English http://planidiomas.com.br Tue, 19 Jun 2018 18:19:19 -0300 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management pt-br Details about first U.S. Ebola patient a mystery http://planidiomas.com.br/index.php/artigos/idiomas/english/item/67-details-about-first-u-s-ebola-patient-a-mystery.html http://planidiomas.com.br/index.php/artigos/idiomas/english/item/67-details-about-first-u-s-ebola-patient-a-mystery.html

Public health authorities are working to track down anyone who may have come into close contact with a man who was confirmed Tuesday to be the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S.

Little is known about the patient, including his name, age, and nationality. Officials say he lived and worked in Liberia, where he likely caught the disease from one of the thousands infected in that country, but showed no symptoms when he flew back to the U.S. Sept. 19. As a result, no one who traveled with him on that flight is at risk of Ebola. 

It is not clear why he traveled to Dallas, where he has been in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital since Sunday. Federal officials told the Dallas Morning News he was visiting family members, while city officials told the paper that he had made a permanent move. 

Hospital officials also told the News that they were reviewing an initial decision to send the man home with antibiotics this past Friday after he turned up at the hospital feeling unwell. He was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance two days later and was immediately placed in isolation. Blood tests by Texas health officials and the CDC separately confirmed his Ebola diagnosis on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, members of North Texas's 10,000-strong Liberian community told the Associated Press they were skeptical of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden's assurances that "we'll stop this in its tracks in the U.S."

"We've been telling people to try to stay away from social gatherings," Stanley Gaye, president of the Liberian Community Association of Dallas-Fort Worth, said at a community meeting Tuesday.

"We need to know who it is so that they (family members) can all go get tested," Gaye told The Associated Press. "If they are aware, they should let us know."

The association's vice president encouraged all who may have come in contact with the virus to visit a doctor and she warned against alarm in the community.

"We don't want to get a panic going," said Roseline Sayon. "We embrace those people who are coming forward. Don't let the stigma keep you from getting tested."

Four American aid workers who became infected in West Africa have been flown back to the U.S. for treatment after they became sick. They were treated in special isolation facilities at hospitals in Atlanta and Nebraska. Three have recovered.

A U.S. doctor exposed to the virus in Sierra Leone is under observation in a similar facility at the National Institutes of Health.

Liberia is one of the three hardest-hit countries in the epidemic, along with Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Ebola is believed to have sickened more than 6,500 people in West Africa, and more than 3,000 deaths have been linked to the disease, according to the World Health Organization. But even those tolls are probably underestimates, partially because there are not enough labs to test people for Ebola.

Two mobile Ebola labs staffed by American naval researchers arrived this weekend and will be operational this week, according to the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia. The labs will reduce the amount of time it takes to learn if a patient has Ebola from several days to a few hours.

The U.S. military also delivered equipment to build a 25-bed clinic that will be staffed by American health workers and will treat doctors and nurses who have become infected. The U.S. is planning to build 17 other clinics in Liberia and will help train more health workers to staff them.

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SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Bank workers’ unions announced Thursday night they have called for a nationwide strike on Tuesday, September 30th for an undetermined period of time. The unions rejected the salary increase proposed by the National Federation of Banks (Fenaban).

Bank employees in at least nineteen states, including Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Minas Gerais have decided to strike after rejecting the Fenaban’s seven percent pay increase. According to the National Confederation of Workers in the Financial Sector (Contraf) bank union employees are asking for a 12.5 percent pay increase.

“We want more and demand a pay increase of 12.5 percent, as well as improved working, health and security conditions,” said Carlos Cordeiro, President of Contraf-CUT in a press release.

According to the union leaderBrazil’s financial systemregisters the highest profitability in the world with six of the largest banks operating in the country registering a net profit of R$56.7 billion in 2013 and R$28.5 billion in the first semester of 2014. “The banks, however, only care about the high executives and do not want to meet the demands of the sector,” added Cordeiro.

If the strike orders are upheld this will be the 11thconsecutive yearbank employees in Brazil have gone on strike for increased wages. In2013 the nationwide strikeby bank employees lasted twenty-three days.


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FPSOs for Lula presalt deepwater Brazil fields in negotiations http://planidiomas.com.br/index.php/artigos/idiomas/english/item/34-fpsos-for-lula-presalt-deepwater-brazil-fields-in-negotiations.html http://planidiomas.com.br/index.php/artigos/idiomas/english/item/34-fpsos-for-lula-presalt-deepwater-brazil-fields-in-negotiations.html

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RIO DE JANEIRO – Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. – Petrobrás (NYSE:PBR) is in negotiations for the contracting with consortium QGOG/SBM (Queiroz Galvão Óleo e Gás S.A./ SBM Offshore) of two FPSOs for production development at Lula Alto and Lula Central, in Lula field, Santos basin presalt.

Each FPSO will be connected to 18 wells, 10 production wells and 8 injectors. Production is expected to begin in January 2016 at Lula Alto and in March 2016 at Lula Central.


Each FPSO will have a processing capacity of 150,000 b/d of oil and 6 MMcm/d (212 MMcf/d) of natural gas.

By contract the FPSOs should be delivered no later than November 2015 for Lula Alto and January 2016 for Lula Central, allowing these areas to start production according to the schedule established in the Petrobrás Business Plan. Local Content requirements in the contract are 65% for each FPSO.

Consortium BM-S-11 is operated by Petrobrás (65%), in partnership with BG E&P Brasil Ltda. (25%) and Petrogal Brasil S.A (10%).

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North Korea urges foreigners to vacate South Korea http://planidiomas.com.br/index.php/artigos/idiomas/english/item/12-north-korea-urges-foreigners-to-vacate-south-korea.html http://planidiomas.com.br/index.php/artigos/idiomas/english/item/12-north-korea-urges-foreigners-to-vacate-south-korea.html

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PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korea on Tuesday urged all foreign companies and tourists in South Korea to evacuate, saying the two countries are on the verge of a nuclear war. The new threat appeared to be an attempt to scare foreigners into pressing their governments to pressure Washington and Seoul to act to avert a conflict.

Analysts see a direct attack on Seoul as extremely unlikely, and there are no overt signs that North Korea's army is readying for war, let alone a nuclear one.

In Pyongyang, there were no signs of a military buildup. Scores of people were armed on a cold spring day with shovels, not guns, and were busy planting trees as part of a forestation campaign. The national flag fluttered across the city as North Korea marked the 20th anniversary of late leader Kim Jong Il's appointment as chairman of the National Defense Commission, and workers began preparing the city for the April 15 birthday of late President Kim Il Sung.

South Korea's military has reported missile movements on North Korea's east coast, but nothing pointed toward South Korea. "The situation on the Korean Peninsula is inching close to a thermonuclear war due to the evermore undisguised hostile actions of the United States and the South Korean puppet warmongers and their moves for a war against" the North, said a statement by the North Korean Asia-Pacific Peace Committee, an organization that deals with regional matters. The statement is similar to past threats that analysts call an attempt to raise anxiety in foreign capitals.

Analysts see the threats of war as a bid to win Pyongyang-friendly policy changes in Seoul and Washington. Last week, North Korea told foreign diplomats in Pyongyang that it will not be able to guarantee their safety starting Wednesday. It is not clear what significance that date holds. Observers also say the torrent of North Korean prophecies of doom and efforts to raise war hysteria are partly to boost the image and military credentials of young leader Kim Jong Un.

Air Koryo's daily flight from Beijing was only half full on Tuesday. Flight attendants in red suits and blue scarves artfully kept in place by sparkling brooches betrayed no sense of fear or concern. Among the tourists who arrived Tuesday was Mark Fahey, a biomedical engineer from Sydney, Australia, who said he thought a war was "pretty unlikely."

Fahey, a second-time visitor to North Korea, said he booked his trip to Pyongyang six months ago, eager to see how North Korea might have changed under Kim Jong Un. He said he chose to stick with his plans, suspecting that most of the threats were rhetoric.

"I knew that when I arrived here it would probably be very different to the way it was being reported in the media," he told The Associated Press at Pyongyang airport. He said his family trusts him to make the right judgment, but "my colleagues at work think I am crazy."

He said he took no special precautions. "I haven't brought anything at all - just a camera," he said with a laugh. But he noted that several other tourists who had been slated to travel with his group had canceled their journeys. Chu Kang Jin, a Pyongyang resident, said everything is calm in the city. "Everyone, including me, is determined to turn out as one to fight for national reunification ... if the enemies spark a war," he said, using nationalist rhetoric employed by many North Koreans when speaking to the media.

South Korean President Park Geun-hye, who has sought to re-engage North Korea with dialogue and aid since taking office in February, expressed exasperation Tuesday with what she called the "endless vicious cycle" of Seoul answering Pyongyang's hostile behavior with compromise, only to get more hostility. U.S. and South Korean defense officials have said they've seen nothing to indicate that Pyongyang is preparing for a major military action, and there was no sign of an exodus of foreign companies or tourists from South Korea.

Still, the United States and South Korea have raised their defense postures, as has Japan, which deployed PAC-3 missile interceptors in key locations around Tokyo on Tuesday as a precaution against possible North Korean ballistic missile tests.

In Rome, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described the tensions on the Korean Peninsula as "very dangerous" and said that "any small incident caused by miscalculation or misjudgment" may "create an uncontrollable situation." Also Tuesday, North Korea pulled out more than 50,000 workers from the Kaesong industrial park, which combines South Korean technology and know-how with cheap North Korean labor. It was the first time that production has been shut down at the complex, the only remaining product of economic cooperation between the two countries that began about a decade ago when relations were much warmer. Other projects from previous eras of cooperation such as reunions of families separated by war and tours to a scenic North Korean mountain stopped in recent years.

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