ABIC Launches Ebola Awareness in Bong County

first_imgAs Ebola continues to decline in Liberia, the Angie Brooks International Center for Women’s Empowerment (ABIC) has launched a two-week anti-Ebola awareness campaign for marketers and residents in Gbarnga, Bong County.The launching last Sunday brought together market women, town chiefs and community dwellers.ABIC’s Project Manager, Mrs.  Henrietta Tolbert, said the awareness campaign is focusing on market women in the county’s capital, Gbarnga, and in remote parts of the County. The aim is to educate women about the dangers of the virus and show them the preventive measures that will keep them safe.“Basically, we will be asking our marketers about Ebola and what they understand about it since the outbreak. Whatever knowledge they have will be enhanced with more education and tools to empower them to eradicate Ebola,” Mrs. Tolbert explained.According to her, the awareness campaign will be followed by intensive training to enable the market women to also spread awareness in the towns and villages where they reside or do business to help eradicate the killer virus.The campaign began with the training of 15 persons who will join the ABIC team to make sure all marketplaces and communities in the county are informed about the Ebola virus.“We trained these persons so that they can assist us in conducting the awareness training in the language spoken by the people in the various towns and villages.“We are doing this to send the message across in a very simple way to our people,” she said.Mrs. Tolbert warned that the issue of complacency remains high on the agenda because a majority of the people no longer follows preventive measures like washing hands frequently, avoiding bush meat and secret burials.”She called on every Liberian to join the fight, cautioning that it takes one case to cause another serious outbreak of the virus in the country.The ABIC team spent two weeks in Margibi County, also engaging in a widespread awareness campaign there.“We will distribute hand washing buckets, chlorine and disinfectants to market places and communities to empower them in the fight,” Mrs. Tolbert said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

BLACK ICE CAUSING HAVOC ON DONEGAL ROADS

first_imgBLACK ice patches have caused havoc on our roads this morning.There have been a number of crashes – but thankfully no serious injuries.Gardaí have warned motorists to take extreme care, especially on back and rural roads. A number of crashes have been reported in the Milford, Lifford and Letterkenny areas so far. BLACK ICE CAUSING HAVOC ON DONEGAL ROADS was last modified: November 4th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Warriors on TV: NBA drops two games from national schedule

first_imgNo longer a marquee attraction, the injury-riddled Golden State Warriors are losing out on the kind of prime-time exposure they’ve enjoyed for years.The NBA has removed two Warriors games from the upcoming national TV schedule and it’s easy to see why. Without superstars Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, Golden State owns the league’s worst record at 4-18 and aren’t exactly must-see TV material.The Warriors were scheduled to play on ESPN against Utah on Dec. 13 and against Portland on Dec. 18. …last_img read more

Ontario Heritage Hide’n’Seek GeoTour

first_img SharePrint RelatedHeritage Hide’n’Seek GeoTourOctober 16, 2015In “GeoTours”GeoTour Spotlight: Heritage Hide’n’Seek in OntarioAugust 18, 2016In “GeoTours”Travel like a local, not a touristApril 23, 2019In “News” Share with your Friends:More Heritage Hide’n’Seek GeoTourcenter_img Discover a piece of Canadian history this summer with the Heritage Hide’n’Seek GeoTour. On this tour, you’ll make your way to 16 geocaches in northern Ontario that will teach you facts about fascinating people, places and events that helped shape Canadian history.You’ll have the opportunity to find urban and remote geocaches in locations like Algonquin Park, James Bay and the Manitoba border.Developed by Parks Canada, the Heritage Hide’n’Seek GeoTour is set up as a game where geocachers earn points by finding geocaches and correctly answering questions on the passport. The point values for each geocache are determined by the effort required to find it. Anyone who collects 100+ points is eligible to receive a collectible coin from Parks Canada.Visit the Heritage Hide’n’Seek GeoTour page to learn more and start planning your trip.last_img read more

Why are So Many Android Owners Male?

first_imgDroid. Should a phone be pretty? Should it be a tiara-wearing digitally clueless beauty pageant queen? Or should it be fast? Racehorse duct-taped to a Scud missile fast. We say the latter. So we built the phone that does. Does rip through the Web like a circular saw through a ripe banana. Is it a precious porcelain figurine of a phone? In truth? No. It’s not a princess. It’s a robot. A phone that trades hair-do for can-do.So congratulations, marketers. It appears you have successfully attracted the males to your handset. But in ignoring the potential female users, you’re doing smartphone owners a disservice. The Droid, and other Android-based phones too, are powerful, attractive and easy-to-use handsets that should have a broad appeal. It may be time to remind the women of that. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces …and other interesting smartphone statistics. When compared with some of the other smartphones on the market, owners of phones running Google’s Android mobile operating system are predominantly male. This finding comes from analytics firm AdMod’s latest Mobile Metrics Report, which revealed that 73% of Android users are male. Meanwhile, on the iPhone, iPod Touch and Palm platforms, the ratio of male-to-female owners was more even. However, males were still in the majority even on those devices, accounting for 54% to 58% of the users. This was only one of the findings from the firm’s January report, which also examined ages of smartphone owners, propensity to download and pay for mobile applications and interest in purchasing the upcoming Apple iPad. Kids Love the iPod Touch and the Free AppsMost of the statistics AdMob revealed weren’t all that shocking. For example, iPhone owners are more likely to purchase an iPad than owners of other smartphones. And while 16% said they intend to buy Apple’s new slate computer when it arrives in March, only 11% of Palm webOS users and 6% of Android owners said the same. This finding can easily be attributed to the so-called “fanboy” syndrome among Apple hardware owners – that is, the tendency of those who own Apple products to want to buy more Apple products. Sometimes described as fanaticism, it’s really just a testament to the popularity of the brand and its repeat customer business.Another interesting, but still explainable, statistic involves the buying habits of iPod Touch and iPhone owners. Those who own the less-expensive iPod Touch devices tend to download more free applications than those who own an iPhone. And they download a lot of apps, too. On average, iTouch owners download 12 apps per month – that’s 37% more apps than iPhone and Android users. They also spend more time playing with their apps – 100 minutes per day, 25% more time than iPhone or Android users. At first, those figures may have you scratching your head – after all, isn’t the iPod Touch the exact same mobile operating system as the iPhone? And doesn’t its Wi-Fi-only connectivity actually limit the functionality of a lot applications since so many require an Internet connection to work? The answer to both questions is yes. But the reason why the iPod users appear to be more active and engaged is explained in another section of the report. According to the demographics, they’re much younger. 78% of iPod Touch users are under 25 (compared with 25% of iPhone users) and they’re often students, too. These are the very sort of users who have time to play with a ton of apps. They’re also, not surprisingly, the least likely to pay for them. iPod Touch owners download an average of 10.5 free apps per month and only 1.6 paid apps during that same time. iPhone owners, however, download 7.0 free apps per month and 1.8 paid ones. Why are So Many Android Owners Male?The only truly odd statistic to arise from this report is the gender variance among Android owners. With a 78%/22% male-to-female ratio, the question that comes to mind is why are so many owners male? There is a wide range of Android-powered smartphones for people to choose from, including everything from sleek-and-shiny HTC devices to keyboard-ready Droids from Motorola and Verizon. In other words, there’s an Android handset out there for everyone. Our only guess as to why the statistics are skewing male for Android may have something to do with the latest Droid marketing efforts. Commercials for Verizon’s Droid send the message that the phones are the equivalent of having a “robot in your pocket,” and the latest show a robot’s finger quickly typing out searches on the phone’s on-screen keyboard. While arguably, some females are sure to love robots, too (especially those interested in reading about smartphone statistics here!), a campaign that uses robots and reminds you of all the things the Droid does that the iPhone doesn’t, is a not-too-subtle attempt to play to the male ego and that gender’s stereotypical desire for constant one-upmanship among their peers. And that’s not the worst of it, either. Another Droid ad, spotted by CNNMoney blogger Elmer DeWitt in December, targeted the male demographic in the “most testosterone-heavy TV commercial to date,” he noted at the time. The ad copy read: Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#mobile#NYT#Trends#web Related Posts sarah perez The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

4 Ways Connected Devices Are Poised to Transform Your Next Big Event

first_imgVirtual Event Attendance Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Follow the Puck Related Posts RFID The Internet of Things has invaded our homes with smart thermostats, smart locks, and smart toothbrushes. It has invaded our offices with smart assistants, data security, and connected devices between remote teams.And corporate events are the new frontier.Whether you’re unveiling a new product at SXSW or hosting your own expo, interconnectivity can and should be an integral part of your next big business trip.The following four technologies allow for the best of both worlds: retaining the beloved tradition and human element of real-world events while leveraging the efficiency and slickness of the latest devices. Events have two main functions: opportunities for networking and learning from speakers. But augmented reality is now even enhancing what speakers can deliver. For example, the Microsoft HoloLens headsets are glasses that overlay imagery and information over whatever the event attendee is viewing live. It was demoed in 2017 for set designers from Cirque du Soleil, helping them better visualize their sets.Imagine the richness of information available to attendees who can view speakers through such devices, with information overlaid at key times in their presentation. To fully take advantage of this technology, the AR models can be made available to speakers to allow them to plan how they could best exploit what this platform offers to enhance their presentations.The good news with all these approaches is that the companies behind them want nothing more than to support customers in easily adopting their platforms. That means there is no excuse not to dive in to integrate some or all of these technologies, at the very least on a trial basis for your next event. But, like smartphones, chances are that once these options are available, event attendees will never want to return to the old-fashioned way of running events. Augmented Reality You might be familiar with RFID (radio frequency identification) tags from large retail and grocery chains. In 2017, RFID Journal reported 39 percent more retailers using RFID over the previous year. Estimates put the number of devices in apparel alone at more than 8 billion.But you might be surprised to learn that the technology is now booming in other sectors, including the events industry. It’s natural when you consider that a brief physical contact of one’s phone to an event poster is enough to exchange information. This is a step up in elegance and convenience from unsightly QR codes that require aiming phones at a black-and-white square. Clemi Hardie, founder of Noodle Live, sees RFID as a big part of the future of event information exchange: “Instead of installing hardware at the events, it will be preinstalled on our smartphones, so it will be perfectly normal to put up event posters that simply say ‘tap here for push notifications’ or ‘tap here to exchange contact details.’”center_img Ninety-one percent of event planners say that the use of a mobile event app has yielded a positive ROI. According to Eventbrite, the event technology platform, mobile apps have also been shown to increase attendance by 20 percent while lowering costs by as much as 30 percent. Those are the kinds of numbers that can turn a marginally viable event into a roaring success.But to compete in this market, you have to look beyond the current event and plan for the future. Fortunately, these apps provide the most robust and efficient method of doing just that. Not only do they allow attendee engagement through the service, but they also provide valuable insights into your attendees’ motivations, values, and backgrounds. That’s critical for longer-term planning; mobile-first data companies like Zoomdata can use large volumes of accumulated or real-time data to visualize trends and pinpoint not just what’s happening at your own events, but at others’ as well. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#devices#engagement Peter Daisyme Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Mobile Event Apps As engaging and powerful as events are, there are some drawbacks to the traditional structure. The overhead and costs can be cumbersome, and getting the details of event planning perfectly right each time is always a challenge. But there’s no choice: When large numbers of people are traveling and taking time out of their hectic schedules to attend, getting things right is critical. Another drawback is the challenge of tracking attendee behavior, but that insight is useful for planning future events.There’s now another option to complement the standard model: virtual event attendance through VR headsets. The approach has some key advantages. First, it greatly reduces overhead (by more than half) because no one has to travel, book physical space for the event, or consider other logistical details. It also allows distant community members to attend easily from their homes or offices. Finally, this paradigm is the big winner in gathering intelligence about the behaviors of attendees because their “movements” can be tracked and analyzed through the virtual attendance software.last_img read more