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Malaysia duduki tangga pertama pengguna bahan plastik paling banyak di Asia   

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KUALA LUMPUR - Kerajaan Malaysia disarankan untuk mengehadkan penggunaan plastik sekali guna di samping menjalinkan kerjasama dengan syarikat kitar semula selepas dilaporkan menjadi negara yang menggunakan bahan plastik tertinggi di seluruh Asia.

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Menerusi laporan yang dikeluarkan oleh World Wide Fund (WWF), setiap tahun sebanyak 60% daripada 8 juta tan sampah masuk ke dalam laut di seluruh dunia. Daripada peratusan berkenaan, negara yang terlibat adalah China, Indonesia, Filipina, Thailand, Vietnam dan juga Malaysia. Seandainya isu pencemaran ini berterusan, jumlah bahan plastik yang masuk ke dalam laut dijangka akan meningkat sehingga empat kali ganda di antara tahun 2010 hingga 2050. Hal ini bermakna lautan diramal akan mengandungi lebih banyak sampah berbanding hidupan laut pada pertengahan abad itu.

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Daripada keenam-enam negara yang disebutkan ini, Malaysia dicatatkan sebagai pengguna plastik tertinggi per kapita tahunan dengan anggaran 16.8 kilogram plastik bagi setiap penduduk diikuti dengan Thailand sebanyak 15.5 kilogram.

Sementara itu, penyelaras WWF iaitu Thomas Schuldt berpendapat Malaysia menjadi penyumbang penggunaan bahan plastik tertinggi di Asia memandangkan Malaysia adalah salah sebuah negara yang kaya.

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“Terdapat banyak perkhidmatan penghantaran makanan yang tinggi dengan penggunaan plastik pembungkus. Tambahan pula, terdapat juga banyak produk yang dijual di pasaraya setiap hari”.

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Tambahan pula, sistem pelupusan sampah yang tidak selaras dengan kemajuan teknologi dan pembangunan turut menyumbang kepada peningkatan penggunaan sisa plastik yang akhirnya bukan sahaja menjejaskan hidupan marin tetapi juga berkeupayaan untuk masuk ke dalam sistem rantaian makanan manusia di samping menggugat sektor pelancongan.

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Oleh demikian, Thomas telah menyeru kepada kerajaan Malaysia untuk melaksanakan pengenalan sistem kitar semula yang lebih teratur dan bekerjasama dengan syarikat kitar semula untuk mengurangkan penggunaan bahan plastik. Thomas turut memberikan cadangan kepada pihak kerajaan agar melancarkan kempen kesedaran dalam kalangan rakyat untuk memupuk tabiat mengasingkan sampah mengikut kategori yang ditetapkan. Sekiranya program ini berjaya, kadar pencemaran bahan plastik mungkin akan berkurangan sekali gus dapat memulihara keindahan alam semula jadi.

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MSC Cruzeiros actualiza itinerário da Grand Voyage do MSC Bellissima para a Ásia   

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Novo itinerário inclui destinos alternativos nos Emirados Árabes Unidos, Vietnam e Tailândia para substituir escalas canceladas na China Continental, Hong Kong e Taiwan

 

A MSC Cruzeiros actualizou o itinerário da Grand Voyage de 28 noites do MSC Bellissima com destino à Ásia, com partida do Golfo no dia 21 de Março.

 

A actualização do itinerário da Grand Voyage, de 21 de Março a 18 de Abril, implica o cancelamento dos portos de Shenzhen, na China Continental; Hong Kong; e Keelung, em Taiwan, e a adição dos seguintes portos: Laem Chabang/Bangkok, na Tailândia; Phu My/Ho Chi Minh City, no Vietnam; bem como um dia extra em Kobe, no Japão. Para além disso, o navio realizará também agora escala na Ilha de Sir Bani Yas, nos Emirados Árabes Unidos, em vez de Khor Fakkan, EAU.

 

A Grand Voyage de 28 noites do MSC Bellissima com destino à Ásia, começará no dia 21 de Março no Dubai, com escalas no Golfo incluindo Abu Dhabi e a Ilha de Sir Bani Yas. A partir daqui, a viagem continuará em direcçao a leste, com escalas em Colombo, Sri Lanka; Phuket, Thailand; Langkawi, Penang, e Port Klang/Kuala Lumpur, Malásia e Singapura. O navio seguirá de seguida  até Laem Chabang/Bangkok, na Tailândia; Phu My/Ho Chi Minh City, no Vietnam; com uma pernoite em Kobe, no Japão; antes de finalmente chegar ao seu destino em Yokohama, Japão, no dia 18 de Abril.

 

Para garantir a saúde e bem-estar de todos os viajantes e tripulação A MSC Cruzeiros implementou uma série de acções desde o dia 24 de Janeiro devido à situação do Coronavirus originária na China. Apesar de não haver nenhum caso de Coronavirus a bordo de nenhum navio da MSC Cruzeiros, estas medidas são precauções adicionais para assegurar a saúde e bem-estar de todos os viajantes e tripulação. Os passageiros que vão embarcar num cruzeiro deverão ter em conta o seguinte: 

 

  • Qualquer pessoa que tenha viajado da China continental ou que tenha visitado a China Continental, Hong Kong ou Macau nos últimos 30 dias, ou visitado ou transitado através de aeroportos, terá o acesso negado ao navio. As mesmas regras aplicam-se aos seus acompanhantes de viagem (pais, esposas, filhos, irmãos ou alguém que partilhe o camarote); 

 

  • Passageiros com sinais ou sintomas como febre (≥38 C°) ou estado febril, arrepios, tosse ou dificuldade em respirar não poderão embarcar. As mesmas regras aplicam-se ao(s) seu(s) acompanhante(s); 

 

  • Qualquer pessoa que, nos 14 dias que antecedem o embarque, tenha tido contacto próximo, ou ajudado a cuidar de alguém com suspeitas ou diagnóstico de estar contagiado com coronavírus, ou que esteja de momento sujeito a monitorização de saúde por possível exposição ao novo coronavírus, não poderá embarcar; 

 

  • A MSC Cruzeiros continuará a conduzir rastreios pré-embarque necessários para cumprir estas medidas preventivas; 

 

  • Passageiros com passaporte chinês que não tenham viajado de ou através da China Continental, Hong Kong ou Macau nos últimos 30 dias, e que gozem de boa saúde, podem aceder ao navio. No entanto, as autoridades de certos países estão temporariamente a não autorizar detentores de um passaporte Chinês a entrar nos seus territórios. Aconselha-se, no entanto, os portadores de passaporte Chinês a verificarem quaisquer restrições de viagem que possam ser aplicadas.

 

Para além disso, existe neste momento uma levada e profunda higienização em todos os navios de toda a frota da companhia e os passageiros e tripulantes têm sido todos aconselhados a seguir sempre todas as directrizes de saúde e segurança, tais como lavar as mãos regularmente com água e sabão durante 20 segundos, bem como todas as outras recomendações e medidas de segurança pública.

 

As medidas acima mencionadas e a decisão de alterar o itinerário do navio foi tomada com base no melhor interesse da segurança e bem-estar dos passageiros e tripulação da MSC Cruzeiros.

 

 


          

EU-Vietnam: 68 Civil Society Organisations urge MEPs not to ratify the new trade and investment agreements   

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The undersigned organisations from Europe (1) call on the Members of the European Parliament not to ratify the free trade and investment agreements between the European Union and Vietnam (2) that will be voted in plenary on February 11 (3). These are the very first ratification votes on trade and investment agreements in the new European Parliament. They were negotiated by the European Commission under previous mandates and were signed on June 30, 2019, in Hanoi.Read More
          

L’Udienza Generale   

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Catechesi del Santo Padre in lingua italiana

Sintesi della catechesi e saluti nelle diverse lingue

L’Udienza Generale di questa mattina si è svolta alle ore 9.15 nell’Aula Paolo VI dove il Santo Padre Francesco ha incontrato gruppi di pellegrini e fedeli provenienti dall’Italia e da ogni parte del mondo.

Nel discorso in lingua italiana il Papa, continuando il nuovo ciclo di catechesi sulle Beatitudini, ha incentrato la sua meditazione sulla terza Beatitudine: « Beati i miti perché avranno in eredità la terra » ( Mt 5,5). Brano biblico: Dal Salmo 37, 3.8-11 .

Dopo aver riassunto la Sua catechesi in diverse lingue, il Santo Padre ha indirizzato particolari espressioni di saluto ai gruppi di fedeli presenti.

L’Udienza Generale si è conclusa con il canto del Pater Noster e la Benedizione Apostolica.

Catechesi del Santo Padre in lingua italiana

Cari fratelli e sorelle, buongiorno!

Nella catechesi di oggi affrontiamo la terza delle otto beatitudini del Vangelo di Matteo: « Beati i miti perché avranno in eredità la terra » ( Mt 5,5).

Il termine “mite” qui utilizzato vuol dire letteralmente dolce, mansueto, gentile, privo di violenza. La mitezza si manifesta nei momenti di conflitto, si vede da come si reagisce ad una situazione ostile. Chiunque potrebbe sembrare mite quando tutto è tranquillo, ma come reagisce “sotto pressione”, se viene attaccato, offeso, aggredito?

In un passaggio, San Paolo richiama «la dolcezza e la mansuetudine di Cristo» ( 2 Cor 10,1). E San Pietro a sua volta ricorda l’atteggiamento di Gesù nella Passione: non rispondeva e non minacciava, perché «si affidava a colui che giudica con giustizia» ( 1 Pt 2,23). E la mitezza di Gesù si vede fortemente nella sua Passione.

Nella Scrittura la parola “mite” indica anche colui che non ha proprietà terriere; e dunque ci colpisce il fatto che la terza beatitudine dica proprio che i miti “avranno in eredità la terra”.

In realtà, questa beatitudine cita il Salmo 37, che abbiamo ascoltato all’inizio della catechesi. Anche lì si mettono in relazione la mitezza e il possesso della terra. Queste due cose, a pensarci bene, sembrano incompatibili. Infatti il possesso della terra è l’ambito tipico del conflitto: si combatte spesso per un territorio, per ottenere l’egemonia su una certa zona. Nelle guerre il più forte prevale e conquista altre terre.

Ma guardiamo bene il verbo usato per indicare il possesso dei miti: essi non conquistano la terra; non dice “beati i miti perché conquisteranno la terra”. La “ ereditano ”. Beati i miti perché “erediteranno” la terra. Nelle Scritture il verbo “ereditare” ha un senso ancor più grande. Il Popolo di Dio chiama “eredità” proprio la terra di Israele che è la Terra della Promessa.

Quella terra è una promessa e un dono per il popolo di Dio, e diventa segno di qualcosa di molto più grande di un semplice territorio. C’è una “terra” – permettete il gioco di parole – che è il Cielo, cioè la terra verso cui noi camminiamo: i nuovi cieli e la nuova terra verso cui noi andiamo (cfr Is 65,17; 66,22; 2 Pt 3,13; Ap 21,1).

Allora il mite è colui che “eredita” il più sublime dei territori. Non è un codardo, un “fiacco” che si trova una morale di ripiego per restare fuori dai problemi. Tutt’altro! È una persona che ha ricevuto un’eredità e non la vuole disperdere. Il mite non è un accomodante ma è il discepolo di Cristo che ha imparato a difendere ben altra terra. Lui difende la sua pace, difende il suo rapporto con Dio, difende i suoi doni, i doni di Dio, custodendo la misericordia, la fraternità, la fiducia, la speranza. Perché le persone miti sono persone misericordiose, fraterne, fiduciose e persone con speranza.

Qui dobbiamo accennare al peccato dell’ ira , un moto violento di cui tutti conosciamo l’impulso. Chi non si è arrabbiato qualche volta? Tutti. Dobbiamo rovesciare la beatitudine e farci una domanda: quante cose abbiamo distrutto con l’ira? Quante cose abbiamo perso? Un momento di collera può distruggere tante cose; si perde il controllo e non si valuta ciò che veramente è importante, e si può rovinare il rapporto con un fratello, talvolta senza rimedio. Per l’ira, tanti fratelli non si parlano più, si allontanano l’uno dall’altro. È il contrario della mitezza. La mitezza raduna, l’ira separa.

La mitezza è conquista di tante cose. La mitezza è capace di vincere il cuore, salvare le amicizie e tanto altro, perché le persone si adirano ma poi si calmano, ci ripensano e tornano sui loro passi, e così si può ricostruire con la mitezza.

La “terra” da conquistare con la mitezza è la salvezza di quel fratello di cui parla lo stesso Vangelo di Matteo: «Se ti ascolterà, avrai guadagnato il tuo fratello» ( Mt 18,15). Non c’è terra più bella del cuore altrui, non c’è territorio più bello da guadagnare della pace ritrovata con un fratello. E quella è la terra da ereditare con la mitezza!

[00231-IT.02] [Testo originale: Italiano]

Sintesi della catechesi e saluti nelle diverse lingue

In lingua francese

Speaker:

Chers frères et sœurs, ce matin nous nous arrêterons à la troisième Béatitude: Heureux les doux, car ils recevront la terre en héritage . La douceur se manifeste dans les moments de conflit, car c’est alors que l’on voit comment on réagit à une situation hostile. Cette Béatitude cite le Psaume 36 qui met en relation la douceur et la possession de la terre. Ces deux choses peuvent sembler incompatibles. En effet, la possession de la terre est le milieu typique du conflit. On se combat souvent pour un territoire, pour obtenir l’hégémonie sur une région. Dans les guerres, le plus fort prévaut et conquiert d’autres terres. Ici il ne s’agit pas de conquérir la terre, mais de la recevoir en héritage. Cette terre est une promesse et un don pour le peuple de Dieu et devient un signe de quelque chose de plus grand et de plus profond qu’un simple territoire. Il s’agit de la terre vers laquelle nous sommes en chemin: les cieux nouveaux et la terre nouvelle. Alors celui qui est doux n’est pas quelqu’un d’accommodant, mais le disciple du Christ qui défend la paix de cette terre nouvelle, et la relation qu’il a avec Dieu et ses dons, en gardant la miséricorde, la fraternité, la confiance, l’espérance. Et ici nous devons faire allusion au péché de colère et nous demander combien de choses nous avons détruites par la colère. Par contre, la douceur est capable de vaincre le cœur, de sauver des amitiés et tant d’autres choses. Il n’y a pas de terre plus belle que le cœur d’autrui, il n’y a pas de territoire plus beau à gagner que la paix retrouvée avec un frère. Voilà la terre qui nous est donnée en héritage!

Santo Padre :

Saluto cordialmente i pellegrini provenienti dalla Francia e da altri paesi di lingua francese, in particolare quelli delle Diocesi di Le Mans, con Mons. Yves Le Saux, e di Bourges, con Mons. Jérôme Beau, i rappresentanti della Confederazione francese dei lavoratori cristiani, nonché i giovani e pellegrini di diverse parrocchie. Cari fratelli e sorelle, vi invito a chiedere a Dio di darvi il dono della mansuetudine per costruire insieme un mondo più fraterno. Dio vi benedica.

Speaker:

Je salue cordialement les pèlerins venus de France et d’autres pays francophones, en particulier les diocésains du Mans avec Mgr Yves Le Saux, les diocésains de Bourges avec Mgr Jérôme Beau, les représentants de la Confédération française des travailleurs chrétiens, ainsi que les jeunes et les pèlerins de plusieurs paroisses. Chers frères et sœurs, je vous invite à demander à Dieu de nous faire le don de la douceur pour construire ensemble un monde plus fraternel. Que Dieu vous bénisse.

[00232-FR.01] [Texte original: Français]

In lingua inglese

Speaker:

Dear Brothers and Sisters: In our continuing catechesis on the Beatitudes, we now consider the third Beatitude: “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth” ( Mt 5:5). Scripture uses the term “meek” for the poor and the dispossessed of the land. Jesus’ statement that the meek will inherit the earth can thus seems contradictory. Yet the Lord tells us that the meek will inherit the earth. The Beatitude ultimately points us to the heavenly homeland promised to the children of God. For Jesus, the meek are those who have learned to guard the territory of their relationship with God and preserve his gifts of peace, mercy and fraternity. Sin can destroy this inheritance, for the hatred and division that flow from sin are destructive. Meekness, on the other hand, preserves this inheritance, enables it to grow and wins the hearts of others by love, kindness and friendship. By imitating the meekness of Christ, may we help to extend his kingdom and come to receive the inheritance promised to us by the Beatitude.

Santo Padre:

Saluto i pellegrini di lingua inglese presenti all’odierna Udienza, specialmente i gruppi provenienti da Inghilterra, Norvegia, Filippine, Arabia Saudita, Vietnam e Stati Uniti d’America. Su di voi e sulle vostre famiglie invoco la gioia e la pace del Signore Gesù Cristo. Dio vi benedica!

Speaker:

I greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, especially the groups from England, Norway, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam and the United States of America. Upon all of you and your families, I invoke the joy and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ. May God bless you!

[00233-EN.01] [Original text: English]

In lingua tedesca

Speaker:

Liebe Brüder und Schwestern, heute wollen wir die dritte der Seligpreisungen betrachten, die Jesus bei der Bergpredigt verkündet hat: „Selig die Sanftmütigen, denn sie werden das Land erben“ (Mt 5,5). Die Sanftmütigen haben Jesus Christus in seinem Leidensweg vor Augen, der nicht mit Vergeltung antwortete, als er litt, sondern »seine Sache dem gerechten Richter überließ« ( 1 Petr 2,23). Die „Sanftmütigen“ sind in der Heiligen Schrift die Gerechten, die nur wenig besitzen im Gegensatz zum Frevler, der im Überfluss lebt (vgl. Ps 37,15). Landbesitz ist ein typisches Feld, wo es zu Konflikten kommen kann. Man streitet über ein Stück Land oder will die Vorherrschaft über ein Gebiet gewinnen. So entstehen auch Kriege, bei denen der Stärkere in der Regel fremde Territorien erobert. Die Seligpreisung spricht dagegen vom Land, das die Sanftmütigen „erben“. Dieses Wort erinnert an ein besonderes Land, an das Gelobte Land, das Gott dem Volk Israel als Erbe gegeben hat. Für das neutestamentliche Volk Gottes wird das „Land“ noch mehr: Es handelt es sich um »einen neuen Himmel und eine neue Erde« (vgl. 2 Petr 3,13; Offb 21,1), zu dem die Sanftmütigen und Gerechten unterwegs sind und in dem der Friede, die Hoffnung, das Vertrauen, die Barmherzigkeit und die Brüderlichkeit wohnen.

Santo Padre:

Rivolgo un cordiale saluto ai pellegrini di lingua tedesca, in particolare ai vari gruppi scolastici. Benvenuti! Lo Spirito Santo ci insegni a guardare al mondo con gli occhi di Dio e a trattare i fratelli con la mitezza del Suo cuore. Buona permanenza a Roma!

Speaker:

Einen herzlichen Gruß richte ich an die Pilger und Besucher deutscher Sprache, besonders an die verschiedenen Schülergruppen. Willkommen! Der Heilige Geist leite uns an, die Welt mit den Augen Gottes zu sehen und den Mitmenschen mit der Sanftmut des Herzens Gottes zu begegnen. Euch allen einen guten Aufenthalt in Rom!

[00234-DE.01] [Originalsprache: Deutsch]

In lingua spagnola

Queridos hermanos y hermanas:

En la catequesis de hoy abordamos la bienaventuranza que dice: « Felices los mansos, porque ellos heredarán la tierra » ( Mt 5,4). Cuando decimos que una persona es “mansa” nos referimos a que es dócil, suave, afable, a que no es violenta ni colérica. La mansedumbre se manifiesta sobre todo en los momentos de conflicto, cuando estamos “bajo presión”, cuando somos atacados, ofendidos, agredidos. Nuestro modelo es Jesús, que vivió cada momento, especialmente su Pasión, con docilidad y mansedumbre.

Esta bienaventuranza afirma también que los mansos “heredarán la tierra”. No la poseen ni la conquistan, la heredan . Esta tierra es una promesa y un don para el Pueblo de Dios. Esta “tierra” es el Cielo, hacia donde caminamos como discípulos de Cristo, promoviendo la paz, la fraternidad, la confianza y la esperanza.

También podemos considerar lo contrario de vivir esta bienaventuranza y preguntarnos acerca del pecado de la ira . La ira es lo contrario de la mansedumbre. En un momento de cólera, de ira, se puede destruir todo lo que se ha construido; cuando se pierde el control, se olvida lo realmente importante, y esto puede arruinar la relación con un hermano, muchas veces sin remedio. En cambio, la mansedumbre conquista los corazones, salva las amistades, hace posible que se sanen y reconstruyan los lazos que nos unen con los demás.

Saludo cordialmente a los peregrinos de lengua española, venidos de España y de Latinoamérica. Pidamos al Señor que nos ayude a ser mansos y humildes de corazón, y a reconocer los momentos en que perdemos la calma para que, con la gracia del Señor, podamos volver a encontrar y a construir la paz. Que Dios los bendiga.

[00235-ES.02] [Texto original: Español]

In lingua portoghese

Speaker:

Hoje refletimos sobre a Bem-aventurança que nos ensina: “Bem-aventurados os mansos, porque receberão a terra em herança”. Ser manso significa ser afável, gentil, não violento. A mansidão se manifesta não quando tudo está tranquilo, mas quando estamos sob pressão, quando sofremos violência. Jesus nos deu o maior exemplo de mansidão quando, pregado na Cruz, perdoou seus algozes. Por outro lado, como também nos ensina o Salmo 37, a mansidão se relaciona com a posse da terra. Muito embora a lógica humana pareça indicar o contrário, ou seja, quem faz uso da força é quem conquista a terra, todavia, a Sagrada Escritura nos mostra que o manso não conquista mas recebe em herança a terra. De fato, o Povo de Deus considerava a Terra prometida como um dom de Deus, uma herança recebida. Esta, por sua vez, é sinal da verdadeira terra que Deus nos promete em herança: o Céu. Por fim, ao contrário da ira que destrói e separa, a mansidão conquista e vence os corações. Por isso, os mansos são aqueles que agora podem conquistar a terra mais bela, que é o coração do irmão.

Santo Padre :

Saluto di cuore i pellegrini di lingua portoghese, in particolare voi venuti dal Portogallo e dal Brasile, e vi incoraggio ad essere dovunque testimoni di speranza e carità. E, se qualche volta dovete affrontare situazioni che vi turbano l’anima, andate a cercare rifugio sotto il manto della Santa Madre di Dio; là troverete pace e mitezza. Su di voi e sulle vostre famiglie scenda la Benedizione del Signore.

Speaker:

De coração saúdo os peregrinos de língua portuguesa, em particular vós vindos de Portugal e do Brasil, encorajando-vos a ser por todo o lado testemunhas de esperança e caridade. E, se alguma vez tiverdes de enfrentar situações que vos turvam a alma, ide procurar refúgio sob o manto da Santa Mãe de Deus; lá encontrareis paz e mansidão. Sobre vós e vossas famílias desça a Bênção do Senhor!

[00236-PO.02] [Texto original: Português]

In lingua araba

Speaker:

في إطار تعاليمه حول التطويبات التي يرويها إنجيل القديس متى، توقف قداسة البابا اليوم عند التطويبة الثالثة: "طوبى لِلوُدَعاء فإِنَّهم يرِثونَ الأَرض"، موَضِّحاً أنَّ الوديع هو اللطيف والطيّب والبعيد عن العنف. وقال إن الوداعة أو نقيضها تظهر في لحظات الصراع من خلال كيفيّة التعامل مع موقف معاد. الوديع هو شخص ورث ميراثًا ولا يريد أن يبدّده. هو تلميذ المسيح الذي تعلّم كيف يدافع عن "أرض وممتلكات" من نوع آخر، وعن سلامه، وعن علاقته بالله وعطاياه، محافظًا على الرحمة والإخاء والثقة والرجاء. ودعانا قداسته أن نبتعد عن خطيئة الغضب لأنها تجعلنا ندمّر كلّ شيء حتى العلاقات مع الآخرين. بدلًا من ذلك، دعانا قداسته أن نتحلّى بالوداعة لأنها قادرة على كسب القلوب وإنقاذ الصداقات. واختتم قداسة البابا تعليمه قائلًا: لا توجد أرض أكثر جمالًا من قلب الآخر، ولا توجد أرض أكثر جمالًا يمكن كسبها من استعادة السلام مع أخ لنا. هذه هي الأرض التي علينا أن نرثها!

Santo Padre:

Rivolgo un cordiale benvenuto ai pellegrini di lingua araba, in particolare a quelli provenienti dal Medio Oriente! L’uomo mite è l’uomo calmo, gentile, semplice, obbediente e pacifico, che tratta bene la gente e non litiga con nessuno. Tali tratti lo rendono amabile da tutte le persone, perché vive con loro in pace e tranquillità. Quindi, oltre al regno di Dio, eredita anche la terra. Il Signore vi benedica!

Speaker:

أُرحّبُ بالحجّاجِ الناطقينَ باللغةِ العربية، وخاصةً القادمينَ من الشرق الأوسط. إنّ الانسان الوديع هو الانسان الهادئ والطيّب والبسيط والمطيع والمسالم، يُحسن معاملة الناس ولا يُخاصم أحدًا. هذه الصفات تجعله محبوبًا من جميع الناس، لأنه يعيش معهم في سلام وهدوء. وبالتالي، إضافة إلى ملكوت الله، إنه يرث الأرض أيضًا. ليبارككُم الرب!

[00237-AR.01] [Testo originale: Arabo]

In lingua polacca

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„ Błogosławieni cisi, albowiem oni na własność posiądą ziemię ” ( Mt 5,5). Używany tutaj termin „cisi” dosłownie oznacza słodki, grzeczny, łagodny, wolny od przemocy. Łagodność przejawia się w chwilach konfliktu. Można wówczas zobaczyć, jak reagujemy na sytuację nieprzyjazną, „pod presją”, gdy jesteśmy atakowani i obrażani. W Piśmie Świętym słowo „cichy” wskazuje także na tego, kto nie ma własności ziemskiej. Dlatego uderza nas fakt, że trzecie błogosławieństwo mówi właśnie, iż cisi „na własność posiądą ziemię”. W istocie to błogosławieństwo cytuje Psalm 37, którego wysłuchaliśmy na początku. Również tam wiąże się łagodność z posiadaniem ziemi. Te dwie rzeczy wydają się niezwiązane. Tymczasem posiadanie ziemi jest typowym obszarem konfliktu: często walczy się o jakieś terytorium, aby uzyskać panowanie nad nim. Czasownik zastosowany do cichych mówi, że nie zdobywają oni ziemi, ale ją „odziedziczą”. Pismo św. mówi o „nowej ziemi”, ku której zmierzamy. Oczekujemy jednak, według obietnicy, nowego nieba i nowej ziemi, w których będzie mieszkała sprawiedliwość (por. Iz 65:17; 66,22; 2 P 3,13; Ap 21,1). Zatem cichy jest tym, który „dziedziczy” najbardziej wzniosłe z terytoriów. Nie jest tchórzem, który znajduje sobie pokrętną moralność, by nie popaść w tarapaty. Przeciwnie, jest uczniem Chrystusa, który nauczył się bronić zupełnie innej ziemi. Broni swego pokoju, broni swojej relacji z Bogiem i Jego darów, strzegąc miłosierdzia, braterstwa, zaufania, nadziei.

Santo Padre:

Saluto cordialmente i pellegrini polacchi. Cari fratelli e sorelle, la mitezza, di cui parliamo oggi, è capace di vincere il cuore e sconfiggere l’ira, salvare le amicizie e ricostruire le relazioni messe alla prova dalle ambizioni e dallo spirito di rivalità. Ricordate sempre l’invito del Signore Gesù: “Imparate da me, che sono mite e umile di cuore, e troverete ristoro per le vostre anime” ( Mt 11, 29). Vi benedico di cuore. Sia lodato Gesù Cristo!

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Serdecznie pozdrawiam polskich pielgrzymów. Drodzy bracia i siostry, cichość, o której mówimy dzisiaj, może zapanować w sercu i przezwyciężyć gniew, ocalić przyjaźnie i odbudować relacje wystawione na próbę przez ambicje i ducha rywalizacji. Pamiętajcie zawsze o zaproszeniu Pana Jezusa: „uczcie się ode Mnie, bo jestem cichy i pokorny sercem, a znajdziecie ukojenie dla dusz waszych” ( Mt 11, 29). Z serca wam błogosławię. Niech będzie pochwalony Jezus Chrystus!

[00238-PL.01] [Testo originale: Polacco]

In lingua italiana

Rivolgo un cordiale benvenuto ai fedeli di lingua italiana. In particolare, saluto le religiose e i religiosi; i gruppi parrocchiali; e la delegazione della Fiaccola Benedettina, con l’Arcivescovo di Spoleto-Norcia, Mons. Renato Boccardo e l’Abate di Montecassino, dom Donato Ogliari.

Saluto inoltre il Comando Brigata Aosta, di Messina; la Società Italiana di Odontostomatologia per l’handicap; e il reparto di pediatria dell’Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori, di Milano.

Saluto infine i giovani, gli anziani, gli ammalati e gli sposi novelli. Fidatevi del Signore e sforzatevi di entrare nei suoi disegni, accettando che la sua salvezza possa giungere a noi per vie diverse da quelle che ci aspetteremmo.

[00239-IT.01] [Testo originale: Italiano]

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December Dividend Income Report – Going to Vietnam Edition   

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In September 2017, I received slightly over $100K as a result of the commuted value of my pension plan. I decided to invest 100% of this money into dividend growth stocks. Each month, I publish my results. I don’t do this to brag, I do this to show you it’s possible to build a portfolio […]

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Top 3 Canadian Dividend Stocks for 2020   

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Happy New Year Dear Dividend Investors! As you read this, my Top 3 Canadian Dividend Stocks for 2020, I’m flying over the Atlantic Ocean, scheduled to land on January 2nd in Hanoi, Vietnam. This is a great way to start the year! What are the best Canadian dividend stocks for 2020? Do you think the […]

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Executive: Senior Marketing Manager - Coding - Brooklyn, New York   

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Apply for this Job * Required First Name * Last Name * Email * PhoneResume/CV Drop files here Attach Dropbox Paste Cover Letter Drop files here Attach Dropbox Paste How did you hear about this job? Desired Salary Have you ever worked at 2U (2U Inc, Trilogy Education, or GetSmarter) in the past? * --YesNoAre you eligible to work in the U.S.? * --YesNoDo you currently require sponsorship for an employment visa or will you require sponsorship in the future? * --YesNoU.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Information (Completion is voluntary) Individuals seeking employment at 2U are considered without regards to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, marital status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran status, gender identity, or sexual orientation. You are being given the opportunity to provide the following information in order to help us comply with federal and state Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action record keeping, reporting, and other legal requirements. Completion of the form is entirely voluntary. Whatever your decision, it will not be considered in the hiring process or thereafter. Any information that you do provide will be recorded and maintained in a confidential file. GenderPlease selectMaleFemaleDecline To Self IdentifyAre you Hispanic/Latino?Please selectYesNoDecline To Self IdentifyPlease identify your racePlease selectAmerican Indian or Alaskan NativeAsianBlack or African AmericanHispanic or LatinoWhiteNative Hawaiian or Other Pacific IslanderTwo or More RacesDecline To Self Identify Race & Ethnicity Definitions If you believe you belong to any of the categories of protected veterans listed below, please indicate by making the appropriate selection. As a government contractor subject to Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA), we request this information in order to measure the effectiveness of the outreach and positive recruitment efforts we undertake pursuant to VEVRAA. Classification of protected categories is as follows: A 'disabled veteran' is one of the following: a veteran of the U.S. military, ground, naval or air service who is entitled to compensation (or who but for the receipt of military retired pay would be entitled to compensation) under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs; or a person who was discharged or released from active duty because of a service-connected disability. A 'recently separated veteran' means any veteran during the three-year period beginning on the date of such veteran's discharge or release from active duty in the U.S. military, ground, naval, or air service. 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Paket Tour 6D5N Hanoi – Halong – Saigon – Cu Chi – My Tho (Halal)   

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6D5N Hanoi - Halong - Saigon - Cu Chi - My Tho (Halal)

Vietnam menjadi negara yang mungkin terdengar asing bagi warga Indonesia khususnya di bidang pariwisata. Namun, negara yang terkenal dengan julukan Vietnam Rose ini memiliki banyak sekali tempat wisata yang wajib untuk dikunjungi.

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Mar 15, 2020: VSA-LSU's Basketball Tournament 2020 at LSU University Recreation   

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VSA-LSU will be hosting its annual basketball tournament in the UREC at LSU. This will be a two-day event from March 14 to March 15. A maximum of 12 teams will be competing against each other. Teams will be registered through our organization. Anyone is welcome to com e watch in the audience. Volunteers from our organization will be helping with the logistics of the tournament. We will have an LSU security guard hired for the duration of the tournament as required by the UREC. Official UREC referees will aslo be hired for this tournament. More details can be found on our website: https://God.blue/forward.php?url=https://www.vsalsu.com/basketball-tournament
Hosted by: Vietnamese Student Association
Additional Information can be found at: https://God.blue/forward.php?url=https://lsu.campuslabs.com/engage/event/5550844

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Un român, acuzat de 39 de infracțiuni de omor din imprudență în cazul vietnamezilor găsiți morți într-un camion din Anglia   

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Un român a fost arestat în cazul celor 39 de cetățeni vietnamezi găsiți morți în remorca unui camion, în Anglia, la finalul anului trecut.
          

Coronavirus: RTL überträgt Vietnam-GP aus Köln   

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Das Coronavirus verbreitet sich weiter, die Zahl der Infizierten ist auf über 75.000 gestiegen, mehr als 1000 Fälle wurden ausserhalb von China identifiziert. RTL reagiert und überträgt das Rennen in Vietnam aus Köln.
          

The former Apple engineer who created the programming language Swift has joined AI chip startup SiFive. Here's what he learned working at Apple, Tesla, and Google.   

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Chris Lattner

  • Chris Lattner, the former Apple engineer who created the iOS programming language Swift, joined the artificial intelligence chip startup SiFive in January to head platform engineering there.
  • While Lattner is focusing on software for chips now, he says it's similar to what he's been doing throughout his career at Apple, Tesla, and Google because he's building tools.
  • Lattner says the three tech giants he's worked at have "very distinct corporate cultures" because Apple is about the product, Tesla is about the vision, and Google is about the technology.
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Chris Lattner, most famously known as the creator of the iOS programming language Swift, says that throughout his entire career, he's been building tools. 

At Apple where he worked for nearly 12 years, he built developer tools like Swift and the tools used to program in the language, like Xcode and Swift Playgrounds. In other words, he focused more on tools for iOS engineers, rather than iOS apps themselves. And at Google, he worked on TensorFlow, an artificial intelligence project that is a tool for data scientists.

In January, Lattner joined the AI chip startup SiFive as the senior vice president of platform engineering after stints at Tesla and Google. While Lattner is focusing more on chips now, he says in many ways, it's not that different from what he was doing before.

"We're understanding users and solving really hard problems so the people using the tools don't have to worry about it," Lattner told Business Insider. "We're making somebody else's life easier to reduce what they have to worry about."

Now at SiFive, Lattner is building software that makes it easier for people who build hardware. 

"As I step into SiFive one of the things I love about the culture is a focus on innovation," Lattner said. "I've seen that in some places but not all places. Also a focus on engineering, a team that wants to change the world which unfortunately is too rare. Being ambitious and being willing to admit you want to change the world. The passion in the brilliance of people. These are all reasons I'm excited about joining Si-Five."

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SiFive has already raised $129.56 million from investors like Sutter Hill Ventures, Spark Capital, and Samsung Venture Investment, and it's an upstart challenger to giants like Intel and AMD.

'We're applying new technology to old problems'

Lattner says he has actually been following SiFive for several years, and he even spoke with the team before joining Google, but at the time, it was still in its very early stages.

When he reconnected with the team again recently, he learned more about what the company is now doing. He says he was "super impressed" by the opportunity to create faster, more powerful chips.

Lattner is now running the platform engineering team at SiFive, writing the software and tools needed to design chips. 

"Nobody really thinks of it as writing code," Lattner said. "Chip design is one of the most software intensive worlds you've seen. The verification of chips involves writing tons of test code. Designing the chip itself involves tools and languages."

Lattner says one of the biggest challenges he expects to face is how fast SiFive is scaling, but those are "good problems to have."

"Our mission is to make the hardware engineers and the people who design circuits be way more productive and be happier," Lattner said. "We're applying new technology to old problems."

'Very distinct corporate cultures'

Lattner brings to SiFive experience from working at Apple, Tesla, and Google. After working nearly 12 years at Apple where he built developer tools, he did a six-month stint at Tesla leading its autopilot software. 

Most recently at Google, where he worked for two and a half years, Lattner helped lead the TensorFlow team, working on projects like the Swift for TensorFlow effort and launching Cloud tensor processing units, a chip that powers Google products like Translate, Photos, Search, Assistant, and Gmail.

Still, he says joining SiFive wasn't about leaving Google. He thought the opportunity at SiFive was exciting, and he "had to jump."

"The decision to leave Google was incredibly difficult," Lattner said. "I was leaving an amazing company with a lot of great things going on...I felt like they're in good shape and in good hands."

From working at three tech giants, Lattner says he learned from the cultures of Apple, Tesla, and Google, all of which have "very distinct corporate cultures."

"Apple is a very product driven company. It thinks a lot about users," Lattner said. "Tesla is a very mission driven one, like 'Let's fix global warming.' A lot of it was down to 'Let's help with this.' Google is a very technology driven company. That's really what drives Google."

SiFive brings all of these traits together Lattner says. 

"SiFive is a very nice mix of all these things," Lattner said. "It has incredible vision. Let's get chip design to happen faster. When it does, new kinds of chips will be made ... It's also a product company. I feel like SiFive is a mix of all things. It's a smaller company and out to change the world."

SEE ALSO: Why Silicon Valley developers are betting on Apple's programming language Swift and calling it 'the future' of app development

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This mysterious phone just popped up in Toronto   

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Who doesn't love an anxiety-inducing public reminder that the end of the world is nigh? 

A public payphone has popped up at the southeast corner of bustling Queen and Spadina—and it wants you to know that life on earth is fleeting and there's nothing you can do about it.  

Offering many problems and zero solutions (other than believing in Jesus), the rotary phone's actually a fake: you can't even lift it off the handle. Not very helpful during this time of crisis. 

Linguists might enjoy it, though, since the phone box also teaches you how to write "Out of time" in a bunch of languages like French, Chinese, Portuguese, and Vietnamese, since doom and gloom is universal. 

Taped to the side of the box—eureka! A sign, with solutions! Just kidding, it's a piece of paper with a picture of a dove and this illuminating message: "The world is on the verge of stupendous crisis." 

Whoever's art project this is, I need them to come forward and take accountability for worsening my climate anxiety by tenfold. 


          

Oppo Find X2 Spotted on Vietnam Retail Site Ahead of Launch Next Month, Full Specifications Leaked   

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Oppo Find X2 is listed on Shopee in advance, and the phone is listed to pack 8GB RAM, 256GB of internal storage, and microSD card support is not included.
          

Eldőlt, hogy a koronavírus miatt elmarad-e a Vietnami Nagydíj   

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Egyértelmű kijelentés érkezett a futamnak otthont adó Hanoi turisztikai hivatalától.
          

Карта распространения короновируса на 19.02.2020   

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Last update: 18 February 2020 at 7:05 p.m. ET

MAINLAND CHINA Cases Deaths Notes
Hubei province
(includes Wuhan)
61,682 1,922 9,289 serious, 1,957 critical
Guangdong province 1,328 4 60 serious, 25 critical
Henan province 1,257 19 29 serious, 26 critical
Zhejiang province 1,172 0 45 serious, 22 critical
Hunan province 1,007 4 47 serious
Anhui province 982 6 10 critical
Jiangxi province 933 1 27 serious
Jiangsu province 629 0 6 serious, 4 critical
Chongqing 555 5 34 serious, 13 critical
Shandong province 543 2 13 serious, 14 critical
Sichuan province 508 3 16 critical
Heilongjiang province 464 11 73 serious
Beijing 387 4 10+ serious
Shanghai 333 1 14 serious, 4 critical
Tianjin 127 3
Other regions 2,230 17
TOTAL 74,137 2,002 12,017 serious
13,818 recovered
6,242 suspected

OTHER PLACES Cases Deaths Notes
Diamond Princess 542 0 20 serious
Singapore 81 0 4 critical, 29 recovered
Japan 74* 1 3 serious, 18 recovered
Hong Kong 62 1 5 critical, 2 serious, 1 recovered
Thailand 35 0 2 serious, 15 recovered
South Korea 31 0 12 recovered
Malaysia 22 0 11 recovered
Taiwan 22 1 2 recovered
Australia 15 0 10 recovered
Germany 16 0 9 recovered
Vietnam 16 0 7 recovered
United States 15 0 3 recovered
France 12 1 4 recovered
Macau 10 0 5 recovered
United Kingdom 9 0 8 recovered
Canada 8 0 1 recovered
UAE 9 0 1 serious, 3 recovered
Philippines 3 1 2 recovered
India 3 0 3 recovered
Italy 3 0 2 serious
Russia 2 0 2 recovered
Spain 2 0 2 recovered
Nepal 1 0 1 recovered
Cambodia 1 0 1 recovered
Sri Lanka 1 0 1 recovered
Finland 1 0 1 recovered
Sweden 1 0
Belgium 1 0 1 recovered
Egypt 1 0
TOTAL 999 5 39 serious/critical

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Covered California: Special Enrollment Period thru 4/30 for those who didn't know about mandate penalty or expanded subsidies   

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I already called attention to this in my last post, but it's so long & filled with data wonk stuff that I'm reposting a separate entry to specifically highlight the SEP specifically:

  • Covered California is announcing a special-enrollment period through April 30 to address concerns that many Californians remain unaware of the new financial help or the new state penalty.

Hmmmm....the Special Enrollment Period is interesting. HealthCare.Gov and some state exchanges did something like this in spring 2015 (the first year people had to actually pay the mandate penalty) and managed to get around 210,000 more enrollees nationally. Of course, the penalty for 2014 was only $95 or 1% of income at the time...now it's up to $695/person or 2.5% of household income, so it's a bigger deal.

New Special-Enrollment Period Announced

Covered California also announced that effective Feb. 18 it will establish a special-enrollment period for those who were unaware of the state penalty or the new financial help. Consumers who fall into those categories, or who are currently insured off exchange (directly through an insurer) and want to switch to Covered California to benefit from the new state subsidies, will have through April 30 to sign up for coverage.

Covered California made the decision after gathering information throughout open enrollment and after the close of enrollment. In December, Covered California surveyed the public and found a significant percentage of the uninsured were unaware of the new financial help or penalty. Based on those findings, Covered California began looking at whether a special-enrollment period would be warranted. In the first week of February, Covered California surveyed 10,000 of its Certified Insurance Agents and found that there is still a substantial lack of awareness, with 41 percent saying only some or none of their consumers knew about the penalty, and 80 percent saying the penalty is motivating or extremely motivating for their consumers.

“I encourage everyone who does not have qualifying health insurance to take advantage of the special enrollment period and secure coverage now. I like signing tax refund checks, not assessing penalties,” said State Controller and FTB Chair Betty T. Yee.

...Covered California will be launching a new campaign to publicize the special-enrollment period, starting this month with social media messaging and consumer emails. Television ads in English and Spanish will start on March 9. Also starting that day will be radio and digital ads in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean and Vietnamese. This marks Covered California’s first use of television ads to promote a special-enrollment period.

“We know that there are hundreds of thousands of people, both low income and middle income, who are insured off exchange but could be saving significant amounts of money if they switch to Covered California to benefit from federal financial help or new state subsidies, or both,” Lee said. “Covered California is working with everyone it can to put consumers first by maximizing the amount of time that people can get covered and minimizing the number of people who are subject to a penalty.”

During this special-enrollment period, consumers will be able to sign up at any point and will be covered on the first of the following month.

Anyone who enrolls between 2/18 - 2/29 will have coverage starting March 1st; anyone enrolling between 3/01 - 3/31 will have coverage starting April 1st.


          

California: Final 2020 ACA Open Enrollment Tally: 1.54 million QHPs, up 1.6% y/y   

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When I last checked in on Covered California a couple of weeks ago, they still had two days left before their 2020 Open Enrollment deadline, and had managed to rack up 1.51 million on-exchange enrollments. This included 1.15 million renewals of existing enrollees, plus another 364,000 new enrollees.

I noted at the time that they had just barely beaten 2019's total with two days to go, and would have to add about 7,500 more to break 2018's total, and another 43,000 to beat 2017.

Well, they ended up in between the two, partly due to an overestimate of the renewal figure:

New California Policies Make Huge Difference, Increasing New Signups During Covered California’s Open Enrollment by 41 Percent

New Special-Enrollment Period Announced to Continue to Get Word Out on New Subsidies and Penalty

  • A total of 418,052 people newly signed up for coverage during Covered California’s open-enrollment period, which is 41 percent higher than last year’s figure of 295,980.

That's 54,000 additional new enrollees added in the final two days of Open Enrollment.

  • New state policies, which provided additional money to help people purchase health insurance and established a state penalty, were key components that led to Covered California’s highest new enrollment total since 2016.
  • The strong total shows how California is building on the Affordable Care Act, enrolling healthy consumers and saving money for Californians, in contrast to federal policies that have led to higher premiums and millions losing coverage.
  • Covered California is announcing a special-enrollment period through April 30 to address concerns that many Californians remain unaware of the new financial help or the new state penalty.

Hmmmm....the Special Enrollment Period is interesting. HealthCare.Gov and some state exchanges did something like this in spring 2015 (the first year people had to actually pay the mandate penalty) and managed to get around 210,000 more enrollees. Of course, the penalty for 2014 was only $95 or 1% of income at the time. This year, the District of Columbia is apparently doing something similar with their local mandate penalty as well.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Covered California announced that 418,052 people had newly selected a health plan for 2020 during the most recent open-enrollment period, which formally closed on Jan. 31. The total is more than 122,000, or 41 percent, higher than last year’s figure of 295,980. The increase comes after the state of California instituted two key policies designed to help and encourage more people to become insured: reinstituting a penalty for those going without coverage, which had been lowered to zero by federal action in 2019 and adding state subsidies to build on and go beyond the Affordable Care Act’s financial help.

“Californians are seeing that by building on — instead of undercutting — the Affordable Care Act, they are directly benefiting from lower health care costs and more people being insured,” said Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee. “The new enrollment that occurs during each year’s open-enrollment period is vital to getting more people covered and keeping costs down by enrolling a healthy risk mix. This dramatic rebound in new enrollment shows how effective state policies can make quality coverage more affordable and encourage people to get covered.”

Preliminary analysis shows that the total number of net plan selections for 2020 is 1,538,819, which reflects 1,120,767 consumers renewing their coverage and 418,052 consumers newly signing up for coverage during open enrollment. Overall, there are 24,936 more plan selections compared to 2019, an increase of almost 2 percent (see Table 1: Preliminary Analysis of Covered California 2020 Net Plan Selections).

As I noted above, they tacked on 54,000 additional new enrollees in the final two days. However, the number of renewing enrollees was 29,000 fewer than they had previously estimated, so they ended up 25,000 higher than I previously thought.

New State Policies and Effective Outreach Drive New Enrollment

California adopted several policies to pursue Gov. Newsom’s stated goal of moving toward universal coverage, including two that were specific to the individual market:

  • Effective January 2020, California required its residents to have health insurance coverage — reinstating the federal penalty that was integral to the Affordable Care Act. Those who can afford coverage but choose to go without it could face a penalty when they file their taxes with the California Franchise Tax Board in 2021. The penalty can be more than $2,000 for a family of four.
  • California launched a state subsidy program that expanded the amount of financial help available to many consumers, including a first-in-the-nation program to help middle-income consumers afford coverage. The new state subsidies could extend to an individual making up to $74,940 and a family of four with a household income of up to $154,500.
  • California extended its open-enrollment period through Jan. 31, compared to Jan. 15 last year — in dramatic contrast to the federal decision to have open enrollment close on Dec. 15.

Covered California and the Franchise Tax Board (FTB), which will be implementing the penalty, worked to get the word out about these new policies throughout open enrollment. Elements of the robust marketing and outreach included Covered California:

  • Investing $121 million in statewide marketing and outreach during the current fiscal year.
  • Supporting more than 10,000 Certified Insurance Agents across the state and more than 100 community organizations that were recipients of Covered California’s Navigator grants totaling $6.5 million.
  • Conducting more than a dozen phone banks on in-language television stations across the state targeting English, Spanish, Mandarin and Hmong speakers.
  • Partnering with social media influencers such as Laila Ali, Leo Santa Cruz, J.R. Todd, Nathan Adrian and others to create content that has generated more than 3 million impressions.

In addition, Franchise Tax Board has worked with Covered California to get the word out, including:

  • Working with tax-filing software companies to include penalty information that consumers will see when they file their taxes.
  • Conducting outreach and training for tax professionals.
  • Sending mail to more than 2 million households alerting them to the penalty and telling them how to get coverage.

New State Subsidies Helping Over 625,000 Californians Lower Their Health Care Costs

Through the open-enrollment and renewal periods, about 625,000 new and renewing consumers qualified to receive the new state subsidies.

State Subsidies That Complement Federal Assistance for Those Earning From 200 to 400 Percent FPL

About 576,000 lower-income consumers, who earn between 200 and 400 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL), will receive an average of $608 per month per household in federal tax credits and new state subsidies (which averages $23 per household). The financial assistance lowers the average household monthly premium from $881 per month to $272, a decrease of 70 percent.

OK, that's 576,000 people receiving $23/month per household, or $276/year. It's important to note that's per household, not per person. Assuming 1.4 people per policy (CoveredCA's historic average, which is smaller than the average household size nationall for several reasons), that's around $197/enrollee, or $113.4 million in subsidies. Of course, that assumes 100% effectuation every month; historically it usually averages around 80% of the official OEP total, so let's call it $91 million in state subsidies for this crowd this year, give or take.

First-in-the-Nation State Subsidies for Middle-Income Consumers

Nearly 32,000 middle-income consumers who were previously ineligible for any federal support because their household income was above the federal “cliff” of 400 percent of the FPL qualified for new state subsidies. The new financial help went to about 47 percent of consumers applying in the 400 to 600 percent FPL income bracket. The average state subsidy to eligible households is $504 per month, lowering their monthly premium by nearly half (see Figure 1. Distribution of California State Subsidies Among Eligible Middle-Income Households [400 to 600 Percent FPL]).

Again, that's per household, not per enrollee. Let's call it $360 per enrollee per month, or $4,320 in subsidies per enrollee per year, times 32,000 enrollees. That's around $138.2 million for the year. Take 80% of that and it's more like $110 million give or take.

Combined with the 200-400% recipients, and California should be paying out roughly $201 million in state subsidies this year.

Figure 1: Distribution of California State Subsidies Among Eligible Middle-Income Households (400 to 600 Percent FPL)[2]

“The average state subsidy for eligible middle-income Californians — who up until now were not eligible for any assistance — was $504 per month. But it’s even more striking that more than one in 10 of those receiving help had their monthly premium lowered by over $1,000,” said Lee. “The new state subsidies are making a huge difference to families across California.”

Covered California also reported that an estimated 280,000 Californians, likely eligible for new state or existing federal subsidies, kept their “off-exchange” coverage and did not get the financial help that would make it easier to afford and keep their coverage. Most of these individuals earn under 400 percent of the federal poverty level and would be eligible for both the state and federal subsidy, while about 40,000 would be eligible to receive the new state subsidies for middle-income Californians.

Holy crap. Let me repeat that: There's 280,000 Californians who are currently paying full price for ACA-compliant individual market policies who would be eligible for an average of $7,300/year per household (around $5,200 apiece) if they simply enrolled in an on-exchange policy instead...and another 40,000 who are likely eligible for an average of over $6,000/household ($4,300 per enrollee) if they did so.

If my math here is correct, that means there's around 320,000 Californians who are leaving an average of around $5,100/year in rebates apiece on the table.

If you assume that, say, 90% of these folks are eligible (not everyone earning <400% FPL is...it still varies greatly depending on your age, income, household size and where you live), that's still upwards of 290,000 who are leaving up to $1.5 BILLION on the table.

“The penalty helped drive down premiums for everyone in the individual market, and new state subsidies are already helping more than 600,000 people save even more on their health insurance,” Lee said. “However, we are still hearing that far too many people do not know about these policies, so Covered California wants to continue to get the word out and give them more time to learn about the penalty and how affordable coverage can be.”

Drop in Renewals Driven by Low New Enrollment for 2019 Following the Penalty Removal

The significant increase in new enrollment was partially offset by an 8 percent decrease in the number of renewing consumers. Covered California’s preliminary analysis points to several potential reasons for the reduction in renewals relative to 2019. As noted above, 2019 marked the first year that the federal government zeroed out the individual mandate penalty, which led to a sharp decrease in the number of new consumers signing up for coverage during last year’s open-enrollment period. Historically, a decrease in new enrollment translates to a decrease among renewing consumers because there are fewer consumers in the system to carry forward into renewal. Covered California entered this renewal season with nearly 40,000 fewer members covered in October 2019 (for 2020 coverage) than it did in October 2018 (for 2019 coverage).

“Covered California’s preliminary analysis of the reduction in the number of consumers renewing appears to be another result of the federal decision to remove the penalty that resulted in fewer people eligible to carry their coverage into 2020,” Lee said. “What we have seen this open-enrollment period only affirms the bold decision of the governor and the state Legislature to provide that economic nudge that some people need to get health insurance.”

New Special-Enrollment Period Announced

Covered California also announced that effective Feb. 18 it will establish a special-enrollment period for those who were unaware of the state penalty or the new financial help. Consumers who fall into those categories, or who are currently insured off exchange (directly through an insurer) and want to switch to Covered California to benefit from the new state subsidies, will have through April 30 to sign up for coverage.

Covered California made the decision after gathering information throughout open enrollment and after the close of enrollment. In December, Covered California surveyed the public and found a significant percentage of the uninsured were unaware of the new financial help or penalty. Based on those findings, Covered California began looking at whether a special-enrollment period would be warranted. In the first week of February, Covered California surveyed 10,000 of its Certified Insurance Agents and found that there is still a substantial lack of awareness, with 41 percent saying only some or none of their consumers knew about the penalty, and 80 percent saying the penalty is motivating or extremely motivating for their consumers.

“I encourage everyone who does not have qualifying health insurance to take advantage of the special enrollment period and secure coverage now. I like signing tax refund checks, not assessing penalties,” said State Controller and FTB Chair Betty T. Yee.

...Covered California will be launching a new campaign to publicize the special-enrollment period, starting this month with social media messaging and consumer emails. Television ads in English and Spanish will start on March 9. Also starting that day will be radio and digital ads in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean and Vietnamese. This marks Covered California’s first use of television ads to promote a special-enrollment period.

“We know that there are hundreds of thousands of people, both low income and middle income, who are insured off exchange but could be saving significant amounts of money if they switch to Covered California to benefit from federal financial help or new state subsidies, or both,” Lee said. “Covered California is working with everyone it can to put consumers first by maximizing the amount of time that people can get covered and minimizing the number of people who are subject to a penalty.”

During this special-enrollment period, consumers will be able to sign up at any point and will be covered on the first of the following month.

Comparing Covered California to States Served by the Federally Facilitated Exchange

California’s instituting the new policies for 2020 had impacts well before open enrollment began. In particular, the new state policies helped Covered California negotiate a rate change of only 0.8 percent for 2020, which is the lowest in the exchange’s history. This historically low premium increase was largely driven by health insurance companies’ pricing based on the assumption and hope that the reinstatement of the penalty would lead to larger (and healthier) enrollment. This led to lower costs for those who do not get subsidies and for the federal government due to its being able to make lower Advanced Premium Tax Credit payments.

“We know the penalty is not popular, but it is the law and it is leading to more people covered, a healthier consumer pool and lower premiums for everyone,” Lee said.

In addition, California’s consumers continue to benefit from robust competition among carriers. In 2020, not only will nearly all consumers be able to choose from two or more plans, but 75 percent will have four or more choices, and more than half of consumers (56 percent) will be able to choose from five plans or more.

In addition, Covered California invested $121 million in marketing and outreach to help it maintain a consumer pool is a continuation of a policy that has contributed to California consistently having a “risk score” approximately 20 percent below the national average for the individual market, which has likely to have saved enrollees and the U.S. Treasury an estimated $12.5 billion over the past five years.

The actions and policies of California and of Covered California are in stark contrast to those seen at the federal level, which has maintained its significant cutbacks in marketing and outreach while encouraging consumers to enroll in substandard coverage in the 38 states served by the federally facilitated exchange (FFE). These policies have been demonstrated to directly contribute to far higher premium increases and lower new enrollment in states relying on the federal marketplace and dramatic drops in enrollment of unsubsidized consumers “off exchange” in those states.

New enrollment in those states that rely on the FFE has dropped 48 percent since 2016, which represents a reduction of nearly 1.9 million people. Covered California’s new enrollment remained relatively stable (see Figure 2: Comparing New Enrollment in Covered California and FFE, 2016-2020).

Figure 2: Comparing New Enrollment in Covered California and FFE, 2016-2020[3]

Overall, the enrollment of consumers in states served by the federally facilitated exchange has declined by over 1.2 million compared to 2016. During the same time period, Covered California’s total enrollment has remained relatively stable. (see Table 2: Comparing Net Plan Selections in Federally-Facilitated Exchange States and California, 2016-2020).

Table 2: Comparing Net Plan Selections in Federally-Facilitated Exchange States and California, 2016-2020

“Fostering stable marketplaces that work for consumers is not a one-year proposition,” said Lee. “What we see over the past three years is the direct impact of concerted efforts to undercut and impede the policies of the Affordable Care Act. California’s experience shows that the policy of protecting and building on the Affordable Care Act is leading to lower costs and more people covered.”

The loss in FFE enrollment comes in addition to a steep reduction in the number of unsubsidized consumers in the individual market nationally. As Covered California noted in its report “Covered California’s First Five Years: Improving Access, Affordability and Accountability,” unsubsidized enrollment in the individual market fell 44 percent between 2016 and 2018.

[1] The open enrollment number includes consumers who had coverage off exchange and switched to on-exchange coverage to benefit from new subsidies. Even after subtracting the entire newly enrolled 400 to 600 percent federal poverty level (FPL) population, Covered California’s new signups in 2020 would still be 36 percent higher than in 2019 and still the highest total since 2016.

[2] Average is among those receiving state subsidies. Consumers in 400 to 600 percent FPL with a benchmark that costs less than “required contribution” of income are not included.

[3] Analysis of FFE states includes the 32 states served by the FFE and the six states with state-based exchanges facilitated by the federal platform (SBE-FP). We exclude Kentucky and Nevada from all counts due to these states switching marketplace types in 2017 and 2020, respectively. All FFM data are from CMS public data releases. FFM totals exclude Kentucky and Nevada for changes in marketplace type that occurred over the period shown.


          

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Corona-Virus: RTL überträgt Vietnam-Formel1-Rennen aus Köln   

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Der Sender will damit seiner Verantwortung gegenüber der Gesundheit seiner Mitarbeiter gerecht werden. (19.02.20 11:40)
          

Global Centralization Is The Cause Of Crisis - Not The Cure   

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Global Centralization Is The Cause Of Crisis - Not The Cure

Authored by Brandon Smith via Alt-Market.com,

Once you understand the globalist mindset, almost everything they do becomes rather robotic and predictable.  It should not be surprising that the World Health Organization (WHO), a branch of the United Nations, has been so aggressive in cheerleading for the Chinese government and its response to the coronavirus outbreak. After all, China's communist surveillance state model is a beta test for the type of centralization that the UN wants for the entire planet. They certainly aren't going to point out that it was China's totalitarian system that allowed the outbreak to spread from the very beginning.

Even now Xi Jinping is trying to rewrite history, claiming that he had been swift in responding to the crisis more than a month before he actually did.  The lie that the coronavirus mutated naturally in a food and animal market in Wuhan continues to be peddled by the mainstream media even though no evidence supporting this claim exists.  And China is still releasing rigged death and infection numbers while they have over 600 million people under martial law lockdown and their crematoriums continue pumping out the fumes of the dead 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Brave health workers like Li Wenliang, who was punished by the government for warning about the virus in December, have died in the process of trying to fight against the centralized behemoth just to get vital information to the world, but that never happened, right? It was actually president Xi and the CPC that saved the day. The WHO and the CPC say so. You'll never hear the UN praise the efforts of Li Wenliang; they want his name to disappear down the memory hole as much as the Chinese government does.

The developing narrative is a familiar one – Local officials “stifled” the response to the outbreak while the centralized national leadership put things back on track with extreme control measures that have turned the Hubei province into a veritable internment camp. Whatever you do, don't point out that it was the national government's habit of imprisoning health officials that release “false information” that led to the delayed reaction on the coronavirus. Also, don't point out that ground zero for the outbreak is just down the road from the largest Level 4 Biohazard Lab in Asia, because that would make you a “conspiracy theorist”.

The message being pounded into the public consciousness is clear: "Shut up and accept that Centralization works". Even when it fails miserably, it is still the answer to all our problems. All we have to do is “adjust” the historical record a little bit every time the system breaks and then institute even MORE centralization in response.

In other words, if the interdependent and draconian top-down structure of the globalist state leads to crisis, then it is because it was not centralized ENOUGH. Centralization always begets more centralization.

The financial fascist system of central banking and corporate oligarchy leads to the socialist welfare state, and the socialist welfare state leads to the surveillance state, the surveillance state leads to the martial law state, and the martial law state leads to full-on global governance; an endless elitist empire.

The failings of centralization have caused numerous problems long before it led to a potential pandemic. The pandemic simply clarifies the issue. For example, the breakdown in the global supply chain is becoming a bigger threat by the day.  The Baltic Dry Index a measure of shipping rates as well as global demand for goods, has essentially collapsed.  This should have been the first warning sign that the supply chain was in trouble, but the mainstream doesn't pay attention to the fundamentals, only stock markets.  Enter Apple, one of the largest companies in the world, which has now abandoned its projections for 2020 and finally admitted that the shutdown of Chinese factories may just be a problem. 

Some mentally challenged people out there are scoffing sarcastically at this issue, saying "Oh no, whatever will we do without i-Phones...?".  They don't grasp the wider implications.  If Apple's production is going down because of the supply chain disruption then this is a signal that multiple companies and most of the economy are also going down because of supply chain disruptions. It's not about i-Phones, it's about the bigger picture.

Globalism has led to interdependent economies and nation states that no longer have redundancies in production. We have been forced to rely on production centers on the other side of the world for a vast majority of our goods.

When China shuts down, the US economy loses almost 20% of its supply chain. When Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Vietnam shut down from the virus, you can add another 10% to 15% on top of that. Retailers in the US represent around 70% of GDP. Cut off the supply chain in Asia and retailers lose a vast array of goods to sell. The US economy eventually shuts down also, even if the virus never spreads here.

Some people will argue that we don't need all the “cheap plastic crap” from Asia anyway, and this situation is a “good thing”. Sorry to break it to you, but America's economy is built on the selling of cheap plastic crap (along with the selling of the fiat dollar as the world reserve currency). Walmart (Chinamart if you discount agricultural products) is the largest employer in the US and the world, after all. Right or wrong, our economic system is so globalized that the fall of the Chinese dominoes will eventually knock down our own dominoes.

But when this disaster occurs and numerous national economies suffer from enforced globalist integration, guess what will happen next? The globalists will ride to our “rescue” with even greater centralization. This was their agenda all along.

Many people in the liberty movement are now aware of the Event 201 simulation, a war game run by globalists in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Economic Forum on a “theoretical” coronavirus pandemic that kills 65 million people. This simulation took place only a couple of months before the real thing exploded in China in December. But hey, maybe that's all just amazing coincidence. What concerns me even more is the solution that was presented at the end of Event 201 – the creation of a centralized global financial body that would manage the international response to the outbreak.

Isn't it amazing how every major catastrophe caused by globalism seems to lead to more globalism? One might start to wonder if some of these events were triggered by incompetence, or if they were deliberately engineered. At the very least, crisis events have been allowed to fester unchecked by organizations like the WHO as they continue to write off the coronavirus as a non-issue that is "well under control" by a Chinese government that caused it to spread in the first place.

So here is what is going to happen next:

Best case scenario is that the Western world is mostly unscathed by the virus itself but the economic supply chain suffers major setbacks. The global economy, which was already crashing over the past year due to historic levels of corporate and consumer debt, not to mention faltering exports and freight, is finally tipped over the edge. The massive Everything Bubble, fueled by a decade of inflationary central bank stimulus, implodes. Governments respond with totalitarian measures in the name of “protecting the public”.

Globalist institutions like the IMF step in and suggest that frail national monetary systems come under the management of their Special Drawing Rights basket in order to mitigate the debt crisis. Essentially, this is the first step to global governance.

Worst case scenario, the virus spreads throughout the US and Europe and governments respond the same way China's government has; martial law and full blown concentration camp culture. This would lead to civil war in the US because we are armed and many people will shoot anyone trying to put us into quarantine camps. Europe is mostly screwed.

The establishment then suggests that paper money be removed from the system because it is a viral spreader. China is already pushing this solution now. Magically, we find ourselves in a cashless society in a matter of a year or two; which is what the globalists have been demanding for years. Everything goes digital, and thus even local economies become completely centralized as private trade dies.

Again, this might be an engineered event, or it might simply be that the globalists are exploiting a natural outbreak. Either way, they are not going to let a good crisis go to waste. Whether or not they succeed is dependent on several factors, but mostly, its dependent on us. How many people will buy into the notion that centralization is the answer to out problems? How many people will realize that centralization is the CAUSE of all our problems? And how many people will fight to prevent ultimate centralization under a psychopathic globalist cult?

A viral outbreak is a significant danger to us all, but an even greater threat is the supposed cure. Trading our economic and social freedom in the name of stopping the coronavirus?  No matter how deadly the bug, it's just not worth it.

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Israel To Step Up "Offensive Action" - Will Turn Syria Into "Iranian Vietnam": Israeli Defense Chief   

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Israel To Step Up "Offensive Action" - Will Turn Syria Into "Iranian Vietnam": Israeli Defense Chief

After over two years of sporadic Israeli air and missile attacks inside Syria, which Syria's military has been more aggressive in responding to of late, Israel has issued a rare statement revealing its medium to long-term strategy, saying it will soon step up "offensive action" in the country to ensure Iranian fighters depart

Speaking to Ynet News on Wednesday the new Israeli Defense Minister, Naftali Bennett said, “We will go from preventive action to offensive action — the only measure that guarantees us the expulsion of Iran out of Syria.”

“We are warning them (the Iranians), we will turn Syria into an Iranian Vietnam, and you will continue to bleed until the last Iranian soldier leaves Syrian territory,” the nation's defense chief threatened

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Naftali Bennett visit Golan Heights base overlooking Syria last year. Image source: GPO/Haaretz

Israel's latest attack on Damascus occurred last Thursday, which resulted in heavy damage at the Syrian capital's international airport, which media reports claim was used for Iranian weapons storage. Satellite imagery analysis source ImageSat said one of the more severely damaged buildings was “probably used for storing ammunition or [surface-to-air missiles].” 

Syrian opposition media claimed that four members of Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and three Syrian soldiers were killed in the airstrikes. Israel has throughout the war often conducted attacks from over Lebanese airspace, targeting what it claims are Iranian assets inside Syria. Israel almost never provides confirmation it was behind these attacks, with Netanyahu quipping to reporters when asked about it“I don’t know what happened at night. Maybe it was the Belgian air force.”

With the final battle for Idlib province now underway in the northwest, Assad has clearly emerged victorious in the war, making Tel Aviv increasingly anxious about Iran's continued entrenched presence in support of its ally. 

In separate prior comments delivered on Tuesday, Defense Minister Bennett said Iran is changing its thinking inside Syria. “I can tell you that we are seeing the initial indications of Iran weakening and considering a new tack in Syria,” he told a military technology conference in Tel Aviv. 

“[The Iranians] are sending forces in order to establish a presence there to exhaust us, but we are turning this disadvantage into an advantage. We have intelligence and operational superiority, and we are telling the Iranians clearly: Get out of Syria. There’s nothing for you here.”

“We are moving from a defensive position to an offensive position — to weaken, to exhaust, to tire and wear out the head of the octopus in order to weaken its arms,” Bennett said, using an analogy he employs frequently.

He also said recent anti-government demonstrations in Iran were a sign that the Iranian people were growing tired of the Ayatollah's "foreign adventurism" in places like Syria, and that they are telling their leaders "Stop wasting money and our blood on adventures".

Tyler Durden Wed, 02/19/2020 - 20:05
          

The Odd Angry Shot   

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Tom Jeffrey's classic Australian film, THE ODD ANGRY SHOT, is set in the late 1960s during the vicious war Australians shared with the United States: the struggle for Vietnam.

Harry (Graham Kennedy), a hard-edged Special Air Service Corporal, meets a new company of soldiers during his second tour in Vietnam. There's the naïve Bill (John Jarratt), the easy-going Bung (John Hargreaves), the blunt Rogers (Bryan Brown), the pragmatic Dawson (Graeme Blundell), and the youthful and innocent Scott (Ian Gilmour). Because of their training as professional soldiers from Australia's toughest Army unit, these men believe they can deal with any situation. They pass the time playing practical jokes, getting into brawls and humoring themselves to keep their minds off the war. But, when the first “odd angry shot” rings out, and an enemy mortar barrage hits their camp causing many casualties, the men realize their protective shield of humor is no defense at all against the harsh realities of armed combat!

Stars: Graham Kennedy, John Hargreaves, John Jarratt

          

TIẾNG PHÁO & TIẾNG CÚ   

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…Điều đáng quan ngại hơn hết là hiện tượng “vỡ đê đạo đức, hệ thống đức tin sụp đổ… Bây giờ, lúc rạp mình trước đức Phật là lúc tâm chúng sinh bất an nhất”…

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Ngày ngắn đêm dài đêm lại sáng
Đêm qua ai có bạc đầu không?
 - Tản Đà
Tôi nghe nhà báo Du Uyên kể chuyện pháo từ hôm trong Tết mà mãi tới bữa nay vẫn còn hơi bị ù tai:
“Nguyễn Đức Khánh, 31 tuổi, quê ở Nghệ An, làm việc tại một công ty kính cường lực ở Saigon hơn 10 năm nay. Vài năm nay, kinh tế vợ chồng anh ổn định hơn, nhất là khi  mua được căn chung cư trả góp 15 năm. Để gia đình tự hào, anh hay… ‘chém gió’ vui vui mình lương cao, vài ba lần lỡ lời mình là giám đốc kinh doanh của công ty.
    Tiền vé đắt đỏ, năm rồi gia đình đi tàu lửa về quê, anh phải chống chế với mẹ ‘Con lu bu không đặt kịp nên vé máy bay hết sạch’. Anh nhờ mẹ đặt xe ra ga đón mình. Anh nghĩ là xe khách như trước đây, không ngờ mẹ lo con cháu mệt, có tiền phải sướng tấm thân, nhất là ‘oai’ với hàng xóm nên đặt hẳn taxi đón con cho đoạn đường về quê hơn 120 cây số.
Vợ chồng anh méo mặt! Chưa hết, bố mẹ còn sắm sanh đủ thứ từ tivi mới, bàn ghế mới, mua hẳn cây mai gần 2 triệu đồng về chưng… Mẹ anh đồng bóng, phô trương, thích khoe con kiếm được nhiều tiền còn đi mua hai chỉ vàng đeo khoe hàng xóm.
Bà hớn hở nói, năm nay con về Tết, bỏ lì xì cho con cháu nhiều chút cho mát mày mát mặt. Bao lì xì con cháu, bà toàn bỏ 200,000 – 500,000 đồng, mấy đứa hàng xóm cũng phải bỏ tờ 100,000 mới được. Mẹ anh mượn tạm của bác Tám hàng xóm 30 triệu đồng sắm sanh, chuẩn bị trước cho kịp, giờ nói con sang trả. Đúng toàn bộ số tiền mặt anh mang theo.
Chưa hết, mấy ngày Tết, tốp bạn này đến nhóm bạn khác, đi nhậu, hát hò là… ưu tiên anh Khánh thanh toán với tâm lý, nó làm ‘to’ ở thành phố. Vài ba người biết ý mới góp tiền trả cùng anh. Rồi ở thôn còn đến nhà vận động những gia đình có con đi làm xa ủng hộ tiền làm đường, làm sân bóng hay là ủng hộ mừng thọ cho các vị cao tuổi…
Anh Khánh phải gọi vào cho bạn thân là chủ công ty, ứng tạm vài chục triệu để ‘xử lý khủng hoảng’. Sau đó, trở lại thành phố với sự căng thẳng của vợ con và vào cày ‘bục mặt’ để trả nợ. Năm nay, anh không dám về quê…!”
Anh Khánh, tất nhiên, không phải là người Việt Nam duy nhất sống gần kho đạn. Ở một đất nước đã từng đánh thắng liên tiếp mấy đế quốc to thì đạn dược chỗ nào mà không có nên dân nổ, chắc chắn, hơi nhiều. Tuy đông nhưng được cái là đám dân đen VN thường chỉ nổ vừa đủ nghe, cho anh em hay hàng xóm láng giềng giật mình chơi (thôi) chớ không vang dội tới bốn phương/tám hướng như giới lãnh đạo của xứ sở này. Họ nổ tưng bừng, và nổ không ngừng, khiến cho cả nước đều bị lùng bùng ráo trọi:
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– Nguyễn Thị Kim Ngân: “Đất nước này được như thế này, ngẩng mặt lên nhìn với bạn bè năm châu bốn biển như thế này, vai trò vị thế như thế này đó là do chúng ta duy trì được sự ổn định chính trị và trật tự an toàn trong cả nước.”
– Nguyễn Chí Vịnh: “Bộ đội ta có những kỹ năng đặc biệt khiến Liên Hợp Quốc khâm phục.”
– Nguyễn Mạnh Tiến: “Người bán trà đá tại Việt Nam có tỷ suất lợi nhuận cao nhất thế giới.”
– Nguyễn Xuân Phúc: “Đưa rồng Việt Nam bay cao trên bản đồ công nghệ vũ trụ.”
– Nguyễn Mạnh Hùng: “Việt Nam có thể đi đầu cách mạng công nghiệp 4.0.”
– Nguyễn Xuân Thắng: “Việt Nam giúp Đức ‘tìm lại những mặt ưu việt’ của CNXH hiện thực trước đây.”
– Nguyễn Trường Sơn: “Ngành y tế Việt Nam hoàn toàn có khả năng phát hiện, điều trị thành công các ca bệnh nhiễm nCoV.”
– Nguyễn Đức Chung: “Phấn đấu không có trường hợp nào mắc bệnh do virus Corona.”
Đó là mới điểm sơ qua năm bẩy ông bà quan chức họ “NGUYỄN” thôi, chớ gộp chung tất cả rồi ngồi ghi chép lại hết chắc phải tới Tết (sang năm) hoặc dám cho tới chết luôn. Ngoài sự khác biệt về cường độ âm thanh, giữa dân pháo và quan pháo, còn có sự dị biệt lớn lao về ảnh hưởng của tiếng nổ nữa. Anh Khánh chỉ mới lạch tạch vài tiếng (“lương cao, nhà rộng”) mà đã “phải cầy bục mặt để trả nợ” suốt năm còn qúi vị lãnh đạo cấp cao thì cứ thi nhau nổ (lớn) vang trời mà chả ai bị hề hấn gì ráo trọi.
– Lê Duẩn: “Chúng ta sẽ đuổi kịp Nhật trong 15, 20 năm và nhân dân ta sẽ đi trên thảm vàng.”
– Nông Đức Mạnh: “Năm 2020 Việt Nam trở thành nước công nghiệp hiện đại.”
– Nguyễn Phú Trọng: “Không có một lực lượng chính trị nào khác ngoài Đảng Cộng sản Việt Nam có đủ bản lĩnh, trí tuệ, kinh nghiệm, uy tín và khả năng lãnh đạo đất nước vượt qua mọi khó khăn…”
FB Nhân Tuấn Trương bàn ra: “Lời nói của ông Trọng ‘nổ’ lớn tới đâu rồi cũng ‘bay’ đi. Thực tế sẽ mãi mãi ở lại.”
Thực tế ra sao?
FB Ngô Trường An ghi vội, qua loa, vài ba con số:
– Lương thấp nhất trong khu vực (thua các nước đến 10 lần)
– Thuế cao nhất so với các nước trong khu vực (cao hơn họ gấp 3 lần)
– Xuất khẩu lao động nhiều nhất so với cả Thế Giới (chấp luôn các nước nghèo châu Phi)
– Gái mại dâm VN ra nước ngoài bán dâm nhiều nhất.
– Bệnh ung thư cao nhất trong khu vực
– Chết vì tngt nhiều nhất
– Số hộ nghèo nhiều nhất
– Đi ra nước ngoài ăn cắp nhiều nhất
– Tệ nạn rượu bia cao nhất
– GS-TS nhiều nhất nhưng không có một phát minh, sáng chế nào.
– Tỷ lệ Tướng, Tá trong ngành công an, quân đội nhiều nhất so với cả Thế Giới.
– Tham nhũng nhiều nhất
–  Chỉ số đáng sống thấp nhất 124/125…
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Hệ quả của những lời hoa mỹ từ mồm miệng của quí vị lãnh đạo quốc gia và thực tế (phũ phàng) của đất nước là “niềm tin đổ vỡ gần như sạch sẽ,” theo như nguyên văn lời của dân oan Nguyễn Thùy Dương:
“Trong vòng một tháng đầu tiên của năm 2020, tôi đã chứng kiến quá nhiều sự đổ vỡ, quá nhiều tấm mặt nạ bị lật ra, quá nhiều sự phân hoá. Qua hai sự kiện nổi bật là Đồng Tâm và virus Corona, niềm tin của một bộ phận không nhỏ người dân đối với Chính Quyền đã đỗ vỡ gần như sạch sẽ.”
Cùng thời điểm này, FB Trung Nguyễn còn chỉ ra một sự thực não lòng khác nữa liên quan đến chủ quyền của quốc gia:
“Chỉ trong vòng chưa đầy một tháng đầu năm 2020 mà người dân Việt Nam đi từ cái sốc này đến cái sốc khác về đảng cộng sản cầm quyền. Cú sốc đầu tiên là ‘ác với dân’ qua thảm sát Đồng Tâm vào rạng sáng ngày 9/1/2020; còn cú sốc thứ hai là ‘hèn với giặc’ khi ngày 30/1/2020, Bộ trưởng Bộ Ngoại giao Phạm Bình Minh tuyên bố Việt Nam chỉ có thể đóng cửa biên giới ngăn dịch viêm phổi cấp Vũ Hán khi được cộng sản Trung Quốc đồng ý.”
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Trái: Trần Quốc Vượng. Ảnh QĐNDVN. Phải: Trần Đại Quang. Ảnh: PGNT
Điều đáng quan ngại hơn hết là hiện tượng “vỡ đê đạo đức, hệ thống đức tin sụp đổ… Bây giờ, lúc rạp mình trước đức Phật là lúc tâm chúng sinh bất an nhất” –  theo nhận xét của nhà văn Nguyễn Ngọc Tư.
Thảo nào T.T.B.B.T Trần Quốc Vượng không dấu được nỗi bi quan về “nguy cơ sụp đổ.” Không đổ thì mới là chuyện lạ nhưng nó đổ rồi sao?
What’s next?
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Analysts puzzled as Vietnamese startup reveals plans to buy a dozen Boeing 777Xs   

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Vietnamese startup carrier Bamboo Airways says it is in talks with Boeing to buy as many as a dozen 777X airliners, the jet maker's large, new widebody aircraft. The blockbuster deal, worth up to $5 billion at list prices, could be finalized in the second quarter, Bamboo chairman Trinh Van Quyet told Bloomberg News this week. A Boeing spokesman declined to comment on the talks. The actual number of 777X jets under discussion by Bamboo Airways emerged a week after Vietnamese media published surprising…

          

Summer is on its way, Travel with Viet Vision Travel now!   

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Viet Vision Travel is happy to deliver you this special promotion as the most sincere welcome to visit Indochina & Southeast Asia...

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Filipino-Canadian couple among thousands quarantined on Asian cruise ship monitored for coronavirus   

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It was an advance 65th birthday celebration for Abelardo (“Ding”) and his wife Marichu Torrijos when they boarded the 15-day cruise for Japan, Vietnam, Taipei and Hong Kong. But instead of disembarking at the cruise’s end on February 4th, they were asked to stay on board. This happened after one of the cruiseship’s elderly passengers […]
          

STAGES THEATRE COMPANY Auditions A Different Pond   

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Stages Theatre CompanyPDF icon Pond rehearsal schedule.pdf (9.69 KB)PDF icon Pond performance schedule.pdf (8.18 KB)PDF icon A Different Pond Auditions.pdf (1.11 MB)Email/contacthttps://God.blue/forward.php?url=http://www.stagestheatre.org

STAGES THEATRE COMPANY is auditioning adult and youth (ages 10 - 18) actors for the world premiere of A Different Pond, based on the Caldecott winning book by celebrated local poet, Bao Phi.  

A Different Pond centers on a Vietnamese family and requires an ensemble of Asian performers.

Audition appointments are available on Mon, Feb 24 from 6:30 - 7:30 pm and on Tue, Feb 25 from 6:00 - 7:00 pm.  Callback auditions will be held on Wed, Feb 26.

Rehearsals will be held March 16-April 23 and performances April 24- May 23.  Rehearsal and performances schedules may be viewed or downloaded below.  For the audition, prepare a poem of ten lines or less and a joke.  Please dress for movement.

Use this link to sign up for an audition appointment https://God.blue/forward.php?url=https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeSYFHViOS6LmvXQ4FlT_exsf0Kmu8VSPm3pxdztMTrDWrB_w/viewform

OUR MISSION: Stages Theatre Company is committed to the enrichment and education of children and youth in a professional theatre environment that stimulates artistic excellence and personal growth.

STATEMENT OF INCLUSION: Stages Theatre Company is dedicated to creating a space where diverse opinions, courageous dialogue, and local, national, and international community engagement is not only valued, but vital to our shared artistic and educational success. We make this pledge in the hope of curating a welcome home for all.

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A-America Brings in Tommy Leflein as Vice President of Sales for East Coast and Ron Holliday as Western Sales Manager.   

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(Left to Right) Tommy Leflein and Ron Holliday

 

A-America recently announced that Tommy Leflein is A-America's new Vice President of Sales for the East Coast and Ron Holliday has been appointed Western Sales Manager.

A veteran of the furniture industry, Tommy Leflein is A-America's new V.P. of East Coast Sales. Tommy has been a former president, chairman and board member of the International Home Furnishings Representatives Association (IHFRA). Additionally, he has been a board member of the Greater Metropolitan Home Furniture Association of New York and New Jersey for 20 years. Tommy has been a sales manager for industry names such as Bivona & Company, Nourison Rugs and Lexington Home Brands.

Ron  comes to A-America with 30 years of experience in the industry. He started in the 1990’s moving furniture for retail stores, he quickly moved into sales and has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry: Klausner, Berkline and Greenington to name a few.

Ron’s 20 years of building relationships in Asia brings added benefit as A-America has a solid presence in Vietnam and other Asian countries. Ron is a big believer in A-America’s solid wood story and says, “S.V.P. of sales, Christian Rohrbach’s energy is helping to propel the company into new directions”.

In Tommy’s words, “We need to look into venues beyond brick and mortar and e-commerce”. Both Ron and Tommy are looking towards reaching out to design trade, subscription services, and other alternate avenues of distribution. Our sales team is ready to respond creatively to changing buying patterns.

There’s a new synergy at A-America and Ron and Tommy are part of the sales team that breathes new life and creative energy into the company’s future.

 

Family owned and operated A-America, Inc., a pioneer in the furniture industry, has been a leading provider of high-quality solid wood furniture for over 45 years. A . For more information visit https://God.blue/forward.php?url=http://www.a-america.com or email contact-us@a-america.com.

 

 



          

Ken Donham Joins Riverside Furniture as Vice President Supply Chain   

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Casegoods resource Riverside Furniture has tapped Ken Donham, a 15-year supply chain and operations specialist, as Vice President of Supply Chain, the company announced.

Donham, who has served in supply chain and operational roles for ART Furniture, Universal, Sun Delivery and Broyhill, will focus on increasing speed-to-market of products to retailers and consumers. “Ken will add significant value by insuring that our best sellers are in stock and that we’re servicing retailers at the highest possible level,” said Fred Henjes, CEO and president.  

Donham joins the company after  Riverside just opened its second U.S. distribution center last month, a 75,000-square-foot facility in Ridgeway, Va., to improve service to retailers in the Eastern U.S. The company also has a distribution center at its headquarters here and in Vietnam, from which retailers can order mixed containers direct in as small a quantity as 350 cubes.

For the last five years, Donham worked as the director of supply chain for a pharmaceutical company. “I’m excited to get back to the furniture industry, especially to join a company like Riverside with a rich history of providing industry-leading products to our customer partners,” Donham said. “The essence of my job is to listen to our customers and provide what they need. I look forward to strengthening our customer-focused global supply chain and developing solutions that meet the customer’s needs.”

“Having worked with Ken before, I find him to be a leader who thrives on coaching and developing his team. He encourages trust and openness and has a passion for seeing people succeed and grow. We’re confident he will add value to the entire organization,” said John Iasiello, senior vice president of strategic planning and business development.”

Donham, a graduate of The Citadel in Charleston, S.C., will split his time between the Fort Smith headquarters and Riverside’s High Point office. He reports to Beth Brown, chief operating officer and chief financial officer.


About Riverside Furniture: Fort Smith, Arkansas-based Riverside Furniture is a leading supplier of high-fashion, mid-priced quality bedroom, dining room, home office, home theater and occasional furniture. Founded in 1946, the company distributes its whole home furniture collections and some 1,000 furnishings items to retailers nationwide.


          

Other: Sr. Hardware Quality Engineer I - Crandall, Texas   

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Job Description: The Missile Systems Precision Manufacturing Hardware Quality (HQ) organization ensures that known good parts and services are produced, inspected/tested, & delivered to customers. We work collaboratively with Precision Manufacturing functions, Quality, & customers to ensure requirements flow down that will result in product that performs to performance requirements. We conduct factory oversight through requirements reviews, in-process and final inspection, and perform ------value-added------ customer/program interface & problem resolution. We perform robust containment, root cause, corrective/preventive actions and validation of factory non-compliance and develop bids/proposals that support the Precision Manufacturing organization------s Quality Activity. This Hardware Quality Engineer (HWQE) position will provide Factory Quality support within Precision Manufacturing. Tasks include:Interface across a matrix environment to determine requirements & develop plans for fulfilling the specific program requirements, while meeting the overall programmatic objectivesPlan and support assessment process planning and execution to ensure delivered product conforms to customer/program requirementsParticipate on cross-functional planning teams, advocating best value, technical solutions and processes which can best meet the overall quality requirementsIdentify and document factory risk(s); develop mitigation plans to reduce, eliminate and prevent product defectsLead containment activities associated with discrepant material, with assistance from functional stakeholdersInitiate the factory internal corrective action process review, approval and monitoring; assure containment, closed loop Root Cause Corrective Action is obtained; communicate issue and resolution to functional stakeholdersLead and participate in multi-functional teams driving process improvement activities using Missile Systems Six Sigma quality tools Required Skills:Minimum four (4) years of work related experience in a manufacturing environmentKnowledge of manufacturing processes to include (3 of 5 required, with a strong preference given to candidates with bolded process knowledge) Casting & forging processes, procedures & equipment,Precision machining techniques, processes, & equipment,Special processes (plating/surface finishing, paint/hardware, welding/brazing, non-destructive testing techniques, heat treating)Measurement & inspection techniquesGeometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T)Must have knowledge of Quality systems, ISO 9001, AS9100, AS9102, Statistical analysis processes and tools, & exposure to Advanced Product Quality Planning tools/processesKnowledge of/experience with external Quality Management Systems auditsKnowledge and experience in the effective use of Root Cause Corrective Action containment and analysis process and toolsU.S. Citizenship status is required as this position needs an active U.S. Security Clearance within one year of start dateDesired Skills:Four (4) years of machining, mechanical assembly, and metal finishing operations knowledgeExcellent verbal / written communications and interpersonal skills; ability to effectively persuade and influence through positive communications with stakeholders, team members, suppliers, managementASQ certified: CQE or CQAInternal only: Mission Assurance Certification Program (MACP) Hardware Quality (HWQ) Level 5Six sigma specialist qualified (Missile Systems designation or equivalent)Candidates in this position should be able to resolve technical issues with respect to product processes, systems, and deliverables in manufacturing and quality.Knowledge of Lean Manufacturing Supplier Management practices and processesRisk assessment and mitigation foundation (ex: Process FMEAs, Pre-Production Approval Process (PPAP), Key Product Characteristics (KPC), Statistical Process Control (SPC), Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) Inspection, Gage R&R, etc.)Knowledge/experience with SAP (PRISM), or equivalent material requirements planning systemStrong written, verbal and presentation skills for interaction at various levels of managementStrong follow through and ability to develop practical solutions to a wide range of problems in quality systems, materials, and mechanical productsMust be proficient with Microsoft office suite software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) Required Education(including Major): Bachelor of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) Degree Missile Systems is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, or Vietnam era, or other eligible veteran status, or any other protected factor. 157255Raytheon is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status. ()
          

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Vaccino, rischi, viaggi all'estero: le informazioni aggiornate sul coronavirus del Ministero della salute   

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Quando è cominciato tutto? Quali sono le precauzioni da prendere? Esiste un vaccino? In una serie di domande e risposte, il ministero della Salute ha fornitole informazioni più aggiornate disponibili e le fonti per approfondimenti sul coronavirus

Che cosa è successo?

Lo scorso 31 dicembre 2019 le autorità sanitarie cinesi hanno reso nota la presenza di un focolaio di sindrome febbrile, associata a polmonite di origine sconosciuta, tra gli abitanti di Wuhan, città di circa 11 milioni di abitanti situata nella provincia di Hubei, nella Cina Centro-meridionale, alla confluenza tra il Fiume Azzurro e il fiume Han, a circa 1.100 chilometri da Pechino, 800 da Shangai, 1.000 da Hong Kong. Il punto di partenza dell’infezione è stato identificato nel mercato del pesce e di altri animali vivi (c.d. “wet market”) di Huanan, al centro della città di Wuhan, che è stato chiuso il 1 gennaio 2020.

A cosa è dovuta l’infezione?

Il 7 gennaio è stato isolato l’agente patogeno responsabile dell’epidemia: si tratta di un nuovo betacoronavirus, che il WHO ha denominato dapprima 2019-nCoV, quindi, a seguito di un meeting della ricerca svoltosi il 10 e 11 febbraio, SARS-CoV-2, ad indicarela similarità con il virus della SARS, che nel 2002-2003 causò una epidemia globale con 8.096 casi confermati e 774 decessi. Nello stesso meeting il WHO ha denominato COVID-19 la malattia causata dal nuovo virus.

Che cosa sono i coronavirus?

I coronavirus, così chiamati per la caratteristica forma a coroncina visibile al microscopio, sono una famiglia di virus che causa infezioni negli esseri umani e in una varietà di animali, tra cui uccelli e mammiferi come cammelli, gatti e pipistrelli. Sono ben conosciuti dai ricercatori: si tratta infatti di virus molto diffusi in natura, che possono causare malattie che vanno dal comune raffreddore a malattie più gravi come la sindrome respiratoria mediorientale (MERS) e la sindrome respiratoria acuta grave (SARS).

Come è avvenuto il contagio?

I coronavirus vengono veicolati all’uomo da ospiti intermedi, che per la Mers sono stati i dromedari, per la Sars forse lo zibetto. Il contagio, anche in questo caso, è stato di tipo zoonotico, ovvero causato dalla trasmissione del virus da animale a uomo, non a caso l’epicentro dell’epidemia è un mercato dove venivano venduti anche animali selvatici vivi. Non sappiamo ancora con precisione quale sia stato l’animale che ha trasmesso il virus all’uomo: appare comunque probabile, anche alla luce di quanto avvenuto nelle epidemie verificatesi sino ad oggi, che il serbatoio dei coronavirus sia stato un mammifero. La rivista Science ha ipotizzato che l’animale che ha trasmesso il virus all’uomo possa essere il pangolino, un mammifero protetto ricoperto di squame il cui traffico illegale è purtroppo diffuso in Cina, dove viene utilizzato nelle pratiche mediche tradizionali. Il WHO ha recentemente sottolineato come vi siano sempre nuove evidenze scientifiche del legame tra il SARS-CoV-2 e altri coronavirus (CoV) simili circolanti nei pipistrelli, e più specificamente nel Rhinolophus, comunemente noto come ferro di cavallo.

Il virus può trasmettersi da uomo a uomo?

È stata dimostrata la trasmissione interumana del virus. Sono stati infatti colpiti dal contagio anche alcuni operatori sanitari che hanno assistito i primi ricoverati provenienti dal mercato di Wuhan dal quale si è originata l’epidemia. Inoltre è stato dimostrata l’assenza di link epidemiologico tra molti degli infettati e il mercato di Wuhan, il che implica necessariamente la trasmissione da uomo a uomo. La trasmissione da uomo a uomo è stata dimostrata anche al di fuori dalla Cina, dove si è originata l’epidemia.

In che modo si trasmette il virus? Come è possibile proteggersi? 

Il SARS-CoV-2, come altri coronavirus, si trasmette attraverso le goccioline del respiro della persona infetta, che possono essere trasmesse con la tosse o gli starnuti, oppure tramite contatto diretto personale, oppure toccandosi la bocca, il naso o gli occhi con le mani contaminate. Per questo motivo, è importante evitare uno stretto contatto con le persone che hanno febbre, tossiscono o hanno altri sintomi respiratori. In termini pratici, è raccomandabile mantenersi ad  una distanza di almeno un metro da persone che tossiscono, starnutiscono o hanno la febbre, e lavarsi frequentemente le mani con sapone o con una soluzione alcolica. Quando si hanno sintomi respiratorio è necessario praticare la “etichetta della tosse” mantenendo la distanza con le altre persone, coprendo la tosse e gli starnuti con tessuti o indumenti usa e getta, e naturalmente lavandosi le mani frequentemente.

Quanto sono gravi le infezioni causate da SARS-CoV-2? 

Questo nuovo coronavirus è strettamente correlato da un punto di vista genetico al virus SARS del 2003 e sembra avere caratteristiche simili, sebbene i dati disponibili non siano ancora sufficienti per una valutazione certa. Da quello che sappiamo finora, il virus può causare sintomi lievi, simil-influenzali, ma anche malattie gravi. Le persone con condizioni croniche preesistenti, come ipertensione e altri disturbi cardiovascolari, diabete, disturbi epatici e altre malattie respiratorie, sembrano essere più a rischio. Uno studio epidemiologico pubblicato dal China CDC, l’Agenzia nazionale cinese per il controllo e la prevenzione delle malattie, ha preso in esame tutti i circa 45.000 casi confermati in Cina sino all’11 febbraio, ed ha evidenziato che:

  • L’86,6% dei casi riguardava persone di età compresa tra i 30 e i 79 anni;
  • L’80,9% dei casi presentava sintomi lievi;
  • Il 14% dei casi era in condizioni serie, con polmonite o difficoltà respiratorie;
  • Il 5% dei casi era in condizioni critiche, con insufficienza respiratoria, shock settico, insufficienza multiorgano.

 

Quanto è mortale il virus?

Per quanto riguarda la mortalità del virus, lo studio del China CDC ha evidenziato 1.023 esiti fatali, corrispondenti ad un tasso di mortalità complessiva del 2,3% che sale al 14,8% tra le persone di età superiore agli 80 anni. Lo studio ha evidenziato come la presenza di patologie concomitanti aumenti il tasso di mortalità: al 10,5% per le persone con malattie cardiovascolari, al 7,3% per i diabetici, al 6,3% per le persone con malattie respiratorie croniche, al 6% per le persone sofferenti di ipertensione, al 5,6% per i malati di cancro. Le persone senza alcuna co-morbilità hanno evidenziato un tasso di mortalità dello 0,9%. 

È comunque ancora troppo presto per poter fornire stime accurate sulla mortalità, e soltanto con l’evolversi dell’epidemia sarà possibile raccogliere dati più dettagliati. Il tasso di mortalità di poco superiore al 2% che si ricava dividendo il numero dei morti per il numero dei casi confermati restituisce una fotografia che potrebbe essere poco accurata: da un lato infatti, poiché la diagnosi precede di giorni o di settimane il recupero o la morte del paziente, il numero dei morti andrebbe rapportato al numero dei casi in essere nel momento in cui il paziente aveva contratto l’infezione, e quindi in questo caso il tasso di mortalità risulterebbe attualmente sottostimato; dall’altro lato però, è possibile che molti casi lievi o addirittura asintomatici non siano entrati nelle statistiche; in questo caso quindi il tasso di mortalità risulterebbe sovrastimato. 

Quali sono i sintomi della malattia COVID-19? Come si cura?

I sintomi sono tipicamente respiratori: febbre, tosse, raffreddore, mal di gola, grave affaticamento polmonare. Al momento non ci sono terapie specifiche: la malattia si cura come i casi di influenza grave, con terapie di supporto (antifebbrili, idratazione), ma contrariamente all’influenza non sono disponibili antivirali specifici. Nei casi più gravi ai pazienti viene praticato il supporto meccanico alla respirazione. Sulla base dei dai disponibili, il WHO ha suggerito una terapia antivirale sperimentale, correntemente utilizzata anche allo Spallanzani per i tre pazienti positivi al virus, basata su due farmaci: il lopinavir/ritonavir, un antivirale comunemente utilizzato per la infezione da HIV e che mostra attività antivirale anche sui coronavirus; ed il remdesivir, un antivirale già utilizzato per la Malattia da Virus Ebola, potenzialmente attivo contro l’infezione da nuovo coronavirus.

Esiste un vaccino?

No. Durante il meeting della ricerca svoltosi il 10 e 11 febbraio a Ginevra, il direttore generale del WHO Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus ha dichiarato che il primo vaccino potrebbe essere pronto tra diciotto mesi. In una recente dichiarazione, Anthony Fauci, direttore del National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, la branca del NIH che si occupa di malattie infettive, ha ricordato che l’NIH aveva sviluppato un vaccino per la SARS, portandolo sino ai trial sugli uomini (la cosiddetta “fase 1”). Ma dopo che l’emergenza SARS cessò, non vi fu interesse a portare avanti i test sul nuovo vaccino. 

Quanto è diffusa l’epidemia?

Ad oggi (18 febbraio 2020, dati ECDC, Agenzia Europea per la Prevenzione ed il Controllo delle Malattie) i casi accertati complessivi sono 73.328, con 1.873 decessi. Tra questi, i casi registrati in Cina, nelle regioni amministrative speciali cinesi di Macao e Hong Kong e nell’isola di Taiwan sono 72.530, pari al 99% del totale. Soltanto tre decessi si sono verificati sinora fuori da questo ambito: nelle Filippine, in Giappone, in Francia. All’interno della Cina, oltre l’80% dei casi registrati (circa 60.000) ed il 95% dei decessi (1.789) si sono verificati nella regione dello Hubei dove si trova la città di Wuhan dalla quale è partita l’epidemia. Al di fuori dalla Cina, sono stati confermati 258 casi in Asia, suddivisi tra Giappone, Thailandia, Singapore, Corea del Sud, Malesia, Vietnam, Emirati Arabi Uniti, Filippine, India, Cambogia, Nepal, Sri Lanka. Ad essi si aggiungono 454 casi confermati all’interno della nave da crociera Diamond Princess, ferma dal 3 febbraio scorso nel porto giapponese di Yokohama ed i cui passeggeri ed equipaggio sono stati sottoposti a quarantena a bordo della nave.

Fuori dal continente asiatico, sono stati confermati 15 casi in Australia, 15 negli Stati Uniti, otto in Canada. L’Europa sinora ha fatto registrare 16 casi in Germania, 12 in Francia, nove nel Regno Unito, due in Russia e Spagna, uno in Belgio, Finlandia e Svezia. Un caso soltanto sino ad oggi nel continente africano, in Egitto. 

I casi registrati in Italia sono al momento tre: si tratta di una coppia cinese originaria di Wuhan, che si trovava a Roma in viaggio di nozze, e di un cittadino italiano che faceva parte del gruppo di connazionali che si trovavano nella regione dello Hubei e che sono stati rimpatriati e posti in isolamento in una caserma della città militare della Cecchignola a Roma.

Quali misure sono state prese per contenere l’epidemia di COVID-19?

Il governo cinese ha messo in campo misure imponenti per cercare di contenere la diffusione dell’epidemia. A partire dal 23 gennaio, dapprima nella città di Wuhan, poi in numerose altre città della provincia dello Hubei, sono stati sospesi i trasporti pubblici, chiusi porti, stazioni ferroviarie ed aeroporti, bloccate le vie stradali di accesso. Di fatto nella regione dello Hubei circa 60 milioni di persone sono state messe in quarantena. Nel resto della Cina è in vigore il livello 1 di emergenza di sanità pubblica, il più elevato. Le Autorità locali hanno stabilito progressivamente la sospensione delle celebrazioni per il Capodanno cinese e alcune attrazioni turistiche sono state chiuse, in modo tale da evitare gli assembramenti in spazi pubblici. Sono stati posticipati gli esami universitari e la riapertura delle scuole. La chiusura di molti uffici pubblici, in concomitanza con le festività, è stata prorogata inizialmente dal 30 gennaio al 2 febbraio e successivamente fino al 9 febbraio. In alcune Municipalità cinesi, la chiusura degli uffici pubblici è stata ulteriormente estesa fino alla fine di febbraio.

Il 30 gennaio il WHO, in merito all’infezione da coronavirus, ha dichiarato la PHEIC (Public Health Emergency of International Concern), ovvero lo stato di emergenza internazionale. La PHEIC viene dichiarata quando in uno Stato si verifica “un evento straordinario che costituisce un rischio per la salute pubblica per altri Stati attraverso la diffusione internazionale delle malattie e che richiede potenzialmente una risposta internazionale coordinata”. La dichiarazione di PHEIC facilita la condivisione di informazioni per la valutazione del rischio, permette al comitato di emergenza del WHO di dare agli stati membri raccomandazioni temporanee e, soprattutto, facilita a livello internazionale le attività diplomatiche, di salute pubblica, di sicurezza e di logistica, oltre a permettere l’utilizzo di maggiori risorse finanziarie. Sino ad oggi, la PHEIC era stata dichiarata cinque volte: per l’influenza suina nel 2009, per la poliomielite in Asia Centrale, Medio Oriente e Africa centrale nel 2014, per Ebola in Africa occidentale nel 2014, per Zika in Centro e sud America nel 2016, e ancora per l’epidemia di Ebola in Congo nel luglio 2019.

Quali sono i rischi per l’Italia e per l’Europa? 

L’ultimo volo da Wuhan, prima del blocco dei trasporti decretato dalle autorità cinesi, è atterrato a Fiumicino nella mattinata del 23 gennaio, e il 30 gennaio il Governo italiano ha deciso di sospendere tutti i collegamenti aerei diretti da e per la Repubblica Popolare Cinese, incluse le Regioni Amministrative Speciali di Hong Kong e Macao. Il provvedimento comprende anche il traffico aereo con Taiwan. Per quanto riguarda i controlli aeroportuali, in Italia le procedure sanitarie per verificare la presenza di casi sospetti sintomatici ed il loro eventuale trasferimento in bio-contenimento all’Istituto Nazionale Malattie Infettive “Lazzaro Spallanzani” di Roma sono stabilite dal Regolamento Sanitario Internazionale del 2005 e sono gestite dagli USMAF (Uffici di sanità marittima, aerea e di frontiera) e dai SASN (Assistenza sanitaria al personale navigante) del Ministero della Salute. 

Il WHO valuta attualmente il rischio “molto alto” per la Cina e “alto” a livello globale. Secondo la ECDC, il rischio di infezione da SARS-CoV-2 per le persone residenti in UE e nel Regno Unito è “basso”, mentre è considerato “elevato” il rischio per coloro che viaggiano, o che risiedono, in zone dove è in corso trasmissione comunitaria (Cina). ECDC ritiene infine “da basso a moderato” il rischio per la capacità dei sistemi di sanità pubblica dei paesi dell’Unione e del Regno Unito.

Possiamo continuare a viaggiare all’estero, soprattutto in Cina? 

Il WHO raccomanda ai viaggiatori di praticare le abituali precauzioni. In caso di sintomi come tosse e febbre alta, che indichino l’insorgere di una malattia respiratoria acuta e che si manifestino prima, durante o dopo il viaggio, i viaggiatori devono rivolgersi ad un medico o ad un centro di assistenza sanitaria, condividendo le informazioni sui luoghi che sono stati visitati.

Il nostro Ministero degli Esteri raccomanda:

  • di evitare tutti i viaggi nella provincia dell’Hubei;
  • di posticipare tutti i viaggi non necessari in Cina;
  • di tenersi regolarmente informati sulla situazione dell’epidemia consultando i siti del WHO, dell’ECDC, del Ministero della Salute, oltre al sito www.viaggiaresicuri.it e al sito dell’unità di crisi della Farnesina; 
  • se ci si trova in Cina, di seguire le indicazioni delle autorità locali e di contattare, in caso di necessità, il numero di emergenza dell’Ambasciata d’Italia a Pechino (+8613901032957) o il Consolato di riferimento.

Quali precauzioni occorre prendere per prevenire l’infezione?

Il Ministero della salute e l’Istituto Superiore di Sanità, in collaborazione con la Conferenza Stato-Regioni e con vari ordini professionali, hanno realizzato un decalogo per promuovere una corretta informazione sui comportamenti da seguire per prevenire l’infezione da coronavirus:

  1. Lavarsi spesso le mani
  2. Evitare il contatto ravvicinato con persone che soffrono di infezioni respiratorie acute
  3. Non toccarsi occhi, naso e bocca con le mani
  4. Coprire bocca e naso se si starnutisce o si tossisce
  5. Non prendere farmaci antivirali né antibiotici, a meno che siano prescritti dal medico
  6. Pulire le superfici con disinfettanti a base di cloro o alcol
  7. Usare la mascherina solo se si sospetta di essere malati o si assistono persone malate
  8. I prodotti Made in China e i pacchi ricevuti dalla Cina non sono pericolosi
  9. Contattare il Numero Verde 1500 se si ha febbre o tosse e si è tornati dalla Cina da meno di 14 giorni
  10. Gli animali da compagnia non diffondono il nuovo coronavirus

Il Ministero della Salute raccomanda inoltre a tutti i viaggiatori che prevedono di recarsi in Cina di vaccinarsi contro l’influenza stagionale almeno due settimane prima del viaggio. La vaccinazione antinfluenzale semplifica infatti la diagnosi e la gestione dei casi sospetti, dati i sintomi simili tra COVID-19 e Influenza. 

Cosa fare se si sospetta di aver contratto l’infezione da coronavirus?

Secondo le raccomandazioni dell’ECDC, perché vi sia un caso sospetto di coronavirus il paziente deve presentare sintomi di tosse e/o mal di gola e/o difficoltà respiratorie; e inoltre, nei 14 giorni precedenti all’insorgere dei sintomi, deve aver effettuato almeno una di queste attività: 

  • aver avuto contatti ravvicinati con un caso confermato o probabile COVID-19, 
  • aver viaggiato in aree dove vi sia, o si presume vi sia, la trasmissione comunitaria del virus;
  • aver visitato o aver lavorato in ambienti sanitari nei quali erano curati pazienti affetti da COVID-19.

Se un paziente dovesse rientrare nelle condizioni sopra descritte, deve: 

  • contattare il numero telefonico gratuito del Ministero della Salute 1500;
  • indossare una mascherina chirurgica se entra in contatto con altre persone; 
  • utilizzare fazzoletti usa e getta e lavarsi le mani regolarmente. 

L’Italia è pronta per una eventuale emergenza?

In Italia è attiva da anni una capillare rete di sorveglianza delle gravi infezioni respiratorie acute (SARI) e delle sindromi da distress respiratorio acuto (ARDS). La situazione è costantemente monitorata dal Ministero, che è in continuo contatto con il WHO e l’ECDC, e pubblica tempestivamente ogni nuovo aggiornamento sul suo Portale. 

La capacità di intervento e risposta del nostro Servizio Sanitario Nazionale è andata perfezionandosi con il passare degli anni alla luce delle esperienze maturate con altre epidemie, come la SARS, l’influenza aviaria, Ebola. In particolare, l’Istituto Nazionale per le Malattie Infettive Lazzaro Spallanzani (INMI), centro di riferimento nazionale per la ricerca e cura sulle malattie infettive e Centro Collaboratore del WHO per le malattie altamente contagiose, è come sempre pronto a mettere in atto tutte le procedure per eventuali emergenze con la valutazione dei livelli di rischio e l’isolamento di eventuali casi sospetti. Il laboratorio di virologia, a sole 48 ore dalla diagnosi dei primi due casi in territorio italiano, ha isolato il virus, mettendolo a disposizione della comunità scientifica. Avere a disposizione il virus permetterà di studiare meglio i meccanismi della malattia, facilitando la messa a punto della diagnostica e la ricerca sulle possibili cure e sul vaccino. Per quanto riguarda la gestione clinica dei pazienti, l’Istituto dispone di una pluriennale esperienza nella gestione di pazienti affetti da malattie respiratorie infettive, con reparti provvisti di posti letto ad alto isolamento, in grado di accogliere i pazienti che hanno contratto il virus. Il personale dell’INMI viene costantemente formato sul corretto utilizzo dei dispositivi di protezione individuale, che permettono di fornire assistenza ai pazienti affetti da malattie infettive in condizioni di sicurezza. L’isolamento tempestivo di eventuali casi sospetti in strutture ad elevato livello di protezione permette di ridurre il rischio per la collettività.

Approfondimenti

www.who.int – World Health Organization

www.ecdc.europa.eu - European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

https://God.blue/forward.php?url=http://www.chinacdc.cn/en- Chinese Center for Diseases Control and Prevention

www.nhc.gov.cn/ - National health Commission of the people’s Republic of China (sito in lingua cinese)

https://God.blue/forward.php?url=https://www.cdc.gov/ - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

www.viaggiare sicuri.it – Ministero degli Esteri

www.salute.gov.it – Ministero della Salute

www.iss.it – Istituto Superiore di Sanità

https://God.blue/forward.php?url=http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/ - Center for Infectious Diseases and Policy – University of Minnesota

https://God.blue/forward.php?url=https://promedmail.org – ProMED International Society for Infectious Diseases

https://God.blue/forward.php?url=https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6 - Johns Hopkins University CSSE

www.inmi.it – Istituto Nazionale Malattie Infettive “Lazzaro Spallanzani”


          

Vietnam in Compagnia | Tour di Gruppo con Guida Locale parlante italiano.   

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ASEAN Exchanges Selects Refinitiv's Digital Solutions to Power Investors   

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One-stop shop of real time financial market data, news, information and tools to give equity investors a competitive edge and promote growth in the ASEAN region

 

SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 18 February 2020 - ASEAN Exchanges, a collaboration of six exchanges from Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, has selected Refinitiv's digital solutions to power its online platform, providing critical data and insights to retail and institutional investors and helping to promote investment in the ASEAN region.

 

Formed in 2019, the ASEAN Exchanges collaboration aims to promote the growth of the ASEAN capital markets by increasing ASEAN investment opportunities to more investors and promoting greater liquidity amongst members. The group has several key focus areas including educating local investors on equity trading; providing them with a platform to source information and trade ideas; promoting cross border equity trading within the ASEAN region and attracting capital inflows to spur trading volumes.

 

Refinitiv's unique content, data sets and analytics have been integrated into ASEAN Exchanges newly launched website offering a "one-stop shop" of real time financial market data, news and information and tools to give equity investors a competitive edge.

 

According to a recent report by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, economic growth in the ASEAN region continues to average 5.4% and with a population of 650 million and fast-growing wealth, it is also becoming an economic superpower. Singapore's Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong, has predicted that ASEAN will become the fourth largest economy in the world by 2030.

 

"ASEAN is a dynamic and fast-growing part of the world, providing compelling investment and growth opportunities.  Refinitiv is at the forefront of providing the data, information and infrastructure needed to empower markets, investors, businesses and companies. We are proud to support ASEAN Exchanges which represents all the key exchanges in the region, as we continue to work closely with the equities trading community," said Steven Carroll, Managing Director, ASEAN at Refinitiv.

 

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EB-5 Visa Bulletin for March 2020 Shows Advancement   

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The EB-5 Visa Bulletin for March 2020, released by the U.S. Department of State—Bureau of Consular Affairs shows new advancement for Mainland China, India and Vietnam... The post EB-5 Visa Bulletin for March 2020 Shows Advancement appeared first on EB-5 Daily.
          

Els Ligthart terug uit Vietnam   

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Met hoortoestellen, zaden en brillen beladen ging Els Ligthart richting Vietnam. Een artikel op de voorpagina werd hieraan gewijd. Els stuurde deze foto naar de redactie en gaf door dat ze "hele goede weken heeft gehad en heel veel heeft gedaan".
          

Climat, malbouffe… « Menace immédiate » pour la santé de tous les enfants, alerte l’ONU   

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Dérèglement climatique, malbouffe, marketing des fabricants de tabac... La santé des enfants fait partout face à une "menace immédiate" et aucun pays dans le monde ne protège leur avenir de façon satisfaisante, avertit l'Organisation des Nations unies (ONU).

Des avancées ont été réalisées au cours des 20 dernières années dans le domaine de la santé des enfants et des adolescents, mais "ces progrès sont aujourd'hui au point mort" voire "menacés", estiment les auteurs d'un rapport publié mercredi dans la revue médicale britannique The Lancet.

Pour parvenir à cette conclusion sévère, ce groupe de 40 experts indépendants en santé infantile du monde entier, convoqués par l'Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) et l'Unicef, a construit un nouvel indice mesurant la possibilité des enfants de s'épanouir, à partir des données de 180 pays (indicateurs de mortalité, d'état de santé, de nutrition, d'éducation...).

Sans surprise, ce sont des pays riches qui arrivent en tête avec la Norvège en première position, suivie par la Corée du Sud, les Pays-Bas et la France. Inversement, le bas du classement est occupé par des pays d'Afrique subsaharienne: République centrafricaine, Tchad, Somalie et Niger.

Mais les auteurs du rapport, intitulé "Un avenir pour les enfants du monde?", mettent en regard de ce classement des mesures de "durabilité" (évolution des émissions de CO2, inégalités de revenus...) et soulignent que "si beaucoup de pays à haut revenu ont un très bon score à l'index d'épanouissement, ils sont proches du bas du classement pour leur contribution à la durabilité écologique".

Quant aux pays les plus pauvres, si leurs émissions de gaz à effet de serre sont parmi les plus faibles, "beaucoup sont exposés aux effets les plus sévères d'un changement climatique rapide".

- "Pratiques commerciales néfastes" -

Seuls neufs pays sont à la fois en mesure d'atteindre les objectifs de réduction des émissions de CO2 par habitant fixés pour 2030 tout en étant situés dans les 70 meilleurs scores pour l'index d'épanouissement: l'Albanie, l'Arménie, la Grenade, la Jordanie, la Moldavie, le Sri Lanka, la Tunisie, l'Uruguay et le Vietnam.

"Les pays doivent revoir leur approche de la santé des enfants et des adolescents en faisant en sorte, non seulement de prendre soin d'eux aujourd'hui, mais en protégeant le monde dont ils hériteront", souligne Helen Clark, ancienne Première ministre de Nouvelle-Zélande et co-présidente de la commission d'experts convoquée par l'OMS et l'Unicef.

Parmi les menaces pesant sur la santé des générations futures, le rapport évoque en premier lieu la pollution de l'air et l'"intensification des menaces climatiques".

"Si le réchauffement climatique dépasse 4°C d'ici 2100 comme le prévoient les projections actuelles, cela entraînera des conséquences sanitaires désastreuses pour les enfants, en raison de la hausse du niveau des océans, des vagues de chaleur, de la prolifération de maladies telles que le paludisme et la dengue, ainsi que de la malnutrition".

Les experts dénoncent aussi des "pratiques commerciales néfastes" pour la santé des enfants, exposés au marketing de marques d'aliments ultra-transformés, de boissons sucrées, d'alcool, de cigarettes électroniques ou de tabac.

De nombreuses études montrent que "l'auto-régulation par les industriels ne fonctionne pas", souligne Anthony Costello, pédiatre et ancien directeur de l'Institute for Global Health (Royaume-Uni), évoquant l'exposition aux publicités pour l'alcool pendant les rencontres sportives et l'explosion de l'obésité infantile et adolescente, multipliée par 11 entre 1975 et 2016.

Aussi, ils appellent les gouvernements nationaux à durcir leur réglementation en la matière.

Ils leur recommandent également de s'attaquer "avec la plus grande urgence" aux émissions de CO2 pour "faire en sorte que les enfants aient un avenir sur cette planète", de prendre en compte la voix des plus jeunes dans les décisions politiques et d'évaluer systématiquement les effets de ces décisions sur la santé infantile.


          

Au parlement européen, les députés « Renaissance » confirment leur ligne anti-climatique   

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Emmené par des députés Renaissance soutenus par LREM, le Parlement européen a voté en faveur de projets gaziers et de l'accord commercial avec le Vietnam. « A chaque fois qu'il faudrait remettre en cause le Business as usual, ces députés font primer les intérêts économiques sur l'urgence écologique et (...)
          

Holotype IBIW 02091 for taxon Neidium vietnamensis Glushchenko, Kulikovskiy & Kociolek   

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Replica of Vietnam Memorial making Enumclaw stop   

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Richard Calvert, Green Beret?   

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Commentaires sur Toulouse. Comment prévenir les troubles musculo-squelettiques par https://www.hashatit.com/cuoihoivietnam   

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Se detecta la segunda muerte por el nuevo coronavirus en Hong Kong   

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Pekín, 19 feb (Sputnik).- La segunda muerte por el nuevo coronavirus se registró en la región administrativa especial de Hong Kong, comunicó el periódico South China Morning Post. «Un paciente de 70 años (…) infectado por el coronavirus murió en Hong Kong, lo que ha sido la segunda muerte (de la enfermedad) desde el inicio del brote en la ciudad a mediados de enero», dice el medio. Según las informaciones de las autoridades sanitarias, citadas por el periódico, el hombre vivía solo en la región de Kwai Chung. El 22 de enero visitó la China continental, después de que se puso enfermo y el 12 de febrero fue hospitalizado. Dos días más tarde, el 14 de febrero, se le confirmó el contagio del coronavirus. Sin embargo, el medio señala que el paciente también tenía diabetes y problemas renales, así que no se conoce todavía la causa exacta de su muerte. Hong Kong registró su primera víctima mortal por el nuevo coronavirus el 4 de febrero, se trataba de un hombre de 39 años que había visitado previamente la ciudad de Wuhan. A finales de 2019 China informó de un brote de neumonía causada por una nueva cepa de coronavirus que tuvo su epicentro en la ciudad china de Wuhan, capital de la provincia de Hubei. Denominado como SARS-CoV-2, el virus traspasó las fronteras de China y se detectó en más de 25 países hasta la fecha. A nivel global, el nuevo coronavirus infectó a más de 75.000 personas y provocó 2.010 muertes, casi todas en la China continental. Contagio fuera de China El número de casos confirmados de contagio con coronavirus fuera de China continental alcanzó este miércoles 1.011 personas, escribe el periódico South China Morning Post. Según el contador online del periódico, en el mundo se registraron un total de 75.196 casos, de los cuales 74.185 corresponden a China continental. En Japón se detectaron 613 casos, incluidos 542 infectados en el crucero Diamond Princess. La lista es seguida por Singapur (81 casos), Hong Kong (62), Corea del Sur (46), Tailandia (35), Taiwán (22), Malasia (22), Alemania (16), Vietnam (16), Australia (15), Estados Unidos (15), Francia (11), Macao (10). En otros 15 países se registraron menos de 10 casos. A finales de 2019 China informó de un brote de neumonía causada por una nueva cepa de coronavirus que tuvo su epicentro en la ciudad china de Wuhan, capital de la provincia de Hubei. Denominado como SARS-CoV-2, el virus traspasó las fronteras de China y se detectó en más de 25 países hasta la fecha. A nivel global, el nuevo coronavirus infectó a más de 75.000 personas y provocó 2.010 muertes, casi todas en la China continental. (Sputnik)
          

Formel-1-Rennen in Vietnam soll trotz Coronavirus stattfinden   

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Die Organisatoren des Formel-1-Rennens in Vietnam halten trotz der Bedrohung durch das Coronavirus weiter an der Durchführung des Premieren-Grand-Prix in Hanoi fest.
          

ASI.JATKA: O čem jsme si ještě nepovídali. Domácí násilí a homosexualita jako trest předků   

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Když píšete blog tak dlouho, musí se zákonitě stát, že se témata budou občas opakovat. Cílem mého blogu bylo vždy psát o věcech, které nás odlišují a které sdílíme. Témata, která dnes otevřeme, jdou zas o trošku dál, za hranicí zkomolené češtiny, za hranicí kulturní ne/usazenosti, za hranicí vietnamských restaurací a večerek. Nehloubám, mluvím v balíčku, ale vy si tam hloubku po svém najdete.
          

Spiderman prend de l'âge, la rédemption du Surfer d’argent   

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COMICS – Pour notre rendez-vous hebdomadaire en partenariat avec le réseau de librairies Momie, direction l’univers des comics, et pas des moindres : Marvel. Si vous pensiez déjà avoir tout lu, laissez-vous tenter par ces deux “one shot” qui révolutionnent totalement le genre : un Spiderman pris dans la toile du temps et un Surfer d’argent expiant ses crimes... 

ActuaLitté, CC BY SA 2.0
 
 

Spiderman : L’histoire d’une vie de Chip Zdarsky et Mark Bagley

 
par Loris de Momie Lyon

Imaginez vous l’univers Marvel, ce monde avec tous ces héros qui se croisent et qui se lient... Et bien, oubliez tout ça ! Cette histoire est en un volume, ce qui est assez rare. On peut complètement l’extraire de tout autre comics, de tout autre personnage, et ne lire que ce one-shot. Un format qui raviva les amateurs du genre, mais aussi ceux qui n’en sont pas particulièrement fans.

Visualisez tous ces personnages, qui existent depuis les années 60 ou 70 et qui n’ont pas pris une ride. Et bien, là aussi, faites table rase. Vous suivrez Spiderman à travers le temps et les moments importants de sa vie. Il vieillit normalement, traverse les époques, se marie, a des enfants, connait des déconvenues personnelles. Petit plus : ses alliés et ennemis prennent de l’âge aussi. 


Et cela change complètement la donne. Ici, l’enjeu est bien réel : si quelqu’un disparait, c’est pour de bon. L’univers est absolument réaliste. On voyage dans le temps, de la guerre du Vietnam aux attentats du 11 septembre. C’est une lecture inédite du personnage ! 

Si on vous dit Marvel, si on vous dit Spiderman, on pense souvent à du vu, vu et revu. Et pourtant, cet album nous invite vraiment à nous débarrasser de tout ce qu’on peut imaginer de cet univers de comics. Il faut le lire, que ce soit motivé par la simple curiosité de voir un homme-araignée dans la force de l’âge, par l’intelligence du scénario, ou par le crayon de Mark Bagley.

Jeune dessinateur, il s’est depuis créé une légitimité au point de se voir accorder la liberté de toucher l’un des héros les plus emblématiques du monde entier. 

 

Silver Surfer : Black de Donny Cates et Tradd Moore

par Stef de Momie Grenoble

Notre brave Surfer d’argent est pris dans une boucle du temps. Mais à l’intérieur de ce trou noir, un ennemi : le roi des symbiotes. Entre l'icône si brillante de l’espace et pourtant si cruelle, et le roi d’un peuple perfide, amorphe, qui se nourrit de vie, le combat s’annonce serré.

Et ce n’est pas peu dire. Pour la première fois, c’est la force du personnage qui lui fait défaut : son éclat divin. À chaque fois qu’il veut se battre avec le roi, c’est une partie de sa lumière qu’il doit abandonner. Le voilà pris dans un terrible dilemme : renoncer à son pouvoir cosmique ou rester coincé dans cette spirale infernale ? 


Face à ce destin inexorablement tragique, le Surfeur d'argent sera confronté à son passé, ses crimes et sa propre cruauté. Une sorte de rédemption funeste qui rend magnifiquement hommage à la création du personnage de Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, et John Buscema apparu vers la fin des années 60. Et avec un personnage clé en main, cette histoire ravira les fervents connaisseurs qui veulent le redécouvrir, tout comme les nouveaux lecteurs. 

En plus d’un scénario très bien ficelé, on en prend plein les yeux ! Le personnage est reproduit 5, 6, 7, 8 fois sur des cases géantes. C’est psychédélique, ça fourmille de détails. Impossible de détacher les yeux de cette construction graphique incroyable : on se croirait presque devant la tapisserie de Bayeux, version stellaire. Aucune déperdition, tout fonctionne de A à Z. En bref, c’est le meilleur Surfer d’argent que je n’ai jamais lu ! 



Retrouvez chaque semaine la chronique BD, comics, manga : les libraires en parlent avec les libraires Momie.
 

En partenariat avec les librairies Momie, ActuaLitté vous fait découvrir les coups de cœur des librairies en manga, comics et bande dessinée. D’autres informations sont aussi partagées sur leur blog.



Donny Cates (Scénario) trad. Mathieu Auverdin — Tradd Moore (Dessinateur) — Silver Surfer : Black — Panini Comics — 9782809483802 - 17€
Chip Zdarsky (Scénario) trad. Nicole Duclos — Mark Bagley (Dessinateur) — Spider-Man : L'histoire d'une vie — Panini Comics — 9782809483819 - 22,00 €
 
          

Register inventions in the area of steam generation in Vietnam?   

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Right after an invention is created successfully, the first thing that the owners need to do is to register the invention for protection at the National Office of Intellectual Property. Doing this will help the owners receive recognition and protection from the State.
          

Dac San Dao Phu Quoc introduced Canned Black Fungus in Tomato Sauce to Its Menu    

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Dac San Dao Phu Quoc offers a blend of delicious and nutritious products, Mito Black Tomato Mushroom, at an affordable price to save the cooking time. HOCHIMINH, VIETNAM / ACCESSWIRE / February 17, ...
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