Month: November 2020

Flipkart Big Diwali Sale 2020 Ends Tonight: Best Deals on Mobile Phones, Laptops, Electronics

first_imgApple iPhone XR (Rs. 39,999)iPhone XR is still selling at a discounted price during Flipkart’s Big Diwali 2020 sale today. Even though it’s not as low as the previous festive season sale, you can still make use of the bundled exchange and payment offers to get it at a decent price. iPhone XR 64GB is currently down to Rs. 39,999 (MRP Rs. 52,500) on Flipkart. An exchange offer can fetch you another instant discount worth up to Rs. 14,360. Paying with an Axis Bank card will sweeten the deal further by 10 percent.Buy now for: Rs. 39,999 (MRP Rs. 52,500)iPhone SE (Rs. 32,999)If you missed the last Flipkart sale, Apple’s iPhone SE 64GB is again down to Rs. 32,999 (MRP Rs. 42,500). This is one of the lowest prices we’ve seen on the iPhone SE 2020 since it launched in India. Axis Bank credit card customers can avail a further discount worth up to Rs. 3,000 on this purchase (includes extra Rs. 1,500 discount on transactions above Rs. 30,000). It seems like a great deal if you were on the fence all this while.- Advertisement – Flipkart Big Diwali 2020 sale is ending at midnight tonight. The Walmart-owned company’s Diwali special sale kicked off last week with hundreds of deals and bundled offers on popular smartphones, laptops, headphones, and other electronics. In case you missed it, you still have a little less than 12 hours to do all your last-minute Diwali 2020 shopping for electronics. We’ve handpicked the best deals and offers available on the last day of Flipkart’s Big Diwali 2020 sale.Flipkart Big Diwali sale 2020 – Best deals on smartphones today- Advertisement – Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (Rs. 59,999) Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ is still selling at its Big Billion Days sale prices. You can grab one for as low as Rs. 59,999 during the Big Diwali sale 2020 on Flipkart this week. You can also avail a no-cost EMI option, and the bundled exchange offer to further lower the effective price. Galaxy Note 10+ comes with a massive 6.8-inch Super AMOLED display, and a quad rear camera setup.Buy now for Rs. 59,999 (MRP Rs. 85,000)iPhone 11 Pro (Rs. 79,999)iPhone 11 Pro is currently selling at Rs. 79,999 (MRP Rs. 1,06,600) during Flipkart’s Big Diwali 2020 sale. You can also avail another instant discount worth up to Rs. 3,000 when you pay using an Axis Bank credit card. This is one of the lowest prices we’ve seen on the iPhone 11 Pro during the festive sale season this year.Buy now for: Rs. 79,999 (MRP Rs. 1,06,600))Poco M2 Pro (Rs. 12,999)Poco M2 Pro is available at Rs. 12,999 (MRP Rs. 16,999) during the Big Diwali sale on Flipkart right now. That’s around Rs. 2,000 lower than its usual selling price online. With the bundled exchange offer, you can knock off another Rs. 12,450 (maximum) from the discounted price. Poco M2 Pro comes with a 6.67-inch full-HD+ display and a 48-megapixel quad rear camera setup. The phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G chipset, supported by 6GB of RAM.Buy now for: Rs. 12,999 (MRP Rs. 16,999)Moto G9 (Rs. 9,999)Moto G9 is still down to Rs. 9,999 (MRP Rs. 14,999) during the Big Diwali sale on Flipkart. The phone comes with a large 5,000mAh battery and a 48-megapixel triple rear camera setup. Moto G9 is powered by Snapdragon 662, supported by 4GB of RAM. If you’re eyeing a new budget phone with stock Android, the Moto G9 seems like a pretty decent choice at this price.Buy now for: Rs. 9,999 (MRP Rs. 14,999)Flipkart Big Diwali sale – Best offers on electronics on last dayApple AirPods Pro (Rs. 17,999)Apple’s premium AirPods Pro TWS earphones with active noise cancellation are down to Rs. 17,999 (MRP Rs. 24,900). This is one of the lowest prices we’ve seen on the AirPods Pro this year. Combine it with the Axis Bank cards payment offer, and you’ll end up with a great overall deal.Buy now for: Rs. 17,999 (MRP Rs. 24,900)JBL Moviebar 80 soundbar (Rs. 6,999)If you got yourself a big-screen TV this festive season, and are worried about the awful sound experience, get the JBL Moviebar 80 soundbar as an affordable add-on to your setup. The soundbar is currently down to Rs. 6,999 (MRP Rs. 13,999) on Flipkart’s Big Diwali sale 2020.Buy now for: Rs. 6,999 (MRP Rs. 13,999)Avita Liber 14-inch laptop (Rs. 62,990)If you’re eyeing a powerful yet inexpensive laptop with no preference for a particular brand, the Avita Liber 14-inch laptop could the one for you. The laptop is currently selling at a discounted price of Rs. 62,990 (MRP Rs. 83,390) during Flipkart’s Big Diwali sale 2020. It is powered by the 10th generation Intel Core i7 processor, supported by 16GB of RAM. It comes with a 1TB SSD, and runs Windows 10 Home out-of-the-box. You can swap your old laptop and get up to RS. 15,650 as an additional instant discount.Buy now for: Rs. 62,990 (MRP Rs. 83,390)Philips 70-inch 4K smart LED TV (Rs. 69,999)Flipkart Big Diwali sale 2020 is offering the Philips 70-inch 4K smart LED TV at a discounted price of Rs. 69,999 (MRP Rs. 1,99,990) for a limited period. You can swap your old TV, and get up to Rs. 11,000 off as an additional instant discount. The TV comes with three HDMI ports, two USB ports, and is a 2019 model.Buy now for: Rs. 69,999 (MRP Rs. 1,99,990)HP Pavilion x360 14-inch laptop (Rs. 52,490)If a 2-in-1 can make working and learning from home better for you, the HP Pavilion x360 14-inch laptop is going at Rs. 52,490 (MRP Rs. 63,179) during Flipkart’s Big Diwali sale this week. The laptop is powered by Intel’s 10th generation Core i3 CPU, supported by 8GB of RAM. It comes with a 512GB SSD, and runs Windows 10 Home out-of-the-box. HP is also bundling MS Office with the laptop.Buy now for: Rs. 52,490 (MRP Rs. 63,179)MSI GF63 15.6-inch gaming laptop (Rs.66,990)For those eyeing a gaming laptop, the MSI GF63 is down to Rs. 66,990 (MRP Rs. 1,04,990) on Flipkart during the Big Diwali sale this week. The laptop comes with a big 15.6-inch display and is powered by the 9th generation Intel Core i7 processor, supported by 8GB of RAM. It comes with a 512GB SSD, and runs Windows 10 Home. For graphics, there’s Nvidia’s GeForce GTZ 1650 Max-Q graphics card, supported by 4GB of video RAM.Buy now for: Rs. 66,990 (MRP Rs. 1,04,990)Affiliate links may be automatically generated – see our ethics statement for details. Buy now for: Rs. 32,999 (MRP Rs. 42,500)Samsung Galaxy S20+ (Rs. 49,999) Another great deal that’s still available during the Flipkart Big Diwali sale 2020 today is the discount on Samsung’s Galaxy S20+. The phone is again selling at Rs. 49,999 (MRP Rs. 83,000) during Flipkart’s third round of festive season sales. The Walmart-owned company is also running a bundled exchange offer with up to Rs. 14,850 as an additional discount.Buy now for: Rs. 49,999 (MRP Rs. 83,000)- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Twitter, Facebook and YouTube Survived Election Day. More Tests Loom.

first_imgOAKLAND, Calif. — For months, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube prepared to clamp down on misinformation on Election Day.On Tuesday, most of their plans went off without a hitch. The social platforms added labels to misleading posts by President Trump and notified their users that there was no immediate outcome to the presidential race. On television, news anchors even cited fact-checks similar to those made by Twitter and Facebook.- Advertisement – Then came Wednesday. With ballots still being counted and the absence of a clear result, the flow of misinformation shifted away from seeding doubts about the vote to false claims of victory. Twitter rapidly labeled several tweets by Mr. Trump over the course of the day as being misleading about the result of his race, and also did the same to tweets from others in his circle, such as Eric Trump and the White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany. And Facebook and YouTube used their home pages to show people accurate information about the election.The actions reinforced how even a smooth performance on Election Day did not mean that the social media companies could relax, fighting a relentless flow of toxic content. In fact, the biggest tests for Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are still looming, misinformation researchers said, as false narratives may surge until a final result in the presidential race is certified. “What we actually saw on Election Day from the companies is that they were extremely responsive and faster than they’ve ever been,” said Graham Brookie, the director of the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab. But now, he said, misinformation was solely focused on the results and undermining them.- Advertisement – “Platforms need to quickly expand their efforts before the country is plunged into further chaos and confusion,” he said. “It is a democratic emergency.” On Tuesday night, Facebook had to do just that. Shortly after Mr. Trump posted about the election’s being stolen from him, Facebook officials added labels to his posts. The labels noted that “no winner of the presidential election had been projected.”After the polls closed, Facebook also sent users a notification that if they were waiting to vote at a polling place, they could still vote if they were already standing in line.On Wednesday, Facebook added more labels to new posts from Mr. Trump, checking his claims by noting that “as expected, election results will take longer this year.” On Tuesday, as Americans voted across the country, falsehoods about broken voting machines and biased poll workers popped up repeatedly. But the companies weren’t tested until Mr. Trump — with early results showing how tight the race was — posted on Twitter and Facebook just before 1 a.m. Eastern time to baselessly lash out at the electoral process. “They are trying to STEAL the Election,” Mr. Trump posted on the sites, without being specific about who he meant.Twitter moved quickly, hiding Mr. Trump’s inaccurate tweet behind a label that cautioned people that the claim was “disputed” and “might be misleading about an election or other civic process.” Twitter, which had started labeling Mr. Trump’s tweets for the first time in May, also restricted users’ ability to like and share the post.On Wednesday morning, Twitter added more labels to posts from Mr. Trump. In one, he tweeted that his early leads in Democratic states “started to magically disappear.” In another message, Mr. Trump said unnamed people were working to make his lead in the battleground state of Pennsylvania “disappear.”Twitter also applied other labels to posts that falsely asserted victory. One was added to a post by Ben Wikler, head of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, in which he asserted prematurely that Joseph R. Biden Jr. had won the state. The Associated Press and other news outlets later called Wisconsin for Mr. Biden, though Mr. Trump called for a recount.On Wednesday afternoon, Twitter also affixed context to tweets from Eric Trump, one of Mr. Trump’s sons, and Ms. McEnany when they preemptively claimed that Mr. Trump had won in Pennsylvania, even though the race there had not been called. The company also fact-checked other assertions from Mr. Trump claiming victory in several battleground states such as North Carolina and Georgia, where the race has not been called, and restricted his false statements about voter fraud from being shared.“As votes are still being counted across the country, our teams continue to take enforcement action on tweets that prematurely declare victory or contain misleading information about the election broadly,” Twitter said. But the site did encounter a problem early on Tuesday night when several YouTube channels, one with more than a million subscribers, said they were livestreaming election results. What the live streams actually showed was a graphic of a projection of an election outcome with Mr. Biden leading. They were also among the first results that appeared when users searched for election results.After media reports pointed out the issue, YouTube removed the video streams, citing its policy prohibiting spam, deceptive practices and scams.On Wednesday, One America News Network, a conservative cable news network with nearly a million subscribers on YouTube, also posted a video commentary to the site claiming that Mr. Trump had already won the election and that Democrats were “tossing Republican ballots, harvesting fake ballots and delaying results” to cause confusion. The video has been viewed more than 280,000 times.Farshad Shadloo, a YouTube spokesman, said the video did not violate the company’s policy regarding misleading claims about voting. He said the video carried a label that the election results were not final. YouTube added that it had removed ads from the video because it did not allow creators to make money off content that undermined “confidence in elections with demonstrably false information.”Alex Stamos, director of the Stanford Internet Observatory, said the tech companies still had a fight ahead against election misinformation, but were prepared for it.“There will always be a long tail of disinformation, but it will become less impactful,” he said. “They are still working, for sure, and will try to maintain this staffing level and focus until the outcome is generally accepted.”But Fadi Quran, campaign director at Avaaz, a progressive nonprofit that tracks misinformation, said Facebook, Twitter and YouTube needed to do more.center_img “You have a hyperfocused audience and a moment in time where there is a huge amount of uncertainty, and bad actors can use that opportunistically,” he said.Twitter said it was continuing to monitor for misinformation. Facebook said, “Our work isn’t done — we’ll stay vigilant and promote reliable information on Facebook as votes continue to be counted.” YouTube said it also was on alert for “election-related content” in the coming days.The companies had all braced for a chaotic Election Day, working to avoid a repeat of 2016, when their platforms were misused by Russians to spread divisive disinformation. In recent months, the companies had rolled out numerous anti-misinformation measures, including suspending or banning political ads, slowing down the flow of information and highlighting accurate information and context. – Advertisement – Updated Nov. 4, 2020, 5:23 p.m. ET Unlike Twitter, Facebook did not restrict users from sharing or commenting on Mr. Trump’s posts. But it was the first time Facebook had used such labels, part of the company’s plan to add context to posts about the election. A spokesman said the company “planned and prepared for these scenarios and built the essential systems and tools.”YouTube, which is not used regularly by Mr. Trump, faced fewer high-profile problems than Twitter and Facebook. All YouTube videos about election results included a label that said the election might not be over and linked to a Google page with results from The Associated Press. Facebook took a more cautious approach. Mark Zuckerberg, its chief executive, has said he has no desire to fact-check the president or other political figures because he believes in free speech. Yet to prevent itself from being misused in the election, Facebook said it would couch premature claims of victory with a notification that the election had yet to be called for a candidate, if necessary. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Aidusgun intuitive VR game controller easily attaches to an air gun » Gadget Flow

first_img– Advertisement – The Aidusgun intuitive VR game controller is so easy to use: all you have to do is attach it to an air gun. Comfortable to play with, this gadget just connects to the rails. You don’t have to modify your air gun at all. Thanks to this design, it works great for first-person-shooter games. And it’s so much better than using your mouse. Though this gadget can connect to your PC, smartphone, tablet, or VR game, it doesn’t require Wi-Fi connectivity. That means you can enjoy your games wherever you want. Make natural movements by turning quickly left and right thanks to its 180º to 360º range of movement. It’ll feel so intuitive to use the Aidusgun. In fact, this intuitive VR game controller actually transmits your motions wirelessly in real time—all without the internet. Use this virtual reality game controller to navigate through VR worlds like never before.last_img read more

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The Key States Biden Won en Route to the White House

first_imgUpdated Nov. 7, 2020, 7:37 p.m. ET And although it took days to learn who had won and the race was quite close, Pennsylvania indeed proved critical to the outcome. As expected, Mr. Trump jumped out to an early lead, thanks to ballots cast on Election Day, but Mr. Biden clawed back slowly and eventually overtook Mr. Trump as more and more absentee ballots were counted.- Advertisement – Florida (29 Electoral College votes)Perhaps no state was more closely watched this cycle than Florida, and the results there almost immediately dashed Democrats’ hopes of a blue landslide. Mr. Trump won the state by a significantly wider margin than he did in 2016, despite polling averages that showed him trailing before Election Day.More than half of the counties in Florida swung further right than they did four years ago. And although Mr. Biden did make gains in some areas of the state, he vastly underperformed in Florida’s most populous county, Miami-Dade, especially in precincts with a majority Hispanic population.Iowa (six votes), Ohio (18 votes) and Texas (38 votes)Optimistic Democrats hopeful for a blue wave saw Iowa, Ohio and Texas as potentially in play this cycle, but that proved to be wishful thinking. Mr. Trump thumped Mr. Biden by significant margins in all three conservative-leaning states, winning them for a second time.Of the three, Texas, where the president won by roughly six percentage points, ended up being the closest. Even as some white voters in urban and suburban areas moved in large numbers toward Democrats, many Hispanic voters in the Rio Grande Valley shifted decisively toward Mr. Trump.Nick Corasaniti and Reid J. Epstein contributed reporting. An initial look at county-level data suggests that Mr. Biden ran ahead of Mrs. Clinton’s performance in 2016 in most parts of the state. He showed particular strength in the suburbs around Philadelphia, an area that had been trending blue in 2016 and has only grown bluer since. He flipped the state back into the Democratic column with 37,000 more votes than Mr. Trump.Michigan (16 votes) and Wisconsin (10 votes)Four years ago, Mr. Trump became the first Republican presidential candidate to win either Michigan or Wisconsin in decades when he defeated Mrs. Clinton by roughly 33,000 votes in both states combined.From the start of Mr. Biden’s presidential campaign all the way to Election Day, he and his team believed that rebuilding the Democratic “blue wall” in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania would perhaps be the clearest and cleanest path to winning the White House. Mr. Biden also believed that the Democratic Party had to garner support from working-class and middle-class voters in Northern industrial states — those from families like the one he grew up in.- Advertisement – After days of vote counting, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. has amassed the 270 Electoral College votes he needed to secure the presidency.All along, it was clear that Mr. Biden’s path to victory involved flipping a handful of states that then-candidate Donald J. Trump won in 2016 while also retaining the states that Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee in 2016, won in that cycle.- Advertisement – In Michigan, a spike in turnout in Detroit and its wealthy suburbs, along with shrinking support for Mr. Trump among middle-class voters, helped secure the state for Mr. Biden. About two-thirds of the predominately white counties that backed Mr. Trump in 2016 moved somewhat left four years later, and a greater share of voters in those counties backed Mr. Biden than they supported Mrs. Clinton in 2016.Battleground States Biden Kept That strategy paid off, as Mr. Biden rode the support in Wisconsin’s cities and suburbs to victory. He was aided particularly by massive turnout in Dane County (home to Madison) and he ate into Mr. Trump’s margins in the Milwaukee suburbs.center_img New Hampshire (14 votes)The Cook Political Report considered New Hampshire competitive with a Democratic lean, and it was tightly contested in 2016. But Mr. Biden won handily, by seven percentage points, and the race was called relatively quickly. Though there were many twists and turns, Mr. Biden appears to have done exactly that. Here is a quick look at the key states he won, and what we know about why he won them.States Biden FlippedPennsylvania (20 Electoral College votes)Pennsylvania has been in the spotlight for months, and it was long considered a potential “tipping-point state” — the state where victory could determine the outcome of the entire presidential contest. Elections officials had signaled all along that it would take time to count the votes there, and that a final tally would not be available on election night. Mr. Trump won the state by less than one percentage point in 2016, but polls had Mr. Biden ahead in the run-up to Election Day. Noteworthy States Biden Lost Minnesota (10 Electoral College votes)Mr. Trump came surprisingly close to a victory in Minnesota four years ago, and his campaign poured significant resources into the state this cycle in hopes of flipping it. Nonetheless, Mr. Biden maintained a comfortable if not insurmountable lead in Minnesota throughout much of the race, and polling there ended up being pretty spot on.Mr. Biden won comfortably, by about seven percentage points. He ran up the margins in densely populated urban counties and made significant inroads in the suburban counties that Mr. Trump won in 2016.Nevada (Six votes)Mr. Biden managed to hang onto Nevada, a state Mrs. Clinton won in 2016, but it was a nail-biter that took days to decide. Like Mrs. Clinton, he did it by winning Clark and Washoe Counties, home to Las Vegas and Reno, which account for over 85 percent of the state’s total votes. His margin of victory in Clark County was down slightly from the margin in 2016, but it was up in Washoe. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Boeing reports more 737 Max cancelations as FAA review nears end

first_imgThe Federal Aviation Administration is wrapping up its evaluation of changes Boeing made to the planes after two 737 Max crashes killed 346 people and prompted a worldwide grounding of the jetliners in March 2019.That review will wrap up in the “coming days,” FAA Administrator Steve Dickson said in a statement late Monday. The process has been expected to finish in mid-November and an order to end the grounding would be followed by pilot training, which is expected to take weeks.“Even though we are near the finish line, I will lift the grounding order only after our safety experts are satisfied that the aircraft meets certification standards,” Dickson said.- Advertisement – An employee walks past a Boeing 737 Max aircraft seen parked at the Renton Municipal Airport in Renton, Washington, January 10, 2020.Lindsey Wasson | Reuters – Advertisement – Boeing on Tuesday reported more cancellations of its beleaguered 737 Max jets, just as regulators wrap up their review of the planes following two fatal crashes.The aircraft manufacturer is facing dual crises of the 737 Max grounding, now in its 20th month, and the coronavirus pandemic, which as devastated air travel and the market for new aircraft.Boeing customers canceled 12 orders for the 737 Max in October and the company posted no new ones. Including aircraft Boeing removed from its official backlog, its outstanding orders shrunk to 4,275 from 4,325 last month.- Advertisement –center_img American Airlines has scheduled the planes to fly commercially at the end of December, the earliest of the U.S. carriers that have purchased them. The airline is also planning to allow customers to tour the planes and have its pilots and mechanics answer their questions in an effort to boost confidence in the jets, CNBC reported last month.Boeing said it delivered 13 aircraft to customers in October. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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WHO lowers reported Marburg toll in Angola

first_img Also yesterday, Latina Prensa (Latin American News Agency) quoted an Angolan official as saying the disease has killed more than 400 people. The story said Health Minister Sebastiao Veloso told reporters “that the infection still inflicts fatalities every five or six days, and that the death toll already exceeds 400 in four months, affecting seven provinces.” See also: MSF said the epidemic “seems to be grinding to a halt,” with only a few new cases confirmed in the past few weeks. “MSF has ended its emergency intervention and handed over its activities,” the article said. After a review of data on the epidemic, the Angolan Ministry of Health reported a total of 351 cases, 312 of them fatal, the WHO said today. In a Jun 17 update, the WHO had listed the Ministry of Health’s tally as 422 cases with 356 deaths. The WHO offered no explanation for the change in the numbers. However, the WHO statement said the outbreak response team in Angola “is currently following up 64 contacts in Uige Province,” where the vast majority of cases have occurred. “The team continues to receive and investigate alerts to potential cases,” the WHO said. “Clinical specimens from alerts are being transported to the Canadian National Microbiology Laboratory.” Jun 17 WHO report on Marburg epidemichttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_06_17/en/index.html The story says that 16 staff members in Uige’s main hospital died of Marburg as a result of inadequate infection control measures. The MSF article describes the difficulties that medical workers faced as they worked to control the epidemic by quickly burying bodies and isolating patients while trying not to alienate the population. People suspected of being infected were often reluctant to go to health facilities for diagnosis and possible isolation, mainly because there is no cure for the disease. The medical aid group Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF), or Doctors without Borders, in an article published online yesterday, put the size of the outbreak at 391 cases with 350 deaths. Dr. Armand Sprecher, a public health specialist who has dealt with both Ebola fever and Marburg, called Marburg “even scarier” than Ebola. “A person can feel a bit weak and look slightly ill but drop dead the next day,” he was quoted as saying. Jul 13 WHO statement on Marburg epidemichttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_07_13/en/index.html Jul 13, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The latest report from the World Health Organization (WHO) on the Marburg hemorrhagic fever epidemic in Angola gives significantly lower numbers of cases and deaths than previous reports. Meanwhile, still other numbers have been reported by other sources this week. The report says Marburg is hard to detect, with symptoms—high fever, diarrhea, and vomiting—that resemble those of other common tropical diseases such as malaria. “The disease is not as dramatic and ‘gory’ as media reports portray it to be,” the story says.last_img read more

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CDC releases viruses for novel H1N1 vaccine development

first_imgMay 27, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Sanofi Pasteur announced today that it has received a novel H1N1 influenza vaccine virus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), moving the company a step closer to starting production of a vaccine.CDC spokesman Tom Skinner said this afternoon that the agency is also sending the vaccine virus to other manufacturers, located overseas, who should receive the samples within a few days.Jeff McLaughlin, a spokesman for vaccine maker GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), said today he couldn’t confirm GSK’s receipt of the vaccine strain, but added, “We understand that the CDC is in the process of shipping the strain to all the relevant manufacturers.”CDC and World Health Organization (WHO) officials had predicted that the CDC would release H1N1 vaccine viruses to manufacturers by the end of May. WHO officials have said that production of H1N1 vaccines is most likely to begin in July.The preparation of a vaccine strain involves combining a clinical sample of the target virus with another influenza virus that grows in eggs. This process creates a new virus that has some of the properties of the target virus and the ability to grow in eggs, the US Department of Health and Human Services noted today in a fact sheet on vaccine development activities. Most flu vaccines are still produced by growing them in eggs.Wayne Pisano, president of Sanofi Pasteur, said in a news release, “As a company committed to protecting human health, Sanofi Pasteur looks forward to quickly understanding how this virus performs in a vaccine manufacturing environment and developing a working seed that will enable large-scale production.”Sanofi will now begin “passaging” the virus, referring to “the process for acclimating virus to grow in a production environment at optimum yield,” the company said. The process will take about 2 weeks.”Following quality controls, Sanofi Pasteur will be prepared to begin industrial production as soon as directed by public health agencies,” the statement added.Health officials have estimated it would take manufacturers 4 to 6 months from when they receive the vaccine strain to start producing a vaccine in quantity. But a Sanofi spokeswoman said last week that the company may be able to start producing its first doses in 3 to 4 months.Sanofi and GSK both announced within the past few days that they had received US government orders for novel H1N1 vaccines.In related news, the WHO has recommended that vaccines for the novel H1N1 influenza virus be based on an isolate from California, saying most H1N1 viruses isolated so far are very similar to it.A majority of the novel H1N1 viruses isolated so far are antigenically and genetically related to the isolate known as A/California/7/2009 (H1N1), the WHO said in a statement posted online yesterday.The WHO said that its collaborating laboratories, certain regulatory agency laboratories, and other partners are developing reassortant viruses antigenically similar to the California strain for use in vaccines.Skinner, of the CDC, said the agency used the California strain in making the vaccine virus now being released to manufacturers.WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl said several other WHO collaborating centers and regulatory laboratories are developing novel H1N1 vaccine viruses. He said they include St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, a US Food and Drug Administration lab, and facilities in Japan, the United Kingdom, and Australia.See also: May 27 Sanofi press releaseMay 26 CIDRAP News story “Companies receive HHS orders for novel flu vaccine”WHO recommendation on strain for vaccine developmentlast_img read more

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CDC says H1N1 vaccine supply is improving

first_imgOct 27, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The pandemic H1N1 vaccine supply is increasing significantly, and over the next 2 weeks Americans will have an easier time finding and receiving the doses, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.At a media briefing today, CDC Director Thomas Frieden, MD, said 22.4 million doses are available to ship to states now, which is 8 million doses more than the 14 million available a week ago. “We wish we had more vaccine now, but we’re beginning to get a significant increase in availability,” he said.Though polling shows many Americans are ambivalent about getting the vaccine, people have faced long lines to receive doses for themselves or their children, and some providers have had to turn people away. For example, yesterday officials in Jackson Township, N.J., turned away 1,000 people from a vaccine clinic after the facility exhausted its 1,500 doses, according to a report from the Associated Press.As states wait for more doses, flu activity is still widespread throughout the United States, Frieden said.  Flu cases have decreased in some areas, such as Georgia, but are increasing in a patchwork pattern of focal points—typical for influenza—throughout the country, he reported.Though Frieden said federal health officials are frustrated by the slow trickle of vaccine coming out, they are pleased by other aspects of the vaccine. The vaccine closely matches the circulating H1N1 virus and is likely to be very effective, he said. He added that federal officials have high levels of confidence in the vaccine’s safety because it is produced by the same manufacturers using the same methods as the seasonal flu vaccine, which has an excellent safety record.The CDC is observing the different ways states are distributing their vaccine doses and is working to identify best practices to ensure that available vaccine is given to priority groups as soon as possible, Frieden said.He added that school-based immunization clinics are likely to be one of the most efficient distribution methods, and he lauded districts that are distributing vaccination consent forms ahead of time. He urged state and local officials to make it as easy as possible for people to receive the vaccine.last_img read more

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In the first three months, there was an increase in traffic and an increase in revenue on motorways

first_imgIn the first quarter of this year, traffic on 10.014.976 vehicles was recorded on all HAC and ARZ motorways, and tolls were collected in the amount of HRK 455.636.108,00 without VAT, reports Croatian Motorways (HAC).Compared to last year, the number of vehicles increased by 3,56%, and the amount of tolls collected was higher by 9,62%. “The trend of increasing traffic and inflows from tolls in the first quarter is visible on all highways and, what is significant, in all categories of vehicles, despite the very unfavorable weather conditions that prevailed in February.“They point out from Hrvatske autoceste.The highest traffic of 3.631.886 vehicles was recorded on the A3 Bregana-Zagreb-Lipovac motorway, compared to the same period last year, an increase of 5,5%, as well as the largest inflow of tolls collected in the first quarter in the amount of 190.769.521,60. HRK 13,58 without VAT, which is XNUMX% more than last year.Considering the upcoming tourist season as well as the announcements about the daily growth of tourist arrivals, further growth of both revenue and traffic can be expected.</p>
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How the Istra Inspirit story “Casanova Tour” exceeded all my expectations

first_imgHow to start the story of Istra Inspirit, one of the world’s best tourist stories, confirmed and U, than with one story.A book is a book, a brochure is a brochure, an information board is a board, and no matter how many written words describe an event, it can become a real and striking experience only if we experience it live. On the other hand, we all know the power of stories, which accompany us from a young age to youth, work, and eventually we ourselves become storytellers when we become parents and tell the same stories to our children. The power of the story has always followed and will always follow the human race. Why? Because stories evoke strong emotions and experiences in us, and thus are strongly positioned. Pure biology.That is why the world of marketing has long accepted the storytelling concept in promotion, and for a long time big brands do not sell products but emotions, experiences and products are identified with human characteristics. So Nike doesn’t sell sneakers, Harley Davidson doesn’t sell motorcycles, while Coca-Cola doesn’t sell drinks.And tourism is the best of all – stories, emotions and experiences. Here’s a “trick” question: What do you remember from your last vacation? Accommodation or some special moments with the family? The answer is surely some experience, moment, emotion, not a hotel or accommodation. It was the power of the story that took me to Vrsar, the love destination of Giacomo Casanova, an adventurer and the world’s most famous seducer, who in 1743 stayed in Vrsar for a year. But this information, no matter how interesting, would not have any value without interpretation and would certainly not be remembered for long.And this is where storytelling and Istra Inspirit come into play, a multi-award winning experience tourism project that enriches the cultural and tourist offer of the peninsula by reviving historical events in authentic locations, through staged Istrian legends and myths.Thus, Istra Inspirit actors introduced tourists to ancient times or time travel, through the authentic streets and locations of Vrsar when Casanova walked and stayed in Vrsar, all through a storytelling concept or an interactive costumed walk. ‘In addition to numerous cultural and entertainment events that are traditionally organized during the summer months, Vrsar will try to provide its guests with a unique experience of traveling into history this summer. In addition to the Old Samnja, which revives Vrsar in the time of the Vrsar County and which will have two editions this year, we also started the Casanova Tour. Like the previous Casanovafest, this new interactive tour has the character of Giacomo Casanova and the description of his stay in Vrsar from the famous Memoirs.”Said Natalija Vugrinec, director of the Tourist Board of Vrsar and added that this event is a continuation of the story at Casanovafest, which was organized over the past nine years, and which through lectures, plays, film screenings, exhibitions and concerts presented the theme of love and eroticism in various forms. art.In cooperation with Istra Inspirit, a new concept has been designed for this tourist season – a guided interactive tour in six terms, in order to enable as many guests as possible to get acquainted with the interesting rich history of our place. “For the next season, Casanova Tour is planned to be supplemented with a gastronomic experience, in accordance with the EU project “I enjoy tradition” in which TZO Vrsar is one of the partners, and whose theme is the preservation and tourist valorization of indigenous foods and dishes. We are sure that such an event will be extremely attractive to guests in our destination, but also that it will have a significant promotional effect.. ‘ Vugrinec emphasized.Casanova Tour is a great example of the promotion of a destination through cultural and historical heritage and its interpretation in the manner of storytelling through theatrical expression in performance. A performance that is at least more than impressive, in the manner of legendary and striking Hollywood actors, without any exaggeration. You know the feeling when a movie scene becomes legendary, that’s exactly what the performance was like. By the way, over 200 different artists, performers and actors are participating in the Istra Inspirit project under the artistic direction of director Petra B. Blašković.Thus, the professional actors of Istra Inspirit, as part of the ‘Casanova Tour’, took all visitors on an unforgettable journey to the time of the Vrsar County when the seducer and adventurer, Giacomo Casanova, stayed in Vrsar twice. The first time, as he states in his ‘Memoirs’, which served as a source for the script of this innovative tour, he visited Vrsar for three days in August 1743, still as a poor and infamous priest, while the second time he came to Vrsar as a soldier during a voyage from the Venetian island of Malamocco, when his ship anchored at night in the port of Vrsar. Giacomo Casanova, accompanied by the voice of the greatest lover in history, was returning to Vrsar, allegedly because of the beautiful women from Vrsar. Through entertaining and educational content, visitors were able to discover the more intimate side of Casanovina Vrsar, and all the interesting events that characterized his stay in Vrsar, and among other things, visited the lookout under the palm tree near the church of St. Anton, the lookout of Casanova, the main city gate, and Casanova’s refuge within the city walls, ie we met Vrsar in a different way and I am sure an unforgettable way. The cast that participates in the Casanova tour consists of Frano Novljan, Šandor Slacki, Luka Barešić, Sedina Cerovac and Ivona Bulešić, who with their striking and above all impressive interpretation met, laughed and intrigued everyone present, and through interaction drew the audience into the story. and the tourists themselves became part of the story.As I was familiar with the Istra inspirit story, I had high expectations and a clear idea of ​​what awaited me, but to be honest, my expectations were not only met, but were completely exceeded. I was delighted with the level of acting and how the actors immersed themselves in the roles. With the old town backdrop of Vrsar, the costumed actors and the striking interpretation of the story was more than credible, and I can say for sure that the visitors of the Casanova Tour felt as if they were really in that time and space. At times, we were brought back to reality by random passers-by who visually “interrupted” the sense of history and time travel.Surely he would never have known Vrsar so well, nor would he have remained in such a strong memory that I walked the streets of the city alone. That is why the storytelling concept is so important in tourism, because it is precisely about strong emotions and experience.But, as I mentioned at the beginning of this story, the word is the word, and no matter how powerful the words may be and trigger an avalanche of reactions, you can only understand the true experience and value of this story if you experience it. That is why Istra Inspirit interpretations should be one of the compulsory subjects for all tourism students.In any case, if you want to find out what a storytelling concept is, I definitely recommend that you experience one of the 13 Istra Inspirit stories, whether you are from the world of tourism or marketing. Ultimately, as is usually the case in Lijepa naša, everything that is ours is wrong, or if you think I have gone too far with the use of superlatives in the description, I challenge you to see for yourself.last_img read more

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CBS: Tourist activity of the population of the Republic of Croatia in 2017

first_imgIn 2017, 43% of the Croatian population went on private tripsThus, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), in 2017, 1,6 million people or 43,1% of the Croatian population aged 15 and over were on at least one private multi-day trip.A total of 4,1 million private trips were made, of which 2,6 million (62,9%) were in Croatia and 1,5 million (37,1%) abroad. Most people traveled abroad to Bosnia and Herzegovina (20,8%), Italy (11,6%), Germany (10,9%), Austria (9,6%) and Slovenia (9,5%). The most common motives for going on a private multi-day trip are a vacation at sea (1,3 million trips or 32,1%) and a visit to relatives and friends (1,1 million trips or 28,3%).Most nights spent in non-commercial accommodation The population of Croatia made a total of 26,6 million overnight stays on private multi-day trips, of which 17,4 million overnight stays (65,2%) were realized in Croatia and 9,3 million (34,8%) on trips abroad. An average of 6,6 overnight stays were made per trip. On average, 6,8 nights were spent on trips in Croatia and 6,2 nights on trips abroad.According to the type of accommodation, most overnight stays were realized in non-commercial accommodation facilities (18,2 million overnight stays or 68,3%), of which 9,5 million overnight stays were with relatives and friends, and 8,3 million with own houses and holiday flats million overnight stays.Source: CBSThe average cost per trip was 1 kuna Total expenditures on private multi-day trips amounted to HRK 8,0 billion, of which HRK 3,5 billion (43,7%) in Croatia and HRK 4,5 billion (56,3%) abroad. The average cost per trip was 1 kuna.In 2017, 57% of the Croatian population did not travel, mostly for financial reasons In 2017, 2,1 million or 56,9% of the Croatian population aged 15 and over did not travel on private multi-day trips. The most common reasons for not going on private multi-day trips (possibility of multiple answers) were: lack of financial resources (55,2%), health reasons (25,6%) and lack of free time due to family obligations (19,9%).In 2017, 8% of the Croatian population went on business trips In 2017, 301 thousand people or 8,3% of the population of Croatia aged 15 and over were on at least one business multi-day trip. A total of 842 thousand business trips were made, of which 424 thousand trips (50,4%) were in Croatia and 418 thousand (49,6%) abroad.Source: CBS4,3 million day trips made In 2017, the population of Croatia aged 15 and over made 4,3 million one-day trips, of which 3,8 million (88,8%) were private and 485 thousand (11,2%) business.last_img read more

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The number of holders of the quality label “Holiday houses with a story” climbed to 46 houses with a total of 223 beds

first_imgRELATED NEWS: In addition to guaranteeing quality for guests, “Holiday Homes with a Story” has also shown resilience to the crisis situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and thus its sustainability. After a field visit and the implementation of the evaluation procedure according to several criteria, the existing holders of standards, as part of the 3rd certification round, were joined by 12 new holiday homes. Thus, the number of holders of the quality label “Holiday houses with a story” rose to 46 with a total of 223 beds. Top Hill Nest After launching the official website called MyVarazdinHoliday which in one place represents all holders of standards, cataloging and promotional campaigns, primarily on the German market, “Holiday homes with a story” have already become a recognizable brand and synonym for the quality of private accommodation in Varaždin County, point out the Tourist Board of Varaždin County. Thus, by the end of August, 34 facilities with the standard “Holiday houses with a story” realized more than 90% of last year’s overnight stays observed in the same period, and more than 70% of overnight stays were realized by foreign guests.center_img In order to offer the demanding market a better and different experience, the Tourist Board of Varaždin County is developing the project “Holiday houses with a story” whose main goal is to develop quality accommodation in the rural area of ​​Varaždin. / / / HOLIDAY HOMES WITH A STORY – EXCELLENT RURAL ACCOMMODATION BRANDING PROJECT IN VARAŽDIN COUNTY Holiday house Pavličević LUXURY HOLIDAY HOMES ARE NOT JUST A CURRENT TREND, BUT THEY WILL BECOME THE FIRST CHOICE. MARRIOTT CONFIRMS THIS AS WELLlast_img read more

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From February to September, 47% less traffic was recorded

first_imgtax administration However, a certain recovery was achieved in September, so the decline is much smaller. Comparing the second week of September 2020 (07.09.-13.09.2020), with the third week of September 2020 (14.09.-20.09.2020), the data show that for all activities it is visible 2% account reduction, while the invoice amount is lower by 3%. In activity I – providing accommodation and food preparation and serving is visible reduction of the number of accounts by 4%, and reduction of the amount of invoices by 8%. For all activities in the period from 24.02. to 20.09.2020. in relation to the period from 23.02.- 20.09.2019. it’s visible 26% reduction in the number of accounts, i 18% invoice reduction, say data from the Tax Administration. But the data also reveals a big drop in the tourism sector. Namely, in activity I – providing accommodation and food preparation and serving is visible 40% reduction in the number of invoices and 47% in the amount of the invoice. Turned into numbers, it is about ten billion kuna less turnover.center_img For all activities in the period from 14.09. to 20.09.2020. year compared to the same period in 2019 is visible 19% reduction in the number of accounts, i 18% invoice amount reduction.  In activity I – providing accommodation and food preparation and serving is visible 27% account reduction, and invoice amount of 48%. Also, comparing the period of 14.09. to 20.09.2020. in relation to the same period in 2019, the following is visible:last_img read more

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