GasLog lays keel for XDF LNG carrier

first_imgImage courtesy of GasLogMonaco-based LNG shipper GasLog laid the keel for its new liquefied natural gas carrier (LNG) being built at the South Korean Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard.The vessel will have the capacity to transport 180,000 cubic meters of liquefied natural gas, featuring XDF propulsion, the company said in a brief statement through its social media channels.The vessel, hull No. 2212 will feature a 0.07 percent boil-off rate and be equipped with reliquefaction capabilities, the company said.It is scheduled for delivery in July 2019, the company said.Currently, GasLog operates 24 LNG carriers including 12 owned vessels, nine owned by its New York-listed spinoff GasLog LNG Partners and three vessels owned by the Hague-based LNG giant Shell.last_img read more

Greater brain risks from ‘real-world’ ecstasy use

first_imgStuff 31 March 2011For a glimpse into real-world drug use, Australian researchers went to parties where people were using a drug known as ecstasy – and discovered that users’ brains were at far more risk from the drug than anyone had suspected.The researchers also found that ecstasy pills often contain a variety of other drugs.“What’s concerning is that most studies looking at toxicity in people or animals look at a single drug,” said Dr Thomas Newton, a professor at Baylor College of Medicine, who was not involved in this study.“We have no idea what happens when you start mixing like this.”For this study, 56 people who had taken ecstasy at least five times in the past agreed to invite the researchers to house parties where they took ecstasy once again.The researchers collected a sample of the pills and measured users’ blood levels of MDMA – the chemical that’s in ecstasy – every hour for 5 hours after people took the drug. At the end of the study, each user received AUS$200 ($NZ273) for participating.In some people, the amount of MDMA reached levels that cause injury or death in primates.The researchers found that only half of the pills consisted entirely of MDMA. The other half also contained methamphetamine or chemicals related to MDMA: MDEA or MDA. read more

Malaria blocks ‘super-infection’

first_img Share People can be bitten by 700 malaria-infected mosquitoes a year in some countriesThe malaria parasite can ensure it keeps a host body all to itself by preventing further malarial infections, according to international researchers.The parasite initially reproduces in the liver and moves into the blood.A study on mice, published in Nature Medicine, showed the parasite can trigger iron deficiency in the liver and therefore prevent more infections.An expert said the research was “very cool and very interesting”, and improved understanding of infection.The researchers were looking at super-infections, when a patient already infected with malaria is infected with another batch of malaria parasites.People in high-risk areas can be bitten by up to 700 different malaria-infected mosquitoes each year.Protecting turfIn experiments on mice, researchers showed that parasites in the blood were able to stimulate the production of the hormone hepcidin, which regulates iron levels.This reduced the level of iron in the liver, preventing other malaria parasites from reproducing in the organ.Dr Hal Drakesmith, from the Weatherall Institute at Oxford University, who was part of the Medical Research Council team, said: “Now that we understand how malaria parasites protect their territory in the body from competitor parasites, we may be able to enhance this natural defence mechanism to combat the risk of malaria infections.”Malaria is often accompanied by anaemia, which is treated with iron supplements.In this study, mice given iron supplements were more susceptible to additional infections.Dr Drakesmith said: “We may need to look again at the advisability of iron supplementation programmes in malaria-endemic regions, as possible increased risk of infection may need to be weighed against benefits.”Dr Rita Tewari, a malaria researcher at the University of Nottingham, said: “It’s very cool and very interesting.“It tells us a bit more about the mechanism of malaria infection and gives us some sort of tool, this molecule hepcidin, that you can manipulate which can affect infection.”BBC News 31 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Tweet Share HealthLifestyle Malaria blocks ‘super-infection’ by: – May 16, 2011last_img read more

Connersville Epidemic Shows Heroin’s Wrath

first_imgConnersville Police Department released a staggering statistic. 20 overdoses in 20 days. (Image: CPD)CONNERSVILLE, Ind. – An alarming number of recent heroin overdoses have been reported in Fayette County.The Connersville Police Department released numbers showing within a 20-day period, there were 20 reported overdoses with five proving fatal.Police Chief David Counceller said the overdoses involved individuals between ages 17 and 34.Community members in Connersville have formed a task force to address the ongoing issue.Heroin has tightened its grip in communities across the nation, and Southeast Indiana is no exception.In the 1970’s and ‘80s, the trade and usage of heroin was primarily centered in urban America. What was once the drug unheard of outside downtown has now become the topic of conversation in our hometown.Experts say part of the problem can be traced to addiction to painkillers.Indiana State Police Sgt. Noel Houze explains, “Heroin seems to be less expensive than prescription pills, considerably less expensive. So that could be part of what we contribute to the increase in heroin usage in the area.”Some may wonder how a high school student could even acquire heroin. Sgt. Houze, whose district serves ten counties, says, “There are quantities that come from Chicago, Indianapolis, and Louisville, but here in Southeastern Indiana the majority comes from Cincinnati.”What was once considered an inner-city problem now transcends beyond city limits and socioeconomic classes.While it may not be our family ripped apart by a heroin overdose, or our loved one arrested for heroin possession, those real-life tragedies seem to frequently appear on our television screen during the local evening news.Cincinnati’s WLWT Channel 5 News anchor and former East Central student Sheree Paolello is no stranger to the growing problem in recent years.Sheree PaolelloWhen we asked the veteran journalist if any stories she has covered through her career left a lasting impact on her, she instantly recounted a Northern Kentucky family.“They were middle to upper class, they seemed like the All-American family, and they had a son, Casey, who got involved in heroin,” Paolello recalls.Casey’s mom tried to get help for her addicted son who was old enough to check himself out of rehab. She even pleaded judges to lock-up her son to save him from self-destruction.“They didn’t [arrest] him that day and days later he ended up overdosing and dying,” Paolello remembers. “And on that day, they got a court order saying he had to go back to jail.”“You think that these things can’t happen to you. You think that if, you are in a certain neighborhood, of a certain class, that this isn’t going to touch your life,” Paolello said.“Her story has always hit home with me because ever since then, we have seen the problem of heroin and how it has taken over every facet of the Tri-State.”Area schools and community-based antidrug organizations have strived to inform students of the dangers of drug use, as many local parents have also played a vital role in keeping their child on the straight and narrow.One step to keeping a child on the right path is just being aware, Houze says.“Get involved in their lives and watch for any changes in their behavior,” Houze states.“Changes [such as] the kids they’re hanging out with, where they are going in the evening, a lot of those can be signs of possible drug abuse, but mostly just pay attention and be parents.”last_img read more

MMH holding Toys for Tots collection

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. — Margaret Mary Health is hosting a Toys For Tots Toy Drive to benefit less fortunate children and families in Ripley County.Now through December 14, donation bins will be located in the Main Lobby of the hospital for those interested in donating an unwrapped toy for a child in need this holiday season.For more information call 933.5239last_img

Michael Gene Hyatt

first_imgMichael Gene (Mike) Hyatt, 60 of Dillsboro passed away Friday March 22, 2019 at Highpoint Health at Lawrenceburg.  Mike was born Friday October 31, 1958 in Milan the son of Darrell Gene and Roselyn (Kirtley) Hyatt.    Mike was a member of the St. John’s Lutheran Church at Farmers Retreat, and the Dillsboro Sons of the American Legion.  He worked for cable companies and had done construction work.  He enjoyed camping, rock and roll concerts, cutting firewood, playing pool and cribbage, race cars and races, and helping other people out.Mike is survived by his father, Darrell Gene Hyatt of Farmers Retreat and sister Melinda Sowards of Friendship, nephew Raymond Sowards, aunt and uncle Patsy and Jimmy Hyatt, life partner Cinda Richardson.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Roselyn, and niece Crystal Sowards.Funeral services to celebrate his life will be held at 11AM on Wednesday March 27 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 7291 St. Road 62, Dillsboro, Indiana 47018 (Farmers Retreat) with Pastor Garry Wickert officiating.  Burial will follow in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery at Farmers Retreat.  Visitation will be 5-8PM Tuesday March 26 at Filter-DeVries-Moore Funeral Home. Memorials in memory of Mike may be directed to Melinda Sowards to be used toward brain cancer research, or to the Friendship Fire Dept. or St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery.   Filter-DeVries-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements; 12887 Lenover St, box 146, Dillsboro, Indiana 47018, (812)432-5480.  Go to to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

Dorothy A. Roe

first_imgDorothy Ann Roe, age 88 of Cincinnati, Ohio passed away Friday, May 1, 2020 at the Christ Hospital. She was born January 4, 1932 in Grand Rapids, Michigan to the late Vernon E. and Mildred S. Carlson Stryker. Dorothy married Earl H. Roe on November 28, 1953 and to this marriage they were blessed with seven children.In the early part of their marriage, she had worked for GE in Cincinnati. As their family began, she stayed at home. This became her most important mission, raising her family and nurturing them. She enjoyed her grandchildren, going on trips with family and listening to gospel music!Survivors include five daughters: Kathleen A. (Joe Herbert) Tabar of Ross Twp, OH; Karen M. (Ron) Pelsor of Hamilton, OH; Bonny S. (Wayne) Fischer of Ross Twp, OH; Barbara J. (Jason) Hannah of New Richmond, OH; Beverly J. (Greg) Bratton of Lexington, KY and one son, Ken Roe of Independence, KY. Numerous beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren survive. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband along with one son, David W. Roe. Burial will occur at Mud Pike Cemetery near Osgood, Indiana. A memorial service will be announced at a future date.Memorials may go to Mud Pike Cemetery or donor’s choice in care of the funeral home.www.nealsfuneralhome.netlast_img read more

Spurs crash out of Champions League

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Son fires four past Southampton Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says UCL: Benfica kicked out by player who left club one week earlier + other results Tottenham crashed out of the Champions League as RB Leipzig’s 3-0 win at the Red Bull Arena confirmed a 4-0 aggregate victory over last season’s finalists. Tottenham had a mountain to climb after a 1-0 home reverse in the first leg, but their hopes of a famous comeback, which would have evoked memories of their run 12 months ago, were soon snuffed out by an early Marcel Sabitzer double, with Emil Forsberg confirming the result late on. Despite needing at least one goal to advance – and soon that number was three – Tottenham rarely threatened going forward and their second-half display resembled a damage-limitation exercise. Sabitzer’s first goal came after 10 minutes, firing past Hugo Lloris from the edge of the box when the goalkeeper perhaps should have kept the shot out, given he got a hand to the bobbling ball, but his second was a lovely goal. Running from deep, he met Angelino’s cross with a glancing header 11 minutes later and left the away side with a mountain to climb. Tottenham were out very early for the second half, but there were few signs to suggest a comeback was possible. Leipzig were dangerous on the break throughout the match and substitute Forsberg put the cherry on top of one of the biggest wins in the club’s history with his first touch. As for Tottenham, their miserable campaign continues. Seven points and four places off the top four in the league, their last change of salvaging something from the season with a cup run is over.Tags: Emil ForsbergMarcel SabitzerRed Bull ArenaTottenham HotspurUEFA Champions Leaguelast_img read more

Another 10-team spring

first_imgIt’s hard to walk through campus these days without thinking of summer. Bascom Hill has become a sea of sunbathers, T-shirts have emerged from their North Face shells and Frisbees fill the streets. It’s inescapable. And with the signs of summer comes another inescapable thought — baseball.The Madness of March has run its course, the football team is back on the field for spring workouts, and fans around the country shift their attention from the arena to the ballpark. It’s baseball season.The Big Ten is currently four games into its conference schedule, with Illinois and Minnesota tied atop the standings. College baseball is in full swing from Penn State to Iowa, with one notable exception. The University of Wisconsin is the only Big Ten school that does not field a varsity baseball team.This is nothing new. Baseball has been relegated to the club ranks at UW for years, and for years campus sports editors have taken up the cause. The Athletic Department is well aware of the situation.The powers that be are not on some kind of anti-baseball crusade. They don’t hate baseball or apple pie, and they did not disband the program to promote a hidden softball agenda. Their hands are tied by Title IX, an outdated piece of legislation that has claimed men’s soccer programs throughout the NCAA and all but outlawed men’s volleyball in the Midwest. Barry Alvarez and company undoubtedly want to bring baseball to Madison, but they must navigate through a myriad of economic obstacles to make it happen.Wisconsin is one of just six Big Ten schools to field a men’s hockey team and one of eight to field a men’s soccer team. Only five Big Ten universities offer both. To introduce a varsity baseball program while maintaining both hockey and soccer and keeping funding at its current level for major programs like football and basketball, the Athletic Department will have to get creative.The move carries economic and political implications which cannot be overlooked. Changing the athletic budget is no small matter, and Alvarez must not do so without considering the impact it will have on everyone involved. Title IX complicates the situation, forcing universities to abide by an artificial financial standard rather than allocating funding freely to fit the needs of its teams.Establishing a baseball team will require adept manipulation of funding and a measure of compromise. To start a baseball team, Wisconsin must either scale back funding for existing men’s programs or increase funding for women’s programs.The move may involve either adding women’s teams or cutting men’s teams. The drawbacks of both are clear. The former will increase the total budget of the Athletic Department, and the money must come from somewhere. The latter will end a men’s sports program, which is a drawback in itself.Title IX has placed the Athletic Department in a difficult position. There is no easy solution here. But it can be done.Every other school in the Big Ten has found a way to support a baseball team without running afoul of Title IX. Five have managed to do so without sacrificing hockey or soccer. Each school has taken a different approach, but one way or another they have all worked it out.Purdue, Illinois and Northwestern opted to streamline their athletic departments. While all three found room for baseball, the universities each support fewer than 20 teams. None of the three schools fields a men’s hockey team, and only Northwestern offers men’s soccer.Ohio State and Penn State took the opposite approach. These schools decided to expand their operations to accommodate Title IX, pumping extra funds into the women’s programs to allow them a proportional increase in men’s funding. The remaining six Big Ten schools fall within these two extremes.Ohio State boasts the Big Ten’s most bloated athletic department, with 36 teams (17 men’s teams, 19 women’s). In order to make the numbers even out, the Buckeyes established varsity teams in pistol-firing, riflery and synchronized swimming.Andy Geiger’s former operation also introduced a number of more common women’s programs to boost their female finances, such as field hockey, lacrosse, fencing and gymnastics. All told, the Buckeyes offer seven more women’s varsity sports than Wisconsin. If Alvarez is looking for inspiration, he can end his search in Columbus.If Wisconsin wants to make room for baseball, the university can adopt either approach. The Badgers currently offer 24 varsity sports (11 men’s teams, 13 women’s), which is 12 fewer than the Buckeyes and six more than the Boilermakers.Alvarez can opt for the axe, which could be applied to a number of men’s programs, but that would come at a tremendous cost to the Badger sports community. Addition is a far more attractive approach but of course a more complicated one.Provided Alvarez and company can find the necessary funds, Wisconsin could increase its women’s sports budget by adding any of the seven sports offered by Ohio State, or women’s water polo, which is currently offered at both Michigan and Indiana. Another option, of course, is to reallocate scholarship funds within existing programs, which would hurt some men’s programs but spare them the axe.Only Alvarez can decide what combination of strategies to employ, but the problem can be solved. Until the Athletic Department engineers a Title IX-friendly solution, UW fans will have to travel to the nearest tech school to take in a baseball game. Only in Wisconsin.last_img read more

Waris denies presence of big egos within Black Stars

first_imgBy:Benjamin Nketsia/ FC Nantes and Ghana striker Majeed Waris has strongly denounced the notion that there exists egotism and tension within the Black Stars squad which is holding the team back from winning trophies.With Afcon 2019 looming, the pressure is on for Ghana to finally end the drought which has lasted over three decades despite a halt in active local football.Ghana lost in the finals  of  the 2010 and 2015 editions of the African Cup of Nations to Egypt and Cote D’Ivoire respectively.The 27 year old Waris has yet to register an Afcon appearance for Ghana despite being capped 31 times for the Black Stars.He has been thwarted by injury on both occasions when he has been eligible to play.He insists,past failures have been down to hard luck rather than big egos.“With the national team there are a lot of rumors especially regarding these issues.“When I am in camp I only think about winning and leaving.“If we are winning trophies no one will bring up these issues.“It is because we are not winning,once we win no one will speak about division.“As players all we need to  do is concentrate on winning to bring unity,”he told Planet Sport Football Africa.On loan from Porto,Waris has made 24 appearances for Nantes and has scored four times this season.last_img read more