Explainer:What do we know about the health of Japan’s Shinzo Abe?

first_imgTopics : Complications may include an increased risk of colon cancer, clots in blood vessels, and a perforated colon.What is the treatment?Ulcerative colitis is incurable. While moderate to severe cases are treated with corticosteroids, this is not a long-term treatment as side effects can include bone loss, high blood pressure and weight gain.A type of medication called 5-aminosalicylic acid (5-ASA) is the standard treatment, including Asacol, which Abe has said he started taking in 2009, when it was approved in Japan. It had been available overseas before that.”If this drug Asacol had taken more time to appear on the market in Japan, it’s quite possible that I would not be where I am today,” Abe said in a 2013 speech.”For that very reason, I consider it both my role and my fate to restore and enrich the lives of patients suffering from intractable illnesses.”Side effects from the medicine, also known as mesalamine, can include nausea, headaches or vomiting. Rarely, it can worsen ulcerative colitis symptoms.Other treatments include immunosuppressant drugs that require careful supervision and are usually only used if patients do not respond to other treatments.The most drastic treatment is surgical removal of the colon.How does it affect quality of life?If kept under control, ulcerative colitis has minimal impact on daily activities between flare-ups, which can be caused by stress.Some patients have frequent colonoscopies, such as every six months, to check for cancer. Abe undergoes a comprehensive physical exam twice a year.In 2017, Abe said his treatment was fuelling his appetite, adding, “I now must worry about issues I once thought were completely unrelated to me, including gaining visceral fat, worrying about body fat, and my cholesterol level. I hit the upper limits on tests for each of these issues.” Here are details of the disease:What is it?Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease that can cause ulcers in the lining of the colon and rectum. Symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal cramping, weight loss and fatigue.The cause is unknown, but both heredity and immune system malfunctions, in which the immune system attacks cells in the digestive tract, are believed to play a role. Diet and stress can aggravate the condition.center_img Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest-serving premier, said on Friday he was resigning because of poor health, ending a stint at the helm of the world’s third-biggest economy during which he sought to revive growth and bolster its defenses.Abe has battled the disease ulcerative colitis for years and two recent hospital visits within a week had fanned questions on whether he could stay in the job until the end of his term as ruling party leader, and hence, premier, in September 2021.He has spoken of struggling with the disease since junior high school. A flare-up in 2007 forced him to quit as prime minister.last_img read more

Classic Queenslander the ultimate bush hideaway with resort-style pool, zipline

first_imgPlenty of room for the whole family. The luxurious six-bedroom home has been recently renovated to include a swish new kitchen and modern bathrooms, yet it retains a classic feel with iconic weatherboards, lead windows, ornate cornices, timber detailing and the bullnose veranda. The large 0.89 ha block also features a swoon-worthy pool and cabana which was only added three years ago. “Everyone that comes to stay says it’s like living in a resort,” Mr Forbes said. “It’s a great place to entertain and also a great place to get that peace and quiet you need on the weekend.” Owners Chrissie and Richard Forbes have lived at the property with their three children for the past five years. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa12 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“The beauty of living in this magnificent house is hearing the birdlife every morning and nothing else, plus seeing the wallabies hoping around — yet you’re only 10 minutes from Currumbin Beach,” Mr Forbes said. “From the veranda of the Queenslander you can only see one house, the rest of the houses are hidden behind trees.“It’s your own little bush hideaway.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 It’s the ultimate bush hideaway. The classic Queenslander. It’s the quintessential Queenslander which epitomises the Gold Coast’s laid-back, fun-filled lifestyle. With a classic design, the highset Currumbin Waters house features an iron roof, veranda stretching the length of the home and a resort-style pool — it’s the ultimate bush hideaway. And for those with adrenaline junkie kids, there’s an 80m zipline, which will provide hours of entertainment. A new kitchen forms part of the package. The six-bedroom house at 23 Karawatha Drive, Currumbin Waters, has hit the market. MORE NEWS: Former tax evader lists Coast mansion MORE NEWS: Multimillion-dollar house with a golden shoe bath The house has a blend of modern and classic elements. There’s also the added benefit of having a personal wildlife sanctuary in your backyard with koalas, wallabies, rosellas, lorikeets and kookaburras in the surrounding bushland. The family has listed the property and is looking to downsize without leaving the area.Brendan Andrews of Brendan Andrews Real Estate is marketing the property.last_img read more

E. Guinea working to bring in another FLNG unit

first_imgEquatorial Guinea, expected to bring one of the continent’s first Floating LNG units in production, is now working to develop other offshore assets using the same technology.Namely, OneLNG, a company developing Fortuna FLNG project with Ophir Energy offshore Equatorial Guinea, on May 29, entered into a binding memorandum of understanding with the energy ministry of Equatorial Guinea to further explore the liquefaction and commercialisation of natural gas.Under the agreement, the company recently established as a Schlumberger-Golar joint venture will focus its efforts on Blocks O and I offshore Malabo.According to Golar LNG, agreement terms between E. Guinea – a new OPEC member – and OneLNG place obligations on both parties to find a technical and commercial solution to monetize gas that is either stranded or being re-injected in liquids production.That commercial solution is to include the provision of an FLNG vessel, associated infrastructure and the creation of an LNG sales vehicle.Golar LNG further said the parties seek to reach definitive agreements to proceed by December 2017 but no later than December 2018. In addition to this, OneLNG is also working on 3-4 additional projects, each involving one or more FLNG unit, Golar LNG said.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Engie fires up second Cygnus platform

first_imgImage courtesy of Engie E&PEngie E&P, a unit of the French energy giant and LNG player, has started first gas exports from the Cygnus Bravo wellhead platform in the UK’s southern North Sea.The unmanned satellite facility, second in the Cygnus development, exported first gas on August 1 to Cygnus Alpha, which itself has been at a plateau of 250 million cubic feet per day since 13th December 2016, Engie E&P said in a statement.Combined output then travels from the Alpha processing unit, 150km off the coast of Lincolnshire, via a 55km link to the Esmond Transmission System – which ultimately lands at the Bacton gas terminal in Norfolk.The overall Cygnus complex comprises four platforms and two subsea structures, serving an estimated field size of 250 square kilometres.It contributes 5% of UK gas production; sufficient to heat the equivalent of 1.5 million UK homes, according to the statement.Bravo first gas was delivered from well B5 in one of the platform’s 10 well slots, out of 20 across the whole Cygnus complex. A further three Bravo wells are expected to come online during August with a total of five available in 2018, after drilling of well B1 is completed.Engie E&P holds a 38.75% stake in the Cygnus development and is the operator. Centrica has a 48.75% stake in the development while Bayerngas holds 12.5%.last_img read more

EMGS elects interim boss

first_imgElectromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS), a Norwegian geophysical services company, has appointed an interim chief executive officer (CEO).One of EMGS’ vessels; Image by: Trondheim Havn; Source: Flickr – under the CC BY-SA 2.0 licenseEMGS said on Monday that Bjørn Petter Lindhom was chosen to become the interim CEO of the company.According to the company, Lindhom will assume the position on December 1, 2018.This appointment comes after the former CEO, Christiaan Vermeijden, announced he would resign from his position due to personal reasons on September 28, 2018.Vermeijden will step down as CEO on December 31, 2018. He held the position of CEO since February 2016 but was named back in November 2015.Lindhom started his career at Telenor and joined EMGS in 2003. He held a number of technical and commercial positions within the company’s global business, currently as Business Unit President, NSA Region (North and South America).Eystein Eriksrud, chairman of the board of directors, said: “Bjørn Petter Lindhom has extensive experience working within EMGS and the geophysical industry, and with our customers, suppliers and other stakeholders.“We are very pleased to have been able to identify and appoint such a strong individual from within the Company, and the Board of Directors looks forward to working together with Mr. Lindhom going forward.”last_img read more

Tobacco regulatory board targets better quality crop by training farmers

first_imgZimbabwe Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board have started training Tobacco farmers on farming practices to improve output and quality of the crop. The move follows poor prices that accompanied the start of the selling season early this yearZimbabwe’s Tobacco regulatory board is keen to avoid a repeat of what happened early this year. Farmers protested over poor prices in March when the tobacco season opened. Drought and floods affected both the quantity and quality of the crop. About 20,000 farmers will now undergo training on agronomic practices which include Land preparation, grading and baling.In 2014, about 17,000 farmers underwent training. The board hopes next season, the gold leaf will fetch a better price. Tobacco is one of Zimbabwe’s country’s top revenue earner and accounts for a tenth of the country’s Gross Domestic Product. The industry has now 88,000 growers up from 52,000 in 2012.last_img read more

US Embassy donates books to Portsmouth Public Library

first_img Share Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit reading to the students as US Ambassador Larry Palmer looks on. The U.S Ambassador to Dominica, the Director of Peace Corps Dominica and a representative of the U.S. Embassy along with Prime Minister Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit journeyed to the Portsmouth Public Library this week to play a part in encouraging children to read by donating children’s books to the institution.The United States Ambassador to Dominica, His Excellency Larry Palmer, on behalf of his country, officially handed over a number of books to the library and he said that by making that contribution, a message was being sent on the importance of reading.“Over the years the United States Embassy has donated many thousands of books throughout the Eastern Caribbean as part of our book donation project. One of the reasons I like book donations is because it encourages reading and that is so important to all of us. Reading opens minds and imaginations. Through reading, you can travel to all parts of the world; you can know what China, Europe and Africa are like and [you can learn about] wild animals. It’s a way to experience the world, so I really love book donations.”The Honourable Prime Minister expressed a similar sentiment.He said, “Reading is very important. Most people do not read sufficiently and they always like to repeat what somebody else has said but often times they don’t say what they have read themselves.”United States Ambassador to Dominica, Larry Palmer, presenting the books to Librarian at the Portsmouth Public Library, Monique Matthew.Prime Minister Skerrit had a few words of advice for the children present.“It is important for you as young people to read daily. That’s how you’re going to be smart and that’s how you’re going to pass your exams so that when you get to Grade Six you can earn a scholarship…I’m very happy to see you here and I can see that you all read every day. You read story books as well as schoolbooks. I know that those of you who are here today, watch some television and read a lot. I know it is summertime and that’s when you watch a lot of television but you also read a bit,” he said.Hon. Skerrit said that “there’s nothing wrong with that because you have to enjoy vacation as well, after a long year at school.”Librarian at the Portsmouth Public Library, Monique Matthew received the books and expressed her gratitude on behalf of the Dominica Library and Information Service.“On behalf of the management and staff of the Dominica Library and Information Service, I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to the US Embassy for this generous donation of children’s books. I can assure that they will go a long way in improving the literacy of the students not only at the Portsmouth Library but also at the nine schools serviced by the Portsmouth Mobile Library as well as the general public.”Following the handing-over of the books, Prime Minister Skerrit took a moment to read to the children before leaving.Goverment Information Service LocalNews US Embassy donates books to Portsmouth Public Library by: – July 13, 2012 Share Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Share 13 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Tottenham make contact with Chelsea attacker Willian

first_img The Daily Express says the winger, 31, was on the verge of a move to Spurs in August 2013 — before giving them the cold shoulder at the death, signing for Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea. Willian is valued by manager Frank Lampard but his future, as well as Pedro’s, looks bleak with their contracts both set to expire in the summer.Advertisement Tottenham are making a move for Chelsea attacker Willian, as Jose Mourinho plans to beef-up the Blues attack. And he is being targeted by his former boss Mourinho to join the club across London. They claim Tottenham have been in touch with Willian’s representatives over a January transfer. Lampard may be tempted to cash in on the player, but he has relied on the formr Shakhtar Donetsk man constantly this season, who has scored five goals in 26 games. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentThe Best Cars Of All TimeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Biggest Cities In The World So Far9 Great Actors Who Will Always Be Defined By One Role6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Top 10 Female Disney Villains You’ll Definitely Fall In Love WithThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreA Runner Uses Strava App To Create Amazing Pieces Of Running ArtBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made Loading… last_img read more

Stock Car checkers fly at Shawano for Van Straten

first_imgBy Scott OwenSHAWANO, Wis. (June 20) – Travis Van Straten passed Brandon Czarapata with two laps remain­ing to win the Saturday IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature, and $750 top prize, at Shawano Speedway.Josh Mroczkowski and Mike Schmidt took turns in the lead before Czarapata went by both on lap four. Two circuits later it was Rod Snellenberger and Van Straten heading the pursuit.A caution on lap 13 bunched the field up but Czarapata got a good restart and held the lead. Snellenberger pulled into the pits on lap 17 and Schmidt joined Czarapata and Van Straten in the top three.Van Straten moved to the inside of Czarapata on lap 18 and the pair raced side-by-side the next two times around the oval with Czarapata holding the lead each lap by a fender.On lap 24, Van Straten again went under Czarapata and this time nudged ahead by inches as the pair took the white flag. Entering turn one, Van Straten drove in deeper than Czarapata and slid up the track into the high groove.Van Straten held off Czarapata through turns three and four to win the race. Schmidt took third.Jerry Wilinski scored the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified win while Lucas Lamberies won his se­cond straight Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod victory.last_img read more

Ruthless Toms retains title

first_imgNortholt’s Ryan Toms ruthlessly brushed aside Pat McAleese on Saturday night to retain his southern-area light-middleweight title.Toms, making his first defence, stopped McAleese in the fourth round of their bout on the undercard of the Tyson Fury-Dereck Chisora fight at Wembley Arena.The 29-year-old southpaw rocked McAleese in the third, before flooring him with a body shot early in the next round. He then followed up with a combination that forced the referee to call a halt.Toms, who was on QPR’s books as a teenager, is unbeaten in nine fights as a professional.last_img