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first_imgMar 18, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A 5-year-old boy from central Vietnam has tested positive for H5N1 avian influenza, becoming the 25th Vietnamese to contract the disease since late December, according to a Vietnamese newspaper.The boy, named Hoang Trong Duong, is from Quang Binh province and was hospitalized Mar 15 in Hue with high fever, cough, and lung infection, according to Than Nien News, a Ho Chi Minh City newspaper. He was in stable condition.Nguyen Tran Hien, director of Vietnam’s National Institute for Hygiene and Epidemiology, said the boy tested positive for H5N1, according to the story.With the latest case, Vietnam unofficially has had 25 human cases, 13 of them fatal, since late December. In addition, one fatal case occurred in Cambodia in that period.The boy’s 13-year-old sister died at a local hospital Mar 9 after suffering symptoms like her brother’s, according to the Than Nien News report, which cited the Associated Press as the source of that information. The director of the provincial preventive medicine center said no samples from the girl were taken, leaving the cause of her illness uncertain.The boy’s uncle, Hoang Thai An, said the family had eaten a dead chicken given them by a neighbor 3 weeks ago, the story said.A report today by the Chinese news agency Xinhua gave a slightly different account. It said the family had slaughtered and eaten a chicken given them by relatives, and several days later all three children in the family fell ill. The report cited the newspaper Saigon Liberation as its source.More suspected casesAt least two other suspected cases of avian flu have been reported in Vietnam this week. Yesterday, Than Nien News said a person from the northern province of Bac Ninh was admitted to the Institute of Tropical Disease in Hanoi in “relatively good” condition with suspected avian flu. The patient’s age and sex were not listed.Today’s Xinhua report said another person from Quang Binh province was admitted to a local hospital yesterday with a fever and breathing difficulty. The information was attributed to Hoang Van Min, head of the provincial veterinary bureau. No other details were provided.Earlier this week, a Reuters report said avian flu was suspected in a man from the southern province of Kien Giang who died last weekend (Mar 12 or 13). A doctor at the province’s general hospital said test results were pending; no other details were given.Poultry outbreak in North Korea?In other developments this week, a South Korean news agency reported an outbreak of avian flu in North Korea, previously untouched by the H5N1 virus. The report prompted the WHO to ask North Korea for information, which was not immediately forthcoming.The Yonhap news agency reported the avian flu outbreak at a chicken farm in Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital, according to a Mar 15 Agence France-Presse (AFP) report. Yonhap said the information came from a South Korean businessman who had met North Korean officials on a business trip to Beijing.WHO officials said they regarded the report as a rumor and had asked North Korea for information about it. As of yesterday the WHO hadn’t heard anything from North Korean officials, spokesman Dick Thompson in Geneva told CIDRAP News by e-mail.North Korea has said it was free of the disease. However, experts said mirgratory birds heading north from Southeast Asia could have carried the virus into the country, according to AFP. Many waterfowl carry avian flu viruses without getting sick.Harsaran Pandey, WHO regional information officer in New Delhi, told AFP the WHO has a representative in Pyongyang, but said it is difficult to get information from the secretive communist state.Vietnam hopes to store vaccineAlso this week, a researcher said Vietnam hopes to stockpile 1 million doses of a human vaccine for avian flu, once testing is complete. That word came from Hoang Thuy Nguyen, who heads the vaccine research at Hanoi’s Central Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, via an AFP story Mar 16.Nguyen said he hopes the vaccine could go into production by the end of this year. The vaccine already has shown good results in chickens and mice, and it is currently being tested in monkeys, the report said.Today’s Xinhua story said 24 of 35 Vietnam localities involved in the current round of avian flu outbreaks in poultry have gone for at least 3 weeks without any new cases, suggesting that the outbreaks are “cooling down.”Elsewhere, Indonesia’s agriculture minister said avian flu has killed 50,000 chickens in South Sulawesi and West Java since the beginning of this year, according to a Mar 16 AFP report. He said trade in chickens from the two areas had been banned in an effort to contain the disease.Reuters reported that J. R. Wasito, director-general of animal husbandry at the nation’s agriculture ministry, had ordered isolation and culling in the affected areas, plus vaccination of poultry within 5 kilometers. He said more than 1 million doses of vaccine had been distributed.Indonesia has had a number of avian flu outbreaks in poultry since late 2003, but no human cases have been reported.last_img read more

first_imgThe US Port of Long Beach moved over 1.8 million TEUs in the first quarter of 2019, marking the port’s second-busiest January through March period.The figure was achieved despite lingering trade uncertainty, the port said, adding that the volumes dropped by 4.7 percent compared to last year’s opening quarter.“With warehouses full from shippers rushing to beat the looming threat of escalating tariffs, shipments slowed somewhat,” Mario Cordero, Port of Long Beach Executive Director, said.“It’s going to take some time for inventory to cycle to markets and for typical growth to resume.”Marine terminals and dockworkers moved 552,821 TEUs in March, a 3.9 percent decrease compared to the same month a year ago. Imports were down 7.8 percent at 247,039 TEUs while exports were 7.7 percent lower, 131,436 TEUs. Empties shipped overseas rose 5.7 percent to 174,346 TEUs.Port of Long Beach said that a slowing domestic economy will likely lead to a moderate uptick in container imports through 2019, following a robust year that was marked by record-high cargo growth amid a trade dispute with China.last_img read more

first_imgThe Sonangol Quenguela drillship is being held by Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency due to docking without permission. Sonangol Quenguela drillship; Source: DSMEThe Sonangol Quenguela drillship is operated by Sonadrill, a joint venture established by drilling contractor Seadrill and an affiliate of Angola’s oil company Sonangol.According to the Malaysian coast guard, otherwise known as Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, the Bahamas-registered drillship was detained on Monday night 9 nautical miles east of Tanjung Balau after it had failed to produce any permits for Malaysian waters.The coast guard said that the drillship was controlled by a crew of 43 men, including the captain, from 28 to 57 years old from various countries.The case will be investigated and, if found guilty, it can be fined with RM 100,000 or a jail sentence of up to two years.Seadrill and Sonangol entered into a 50:50 joint venture – named Sonadrill – to operate four drillships, focusing on opportunities in Angolan waters in February 2019. It was agreed for each of the joint venture parties to bareboat two drillships into Sonadrill. The JV will have an initial term of five years.Seadrill agreed to contribute two drillships from its existing fleet and Sonangol to contribute two newbuild drillships, Libongos and Quenguela.It was also agreed for Seadrill to manage and operate the four drillships on behalf of Sonadrill.Built by South Korea’s shipyard Daewoo Shipbuilding Marine and Engineering, the Sonangol Libongos was delivered in March 2019. Sonadril secured a nine-well contract with six options, each for one well, in Angola for the Libongos drillship last September.The Sonangol Quenguela drillship was named at DSME’s shipyard in May 2019 and it was expected to leave the yard in June.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet 51 Views   no discussions Share Getty ImagesPut down that light yogurt, it may be making you fat. As it turns out, a number of foods that are commonly thought to be great for weight loss can actually stimulate the appetite. We spoke with Marjorie Nolan, R.D., National Spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, to get the skinny on foods that can trigger hunger and sabotage your diet.1. Light yogurt The blast of sweet (often artificial) flavor causes the stomach to start producing gastric juices. With only four to six ounces of yogurt and no fat in a typical container, the body doesn’t have enough food to digest leaving the tummy rumbling for more.Better choice: Nolan likes the creaminess and high protein content of plain, low-fat Greek yogurt. Add fruit and a sprinkle of cinnamon for flavor. If you choose the non-fat variety, add a tablespoon of sunflower seeds for crunch and satisfaction-the fat in nuts and seeds is slow to digest so a small serving keeps you feeling full.2. Puffed cereal with skim milk The combo of skim milk and puffed cereal has too few calories to keep you energized for long. Many dieters reach for puffed cereal because it looks filling in a big bowl. However, the low fiber content leaves you wanting more soon after breakfast. Puffed cereal also has a high glycemic index, which causes blood sugar to drop after an initial boost of energy.Better choice: Rolled or steel cut oats. Oatmeal is high in fiber, which makes it a satisfying breakfast. Add a spoonful of maple brown sugar if you need something sweet. Cooking your own plain oatmeal and adding a small amount of sweetener is much more nutritious than using pre-sweetened packets. Nolan likes to cook oats with low fat milk or stir in a tablespoon of peanut butter for even more stick-to-your-ribs goodness.3. Big green salad with low fat or fat free dressing The typical dieters’ lunch of a salad with low fat dressing can have a boomerang effect on the appetite. It’s full of fiber and visually filling but the low protein and fat content won’t satisfy for long. Stay away from fat-free dressings, which are loaded with sugar.Better choice. Add three to six ounces of lean protein such as lean beef, chicken, or beans (the leaner the choice, the more you should eat) to your salad bowl.4. Rice cakes One rice cake=good, four rice cakes=overindulgence. And that’s about how many it will take to feel truly satisfied. Low in fiber with a high glycemic index, these classic diet snacks won’t leave your tank full for long.Better choice: Spread a tablespoon of peanut butter or cream cheese onto a rice cake for a more balanced nosh. Or choose whole grain crackers with a spread or small portion of cheese for fiber and carbs plus protein.5. Chewing gum A little stick of gum is a stealth saboteur. While some chewing gum advocates say that it can stave off snacking, Nolan disagrees. She explains that the burst of flavor gets the gastric juices flowing. The act of chewing revs the digestive system even more, preparing it for a meal. If you want an express ticket to the all-you-can-eat buffet, chomp on some gum.Better choice: We all have our munchy days, so if you are just looking for something to keep your mouth busy, air-popped corn or raw veggies are a safer bet.6. Diet soda Like gum, the sweet flavor wakes up the digestive process with no nutritional pay off which stimulates the appetite. Caffeine and carbonation may dampen your hunger pangs for a short time only to have them come roaring back along with an energy slump. If that’s not enough to make you rethink your daily fix, a study carried out by the University of Texas Health Center in San Antonio showed that people who consumed diet soda had a 70-500% increase of abdominal fat over ten years compared to those who didn’t drink diet soda.Better choice: Drinking a hot beverage can slow down the appetite and allow you to think through your craving. Also, sometimes thirst signals are confused with hunger, so you may just need hydration. Non-caffeinated herbal teas won’t cause an energy crash.7. Apple Yes, apples are great for you-they contain lots of vitamins and fiber, but a single apple is not a balanced snack. If you don’t eat anything else with your afternoon apple, you may overeat at dinner.Better choice: Apple with 5-10 almonds or a cheese stick. Spend a few more calories on your snack so you won’t be ravenous later8. Low-calorie frozen entrees Light frozen entrees contain little fiber and only about half the calories you will need to feel satiated. They are also loaded with salt. If you don’t have another option, look for a frozen dinner that contains 400-500 calories, 20-30 grams of protein, around 5 grams of fat, and 5-10 grams of fiber.Better choice: If you are too busy to cook, Nolan suggests an “assembly based meal.” Roast chicken from the deli, a slice of whole grain bread, some salad bar vegetables, and a piece of fruit add up to a quick, healthy dinner.9. Fat-free graham crackers or other baked goods Nolan says people who are watching their weight tend to automatically reach for food labeled “fat free” on the package assuming it is more diet-friendly than the regular version. However, when manufacturers make fat-free foods, they often up the sugar content. Check the nutritional information on the back–the light versions sometimes contain more calories.Better choice: Regular graham cracker. A small indulgence such as a graham cracker or square of quality chocolate keeps things interesting and won’t break the bank calorie-wise. Nolan points out that boredom is the enemy of dieters and causes people to fall of the wagon. “You are better off eating real food and more calories and feeling physically and emotionally satisfied than eating ‘diet food’ and being hungry in an hour.”By Sarah B. Weir, Yahoo! bloggercenter_img Share Share Food & DiningLifestyle Diet foods that make you hungrier by: – November 11, 2011last_img read more

first_img Share Share 20 Views   no discussions Former prime minister and UWP Leader, Edison JamesA top United Workers Party (UWP) official has made an urgent request to the prime minister who is also the minister of foreign affairs and finance, Roosevelt Skerrit, to “come clean” and give citizens an explanation on two issues.These two issues have been identified by UWP’s leader and former prime minister Edison James at a press conference on Wednesday.He said these issues are of great concern to citizens and should not be “glossed” over by the prime minister.The first issue James listed is a report that Dominica allegedly signed an ALBA communiqué seeking the expulsion of USAID from member countries.According to James, if the communiqué was signed by Dominica it could cause the relationship which exists between the United States and Dominica to “deteriorate”.“This position, this decision by Dominica represents a mark deterioration in the relationship between our country and the United States of America. It’s a decision and action that could impact significantly on our economy because from the United States’.He noted that Dominica’s tourism industry is largely dependent on cruise ships which hail from the United States as well as the renowned Ross University School of Medicine which several American students attend.James called on the Dominican leader to “give an explanation to the people”, with a view to clearly stating the decision on this matter.The second issue James wants Mr. Skerrit to speak to the people about is his decision to invest in LIAT.He did indicate that his party does recognize LIAT’s significance to the island.“We recognize LIAT as an important carrier and we have to be concerned about the welfare and well being of LIAT and to be prepared to assist as much as possible where we can as it is in our interest to do so”.However, he said, the prime minister should inform the nation of the details on this investment.“What we continue to say is that Mr. Skerrit must come clean with the people of Dominica. If you have invested in LIAT, that is you have purchased shares, it’s important to tell the people of Dominica how many shares did you purchase, how many shares will our $8 million be buying, where are these shares coming from, are there new issues of shares, are there shares that are being bought from current shareholders, what’s the value of those shares, what is the expected return on those shares?”James would also like the prime minister to clarify whether this investment into LIAT is as a result of Dominica’s night landing facility at the Melville Hall Airport. Domincia Vibes News Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet LocalNews UWP wants Prime Minister Skerrit to ‘come clean’ by: – June 27, 2012 Sharelast_img read more

first_imgBatesville High School Girl’s Swimming won seven events defeating Eastern Hancock High School and host New Castle High School.Batesville scored 110 points to finish the meet in first followed by Eastern Hancock with 69 and Newcastle with 25.BHS-NewCastle-EHHS (11-16)The Win was highlighted by victories in the 200 Medley Relay (Ashley Daulton, Audra Brewer, Halle Renck, Sonja Gaulin) and 200 Freestyle Relay (Gaulin, Gwen Martin, Brewer, Daulton).Individual event winners included Martin (50 Free), Renck (100 Fly), Daulton (100 Free), Hannah Simpson (100 Back), and Brewer (100 Breast).Bulldog swimming returns to action at Connersville High School on November 23, continuing the girls season and opening the boys.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Greg McMullen.last_img read more

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has congratulated star opener Rohit Sharma who has been chosen for this year’s Khel Ratna Award, country’s highest sporting honour.Rohit has become just the fourth cricketer who will be conferred the prestigious award after Sachin Tendulkar (1997-98), MS Dhoni (2007) and Virat Kohli (2018). India’s limited-overs vice-captain had an outstanding 2019 where he scored 1,490 runs in ODIs at an average of 57.30, and also finished as the highest run-getter in the 2019 World Cup with five centuries in the tournament. He was also promoted as an opener in Test cricket where he made 556 runs in five matches. “Congratulations Rohit Sharma for being conferred with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, 2020, India’s highest sporting honour. He is only the fourth Indian cricketer to receive this award. We are proud of you, Hitman!” said BCCI in a tweet. “Congratulations on the being conferred with the prestigious #KhelRatnaAward partner! Proud of you bro,” said Shikhar Dhawan. “A record-breaking 5 centuries at the World Cup & a smashing debut as a Test opener. Highest sporting honour of India – Rohit Sharma is now a #RajivGandhiKhelRatna awardee,” tweeted his IPL franchise Mumbai Indians. Meanwhile, pacer Ishant Sharma and women’s team all-rounder Deepti Sharma have been chosen for the Arjuna Award. Ishant picked up 25 wickets in six Tests last year at an impressive average of 15.56. On the other hand, Deepti, who was part of the side that reached the Women’s T20 World Cup final in Australia, picked up 19 wickets in T20Is and 15 wickets in ODIs last year. “Congratulations to our senior most Test bowler Ishant Sharma for winning the prestigious Arjuna Award for 2020. Keep going, champ!” BCCI tweeted. In another tweet, BCCI wrote, “Congratulations to our all-rounder Deepti Sharma on being conferred upon with the prestigious Arjuna Award for 2020. May you continue soaring new heights.” Head coach Ravi Shastri tweeted: “Congratulations! The SHARMAAAAAS – Well done Ro for Khel Ratna and Ishi for Arjuna – Rohit Sharma, Ishant Sharma.” IANS Also Watch: Arjuna Award for Assam Boxer Lovlina Borgohainlast_img read more

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditUNC-Asheville (13-14, 7-9) vs. High Point (9-20, 6-10)Millis Center, High Point, North Carolina; Thursday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: High Point goes for the season sweep over UNC-Asheville after winning the previous matchup in Asheville. The teams last played each other on Jan. 16, when UNC-Asheville made only seven foul shots on 16 attempts while the Panthers hit 16 of 18 en route to a 68-66 victory. FEARLESS FRESHMEN: High Point’s John-Michael Wright, Eric Coleman Jr. and Caden Sanchez have combined to account for 45 percent of the team’s scoring this season and have scored 56 percent of all Panthers points over the last five games.LEAPING FOR LJ: LJ Thorpe has connected on 42.9 percent of the 42 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 2 of 6 over his last five games. He’s also converted 70.5 percent of his free throws this season.WINLESS WHEN: UNC-Asheville is 0-8 when scoring fewer than 70 points and 13-6 when scoring at least 70.PERFECT WHEN: UNC-Asheville is a perfect 5-0 when the team records at least 12 offensive rebounds. The Bulldogs are 8-14 this season when they fail to reach that mark.DID YOU KNOW: The UNC-Asheville defense has forced opponents into turnovers on an impressive 24 percent of all possessions, which ranks the Bulldogs 17th among Division I teams. High Point has turned the ball over on 21.2 percent of its possessions (ranking the Panthers 305th, nationally).___ Associated Press February 26, 2020center_img High Point looks to sweep UNC-Asheville For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

first_imgThe Latest: Indiana Hoosiers football team resumes workouts They were initially approved to test procedures ahead of a planned wider re-opening of stadiums in October.The Oval cricket stadium in London has been used as a test for fans returning in the last week.___Formula One driver Sergio Perez says he might have contracted the coronavirus during a trip to Mexico between races in Hungary and Britain.The Racing Point driver tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday and will miss Sunday’s race at Silverstone and another the following week at the same track while in isolation. MotoGP says the races in Argentina, Thailand and Malaysia are off for this year.The series also added a race in Europe. It will take place in November after the race in Valencia. The venue for the additional race is still to be announced.___Britain has reversed course and now says spectators will not be able to attend sporting events in England because the coronavirus infection rate is rising.Fans were due to attend horse racing, cricket and snooker in the coming days as part of pilot events but Prime Minister Boris Johnson says fans will no longer gather at sporting events until at least Aug. 15. “The health and safety of my family has always been the most important thing in my life,” Woods said in a statement. “I love the game of football and will be rooting hard for my teammates this season, and I look forward to rejoining the Jaguars in 2021.”Jaguars coach Doug Marrone says he understands Woods’ decision.“We will fully support any of our players and coaches that choose to opt out this season,” Marrone said. “It is important for every individual to feel comfortable and to believe that they’re doing what’s right for themselves and their family. As an organization, we respect Al’s decision and are fully understanding.”___Three more MotoGP races have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The school’s medical advisory group approved the resumption of enhanced voluntary summer training. Players are now permitted to spend up to eight hours per week on strength training, six hours per week on meetings and film review, and six hours per week on walk-throughs.The athletic department says it has conducted 480 tests, with 33 coming back positive. Anyone with a positive result must isolate themselves until further notice, and contact tracing measures are established. Anyone to be found in close contact with the person who tested positive also is quarantined until further notice.___Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Al Woods, who has played for five teams during his 10-year NFL career, is opting out of the 2020 season.The 33-year-old Woods signed a one-year, $2.75 million deal with Jacksonville in free agency. He played for Seattle in 2019. He also spent time with Indianapolis, Tennessee, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay since being drafted in the fourth round in 2010. He has 196 tackles and 5 ½ sacks. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Indiana University’s football team has resumed voluntary workouts after a two-week pause following six positive COVID-19 tests.center_img July 31, 2020 Associated Press Perez says he was visiting his mother in Mexico after she was hospitalized following a “big accident.”Perez says it is “one of the saddest days in my career” missing races “but it just shows how vulnerable we (are) to this virus.”The Mexican used a private jet to fly home and says he has no symptoms.The pandemic delayed the start of the season by more than three months.___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more