first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has acknowledged the tremendous efforts of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassador, Orlando Bloom, in rallying international support aimed at addressing the needs of children throughout the world.The President commended the UNICEF Ambassador last week when he met with her at her Foreign Ministry office in Monrovia. Ambassador Bloom was accompanied to the meeting by UNICEF Country Representative Sheldon Yett.President Sirleaf used the occasion to praise UNICEF’s role in the fight against Ebola and its partnership in the cash transfer program being implemented by the Ministry of Gender and Social Protection.She acknowledged the spirit of volunteerism and resilience of the young people, many of whom were working with UNICEF, who demonstrated leadership, empowerment and ownership to significantly reverse the trend amid the outbreak of EVD.The President intimated the pivotal role of surveillance in proportion to contact tracing that became a game-changer in the combat against the Ebola virus disease in the country. She had earlier, in an Executive Mansion press statement, praised the efforts of churches, faith-based institutions, doctors, nurses, the technical teams as well as everybody who rose to the occasion in the combat against the epidemic. It was important to recognize and support those that are making every effort to pull themselves out of a particularly challenging circumstance, she said.She then pinned Mr. Bloom with a Brussels Airlines inspired badge with the inscription: “Africa Is Not Ebola” and prevailed on him to continue to serve humanity.Ambassador Orlando Bloom had earlier thanked President Sirleaf and her government for leading the effort in bringing communities together to do so well for their country. He indicated that there is a difference between a war situation and the Ebola outbreak. “In war,” he said, “you can see your enemy unlike Ebola.”He said Liberians had indeed made remarkable progress. His visit was an opportunity to convey to the international community the need for support to keep blazing the trail.Mr. Bloom also visited Grand Cape Mount and Bomi Counties as well as the Township of West Point.Speaking to locals on the ground, the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador said his field visits to Bomi County brought him into contact with a lady who is a beneficiary of the cash transfer program.  She is currently engaged in the sale of charcoal and has managed to acquire a plot of land.  These kinds of interventions give hope and help to de-stigmatize people.Mr. Bloom praised the courage of young girls in the Township of West Point who have become the torchbearers of inspiration and a sense of belonging. For his part, UNICEF Country Representative to Liberia, Mr. Yett, informed President Sirleaf that the Goodwill Ambassador’s visit to Liberia was to see the incredible work government is doing in the fight against Ebola through social mobilization, community ownership and leadership structures.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgMaya Mircetich led the way with 12 kills, Bella Peterman added 10 kills and four blocks and Arcata High volleyball stayed perfect in Big 5 Conference play with a three-set victory (25-18, 25-17, 25-15) on the road at Eureka, Thursday night at Jay Willard Gymnasium.Avery Thornburgh supplied eight kills and another four blocks for Arcata in the win while Mekaynea Solia supplied five kills and 10 digs and Erin Lamphear, 16 service points.Bella Vigil led Eureka with four kills while Cambelle …last_img read more

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Today marks the fifth anniversary of IP Ventures, Microsoft’s program that opens up technologies developed internally at Microsoft to entrepreneurs and new businesses. The IP Ventures team within Microsoft identifies technology not being used by the company – or that could be used in a different way – and treats this IP as a form of currency that can be invested in other businesses. While the new companies that take advantage of these technologies still need to find financial backing, the Microsoft program helps provide ample technology support and business guidance throughout the process.Microsoft’s IP Ventures is the subject of a Harvard Business School profile. According to author of the study, Professor Josh Lerner, “We think it’s an interesting model and believe that students, as well corporations that invest heavily in research, could benefit from looking into what Microsoft has done.” As Microsoft cannot work all the IP it creates into its product portfolio, IP Ventures allows Microsoft to transfer those technologies into the hands of other entrepreneurs. According to program director Sharieff Mansour, “When you’re dealing with new technologies and there aren’t established players, it lends itself to starting new ventures and creating tangible job opportunities around the IP. IP Ventures works with entrepreneurs and venture capitalists to get those technologies to market quickly. The program also serves as a vehicle for the venture capitalist community to work with us in a meaningful way.”Over the last five years, IP Ventures has helped support the launch of several new companies including the mobile media company Zumobi, the children’s learning game company Sabi, and Inrix, a Seattle-based traffic reporting company.Pat Brazel, whose company Zignals participated in the program says, “From a technical point of view, frankly it’s inconceivable that any small company could build the stuff that we got from IP Ventures. We’re standing on the shoulders of giants in terms of the technology we got from Microsoft.”While the companies that IP Ventures has supported are still in their infancy, the end goal of the program is to help develop sizable, stand-alone businesses based on the IP Microsoft provided and according to Mansour, a couple of companies in the IP Ventures portfolio are “nearly at that point.” 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts audrey watterscenter_img Tags:#Analysis#start Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology ReadWriteBody is an ongoing series where ReadWrite covers networked fitness and the quantified self.It seems fashionable for audiophiles to beat up on Beats, the music-accessories business by Dr. Dre that Apple is reportedly interested in buying. But debating sound quality seems beside the point. I think Apple is placing a bet on a whole new category of electronics. Call it earable computers.Earable computers, or earables, will look like existing audio accessories—earbuds, headphones, and the like. The inexorable trend towards miniaturization and wireless connectivity will mean that these devices will soon untether themselves from smartphones and connect us to news, entertainment, and people on their own.The Ear Up ThereEarables are the future of wearables.Like other wearable devicess, earables will be attached to the body. I’d argue that they have more market potential than, say, smartwatches, which aren’t for everyone. They definitely have more appeal than so-called “face computers” like Google Glass, which has proven to be awkward and embarrassing and may ultimately prove socially unacceptable to use outside of limited industrial settings.But headphones are everywhere. Almost everyone uses some kind of ear bud with other devices to play music and take phone calls. The question is what else these devices can do.A recent rumor about Apple adding fitness features to its EarPods, though debunked, pointed to something quite real: Apple’s EarPods already have a chip in the built-in remote. Devices attached to our ears could do a lot that we rely on smartphones for, like carry alerts and notifications. Earables could sense the condition of our body, picking up biological signals like heart rate through our skin. I’ve seen several fitness-related devices with some kind of ear interface. Pear Sports, for example, makes its own custom earphones with a controller that will give real-time heart-rate information, while its app feeds training cues through the speakers.Siri Inside Beats?The most fascinating product inside the Beats portfolio are its Studio Wireless Headphones. With Bluetooth connectivity and a digital processor for noise cancellation, this headset already is a connected computing device—albeit one with very limited functions.Add Apple’s M7 coprocessor, though, and it could track your steps. Add a full-fledged processor and a voice-controlled Siri, and you could ask questions and get answers. Today, Bluetooth devices must be tethered to a smartphone, but the wireless technology is evolving quickly, and soon smart gadgets will be able to talk to each other. That means my Bluetooth heart-rate monitor could whisper the pounding of my own heart into my ears as I work out. My beats on my Beats, if you will.The potential is unlimited—which is why Apple’s interest in Beats isn’t limited to its nascent streaming music service, I believe. Apple has long understood the power of audio in all forms. By upending industry groupthink and focusing its effort on earables, Apple could create a whole new category of consumer electronics—again.center_img Tags:#Apple#beats#beats headphones#Beats Music#Body#digital fitness#earbuds#earphones#earpods#exercise#fitness#fitness apps#headphones#health#quantified self#workouts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces owen thomaslast_img read more

first_imgAs many as 415 infants and children died at the Baba Raghav Das (BRD) Medical College hospital in Gorakhpur in August this year, an increase of 51 deaths over the same month last year.As per hospital data, the hospital recorded 234 deaths in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and 181 in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). The NICU treats newborns while older children are treated in the PICU. Deaths due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) are included in the PICU.In August 2016, 364 children died in the hospital. Of these, 190 were recorded in the PICU and 174 in the NICU.The hospital had already recorded 386 deaths till August 29 this year. With 29 deaths on the last two days of the month, the figure reached 415.While figures for death percentage in the last two days could not be obtained, till August 29 it stood at 3.14% in the PICU and 7.20% in the NICU, with 171 and 215 deaths, respectively.While 1,000 patients were admitted in the PICU ward till August 29, another 480 were in the NICU section. Out of 171, around 73 died of AES.The death percentage at the PICU last August was 2.8% when 1,130 patients were admitted. In the NICU, 445 patients were admitted, of which 174 died at a percentage of 7.38%.The highest number of deaths recorded in a single day last year in the PICU and the NICU was 11 on August 9, 11 and 23.This year, the highest number of deaths recorded in a day in the PICU was 15 on August 28. The NICU section recorded the highest deaths at 15 on August 14, 14 on August 10 and 12 on August 20.However, the deaths due to AES last year in August, 104, were higher.According to BRD principal P.K.Singh, 34 children died in the NICU from August 26 to 29. While two died due to respiratory syndrome, one due to sepsis, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy claimed 10 lives and very low birth weight claimed 11 lives.In the PICU section, 41 deaths took place from August 26 to 29. Of these, 15 died of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome, 15 of sepsis, four died of snake bite or scorpion stings and three from pneumonia.August 28 also recorded the highest number of combined deaths in the PICU and the NICU this month with 25 casualties, followed by 24 on August 14 and 23 on August 10, when the oxygen supply was allegedly disrupted.Explaining the recent spurt in numbers, Mr. Singh on Wednesday said a large number of patients were coming to the hospital during the current monsoon period.The number of children admitted in the hospital on Wednesday was 344, Mr. Singh said. The BRD principal said, “Most of the children brought to the hospital are so critical, they can survive only for 30 minutes to one hour with the best possible management.”Mr. Singh said the hospital had “sufficient supply of medicine and oxygen”, adding that doctors were doing their job sincerely.However, he could not be reached over phone calls or messages on Thursday and Friday.last_img read more

first_imgArsenal’s forward Alex Iwobi has revealed that Sporting was lacking in composure in their Thursday night match, adding that the club deserves credit for being very compact and difficult to break.“We have to give credit to Sporting because they were very compact and they made it difficult for us, but maybe that composure was lacking a bit today,” Iwobi said via official club’s website.Discussing about the red card after Aubameyang found himself through on goal, he continued:Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“It’s a bit sad, especially when you’re seeing Pierre running and he’s so fast that we knew he was going to get there, but I guess it was a smart challenge from Mathieu, but it was unfortunate for us and we were unable to get the goal.”While also talking about Wolves at the weekend and aiming to finish top of the group, Iwobi concluded:“We will go again and start analysing Wolves and that’s not going to be an easy game because they’ve been doing well this season, so onto the next one.”last_img read more

first_imgParis Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel has revealed he’s keen to buy players when the transfer window reopens in January.The former Borussia Dortmund boss is keen to see his midfield options strengthened after playing makeshift players in that position, as the French champions struggle with lack of options in the middle of the park.“That is very simple — I would like a second Marco or a second Marquinhos,” Tuchel said, according to ESPN.“However, first of all, we need to find this person. We want guys with good mentality, and that is hard to find.”Asked about goalkeeper Alphonse Areola’s decision to extend his contract with the French champions until 2023, Tuchel praised the France international.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Alphonse is very important for us,” he said. “He has always said: ‘This is my club — I want to stay.’ It is really important to have guys like that — it is a strong signal.”Areola, who revealed Tuchel had played a major role in convincing him to commit his long-term future to Le Parisians, said he had not discussed Adrien Rabiot’s situation with his teammate.The French midfielder has been linked with a move away from Paris with Barcelona and Liverpool rumored to be interested in his services.“I have not really spoken with Adrien about it,” he said. “It is between him and the club, so it is not my business.”last_img read more

first_img Posted: July 27, 2019 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO KUSI) – A young man is in critical condition this evening after being stabbed in the stomach in City Heights.The man was stabbed shorty after 3 p.m. off Wightman St. in the Cherokee point neighborhood.The victim’s name has not yet been released, and police are still looking for the two suspects of the stabbing.The victim is currently in surgery with life-threatening injuries. Stabbing in North Park leaves man in critical condition July 27, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

first_img(WSVN) – Dozens of Cuban migrants were stopped at sea over the weekend.The Coast Guard intercepted a small boat Sunday, about 23 miles north of Havana.Thirty-six men and women on the boat were rescued and brought to safety.One passenger was airlifted to the hospital because of chest pains.The migrants were given food, shelter and a medical evaluation before being returned to Cuba.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgAt the time this article was written, ESPN had 3,335,412 followers on Twitter. However, Erin Andrews, one of ESPN’s most popular commentators had 1,200,905 all to herself. By the time you read this, CNN will have more than 3,980,000 followers. But more than 2,304,000 people will be following one of CNN’s biggest brandividuals—Anderson Cooper. Many media executives are naturally driven to perceive this brandividual independence as a threat; not just to their brand, but, as if they’re pimps, to their way of life. However, the risks of resisting or ignoring the realities of this new, brandividual-led world are greater than if you embrace them. First, make sure you have the right brandividuals—journalists or bloggers who are domain experts, whose expertise and reputation engender trust and loyalty, and who understand the importance of immersing themselves into the social networks that matter.Second, don’t be shy about leading your online editorial product with your brandividual(s).Third, in addition to providing the necessary buttons and icons for connecting to your media brand over social networks, be sure to offer all of the available means for your audience members to connect directly with your brandividuals. David Berlind is the chief content officer at UBM TechWeb.More on this topic Resisting Brandividualism Is Futile The Brandividual, “Problematic Neutrality” and the Emerging Editorial Model UBM Tech Shuffles Executive Team CMP Acquires ‘Unconference’ Events Group for $1.2 Million Meredith Hires Mark Peterson as Newsstand VP Hearst Looking to Boost Social Interaction On-SiteJust In TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry DivePowered by Last fall, at the American Business Media’s Executive Forum, I joined IDG Enterprise CCO John Gallant and SourceMedia EVP/CCO David Longobardi on stage for a panel about the future of content and editorial and, much to my surprise, my introduction of the “brandividual” concept turned into a lightning rod for subsequent hallway conversation.Brandividualism is nothing new. But prior to the arrival of social networks, the media brands themselves got to be the sole arbiters of brandividualism. There were no other practical ways to keep in touch with your favorite newscaster, weatherperson or columnist other than to tune into the media brands that employed them. Then along came Twitter and Facebook—two services that have not only up-ended the media industry in well-chronicled ways, but ones that have also reinforced the principles of brandividualism.In a double-whammy, not only are Twitter and Facebook disintermediating media brands as the sole channelers of the trust relationship between audience and brandividuals, they’ve become the platforms upon which new independent, but highly trusted brandividuals have risen. The latter phenomenon and its potential to dilute audience is the more oft-discussed challenge to modern day media. But the former should be just as interesting to us students of media.last_img read more