South Africa steps up fight against TB

first_img26 March 2013 Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe handed over six state-of-the-art tuberculosis (TB) testing machines at Pollsmoor Prison in Cape Town on Monday, World TB Day, as South Africa stepped up its efforts to fight TB in prisons, mines and schools across the country. The GeneXpert machine reduces the time needed to diagnose the presence of TB from about six weeks to two hours, thereby allowing medical staff to treat patients sooner and to stop the disease from spreading. “We are prioritising the roll-out of these machines in correctional facilities, mining and other congregate areas with elevated risks of infection,” Motlanthe said, adding that the government believed in returning rehabilitated offenders to society as healthy and responsible community members. South Africa is facing a big challenge from HIV and TB co-infections. TB is an airborne, opportunistic infection that thrives in the presence of a weakened immune system. “We have today opted to join the Correctional Services’ communities to entrench the anti-stigma message that HIV and TB do not discriminate, and therefore our responses shouldn’t, either,” Motlanthe said. Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, who was also present at Monday’s handover, underlined the extent of the stigma associated with TB, citing a recent survey in Khayelitsha in which 2 721 people from 2 037 households visited were screened. While 650 suspicious cases had been detected, only 300 people had been prepared to give sputum for testing, Motsoaledi noted. Thirteen of them had been found to have TB and had started treatment. It’s estimated that nine-million people across the world have TB, with 28 percent of this total living in six Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries. South Africa has the third highest tuberculosis infection rate in the world. But Motsoaledi was optimistic that South Africa would reach its Millennium Development Goal of halving TB infections by 50 percent in the 1 000 days left before the target date of 2015. At Pollsmoor Prison, where former President Nelson Mandela spent six of his 27 years in prison, 735 inmates were screened for TB between 1 and 31 March this year. Ten of them were diagnosed with TB, while 165 who were suspected of having the disease underwent more tests. Twenty-one of this group also tested positive for TB. “Everyone who has TB can possibly infect 20 others in one year. They’ve saved at least 400 others from getting TB,” Motsoaledi said, adding that prisoners were also given a booklet educating them about TB, HIV and sexually transmitted diseases. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Recessed Outlets: A Great Way To Hide Messy Gadget Cords

first_imgAbove: Notice the absence of cords connecting to the flat screen TV In a Brooklyn loft. Recessed outlets sit invisibly behind flush mount screens, keeping plugs and cords out of sight (for more guidance, see 7 Secrets for Living with a Flat Screen TV, Cord Control Edition). Photograph by Ragnar Ómarsso via Skona Hem.  4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Above: You can push a dresser up to the wall and still use the plug that is tucked behind by sinking a standard two socket outlet into the wall. The Leviton Recessed Duplex Outlet is available in white, black, ivory and almond; $7.53 at Amazon.  janet hall 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Above: The Leviton Recessed Dual-Gang Duplex Receptacle with Six QuickPort Openings works well for wall-mounted flat screen TVs, wall units and computer monitors. It manages multiple cords in a single location with connection points for AC power, audio, video, data and phone; $20.95 at Kyle Designs. This post was originally published on our SAY Media sister site, Remodelista. We’re republishing it with permission.We’ve all been there. You want to push a piece of furniture or a countertop appliance close to the wall and a protruding plug stands in the way. And let’s not even talk about the wall-mounted flat-screen TV that require unsightly cords and plugs but needs to sit flush against the wall. Here’s a simple solution: recessed outlets.  Above: The Datacomm Recessed Media Plate with Duplex Receptacle features a super-low-profile design that fits behind the thinnest mounts and  TVs; $20.45 at Amazon. Another solution for eliminating electric socket eyesores in the kitchen? Flush pop-up outlets. center_img 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Above: To be filed under “great practical ideas,” the simple Leviton Recessed Single Outlet with Clock Hanger includes a hook for mounting clocks and other objects (like a piece of art with a picture light that needs power); $6.80 at Amazon. Related Posts Tags:#Room#Smart homes#television Above: Hiding outlets behind small appliances not only eliminates an eyesore but also helps gain counter space as the appliances can be pushed directly against the wall. The Arlington Recessed Electrical Outlet Mounting Box accommodates two-, four- and six-plug receptacles (sold separately) and has a paintable coverplate for even more camouflage; prices start at $15.24 at Amazon.last_img read more

Why PayPal Rushed A New Logo To Market

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#David Marcus#e-commerce#logo#Mobile Payments#New PayPal Logo#online payments#Payments#PayPal#PayPal logo Related Posts owen thomas Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting PayPal president David Marcus is in a hurry. He’s got new payments products to roll out—ones that will ease e-commerce, speed up real-world transactions, and spread PayPal’s reach in the apps on your phone.So he’s got a new logo to roll out. Expect to see it a lot of places starting Wednesday—including, for the first time, in your living room, through PayPal’s first-ever American TV advertisements.Hanging Up A New Sign At The StoreWho cares about a new logo, right? It’s easy to see PayPal’s rebranding as an exercise in corporate self-congratulation, the eBay subsidiary breaking its virtual arm patting itself on the back. Admittedly, Marcus has moved quickly on many fronts to fix PayPal’s problems, from its needlessly complex application programming interfaces to its user-surly customer service, as he told the audience at a ReadWriteMix event in January.See also: PayPal’s David Marcus Has A Plan—And It’s So Money 3.0Logos in the digital age aren’t just a matter of the sign at company headquarters, though. Everyone from app developers to online merchants to physical retailers like Home Depot and Jamba Juice to everyday eBay sellers display the PayPal logo to indicate they accept PayPal for payment. As PayPal mounts an aggressive push to refresh existing services and roll out new ones, the old logo was holding it back, Marcus told ReadWrite in an interview.David Marcus greets attendees at the January 2014 ReadWriteMix event at Say Space in San Francisco.“The new in-context checkout experience that we’re rolling out globally [and] a bunch of new experiences across all of our products—as we push all of these experiences out there, we wanted to have a better identity with a new modern design,” Marcus said. “There’s a lot of integration that has to happen at the merchant level as well. We might as well do it at a time when we don’t have to go back to these guys and say, ‘Update your buttons because we have a new identity.’”PayPal = PeoplePayPal’s original white logo got replaced by a blue version in 2007, and was updated with slightly rounder type in 2012. But those changes didn’t address the rise of mobile and the need for a simpler, more compact symbol that worked well on mobile devices, embedded within apps, and on storefronts.The new symbol combines a double-P “monogram” with a modified “PayPal” logotype. The monogram, which Marcus likens to Nike’s distinctive “swoosh,” is meant to allude to people coming together, a major theme of PayPal’s television campaign. It will also become the new icon for PayPal’s mobile app, and appear alone in other contexts as well.“We also wanted to have a shorter form of expression,” Marcus told me. “That gives us a lot more freedom.”PayPal’s thinking here reminds me a bit of the design process Google worked through in 2008 to find a new icon that would display well on mobile phones.Marcus and his team worked with Yves Béhar’s Fuseproject, a design firm that has serviced Jawbone and Nivea, as well as earlier industrial-design projects for PayPal, like its in-store Beacon device and its Here credit-card swiper. The project kicked off in December—a fast timeframe considering the quantity of products and scale of change involved.The new television commercial ads—as well as print, outdoor, and in-store ads—will start running this summer in PayPal’s major markets, including the U.S., Germany and the UK. (It’s not a global first: PayPal had previously run some TV ads in Australia, Turkey and Israel. Australia will also see PayPal’s new ad campaign.)Here’s one of the new commercials:And here’s a visual history of PayPal’s logos:What do you think of the new logo? Take a poll: 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

No puja without helmet, temple priests tell bikers

first_imgOver the years, different approaches have been tried to coax, persuade, and threaten two-wheeler riders into wearing helmets — from print and TV advertisements to fines, and awareness campaigns. Now, the Odisha police are trying out yet another: they have persuaded the priests of the highly revered Maa Sarala temple in Jagatsinghpur district to refuse the special puja for vehicles if the owners turn up without helmets.The temple, believed to be more than 1,000 years old, attracts thousands of devotees from Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapada, Cuttack and Puri districts. In what has become a prevalent ritual, owners of two-wheelers take their new vehicles (as well as the old ones) to the temple for a special puja and seek the deity’s blessing for safe rides.The Jagatsinghpur police estimate that 10 new vehicles (on special occasions such as Sankranti, this could go up to 50) are brought to the temple every day for puja. Of the total 16,004 motor vehicles registered in the district, 13,203 are two-wheelers. “In view of the high number of road accidents, a meeting was held between priests and the police and it was agreed that the priests will refuse to perform the puja unless the owner of the two-wheeler brings the helmet along with the motorcycle for the puja,” said Jagatsinghpur Superintendent of Police Jai Narayan Pankaj. The temple’s head priest Sudam Charan Panda has said he would make all efforts to ensure the implementation of this new strategy, in close coordination with the police outpost.On Sunday, as part of the Road Safety Week campaign, 60 students of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Bhubaneswar, danced to popular Bollywood numbers in front of Bhawani Mall in Bhubaneswar. The dance by the flash mob was accompanied by announcements on road safety, even as students held up placards with catchy slogans on the theme.Road fatalities are a major concern in Odisha.last_img read more

Sparkling Liverpool back in Champions League

first_imgView comments SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Philippines scores gold in lawn bowls men’s fours Read Next SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games Liverpool’s Emre Can celebrates scoring his side’s first goal during the Champions League qualifying play-off second leg soccer match between Liverpool and Hoffenheim at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)LIVERPOOL, England—Juergen Klopp had just seen his Liverpool team slice open Hoffenheim to score a third goal in the opening 21 minutes when he turned to the celebrating Anfield crowd and roared: “That’s football!”Liverpool returned to the Champions League group stage in some style on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Emre Can scored goals either side of Salah’s tap-in as Liverpool surged 3-0 ahead. The third goal was masterful, with Mane breaking clear, cutting inside and backheeling the ball to Firmino, whose cross to the far post was tucked home on the volley by Can.“I think we’ve scored a few nice goals,” Klopp said of his nearly two years in charge, “but that was outstanding.”With his team now needing five goals to progress, Hoffenheim’s 30-year-old coach, Julian Nagelsmann, threw on an extra attacker in the 24th minute and Mark Uth had an immediate impact, drilling a low shot into the corner four minutes later.Neither defense covered itself in glory in the first half, and the goals kept coming after halftime. Jordan Henderson robbed Hoffenheim captain Kevin Vogt to run through on goal, before passing across for Firmino to slot into the bottom corner in the 63rd.“He was impossible to defend,” Klopp said of Firmino, his deep-lying striker.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games With the attacking trio of Roberto Firmino, Mo Salah and Sadio Mane combining brilliantly, Liverpool beat Hoffenheim 4-2 with a devastating attacking display to seal a return to Europe’s elite club competition after a two-year absence.The Reds advanced 6-3 on aggregate in the qualifying playoff and will be placed in the pot of third seeds in Thursday’s draw.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The start of the game was like a thunderstorm,” Klopp said. “We were so dangerous, so clinical. We could have scored even more.”Hoffenheim is playing in European competition for the first time in its history this season and was swept away on another atmospheric night at Anfield. Sandro Wagner headed in a late goal for Hoffenheim.“We were running around like headless chickens,” Nagelsmann said of his team’s display in the first 30 minutes, “and they were scoring the kind of goals they always score in the Premier League.”“Sometimes,” he added, “you just have to admit your opponent is better.”Liverpool produced its exhilarating performance without star playmaker Philippe Coutinho, who remains unavailable — officially because he is both ill and injured — amid sustained interest from Barcelona.On this evidence, the Reds don’t need him, although their defensive frailties were exposed again, especially on the flank of left back Alberto Moreno.Liverpool joins Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City and Europa League winner Manchester United as part of a five-strong English representation in the group stage.Here’s a look at the other second legs in the playoffs: Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesseslast_img read more

7 days agoMan Utd chief Woodward: Solskjaer job secure

first_imgMan Utd chief Woodward: Solskjaer job secureby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEd Woodward says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will remain Manchester United manager no matter what happens against Liverpool on Sunday.Supporters are growing restless after United’s spluttering start which sees them in 12th with nine points from eight games.But Woodward insists the club have a long-term plan that includes Solskjaer at the helm.”Ole has also instilled the discipline back into an environment where we may have lacked it in recent years,” said Woodward in an address to staff at Old Trafford. “He is building a squad that respects the club’s history, in which players work hard and respect their team-mates.”No one is bigger than the club. The changes we saw over the summer have resulted in a very young squad. But it’s also a squad, with the players and the culture, that provides a base camp for us to build and grow from as we start our new journey.”He added: “Ole’s vision maps exactly to the core three football objectives we have: we must win trophies, we must play attacking football, and we must give youth its chance,” said Woodward.”The middle section of last season, after Ole’s arrival, feels most relevant to what we want to achieve and where we want to be, we saw a team playing fast, fluid football, with a clear representation of the style and philosophy the manager wants.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

AAC Football’s Official Twitter Account Trolled Penn State

first_imgAmerican Athletic Conference twitter page trolls Penn State.American TweetPenn State made some news yesterday when it was revealed that the team literally buried the game tape of its 27-10 season-opening loss to Temple with a shovel. In the embarrassing defeat, the Nittany Lions surrendered 10 sacks. While Penn State was ready to let that game go, the American Athletic Conference, of which Temple is a member, wants to relish the memory of it . That’s why the AAC’s official football Twitter account dropped a solid troll job on Penn State this morning. Penn State may have buried the game tape, but you can watch all 10 @Temple_FB sacks from Sat on our YouTube page https://t.co/xkp5lidkzS— American Football (@American_FB) September 9, 2015That’s tremendous. This was Temple’s first win over PSU in over 70 years, and they set a conference sack record in the process. The AAC doesn’t have many opportunities to brag about its football accomplishments, so it is understandably proud of the Owls’ performance.last_img read more

Video: Dalvin Cook’s Little Brother Meets Ole Miss’ Football Team

first_imgDalvin Cook celebrating with his helmet off.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – DECEMBER 30: MVP Dalvin Cook #4 of the Florida State Seminoles celebrates their 33 to 32 win over the Michigan Wolverines during the Capitol One Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on December 30, 2016 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)Deandre Burnett is a guard on the Ole Miss basketball team. He’s also the brother of Dalvin Cook, Florida State’s top player.Ole Miss and Florida State will hit the field Monday night to open the 2016 season in the Camping World Kickoff. The Seminoles’ best player, running back Dalvin Cook, has a unique connection to Ole Miss: his brother plays basketball for the Rebels.Cook’s brother, Deandre Burnett, will be eligible to play guard for Ole Miss this season after sitting out last year. He’s a transfer from the University of Miami.In this hilarious video released today by Ole Miss basketball, Burnett meets Rebels quarterback Chad Kelly and members of the Ole Miss defense. When he is introduced to the latter, things get interesting.? Our dynamic new guard Deandre Burnett, brother of FSU’s Dalvin Cook, meets Chad Kelly & the @OleMissFB team ??? pic.twitter.com/uGZNdN4y4m— Ole Miss Basketball (@OleMissMBB) September 1, 2016That’s fantastic social media work by Ole Miss. Well-done.Florida State and Ole Miss kickoff at 8:00 p.m. ET Monday night from Camping World Stadium in Orlando. ABC will have the broadcast.last_img read more

Jamaica’s Logistics Hub Initiative in Line with Leading Global Hubs

first_imgThe Government’s logistics hub initiative will be a global asset of the scale and significance of the world’s other leading hubs in Rotterdam, Singapore, and Dubai.At a meeting with government communicators at Jamaica House on Thursday, March 28, Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, emphasized that the hub will have far-reaching economic benefits beyond basic transshipment activities.Mr. Hylton pointed out that the hub will allow the country to take full economic advantage of the opportunities presented by the widening of the Panama canal by 2015, and that the project is supported by Jamaica’s development partners, including the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, as well as global investors.[RELATED: Global Hub Heads Investment Options Being Promoted in the U.S.]He explained that historically, major trading occurred between Europe and North America, but in recent times, with the coming of the World Trade Organisation, there have been significant changes in global trade.This, he said, has brought about a shift in the trade corridors, so that this space no longer lies simply between Europe and North America. There has been a major shift to South East Asia, in particular.“That corridor shift will benefit Jamaica significantly…more directly related to the Panama Canal,” he remarked, noting that with the focus on larger aircrafts and ships, there has been increased need for fewer stops.“It benefits us, because the canal now carries Panamax vessels. With the expansion, those vessels will be increased by about three times the size of the existing vessels. What that means is that countries like China (and) Japan, wanting to get their goods to market, will see that coming through the Panama Canal is the preferred route,” he outlined.This will cut trade routes by up to 6,000 miles. He noted that although the United States and Canada are still very strong trading markets, even more attractive to China and other traders in South East Asia, is Central and South America, which have been the fastest growing markets over the past decade.This benefits Jamaica, which is directly North of the Panama Canal, an ideal geographical position. “We seek through this logistics hub, to recognize those shifts in global trade…to recognize the opportunities that is presented to Jamaica, because Jamaica would be the first and nearest country out of the Panama Canal,” he asserted.The Minister pointed out that Jamaica also has other advantages, as it has a comparative edge over any other country in the Caribbean Basin, because vessels can travel in any one of four routes – through the gulf of Mexico; through the Panama Canal; North East (to Europe); or via South America.“Those are key advantages. No other country in the region has that four-way advantage,” he stated.He added that even more beneficial is the fact that some of the deepest harbours in the hemisphere lie on Jamaica’s South Coast.The Minister said Jamaica needs to, and is well on its way to accomplish a number of targets or sub-projects in order to qualify itself as the world’s fourth major hub. A major one of these is a deeper harbour that can accommodate the new Panamax vessels, which will pass through the canal. Panamax is the term for the size limits for vessels travelling through the Panama Canal.Jamaica happens to have one of the deepest ports in the world, at Cow Bay, Yallahs, St. Thomas.“That 51-metre depth is attractive to the biggest of the vessels, and the idea is to build a commodity port that can take bulk storage. That gives Jamaica a range of activities – from containerized shipment to commodity. That is the entire gamut of global trade, which will put us in an advantageous position,” he told the communications officers.[RELATED: Strong Response to Caymanas Economic Zone Tender]Furthermore, he explained, there are also opportunities in dry docking also called vessel maintenance. Under International Maritime Organisation (IMO) rules, these vessels must be maintained at prescribed intervals.“At the moment there is no repair station in the Caribbean. Jamaica, recognizing that, is putting itself in a position to be able to provide dry docking facilities…The country therefore becomes an attractive hub for ship owners,” he noted.However, the Minister said it is shippers who greatly influence where vessels go. This is where the logistics centre at the Caymanas Economic Zone, which is being developed in St. Catherine, will come in.“That is important, because while we get some money from the containers just passing back and forth, the bigger money is to be made when those containers leave the port and come into Jamaica with the contents to add value to the economy. That’s what will create a lot of jobs and add and extract more value for us. So, what we intend to do is to provide full service for shippers,” he said.For example, Minister Hylton noted, even a seemingly simple activity such as changing labels becomes an important, income-generating enterprise in this scenario.“In this region we have several languages…so to get it to a station where you can switch labels before it goes into the market – that whole exercise is big money,” he said.There will therefore be a range of activities and spin-offs from the hub, which require labour of various skill levels.Turning to opportunities in the aviation industry, the Minister pointed out that the Vernamfield aerodrome in St. Clarendon will become very important, as the two existing major airports will not be able to take the largest of the cargo aircrafts.“Vernamfield has the capacity to take the largest of the aircrafts, and that will give Jamaica the capacity to move some goods that are more sensitive from long distances – China or anywhere else in the Far East – to the hub in Jamaica,” he explained.Transporting cargo by air will shorten the journey, with the option to switch from air to maritime transportation.“This configuration becomes much more attractive,” the Minister argued.He said Jamaica will be the link, in this hemisphere, to the ports of Rotterdam in Europe, Dubai in the Middle East, and Singapore in the South East, adding that there is a need and demand in the global trading system for a fourth hub.“It improves the global trading system by having a relay, and ensuring that the biggest vessel supporting global trade are able to move from one region of the world to the next, and that’s where we find ourselves, and we have to take advantage of it, because if we don’t, others will,” the Minister stressed.He said a project of this global magnitude demands that everyone is on board and at least understand the importance of the hub, how it will operate, and the economic benefits.[RELATED: Jamaica Must Improve Export Capacity – Commerce State Minister]To this end, the Ministry has carried out a series of islandwide public consultations to sensitise citizens about the Government’s plans for the logistics hub initiative.In the meantime, the government is putting in place measures to shore up the type of labour force which will be needed for the over 10,000 jobs that will be generated by the development. The Logistics Task Force has secured broad-scale representation on its Human Resource Working Group from stakeholders in the Ministry of Education as well as secondary, tertiary and vocational institutions. The Working Group is headed by the Caribbean Maritime Institute Executive Director, Dr. Fritz Pinnock. The development of the hub is estimated to cost some US$8 billion.By Alphea Saunders, JIS Reporterlast_img read more