In the procession of participants of the 51st Vinkovci Autumns, which take place from September 9 until today, 75 folklore groups from all over Croatia and neighboring countries where Croatians nurture folklore, 25 ceremoniously decorated wedding carriages with gleaming horses and 50 Lipizzaners paraded through the streets and squares of Vinkovci. and horsemen all together nearly 4 participants.All the way from the city market where the parade was formed, Zvonimirova Street, Ban Šokčević Square and the pedestrian zone, Duga Street, Franjo Tuđman Square and Genscherova all the way to the stadium in Lenije, thousands of spectators applauded folklorists, especially those groups where they recognized their friends or coming from their place. The oldest participant of this autumn, 87-year-old Đuro Pandža from Germany, was greeted with loud applause, and the youngest was less than a year old, so his parents carried them in their arms. All groups stopped in procession and played a short program as well as on the big stage where they were greeted with applause by guests and guests of the city.At the head of the parade was the Vinkovci Brass Band and majorettes, followed by flags and coats of arms, and then Croatian historical units and associations. They were followed by 75 folklore groups who made an effort and put on their most beautiful costumes, which are taken out of their grandmother’s chest only on special occasions such as Vinkovci Autumns. There were folklorists from all regions of Croatia – from Srijem to Dubrovnik’s upper villages but also folklore groups from abroad, where our people nurture heritage from the antiquity of their place and homeland such as folklorists from Srijemska Mitrovica, Usora, Mostar, Siroki Brijeg, but also from Linz and Duisburg.There are more and more Slavonians who keep horses, even though they haven’t plowed fields or hauled wagons for a long time. They keep them out of pure pleasure and love for this noble animal no matter what it costs. They are proud of them at weddings and special events such as the parade at Vinkovci Autumns, so this year they proudly rode through the streets of Vinkovci in wedding carriages with which the coachman had to use all his skill because horses jerk unaccustomed to many people around them. Both Lipizzaner riders also had to take good care of their pet and steer it so that the four riders form a harmonious group.After the parade, almost 4 folklorists and several thousand visitors joined the largest circle, which symbolically depicts the unity of the Croatian people who know how to appreciate and preserve the heritage they received from their ancestors and which they will give to their descendants. This year, three big cars developed – one in the pedestrian zone, the other in Slavonski sokak and the third in the stadium and around the stadium in Lenije, only to eventually merge into one, the largest round in the world.
New DRC Ebola cases recorded, including 1 in healthcare workerThe Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Ministry of Health (MOH) released a new update late yesterday afternoon on the growing Ebola outbreak in the eastern region of the country, noting seven new confirmed cases, one of whom is a healthcare worker at Mangina Reference Health Center.The outbreak total now stands at 73 cases, of which 46 are confirmed and 27 are probable. Forty-three deaths have been reported, and health officials are investigating 40 suspected cases.All seven new cases are from Mabalako and involve probable and known contacts of previously confirmed cases.Yesterday, the MOH confirmed that ring vaccination began in the affected health zone of Ituri province. Earlier this week, Ituri confirmed six cases of Ebola, including one death.The medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders (MSF) announced the opening of an Ebola treatment center on Tuesday in Mangina, the epicenter of the outbreak in North Kivu. A total of 37 patients are currently hospitalized in this facility, with 31 of those cases confirmed and six suspected.”Among our patients, we have several colleagues from the Congolese health system,” said Gwenola Seroux, MSF emergency programs coordinator, in a press release. “They were the first to respond, and some were exposed to the virus.”Aug 15 DRC updateAug 16 MSF press releaseCDC: No major measles outbreaks reported this summerDespite alarming stories from CNN and Fox News, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed there are no far-reaching measles outbreaks this summer.In recent weeks media outlets have reported that 21 states were involved in a 107-person measles outbreak, as if it was a single, far-reaching outbreak happening across the country.”We believe this news organization misinterpreted the first paragraph of our Measles Cases and Outbreaks site. Since this article was published, several other outlets have published articles as well and that may be causing some confusion,” said Kristen Nordlund, a media representative from the CDC, in an interview.Nordlund explained that each month, CDC updates its Measles Cases and Outbreaks website with the total number of measles cases that have occurred in the United States and the names of states that have reported the cases. To protect patient confidentiality, the CDC does not list the number of cases that occurred in each state.”The 107 cases reported to CDC have been since January 2018 across 21 states, but they are not one unified outbreak,” Nordlund said. Last year, a total of 188 cases were confirmed across the United States.The World Health Organization defines an outbreak of measles as three or more confirmed cases in a population of approximately 100,000 people.”As always, the best protection against measles is MMR [measles, mumps, and rubella] vaccine,” Nordlund said, also noting that some news organizations, including CNN, have corrected their erroneous reports.CDC measles page BioNTech and Pfizer sign deal to develop mRNA flu vaccinesBioNTech, a biotechnology company based in Germany, announced today that it has entered a multiyear research collaboration with Pfizer to develop mRNA-based flu vaccines.According to a statement from BioNTech, the two companies will jointly conduct research and development to advance the vaccines, with Pfizer assuming responsibility for clinical development and commercialization of the mRNA vaccines, following the completion of BioNTech’s first human clinical study.The terms of the deal provide a $120 million initial payment to BioNTech, with the potential for $305 million in additional development, regulatory, and commercial milestone payments. It also includes royalty payments if the vaccine is commercialized.BioNTech’s focus has been on targeted immunotherapies for treating cancer and infectious diseases.Kathryn Jansen, senior vice president and head of Pfizer’s vaccine development unit, said in the statement that innovative vaccine approaches are urgently needed to improve protection against flu and respond more quickly and strongly to pandemic threats. “mRNA vaccines offer a novel approach to code for any protein or multiple proteins, and the potential to manufacture higher potency flu vaccines more rapidly and at a lower cost than contemporary flu vaccines,” she said.Aug 16 BioNTech press release read more
The two hotels are the RedDoorz Plus Near Plaza Blok M near South Jakarta and the RedDoorz Plus @Thamrin in Central Jakarta. The company’s initiative is part of its “Red Heroes” movement across Southeast Asia for combating the spread of the coronavirus.”Of course the partners that are chosen are those who have implemented SOP related with hospitality services as stipulated by the Health Ministry, in accordance with COVID-19 handling procedures,” Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama Kusubandio said in the press statement.Read also: COVID-19: Govt partners with hotels to house medical workersPreviously, the Jakarta administration provided accommodations for doctors and nurses to support them in the fight against COVID-19. A total of 220 rooms with 414 beds have been prepared for medical workers in the Grand Cempaka Business Hotel in Central Jakarta.The government announced that there have been 1,790 COVID-19 cases in Indonesia, around half of which in Jakarta. As of Wednesday, 170 died and 103 recovered. At least 11 of the confirmed deaths were doctors who handled COVID-19 cases.Topics : Hotel booking platform RedDoorz is making 102 rooms near hospitals in Jakarta available for free to medical workers treating COVID-19 patients.RedDoorz has partnered with the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry to offer rooms in two hotels near the Gatot Subroto Army Hospital and the Cipto Mangunkusumo National General Hospital, which both handle COVID-19 patients.”There is currently tremendous pressure on the medical sector and our healthcare workers because of the coronavirus. We hope that other private companies will participate in the effort to end the pandemic,” said RedDoorz chief executive officer Amit Saberwal in a written statement on Thursday. read more
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The two US-based companies originally announced the signing of a joint development agreement last year, but after twelve months of technical evaluation, decided to further expand on the original partnership. Read more: ExxonMobil and Global Thermostat work together on carbon capture technologyVijay Swarup, Vice-President of Research and Development for ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company, said, “ExxonMobil’s scientists continue to research technology option aimed at reducing emissions at scale, which are key to achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement.”“Our work with Global Thermostat has shown promising signs in the development of DAC technologies that could be brought to scale. We look forward to seeing how new materials might accelerate this potential, while also continuing our research that captures CO2 from power generation facilities.”The announcement follows the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change stating that carbon capture, usage and storage is a key technology for the decarbonisation of the energy sector in the long term.Peter Eisenberger, Chief Science Officer at Global Thermostat, said, “Global Thermostat is dedicated to addressing the risks of climate change and doing so in a way that creates global prosperity by working with others who have technology to transform CO2 into fuels, chemicals and materials.”“We look for companies that want to help us in our mission. After a year of working with ExxonMobil, we recognise our shared objective and they certainly have the capabilities we do not have. We are excited about continuing out work together to scale our technology and welcome others to join us.” read more
A 2,246 dwt general cargo vessel has developed a list after running aground off the coast of Sumarsoyna this morning, the Norwegian Coast Guard confirmed.The 1993-built vessel MV Selvaagsund has started taking on water in its ballast tank area due to a breach in its bow caused by the grounding.Selvaagsund’s crew of eight seafarers managed to stop the water ingress, and divers will now asses the damage to the hull.The cause of the grounding of the 81-meter-long ship, owned by Norway-based Berge Rederi, is still unknown.Rescue vessels were sent to the scene to monitor the vessel and evacuate the crew if the situation worsens.At the time of the incident the ship, which was loaded with a cargo of gravel, was on its way from Florø in Norway to the port of Rostock in Germany.World Maritime News contacted the owner for an update on the situation, however, the company has still not replied.World Maritime News Staff read more
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UK: Following a successful trial, infrastructure manager Network Rail and Bio-bean have signed an agreement for waste coffee grounds from London’s Euston, King’s Cross, Liverpool Street, Paddington, Victoria and Waterloo stations to be recycled into biofuel pellets which can be used for heating homes, offices and factories.Bio-bean’s coffee waste recycling factory has the capacity to process 50 000 tonnes of waste coffee grounds a year. Network Railway said each tonne can provide 5 700 kWh, and the 700 tonnes that the stations generate each year could power 1 000 homes. It would also be cheaper than disposing of the waste as landfill.‘Millions of cups of coffee are bought in our stations every year and that number is growing as passenger numbers continue to rise’, said David Biggs, Managing Director of Property at Network Rail. ‘This partnership will see the waste from those purchases put to good use, creating biofuels that can be used in vehicles and to heat homes and saving more than 5 000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere.’ read more