– Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Apple CEO Tim Cook pose next to an image of the new iPhone 11.Kena Betancur | AFP | Getty Images (This story is for CNBC Pro subscribers only.)A handful of strong earnings results from Apple’s biggest suppliers are a good sign for the iPhone maker’s demand picture, according to Morgan Stanley.The Wall Street firm’s Apple analyst Katy Huberty — the 2020 No. 1 ranked technology analyst by Institutional Investor — said seven of Apple’s semiconductor suppliers reported strong quarterly revenue in the past two weeks and gave robust outlooks for the fourth quarter.
Oct 25, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Researchers from the University of Georgia report that wood ducks and laughing gulls are highly susceptible to H5N1 avian influenza, which suggests those two species could be sensitive indicators of the virus’s presence in wild birds.In a lab, the researchers exposed six species of wild birds—five duck species and laughing gulls—to the lethal Asian H5N1 virus. All the birds became infected, but only the wood ducks and laughing gulls became ill or died, according to their report in the November issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases.The findings come amid this year’s greatly expanded federal and state program to look for H5N1 avian flu in wild birds in the United States. The deadly Asian strain of H5N1 has not yet been found in North America, but a mild “North American” strain of H5N1 has been found in wild birds in several states.”If you’re looking for highly pathogenic H5N1 in wild birds, it would really pay to investigate any wood duck deaths because they seem to be highly susceptible,” David Stallknecht, a study coauthor, commented in a University of Georgia news release.Besides wood ducks, the ducks used in the study were mallards, Northern pintails, blue-winged teal, and redheads. Those species are the most likely to bring H5N1 to North America, given their behavior and habitat use, lead author Dr. Justin Brown commented in the news release.The researchers found that the birds studied had more virus in their mouth and throat secretions than in feces. In contrast, said Stallknecht, birds infected with low-pathogenic avian flu viruses shed more virus in their feces, according to the news release.In other avian flu developments, David Nabarro, the United Nations’ senior coordinator for avian and human influenza, said H5N1 is likely to remain a major animal health problem for 5 to 10 more years, according to an Oct 23 UN news release.”We think it’s going to stay that way for five years [or] perhaps 10 years to come because the virus is highly pathogenic yet at the same time can seem to survive in certain communities of birds without symptoms . . . and secondly it does seem to be spread by a combination of wild birds and trade,” Nabarro said.Elsewhere, H5 and N1 avian flu viral proteins were found recently in a green-winged teal in Michigan, but the finding did not signal the lethal Asian type of H5N1, US officials announced Oct 20.The findings were in one of 51 samples collected from a number of bird species Oct 15 in Tuscola County, Michigan, as part of the expanded wild-bird monitoring program by federal and state agencies. In a news release, the US Department of Agriculture said the finding could indicate two different flu viruses, one containing H5 and the other N1. Another possibility is an infection with the low-pathogenic North American strain of H5N1, which has been found in wild birds elsewhere in Michigan and in Illinois, Maryland, and Pennsylvania in recent months.Further testing under way at the USDA national lab in Ames, Iowa, will clarify the findings within 2 to 3 weeks, the agency said.In other recent news about avian flu in birds:In an effort to stop avian flu outbreaks, Indonesian officials said they plan to bar people in major cities from keeping free-roaming poultry, according to an Oct 20 Agence France-Presse report. The health minister said the ban could be modeled on similar laws in Thailand and Hong Kong. No date was set for imposing it.In China, 42.6 million domestic birds in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region have been vaccinated against avian flu since an outbreak last month, the newspaper People’s Daily reported Oct 22.See also:Emerging Infectious Diseases report on wild birds’ susceptibility to H5N1http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/EID/vol12no11/06-0652.htmUniversity of Georgia news release about studyhttp://www.uga.edu/news/artman/publish/061023_BirdFlu.shtmlUN news release reporting Nabarro’s commentshttp://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=20347&Cr=bird&Cr1=flu#Oct 20 USDA news release on avian flu testing of birds in Michigan
Mar 21, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Japan’s health ministry today ordered the country’s importer of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) to warn doctors against prescribing the drug to teens, because of continuing concerns that psychiatric symptoms might be linked to the influenza medication, according to news services.The health ministry said in a press release that two teenagers were injured in February and March when they fell from buildings after taking oseltamivir, Reuters reported today. According to a Kyodo News report, on Feb 27 a 14-year-old boy fell to his death from a condominium building where he lived in Sendai, Miyagi prefecture, a day after taking Tamiflu. The story also said a 16-year-old girl from Aichi prefecture died on Feb 16 under similar circumstances.However, Roche said in an e-mailed statement issued yesterday that clinical trials in the United States and Japan have shown similar rates of psychiatric symptoms in children with influenza who took oseltamivir compared with their peers who didn’t take the drug. In addition, Roche said US health insurance data from 1999 to 2006 on more than 101,000 flu patients treated with oseltamivir and more than 225,000 flu patients who didn’t receive the drug revealed a lower likelihood of central nervous system events such as delirium, confusion, and hallucination in the treated patients.Oseltamivir, a neuraminidase inhibitor, is used for flu treatment and prevention. Because world health experts regard it as the best available drug for treating a potential pandemic flu strain, the United States and numerous other countries are stockpiling the drug.To address concerns about possible psychiatric symptoms, Roche in November 2006 added a warning to its US labeling for Tamiflu that people who have the flu, particularly children, might be at increased risk for self-injury and confusion shortly after taking the drug and should be monitored for signs of unusual behavior.At that time, the US Food and Drug Administration and Roche both said the drug’s contribution to the psychiatric symptoms was not known. The FDA said influenza itself could contribute to some neuropsychiatric disorders, though not usually delirium or suicide attempts.The warning was prompted by an FDA review of 103 reports of neuropsychiatric adverse events associated with oseltamivir between Aug 29, 2005, and Jul 6, 2006. Of the reports, 95 came from Japan, and about two thirds of the reports involved children and youth younger than 17.A report from the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research said the adverse events included three fatal falls. Most of the events (60 of 103) were described as delirium with disturbed behavior. Some of the physicians who reported the events said that problems occurred within a day of starting treatment and quickly resolved after treatment ended. The FDA concluded it was unclear if the neuropsychiatric events were related only to the drug, only to the flu, or to both.The same report noted that oseltamivir is used more widely in Japan than in the United States.See also:Nov 14, 2006, CIDRAP News article “Tamiflu may pose risk of mental side effects”Nov 13, 2006, Roche statement about Tamiflu label revisionFDA staff analysis of adverse-event reports concerning Tamiflu
The season has been marked by a fairly poor match between two of the three viral strains in the vaccine and the dominant strains making people sick. The latest figures continue to reflect that. Only 23% of 144 influenza A/H3N2 virus isolates and 5% of 157 influenza B isolates analyzed by the CDC so far this season were matched well by the vaccine. Apr 4, 2008 (CIDRAP News) The influenza epidemic in the United States continued its late-season decline last week, with only seven states still reporting widespread flu activity, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today. This year’s epidemic appeared to peak in mid-February, as 49 states reported widespread flu activity for 2 weeks in a row. The number of states with widespread activity has declined each week since the week of Feb 24. As shown by lab testing, H3N2 viruses have predominated in the United States overall this season, though H1N1 strains were more common in the early weeks. Influenza B viruses have made up only 25% of specimens overall, but last week more type B than type A isolates were reported, the report says. States that were still reporting widespread flu the week of Mar 22 through 29 were Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Vermont. Regional flu activity was reported in 27 states and local activity in 11 more. This season also has seen increased signs of resistance to oseltamivir, one of the two leading flu drugs, in one of the three flu subtypes, A/H1N1. Today’s report says that 9.2% (73 of 797) of the H1N1 isolates tested this season had a mutation that confers resistance to oseltamivir. All tested viruses remained susceptible to the other antiviral drug, zanamivir. See also: In other findings, the CDC says the proportion of outpatient visits to sentinel healthcare providers attributed to influenza-like illness last week dropped to the national baseline of 2.2%, down from 2.6% the previous week. However, the CDC received six more reports of flu-related deaths in children, raising the season’s total to 59. The deaths, which occurred between Mar 8 and 23, were in Arizona, Connecticut, Minnesota (two deaths), Nevada, and Texas. CDC’s “FluView” weekly surveillance reportshttp://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/
The outbreak occurred in Donngeun village in Xayaboury province, where the Avian Influenza Control Committee yesterday ordered that all birds within a 1-kilometer radius of the outbreak site be destroyed to stop the spread of the virus, Vietnam News Agency reported. The Vientiane Times, a Lao newspaper, reported that the culling area encompasses seven villages, according to a report today by Xinhua, China’s state news agency. Officials established a 5-kilometer yellow zone around the outbreak location and advised villagers to destroy birds at the first sign of illness without waiting for them to be tested. None of the media reports said what type of birds were involved in the outbreak. Sep 14 OIE report The last H5N1 outbreak in Laos occurred in September, when the virus hit ducks in two northwestern provinces, Oudomxay and Luang Prabang, according to a Sep 14 report from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). Authorities said they thought that the first outbreak was related to ducklings obtained from the site of a previous outbreak and that the second was related to illegal bird transport in another province. Animal health officials culled 5,225 birds to control the outbreaks. See also: Nov 4, 2008 (CIDRAP News) Government officials in Laos today confirmed that the H5N1 avian influenza virus struck birds in a village in the northwestern part of the country, according to media reports.
Croatian Rural Tourism Association calls for fulfillment of promises on reduction of parafiscal levies and introduction of CRO cards
The Croatian Rural Tourism Association called on the Government of the Republic of Croatia, ie the Ministers of Finance and Tourism to fulfill two promises on compensatory measures on the end of 2016 when increasing VAT in the hospitality sector: reduction of parafiscal levies i introduction of the CRO card.We expect compensatory measures like the frosty sun, and more than a year has passed since their announcement, points out Jasmina Rakić Horvat, president of the Association ” We welcome the positive effects of the so-called comprehensive tax reforms on budget stability and budget deficit reduction, but macroeconomic indicators may not be the only criterion for assessing its performance. The effects of the reform on rural tourism are extremely negative. Some of our colleagues have decided to reduce agricultural production and lay off workers in order to get out of the VAT system. Those who continue to operate positively are forced to give up investment and development. Unfortunately, there are also examples of closing facilities that cannot operate positively with the existing fiscal and parafiscal levies. Some are even leaving Croatia, which is an additional blow to the demographics in rural areas. ” pointed out Rakić Horvat, after the end of the 2nd regular Assembly of the Association held on January 18.01.2018, XNUMX. in Čazma.Janko Kezele: Continental and rural tourism do not have time to waitThe Croatian Rural Tourism Association points out that the ministers promised compensatory measures in the form of the introduction of the CRO card and the reduction of over 200 parafiscal levies in these sectors. Apart from the publication of the Register of Non-Tax Benefits in early 2017, there are no indications when the promised compensatory measures should take effect. Unfortunately, in terms of the business environment, Croatia is currently ranked 114th out of 136 places in the 2017 World Economic Forum’s Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index, and in terms of price competitiveness in 100. place which is devastating for the development of tourism, especially continental tourism.”Despite last week’s Prime Minister’s announcement of a VAT cut, our sector doesn’t have time to wait a couple of years. Compensatory measures should be implemented as soon as possible to halt the negative effects of tax reform, especially in rural areas that do not depend on the tourist season and foreign guests. If the VAT reduction occurs once, we hope that it will be done in accordance with the Tourism Development Strategy of the Republic of Croatia until 2020. It is a document passed by the Croatian Parliament and according to which VAT in tourism and catering should be reduced below 13%, as is the case in our competing countries. As a compensatory measure, the introduction of a CRO card was announced, which would significantly encourage domestic tourist spending. So far, just one unfulfilled promise. Continental and rural tourism have no time to wait! With this pace of implementing compensatory measures, we will no longer have anyone to implement them for. ”Pointed out Janko Kezele, vice president of the Association.The Croatian Rural Tourism Association is the only national professional association that brings together providers of rural tourism services from all over Croatia. Solving legislative problems and promoting rural tourism are the main goals of the Association founded in 2016.
Croats pay 90% more for contactless than last year, in Europe almost 50% for contactless transactions
The strong penetration of contactless technology, which is the most widely accepted form of electronic payment in the history of Europe, continues, and so almost one of the two transactions in European stores is now contactless. A new survey by Mastercard showed that contactless payments recorded significant growth in Croatia as well – in the first eight months of 2018, 90% more contactless transactions were conducted than in the same period last year. The rapid growth in the use of contactless technology is also present throughout Europe, with a 97% increase in contactless transactions compared to last year. In more than 15 key European markets – including the markets of Croatia, Denmark, Greece, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland and Russia – contactless transactions account for more than 50% of all in-store transactions. In Croatia, 54% of transactions in August 2018 were contactless, according to Mastercard data, and they state that Poland is the absolute leader of this trend with over 80% of contactless transactions in 2018.The cashless economy is also being adopted by many other European countries – people are abandoning the cash payment method and adopting contactless technology.”These results clearly show that Europe is a leader in a contactless revolution. In addition to ease of use and convenience, users are looking for security and protection when it comes to payment technology. With the increase in the use of contactless payment methods, there is an increase in trust and thus more and more the user considers it contactless technology just as secure or more secure than traditional forms of payment. ” pointed out Sanja Žigić, director of Mastercard in Croatia. One of the main areas driving the growth of contactless transactions across Europe is transport systems. The number of users who use contactless payment methods in public transport is constantly growing.The main question is where is our tourism in this whole story? Mobile payments or contactless payments must be an imperative for us in our tourism. In addition to giving a clear message that we are following new trends and increasing tourist spending, the most important thing is that we respond to the needs of the market and tourists. By the way, the Google Pay service was recently enabled in Croatia, and we know that the mobile phone is the only item that cares about us today. Who more wants to carry paper money to the beach? Thinking about changing money for our currency? Paying with cards and mobile phones facilitates the whole process, increases tourist spending because we know that the psychology behind card payments works to increase spending, and gives some freedom to tourists because they do not have to think about money in the wallet.
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionA Black Swan event could hit the economy at any moment. All it would take is our going to war with North Korea. Within a month of our going to war, the stock market will drop by 50 percent and we’ll be plunged into a recession. If North Korea is able to reach the mainland with a nuclear warhead, the impact will be even worse.One of the talking heads on television made an even more cogent point. All North Korea has to do is put a nuclear warhead on a ship and enter a U.S. port. We don’t know the magnitude of the blast that they could set off by remote means because there is almost no limit to the size of the warhead they can detonate if they have achieved fusion technology.What’s an even more scary scenario is if North Korea sells its technology to terrorist organizations. There’s simply no way of knowing what these organizations will target.Richard Moody Jr.SchoharieMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?
Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The Feb. 18 letter from Rodger Anderson on climate change contains at least two errors. First, the mass of the atmosphere is about 5,000 trillion metric tons, so adding two parts per million of carbon dioxide [CO2] requires the addition of about 10 billion metric tons, not the 400 billion he calculated. That’s about the amount currently released each year from burning fossil fuels. But the total CO2 budget is a little more complicated. There are other sources, and some is removed by dissolving in sea water.His second error is his assertion that the debate over climate change continues to grow. The debate has been over for many years among the climate scientists, who are in the best position to know. It is at least 98 percent certain that the climate is warming due to the generation of greenhouse gases by humans. Ginned-up controversy certainly has grown, but the actual facts are pretty clear and have not changed much in the past 20 years.James E. PickettNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Puccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes
Is Lock 7 dam the cause of Stockade flooding?I attended part of the March 23 Watershed Symposium at Union College and learned that the Lock 7 dam in Niskayuna lacks release-gates and thus causes most of the flooding we experience in the historic Stockade. The canal dams upstream are liftable, either partially or fully, giving them the ability to release excess water and also reduce the threat of ice-jamming. It is this “pooling of water” at Lock 7 that causes most of our flooding. Can New York state own this engineering mistake and move toward correcting it?Susan DuFourSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Schenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crash Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion