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Eating fish could prevent Parkinson’s disease (吃鱼可以防止帕金森)

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

Stockholm, April 23(Greenpost)– A new study from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, showed that Parvalbumin, a protein found in great quantities in several different fish species, has been shown to help prevent the formation of certain protein structures closely associated with Parkinson’s disease, a statement from the university website says.

Fish has long been considered a healthy food, linked to improved long-term cognitive health, but the reasons for this have been unclear. Omega-3 and -6, fatty acids commonly found in fish, are often assumed to be responsible, and are commonly marketed in this fashion. However, the scientific research regarding this topic has drawn mixed conclusions. Now, new research from Chalmers has shown that the protein parvalbumin, which is very common in many fish species, may be contributing to this effect.

One of the hallmarks of Parkinson’s disease is amyloid formation of a particular human protein, called alpha-synuclein. Alpha-synuclein is even sometimes referred to as the ‘Parkinson’s protein’
What the Chalmers researchers have now discovered, is that parvalbumin can form amyloid structures that bind together with the alpha-synuclein protein. Parvalbumin effectively ‘scavenges’ the alpha-synuclein proteins, using them for its own purposes, thus preventing them from forming their own potentially harmful amyloids later on.

“Parvalbumin collects up the ‘Parkinson’s protein’ and actually prevents it from aggregating, simply by aggregating itself first,” explains Pernilla Wittung-Stafshede, Professor and Head of the Chemical Biology division at Chalmers, and lead author on the study.

With the parvalbumin protein so highly abundant in certain fish species, increasing the amount of fish in our diet might be a simple way to fight off Parkinson’s disease. Herring, cod, carp, and redfish, including sockeye salmon and red snapper, have particularly high levels of parvalbumin, but it is common in many other fish species too. The levels of parvalbumin can also vary greatly throughout the year.

“Fish is normally a lot more nutritious at the end of the summer, because of increased metabolic activity. Levels of parvalbumin are much higher in fish after they have had a lot of sun, so it could be worthwhile increasing consumption during autumn,” says Nathalie Scheers, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology and Biological Engineering, and researcher on the study. It was Nathalie who first had the inspiration to investigate parvalbumin more closely, after a previous study she did looking at biomarkers for fish consumption.

Other neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s, ALS and Huntington’s disease, are also caused by certain amyloid structures interfering in the brain. The team is therefore keen to research this topic further, to see if the discovery relating to Parkinson’s disease could have implications for other neurodegenerative disorders as well. Pernilla Wittung-Stafshede stresses the importance of finding ways to combat these neurological conditions in the future:

“These diseases come with age, and people are living longer and longer. There’s going to be an explosion of these diseases in the future – and the scary part is that we currently have no cures. So we need to follow up on anything that looks promising.”

A follow up study, looking at parvalbumin from another angle, is indeed planned for this autumn. Nathalie Scheers, together with Professor Ingrid Undeland, also of Chalmers, will investigate parvalbumin from herring, and its transport in human tissues.

“It will be very interesting to study how parvalbumin distributes within human tissues in more depth. There could be some really exciting results.”

More About: Fish and Better Neurological Health

The link between higher consumption of fish and better long-term health for the brain has been long established. There is correlation between certain diets and decreased rates of Parkinson’s disease – as well as other neurodegenerative conditions. “Among those who follow a Mediterranean diet, with more fish, one sees lower rates of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s,” says Tony Werner, a PhD student in the Department of Biology and Biological Engineering, and lead researcher on the study. This has also been observed in Japan, where seafood forms a central part of the diet. The team is careful to note that no definite links can be established at this point, however.

More About: Amyloids and Aggregation

Proteins are long chains of amino acids that fold into specific structures to carry out their function. But sometimes, proteins can fold incorrectly, and get tangled up with other proteins, a process known as aggregation.As these misfolded proteins aggregate together, they create long fibrous structures known as amyloids. Amyloids are not necessarily a bad thing, but can be responsible for various diseases. Some of them can interfere with neurons in the brain, killing those cells, and causing a variety of neurodegenerative conditions.

More About: The Study

The study was published in the journal Scientific Reports.

Abundant fish protein inhibits α-synuclein amyloid formation

Nathalie Scheers had looked at parvalbumin before in another context.

“I was on a previous study where we looked at possible compliance markers for fish intake. Parvalbumin is a cause of fish allergies, so we knew that it passed over to the blood, and that this form of parvalbumin is specific for fish”

She joined forces with Pernilla Wittung-Stafshede, and together they took the idea forward.

“Because Nathalie had previously shown that parvalbumin passes into the body of the person eating fish, it made sense to study its interaction with human proteins. We already knew that they can meet in the gut, the blood, or the brain,” explains Pernilla Wittung-Stafshede.

Source: Chalmers University

PM SipiläFinland and India have good opportunities for cooperation

STOCKHOLM, April 18(Greenpost) — Prime minister Juha Sipilä and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a bilateral meeting in Stockholm.

The development of economic relations between the Nordic countries and India was the main theme in the India-Nordic Summit in Stockholm on Tuesday 17 April. Prime Minister Juha Sipilä also held a bilateral meeting with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, including negotiations on trade relations between Finland and India and on promoting investment and other cooperation.

“Finland’s exports to India have grown over the past few years. Prime Minister Modi and I noted that opportunities for cooperation between our two countries exist especially in sectors such as energy, satellites and education. We have agreed to deepen cooperation in these fields and will hold further negotiations on concrete projects at the level of public officials, Prime Minister Sipilä said.

“I first met Prime Minister Modi in 2016 in India in conjunction with the Team Finland trade mission to India. India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world, and it is important for Finland to continue fostering good economic relations with India. There are many opportunities for cooperation,” observed Sipilä.

In the meeting, Prime Minister Sipilä also raised the importance of free trade; indeed, negotiations on free trade and investment protection agreements are on-going between the EU and India. Sipilä also stressed the importance of international cooperation in regard to climate change and counter-terrorism.

India interested in Nordic solutions

The initiative for the India-Nordic Summit of the prime ministers of the Nordic countries and India was made by India. The premiers of all five Nordic countries attended in the summit.

In the summit, Prime Minister Sipilä held an introductory presentation on the impact of innovations, digitalisation and artificial intelligence on trade and commerce, jobs and economic growth worldwide.

During Prime Minister Modi‘s premiership, India’s infrastructure, economy and society have been modernised. Economic growth in India is forecast to continue to at a rate of over 7% both this and next year. Last year, the value of goods exports from Finland to India amounted to EUR 532 million and the value of imports was EUR 340 million. Finland’s main export products are machinery and equipment as well as paper and cardboard. In 2017, our services exports totalled EUR 747 million and services imports amounted to EUR 534 million.

Government proposal for the new Radiation Act submitted to Parliament

Government proposal for the new Radiation Act submitted to Parliament

Ministry of Social Affairs and Health  28.3.2018 14.11
PRESS RELEASE 43/2018

Government proposal for the new Radiation Act submitted to Parliament

The Government has submitted the proposal for the new Radiation Act to Parliament. The new Act would replace the current Radiation Act and would enter into force on 1 July 2018. The Act would implement the EU’s new Basic Safety Standards Directive concerning radiation safety. It would protect people’s health from the damage caused by radiation and prevent and reduce environmental damage and other detrimental effects caused by radiation.

The proposal would also amend the Health Protection Act, the Criminal Code of Finland, the Nuclear Energy Act, the Act on Healthcare Appliances and Supplies, the Act on the Market Surveillance of Certain Products and the Act on the Recognition of Physicians Monitoring the Health of Radiation Workers in Category A.

The Radiation Act as a whole will be reformed

The new Act would apply to the following exposure situations: radiation practices, existing exposure situations and emergency exposure situations. The EU’s Basic Safety Standards Directive lays down provisions on the responsibilities of the parties responsible for the use of radiation, on the safe use of radiation and on radiation safety in emergency exposure situations and existing exposure situations. The Act would clarify regulatory control and emphasise the risk-based principle in regulatory control.

The implementation of the Basic Safety Standards Directive requires Finland to make many structural and terminological changes to its radiation legislation. It was therefore appropriate to reform the radiation legislation as a whole in connection with the implementation of the Directive.

Exposure to radiation should be kept as low as possible

The new Act would emphasise that the overall benefit of radiation practices and protection measures would have to outweigh the detriment caused by them. Work-related exposure and the exposure of the general public should be kept at the lowest level practically possible in radiation practices and protection measures. In addition, exposure to radiation for medical purposes should be limited to the level that is necessary to achieve the results of the examination or treatment or to carry out the procedure in question.

The proposal would specify the provisions on targeting radiation not only at patients, but also at asymptomatic persons.

The Act would specify the regulation of exposure to natural radiation, such as exposure to radon in indoor air and exposure of workers to natural radiation, for example, in mines.

Responsible parties’ responsibility will be emphasised

The proposal for the Radiation Act emphasises the responsible parties’ responsibility and risk-based control. The proposed Act would impose on responsible parties a new obligation of conducting a safety assessment based on the risks involved in their activities. The safety assessment would involve assessing radiation exposures in the activities and identifying potential radiation safety incidents. Measures would also be presented to ensure radiation safety, prevent the identified potential radiation safety incidents and prepare for the occurrence of such incidents.

In all activities requiring a safety licence, responsible parties would have to consult a radiation safety expert when planning, implementing and monitoring safety protection measures concerning workers and members of the public, in accordance with the nature and extent of their activities. Responsible parties would also have to appoint a radiation safety officer to assist them. The officer would monitor in practice that staff at the place of work ensure radiation safety and follow regulations and guidelines.

The radiation safety expert and radiation safety officer would have to possess the qualifications and radiation protection expertise required by the Radiation Act. Training in radiation protection may be included in a higher education degree or completed as separate continuing education and training.

Statutes concerning exposure for non-medical purposes to be included in the Act

The new Act would include provisions on human exposure to radiation for non-medical imaging purposes, in which the main purpose of imaging is not to promote the person’s health. These include X-ray examinations to determine the age of immigrants, for example.

More efficient control of radon exposure

In the proposed Act, exposure to natural radiation, such as radon, would mainly be regulated in the same manner as exposure to radiation from other sources. This would enable improved control of radon exposure.

According to the new EU Basic Safety Standards Directive, the reference level for radon concentration is 300 Bq/m3 in dwellings, workplaces and other places with public access. If the radon concentration in the working area cannot be decreased below the reference level despite efforts, the responsible party would have to obtain a safety licence from the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) for its operations. The protection of workers from radiation should then be ensured in the same way as in all other radiation practices: for example, the radiation dose sustained by the worker should be determined on a regular basis and the results should be submitted to the Dose Register of radiation workers.

The Radiation Act and other statutes issued under it would provide more clearly how responsible parties have to notify the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority of practices that may cause exposure to radon. Further provisions would also be issued on the obligations to report and limit radon concentrations.

Regulations on non-ionising radiation to be reformed

The Act would also reform the provisions concerning non-ionising radiation, although the Basic Safety Standards Directive does not concern non-ionising radiation. The reason for this is the rapid technical development of the equipment using non-ionising radiation and the large variety of its different applications. The reform would ensure the safety of non-ionising radiation applications and create a framework for efficient risk-based control.

As required by the Constitution, some provisions contained in decrees and the current instructions of the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority would be moved to the Act, as applicable. The Act would specify the current authorisations to issue decrees and would authorise the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority to issue regulations on certain detailed and technical matters.

CPPCC session concludes in Beijing

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

Beijing, March 15(Greenpost)– Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference ended this morning at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

The sky has become blue due to the cooler wind coming from last night. The Tiananmen Square is clean and clear.

Chinese leaders Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Li Zhanshu, Zhang Dejiang, Wang Yang participated in the conference.

The participants approved the work report presented by Yu Zhengsheng, Chairman of the 12th CPPCC session and the Charter revision draft of the CPPCC.

Wang Yang who is one of the members of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China was elected as the Chairman of the 13th CPPCC session with a full votes of 2144 votes who were present.

Wang Yang said the main task for the CPPCC in the following five years is to strictly exert its role of political consultation focusing on prevention and alleviation of serious risks, eradicating poverty and protecting environment.

CPPCC will actively make unremitting efforts to provide good suggestions to the Chinese government.

24 members including Zhang Qingli, Wan Gang and others were elected as vice Chairmen of the CPPCC standing committee.

Xia Baolong was elected as Secretary of the CPPCC standing committee.

A total of 300 members were elected as the members of the Standing committee among the over 2000 committee members all over China om March 14th.

2040 committee members attended the closing ceremony.

 

 

北欧理事会部长出席《北欧地区状况》报告发布会

北欧绿色邮报网报道(记者陈雪霏)– 北欧理事会部长们2月8日在斯德哥尔摩斯堪森露天博物馆出席了《北欧状况》报告发布会。

瑞典外交大臣瓦尔斯特伦和她的北欧理事会同行一起出席了发布会。

瓦尔斯特伦首先致辞说,北欧地区在全球作为整体经济实力占12%是全球经济的一支重要力量。我们经常被当作很小的单位来看待。

北欧地区在教育,科研,数字化等领域都是全球领先。今后将继续加强协调合作。北欧状况报告里边藏金啊。经济增长速度比欧盟平均速度高,接受的难民最多,男女平等非常好。我们的长处在于创新和数字化。还有我们善于互相学习。我们像一个大家庭。所以,希望大家好好研究这个报告。这也是瑞典担任轮值主席之后的第一次会议。

报告评出最具动态增长力的城市是斯德哥尔摩。斯德哥尔摩大区郡长主持会议。

专家们表示,北欧状况报告显示,在过去两年里冰岛的增长速度是非常快了。相比之下,挪威慢了一些。他们认为冰岛可能是因为2008年经济危机出现严重倒退,现在恢复过来了,因此,显得速度非常快,而挪威相对慢的原因是因为石油价格下跌和石油产量减少造成的。但也有人认为挪威经济实际上也没有什么大的变化,依然还是不错的。

发布会上斯德哥尔摩郡长斯文诺纽斯认为,斯德哥尔摩之所以发展速度快是因为斯德哥尔摩有吸引力。注重长期改善投资环境,注意合作,而不是互相争斗。这是我们的长期成功。

Mayor Irene Svenonius from the Stockholm County Council will also attend the event.

Mayor Irene Svenonius from the Stockholm County Council 。

The Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers, Dagfinn Høybråten

State of the Nordic Region is a unique compilation of statistics and maps, giving a detailed view of the Nordic countries at both national and regional level.

The report compares the Nordic countries on key socioeconomic parameters. It also provides prognoses on the demography, economy and labour market of the 74 regions within the overall Nordic Region.

2018 Win in Suzhou Venture Contest for International Entrepreneurs Launched in Sweden

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

STOCKHOLM, Feb. 10(Greenpost)—2018 Win in Suzhou Venture Contest for International Entrepreneurs(European Life Science) was launched on Thursday(Feb.8) in Stockholm, capital of Sweden.

Dai Gang, Counselor of Science and Technology from the Chinese Embassy in Sweden attended the launching ceremony. He encouraged students, scholars both Chinese and Swedish to actively participate in the contest because Suzhou city is a good place to live and work. The living and working environment there is very good and the local government gave a lot of preferential policies in attracting talented people.

Lin Yingbo, Executive Director of Nordic Chinese Innovation and Startup Association said 2018 Win in Suzhou Venture Contest for International Entrepreneurs  will be organized by Suzhou City. This is the first time when a field specific event is included in the contest, which is one of the ten Venture Week  in Suzhou.

The contest including the Venture Cup and the Innovation Track, will be held on May 26 this year at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.

The contest focusing one the field of life-science including pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, diagnostics, medical devices, health care IT, precision medicine, health care services, ageing as well as all other aspects related to healthcare.

This year’s prize is much bigger than the previous one. The first prize will be 50 thousand yuan or about 6000 Euro plus 200 thousand yuan or about 24 thousand Euro Angel Investment. Moreover, all the participants can get the chance to participate in Venture Week in Suzhou(July 10 to 12th). The organizers also encourage entrepreneurs in other fields than Life Science to join the competition for the 2018 Win in Suzhou Venture Contest for International Entrepreneurs (European region) held in May 27th 2018 in Frankfurt, Germany.

 

Luo Hui, Hu Zhiyu, Baojin, Zhang Shouting, Daigang, Lin Yingbo, Yinchang and other three staff in the association. 

All innovative entrepreneurs and projects are welcome to the contest. Additionally, we provide a parallel Innovation Track. This track is open to projects with clear commercial potential but still require further development or to companies looking to collaborate with domestic companies in the Chinese market. There will also be technical upgrade intentions raised by life-science companies in Suzhou published on the official website (www.LSciVentureCup.com) and call for technical solution proposals.

The contest is open for registration from February 1st to April 15th, 2018. Application forms are available on the official website (www.LSciVentureCup.com), you can either register online or email the forms to contact@LSciVentureCup.com or ncaie@hotmail.com . The ones submitting earlier can be reviewed earlier.

Contact: 0046700226288

For details, you can look at the following carefully.

  1. PROGRAM

 

  • Evaluation Period (Feb 1st to Apr 15th, 2018)

Applications will be reviewed continuously by the organizing committee. Projects selected will be offered the opportunity for mentorship and one-on-one counseling for the competition event.

  • Paired Challenge (Mar 1st to Apr 15th, 2018)

Projects selected and their mentors will be invited to participate in online company-company presentation challenge event.  Companies will be paired and take turns challenging each other’s business plans at this event. One company challenges the other, then the other way around. Company performance at this challenge event will form the basis for further selection.

  • Presentation and Award (May 26th, 2018)

The top 10 projects will be invited to participate the presentation and award event in Stockholm. A panel of external judges will evaluate plans and presentations with the prices awarded at the event.

 

  • Innovation Track

In the innovation track, participants are invited to submit project proposals no later than Apr 30th, 2018. Brief summaries of all project proposals will be distributed to relevant life science enterprises and research organizations in Suzhou by Suzhou Human Resources and Social Security Bureau (SHRSSB). ​​ There will also be technical upgrade intentions raised by life-science companies in Suzhou published on the official website and call for technical solution proposals. The Organizing Committee will assist with negotiations and provide the platform for both parties to establish cooperation.

 

  1. Awards and Policies

 

  • For all registered participants for both venture competition and innovation fair track.

All applicants will be registered by the Suzhou City in their Human Resources Bank.  Qualified projects will be invited to attend the Venture Week in Suzhou July 2018, when the participates will have an opportunity to visit different business incubators in Suzhou and be introduced to local venture capital investors. The government of Suzhou will provide accommodation free-of-charge together with a subsidy of USD 500 dollar towards travel expenses.

  • Winners of the Venture Cup

The European Life-Science Venture Cup competition will award 10 prizes together with certificates of participation to all presenting companies. One representative for each project will be invited to attend the final competition in Stockholm, Sweden. The organizers will provide a travel subsidy of EUR 200 for participants from the Nordic countries, and no more than EUR 300 euros for participants from other countries, food and accommodation will also be covered by the organizers.

  • First, second and the third prize winners

The European Life-Science Venture Cup Competition prizes are:

First prize: 50 000 CNY (awarded to one project)

Second prize: 30 000 CNY (awarded to two projects)

Third prize: 10 000 CNY (awarded to three projects)
First, second and third prize winners have an opportunity to apply for up to 10 million CNY of government-controlled venture capital investment; up to 5 million CNY of secured financing loans; and an allowance of 300,000 CNY for R&D. Winners who choose to reside in Suzhou will be granted residence permit. They and their family members will also receive the same privileges as citizens for medical care, housing and school enrollment for their children.
Winners of the first, second and the third prizes are qualified to attend the “Win in Suzhou” Venture Contest for International Elites Final (July 2018 in Suzhou during “Venture Week in Suzhou”) competition.

More information is available on the official website: www.LSciVentureCup.com

Again,

To register, click  www.LSciVenetureCup.com,  Or you can download the form, fill in and send to contact@LSciVentureCup.com  , or  ncaie@hotmail.com.

Telephone: 0046700226288.

 

Text/Photo by Xuefei Chen Axelsson

2018“赢在苏州”国际创客大赛(全欧生物医药专场)启动仪式在斯京举行

China International Import Expo CIIE to be held in Shanghai on Nov. 5-10

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

STOCKHOLM, Jan. 30 (Greenpost) — China International Import Expo is to be held in Shanghai during November 5-10, 2018, said Wang Dongtang, Deputy Director General of Department of Foreign Trade of Ministry of Commerce.

He made the remark during a presentation in Stockholm about the November expo.

Wang said it was Chinese President Xi Jinping proposed the expo during last year’s belt and road summit in Beijing. The purpose is to provide chances for foreign exporters to sell in China.

China will invite all the buyers home and abroad to attend the expo and buy the products and services in order to balance the Sino-foreign trade.

Wang said the expo will provide a good platform for the important exporters and importers to make a deal efficiently to balance the world trade.

Han Xiaodong, Chinese counselor of Commerce at the Chinese Embassy in Sweden said it was for the first time that Swedish export to China to reach surplus in 2017.  This means Swedish products are welcomed in China.

Elizabeth Soderstrom, Secretary General of Sweden-China Trade Council also attended the presentation and express good luck to the expo.

Over a hundred entrepreneurs, CEOs and government attended the route presentation of China International Import Expo.

Photo&Text  Xuefei Chen Axelsson

Long Yuxiang Meets SCEA President Zhang Qiaozhen in Stockholm

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

STOCKHOLM, Jan. 16(Greenpost)—Visiting CPPCC member and Executive Director of China International Cultural Communication Center Long Yuxiang has met Zhang Qiaozhen, President of Sweden-China Entrepreneur Association in Stockholm on Jan. 13, 2018. They have exchanged ideas on promoting cooperation between China and Sweden in cultural, economic and sports sectors especially in ice hockey.

Zhang Qiaozhen has expressed warm welcome and deep gratitude  to Long Yuxiang’s visit. She said that SCEA is an information exchange platform for Swedish and Chinese entrepreneurs and was established on November  2015.  It mainly focuses on  environmental protection, energy saving technology, clean energy, biomedicine, life science, electronic information etc.

Zhang Qiaozhen said SCEA will try its best to provide a friendship bridge across the border and cultures between the two sides. It is a platform for scientific research, finance, trade and talented people. In the areas of  winter sports in particular ice hockey, China has made a great leap forward development in recent years and are looking forward to 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

Zhang said SCEA hopes to be able to join hands with China International Cultural Communication Center to do its best in ice hockey cooperation and 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

Long Yuxiang has thanked Zhang Qiaozhen for her contribution in pushing forward  exchanges and cooperation between the two sides. He said Sweden is an important country in Europe and the largest country in Nordic region. It has advanced economic and technological development. Its Swedish Model in social governance is well-known in the world.

Long said Sino-Swedish friendship has had a long history and Sweden is the first western country in the world to establish diplomatic relations with China.  In recent years, Sino-Swedish relations developed steadily and cooperation in various fields are deepened. As an important window for China to conduct cultural exchange with foreign countries, China International Cultural Communication Center has been engaged in making national cultural brand, holding the responsibility of attracting foreign culture towards the future, and established friendly relations with 130 countries in the world.

“President Xi Jinping has paid important attention to ice hockey development and made a series of directories for hosting 2022 winter Olympics. Kunlun Red Star Ice Hockey Club was established on June 25, 2016 witnessed by both Chinese and Russian Presidents. It symbolizes the birth of the first Chinese World class Ice Hockey Club. Since its establishment, it has seriously implemented Xi Jinping’s important mandate in order to promote Chinese Ice Hockey team to achieve excellent achievements in Winter Olympics. It has made great progress in improving Chinese ice hockey teams’ overall level. It also takes “belt and road” initiative as its mission to promote sports and culture exchanges. ”

Long Yuxiang said his center is more than willing to exchange and cooperate with Sweden-China Entrepreneur Association in promoting bilateral cultural , economic and sports especially ice hockey exchange and cooperation.

Yue Xinyu, founder of Beijing Kunlun Red Star Ice Hockey Club, Zhang Shouting, Nordic Sustainable Development Association, Zhang Shaobin, President of Shenzhen Kong Wah Real Estate Group, Zhang Shenhua, President of Shenzhen Xinyu Fund and Zhang Luping, General Manager of Rongtai Investment AB were also present at the meeting.

Photo/text Xuefei Chen Axelsson

The First Complete Automatic Control Subway Line Opens to trial operation in Beijing

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

STOCKHOLM, Jan. 4(Greenpost)– The first Chinese Sutomatic Control Subway  line between Yanjiao and  Fangshan opened to trial operation  in Beijing on Dec. 30, 2017.

This is the first complete Chinese owned intellectual property rights system which covers 14.4 kilometers with 9 stations and a speed of 80 kilometers per hour.

So far Beijing has 22 rail track line with a total of 608 kilometers and 370 stations.

12月30日,北京地铁燕房线开通试运行,这是中国第一条具有完全自主知识产权的轨道交通全自动运行系统,燕房线位于北京房山区,本次开通线路包括14.4公里高架线路、9座车站,设计时速为80公里。当日,北京轨道交通燕房线、S1线、西郊线开通试运行。目前,北京轨道交通运营线路共22条、总里程608公里、车站370座。图为列车在运行中。(中新社记者 张宇 摄)

First Sweden-China Entrepreneur Conference held in Shenzhen fruitful

STOCKHOLM, Nov. 20(Greenpost)—The first Sweden-China Entrepreneurs Match Making seminar held in Shen Zhen on Nov. 17 was very fruitful.

 

Many Swedish companies including Nordic Innovation Center,  Bayn Europe AB and Highlands Uptown AB and Sweden-China Entrepreneur Association have presented their companies, met their Chinese counterparts and signed agreements with them for future cooperation.

At the forum focusing on belt and road initiative, Gao Sinuo, Shenzhen Investment Promotion Agency said that Shenzhen is an innovative and open city and the bridge in connection to the outside world. Shenzhen is a cosmopolitan with greatest potential to invest.

Patrik Edström from Bayn Europe AB said his company is engaged in studying sugar reduction solutions at various chain. It was established in 2009 and was in public listing in Nasdaq in 2014.

Anders Berg, CEO of Highlander Uptown AB said they are going to build a financial IT platform and can help financial institutions to lower their cost by 90 percent and give good returns for private savings.

Agreements signed during the conference

Three agreements have been signed during the Swedan China Entrepreneur meeting.

Zhang Qiaozhen, President of Sweden-China Entrepreneur Association and Zhang Kao, Secretary of Huaya Center signed MOU, Patrik Edström of Bayn Europe AB signed agreement with Zhang Luping, General Manager of Kongwah Real Estate Group on studying of sugar reduction.

Leif Anders Berg signed agreement with Zhang Shenhua, President  of Shenzhen Xinyu Fund Management Co.ltd.

Zhang Qiaozhen thinks this signing of agreements between Swedish and Chinese enterprises is due to  a two year efforts. Sweden-China Entrepreneur Association and Bayn Europe AB signed agreement to cooperate in lowering sugar for good health. Karolinska Cancer research project and Finteck Financial management project have been a sign that the two projects have been in contact and cooperation with their Chinese counterparts.

Trade talks between the two sides

Ai Xuefeng, Vice Mayor of Shenzhen led his colleagues Qiu Xuan, Gao Lin, Sun Huaizhong, Wang Youming and Chen Guangwen from Shenzhen government came to talk with the Swedish companies led by Olle Zetterberg, Director of Business Sweden, Ulf Borbos of North European Innovation Center, Leif Anders from Highlander Uptown AB, Zhang Qiaozhen , President of  Sweden-China Entrepreneur Association and Zhang Luping, General Manager of Kongwah Real Estate Group.

Ai Xuefeng made an introduction about Shenzhen’s economic development and its strategic role in belt and road initiative.

He welcome Swedish entrepreneurs to invest in Shenzhen.

Olle Zetterberg said he was very  glad to come to beautiful Shenzhen and willing to cooperate with China. Sweden has a lot of high tech which can have great potential in China. Sweden-China Entrepreneur Association gave us a good beginning in bringing Swedish technology into China.

Zhang Qiaozhen held that although Sweden is the first country that established diplomatic relations with China, due to historical and cultural differences, there is still lack of understanding between the two sides. That is why Sweden-China Entrepreneur Association came into being. Its headquarter is in Stockholm. Over the past two years, the association is engaged in projects in high-tech, environmental protection, energy saving, clean energy and electronics. So far it has helped 105 high-tech enterprises and provided incubation platform for dozens of companies.

Thanks to the Chinese government’s free booth of High-Tech fair, Sweden-China Entrepreneur Association help many enterprises to attend this exhibition. Her association will continue to  exert an important role in providing good bridge for the two sides.

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On Nov.18, Zetterberg and other Nordic Entrepreneurs were invited to visit the headquarters of the Kongwah Real Estate Group which covers a total of 30 thousand square meters in 16 storeys. The two sides discussed the establishment of Shenzhen Nordic Innovation Center and Incubator.

Zhang Luping also presented the company’s development plan and structure,hoping more European High-Tech enterprises can end up in Shenzhen.

Translated and edited by Xuefei Chen Axelsson.  Photo by Mao Zhiliang .

Chinese Special Series–Fast train can benefit the whole world

Stockholm, Nov. 12(Greenpost) — When China built fast train in 2008, I was astonished by Chinese accurate drivers and fantastic services in the Hexiehao or Harmony Train.

I used to take more than 8 hours from Beijing to Jinzhou by train. Now I fly back from Stockholm to Beijing by airplane through 8.5 hours. So sometimes I jokingly said that Stockholm is my backyard garden from my Beijing home.

This summer we went back to Beijing again.  Surprisingly it only takes half an hour from Beijing to Tianjin and only four and half hours from Tianjin to Shanghai. It used to take 12 hours.

We travelled around half of China from Tianjin to Shanghai, from Shanghai to Suzhou, just half an hour. From Suzhou to Beijing it just took four and half hours. From Shenyang to Dalian it only takes two hours. From Dalian to Jinzhou, it also jus took two hours.

There is wifi in the waiting room in Jinzhou Station and it was terribly clean and nice.  People can buy all kinds of snacks from all over China and people don’t have to be so crowded as before.

From the very beginning, I supported the idea of developing the fast train. It is absolutely great! People think it is expansive, but it is not expansive if people consider the overall benefit it brings to the society, to the business and to people’s health as well as wellbeing.

I strongly suggest Sweden build fast train. Maybe it is a better idea to join hands with Denmark and Norway to build fast train from north to south. Think of Chinese train from Harbin to Dalian, just five hours.  It is just perfect.

Think of people taking train just from Oslo to Denmark via Stockholm or surrounding Solna or Uppsala just by four hours or from Oslo to Stockholm just one hour! It will bring a lot of human flow and it will bring a lot of vitality to our economy and people’s spirit.

Sweden has been very proud of its Tunnelbana because it starts from 1940s and the train has been very good in capacity. But now it need improvement.

I suggest Sweden use Chinese fast train technology and workers.  We shall benefit from it in the long run!

Now I do think Chinese fast train is the best in the world!

Solvatten–An Innovative Tool to Achieve Climate and Development Goals 

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

STOCKHOLM, Nov.7(Greenpost)– Climate change is a reality and people from developing countries – specially women and children – are suffering the most. How can technology support governments to overcome these challenges?  Getting ready for the future. Credit: Solvatten. 

Here we have an interview between Analice Martins, independent writer, activist for women’s rights and founder of Internacionalidade and David Wadström focusing on an innovation called Solvatten.  The following is the details of Q and A.

Hej, David! Thanks for having me here! Can you tell me more about Solvatten?
Hej Analice! Sure! Solvatten – which means “Sun Water” in Swedish – is a jerry can that uses solar energy to purify contaminated water. After a few hours exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light, specifically UV-B, the water is free from the pathogens that cause diseases such as dysentery, salmonella and cholera. We created a durable design that stands intense heat and sunlight for many years and it has the capacity to process up to 40 liters of water per day, all we need is sunshine!

Sounds very promising! And how is Solvatten addressing global challenges such as poverty, inequality and climate change?
Billions of people still use firewood to cook, heat and boil water in order to make it cleaner. There are numerous social and environmental consequences of this practice; for instance, burning firewood causes harmful indoor air pollution, releases greenhouse gas emissions, and impact the lives of many girls and women who need to walk dozens of miles every day to fetch water and firewood.
A typical household used to spend up to three hours a day to generate energy to water needs. Solvatten saves time and allow people to pursue more economically productive activities. Additionally, decreasing firewood burns is beneficial to both the household’s members as well as the trees in the local environment.

In which ways is Solvatten supporting governments and organizations to achieve their climate and development goals?
Solvatten is both a short and long-term solution. In the short term, Solvatten is a powerful relief tool for communities affected by natural disasters. Governments and International Organizations can use Solvatten in areas suffering from water contamination. In the long-term, Solvatten has been proven to be a change maker: it empowers women, increases girls’ attendance in schools, changes hygienic behaviors, and transforms its users into true climate heroes! Families have saved thousands of hectares of forest and a million trees by using Solvatten. That is real climate Action!
 

Solvatten works with governments but also green-minded companies, please tell me more about that? 
We work in partnership with governments, local organizations and corporations to provide Solvatten to millions of people living off-grid. Since 2007, we have initiated 45 projects reaching out over 300.000 people living in more than 20 developing countries. For instance, the Solvatten CSR and Climate Project provides companies and partners an opportunity to connect social and environmental impact with their business needs. An increased use of Solvatten can also improve the way a responsible company is doing business in East Africa and other emerging markets. It can really add value to their supply chains in agro-business. 

 

Can you give me an example of a successful partnership? 
Yes, good examples are the partnerships we have with sugar and coffee grower cooperatives. Solvatten plays a key role in improving the farmer’s lives at the same time it can be a practical way to offset the carbon emissions that the business contributes to. Solvatten is also being used by corporations like Axfood, International Organization such as the UN-Habitat, and environmental foundations like myclimate. 

 

It’s really inspiring! Now, to finalize, what is your biggest dream? 

My dream is to live in a world where everyone has access to safe and clean water, just as we do here in Sweden. I also hope that Solvatten shall inspire other entrepreneurs and innovators to raise their voice and come up with great solutions to address climate change! 

New antibiotic resistance genes found in research at Chalmers University of Technology

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

STOCKHOLM, Oct. 16(Greenpost) — Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, have found several previously unknown genes that make bacteria resistant to last-resort antibiotics. The genes were found by searching large volumes of bacterial DNA and the results are published in the scientific journal Microbiome.

The increasing number of infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria is a rapidly growing global problem. Disease-causing bacteria become resistant through mutations of their own DNA or by acquiring resistance genes from other, often harmless, bacteria.

By analysing large volumes of DNA data, the researchers found 76 new types of resistance genes. Several of these genes can provide bacteria with the ability to degrade carbapenems, our most powerful class of antibiotics used to treat multi-resistant bacteria.

“Our study shows that there are lots of unknown resistance genes. Knowledge about these genes makes it possible to more effectively find and hopefully tackle new forms of multi-resistant bacteria”, says Erik Kristiansson, Professor in biostatistics at Chalmers University of Technology and principal investigator of the study.

“The more we know about how bacteria can defend themselves against antibiotics, the better are our odds for developing effective, new drugs”, explains co-author Joakim Larsson, Professor in environmental pharmacology and Director of the Centre for Antibiotic Resistance Research at the University of Gothenburg.

The researchers identified the novel genes by analysing DNA sequences from bacteria collected from humans and various environments from all over the world.

“Resistance genes are often very rare, and a lot of DNA data needs to be examined before a new gene can be found”, Kristiansson says.

Identifying a resistance gene is also challenging if it has not previously been encountered. The research group solved this by developing new computational methods to find patterns in DNA that are associated with antibiotic resistance. By testing the genes they identified in the laboratory, they could then prove that their predictions were correct.

“Our methods are very efficient and can search for the specific patterns of novel resistance genes in large volumes of DNA sequence data,” says Fanny Berglund, a PhD student in the research group.

The next step for the research groups is to search for genes that provide resistance to other forms of antibiotics.

“The novel genes we discovered are only the tip of the iceberg. There are still many unidentified antibiotic resistance genes that could become major global health problems in the future,” Kristiansson says.

Video: China and Sweden discuss how to further business cooperation

By Xuefei Chen Axelsson

STOCKHOLM, Oct. 12(Greenpost)– The first China-Sweden Business Form has been successfully held at the Grand Hotel in Stockholm.

Pennila Gunther speaks at the conference about innovation.

Councilor of Commerce of Chinese Embassy Han Xiaodong introduces China’s policies in investing abroad and investing in China at China-Sweden Business Forum on Oct. 9,2017.  Filmed by Xuefei Chen Axelsson.

Dialogue:  Mr. Kai Hammerich, Mr. Jöran Hägglund, Ms. Penilla Gunther, Mr. Han Xiaodong, Mr. Claes-Goran Sandström.

Ms Kär from SI talks about Sweden.

Ms. Lena Sellgren from Business Sweden talks about opportunities in growing China.

Dr. Nicolas Svanström talks about opportunities and challenges of belt and road initiative.

China-Sweden Business Forum concluded and all the board members and honorary guests took a photo together.

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