The Deputy Director for Community Health Services Division at the Ministry of the Health and Social Welfare, Daniel S.M. Wessih, Jr., has disclosed that about 90 percent of those who received free insecticide mosquito nets in the six statutory districts of River Gee County are not using the nets.He stated that their action might expose the county to malaria outbreak.Mr. Wessih said ‘mosquito nets’ used to prevent mosquitoes, especially the female mosquitoes, from biting the body and causing malaria, have been misused in the county either for fishing purposes, bathing scrub sapoe/siphon, amongst others.Deputy Director Wessih made the startling revelation over the weekend during the formal Logan Town’s Malaria awareness campaign held at the Logan Town General Market, under the theme ‘Get Tested before Treatment.’The health and social worker said the threat of a malaria outbreak means there will be death, because malaria kills.He stated that the information of the malaria statistics is based on reports gathered from the over 90 General Community Health Volunteers, who were assigned in the county during a 10-day ICCM workshop, which ran from the 18th to the 28th of February.The Integrated Community Case Management (ICCM) workshop that was sponsored by UNICEF, brought together over 90 GCHVs in different locations within the county. Diseases highlighted were diarrhea, ARI (Pneumonia) and malaria.Deputy Director Wessih stated that according to the GCHVs’ report, the citizens had regretted the misapplication of the mosquito nets, but are appealing for another donation and have agreed of pay L$2,000 for anyone of them who will be caught misapplying or have misapplied the mosquito nets.He said in order to tackle the scary reports coming from River Gee, they have instructed the GCHVs to be robust about the BCC: meaning, Behavior Change Community.“There are 250 persons to a GCHV so we have encouraged our volunteers to double their rounds to test especially children and child-bearing girls for malaria, and administer the treatment,” Deputy Director Wessih opined.Meanwhile, over 600 persons, mainly women and children were reached during formal Logan Town’s Malaria awareness campaign held at the Logan Town General Market, over the weekend, under the theme ‘Get Tested before Treatment.’The ‘Get Tested before Treatment on Malaria’ official awareness campaign began in Clara Town in December 2013, and was also held in West Point in January this year.The outreach was merely aimed to clarify that not every fever (illness) is malaria therefore people must and should get tested before taking malaria treatment; and if tested positive, they should only take the new globally confirmed malaria tablets called Artemisinin based Combination Therapy (ACT).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A fully renovated property with a rich history on a small Donegal island along the Wild Atlantic Way has been placed on the market for sale. Inis Saimer is a private residential island surrounded by the quiet waters of the Erne Estuary in the town of Ballyshannon on the Wild Atlantic Way. Its island status has led to a fascinating and eventful history.Historical records indicate that Inis Saimer was used as a protected stronghold by Irish chieftains such as the O’Cannons, O’Mulderrys, and the O’Donnells.Cistercian monks used it as a place of residence in the 1100s and 1200s.As part of the Plantation of Ulster, the island was taken by the British Crown and given to protestant planters and Trinity College Dublin.The island also played a role in various historical battles at Erne River crossings. The present house on Inis Saimer was constructed in the mid 1800’s by the Erne Fishery Company as part of the then very lucrative Erne salmon and eel fishery.It is also understood that Inis Saimer was also once owned by the Speaker of the first Irish House of Parliament, and then the richest man in Ireland, Thomas Conolly.Currently, the island has its own private jetty and is just one minute by boat from Ballyshannon’s Mall Quay.Owned by Brendan Connolly, Inis Saimer is a sheltered restful place, a discreet island retreat, yet Ballyshannon’s town centre with shops, restaurants etc. is no more than 6 minutes from the front door of the island’s historic residence.You can full the full details on the Inis Saimer website here. Historic Donegal island home built over 150 years ago for sale was last modified: October 10th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)
Ryan Fredericks returns to the Fulham side for the derby against QPR, who are unchanged. Fredericks comes in at right-back for the injured Jazz Richards, while Leroy Fer is on the substitutes’ bench for Rangers.Dutch midfielder Fer has not featured so far this season because of a knee problem.Fulham: Lonergan, Fredericks, Stearman, Ream, Husband, Cairney, O’Hara, Tunnicliffe, Pringle, McCormack, Dembele.Subs: Lewis, Burn, Voser, Mattila, Christensen, Kavanagh, Woodrow.QPR: Green, Perch, Onuoha, Angella, Konchesky, Faurlin, Henry, Phillips, Luongo, Chery, Austin.Subs: Smithies, Tozser, Hall, Doughty, Fer, Gladwin, Mackie.See also:Fulham v QPR: six key battlesFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
The process to make courts accessible to every citizen has begun. Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo and President Jacob Zuma both expressed commitment to ensuring courts are accessible and efficient. Top lawyers Dumisa Ntsebeza and George Bizos attended the conference. (Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Tlali Tlali Spokesperson Justice and Constitutional Development +27 82 333 3880 RELATED ARTICLES • African languages in SA courts • Courts to protect South Africa’s water • Victory for press freedom • Special courts ready for World CupBongani NkosiSouth Africa’s justice system is to be fine-tuned to ensure that even the poorest citizens have easy access to it.Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo, in conjunction with the country’s heads of courts, recently resolved to establish a committee to find ways to introduce “long-term fundamental improvements” to justice accessibility.Ngcobo made the announcement at a conference in Johannesburg, which ran from 8 to 10 July 2011.Aptly themed Access to Justice, the event was attended by various role-players, ranging from judges to prosecutors and Cabinet members.The Ngcobo-led committee will comprise sector leaders from the courts, general legal profession, Cabinet and legislature, as well heads from civil society and public interest law groups.The group will focus on resolving bottlenecks that block access to the courts and impair their efficiency.Conference delegates identified various challenges that, if resolved, could improve both accessibility and functionality.The chief justice also spoke of creating a legal system that’s “inexpensive” and court processes that are understandable to everyone.Delays in matter resolution was noted as one of the persistent factors that can make the judiciary unfair. Administration at courts needs to be improved to root out the unnecessary delays, said Ngcobo.Ngcobo’s office said sub-committees focusing on court administration issues such as e-filling and case-flow management will emerge from the new group.Availability and incompetence of translators in courts was noted as another prevailing stumbling block.“Access to justice is also hindered by language. Some people lose cases due to incorrect interpretations by translators,” said President Jacob Zuma, who also attended the conference.A shortage of translators in certain parts of the country results in further delays. “Sometimes translators take three months to translate documents, in the meantime where’s the suspect? He’s in custody,” said Gauteng Judge President Bernard Ngoepe.“There’s no easy solution to these (problems), we need to commit resources,” Ngoepe added.There’s also a need to bring courts closer to communities, so that defendants and litigants do not have to spend money on transport to attend trial hearings. Zuma said the government has allocated R2.5-billion (US$365-million) to build new courts across the country. Construction of high courts in Mbombela/Nelspruit and Polokwane was announced earlier in 2011.Civil claims will be sped up through 224 small claims courts which were recently established across the country.“On record, over 400 000 cases have been dealt with by the small claims courts over the past year and this is evidence of justice by poor litigants,” said Zuma.“The right to access of courts requires both the availability of court facilities in the first instance, and courts that are user-friendly and accessible by all people, including individuals who are physically challenged …” Ngcobo added.Improving Legal Aid Legal Aid South Africa funds attorney charges for suspects who cannot afford the fees. Zuma said they have allocated R437-million ($64-million) to Legal Aid to ensure its “increased capacity”.Speaker of Parliament Max Sisulu is in favour of reviewing some Legal Aid policies. He noted that if a suspect’s request for funding was turned down, they’d have to approach the Supreme Court of Appeal, where they’d have to rely on services of attorneys.“How would an indigent person with no means to support himself or herself afford a lawyer considering that legal fees are so high?” asked Sisulu.A lawyer’s charges would deter that suspect to seek access to the Supreme Court of Appeal. He noted that a junior attorney would charge about R8 000 ($1 168) a day, while a senior one costs more than R30 000 ($4 383) a day.The Legal Practice Bill, currently before parliament, partly focuses on capping charges of lawyers and advocates.Media’s courts coverage laudedThe media’s role in promoting access to justice and confidence in the judiciary was also a hot topic at the conference.Ngcobo said that the local media was doing a good job in covering the courts, and in the process was making citizens aware of their rights and channels to seek recourse.“This is a crucial role because it makes justice accessible by publicising matters,” Ngcobo said. “Our people will not be able to enforce their rights unless they know what rights they have.”Judiciary independence guaranteedNgcobo has been focusing on reforms to strengthen the judiciary’s independence since replacing Pius Langa in 2009. He wants to ensure that the judiciary is self-governing, so that the public is certain of its partiality in all cases.Parliament is to start working on the Constitution Seventeenth Amendment Bill, which, once enacted, will affirm the chief justice’s position as head of the country’s judiciary.The Superior Courts Bill is also currently before parliament. Justice and Constitutional Development Minister Jeff Radebe said once adopted, this will give powers to the chief justice “to issue directives and protocols for the monitoring of the performance of judicial functions in all the courts”.The enactment of the two bills “will put us on course for the ultimate goal of administrative autonomy which will enhance judicial independence”, said Radebe.Zuma guaranteed the judiciary of its independence from the government’s influence. “As the executive, we remain committed to the independence of the judiciary as entailed in our constitution,” Zuma said.“Our constitution has adequate checks and balances to protect and safeguard the independence of the judiciary,” the president added.
Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Brad AndersonEditor In Chief at ReadWrite Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry How a Big Bet Paid Off for Adobe and Salt Lake CityA big bet paid off for both Adobe and Salt Lake City.Every decision a company makes has a ripple effect — not only for that business, but also for an entire region or industry. Tech hubs certainly don’t happen overnight, but they usually kick into gear with the first big decision.A decade ago, Adobe acquired Omniture, a web analytics business. It was a move that puzzled many: Business Insider called it “weird,” and The Wall Street Journal asked, “What were they thinking?” The reason for the confusion? It was too early for many to see the challenge that brands were going to face: the intersection of digital disruption with the explosion of data. But Adobe took a calculated risk, and it paid off. Adobe Analytics Cloud isn’t just surviving a battle with analytics powerhouses like Google; it’s thriving. How Adobe’s Bet Paid Off Internally and ExternallyGoogle has built a strong, easy-to-use analytics tool for the masses; it’s no surprise that it’s encountered the success it has. Adobe Analytics has taken a different tack, evolving past metrics to leverage machine learning, AI, and other modern data analysis to help the enterprise sector, in particular, achieve the analytics and tracking needed.Between 2014 and now, the number of Analytics Cloud customers has more than doubled. Fifty-eight percent of the Fortune 100 use Adobe Analytics Cloud for customer intelligence. That includes the top 10 media and entertainment brands, the top 10 retailers, nine of the top 10 financial services institutions, and nine of the top 10 high-tech companies.When Omniture sold for $1.8 billion, it did just as much for Salt Lake City as it did for Adobe. It triggered a movement of other large companies following Adobe’s lead in creating a presence in the area; Salt Lake’s list now includes Snap, Mavenlink, Salesforce, Oracle, and Microsoft.But more importantly, Adobe’s big bet helped Silicon Slopes become a legitimate name and issued a rallying cry for the area. One key acquisition or success story can set the stage for an entire region. Adobe took its economic strength in the area a step further, keeping all staff, building a new office in Lehi, and currently constructing a second office.The Silicon Slopes Get SteeperThe Silicon Slopes’ tech success, of course, doesn’t begin and end with Adobe. One giant business in an area makes people take notice, but startups going public and continuing to grow in an area — that’s what creates an identity. Qualtrics, Pluralsight, and Domo have all become multibillion-dollar unicorns from Salt Lake City. Domo, in fact, was founded by Josh James, Omniture’s founder. And while other regions may compare themselves to Silicon Valley in one way or another — or more likely, point to their contrasts — Silicon Slopes feels like an appropriate name. Companies are getting funded, and two major universities — the University of Utah and Brigham Young University — are located within an hour of the city, providing talent. The entire community, from higher education to real estate, feeds off of the shared success of these businesses. After all, every tech employee needs places to sleep, play, and eat.The wide-ranging infrastructure of the Silicon Slopes ecosystem even enables a boomerang effect. Because there are enough high-tech opportunities to keep active minds engaged, the area empowers people to jump from company to company and find their way back to their original spot. The Slopes will never achieve the scale of the Valley, and it doesn’t need to: It has an identity, a reason for companies to want to be there. How Adobe Will Navigate New SlopesTen years ago, Adobe made two key decisions: to acquire Omniture and to set up shop in Salt Lake City. Today, that team — now with the backing and support of Adobe — is still looking to innovate. By keeping the same teams and culture in place, it’s been able to shift faster and stay in tune with the changing tech landscape.Currently, the team is working on Journey IQ, powered by Adobe Sensei, which shows brands missed opportunities. It also delves into how engagement levels have evolved over time, as well as how customers behave, both pre- and post-event for any type of action, such as a purchase. For example, a retailer can get insight into a customer who was looking at a toy on his mobile device, but ultimately decided not to purchase it.The team is also integrating with another recent Adobe acquisition from Denver: Marketo. In an industry-first integration, Adobe Analytics’ rules-based attribution models in Analysis Workspace are combined with Bizible by Marketo. This enables modern intelligence teams to understand engagement on a deeper level, resulting in more targeted marketing initiatives.The next time the media labels a move as weird or questions what a company may be thinking, remember that a major acquisition can ripple throughout an entire community. That $1.8 billion price tag seems small in retrospect — simply look at the business it’s created for Adobe and the presence it’s created in Salt Lake City. Brad is the editor overseeing contributed content at ReadWrite.com. He previously worked as an editor at PayPal and Crunchbase. You can reach him at brad at readwrite.com. Follow the Puck Tags:#Adobe#analytics#Salt Lake City#Silicon Slopes#Silicon Valley#tech communities#tech enclaves What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …
Mesut Ozil is set to pose Unai Emery with one of his biggest challenges at Arsenal manager, says Alan Smith, with the enigmatic playmaker having a tendency to switch off.There has never been any doubting the German’s ability, with the 29-year-old having tasted trophy triumphs with Real Madrid and the Gunners and World Cup glory with his country.He has, however, faced plenty of criticism throughout his career, with it often suggested that Ozil can go missing when the chips are down and he is not granted freedom to express himself. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Emery will be desperate to find consistency in a key man this season, with a positive relationship between player and coach required if the pair are to deliver collective success.Former Gunners striker Smith told the Express on that battle: “For me, this is a relationship that could go one of two ways – whether Ozil responds to Emery or whether he doesn’t.“There have been times in recent years when Ozil seems to have switched off and lost the ball, and the team have lost the ball and the team have suffered.“It’s going to be fascinating how Emery deals with that. Ozil is a player who signed for fortunes and he is expected to play.“That is going to be one of the most interesting things to watch. How is Ozil going to fit in with the new regime?“He has had a turbulent summer with all that went on, then the World Cup, which was a disaster for Germany.“He needs to settle down now. I’m sure he will be desperate to do well. And Arsenal need him. He is one of the key creative players. On his day, there are not many like him in the Premier League.“Emery has to get hold of Ozil, try to get the best out of him, get him on board.”Ozil committed to a new contract with Arsenal last season under Arsene Wenger, with the club now welcoming in a new era after bidding farewell to a long-serving boss after 22 years.“It was obvious that there needed to be change this summer at Arsenal,” said Smith.“The place had grown stale. Now the fans are going into the new season with optimism and that is a difference this year. Everyone is intrigued about how it is going to go.“To an extent, Emery came out of nowhere. He was not on the original shortlist. His track record at Sevilla though was very good and he had far more experience than Mikel Arteta.“Emery is a Basque and they are a tough people. He will be a taskmaster. Chalk and cheese really to Wenger. The pre-season training will have been hard for the players. They will have found that out by now.”He added: “I think Arsenal will be more organised this year, tougher at the back. But it will take time to get used to what Emery wants.“Arsenal will score goals – they have the players for that. But the key is in defence. There was a lack of accountability in the team last season and the same players kept getting picked. It drove everybody mad. They have to be more difficult to break down this season, more solid.”
Today, the Ad Council, The Humane Society of the United States and Maddie’s Fund in partnership with Halo Pet Foundation, released an online video series called “Meet My Shelter Pet” to showcase the unique bonds between shelter pets and their adoptive owners and remind viewers that there are thousands of amazing shelter pets ready to meet them.Video: Meet My Shelter Pet: Paul & Victoria ShafferLaunched to coincide with National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, one of the videos features legendary music man and David Letterman band leader, Paul Shaffer, with his daughter Victoria showing off the lovable personalities of their four adopted dogs, Riley, Jake, Echo and Rue.“Everybody should have a shelter dog. It’s good for the soul,” said Paul Shaffer. “All four of our dogs have been absolute gems. Why would you want to do anything else but rescue a pet?”The videos are part of The Shelter Pet Project, a public service advertising (PSA) campaign that for four years has helped to positively change the perception of shelter pets, with euthanasia rates declining by 10 percent during the campaign’s time period. Despite these gains, however, 2.7 million healthy and treatable pets are still losing their lives in shelters each year. The Shelter Pet Project’s goal is to bring that number down to zero.Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS said: “We know that Paul and Victoria’s online video for The Shelter Pet Project will inspire more people to rescue a shelter pet. That outcome will be music to our ears, and to every shelter director in America.”“You must watch these videos from The Shelter Pet Project— they will touch your heart in a powerfully positive, uplifting way! The Halo Pet Foundation is honored to support The Humane Society of the United States encouraging pet adoption from shelters,” said David Yaskulka, Vice President, Marketing Communications, HALO, Purely for Pets.Shelter pet adoptions are on the rise in the United States. According to The Humane Society of the United States, 17 million people will acquire a dog or cat within the next year, and each year four million of these animals are adopted from shelters.“Every happy adoption story encourages other people to open their hearts to a homeless pet,” said Maddie’s Fund President Rich Avanzino. “By showing the joy their adopted pets have brought to their family, Paul and Victoria are inspiring countless others to share that same incredible experience.”“The beauty of The Shelter Pet Project campaign is that these pets speak for themselves,” said Peggy Conlon, president and CEO of the Ad Council. “We hope these videos will break down barriers and encourage people to consider shelter pet adoption as the only option bringing a pet into their family.”In the upcoming months, a video featuring Vampire Diaries and Army Wives’ actress Torrey DeVitto and her dog Beau will be released. To see the videos or for more information about The Shelter Pet Project visit TheShelterPetProject.org.
Share Pu Ying Huang for The Texas TribuneHouston attorney Steve Mostyn in his office on Sept. 13, 2017.Steve Mostyn, a top Democratic donor and prominent Houston trial lawyer, has died. He was 46.According to a statement released by his wife, Amber, Mostyn died Wednesday after “a sudden onset and battle with a mental health issue.” She did not disclose the cause of death.“Steve was a beloved husband and devoted father who adored his children and never missed any of their sporting activities. He was a true friend, and a faithful fighter for those who did not have a voice,” she said.The statement also said: “If you or a loved one are thinking about suicide, or experiencing a health crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline right now at 1-800-273-8255.” Asked why no major Democratic candidate for governor had yet emerged, Mostyn said “the problem is if we go and ask someone to run for governor then they expect us to fund them with a tremendous amount of money, and you’re talking about a state that has 20-plus media markets, right? I mean it’s an expensive proposition to do.” “You know we’ll be there to do our part, for sure, and other folks have got to step up to do their part,” Mostyn told the Tribune. “People say I’m not here to do the politics, and I say we’re slowing down on a lot of things. We’re just a little bit slowing down. We were running pretty hard for 20, 25 years.” Mostyn said he had deliberately decreased his political activities in part to encourage other Democratic donors to open their wallets.“We’ve lowered our head down because a lot of times what’s happened is people just think we’re going to do it,” Mostyn said. “And so we’ve asked other people to do it, and they want to do it, and I want other people to get credit for doing it. I mean this is a giant, giant state. If we were trying to flip Vermont, we’d be done.”Mostyn seemed wistful when he talked about his desire to spend more time with his children and enjoy the simpler side of life.“I want to go watch Friday night football with my son and go to my little girl’s swim meets and I want to do all those things,” Mostyn said. “I’ve got a nephew we raised who’s 19 and he’s off at college, and I’ve got a 16-year-old and I’ve got a 10-year-old. And we’re at the point where, you’re running, running, running, and you look up one day and you say, ‘We’re doing fine, but are we really enjoying the things we want to be enjoying?’ I’m not saying I’m going away anywhere, but we’ve formed these groups and we’re on these boards and certainly we’re there participating with them, but we’ve asked people to — you know, guys, you’ve got to build a broader coalition.” The Mostyns were among the top contributors to former state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte‘s failed 2014 run for lieutenant governor, giving her campaign more than $100,000.“Mine is just shock,” Van de Putte said tearfully Thursday. “He was a very dear friend. He loved his state and he loved his kids. … He felt fervently about Democratic candidates and politics. He will leave a void that will be very difficult to fill,” she said.U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called Mostyn “an extraordinary, luminous person who poured himself into securing justice for the voiceless and underrepresented.”“Our nation has lost a great hero, and the Mostyn family has lost a beloved husband and devoted father,” Pelosi said in a statement.In Amber Mostyn’s statement, she asked those wishing to honor her husband’s life to consider supporting the Mostyn Moreno Foundation, which helps children with special needs, or the Special Olympics of Texas. The Texas Tribune interviewed Mostyn in mid-September right after Hurricane Harvey struck Houston. Mostyn made it clear he was taking a wait-and-see approach on any Harvey-related lawsuits.He was far more effusive about his other passion — politics.Toward the end of the interview, Mostyn candidly spoke of his increasingly diminished role as a Democratic mega-donor. He said he was growing tired of almost single-handedly funding top Democratic candidates in a state hostile to their party. Mostyn is also survived by his daughter, Ava, his son, Mitch and his nephew, Skyler Anderson.Mostyn grew up in Whitehouse, a small town in East Texas, and graduated from the South Texas College of Law. He made his fortune suing insurance companies on behalf of homeowners after hurricanes. He and his wife, also an attorney, have long been considered the state’s most powerful Democratic backers, spending millions on Democratic campaigns in Texas and beyond.But Mostyn didn’t just spend money behind the scenes. He often made his opposition to Republican leaders and policies known in plain and public terms. In 2010, he famously paid for full-page ads in Texas newspapers calling Gov. Rick Perry a “coward” for refusing to debate his Democratic rival, former Houston Mayor Bill White.“Steve was a giant,” Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa said in a statement. “He was the epitome of a Texas Democrat – big, bold, fearless, and caring. He dedicated his professional and personal life to fighting for the little guy.”Mostyn gave more than $2.3 million toward Democrats’ 2014 efforts to elect candidates including Wendy Davis, who ran for governor. In total, he had given Davis more than $3 million over the course of her political career. Since 2000, he had donated more than $24 million to political causes in his name and in his law firm’s name, according to Texas Ethics Commission records.“I am heartbroken,” Davis tweeted Thursday. “Texas has lost an extraordinary person. Steve was a committed and effective fighter for justice, a wonderful husband, father and friend. He leaves behind a lasting impact on everyone who’s life he touched.”