Germany’s arms exports approved in 2019 have reached a record level

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The total value of military equipment exports approved by the German government in 2019 reached a record amount of almost € 8 billion, according to figures from the Ministry of Finance that came to the knowledge of the German Agency.

By December 15, the government approved arms exports worth € 7.95 billion, the largest amount since 2015, according to figures released by the finance ministry.

This year’s amount comes after three consecutive years of contraction in exports, and from the amount of 2015 when exports of military equipment amounted to 7.86 billion euros.

Compared to 2018, authorized exports increased by 65%.

Nearly 1.77 billion euros worth of military equipment was exported to Hungary (a NATO member), followed by Egypt with 802 million euros worth of arms exports and the US 483 million euros.

Authorizations have risen sharply since the start of 2019. By the middle of the year, export licenses had already exceeded those of last year, totaling € 5.3 billion.

Finance Minister Peter Altmayer said the increase was due to the lengthy process of forming a government after the 2017 elections, which created a backlog of decisions.

The share of controversial exports to so-called third countries that are neither EU members nor NATO – such as Australia – fell this year from 52.9% to 44.2% compared to the previous year. However, the sheer amount has increased by almost € 1 billion.

“These dramatic figures show that the whole export control system simply does not work,” said Sevim Dagdelen, foreign policy chief for DiLinke.

Key steps to grow your business on social media

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All businesses want to maintain an active presence on social media and seek interaction with their customers.

However, it is often complicated to build their business profile properly in order to establish a business identity.

Here’s a guide to see your business’s recognition difference.

  1. Take a photo of your workplace
  2. Answer the question: “what is your goal in the next months”?
  3. Introduce your new employee to social media
  4. Share something popular
  5. Interview a client
  6. Post something where you need to ‘Fill in the gap’
  7. Share information about a social event you look forward to attending
  8. Share something funny
  9. Share a “story” (photo or video displayed for 24 hours)
  10. Share someone else’s content / posts
  11. Share #tbt (Throwback Thursday is the name of a weekly social media posting trend and hashtag, with users sharing it and sharing some of their favorite memories)
  12. Post something seasonal
  13. Share something that will inspire you
  14. Emphasize the customer of the month
  15. Share information about a social event you attended
  16. Share an interesting survey
  17. Ask your audience a multiple choice question
  18. Create a video with employees or products for your business
  19. Repeat a move that has been successful
  20. Share the latest newsletter or announcement
  21. Share a chart that your audience will like
  22. Edit and share a photo
  23. Correct a misconception related to your site
  24. Share your favorite book or article that you plan to read
  25. Show off another local business or organization
  26. Show off your professionalism with helpful tips
  27. Share something about achieving a corporate goal, birthday or a lesser-known celebration
  28. View your social media accounts together
  29. Ask your audience to sign up for the contact email
  30. Thank your customers for their support

 

The technological future of humanity already underway in Silicon Valley

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There are trends in technology that are dying before they are well born and others that prove so important that transform not only the industry but also the way we actually live.

And in an industry that is so inextricably linked to innovation and innovation, things remain extremely fluid in terms of setting trends.

But there are times when Silicon Valley doesn’t hide what it’s looking for behind closed doors, as in our interconnected post-industrial world few things remain a secret.

The ever-increasing adoption of digital assistants, the infamous Internet of Things, interconnected applications, and even the new strategies of operating smart machines remain pillars of technology, the foundations upon which our young and brave world is built.

But with cutting-edge computing, increasingly smart homes, and even smart cities, more and more tech-savvy evangelizers are embracing the new, advanced 5G protocols, as well as greater security of e-commerce with the help of artificial intelligence. Or Bitcoin!

Large technology exhibitions, like the infamous CES, often point to the direction that industry giants will follow in terms of both consumer products and innovation. And now the weight is falling on both augmented and virtual reality, on motor vehicles, robotic technology, smart energy and so much more.

And of course the tech industry is one of those that doesn’t exactly expect the consumer to adopt technologies and adopt new devices. The blocks you see in space have the power to establish strategies and promote the digital transformation of our world in a way that “no” fits.

IDC Research tells us it expects more than $ 1.3 trillion will be spent. dollars to adapt the market to the dance industry of the tech industry. At the same time, the colossus at Gartner Inc. technology research is predicting rapid changes to e-security services, as cybercrime is something that no one can ignore.

And of course all market players expect much more diffusion of artificial intelligence in everything from the purely industrial sector to tertiary production. Gartner is referring to “robotic employees” in its long-awaited annual report, namely smart machines that “turn into a competitive necessity”.

Amidst the enormously exciting and always subversive technology landscape, what trends stand out for 2020, as evidenced by the estimates of expert analysts and the great Silicon Valley players themselves…

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Our biggest dependency on data

From mere chatting with our online friends to online ordering or media streaming, whatever we do online today requires a long line of interconnected services. Services and applications that work naturally with data, so much data that have triggered an unprecedented explosion and call for bold reforms to continue to work this scary digital building seamlessly.

Most of us do not often realize what volume of data we are talking about. Want a thick image? So every minute of the hour there are some 900,000 Facebook posts, 450,000 tweets, 156 million emails and 15 million text messages. With such astronomical numbers, what we are essentially doing is doubling the volume of data that goes online every two years.

Something that requires enormous efforts from the tech industry to keep things running smoothly, an ever-evolving process that will naturally continue, as a necessity rather than a new vision…

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The Internet of Things and how our machines are constantly becoming ‘smarter’

As the Internet of Things, we strongly call for the connectivity of our devices to the Internet and their ever-increasing interaction. From industrial robots to the simple technological objects of our day, they all rely on built-in sensors that collect and analyze data in order to do something. So we can, for example, open our home’s air conditioner from a cellphone.

The Internet of Things is one of those directions that is more or less imperative for the tech world. Everything nowadays is smart or done as we speak, constantly collecting data and interacting with other devices, thereby exponentially increasing data usage and without human intervention.

And tech industry estimates show that this trend will not only continue, but will dominate. By 2020, Gartner estimates, more than 250 million cars will be connected to the Internet, providing smart features and self-driving services!

The Internet of Things already has countless devices to communicate with, only to have just begun! Technology research firm IHS predicts that by 2020 there will be more than 75 billion internet connected devices…

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The exponential increase in processing power is fueling huge technological developments

It goes without saying that none of this, neither the Internet of Things with its billions of devices nor the management of astronomical data, would have been possible without the huge leaps in pure computing. To put it in perspective, between 1975-2015 the computing power doubled every two years, before reaching today’s extremely high levels, where the growth rate has fallen to 2.5 years.

Only with these and these we have reached the limit of almost everything that a computer could have traditionally worked on. That’s why Silicon Valley has turned its attention to quantum computers, the biggest revolution in the way computers work and what they can do. Quantum computing will see its devices become millions of times faster and space leaders are leading the race for who will launch a commercially viable version of the market.

A version that can solve problems and perform calculations that are currently unthinkable. And to solve natural problems that we haven’t even thought about yet …

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The incredible diffusion of artificial intelligence

Machines are the ones we are talking about today that are capable of learning exactly the same way we humans do. We are essentially talking about a scary leap in the industry, as today’s algorithms are not based on simple data processing, but can deliver their own programs and applications, acting as templates. As human minds, in other words.

It goes without saying that supercomputers are at the heart of all this development, as the faster artificial intelligence learns, the more accurate its estimates become. Only this jump in algorithms means that smart machines can now do more than traditional human tasks, as it is not just the automation of the production they master.

Programs recognize things in our world with great accuracy (facial recognition technologies, for example), read, write, listen, speak, produce reactions and emotions, and put us in glasses so spiritual that they were once considered exclusively human. And Silicon Valley is not going to stop …

The unstoppable train we call ‘automation’

The smarter our robotic assistants become, the more they can do for us. Which means that even more functions, processes, decisions and systems are automated as we speak, with artificial intelligence algorithms at their heart that can do just about anything.

Automation does not just affect production or the secondary sector, occupying jobs that are cumbersome and risky, jobs that make things faster, more efficient, safer and cheaper. But now she even gets the job of accountants, even lawyers!

And so the forecasts suggest that they will soon replace the human factor in practically everything, from the builder to the foreman and the professional truck driver to the doctor. An estimate even predicts that 47% of Britain’s jobs are now in danger of being overtaken by automation (“creative disaster” they typically call it), one of Silicon Valley’s most beloved destinations …

3D printing is already transforming the industry (and others)

Directly related to automation is the development of the infamous 3D printing, which changes – if not stops – industrial production as we know it. 3D printing is becoming more and more constant in the manufacturing industry as printers are now processing everything from metal and plastic to cement, liquids, powders and even human tissue (!), Creating cheaper objects one layer at a time.

Not only the cost, but also the creative solutions of 3D printing, as it can and does deliver much more sophisticated designs than traditional industrial design. And it consumes of course much less material. Products that come out of an industrial 3D printer can easily be adapted to the customer’s needs without having to worry about economies of scale at the same time.

2020 is sure to see even more amazing things in 3D printing…

We will interact with technology in a completely different ways

The way we talk to smartphones and other tech products has changed dramatically in recent years. But we haven’t seen anything yet, as the big players at least promise. Thanks to smartphones and tablets, we can now stroke the screen and even on the go a huge plethora of things, as 2016 was the milestone year for mobile technology overpowering traditional PCs (desktops). Google also confirmed this, telling us that mobile searches surpassed those of desktops in 2017.

At the same time, we are now talking on our devices, using voice commands in Siri and related programs (Alexa, Cortana). Estimates here say that by 2021, 50% of all online searches will be done via voice rather than typing, and a good 30% won’t even need a screen.

Naturally, the business world is now forced to link its products and services with industry developments, harmonizing them with their respective applications (Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant remain the benchmarks). Add to all of these applications that provide both artificial and enhanced intelligence, the next big step in how we interact with our devices, and you see where things are going…

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Blockchain technology that is changing the… banking system

In other circumstances, a few years ago, this would be something we would learn backwards. But not anymore, as nothing is hidden in the world of technology. The Blockchain you are talking about is the technology behind the digital currency Bitcoin, one of those things that has caught the hexapin mankind and no one can turn their back on it.

It is essentially a platform that transforms the way we trade, store, and exchange data, so that everything is done without intermediaries, but with greater security. Think of Blockchain as a decentralized and extremely secure database, that is, much safer than any other transaction protection technology, as all of this data is not stored “somewhere”.

It is a box of chains – wherever the platform gets its name – only this chain is not managed by an organization or group of people, but is based on its users. And with Bitcoin coming into our day-to-day discussions for good, we intuitively understand exactly what it is.

And is it really a serious attempt to democratize the global financial system, an effort based on the simple idea of ​​why a third party (be it a bank, agency or service) is involved in trading between two parties?

As experts say, the banking, insurance and health services are the key areas that will soon adopt Blockchain technology, despite the fact that most have not even heard of it, a good… 90% of the top European and US banks are already exploring its operation.

Climate change is decimating the workforce

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Climate change, characterized by a rise in temperature and humidity, has reduced the workforce by 10% over the past six decades.

This comes from a new study by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which suggests that the proportion of workers unable to work due to heat may double by 2050.

Absolute humidity in the air has increased in recent years, due to the fact that hot air retains more water vapor than the cold.

As it is known, when the hot summers are combined with high humidity the atmosphere created is choking and makes the work unbearable.

To estimate the stress caused by work at high temperatures with high humidity in the atmosphere, researchers gathered data from the military and industries on “heat stress” and combined them with official forecasts for rising temperatures. and increasing humidity in the coming years.

The results were shocking. “We predict that the loss of workforce from ‘heat stress’ will double worldwide by 2050, with the climate even warmer,” study lead John Dunne said in a statement.

In hot humid periods, people’s ability to work falls to 90%. Scientists predict that in the future, an increase in temperature and humidity will reduce the ability to work even more, to 80%.

Indeed, if the pessimistic scenario of a 6-degree Celsius temperature rise in the coming decades due to climate change is confirmed, work in the summer months in many regions of the world is likely to become almost impossible.

Bill Gates will build the first “smart city”

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The whole city will be set up by Bill Gates in the Arizona area, which will also be a pioneer of its kind as it will be an entirely ‘smart city’. Bill Gates through a real estate investment firm he owns, recently bought a giant plot of land in Arizona for $ 80 million to build this “smart city”.

Arizona-based Belmont Partners, one of Gates’ investment companies, purchased about 25,000 acres of land in Tonopa, about 50 miles west of Phoenix, to create a “smart city”, called Belmont , according to FOX News, citing KPNX TV station.

Ronald Sott of the Arizona Technology Board said the land acquired by Gates is in good standing, in part because of the recently-launched highway I-11, which crosses Belmond and is expected to connects it to Las Vegas. “Bill Gates is known for his innovation and is now coming to Arizona.At last, Arizona will be recognized as a place of innovation.

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Belmont will create a community of the future, with a communications and infrastructure system that will incorporate state-of-the-art technology around high-speed digital networks, data centers, new production technologies and distribution models, autonomous vehicles and autonomous accounting hubs,” a press release said, according to KPNX. A model city will be built on a flexible infrastructure model, Belmont Properties says.

The “smart city” is reportedly to include an area of ​​80,000 homes, two square kilometers of public schools and land for offices, commercial buildings and retail stores.

The bank that offers negative loan rates

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A bank in Denmark offers mortgage loans at a negative rate, essentially paying its clients to borrow money to buy a home.

Jyske Bank, Denmark’s third-largest bank, announced last week that customers will now be able to get a 10-year fixed-rate mortgage with a -0.5% interest rate, meaning customers will pay less from the amount they borrowed.

To understand the -0.5% rate in simple terms: If you bought a home for $ 1 million and paid off your loan in 10 years, you would only pay $ 995,000 to the bank.

It should be noted that even with the negative interest rate, banks often impose debt-related charges, which means that homeowners can eventually pay more.

It’s a new chapter in the history of mortgage lending,” Jyske Bank economist Mikkel H. told Danish television, according to the Copenhagen Post website. “A few months ago, we would say that would not have been possible, but we have been surprised again and again, and this opens up a new opportunity for homeowners.”

Jyske Bank’s negative interest rate is the latest in a series of extremely low interest rate offers from banks to Danish homeowners.

According to The Local, Nordea Bank, the largest bank in Scandinavia, has announced that it will offer 20-year fixed-rate mortgages at 0% interest rate. Bloomberg reported that some Danish banks offered a 30-year mortgage at 0.5% interest rate.

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It should also be noted that negative interest rates are available in Denmark for short-term mortgage bonds from May, according to Bloomberg. It has only recently become readily accessible to consumers.

It’s never been cheaper to borrow,Lise Nytoft Bergmann, chief analyst at Nordea’s home finance unit in Denmark, told Bloomberg.

It may seem unprofitable for banks to lend their money at such low interest rates – but there is a logic behind it.

Financial markets are at an unstable, uncertain point at this time. Factors include the US-China trade war, Brexit and a widespread economic slowdown around the world – and especially in Europe.

Many investors fear that there will be a significant financial crisis in the near future. Therefore, some banks are willing to lend money at negative interest rates, accepting a slight loss instead of risking more loss by borrowing money at higher interest rates that customers cannot meet.

It is an unpleasant thought that there are investors who are willing to lend money for 30 years and get only 0.5% in return,” Bergmann said.

It shows how frightened investors are about the current situation in the financial markets and that they expect it will take a very long time for things to improve.

The first country that salaries will be paid in crypto currency

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It is now the first country to legalize crypto-wage payments, following a directive issued by the Ministry of Internal Revenue and the tax office for the experimental implementation, from September 1 and initially for a three-year period, of payroll employees’ salaries.

The reason for New Zealand.

The legislation, adopted on August 7, provides for the possibility of paying on a regular basis a part of salaried money and excluding freelancers and subcontractors.

Moreover, it requires that these cryptocurrencies should be able to be “instantly converted” into a fixed, single cryptocurrency whose exchange rate will be linked to one or more national currencies.

As the legislator points out, “not all cryptocurrencies are acceptable“, clarifying that in order to be considered eligible for “pay or allowances” they must have similarities with existing official currencies so as not to be endangered by sanctions, or prohibitions, and can be converted into a national currency.

 

The historic La Margna at Grace Hotels

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The luxury hotel group of Grace Hotels has acquired the historic La Margna Hotel in the heart of St. Moritz, Switzerland.

During 2014, the company will implement an extensive refurbishment and conversion program to create Grace St. Moritz and St. Moritz Residences, a luxury hotel and residential complex, providing services that will be built to the highest standards of luxury, making Grace Hotels world-class.

La Margna Hotel Built in 1906, La Margna Hotel is one of the landmark hotels of St. Moritz, which remains one of the most glamorous summer and winter destinations in the world and has been regarded as a reference point for winter sports since its creation in the late 19th century.

St. Moritz has twice hosted the Winter Olympics and is home to Cresta Run, the renowned toboggan sleigh track. The hotel is south-facing with panoramic views of the lake and the resort’s valley and is just minutes from the luxurious shops and restaurants that make the city a meeting point for the international jet set.

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Upon completion of the renovations, the hotel will have 36 rooms and suites, as well as serviced apartments with lake views. It will have three restaurants – with the main restaurant offering a brand new, international, refined dining experience. The classic Swiss restaurant will specialize in local cuisine, while the third restaurant will offer meals throughout the day. A drink and cigar bar will complement guests’ gastronomic experience. The hotel has private parking and is just a two-minute walk from the train and bus station.

The Grace St. SPA Moritz will be completely redesigned to create a luxurious “haven” for healing, wellness and relaxation. The plans include a new gym and a pool with breathtaking architectural features. The ski facilities will be upgraded to the highest standards, with the construction of a fully modernized and equipped ski lounge.

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Commenting on the addition of Grace St. Moritz in the group portfolio, Grace Hotels CEO Philippe Requin said: “It is a flagship hotel in one of the world’s most iconic resorts and a valuable addition to the Grace family. The Engadine Valley is an area of ​​great natural beauty, while St. Moritz remains one of Europe’s most unique destinations. Following on from its glorious history, we are proud to take over the La Margna Hotel in the next chapter of its evolution. “

St. Moritz is often regarded as the place where winter tourism was born, and established as an Alps resort in 1864. It is a premier winter sports destination with a 350km track. It is also one of the highest resorts in Switzerland, at 1,800 meters. In addition to skiing, St. Moritz offers many sports and leisure options throughout the year, including hiking, snowmobiling and snowboarding, paragliding, cycling, golf, roller skates, windsurfing, tennis and sailing. Numerous artistic and cultural events take place in the village and surrounding area, and there are world-class shops and restaurants.

The best open air food markets in the world

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There is no better way to discover the local cuisine and culture of every country’s cuisine than the outdoor food markets.

Andrew Zimmern, an American television star, chef, author and subject expert, presents us his favorite food markets around the world. As he characteristically states: “Through my travels I have found that there is no better way to feel the pulse of a city or to understand the local culture than to visit a food market.

Marrakech, Morocco – Djemaa el Fna

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Next to Marrakech’s historic Medina, this bustling central square is always at the top of the list for travelers. It is a vibrant cultural spectacle for thousands of years, with snake charms, acrobats, Berber musicians, herbalists and beggars. There are many restaurants in the area, but it is a good idea to enjoy your meal in the center of the action. Follow mechoui sellers with your nose.

This roast lamb is eaten by hand, served with cumin and salt and will be served on a large napkin. Combined with a glass of mint tea, it is an all-time classic meal. Getting lost in Djemaa is half the fun. Navigate to its furthest points and try to find where you started. Good luck!

Montreal – Marché Atwater

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In the 1930s, this art deco market was built as a government plan to stimulate the economy and today houses dozens of suppliers of products, delicatessen, cheese dealers, boulangeries, florists and high quality chocolates. With kiosks and benches inside the two-storey building and outside, it is the perfect walk to fill your afternoon. Don’t miss the Fromagerie Atwater. These guys know their job well and sell more than 750 different kinds of cheese. There are still plenty of options for lunch, such as Satay Brothers steamed pork buns, as well as savory and sweet crepes from Creperie du Marché.

Palawan, Philippines – Puerto Princesa Market

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With crystal clear waters, fresh produce and an incredibly wide variety of seafood, this picturesque island in the southern part of the Philippine archipelago is a magical place. The Puerto Princesa market is the starting point for tourists looking for something different. First stop, the public market. Mountains of tropical fruits and fresh seafood have their honor, but bananas are the ones stealing the show. The Midget bananas are wrapped in thick sugar and then caramelized in hot oil. It’s like a tropical version of caramelized apple.

Chengdu, China – Outdoor Market in Qingyang District

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Chengdu is one of the most famous food cities on the planet. In 2010, the capital of Sichuan was named by UNESCO “City of Gastronomy”, one of the few corresponding cities in the world, based on the relationship between nutrition and culture. The abundance of its outdoor markets is truly impressive. Head to Qingyang District, where you will find fish, pork and offal stands, frog buckets, vegetable pickle and tofu. You will also find spicy pasta, crispy pancakes and charcoal rabbit. This food is so hot and spicy that it will burn your throat, leaving a wonderful taste in your mouth.

Seoul – Noryangjin Fish Market

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The Noryangjin Fish Market in Seoul is definitely worth a visit, both because of its size and variety. Imagine benches with skates, mussels, seafood, tuna and everything else you can think of. It is the largest and oldest market in Seoul, with more than 700 private seafood stands. As you walk down the aisles, grab a snack of spicy codfish. You will find dozens of varieties of this addictive snack all over the market. Buy fish, the fisherman will cook it for you and then go to one of the nearby restaurants where they will cook it for you. It’s a dream come true.

St. Petersburg – Kuznechny Market

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Just next to the metro station in the heart of the city, Market Market houses a real Amalthea horn with Russian food and souvenirs. Inside the large, vaulted building, you’ll find places dedicated to Russian pillars: caviar, smoked fish, traditional butchers, cheeses and pyramids of fresh produce. There are plenty of weird deals on offer, as a trip to St. Petersburg would not be complete without tasting a heart of bulls or dried herring with its intact sack of eggs. Honey suppliers compete to get your attention by offering you fresh honey that is truly worth a try.

Oaxaca, Mexico – Mercado de Abastos

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You could spend a whole day at Oaxaca’s four-acre central market. You may still need to buy an extra suitcase to carry the tempting handmade crafts, and their food will not go back. The smell of the market alone is intoxicating, a blend of fresh coriander, sugar cane and chili. After a day out in the city, you’ll be ready to taste handmade tamales and tlayudas offered by older women who cook and sell in the narrow streets of the market.

Paris – Marché Bastille

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It is the largest and best outdoor market in Paris. A stroll along these corridors ranks among the truly greatest pleasures in life. Large quantities of Brie, a huge assortment of goat cheese, sausages, fresh produce, buckets of salty olives and all kinds of meat you can imagine are enticing to the visitors. Open up your appetite with gourmet offerings and end up with roast chicken. Don’t miss out on bread traders, oysters, and wine gurus.

Ecuador – Otavalo Market

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Nestled high in the Andes between two inert volcanoes in the Valle del Amanecer, Otavalo has been the crossroads of the pre-Inca trade route. Today, it is probably the most famous textile market in the country. This means you will find hordes of tourists looking for world-renowned wallpapers, but if you look better, you will find a picturesque town with a rich history and excellent culinary traditions.

Wake up at sunrise on Saturday morning and head to the Plaza de Ponchos, which houses a traditional farm market. Animals of all kinds are sold here and traded for a vast network of farms, slaughterhouses and wholesalers. Find one of the many cooks who serve motes, heavy bowls of steamed corn and roast pork.

Palermo – Mercato di Ballarò

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This beautiful neighborhood market is known for its fresh fish, but another strong point is the meat, and in particular the fritole, which is fried cow offal cut into small pieces. Another particular preference is the spices, especially when sprinkled with salt and lemon juice. Although you will see many tourists strolling under the sea with umbrellas covering the benches, the locals are the ones flocking mainly to the market to taste tripe, gut soup, panelle (eggplant pancakes) with eggplant and Panini with spleen.

They found water in the Sahara

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Huge underground water reservoirs have been discovered beneath the Sahara by researchers, according to the BBC. The volume of water deposits is estimated to feed the desert area for the next 400 years.

The new reservoir named Ohangwena II extends between the Angola and Namibia borders, covering a total of 43 miles with 25 being on the Namibian side

The waters have been around for about 10,000 years and their purity is greater than many sources in the western world, and they are suitable for drinking.

At this stage in the Namibia region, about 800,000 people live and drink water from a 40-year-old canal that brings them water from Angola.

The developer argues that this discovery can radically change the agricultural processes and crops in the area.