Kuala Lumpur, Feb 7 (UNB)- Malaysia, with a score of 95 out of 100, was ranked first in the Best Healthcare in the World category of the 2019 International Living Annual Global Retirement Index.
According to the International Living website, among top six countries that obtained the best ratings in the category of Best Healthcare in the World for this year, Malaysia ranked first with its world-class healthcare services and sophisticated infrastructure.
It said that with 13 hospitals in the country accredited by Joint Commission International (JCI), where almost all doctors majority of whom were trained in the United Kingdom, the United States or Australia were fluent in English, thus communication was flawless.
“There are both private and public hospitals for expatriates to choose from, to suit one's needs though the private hospitals tend to be a bit more expensive but are more up to Western standards than the public hospitals,” it said, adding that even at the private hospitals, the treatment was affordable for minor visits.
“The prescriptions in Malaysia cost a fraction of what you pay at home. But it's not just the cost that is attractive it's the service.
“Pharmacists, similar to rest of medical staff in Malaysia, are well-trained and informed. The Malaysians are friendly people, but it's the genuine interest they take which impresses,” it said. - Bernama
New Orleans, Feb 6 (AP/UNB) — The jaguar that escaped last summer and killed nine animals is back on display at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans.
Valerio apparently chewed a hole in the 4-inch-wide (10-centimeter-wide) steel mesh roof above a column in the exhibit sometime before the zoo was to open July 15.
"We're assuming he probably went up to chase a possum or a raccoon or a cat or something that was walking across the top of his habitat," said Joel Hamilton, curator and vice president at the zoo.
Now the walls and roof are of 2-inch (5-centimeter) mesh, too small for Valerio's jaw. The twisted steel is also thicker.
The zoo also installed four video cameras and an electrified wire around the roof, including around the tops of internal columns. The "hot-wire" is used on a number of exhibits, but hadn't been installed in the jaguar exhibit before Valerio's escape.
"We have added that as another level of precaution," Hamilton said.
Tuesday was the 3-year-old adolescent's first time on public view since his July escape, when he killed five alpacas, an emu and three foxes. He had been allowed into the habitat for about an hour Monday, a day the zoo is closed.
Valerio spent a while Tuesday morning exploring a new ramp, two new platforms and snarfing chunks of meat that keepers had placed on them.
"That's his new playground," Anne Zwerner of New Orleans told Bonnie Jane Zwerner, 3, and her 2-year-old brother, Ryan Kent Zwerner. Their 6-month-old brother, Carson James Zwerner, shared a double stroller with Ryan Kent.
After Valerio ate the biggest chunk from the top of the ramp, he investigated the damp wood where the food had been set out.
"What is he eating right now?" asked Bonnie Jane.
"You know, like how you can lick the plate? He was licking his plate," her mother said.
Valerio is alone in the display. The zoo's female jaguar, Ix Chel, who had given birth to five cubs, was euthanized in September because of kidney failure. The zoo is looking for another female who is genetically compatible with Valerio, Hamilton said.
In the meantime, Hamilton said, the animal doesn't mind his solitude: "Jaguars, like most large cats — other than lions — are solitary animals."
Bonnie Jane wanted to know about the small crowd of reporters, photographers and videographers who had cameras and cellphones aimed at Valerio.
"He's famous today," Zwerner said. "He's always famous. But he's extra-special famous today."
Dhaka, Feb 5 (UNB) - The presence of gas in the digestive system is part of the normal process of digestion. Getting rid of this excess gas, either by burping or passing gas, is also normal. The gas not moving well through the digestive system or getting trapped may lead to gas pain.
Gas normally enters the stomach when we swallow air while eating or drinking but most of it is released when we burp. Gas forms in large intestines when bacteria break down some of the undigested food. In addition to other signs and symptoms, digestive system disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome or celiac disease may intensify gas pain.
Often, simple eating habit changes can help lessen the gas. But yoga can help, too. Certain yoga poses can help release excessive gas and improve the digestive system.
Here are five poses to help relieve gas-
Lie on your back with legs and arms extended. Take a deep breath and exhale, draw both the knees to the chest and clasp them with the hands. Hold on to the right knee and release the left leg and extend it along the floor. Maintain this pose for 30 seconds to one minute. Now, draw the left knee towards the chest and clasp your hands around the knees again. While holding the left knee, release the right leg and extend it along the floor. Hold this pose for the same amount of time. Finally, bring both knees to the chest and press the thighs on the abdomen, clasp hands around the legs as if hugging the knees. Then, try to touch the knees with the chin. Hold here for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Gently release the hands and keep legs straight. Take rest for 30 seconds.
Wide legged forward bend
From a standing position, step the legs 3 to 4 feet apart into ‘Five Pointed Star’. Exhale and lean forward, bring the palms to the floor under the shoulders. Use the arms to pull the forehead down towards the floor, bending the elbows towards the back wall. Now press into the feet, lengthening the legs to press the hips up towards the ceiling. Feel the spine being pulled in opposite directions as you press the head down and lift the hips up. Breathe normally and hold the posture for 30 seconds to 1 minute. To release, reach the arms out to the sides and inhale back up into standing position.
From standing position, drop your knees to the floor and spread them as wide as your mat. Keep the toes on the floor with the big toes touching each other. Now, make fists and place them on the thighs to touch the lower abdominal area. Take a deep breath, exhale slowly and drop your head on the floor or mat. Try to put pressure on the abdominal area with fists by touching the floor or mat with your forehead. Breathe normally and hold the pose for 1-2 minutes.
Half Spinal Twist
Sit erect with your legs stretched out. Make sure that your feet are placed together and your spine is absolutely straight. Now bend your left leg so that the heel of the left foot lies next to the right hip. Then, place the right leg next to the left knee by taking it over the knee. Twist your waist, neck and shoulders towards the right – make sure your spine is straight. Hold the pose for 30 seconds to 1 minute and breathe normally. Exhale and release the right hand, waist, chest and neck. Repeat the steps on the other side and then exhale and come back to the front.
Lie on your stomach with your feet, hip width apart and your arms by the side of your body. Fold your knees, take your hands backwards and hold your ankles. Breathing in, lift your chest off the ground and pull your legs up and back, look straight ahead with a smile on your face. Your body is now curved and taut as a bow. Breathe normally and hold the pose for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Now exhale and gently release your legs, chest and relax.
(Saldin Yogi is a registered Yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance, USA. The opinion expressed in this article is the writer’s own. To learn more about Saldin, please visit www.saldinyoga.com)
Geneva, Feb 5 (AP/UNB) — A Geneva art museum says Facebook prohibited it from promoting an upcoming exhibit with images of two statues — a half-naked Venus and a nude, kneeling man.
The Museum of Art and History took to Twitter to say it had wanted to post pictures of the statues on Facebook to promote the "Caesar and the Rhone" exhibit that opens Friday, but the social media platform "prevented us from it, because of their nudity."
The museum instead put the images on Twitter on Friday with the French word for "censored" over the statues' presumably private parts, adding: "Maybe it's time that this platform changes its policy for museums and cultural institutions?"
Facebook didn't immediately respond to an email from The Associated Press seeking comment.
The museum's 3½ -month exhibit pulls together works from the Louvre Museum in Paris, an antiquities museum in Arles, France, and other institutions to convey Caesar's invasion of the Rhone River region running through Geneva and southeast France to the Mediterranean.
The marble statue of "Venus of Arles" was made in the first century and depicts the goddess posed with one arm outstretched and a robe draped around her waist. The first-century B.C. bronze of a bearded captive shows him with his hands seemingly bound behind his back, symbolizing Rome's triumph over Gallic tribes.
Museum of Art and History spokeswoman Sylvie Treglia-Detraz said a first attempt to post the images drew a Facebook response: "We don't allow ads that depict nudity, even if it isn't sexual in nature. This includes the use of nudity for artistic or educational purposes."
The issue strikes at the differing attitudes about nudity in Europe, where topless and even nude beaches and parks aren't unusual, and in the United States, where government officials have been known to cover up topless statues.
Dhaka, Jan 31 (AP/UNB) -The first generic version of the popular Advair asthma inhaler has been approved by U.S. regulators.
The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved Mylan's version in three strengths for ages 4 and up.
The inhalers are used twice daily to keep airways open and prevent flare-ups of wheezing, shortness of breath and other symptoms of asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. About 42 million Americans have those conditions.
The device contains two medicines, inhaled in a precise mixture. That complexity has stymied a couple of other companies developing generic versions of GlaxoSmithKline's Advair Diskus inhaler, which costs about $400 a month.
Generics generally are cheaper. Mylan didn't immediately respond to queries about when its inhaler, called Wixela Inhub, will be available or what the price will be.