Ebola, socialism & imperialism

first_imgNow that the threat of the spread of Ebola within the United States has diminished — for the present — news of the crisis has dropped into the back pages of the corporate-owned major newspapers and off the broadcast media. But the Ebola epidemic remains a continuing danger in parts of Africa and an ongoing threat that requires worldwide attention and action.To date, over 20,000 people, mostly in West Africa, have contracted the disease; over 8,000 have died; and the number of new cases is still on the increase.A sustained international effort is called for, but the response, especially from Western imperialist countries, has been minimal at best.For example, the major U.S. government action has been the deployment of elite combat troops, such as the 82nd and 101st Airborne divisions. The focus of these troops, according to the U.S chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, is “to … [establish] command and control nodes, logistic hubs … and [provide] engineering support” along with training for health care workers. The general made clear that none of the troops would be involved in directly treating or caring for victims of the epidemic. (Defense.gov, Oct. 1)Little wonder that many question the real motives of what amounts to an invasion of the region.By contrast, socialist Cuba has sent 256 medical workers to Africa, with 165 in Sierra Leone and the rest in Guinea and Liberia. In comparison to the relative total populations of the U.S. and Cuba, the U.S would need to send 7,680 doctors and health care workers to Africa to equal the Cuban effort.From the beginning of the outbreak, the U.S. and its allies have attempted to politicize the Ebola crisis.Volunteers from private agencies who traveled to West Africa from the U.S have often found themselves treated, not as heroes, but virtual pariahs upon their return.By contrast, the Cuban volunteers are rightly considered heroes.Because of the illegal U.S. embargo, many of the Cuban doctors in Africa — who are working under the aegis of United Nations organizations — have not only faced delays in their deployment, but even found that the U.S. Treasury had held up their pay and expenses for several months.Despite all this, they have maintained their morale and internationalist spirit.Cuban doctor Félix Báez — who contracted the virus in Sierra Leone in November, was treated and has since recovered — announced on Dec. 29 that he will return to the region.Considering that the disease has already killed nearly 350 medical personnel, including 106 in Sierra Leone, the courage of the Cuban doctors must be commended. They are a shining example of the socialist ideal that health care is a human right for everyone in the world.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Child poverty figure needs more clarity to target relief

first_imgNZ Herald 12 December 2013The Children’s Commissioner has done well to raise independent funds for an annual report on child poverty, less well in publicising its first year’s findings. Headlines that “265,000 Kiwi kids live in poverty” – one in four children in this country – are not new and the impact is diminishing with repetition. Anybody who thinks about that figure wonders whether it can be right. One in four is such a high proportion of the population that the plight of these children would surely be overwhelming health, welfare and education systems.In fact, that figure is an income statistic. This year, 25 per cent of children in households surveyed by Statistics NZ for the Ministry of Social Development were in families living on less than 60 per cent of the median income after tax, adjusted for family size and composition. Some of those children are going without material necessities but by no means all.A better measure of child poverty, also used for the commissioner’s report, is a ministry survey of household possessions and economising behaviour. It asks whether the household can keep its main rooms warm, provide a meal with meat at least every second day, pay for water and electricity on time, provide good beds, replace worn out clothes, visit the doctor, replace broken appliances, afford clothes for important or special occasions, and so on.A household that says it cannot afford any six of 16 such expenses is considered to be in hardship. Last year 17 per cent of children in surveyed households were in that predicament. That produces a national estimate of 180,000 children, not one in four but more than one in six.However the households in hardship are not always those on a low income. The report notes that “living above the income poverty line is insufficient to protect some families from material hardship. Conversely, not all with an income below the poverty line experience material hardship.” In fact, it says, only 35-45 per cent of poor households are poor on both measures.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11171004last_img read more

Talented threesome challenge for German title

first_img7 Aug 2012 Talented threesome challenge for German title Three under 16 internationals, Jack Hermeston (City of Newcastle, Northumberland), Cameron Long (Drayton Park, Staffordshire) and Cameron Massey (Chorlton cum Hardy, Cheshire), have been chosen to represent England Golf in the 54-hole Harder German Junior Masters at Heddesheim Gut Neuzenhof Golf Club on 7th – 9th August. Hermeston (image © Tom Ward), last year’s English under 16 champion, became an under 16 cap last year and finished third in the English Schools Championship. He is a member of the England boys squad this year.  Long, runner-up in last year’s North of England under 16 Championship, was also capped at under 16 level in 2011 and finished equal sixth in this year’s Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters. He is also a member of the England boys squad. Massey, another under 16 international in 2011 after finishing tied seventh in the North of England under 16 Championship, finished fifth in this year’s Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters.last_img read more

Anti-rhino poaching campaign targets suits

first_imgThe new anti-rhino poaching advert is targeted at affluent businessmen in Vietnam, who are said to be the largest consumers of rhino horn in the Southeast Asian countryThe World Wildlife Foundation South Africa (WWF-SA) is targeting a new audience in its latest campaign against rhino poaching: affluent Vietnamese businessmen.The campaign was launched in Vietnam on World Rhino Day, 22 September, with the intention of changing the way urban men in the southeast Asian country perceive rhino horn. Journalists and business leaders were present at the launch in the country’s capital, Hanoi. It will be rolled out through a variety of media, from business magazines to morning radio shows.Known as the Chi or “Power Comes from Our Will” campaign, the message focuses on the emotional side of rhino horn consumption. Pictures of men in suits are accompanied by slogans such as: “A successful businessman relies on his will and strength of mind. Success comes from opportunities you create, not from a piece of horn.”In the past, advertisements centred on the plight of the rhino, which did not resonate with consumers.The Chi campaign is based on research WWF-SA conducted last year. The conservation group interviewed 720 people from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to find out what was driving the demand for rhino horn. It learned that affluent Vietnamese men between the ages of 35 and 50 living in the two cities were the main consumers because they believed it rid the body of toxins, improved business relationships, symbolised good fortune and promoted success, masculinity and luck. From the research results, WWF-SA was able to create a campaign specifically targeting this group of consumers.It is also seeking to identify and mentor thought leaders and influencers in the community, engage with consumers through social marketing and media, call on the private sector to create a culture of zero tolerance of wildlife consumption, and create a link with other countries where similar activities are taking place.Collaborating with WWF-SA on the campaign are Traffic, a wildlife trade monitoring network, and PSI, a social marketing group with expertise in behaviour change.RHINO’S LIVES TIED TO SOCIAL NORMS IN ASIAWWF-SA rhino programme manager Jo Shaw said the future of rhinos would not be determined in Africa but rather in Asia. Measures would have to work along the entire supply chain, from rhino to consumer, to stamp out poaching.It seems as though this chain stretches as far down as the employees in reserves. On Wednesday, 24 September, the Cape Argus daily reported that South African National Parks (SANParks) officials and police had arrested three employees connected to rhino poaching inside the Kruger National Park. This was followed by the discovery of a freshly killed rhino in the Lower Sabie section of the reserve.Greater Mekong Programme manager Naomi Doak said the campaign could be deemed successful when it changed the social norm. The research also revealed that the popularity of rhino horn had spread by word of mouth. To spread the campaign’s message, Doak said that the conservation bodies needed to tap into the same channels.The Great Mekong Programme aims to conserve biodiversity in southeast Asia, including Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and the southern province of Yunnan in China.DRINK OF MILLIONAIRESVietnam’s wealthy pay up to R728 000 a kilogram for rhino horn powder, which they mix in wine and water to drink. The concoctions have become known as the “drink of the millionaires”.Rosaleen Duffy, a professor of development studies at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, told German news group Deutsche Welle that consumers thought they were imbibing the energy and power of the rhino when taking the powder.Traffic also reported in 2012 that rhino horn touts stalked the corridors of hospitals in Vietnam looking for patients with cancer. However, most patients are ignorant of the fact that rhino horn has no medicinal value as it is made of keratin, the same fibrous material found in human fingernails and hair.As a result of these myths, poaching rhino for their horns has increased from 13 animals in 2007 to 1 004 in 2013. On 11 September, the South African Department of Environmental Affairs said that 769 rhinos had already been killed this year. It is estimated that by the end of the year, that number may reach 1 200.The increase in rhino poaching coincides with the rise in purchasing power in Asian economies over the last three decades.last_img read more

What To Do if the Windows 7 Update Bricked Your Samsung Phone

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Option #1: Try a Hard ResetAt first, Microsoft forum moderators were recommending a “hard reset” to fix update issues before they were aware of the Samsung problem. If you’re not sure if you have the Samsung bug or something else, you should probably try a hard reset first as it would be the simplest solution.To perform a hard reset, do the following (steps courtesy of MyNokiaBlog):Press and hold the Camera, Volume Down, and Power buttons simultaneously.Release Power when the phone vibrates, but continue to hold down Camera and Volume Down.Release Camera and Volume Down when the Format prompt is displayed on screen.Press Windows key twice to confirm the hard reset.Option #2: Try a RestoreNext, there’s the option to restore your Windows Phone to its default state. This may or may not resolve the issue, but if your phone is already dead, it’s at least worth a shot.The restore process would return the phone to its previous state prior to the update. However, any changes between the last sync with the Zune desktop software and the phone would be lost. This includes text messages, ringtones, music downloads and settings changed.To attempt a restore, do the following:Connect your phone to your PC using the USB cable that came with your phone. (This should be the PC you typically use to sync with Zune). Launch Zune and in the Zune software, click Settings > Phone > Update. (If you have a Mac, you can use the Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac to download available Windows Phone updates.)Click Restore.Follow the on-screen instructions in the Zune software.If successful, this will bring your phone back to a working state.Option #3: Reflash the Firmware Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Firmware I8700XXJK1 ## 2010 November CSC_Cetus_Europe_I8700XENJK1:  http://www.multiupload.com/OGUYF4F3VA (rar-file password: samfirmware.com) Samsung WP7 Flash Program: http://www.multiupload.com/3OE4SYAGQASamsung Mobile USB Drivers V5.2: http://www.multiupload.com/GH391NDSY1Flash Guide (English): http://www.multiupload.com/FDRJ3WDZQ7Unrar / install downloaded files (FYI: an unrar program for Windows users is WinRAR)Make sure the phone is disconnected from computer and turned offReboot computer and allow the drivers to complete the install.Start the Samsung WP7 Flash Program.Turn on the phone in “download mode” and then connect it to the computer.Drag the 4 files from the unpacked firmware rar-file to the Samsung WP7 Flash Program dialog screen. The application will place each file in the correct field.When the phone is recognized you can use the “Start” button to start the flashing process. DO NOT INTERUPT THIS PROCESS!When the flashing is done (approximately 15 minutes later) the phone will automatically reboot and show the welcome screen.More information on flashing the firmware on the Omnia 7 is available in the Flash guide you downloaded.  The source/credit for downloads is http://www.samfirmware.com/WEBPROTECT-i8700.htm – registration required. Option #4: Return the Phone to Your Carrier/ManufacturerUnfortunately, if none of the above steps worked for you, the only option remaining is to return the phone to your mobile operator or hardware manufacturer. Here’s the forum post from a WP7 support moderator recommending this as your final option if you need some sort of hard proof to show the rep at your local store.The problem with this last solution is that, in many cases, carriers will point fingers at phone manufacturers while manufacturers will point fingers at carriers and at Microsoft and no one will actually step up to take responsibility for the matter. Good luck if this is your only option! (Feel like an early adopter now?)Image credits: Winrumors One forum poster had success by flashing the firmware on his Samsung Omnia 7. Obviously, this is not an officially supported solution and it requires a bit of technical know-how if you choose to try this method. Again, this may or may not work for you. However, several other forum users have claimed success by following these steps.All credit for these steps goes to forum member SConign.Here’s how to proceed:Check if the phone is capable of getting into the “Download Mode.” To do this: Turn off the phone (or remove and replace the battery), then turn it back on by pressing the power/camera/VolumeUP buttons simultaneously. When the phone turns on, release the power button. If the phone shows the yellow triangle with exclamation and a “Download Mode” message, your phone is capable of getting into the “Download Mode,” and you can proceed to the next step.Download the following files (be warned: multiupload.com is loaded with huge  ads and pop-ups):  Yesterday, Microsoft publicly addressed the reports that its first Windows Phone 7 update was “bricking” users’ handsets – that is, effectively turning them into non-functional paperweights after the update was downloaded to the device. According to Microsoft’s official statement on the matter, only 10% of users experienced problems with the update, and of those, only half (5%) had a problem that was unrelated to an issue on their end – like low disk space or a bad Internet connection. As had been reported, the only devices affected by this issue were Samsung phones, Microsoft said, although it didn’t confirm which models specifically.But what of those 5% whose phones are now dead? Here, Microsoft was less clear, simply pointing users to various online resources like FAQs and forums. What are these users supposed to do? We may have some suggestions for you.In Microsoft’s blog post, the company pointed users to the following sites: the online troubleshooter, its Windows Phone forum and its list of Windows Phone update articles. For those having run-of-the-mill technical issues, the online troubleshooter is probably the best bet. But for those who have actually encountered the Samsung bug, there are other options that may better serve you. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#How To#Microsoft#mobile#news#web sarah perez Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Lyceum outlasts San Beda in 2OT, seals 18-0 sweep of NCAA elims

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHow sweep it is!Lyceum gutted out a thrilling 107-105 double overtime victory over San Beda to complete an 18-0 sweep and take the top seed in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT After their unprecedented run in the elimination round, the Pirates will now advance to the best-of-three Finals, where they will face the last team standing in the stepladder semis.“They just don’t wanna give up,” said coach Topex Robinson. “Credit goes to the coaches also, they are working extra hard. It’s really about being together, we always talk about together is better. It’s just a testament of really working together as a solid group, you can really change a lot. I’m so blessed I’m surrounded with the right people. These guys really get the credit, it’s not mine.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMike Nzeusseu towered over the competition with 27 points, 21 rebounds, and two blocks, but his contributions go farther than the stat sheets as his endgame heroics saved Lyceum in the clutch.The Cameroonian big man drilled the go-ahead freebies with 12.7 seconds to play, 106-105, in the second overtime period before getting the job done on the defensive end as he intimidated Robert Bolick’s attempt in the waning seconds. Leading MVP candidate CJ Perez fired 20 markers, six boards, six assists, and four steals, and nailed the game-sealing free throw with 1.9 ticks to go.Robinson, though, would like his wards to keep their feet on the ground as they now progress to the championship round.“It’s still a long way to go. There’s so much things that we have to work on, and we always have to stay humble and be grateful for everything that’s been given to us. It’s a testament to how the character of this team is, and hopefully we are inspiring others in the way we play,” he said.With the game tied at 85 in the closely contested fourth period, both Lyceum and San Beda traded misses in the last two minutes including Franz Abuda’s botched potential game-winning jumper.In the overtime period, Pirates were 3.4 seconds away from the win after Perez’ drive. But the referees called a head-shaking foul on Jaycee Marcelino as he defended Bolick’s desperation heave with 1.5 seconds remaining. Bolick split his freebies to send the game to double overtime at 97-all.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight However, Lyceum showed its poise in the second overtime period as they bucked the graduation of integral cogs Jayvee Marcelino and Reymar Caduyac and went to Nzeusseu and Perez to salvage the game.Jaycee Marcelino fired nine points, nine rebounds, three dimes, and three steals, while Caduyac also had nine markers, three boards, and two assists in the victory.Donald Tankoua fired a career-high 34 points, 13 rebounds, two assists, and two blocks for San Beda, before fouling out late in the first overtime.Bolick also unloaded 16 markers, but shot 4-of-17 from the field, to go with his five assists and two boards.Javee Mocon flirted with a triple-double with his 14 points, 14 rebounds, and seven assists, as the Red Lions saw their 15-game winning streak snapped. They remained in second place with their 16-2 card.The Scores:LYCEUM 107 – Nzeusseu 27, Perez 20, Jc. Marcelino 9, Caduyac 9, Pretta 8, Santos 8, Ayaay 7, Baltazar 6, Serrano 6, Jv. Marcelino 4, Ibanez 1.SAN BEDA 105 – Tankoua 34, Bolick 16, Mocon 14, Doliguez 13, Abuda 8, Presbitero 6, Soberano 5, Noah 4, Oftana 3, Cabanag 2, Potts 0, Bahio 0, Adamos 0.Quarters: 25-22, 56-46, 70-69, 85-85, 97-97, 107-105. San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 93 PLAY LIST 02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9301:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:00NCAA Season 93 Preview: Lyceum Pirates01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Harden, Houston spoil another opener, win 105-100 at Kings View comments MOST READ Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNPlast_img read more

Young guns vital for Queensland’s defence in women’s open

first_imgBy BEN HARRISThey weren’t involved in Queensland’s historic win two years ago but Kim Sue See and Brooke Walker could play a big part in their state’s defence of the women’s open title.Queensland ended New South Wales’ grip on the women’s open title when they won the three-game series 2-1 in Port Macquarie in 2012 following victories in match one (5-3) and match three (3-1).It was Queensland’s first series win in the women’s open division since 2002.Now back on home soil at Sunshine Coast Stadium, Queensland are looking to go back-to-back in the division for the first time in State of Origin history.If they do, a big reason for it could be their six debutants including Sue See and Walker.Both have represented Australia via premiership-winning stints with Queensland Secondary Schools Touch at the National Youth Championships.Sue See made her international women’s open debut on her 18th birthday in the first Trans-Tasman Test at Mudgee on ANZAC Day earlier this year.“I’m really nervous but I’m not as nervous as I would be if I hadn’t already played for Australia. It really helped. It calms me a bit,” Sue See said.Coming from Bribie Island, Sue See is playing in her backyard at Sunshine Coast Stadium.She knows New South Wales won’t be pushovers.“New South Wales have some of the best players in the world,” she said.“But as a team hopefully we can play to our strengths and we will see how we go.”Walker, 19, expects all three matches to be physical and challenging.She said it was surreal to be making her debut in the open’s team alongside the likes of Peta Rogerson and Kelly Woods.“They have experience behind them and to be able to debut alongside them it is a dream really,” Walker said.“We have the potential to win definitely. We’ve got people like Peta and Woodsy to guide us and the rest will have to step up and hopefully we can come away with a win.”The first match of the women’s open series begins at 5.20pm on Friday, September 19.The second and third matches are on Saturday at 10.45am and 4.15pm respectively.There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 State of Origin. The Touch Football Australia and State of Origin websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below: www.soo.mytouchfooty.com www.touchfootball.com.au All of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the NYC event, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below. Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) The TFA YouTube channel will also have highlights and live games streamed throughout the event. Please click on the link below to be taken to the channel, and be sure to become a subscriber to the channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksSOO women’s openlast_img read more

Photos: Jim Harbaugh Shouts Out Michigan Moms On Twitter On Mother’s Day

first_imgMichigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh throws the ball during the pregame warms ups prior to the start of the game against the Wisconsin Badgers.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 01: Michigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh throws the ball during the pregame warms ups prior to the start of the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Michigan Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***Jim HarbaughJim Harbaugh is known for his colorful personality on Twitter. Today, he’s using his account to show off some Michigan moms for Mother’s Day.Harbaugh has posted eight photos of Michigan mothers and their sons so far this morning. Loving & Dedicated Moms of Michigan Football – Glenda McCray, Paula O’Korn, Erica Kinnel & Susan Bunting. pic.twitter.com/ZonxmftThj— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) May 8, 2016Loving & Dedicated Moms of Michigan Football – Sela Litia Tu’ipulutu Mone, Carolyn Malzone, Kesha Bush & Pam Gedeon. pic.twitter.com/GfKpglB35f— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) May 8, 2016This is very cool on Harbaugh’s part. Hopefully he puts up some more photos as the day goes on.last_img read more

Winnipeg Commodity Exchanges last trading function moving to New York

first_imgWINNIPEG – The American company that bought the Winnipeg Commodity Exchange in 2007 says it is shutting down its last commodity trading function.Atlanta-based Intercontinental Exchange Inc. (ICE) says it will move trading of canola contracts from Winnipeg to New York by July 29.The change will effectively end trading at the WCE, which has been operating in the city since 1887.ICE says the move to New York, which requires regulatory approvals, will provide customers with deeper liquidity, reduced administrative costs and a more diversified risk management pool while retaining the same contract specifications.It says two of its 14 local staff will continue to work in Winnipeg to maintain ties with grain companies based there.The WCE has been handling futures contract trading since 1904 and was the first North American commodity exchange to shift to all-electronic trading when it shut down its “open outcry” system in 2004.last_img read more

Welding to close a lane on the Taylor Bridge yet again this

first_imgYRB North Peace General Manager Chris Charbonneau says that most of the welding will be done on the sides of some of the bridge deck’s floor beams, but that the work needs to be done during daylight hours, hence the hours of the closure.He said that some welding will also be done on the bridge’s metal deck, which is the reason for the lane closure.Charbonneau explained that while the work is listed on DriveBC.ca as running until July 26th, there is a possibility that the work could be completed by Tuesday or Wednesday.He added that YRB is asking motorists to use caution while driving through the work zone, and is apologizing for any delays that motorists experience. TAYLOR, B.C. – You’ve got three guesses why the Taylor Bridge is once again down to single-lane traffic this week, and the first two don’t count.Highway maintenance crews will be reducing Highway 97 over the Taylor Bridge down to single lane-alternating traffic between now and July 26th as welders once again make their way onto the bridge to conduct repairs.The repairs will be conducted from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and motorists are advised to expect delays of up to 20 minutes in each direction.last_img read more