Dear Editor,The contemptuous sentiments expressed by Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan, against the people of this nation would have been shocking and disappointing had we higher expectations from this Government.As expected from our brand of “us vs them” politicians, more than half of Mr Bulkan’s interview with a section of the media centred on idiotically attacking the PPP/C, and nothing that he said there is worth engaging, unless one is an idiot too.What cannot be condoned, however, is the contemptuous attack on us, the people of this country. Apparently according to the dear Minister, the people of this country don’t know what Local Government is all about. The minister claims “it will take time for persons to fully grasp the benefits.”Sections of the media quoted the minister’s arrogance and big talk as follows: “We are empowering people ultimately for their own benefit. The PPP will either conform or step aside.”So, in the Minister’s mind, it seems clear that the Local Government Elections are a battle between the two major political parties currently in the National Assembly; Local Government Elections are just like National Elections. So who is it that needs the education on what Local Government is all about, and time to fully grasp the concept: the people of this country, or Minister Bulkan and cohorts?The system for Local Government in Guyana is heavily structured in favour of political parties. This is a system of Local Government that is supported by both major political parties in this nation. President Granger, when questioned about the heavy participation of his party in Local Government Elections, expressed a view that was biased against the participation of individual candidates in Local Government Elections.With politicians who are invested in consolidating political power, controlling the activities of NDCs, and directing the future activities of our communities; and who believe in state control, we cannot expect any other sentiment more in alignment with freedom and the spirit of democracy.The governance architecture that we have in Guyana is a set of self-interested politicians operating at the Central Government level. Politicians at the Central Government level infiltrate the Guyana Public Service directly, and also through the recruitment of partisan staff. We have seen in this country Permanent Secretaries – the backbone of stable Government across political transitions — who are directly affiliated with political parties. We have Mr Mortimer Mingo, holder of an “Independent” position — Chairman of the Local Government Commission – being also a PNCR Executive.What is it about our country and the political culture of the political parties that allow these kinds of corruption to thrive? What happened to ethics, and how can it be institutionalised?Contrast the behaviour and ethics of Elisabeth Harper, who resigned from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs prior to venturing into a career in politics.The Laws of Guyana support a Local Government System that has pushed out all the capable, independent and civic-minded citizens to the fringes of Local Government, so what we have is complete political domination, with a corresponding path for the free flow of corruption from Central Government to Local Government, and a corresponding lack of diversity of perspectives within our politics; with the creative, independent-minded professionals and individuals on the sidelines of society while the corrupt and the partisan take centre stage in the administration of the nation. This model allows for too much corruption and too much political control. We need freedom from this oppression.If we wish to have a truly democratic nation, and a knowledge-based society free of the weight of oppressive politics, we need to identify those structural elements that are blocking the sunshine. This is not a job that calls for political consensus in a model of the cat guarding the milk. With oil and gas at our heels, this is an urgent job that requires national consensus and the coming together of all those disenfranchised on the fringes of society. We cannot have an oil and gas economy that sits on top of a dense and Third World Government; for if we do, we will have a Third World outcome.The people of this country need Government beside us, not on top of us. We are not a monarchy. We are not only an Independent nation, but we are also a Republic. And while the political class, in their mad rush for Local Government Elections to control Amerindian lands and dominate our future, have forgotten the true meaning of a Republic and the role of the people, we, the people, are very much aware of our role.All over this country: from Region 1 to Bartica to Lethem to Corentyne, Guyanese are desirous of changing our politics. We may, at present, be amorphous, but we are everywhere.It might take Mr. Bulkan some time to fully grasp what all this means. Let him save his breath, for we know that the rush to Local Government Elections has nothing to do with benefiting the people, and everything to do with consolidation of political power in pursuit of their own personal agenda.Sincerely,Sandra Khan
The Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Embassy accredited near Monrovia, Sheila Paskman, has said that her government is not deterred by the huge influx of Chinese interests in Africa, especially Liberia where two high powered Chinese delegations – business and political, respectively – have arrived in the space of one week.A high-powered Chinese Business delegation to Liberia last week expressed investment interests in key sectors of the nation’s economy. This delegation, however, served as the pathfinders for the subsequent arrival of a delegation headed by that country’s Foreign Minister WANG Yi.Both delegations pledged to invest in Liberia with members of the business delegation expressing investment interests in some of the country’s major resources or investment potentials including the Wologisi Mountain range in Lofa County, and the rehabilitation of the Roberts International Airport (RIA). Minister Wang also promised his government assistance in the country’s post-Ebola recovery process.Madam Paskman, a career US diplomat with extensive China experience prior to her assignment in Liberia, said the U.S. is not and will not be deterred by the presence of Chinese in any part of the world, whether in Liberia or not.“We need a lot of international intervention to help the country’s recovery from the effects of the Ebola crisis and the coming of China for such a purpose is of no threat to the United States,” she said.She made the clarification when she spoke at the Cocktail dinner in honor of Minister Wang at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia over the weekend.“I’m not worried. We need collaboration to help Liberia in her recovery,” she said with laughter.For his part, Minister Wang said that China will stand by Liberia without any precondition.“I am also here to send a clear and strong signal to Liberians and the international community that the Chinese people will be standing together with Liberia, not always during difficult times, like the days of Ebola outbreak, but also with its economic recovery agenda,” he said.He said Ebola crisis had devastating effects on the affected countries as a result of lack of development and poverty.He stressed that China will not attach any political condition or impose any request on any African nation that they intend to help.Minister Wang noted that future cooperation will focus on infrastructure development, adding that they will encourage China’s companies to take more active part in Liberia’s resources development.He said China was open to Liberia in all areas, adding that both China and the United States have agreed to renovate the RIA.Mr. Wang said such cooperation can be explored in many other areas in Liberia.The Chinese Foreign Minister highlighted the need for industrialization, which he said is critical as far as Liberia’s natural resources are concerned.He said the country’s priority areas are not just critical, but strategic to the progress and development of Liberia. “China,” he said, “was prepared to assist in the training of human resources as well as provide technical assistance aimed at improving infrastructure.”At a meeting with Minister Wang, President Sirleaf recommitted her government to the “One China Policy.” Also, at the level of the United Nations, specifically in the context of Security Council reform, President Sirleaf reminded Minister Wang of Africa’s common position, known as Ezulwini Consensus, which was endorsed by the People’s Republic of China (PRC); while they committed to work together even at the level of the UN Ambassadors in New York.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Hertha are offering up to 500 “Bibi-Steinhaus-tickets”, only available to women, at half-price.“We want to offer all women the chance to experience this historic moment,” said a statement on the Hertha website.Steinhaus has been refereeing since 2007 and earned her right to whistle in Germany’s top flight after officiating the women’s Champions League final this year and the 2012 women’s Olympic tournament final in London.The police officer has already proven she can handle Bundesliga stars.As an assistant referee, she shrugged off an attempted hug by ex-Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola during a pitchside exchange in 2014.Last month, she bantered with Franck Ribery after the French winger cheekily untied her shoelaces while preparing for a free-kick when she officiated a German Cup first-round match.“For me and my referee colleagues, the fact that I am a woman hasn’t been an issue for a long time,” Steinhaus said on the Hertha website.“But we probably all need to accept and deal with the fact that it will continue to be considered a big deal in the media for now.”Steinhaus insists she has earned the chance to referee in Germany’s top tier on merit, but accepts she is now a role model.“I’m a Bundesliga referee because my performances have been good enough, not because I’m a woman,” she said“That’s a big difference.“If, because of that, I am considered a role model for young girls or a pioneer for equality, then that makes me even happier.“I have a lot of experience now, which is an advantage in many situations.I have different ways of dealing with and reacting to certain situations in the game now.“On top of that, I have also overseen many games as a fourth official, in order to take in the pace of the Bundesliga.”Both Bremen and Berlin coaches welcomed Steinhaus’ debut.“She has earned it through very good performances, at the end of the day that is the main principle, whether you are a man or a woman,” said Bremen coach Alexander Nouri.Berlin coach Pal Dardai added: “If someone refs so well, it doesn’t matter if she is a man or a woman. She has already reffed in the second league and error-free, I believe, which is wonderful.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000German referee Bibiana Steinhaus has officiated at the 2011 Women’s World Cup and the 2012 OlympicsBERLIN, Germany, Sep 8 – Hertha Berlin are offering women half-price tickets for Sunday’s German league match against Werder Bremen with Bibiana Steinhaus set to make history as the first female referee in a top European league.The German Football Association (DFB) have confirmed the 38-year-old will take charge of the Bundesliga clash at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium to become the first female ref in the German, English, French, Italian or Spanish leagues.
DETROIT – Europeans prize diesel engines for their fuel efficiency and power, but U.S. buyers have been slow to embrace them because of environmental concerns and bad memories of the belching diesels of the 1980s. Only about 3 percent of the vehicles sold in the United States last year had diesel engines, compared to half the vehicles in Europe. But automakers are betting that will change now that diesel is getting cleaner, gas prices are rising and consumers are paying more attention to fuel economy. Diesels are 30 percent more efficient than gas engines, and unlike gas-electric hybrids, which get better fuel economy in city driving, diesels are equally efficient on the highway. “This really, I think, is a whole new direction this market can take,” DaimlerChrysler AG Chairman and Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche told reporters this week at the North American International Auto Show. Zetsche promoted DaimlerChrysler’s BLUETEC diesel technology, which will make its U.S. debut this fall with the 2007 Mercedes E320 sedan. DaimlerChrysler says BLUETEC is so clean it can meet emissions regulations in all 50 states, including the five states where diesels aren’t currently sold because they can’t meet emissions standards: California, Massachusetts, Maine, New York and Vermont. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Zetsche said DaimlerChrysler plans to add BLUETEC technology to other brands in its lineup, including Chrysler and Jeep. Ford Motor Co. is displaying the Ford Reflex concept at the auto show, a sports car with a hybrid-diesel engine it says can get 65 miles per gallon. Honda Motor Co., which already sells diesels in Europe, said it’s monitoring U.S. demand, while Nissan Motor Co. president and CEO Carlos Ghosn said the company is working on diesels and will be ready if consumers demand them. Federal and state regulations have stunted the growth of diesel, which emits smog-forming pollutants, and environmental groups remain wary. The Union of Concerned Scientists says even if cleaner diesels are aggressively adopted, the reduction in carbon emissions – which may cause global warming – would be modest. The group suggests hybrids offer greater benefits. Diesel also is relatively hard to find. It’s at approximately 42 percent of fuel stations in the United States, according to the Diesel Technology Forum, a Frederick, Md.-based diesel advocacy group funded by automakers, diesel engine manufacturers and others. Diesels will get a big boost this October, when U.S. diesel retailers are required to begin selling low-sulfur diesel. In the past, diesel could have a sulfur level of up to 500 parts per million; low-sulfur diesel has no more than 15 parts per million. Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum, said low-sulfur diesel is a critical piece of the puzzle for manufacturers, which have vastly improved technology but still can’t meet strict standards such as California’s. “This opens the first real window of opportunity for manufacturers to have a shot at meeting these standards,” Schaeffer said. Better fuel and better technology will help diesels meet new federal emissions standards being phased in through 2009. Automakers also have another reason to improve diesel technology. Under a new federal law, diesels are eligible for tax credits of up to $3,400 per vehicle through 2010 as long as they emit a certain low level of smog-producing nitrogen oxide. California and the four states that have adopted its standards are the only states that currently require such a low level of nitrogen oxide, Schaeffer said. “Ultimately, it will not be a question of whether technology can meet these standards,” Schaeffer said. “The question for manufacturers is one, really, of cost.” The 20 or so diesel models now available in most U.S. states cost between $300 and $1,000 more than comparable vehicles with gas engines, Schaeffer said, but that could go up if the price of the technology rises. Still, it’s lower than the average premium of $3,500 on hybrid cars. Even with the hybrid premiums, analyst Anthony Pratt of the consulting firm J.D. Power and Associates predicts U.S. diesel sales will nearly double in the next few years, from 550,000 in 2005 to more than 1 million in 2010. Most of that growth will be in European luxury brands like Mercedes, he said. Currently, GM offers the most diesel models in the U.S. market, mostly trucks or vans, according to the Diesel Technology Forum. Volkswagen sells diesel versions of its Beetle, Gulf and Jetta cars. Pratt said many people still have negative perceptions about diesel, but consumers are starting to recognize some benefits. “Our vehicles are larger here than in other regions, we drive more highway miles, and we have more truck-based vehicles, and those are all vehicles that would benefit from the diesel technology,” Pratt said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The club AGM is scheduled for Sunday 13th Jan at 3pm in the Community Centre. Everyone is welcome to come along and attend on the day.There was no winner of this weeks Lotto. The jackpot now stands at €13,000. This weeks numbers were; 8, 9, 10, 16, 20. Winners of €25 were; Pauline Doherty, Sinead Gallagher, James Cassidy and Robyn McNamee.GAA NEWS: NAOMH BRID CLUB NOTES was last modified: January 9th, 2013 by StephenShare 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) Tags:NAOMH BRID CLUB NOTES
Derry has it all wrapped up for an enchanting Christmas experience to rival any European destination thanks to Derry City Council’s stunning seasonal package of activities and events guaranteed to get you into the festive spirit. Historic winding streets, shops, bars, restaurants and high quality craft sector combine to create the perfect stop-off during the countdown to the most magical time of the year.So make sure to keep some key dates free soon in your diary for Christmas shopping and entertainment in the Walled City famed for its welcoming festive atmosphere. The 20th annual Guildhall Craft Fair taking place from November 14th-16th will provide a glittering start to Derry City Council’s Christmas programme, always a great weekend for visitors to select the perfect handcrafted gift for Christmas stocking fillers.Forty crafters from all over Ireland will be exhibiting high quality wares such as ceramics, textiles, jewellery and foodie treats in the historic setting of the beautifully restored Guildhall.The Christmas Lights will be illuminated on Thursday, November 20th at 7pm, when the big switch-on ceremony returns to its traditional venue in Guildhall Square. This year’s event will be spread across three zones in the city centre for maximum festive cheer.• Guildhall Square – Santa and his helpers turning on the lights • Peace Garden – transformed into a ‘Frozen Forest’• Waterloo Place – Elsa and the stars of Frozen will be on stageJust a short walk across the Peace Bridge and you will be transfixed by our brand new Christmas Village opening at Ebrington from Friday, November 28th until December 21st.This new festive offer for Derry will have Christmas markets in 25 wooden chalets selling a wide variety of delicious seasonal fayre and some cracker gift ideas, trading from 12 noon until 10pm.Who needs to travel further afield when you can make a trip to Music City 2014 for the full festive experience complete with Legenderry on Ice which will also be open at Ebrington from November 28th. Featuring an even bigger ice rink than last year which attracted thousands of happy skaters, as well as a festive funfair and bar.Sit back with a mulled wine or a delicious hot chocolate, and enjoy live music and entertainment from local bands and visiting acts ranging from choirs to jazz during the weekends leading up to Christmas – what better way to get you into the festive mood!There will even be pop-up Christmas Cinema, ‘The Festive Film Factory’ with daily showings of festive films in the Christmas Village at Ebrington Square!Younger members of the family will also be well catered for in the city centre with special themed activities destined to make them experience the Wonder of Christmas, based in the Craft Village on December 6th & 7th, 13th & 14th, 1pm-5pm each day. Costing just £1 per child, there will be storytelling, arts and crafts, puppet shows and much, much more to keep your little darlings entertained.Fashionistas can join the cool crowd at the city’s exciting inaugural Fashion Fest from November 20th-23rd, and enjoy extended late night Christmas shopping at both Foyleside and Richmond Centres which will remain open until 10pm from December 1st.With so many festive activities and events to enjoy in Derry, why not stay a while and soak up the atmosphere, with one night B&B accommodation available from just £32.50 per person sharing.For more details go to www.visitderry.comFor more information on Derry City Council’s fantastic Christmas programme please visit www.festivetime.comFurther press information can be obtained by contacting Derry City Council’s Marketing and Communications Section, Tel. 02871 376504.HAVE YOURSELF A ‘LEGENDERRY’ LITTLE CHRISTMAS was last modified: November 11th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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)Tags:EntertainmentFeaturesnews
SAN JOSE — Erik Karlsson had the puck on his stick to the left of the Calgary Flames’ net as the Sharks were on their fourth power play of Thursday’s preseason game at SAP Center.Karlsson then fired a pass through the slot right on the tape of Joe Thornton’s stick. Thornton put a shot on goal from near the top of the circle that was saved by Flames goalie Mike Smith, and the rebound came right to Karlsson.After his shot went off the side of the net, Karlsson looked up in disbelief, and the …
Adventurer Kingsley Holgate handsout mosquito nets during a UnitedAgainst Malaria expedition in Burundi. (Image: United Against Malaria) The legendary Roger Milla, who has himselfsuffered from the disease, has joinedthe United Against Malaria campaign. (Image: Wikimedia) MEDIA CONTACTS • Lorraine BaldwinUnited Against Malaria EMEA +32 0 2 739 16 77RELATED ARTICLES • Malaria cases halved in SA • Malaria vaccine in final testing • Fruity treatment for malaria • Scientists abuzz over mosquitoJanine ErasmusLegendary African footballer Roger Milla and Fifa are to tackle malaria by joining the United Against Malaria partnership.The former Cameroonian forward, whose Milla jiggle is said to have sparked the popular trend of dancing in celebration when a goal is scored, joins fellow football stars such as Kolo Toure and Didier Drogba of Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana’s Michael Essien, Malian Frédéric Kanouté, and American Landon Donovan, who have thrown their weight behind the campaign.In addition, 16 national football associations in Africa have pledged to support the cause.The world football body and Milla declared their support for the campaign, which aims to wipe out malaria deaths by 2015, in Johannesburg soon after the start of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.They hope that their contribution will help to leave a lasting World Cup legacy that will benefit millions.“This World Cup is special as the first one in Africa,” said Milla, “and by using football, the United Against Malaria campaign has built up a formidable partnership to end deaths from this terrible disease.”The footballer added that his contribution to end the spread of the disease will be boosted by the campaign’s resources.Fifa social responsibility head Federico Addiechi expressed his hopes that the African tournament will have a positive impact on the whole continent.“We have asked national teams in Africa to take on a cause to support and use their profile to make a difference in their countries,” he said, adding that the support of Milla, one of Africa’s greatest footballers, will put malaria high on the agendas of leaders across the continent.Global partnershipThe United Against Malaria campaign was launched in 2009 with the aim of using the universal sport of football to highlight the ongoing battle against malaria, and the progress that has already been made.The campaign draws on the high profiles of celebrities, including football stars, and partners with NGOs, governments, policy makers, corporations and individuals to raise awareness that malaria is preventable and treatable. It also focuses on the various preventive measures available.Senegalese star Youssou N’Dour, Russian tennis champ Anna Kournikova, South African film producer Anant Singh, humanitarian Melinda Gates, American entertainers Mandy Moore and Ashley Judd, and others, are champions of the cause.Founding partners in the venture include the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, PSI Malaria Control, Comic Relief, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Malaria No More, the United Nations Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.ProgressWhile South Africa and eight other African nations have managed to halve malaria-related illness and death, according to the World Malaria Report 2009 which was released in December last year by the World Health Organisation, the rest of the continent carries a heavy burden.The reduction in the nine countries is attributed to the use of insecticidal nets and proper treatment of patients. While great progress has been made in the distribution and availability of new treatments and insecticide-impregnated mosquito nets, and more people are aware of the benefits of indoor spraying, these efforts must be sustained if malaria is to be vanquished.Herve Verhoosel of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership said, “We have the long-term support of a number of national football associations to help us to end malaria deaths. With Fifa and Roger Milla on board we have some powerful allies in our mission to one day end malaria deaths.”Preventable and curableMalaria is caused by Plasmodium parasites, which are injected into the blood through the bite of the female Anopheles mosquito. P. falciparum is the most deadly of the four human-infecting species, being the only one that kills.Once in the blood, large numbers of parasites move through the bloodstream and settle in vital organs, which become vulnerable to damage and failure. Patients with low immunity can die from organ failure, and pregnant women and children may suffer anaemia, low birth weight, premature birth and neurological damage. Cerebral malaria is a particularly dangerous form of the disease.A child under the age of five succumbs to malaria every 30 seconds, and about half of the entire global population are at risk of contracting the disease. Statistics reveal that 243-million cases and almost 863 000 deaths were registered in 2008. Of the deaths, 91% occurred in Africa.Malaria is both preventable and curable, but it can only be successfully combated using a multi-faceted approach which involves not only effective treatment of patients, but also insecticide-impregnated bed nets, indoor spraying, bite prevention and the development of an effective vaccine by 2015.However, the information needs to reach even the most remote parts of Africa, and this is where football, with its universal appeal, will play a role by helping to deliver the vital message.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Going on today, Power Show Ohio is the area’s largest indoor show, with more than 200 exhibitors displaying products and services from more than 500 companies. This three-day event gives attendees access to the newest in the power equipment industry including agricultural, construction and outdoor power equipment.New at the show this year, Ohio Farm Bureau and industry partners are presenting Technology in Agriculture at Power Show Ohio. The dynamic interactive display will:• Demonstrate how farmers use technology to manage water quality, soil and nutrients.• Demonstrate how farmers use cutting edge technology like solar, drones, GPS and robotics to best manage our natural resources.• Displays will include activities for all ages, including a combine simulator, an augmented virtual reality landscape, solar power, drones, and more.Friday, Jan. 27 is Farm Bureau Member Appreciation Day and any Farm Bureau members that attend the show can receive special giveaways. Members that attend on Jan. 27 will receive refreshments and may enter to win a drawing with prizes valued up to $2,500.In addition, Nationwide Insurance will have a presence at the show as well. Dale Minyo caught up with Paul Hall, of Paul Hall and Associates – Nationwide Insurance, at the trade show and learned about what farmers need to be looking at in terms of managing their risk.“You have to do a whole review of the actual farm operation. Last week I was with a guy who had an excellent farm product but he only had $100,000 liability coverage on his semi when it should be more like $1 million or $2 million,” Hall said. “He could lose the whole operation with one simple accident. He had never looked at the farm vehicles, but you have to look at every aspect of the operation.”Areas of risk including pollution liability or worker’s compensation are often not properly insured on farms.“There is a lot of risk out there and if we don’t take the time to look at this, it quite often goes on exposed, Hall said. “With livestock, what if they get on the road or if they bite someone at the fair? Are you covered for on-premises liability or off premises liability? A risk most people don’t think about is that if your brother-in-law is bringing you home a battery and he gets in an accident, who’s fault is it? Guess what? It’s the farmer’s fault because he was bringing you the battery. That battery had nothing to do with the accident, but the liability comes back on the farm. You may want to look at non-owned auto coverage. Insurance companies are always looking for ways to not pay claims. That is just life. If the police report from the accident says they stopped to pick up a fan belt or a battery, and the insurance company says, ‘Well whose fan belt was it?’ The door is open and there you go.”Another area of concern is health insurance as costs continue to rise.“It is not unheard of to have $1 million in health insurance costs and then you lose the farm,” Hall said.Here is more from Hall.Paul Hall 1-26-17
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting We’ve just been introduced to an interesting company: Doctations. This relatively new site aims to open communication channels and online services to turn any doctor’s practice into a web-based community.The software, an Internet-based healthcare transaction interface, allows doctors to upload and save medical data, to share test results with patients, and to analyze information with their colleagues. Patients in this system can manage their healthcare, schedule appointments, request prescription refills, research medications, access articles, and communicate with doctors – all securely, quickly, and cost-effectively. Our question: Why aren’t systems like these in place everywhere right now?Unfortunately, a combination of data security concerns and industry regulations such as HIPAA have made doctor-patient online communication – even via email – nearly impossible. Doctations’ data transactions are made secure through an encrypted database and a secure login and password. Voice identification processes are available, as well. These data security measures are compliant with all relevant industry regulations.More than just a task manager, the interface allows physicians to access a messaging system that includes audio and video chats, kind of like Skype. Using this part of the service, physicians could conduct online consultations with their patients via webcam. It’s unclear whether the system would also allow homebound patients to send vital statistics such as weight and blood pressure to physicians automatically through the use of monitored devices, another trending topic in “telehealth“. Online consultations – and getting insurance companies to pay for them – have also been a subject of great concern to the American Medial Association, which has been lobbying for more modern billing practices for online consults since 2004.Doctations has also expressed the goal of making physicians’ offices entirely paperless by moving source data (such as reports, faxes, and mail) and business processes online. The company has partnered with Sure Scripts and Quest Diagnostics to send prescription requests and order lab results. The company has also partnered with science and health publisher Elsevier to give patients access to important research materials and decision support alerts. These are just a few noteworthy features we found while browsing around the Doctations website. The service appears to be full-featured for all aspects of a medical practice, from staffing and billing to patient-focused task management. The service is available on a subscription basis for healthcare providers.Check out this CNBC interview with Doctations founder and neurosurgeon Dr. Louis Cornacchia: Although many users would love the opportunity to have quicker, simpler, less expensive healthcare as well as greater access to their physicians, others still probably have concerns about the security of putting their most personal information online. On which side of the fence do you find yourself? And for our readers who are also medical doctors, would it make sense to implement such software in your own practice? What are the objections?Let us know your thoughts in the comments. We’re going to switch on the webcam and see if we can get a doctor to look at this troubling mole. Related Posts jolie odell A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#health#web