Southeast Asia doesn’t really care who wins the U.S. election: Expert

first_imgHe was responding to a question on whether Southeast Asia would prefer Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden to win the election.“Actually, to be frank, I don’t think Southeast Asians really care,” he told CNBC’s “Squawk Box Asia” on Wednesday. “Southeast Asians have already experienced an enormous boom in bilateral trade with China.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – SINGAPORE — The U.S. is important geopolitically, but China is the “real game” in terms of business for Southeast Asia, according to the founder of a political risk consultancy.“It’s quite clear that China matters so much more than the U.S.,” said Karim Raslan of KRA Group. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Vietnam’s Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh addresses a live video conference during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-US Ministerial Meeting.Nhac Nguyen | AFP | Getty Images Asked what America can offer to the region, Raslan pointed to the continued inclusion of Indonesia in its Generalized System of Preferences, which waives duties on products from developing countries.He said there is “some capacity,” but that America’s investments — by Facebook into e-commerce company Bukalapak, or from Google into ride-hailing platform Gojek — have paled in comparison to China’s.“These numbers are dwarfed by the Chinese investment in nickel smelting in eastern Indonesia,” Raslan said. “As I say, billions and billions of U.S. dollars have been pumped over there.” “The U.S. is a sideshow. It’s important for geopolitics, but the real game in terms of business — and these are mercantilist nations — is China.”Raslan noted that Southeast Asia is China’s largest trading group, after surpassing both the U.S. and the European Union this year.“I think what we’ve got to bear in mind is that the perception of U.S. power, U.S. influence, has diminished enormously,” he said. I think what we’ve got to bear in mind is that the perception of U.S. power, U.S. influence, has diminished enormously.last_img read more

Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski beaten at Rolex Paris Masters denting their London hopes | Tennis News

first_imgMurray and Skupski hit back well after losing the opening set, but two double faults in the deciding tie-break cost them dearly, and they must now hope other results go their way if they are to play in their first ATP Finals as a team.Jurgen Melzer and Edouard Roger-Vasselin, who currently sit ninth in the standings, are already through to the quarter-finals and will overtake Murray and Skupski with another victory.- Advertisement – Jamie Murray (left) and Neal Skupski are in danger of failing to qualify for the ATP Finals in London There is one qualifying event left, the Sofia Open next week, but the points on offer are much lower than in Paris.Skupski has never played at the O2 while Murray appeared every year between 2015 and 2018 with previous partners John Peers and Bruno Soares.Don’t forget to follow us on skysports.com/tennis, our Twitter account @skysportstennis & Sky Sports – on the go! Available to download now on – iPhone & iPad and Android – Advertisement – Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski’s hopes of qualifying for the ATP Finals in London suffered a major blow with defeat by Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo in the second round of the Rolex Paris Masters.Murray and Skupski went into the tournament ranked seventh in the standings for the season-ending eight-team event at London’s O2 Arena, which begins on November 15.But Pole Kubot and Brazilian Melo will overtake them after their 6-2 1-6 10-6 victory in the French capital. Jamie Murray (left) and Neal Skupski are in danger of failing to qualify for the ATP Finals in London
Jamie Murray (left) and Neal Skupski are in danger of failing to qualify for the ATP Finals in London

Tigray crisis: Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed rejects peace talks

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Dolly Parton: Singer, Songwriter, Pandemic Savior?

first_imgShe wrote “I Will Always Love You” and “Jolene” on the same day and built a theme park around herself. She has given memorable onscreen performances as a wisecracking hairstylist and harassed secretary. She even helped bring about the creation of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”Now, Dolly Parton’s fans are crediting her with saving the world from the coronavirus. It’s an exaggerated, tongue-in-cheek claim, to be sure. But for legions of admirers, Ms. Parton’s donation this spring to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, which worked with the drugmaker Moderna to develop a coronavirus vaccine, was another example of how the singer’s generosity and philanthropy have made her one of the world’s most beloved artists.- Advertisement – “Shakespeare may have written King Lear during the plague, but Dolly Parton funded a Covid vaccine, dropped a Christmas album and a Christmas special,” the author Lyz Lenz said on Twitter.In April, Ms. Parton announced that she had donated $1 million to Vanderbilt after her friend Dr. Naji Abumrad, a professor of surgery at the university, in Nashville, told her about the work researchers were doing to come up with a vaccine. Dr. Abumrad’s son, Jad Abumrad, is the creator of “Radiolab” and host of the podcast “Dolly Parton’s America.”last_img read more

HHS buys 1.2 million flu vaccine doses from abroad

first_imgDec 7, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The federal government is buying 1.2 million doses of flu vaccine made in Germany to augment the strained US supply, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today.HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson announced the purchase of the vaccine, made by GlaxoSmithKline, at a news teleconference. “We’ll have it available this month,” he said. “This will allow us to get more vaccine into the hands of those who need it most.”Because the vaccine is not licensed in the United States and licensing is a lengthy process, it will be used under “investigational new drug” (IND) rules, Thompson said. That means people will have to sign a consent form acknowledging their awareness of possible risks before getting a shot. But Thompson and Lester Crawford, acting commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), said the vaccine is safe.The vaccine, called Fluarix, is used in 30 countries. The FDA reviewed GlaxoSmithKline’s manufacturing processes and inspected the plant that makes the vaccine before HHS decided to buy it, Thompson said.The consent form will explain “what the public should expect in terms of risk,” said Crawford. “What the public should know at this point is that the vaccine is not investigational because we have real questions about it, but because the company elected not to enter the US market last year, so they didn’t apply for approval.” He called the probability of safety problems with the vaccine “very low indeed.”Thompson said GlaxoSmithKline has agreed to supply up to 4 million doses to the US under IND rules, but he didn’t predict how many doses HHS might buy beyond the initial 1.2 million.The 1.2 million doses will increase the total US supply for this season to slightly more than 62 million doses, which includes about 58 million doses from Aventis Pasteur and 3 million doses of MedImmune’s FluMist, Thompson said.Thompson said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will distribute the GlaxoSmithKline vaccine doses where they are needed and will release a distribution plan in a few days. The company is charging HHS about $7 per dose, but there will be some additional costs for distribution, he said.GlaxoSmithKline said the IND rules provide that the vaccine can be given to people at least 3 years old who qualify for vaccination under the current US guidelines, which reserve the shots for people in high-risk groups.Another foreign firm viewed as a potential supplier of flu vaccine to the United States, Canada’s ID Biomedical, announced today that it must save its remaining doses for Canada, according to a Canadian Press (CP) report. HHS officials had previously said they were considering buying 1.2 million doses from the Vancouver, B.C., company.The company said it was selling the doses on the Canadian market at the request of the government, according to the CP report. The story said reports of the US vaccine shortage spurred an unusual Canadian demand for flu shots earlier this fall, sparking fears of a shortage in Canada.At the news conference, Crawford acknowledged the ID Biomedical announcement but said the FDA was still discussing the possibility of buying some vaccine from the company. The CP report said FDA officials spent a week inspecting the firm’s vaccine plant in Ste.-Foy, Que.Crawford also said that two companies have announced this week that they want to enter the US flu vaccine market, one as early as 2005 and the other by 2007. This year Aventis Pasteur and MedImmune are the only companies providing licensed flu vaccines in the US. California-based Chiron Corp. was to have supplied up to 48 million doses before contamination problems at the company’s plant in Liverpool, England, prompted British authorities to shut down the plant, triggering the American vaccine shortage.Crawford didn’t name the two companies planning to enter the market, but ID Biomedical yesterday announced a long-term agreement to sell flu vaccine to three US wholesalers, starting as early as next year, depending on licensing of the vaccine. The company said the agreement covers at least 8 years. The firm’s production capacity in 2005 will be about 22 million doses, officials said.GlaxoSmithKline, in a news release about the sale of doses to HHS, said it has “a long-term strategy” to seek FDA licensing of Fluarix.In other comments, Crawford said the FDA has been reviewing proposals by Illinois, New Mexico, and New York City to buy a total of 750,000 doses of non-US-licensed flu vaccine made abroad by Aventis. “By the end of the week we expect to have gotten through all of the information,” but he didn’t predict whether the FDA will approve the plans.last_img read more

Another avian flu case likely in Indonesia

first_imgDec 20, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Laboratory tests in Indonesia indicated that an 8-year-old boy who died Dec 15 had avian influenza, making him potentially the country’s 11th victim of the disease, Indonesian officials reported yesterday.The local test results were awaiting confirmation by a World Health Organization (WHO) reference lab in Hong Kong, Hariadi Wibisono of the Indonesian health ministry told Bloomberg News.Indonesian officials also were still waiting for confirmation of local tests indicating that a 39-year-old man who died Dec 13 had avian flu.The boy came from the Utan Kayu area on the east side of Jakarta, where a case had previously occurred in a 16-year-old girl who died last month, the Bloomberg story said.In other developments, two more poultry outbreaks of H5 flu have been reported in Romania in the past few days. The country’s 18th and 19th outbreaks were reported in poultry in the towns of Marsilieni and Chichinetu, both in the southeast, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP) reports.More than 100,000 poultry in Romania have been destroyed to contain the virus since the first outbreak there was discovered on Oct 7, AFP reported.In neighboring Ukraine, agriculture officials said yesterday that a British lab had confirmed that avian flu outbreaks in 15 villages involved the H5N1 virus, according to a Bloomberg News story.Health officials have seized and destroyed more than 63,000 poultry since the virus was first detected in Ukraine, the story said.In South Korea, a newspaper said the government had found traces of avian flu in about 50 places during an investigation from Oct 1 to Dec 11, according to another Bloomberg report.The newspaper, called Dong-a Ilbo, said the government found evidence of avian flu in eight regions, including an H5 virus in the western city of Ansan. The report said the government has promised to disclose findings of any H5 or H7 virus, according to Bloomberg.In Ethiopia, tests indicate that hundreds of pigeons that died earlier this month succumbed to Newcastle disease, not avian flu, according to an AFP report published today.Hundreds of pigeons died in eastern Ethiopia and in the capital, Addis Ababa, earlier this month. Ethiopian veterinary officials and Egyptian experts tested 62 dead and sick pigeons and also some healthy migratory birds, officials told AFP.All the tests were negative for flu, but the dead birds had Newcastle disease, officials said.Migratory birds from the Rift Valley region were included in the testing, the story said. It is feared that birds escaping the European winter and flocking in the Rift Valley may spread avian flu to Africa.In Beijing today, a US official praised China for cooperating with the United States on research on avian flu, according to a Reuters report.”There is a definite willingness to be completely cooperative, be completely transparent and to exchange samples with the WHO and with other partners so we can track the genetic changes,” Elias Zerhouni, director of the US National Institutes of Health, told reporters.Zerhouni favorably contrasted China’s present cooperativeness with its lack of openness early in the SARS outbreak, Reuters reported.The WHO confirmed that China has agreed to share avian flu viral isolates from human patients, the story said. WHO spokeswoman Maria Cheng said a Chinese official presented a draft agreement to the WHO in Beijing today.A report by the Chinese news agency Xinhua said Chinese officials handed over viral isolates from human cases to Shigeru Omi of the WHO today.last_img read more

Avian flu blamed in another Indonesian death

first_imgMay 1, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – An Indonesian man whose death was attributed to H5N1 avian influenza will bring Indonesia’s death toll from the virus to 25, if his case is confirmed outside the country.The man reportedly had come into contact with his neighbor’s infected chickens in Tangerang, 25 miles west of Jakarta, according to a CNN.com story on Apr 28.Samples from the man tested positive for H5N1 in an Indonesian laboratory, the Associated Press (AP) reported. Confirmatory testing is under way at a World Health Organization (WHO) reference lab in Hong Kong.The WHO has confirmed 32 human cases, with 24 deaths, from H5N1 in Indonesia.Elsewhere, the Wall Street Journal Asia said on Apr 27 that local health officials in China had failed to report possible human cases of avian flu to the central government, according to an Apr 29 Reuters report. The same issue has been raised elsewhere.But the Chinese government denied the allegation. “The release of information has been timely, open and transparent,” Health Ministry spokesman Mao Qun’an told Reuters.In addition, Chinese officials involved with tracking and stemming the spread of the virus among birds have established a quarantine zone in the Qinghai region in north-central China, according to BBC News online. A wild goose found dead in the region tested positive for H5N1.The virus so far has not been found in domestic poultry around Qinghai, according to an AP story today.The region is a major stopover point for migratory birds, and thousands of migratory birds died in an H5N1 outbreak at the Qinghai Lake wildlife sanctuary last year. The H5N1 virus later found in two people in Turkey was virtually identical to bird samples obtained in Qinghai, according to a statement in the AP story attributed to the WHO.last_img read more

UHPA Day program published in Crikvenica

first_img22.03.2018/XNUMX/XNUMX – Thursday Gathering of participants, check-in at the hotel16:00 – 17:30 Meetings of working groups of UHPA specialists17:30 Opening of “UHPA Day 2018″17:30 – 19:00 Presentations of partners and members19:30 Welcome cocktail20:00 Dinner23.03.2018/XNUMX/XNUMX – Friday 09:30 – 11:00 UHPA Assembly (for regular UHPA members)11:30 – 13:00 Panel discussion on the topic: “Legislation in the business of travel agencies – what awaits us in 2018.”13:30 – 16:30 Lunch with a tour of the destination17:00 – 19:30 Working part  Implementation of the new Law on Provision of Services in Tourism  Impact of the General Regulation on Personal Data Protection (GDPR) on the operations of travel agencies  Public call for joint advertising in public and private sector promotional campaigns (CNTB)20:30 Gala dinner24.03.2018/XNUMX/XNUMX – Saturday Breakfast, departure of participants* The organizer reserves the right to change the programRelated news:UHPA ON A WORKING VISIT TO POŽEGA-SLAVONIA COUNTYTOURIST OFFER OF CRIKVENICA RIVIERA PRESENTED TO TRAVEL AGENCIES The largest annual meeting of the UHPA Days, which brings together UHPA members and partners, will be held from 22 to 24 March 2018 in Crikvenica, UHPA’s domestic destination of the year 2017/2018. years.The meeting brings together more than 150 participants, representatives of travel agencies and representatives of the Ministry of Tourism, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the Croatian Tourist Board.The two-day program includes a series of interesting professional lectures and presentations, exchange of opinions and experiences and socializing with colleagues, meetings with representatives of business associations, tourism professionals and experts, entrepreneurs, government officials, media representatives and getting to know the tourist offer of the destination.UHPA Days 2019 in SlavoniaSupport for the initiative to hold Days of Croatian Tourism in Slavonia was initially given by the Association of Croatian Travel Agencies (UHPA) and in his personal name Tomislav Fain, President of UHPA, who points out that they support the initiative to hold Days of Croatian Tourism in Slavonia and announces that UHPA Days will be held in 2019 also in Slavonia. “I personally support the initiative to hold DHT in Slavonia, but the initiative is also supported by the Association of Croatian Travel Agencies. UHPA will certainly try to hold UHPA Days in Slavonia in the coming years, but as the location has already been chosen for next year, I can announce that UHPA Days 2019 will certainly be in Slavonia. We must all work together to expand the Croatian tourism product, and continental tourism certainly deserves it”Points out Tomislav Fain, President of UHPA.Preliminary programlast_img read more

Presented measure to encourage employment for caterers and tourism workers of the City of Pula

first_imgThe challenges are there to try to find a solution, and it is found by those who are proactive, courageous and who have a real desire to find a solution. Of course, only one measure can never be effective because it is a complex situation, such as the current problem of labor in tourism, and without a systematic approach to solving problems from multiple sides and a complete strategy, there is no long-term effect. But every step forward and putting together the pieces of the tourist mosaic is commendable, and so is this one.Thus, the city of Pula, in cooperation with the portal Gastroposao.eu, ie through that portal, will mostly subsidize catering and tourist facilities in the sector of small and medium enterprises in the city of Pula in order to quickly and easily “find” supply and demand for quality work. strength in tourism. All with which the incentive measure of subsidizing entrepreneurs from the area of ​​the city of Pula in finding a quality workforce in the hospitality and tourism.”The city of Pula is continuously finding ways to help develop industries that provide new jobs and increase living standards. Thus, we recognized the need to create a simple and exact measure that will help entrepreneurs find a quality workforce. We are aware that this task is not easy, but we are of the opinion that in this way we will directly increase employment, create profit and income and raise the overall quality of gastronomy.”Said Boris Miletić, the mayor of Pula, noting that the only condition is that the beneficiary of the measure is from the area of ​​the city of Pula.The initiative itself started spontaneously, they pointed out at the press conference, because both the City of Pula and Gastroposao.eu were looking for a solution on how to help the sector – simply, quickly and without additional paperwork. It is known that the problem of finding quality workers has hit tourism and catering the hardest, while the existing measures of the CES and other institutions are not so practical and difficult to give quick results, so we started this kind of cooperation.Gastroposao.eu is a professional portal in the Horeca sector and the only portal in Croatia that specializes in finding jobs in the hospitality industry. The project is designed in such a way that Gastroposao.eu provides logistical assistance, in announcing tenders on the portal itself, and through social networks, as well as to proactively address the need for manpower of a particular facility throughout Croatia.All interested parties from the area of ​​the city of Pula will be able to apply for the tenders, and the action will be additionally followed by marketing. It is important to emphasize that intermediaries are avoided within this project because the employer and the employee communicate directly with each other. In this pilot project, the City of Pula participates in subsidizing the costs of individual tenders and advertising for each entrepreneur, while entrepreneurs will participate in the costs symbolically – only 100 kuna and will be positioned on the portal as a major prominent advertiser for 30 days. This approach helps caterers, small and medium-sized enterprises to actively participate in the labor market with minimal investment and more easily find a quality workforce.According to information from the Association of Craftsmen, 227 crafts are engaged in tourism and catering in the city of Pula, ie 484 in the former municipality of Pula, and it is estimated that the city lacks about 150 quality employees in the industry, not counting the needs of large tourist houses operating in the city. Pula, which are also significant.last_img read more

Two procurements in progress at the CNTB: For the filming of nautical tourism and the organization of an award ceremony at the DHT on Hvar

first_imgThe Croatian National Tourist Board has announced two purchases on its official website. The first is for the submission of bids for photo and video recording on the topic of nautical tourism, and the second is the bid for the development of the conceptual design, organization and implementation of the awards ceremony within the project “Annual Croatian Tourist Awards” at the Days of Croatian Tourism in Hvar from 24 to 25 October 2018In the first procurement for nautical tourism, the deadline for submission of bids is 10.09. to 12.00, and for the organization of the DHT awards ceremony in Hvar, the deadline for submission of bids is September 10.09.2018, XNUMX.1. Invitation to submit bids for photo and video recording on the topic of nautical tourism2. Invitation for submission of bids for the development of the conceptual design, organization and implementation of the award ceremony within the project “Annual Croatian Tourist Awards” at the Days of Croatian Tourism in Hvar from 24 to 25 October 2018.last_img read more