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Gov’t has Zika plan for athletes

Gov’t has Zika plan for athletes

first_imgWhen it comes to the Zika virus, pregnant women are not the only persons the government is concerned about.    This summer Jamaica will send a strong contingent to the Olympic Games in Brazil where in 2015 there were just under 3000 cases of the virus that manifests in symptoms similar to yellow fever and dengue.  The virus is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. The outbreak hit mostly the Brazilian northeast region, but cases have been reported as far south as Rio de Janeiro, where the Olympic Games will be held this coming August. Working on the assumption that Jamaica’s athletes do not contract the virus while training here in Jamaica, they would run the risk of contracting it while preparing to compete while in Brazil. This has become a concern for the government that is expecting another outstanding performance from its elite athletes in what will be Usain Bolt’s final Olympic campaign. As such they are taking steps to minimise the possibilities of the virus affecting the nation’s athletes. “We have been looking at it. It has occurred to us, we have been having discussions with the Ministry of Health,” said Minister Natalie Neita-Headley, who has responsibility for sport. “They (officials at the ministry of health) have been having planning sessions looking at sensitising our athletes.” “As much as can be done, we will seek to do it,” the sports minister said. About one in five people infected with the Zika virus become ill. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis. Other common symptoms include muscle pain and headache. The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week. If an athlete contracts the virus and it develops into full blown Zika just prior to competition, it will affect the athlete’s performance. In the meantime, track clubs here are doing what they can to protect the athletes but there are limitations. President of MVP Bruce James revealed that several athletes from his club contracted the Chikungunya virus last year as they prepared for the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China. Like then, James said, the club had put protocols in place to minimise the impact of the virus but as was the case then, there is only so much they can do.last_img read more

CNRL overtakes Encana to become Canada’s top natural gas producer

CNRL overtakes Encana to become Canada’s top natural gas producer

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Canadian Natural Resources Ltd has bought up about 12,000 natural gas wells across Alberta over the last two years, becoming the country’s largest natural gas producer as rivals have been selling assets or holding steady in a tough market brought on by the crash in oil & gas commodities in recent years.According to a Reuters analysis of regulatory data, CNRL’s shopping spree has  helped the company up its Alberta well count by 60 percent in the 24 months spanning the end of 2013 and the end of 2015, causing it to overtake Encana Corp. to become Canada’s top natural gas producer.While CNRL has bought assets during previous downturns, never before has the company acquired so many wells so quickly. The expanded footprint not only increases production, but also gives the company a strategic advantage that will pay off for years to come if the natural gas market improves.- Advertisement -With an extensive network of wells and the gathering pipelines that connect them, it can turn a profit from wells that might lose money in the hands of a smaller producer.Raymond James analyst Chris Cox says that “… these new wells have low production, but they were bought for pennies for the dollar.” Cox also noted that the wells are in adjacent properties which offers cost synergies, and “if you are expecting pricing to improve then you get an additional uplift.”CNRL’s natural gas production on the continent rose nine percent last year, and a whopping 35 percent the year before that.Advertisement With files from Reuters/The Financial Post. Read the full story here: http://business.financialpost.com/news/energy/canadian-natural-resources-overtakes-encana-to-become-canadas-top-natural-gas-producer?__lsa=79db-ba28 While CNRL bought wells, most rivals sold assets or maintained a steady well count. Cenovus Energy Inc’s well count dropped two per cent in Alberta between the end of 2013 and the end of 2015, and Penn West Petroleum Ltd shed nearly 30 per cent of its wells.CNRL President and CEO Steve Laut, who is the head of the biggest private landowner in western Canada – second only to the government, said the company had opportunistically bought wells across Alberta and British Columbia as they came up for sale in areas where it already operates.“Western Canada over time has become a very high cost basin and so it’s difficult to compete especially when commodity prices go down,” Laut told Reuters. “All industry … have to find ways to become more effective and more efficient.”The rise of fracking operations in North America has boosted gas production, causing natural gas prices to drop in recent years, but analysts expect prices to rise starting next year, buoyed by rising industrial demand, as well as export terminals beginning operations.Advertisementlast_img read more