Health Promoters Network Appeals to Health Workers to Return to Work

first_imgThe Health Promoters’ Network of Liberia (HPNL) has called on health workers to reconsider their decision to go on strike.The group has promised to coordinate closely with the Ministry of Health and health partners to address the growing concerns of the aggrieved health workers.The group, made up of Liberian journalists covering health issues, said it acknowledged the numerous contributions health workers are making in the country and is appealing to them to take the issue of the Ebola virus as a national health crisis.The group said in the midst of the Ebola crisis, the decision to abandon health facilities will only add to the increasing number of Ebola cases and deaths across Liberia.The group called on the leadership to once more dialogue with officials of the Ministry of the Health and Social Welfare, partners and relevant authorities to deliver on promises made to health workers especially those assigned at various Ebola treatment units.HPNL coordinator Victor Seah said only dialogue not strike action can resolve the issues of benefits and salaries of health workers.HPNL said abandoning of Ebola patients or suspected persons will lead to the spread of the virus and every measure being deployed by government with support from the international community to stop the spread of the virus will deteriorate and all efforts will be meaningless.According to the group, the strike will have negative consequences on those suffering from Ebola and would adversely affect progress made so far in the fight against the disease.The Health Promoters of Liberia wants health workers planning to go on strike to uphold their ethics in responding to their duties as always and allow their leadership to negotiate with the leadership of the Government of Liberia in addressing their concern.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

More barred owls sightings in Vancouver bad news for rats and mice

first_imgVANCOUVER – A spike in owl sightings in downtown Vancouver could be good news for ridding the city of pesky rodents, a wildlife group says, but there’s a downside for the birds.Photos of barred owls sitting outside transit stations and on building awnings have been circulating on Twitter in recent weeks.Rob Hope with the Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society in nearby Delta said more predators like barred owls in the city can result in less prey.“Rats and mice have always been a problem in Vancouver. With (owls) hanging around, more predators, they’ll be popping more prey,” he said Friday.Hope said the bird population in the city can ebb and flow and there appears to be a population of younger owls “that are looking for a hunting area or anywhere they can basically set up shop.”Their usual targets are rats or pigeons, he said, adding downtown Vancouver seems to have a plentiful supply of the owls’ preferred food.While a lower rat population benefits the city, the birds are at risk in that environment, Hope said.Owls can be hurt or killed flying into glass buildings or being hit by vehicles while hunting, he said, contributing to an increase in the number of calls his organization has received about injured wildlife.“When they’re on the sides of the roads hunting for food, obviously when a car is coming and they’re taking off or landing for food is when they’re getting smoked.”Another major threat for the barred owls is rodenticide. Hope said owls eating rats that have consumed poison can themselves be poisoned.Rat poison is the cheapest and easiest way to get rid of the pests, Hope said, but it can take up to 10 days for a rodent to die, after they’re left in a drunken-like state.“If you have a rat that is hauling butt and you have another one that is a little off kilter, as opportunistic hunters that they are, they’re going to pick off the one that is kind of drunk and that’s usually the poisoned one,” Hope said.He is encouraging people to switch to snap traps instead of poison, to minimize the harm to owls and other predators.With increased development, Hope said it’s possible that more owls will move into the city as they are pushed out of their natural habitat.Barred owls have been culled in some areas of British Columbia to reduce competition and protect the endangered spotted owls, which are considered priority species. But Hope said the barred owls’ presence in Vancouver shouldn’t have a negative effect on other species.Since barred owls are “more docile” than other birds, Hope said it’s not surprising that some of the photos taken by the public are within close range.“They’re not the smartest ones, I guess you can say … even in the wild people can usually get five or six feet away from them before they’re spooked,” he said, adding anyone trying to snap a photo should still give a bird some space.— Follow @Givetash on Twitter.last_img read more

Texas Could See RecordBreaking Travel This Holiday

first_img X AAA Texas says about 8.2 million Texans are expected to travel between now and January 2nd. That’s the most on record. Spokesman Doug Shupe says most people around the state will travel by car, about 7.6 million. That’s despite the fact gas prices have been going up. “However we are still paying among the top 10 cheapest statewide averages here in Texas compared to other drivers nationwide,” adds Shupe. The Houston Airport System is also expecting some big travel numbers.  Spokesman Bill Begley says about 2.4 million people are expected to pass through Bush Intercontinental and Hobby Airports. Many of those are international travelers. “I think a big part of it is our growing route map,” says Begley. “At both airports we’re adding service to either existing international destinations or adding international destinations.”Some traveling Texans are opting for other modes. AAA Texas says about 3.5 million Texas will travel by bus or train, or go on a cruise. 00:00 /01:02 Listencenter_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: George Bush Intercontinental websiteGeorge Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. Sharelast_img read more

Challenging the Racist Legacy of Confederate Monuments

first_imgPablo Machioli’s statue is a protest of Confederate monuments and what they represent. It was confiscated by Baltimore police and Baltimore park rangers. (Photo Credit: Sean Yoes)I spent part of Monday afternoon (Nov. 2) in Druid Hill Park helping load a 500 pound, 12 foot tall statue of a pregnant, bare breasted woman of color into the back of a city-owned pick-up truck. It was no easy task.But, despite her size, the statue was on route this week to its third destination in just a few days and her future still seems dubious.However, what is clear is how she arrived at an out of the way storage facility in Druid Hill Park, less than 24 hours after being erected on Oct. 29, in the Wyman Park Dell in front of the statue of Confederate icons Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.“It will be destroyed and you will be arrested for disorderly conduct,” was the unequivocal declaration of a Baltimore City police officer around 4 p.m. on Oct. 30, according to community organizer and activist Owen Silverman Andrews.“He said, `Get away from the statue,’ and he grabbed me by the arm and kind of dragged me off to the side and said, `if you step towards it again I’ll arrest you,’” Andrews told the AFRO.The statue was confiscated by Baltimore police and Baltimore City park rangers and transported to Druid Hill Park. Andrews was subsequently given a citation and the statue is currently at the Copycat building, an artist enclave on Guilford Avenue.Andrews is part of a group that placed the statue crafted by artist Pablo Machioli in front of the Lee-Jackson monument, in protest of what it stands for in the minds of many; oppression, racism and White supremacy.“In this case this woman is protesting with the fist up and walking away, giving the back to them (Lee and Jackson),” said Machioli a native of Uruguay. We are being suppressed by violence. So, the best way for me is to show disobedience, but at the same time doing something peaceful and positive and include the community,” he added.After the massacre of the Charleston Nine during a church bible study last summer by a Confederate flag embracing, White supremacist there has been new scrutiny of Civil War symbols across the country including Baltimore.Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake tasked a seven-member commission to analyze four monuments on city property and hold a series of public hearings. In addition to the immediate removal of all Confederate monuments, the group has added new demands this week. They want the commission to widen the scope of the hearings to include the statue of Christopher Columbus in Druid Hill Park. They also want the city to allow artistic responses to these monuments without fear of being fined or otherwise intimidated by Baltimore police or Baltimore City park rangers. The group also demands more funding for artists, particularly artists of color and women artists.The Lee-Jackson monument in particular has sparked the ire of many because it was erected in 1948, almost 100 years after the civil war was fought, more an affirmation of segregation and institutional racism in Baltimore, as opposed to a commemoration of the Civil War.“The monuments are a creation of a period of American history…that’s the nadir of race relations, the sad period from 1890 to 1940,” said James Loewen a sociologist, who recently testified before the city’s Confederate commission.“That’s when the United States, White folks anyway, were most racist in their thinking more than any other time. That’s when they (the statues) are from. We need to understand that about them and they then also tell us complete lies about the Civil War,” Loewen added.What he alludes to is an inscription on the Lee-Jackson statue that says they fought the war in a “gentlemanly” way. But, according to Loewen, when Lee went through Maryland, his army enslaved every Black person they saw, whether they had been legally emancipated or not.Sean Yoes“For a long time the slaves back then, and now…our hands are made of gold,” explained Machioli, in reference to the hands of the statue being painted gold. “It (symbolizes) our hands, workers hands suppressed hands,” he added.“They can take it away, but they can’t destroy it,” Andrews said. “Even if they destroy it physically they can’t destroy what happened….they’re only making it stronger.”Sean Yoes is a senior contributor of the AFRO and executive producer and host of First Edition, which airs Monday through Friday, 5-7 pm on WEAA, 88.9.last_img

Where love goes to Bollywood

first_imgMeet another author from the Mills&Boon India chapter. Mahi Jay, hard-core romanticist at heart, took her time to leave a regular, comfy profession behind. She picked up the pen and took love to Bollywood. Jay speaks to Millennium Post about writing, life and romanceTell us a little about yourself.?I am an independent share market trader married to the man of my dreams. Despite being total opposites in most ways, somehow those very differences seem to work beautifully for us.  Growing up, my world was filled with books. I used to make up my own endings and situations if those on the pages of the books did not work for me. But it didn’t occur to me until much later that I could actually create my own stories. One such story filled my mind and I just had to get it down. Which was when I saw an advertisement calling for aspiring authors for Harlequin. It seemed like an omen. I abandoned the story that I was working on and gave the contest a go and  luckily for me my short story worked. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’How acquainted were you with the romance genre as a teenager? My first M&B was at 14 and I’d picked it up by accident. But after that there was no looking back. I devoured romance novels and their happy endings always gave me a high. For a while they were all I read. Until I discovered other genres and switched. But even now, my go to happy fix is a romance novel.Why choose a theme like a bollywood hero falling in love with a PR girl?In India everyone grows up on movies… So if i’m going to write a romance then I thought, why not about a bollywood hero? Someone larger than life. But it also gave me a chance to explore who he was as a person. His feelings, his foibles and his vulnerabilities. Normally it is the hero who rushes to rescue the damsel in distress but I created a strong independent heroine.     Which Bollywood heroes did you have a crush on that might have spilled over into the book??I was curious to see what kind of person a bollywood hero would be behind the screen persona. That curiosity served as my inspiration. Beyond that I didn’t model my hero against anyone in particular. My hero’s past shaped who he was and I went with that.last_img read more

ATM fraud case Probe reveals cloning of cards used to take place

first_imgKolkata: In a major revelation in connection with the ATM fraud case, the city police has come to know that the cloning of debit cards used to take place in a neighbouring country. The cloning of cards was done using details stolen from debit cards in Kolkata.The police have come to know about the information after the arrest of Adre Liviu and Cornel Constantine from Indore on Thursday.It has come to light that members of the Romanian gang used to install skimming machines in ATM counters in Kolkata. They used to remove the skimming machine after it had read details of some cards swiped at the ATM counter for any transaction. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThey extracted the stored data from the skimming machines and sent the same to their counterparts in theneighbouring country to prepare the clone cards. It took them around two to two and a half months to prepare a clone card.The cards were then sent to members of the Romanian gang in Delhi and using the same, cash was withdrawn from different ATMs in Delhi.Preliminary investigation has revealed that Adre was the main person in charge of installing the skimming machines at ATM counters. Both Adre and Cornel were close associates of another Romanian national Nana, who was arrested from the Indo-Nepal border on Wednesday by Customs. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHe was later handed over to Kolkata Police. The police had come to know about Adre and Cornel from Nana.The duo had realised that they would also get arrested after Nana was caught. So they were also trying to flee from the country. The car in which they were travelling was fitted with a GPS system and it enabled the police to track them with the help of Indore Police.Preliminary investigation has revealed that Nana and the duo had connection with their counterparts in the neighbouring country. A shop has also been identified in the neighbouring country, where the cloning of cards used to take place. A team comprising members of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) are in constant touch with the security agency in the neighbouring country and may visit the place to further probe the case.The arrested persons have been brought to Kolkata on Friday and they were produced before the Bankshall Court. The police suspect that there could be more people involved in the crime and officers in the SIT are trying to ascertain the same.last_img read more

How to Get Funding Act Like You Dont Need It

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 3 min read This story appears in the October 2012 issue of . Subscribe » Register Now » Here’s one way to raise more money in a seed round: Say, “No thanks.” That’s what Zain Jaffer and Jack Smith, founders of the Vungle mobile ad platform, did when a bevy of heavyweight investors clamored to get a piece of their company as it exited the hot San Francisco incubator AngelPad.The two say they weren’t initially interested in securing funding; they didn’t want to deal with the pressure of fighting for control with investors. But as tech luminaries like Google Ventures, AOL Ventures, Crosslink Capital and angel investors SoftTech VC, SV Angel, 500 Startups and Tim Draper started knocking on their door, it was tough to turn down the cash. They closed on $2 million in January.”When we said we didn’t have any more room for investors, they thought it was a bluffing tactic, so they pushed slightly harder,” says Smith, who moved with Jaffer from London in 2011 to take part in AngelPad. They launched Vungle in beta this year.The investors wanted in on the duo’s ability to tap into the rapidly growing world of mobile advertising, a sector worth $1.45 billion in 2011 and expected to reach $2.61 billion this year, according to eMarketer. Vungle takes screen grabs and video from apps in action to build the equivalent of a movie trailer for its clients. Because the spots are structured like trailers, they “give you more of a flavor of the application’s features and appearance,” Jaffer says.Vungle’s app trailers are absurdly cheap and easy to make. Armed with experience in video production, the founders can turn around a finished production in as little as 24 hours–no need for pricey designs and programming. The cost: free (for now) with a commitment to buy a mobile ad campaign that starts at a few thousand dollars.Distribution comes from developers who’ve embedded a simple Vungle code into their apps so that the trailers can appear at natural breaks in the action, such as the completion of a game level or task. That’s how it works on faceBlocker, an app that allows users to blur certain faces or details on a photograph. As users make their way through the app, a 15-second Vungle trailer will play at a natural pause point.David Silverman, partner at San Francisco-based Crosslink Capital, loves Vungle’s take on in-app advertising. He says the ability to capture a segment of this market is “the fundamental piece” to what will be a profitable business.Smith and Jaffer are hard at work expanding Vungle’s client base beyond the 20 or so it has now and getting themselves on the radar of app developers whose business models depend on advertising. “Until now, if you wanted to run a video ad campaign for or in your app, good luck,” Jaffer says. “We figured out how to make it easy.” November 5, 2012last_img read more