United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has provided over 7,000 kits for school authorities.The kits are being distributed by partners to over 4,000 schools in all 98 school districts across the country. They are also helping parents, staff and other community members to keep safe from the EVD.Schools normally resume academic activities in September, after two months vacation, but due to the Ebola outbreak, had remained closed since last year.During the distribution, Minister of Education, Etmonia Tarpeh, said, “The Ebola outbreak has had a devastating effect on our health and educational systems and our way of life in Liberia. We have managed to beat back the spread of the virus through collective efforts.”She then emphasized on the importance the Ministry placed on the reopening of schools as well as getting school age children back to school.She, however, prayed that the reopening of schools would not be further interrupted, either by the Ebola menace or any other eventuality.With UNICEF support the Government of Liberia has developed protocols for the safe re-opening of schools, including hand-washing stations, checking students’ temperatures, establishing isolation areas for both students and staff, and having in place a system of referral to the nearest health facility.“UNICEF is supporting the MOE and the Ministry of Health in our common goal to see Liberian children back to school as soon as possible. The provision of these kits and the ongoing protocols are part of our commitment to the children of Liberia,” said Sheldon Yett, UNICEF Representative in Liberia.Over 30 partner organizations are currently delivering the kits, which include thermometers, buckets with faucets, chlorine, soap, brooms and brushes, rubber boots and gloves.“We urge community members, teachers and staff at schools, and students to ensure that the protocols are implemented to keep students, communities and families safe,” said Tolbert Nyenswah, Assistant Minister of Health and Chair of the Incident Management System.UNICEF is also supporting awareness on how to implement the protocols and help keep schools safe, including training district education officers (DEOs), environmental health technicians, district health officers (DHOs), NGO partners, and religious leaders in all 15 counties.“This is a broader support we are providing to the Government of Liberia in its fight against the Ebola outbreak,” added Yett. “We are committed to continue working with together to eradicate Ebola from the country.”In a related development, Save the Children International (SCI), along with the MOE and local Health offices in Margibi County over the weekend held a one-day workshop for school administrators and community leaders.The cost of the safe school protocol rollout workshop was put at over US$50,000 for the three school districts in Margibi County.The exercise was part of the “Protocol for Safe School Environment in the wake of Ebola outbreak in Liberia” being rolled out to teachers, school administrators and community leaders.The social mobilization following the exercise, according to SCI Education Manager, Augustine Kullie, was also a key component in the fight against Ebola and that the entity looks forward to seeing school administrators, teachers and community leaders having detailed understanding of the exercise.Kakata DEO, Amanda Zota said her office will ensure the execution of the protocol, vowing to leave no stone unturned in ensuring that the exercise approved is executed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…satisfied with Congress preparations, processBy Michael YoungeLongstanding People’s National Congress Reform Executive Member Thandi McAllister on Tuesday vowed to strengthen her party while working to advance the interests of women and youth across the country by focusing on the implementation of socio-economic policies that would lead to their overall empowerment, should she become the party’s next Vice Chairman at its upcoming Congress.Thandi McAllisterMcAllister, speaking with the Guyana Times during an interview, said she believes she has acquired a wealth of experience and knowledge over the past two decades to function effectively as that party’s next Vice Chairperson, having served her party at various levels.“I have come through the ranks. I have served”, she stated, while explaining that she is not just merely interested in clinching the nod from the delegates to serve as the party’s VC, but is more concerned about continuing the rich legacy of the PNC/R and its founding principles.“I want to make a meaningful contribution to the formulation of party policies which will eventually impact national policy,” the 36-year-old Maritime attorney-at-law explained during the interview.Asked if she were selected to serve what she would do differently, McAllister insisted that it wasn’t about changing the way things are done if there is no need to at the moment, but moreso ensuring that there is continuity of the work of the Office of Vice Chairman of the PNC/R.She admitted that she has seen party delegates and other party members since accepting the nomination to vie for the post of PNC/R VC. So far, McAllister confirmed, there have been meetings and engagements held with representatives from Regions Three and Six.The PNC/R Executive also explained that other engagements are scheduled to take place in Regions Two, Four Seven and Nine.“I have been meeting the delegates. We have been engaging them on a number of matters. I intend to continue these meetings,” McAllister noted.Questioned as to whether she was concerned that there were other experienced candidates who might receive the nod ahead of her, the lawyer responded in the negative. She insisted that the PNC/R Congress was about democracy and respecting the right of all financial members to run for high office in order to serve if they were nominated.“This is not a divisive race; this is about party democracy, and the election of office bearers will reflect the truly democratic nature of the PNC/R as a political party. Competition is nothing new within the PNC”, she remarked.She accepted that running for the post requires hard work, but explained that she is excited and upbeat throughout the experience because the support from delegates has been overwhelming.“I think that I have gathered support from the base, and that’s important”, she confessed.McAllister joined the PNC in 1994 at the age of 12. She commenced participating in the activities of the Guyana Youth and Student Movement (GYSM) in the village of Uitvlugt, WCD, and in 1996 secured membership of the now PNCR as a member of the GYSM, serving the GYSM as National Chairperson and Vice Chairperson. She is currently the CEC Representative of Region 3.Soon after accepting the nomination to run for VC, she said in a social media post, “I am both humbled and honoured that its membership has expressed confidence in my ability to function as a Vice Chairperson”.McAllister graduated as valedictorian at International Maritime Administration’s (IMO) International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI). McAllister is a Legal Officer attached to the Maritime Administration Department (MARAD). The class of 2017-2018 comprised students from 41 different countries.When it comes to Vice Chairmanship, there are seven other nominees. They are Volda Lawrence, Joseph Harmon, Dr George Norton, Annette Ferguson, James Bond, Winston Felix, and overseas-based Cosbert Roberts. The PNC’s Biennial Delegates Congress to elect a new Chairperson is slated for August 17-19, 2018.
ANAHEIM – The news wasn’t all that bad for the Pacific Division-leading Ducks on Wednesday. They managed to score a 2-1 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes at Honda Center, extending their lead to nine points over the idle San Jose Sharks. Defenseman Joe DiPenta scored the go-ahead goal in the third period for the Ducks, who improved to 3-0 on their season-high eight-game homestand. The Ducks (40-17-11) also defeated the Coyotes for the 10th consecutive time in Anaheim. “It was painful, so I figured something was wrong,” said Pronger, who was tied for fifth among NHL defensemen with 53 points (11 goals, 42 assists) going into Wednesday’s games. “It’s pretty frustrating.” It’s the latest in a string of injuries this season for Pronger, who sat out nine games after breaking his left foot Dec. 31 against Minnesota. Pronger also was struck in the chin and throat by a slap shot from the Kings’ Lubomir Visnovsky on Feb. 18, but did not miss any games. Pronger’s injury forced Carlyle to shuffle his defense pairs, playing Pronger’s customary partner, Sean O’Donnell, with Scott Niedermayer. Francois Beauchemin, Niedermayer’s partner, played with Ric Jackman. DiPenta and Kent Huskins formed the third pair. O’Donnell and Niedermayer hardly had time to break a sweat before Shane Doan scored 31 seconds into the game to give Phoenix a 1-0 lead. Jackman’s first goal since the Ducks acquired him Jan. 2 from the Florida Panthers tied the score at 1 at 5:15. Chris Kunitz narrowly missed putting the Ducks ahead in the third period, but Michael Zigomanis swatted a slow roller that eluded Mikael Tellqvist off the goal line. The Coyotes weren’t so lucky on DiPenta’s pinball shot from the right wing later in the period, with the puck striking two Phoenix players before sliding into the back of the net for a 2-1 lead for the Ducks at 11:58. “We’re happy for Joe,” said goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who made 24 saves. “He’s a pretty hard-working guy, so it’s nice to see him rewarded like that. It wasn’t the prettiest goal, but we’re still happy for him.” firstname.lastname@example.org (310) 540-4201 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! However, the Ducks also learned former Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Chris Pronger would be sidelined for at least two weeks after breaking a bone in a toe on his left foot. Pronger was injured while working out after Sunday’s 3-2 shootout victory over the Nashville Predators at Honda Center. He declined to explain exactly how it happened except to call it an “unfortunate weight room incident.”
A warm day in Annagry. Pic Danny O’DonnellAnnagry Community News100+ DRAWThe next 100+ Draw will take place on Wednesday June 25th. All ticket sellers are asked to have their subs with the co-ordinator before Sunday June 22nd as agreed by the committee, so the draw can take place on the June 25th. OLD RAILWAY WALKCome along to St Columbas Community Centre, Acres, Burtonport and register from 9.15 to join us as we celebrate the approach of the longest day of the year with our annual Summer’s Evening Walk on The Old Railway on Friday 20th June @10. Experience the Railway walk and its nocturnal sounds as you haven’t seen or heard it before. On our return we are planning a short session of music to add to the atmosphere as we enjoy a nice cup of tea and a biscuit before bedtime. We are looking forward to seeing you all. The cost of this event is €5 per person or €10 per family. Everyone is welcome.LOTTO The numbers drawn in the Naomh Muire Club Lotto on June 11thwere 4-6-8-13. There was no winner of the €1160 jackpot. Catherine Cork Bonner Rannyhual, Mary Bonner Rannyhual and Andrew Boyle Belcruit Mountain matched 3 numbers. The jackpot on June 18th is €1220. If you’re not in, you can’t win!CEMETERY MASSThe Annual Cemetery Mass and Blessing of the Graves will be held at the New Cemetery Meendernasloe on Friday July 25th at7.30pm and at the Old Cemetery Annagry on Sunday July 27th at 3pm.TEA PARTYA tea Party in aid of Laura Boyle’s Charity Skydive will be held in Neddie’s Bar Mullaghduff on Saturday June 22nd from 12am. All monies raised at this event and the parachute jumps at Carrickfinn in August will go to Our Lady’s Hospital Crumlin, Simon, an various other charities. Thank you for your support.OLD RAILWAY BURTONPORT A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to our recent scrap metal collection fundraiser. We raised a grand total of €510all of which is greatly appreciated as development and maintenance of this beautiful walk is ongoing. Current additional projects which are underway include: 1.The development of map boards which will be placed at the community centre and at both the start and end of the walk and replacement signage which will correspond with the uniform signage required to become part of the national trails group of walks; 2.The development of information leaflets which will inform the walker of the various options of distances and routes to take whilst incorporating the railway walk. We would like to thank Shaun Crean for taking on this job; 3. The replacement of the large stones with removable bollards and erecting fencing along steep embankments which will help promote safety for the walker and protection for the path.PEIL NA MBANThe U12 girls were at a blitz at An Tearmainn at The Burn Road on Saturday last. Thanks to An Tearmainn for a well run blitz and the ladies who provided refreshments for the teams and parents. Feature of the day was an A&B Matches, featuring a Gaeltacht Alliance Naomh Muire/Gaoth Dobhair V An Tearmainn and the winner here was certainly the Gaeltacht with Gaelic been the predominant language from all three teams in these games. Maith sibh.GAA TRAINING Peil na mBan will hold training session for U10s and U12s Girls on Thursdays from 5.30pm until 6.30pm. The training for U14 and U16 Minors and Ladies will be held between 6.30pm and 7.30pm also on Thursdays.PEIL NA MBAN GAMESThe U14 County semi-final between Naomh Muire and Milford has been set for June 24th with the venue and time to be confirmed. The senior ladies will play Glenswilly on Saturday June 21st at the Banks.GOOD LUCKThe Best of luck to Jade & Robbie O’Donnell on Sunday June 22nd who will be on duty with the County ladies team who play Armagh in the Ulster Semi-final in Lisnaskea Co.Fermanagh at 5pm. Supporters on your way back from Clones, drop in an support the ladies on their quest to get to the Ulster final and hopefully a treble of wins for Donegal on Sunday.ROAD SIGNAGEA new signage board is to be erected at the junction of the Calhame/Carrickfin County road and the access road to Donegal Airport. The sign is been prepared by the Donegal County Council Road Design Section and it is hoped to have this sign erected soonCHURCH GATE COLLECTIONThe Donegal Branch of the Irish Kidney Association wish to thank those who subscribed to Donor Week Emblems and the recent Church Gate collection in Annagry. The total amount collected was €810WATER SAFETYIrish Water Safety will carry out both Swimming Lessons and Safety & Rescue training in the Keadue and Cruit Island areas as usual this summer. Dates have been confirmed as follows: Week one begins on Monday July 14th and the second week on Monday August 11th. Children may attend lessons for both weeks or choose the week which suits them best. Swim lessons will be held at the block yard beach in Keadue from 10am each morning and are suitable for children aged from around four years upwards. Registration will take place from 9.30pm on both Monday mornings. Safety and rescue training will take place at the bridge at the entrance of Cruit Island from 1pm, and is suitable for children over twelve years of age who are competent swimmers. Registration will take place at the bridge from 1pm. The cost per child for weekly sessions is €30.DD LOCAL: ANNAGRY COMMUNITY NEWS was last modified: June 18th, 2014 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)Tags:AnnagryCommunity news
SAN FRANCISCO–Just 48 hours after civil rights attorney John Burris and Rev. Amos Brown, the president of the San Francisco chapter of the NAACP, held a press conference calling for a boycott of the San Francisco Giants, Burris announced the boycott is “not further warranted.”Burris and Brown addressed reporters in San Francisco Monday after election filings revealed Charles Johnson, one of the Giants’ principal owners, contributed to the campaign of Cindy Hyde-Smith, a Republican Senator from …
22 May 2014African National Congress (ANC) chairperson Baleka Mbete was elected Speaker of Parliament, replacing Max Sisulu, during the the first sitting of South Africa’s fifth democratic Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday.Mbete was elected Members of Parliament after beating Nosimo Bhalendlela, who was nominated by the Democratic Alliance, in a secret ballot, winning 260 votes to Bhalendlela’s 80.The house broke out into ululations when the Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng made the announcement.Mbete was the Speaker from 2005 to 2008. She also served for a while as the country’s Deputy President after the recall of Thabo Mbeki in 2008. She is described by MPs who have worked with her as strong, capable and effective.Mbete said she was humbled by her appointment and would carry out her tasks conscious of the Constitution. “Your trust in me has not been misplaced,” she said.Mbete welcomed new members to the house, saying more than half had not served in the previous Parliament. She reminded them of their mandate to serve the people who had voted for them.“After 20 years of democracy, we dare not fail our people. Let us further entrench the spirit of democracy. Let each one of us represent our people with dignity and honour.”Earlier in Wednesday’s proceedings, Chief Justice Mogoeng presided over the swearing in ceremony of the 400 new Members of Parliament, representing 13 political parties.In batches of 10, the new MPS took an oath affirming their faithfulness to the Republic and obedience to the Constitution.The first group included President Jacob Zuma, ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, and current Cabinet ministers Malusi Gigaba, Naledi Pandor, Jeff Radebe, Fikile Mbalula, Blade Nzimande, Bathabile Dlamini, Lindiwe Sisulu and Collins Chabane.Approximately 42 percent of South Africa’s new MPs are women. In terms of age, the oldest is 85 and the youngest 22. The average age of the representatives is 50.Source: SAnews.gov.za
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Internet of Things#web Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting The adoption of IPv6 is a key technology in the Internet of Things, because every object connected to the Internet requires at least one IP address. There will be huge demand for Internet addresses and IPv6 is more than capable of handling that.Intel invests $25 Million in Internet of Things ResearchIntel announced this week that it will invest NT$750 million (US$25.8 million) in joint research with Taiwan’s top-ranked university, National Taiwan University. The research project, named Intel-NTU Connected Context Computing Center, will focus on Internet of Things. Specifically it will look at smart sensing, “green sensing” and context analysis.Vida Ilderem Burger, vice president and director of Intel’s integrated platforms research, said thatit’s Intel’s first such center and will probably eventually expand to China. This is significant, because as we noted last week China is well ahead of the U.S. on IoT implementation.The Quantified Self: RunKeeper Emphasizes IoT Platform Fitness-tracker RunKeeperannounced this week that its iPhone app will remain free, after formally being a paid app. Instead of making money from its apps directly, RunKeeper is going to focus on building a platform for exercise and health data. Other companies have already built RunKeeper integration into sensors, ranging from heart rate monitors to sleep monitors and bathroom scales. RunKeeper says it will launch a public API (Application Programming Interface) this year. Running coaches are already selling training programs on the RunKeeper site and power-users can pay for the RunKeeper Elite level of service. For more explanation and context, read Marshall Kirkpatrick’s analysis of RunKeeper.French Intelligent CitiesBruce Sterling, who runs the excellent Spime Watch on his Wired blog, pointed us to a report on “smart city” development in France. The telecoms company France Telecom Orange has been running two smart city pilot projects at Cagne-sur-mer, a city with 40,000 residents located near Nice, and in the Grenoble city center. Reports Louise Joselyn from new Electronics:“At Cagne, the pilot project has involved the deployment of sensors to monitor, measure and even control certain aspects of the city environment, including water metering in public buildings, street lighting control and the environment.[…]So far, the Cagne project has worked well, handling 100 or so sensors. The challenge is to support multiservices simultaneously and to scale to tens of thousands of sensors.” QR Codes Track Ancient Artifacts As we reported earlier this week, the Center for the Studies of Archaeological and Prehistoric Heritage (CEPAP) at the Autonomous University of Barcelona is now using QR codes to ID and track ancient artifacts. The CEPAP team has been testing this process for two years, affixing QR tags on everything from sword blades to bone remains. CEPAP has managed to reduce artifact coding errors to 1% with this process.Sao Paulo Cancer Hospital Uses RFID to Respond to Heart AttacksA report in the RFID Journal this week explained how a Brazilian hospital is making use of RFID in medical emergencies. The system “not only alerts responders in the event of a cardiac arrest, but also tracks response times, thereby providing the clinic with information that it can utilize to improve its response processes.”The RFID implementation has been a success so far and the hospital is planning to extend it to “tracking and managing clinical assets, as well as for environmental monitoring of temperature and humidity in patient care areas, and in hospital refrigerators and freezers used to store tissue samples and medications.”That’s a summary of some Internet of Things highlights from the past week. Feel free to share in the comments other interesting Internet of Things developments that you spotted this week. Every Thursday evening PT we review Internet of Things developments from the past week. Internet of Things is a term for when everyday objects are connected to the Internet. It’s becoming an increasingly relevant trend for the Web and media, so we want to keep you updated with the latest news. Tune in every Thursday evening for our updates.This week’s stories include a big IoT investment by chip maker Intel, two French cities building smart cities, RunKeeper’s platform for exercise and health data, and more. Also we continue the countdown to the Internet address apocalypse!5 More Days Until the Internet Runs Out of IPv4 AddressesAs we noted last week, it’s getting down to the wire for IPv4 Internet addresses. It’s now down to 5 days, according to the Twitter account @ipv4countdown (data sourced from Hurricane Electric). This time next week, it’ll be Armageddon! Well… not really, the Internet will continue to run and most of us won’t notice any difference. For the technically inclined though, the age of IPv6 will have officially arrived. richard macmanus Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
 Negrusa, S., Negrusa, B. & Hosek, J. (2013) Gone to war: have deployments increased divorces?. Journal of Population Economics, September. doi: 10.1007/s00148-013-0485-5 By Kimberly Quinn[Flickr, Soul Mates by Dr. Wendy Longo, CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 23, 2015As of December 31, 2012 the Department of Defense reported a total 173 thousand military personnel currently stationed overseas. In many overseas assignments, dependents do not accompany the service member. In addition, it reported 140 thousand service members deployed in support of Operation New Dawn (Iraq), Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan). Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, over 2 million US military personnel have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Early research found deployments had minimal effect on divorce rates, or even helped to decrease divorce risk. In a recently published article, Negrusa and colleagues  found the following outcomes related to deployment: Divorce following deployment is consistently high for both prolonged combat and non-combat deploymentsDivorce is 46% higher among military couples where there is a deployment for at least 6 months during their first 3 years of marriage Being married after 9/11 reduced the risk of divorce for those couples in which there was a deployment. Dual career couples (couples in which both members are in the military service) are more vulnerable to divorce.Female service members are more vulnerable to divorce than male service members.Researchers attribute higher risks for couples who marry prior to 9/11 to elevated danger of deployments following 9/11. They theorize that couples who married following the 9/11 attacks were better prepared for the challenges of these deployments than those who married before the conflicts began .Application Strategies:Professionals working with military couples can contribute to couple strengthening and family resiliency by promoting awareness of protective factors during times of separation . Professionals can also assist families in meaning making activities by providing an environment where families and military personnel are able to define and explore their experience during each phase of the deployment cycle . Families and service members are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of separations when deploying with the National Guard and Reserves, or with a unit other than his/her own, due to reduced community and social support . Directing these and other military couples to services within their respective communities can act as a divorce prevention strategy and promote couple resilience. Furthermore, it is helpful to connect couples to Relationship Enhancement Programs or support groups provided by both military and civilian communities.  Sheppard, S. C., Malatras, J. W., & Israel, A. C. (2010). The impact of deployment on U.S. military families. The American Psychologist, 65(6), 599-609. doi:10.1037/a0020332This post was written by Kimberly Quinn, University of Florida M.Ed./Ed.S. Candidate, 1LT Florida Army National Guard. She is a member of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn. References  Weins, T., Boss, P. (2006). Maintaining Family Resiliency Before, During, and After Military Separation. Castro, C. A., Adler, A. B., & Britt, T. W. (2006). Military life: The psychology of serving in peace and combat. (pp. 13-38). Westport, Conn: Praeger Security International, viii, 262 pp.
Maharashtra’s new industrial policy offers ₹17,500 crore for new businesses as packaged fiscal incentives in a year the State goes to polls at the Central and Assembly levels. According to official estimates, the notional value of the basket of incentives for the micro, small and medium enterprises, and large scale industries is now estimated at ₹3,500 crore annually. The State government has clarified this amount is not a direct burden on the State exchequer. Instead, it is a reduction in taxes the industries would have otherwise paid as indirect taxes over the next five years, thereby ensuring nothing is paid out of the State kitty, officials said. “Elections or no elections, Maharashtra has always offered the highest incentives to industries. We have the capacity and capability to do that. It is not that an additional burden of ₹3,500 crore annual is provisioned for in the budget for this purpose,” said Harshadeep Kamble, secretary (small and medium industries), and development commissioner (Industries).The Industrial Policy 2019 offers a basket of incentives, whose aggregate amount does not exceed the specified ceiling for eligible units. These include an Investment Promotion Subsidy on Gross State Goods and Services Tax paid by the units on the first sale of eligible products, billed and delivered to the same entity within Maharashtra. Eligible units are also entitled to 100% stamp duty exemption for acquiring land and term loans. Small micro units are also being offered stand-alone incentives to promote quality competitiveness, research and development and technology upgrading. Meanwhile, the Opposition said the government could offer a monetary bonanza before the polls but it does not seem to have any incentives on offer for the farmers and underprivileged. “The policy has been released just before the code of conduct comes into effect, offering sops to the industrialists close to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). While this BJP government has no money for the farmers, it has a ₹17,500 crore bonanza for the businesses,” Nationalist Congress Party spokesperson Nawab Malik said.Unveiled by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday, the policy comes into effect from April 1. It aims to attract investments of over ₹10 lakh crore and creating around 40 lakh jobs by 2023-24.