Sweden cracks down on bars as crowds flout corona rules

first_imgWhile data suggests most Swedes are voluntarily practicing social distancing, photos have made the rounds worldwide in recent weeks of Stockholmers soaking up the spring sunshine sitting at crammed restaurant terraces, or queuing closely together outside nightclubs.Authorities had warned last week they would be stepping up inspections to ensure establishments were respecting social distancing guidelines, but some bars and restaurants were again packed at the weekend.Four of the five bars and restaurants are located in the trendy Sodermalm neighborhood, popular with young partygoers.”The main problem was overcrowding, both inside the premises and outdoors,” Stockholm health official Per Follin told news agency TT. Topics : He said their closure was immediate and until further notice.Among other restrictions Sweden has imposed are bans on visits to retirement homes and on gatherings of more than 50 people.It has also urged people to work at home if possible, and recommended people over the age of 70 and in risk groups to limit contacts with others. The Swedish approach has received criticism both domestically and internationally as its death toll has leapt much higher than its Nordic neighbors, which have all instituted more restrictive containment measures.As of Sunday, Sweden, which has 10.3 million inhabitants, reported 2,194 COVID-19 deaths, compared to 422 in Denmark and 193 in Norway, whose populations are about half the size.Swedish officials have nonetheless insisted their plan is sustainable in the long-term, rejecting drastic short-term measures as too ineffective to justify their impact on society.center_img Sweden, whose softer approach to combatting the new coronavirus has garnered international attention, said Sunday it was ordering the closure of five Stockholm bars and restaurants that failed to respect social distancing guidelines.The Scandinavian country has allowed schools for under-16s, cafes, bars, restaurants and businesses to stay open while urging people and businesses to respect social distancing guidelines.Restaurants and bars are only allowed to provide table service, with tables spaced one to two meters apart to prevent overcrowding. last_img read more

Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should aim higher than Chelsea, says Craig Burley

first_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 25 Apr 2020 9:40 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.5kShares Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should aim higher than Chelsea, says Craig Burley Aubameyang could leave the Emirates this summer (Picture: Getty Images)Former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley believes Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should be aiming for a club challenging for titles, rather than joining Frank Lampard’s ‘project’ at Stamford Bridge.With less than a year remaining on his current deal at the Emirates Stadium, the Gabon international has been linked with a move to the Blues, and the Gunners are reportedly ready to listen to offers for their top scorer.Aubameyang is approaching his 31st birthday, and without a major title to his name, Burley says immediate success should be his primary focus.Read the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveADVERTISEMENTHe told ESPN FC: ‘The decision he’s got to make is what do I have in terms of options, Chelsea are a project at the moment, if he believes they are a project far enough down the line that are going to compete when everything gets up and running again, then fine.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘At his age, he’s really going to be looking to get into somewhere where they’re going to be fighting for the title now, they’re going to be fighting for the Champions League now.‘That’s where he is in his career, he’s good enough to be doing that, he’s shown that at Dortmund, he’s shown that at Arsenal, an inferior team, so he needs to make sure he is making the right decision.’ Aubameyang would be a reliable source of goals for Lampard’s side (Picture: Getty Images)Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United are also believed to be interested in Aubameyang, with the north London club valuing the striker at around £50million.Burley added: ‘I believe if he gets an offer from clubs that are further down the line than Chelsea in terms of their progress, I think he will take that.‘But if Chelsea can get him, they should go for him, and if Arsenal lose him that’s just another big body blow to Mikel Arteta.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThe Blues are also reportedly ‘very close’ to signing Barcelona flop Philippe Coutinho in the next transfer window.The Catalan club could be willing to let the Brazil international go to raise funds for Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez.MORE: Gary Neville slams Chelsea board over Philippe Coutinho transfer pursuit amid coronavirus crisisMORE: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang talking to Inter Milan players about Arsenal exit amid Chelsea & Man Utd linksFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Portuguese import terminal awaiting LNG cargo from Nigeria

first_imgLNG World News Staff Image courtesy of RENREN-operated Sines LNG import terminal in Portugal is set to receive a cargo of liquified natural gas from Nigeria later this week.The Sines LNG terminal will receive gas from the Nigeria LNG Bonny Island liquefaction plant via the LNG Ondo liquefied natural gas carrier.The vessel with the capacity to transport 148.471 cubic meters of liquefied natural gas was built by the South Korean shipyard Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering.The LNG carrier was completed 2007 and named LNG Owdo but renamed LNG Ondo for BW Group. The vessel is currently working on a long-term charter for Nigeria LNG.According to data provided by the port of Sines, the LNG carrier is scheduled to dock at the terminal on March 8. VesselsValue data states that the vessel is currently passing off the shore of La Güera, Algeria.NLNG’s Bonny Island facility has the capacity to produce 22 mtpa of liquefied natural gas from its six trains.Sines LNG terminal, located on Portugal’s Atlantic coast, has a nominal send out capacity of 600,000 cubic meters per hour (5.26 bcm per year), with a peak capacity of 900,000 cubic meters per hour.last_img read more

Abortion breast cancer link explodes in Asia

first_imgOnLine Opinion 12 August 2014The various credentialed purveyors of health information, such as the Australian Medical Association, the World Health Organisation, the US National Cancer Institute and the Cancer Councils still maintain that there is no link between abortion and breast cancer (ABC link), this despite the fact that this past February, a systematic review and meta-analysis of the ABC link was published in the prestigious international journal Cancer Causes and Control. The study by Yubei Huang et. al of the Tianjin Medical University in China reviewed and compiled the results of 36 studies from mainland China. Reporting an overall, statistically significant risk increase of 44% (odds ratio or OR = 1.44) for women who’ve had one or more induced abortions, the Huang study confirmed the results I and my co-authors from Penn State Medical College had reported in 1996 in the British Medical Association’s epidemiology journal.Importantly, the Huang study confirmed the ABC link in a completely different population in a different time frame, as our original 1996 meta-analysis compiled worldwide studies between 1957 and 1996. The Huang meta-analysis also showed a clear dose effect, i.e., women with two or more abortions showed a risk increase of 76%, and those with three or more abortions showed a risk increase of 89%. In epidemiology, when increased exposure to the putative risk factor results in a higher risk increase, the factor (abortion in this case) is more likely to be an actual cause of the disease in question (breast cancer in this case).To those of us who have been studying the ABC link for years, the growing breast cancer epidemic in communist China was an entirely predictable result of the “one-child policy”. But the aggressive promotion of abortion has hardly been limited to China, and a veritable tsunami of peer-reviewed, published reports of the predictable epidemic elsewhere is starting to surface from all over Asia. In South Asia alone, at least a dozen studies have appeared (that I know about) just since 2008: nine in India and one each in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.In addition to adding confirmation upon confirmation of the ABC link, the recent South Asian studies provide a different perspective. It is not because of ethnic differences between South Asians and East Asians or Caucasians: The more than half century of research establishing the ABC link provides ample proof that when it comes to breast cancer risk factor, women are women, no matter their ethnicity. But there is a big difference in the baseline lifestyle of Asian women, and this makes a huge difference. Why?Breast cancer is a multifactorial disease, with many risk factors. Most are related to reproduction and/or female reproductive hormones. Consequently, in the West (like the US), the baseline lifetime risk of breast cancer is high (around 10%) without considering abortion at all. That’s because, long before abortion’s legalization (and resulting high prevalence), women were taking contraceptive steroids (“the pill”), waiting longer to bear children, having fewer of them, not breast feeding them, and were themselves drinking alcoholic beverages and smoking cigarettes. All of these increase the risk of breast cancer. Add abortion, and the lifetime risk goes up about 30%, from about 10% to about 13%. In epidemiological terms, that is expressed as a relative risk (typically expressed statistically as an odds ratio or a hazard ratio) of 1.3. (I.e., a 30% increased risk; the overall average relative risk we reported in our 1996 review.)About the AuthorDr. Joel Brind is a professor of biology and endocrinology at Baruch College, City University of New York since 1986, a research biochemist since 1981, and CEO of Natural Food Science, a maker of glycine supplement products founded in 2010.http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=16582last_img read more

Study suggests marijuana may impair female fertility

first_imgEurekaAlert 2 April 2020Family First Comment: Female eggs exposed to THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, have an impaired ability to produce viable embryos, and are significantly less likely to result in a viable pregnancyFemale eggs exposed to THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, have an impaired ability to produce viable embryos, and are significantly less likely to result in a viable pregnancy, according to an animal study accepted for presentation at ENDO 2020, the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting. The abstract will be published in the Journal of the Endocrine Society.Marijuana, or cannabis, is the most commonly used recreational drug by people of reproductive age. The rise in marijuana use has occurred at the same time that THC percentages in the drug have increased. “Currently, patients seeking infertility treatments are advised against cannabis use, but the scientific evidence backing this statement is weak,” said Master student Megan Misner, part of the research laboratory led by Laura Favetta, Ph.D., in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Guelph in Canada. “This makes it difficult for physicians to properly advise patients undergoing in vitro fertilization.”In the new study, researchers treated cow oocytes, or female eggs, with concentrations of THC equivalent to therapeutic and recreational doses. The oocytes were collected and matured into five groups: untreated, control, low THC, mid THC and high THC.The eggs’ developmental rates and gene expression were measured. The researchers evaluated the ability of embryos to reach critical stages of development at specific time points. With higher concentrations of THC, they found a significant decrease and delay in the ability of the treated oocytes to reach these checkpoints. “This is a key indicator in determining the quality and developmental potential of the egg,” Misner said.THC exposure led to a significant decrease in the expression of genes called connexins, which are present at increased levels in higher quality oocytes. Poorer quality oocytes, with lower connexin expression levels, have been shown to lead to a poorer embryo development. “This embryo would be less likely to proceed past the first week of development, and thus lead to infertility,” Misner said.READ MORE: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-04/tes-ssm040220.phplast_img read more

New CARICOM secretary general to pay courtesy visit to Montserrat

first_img 17 Views   no discussions Share CARICOM secretary general, Irwin LarocqueBRADES, Montserrat (GIU) — New CARICOM secretary general, Irwin Larocque, has sent his appreciation to Montserrat’s Chief Minister Reuben Meade for his congratulatory note dispatched to the secretariat following his formal assumption of office. In a short message to the chief minister, the secretary general said, “I sincerely appreciate your words of support and will do my utmost to justify the trust and belief that you and your colleague heads of government have placed in me. I begin my tenure as secretary-general, with no illusions about the journey before me. Rest assured however, of my firm commitment and steadfast dedication to the task of deepening our integration process.“It is my intention to pay an official visit to Montserrat at the earliest opportunity, during which I hope to have a chance to meet with you and other key persons, to exchange views on ways in which we can begin to show tangible benefits to the people of our Community,” the official letter read.The new CARICOM leader in the past week visited Antigua and Barbuda and St Kitts and Nevis for familiarisation meetings with government leaders. Larocque officially took up office on August 15.by Nerissa Golden Caribbean News Now NewsRegional New CARICOM secretary general to pay courtesy visit to Montserrat by: – September 7, 2011 Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

Don’t bring pork products from ASF-hit areas – DA

first_imgHe, however, clarified that ASF doesnot affect human health. “Specifically, ASF was already containedin Barangay Pritil, Guiguinto, Bulacan; and in several barangays in Rodriguez,San Mateo, and Antipolo, Rizal –and not in the entire country,” Dar said in astatement. Agriculture secretary William Dar onMonday said ASF episodes in several areas in Bulacan and Rizal may beconsidered an outbreak, but not an epidemic. ILOILO – The Department of Agriculture(DA) in Region 6 urged the public not to bring to Western Visayas pork productssourced from areas hit by the African Swine Fever (ASF). Dar earlier warned hog raisers whofail to report about their sick pigs could face jail time and fines. He also urged the public to alert DA-6and municipal agriculturists should there be cases of swine deaths so thiscould immediately be checked. Going specific, Jonic Natividad, chiefagriculturist of DA-6, named the provinces of Bulacan and Rizal as ASF-hit. “Let us protect our region’s swinepopulation,” stressed Natividad, noting that the ASF mortality rate in swine is100 percent. DA-6 alone could not seal WesternVisayas from ASF, said Natividad. The DA-6 has activated its AfricanSwine Fever Task Force and posted teams in the region’s ports of entry toconduct inspections, said Natividad. Dar said hog raisers should reportsick and dead pigs to their respective municipal or city veterinarians who willthen coordinate with the DA-Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) to determine thecause of sickness or death./PN  Under the law, neglecting to provide adequatecare to animals is punishable with imprisonment of six months to two years, anda fine of P1,000 to P5,000. “They violated RA (Republic Act) 8485or the Animal Welfare Act, as they deprived their dead pigs of adequate care,maltreating them in the process,” he said.last_img read more

NegOcc hog raisers to supply pork to Cebu

first_imgDecena said the province is alsohelping backyard raisers continue their shipment of live pigs to Cebu amid thestrict quarantine regulations imposed by its provincial government. This was made possible through theissuance of a backyard swine farm certificate by the Provincial VeterinaryOffice (PVO), in lieu of the farm registration from the Bureau of AnimalIndustry. BACOLOD City – The commercial hograisers in Negros Occidental are shipping pork to meat shop chains in Cebustarting this month as a marketing strategy to support its swine industry amidthe African swine fever (ASF) scare.  Provincial veterinarian Dr. RenateDecena on Wednesday said the target is an average delivery of one container vanper week.  Negros Occidental, the country’snumber one backyard hog producer, with a P6-billion swine industry, hasenforced since Sept. 18 the temporary ban on the entry of pork and porkproducts from Luzon, where positive cases of ASF have been reported. Decena said the PVO is expectingimprovements in the price of pork in the upcoming holiday season as demand forpork products is seen to increase. “Commercial raisers have a key role,not only in meeting the demand but also in providing good quality pork to consumers,”Decena added.center_img As part of its initiatives, the PVOhas provided post-harvest facilities to local hog raisers’ associations andestablished linkages to buyers from neighboring provinces, such as Cebu andAklan. “The low demand for pork resulted inthe increase of available supply, which eventually led to the lower price ofthe commodity,” said Decena.(With areport from PNA/PN) Decena said backyard swine raisers inNegros Occidental have successfully shipped nearly 2,000 heads of live pigs toCebu last month. The commercial hog raisers in Negros Occidental are shipping pork to meat shop chains in Cebu starting this month as a marketing strategy to support its swine industry amid the African swine fever scare. PHILNEWS.PH In Negros Occidental, the price ofpork has decreased in recent months amid the lean season and the ASF scare.last_img read more

TikTok video challenge aims to keep Antiqueños at home

first_imgILOILO City – Attention, allAntiqueños. Bored at home while on quarantine? The criteria: funny, creative andunique. Judging and awarding is on March31.  Join the #StayAtHomeAntique TikTtokChallenge of the provincial government of Antique. “Angmga youth ngayon masyadong impatient atminsan naniniwala sa fake news kayasabi ko mag-join na lang sila sa TikTokvideo challenge,” Cadiao told Panay News. Twenty other top entries would bereceiving P1,000 each. * The challenge is open to allAntiqueños everywhere. These are the rules: Antique has around 4,000 persons undermonitoring (PUMs) and 35 persons under investigation (PUIs) for COVID-19. This video challenge aims to keepAntiqueños, most especially the young, at home and follow the ongoing enhancedcommunity quarantine against the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019(COVID-19), said Gov. Rhodora Cadiao. To create a music video with the app,users can choose background music from a wide variety of music genres, editwith a filter and record a 15-second video with speed adjustments beforeuploading it to share with others on TikTok or other social platforms. Userscan also film short lip-sync videos to popular songs. * Use the hashtag #StayAtHomeAntiqueand upload to your Facebook account. The Antique Provincial Tourism Officeis the judge. Cadiao urged Antiqueños to be morepatient with the ongoing quarantine. TikTok is avideo-sharing social networking mobile application. One of the most popular inthe world, it allows users to createshort videos of themselves which often feature music in the background, can besped up, slowed down or edited with a filter. * The video must be shot in any areaof the house or where the participants stay (indoor, garage or garden, etc.),not in public places like streets and other public areas. Prizes must be claimed in San Jose,Antique only. The first placer will win P3,000;second placer, P2,000; and third placer, P1,000. Because TikTok is “trending”, Cadiaosaid, the Antique Provincial Tourism Office thought of tapping it for a novelscheme to make Antiqueños observe home quarantine without getting bored. * At least three or more householdmembers should participate in the video.  The quarantine will end on March 31./PNlast_img read more