Richie Wellens watched from the stand as Salford slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Cambridge.- Advertisement –
Qualcomm said it will benefit from the rise of 5G networks and handsets. One of its 5G modem chips is included in Apple‘s iPhone 12, the first iPhone to include 5G capabilities. Qualcomm added Wednesday that it expects about 200 million smartphones with 5G to be shipped in 2020, and about 500 million 5G smartphones to be shipped in 2021. The company also provided guidance for its fiscal first-quarter ending in December. It said it expects revenue between $7.8 billion and $8.6 billion, and adjusted EPS between $1.95 and $2.15.“With global smartphone volumes steadily recovering, Qualcomm is well-positioned to benefit from the long-term 5G investment cycle and we anticipate strong earnings through F2022 and beyond,” Canaccord Genuity analysts wrote in a note Wednesday. The firm raised its price target to $175 from $150.- Advertisement – Shares of Qualcomm extended their double-digit gain into Thursday morning after the company posted strong fourth quarter finances that exceeded Wall Street’s expectations.The company’s stock was up more than 14%.“We believe the stars are aligning for Qualcomm, with a multi-year global 5G cycle starting to ramp, the full benefit of royalties from all major OEMs increases in semiconductor content and pricing, and technology leadership,” Bank of America analysts wrote in a note Thursday. OEMs are original equipment manufacturers. The analysts raised their price target to $180 from $165.- Advertisement – A Qualcomm sign is seen at the second China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai, China November 6, 2019. REUTERS/Aly SongAly Song | Reuters – Advertisement – Qualcomm reported $1.45 adjusted earnings per share on adjusted revenue of $6.5 billion, compared to Wall Street’s estimated $1.17 earnings per share on revenue of $5.93 billion.— CNBC’s Michael Bloom contributed to this report.Subscribe to CNBC PRO for access to the livestream of CNBC’s continuous election and business news coverage. – Advertisement –
– Advertisement – And it will lead to domestic terrorism, yet again. As it has before. As it has repeatedly. This will not be Rush Limbaugh’s first time being singled out as a figure whose conspiracy theories have sown the seeds of far-right violence, or the first time the “Breitbart” den of white nationalism parroted the same insanities of the nation’s most violent militia movements, and Fox News hosts between them have notched both millions of dollars and a body count, as they endlessly choose new Americans to demonize.When it comes to the Hannitys, the Carlsons, the Levins, and the Limbaughs, it has long been apparent that they do not care. They are fully aware that their singled-out targets are often immediately barraged with death threats. It is part of the game, when speculating on the murder of Seth Rich or warning their audiences of the threats posed by the latest non-white non-conservative political leader.There are only two possibilities. They know their words fan the flames of violence, but are indifferent to those risks so long as their audiences stay engaged and profitable. Or they believe the violence itself may be useful, or redemptive.- Advertisement – The base isn’t in on the joke. And that means the arch-conservatives pumping up conspiracy hoaxes are doing so knowing full well that their words will, with near-certainty, lead to a wave of domestic terrorism.What Media Matters correctly described as a “feedback loop” is already spiraling out of control. Far-right hosts like Mark Levin are hosting prominent Republicans to shout outrageous conspiracy nonsense, which Donald Trump then promotes via Twitter to his army of gullibles, steadily building a base of Americans who see from television, the internet, and their public leaders claims of election fraud that they cannot be dissuaded from, no matter how many times they are discredited or how humiliated Trump’s legal architects become in the eyes of the rest of the country. The conservative base has been carefully cultivated by Fox News and a host of far-right charlatans for decades, honing into a movement of ever-terrified money-spending rubes; there is no way they would not fall for such pleasing claims as “it was the Black cities that sabotaged Trump, because reasons, because otherwise Dear Leader would obviously have won.”- Advertisement – So they will sit back, say nothing, and watch it happen.As with the punditry, it is an open question as to whether individual Republican lawmakers intend to stoke “useful” terrorism or merely calculate they can distance themselves enough from it to avoid responsibility. And as with the far-right pundits they are following, their histories do not exactly suggest a devotion to nonviolent, democratic rule. America has through most of its history prevented the “wrong” kind of people from voting by making laws against them, through targeted harassment, and by simply killing them outright. All of these were conservative efforts. All of them were embraced by political leaders and public opinion-setters both.Anyone thinking the same could not happen again has not been paying attention to the words these conservatives are using, and the legacy they are attempting to uphold. Whether or not Dear Leader is saved from oblivion may not even be the most important issue, in their minds; the real question is whether the non-conservative majority of America will be allowed to defy conservatism without consequences. And when those “consequences” begin to happen, the same Republican lawmakers will declare that it was the fault of the liberals and city-dwellers to begin with—for being uppity. For being so very uppity, with their votes, that domestic terrorists felt violence was the only remaining way to contain them. The longer it has gone on, the more each host’s rhetoric tends to lean from the first to the second. You cannot possibly keep an audience transfixed with tales of secret terror unless you elevate the stakes, from each year to the next. And you cannot elevate the stakes without eventually coming to the obvious crescendo: Democracy itself is a conspiracy against conservatism, and it is time to finally do something about that.And, again, it’s a feedback loop. Any conservative unwilling to adopt the most conspiratorial stance is finding themselves replaced by new shouters willing to go that far and farther. OAN is now replacing Fox News because Fox News has insulted its conspiracy-peddling audience with too many facts, while OAN freely revels in even the most ridiculous asininities. It’s working.Republican leaders may claim they are merely giving Trump space to express his malignant grief, but they most obviously are not. They are legitimizing false claims that run the incontestable risk of stoking terrorism by their own supporters. They may think they can pull back on the reins just before things get truly out of hand; they cannot. Once legitimized, those hoaxes will be acted upon by would-be patriots, just as they have time and time again. Republican lawmakers will not, once violence erupts, suddenly eat their words and admit they were spreading politically useful hoaxes, because to do so would end their careers.- Advertisement –
Sep 22, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed a new human case of H5N1 avian influenza in Indonesia, but said there is no evidence that the virus is easily spreading from person to person there.The agency said the Indonesian government confirmed a case in an 8-year-old boy who is being treated in a hospital. A WHO reference laboratory in Hong Kong did the confirmatory testing.But despite a growing number of patients being treated for suspicious respiratory illnesses in a Jakarta hospital, the agency said, “Current investigations in Indonesia have produced no evidence that the H5N1 virus is spreading easily from person to person.” Consequently the WHO has not raised its level of pandemic alert, though it promised to keep watching the situation closely.The newly confirmed case means the WHO now recognizes three cases in Indonesia, including a 38-year-old man who died in July and a 37-year-old woman who died Sep 10. The government counts the 38-year-old man’s two young daughters, who also died in July, as cases, but the WHO has said their test results did not meet the criteria for H5N1.The new case increases the WHO’s avian flu tally since late 2003 to 115 cases with 59 deaths, of which 91 cases and 41 deaths occurred in Vietnam.The WHO statement did not say where the 8-year-old boy lives or how he might have been exposed to avian flu. The previous cases have all been in the Jakarta area.Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported that 13 people were being treated for possible symptoms of avian flu today at Jakarta’s Sulianti Saroso Hospital, four more than yesterday. A doctor there said the three newest patients had visited Jakarta’s Ragunan Zoo Sep 18, just before officials closed it because 19 birds there had tested positive for the H5N1 virus.Today’s WHO statement suggested that the rash of suspected cases of avian flu in Indonesia mainly reflects increased vigilance. Because of growing public and governmental concern, “several patients with respiratory symptoms and a history of possible exposure to the avian virus are being evaluated as part of ongoing surveillance efforts,” the agency said.The WHO also said today that tests on samples from the 37-year-old Indonesian woman who died of avian flu earlier this month showed that the virus had not mutated, according to news services.Georg Petersen, the WHO representative in Jakarta, said the virus that killed the woman appeared to be the same as viruses circulating in poultry in Indonesia, according to a report yesterday in the New York Times. The finding, which he called reassuring, was based on a genetic analysis of the virus by Malik Peiris at Hong Kong University.According to the story, Peiris said his analysis, not yet complete, suggests that the virus had not exchanged genes with human flu viruses, an event that could enable it to spread more readily from person to person.See also:Sep 22 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/archive/disease/influenza/2005_09_22a/en/index.html
Editor’s note: Because of a technical problem, this story was not published until Mar 27.Mar 26, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A diagnosis of H5N1 avian influenza in a 3-year-old Egyptian girl yesterday marked Egypt’s 27th case overall and the ninth this year, according to news services.The girl, who tested positive yesterday, is from the southern city of Aswan, according to an Associated Press (AP) report. Egypt’s two previous case-patients, a 2-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl, were also from Aswan.Health ministry spokesman Abdel Rahman Shahine said the 3-year-old girl was admitted to an Aswan hospital with a fever and cold symptoms, the AP reported. She was in stable condition and being treated with oseltamivir (Tamiflu). A report by Xinhua, the Chinese news service, said the girl was hospitalized Mar 22.Shahine said the girl caught the virus from birds her family raises, according to the AP.The World Health Organization has not yet recognized the girl’s case on its Web site. Of 26 confirmed cases in Egypt, 13 have been fatal. By the WHO’s count, Egypt has the third most cases, after Vietnam, with 93 (42 fatal), and Indonesia with 81 (63 fatal). Several recent cases reported in Indonesia have not yet been recognized by the WHO.In other developments, officials in Bangladesh reported H5N1 had spread to three poultry farms widely separated from those near the capital, Dhaka, where outbreaks were reported last week, according to an Agence France-Press (AFP) report published yesterday.A government spokesman named Abdul Motalib said outbreaks were found on three farms in the northern district of Jamalpur, prompting the destruction of 9,000 birds, AFP reported. He also said there were reports of chicken deaths in two other districts.A Reuters report today said outbreaks have struck a total of nine farms in the Dhaka area and Jamalpur district, leading to the culling of 50,000 birds.A number of workers at the farms have been tested and found free of the virus, Health Secretary Ehsan Ul Fattah told Reuters.
Apr 14, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – H5N1 influenza viruses found in chickens seized at Vietnam’s border with China in 2008 show a surprising level of genetic diversity, suggesting that the viruses are evolving rapidly and raising questions about disease surveillance and the effectiveness of prepandemic H5N1 vaccines, according to a team of Vietnamese and US scientists.The findings suggest that the subgroup of viruses identified in the study has been circulating in the region either undetected or unreported for a “considerable amount of time,” the report says. The viruses are in clade 7, a group that has not been found in an outbreak since one in China’s Shanxi province in 2006.Also, given the degree of difference between these clade 7 viruses and those used to make human H5N1 vaccines, “it is unclear whether or not humoral antibodies elicited by current vaccine candidates will have cross-neutralization activity against the new viruses,” says the report, published recently in Virology.The study was conducted by scientists from Vietnam’s National Center for Veterinary Diagnostics in Hanoi and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with the CDC’s Ruben O. Donis as the senior author.Vietnam bans the importation of poultry from H5N1-infected countries. The viruses analyzed in the study came from imported illegal chickens seized at border control stations in Vietnam’s Lang Son province, on the Chinese border. Authorities confiscated 495 chickens at the border stations in the first 5 months of 2008 and tested them for avian flu. Fifteen birds were found infected with H5N1 virus, and two others had an H9N2 virus.The authors extracted RNA from the 15 H5N1 isolates, amplified it, and analyzed the sequence of the hemagglutinin (HA) genes. They found that all 15 HA genes fit within a subgroup of previously identified clade 7 viruses. They determined that 13 of the 15 HA genes fell into two further subgroups, which they labeled A and B.The isolates within groups A and B were very closely related, but the groups differed considerably from each other, with an average divergence of 4.05% in HA nucleotide sequences and 5.69% in amino acid sequences, the report says. The authors also determined that the isolates differed by an average of 3.67% and 5.81% from the most closely related previous clade 7 isolate, which came from a chicken in China’s Shanxi province in 2006.In comparing the viruses with representatives of other H5N1 clades, the investigators found they were most closely related a clade 4 virus (a 2006 isolate from Guiyang province of China) and most distantly related to a clade 1 virus, a 2004 isolate from Vietnam. The respective differences in amino acid sequences were 8.20% and 9.07%.The genetic distance between the HAs of these clade 7 viruses and the isolates used to make prepandemic vaccines raises doubt as to whether antibodies generated by the vaccines would react with the clade 7 viruses, the authors write. They say the viruses used in the vaccines represent clade 1 (from Vietnam, 2004), clade 2.1.3 (Indonesia, 2005), clade 2.2 (Qinghai province, China, 2005), and clade 2.3.4 (Anhui province, China, 2005).The authors used ferret serum samples to test whether antibodies generated against five of the clade 7 viruses would cross-react with viruses from other clades and vice versa. Using hemagglutination inhibition assays, they found that samples (antisera) with antibodies against clades 1 and 2.3.4 did not cross-react with a clade 7 virus, and antisera against that same clade 7 virus did not react with clade 1 and clade 2.3.4 viruses. Also, antisera to the clade 7 virus showed limited cross-reactivity with each of four other clade 7 isolates, suggesting “some, albeit minimal” antigenic similarity among the viruses.The authors write that the identification of two distinct subgroups (groups A and B) of clade 7 viruses “may suggest that these viruses originated from two distinct regions or host populations isolated from each other.”They say the isolates they analyzed were remarkably diverse, given that other studies of H5N1 viruses in a single clade have shown a nucleotide divergence of no more than 1.5%. They also observe, “The high degree of genetic divergence from previously identified clade 7 viruses also indicates that this subgroup of viruses has likely been circulating undetected or unreported for a considerable amount of time as poultry outbreaks caused by clade 7 H5N1 viruses were last reported in Shanxi province, China in 2006.”The findings point up the need for border controls and strong virologic surveillance to detect and prevent the spread of “exotic” H5N1 viruses from country to country, the authors conclude.Dr. Les Sims of Australia’s Asia-Pacific Veterinary Information Services called the study “an important piece of work” that offers another sign of gaps in avian flu surveillance systems in Asia.”Unexplained gaps in the evolution of H5N1 virus HA genes suggest that surveillance systems have not been able to detect all cases of infection,” Sims, who is a consultant to the United National Food and Agriculture Organization, told CIDRAP News by e-mail.Other signs of holes in surveillance efforts include the detection of H5N1 virus in humans before finding it in nearby poultry, finding the virus in intermittent testing in poultry markets, and infected dead poultry washing up on Hong Kong’s beaches, Sims said.Clade 7 viruses have been found in various places in China, including Shanxi, Yunnan, and Hebei provinces, he reported, adding, “One of the recent human cases in Jiangsu was apparently due to a clade 7 virus, based on newspaper reports.””The antigenic variation is not surprising given that clade 7 viruses have been shown to be antigenic variants previously,” Sims said. But the findings from the ferret sera should be tested further with challenge trials in poultry vaccinated with existing vaccines, he added.The difference between a 2006 clade 7 virus found in China—cited in the study as the closest previously identified relative of the viruses the authors analyzed—and existing vaccine antigens “led to the incorporation of a new antigen into some Chinese poultry vaccines,” he said. “These vaccines containing a clade 7 antigen have been used extensively in China.” He added that there have been no reports of vaccine failures in Vietnam resulting from antigenic variants.Sims said the antigenic changes in the clade 7 virus might potentially have been spurred by poultry vaccination efforts. “We need to balance measures to reduce the amount of circulating virus, which vaccination of poultry can do, against the potential ‘harm’ that might occur if antigenic variants emerge,” he stated. “We should expect antigenic variants to emerge and ensure that appropriate measures are in place to detect these at an early stage.”Nguyen T, Davis CT, Stembridge W, et al. Characterization of a highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 virus sublineage in poultry seized at ports of entry into Vietnam. Virology 2009 (early online publication) [Abstract]
Aug 11, 2009Flu picks up in Asia with monsoon seasonNovel H1N1 influenza is spreading in India, Thailand, and Vietnam with the onset of Asia’s monsoon season, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today, according to Reuters. The regular flu season has started in those countries, and both H1N1 and seasonal flu are being detected, said WHO spokeswoman Aphaluck Bhatiasevi. But the spread of pandemic H1N1 appears to have peaked in parts of the southern hemisphere, including Argentina, Chile, Australia, and New Zealand.http://in.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idINIndia-41686620090811Aug 11 Reuters article Disease expert notes fever-free flu casesIn his clinical observation of novel flu cases in the United States and South America, Richard P. Wenzel, MD, former president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, has noted that some patients are afebrile, even some with serious infections, and lack of fever might underestimate case totals, the New York Times reported yesterday. He said diarrhea seen in a portion of patients suggests a need for stool testing to assess transmission and the role of better hand hygiene.http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/11/health/11docs.htmlAug 10 New York Times article School nurse shortage could slow ID of sick kidsSchool nurses are expected to be at the frontlines of detecting and fighting novel flu when schools resume this fall, but the ratio of nurses to students in many states falls well below the levels suggested by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), USA Today reported yesterday. The CDC recommends a workload of 1 nurse per 750 students, but the newspaper’s analysis of census data puts the national average at 1 per 971 students.http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2009-08-10-school-nurses_N.htmAug 10 USA Today story IOM holds meeting on protective equipment for novel fluThe Institutes of Medicine’s (IOM’s) Board on Health Sciences Policy is convening a meeting today through Aug 13 on pandemic influenza and personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers. Today’s agenda includes a call to the committee, with panel discussions starting tomorrow. Topics include the science and clinical experience with novel H1N1, infection control guidelines, risk assessment in health workers, and data on the effectiveness of PPE.http://nationalacademies.org/hmd/activities/workforce/respproth1n1/2009-…IOM meeting home page
For the next tourist season, Croatian tourism will lack at least about 15 thousand skilled workers, and some projections indicate the number of 20.000 workers. In the Tourism and Hospitality sector, with 4.660 permits, it is replaced by 7.660 permits for employment of foreigners, and with the increase of the annual quota of permits for seasonal work, which currently amounts to 2.040 permits, of which 1.000 permits for seasonal work in tourism and catering, we reach a total of 8660 permits. for the tourism sector. INVESTMENTS IN THE TOURISM SECTOR IN 2019 IN THE VALUE OF BILLION EUROS AND 50 MILLION EUROS On the one hand, we should certainly look positively at investments, but on the other hand, the question arises whether we need new investments when there are not enough workers for the existing need in the labor market. Increasing work permits is certainly not a long-term solution, because tourism without domestic labor is not tourism and that encourages imports is certainly not a quality solution. According to the submitted data, in 2019, around one billion and 50 million euros will be invested in Croatian tourism, while investments according to the same survey in 2018 amounted to 940 million euros. The companies will invest around 626 million euros in their tourism projects, while the public sector, ie counties and cities and municipalities from their area will invest 425 million euros. The announced investments in the private sector include investments in hotels, camps, nautical and other types of accommodation facilities, facilities and attractions. Thus, the Ministry of Tourism has prepared a survey of investments in the tourism sector for next year. The survey covered all counties and tourism companies that submitted data on announced investments for next year. On the other hand, new investments are announced in 2019, primarily in the hotel sector. Cappelli announced an increase in the quota for hiring foreign workers in tourism NUMBER OF LICENSES IN TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY INCREASED FROM 4660 LICENSES TO 8660 LICENSES. The largest hotel companies have also announced large investments in expanding their capacities. Thus, Plava Laguna is investing HRK 2019 million in 300, Valamar Riviera is investing in projects worth a total of HRK 616,5 million in 2019. The Supervisory Board of Imperial dd from the island of Rab approved total investments in the amount of HRK 139,99 million for 2019, while in the Split-Dalmatia County next year as much as EUR 197 million will be invested in tourism, and as many as eight new ones will be opened in Split. hotels with 1,5 thousand new top beds in hotels. The question is who will work? The situation with the lack of workers in the strongest Croatian industry is all the more absurd since this year the students chose mostly vocational occupations when enrolling in the first grade, but the available number of places was not in line with the interest of students. So this year more than 3.800 students wanted to study to be a chef, and only 1.200 were enrolled. 705 students will be educated for the profession of waiter, but the interest was much higher compared to the available quotas, a total of 2160 students. According to the Ministry of Tourism, Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli announced that due to the increase in the need for tourism workers, the quota of foreign workers in tourism will increase to 15 thousand. “It will certainly increase by a few thousand. According to the needs we have, I think it should come somewhere at 15.000, of which some 30 to 40 percent are seasonal workers, the rest will probably be permanentSaid Cappelli. In August, at its 110th session, the Government of the Republic of Croatia adopted the Proposal of Decision on Amendments to the Decision on Determining the Annual Quota of Permits for Employment of Websites for the Calendar Year 2018. 35.500 permits. The situation is becoming more and more absurd, and there are no real changes and some long-term vision of development and quality solutions yet. It’s as if tourism happened to us yesterday, so now we don’t know what and how.
Domestic tourists realized 94 thousand arrivals and 193 thousand overnight stays, which is an increase of arrivals by 14,7% and an increase of overnight stays by 10,0% compared to February 2018. Foreign tourists realized more than 170 thousand arrivals and 357 thousand overnight stays, which is 24,3% more arrivals and 15,1% more overnight stays compared to February 2018. Foreign tourists realized the most overnight stays in the City of Zagreb, 83 thousand overnight stays, which is an increase of 11,7% overnight stays compared to February 2018. Foreign tourists, except in the City of Zagreb, realized the most overnight stays in Dubrovnik, Rovinj – Rovigno, Podgora , Split and Opatija, which is 55,7% of the total overnight stays of foreign tourists. In February 2019, domestic tourists spent the most nights in the City of Zagreb, 33 thousand overnight stays, which is an increase of 20,1% overnight stays compared to February 2018. This is followed by overnight stays of domestic tourists in Opatija, Split, Dubrovnik, Rovinj – Rovigno and Rijeka, which is 39,3% of the total overnight stays of domestic tourists. Tourists in the age group 35-44 realized the most overnight stays The highest number of tourist arrivals and overnight stays in February 2019 was realized by the City of Zagreb, 60 thousand arrivals, which is 22,6% of the total arrivals and 116 thousand overnight stays, which is 21,1% of the total tourist overnight stays. Compared to February 2018, there were 12,4% more tourist arrivals and 14,0% more tourist nights in the City of Zagreb. This is followed by overnight stays of tourists from Austria (10,1%), Germany (8,0%), Italy (6,0%), the Republic of Korea (5,9%), Bosnia and Herzegovina (5,7%), USA (4,3%) and Serbia (4,2%). In the group Hotels and similar accommodation, more than 26 thousand rooms and suites were available to tourists (which is 50,9% of the total number of available rooms and suites) with a total of 51 thousand permanent beds (which is 43,2% of the total number of available permanent beds). The average occupancy of rooms was 33,4%, and permanent beds 28,6%. The City of Zagreb also has the highest number of tourist arrivals and overnight stays in February In February 2019, the highest number of tourist nights was realized in hotels, 370 thousand overnight stays, which is 67,4% of the total number of overnight stays. Compared to February 2018, the number of tourist arrivals in hotels increased by 19,8% and the number of overnight stays by 12,9%. In February 2019, more than 264 thousand tourist arrivals and 550 thousand tourist nights were realized in commercial accommodation facilities. Compared to February 2018, there were 20,7% more arrivals and 13,3% more overnight stays, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Most rooms and permanent beds available in the group Hotels and similar accommodation In February 2019, tourists from Slovenia realized the most arrivals and overnight stays of foreign tourists, 31 thousand arrivals and 72 thousand overnight stays (18,3% of the total number of foreign tourist arrivals and 20,2% of the total overnight stays of foreign tourists). Compared to February 2018, tourists from Slovenia increased their arrivals by 22,0% and the number of overnight stays by 18,1%. In February 2019, tourists in the age group 35-44 realized the highest number of overnight stays, 106 thousand overnight stays, which is 19,2% of the total number of overnight stays. They are followed by tourists in the age group 25-34, 97 thousand nights spent, which is 17,7% of the total number of nights. Slovenian tourists with by far the most arrivals and overnight stays Most nights spent in hotels The city of Zagreb is a favorite tourist destination for both domestic and foreign tourists In February 2019, 52 thousand rooms, apartments and camping places with a total of 118 thousand permanent beds were available to tourists.