The European Union has apparently suspended efforts to ratify a massive trade deal with Communist China following intense backlash on issues such as human rights and a series of tit-for-tat sanctions. In December, the European Commission signed in principle the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI), which would have paved the way for some €120 billion in trade. The deal was preliminary, however, as it would have required ratification from the European Parliament and the governments of EU member states. EU Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis told the AFP news agency on Tuesday that the Commission has abandoned attempts to ratify the deal. “It’s clear in the current situation with the EU sanctions in place against China and Chinese counter-sanctions in place, including against members of European Parliament (that) the environment is not conducive for ratification of the agreement,” Dombrovskis said. “We now in a sense have suspended… political … [Read more...] about European Union Backtracks on Massive Trade Deal with Communist China
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Story highlights Diet, blood type or color of clothing have little effect on mosquitoes Mosquitoes are primarily attracted to carbon dioxide and heat Citronella plants and candles aren't good repellents, experts say (CNN) Just about everyone can agree that mosquitoes are more than a little annoying. They bite, the bites itch and the repellent stinks. Even more disturbing are the incurable viruses these tiny predators can carry, including West Nile , malaria, yellow fever, dengue fever and chikungunya . But just about everything else you thought you knew about mosquitoes and mosquito bites may be wrong. Here are the facts behind five mosquito myths to help prevent the itch and maintain your health: Myth No. 1: All mosquitoes bite humans According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , there are about 3,500 species of mosquitoes. Some feed on plant nectar, some on reptiles, some on birds and others on … [Read more...] about What makes me so tasty? 5 myths about mosquito bites
close Video Fox News Flash top entertainment headlines for April 9 Fox News Flash top entertainment and celebrity headlines are here. Check out what's clicking today in entertainment. EXCLUSIVE: In late 1998, Robert Mladinich wrote to his "old college pal" Joel Rifkin – New York’s most prolific serial killer. After exchanging letters, the former cop, who served the NYPD from 1983 until 2003 when he retired with the rank of Detective Second Grade, decided to visit Rifkin at Attica Correctional Facility. Their recorded conversations are the focus of a new true-crime documentary titled "Rifkin on Rifkin: Private Confessions of a Serial Killer," which is part of Oxygen channel’s "Serial Killer Week." The special also features interviews with Rifkin’s childhood friends, investigators on the case, as well as those closest to his victims. MURDER OF MICHAEL JORDAN'S FATHER EXAMINED IN NEW DOC, RAISING QUESTIONS ABOUT SHOCKING … [Read more...] about Serial killer Joel Rifkin ‘never expressed any remorse’ for his crimes, spoke of his killings calmly: doc
To compete with China and shore up the American economy, the Biden administration is engaging in the long criticized industrial policy of choosing some industries to promote over others. Research and Development (R&D) tops the list of the chosen ones to the tune of $300 billion , and Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one of the favorite technologies on the R&D list, right next to other “Breakthrough Technologies” such as electric vehicle technology, lightweight materials and 5G. Government reports and many journalists refer to AI as “a technology.” Actually, AI is not one technology but a whole toolbox of different technologies. To plan to invest more in AI is akin to calling for more investment in, say, renewables; both a good idea and a very incomplete thought. I am a student of public policy (including a year of hands-on experience in the White House), not of AI. That said, I note a striking difference between two AI agendas. One seeks to create an artificial brain that … [Read more...] about The Biden administration wants to invest in AI — but which kind?
When a red-tailed hawk spotted bird researchers approaching along the South Platte River greenway one morning last week, it flinched and flew away, up from a bog toward cottonwoods hanging over a former industrial waste pond. The researchers saw it, along with a robin, and recorded their observations on a clipboard. They were counting all the avian species they could find as part of an intensive “bioblitz” survey that, in the coming months, also will include teams tallying plants, bugs and animals along the trash-strewn river corridor in Denver. Coordinated by Colorado State University as construction crews build a CSU campus and re-develop the National Western Stock Show site on 250 acres just east of the South Platte, the survey data is building a baseline biological inventory of species as development transforms the city. Worldwide, an estimated 1 million species face extinction as the climate warms and humans degrade and convert natural habitat. Denver leaders, for … [Read more...] about Birds, bugs, invasive plants and beaver endure along Denver’s polluted South Platte River