Acer Chromebox Enterprise CX14 compact desktop gives you a tiny form factor » Gadget Flow

first_img– Advertisement – If you want a small desktop, the Acer Chromebox Enterprise CX14 compact desktop is just what you need. Its streamlined design saves space and gives you everything you need for a fast and powerful computing experience. Powered by up to a 10th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, this compact desktop comes with an impressive array of ports. You can get up to five USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports along with a USB 3.2 Type C and two HDMI ports. The Acer Chromebox Enterprise CX14 also has Intel Wi-Fi 6 and an RJ45 port. So you’ll have access to a fast internet connection, either wired or wireless. This desktop computer is an excellent choice for schools, families, small businesses, anyone really, who wants a quality desktop. Finally, you can buy this new Chromebox has many different configurations, so you’re sure to find the perfect one for your needs.last_img read more

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Secretaries of State in Spotlight as Trump Ratchets Up Attacks to Sow Doubt

first_imgIn Georgia, a lawsuit filed by the Trump campaign claiming that absentee ballots had been mishandled by Chatham County elections officials was dismissed Thursday by a superior court judge — a blow to the first of what the Georgia Republican Party said Wednesday would be up to a dozen lawsuits targeting counties still counting votes.In Nevada, where Mr. Biden’s narrow lead expanded slightly on Thursday, dozens of flag-waving supporters of Mr. Trump gathered at the Clark County election center in North Las Vegas Thursday morning to protest that the election was being stolen. Trucks with Trump flags circled the block, some gunning their engines and honking their horns.- Advertisement – False rumors that using a Sharpie could invalidate a ballot, which began in Arizona, reached into neighboring New Mexico, where the secretary of state, Maggie Toulouse Oliver, said people were calling her office worried that, because they had used a marker to fill out their ballot, their vote would be invalidated.Ms. Toulouse Oliver, who is also the president of the National Association of Secretaries of State, said that election workers this year had faced more hostility from poll monitors than in years past.Between the stressors of the coronavirus pandemic, false rumors and intimidating protesters or monitors, she worried some election workers may not return for the next election and was concerned by the videos she saw, in Detroit and Phoenix and elsewhere, of people crowding around ballot-counting centers.- Advertisement – Richard Grenell, a Trump adviser who served in his administration as acting director of national intelligence, held a news conference there to level accusations that “illegal votes” were being counted. Again, he provided no specific evidence.Joe Gloria, registrar of voters in Clark County, which includes Las Vegas, held a news conference of his own at the election center and said county officials had established “security at all of its entrances.”“We are not aware of any improper ballots that are being processed,” he added.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Froggatt takes up Abercrombie & Kent leadership role | News

first_imgOldereasyJet makes further capacity cuts as Covid-19 restrictions hit Europe Froggatt takes up Abercrombie & Kent leadership roleAbercrombie & Kent has appointed Martin Froggatt to the role of executive vice president, destination management and as a member of the global management board.He will take up the role on Monday, November 9th.- Advertisement – The job encompasses global leadership across Abercrombie & Kent’s destination management companies; of over 55 offices in more than 30 countries, and its luxury riverboat and lodges brand, Sanctuary Retreats.Froggatt joins the business with over 25 years’ experience in the travel industry with leading brands such as Walt Disney Attractions, TUI and Travelopia in both the UK and the USA. While at Travelopia, he managed the education, events and expeditions portfolios delivering record customer satisfaction scores, revenue growth and profitability. – Advertisement – “As a renowned travel industry executive with a strong people focus, it’s great to have him on our global leadership team who continue to innovate exceptional travel experiences for our clients.”center_img – Advertisement – Under his leadership, the expeditions portfolio that included Quark Expeditions and TCS World Travel became market leaders through an unwavering focus on delivering the best customer experience. He was also instrumental in the delivery of several mergers and acquisitions, including the sale of Travelopia into private equity.Michael Wale, chief executive, Abercrombie & Kent, commented: “During these incredibly challenging times for the industry, I’m delighted to have Martin join us. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Celtic players look like they want out, says Andy Walker as he analyses Sparta Prague defeat | Football News

first_imgCeltic’s abject defeat to Sparta Prague showed further signs that some players want away from the club, according to Andy Walker.The Scottish champions sit rock bottom of Europa League Group H after the Czech Republic side – missing a host of players due to injury and coronavirus issues – inflicted a chastening 4-1 loss on Neil Lennon’s side at Parkhead on Thursday night.- Advertisement – It was the latest in a string of abject performances which have seen Celtic fail to qualify for the Champions League and lose ground to Rangers in the title race, and Walker believes serious questions must be asked of the players’ commitment to the club.“Sparta Prague is a club that have had to cobble together players,” the former Celtic striker told Sky Sports. “They scored four goals and were really unlucky not to have six or seven.“Questions will be asked of the manager, so many of the players and their commitment to this club. When you lose four goals at home, questions need to be asked about the players, and if they are giving everything for the manager.- Advertisement – Neil Lennon admits his side were poor following the 4-1 loss to Sparta “The best thing Rangers did, even when Celtic were winning in the last two years, was to keep the harmony and believe in Steven Gerrard. We can see that belief now is turning into results. It works in the opposite way, when all of a sudden there is a lot of negativity surrounding the Celtic situation.“I expect Celtic to come good once again and win matches. In these uncertain times of Covid, we have seen some funny results. The worst thing they can do now is doubt they are the best team.“They’ve got the treble-treble in the cup final and, of course, they want to win 10 in a row, but it will be much harder for them this year.“If Celtic want to win the league or continue to do well, they have to get behind the manager and back him, because he’s proven he’s a good manager. Just keep calm and see what happens in the next three or four months.” 0:29 “Neil Lennon said after the game against Ferencvaros in the Champions League qualifier that some wanted to be elsewhere, and it looked that way on Thursday.” Celtic manager Neil Lennon says his side need to show more fight after they lost 4-1 at home to Sparta Prague in the Europa League John Barnes says his former side Celtic must continue to believe they are the best team in Scotland and urged them to get behind under-fire boss Neil Lennon – Advertisement – Celtic have the chance to respond when they look to bridge the nine-point gap to leaders Rangers away at Motherwell on Sunday – live on Sky Sports Football. Walker believes the game could have huge implications for Lennon and his players.“The game Celtic have on Sunday, against Motherwell at Fir Park, is going to be a huge one for Neil Lennon and all of his players,” he said.Barnes: Celtic must keep faith in LennonFormer Celtic manager John Barnes says his old club must continue to believe they are the best team in Scotland and urged them to get behind under-fire boss Lennon.“Losing matches at a club like Celtic, you will be under pressure, as I know,” he told Sky Sports. No defence for CelticCeltic’s defensive deficiencies lay at the heart of an alarming decline which has seen them win just one of their last six games – and lose three games at home in a row.Their only clean sheet during that time came in Sunday’s 2-0 Scottish Cup semi-final victory over Aberdeen, in the other five games they have conceded 14 goals. Neil Lennon's Celtic have lost two and drew one of their last three games 0:50 – Advertisement – Celtic last six games Sunday 8th November 11:00am Kick off 12:00pm “Celtic’s biggest problem is that they are struggling to defend,” Walker added. “They kept a clean sheet in the cup semi-final against Aberdeen.“But you have to remember they conceded two against Rangers, three in the league against Aberdeen, three against AC Milan, two at Lille in the Europa League and then four against Sparta Prague.“They are struggling for defensive combinations. They started with four at the back on Thursday night, shifted to a three after an hour and seemed to be having a bit of joy as they got back in the game momentarily.“But they aren’t defending well at all. Whatever system Neil Lennon goes to, whether it’s three or four at the back, they struggle to defend basic crossed balls.”last_img read more

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Time for Democrats to get vocal. Biden won, dammit, and Republicans are knifing our democracy

first_img– Advertisement – On Tuesday, Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware said his GOP counterparts had been congratulating him, adding, “please convey my well wishes to the President-Elect, but I can’t say that publicly yet.” But Coons also declined to names names, saying, “these are conversations that are best kept private.” In Coons’ view, his job was to continue urging them privately to “do the right thing.”- Advertisement – Good god, Democrats—how about a little public outrage? If McConnell and Barr are going to breathe life into Trump’s fantasy fraud, hold a fricking press conference and stand up for our democracy. Private well wishes from these spineless pukes isn’t good enough. Every day lost to propping up Trump’s deflated ego brings us another step closer to national security disaster. In fact, Trump is currently undertaking a purge at the Pentagon while Biden and his team continue to be denied access to critical intelligence in the Presidential Daily Brief because some no-name cultist at General Services Administration is too busy lawyering up to do her fucking job.Pardon my French, but Democrats are giving life to the GOP’s baseless fraud claims by letting them go almost entirely unchecked. Sure, Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer spoke up from the Senate floor Monday, but that’s not enough. Let’s go big, dammit. We beat an incumbent president with a vast state-run propaganda machine, and Democratic lawmakers better start shouting it from the rooftops at daily press conferences before this dissolves into armed chaos in the streets—which is exactly what Trump has always aimed for on his way to stealing the election.  Here’s Coons: – Advertisement –last_img read more

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APAC trade deal RCEP, oil and currencies

first_imgIn China, a set of economic data is due to be released, including industrial production and retail sales. In Japan, futures pointed to a higher open, as compared to the Nikkei 225‘s last close. Japan is set to release its gross domestic product data in the morning.Over in Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 jumped 1.22% in early trade.Indian markets are closed due to a holiday.- Advertisement – Over in the U.S., stock futures rose on Sunday night after the S&P 500 posted a record closing high on Friday and notched a one-week gain of 2.2%. The Dow rallied more than 4% last week and briefly hit an intraday record. The Nasdaq Composite lagged, however, sliding 0.6%.Coronavirus cases stateside are surging again, with the U.S. reporting a record-high number of people hospitalized with Covid-19 on Friday. More states are rolling out fresh restrictions to slow the spread of the virus ahead of the holiday season.- Advertisement – SINGAPORE — Asia-Pacific markets are set to bounce in Monday trade as 15 economies in the region signed a deal that formed the world’s largest trade alliance.The deal, signed on Sunday, aims to gradually reduce tariffs across many areas, according to Reuters. The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership is now the world’s largest trade bloc, a deal that excludes the U.S. It marks the first time that East Asian powers China, Japan and South Korea are in a single trade agreement.- Advertisement –center_img “In the US virus cases and vaccine news remain front and centre together with any development on the likelihood of a fiscal stimulus package during the lame duck Congressional session,” Ray Attrill, head of foreign exchange strategy at the National Australia Bank wrote in a Monday note. “Vaccine news will also be watched closely with Moderna expected to report Phase 3 results and Pfizer/BioNTech potentially applying for an emergency use authorisation by the end of the week.”CurrenciesThe U.S. dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of its peers, was a toucher weaker at 92.724 after declining from levels above 92.9 late last week.The Japanese yen traded at 104.67 per dollar, after strengthening from levels above 105 late last week. The Australian dollar was relatively unchanged, trading at 0.7271 against the dollar.What’s on tap (all times in HK/SIN):7:50 a.m.: Japan’s GDP10:00 a.m.: China’s industrial production, retail sales, unemployment rate11:00 a.m.: South Korea’s exports, importsSubscribe to CNBC PRO to access live PRO Talks live, including our Dec. 2 discussion on opportunities and risks in international markets. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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US, Japan agree on BSE precautions for beef trade

first_imgOct 26, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – US and Japanese negotiators have reached general agreement on steps for resuming their beef trade after a 10-month interruption caused by the discovery of a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in Washington state last December. Transcript of Oct 23 press conferencehttp://www.usda.gov/documents/NewsReleases/2004/10/0466.doc USDA question-and-answer bulletinhttp://www.usda.gov/documents/NewsReleases/2004/10/qa0465.doc “We have agreed that we will use all of these production records, and we will augment that with determination of livestock age by physiological means, meaning by a grading system which looks at the particular characteristics of the carcass and determines the animal’s age,” Penn said, as quoted in the news conference transcript. Penn expressed hope that the scheduled review of the agreement next July will lead to further easing of restrictions on beef exports. He said the animal health experts to be involved in the review, including officials from the World Health Organization and the World Animal Organization for Animal Health (OIE), will consider new research findings and the results of expanded BSE surveillance in the United States. Other elements of the new agreement, according to the USDA, are as follows: “We think this review in July 2004 will be very important and then we hope, following that, we can eventually return to the normal trade patterns that we had before BSE was first discovered” in the United States, Penn said. The age of US cattle will be determined by production records, birth records, and the USDA’s physiologic grading system. The United States will resume importing Japanese specialty beef. (That trade, involving a very expensive, high-quality type of beef, amounted to about $250,000 in 2001.) BSE experts say the incubation period for BSE is such that the disease is very unlikely to be found in cattle younger than 30 months old. But two cases in animals 21 and 23 months old reportedly were discovered in Japan, the USDA said, and Japan has been testing all its cattle for BSE before releasing the meat for sale. Recently the Japanese decided to stop testing cattle less than 21 months old, because BSE has not been found in cattle that young. Japanese Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura called the agreement “a very good step toward the final resolution in reopening the beef trade,” according to an Oct 24 Agence France-Presse report. US Secretary of State Colin Powell said the situation “is not resolved” but called the agreement “a major step forward.” Lambert said the USDA, working with Japanese officials, will develop a study “to show the relationship between physiological and chronological age,” with the aim of ensuring that only carcasses of cattle younger than 21 months will be used for export. Penn said plans call for completing the study within 45 days. Verifying the age of cattle was reported to be a major issue in the negotiations. At a news conference, J. B. Penn, USDA under secretary for farm and foreign agricultural services, explained that it’s not possible to have a birth certificate for every calf born in the United States, with its large cattle herds spread over wide areas. But there are individual birth records for some animals, while herd records and artificial insemination records provide approximate birth dates for others, he said. See also: “Trade between the two countries will resume following completion of regulatory processes in both countries,” the USDA said in a news release. “Japan now is revising domestic regulations to alter its BSE cattle testing requirements and other procedures. The United States will initiate rulemaking procedures relating to importation of Japanese specialty beef.” To define the criteria for the grading system, the USDA will conduct a study of the relationship between the age and physiologic characteristics of cattle. Under the agreement announced Oct 23, Japan will import US beef only from cattle younger than 21 months of age as a precaution against BSE, or mad cow disease, according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). The agency estimated it will take several weeks to iron out details and restart trade. Specified risk materials—tissues most likely to harbor the BSE agent in infected animals—will be removed from all carcasses to be used for export. Japan was the largest importer of US beef before the BSE case, buying about $1.7 billion worth in 2003, according to the USDA. About 10% of American beef is exported. USDA estimates that at least 70% of the 35 million US cattle slaughtered each year are less than 21 months old. Oct 23 USDA news releasehttp://www.usda.gov/documents/NewsReleases/2004/10/0465.doc Dr. Charles Lambert, USDA deputy under secretary for marketing and regulatory programs, said the taste and tenderness of beef are related to physiologic maturity, and physiologic maturity was incorporated in the USDA’s beef grading system in 1965 for that reason. Penn said 81% of US beef cattle are no more than 20 months old at slaughter, with most of them 16 to 18 months old. The grading system will be used as “added insurance to make sure that no animal 20 months or older would be shipped to the Japanese market,” he said. The two countries and a group of international animal health experts will review the agreement next July and consider modifications.last_img read more

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FDA warns of possible link between botulism and chili sauce

first_img Laboratory results from patient samples confirmed the presence of the E coli, but further tests are being done to determine the exact strain, Mark Johnson, executive director of the Jefferson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE), said in a Jul 11 sheriff’s department press release. The patients include two children in Texas and a couple from Indiana who became seriously ill after eating the chili sauce. FDA officials gave no other information about them. Jul 18 FDA press release Botulinum toxin is a nerve poison produced by Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium commonly found in soil. Botulism symptoms include double or blurred vision, droopy eyelids, slurred speech, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth, and muscle weakness, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If the illness is not treated, it can progress to paralysis of the limbs, trunk, and breathing muscles. See also: The confirmed illness outbreak is the first associated with the Taste of Chicago event in 20 years, the CDH said. “In the larger context of having safely served tens of millions of people in recent years, the Taste remains quite possibly the safest food service operation in the city,” the CDH said. Last fall, six people from Georgia, Florida, and Toronto contracted botulism after drinking carrot juice produced by a California company. FDA officials said though product was pasteurized it could have become contaminated if it was not properly refrigerated. Jul 11 Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department press release Officials still don’t know what food was contaminated or how it became contaminated, Gayle Miller, an epidemiologist for the JCDHE, said in the press release. “We will be conducting a wide range of concurrent activities, including testing samples of food eaten by ill inmates, testing specimens collected, review of food handling procedures, and interviewing inmates about foods ingested,” she said. The CDC said it receives about 110 reports of botulism each year, of which about 25% are foodborne. Outbreaks of foodborne botulism typically involve two or more people and are usually caused by contaminated home-canned foods. Other outbreaksIn other food outbreak news, officials from the Chicago Department of Health (CDH) are investigating a Salmonella outbreak linked to a food both at the Taste of Chicago festival, which ended on Jul 8. The CDH said that as of yesterday it had received 678 reports of people who said they became ill after eating food from the Pars Cover Persian Cuisine booth. Jul 20, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Four people from Texas and Indiana were recently hospitalized with suspected botulism poisoning after they consumed hot dog chili sauce that may have been contaminated, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced yesterday.center_img So far officials have identified only one source of bacterial contamination—a dish of herbs, tomato, and cucumber called hummus shirazi, the Chicago Tribune reported on Jul 14. Federal and state investigations are under way to determine the cause of the chili sauce contamination and how widely the products were distributed, the FDA statement said. People who have the implicated products should throw them away, and anyone who shows these symptoms and may have recently eaten one of the recalled brands should seek immediate medical attention, the FDA said. The brands include 10-oz cans of Castleberry’s, Austex, and Kroger hot dog chili sauce with “best by” dates between Apr 20, 2009 and May 22, 2009, the FDA said in a press release. The products were made by Castleberry Food Company, based in Augusta, Ga., which has voluntarily recalled the possibly contaminated products. Sep 18, 2006 CIDRAP News article “Carrot juice cited in 2 botulism cases in Canada” CDC information on botulism Meanwhile, Colorado health officials are investigating an outbreak of Shiga toxin–producing Escherichia coli (STEC) linked to food served at the Jefferson County jail in Golden, Colo., that has sickened 70 inmates. CIDRAP overview of botulism Botulism cases linked to commercially canned foods are rare, CDC medical epidemiologist Michael Lynch told the Associated Press (AP) today. He said the last such incident in the United States dates back to the 1970s. Of 85 confirmed salmonellosis cases reported so far, 47 have been identified as Salmonella enterica Heidelberg, one of the more common serotypes in the United States, the CDH said. Twenty-five people have been hospitalized.last_img read more

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Half-dose flu shots could help prevent shortages

first_imgDec 11, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Half-dose influenza shots generate nearly as strong an immune response in young adults as full-dose shots do, suggesting that cutting the dose in half may be a good way to cope with vaccine shortages, according to a study published this week.Among adults between the ages of 18 and 49, immune responses in those who received a half dose were not substantially weaker than in those who received full doses, and the responses in women were especially strong, according to the report, published in Archives of Internal Medicine.In the event of a flu vaccine shortage, using half doses could stretch the supply, write the authors, led by Renata J.M. Engler, MD, of Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. The study was sponsored by the Army, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”Half-dose TIV [trivalent inactivated vaccine] represents a viable alternative strategy for managing supply shortages to optimize delivery, particularly to critical personnel such as first responders and service members,” the report states. TIV vaccine targets three flu strains.The study is not the first to test the possibility of using half-dose flu vaccines. In a study conducted in the 2000-01 flu season, investigators found that a half-dose shot in adults between 18 and 49 generated immune responses that were “not substantially inferior” to those generated by full-dose vaccine, the new report notes.The new study was designed to test half-dose vaccination in another season with a different vaccine formulation and in a group that included 50- to 64-year-olds as well as younger adults.The investigators recruited 1,114 volunteers who had received at least one flu shot in the previous 3 years. The volunteers were enrolled through the US Military Health System in the Washington, DC, area in the fall of 2004. They were grouped by age (18 to 49 and 50 to 64) and sex and randomly assigned to receive a half dose or a full dose of injectable vaccine.The primary outcome measured was the development of serum hemagglutination inhibition antibody (HAI) titers of 1:40 to the three flu strains used in the vaccine. The researchers also looked for fourfold or greater increases in HAI titer and geometric mean titer, vaccination side effects, and flu-like illnesses resulting in medical encounters.The percentages of volunteers who had HAI titers of 1:40 or higher after vaccination were somewhat higher for the full-dose group than for the half-dose group. Among the 18- to 49-year-olds, the respective percentages for full dose and half doses of the three flu strains were as follows: influenza A/H1N1, 54.0% and 42.3%; A/H3N2, 75.5% and 67.3%; and influenza B, 82.5% and 77.5%. In the 50- to 64-year-olds, the percentages were as follows: A/H1N1, 38.9% and 23.2%; A/H3N2, 72.5% and 63.0%; and B, 70.7% and 62.0%.Despite these differences, the statistical standard used by the investigators—the proportion of volunteers with an HAI of 1:40 reduced by no more than 20%—showed there was no “substantial reduction” in immune response for the half-dose volunteers, except in the case of the H1N1 vaccine in the 50- to 64-year-olds.Further, the researchers found that women tended to have higher responses than men in the same age and dose group, and the geometric mean titers for women given a half dose were about the same as those for men who received a full dose.As for vaccine side effects, injection-site redness or swelling and joint or muscle pain were more common in the full-dose group than the half-dose group, but other side effects didn’t differ by dose group. However, a number of side effects, including injection-site symptoms, joint pain, headache, and fatigue were more common in women than men.The authors found no differences among the dose and gender groups regarding flu-like illness, medical encounters, and antibiotic use.The researchers write that their results add to earlier evidence that a 50% dose reduction would be unlikely to generate “substantially inferior” immunity in adults under age 50. The results in the older group were generally similar, but because the geometric mean titers were on the edge of the acceptable range, more research is needed in that area.The report adds that, in view of the stronger responses in women compared with men, “guidelines for vaccine use during shortages should take sex as well as age into consideration.”In an editorial accompanying the report, Ann R. Falsey, MD, writes that the results support the idea of using half-dose flu vaccines in young women as a way to extend the supply in a shortage.Falsey says that an antibody titer of 1:40 is “relatively protective,” but higher levels are associated with stronger protection from infection and less severe illness. “If more antibodies are better, how much is ‘good enough’ in a time of critical vaccine shortage?” she writes.”In trying to stretch vaccine supplies to protect the largest number of persons,” she adds, “we must use care to not waste vaccine by using low doses, which will ultimately not be protective. This study clearly shows that half-dose TIV in young healthy women is a rational way to extend vaccine supply in a time of critical shortage.”Flu vaccine is commonly sold in multiple-dose vials and single-dose syringes. John Treanor, MD, of the University of Rochester, senior author of the study, told CIDRAP news that it would not be difficult to provide half doses of flu vaccine when using multi-dose vials.He said the dose vials contain 5 mL of vaccine, enough for 10 doses of 0.5 mL each. “If you just drew up a quarter of a milliliter, you’d get 20 [half] doses,” he added.”My guess would be that if we were ever in a scenario where we’d have to do this, it would be done by manipulating multi-dose vials,” Treanor said.Engler RJM, Nelson MR, Klote MM, et al. Half- vs full-dose trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine (2004-2005): age, dose, and sex effects on immune responses. Arch Int Med 2008 Dec 8;168(22):2405-14 [Abstract]Falsey AR. Half-dose influenza vaccine: Stretching the supply or wasting it? (Editorial). Arch Int Med 2008 Dec 8;168(22):2402-3 [Portion]last_img read more

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Tourism around us – Paris

first_imgStaying in well-known tourist destinations in Europe, I regularly wonder why something works there in an extremely simple and effective way, and not in Croatia? Why do rules and standards apply in EU member states that are not good enough and unacceptable for Croatia?On this trip, I “turned the saw upside down” and tried to imagine how the most visited tourist destinations in Europe would work if it worked according to our Croatian rules. Paris is the capital of France, the city center has 2,2 million inhabitants and with the “ring” almost 12 million. The Paris metropolitan area is the largest urban economy in Europe and fifth in the world.But Paris is also one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world with 45 million visitors a year. 60% of visitors are foreign tourists.How to get to Paris?All you need to plan a trip is internet access. It is best to look for a plane connection after the scheduled date. From Zagreb, Air France flies daily in small, fast jets to CDG (Charles de Gaulle Airport). One of the largest airports in the world, it covers an area of ​​25 km2 and serves 60 million passengers and 500 aircraft a year. But don’t worry. From CDG Airport you have several possibilities of direct connection with the center of Paris: high-speed TGV train, city train, bus line, shuttle transport, taxi. All transports depart directly from the terminal. On arrival we tried the city train and on the way shuttle transport, the price varied from 000 to 20 Euros for two people.If our conditions prevailed, then at CDG you would find yourself in a situation where you do not have the opportunity to travel by train to the city. You would still have the option of transport by bus, which, for example, runs from Zagreb Airport every half hour and is connected to the network of local bus and tram lines.At Adriatic airports, public transport still works to the main city center, but if you have to continue your journey to some periphery, then problems arise: terminals are remote or cramped, without public spaces, poorly accessible information and uncoordinated bus-ship connections.The accommodation reservationAs for the accommodation itself, the information and information boom of the 21st century gives you the opportunity to comfortably book from your own home. Web portals, travel consultants, have taken precedence in planning and booking, at least as far as individual travel is concerned.My experience with TripAdvisor is more than good. However, I must mention that the printed edition of the guide “Paris Top 10” by Mike Gerrard and Donna Dailey, the Croatian edition of the “Mozaik knjiga” edition, was also welcome. This pocket guide is also good for navigating the city.The accommodation reservation system is very simple and efficient: accommodation is offered according to price classes and the corresponding categories and positions. For each accommodation you can read numerous reviews of tourists who have stayed there. Through these impressions you will get the best picture of the virtues and flaws of accommodation. When you decide to make a reservation, fill out the web form with the obligatory attachment of a valid credit card as a guarantee of payment for accommodation and cancellation. I have chosen the variant according to which if you cancel the accommodation 8 days before arrival you will not be charged. Otherwise, you will be charged for one night. You pay the bill at the hotel reception. The portal does not charge for its services directly from the guest.A real French atmosphere in the heart of ParisWe chose the 2-star hotel “Grand Hotel Leveque” in the picturesque Rue Cler in the heart of Paris, 5 minutes walk from the Eiffel Tower.According to Croatian rules, this hotel would not exist: the lobby has 10m2, reception 2m2, elevator capacity 1 person, room size 10m2, bathroom 3m2. But the hotel offers decent and in French terms clean and tidy accommodation, air-conditioned room with TV and shower / toilet. The hotel can also have breakfast, the reception is open 24 hours, the staff is very friendly and in the end the price is 79 Euros for a double room per day.According to Croatian regulations, Cler Street would certainly look completely different: during the day, fish and seafood, fruits and vegetables, bakery products, ready-made food would not be offered on the street in front of the store… and the favorite inn “Petit Cler” would not operate. In this cafe, inn, restaurant, tables are 60 × 60 cm, the kitchen is upgraded in the yard, the warehouse is located in the basement to the toilet, and the trash can goes out by elevator in the middle of the bar between lunch and dinner, near the tables on which guests sit… The average price of the menu is between 25-30 euros including a glass of wine. The dishes are homemade, based on French agricultural production and tradition. The service is fast and kind. Small breakfast meals are offered in the morning, followed by lunch and dinner. Three waiters serve 50 guests and manage to “turn each table twice”. This place is mostly visited by young Parisians and tourists on recommendation. It is located next to the Leveque Hotel. On the other side of the entrance to the hotel, next to each other, there is a wine shop and a cheese shop, then a bag shop, shoes… all accessible to the payment possibilities of the average tourist. Prices do not deviate significantly from Croatian ones. Staying on rue Cler provides the opportunity to truly experience the lives of ordinary people in Paris. Fortunately, Croatian rules “according to EU guidelines” do not apply here.Cultural sightsThe cultural sights of Paris can be talked about for hours, pages and pages of text can be printed. Orsay, Notre-Dame, Sacre-Coeur, Arc de Triomphe, Sainte-Chapelle, Hotel des Invalides, Montmartre, Pigalle, Moulin Rouge, Champs-Elysees, Eiffel Tower, Louvre zak a tour of these sights opens a whole new dimension of European history and culture western civilizations in general.In the Louvre, we were especially proud of the end of the exposed bronze Apoxyomenos from Mali Lošinj. It is a great honor for Croatian culture, but Louvers is also considered honored and privileged to host this highly esteemed cultural treasure (Apoxyomenos “visited” Paris before the construction of the museum in Mali Lošinj). The Louvers itself, in addition to being one of the most famous museums in the world with around 35 priceless exhibits, also fascinates with its tradition. The first museum collection was established by King Francis I of France in the 000th century. The collection then numbered 16 paintings. The Louvre’s most famous exhibition is the Mona Lisa – the most famous painting in the world. It is also the Louvre’s biggest marketing lure. Maybe the Croatian Apoxyomenos could have the same role in the future museum on Mali Lošinj? (I wondered then, but the concept was changed – one museum for one exhibit).Tickets for the museums are affordable and range from 8 to 10 Euros. It is better to buy them online or in tourist information centers. That way, you get a discount and bypass the long queues at the box office. According to our calculations, only from tickets to visit the Eiffel Tower, Paris earns about 450.000.000 euros a year and at least 300.000.000 euros in souvenir shops and restaurants on the tower. More tourists leave in the Louvre and at least in another museum. The souvenir offer is rich and affordable. The most offered (obviously sought after) are magnets, cups, umbrellas, T-shirts, hats with the symbols of Paris, primarily the Eiffel Tower. The average price of an average souvenir ranges from 8 to 20 Euros. Of course there are also finer and more expensive things, for everyone’s taste and pocket.Shopping in ParisJuice. Not everything that shines is gold, so none of the most famous streets in the world Champs-Elysees is exclusively reserved for the most expensive and most famous fashion brands. So, not far from Cartier, you will come across Zara, H&M, Promod… YSL, Louis Vuitton and others from the “Walk of Fame” are in the company of brands “for the common people”. Unusual to us but obviously necessary for such an alley. How else would she attract a river of people in the evening, especially on a Friday afternoon?This is also explained by the large Advent fair with hundreds of wooden houses lined up from the intersection of Champs with Roosevelt Street all the way to the Place de la concorde. The most exclusive boutiques are located “a little to the side”, behind the presidential palace, around Madeleine and in many other places, such as St. Germain Street.The history of France and Paris is very interestingParis originated on the islet of Ile de la Cite in Siena with the arrival of the Celtic, Gaelic tribe Parisi. With the conquest of all of France by the Romans, the Celts – Gauls took over the Romance language which in combination with the Celtic derived into French. France, on the other hand, was named after the Franks – Germans (today’s Germans), who gradually occupied the territory of Gaul from the 4th century.The French accepted the Gallic-Roman heritage and the Romance language. Catholicism, which is deeply rooted in French culture, is consolidating on the backwater of the Roman Empire in France.Simply put, the French are between the Germans and the Italians in terms of lifestyle, habits, achievements, economy. In fact, the history of Germany, France and Northern Italy, and Central Europe, is strongly linked to the division of the great Frankish Empire into three parts ruled by the three sons of Louis I: western, central and eastern Frankish. Western Franconia corresponds to today’s territory of France.Today’s France is the largest country in Western Europe, with a population of 61 million and covers 544 square kilometers. France is the country that in the recent past had the largest number of overseas colonies after Great Britain and still has a strong influence in Canada, Africa and French Guiana. in South America, and the islands of Martinique, Reunion, and New Caledonia in the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans. France is one of the founding members of the European Union, the founder and one of the permanent members of the UN Security Council. It is the 000th largest country in the world, the 47st most populous, with a GDP per capita of $ 21 and one of the most developed. With 20.000 million visitors a year, France is also the most visited European tourist destination.A French lessonThe French Revolution of 1789 changed forever the structure of states in the Western Hemisphere but also around the world. Two more revolutions after that and the establishment of the 5th French Republic only in the 200s, made France a modern state. The process, which lasted XNUMX years, was dramatic, marked by mass suffering in numerous wars.The French are still energetic and rebellious today, especially farmers fighting for their rights. France is a strong agricultural country known for its gastronomy based on domestic agricultural products. As far as tourism is concerned, excellent agricultural products, especially wines and cheeses, related gastronomy and cultural attractions are the main reason for the large number of tourist arrivals from all over the world. France is firmly nationally aware, proud of its tradition and yet extremely multicultural. One gets the impression that every second resident of Paris is a naturalized foreigner from Africa from the Far East and other parts of the world. They are all French, an Indian who served us with French colleagues in our favorite inn, an African who served us breakfast, bus drivers, but also soldiers, policemen… They all have French manners and do their job with pleasure.Precisely because of this, France has been hit hard by the mindless terrorist attacks of extremist groups that want to quarrel and war with each other on French people of different skin colors. This can hardly be achieved precisely because of the centuries-old inclusion of immigrants in the French way of life.France is a country worth discovering.Author: Nedo Pinezić, www.nedopinezic.com</p>
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