Indonesian doctor Susana Somali and her staff cut tightly-bound plastic ropes off dozens of whimpering dogs rescued from the butcher's block after being sold or abandoned during the coronavirus pandemic. Somali's sprawling Jakarta complex, home to about 1,400 canines, has become a refuge for at-risk animals as cash-strapped owners sell them into the Southeast Asian nation's controversial dog meat trade. Mostly acting on tip-offs, Somali and her team hit the streets looking for stray dogs and butcher shops where more and more doomed animals are spending their last days howling in cramped cages. Somali -- who juggles a day job testing COVID-19 samples at a local hospital -- started the shelter in an upscale Jakarta neighbourhood more than a decade ago. Back then, she rescued one or two dogs from a butcher each week. But that number has soared to as many as 20 in recent months as strays are snatched off the streets for their meat. The 55-year-old mother of two negotiates with often … [Read more...] about Indonesia ‘dog doctor’ rescues canines from pandemic peril
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However, delaying childbearing until mid 30s increases the risks of infertility and of developing chronic medical disease which might complicate pregnancy. Furthermore, women who delay childbearing are at increased risk of pregnancy complications, including ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, fetal chromosomal abnormalities, some congenital anomalies, placenta previa (placenta covering the cervix, thus C section is required), gestational diabetes (diabetes developed in pregnancy), hypertension (high blood pressure) in pregnancy , preeclampsia (severe pregnancy related condition involving high blood pressure and presence of proteins in urine that affects both mother and the baby), and cesarean delivery. Such complications may, in turn, result in preterm birth. … [Read more...] about Pregnancy in advanced maternal age
The market is open from 4 a.m. till noon. Customers have made it a habit to observe their surroundings before crossing the railway since a person, busy talking on the phone, got hit by a train three years ago, though not fatally. … [Read more...] about 70-year-old railway market in central Vietnam poses safety hazard
As the great ideals expressed in our own Declaration of Independence are meeting an ominous challenge from those dark forces of our national history, we Americans should stop telling the Vietnamese people how to deal with their problems and instead deal with our own problems as well as problems we are inflicting on the world, including wars on other nations and on the Earth itself. Perhaps we have much to learn from Vietnamese people, including, first of all, how to respond to the global pandemic threatening us all. … [Read more...] about What does the future hold for relations between Vietnam and US?