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Doha Forum 2019 acquires partnerships

Under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani Amir of Qatar, the Doha Forum 2019 acquires strategic partnerships in anticipation of its 19th edition, “Reimagining Governance in a Multipolar World

The Doha Forum 2019 will reconvene in Doha from 14 to 15 December 

The Doha Forum 2019 has announced its strategic partners as it prepares for its 19th edition, set to reconvene on December 14th and 15th at the Sheraton Hotel, Doha.

This year, the Doha Forum is delighted to announce a new strategic partner for 2019, The Royal Institute of International Affairs, widely known as Chatham House, alongside renewing prior strategic partnerships with the International Crisis Group, the European Council on Foreign Relations and the Munich Security Council, as it strengthens the network for its 19th edition.

Welcoming many of the world’s top decision makers and policy leaders, the Doha Forum exclusively partners with top policy institutions who lead research and debate on global issues, while setting the agenda for discussion for the Doha Forum 2019, themed “Reimagining Governance in a Multipolar World.”

Her Excellency Lolwah Al Khater, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Qatar and Executive Director of Doha Forum stated: “The Doha Forum is the region’s largest open platform for global discussion with carefully curated topics that are meant to reflect global concerns, bringing them to the forefront of discussion; and this cannot be achieved without the valuable insight of our partners. Since its inception 19 years ago, the Doha Forum has welcomed many policy leaders to Doha and contributed to many issues of global concern through alliance, consensus and dialogue. I am delighted that this year we will again work with such esteemed partners who will all contribute to the success of the 19th edition.

The theme for the Doha Forum 2019, “Reimagining Governance in a Multipolar World” has been specially designed in light of recent developments this year on topics such as migration, refugees, climate change, changing world leaderships and the rise of new global powers; and partnerships have been acquired to support and encourage discussion on these topics.

Last year’s attendees included top world leaders, policymakers, business leaders and advocates including; Mr. Lenin Moreno, President of Ecuador; H.E. Hassan Ali Khaire, Prime Minister of Somalia; Mr. Teodor Viorel Meleșcanu, Minister of Foreign Affairs Romania; Mr. Tarō Kōno, Minister of Foreign Affairs Japan; Ms. Kamissa Camara, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mali; Dr. Mohamad Maliki bin Osman; Senior Minister of State Singapore; UN Secretary General Mr. António Gutteres; Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Ms. Nadia Murad; President of the United Nations General Assembly, Ms. Maria Garcés; Mr. Robert Malley, President and CEO International Crisis Group; Mr. Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of Munich Security Conference; Mr. Michael Rich, President and CEO of RAND Corporation; Mr. Christian Sewing, CEO of Deutsche Bank and Mr. Sébastien Bazin, CEO of Accor Hotels. This year Doha Forum hopes to engage even more participants from a wider audience as it builds upon its core values of diversity, diplomacy, and dialogue.

The 19th edition of the Doha Forum will work with its strategic partners to bring the best of direction to the Forum’s discussions, in addition to a number of local entities.      



Sudanese Minister of Energy and Mining to attend South Sudan Oil and Power 2019

Sudan has been a key role player in facilitating peace in South Sudan

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, October 17, 2019/ -- Minister Adel Ali Ibrahim will meet with his South Sudanese counterpart, Minister Awow Daniel Chuang, at South Sudan Oil & Power 2019; topics to be discussed include the resumption of Block 5A and logistics corridors between the two countries; Sudan has been a key role player in facilitating peace in South Sudan.

In a bid to further strengthen ties with South Sudan, Sudan's Minister of Energy and Mining, Adel Ali Ibrahim, will attend the upcoming South Sudan Oil and Power (SSOP) 2019 conference, taking place at the Crown Hotel in Juba, on October 29-30.

The Minister will meet with his counterpart, Minister Awow Daniel Chuang, to discuss the resumption of Block 5A - which has the potential to produce up to 60,000 barrels per day and is operated by Sudd Petroleum Operating Company.

The Ministers will also discuss oil infrastructure, including logistics corridors between the two countries, shared pipelines and processing facilities.

"The resumption of Block 5A will happen very soon. We currently in negotiations with Sudan regarding pipeline agreements to export crude from this block. South Sudan does not currently have its own pipeline and we are contingent on this before production resumes," Arkangelo Okwang Ojok, Director General of Training, Planning and Research for the Ministry of Petroleum says.

Sudan has been instrumental in brokering peace in South Sudan; and Sudan's recently sworn in Prime Minister, Abdalla Hamdok, travelled to South Sudan in September to meet with President Salva Kiir to back a new peace roadmap.

With a major focus on ramping up its oil industry, South Sudan is recovering its position as a major African producer and is actively creating a favorable investment climate through high-level discussions with energy leaders, ministries and companies at SSOP 2019, produced by Africa Oil & Power.

Under the theme 'Focus on Finance' SSOP 2019 is set to explore the challenges and means of financing projects, attracting new investment and investing in facilities. In addition to finance, the conference will examine community development, environmental issues and oilfield technology.

Minister Chuang will also reveal the details of the 2020 oil and gas licensing round at SSOP 2019, which will include dates, requirements and other details of the tender.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Africa Oil & Power Conference.


How yo-yo dieting impacts women's heart health

Yo-yo dieting or yo-yo effect, also known as weight cycling, is a term coined by Kelly D. Brownell at Yale University, in reference to the cyclical loss and gain of weight, resembling the up-down motion of a yo-yo. In this process, the dieter is initially successful in the pursuit of weight loss but is unsuccessful in maintaining the loss long-term and begins to gain the weight back. The dieter then seeks to lose the regained weight, and the cycle begins again.

Let’s take a look at this article by Ana Sandoiu

New research reveals worrying associations between yo-yo dieting and seven well-established markers of cardiovascular health.

New research looks into how yo-yo dieting may affect a woman's cardiovascular health.

As if losing weight wasn't hard enough, up to 80 percent of people who manage to lose more than 10 percent of their body weight end up regaining the weight within a year.

Losing weight for a short period and then regaining it bears the name of yo-yo dieting, which some people refer to as "weight cycling."

Previous research has pointed out the potentially damaging effects of these repeated cycles of weight loss and weight gain

Some studies have suggested that yo-yo dieting raises the risk of mortality from any cause, while others have pointed to an increased risk of death from heart disease in particular.

Another study suggested that yo-yo dieting can lead to a cardiometabolic "roller coaster" in which cardiovascular health remarkably improves with just a few weeks of healthful dieting, but the negative cardiovascular effects are immediate once the individual abandons the diet.

Now, scientists have turned their attention to the cardiovascular effects of yo-yo dieting in women.

Dr. Brooke Aggarwal, who is an assistant professor of medical sciences at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, led a team examining the effects of weight cycling on seven heart disease risk factors.

Dr. Aggarwal and her colleagues presented their findings at the American Heart Association's (AHA) Epidemiology and Prevention | Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health 2019 Scientific Sessions, which took place in Houston, TX.


Boost Your Unborn Baby's Health

Pregnancy is an ideal time to start taking really good care of the child both physically and emotionally. These will help make sure that you and your baby will be as healthy as possible. Follow these simple tips throughout your pregnancy to give your baby a healthier start in life...


Recent research shows that what you do during pregnancy may not only help to protect your baby, but can also boost her health and improve her brain power in the future. So pop these easy ideas on your to-do list.

Regular gentle exercise could make your baby more intelligent. An American study found that mums-to-be who exercised for at least half an hour, three times a week, had children who scored higher in intelligence, coordination and oral tests at the age of 5.Try brisk walking, swimming or pregnancy-specific exercise classes such as aquanatal or yoga. Remember, it's important to take exercise gently. Take the 'talk test' – if you're too puffed to chat, slow down. Stop if you feel unwell.


Reducing stress levels will benefit both you and your baby. Listening to classical music has been proven to reduce stress, anxiety and depression in mums-to-be. It's also a good idea to establish a regular 'date night' with your partner – nights out will be few and far between once the baby arrives, so take advantage now. If you're too tired or feeling too unwell for a night out, an evening snuggled up on the sofa with a good DVD can help you reconnect with each other.

It's true! A 2004 Finnish study found that mums who ate chocolate during pregnancy had happier, more active babies. Scientists suggest that the mood-boosting chemicals in chocolate could pass to the unborn baby. 'There's nothing wrong with eating chocolate during pregnancy, as long as you eat it in moderation,' says Virginia Howes, independent midwife at Kent Midwifery Practice. 'Don't put on any more weight than you need to – maintaining a healthy weight will be beneficial for you and your baby.' Also, remember that chocolate contains caffeine – around 50mg in a plain 50g bar. The latest guidelines say mums-to-be should have no more than 200mg of caffeine a day – bear this in mind if you're already using up your caffeine quota on coffee (100mg per mug of instant, 140mg per mug of filter), tea (50mg per mug) or cola (40mg per can).

Taking a daily 400mcg folic acid supplement until the end of the 12th week of pregnancy helps protect your baby from neural tube defects, such as spina bifida. It's a good idea to take a 10mcg vitamin D supplement every day throughout pregnancy, too. We get most of our vitamin D from sunlight, but if you haven't seen much sun during the past few months, a supplement may help. Vitamin D is particularly important during pregnancy, as it helps your baby develop strong, healthy bones

Drinking organic milk during pregnancy and while breastfeeding could protect your baby against eczema, asthma and other allergies, a Dutch study has found. The research from 2007, reveals that organic milk protects your baby while in the womb. What's more, mums who drink organic milk produce breast milk that provides some protection against allergens. This may be due to the higher concentration of certain acids found in organic milk. 'Dairy products are excellent during pregnancy,' says midwife Virginia. 'There's no need to go for low-fat versions, either.'

Eating eggs during pregnancy can improve your baby's memory and help to protect her against breast cancer later on, research has found. A US study on pregnant mice revealed that the nutrient choline, found in eggs, helped the babies' brains develop their memories. Earlier US research on rats found that a high choline-intake during pregnancy protected the mother rats' daughters against breast cancer. 'Eggs are a good source of iron and protein,' says midwife Virginia. 'The advice generally given is not to eat raw and runny eggs due to the risk of salmonella. However, eggs that are stamped have come from vaccinated hens, which mean the risk is almost non-existent. Avoid raw and runny eggs if you don't know the origin, though.'

You've heard that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but did you know that apples may also help lower the risk of your baby developing asthma, too? A study by the University of Aberdeen found that mums-to-be who ate the most apples had babies who were less likely to develop asthma by the age of 5. Apples contain powerful antioxidants, called flavonoids, which may provide the protective effect. Another advantage is that many mums-to-be find snacking on green apples helps to combat nausea. 'Eat as many apples as you fancy,' says midwife Virginia. However, eating a variety of fruit is best, as this will provide a wider range of vitamins and minerals.' Aim for five portions of fruit and vegetables a day to benefit.

Eating oily fish in the last three months of pregnancy can boost your baby's brain development, according to a 2008 Canadian study. The last three months of pregnancy is a crucial period for the development of your baby's eyes and brain, and researchers found that omega-3 oils, found in oily fish such as salmon, trout, fresh tuna, herring, mackerel and sardines, had positive effects on babies' sensory, cognitive and motor development. Try having sardines on toast for an easy, healthy snack – just right for the extra 200 to 300 calories you need during the last three months of pregnancy. However, make sure you don't eat more than two portions of oily fish per week though, as there's concern about pollutants. Omega-3 supplements are a good alternative if you don't like eating oily fish.

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Nausea is a general term describing a queasy stomach, with or without the feeling that you are about to vomit. Almost everyone experiences nausea at some time, making it one of the most common problems in medicine. Nausea is not a disease, but a symptom of many different disorders. It is caused by problems in any one of three parts of the body, including:


Active Rebooters: Watermelon-Pineapple-Ginger Juice

Watermelons are rich in lycopene- a member of the carotene family. Carotenes exert both anti inflammatory and anti oxidant activity in the human body.
Pineapple contains a phytonutrient called bromelain that is well known for its ability to help reduce inflammation.
Ginger root reduces inflammation as well as nausea, pain and provides heartburn relief. It also aids digestion and can help to encourage thermogenesis in the body which may boost metabolism.


Home Remedies for Tonsillitis

Over the past few decades, we’ve seen a rise in bacteria capable of resisting our modern antibiotics. The result has been potentially dangerous and even deadly infections.

The overuse of antibiotics can contribute to resistant bacteria, so doctors now ask patients to think twice about asking for prescriptions. Sore throats, for example, are often caused by viral, not bacterial infections. That means antibiotics won’t help. We have some natural solutions, however, that may make you feel better.



 Fresh fruit juices are a great way to satisfy a sweet tooth and get your daily nutrients. Adding juices made from whole, natural fruits and vegetables to your diet in the morning, for lunch or a mid-day snack and even as an after-dinner treat, helps keep you healthy, but don’t forget that fruit still contains sugar so don’t over do it.


Healthy heart

Eating for a healthy heart means filling your plate with fruits and vegetables, paying attention to fiber, eating fish a couple times a week and limiting unhealthy fats like saturated and trans fats, as well as salt. And although no single food is a cure-all, certain foods have been shown to improve your heart health

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