the Senate as a positive for tech stocks, since higher capital gains taxes from a Democrat congress could have weighed on the sector.Subscribe to CNBC PRO for access to the livestream of CNBC’s continuous election and business news coverage.center_img Shares of the major tech-related companies jumped early Wednesday as investors flocked toward Microsoft and the FAANG family, comprised of Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google parent company Alphabet, while the U.S. waited for a clear presidential winner.Facebook stock was the biggest winner of the morning, as shares jumped more than 6%. Apple traded up nearly 3%. Amazon stock jumped more than 3.5%. Netflix traded more than 3% higher, while Alphabet’s stock was up more than 3.5%. Microsoft also traded up more than 3.5%. The moves were part of a broader market jump.Investors attributed the move in tech to a number of factors, including the group’s consistently solid returns and safety appeal in times of uncertainty. The group also factored in the possibility that Congress could remain split, which would making sweeping legislation against Big Tech harder to pass.- Advertisement – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in 2017.KENZO TRIBOUILLARDlast_img read more

In a tweet, Netanyahu congratulates Biden, praising their ‘warm personal relationship.’

first_imgThe Israeli leader’s remarks to the Biden camp joined a flood of best wishes from other heads of state, indicating that the international sphere, including even some of Mr. Trump’s allies, was putting little stock in the president’s hopes that courtroom maneuvering would overturn the results. Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, encouraged Mr. Biden to “compensate for past mistakes” and return to the 2015 nuclear agreement that Mr. Trump had abandoned, according to state media.In India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Mr. Biden and tweeted a separate message to Ms. Harris, the daughter of a woman from India, who will become the first woman and first woman of color to serve as vice president.“Your success is pathbreaking, and a matter of immense pride not just for your chittis, but also for all Indian-Americans,” Mr. Modi wrote, using a Tamil word for aunts that Ms. Harris used in her speech at the Democratic National Convention in August. – Advertisement – In some countries where relations with the United States were frayed during the Trump administration, the relief at Mr. Biden’s triumph was almost palpable. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, hailing his country’s traditional friendship with the United States, said, “I’m really looking forward to working together.” President Emmanuel Macron of France said: “We have a lot to do to overcome today’s challenges. Let’s work together!” Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany declared, “Our trans-Atlantic friendship is irreplaceable, if we want to overcome the great challenges of our time.”Less clear was China’s reaction. Chinese state-run news media reacted with cautious optimism that Mr. Biden would stabilize the fast-deteriorating relations between Beijing and Washington, but many outlets also continued to warn of future tensions between the superpowers and to suggest that American democracy was in decline. President Xi Jinping has not yet commented.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, a staunch ally of President Trump’s who had a chilly relationship with former President Barack Obama, congratulated Joseph R. Biden Jr. early Sunday, despite Mr. Trump’s insistence that the U.S. election was not over.“Joe, we’ve had a long & warm personal relationship for nearly 40 years, and I know you as a great friend of Israel,” Mr. Netanyahu said in a tweet, which he followed up with one thanking Mr. Trump for his friendship. Other reaction poured in from Asia and the Pacific, Africa, Latin America and the Mideast. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand, who recently won re-election, congratulated Mr. Biden and welcomed his cooperative spirit.“There are many challenges in front of the international community right now,” she said. “The message of unity from Joe Biden positions us well to take those challenges on.”World leaders yet to weigh in include President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Motorola Moto G Stylus 2021 Specifications Leaked, Snapdragon 675 SoC Expected

first_img– Advertisement – Is OnePlus 8T the best ‘value flagship’ of 2020? 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. As per the post, the Motorola G Stylus 2021 will pack the same battery – 4,000mAH –as its predecessor, the Moto G Stylus that launched in February this year. The phone is expected to have a quad rear camera setup, featuring a 48-megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel ultrawide camera, a 2-megapixel macro camera, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. In the front, Blass says it will have a 16-megapixel punch-hole selfie camera in the too-left corner of the display.The Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 SoC will be one of the major upgrades of the Motorola Moto G Stylus 2021. The phone will have 4GB RAM and 128GB on-board storage. It is allegedly condemamed Minsk at Lenovo, according to the tipster.Besides Samsung – Galaxy Note 10 Lite and LG –LG Stylo 6, Motorola is the only mainstream company that has released a stylus-equipped handset in the recent past.- Advertisement –center_img Moto G Stylus 2021, may be coming soon, backed by Snapdragon 675 SoC. Key specifications of the smartphone have been revealed by tipster Evan Blass. According to Blass, the next G Stylus will be larger than its predecessor and have a 6.8-inch screen with 1080 x 2400 resolutions. The Lenovo-owned company is expected to launch the phone next year, and the leaked specifications indicate that a release is close.Blass posted that the Motorola Moto G Stylus 2021 carries the model number XT2115. He explained that this meant that the fingerprint reader will be shifted from the back of the handset to the side. The upcoming smartphone will not carry NFC, and will run Android 10 out of the box.- Advertisement –last_img read more

T-Mobile, Costco, Baidu & more

first_imgPeople walk by a T-Mobile store in San Francisco, CaliforniaJustin Sullivan | Getty Images – Advertisement – – Advertisement – SmileDirectClub — SmileDirectClub traded 3.2% higher after the bell on the back of better-than-expected quarterly results. The tele-dentistry company posted a loss of 11 cents per share on revenue of $168.5 million. Analysts polled by Refinitiv expected a loss of 14 cents per share on revenue of $146.2 million.Baidu — The Chinese internet company saw its stock dip 0.6% even after the release of quarterly results that beat analyst expectations. Baidu reported a profit of CNY20.35 per share, adjusted, on revenue of CNY28.23 billion. Analysts had forecast earnings per share of CNY13.62 on revenue of CNY27.45 billion. Check out the companies making headlines after the bell on Monday:T-Mobile — T-Mobile shares rose more than 2% in after-hours trading after Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway disclosed a stake in the mobile networking company. A 13F filing showed the conglomerate bought 2.4 million shares of T-Mobile in the third quarter.Costco — Shares of the wholesale giant popped more than 2% after the company declared a special cash dividend of $10 per share. CFO Richard Galanti said this is possible thanks to Costco’s “strong balance sheet.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

The Coronavirus Vaccines Will Likely Work. Making Them Fast Will Be Hard.

first_imgThat’s a far cry from the 300 million doses that Operation Warp Speed — the federal effort to accelerate vaccine development — set as a goal this year. It reflects just how difficult and unpredictable the manufacturing process has been. Pfizer, for example, said this summer that it expected to make 100 million doses by year’s end, but has now said it can produce only half that goal.Industry analysts and company executives are optimistic that hundreds of millions of doses will be made by next spring. But the companies — backed with billions of dollars in federal money — will have to overcome hurdles they’ve encountered in the early days of making vaccines. Moderna and Pfizer’s vaccines use new technology that has never been approved for widespread use. They are ramping up into the millions for the first time. Other challenges include promptly securing raw vaccine ingredients and mastering the art of creating consistent, high-quality batches. The promising news that not just one, but two coronavirus vaccines were more than 90 percent effective in early results has buoyed hopes that an end to the coronavirus pandemic is in sight.But even if the vaccines are authorized soon by federal regulators — the companies developing them have said they expect to apply soon — only a sliver of the American public will be able to get one by the end of the year. The two companies, Pfizer and Moderna, have estimated they will have 45 million doses, or enough to vaccinate 22.5 million Americans, by January.- Advertisement –last_img read more

WHO says Lao death likely caused by H5N1

first_imgMar 5, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A 42-year-old woman from Laos’ Vientiane province who died yesterday probably had H5N1 avian influenza, according to World Health Organization (WHO) officials. Confirmation of the case would mark the country’s first human death from the disease.The woman was hospitalized 5 days ago with severe pneumonia, and tests showed that she had an H5 flu virus, but authorities are awaiting results that would clarify if it was the H5N1 strain, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today. A Bloomberg News story reported essentially the same information from WHO and Laotian officials.”It is very likely it is H5N1,” WHO spokeswoman Dida Connor told AFP. If the woman’s case is confirmed by the WHO, she will be listed as Laos’s second avian flu case-patient in less than a week and the country’s first person to die of the disease.On Feb 27 Laos announced its first human H5N1 patient, a 15-year-old girl from suburban Vientiane who is undergoing treatment in a Thai hospital, according to media reports. Connor told AFP there is no direct link between the woman and the girl; Bloomberg said the two cases occurred about 31 miles apart.Officials are investigating how the woman caught the disease and are monitoring her family members and hospital staff, AFP reported.Outbreaks of H5N1 in poultry returned to Laos, striking birds near Vientiane, the capital, in mid-February after 6 months without major outbreaks. The Associated Press today reported a new poultry outbreak in southern Laos, but few details were available.Meanwhile, physicians in China are hoping to boost the immunity of the country’s latest H5N1 patient, a 44-year-old farmer from Fujian province, by transfusing her with serum from another Chinese patient who recently recovered from an H5N1 infection, Xinhua reported today. The donor is a 37-year-old man from Anhui province who was confirmed on Jan 10 by the WHO as China’s 22nd H5N1 case-patient.The woman, who fell ill Feb 18 and possibly had contact with sick birds at her home, is in critical but stable condition, Xinhua reported. Her diagnosis was confirmed on Mar 1 by the WHO, and she is the country’s 23rd case-patient.The treatment appears to be the first use of serotherapy to treat a human H5N1 infection. Researchers from the US Navy, writing in the October 2006 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine, reported that the practice may have reduced mortality when it was used to treat patients during the “Spanish flu” pandemic of 1918. Though avian flu experts acknowledge that serotherapy may be beneficial in a flu pandemic, some say supply and logistical problems would hamper its use.In other avian flu news, a handful of countries have recently reported further bird or poultry outbreaks:Myanmar reported three more outbreaks in chickens and ducks near Rangoon, as well as positive H5N1 findings in crows, AFP reported yesterday.Kuwait reported that new cases were detected in Al-Sulaibiya and Wafrah, increasing the total number of infected birds to 50, most of which were backyard poultry, according to a report from Kuwait News Agency today.Pakistan confirmed H5N1 in birds, including crows and chickens, in Peshawar, Naushera, and Charsadda districts, The International News, a Pakistani Web site, reported today.See also:Mar 1 WHO statement 10 WHO statement TC, Kilbane EM, Jackson JL, et al. Meta-analysis: convalescent blood products for Spanish influenza: a future H5N1 treatment? Ann Intern Med 2006 Oct 17;145(8):599-609 [Abstract]Sept 8, 2006, CIDRAP News article “Could blood from H5N1 flu survivors help others?”last_img read more

CDC reports sexual transmission of vaccinia

first_imgMay 4, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A woman from Alaska experienced vulvar vaccinia after she was intimate with a US military member who had received his smallpox vaccination 3 days before, according to a report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).The report, published in today’s issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), said the woman sought treatment at a public health clinic in Alaska in October 2006 for increasingly painful vaginal tears that she said were not caused by sexual abuse or trauma.Vaccinia, a rare cutaneous and sometimes systemic reaction to smallpox vaccination that can occur in vaccinees or in close contacts of vaccinees, has been reported more frequently in the medical literature since the US military revived its long-discontinued smallpox vaccination program in late 2002. By June 2006 about 1.1 million US service members bound for the Middle East and other areas thought to be high-risk had been vaccinated.In March a 2-year-old Indiana boy was hospitalized with severe eczema vaccinatum that he contracted from his father, a soldier who had recently received a smallpox shot.In the woman’s case, in early October 2006 clinicians swabbed one of her two vulvar lesions and diagnosed secondary candidiasis; however, her symptoms continued to worsen despite treatment with over-the-counter medication, the MMWR report said. A healthcare provider then diagnosed cellulitis, discontinued the over-the-counter remedy, and prescribed a 7-day course of oral cephalexin. The patient’s symptoms resolved 1 week later.In the meanwhile, the Alaska State Virology Laboratory (ASVL) found the woman did not have herpes simplex virus, but it was unable to identify what virus she had. About a month later, the virus remained unidentified after the ASVL submitted it to a reference lab.On Jan 9, 2007, the ASVL submitted the unidentified isolate to the CDC, where cloning and sequencing of her sample, based on products from specialized polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing, identified DNA bands that matched vaccinia virus sequences. Additional PCR testing performed by the CDC Poxvirus Laboratory revealed that the woman’s isolate was consistent with a vaccine-strain vaccinia virus, and the lab relayed the results to the ASVL on Jan 30.Upon receiving the woman’s test result, Alaska state health officials interviewed the woman and learned that she had never been vaccinated against smallpox but that the only sex partner she had had from 1 month before her infection until the lesions were healed was a US service member. She said their intimate contact involved manual stimulation and vaginal intercourse, and she didn’t remember seeing bandages or unusual skin lesions on her partner.When state health officials interviewed medical officers at the military base, they found that the soldier had been deployed overseas in late October. He had received a smallpox vaccination on Sep 19, 2006, along with instruction on vaccination site care and proper hand hygiene. They found no other transmission of the virus from either the soldier or from the woman to other people, including the heathcare workers who examined her.The US military revived its long-discontinued smallpox vaccination program in late 2002, and by June 2006 about 1.1 million service members had been vaccinated.Contact vaccinia, as in the woman’s case, is more common than the more severe eczema vaccinatum or progressive vaccinia. According to the US Department of Defense (DoD) Web site, 61 cases (36 lab-confirmed) of contact vaccinia occurred, mainly to spouses and adult intimate contacts, between Dec 13, 2002, and Apr 12, 2007. The MMWR report said lab-confirmed vulvar vaccinia after sexual contact with vaccinated military members has also been reported in New York and Texas since the DoD resumed its smallpox vaccination program.The CDC and the DoD have received four reports of nongenital contact vaccinia since Mar 8, 2007, related to recently vaccinated service members, the MMWR report said.In an editorial note that accompanied the report of the woman’s case, the CDC wrote that to prevent contact vaccinia transfers, healthcare providers should educate vaccinees on proper handwashing after bandage changesas well as on how to avoid other contact with the vaccination site. It said asking patients who seek treatment for vesicular lesions that resemble vaccinia about contact with recent smallpox vaccines can speed diagnosis and provide quicker contact tracing, clinical intervention, and counseling about preventing further transmission.CDC. Vulvar vaccinia infection after sexual contact with a military smallpox vaccine—Alaska, 2006. MMWR 2007 May 4;56(17):417-19 [Full text]See also:DoD smallpox vaccination information overview of smallpox, including information on risks of vaccinationlast_img read more

OIE chief’s downplaying of pandemic risk draws fire

first_imgJan 11, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Disease experts and preparedness advocates reacted negatively today to comments by the head of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) suggesting that the risk of an influenza pandemic posed by the H5N1 avian flu virus is minimal.In news reports yesterday, Dr. Bernard Vallat, director-general of the Paris-based OIE, was quoted as saying that the H5N1 virus is “extremely stable,” implying that it is unlikely to evolve into a human pandemic strain.In interviews today, experts such as Dr. Kathy Neuzil, MD, chair of the Infectious Diseases Society of America’s (IDSA’s) Pandemic Influenza Task Force, countered that the virus has been known to mutate many times already and that both science and history suggest it still represents a very real threat.Accounts from the Associated Press (AP), Agence France-Presse (AFP), and Reuters offered somewhat different versions of Vallat’s comments, with the AP making him sound the most reassuring—or complacent.According to the AP, Vallat said, “The risk [of a pandemic] was overestimated.” Concern a few years ago about a possibly imminent pandemic represented “just nonscientific supposition,” he said.An AFP account focused on Vallat’s statements about the stability of the H5N1 virus. “We have never seen a virus which has been so stable for so long,” Vallat was quoted as saying. “Compared to other viruses, it is extremely stable, which minimizes the risk of mutation” into a pandemic strain.He also said the virus is endemic in Indonesia, Egypt, and to a lesser extent Nigeria, according to AFP. “If we could eradicate the virus in those countries, the problem of a pandemic from Asian H5N1 would be resolved,” he asserted.But the Reuters report depicted Vallat as more cautious. “We notice that the virus is now extremely stable but there is no base to say that the H5N1 will not mutate,” he said. “Bird flu will always remain a risk, be it H5N1 or another.”Despite the somewhat conflicting accounts, the other experts asserted that Vallat was sending the wrong signal.”The main message that should be out there is that the threat is real,” said Neuzil, senior clinical advisor with the nonprofit organization PATH in Seattle.She and others pointed to the recent history of pandemics.”The 1918 pandemic occurred from a mutation of a bird virus, to the best of our knowledge,” she said. “The 1957 and 1968 pandemics occurred through viral reassortment, sudden events where human and animal viruses combined genes and came out with a new virus. So a pandemic can occur either way. You can have a very stable virus that reassorts with another virus.””H5N1 has a demonstrated ability to mutate and change,” she added. “We’ve seen it change in Vietnam, where in the course of a week or two in patients on [antiviral] therapy it has developed resistance.” Mutations also have been seen in Indonesia, she noted.”If you just stick to the science, science tell us pandemic threats are real, and there’s nothing to say that H5N1 couldn’t cause a pandemic by either of those routes [mutation or reassortment],” she concluded.David Halvorson, DVM, a veterinary pathologist and avian flu expert at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul, said he was hesitant to respond to Vallat’s comments, given the differing accounts of what he said. However, Halvorson allowed, “People have noted that the Asian lineage highly pathogenic H5N1 has been around since 1997 and nothing has happened yet to cause it to spread from human to human. Does that mean it couldn’t happen tomorrow? No.”David Fedson, MD, a retired professor of medicine from the University of Virginia and former researcher with Aventis Pasteur who has spent his career working on vaccination issues, agreed with Neuzil that Vallat’s assessment doesn’t fit with history.”The statement [suggesting the risk of a pandemic is minimal] ignores history,” said Fedson, who also is on the IDSA’s Pandemic Influenza Task Force. “The history is a pandemic coming out of nowhere in 1918 and causing great global disruption. . . . A statement like this, if people pay attention, has the practical effect of telling people they don’t need to worry, they don’t need to be prepared.”Fedson said infectious diseases have caused major die-offs in several mammalian species in recent years, and humans are subject to the same threats. For example, about a third of the lions on Africa’s Serengeti Plain died of distemper virus in the early 1990s, and more than 50% of gorillas and chimpanzees have died of Ebola virus infection in this decade, he said.”Given what we know of the capability of flu viruses in general and this virus in particular, we have to take it seriously and . . . prepare for a pandemic that could cause a very high mortality,” Fedson said. “We have to recognize that we’re as vulnerable as the gorillas and chimps.”Infectious disease expert Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, a leading pandemic preparedness proponent, recommended viewing the reports of Vallat’s comments with caution because of their differences. Nonetheless, he took strong exception to the idea that the virus is stable and doesn’t represent much of a threat.”Regardless of what Dr. Vallat said, this virus is hardly stable,” said Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of CIDRAP News. With multiple clades and subclades of the virus identified, he said, “This virus has demonstrated an unprecedented ability to change through mutation.”He said the virus is stable only in the sense that it seems to have found a permanent home in poultry and wild birds. “There is nothing in the foreseeable future to suggest that this virus is going to die out or somehow disappear through competition or attrition in the bird reservoir,” he added.As for history lessons, Osterholm cited the flu virus subtype H3N8. Originally an avian virus, it jumped in 1960 to horses and circulated in them for decades, he said. About 5 years ago it jumped from horses to dogs, and it continues to circulate in dogs in a number of areas worldwide.”Why did it take nearly 40 years of nearly constant contact between horses and dogs before it finally made the jump to dogs?” Osterholm asked. “No one can answer that question. That should provide a rather sobering context to understanding H5N1. Three or 5 or 7 years of hypertransmission in the bird population doesn’t really tell us anything about whether this could one day become a pandemic strain.”Osterholm concluded, “Unfortunately, some have read this [Vallat’s comments] to mean that the final chapter has been written on our concern about pandemic flu. There’s nothing that could be further from the truth. We’re closer today to the onset of the next pandemic than we were yesterday, but not as close as we’ll be tomorrow.”last_img read more

Salmonella outbreak strain traced to Mexican farm

first_img “Frankly, I’d just like to hear what went wrong,” Cardoza said. The discovery of the first piece of produce actually linked to a case in the outbreak was announced just 2 days ago by Colorado officials, who found the outbreak strain in a jalapeno from the home of a southwestern Colorado resident who had been sick. Editor’s note: In a statement released late on Jul 30, the FDA said that the Mexican farm where the contaminated jalapeno pepper found in Texas last week was grown is not the same one where the contaminated irrigation water and Serrano pepper were found, contrary to the report below. The farm where the contaminated Serrano pepper and irrigation water were found is in the state of Nuevo Leon and was identified through the trace-back of products linked to clusters of cases in the United States, the agency said. The FDA said the contaminated jalapeno found at a produce distributor in McAllen, Tex., was traced back to a different farm in Mexico; the location was not disclosed. Today’s congressional hearing was the first of two this week scheduled to focus on the outbreak and the response to it. Members of the subcommittee sharply questioned Acheson and King about various aspects of the outbreak investigation. Though no contaminated tomatoes have been found, Acheson said, “We have found contaminated jalapeno and Serrano peppers and have found . . . common distribution points. We’ve also identified a farm where all three are grown. So the possibility exists that this was on more than one commodity; we already know it’s two, so it could’ve been three.” The FDA first warned about possible Salmonella in jalapeno and Serrano peppers on Jul 9, after investigations of several case clusters pointed in that direction. Certain kinds of tomatoes were previously the main suspects in the outbreak, and investigators have not yet excluded a possible role for them early in the outbreak. A warning against eating tomatoes was canceled on Jul 17. The outbreak has grown to 1,319 cases in 43 states, along with Washington, DC, and Canada, Dr. Lonnie King of the Centers for Disease Control and Preveniton (CDC) reported at the hearing, which focused on the problems in tracing fresh produce in connection with disease outbreaks. Acheson said the contaminated jalapeno found at the Texas distributor was traced back through two different facilities in Mexico and finally to the farm, whose location he didn’t disclose. He said the farm distributes produce to “a number of other places” and added that the FDA investigators would try to identify those. Jul 30 FDA statement “Two hours ago we learned that we had got a positive sample in water used for irrigation” and also in a Serrano pepper on the farm, Acheson told the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Horticulture and Organic Agriculture, at a hearing that was streamed over the Web. Rep. Dennis Cardoza, D-Calif., chair of the subcommittee, set the tone at the beginning: “The investigation faltered almost from the beginning as investigators began asking patients what they ate before they became ill,” he said. “They used questionnaires that listed major food items but not all food items.” For example, the form included peppers but not jalapeno peppers specifically. When Cardoza asked if the warning on tomatoes was “an erroneous callout by your agency,” Acheson said, “No, there was a very clear, methodical scientific process whereby the CDC reached a statistical conclusion it was tomatoes.” “We found a positive in Serrano peppers and we’re recommending that consumers not only not consume jalapeno peppers but also Serrano peppers,” Acheson said. Jul 30, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – A Salmonella-tainted jalapeno pepper found last week in Texas has been traced to a Mexican farm, and investigators have found the outbreak strain of Salmonella in irrigation water there, a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) official told Congress today. House Agriculture Committee’s hearing schedule Under questioning by Rep. Tim Mahoney, D-Fla., Acheson said there is no evidence that any tomatoes now on the market are contaminated, but the FDA can’t exclude the possibility that tomatoes played some role earlier in the outbreak. Under questioning by Cardoza, Acheson acknowledged that no contaminated tomatoes have been found, despite the weeks of warnings against eating certain kinds. See also: Later, he said about 1% of food items imported into the United States are “physically examined by an inspector.” Inspections and testing of imported foods are largely driven by the record of past problems, such as Salmonella in cantaloupe, he explained. David W. Acheson, MD, the FDA’s associate commissioner for foods, told a House subcommittee this afternoon that the contaminated jalapeno pepper found last week at a distribution center in McAllen, Tex., was traced back to the farm in Mexico. When Mahoney asked if there are any required inspections of the implicated farm in Mexico, Acheson said, “There’s not a requirement that I’m aware of for anyone to inspect those farms.”last_img read more

Croatia and Slovenia have started the implementation of the project “Culture has no borders” with the aim of connecting cultural heritage

first_imgIn each of these variants the emphasis will be on uncool points that will offer a mix of cultural heritage and storytelling experiences, local culinary experience, art, urban leisure space and contact with residents. In addition, a tourist information center will be set up in Jastrebarsko as an information center for visitors and a pavilion in the Erdödy park intended for social events, and in Črnomelj the floor area of ​​one of the oldest parts of the city center will be renovated. These two places will be connected through a mobile application for guiding visitors and a cross-border digital card for further expansion and promotion of other small historic towns along the Slovenian-Croatian border. Special sightseeing scenarios with plans for the interpretation of individual sightseeing points will be adapted for people with physical disabilities. In Črnomelj, ten localities will be included in the culture project: steam locomotive, Sokolski dom, monument to the First World War, monument to the National Liberation War, Črnomalj town – treasury, church of Sv. Peter, the birth house of Miran Jarc, the city museum collection of Črnomelj, the church of Sv. Spirit and late antique walls, the Črnomelj triple bridge and the museum collection of the Kanižarica brown coal mine. In addition to raising awareness of the recognition of cultural heritage, its preservation and activation for tourism purposes, this project aims to involve local museums, associations and citizens through collecting stories, photographs and other elements that will increase understanding and knowledge of intangible heritage, as well as local bidder. In addition, cultural heritage in smaller areas such as Jastrebarsko and Črnomelj is one of the potentials that can attract visitors and thus influence the further development of the tourist offer through the survival of small providers in the field of gastronomy, crafts, accommodation and other services.  The culture project is conceived as uncool a tour tailored to the needs of visitors who will be introduced to the cultural heritage, local offer and enable live and virtual encounters with historical figures on the streets, squares and parks of Jastrebarsko and Črnomelj. The added value is the fact that this is an example of good practice and a development model applicable to other small historic towns along the Slovenian-Croatian border.    “I am glad that the Municipality of Črnomelj, in cooperation with the city of Jastrebarsko and partners, is developing a project that will be an example to other small towns along the border how to create foundations for sustainable tourism development through the promotion of cultural heritage. KulTuri aims to present the history of small towns, connect the local offer, walk and experience and enable live encounters with historical figures, all of which will be supported through a cross-border digital card for further expansion and promotion.”, Said Stefan Misja, Deputy Mayor of the Municipality of Crnomelj. The acronym of the project is “culture”, and the goal is to present the cultural heritage through a specially designed tourist tour to visit the famous cultural attractions in the area of ​​Jastrebarsko and Črnomelj. The tourist product conceived in this way will connect the cultural heritage and the local offer and create an experience for visitors through walks through the streets, squares and parks. It will also become an example of good practice that can be applied in other smaller towns along the Slovenian-Croatian border.  The City of Jastrebarsko from Croatia and the Municipality of Črnomelj from Slovenia, in cooperation with project partners the Tourist Board of the City of Jastrebarsko, Development Information Center Bela krajina, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, Libertas International University and other associated partners, are implementing the project “Heritage of Jaska and Črnomelj be ‘cool’. For everything.”  The project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) within the Interreg VA Slovenia – Croatia 2014-2020 Cooperation Program.  The tourist tour for the area of ​​the town of Jastrebarsko will include 13 cultural attractions: the chapel of St. Duha, Jastrebarsko City Museum and Gallery, Statue of the Family on JJ Strossmayer Square, monument to the Starčević family house, monument to Vladko Maček, Napoleon’s Hospital (Šubar House), Erdödy Castle Park, Žitnica, Ljube Kraljević Bridge, cooperative collection of the Golub family and the Franciscan Church Sv. Marija, Monument to the victims of all wars, historical graves in the city cemetery, the church of Sv. Nicholas and graphite Erdödy. On the other side of the border, the Municipality of Črnomelj has been declared a cultural monument of local significance with a total of 20 registered heritage sites, so this partnership is important for creating a unique concept of cross-border tourist product based on the potential of untapped cultural heritage. center_img Jastrebarsko and Črnomelj are the first of about 50 smaller towns along the Slovenian-Croatian border that have decided to build their recognizability and develop a joint cross-border tourist product that will be adapted for people with physical disabilities through the revitalization of historic centers and tourism development.  After the completion of the project, the number of visits to cultural heritage attractions in Jastrebarsko and Črnomelj is expected to increase by at least 3,5 times compared to the starting points of the number of visits in 2016.  As pointed out by the city of Jastrebarko, all these activities will be accompanied by strong communication support that will include public events, a special website, texts and articles on social networks, exhibitions, tourist maps, promotional campaign for various target groups and advertising campaign and media support. . The key promotional tool will be a mobile application that will actively involve visitors in experiencing cities and guide them in an instructive and interactive way along the route of culture using GPS, virtual reality technology and interactive maps, learn about history through educational games for children and reward credit points. . In addition to Jastrebarsko and Črnomelj, the mobile application and digital card will technologically and content-wise enable direct involvement in the project of other cities along the Slovenian-Croatian border. In parallel with the digital experience, attention will be paid to personal contact between visitors and hosts, so specialist training of guides and interpreters is planned.  “This project is a continuation of the successful cooperation between Črnomelj, Jaska and our partners, and I believe that we will successfully implement it as well as our first joint project” Awakened Cultural Heritage “from 2011. Jaska has something to show, and with this approach in a new way we will raise the quality of our cultural and tourist offer not only of our city, but also of the entire border area of ​​Croatia and Slovenia. Much greater value than the money we are withdrawing from this project is the strengthening of cooperation between partners on both sides of the border, because borders are the lines on the map, and coexistence and good neighborly relations on both sides have existed in this area for centuries. We need to strengthen this cooperation, and projects like this are the best stake in that”, Said Zvonimir Novosel, the mayor of Jastrebarsko. Specifically, it is about 9.000 new visitors who will be motivated to come to Jastrebarsko and Črnomelj through this project, which, in addition to the current numbers, the total target attendance will be over 12.000 visitors. In addition to independent walking and walking with the help of a special mobile application that will be developed as part of the project, it will be possible to walk with specially trained guides.  The total value of the project is EUR 1.316.243,02, of which the approved ERDF funds amount to EUR 1.118.806,54 (85%), while the own funds invested by the project partners amount to EUR 197.436,48 (15%). The project implementation period lasts from 1 July 2018 to 31 January 2020, ie 30 months.last_img read more