Energy forum facilitates $11 billion deals

World Future Energy Summit (WFES), a key enabler of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2019 (ADSW), facilitated deals valued at $10.5 billion to be implemented across 20 countries during its four-day run at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

The event that came to a close in Abu Dhabi on January 17, 2019, saw a consortium led by Masdar (Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company) and France’s EDF win a tender to build a $500 million 400-megawatt wind farm in northern Saudi Arabia as part of the country’s efforts to increase its renewable energy capacity to 60 gigawatts by 2030. 

Abu Dhabi Waste Management Centre (Tadweer), the strategic partners of the sixth EcoWASTE exhibition, awarded new operating contracts, cumulatively valued at Dh1.099 billion, to providers of solid waste collection and transportation and street sweeping and cleaning services in the third, fourth and fifth sectors of Abu Dhabi Mainland and Al Dhafra Region.


African-American women at a high breast cancer risk less likely to pursue preventive care

Washington D.C. [USA], Jan 14 (ANI): A new research points towards how African-American women who are at a higher risk of breast cancer are less likely than white women to pursue preventive care in trying to prove racial disparities in healthcare.
Speaking about the study, researchers from The Ohio State University said, “African-American women faced additional burdens at every step along the risk-management journey.”
The research was published wrote in the journal Ethnicity & Health and included in-depth interviews with 50 women -30 white, 20 black- deemed at high risk of breast cancer based on family history and other factors.
Researchers found that high-risk black women were less likely to have genetic testing, take medications to protect them against cancer and to have or consider having their breasts or ovaries removed as a preventive measure.
This study is the first of its kind to help explain the reasons behind the racial differences. It showed that black women were less aware of their options and were at a disadvantage when it came to getting access to information about prevention.
Only three of the black women in the study, or 15 per cent, had seen a specialist for their breast health. Meanwhile, 70 per cent of the white women had consulted with a provider with special training.
Speaking about it, lead author Tasleem Padamsee said she expected differences by race, but this was the first study to look at differences in proactive prevention decision-making, and to drill down beyond those differences in an effort to explain why high-risk black women might make different choices than white women with the same risk.
Post analysing the feedback they received from study interviews and comparing it with preventive actions taken (or not taken) by those women, the researchers found that African-American women on the whole experienced differences in three separate “layers of information” that contribute to their decisions about managing cancer risk.
“We wanted to understand what women’s experiences are like, how they make choices, and what influences those choices,” said Padamsee, an assistant professor of health services management and policy and a member of Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Following the interviews, researchers zeroed in on trends that could help inform care provided to women in the future, prompting providers to acknowledge and look for ways to clear obstacles to lowering breast-cancer risk for patients. That might mean helping a woman with care for an elderly family member or for her children, assisting with transportation or working to find a way to get her in to see a specialist, she said.
The results of the study reveal the nuances of racial inequalities in health – the ways that structural, social and interpersonal inequalities combine to influence patients’ choices. 

Does counseling help obese pregnant women manage extra kilos?

Washington D.C. [USA], Jan 16 (ANI): Excessive weight gain during pregnancy is a cause of worry for both mother and child.
A study was conducted to find if regular counseling appointments help pregnant women shed those extra kilos.
The findings appear in the journal BMC Medicine.
Based on results with 2,286 women, a team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now shown that although counseling appointments as part of routine prenatal care, can encourage a healthier lifestyle, it does not reduce weight gain.
If a woman gains excessive weight during pregnancy, it could lead to gestational diabetes, an increased risk of cesarean section or excessive birth weight of the newborn.
The goal of the Bavarian Healthy Living in Pregnancy Study (GeliS) was to make pregnant women aware of the problem and to improve their dietary behaviour and physical activity. More than 70 medical and midwife practices in Bavariaparticipated in the study.
Women in the study group received three counseling sessions (30-45 minutes each) from week 12 of pregnancy, followed by another consultation several weeks after childbirth as part of their preventive check-ups. They also received additional information material as well as forms that allowed them to independently record and monitor their weight gain and physical activity. The control group only received the information material.
-Slight reduction in newborn weight
Hans Hauner explained the initial findings: “Unfortunately, the counseling concept proved unsuccessful and had no measurable effect on maternal weight gain.”
Despite the counseling, over 45 per cent of the participants gained more weight than recommended by the international standard of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) over 14 kilograms on average. Furthermore, the counseling did not lead to a reduction in complications such as gestational diabetes, hypertension or premature labour.
Nevertheless, his research team did find some positive effects: An initial look at the extended data shows that many pregnant women did in fact pay close attention to their diet and exercised regularly. In addition, more than 85 per cent of women continued the program to the end and readily took the advice they received to heart.
“Evidently, that was not enough to reduce their weight gain. What we saw, however, was a reduction in the size and weight of the babies of the women who participated in the program. That, too, is a small but important achievement,” Hauner said. The study team also recommended that counseling sessions be started before the 12th week of pregnancy. (ANI)

Dhaka Cafe Attack: Suspected Islamist Extremist Arrested in B’desh

Dhaka Cafe Attack: Suspected Islamist Extremist Arrested in B’desh

A suspected Islamist extremist, who allegedly supplied arms, explosives and money to the militants who carried out 2016 terror attack on a cafe in Bangladesh, has been arrested, police said on Sunday, 20 January.

The militant was arrested from a bus in Gazipur city in central Bangladesh and has been identified as absconding Holey Artisan attack suspect Mamunur Rashid Ripon, said the police’s elite anti-crime Rapid Action Battalion (RAB).

“He was arrested around 1 am on Sunday aboard a bus travelling from Haluaghat to Dhaka,” RAB spokesman Mufti Mahmud Khan was quoted as saying by the bdnews.

Accrding to investigators, Ripon, a top tier neo-JMB militant, was responsible for supplying arms, explosives and money to the militants who carried out the attack on the Holey Artisan Bakery, an upmarket cafe in Dhaka on 1 July, 2016 that killed 22 people, including a 19-year-old Indian girl.

Eighteen foreigners were among those shot and hacked to death by five militants in the 10-hour standoff at the cafe before military commandos stormed the building and freed some two dozen other people.

According to Khan, Ripon was in possession of Tk 150,000 (Rs 1.27 lakh) at the time of his arrest.

On 23 July, 2018, two years after the incident, the police identified 21 people in connection with the attack.

Investigators said a total of 21 militants were involved in planning the assault but 13 of them were killed in subsequent anti-terrorism operations by security forces.

The government launched a nationwide crackdown against extremists immediately after the attack, killing nearly 100 alleged extremists in gunfights including several top JMB leaders.

According to the investigation report, the attack was carried out by Neo-JMB militants after six months of planning. Six of the accused, Jahangir Alam alias Rajib Gandhi, Rakibul Hasan Regan, Rashedul Islam alias Rash, Sohel Mahfuz, Mizanur Rahman alias Baro Mizan and Hadisur Rahman Sagar, were brought to the court for the indictment.

Two other suspects, Shahidul Islam Khan and Ripon, were absconding at the time.

The trial proceeded in their absence. The court issued warrants against them and ordered their property to be seized.

The police Counter Terrorism Unit had previously said that they believed Khaled and Ripon had fled across the border to India.

According to the Anti-Terrorism Act, 2009, those convicted under the law may be granted death sentences.

Weight Loss Tips: Few Steps Which Can Help You Lose More Weight

Pic Credit:

Sydney: Desperate to shed some kilos? Are you obese and worried about your excess weight? You should be aware that exercise alone isn’t the key to burn fats and reduce belly fat. Take heart. New research suggests that with irregular fasting and a strictly controlled diet, you can lose more weight and improve your health too.

The study showed that women who fasted intermittently as well as restricted their food improved their health more than those who only restricted their diet or only fasted intermittently.

Obese women who followed a diet in which they ate 70 per cent of their required energy intake and fasted intermittently lost the most weight.

“Continuously restricting their diet is the main way that obese women try to tackle their weight,” said lead author Amy Hutchison, from the University of Adelaide in Australia.

“This study is adding to evidence that intermittent fasting, at least in the short term, may provide better outcomes than daily continuous diet restriction for health and potentially for weight loss,” added Leonie Heilbronn, Associate Professor at the varsity.

By adhering to a strict pattern of intermittent fasting and dieting, obese women have achieved significant weight loss and improvements in their health such as decreased markers for heart disease, said the paper, published in the journal Obesity.

For the study, the researchers involved nearly 100 women aged between 35 and 70 who were overweight or obese.

NOTE: It is always advisable to consult a doctor before following any diet plan for weight loss.

60 attend camp on obesity, weight management

Mohali , January 18, 2019: As many as 60 people attended the first day of 2-day “Obesity and Weight Management’ at Ivy hospital, Mohali on Friday.

During camp, free consultations on weight management, dietary and body composition analysis were given.

All aspects of weight gain or loss were also discussed during interactions with doctors , dieticians and with people who successfully lost the weight .

Speaking during occasion, Manmohan Singh Bedi , consultant Gatro– intestinal and bariatric surgeon said that obesity has become a major problem these days. It’s not only make you look cosmetically odd one out but also is a root cause of common diseases like diabetes, increased blood pressure, PCOD, infertility, sleep apnea, fatty liver and cancer etc.

Many modes of treatment are available in market which people use before visiting doctors, he remarked.

While giving the diet tips to reduce weight, a senior dietician said that one should avoid fatty food, fasting & feasting and prefer frequent small meal, include low CHO, moderate protein, high fiber, low fat diet, include more of liquids in diet, and prefer roasted & boiled form more instead of fried food.

The camp is being organized with an aim of educating people about the complications of obesity which significantly reduce lifespan.

Global public opinion rejects populism, favours openness and collaboration, open to immigration: WEF survey

Global public opinion rejects populism, favours openness and collaboration, open to immigration: WEF survey

The congress centre, venue for the World Economic Forum, is covered with snow in Davos, Switzerland. (Photo | AP)

DAVOS: As the world faces huge economic risks from growing trade disputes and inward-looking policies, a global survey Sunday said public opinion is overwhelmingly against populism and favours openness.

The global public overwhelmingly favours multilateral cooperation, is open to immigration and rejects the notion that countries’ best interests are achieved at the expense of others, according to the survey published by the World Economic Forum (WEF) a day before the opening of its high-profile annual meeting on this resort town on the Swiss Alps.

Majority of the respondents also said they believe upward mobility is too elusive and that governments are not doing enough to provide people with opportunity.

As per the survey, North Americans have the least trust in climate science, while Western Europeans are least likely to regard technology companies as altruistic.

The WEF said a majority of people in all regions of the world say they believe cooperation between nations is either extremely or very important.

It also found that a large majority rejects the notion that national improvement is a zero-sum game, and that most people feel that immigrants are mostly good for their adopted country.

The research, covering a sample size of over 10,000 people from every region of the world, was commissioned ahead of this week’s WEF Annual Meeting, where more than 3,000 leaders from across the globe would discuss imminent issues before the world in nearly 350 sessions over five days.

The WEF said the survey findings underline the key principles of the multilateral system and also roundly debunks the negative notion of immigrants that has raced to the top of the news agenda across Europe, North America and elsewhere.

However, regional viewpoints differ.

Asked how important it is that countries work together towards a common goal, a global average of 76 per cent said they believe it is either extremely important or very important.

These sentiments are felt most strongly in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, where 88 per cent share the same view.

At the other end of the scale, 61 per cent of Western Europeans and 70 per cent of North Americans said they consider cooperation to be extremely or very important.

Asked whether their country has a responsibility to help other countries in the world, South Asians again registered the highest levels of concurrence, with 94 per cent answering positively compared to a global average of 72 per cent.

Again, North Americans and Western Europeans were the least effusive, with only 61 per cent and 63 per cent respectively answering in the affirmative.

While a global majority of respondents — 57 per cent — said they believe that immigrants are “mostly good” for their new country, only 40 per cent of those living in Eastern Europe and Central Asia and 46 per cent of respondents in Western Europe subscribe to the same opinion.

North Americans trailed only South Asians in their approval of immigrants, with 66 per cent saying they believe immigrants are mostly good.

One finding showed that while most people still believe in the power of international cooperation, they share a much less positive view of their own country when it comes to social progress.

This despondency at the lack of upward mobility is felt most acutely in Western Europe, where only 20 per cent of respondents said they feel it is either extremely common or somewhat common for someone to be born poor and become rich through hard work.

Respondents in the US, where the ideal of the American Dream is deeply rooted in the national consciousness, were only a little more positive, with 34 per cent saying they believe the statement to be either extremely or very common.

“The combination of climate change, income inequality, technology and geopolitics pose an existential threat to humanity.

What we see with this research is that, while the international community’s capacity for concerted action appears constrained, the overwhelming desire of the global public is for leaders to find new ways to work together that will allow them to cooperate on these critical shared challenges we all face,” WEF Founder and Executive Chairman Klaus Schwab said.

Pakistan probes alleged extrajudicial police killings

Pakistan probes alleged extrajudicial police killings

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani authorities on Sunday launched an investigation into the death of four people who were allegedly shot dead by counter-terrorism police in a shootout.

Witnesses and survivors of the incident have denied claims by the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) that the victims, including three of the same family, were terrorists, reports Efe news.

“While the CTD has done a great job in the fight against terrorism, everyone must be accountable before the law. As soon as JIT (Joint Investigation Team) report comes, swift action will be taken. The government’s priority is protection of all its citizens,” Prime Minister Imran Khan said in a tweet.

The incident took place on Saturday in Punjab province’s Sahiwal region, when CTD officers had opened fire at a vehicle and killed a man, his wife and their daughter, along with a family friend.

Two minors, who were also in the vehicle, sustained injuries.

“The terrorists fired at the CTD officials following which a shootout ensued. Once the firing stopped, four people were found dead, reportedly as a result of firing by their own accomplices,” a CTD statement had said.

Following the incident, Khan took to Twitter to express his anguish and shock over the incident.

“Still shocked at seeing the traumatised children who saw their parents shot before their eyes. Any parent would be shocked as they would think of their own children in such a traumatic situation. These children will now be fully looked after by the state as its responsibility,” he wrote.

Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has ordered the arrests of the officials involved in the shootout.

Dr Alfred Dawes | Effective weight loss without surgery


Diet pills

Gastric balloon

Obesity is a disease just like diabetes, cancer and high blood pressure. Once your weight for your height (body mass index – BMI) is high enough, your chances of losing and keeping off the weight are five to 10 per cent. At this point, the best results are obtained with surgery to shrink the stomach and/or decrease the amount of food digested.

‘Obesity’ is different from ‘overweight’ and this is not just a matter of numbers. You are:

– Overweight if your BMI is between 25 and 29.9.

– Mildly obese if your BMI is 30 to 34.9.

– Moderately obese at 35 to 39.9.

– Severely obese once your BMI is 40 or higher.

Changing your lifestyle can result in permanent weight loss at any stage, but it gets harder and harder as your BMI gets higher. This is why it is extremely important that persons who are overweight begin to take control of their eating habits and not get to the point of obesity where their hormones are going haywire and their body is trying to keep them obese.


As it is so difficult to do it on your own, many companies are offering ‘miracle’ weight-loss products that can help one achieve significant weight loss without going under the knife. However, the short-term successes are eventually replaced by weight regain as the food restrictions become unsustainable and the supplements unaffordable.

Diet plans and weight-loss programmes are very effective but require commitment and discipline. Commitment is directly related to results. Once the inevitable weight-loss plateau occurs, it requires even greater discipline to cut more calories in order to lose more weight.

Several non-surgical options are available to increase the weight loss in a weight-management programme, leading to greater motivation and compliance. This will, in turn, lead to greater success in losing and maintaining weight.


Diet pills aid with appetite control or decrease the absorption of consumed food. They may aid in the short term but are not a magic bullet by themselves. With a structured weight-management programme, diet pills can be a very effective tool. Some appetite suppressants have been taken off the market because of reported deaths. The commonly used pills block the absorption of fats or carbohydrates consumed. The undigested nutrients pass out in the stool. Some of the side effects, such as bloating and soiling of underwear, however, may not be tolerable if present.


Although still classified as experimental, the EndoBarrier is a plastic-like tube that is placed in the intestine through the mouth. It prevents the food leaving the stomach from mixing with digestive juices in the intestines. Less food is digested and absorbed, leading to weight loss and improvement in diabetes. As it is placed endoscopically, there is no general anaesthesia and no surgical incisions. As the evidence supporting its safety and effectiveness is gathered, we should see more persons being offered this non-operative solution.


The gastric balloon is literally a balloon made of silicone that is placed into the stomach through the mouth and filled with fluid. Gastric balloons are particularly attractive to persons who want to lose 30 to 70 pounds and are not interested in undergoing general anaesthesia or a permanent surgical solution.

The balloons are removed endoscopically through the mouth after six months or up to one year. The balloon fills the stomach, leaving less space for food. It also slows the exit of food from the stomach. With less food being eaten and less hunger being experienced, persons can lose significant weight if they stick to the accompanying programme geared towards changing eating habits for life after balloon removal. Newer balloons, such as the Spatz balloon used at ILAP, can be adjusted in size if the weight loss plateaus and the patient desires more weight loss over the year.


Gastric aspiration is a recently approved weight-loss procedure that allows you to remove food recently eaten from the stomach. A small tube is placed endoscopically in the stomach and connected to a device under the skin. After eating, a pump is used to suck out up to 30 per cent of the food from the stomach. This allows the person to eat a full meal but digest less calories. Critics of the device say it does nothing to aid in developing healthy eating habits that are needed to sustain long-term weight loss.


The HCG diet has gained popularity in recent years due to the rapid weight loss achieved by persons placed on the programme. The key components are hormonal injections or drops and a severe caloric restriction of 500 calories per day from only a specific set of foods. Proponents claim that the HCG gets rid of hunger pangs, allowing dieters to stick with the starvation diet.

My personal experience with HCG is that quite a number of persons who were on HCG lost a significant amount of weight but regained or surpassed their initial weight once they came off the diet. The reason is that persons on the diet lose muscle mass in addition to fat and, in so doing, slow down their metabolism to below what it was before the diet, setting them up for weight regain.

Despite evidence showing HCG shots are no more effective than no additional treatment when on a 500-calorie diet, the popularity of the diet continues to grow.

Whatever the option you choose to aid your weight loss, one thing must be clear. Obesity is a chronic disease. It doesn’t just go away once you lose weight. It is in remission, just waiting for your eating habits to change or your physical activity to decrease so it can return with a vengeance. Your best bet is to never get obese. If you already are then you have to treat it like the cancer it is; put it in remission, and never give it a chance to return.

– Dr Alfred Dawes is a general, laparoscopic and weight-loss surgeon; fellow of the American College of Surgeons; senior medical officer of the Savanna-La-Mar Public General Hospital; and former president of the Jamaica Medical Doctors’ 

Are You underweight? Gain a few pounds a healthy way

Gaining weight becomes useless if it is done through unhealthy means and ways. Maintaining a healthy weight is important for health. It can protect you from a variety of illnesses and can be beneficial to you in the long run.
Not only being over-weight makes you feel embarrassed, but you become the butt of jokes if you are under weight. Almost all the people you meet comment on your body. They mock you by saying stuff like – the wind will blow you away. You may be finding it difficult to buy clothes of your choice. Also you are constantly nagged by your parents to eat more.
The reason of being underweight can be different in different persons. Few are underweight due to insufficient food intake and others can be due to genetic factors or high metabolism. Sometimes, several medical conditions like eating disorders, thyroid, celiac disease, diabetes, cancer, infections through parasites, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS trigger unhealthy weight loss.
Do not get upset with these situations. Fight brave! Your worst nightmare can be over with few easy tips.
· Eat healthy foods and gain more calories than your body needs. Aim for 700 to 1000 calories from healthy foods if you want to gain weight fast. Don’t binge on fast food or processed food for weight gain. It can destroy your health.
· Your body muscles are made of protein. It is an important nutrient for gaining healthy weight. Aim at 0.7 to 1.0 grams of protein per pound of body weight. Incorporate high protein food in your diet like fish, eggs, meat, legumes, nuts and dairy products etc. Protein supplements like whey protein can also be beneficial if you are not getting enough protein from your diet.
· Eat plenty of carbs and fat along with protein at each meal if you want to gain weight in short span of time. Make sure to eat at least three meals per day. Use bigger plates to eat more.
· Energy-dense snacks are also good for you if weight gain is your priority. These snacks include nuts, dried fruits, whole milk, full fat yoghurt, creamy cheese, extra virgin olive oil, whole grains, oat, brown rice, potato, sweet potato, meat, dark chocolate, peanut butter, avocado and many more.
· Join a gym and do heavy weight lifting at least four times a week. It will strengthen you and make sure that extra calories go to your muscles instead of your fat cells.
· Try weight gainer shakes high in protein, carbs and calories.
· Don’t fill your stomach with water just before eating meals. Reserve this space to eat more food.
· You may take muscle building supplement ‘creating monohydrate’ to gain few pounds in muscle weight.
· Quit smoking as it is a big obstacle in gaining weight.
· Eat calorie dense and protein rich foods first and vegetables last while having a mix of foods.
· Sleep well for muscle growth.
Being underweight may be just as bad for your health as being obese, if not more. Osteoporosis infections, fertility problems and early death are the major risk factors associated with people who are under weight. See a doctor in order to rule out a serious medical condition.