Responding to the growing demand for more space to accommodate Ebola patients, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority have turned over a 96-bed Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) to the Government through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.The Center is located adjacent the Unity Conference Center off the Hotel Africa road in lower Virginia.Giving an overview of the project yesterday, the Managing Director of the National Port Authority and sister of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Madam Matilda W. Parker said the initiative was the two organizations’ way of contributing to government’s efforts in the Ebola fight.She told President Sirleaf, “we heard your voice, we heard the voice of Liberians at a time when they needed more treatment centers for Ebola patients.” The NPA managing director disclosed that the ETU contained 26 bathrooms and showers built for patients and others who will be visiting their loved ones there.“We want to say as Alphas we don’t implement and walk away,” Madam Parker said revealing that the two organizations had negotiated for three months medical supplies for the facility, due to arrive in November.In addition to that, she said special packages will be given to Ebola survivors who will be walking out of the center Ebola free.The NPA boss lauded Americare, APM Terminal, Environmental Protection Agency, General Service Agency and others who supported the construction of the center.Speaking earlier, the president of Alpha Phi Alpha Fratenity, Inc and Managing Director of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC), T. Nelson Williams, told the gathering that early in August the Liberian leader, consistent with the obligation of her office, sounded the battle cry against the invading Ebola virus disease, and declared the state of national emergency.The brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and sisters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. promptly responded, he said.According to Mr. Williams, they have sent an SOS call to international organizations based in the United States, requesting medical supplies and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for distribution to medical facilities in Ebola affected areas in the country.As the result of their appeal, the LPRC boss disclosed that a 40-feet container with assorted medical supplies, valued at US$600, 000 will arrive in the country soon.Mr. Williams said the supplies will be given to medical facilities and health workers around the country. He acknowledged that the projects were funded by members of the two organizations, business partners and friends of Alpha.He told his colleagues, “We must continue to fight this war against Ebola until Liberia is declared Ebola free.”Turing the center over to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Madam Parker and President Sirleaf urged the ministry to continue the fight against Ebola.Meanwhile, the Assistant Minister for health and preventive service, Tolbert Nyenswah thanked the organization and promised that their contribution will be used for its intended purpose.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Claims of a major breakthrough about the big bang are swirling in the news: is it inflation, or inflating the evidence?In “Stop the presses!” style, the science news are simultaneously announcing that gravitational waves have been discovered that reveal evidence for inflation. Cosmic inflation stems from Alan Guth’s proposal in the 1980s that the universe underwent an unbelievable expansion (much faster than light) for just a few billionths of a trillionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second immediately after the big bang (see “State of the Cosmos,” 2/21/05). Despite undergoing numerous overhauls and versions, inflation theory has become somewhat of a “given” among cosmologists, because it neatly dispenses with two falsifications of the big bang, the horizon problem and the lumpiness problem. Still, some complained that it was (1) untestable and (2) it created as many problems as it solved. Science Now openly admits the idea sounds crazy:If imagining the big bang makes your head ache, what happened an instant later might make it explode. Cosmologists think the just-born universe—a hot, dense soup of matter and energy—went through a burst of expansion faster than the speed of light. Like a magical balloon, the cosmos doubled its size 60 times in a span of 10-32 seconds. This phase, known as inflation, ended well before the universe was even a second old.So how can they suddenly claim that inflation has been discovered?Major Discovery: ‘Smoking Gun’ for Universe’s Incredible Big Bang Expansion Found (Space.com)First direct evidence of cosmic inflation (PhysOrg)First glimpse of big bang ripples from universe’s birth (New Scientist)Cosmic inflation: ‘Spectacular’ discovery hailed (BBC News)Glimpse of the Universe’s First Split Second Boosts Inflation Theory (Science Magazine)Telescope captures view of gravitational waves: Images of the infant Universe reveal evidence for rapid inflation after the Big Bang (Nature)What really happened is that a team with a sensitive detector dubbed BICEP2 in Antarctica found (they claim) some signals of B-mode polarization in the cosmic microwave background (CMB) – a very weak signal that leans on various models and the ability to identify noise to subtract out. They are interpreting swirls on a chart as evidence of gravitational waves (extremely weak and difficult to detect), which they infer were caused by inflation after the big bang, since producing those artifacts would have required very high energy according to theory. They believe they have ruled out foreground artifacts that might have distorted the signal, but that remains to be confirmed.Science reporters are going nuts with the announcement simultaneously (showing they are all in cahoots with embargoed news, like horses ready to charge out of the racing gates; this BICEP2 study has been going on for years). Space.com, in particular, is finding creative ways to capitalize on the “spectacular” announcement with advertisement-cluttered video clips, interviews, photo galleries and infographics, obviously prepared in advance for the big publication day.Deeper reading shows it might be appropriate to hold the horses.First of all, the experiments are highly theory-laden. It’s a bit like reasoning, “Major premise: If space aliens visited Mars, they would have left faces. Minor premise: a face has been found on Mars. Conclusion: Space aliens visited Mars.” Only if cosmologists assume certain things about what inflation might do to the cosmic microwave background can they claim inflation caused what they think they see. This signal, for instance, would have had to be imprinted on spacetime almost half a billion years before the CMB became visible. Confirmation bias is a common problem in science and in everyday life (that’s why Karl Popper proposed falsification as a criterion for science.)Second, the data are extremely tenuous. Gravitational waves are notoriously weak. Additional support may come from data now being crunched by the ESA’s Planck telescope’s team. But again, interpretations of the reduced data set after signals considered uninformative are tossed out are not free of theory bias. The team is claiming, nonetheless, that the signal is stronger than expected.Third, even the “discoverers” of the ripples admit it is premature to conclude their favored interpretation (inflation) is correct. Deep in the Space.com article, team leader John Kovac said he expects a lot of scrutiny to follow the announcement. “It’s going to be controversial,” he told Space.com. “We can expect that people will try to shoot at it from every direction, and we invite that — that’s the scientific process, and it’ll be fun and interesting.” The honest reporters are cautioning their claims with the disclaimer, “If it is confirmed…”. Mr. Inflation himself, Alan Guth, warned in the New Scientist article, “No experiment should be taken too seriously until there’s more than one that can vouch for it.” Nevertheless, some are seeing John Kovac on track for a Nobel Prize.Fourth, the announcement does not claim to bring understanding of any physical cause for the signal. Harvard cosmologist Avi Loeb gives this admission at the end of the Space.com article:Still, there is much more to learn about our universe’s first few moments. For example, astronomers still have no idea what the substance that propelled inflation — dubbed the “inflaton” — actually is, Loeb said.“It’s not yet a victory of theoretical physics that we see evidence for a process that took place early on,” he said. “We really need to understand what this substance — this inflaton — is. And until we do that, it’s just like dark matter or dark energy — we give it a name, but we don’t know what it is.“Perhaps it is best to summarize the announcement thus: A very tiny signal of uncertain origin might have been detected from the Earth’s surface in microwaves that might have originated in gravitational waves from deep space, but confirmation is needed. Some cosmologists have pet theories, but nobody understands what they mean.Update 3/19/14: For Evolution News & Views, Rob Sheldon has analyzed the motivations behind this announcement, as well as its physical claims.Ignoring for a moment the press’s propensity to leap onto bandwagons and toot foghorns in unison, let’s consider what this announcement means for creationists. If the signal turns out to be real and did come from gravitational waves during the birth of the universe, why should they be surprised? They believe God stretched out the heavens in the mighty miracle of Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Why wouldn’t a supernatural event like that leave footprints in natural signals? If we are on the frontier of gravitational wave astronomy, praise the Lord! We can learn some more things about creation.Oh, but naturalists argue, we have science, so we don’t need miracles to explain the universe. Oh, yes they do. Consider: they don’t know what inflation is, they don’t know what an inflaton is (it’s just a name to cover ignorance), they don’t know what triggered the big bang, they don’t know what came before it, they invented inflation to avoid falsification of their naturalistic theory. Inflation creates as many problems as it supposedly solves, because it merely transfers the extreme-low-entropy initial conditions of the big bang to inflation itself. Moreover, it was a one-time event, with no explanation, that occurred under no known laws of nature – ruling out the principle of uniformity, the basis of science. Conclusion: inflation is tantamount to a miracle. Q.E.D. So: everyone believes in miracles. Christians have all the reason to believe that intelligently-designed miracles are superior to mindless miracles of chance, especially when they result in human brains capable of asking questions like this.This announcement, therefore, gives no support to naturalism. All the problems that existed before are still there. Guth admitted in 2005 that inflation, which he called a “collection of models rather than a unique theory,” does not remove the Anthropic Principle – an idea that he confessed sounds patently religious. This announcement is just the latest case of philosophical naturalists and their toady reporters inflating a nanometer into a light-year, claiming far more than they can possibly know, using minds that, by attempting to employ laws of logic, refute their own naturalistic premises. (Visited 111 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
A school for Somali children in the refugeecamp near the town of Dadaab in northernKenya. Despite the harsh conditions of thecamp, some of these children may oneday get the chance to attend university.(Image: White House)MEDIA CONTACTS• Sandra OeyPublications OfficerWorld University Service Canada+1 613 761 3714+1 800 267 8699 ext 3714• Windle Trust Kenya+254 20 firstname.lastname@example.orgThey spent most of their lives in crowded refugee camps after their families fled violence in Somalia, but now 22 men and six women have won university scholarships to study in Canada.Ahmed Farah Nageye finished high school in 2006 but, living in a refugee camp near the town of Dadaab in northern Kenya, near the Somali border, had little hope of further study. But now he’s off to Canada.“I have waited for this day since 2006 and it is finally here,” he said. “My prayers have been answered.”Nageye, now 21, has spent most of his life in Dadaab. “My family came here when I was two years old. I have never known another life.”His family fled the civil war in Somalia in 1992, when his father was killed in the southern port city of Kismayo.Nageye said he had to struggle to finish high school in Dadaab. “There were days when I would go to school hungry.”He thought of quitting to help his mother take care of the four children. “I wanted to get a job when I was 15 but my mother wouldn’t hear of it. She wouldn’t let me quit school.”The scholarships are being given by the World University Service of Canada working with Windle Trust Kenya, an NGO that helps refugees from East and Horn of Africa access education and training.Fifty candidates had to take a written and oral English exam. “Twenty-eight of us passed and were given the scholarships,” Nageye said. One Sudanese student also earned a scholarship.Nageye wants to study medicine and go back to Somalia. “I know how doctors are needed in my country. I want to be able to help not only my mother and family but the Somali people.”Hassan Daud, 28, finished high school in 2008 but could not secure a university place.He had to find some work after finishing high school. “I had to do something so I started helping teach in a school in the camp.”He said it was hard enough for a Somali to get into university but “it is even harder for a refugee. I am so glad and grateful we got this opportunity and I am sure we will take full advantage.”Daud said he wanted to study political science and return to Somalia. “I want to replace these so-called politicians who destroyed our country.”Daud’s mother, Barwaaqo Mohamud, said the family struggled to make sure he stayed in school “and our perseverance paid off. I am so proud of him.”Ali Abdi, another student, said that despite having to wait for two years for a place, he never gave up. “My brother went to university and I wanted to follow in his footsteps.”Abdi wants to study medicine. He spent 18 of his 20 years in the refugee camp, where there is a desperate need for doctors.The group expects to find out which universities they will be attending in Canada in June and will begin in the autumn term, said Nageye.Source: Irin News
22 August 2014The Department of Health has launched a new mobile phone-based messaging service to provide South Africa’s estimated 1.2-million pregnant women with free antenatal health care information.The department will seek to register as many pregnant women as possible with the SMS service, MomConnect, which will both provide information and advice on pregnancy as well as notify the department about poor service.Launching the service at Soshanguve Multipurpose Community Centre outside Pretoria on Thursdasy, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said the service would advise women on what to do at any stage of their pregnancy and also encourage them to start ante-natal care at an early stage.“We will say, Mom, since you registered with us you are now 13 weeks pregnant, this is what you must do, this is where you must go and this is what you must avoid.“Even after the birth of the baby, we will continue to send the messages for the period of one year. The messages will include advice on the baby, this is what you must do, this is what the baby must get.”He said pregnant women would also be able to send messages to the department to criticise or compliment the services they had received.“In a particular period, we will be able to know from here in Pretoria that in the past six months that most of the messages that are bad were coming from a particular clinic.”The R59-million project will be funded for the first two years by the US government, which is providing R49-million, and Johnson & Johnson and ELMA Philanthropies, each of whom contributed R5-million.The department, with the help of its partners, has trained 10 300 health workers nationally to help pregnant women to register for MomConnect and to provide associated services.“In the coming weeks, every health facility in the country will have at least one person who is trained and whose job will be to assist and register pregnant women,” Motsoaledi said.Mobile operators Vodacom, MTN, Cell C and Telkom are providing a 50% discount on SMS’s sent to pregnant mothers as part of the service.Pregnant mothers and health workers at the Motubatse Clinic in Soshanguve welcomed the initiative on Thursday. Pregnant mother Patricia Mokese, who is already registered, said the project would help them with their check-up dates, since this could be confusing.“We have lot on our mind at home and work, and sometimes we forget to go to the clinics on time,” said Mokese, who is expecting her second child. “The project will help us, especially when something you don’t understand happens to you during the pregnancy. We can send a message for assistance.”Sister Innocentia Hlongwane, who works at the mother and child ward in the clinic, said MomConnect would help expecting mothers to book their appointments early and provide them with information ahead of time.“We can get early bookings for antenatal care,” Hlongwane said. “It will also reduce the risk of the maternal rate and help us as health workers because they will already know the warning signs if there is an emergency.”Source: SAnews.gov.za
Powerhouse celebrities like Jared Leto, Charlize Theron and Victoria Beckham all have an interest in South Africa through their charity work.Charlize Theron shakes hands with one of the patients at a hospital that specializes in treating victims of sexual violence against women. (Image: UN /Marie Frechon)Priya PitamberPowerhouse celebrities like Jared Leto, Charlize Theron and Victoria Beckham all have an interest in South Africa through their charity work. Good causes across the country are reaping rewards under the spotlight that these A-listers are shining on them.Charlize TheronBenoni-born Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron has a soft spot for her home country. In 2007, she set up the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP), which focuses on the youth in Africa and keeping them safe from HIV/Aids.The project provides support in the form of grants and networking for a number of organisations already in the field working with young people between the ages of 10 and 20. “Although the geographic scope of CTAOP is sub-Saharan Africa,” reads the website, “the primary area of focus has been Charlize’s home country of South Africa, which has the highest number of people living with HIV in the world.”Did u know more than two-thirds of all people living with #HIV live in sub-Saharan Africa? That’s approx 24.7mill people. #keepfighting— CTAOP (@CTAOP) January 5, 2015“An entire generation was wiped out because of a disease that nobody wanted to talk about,” Theron said. “But the truth of the matter is certain pockets of people are falling through the cracks and if we don’t go all the way where there are zero infections and zero people dying from this, this is a disease that will come back warring.” The reality of stopping Aids altogether was around the corner; this was her driving force. “We can stop Aids.”“Although there is no cure, treatment is available,” reads the CTAOP website. “Infection rates are dropping and more people are on treatment than ever before. But the fight is not over, and the epidemic is disproportionately affecting specific locations and populations.”Jared LetoThe 30 Seconds to Mars front-man and Academy Award-winning actor, Jared Leto, has been named a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) global ambassador. “In this role, Leto will work with WWF to raise awareness of the most urgent, critical issues facing our planet,” said the fund.He travelled to South Africa in this role to learn more about rhino poaching and what the WWF was doing to help stop it – and he described his adventure in the country as mind-blowing. “Being that close to majestic creatures like rhinos and elephants reminds me of the deep connection and important responsibility we have to protect and shepherd these fragile species and their habitats.”Leto visited And Beyond Phinda Game Reserve in North Uthungulu in KwaZulu-Natal as part of a team sent to tag and collar three rhino in a translocation initiative. Those rhinos, along with others, will eventually be moved to an undisclosed location to boost breeding efforts.“Unless we want our children to learn about rhinos from history books, we need to act now,” Leto said. “That’s one of the reasons why I support WWF for doing incredible work, getting results. So please join me in supporting WWF. Thank you.”“Oh, what is that? The rhino thanks you as well. I’ve been practising speaking rhino. It’s a difficult language. Once you get the knack of it, it’s pretty nice.” – Jared Leto“The world needs to wake up to the fact that we’re losing rhinos, elephants and other critically important species,” said Carter Roberts, the president and chief executive of WWF US. “Their recovery lies in our hands. We need strong voices that can mobilise the efforts of many and I’m grateful to Jared Leto for lending his reputation and passion to the cause.” Rhino poaching has been growing since 2007. (Image: Eco Watch)Victoria BeckhamOnce a Spice Girl and now a world famous designer and UN Goodwill Ambassador, Victoria Beckham has also added her voice to the fight against Aids in South Africa. On behalf of UN Aids and the Elton John Aids Foundation (EJAF) she visited Soweto in Johannesburg to meet women, children and community workers affected by the disease.“Elton is a very dear friend of mine and David’s and we’ve been patrons of the Elton John Aids Foundation for 20 years so I have been working a lot with lots of Aids charities,” she told UK Glamour magazine.She sold over 600 items from her own wardrobe to help raise money to support mothers living with HIV. “As a mother I want nothing but a healthy future for my children and that’s all any mother would wish for,” Beckham said.See Beckham’s tweets about her visit:Inspiring day in Soweto visiting @hivsa with @ejaf x vb pic.twitter.com/YP9wXTTD6S— Victoria Beckham (@victoriabeckham) October 12, 2014In the last 3 years @ejaf have helped over 60,000 mothers give birth to HIV free babies. X vb pic.twitter.com/be70EI9912— Victoria Beckham (@victoriabeckham) October 14, 2014Anne Aslett, the executive director of the EJAF, travelled to South Africa with Beckham. “It was fantastic to see how Victoria connected with young women, young mothers and their children,” Aslett said. “Her energy and commitment to engage and learn from everyone we met was inspiring. I want to personally thank Victoria for the recent trip.”Jenna ColemanBritish actress Jenna Coleman came to the public’s attention in the sci-fi series Doctor Who; she cemented her reputation in her debut feature film role in Captain America: The First Avenger.As one of the ambassadors – the other is actress Naomie Harris – for One to One Children’s Fund, Coleman travelled to the coastal city of Port Elizabeth in late 2014. She came to see the work the fund does to support parents and children affected by HIV, and how it created awareness to help prevent transmission of HIV from mother to child.“Our aim, to build a one-to-one relationship of mutual trust and regard with local communities and to invest the time, skills and careful funding that would make the most positive difference to the quality of children’s lives,” reads the fund’s website.“The first challenge is getting people to attend the clinics and be tested,” said Coleman. “The stigma around the disease prevents people from seeking help and sticking to their treatment.”See more about her visit here:“Working alongside the Department of Health,” adds the One to One website, “52 trained community health workers ensure that members of the community, predominantly pregnant women, access essential treatment and care.” In six months, they undertook 962 home visits to HIV-positive women, where they reinforced the importance of treatment.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Rains continue today over the state, focusing more on the northern half of the state. We look for rain totals of .2 to .5” from US 30 northward. We can’t rule out rains a little farther south into west-central Ohio. ,Tomorrow we have a strong front finally pushing in, and it will bring better rains to all locations. We see .25-.75” rain totals over 90% of the state. The higher end of the range will be in northern and NW parts of the state, where thunderstorms are likely after midnight tonight through early tomorrow. Rains continue through the rest of the day as the front pushes south and east, but action loses its serious punch in the afternoon. We won’t rule out thunderstorms re-firing tomorrow evening in SW Ohio, but in general, we think it will take a more significant wave of action Thursday morning to generate moisture.We are putting more rain in on Thursday over southern Ohio as that stronger wave moves out of southern Indiana into southern Ohio. We like rains of .25”-1” from I-70 southward, and Thursday afternoon perhaps a few hundredths to .25” in NE parts of the state. North central and NW Ohio likely miss out on Thursday.From there on out, our forecast is unchanged. On Friday we have another wave coming up from the southwest. This will bring rains of .5”-2” to areas south of US 30, Far northern areas of Ohio should miss out on that system.Saturday, scattered showers are back with .25”-.5” over 80% of the state, and a few hundredths to a quarter of an inch in the remaining areas.Sunday has rains of .5”-.75” over the 80% of the state, but action is leaving quicker. We think rains will be done by shortly after noon, and we should start to dry Sunday afternoon and evening. The map above shows cumulative rain totals through Sunday evening. The aforementioned dryness continues for the first half of next week. We should be able to be dry weather through Wednesday of next week. One little hiccup is expected on Tuesday, when we see a few scattered showers meander through northeast Ohio.A strong system returns for the start of March on Thursday the 1st, pushing into the 2nd. This system brings rains again, with half to 1.5” potential on the conservative side. Late in the 11-16 day window we have a cold front that crosses the around the 6th with rain potential of half to 1.25”
2. Subscribe to Other People (& Re-Blog)One thing that hasn’t changed about blogging is the sense of community. Half the fun of maintaining a blog is reaching out to your network. So be proactive in finding people who blog about similar things as you, then link to them and even re-blog their posts (copy and paste – it’s much more accepted in light blogging than in professional blogging!).At this stage, the market leader Tumblr still offers you the best chance of finding like-minded souls – due to the sheer number of people using it. Here’s an example of community from a Tumblr user called rudie. Note the “following” panel on the right, which lists the other blogs that rudie follows. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Blogging#Features#How To#Publishing Services#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts 3. Aggregate Content From Your Other Apps With light blogging, you needn’t even spend time actually blogging – because you can pull in content automatically from other apps. While FriendFeed and even Facebook are common methods for many of us to aggregate our content from across the web (a.k.a. ‘lifestreaming’), it’s just as easy to do so using Tumblr, Posterous or Soup.io. To the right is an example from my own Soup.io blog. Every week Soup.io polls last.fm and automatically publishes the top 5 artists I’ve listened to in the past week.4. Customize Your ThemeAll of the leading light blogging services offer a variety of colorful themes. If you’re handy with HTML and/or CSS, you can customize your template too – if you want to make it unique. Here’s a cool MySpace-esque design from Tumblr user Juice in a Box: richard macmanus Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 5. Don’t Take it SeriouslyIt’s not called light blogging for nothing (actually it wasn’t called light blogging at all, until we clumsily coined it!). Services such as Tumblr, Posterous and Soup.io make it very easy to experiment with blogging, have fun, see new things, meet new people. Why not give it go…From Sween’s Tumblr blog Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Last week we took a poll asking for your favorite ‘light’ blogging service. These are blogging services that make it very easy for you to share content and media. While old-school blogging service Blogger.com got the most votes in our poll, newer slicker services such as Tumblr, Soup.io and the recently trendy Posterous are popular with early adopters. Many people are only just coming to know the newer services like Posterous, so in this post we give you 5 tips to get the most out of them. The post is in the same vein as our earlier How to use Facebook one.1. Post Lots of MediaBlogging started out in the early days as a text-heavy medium; and to this day professional blogs (such as ReadWriteWeb) rely mostly on text. But the whole point of light blogging – sometimes called micro-blogging – is to be more casual and colorful. So post lots of media: photos, video, audio. Most light blogging services offer a browser bookmarklet, which enables you to post media at the click of a button.Here’s an example of easily published media from a Posterous blog called ReflectionOf.Me: