Unite to end TB

first_imgWorld TB Day, falling on March 24 each year, is designed to build public awareness that tuberculosis today remains an epidemic in much of the world, causing the deaths of nearly one-and-a-half million people each year, mostly in developing countries. It commemorates the day in 1882 when Dr Robert Koch astounded the scientific community by announcing that he had discovered the cause of tuberculosis, the TB bacillus. At the time of Koch’s announcement in Berlin, TB was raging through Europe and the Americas, causing the death of one out of every seven people. Koch’s discovery opened the way towards diagnosing and curing TB.The occasion is used as an opportunity to raise awareness about the burden of TB worldwide and the status of TB prevention and care efforts. It is also an opportunity to mobilise political and social commitment for further progress in efforts to end TB.This year’s theme is “Unite to End TB: Leave no one behind”, and 2017 is the second year of a two-year “Unite to End TB” campaign for World TB Day. This year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) will place a special focus on uniting efforts to “Leave No One Behind”, including actions to address stigma, discrimination, marginalisation and overcome barriers to access care.The Sustainable Development Agenda embraces the principle of ensuring no one is left behind in an effort to transform the world and improve people’s lives for the better. Addressing the health needs of the disadvantaged, the marginalised, and those out of the reach of the health system will mean improving access to health services for everyone. This is essential in order to reach the target of ending TB by 2030 as part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the WHO End TB Strategy.Last year, the WHO reported that 10.4 million people fell ill with TB and there were 1.8 million TB deaths in 2015, making it the top infectious killer worldwide. This disease is deeply rooted in populations where human rights and dignity are limited. While anyone can contract TB, the disease thrives among people living in poverty, communities and groups that are marginalised, and other vulnerable populations.According to the Public Health Ministry, tuberculosis is identified as a priority health concern in Guyana, and through its DOTS programme, the Ministry has been able to expand TB services to the 10 Regions of Guyana.The increase of DOTS coverage reflects the strong commitment of the Public Health Ministry to lay the basis for a sound and sustainable fight against tuberculosis all over the country. In observance of the occasion, the Ministry in collaboration with PAHO will be hosting a multi-stakeholder meeting to launch the WHO END TB Strategy in Guyana.This is a forum for affected persons and communities, civil society organisations, health-care providers, collaborating partners and others to discuss and plan further interventions to fulfil the promise of reaching all people with quality TB prevention and care services, as well as enabling TB prevention through multi-sectoral development efforts. According to information released from the Ministry, over the past four years, the TB epidemic has shown some form of stability, while it has acknowledged that the fight against the disease in Guyana has been a long and difficult battle.TB control in Guyana still has some major challenges of which the most critical is the HIV epidemic within the population. This has been identified as one of the biggest concerns and the most important causes underlying the increase in both TB morbidity and mortality. Other challenges include the high prevalence of chronic non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and the access of isolated hinterland communities. The Public Health Ministry has partnered with key agencies over the years to expand TB services across the country, from one TB site in 2000 to 18 TB sites currently. In her message released on the occasion, subject Minister Volda Lawrence pointed to the fact that it was more important than ever to join forces against TB to successfully reach the goal of ending TB by 2030. It is also imperative for persons to get educated about the disease and to share that knowledge on how TB is transmitted, diagnosed and treated.last_img read more

THAW ARRIVES IN TIME AS FRANKIE KENNEDY WINTER SCHOOL GETS UNDERWAY

first_imgThe name of musician Frankie Kennedy will long live in the memory of musicians across Donegal.And yet again a host of names are set to honour the great flute player during the Frankie Kennedy Winter School which runs from tonight December 28th until January 2nd.Included among the line-up is the great friend of Donegal, Luka Bloom (aka Barry Moore), who will bring his unique brand of musical storytelling tot he North West once again. Music enthusiasts will travel from as far away as Germany, Japan and elsewhere to hear some spectacular sessions featuring some of the most gifted musicians around.There will also be classes in various instruments including the fiddle, tin whistle, uileann pipes, accordion and bodhran.One of the highlights of the winter school, which has been running since Frankie’s premature death in 1994 aged just 38, has been the Gradam Francie Mooney.This year’s award, which honours a performer who sings or writes in the Irish language, goes to Tyrone man and honorary Donegal man Paul Brady. All of the events will take place in the Gweedore region in many venues including Ionaid Cois Locha and Teach Huidi Beag.The first gig is tonight at Ionaid Cois Locha in Dunlewey with a great trad session – which can be seen live online at www.livetrad.com.EndsTHAW ARRIVES IN TIME AS FRANKIE KENNEDY WINTER SCHOOL GETS UNDERWAY was last modified: December 27th, 2010 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)last_img read more

Linda’s Lion sleeps – at last

first_imgThis is a story about numbers: 10 shillings, US$15-million, 70 years, over 160 covers and three centuries of continuous radio air play. It’s the story of a song we all know, the impoverished Zulu migrant worker who wrote it, the musicians and record companies who raked in millions for it, and the almost 70 years it has taken for his family to see justice done.full story: southafrica.infolast_img

IMF experts to help Zimbabwe

first_imgThe IMF team, led by Erik Oppers and comprising Mike Andrews, Warren Coats, Kristian Kjeldsen and Kenneth Sullivan, will provide technical assistance in various areas, the IMF in a statement this week. IMF officials are due to meet Zimbabwe Finance Minister Tendai Biti and central bank Governor Gideon Gono this week. The mission is expected to end on 29 May. ‘Thawing relations’ This includes tax policy and administration, payments systems, lender-of-last-resort operations and banking supervision, as well as central banking governance and accounting. 19 May 2009 The mission comes weeks after the IMF board announced the lifting of a ban on technical support to Zimbabwe in the above targeted areas. Source: BuaNews-Xinhua The IMF’s visit is seen as a sign of thawing relations between global money lending institutions and Zimbabwe, where a coalition government between President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has been in place for almost three months. A team of International Monetary Fund (IMF) experts are in Zimbabwe to help the country start fixing its troubled public finances. The IMF cut off financial support to Zimbabwe about a decade ago over differences with Mugabe over fiscal policy issues and other governance issues. “Shortly thereafter, two teams of experts from the IMF fiscal affairs department will provide technical assistance in the areas of tax policy and tax administration,” the IMF said, adding that its staff members were looking forward to working with the authorities in providing technical assistance in the targeted areas. Technical assistancelast_img read more

Saving South Africa’s wildlife

first_imgIn 1973 Clive Walker, James Clarke and Neville Anderson established the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), dedicated to conserving endangered species and restoring the delicate balance in southern Africa’s ecosystems.The organisation has, since then, played a major role in conserving many of Africa’s unique species.Droughts, floods, poachers and predators make survival for Africa’s wild animals a difficult affair and a growing human population encroaching on their habitats is driving many species to near extinction“We as human beings rely heavily on biodiversity and healthy ecosystems and without them we jeopardise our own wellbeing,” says Nomonde Mxhalisa, communications manager for the Endangered Wildlife Trust.“People around the world can no longer ignore the fact that the environment in which we live underpins every single human need.”The EWT has worked to bring issues of conservation to the fore in terms of issues in the way of social and economic development.THE THREATDroughts, floods, poachers and predators make survival for Africa’s wild animals a difficult affair and a growing human population encroaching on their habitats is driving many species to near extinction.The quagga, which used to be a subspecies of the plains zebra or common zebra, once roamed the African landscape in large numbers. But the animal was hunted to extinction in the 1880s, when the last quagga died at the Amsterdam Zoo.Other indigenous African species such as the African wild dog and the black and white rhinoceros face the same fate. To preserve these animals, the EWT has created a number of programmes targeting threats such as poaching, deforestation, disease, traditional migration route interference, and mitigating the impact that human involvement is having on their habitats.The Riverine Rabbit or Vleihaas is South Africa’s second most endangered animal after the De Winton’s Golden Mole. Pictured above is a juvenile Riverine Rabbit. (image: Endangered Wildlife Trust)PROJECTSMost animals are suited to very limited environments; humans however can adapt environments to suit their needs, and with a growing human population needing food and other resources, natural areas are getting smaller and smaller. Animals that lose their habitats often can’t survive this encroachment and can eventually go extinct. Recognising that humans and animals need to share environments the EWT works on programmes to teach communities, like farmers, how to run their farms without driving the animals out.The Wildlife Conflict Mitigation Programme, involving the Livestock Guarding Dog Project aims to reduce this kind of human/animal conflict.“We often deal with a great deal of human/wildlife conflict particularly when it comes to our work with carnivores,” Mxhalisa explains.“We have solved these issues however by introducing mitigation measures such as the livestock guarding dogs that we encourage farmers to use to ward against their livestock being eaten by various carnivores.”The Livestock Guarding Dog Project encourages farmers to use guard dogs to drive predators away, instead of shooting the animals or poisoning them (images: Endangered Wildlife Trust)Livestock farmers need to protect their domestic animals; but these animals are easy prey for carnivores such as lions, leopards, hyenas, wildcats and the now endangered African wild dog and cheetah. The programme encourages farmers to use guard dogs to drive predators away, instead of shooting the animals or poisoning them.The Livestock Guarding Dog Project has, since it was taken over by the EWT in 2008, helped farmers reduce their annual losses from an average of R3.4-million, to about R150 000.“. . . The work we do is literally bringing amazing creatures back from the brink of extinction and that means we’ve bought more time for all people to enjoy these species and to continue to reap the benefits of living in ecosystems that are healthy and thriving,” says Mxhalisa.“Many of the EWT’s staff live and breathe care for the environment.“Many of us are idealists who want to make a difference, to leave a real and positive mark on the world. We believe the work is important and the results and successes we have keep us pushing forward.”Another project, the African Crane Conservation Programme, in partnership with the International Crane Foundation, helps to ensure the sustainability of wetland, grassland and Karoo ecosystems that crane species such as the Blue Crane, South Africa’s national bird, depend on.PLAY YOUR PART“You can make a difference to the environment simply by not littering, not wasting water or electricity, disposing of rubbish and oil correctly and spreading the word that you are forever linked to your environment and without it we will suffer,” says Mxhalisa.The EWT also regularly holds talks “about biodiversity and conservation at the Country Club Johannesburg and events that commemorate the various wildlife and biodiversity days that take place during the year”.Along with individual action, the EWT needs funds to manage and run its programmes; it accepts corporate sponsorships and private donations. Corporate sponsors can contact Debbie Thiart on debbiet@ewt.org.za or call her on +27 (0) 11 372 3600.For more information on the organisation’s programmes and lectures, or how to donate, visit its website or call +27 (0) 11 372 3600/1/2/3.last_img read more

Selecting the Right BYOD Strategy

first_imgIT organizations around the world are or should be struggling with this critical decision. And it is not an easy one.  The number of strategies available to an IT organization are on par with the number of devices and OS variants that employees want to bring in. Earlier this week, my social computing alerts shared an article titled “one way to manage BYOD” written by Kevin McCaney of Government Computing News. I was really excited by this article because Kevin based his article on what we were doing inside Intel IT – thanks KevinWhat got me writing this blog was that Kevin helped me put Intel IT’s approach in a broader perspective across the spectrum of strategies available to IT by comparing our approach to those that some of our peers have taken or are considering.  The spectrum or strategies for BYOD range from Say Yes to Everything Say No to AnySomething in the Middle A balanced, middle-of-the-road approach has allowed Intel IT to maximize BYOD business value through providing flexibility to employees (boosting productivity) while minimizing the IT cost/burden of support while maintaining a no compromise approach to security and enterprise risk.At Intel IT, our approach is working and evolving as fast as the number of device requests coming in from our employeesWhat approach do you and your IT org take to supporting the consumerization of IT?last_img read more

New Intel® Xeon® E Processor Delivers a Boost in Entry Workstation Performance and Capabilities

first_imgWorkstation users are the creative and technical heart of many successful businesses. Their demanding workloads drive the need for increased workstation performance from generation to generation.  Aging workstations that cannot cope with today’s workloads become impediments to business intelligence, productivity, and creativity.  These power-users need tools and technology that will help them do their best work.In September 2017, we announced the breakthrough performance of Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors for dual-socket expert workstations alongside the new Intel® Xeon® W processor, delivering optimized performance for mainstream workstations.  We are continuing the momentum with today’s launch.Introducing the new Intel® Xeon® E ProcessorToday, we are pleased to introduce the new Intel® Xeon® E processor. Intel is committed to delivering the ultimate workstation performance for creative professionals worldwide. The Intel® Xeon® E processor, successor to the Intel® Xeon® E3 processors, is designed for entry workstations, where CAD and digital content creators need powerful single-threaded application performance with a platform optimized for reliability and affordability. It joins our portfolio of workstation-specific solutions including Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors for expert and Intel® Xeon® W processors for mainstream workstation professionals.The new Intel® Xeon® E processor delivers the enhanced performance and built-in visuals demanded by industry professionals. Compared to its predecessor, the new processor offers enhancements in processor speed, memory capabilities, security and reliability features. The Intel® Xeon® E processor is available with Intel® UHD graphics supported by a broad set of workstation applications.Step Up to Professional Workstation PerformanceThe new Intel® Xeon® E processor supports the increasing demands and workflows of professional CAD, media, and content creation.  With improvements in processor speed, enhanced memory capabilities, advanced hardware-enhanced security, and reliability features available with support for 4K UHD Intel® graphics technology.  The new Intel® Xeon® E processor now features up to 6 cores, with up to 4.7 GHz Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 performance and up to 64GB of DDR4 2666 MHz ECC memory support, delivering up to 1.71X improved performance compared to a four-year-old entry workstation2, and up to 1.36X improved performance compared to a prior generation1 entry workstation. When combined with a VR-ready professional GPU, the new Intel® Xeon® E processor exceeds the minimum processor requirements from the leading VR headset manufacturers, delivering an outstanding professional quality VR design experience.Putting the Processors to WorkOur partners are now shipping the new Intel® Xeon® E processors in their workstation offerings. Dell, HP, and Lenovo are among the first companies shipping with today’s launch. Equip your technical and creative teams with the latest tools to power your business.“At Dell we are committed to offering customers of all sizes a range of solutions to suit their individual needs and budgets,” said Rahul Tikoo, Vice President and General Manager, Dell Precision workstations. “Featuring the new Intel® Xeon® E processors, our Dell 3000 series entry-level workstation towers and 1U rack are designed to power through intensive workloads—all have a substantially smaller footprint and are available at an impressively affordable price point.”“HP Z Workstations customers are some of the most power-hungry customers on the planet,” said Carol Hess, Vice President Worldwide Product Management for HP Workstations, HP Inc. “New Intel® processors will help HP deliver superb performance for the rapidly changing and increasingly schedule-driven workflows customer face today.”“At Lenovo, our goal is to equip our workstation users with hardware that will deliver next-level performance and reliability,” said Rob Herman, General Manager of Lenovo Workstations. “The addition of the new Intel® Xeon® E processors to our ThinkStation* P330 family of workstations delivers outstanding performance, reliability and visuals our customers need and shows Intel’s unwavering commitment to delivering trusted, professional-grade solutions.”To learn more about Intel® Xeon® E processors and our other solutions for workstations, visit   www.intel.com/workstations or check out our Ultimate Workstation Performance Product Brief and Comparison Guide. 1 Up to 1.71X performance improvement on a 4 year refresh. Config : 1x Intel® Xeon® E-2186G Processor, Platform: Moss Beach, 4 x 8GB DDR4 2666 ECC(32GB 2666MHz ) ,OS: Ubuntu 17.10 (Kernel 4.13.0-35-generic) ,Benchmark: SPECrate*2017_fp_base (Estimated), Compiler: ICC 18.0.0.128,BIOS: CNLSE2R1.R00.X119.B54.1803131307,  03/13/2018 (uCode:0x84), Storage: SSD S3710 Series 800GB, Score: 35.3 compared to 1x Intel® Xeon® E3-1286v3 Processor Platform: S1200RP, 4 x 8GB DDR4 1600 (32GB 1600MHz ) ,OS: Ubuntu 17.10 (Kernel 4.13.0-35-generic), Benchmark: SPECrate*2017_fp_base (Estimated), Compiler: ICC 18.0.0.128,BIOS: S1200RP.86B.03.04.0006.030520181328,  03/05/2018 (uCode:0x24), Storage: SSD S3710 Series 800GB, Score: 20.3, measured as of june 20182 Up to 1.36X performance improvement gen on gen. Config : 1x Intel® Xeon® E-2186G Processor, Platform: Moss Beach, 4 x 8GB DDR4 2666 ECC(32GB 2666MHz ) ,OS: Ubuntu 17.10 (Kernel 4.13.0-35-generic) ,Benchmark: SPECrate*2017_int_base (Estimated), Compiler: ICC 18.0.0.128,BIOS: CNLSE2R1.R00.X119.B54.1803131307,  03/13/2018 (uCode:0x84), Storage: SSD S3710 Series 800GB, score: 41.9 compared to 1x Intel® Xeon® Processor E3-1285v6 Platform: S1200SP, 4 x 8GB DDR4 2400MHz ,OS: Ubuntu 17.10 (Kernel 4.13.0-35-generic), Benchmark: SPECrate*2017_int_base (Estimated), Compiler: ICC 18.0.0.128,BIOS: S1200SP.86B.03.01.1029.012520180838 (uCode:0x84), Storage: SSD S3710 Series 800GB, Score: 30.7, measured as of june 2018last_img read more

One person dies on local freeway

first_img CHULA VISTA (KUSI) – One person was killed when a Ford Mustang crashed on Interstate 5 in Chula Vista, just five hours into 2018.The Mustang crashed in the left lane and center divider on the freeway at H Street in Chula Vista, the dispatcher said. At least two other cars hit the wreckage.Debris was strewn across the freeway blocking all lanes.No name was immediately released. One person dies on local freeway KUSI Newsroom, January 1, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Posted: January 1, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: chula vista FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

410 Eid congregations in capital

first_imgA total of 410 congregations of holy Eid-ul-Fitr would be held in the capital this year.Of those, 230 congregations will be held in Dhaka South City Corporation (BSCC) and 180 in Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) areas.Around 228 Eid congregations will be held in 57 wards under DSCC while 180 in 36 wards under DNCC.The main Eid congregation will be held at Jatiya Eidgah Maidan, adjacent to the High Court, this year like every year.Senior pesh Imam Hafez Maulana Muhammad Mizanur Rahman of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque will conduct the Eid Jamaat at National Eidgah.Separate arrangements would be made for women at the National Eidgah as around five thousand female devotees may join the congregation. Besides, mobile toilets, medical teams and places of ablution will be arranged.The venue of the main congregation will be shifted to Baitul Mukarram national mosque at 9:00am in case of inclement weather.A total of five Eid congregations will be held at Baitul Mukarram national mosque this year.The 1st congregation will be held at 7:00am, 2nd at 8:00am, 3rd at 9:00am, 4th at 10:00am and the 5th, the last, at 10:45am, said a press release of Islamic Foundation.Eid Jamaat would be organised at North Plaza of Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban at 8am. Whips of the National Parliament, cabinet members, parliamentarians, officials and staff would take part in the jamaat.DNCC public relations officer Uttam Kumar Roy earlier said that the congregations will take place at the corporation’s own grounds, open fields, school or madrasha playgrounds or other familiar places.Stringent security measures will be taken around the National Eidgah as president Abdul Hamid, cabinet members, judges and diplomats will join the prayers there.Several congregations would be held on Dhaka University (DU) campus, including two at DU Central Mosque Masjidul Jamia at 8am and 9am.A congregation would be organised at 8am at Salimullah Muslim Hall ground adjacent to the main gate while another would be held at Shahidullah Hall lawn at the same time.Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) would organize a congregation at 8 am at its central mosque.Two congregations would be held at Gulshan Central Mosque and Eidgah ground at 8.00am and 9.30am respectively.Two congregations would be organised at Dhalpur Narikel Bagan mosque at 8am and 9am.City Corporation’s councilors have started preparations at their own initiatives in this regard. Places of congregations have been selected in such a manner so that devotees can join prayers at their nearest distances.last_img read more

Malaysias Rohingya aid ship departs for Myanmar

first_imgMalaysian ship Nautical Aliya, carrying aid for Rohingya, prepares to set sail for Myanmar, in Port Klang. ReutersA Malaysian ship carrying food, clothes and medical supplies departed for Myanmar on Friday which prime minster Najib Razak said would be used to ease the suffering of the Muslim Rohingya.A fourth-month military crackdown on Rohingya in the western state of Rakhine has galvanised the Muslim world, particularly Malaysia, and Najib has previously accused Myanmar’s leaders of permitting “genocide”.”We hear their sufferings and pain… those who have been raped, murdered and burned alive,” Najib said at Port Klang, west of the capital Kuala Lumpur.Around 700 people gathered to witness the departure of Nautical Aliya which was carrying about 2,200 tonnes of rice, medical aid, clothes and other essentials, as well as 238 activists and medical personnel.It will travel to Yangon where authorities have agreed to take some of the supplies and distribute them to Rohingya living in Rakhine, said Wan Nordin, one of the coordinators onboard the ship.The rest of the shipment, which has been sponsored by a coalition of aid groups based mainly in Malaysia, will be taken to Teknaf port in Bangladesh to support Rohingya refugees there, Wan said.The bloody crackdown on Rohingya, which the United Nations said Friday had likely killed hundreds of people, has tarnished the image of the government of Aung San Suu Kyi, which took power in March.Since October Myanmar’s army has carried out “clearance operations” in the north of Rakhine to root out insurgents accused of deadly raids on police border posts.At least 66,000 Rohingya have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh, alleging rape, murder and torture at the hands of security forces.Suu Kyi’s government has said the allegations are invented and has resisted mounting international pressure to protect the minority.Myanmar has long faced criticism over its treatment of the Rohingya who are considered by many in the Buddhist-majority country to be illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.last_img read more