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Peter Thiel’s Palantir is skyrocketing as Trump’s prospects grow dim

first_imgPalantir, the data analytics software company co-founded by Peter Thiel, one of President Donald Trump’s former top allies in Silicon Valley, just wrapped up its best two days since going public in September, even as Trump’s prospects for a second term dimmed.Shares of Palantir surged 17% on Friday following an 11% jump a day earlier. The stock closed the week at $13.83, up 38% from its debut price.Thiel, the company’s chairman, saw the value of his stake, owned through various entities, jump by over $700 million over the last two days of trading. In Trump’s 2016 campaign, Thiel was a major supporter and adviser, but the venture capitalist did not back the president’s reelection effort. As of Friday, Trump trailed Democrat Joe Biden, who was just 17 electoral votes short of the 270 needed to win and was making significant progress in key states. – Advertisement – Because of Thiel’s ties to Trump and Palantir’s large government contracts, some investors may have viewed the the company as better off under Trump than a Democratic administration. However, Mark Cash, an equity analyst at Morningstar, said investors are getting more comfortable with the company’s story and aren’t worried about any disruption based on a change in the White House.Cash didn’t have a good explanation for the stock’s dramatic move up, but said that he’s optimistic about the company’s upcoming third-quarter earnings report scheduled for next week.“The administration doesn’t matter to their valuation or their market opportunity,” said Cash, who has a $13 price target on the stock. “They’ve been through both sides, Democrat and Republican. They’re not new to this, just newly public.”- Advertisement – Peter Thiel, co-founder and chairman of Palantir Technologies Inc., speaks during a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019.Kiyoshi Ota | Bloomberg | Getty Images – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Just before Palantir’s market debut, the Defense Department said it awarded the company a $91.2 million contract to provide research and development to the Army Research Laboratory over the next two years. Palantir has been growing by continuing to get big government deals while also building up its roster of private sector clients.Cash said the company has a “nice pipeline of contracts,” including business with customers using its data tools for Covid 19 response, whether in public health or to route medical supplies.He also said that Palantir could be in position to win business even in an administration that’s pulling back on defense spending, because the company has been moving deeper into software and away from consulting, making its products more efficient.“If a deflationary spending environment for defense happens, it can be to their benefit,” Cash said. “Agencies probably can’t take on these expensive multi-year consulting efforts but instead would look to use off-the-shelf solutions that are already made.”WATCH: Palantir’s potential customer base is a fundamental issuelast_img read more

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Miami Dolphins 34-31 Arizona Cardinals: Tua Tagovailoa edges out Kyler Murray in thrilling QB clash | NFL News

first_img Kyler Murray fires a missile to Christian Kirk for a 56-yard touchdown for the Cardinals. Murray responded in the best way possible, throwing touchdown passes on Arizona’s next two possessions – including a 56-yarder to Christian Kirk – but the Dolphins answered each of those with scores of their own, including a nine-yard strike from Tua to Preston Williams, who injured his foot on the play when diving for the goal line.The Dolphins led 24-17 at half-time, but the Cardinals turned that into a seven-point lead by the end of the third quarter as Murray found the endzone on a 12-yard run following off the back of a 21-yard scoring strike to Darrell Daniels, who outwrestled Miami cornerback Byron Jones for his first career TD. Preston Williams dives over the line for a Miami touchdown but injures himself on the play. Miami Dolphins’ rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa got the better of Arizona Cardinals’ own, exciting young QB talent Kyler Murray as he led his team to a thrilling 34-31 win in his second NFL start.Tua completed 20 of 28 passes for 248 yards, with two touchdowns and no turnovers. He also ran seven times for 35 yards as Miami (5-3) won their fourth-straight game – the team’s longest winning streak in four years. – Advertisement – Dolphins 7-0 CardinalsShaq Lawson 36-yard fumble return for a TD (extra point) Cardinals stats: Kyler Murray, 21/26, 283 yards, 3 TDsRushing leader: Kyler Murray, 11 carries, 106 yards, 1 TDReceiving leader: Christian Kirk, five catches, 123 yards, 1 TDAlthough the QB clash was the big draw, Dolphins kicker Jason Sanders also had a crucial role in the victory as he made two field goals, including a career-best 56-yarder. His other conversion, from 50 yards, set a Dolphins record for consecutive kicks without a miss (20) and proved to be the winning score.It gave Miami a 34-31 lead with three minutes and 30 seconds left on the clock; the Dolphins defence forced the Cardinals into a 49-yard field goal try by Zane Gonzalez to tie the game and possibly take it to overtime but he missed with the kick. 1:06 Darrell Daniels scores his first NFL TD as he snatches the ball in the endzone for the Cardinals. SECOND QUARTER Tua Tagovailoa was hugely impressive in his second NFL start as his Dolphins earned a road win over the Cardinals Tua Tagovailoa was hugely impressive in his second NFL start as his Dolphins earned a road win over the Cardinals

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John Rahm shot: Spaniard holes incredible effort across a pond during Masters practice

first_imgThe patrons may be absent but the players still attempt the tradition of skimming their ball across the pond on to the 16th green at Augusta National as they prepare for the Masters, which starts on Thursday.And Spain’s Jon Rahm manages to hole his effort, with the help of the slope and a friendly pin position.- Advertisement – Available to UK users only.Follow the Masters across the BBC from Thursday 12 November. Full details here – Advertisement –last_img

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Kate Mara Details ‘Horrible Experience’ Making ‘Fantastic Four’

first_imgLearning valuable lessons. Kate Mara opened up about her experience working on the Fantastic Four remake, admitting that it was a “horrible experience” and that she has some regrets.“I married one of my costars, so I don’t regret doing that movie at all. But do I wish I had responded differently to certain things? Yes, definitely,” the A Teacher star, 37, revealed in an interview with the Television Academy.- Advertisement – “If you’re feeling a certain thing that is uneasy or whatever, there’s a reason for it. But, because it was such a big movie and again, usually, except in this case, when you’re in a big superhero movie they usually do incredibly well, like almost always. So even if it’s challenging, or this or that, or not everything’s perfect, it’s probably good for you to do it,” she explained. “That was sort of what I was being told and also was telling myself.”The New York native then noted that she does wish she had done things differently.Kate Mara Details ‘Horrible Experience’ Making ‘Fantastic Four’: I Regret Not Standing Up for MyselfKate Mara attends the Miu Miu show in Paris on October 2, 2018. David Fisher/Shutterstock“I regret not having stood up for myself. I regret that for sure. Because if my daughter ended up acting and was in a situation like that where she felt like she couldn’t speak up … Meanwhile, I’m a pretty tough person and I really do advocate for myself,” Mara added. “Granted, this was a few years ago and maybe this situation was different, but if I was in that situation today, it just wouldn’t have happened or it just would have been a different environment, I think. So again, good learning experience!”- Advertisement – Mara played the Invisible Woman in the 2015 flick alongside Jamie Bell, who portrayed the Thing. The pair went on to marry in 2017 and welcomed their first child, a daughter, in 2019.Kate Mara Details ‘Horrible Experience’ Making ‘Fantastic Four’: I Regret Not Standing Up for MyselfKate Mara in “Fantastic Four.” Mandatory Credit: Photo by 20th Century Fox/Marvel/Kobal/Shutterstock“The fact of the matter is that my two horrendous experiences with directors were male directors. Have I not gotten along with a female director? Absolutely. And was it not the greatest work experience? Sure,” the Pose alum continued. “But there was never a time that I felt, ‘This is happening because I’m a woman.’ Where, with the male directors, it 100 percent was only happening with me; it was a power dynamic thing. And on both of my bad experiences, the movies were 95 percent men and I was the only woman in the movie.”The House of Cards alum detailed her experience even more in an interview with Collider, sharing the importance of speaking up if something or someone makes you uncomfortable — something she didn’t do.- Advertisement – Additionally, the American Horror Story vet said that she learned to ask other actors what their experience with a certain producer or director was before joining a project.“I think that if you really respect another actor and they’ve worked with someone that you’re thinking about working with, then you can learn a lot just by talking to them,” Mara told Collider. “I always say, if anyone ever wants to ask me about my experiences on things, then please do because I think that if you’re in a position where you can make a choice about doing something or not doing something — and we’re not always, sometimes you just have to work — but if you’re in a position where you can, doing the research not just with the role but with the people that you’re about to work with creatively is really important.”Listen to Watch With Us to hear more about your favorite shows and for the latest TV news! – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Jeff Bezos names first recipients of his $10 billion Earth Fund

first_img– Advertisement – Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, speaks to a group of Amazon employees that are veterans during an Amazon Veterans Day celebration on Monday, November 12, 2018.Leonard Ortiz | Digital First Media | Getty Images Bezos said in an Instagram post that he spent the past several months learning about the grantees’ work in depth, adding that they’re “working on innovative, ambitious and needle-moving solutions” to climate change. The $791 million worth of grants issued Monday is “just the beginning” of the Earth Fund’s $10 billion commitment, Bezos said.Many of the grantees are receiving funds for specific projects, while other recipients will re-grant the funds and donate to other nonprofits, a spokesperson for the Earth Fund said.For example, the World Wildlife Fund said it will use the $100 million award to protect and restore mangroves from “climate-accelerated weather events,” and to develop new markets for seaweed as an alternative to fossil fuel-based products.- Advertisement – Bezos, who previously referred to climate change as “the biggest threat to our planet,” has recently made climate-oriented initiatives a key focus at Amazon. The company has faced pressure from employees and others to address concerns that its e-commerce and logistics business contributes to global carbon emissions.In September, Amazon announced the first recipients of its $2 billion Climate Pledge Fund, which is designed to invest in “sustainable and decarbonizing technologies.”Amazon also launched the “Climate Pledge” last September, which encompasses a number of ambitious goals, including a commitment to be carbon neutral by 2040. It has also purchased electric delivery vans and invested $10 million to help conserve or restore forests in the U.S. Northeast.Here’s the full list of Earth Fund recipients and the donations they’ll receive:The Climate and Clean Energy Equity Fund, $43 million grantClimateWorks Foundation, $50 million grantDream Corps Green For All, $10 million grantEden Reforestation Projects, $5 million grantEnergy Foundation, $30 million grantEnvironmental Defense Fund, $100 million grantThe Hive Fund for Climate and Gender Justice, $43 million grantNatural Resources Defense Council, $100 million grantThe Nature Conservancy, $100 million grantNDN Collective, $12 million grantRocky Mountain Institute, $10 million grantSalk Institute for Biological Studies, $30 million grantThe Solutions Project, $43 million grantUnion of Concerned Scientists, $15 million grantWorld Resources Institute, $100 million grantWorld Wildlife Fund, $100 million grantcenter_img Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos on Monday announced the first recipients of his $10 billion Earth Fund.The Earth Fund, launched in February, is designed to combat the effects of climate change by issuing grants to scientists, activists and other organizations in their efforts to “preserve and protect the natural world.”Bezos announced 16 initial recipients of the Earth Fund who will receive $791 million in donations. The top donations include The Nature Conservancy, Natural Resources Defense Council, Environmental Defense Fund, World Resources Institute and the World Wildlife Fund, which will each receive $100 million.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

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E coli infections prompt beef recalls

first_img Steve Wood, vice president of Richwood Meat, said he believed the contaminated meat came from one of the slaughterhouses that supplied the meat, but he didn’t know which one, the AP reported. Apr 20 FSIS press release on California company recall Apr 20 PDH press release The patients had eaten at the restaurants between Mar 24 and 26, the PDH said. All ate different cuts of steak, and several reported they requested and consumed their steak rare or medium rare. An investigation by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the PDH linked the illnesses to HFX, Inc, a South Claysburg, Pa., producer that supplied several steak products to restaurants in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia, according to an FSIS press release. The company recalled 254,346 pounds of its steak products distributed only to restaurants, as well as 4,884 pounds of ground beef patties produced between Apr 5 and 19 that were distributed to retail stores in Pennsylvania. Apr 23, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Two beef producers recently announced recalls of steak and hamburger products because of possible contamination with Escherichia coli O157:H7, following a small number of infections in California and Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Department of Health (PDH) said in an Apr 20 press release that it was investigating five cases of E coli O157:H7 infection in people from four counties who ate rare or medium-rare steak at four different Hoss’s Steak and Sea House restaurants. At least three children fell ill after eating the company’s products, which were served at Little League baseball snack counters in two California towns, the Associated Press (AP) reported today. The children have recovered, and test results on samples from the children and the meat are expected on Apr 25, Mike Bowman, a spokesperson for the California Department of Health, told the AP. The FSIS said the ground beef was produced on Apr 28, 2006, and was distributed to retail outlets in Arizona, California, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington under several brand names: Fireriver, Blackwood Farms, Chef’s Pride, Ritz Food, California Pacific Associates, C&C Distributing, Golbon, and Richwood. E coli O157:H7 produces a toxin that causes diarrhea—often bloody—and abdominal cramps but typically no fever. The illness usually resolves in 5 to 10 days but can cause hemolytic uremic syndrome in 2% to 7% of patients. In the California E coli outbreak, Richwood Meat Co, Inc., a producer based in Merced, Calif., recalled about 107,943 pounds of frozen ground beef products because of possible contamination, according to an Apr 20 FSIS press release. Apr 20 FSIS press release on Pennsylvania company recall See also: Steaks aren’t usually considered a high-risk source of E coli O157:H7 contamination, but the recalled products were injected with tenderizers and flavor-enhancing solutions, which could have transferred the bacteria to the inside of the meat, the FSIS said. Steaks that are injected with solutions or are mechanically tenderized require a higher cooking temperature than steaks not so treated, so such products should not be served rare, the FSIS said. Four of the patients were hospitalized, but none developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a potentially fatal kidney condition that can be triggered by E coli infection, according to the PDH.last_img read more

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US to end BSE-related ban on older Canadian cattle

first_img Meat and meat products from cattle older than 30 months, provided “specified risk materials” (SRM) are removed first. SRM are parts likely to contain the BSE agent if the animal has the disease, such as the brain, spinal cord, eyes, tonsils, and certain nerve bundles. After unveiling the proposal in January, the agency took public comments and also arranged for an external peer review. All the peer reviewers agreed with the conclusion of the risk assessment, but APHIS incorporated several clarifications and updates suggested by the reviewers, Clifford said at the press conference. Jan 5 CIDRAP News story “US wants to end BSE-linked ban on older Canadian cattle”http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/other/bse/news/jan0507imports.html Cattle-derived casings and part of the small intestine Officially, the USDA plan is to expand the list of allowable imports from any country recognized as posing a “minimal risk” of introducing BSE into the US. So far, Canada is the only country in the “minimal risk” category. Following through on plans announced in January, the USDA said last week it would lift the restriction on older cattle and beef, along with certain other cattle parts, on Nov 19. Current restrictions on imported sheep and goats and on rendered protein will remain, Dr. John Clifford, USDA chief veterinary officer, said at a Sep 14 news conference. Sep 14 USDA news release Live cattle and other bovines, such as bison, born on or after Mar 1, 1999, the date USDA considers the start of effective enforcement of Canada’s ban on putting cattle protein into cattle feed. Both Canada and the United States banned that practice in 1997 because it is believed to spread the BSE agent. As a result of public comments about the difficulty of verifying the ages of older cattle, US officials reduced their estimate of the number of older Canadian cattle that will be imported into the United States for slaughter from 650,000 per year to 75,000 per year, Clifford reported. However, he said the estimate of the overall number of imported cattle over the next 20 years stayed essentially the same.center_img Specifically, the new USDA rule will allow importation of: See also: Following guidelines from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), the USDA conducted a formal risk assessment before proposing in January to reopen the border to older cattle. The assessment indicated that if BSE in Canada declines or stays the same over the next 20 years, the risk that BSE would enter and spread within the United States was negligible. Officials estimated the prevalence of BSE in Canada at 6.8 cases per 10 million adult cattle. Sep 18, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Two months from now, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) plans to open the US border to older Canadian cattle and beef for the first time since bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, emerged in Canada in 2003. Blood and blood products from cattle When the USDA published its January proposal, Canada had had nine native BSE cases, but two more have been found since then, Clifford noted. The addition of those two cases to the risk assessment model did not change the estimated prevalence of BSE in Canada or the conclusion that the risk of BSE spreading in the United States is negligible, he said. The agency banned all imports of Canadian cattle and beef when Canada found its first case of BSE in May 2003. The border was reopened to Canadian cattle and beef under 30 months of age in 2005, but the ban remained on older cattle and beef. BSE is considered very unlikely to be found in cattle younger than 30 months because of its long incubation period. Cindy Smith, administrator of the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), said at the news conference, “We are confident in taking this important step to normalize cattle trade with Canada, while continuing to protect the health of the US cattle population. It is an integral part of our efforts to promote fair trade practices, consistent with international guidelines.”last_img read more

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US inspections of Canadian meat return to normal

first_img James also reported reassuring results from recent audits the FSIS conducted in Canada, in part as a result of the linkage of beef trim from Rancher’s Beef of Balzac, Alta., with E coli in ground beef sold by Topps Meat Co. of Elizabeth, N.J. Topps meat was tied to an E coli outbreak in September, causing the company to recall 21.7 million pounds of ground beef and subsequently go out of business. In addition, FSIS planned to return to a normal testing regimen for Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella in ready-to-eat products, James said in his letter to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Nov 28, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) says it is returning its inspections and testing of Canadian meat and poultry products to normal levels after finding no problems during expanded monitoring over the past 2½ weeks. The USDA had approximately doubled inspections and pathogen testing of Canadian meat and poultry products Nov 9 in the wake of concerns this fall about Escherichia coli O157:H7 in beef from an Alberta facility and findings from a USDA audit of Canadian packing plants in May and June. James also said the agency would continue E coli testing of certain beef products that hadn’t been tested before the expanded program: raw beef trim, boxed beef, and “subprimal” cuts normally destined for grinding. “Testing for E coli O157:H7 will proceed at levels to be determined after completion of an analysis of eligible imported beef products from all equivalent countries,” he wrote. In a Nov 27 letter to Canadian officials, Dr. William James of the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said the agency would resume normal levels of examinations of Canadian meat and poultry products and pasteurized egg products today. James is acting assistant administrator of the FSIS Office of International Affairs. Letter from Dr. William James to the CFIAhttp://www.fsis.usda.gov/PDF/Canada_O157_Resume_Normal_Testing_Letter.pdf See also: The FSIS audited the CFIA’s investigation of practices at Rancher’s Beef and “recall events” related to that company. In addition, the FSIS reviewed seven Canadian establishments that previously had been flagged for problems, plus others that were similar to Rancher’s Beef in their operations, James said. “The audits indicated the unsafe practices in Rancher’s Beef were not employed by other establishments, and that corrective actions were in place in the seven establishments identified in the audit earlier this year,” he wrote. Nov 21 CIDRAP News story “USDA modifies E coli testing rules for Canadian beef” He said the increased testing “has not revealed any problems with Canadian products exported to the United States.” Nov 8 CIDRAP News story “USDA vows to double inspections of Canadian meat”last_img read more

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Is Dubrovnik and our islands threatened by an ecological catastrophe caused by garbage from the sea?

first_imgAt first, this may not be such important news for some, but it is certainly extremely important for the future of our tourism, and especially for Dubrovnik as well as our islands.For many years, the coast of Dubrovnik has been facing an ecological catastrophe caused by an enormous amount of garbage and floating debris, most of which originates from Albania and during strong south winds and heavy rains is applied to the port of Dubrovnik and the Croatian islands of Korcula, Mljet, Sipan, Kolocep, Lastovo. , Vis, Solta, the Peljesac peninsula and the southern part of the Croatian Adriatic.And so unfortunately this year again we have ugly scenes of garbage in the sea in Dubrovnik, which came from Albania. The people of Dubrovnik immediately went into action and started the cleaning action, which is certainly commendable and great, but I wonder if we really don’t care about this problem and why we don’t deal with it systematically and strategically? The solution is certainly not to clean the garbage from the sea every year when it already comes to Dubrovnik, the cause of the problem needs to be solved.If tourism is one of our main strategic branches, and Dubrovnik and our islands certainly are, then we must care about strategic development and sustainability. I don’t know why something negative should always happen to us first, and only then should we react. Unfortunately, even when it is too late, apart from short-term promises and reactions in the context of firefighting, there is no quality and long-term solution.Yes, this is a picture of Dubrovnik suffocating in the garbage / Source: HRT http://vijesti.hrt.hr/420817/akcija-ciscenja-smeca-na-dubrovackim-plazamaŠuica: An ecological catastrophe threatens Dubrovnik and the Croatian islandsIt is good that we have finally put at least a little pressure and are talking publicly about this problem, but it is certainly not enough. Thus, Dubravka Šuica, Member of the European Parliament, asked the European Commission and the European Environment Agency to react urgently due to the huge amount of waste that arrived from Albania. Although it has repeatedly asked the European Commission for measures due to the ecological catastrophe threatening the Adriatic, the amount of waste caused by the south wind on the Dubrovnik coast this weekend motivated MP Suica to warn the Commission and the European Environment Agency once again. “Given that the existing regulations are insufficient to regulate marine litter, and a closed sea like the Adriatic is threatened by an ecological catastrophe, I appeal to the Commission to take urgent measures to save the Dubrovnik coast and the rest of the Adriatic.. ”Emphasized the head of the Croatian EPP delegation Dubravka Šuica in her question.Certainly the pictures of garbage in Dubrovnik or our islands are not good, and tourists are not interested in who and why, but they are left with that ugly picture in their heads. Also, this problem is not from yesterday, but to date we have not been able to solve it or at least deal with it responsibly and strategically. If we can’t solve the problem at the source already, maybe we can intervene at sea before the garbage reaches Dubrovnik. Can we set up some floating dams or ships collecting garbage before it reaches the shore or maybe some third solution?Floating garbage collection floating platform solutionPerhaps one of the solutions that Boyan Slat, then 19, came up with three years ago and delighted everyone with the idea of ​​a floating platform that cleans the ocean of garbage. Namely, it is a project Marine Litter Extraction as a radical solution for cleaning the sea of ​​debris. The system consists of floating barriers instead of nets, which would catch the waste, but they are harmless enough for plankton and other marine life. Large areas can be covered, and the platforms are completely self-sustaining, with the help of solar energy, waves and sea currents. According to calculations, the system is profitable, so it would not be unusual if we soon saw something like this on the surface of the ocean. The entire project has been under development for three years and is currently in the testing phase in the North Sea.Can we be the solution? I don’t know, but we can certainly open a dialogue with the founder of the Marine Litter Extraction project and see what our options are. Of course if we want to, because many organizations in the World are dealing with this problem, we just have to open our eyes and start dealing with solving it. We have to care until it’s too late. There is certainly a solution, but we need to deal with all the challenges from the professional side and open dialogue, and that means strategic planning and development, which is so lacking in Croatia.Garbage islands in the oceans       This year is a semi-annual expedition he led Charles Moore in the Pacific Ocean revealed the dire consequences of ocean pollution. They discovered an ‘island’ of rubbish, consisting mainly of non-degradable tiny plastic, which is larger than the surface of Texas and extends in breadth and depth. Take some time and try to research online to figure out what the size of the problem is. Garbage islands float across the oceans and that’s a reality, not a figment of someone’s imagination, unfortunately.Is the Adriatic suffocating in plastic or is it just an illusion? The problem of garbage in the seas and on the beaches is not a problem of some distant and other world destinations there, but it is also present on the Adriatic, in our backyard.If you think this is not our problem, you are very much mistaken. The most beautiful sea in the world, as we often boast, also has its “islands” of garbage. In collaboration with the Association for Nature, Environment and Sustainable Development Sun and the Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, a three-minute video was recorded showing how many problems people have on the islands and beaches of the Adriatic every winter and spring. Our beautiful sea, we have only one, and one is the planet Earth. “Marine litter is a huge problem, both economically and health, ecologically, aesthetically and touristically. Unfortunately, plastic never disappears, it just breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces, it enters all the pores of the environment. Eventually if we continue like this, it will happen to us that we will eat plastic from the sea that we throw away”Said Mosor Prvan, biologist of the Association for Nature, Environment and Sustainable Development Sunce.Take a few minutes of your time and just look at the “drop in the ocean” of garbage problems on the Adriatic. This is unfortunately a reality, not some crazy hypothesis or conspiracy theory.The invasion of plastics is rapidly turning our seas into the largest landfill in the world, endangering marine animals and ending up in the food chain after plastics are crushed in the sea and turned into microplastics. Microplastics that we consume because it is found in fish, without us even being aware of it. In the Mediterranean, plastic remains have been found in small fish, seabirds, sea turtles and whales. Scientists estimate that 1455 tons of plastic are already floating in the Mediterranean, with an average density of one piece per 4 square meters, making the Mediterranean one of the most endangered marine areas.This year, Greenpeace Croatia activists in the sea in front of the famous Saplunara beach on Mljet said that there are already 1455 tons of plastic in the Mediterranean, which makes the Mediterranean one of the most endangered sea areas. “Beach cleaning is necessary, but not a solution in itself. Shredded pieces of plastic are almost impossible to remove. It is a pity that due to a few seconds of one-time use of plastic, we are permanently polluting the sea that we love so much and the animals that live in it. The islands are the most beautiful part of our coast, and tons of plastic float on them every year. It is time to understand that the problem needs to be addressed by the cause, that is, that we urgently need to change habits and get rid of disposable plastic. For example, nylon bags, straws, bottles and plastic cutlery are very easy to replace with environmentally friendly alternatives. ”  said Mihaela Bogeljić from Greenpeace Croatia.They say that the South Dalmatian islands, where residents, volunteers and visitors struggle with plastic all year round, are particularly affected, and the area of ​​the Mljet National Park is no exception. “On Mljet, Vis, Lastovo, Šolta and other beautiful islands that are laid parallel to the coast, or with the direction of the main sea current and with the direction of blowing south, a huge amount of waste is stranded. The vast majority of this is plastic, which fragments over time and remains in the sea as a microplastic for hundreds of years.. ”Emphasized Hrvoje Čižmek, President of the Society for Marine Research – 20000 Miles, an association of scientists who, in partnership with Greenpeace, documented the seabed around the Mljet National Park.At first glance, the situation in Croatia is not fabulous, unfortunately we have not yet developed awareness of the problem of pollution of our natural resources, which we can witness when we just look at the communal equipment on the beaches. Also, if you walk along the beaches, rocks and other coastal landscape we can often see various remains left by careless guests on the beaches. The question is this: If we care about sustainable development, then we must invest additional resources and financial resources for the daily cleaning of beaches, utilities as well as in the education of our guests. We must first respect ourselves and our environment, so that our guests can respect us, ie our environment.Just one trash can is not the solution to the problem. Croatian tourist workers as well as tourist destinations must first work on their consciousness and only then turn to prevention and education of guests. The only solution is strategic development, responsible and sustainable tourism. This is our responsibility, open your eyes and act until it is too late.Croatia is known for its clear sea and beautiful nature, there are solutions, and whether it will remain so in the future depends only on us – the people.Related news:THE “BLUE BAG” PROJECT FROM THE ISLAND OF KRK AS AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF PRESERVING THE CLEANLINESS OF THE SEA GREENPEACE CALLS LEADING TOURIST COMPANIES TO LEAD CROATIA’S TRANSITION TO RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCESVJERAN PIRŠIĆ, ECO KVARNER: THE FUTURE OF CROATIAN TOURISM LIES IN SUSTAINABLE TOURISM WHERE NATURAL RESOURCES, BUT ALSO NATURAL OPPORTUNITIES OF A CERTAIN ENVIRONMENT WOULD BE RESPECTED IN THE FIRST RIGHTlast_img read more

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