HMC cautions against leaving children alone in parked vehicles

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11 Aug 2018 – 2:40

HMC cautions against leaving children alone in parked vehicles

Children are at an increased risk of dehydration.

The Peninsula

DOHA: Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) has cautioned the public about the importance of protecting children, the elderly, outdoor workers, and others who may be vulnerable to heat-related illnesses.

Each summer, hundreds of patients are treated at HMC’s Emergency Departments and Pediatric Emergency Centers for heat-related illnesses. Between April and November 2017, over 1,000 heat-related illnesses were reported at Hamad General Hospital’s Emergency Department, with the largest number of patients seen in late August and early September, said a statement.

“Children are more sensitive to heat and cold stress than adults and are more susceptible to dehydration and heat illnesses. Heat tolerance is directly affected by body size and children have a lower ability to tolerate heat,” said Dr. Mohamed Al Amri, Senior Consultant, Pediatric Emergency Medicine.

He said children are also at an increased risk of dehydration and overheating because they sweat less and produce more heat when exercising. He says children may not recognize when they are thirsty or may get distracted and ignore the signs of thirst, not wanting to interrupt their play time.

“Parents should limit their child’s outdoor playtime and encourage playing under shaded areas. Without precautions, children can develop sunburn, heat rash, heat cramps, and heat exhaustion,” he cautioned.

Dr Al Amri has also warned of the risk of leaving babies and young children unattended in vehicles or other enclosed spaces. He said even on a cool day, the temperature inside a car can quickly rise to a dangerous level.

“Children should never be left unattended in a vehicle. Young children left alone in a vehicle may play with the car’s ignition, accidentally stop the engine, or lock themselves in. The temperature in a vehicle parked in direct sunlight can quickly rise, placing occupants at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning as the gas can come through the air conditioner vents. A child left in a hot car is at risk of dehydration, heatstroke, and even death,” said Dr. Al Amri. According to Dr Al Amri, knowing the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses are important in their prevention. He said these can range from blisters on the skin, in the case of sunburn, to a headache and loss of consciousness in cases of heat exhaustion.

Dr Hanadi Al Hamad, Chairperson of HMC’s Department of Geriatrics and Long Term Care, said the elderly are also vulnerable to high temperatures and heat-related illness. She said older people may have diminished sensations, especially those who have dementia or diabetes and may not be aware they are thirsty or hot. She says relatives, friends, or neighbors of elderly individuals should be on the lookout for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

“The elderly are at higher risk of developing heat-related illnesses and need special care and attention during the hot summer months. People of advanced age, especially those aged 65 and above, can rapidly develop serious and life-threatening conditions such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke. They are also at risk of developing complications to existing medical conditions. It is important that we frequently check on our elderly family members, friends, and neighbors to make sure they are safe, especially those who are living alone, have chronic medical conditions, or have difficulty caring for themselves,” she added.

HMC’s Senior Consultant of Emergency Medicine, Dr. Warda Al Saad cautioned that those who work outdoors should take precautions against heat-related illnesses.

“To avoid heat-related illnesses, outdoor workers should increase their water and fluid consumption. They should be drinking regularly throughout the day so that they don’t get thirsty. Avoiding direct sunlight between 10am and 4pm is also recommended, as this is generally the hottest period of the day,” Dr. Al Saad added.

Uzbekistan’s foreign trade turnover makes up US$17.8 billion in Jan-Jul

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Tashkent, Uzbekistan ( — According to the results of January-July of 2018, Uzbekistan’s foreign trade turnover made up US$17.8 billion and increased by 24.2% compared to the same period of the previous year.

State Statistics Committee of Uzbekistan said that the volume of exports reached US$7.6 billion (growth rate 15.7%), the volume of imports made up US$10.2 billion (growth rate of 31.4%). The balance of foreign trade was minus US$2.5 billion.

As a result, the increase in the production of products that replaced imported goods and the diversification of the industrial structure achieved significant changes in the structure of exports.

The order of the states having the largest share in the republic’s commodity turnover remained unchanged in January-July 2018 as well as in January-June of this year. The share of the CIS countries in January-July 2018 was 34.5%.

As a result of measures taken to strengthen cooperation with the CIS countries and comprehensive support for foreign trade, the share of CIS countries in foreign trade turnover in January-July 2018 made up 38.5%.

Uzbekistan’s foreign trade turnover makes up US$17.8 billion in Jan-Jul

The share of other countries in the foreign trade turnover in January-July 2017 was 65.5%. In the current year, the foreign trade turnover with them decreased by 61.5%.

The volume of exports in January-July 2018 reached US$7.6 billion (growth rate of 15.7%). As a part of exports, the share of goods reached 77.8%, of which energy and oil products 19.2%, food products 8.7%, chemical products and products thereof 6.9%.

The volume of export services amounted to US$1.69 billion, or 22.2% of the total volume of exports and increased, compared to the same period last year, by 20.3%.

In the export of services, the major share is occupied by transport services, tourism services, as well as telecommunications, information, computer and financial services.

China and Russia have the largest share in the export of goods and services to the Republic of Uzbekistan. The share of these countries in total exports is 34.9%.

The composition of exported goods to China and Russia includes a group of energy carriers and petroleum products, chemical products and products from it, as well as food products.

The volume of exports of fruit and vegetable products amounted to more than 690,500 tonnes and reached US$527.4 million (growth rate 74.0%).

More than 463 tons of vegetables from the structure of fruit and vegetable products were exported to US$204.4 million and increased, as compared to the same period last year, 2.1 times, as well as 171.7 tons of fruits and berries exported for US$270.8 million (compared to the same period last year increased by 93.1%).

In January-June 2018, the volume of exports of textile products made up US$762.2 million and increased compared to the same period in 2017 by 16.6%, which is 10.0% of total exports. Of the structure of exports of textile products, the main share is occupied by cotton yarn (58.0%), ready knitted and garments (22.6%). Since the beginning of the year, more than 297 types of goods have been exported in 52 countries of the world.

For the first half of this year, the volume of imports was US$10.2 billion (growth rate – 31.4%). In the import structure, the main share is occupied by machinery and equipment (39.4%), chemical products and products made of it (13.4%), as well as food products (9.6%).

The volume of imports of services amounted to US$1.25 billion, or 12.4% from total amount of import and, in comparison with the similar period of the last year, has increased in 24.5 times.

In the structure of import of services, the main share is occupied by tourism services, transport services, as well as telecommunications, information, computer and construction services.

According to the results of January-July 2018, more than 145 types of goods and services were imported to Uzbekistan.

Five large partner countries (the Russian Federation, the People’s Republic of China, Kazakhstan, the Republic of Korea and Turkey) account for 61.7% of total imports, or US$6.26 billion.

At the same time, it should be noted that during the last period of 2018, the number of imported goods was more in June than in the other months. And in July the number of imported goods decreased by US$146.7 million, compared to June, and amounted to US$1.41 billion.

China: Business ties with Iran no harm to any other country

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China: Business ties with Iran no harm to any other country

“Beijing-Iran trade cooperation does not violate UNSC resolutions”

China once again defended its trade ties with Iran, saying that Beijing’s business and energy ties with Tehran do not harm the interests of any other country.

In a statement released late on Friday, China’s Foreign Ministry reiterated its opposition to unilateral sanctions and “long-armed jurisdiction” after US President Donald Trump said companies doing business with Iran would be barred from the United States.

China has already defended its commercial relations with Iran as open and transparent as US sanctions on Iran took effect despite pleas from Washington’s allies, Reuters reported.

“For a long time, China and Iran have had open, transparent and normal commercial cooperation in the fields of business, trade and energy, which is reasonable, fair and lawful,” it said.

“This does not violate United Nations Security Council resolutions or China’s promised international obligations, nor does it harm the interests of any other country, and should be respected and protected,” the ministry added.

Using sanctions at the slightest pretext or to threaten anyone won’t resolve the problem, it said.

“Only dialogue and negotiations are the true path to resolving the issue,” the ministry added.

China, Iran’s top oil customer, buys roughly 650,000 barrels a day of crude oil from Tehran, or 7 percent of China’s total crude oil imports. At current market rates, the imports are worth some $15 billion a year.

State energy firms CNPC and Sinopec have invested billions of dollars in key Iranian oil fields such as Yadavaran and North Azadegan and have been sending oil to China.

Several global powers have also decried Trump’s administration for reinstating economic sanctions against Iran, while actively calling on businesses to ignore the White House over the coming months.

Despite pleas from world’s powers, the US reimposed sanctions targeting the Iranian government’s purchase of US dollars on Tuesday. The measures also impact Tehran’s trade in gold and other precious metals, as well as its automotive industry.

In a tweet posted earlier this week, Trump said: “These are the most biting sanctions ever imposed, and in November they ratchet up to yet another level. Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States. I am asking for WORLD PEACE, nothing less!”

The second batch of potentially more damaging sanctions will target Iran’s port operators, as well as its energy, shipping and shipbuilding industries. Petroleum-related transactions and dealings between foreign financial organizations and the Central Bank of Iran will also be impacted.

The re-imposition of strict economic sanctions against Tehran followed Trump’s decision earlier in the year to pull out of the 2015 landmark deal to lift nuclear-related sanctions in return for limits on Iran’s nuclear activities.

Co-sponsors of the nuclear deal include some of Washington’s closest allies, with Britain, France and Germany – as well as Russia and China – all signatories to the agreement.

Yet, in defiance of Trump’s warning, the European Union responded to the Iran sanctions on Tuesday by calling on companies to disregard threats from Washington.

“If there is one piece of international agreements on nuclear non-proliferation that is delivering, it has to be maintained. We are encouraging small and medium enterprises, in particular, to increase business with and in Iran as part of something (that) for us is a security priority,” Federica Mogherini, the EU’s foreign policy chief, said Tuesday.

In Asia, China condemned the measures reinstated against Tehran earlier this week and — in accordance with Europe — urged oil and gas firms to reject calls for them to completely cut-off from Iranian crude.

The Russian Foreign Ministry website published a statement Tuesday stating that Moscow is “deeply disappointed by US steps to reimpose its national sanctions against Iran,” before adding, “We will do everything necessary in the interests of preserving and fully implementing the SVPD (Iran nuclear deal).”

In a translation provided by different media reports, the ministry added that it was “taking appropriate measures on a national level to protect trade and economic cooperation with Iran,” and that Russia would continue to work with other parties to the agreement to preserve trade with the Middle East nation.

Reuters and CNBC contributed to this story.


Source :  Iran-Daily

Sisi to inaugurate Sohag National Museum

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Sohag Governorate is preparing for a visit by President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi to inaugurate the Sohag National Museum – the largest project in over a quarter of a century to attract tourists to the governorate.

The project previously faltered for years, due to funding issues.

The governorate placed photos of Sisi along the streets of the museum, near the Sports Stadium, in front of the governorate’s headquarters, along al-Gamaa Street, and on the Nile’s Akhmeem bridge.

Meanwhile, its local authorities assigned teams for cutting and refining trees along the roads where Sisi would pass, and washing and painting the sidewalks.

The route of Sisi’s visit was inspected by a delegation from the Protocol Department of the Presidency of the Republic, who estimated the needed security measures according to sources with the local authorities.

The sources added that Sisi will inaugurate Sohag museum after inaugurating Assiut Barrages.

The Prime Minister, Ministers of Defense and Antiquities, Chairman of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, and Sohag Governor will attend the event, said the sources.

Sohag Governor Ayman Abdel Moneim stated that the museum’s inauguration reflects the government’s keenness to complete projects of Upper Egypt museums. He predicted that the museum will contribute strongly to reviving domestic and international tourism in Sohag.

According to Moneim, a world tourism conference is scheduled to be held in Sohag over several days, during which a documentary film will be broadcast on TV channels to display the region’s top attractions. Archaeological areas will be opened at discounted prices for foreigners, and for free to Egyptians during the days of the conference, he said.

The museum consists of two floors. The ground floor includes six exhibition halls describing various kings and important figures in the history of Egypt. It showcases the life of an Egyptian family through history and the role of Egyptian women in their families, particularly in Upper Egypt.

The upper floor exhibits the folk heritage of the governorate, its most important ancient rulers, and its crafts and industries.

It also includes rare archeological pieces from Sohag’s wide pharaonic history.

Elham Salah, head of the Museums Sector, added that the two exhibitions were complete with interior and exterior lighting units, in accordance with the latest exhibition techniques.

Construction of the museum began in 1993, and was suspended for financial and engineering reasons.

It was resumed in 2006, and then halted again after the January 25 revolution. The project was taken over by the Armed Forces and resumed in 2016.

At 8,000 square meters, the Sohag National Museum will be one of the largest museums in Upper Egypt.


Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm


Source :  Egypt Independent