As 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)
If Ida known then what I know now: the media-frenzied presentation of Ida (Darwinius masillae) as a distant relative of human beings last year has been debunked. “Many lines of evidence indicate that Darwinius has nothing at all to do with human evolution,” said Chris Kirk (U of Texas) in an article on Science Daily. Researchers publishing their analysis in the Journal of Human Evolution accused the presentation of ignoring decades of research and an enormous body of literature on the evolution of strepsirrhines, a primate group that includes lemurs and lorises. Ida’s discoverer claimed it had characteristics suggesting a linkage to haplorhines “However, Kirk, Williams and their colleagues point out that short snouts and deep jaws are known to have evolved multiple times among primates, including several times within the lemur/loris lineage,” the article claimed. “They further argue that Darwinius lacks most of the key anatomical features that could demonstrate a close evolutionary relationship with living haplorhines (apes, monkeys, humans, and tarsiers).” The announcement about Ida included a book, a History Channel documentary, and an exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History. Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled the specimen at a news conference in New York city. The lead author of the new paper remarked, “Just because it’s a complete and well-preserved fossil doesn’t mean it’s going to overthrow all our ideas.” For more on Ida, see the 05/19/2009 and 10/24/2009 entries.It’s nice when scientists criticize overblown claims of other scientists, but does it help to have one lie displace another? Ida has nothing at all to do with human evolution, but it also has nothing at all to do with evolution. A well-designed mammal lived, and it died. Some variations existed between existing kinds of primates. That’s all a strict empiricist should say about it. Did you notice the fudging the new team had to make about convergent evolution? They said certain traits are “known to have evolved multiple times among primates, including several times within the lemur/loris lineage.” Known? Would they swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth? The truth may not get you a book or History Channel documentary, but it has one major benefit over the alternative: it’s true.(Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
3 February 2006Through an ambitious long-term programme, Durban’s uShaka Marine World is offering street children the chance to learn to surf. Lying on the east coast of South Africa, the city of Durban’s warm climate makes it the country’s watersports capital.The uShaka programme not only teaches the kids to surf, it also offers them the chance to try their hands at kayaking and biking tours. It was set up by Alan Wallace, a professional lifeguard.“We try to give those less fortunate a chance to come and learn how to surf,” Wallace says. “To see the street kids’ faces light up when they’re in the water is priceless.”Helping Wallace as an instructor is Victor Ngema. Once a car guard on the Durban beach front, watching over the lifeguard’s car, his big break came when Wallace offered to teach him to surf.Wallace also taught Bongani Mathe and Musa Zwane, who also learned kayaking, seamanship training, safety and paddling skills, and water safety.Mathe says it was a life-changing experience.“I cannot believe it. I can do things that I would never have thought possible. I have a place to stay and food, and for that I am grateful,” he says.The programme relies on sponsorship, and is currently backed by Jeep.Sun and pure fun“The centre offers fun with a difference,” Wallace says. “There are so many water sports that are rarely offered in Durban. Now families can come together under the sun for pure fun.“This is a chance to give back to the community. These kids have faced many hardships on the streets. This is a chance for them to help others who are going through what they have gone through.“I have had this ambition for quite a long time, but just did not know how to do it.”Although the their are only a few kids in the programme at the moment, Wallace is negotiating with potential sponsors for greater support to increase numbers.He says the demands placed on the street children differ from those that come from a stable home.“Surfing is physically demanding and it is difficult to carry out the activity on an empty stomach as is normally the case with the kids, but a big supermarket has promised to provide food,” he says.Wallace hopes the programme will help develop the participants into professional lifeguards to help them make a living.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
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Tags:#ITU#privacy#security#SOPA 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting In the desert oasis of Dubai, Internet change is brewing. In a hush-hush closed-door meeting, government representatives from around the world have gathered this week to decide the future of the Internet. The freedom of the Internet. The International Telecommunication Union for the World Conference on International Telecommunications is a 12-day conference for nations to potentially expand their control over the Internet. Topics range from the esoteric to the critical: data privacy, cybersecurity, international mobile roaming, equipment specifications and the like.More than 193 members states are part of the union, established more than 100 years ago, in the telegraph era, It’s now a United Nations specialized agency focusing on telecommunications and information and communication technology. Sunday, Google executive and co-founding architect of the Internet, Vint Cerf, warned that the goal of the secret meeting is to “allow governments to justify the censorship of legitimate speech, or even cut off Internet access in their countries.” Cerf calls for the Internet to stand up for its rights.What You Can DoA slew of petition and protest sites have opened on the topic. In fact, as of late Sunday night, nearly 1 million people worldwide had signed an anti-regulation petition on freeandopen. Other petitions include a Google take-action site (no word on signatures gathered) and the Protect Global Internet Freedom site, with about 35,000 signers from 167 countries.Indeed, a viral movement similar to last year’s campaign against new Internet regulation in the United States (see What You Need To Know About SOPA In 2012) is coalescing.The bottom line is the Internet was made by people, not governments. And governments being governments, they want to control people. This threatens the very infrastructure that so many depend on every day. “The Internet works,” says security researcher Dan Kaminsky. Kaminsky has advised Fortune 500 companies for more than a decade, and helped find and fix a major flaw in the Web’s Domain Name System. He’s one of only seven Recovery Key Shareholders with the ability to restore the DNS root keys (he’s the American representative). Saying he knows what’s best for the Internet is an understatement. “There were many attempts at making large scale information systems that most assuredly did not work,” he said. “For example, MiniTel, which should have been one of France’s major exports, was just shut down.”Kaminsky says what kills every attempt at change are the gatekeepers of the Internet, not the creators. “States are in a hard situation,” he said. “They are under a remarkable amount of pressure to do something about this messy thing that runs so much of business and life now. But the temptation is to make it the very thing that we know does not work, does not scale, does not drive business. What’s happening at ITU is the discussion of whether this path should be taken anyway. I’m glad Google is pushing back.”All Talk?Follow the conference (#WCIT12) on Twitter. Here’s an opening tweet from the union’s Twitter account: Toby Johnson, a communication staffer for the ITU tweeted to me that all plenary sessions are open to the press, and that the ITU are aiming for consensus over voting. Those talks will be available live and via webcast. Check out Storify to follow along.Here’s a full schedule of the two-week event. Closed-door sessions likely will be the scene of handshake deals that will determine our future. Watch this video to see exactly what’s at stake: adam popescu Is This Legal?Harvard-trained lawyer and Wirelawyer founder Matthew Tollin says it’s all legal, and calls the meeting of historic significance.“From a legal perspective, the governmental representatives meeting at the World Conference on International Telecommunications are answerable to their citizens,” Tollin said.In other words, the same anti-regulatory backlash that whipped U.S. lawmakers, dissuading them from implementing unpopular changes, could swap global bureaucrats. Let’s hope so.Tollin said that U.S. sentiment in the meeting will strongly influence the final outcome. However, China, Iran and Russia will still push for greater controls. “It’s a great opportunity for us to show leadership on this issue and not side with repressive governments around the world that want to stifle free speech on the Web,” Tollin said. Let’s hope that the people make enough noise to be heard.Photo Courtesy of Shutterstock Related Posts
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Coach Nash Racela of TNT KaTropa has a very modest objective in the elimination round of the PBA Philippine Cup.“Our target is to finish in the top six and make sure that we’re not at a disadvantage [in the quarterfinals],” he said as his fourth-running Texters try to firm up their position heading into the round’s homestretch at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises MOST READ “If we get a shot at finishing in the top two, then we will definitely go for it,” he added as the race for those berths, as the elimination round heads into its final three weeks, is centered among three teams at the moment.Tournament format calls for Nos. 1 and 2 to draw the eighth- and seventh-seeded squads, respectively, needing to win just once in the first round to advance to the Final Four.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThat looks like a tall order for teams that would face three-time defending champion San Miguel Beer, Magnolia or Alaska. The Beermen, leading the way with a 6-1 record, are possibly two wins away from nailing a win-once advantage.The Texters are a full two games behind San Miguel and 1.5 games behind joint second placers the Gin Kings and the red-hot Aces. And TNT won’t be facing the top three teams anymore, taking away its chance to pull the top squads down. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Yes, Ancajas is his own kind of warrior NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers To creep even closer, they must take care of dangerous Phoenix Petroleum in the 4:30 p.m. game Wednesday and hope that the three teams ahead of them lose some games.Finishing at the third to sixth spots would mean landing in a best-of-three series, a far better alternative than needing to win twice against the top seeds—which is where coach Louie Alas of Phoenix could fall depending on the result of this virtually make-or-break duel for his hard-fighting Fuel Masters.Phoenix is in a four-way tie for sixth going into this game at 3-4. Another defeat would put them on shaky ground.Barangay Ginebra, the back-to-back Governors’ Cup champion, is also in the same boat as Phoenix, but the Gin Kings are in for a relatively easier time in the 7 p.m. contest in their collision with lowly KIA Picanto.The Kings will be coming off a loss to NLEX last Saturday but are expected to steamroll their way past the Picanto and eliminate KIA from further contention formally.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View comments Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:28’Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel03:02From UAAP to PBA, Austria and Racela renew coaching battle in finals01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES
Transfers Mkhitaryan’s sister fuels Man Utd exit talk with deleted tweet Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 01:00 12/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Transfers Borussia Dortmund Manchester United Bundesliga Premier League The Armenian has been linked with a return to Borussia Dortmund amid dwindling game time in England, and his family appear to support that proposal Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s sister has fuelled transfer talk suggesting that the midfielder could leave Manchester United for Borussia Dortmund.The Armenia international departed the Bundesliga giants in 2016 when the Red Devils put a big-money deal in place to take him to England.Mkhitaryan has endured a testing time at Old Trafford, with Jose Mourinho displaying an initial reluctance to utilise his talent. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The 28-year-old did eventually make the breakthrough to become a key figure in EFL Cup and Europa League successes, while opening the 2017-18 campaign in impressive style, but has slipped back down the pecking order of late.Dwindling game time with United has not prevented Mkhitaryan from being named Armenia’s footballer of the year once again, but it has sparked transfer talk – with a return to Dortmund being mooted.Acknowledging the support of his fellow countrymen after landing another prestigious personal award, the comment section of Mkhitaryan’s social media post was soon flooded by Dortmund supporters.Those eager to see him back at the Westfalendstadion posted “thousands of yellow hearts” to a former fan favourite.Mkhitaryan’s sister, Monika, was quick to acknowledge the tribute, with it suggested that she was opening the door to a possible reunion.Her tweet has since been deleted, further fanning the flames regarding a possible switch during the January transfer window.It now remains to be seen whether Dortmund will make a move – seeking either a loan deal or permanent transfer – with the club’s chief executive, Hans-Joachim Watzke, having previously claimed that it would take a “great deal of imagination” to put an agreement in place.
West Brom 1 Arsenal 1: Controversial spot-kick denies Gunners on record day for Wenger Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 02:31 1/1/18 Getty Images Arsenal were held to a 1-1 draw by West Brom as Arsene Wenger celebrated his 811th match in charge of the Gunners in the Premier League. Arsene Wenger’s record-breaking 811th Premier League match in charge of Arsenal ended in a dramatic 1-1 draw with West Brom.The Gunners produced a fairly listless performance at The Hawthorns in the absence of the injured Mesut Ozil, but Alexis Sanchez’s deflected free-kick seven minutes from time looked to be enough for them to snatch all three points.However, a controversial late penalty allowed Jay Rodriguez to score the equaliser and lift West Brom off the bottom of the table on goal difference, while Arsenal move into fifth above arch-rivals Tottenham, but are three points off the Champions League spots. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Ozil was left out of the squad due to a knee injury that could also see him miss Wednesday’s clash with Chelsea, and Wenger was given a further headache when Sead Kolasinac limped off during a tepid first half.Sanchez, who continues to be linked with a move to Manchester City, started alongside Alexandre Lacazette and Alex Iwobi in attack, but clear-cut opportunities were scarce against Alan Pardew’s disciplined side.The visitors’ pressure increased in the closing stages and Sanchez struck the vital blow when his free-kick glanced in off James McClean, but Rodriguez levelled in the 89th minute to leave Wenger furious.Congratulations, Arsene Wenger!The @Arsenal manager eclipses Sir Alex Ferguson’s #PL record #WBAARS pic.twitter.com/FwXrwP488V — Premier League (@premierleague) December 31, 2017 Arsenal were dealt a blow before kick-off, with Ozil missing from the squad due to a knee injury, and goalkeeper Petr Cech then picked up a knock after dropping a cross under pressure in the early exchanges.Cech was unsettled for some minutes but he did manage to claw away a header from Rodriguez, while Arsenal’s best early chance saw Iwobi curl a shot over the crossbar from the edge of the box.Iwobi was then denied by Ben Foster after creating some space 20 yards out, but the Gunners’ drab half got worse nine minutes before the break when Kolasinac limped off after a foul by Gareth Barry.West Brom’s pressure began to increase after half-time, but Foster had to be alert to block Lacazette’s low strike after the France international made a rare drive into the penalty area.Arsenal suddenly looked a little livelier in attack and Lacazette prodded a promising chance just wide of the left-hand post, before Sanchez rippled the side-netting with a dipping effort from the right.Wenger introduced Per Mertesacker for Koscielny, who appeared to be moving a little gingerly, before throwing on Danny Welbeck in a bid to break down a West Brom defence that was beginning to drop deeper and deeper as the clock ticked down.Sanchez thought he had won the match for Arsenal with seven minutes left, his free-kick glancing off McClean in the wall and nestling into the bottom corner in front of the visiting fans.However, with a minute of normal time remaining, referee Mike Dean penalised Calum Chambers when Kieran Gibbs’ cross struck his hands from close range, allowing Rodriguez the chance to fire the ball down the middle of Cech’s goal and rescue a point. A frantic finish…J-Rod saves a point late on!Reaction https://t.co/ZMeTnXHncZ #WBAARS pic.twitter.com/j9hym3F73z— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) December 31, 2017 Key Opta stats:- Arsenal have scored in all 24 of their Premier League games against West Brom – the best 100% record in the competition.- Petr Cech has failed to save any of the 13 penalties he’s faced in all competitions for Arsenal – only two keepers have faced more at a single club without saving one (Brad Friedel at Aston Villa, Craig Gordon at Sunderland both 15).- The Baggies are now winless in 19 Premier League games – only three clubs have ever had a longer winless run in the competition (Derby 32, Sunderland 26 and Norwich 21).- This was the first point that West Brom had won from a losing position in the Premier League this season. read more