For the first time, China received laser echoes from all mirror reflectors on the Moon (A15, A14, A11, L17, L21). The information became available via 6do news on December 8. The research group successfully completed laser distance measurements between Earth and the moon. The first experiment by China took place in 2018 with a 1.2-meter telescope laser ranging system. Clearly, it is not competitive with the US results achieved in the same field.
A huge crowd of pro-democracy protesters took to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday, in a massive demonstration, marking half a year of protests. The massive turn was undoubtedly a sign by the majority of Hong Kong residents of their full support for the anti-government demonstrations that have been witnessed in the Chinese-ruled autonomous region since June.
While Greta Thunberg travels around the world blaming adults for stealing her dreams and her childhood, an attempt to fight climate change is causing dozens of deaths in China. As part of the Blue-Sky Protection Campaign, since October, Hebei Province started to repurchase at a lower price, or confiscate directly, traditional coal stocks from its citizens. For many villages where public heating systems are still unavailable, people were forced to buy more expensive so-called “clean coals” that allegedly could reduce the emission of several gases harmful to the climate.
Around mid-November, researchers at Lanzhou Veterinary Institute found that the genetically modified mice that they were using for an experiment could not get pregnant. They dissected one mouse and found out that it had Brucellosis. According to the World Organization for Animal Health, “Brucellosis is a zoonosis highly contagious for humans” which can lead to “fever, headache, weakness, profuse sweating, chills, weight loss and general aching.” If not treated early and properly, it can even cause infertility.
On February 5, 2021, the treaty between the US and the Russian Federation on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms will expire. The agreement was last updated in 2010. The formal name of the treaty is START and it is a nuclear arms reduction treaty. According to the terms of the START treaty, each side will reduce its strategic offensive arms while the total quantities do not exceed 700 units deployed.
China has been actively involved in espionage against Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. In the last century, China has not been known for many inventions in the space field, but instead as been a successful copycat. The route to copying patented and classified inventions leads to espionage. The facts prove themselves. Even though China has the highest numbers of STEM grads under President’s Xi politics, still China is not a leader in the field. Also, Chinese education focuses on being a great follower, but not a leader, since the communist model does not allow room for individualistic views.
Chinese internet giant Sohu published information pertaining to Japan’s nuclear capabilities. Sohu.com Inc. (NASDAQ: SOHU) is China’s premier online brand and indispensable to the daily life of millions of Chinese, providing a network of web properties. All Chinese media is controlled by the Chinese government. According to the publication, Japan has enough nuclear fuel to make over 6,000 nuclear bombs. The amount is enough to destroy a whole nation.
US and China tensions continue to escalate. President Donald Trump signed Hong Kong democracy legislation, which clearly angered China. The US never truly had any dealings with Hong Kong. Historically, Hong Kong was involved in the First Opium War in the mid 1800s. In 1841 Britain entered the island of Hong Kong and made it its military staging location. The island of Hong Kong became a British Colony.
China reacted angrily on Thursday to US President Donald Trump’s signing of a law that supports the protests in Hong Kong. Beijing called it an “absolute abomination,” and threatened to retaliate against the US government. The legislation allows the White House to impose economic sanctions against both the Chinese and the autonomous region’s officials who are responsible for human rights violations.
This week the research by Dr Martin Worthington has been published pertaining to the 3,000-year-old Babylonian story of Noah and the Ark. Noah’s Ark is the vessel in the Genesis flood narrative through which God spares Noah, his family, and examples of all the world’s animals from a world-engulfing flood. The story in Genesis is repeated, with variations, in the Quran, where the ark appears as Safina Nūḥ. There could be a reason why thus far the location of Noah’s ark has been unsuccessful.
China and the United Stаtеѕ are close to concluding the fіrѕt рhаѕе оf a trаdе расt, the Global Times, a tabloid run by the ruling Communist Party’s official People’s Daily, said оn Monday. Reports, citing еxреrtѕ сlоѕе tо thе Chinese gоvеrnmеnt, said Bеіjіng аlѕо rеmаіnеd соmmіttеd to continuing talks оn thе second or even thіrd рhаѕе of аn аgrееmеnt wіth thе Unіtеd Stаtеѕ. US Prеѕіdеnt Dоnаld Trumр ѕаіd Friday thаt a trade deal wіth Chіnа “іѕ lіkеlу tо bе vеrу close.”
The Ural Science Education Center (USEC), backed by Roskosmos, has announced a new project. The USEC opened this year under a Kremlin directive and is expected to have 15 additional centers opened within the next six years across Russia. The project consists of creating a platform which will gather information about each user. It will gather each individual’s digital footprint— the trail of data you create while using the Internet. This includes the websites you visit, emails you send, and information you submit to online services.
In this review, Durig examines the ways in which holding a diverse portfolio of dividend paying, high quality blue chip stocks can help to provide investors some much needed stability.
- Lifetime Return of 14.06%
- Average Dividend Yield of 3.34%
Quality Investments That Deliver
As trade tensions between the US and China continue to plague financial markets, investors are looking for high quality investments that can still deliver.
Durig has found the solution; blue chip dividend stocks.
The Chinese regime is putting more pressure on Hong Kong following the ongoing demonstrations in the Chinese territory. After five months of increasingly violent protests against the pro-Beijing executive, the Chinese government has still not managed to get a return to calm in the autonomous territory.
Fоr the third dау іn a rоw, dozens of рrоtеѕtеrѕ continued thеіr ѕіt-іn аt the Pоlуtесhnіс Unіvеrѕіtу іn Hong Kong, in dеfіаnсе оf thе ѕесurіtу fоrсеѕ besieging the unіvеrѕіtу known fоr іtѕ асtіvіtіеѕ іn ѕuрроrt оf thе сіtу’ѕ protest mоvеmеnt. Chief Executive Cаrrіе Lаm called on protesters to end the situation peacefully.
The European Union (EU) members will hold discussions on the November 19 in Brussels, Belgium on measures needed to stop China’s domination in the area of rare earth elements and other critical resources. The issue is relevant due to the US-China trade war and security issues. It does not help that Russia recently decided to send over 82 tones of monazite to China in the near future. Monazite is a reddish-brown phosphate mineral containing rare earth metals.
A 70-year-old man died after being hit during a clash involving anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, local authorities said late on Thursday. The media had reported that the man was hit in the head by a brick on Wednesday amid a clash between protesters and a group of locals. The victim was trying, with other people, to remove stones placed by the protesters in a street block.
Britain’s Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matthew Hancock announced the government’s desire to start collecting DNA of every newborn child. Hence, the privacy of UK citizens will no longer exist. Your DNA is a treasure trove of personal information, including your physical characteristics like eye color, paternity and health. The UK has been a pioneer in privacy intrusion. It is one thing to use DNA to solve heinous crimes and protect society, yet another to use it for the government’s gain and control.
Russia just announced near completion of its own new tokamak prototype. Russia is one of the nations involved in the ITER experiment, the world’s largest fusion experiment. Each nation involved in the project has to have its own tokamak. The tokamak is one of several types of magnetic confinement devices being developed to produce controlled thermonuclear fusion power.
Russia is planning to send 82 tonnes of monazite from the Ural region to China. The proposal was discussed on November 6. Monazite is a reddish-brown phosphate mineral containing rare-earth metals. It occurs usually in small, isolated crystals. Since the start of atomic projects in the Soviet Union in the 1930s, Siberia has been one of the regions where monazite in the river sands was extracted for its Thorium, a naturally-occurring, slightly radioactive metal discovered in 1828 by the Swedish chemist Jons Jakob Berzelius, who named it after Thor, the Norse god of thunder.
Roskosmos and Russian space programs have been experiencing certain difficulties for some time. The Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities is a state corporation responsible for the wide range and types of space flights and cosmonautics programs for the Russian Federation. Russia is unfortunately known for corruption and theft.
Recently, construction of the new Vostochny Cosmodrome resulted in the theft of 11 billion roubles ($171.3 million). This was confirmed by Russian press secretary Dmitriy Peskov, a Russian diplomat, translator and Turkologist. Since 2012, Peskov has been the Press Secretary for the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin.
The 11th BRICS Summit will be held in Brasília, Brazil on November 13-14, 2019. This year’s BRICS slogan is “Economic Growth for an Innovative Future”. BRICS is the acronym coined for an association of five major emerging national economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. This year there will be two distinct differences:
1) Hightened security measures due to the unrest in South America. During the summit, the Brazilian military will be deployed to the area.
2) The partners from other nations will not be invited. Usually, partners are invited to the summit to ink trade deals and engage in additional open dialogue.
A Hong Kоng police оffісеr shot a mаn during violent protests Monday. Pісturеѕ оf thе іnсіdеnt wеrе broadcast lіvе оn Fасеbооk ѕhоwіng a роlісе оffісеr pulling оut hіѕ gun before еngаgіng with a protesting mаn. Anоthеr man with a mаѕk оn hіѕ fасе approached the роlісе оffісеr аnd was shot. In оthеr areas оf Hоng Kоng, rероrtѕ have аlѕо bееn rероrtеd that роlісе have fired tear gаѕ and rubber bullets аt реорlе.
Thе ѕесоnd Chіnа Intеrnаtіоnаl Imроrt Expo (CIIE) соnсludеd Sunday wіth іnіtіаl dеаlѕ wоrth $71.13 bіllіоn to buy gооdѕ and ѕеrvісеѕ fоr a уеаr. Thе value оf thе dеаlѕ rоѕе 23 реrсеnt frоm last year, Sun Chenghai, dерutу dіrесtоr оf the еxhіbіtіоn bureau, told a nеwѕ conference. A tоtаl оf 181 соuntrіеѕ, rеgіоnѕ аnd іntеrnаtіоnаl оrgаnіzаtіоnѕ аttеndеd the еxhіbіtіоn аnd mоrе than 3,800 соmраnіеѕ раrtісіраtеd in thе exhibition.
The death of a student in Hong Kong who fell last weekend during clashes with the police provoked new protests from the pro-democracy movement on Friday. Alex Chow’s death could further heighten tension in the former British colony, the scene for five months of intense demonstrations— which often end in violence— to denounce Beijing’s interference and the demand for democratic reforms.
French President Emmanuel Mасrоn, whо vіѕіtеd Bеіjіng, аnd Chinese President Xі Jіnріng jоіntlу rеlеаѕеd thе “Bеіjіng-Chіnа Biodiversity Cоnѕеrvаtіоn аnd Clіmаtе Change Initiative” оn Wednesday, ѕауіng thаt thеу “ѕtrоnglу ѕuрроrt” the Pаrіѕ Agreement.
Iran’s first Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri Kouhshahi attended an annual meeting organized by the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). An 18th meeting of the Council of Heads of Government of Member States of the SCO was held Saturday in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan. The SCO, or Shanghai Pact, is a Eurasian political, economic, and security alliance, the creation of which was announced on June 15, 2001 in Shanghai. Iran is not an official member of the SCO but very interested in joining. He was observed having great interest in reciprocal agreements with Uzbekistan.
Frеnсh Prеѕіdеnt Mасrоn аrrіvеd in Shаnghаі оn Monday, hоріng to promote France-China economic аnd trаdе соореrаtіоn. However, Chіnа аlѕо wаrnеd him nоt tо tаlk аbоut sensitive topics, such аѕ Hоng Kong dеmоnѕtrаtіоnѕ. Thіѕ is the ѕесоnd tіmе thаt Mасrоn has paid a state vіѕіt to Chіnа ѕіnсе he tооk оffісе. Mасrоn wіll also раrtісіраtе іn thе Intеrnаtіоnаl Import Expo. This іѕ the ѕесоnd tіmе thаt Chіnа hаѕ hоѕtеd thіѕ іmроrt fair since thе Chіnа-US trаdе wаr brоkе оut.
The Chinese equivalent of the FDA internationally approved a new drug shown to be effective at managing mild-to-moderate symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease after a rigorous, 17-year, 3-Phase clinical trial which yielded positive results.
The announcement paves the way for the new drug, designated GV-971 and marketed as Jiuyiyi, to be prescribed immediately in China and increases the likelihood it may be approved in Europe and North America soon.
This past Thursday, Wanda Group, a Chinese multinational conglomerate, hosted an on-campus job fair in Shandong University (SU). During the opening speech, a recruiter said: “Today I’m so honored to be in this amazing city, Jinan. I see that girls in SU are all very beautiful. I have to admit, the foreign students in this university are so lucky.”
The Hong Kong government has prohibited activist Joshua Wong, one of the most prominent faces of the pro-democracy movement, from running in the forthcoming district-level elections in the city. “The candidate cannot possibly comply with the requirements of the relevant electoral laws, since advocating or promoting ‘self-determination’ is contrary to the content of the declaration that the law requires a candidate to make to uphold the Basic Law and pledge allegiance to the [Hong Kong Special Administrative Region],” said Laura Aron, a Hong Kong electoral official in a statement, made public to the media.
In this special review, Durig benchmarks the performance of its three unique blue chip equity portfolios, the Dogs of the Dow, Dogs of the S&P 500, and the Dividend Aristocrats, all of which are designed to capture high quality blue chip dividends of some of the most reputable companies on wall street.
With interest rates continuing to fall and attractive yields becoming increasingly difficult to find, many investors are turning away from conventional fixed income investments such as US Treasuries.
The 39 dead bodies that were found in a truck on Wednesday in an industrial estate near London were Chinese nationals, according to police, as reported by several local and international media. “We have since confirmed that eight of the deceased are women and 31 are men and all are believed to be Chinese nationals,” police said in a statement on Thursday. There was also one teenager among them.
Russia is developing a reusable rocket that is expected to be a competitor to the American made Falcon 9 rocket, a two-stage-to-orbit medium lift launch vehicle. The Falcon 9 is designed and manufactured by SpaceX, a private American aerospace manufacturer and space transportation services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California. It was founded in 2002 by Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs to enable the colonization of Mars. It is powered by Merlin engines, also developed by SpaceX, burning liquid oxygen and rocket-grade kerosene propellants. Falcon-9 is also the first ever reusable rocket.
According to a report by the international business newspaper, Financial Times, quoting sources with knowledge of the ongoing plans, China is reportedly planning to fire Hong Kong’s Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, and appoint a temporary leader. That won’t happen, however, until the region has stabilized from its current crisis, sources have revealed.
A review and performance recap of Durig’s highly successful Dividend Aristocrats Portfolio that also compares the portfolio to another aristocratic dividend portfolio. The Dividend Aristocrats Portfolio was also designed with income stability in mind, maintaining investment focus on only higher quality blue chip companies known as “Aristocrats.”
October Performance Highlights
- Average Dividend Yield of 3.51%
- Lifetime return of 9.44%
- Excess Return of 3.27% (vs. benchmark)*
- Alpha of 7.95 (vs. benchmark*)
- Beta of 0.18 (vs. benchmark*)
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam was forced to read her annual speech via video after protests from pro-democracy legislators. They reportedly shouted and mocked Lam in the middle of the speech. Lam is being pressured by protests against Chinese intervention which had taken place four months ago. In her speech, she promised to remain committed to restoring trust in the government and asking people to “put aside differences.”
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam was forced on Wednesday to stop delivering her speech on future policies for the Special Administrative Region. She had earlier tried to deliver the speech in the Legislative Council amid protests by parliamentarians. After a second attempt was interrupted by lawmakers, Lam ended up delivering the speech via video.
The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s Grainger College of Engineering announced on October 14th their intend to form the Midwest Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Coalition to raise awareness of the potential for hydrogen and fuel cells to provide energy resilience and security, reduce emissions and foster economic growth.
China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology announced that from December 2019, it will use facial recognition to control over 800 million mobile internet users. According to China’s laws, a person using any online service needs to be identified. There is no such thing as anonymity in China.
The chronology of the evolution of the Chinese totalitarian laws:
Hong Kong police carried out new arrests during protests on Sunday, organized in different neighborhoods by pro-democracy protesters. Security forces stormed a shopping center which protesters had vandalized for supporting the pro-Beijing Hong Kong government. On the other hand, a group of protesters secretly transported a statue that became a symbol of their mobilization on top of an emblematic mountain of the ex-British colony, the “Lion Rock” (495 meters), which dominates the peninsula from Kowloon.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi received Chinese President Xi Jinping in the scenic southern town of Chennai. The town has a historic old temple and is popular with tourists because it is suitable for surfing. In this seaside town, Xi and Modi held a few hours of one-on-one talks. Xi said on Saturday that he had a free and frank discussion with Modi.
All Chinese companies have suspended their cooperation with the NBA in the wake of a controversial tweet from one of the association’s general managers. However, Thursday’s game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets in Shanghai went on as scheduled, and Saturday’s game between the two teams in Shenzhen will continue as usual as well. At the same time, the attitude of this incident on the Chinese network is one-sided.
Trade talks between the US and China are scheduled to resume this week, on Thursday and Friday. The outside world is concerned about whether the two sides can end their 15-month trade war. According to Al Jazeera, the US government plans to partially cancel a ban on sales to Huawei, and allow them to continue to purchase parts from the United States.
The broadcast of NBA games in China was suspended, and an event prior to a preseason game was canceled, following a tweet by a general manager about Hong Kong. Meanwhile, China’s state-run press accuses Apple of supporting the “agitators” by way of a mobile app.
There is an intriguing new analysis of the findings pertaining to the genome-wide markers in the current Eurasian population. Apparently, there are two streams of genes.
1) Mongoloid from Central Asia to the territories of Turkey and Syria. (Mongoloid is a grouping of various people indigenous to East Asia, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, North Asia, Polynesia and the Americas. It is one of the traditional three races first introduced in the 1780s by members of the Göttingen School of History)
2) Uralid from Eastern Siberia to the Estonian border. (West Sibirid subtype, especially common in the basin of the Ob River among Khanty and Mansi people. Sometimes in Altai and Khakassia. Due to the harsh Siberian climate, this type was never very numerous. Today, the indigenous groups are largely outnumbered by Russians)