Salvador Sobral wins Eurovision for Portugal

Monday, May 15, 2017

On Saturday, Portugal won its first victory at the Eurovision song competition, held this year at Kiev’s International Exhibition Centre in Ukraine. Salvador Sobral’s song Amar Pelos Dois won 758 points from public and professional judges. Bulgaria and Moldova came second and third respectively. Sobral called it “a victory for music”.

Out of 42 countries participating this time, 26 countries including hosts Ukraine and the Big Five — France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom — competed in the finals. The competition began on May 9. Sobral, who has a serious heart problem, did not perform during early rehearsals. Ukraine, Germany and Spain ended up at the bottom of the vote ranking winning collecting respectively 36, six and five points.

UK representative Lucie Jones secured fifteenth place with 111 points. Sobral’s ballad was written by his sister, who joined the 27-year-old winner on the stage during the reprise. Winner of the second semi-final Bulgaria’s Kristian Kostov secured 615 points from the voting and Moldova won 374 points. Last year, Ukrainian singer Jamala scored 534 points, then highest in the competition, but this year won only 36 points.

Portugal made its first appearance in the competition in 1964. The European Broadcast Union (EBU) warned Sobral against breaking the rules of the contest after he wore a t-shirt with “S.O.S.Refugees” written on it in a press conference following the first semi-final which Portugal had won. The Portuguese said, “If I’m here and I have European exposure, the least thing I can do is a humanitarian message […] People come to Europe in plastic boats and are being asked to show their birth certificates in order to enter a country. These people are not immigrants, they’re refugees running from death. Make no mistake. There is so much bureaucratic stuff happening in the refugee camps in Greece, Turkey, and Italy and we should help create legal and safe pathways from these countries to their destiny countries” EBU banned him from wearing t-shirts with politically motivated messages.

Kasia Mo?, representing Poland, said that she dedicated her performance to animal rights and added “I just hope that after this in Poland we’re going to change the law and we will not have dogs on chains”.

Eurovision reported the final was watched by four million viewers on YouTube.

As the winner of this edition of the competition, Portugal is to host next year’s competition. Two-time winner of the competition Ukraine previously hosted the 2005 contest.

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Benefits Of Bariatric Surgery

Benefits of Bariatric Surgery


Dr. Kevin Huguet, MD

Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in our society, and it is also becoming a global concern. Numerous news features, medical reports and studies have recently increased our awareness of the widespread phenomenon of obesity, and the health problems that are associated with it. Obesity-related health issues are abundant, ranging from diabetes to high blood pressure to heart disease, not to mention the psychological aspect of emotional difficulties that can result from a negative self-perception. Overall, the plethora of negative effects on the human body and the mind as a result of obesity are overwhelming and can be devastating. According to the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH), an individual is considered severely or morbidly obese at 50-100 percent above his or her ideal body weight. That also includes those who are over 100 pounds of his or her ideal body weight.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 9 million Americans are considered to be morbidly obese. There are many factors in the cause of obesity. Genetics or hereditary causes; caloric intake that far exceeds the physical activity necessary to burn off excess; environmental causes (quality and quantity of food available in conjunction with a sedentary lifestyle); and physical and mental illnesses are some of the main culprits. Most of the time when an individual considered morbidly obese seeks help, the physician initially recommended that he or she try conventional weight loss methods. Usually various combinations of diets and increased physical activity eventually leading to consistent exercise are given a try. Diet drinks or diet pills are also tried by many, often times with negligible results. When it comes to the use of conventional weight loss methods for those considered to be morbidly obese, the failure rate is pretty high, and these folks need help beyond what they might be able to accomplish on their own. At this point, bariatric weight loss surgery and consultation with bariatric surgeons may be considered as an option. The Bariatric Surgery Solution Bariatric or weight loss surgery has proven to be a very viable and effective solution for obese individuals who choose this option.In fact, the NIH now recommends bariatric surgery for the morbidly obese, and for those whose obesity has led to diabetes or other medical conditions.

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The three most commonly-used types of weight loss surgeries are: 1. Gastric Bypass Surgery, where the smaller, upper part of the stomach is stapled, thus separating it from the rest of the stomach. The small intestine is rerouted and connected to the smaller stomach pouch resulting in a reduction of the amount of food that an individual can consume. 2. Lap-Band Surgery, where a silicon rubber band is placed around the top of an individual s stomach, thus creating a smaller stomach pouch. The result of this surgery is a slower flow of food through the stomach, and the feeling of being full very quickly. 3. Gastric Sleeve Surgery, where a relatively large portion of the stomach is removed and the open edges are reattached, thus permanently reducing the size of the stomach. The benefits of bariatric surgery not only result in weight loss, but also in improvement with various health issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, heart disease, respiratory deficiencies, and more. Bariatric doctors are continually improving techniques, and have made great advancements in the field of bariatric weight loss surgery. Great strides have also been taken in decreasing the possibility of complications after bariatric surgery. As mentioned, weight reduction surgery also helps to improve the psychological outlook of many formerly obese individuals. It boosts their confidence and improves their overall quality of life.

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Ariel Sharon’s brain shows activity

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon remains in a coma after 10 days.

Medical experts on the outside say that Sharon’s failure to regain consciousness does not look well for his recovery.

On Wednesday, doctors began reducing the level of sedatives with the intent of drawing Sharon out of an induced coma. Hospital officials say that Sharon remains “lightly sedated”, but are not sure when he will wake up once they stop giving him the sedatives.

New reports say an EEG has shown that Sharon has activity on both sides of his brain and doctors say that’s the most “promising” signs they have had since they started to bring him out of the coma. Doctors also say that activity in both lobes doesn’t indicate anything about the extent of the brain damage. “It is another piece of information that on its own means nothing,” said Dr. Gal Ifergan, a neurologist at Soroka Medical Center in Beer Sheva, who is not treating Sharon.

Although he has activity on both sides of his brain, Sharon could still have extensive brain damage, Ifergan said. He also said that it’s “very worrisome that he hasn’t woken from his coma”, yet.

There are 2 major types of stroke, and Sharon has had both. The first was a mild stroke Dec. 18 caused by a blood clot that lodged in an artery in the brain, cutting off blood flow and causing minor damage. The second occurred just one day before he was scheduled to undergo surgery to repair a hole in his heart. This one was a severe cerebral hemorrhage

“After nine days he has had very slow progress and that indicates more permanent injury to a level where his quality of life is affected,” Dr. Demetrius Lopes, a Rush University Medical Center neurosurgeon said. “And then decisions will have to be made,” he added.

Sharon’s condition is still critical but stable.

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Air Pacific re-brands as Fiji Airways

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Fiji’s national airline Air Pacific has now officially returned to its original name: Fiji Airways. Fiji Airways adopted the Air Pacific name in 1971, slightly prior to its first international flight on June 3, 1973. The re-brand was described by interim CEO Aubrey Swift as allowing the airline to align itself “closer with Fiji as a destination”. The name change is designed in part to reduce the confusion which surrounded the name Air Pacific. Swift noted that “Air Pacific just didn’t resonate with our customers” and said that same people “thought we were an air conditioning company”.

Along with the name change, the airline has redesigned its website, and changed the name of each of its classes of service. Pacific Voyager and Tabua Class have been replaced with economy and business class respectively. The airline has also introduced plans to overhaul its fleet of older Boeing 747s with Airbus A330s. It has said that the completion of this overhaul and the re-branding efforts will be completed by the end of the year.

The airline’s new brand-mark and livery features a masi design created by Fijian artist, Makereta Matemosi. The new identity is to “symbolises the airline’s new identity and epitomises all that Fiji Airways represents. It is authentic, distinctive, and true to the airline’s Fijian roots”, the airline said.

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Guinean military leader in ‘favourable’ condition after attempted assassination

Monday, December 7, 2009

Morocco said earlier today that Guinea’s military ruler, Moussa Dadis Camara, has undergone successful surgery for gunshot wounds sustained on Thursday in an apparent assassination attempt. Guinea’s military government is offering a reward for the capture of the former head of the presidential guard whose men are accused of carrying out the attack.

The inspector of Morocco’s Royal Armed Forces’ health services said that Camara has had successful surgery for head trauma. In a statement issued by Morocco’s official press agency, Dr. Ali Abrouq said Camara’s condition is “not worrying.”

“The current health condition of the Guinean president does not inspire concern,” Abrouq noted in a statement. “The result of the operation is favorable.”

Camara flew to Morocco on Friday after being shot the day before by men loyal to his former aide-de-camp, Lieutenant Aboubacar Sidiki Diakite, who is also known as Toumba. Toumba escaped the attack, and is still at large with a group of the presidential guard.

Harouna Kone, a spokesman for the junta, commented that Camara should be able to return to Guinea by Wednesday. “The president is doing very well and we expecting that he will come back maybe on Wednesday […] he is in the Royal Hospital of Rabat, and I think that everything is well there. He called last night and [spoke] with his minister of communication and they discussed about something,” he said, as quoted by the Voice of America news agency.

Security forces, meanwhile, are patrolling Guinea’s borders in search of Toumba, and the government is offering a reward for information leading to his capture.

Guinea’s vice-president and defense minister, General Sekouba Konate, became the interim leader following the attempted assassination.

Thursday’s shooting followed an argument between Toumba and Camara about who should take responsibility for the killing of opposition demonstrators two months ago. Witnesses say Toumba gave the order for the presidential guard to open fire on people protesting Camara’s expected presidential candidacy.

Local human rights groups said that at least 157 people were killed on September 28; the military put the number at 57 people.

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What Are The Common Causes Of Mouth Pain?


Mouth Pain can have many causes, so it is important individuals seek their dentist so they will know what is causing the pain and what treatment will be most beneficial. A full mouth examination and a discussion of the symptoms being experienced will allow a patient to receive the treatment they need for full relief. With this information, individuals will learn about some of the common causes of pain in the mouth so they can know when they need to seek their dentist for treatment.

* Cavities are one of the most common causes of Mouth Pain. Cavities cause pain because they eat away at the protective enamel and cause openings to develop that result in nerve exposure. If a person’s teeth are causing them pain, they need to promptly see their dentist for treatment so continued damage does not occur or spread to other teeth.

* Gum infections can often cause pain to occur in the mouth. When gum infections become severe, the gums become inflamed, causing massive swelling and irritation. If redness, swelling, and pus drainage are present, a person needs to see their dentist for care so their condition can be properly treated. Treatment involves deep cleaning procedures and antibiotic treatments.

* Mouth sores can often become extremely painful, especially when a person eats or drinks. Sores can be caused by irritating foods, viruses, and systemic disorders. While occasional mouth sores are nothing to be concerned about, consistent outbreaks may be caused by a health condition that needs to be treated.

* Yeast infections in the mouth are called thrush, and these can cause the tongue, cheeks, and lips to be sore. These infections need to be treated properly or they will continue to worsen and make eating and drinking very painful.

If a painful mouth is making it difficult for you to eat, drink, or even speak, it is imperative to see your dentist to determine the causes. For more information on dental care services, visit They are dentists you can rely on to ensure your mouth stays healthy. Call today so you can be properly diagnosed and treated for your painful mouth symptoms. You can also connect them on Facebook.

Konami Cup Asia Series 2007 Day 1: Uni-Lions reverses China, SK Wyverns ends Japan’s winning streak

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Konami Cup Asia Series 2007 battled in Tokyo Dome today, with 2007 BWC in Taiwan and upcoming 2007 Asian Baseball Championship chained on the qualification of 2008 Summer Olympics, this series may varied Asian’s teams recently.

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13 schools torched in southern Thailand

Thursday, June 14, 2007

In an apparent coordinated attack, 13 schools were set ablaze late yesterday in southern Thailand, an escalation of violence that authorities are blaming on Muslim insurgents.

The 13 schools were burned in Pattani and Yala, two of the three restive, Muslim-majority Thai provinces on the border of Malaysia.

On Monday in the third province, Narathiwat, three teachers were fatally shot. Two female teachers, both Buddhist, were fatally shot while on lunch break at Bansako School in Si Sakorn. A male teacher from another school was gunned down while buying cigarettes at a store in Ra-ngae. On Tuesday morning in Yala’s Raman district, a 60-year-old Muslim teacher was fatally shot in his pick-up truck on the Raman-Balo road.

Since 2004, more than 200 schools have been burned in arson attacks and 77 teachers killed, education officials say. About 110 schools in Narathiwat and Yala provinces have been temporarily closed, while officials re-assess the security situation.

Teachers and schools, potent symbols of the Buddhist majority Thai central government, are prime targets in the Muslim insurgency in south Thailand, which has seen a steady escalation since 2004, with almost daily fatal shootings and bombings, killing more than 2,300 people.

School staff called on the government to provide better security. Many teachers travel with armed escorts, or have taken to carrying firearms themselves.

“We want school compounds to be safe areas for teachers. Today we have no safe areas for teachers, be they houses, communities or schools,” Vicharn Athikapan, chairman of the Confederation of Southern Teachers, was quoted as saying by the Bangkok Post yesterday. “Although it is difficult to deploy soldiers to protect teachers at schools, the state must do it.”

Today, a Royal Thai Army soldier was seriously injured in the explosion of a roadside bomb, which was placed opposite a vocational college in Narathiwat.

Late yesterday evening (local time), a 44-year-old man was killed in a drive-by shooting in Yala. Earlier, in Narathiwat’s Rueso district, three men were fatally shot, and one was beheaded. The beheading was the 10th this year, and one of 25 in southern Thailand since 2004.

Also yesterday, one soldier was killed and another injured in a roadside bomb near a school in Thung Yang Daeng, Pattani. Another soldier was killed and six others injured in Pattani’s Yarang district when a roadside bomb ripped through the pickup truck they were riding in.

On Tuesday in eastern Thailand‘s Sa Kaeo Province, on the border with Cambodia, police detained 15 Cambodian Muslims after one of the group was found to be carrying items that could be used to make bombs.

The owner of the bag told police he was carrying the items for a friend in southern Thailand, and were to be used to make explosives for catching fish. The items were seized, and all 15 men were sent back to Cambodia.

The incident follows a diplomatic flare-up last weekend between Thailand and Cambodia, after published comments were attributed to Thai General Wattanachai Chaimuenwong, saying Cambodian Muslims have links to the Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist organization, as well as the south Thailand insurgency.

Wattanachai, an adviser to Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont, later denied making the statements, after Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen issued an angry rebuke against Thai officials.

“Because of their own weakness, they are now finding others to blame,” Hun Sen was quoted as saying by the Associated Press.

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SpaceX Falcon I launches from Kwajalein Atoll

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

SpaceX Corporation launched its Falcon I rocket today from Kwajalein Atoll. Liftoff occurred at 6:00 PM PDT, following two previous launch aborts this week.

The first stage was completely successful, although there appeared to be some problems with the second stage. The sub-orbital flight reached an altitude of 300 km, and is on a traectory for re-entry. It was intended to go into orbit, but contact was lost before this could be accomplished

This is the second launch for the low-cost SpaceX rocket, and the first successful launch for the company. The previous launch had a successful lift-off, but failed 35 seconds into the flight and crashed near to the launch pad due to a fuel leak in the engine.

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Tummy Tuck Cost Is It Affordable?

By Arturo Ronzon

Tummy tuck or abdominoplasty, as it is known in medical terms is the best possible way to shape up your lower stomach when excessive fat accumulates around the lower abdominal muscles and it looses its elasticity. There are different types of tummy tucks for different cases. Some involve mild shaping up while other may require a complete operation for removal of the excessive fat and skin, tightening up the abdominal muscles and repositioning the naval.

Stats show that more and more people are opting for a tummy tuck, which is not only safe but also more affordable now (the cost is being reduced). Majority of people who delay tummy tuck do so because of the cost factor. The cost is high and usually between $2500 and $8500 for a tummy tuck, the cost depends upon the reputation of team you hire, length and complexity of the procedure along with the ancillary costs associated with the tummy tuck. The various factors which are effective in determining the cost for a tummy tuck are:

1. Surgeon’s Fees: the cost depends on the tummy tuck surgeon’s reputation.

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2. Medical Tests cost: tests you need to undergo, before the actual operation, to be declared fit for the operation.

3. Operation Room Fees: a mild shapeup can be performed within a surgeon’s operation theatre while a major tummy tuck has to be performed in a hospital.

4. Anesthesiologist fees: depends on the team you are hiring.

5. Room/bed cost: If the tummy tuck was lengthy, complex and the surgeons believe that you have to be kept under medical supervision you’ll have to pay for the room/bed fees as well.

6. Post surgery cost: expenditures on post surgery medical prescription and specially designed compression garments.

A tummy tuck is more affordable today due to a number of reasons, first and foremost is that most of the surgeons are offering financing options. Insurance agencies may not cover the complete cost of a tummy tuck but certain procedures involved in the operation may be covered by your insurance policy. Most of the surgeons may refer you to professional financial advisors who offer financial advice, in some cases these advisors can prove that the tummy tuck is a medical necessity, in such a case your insurance carrier will have to cover the cost of the entire operation.

You may also want to talk to your insurance agency, informing them of your decision of to undergo tummy tuck surgery, as it may increase the cost of future premiums.

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