NEW YORK Nike Air Presto Red , Dec. 30 (Xinhua) — U.S. stocks closed narrowly mixed Monday to kick off a holiday shortened week, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average marking another record closing high, as major indices were poised to wrap up 2013 with the biggest gains in more than one decade.
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Going towards the end of the year, investors are considered to tend to hold their breath, reluctant to make a big wager at the close of a blockbuster year for the U.S. equity market.
However, some analysts still expressed their optimism on Wall Street in 2014 following its whopping gain in the outgoing year.
Thomas Lee Nike Air Presto White , chief U.S. equity strategist at JP Morgan, predicted that the S&P 500 could hit 2,075 points by the end of 2014, representing a double-digit gain from now Nike Air Presto , in an interview with CNBC Monday. He also said that there is a one in three chance that the U.S. equity market can repeat this year’s impressive rally next year.
On the economic front, U.S. pending home sales index, a forward- looking indicator based on contract signings, edged up 0.2 percent to 101.7 in November from a downwardly revised 101.5 in October Cheap Air Presto , according to the National Association of Realtors.
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DUBLIN， Nov. 24 (Xinhua) — Ireland has seen an increase of 11.6 percent in overseas visits for the first 10 months of this year， compared to the same period of last year， according to official figures on Thursday.
The figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) showed visits from mainland Europe grew by 9.8 percent for January to October.
The CSO figures also showed that north America registered an increase of 18 percent for January to October while visits from Britain were up by 11.9 percent during the same period.
Thursday’s figures indicate that this was the best ever month of October for Irish tourism， with more than 830，000 arrivals recorded. It was also the best ever January to October period for overseas visitors to Ireland， with almost 8.3 million arrivals， 858，000 additional overseas visitors when compared with the first ten months of 2015. It is clear that 2016 will be another record-breaking year for Irish tourism.
Ireland estimates that by year’s end some nine million tourists will have visited Ireland during the course of 2016.
“That will be a 50 percent increase on the levels recorded just six seasons ago，” said Shaun Quinn， chief executive of Failte Ireland， the country’s national tourism development authority.
“However， unexpected events during the year， such as Brexit， serve as a warning that we can take nothing in life for granted and are a good antidote to any creeping complacency in the tourism sector，” he said.
“Given that such volatility can occur in two of our biggest overseas visitor markets underlines the reality that future growth is not guaranteed and must be fought for. For the tourism sector， this will mean an increased focus on competitiveness and a greater focus on growing visitors from Europe where the potential for many more visitors and greater revenue exists，” he added. Enditem
LONDON， Oct. 12 (Xinhua) — The biggest ever flu vaccine program for children in England was announced Wednesday.
Public Health England (PHE) is to extend its annual flu program to include children in year 3， helping to protect millions of people most at risk.
To coincide with the extended program PHE and NHS England are mounting a major campaign to help children and the vulnerable stay well over the winter months.
PHE said the Stay Well This Winter campaign launches Wednesday with the biggest ever flu vaccination program in England for children. This year the program is being extended to those in school year 3， offering more than 4 million children protection against flu， around 600，000 more than last year.
As well as offering protection to children aged 2 to 7 years， PHE say it will help reduce the spread of flu to the most vulnerable in the community， particularly younger children， the elderly and those with long-term conditions.
Building on the success of last year， children aged 2， 3 and 4 can now get the vaccination from their GP. The school vaccination program gets underway later this week， with parents of younger children in primary schools， asked permission for their child to get the free nasal spray vaccination at school. The program will be extended gradually to older age groups in primary school in future years.
A PHE spokesman said: “Children are most likely to spread flu to others， so targeting them helps protect the wider community too.”
Chief Medical Officer， Professor Dame Sally Davies， said: “Flu can be much more dangerous for children than many parents realise， and when children get flu， they tend to spread it around the whole family.”
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