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Many countries around the world grapple with their worst coronavirus epidemics again. But one country, Japan, has very few COVID-19 infections. Observers are trying to understand why.

As late as the end of summer, the coronavirus situation in Japan was not good. COVID-19-related deaths were being reported every day. Hospitals were filled with coronavirus patients.

In September, Japan stepped up its vaccination campaign. The country has seen a sharp drop in the number of reported cases. The number of deaths has also fallen sharply.

Since then, the situation has continued to improve. In December, Japan reported on average less than one death from COVID-19 per day. This is an incredibly low figure for a country of 126 million people. No one knows exactly why Japan has been so successful.

There are several possible explanations. Almost 80 percent of the Japanese population is fully vaccinated. Almost everyone wears masks. And, even after the government lifted some restrictions this fall, people continued to socially distance themselves.

Some researchers have pointed out the low rates of obesity. Several recent studies have shown that COVID-19 is more serious in overweight people.

Cultural customs can also play a role. For example, Japanese people usually don’t kiss, embrace, or even shake hands when they meet.

Many Japanese are also silent in public places, notes Kentaro Iwata. He is an infectious disease specialist at the Japanese University of Kobe.

“Hiding and remaining silent in public places is very important [for fighting the virus]. Everyone knows it, but practicing it can be very difficult in some parts of the world, maybe due to cultural reasons, ”Iwata told VOA via email.

These reasons, however, do not explain why neighboring South Korea is facing its worst COVID-19 outbreak to date. South Korea shares many of the same cultural customs.

Another possible explanation is that Japan tests fewer people than other countries, Kenji Shibuya said. He is a epidemiologist and researcher at the Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research.

During the first half of December, Japan tested an average of 44,623 people per day, according to at government data. South Korea, whose population is less than half that of Japan, performed an average of 238,901 tests per day during the same period, according to official data.

Due to the lack of testing in Japan, it’s hard to believe the official case numbers represent reality, Shibuya told VOA in an email.

However, if the lack of testing was the reason, Japan would likely have seen an increase in hospitalizations or deaths.

Because there is no clear explanation, some researchers have tried to search for a so-called X factor. One study even suggested that many Japanese people share genetics characteristic linked to white blood cells which helps fight COVID-19. Others believe the version of the coronavirus spreading in Japan may have changed so much that it is on the way out.

But, the battle is not over, said Shibuya. He said he still expects the country to experience a winter wave of infections.

Japan has identified its first cases of community spread of the omicron version of the virus. Scientists have said that the omicron is spreading much faster than any previous version of the virus. Authorities say many of those infected with omicron in Japan have no recent history of overseas travel.

I am Ashley Thompson.

William Gallo reported this story from Seoul for VOA News. Ashley Thompson adapted it for VOA Learning English. Mario Ritter, Jr. was the editor.

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epidemic – not. a sudden onset of illness

obesity -not. being overweight in an unhealthy way

embrace –V. put your arms around someone especially as a way to show love or friendship

practice –V. do something regularly as part of everyday life

due to –Adj. because of something

epidemiologist -not. a person who studies how the disease spreads and can be controlled

according to at -preperation.as shown, as shown somewhere

X factor -not. an unusual and noticeable quality that makes something stand out

characteristic -not. a quality, a notable difference

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An aggressive Russia, a muted United States and a vigilant India http://fuzok.biz/an-aggressive-russia-a-muted-united-states-and-a-vigilant-india/ Sun, 02 Jan 2022 05:58:00 +0000 http://fuzok.biz/an-aggressive-russia-a-muted-united-states-and-a-vigilant-india/

The strong words used by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov against the United States for opposing the sale of the S-400 missile system to India surprisingly did not elicit such an unpleasant reaction from the part of Washington so far. The Indian side was also surprised by the vehemence of Lavrov’s remarks on the day Russian President Vladimir Putin met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi in early December. Hours earlier, Lavrov and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu had met their Indian counterparts S. Jaishankar and Rajnath Singh together as well as separately.

It indicated contact on several levels, and it was only Putin’s second overseas trip in 2021, the first being to meet his opponent, US President Joe Biden, in Geneva. India’s defense and foreign ministries have played a dead role on issues surrounding the missile system, including the threat of US sanctions for the purchase of large arms from Russia.

The Indian side has also been cautious in not wanting to confirm Russian claims that some missile components have already been delivered and that the first round of deliveries will be completed by New Year’s Day. On the other hand, the Russians boasted not only about the missile deliveries but also about the quiet start of the construction of the sixth nuclear reactor in Kudankulam.

Lavrov, in his carefully crafted statements, had accused the United States of trying to get India to obey its orders, so that New Delhi would follow the American vision for the region. This was a direct reference to India’s Quad Alliance with the United States, Japan and Australia. The statement also took note of the planned new alliance with Israel, the United Arab Emirates and the United States, which is dubbed Quad West, although no summit meeting has taken place with the leaders of those countries. Russia’s surge of interest and aggression has also coincided with heightened tensions between Putin and Biden over central Europe, especially Ukraine, as NATO accused Putin of constituting an army to invade Ukraine.

India’s Defense Ministry argued that it is not customary to confirm receipt of sensitive weapons and that a grand ceremony was held at Ambala Air Base to welcome the first Rafale aircraft from France because there was a huge political controversy at the time over the purchase. . Interestingly, it was the Russian side that took the lead in announcing that the “first concrete” had been poured, shortly after Putin’s state visit, for the construction of the sixth 1,000 MW nuclear reactor at Kudankulam. On the other hand, the Nuclear Power Corporation of India, which builds the plants, had not yet made any official announcement.

The Department of Atomic Energy does not advertise the various stages in the construction of a nuclear power plant, in accordance with its policy. But the reiteration of nuclear cooperation with Russia is once again a reminder that proposals for the installation of nuclear power plants by American companies, which were included in the Indo-American civil nuclear agreement signed 16 years ago, are not still a reality. The muted US response, despite calls from a powerful senator to block the S-400 deal, may indicate the strength of New Delhi’s relationship with the Biden administration. However, there are strong feelings against Russia in the US Congress, and there is a need for dexterity among Indian diplomats to ensure that no sanctions are imposed on India for maintaining defense imports and technology from Russia.

There are also indications that Putin played the Good Samaritan to bring about a rapprochement between India and China, although both sides have been quiet about the conversation or what it would lead to.

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Cambodian Airport Operator and Rice Exporter Expect Increase in Activity After RCEP Comes into Force http://fuzok.biz/cambodian-airport-operator-and-rice-exporter-expect-increase-in-activity-after-rcep-comes-into-force/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 23:18:59 +0000 http://fuzok.biz/cambodian-airport-operator-and-rice-exporter-expect-increase-in-activity-after-rcep-comes-into-force/

Cargo planes then landed in Cambodia on Friday, a day ahead of the entry into force of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) free trade agreement, which is expected to boost long-term air cargo growth, a declared the cargo supervisor of an airport.

One of the cargo planes that landed at Phnom Penh International Airport on Friday afternoon was K-Mile Air flight 8K802 from Bangkok, Thailand. The plane was carrying clothing and general merchandise.

Ros Rotha, cargo supervisor at Phnom Penh International Airport, said the airport currently hosts more than 50 cargo flights per week from different countries and regions.

The main products transported by air are clothing, spare parts for electronics and machinery, pharmaceuticals, foodstuffs, new cars and valuables such as gold, diamonds, jewelry, cell phones and watches, he said.

“Freight operations have been crucial in the midst of this difficult time, in fact for the past 20 months or so since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic,” he told Xinhua. “Our airport teams are very proud to be part of the national effort to fight the COVID-19 pandemic by handling vaccine deliveries and also taking care of inbound and outbound essential goods. “

Rotha said that thanks to the cargoes, the airport has remained afloat as passenger traffic has been hit hard due to the pandemic.

The airport reported a 29.5% increase in cargo volume and a 98% decrease in passenger numbers between January and November. 2021 compared to the same period in 2020, he said, adding that however, compared to 2019, the year before the crisis, freight traffic was still down by almost 20%.

“Because the RCEP free trade agreement simplifies the process and reduces customs fees, we are happy to see this agreement come into force and are confident that it will also help increase air freight,” he said. declared.

Signed on November 15, 2020, the RCEP is a mega free trade pact between 10 ASEAN member states (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam) and its partners in the ‘FTA, namely China. , Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.

The agreement will eliminate up to 90% of tariffs on goods traded between its signatories over the next 20 years.

Song Saran, president of the Cambodia Rice Federation, said RCEP will facilitate trade in goods in the region and all participating countries will benefit to varying degrees.

“It is the largest free trade area in the world. For me, there is no doubt that it will be a driving force for global and regional economic growth in the post-pandemic era, ”he told Xinhua.

“The agreement provides greater market access for Cambodian products, and I believe it will attract more foreign investors to invest in various sectors, including the rice industry, in order to export products. finished to these RCEP countries, with tariff concessions, “he said. noted.

He said that when the big investors come to Cambodia, they will bring new capital and sophisticated technologies, which are essential for the development of the Cambodian economy.

Saran, who is also managing director of Amru Rice (Cambodia) Co., Ltd., said his company currently exports milled rice to China, Singapore and Australia. As part of RCEP, he hopes to expand his business to other countries in the future.

Covering a region with a combined GDP of US $ 26.2 trillion, or roughly 30% of global GDP, the RCEP Agreement is an unprecedented, modern, comprehensive, high-quality, reciprocal mega-regional trade agreement that takes into account interests, terms and conditions as broad as possible. priorities of different countries.

Under Secretary of State and Cambodian Ministry of Commerce spokesperson Penn Sovicheat said RCEP would facilitate trade and diversify exports of Cambodian products, especially agricultural products, to RCEP participating countries.

“RCEP is seen as a victory for multilateralism and free trade and it will become the essential foundation for trade and investment in the region,” he told Xinhua.

Under the RCEP, Cambodia’s annual exports are expected to rise from 9.4% to 18%, contributing to economic growth from 2% to 3.8%, he said, adding that this will increase. annual employment opportunities from 3.2% to 6.2%, and tax revenues from 2% to 3.9%. Xinhua

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Why Square Enix is ​​entering NFTs and why you shouldn’t be surprised http://fuzok.biz/why-square-enix-is-%e2%80%8b%e2%80%8bentering-nfts-and-why-you-shouldnt-be-surprised/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 22:48:06 +0000 http://fuzok.biz/why-square-enix-is-%e2%80%8b%e2%80%8bentering-nfts-and-why-you-shouldnt-be-surprised/

It’s all over the internet now, the President of Square Enix posted a New Years message praising NFT, Metaverse, and Blockchain games as the future of gaming and its business, but someone has you he explained why this is happening?

Is Square Enix Becoming an NFT Company?

The message of the new year 2022 President of Square Enix Holdings, Yosuke Matsuda, made the most waves, but Square Enix has already been in NFTs since March 17, 2021. Square Enix has published a Japanese press release on that day announcing NFT stickers of the Million Arthur franchise.

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Million Arthur is a card battle mobile RPG series from Square Enix that ended on September 30, 2020. That’s the important thing, the series was dead. Until Square Enix announces its NFT stickers.

The 12 fans of Million Arthur outside of Japan noted at the time how ironic it is to make NFTs of the series when its concept is based on the fact that Arthur and Excalibur are not unique. In Japan however, these NFT stickers have sold.

According to Square Enix in November, the first batches of Million Arthur The NFT stickers were a satisfactory proof of concept. The company announced a new batch of NFT stickers November 25.

Additionally, it’s important to note that several Square Enix producers have praised the NFTs or the Metaverse in Famitsu’s traditional end-of-year interview. I’ve translated their responses below when asked about their expectations for 2022:

Final fantasy producer Yoshinori Kitase on NFT and Metaverse

“I can’t wait to see how new technologies like NFT and the Metaverse will change the gaming industry.”

Deny producer Yosuke Saito on NFT

“I’m really curious about NFT related games and projects. New types of games are always emerging from new technologies. So I kinda want to do something related to NFT myself. But I still have a lot of unannounced projects so if that happens it will be after I’m done with those.

Dragon Quest producer Noriyoshi Fujimoto on NFT

“NFT digital assets. There are still a lot of unresolved issues like legislation, and I think those issues will continue into 2022. But I think some interesting games can come out of it. I have the impression that big changes are coming in 3 to 4 years.

Stranger From Heaven: Final Fantasy Origin producer Masashi Fujiwara on Metaverse

“I can’t wait to see how the Metaverse will develop. And the next James bond. “

Why Square Enix and other Japanese game companies are in NFT

Square Enix isn’t the only Japanese company to have plans related to NFT. Just looking at the interviews mentioned above, several other producers from other companies brought up the Metavese, NFT or Blockchain games. Hiroyuki Sakamoto from Sega, Jun Tamaoki from Bandai Namco. Kenji Saito from PlatinumGames. Even more niche franchises like Muv-Luv announced NFT in May 2021.

Personally, I think Japanese game companies have an inferiority complex to Western studios. This complex got worse during the PS360 era. Where all Japanese studios also wanted to start making open world games. Because Western studios said it was the future of video games. The same is basically happening with NFT now.

Japanese game companies have always been quick to praise and jump on the bandwagon in all things the West. One of the biggest examples of recent years in the gaming industry is Detroit: become human.

I believe Detroit is a very bad game. japanese games like Eve bursting error did the same thing it did – and better – 23 years ago. And yet, I lost count of how many seiyuu, Japanese streamers, VTubers or developers I heard praised Detroit like a revolutionary masterpiece. The last example I think I am Suda Goichi praises Quantic Dream in Reddit AMA thread, saying that the work of the French studio is an evolution of what it has done with Twilight Syndrome and Moonlight syndrome.

Long story short, I think Square Enix and other Japanese game studios don’t want to miss out on what they think is the new and next big thing from the West. And this is the main reason why they are so passionate about NFTs. And I’m not at all surprised to see this unfold.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments or contact me directly on Twitter @ A_iyane07.

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]]> Bundesliga transfer window in January 2022: deals, signings, loans, fees made so far http://fuzok.biz/bundesliga-transfer-window-in-january-2022-deals-signings-loans-fees-made-so-far/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 15:07:36 +0000 http://fuzok.biz/bundesliga-transfer-window-in-january-2022-deals-signings-loans-fees-made-so-far/

Here are all the confirmed movements in and out of the Bundesliga.

Augsburg

In: n / A

Outside: n / A

Hertha Berlin

In: Fredrik Bjørkan (Bodø / Glimt, free)

Outside: n / A

Union Berlin

In: Dominique Heintz (Friborg, free), Gonzalo Castro (Stuttgart, free)

Outside: n / A

Arminia Bielefeld

In: n / A

Outside: n / A

Bochum

In: n / A

Outside: n / A

Borussia Dortmund

In: n / A

Outside: n / A

Eintracht Frankfurt

In: n / A

Outside: n / A

Freiburg

In: Hugo Siquet (Standard Liège, £ 4m)

Outside: Dominique Heintz (Union Berlin, free)

Greuther Fürth

In: Daniel Adlung (Schweinfurt, free), Fabian Baumgärtel (Elversberg, free)

Outside: Nils Seufert (Sandhausen, loan), Nunoo Sarpei (Ingolstadt, undisclosed)

Hoffenheim

In: n / A

Outside: n / A

Cologne

In: n / A

Outside: n / A

RB Leipzig

In: n / A

Outside: Marcelo Saracchi (free agent), Brian Brobbey (Ajax, loan), Luan Cândido (RB Bragantino, £ 2.5million)

Bayer Leverkusen

In: Lennart Grill (Brann, loan ended)

Outside: n / A

Mainz

In: n / A

Outside: n / A

Monchengladbach

In: n / A

Outside: n / A

Bayern Munich

In: Liu Shaoziyang (Three Cities of Wuhan, undisclosed)

Outside: n / A

Stuttgart

In: n / A

Outside: Gonzalo Castro (Union Berlin, free)

Wolfsburg

In: n / A

Outside: n / A

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DVIDS – News – U.S. Pacific Fleet honors Sons of Hawaii with first and last Arizona relic http://fuzok.biz/dvids-news-u-s-pacific-fleet-honors-sons-of-hawaii-with-first-and-last-arizona-relic/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 03:07:00 +0000 http://fuzok.biz/dvids-news-u-s-pacific-fleet-honors-sons-of-hawaii-with-first-and-last-arizona-relic/

Story by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Sean La Marr, Navy Reserve – Navy Public Affairs Support Element Detachment Pacific

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii (December 23, 2021) – Hawaiian culture is a blend of age-old ethnic influences, music, language and age-old legends. More than the welcoming beaches, which continue to dazzle millions of tourists each year, Hawaii instills a rich tapestry of customs and traditions in those who grew up on one of its islands. And for these, a popular Hawaiian proverb says, “It is through the way you serve others that your greatness will be felt.”

This saying, which inspires a sense of selfless duty, is particularly illustrated by the service of two sons of Hawaii: Retired Rear Admiral Gordon Paiʻea Chung-Hoon and the Honorable Daniel K. Inouye.

Born in the first quarter of the 20th century in Honolulu, Hawaii Territory, Chung-Hoon and Inouye would learn the lessons of their childhood in Aloha State and apply them to the vast public service to which they have dedicated their lives.

Chung-Hoon, born July 25, 1910, attended Punahou School in Honolulu, one of the state’s most prestigious private schools, where he prepared for the United States Naval Academy.

Son of William Chung-Hoon, Jr., and Agnes Akau (McInerny) Chung-Hoon, he left home and entered the Naval Academy on June 16, 1930. He spent four years away from the island. heavenly and in the cool climate of Annapolis, Maryland. There he obtained his ensigning commission in the United States Navy, graduating on May 31, 1934.

On that day, he made history as the first Asian American graduate of the United States Naval Academy.

Chung-Hoon flew his first missions on the USS Indianapolis (CA35), the USS Montgomery (DD121) and the USS Dent (DD116) before his service aboard the USS Arizona (BB39) where he was located this fateful day, December 7, 1941. His service continued throughout WWII, earning a Silver Star and a Navy Cross as commanding officer of the USS Sigsbee (DD502) from 1944 to 1945. His citation detailed his extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in combat against enemy Japanese forces in the vicinity of Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands.

“Although his ship sustained significant damage when struck by an enemy aircraft and all power was lost, Cmdr. Chung-Hoon coolly executed defensive maneuvers and directed his anti-aircraft batteries for prolonged and effective fire against the enemy’s continued air attack, ”the quote from Chung’s Navy Cross reads. -Hoon. “Subsequently, he supervised the damage control procedures which enabled his vessel to be put in seaworthy condition for a safe return to port with its own restored power. Commander Chung-Hoon’s fighting spirit, courage and unwavering dedication were in keeping with the highest traditions of United States naval service.

During World War II, Daniel K. Inouye had a similar experience, despite his young age. Born September 7, 1924, Inouye, an American of Japanese descent, attended President William McKinley High School in Honolulu.

The Honorable Carlos Del Toro, Secretary of the Navy, expressed his admiration for the commissioning of the USS Daniel Inouye (DDG 118) on December 8, 2021.

“He will always serve as a pole star for our military and for me personally,” said Del Toro. “Like me, he was a child of immigrants.

Eventually, reaching the post of US Senator for Hawaii, Inouye endured and overcame many of the challenges that accompanied his newly immigrated family from Japan. Her father was a first generation and her mother a second generation immigrant to Hawaii. When families settled in this new nation, they worked as farm laborers on a local sugar cane plantation and did not speak English. Their hard work provided their children with better educational opportunities and a bright future.

“My father often said his story is improbable. He came from a background that was quite challenged ”, declared Mr. Ken Inouye, son of the senator, during the commissioning of the USS Daniel Inouye (DDG 118). “Imagine a guy with that kind of difficult background, whose parents weren’t even allowed to become naturalized citizens because of the anti-immigration laws of the day. A man who after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, he and other Americans of Japanese descent were not allowed to serve because they were considered enemy aliens.

On the day of the Pearl Harbor attack in December 1941, Daniel K. Inouye was just a 17-year-old medical volunteer leading a first aid team. He and his team came to the aid of civilian victims of the attack.

This voluntary service was, unfortunately, the only way it could be used. Months after the attack, a ban on all U.S. citizens serving of Japanese descent went into effect, from 1942 to 1944.

After the ban was lifted in 1944 by the US military, Inouye’s character and commitment began to shine. Putting his medical studies on hold at the University of Hawaii, he volunteered, along with many other Japanese Americans, to put himself in danger to serve and defend the country they cherished.

“They believed in America when America didn’t believe in them,” Ken Inouye said.

Inouye served in the 442nd Infantry Regiment of the United States Army, a unit known to be one of the most decorated in United States history while being almost entirely made up of second-generation Japanese Americans. For his heroism in combat, which cost him his right arm, Inouye received the Medal of Honor.

“I gave this arm to fight the fascists,” Inouye said at a campaign rally in 1954. “If my country wants the other to fight the communists, it can have it. What are you ready to give? ”

Del Toro described how Inouye’s life and service should inspire future generations to lean on, detailing the importance of her service and sacrifice in the face of discrimination and injustice.

“Amidst the hostility and mistreatment of Japanese Americans during World War II, you are lucky that Daniel Inouye always chose to serve,” said Del Toro. “We cannot fully realize the legacy of Daniel Inouye until all Americans feel welcome and valued in our country’s military. We must recruit, retain, mentor, educate and promote the best in our country. This includes all of the Daniel Inouye our country has to offer.

In 2021, the U.S. Pacific Fleet sought to honor the service and sacrifice of these two men after the vast contributions made to their country by featuring their namesake, the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) and the ‘USS Daniel Inouye (DDG 118), with the first and last relics of the USS Arizona Superstructure Relic Program (BB-39).

The USS Arizona Superstructure Relic Program (BB-39) (ASRP) strives to connect today’s Sailors with the courageous people who came before them by providing a section of the Arizona Superstructure that had been removed from the ship during the construction of the Arizona Memorial. The ASRP presented all ships and submarines in the US Pacific Fleet with a piece of Arizona.

The Naval History and Heritage Command authorized the removal of sections of the relics for display and heritage enhancement purposes in 1994. The U.S. Pacific Fleet expanded the program by creating exhibits designed to connect Sailors to ‘today to the historical significance of our past.

USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) received the first display of relics during an onboard ceremony May 21, 2021.

“As a member of the USS Chung-Hoon, we have a unique bond with the USS Arizona. In the sense that our namesake, Admiral Gordon Chung-Hoon was a shipping company aboard the USS Arizona at the time of the Pearl Harbor attack, ”said Lt. jg Allison Baglin, Counter Terrorism Officer, USS Chung- Hoon (DDG 93). “With this close bond, we continue his legacy and the Arizona legacy by having the relic on board.”

“I think the relic itself is a symbol of Arizona’s fighting spirit and a constant daily reminder of the millions of men and women who have worn the nation’s uniform before us,” said Cmdr . David C. Hollon, commanding officer of USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93).

USS Daniel Inouye (DDG 118) was presented his relic during the President’s Reception Dec. 7, 2021, at Joint Base Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii by Adm. Samuel Paparo, Commander of the US Pacific Fleet.

“This relic represents the fighting spirit of the sailors of the USS Arizona. Their legacy lives on throughout the Pacific Fleet, ”said Paparo. “During the attack on Pearl Harbor and beyond, your ship’s namesake and so many others answered the nation’s call when they needed it most, many making the ultimate sacrifice.”

“Each member of the crew represents all that is strong and good in the United States of America,” said Cmdr. Donann Gilmore, commanding officer of USS Daniel Inouye (DDG 118). “The ship is honored to have a part of the USS Arizona, a ship that embodied Inouye’s motto” Go For Broke “to defend our great nation.”

These relics, the first and last of 138, now displayed on their namesake destroyers represent our unwavering respect for the contributions and service of Hawaii-born Americans and their dedication to the country. Rear Admiral Gordon Paiʻea Chung-Hoon and the Honorable Daniel K. Inouye have marked their greatness in the history of the United States.

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Japan Times reporter provides update on new Japanese Celtic contingent http://fuzok.biz/japan-times-reporter-provides-update-on-new-japanese-celtic-contingent/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 21:31:26 +0000 http://fuzok.biz/japan-times-reporter-provides-update-on-new-japanese-celtic-contingent/

A journalist from the Japan Times gives an update on the new Japanese contingent of Celtic …

As the fever grew in the Celtic fan world over the imminent arrival of our new Japanese contingent, Japan Times reporter Dan Orlowitz was interviewed by Sky Sports News earlier to provide an update. on our new Asian imports.

In a whirlwind of a few hours, reports began to circulate on social media and online that Celtic needed to complete the signings of Daizen Maeda, Yosuke Ideguchi and Reo Hatate. For months, the three players have been linked as crucial pieces of Angeball’s puzzle and will now sign on the dotted line when the transfer window officially opens.

Dan believes all three will have an impact at Celtic and will look to compete for a World Cup berth in Qatar next winter for Japan. Maeda and Hatate were both on the last Japanese squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers in January and February. However, Ideguchi remains out after losing form a few seasons ago.

The reporter claimed that the three are a good deal; with Maeda and Hatate costing around £ 1.5-2million and Ideguchi less than £ 1million respectively. All three should have gone further, considering the cost and success of their fellow Heavenly Kyogo Furuhashi. Anything around the sum of £ 3million makes phenomenal business sense and will now provide a lot of competition for places.

Dan also confirmed that everyone in Japan was shocked when Ange Postecoglou sought Kyogo’s signing ahead of last season’s top scorer and scorching striker Maeda. It’s safe to say that we weren’t disappointed with the decision and now that Daizen is on its way, it will be worth the wait.

Daizen Maeda of Yokohama F. Marinos (Photo by Simon Holmes / Getty Images)

He admitted that of the three he expects Maeda to have the quickest impact, revealing that Hatate may take a while to settle into a new environment and that Ideguchi may need the help. Angel and the coaching staff at Lennoxtown to find that form that has already made him so valuable for Japan.

Overall, the reporter is excited about what to expect for players joining the club and Celtic. Certainly, Orlowitz was quite shocked when rumors started that Celtic FC would sign three more J-League footballers, claiming it would be unheard of. Well, now it has happened, the American couldn’t be more thrilled and is optimistic about what the future may hold for the three and their new squad.

Watch Dan talk to Sky Sports earlier today…

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Philippine Airlines exits Chapter 11 invigorated for the future http://fuzok.biz/philippine-airlines-exits-chapter-11-invigorated-for-the-future/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 14:59:02 +0000 http://fuzok.biz/philippine-airlines-exits-chapter-11-invigorated-for-the-future/

Philippine Airlines Inc. (PAL) today announced that it has emerged from its voluntary Chapter 11 procedures as a more efficient airline with a strengthened track record, reaffirming its continued role as the only full-service airline of Philippines with the largest international network.

PAL successfully completed its financial restructuring in four months, unlike other airlines which remain in the Chapter 11 process more than a year after filing in 2020. The Philippine national airline attributes strong support from its creditors and shareholders, the cooperation of its industry partners, and the collective efforts of PAL employees around the world who have operated flights on several international and domestic routes throughout the restructuring period.

PAL has streamlined its operations with a reorganized fleet and is now better capitalized for future growth. The company’s reorganization plan, which was approved by the United States Restructuring Court on December 17, 2021, provides for more than US $ 2.0 billion in permanent reductions in the balance sheet of existing creditors, improvements in operational agreements PAL reviews and additional cash, including a US $ 505 million investment. in long-term equity and in debt financing from PAL’s majority shareholder.

The airline’s consensual restructuring plan was accepted by 100% of the votes cast by its major aircraft lessors and lenders, original equipment manufacturers and maintenance, repair and overhaul service providers, and some funded lenders.

“Philippine Airlines stands ready to contribute to the growth of the local and international air transport markets of the Philippines in a way that renews the tourism industry, meets the needs of the citizens of the world, including overseas Filipinos, and to actively contribute to the recovery of the Philippine economy, ”said PAL Director Lucio C. Tan III, citing PAL CEO Dr. Lucio C. Tan. “Our mission as a standard bearer is more important than ever, and we are grateful for the chance to bounce back from the pandemic and continue to fulfill this mission to the best of our ability.”

“This is a time of celebration for PAL, for all of our partners and stakeholders, and for our staff who have sacrificed a lot while working successfully to keep the airline flying,” said Gilbert F. Santa Maria, president and chief operating officer of PAL. “Above all, we thank our customers for their support and the Filipino people for remaining confident in their standard bearers throughout the restructuring process. There are immense challenges ahead, but we look forward to meeting them as a rejuvenated Philippine Airlines, better positioned for strategic growth to continue serving our customers. ”

Going forward, PAL will reinvest in its operations to better serve its valued customers by:

  • Strengthening PAL’s position as the only full-service airline in the Philippines with the largest international network serving four continents, including:

    • The only non-stop flights connecting the Philippines with the United States, the east and west coasts of Canada, Hawaii, Brisbane and Melbourne;

    • The largest network of flights from the Philippines to several cities in Japan, Australia and the Middle East, along with convenient schedules to Hong Kong, Korea, Taipei, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia;

    • A high-frequency domestic network encompassing main roads to the main cities of Visayas, Mindanao and Luzon, as well as inter-island services to tourist hot spots and the country’s paradise islands;

    • The only full service options in the Philippine National Sky, including Business Class on many local routes.

  • Restore more routes and increase the frequency of flights as travel restrictions ease and borders reopen, including the resumption of scheduled flights to several mainland Chinese cities, full regularization of flights to Australia and the start of new historical services to Israel.

  • Leveraging codeshare and interline partnerships to complement the airline’s current and future network and enable PAL passengers to enjoy better connections and access to more destinations through partner airlines.

  • Expand PAL’s newly established cargo business to exploit more opportunities in the air cargo market, including the operation of all-cargo flights to keep supply chains moving and to meet the specific transportation needs of freight such as air transport of vaccines and medical equipment.

  • Offering attractive rates all year round and competitive promotional offers.

  • Develop innovations for PAL’s Mabuhay Miles loyalty program, including expansion of membership lists and improvements to program terms and benefits.

  • Accelerate digital transformation initiatives to deliver seamless and intuitive experiences to PAL customers, including a more personalized website and mobile app, a streamlined reservation process that offers more flexible payment options such as e-wallets and plans payment, enhanced self-service options for booking modification and check-in, and enhanced chat facilities and interactive voice response (IVR) functions through the PAL contact center.

  • Deploy new product advancements by 2022, as part of a commitment to constantly upgrade services and the overall travel experience for customers.

  • As always, adhere to the highest professional safety standards and health protocols in all PAL operations.

As part of the new stimulus package in effect, PAL has the opportunity to raise up to US $ 150 million in additional financing from new investors.

PAL reiterated its commitment to meet all reimbursement obligations. The Company has settled over 99% of past refunds and has now returned to normal processing times for refunds, with the exception of certain 2020 cases which require validation procedures primarily involving third-party vendors.

Philippine Airlines Inc. was the only party included in the Chapter 11 file; while PAL Holdings Inc., which is listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE: PHI), and Air Philippines Corporation, known as PAL Express, were not included in the Chapter 11 dossier.

Additional information

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP and Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz (ACCRA) acted as legal advisers and Seabury Securities LLC as financial advisor and investment banker to the Company.

About Philippine Airlines

Philippine Airlines, Inc. (PAL) is the national carrier of the Philippines and the country’s only full-service airline. PAL was the first commercial airline in Asia and celebrated its 80th anniversary in March 2021. The young fleet of Boeing 777, Airbus A350, Airbus A330, Airbus A321 and De Havilland Dash 8-400 operates from hubs in Manila, Cebu and Davao. to 29 destinations in the Philippines and 32 destinations in Asia, North America, Australia, Europe and the Middle East. PAL was ranked as a 4-star global airline by Skytrax in 2018 and was also named the world’s most improved airline in the 2019 Skytrax Global Passenger Survey.

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[Top 5 Industry News in 2021] Korea’s AI technology goes global http://fuzok.biz/top-5-industry-news-in-2021-koreas-ai-technology-goes-global/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 02:56:31 +0000 http://fuzok.biz/top-5-industry-news-in-2021-koreas-ai-technology-goes-global/

Although the Covid-19 pandemic persisted throughout the year, the health sector continued to fulfill its duty based on the experiences of the past year. While doing everything to develop treatments and vaccines against Covid-19, the industry has tried to graft new technologies, including AI, to promote the development of the sector. In the process, the industry has revealed issues requiring correction, such as the handling of raw materials and impurities captured in antihypertensive drugs. Yet the sector has continued to improve in line with the evolution of the global health sector amid the Covid-19 crisis. Korea Biomedical Review has compiled the five biggest stories in the industry in 2021. – Ed.

In 2021, Korea saw the development of new drugs using artificial intelligence (AI) become a trend.

Korean medical AI technology companies have expanded their global presence this year.

In the past, companies focused AI technology solely on the discovery of candidate substances during the development of new drugs. Lately, they have started implementing AI throughout the drug development process, including drug design, preclinical and clinical trial design, and patient recruitment, and its scalability is remarkable.

Abroad, global companies, including Pfizer and Roche, are using AI to develop new drugs early on.

In his country, the Korea Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (KPBMA) opened the “AI New Drug Development Support Center” in 2019 to encourage the development of new drugs using AI.

The trend to use AI at every stage of the drug development process continued throughout this year.

New AI-based drug development companies, such as Standigm, Syntekabio, Deargen, Oncocross, Pharosbio, Baobabai Bio, PharmCADD, AzothBio, have partnered with existing biopharmaceutical companies, such as Daewoong Pharmaceutical, Hanmi Pharmaceutical, SK Chemicals, inno. N, Samjin Pharmaceutical, Handok, Jeil Pharmaceutical, Korea Pharma, Eyegene, and Huons.

For example, SK Chemicals successfully discovered a candidate material for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis through joint research with Standigm and filed a patent application for the candidate material.

Some of the AI-based new drug development companies are also pushing for the establishment of overseas offices to increase access to global pharmaceutical companies.

Deargen established offices in UK and US in August and September, PharmCADD moved into the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) in Boston. Mass., In August with KPBMA, and Oncocross established an Australian subsidiary in June.

Cooperation with foreign companies has also been active.

Contera Pharma, a Copenhagen-based subsidiary of Korean drug maker Bukwang Pharm, has signed a partnership with Danish AI startup Abzu to develop an RNA treatment. SK Chemicals has also signed an agreement with Standigm to strengthen strategic partnerships.

The global AI-based drug development market is likely to reach $ 1.4 billion (1.6 trillion won) by 2024.

Among various medical fields, the global Korean business movement towards radiology, where AI technology was actively applied, gained attention this year.

One example is the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) which was held earlier this month.

In the AI ​​Showcase area of ​​the RSNA Technology Expo, various Korean companies including VUNO, Lunit, MEDICAL IP, AIRS Medical, Neurophet, ClariPi and SoyNet presented their technology.

Lunit secured contract through partnerships with global medical device companies, including GE Healthcare, and received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for an X-ray image analysis solution chest muscles based on AI.

The company is also expanding its exports to Japan and other European countries through cooperation with Fujifilm.

Vuno is also stepping up its efforts to develop overseas markets by partnering with Philips as well as Taiwanese and Japanese medical device manufacturers.

Deepnoid, which entered the Kosdaq stock market this year, has also entered into partnerships with various global companies. The company has worked with global companies, such as Alibaba and Intel, to develop and sell solutions.

As the Korean medical industry is deeply immersed in AI technology, experts have pointed out that for AI-related medical technologies to become more active in Korea and expand their use in actual clinical practice, it is necessary necessary to improve the system, for example by introducing a new assessment of medical technology.

Although interest in AI-based medical practice is high in Korea and relevant development efforts are active, no company has received reimbursement, a prerequisite for market penetration, nor has it been successful. the evaluation of a new medical technology so far.

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How Inflation Could Affect Your Student Loans http://fuzok.biz/how-inflation-could-affect-your-student-loans/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 22:24:31 +0000 http://fuzok.biz/how-inflation-could-affect-your-student-loans/

Inflation, the rising cost of everyday items, has been on everyone’s mind lately, from investors to policy makers to borrowers. The reason this matters to borrowers is that inflation can result in higher interest rates on all types of debt, including student loans.

So how can inflation impact student loans and should you be concerned?

If you’re like most professionals, you may have graduated with over $ 100,000 in student loans. Unlike credit card debt that was used to buy things you couldn’t use for a long time, student loans funded your education and training, which is the foundation of your career. But with rising inflation, there are growing concerns that student loan rates and payments will also increase.

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Read more: US inflation hits almost 40-year high, 6.8% in November

How inflation actually helps student loan borrowers

The good news is, if you have a fixed rate, inflation could actually help. Inflation drives up the price of everything, including wages. This means that some borrowers pay off certain fixed rate loans with dollars that are less valuable than the ones they borrowed and your monthly payment does not increase.

So if the borrower has a fixed rate student loan and has a salary that keeps pace with inflation, then inflation can help.

But inflation can hit some private loans hard

While inflation can be good for those with a fixed rate, the same is not true if you have a variable interest rate loan, such as a private variable rate student loan.

The rates that borrowers pay for variable rate loans are usually indexed to prevailing market interest rates. Market interest rates tend to rise whenever lenders see inflation on the horizon. In times of higher inflation, borrowers should expect interest rates on variable rate loans to increase. If borrowers see a higher monthly bill than expected, it’s likely an adjustable rate student loan with a rate adjustment.

So, with rising inflation expected to continue through 2022, it’s worth checking whether your student loan has a fixed or a variable rate. According to Ernest Burley, a certified financial planner, “With inflation on the rise, you don’t want to be in a variable interest rate loan. It’s a great idea to lock in a low fixed interest rate on your student loan (or any other loan).

More in our series on inflation:

Steps You Can Take To Avoid Inflation Pains

Refinancing: Experts agree that the first thing to do is swap any floating rate debt for a fixed rate, if possible. So if you have an adjustable rate private student loan, it may be a good idea to start looking for refinancing now before the rates go up.

Pay off your debt: If you have credit card debt, maybe now is the time to start paying it off to make sure your monthly payments don’t eat up a growing chunk of your paycheck, especially if you’re working. where wages don’t go up as fast.

If you invest, own stocks: you want to make sure that your savings keep pace with rising prices. When you own bonds, you’re essentially in the same position as other lenders – facing the possibility of being paid back with dollars that are less valuable than what you loaned. Inflation can cause short-term disruption in the stock market, but in the long term, corporate profits should keep pace with rising prices.

This is definitely the time to “be wise, careful and strategic”. Burley said.

Resources: From Federal Office for Student Aid, find out more about:

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