Catholic Church’s Anti-Ebola Volunteer Ends Mission

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Catholic Church’s Anti-Ebola Volunteer Ends Mission

first_imgAn anti-Ebola volunteer of the Catholic Church, Dr. Tim Flanigan has expressed strong optimism that Liberia will soon overcome Ebola.Professor Flannigan, a specialist on Infectious Disease at the prestigious Brown University in Rhode Island, USA, who has worked in Liberia as a volunteer with the Catholic Church’s Ebola Response Team, made the assertion recently in Monrovia.He stated that he was personally touched by the commitment of the people of Liberia and their local and international partners in combating the Ebola virus disease (EVD), adding that the virus will soon be history.“Liberia went through the war, which was worst than Ebola. So I think you will defeat this disease. Liberians are poor and have few health workers but the country is very rich in faith, prayer, and desire to succeed against the outbreak,” he observed.Dr. Flanigan, who is also an ordained Deacon in the Church, arrived in Monrovia early September at the invitation of the Catholic Church. Since his arrival, he has been an asset in the fight against the disease, said Sr. Barbara Brillant FMM, Coordinator of the Catholic Church’s Ebola Response Program.“We are very happy to have Dr. Tim with us. He has been leading and conducting training and education sessions at Catholic health facilities, communities, parishes, schools, and other places like Buchanan. He has been an asset.”Dr. Tim played critical liaison role with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, CDC, visited Ebola Treatment Units (ETU) and related well with other organizations on behalf of the Catholic Church.During his tenure of volunteerism, the Catholic Ebola Response Team was involved in three main activities. The first was to split the awareness and sensitization intervention into three teams: Team One was for Health Centers and Clinics (including the Catholic Hospital and the TB and Leprosy Center in Ganta) and Team Two focused on Community Outreach (worked with youth groups to do Ebola prevention in communities and parishes) while Team Three coordinated and worked with school principals and teachers to prepare for school opening.The second activity focused on undertaking an assessment of Catholic Clinics in the Monrovia area as a prerequisite for reopening of the facilities: Star of the Sea Clinic, Bishop John Collins Clinic, Sr. Barbara Ann Health Center, Sr. Agnes Clinic as well as the St. Peter’s Claver in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.The third activity entailed the provision of donated materials and PPE (personnel protective equipment) and Clorox and helping the St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital in organizing training for its reopening.Asked about his personal experiences in the fight against Ebola, Dr. Flanigan said: “With Ebola, sometimes patients and health workers feel abandoned because we try not to touch them. The health care workers did not have enough PPE, but are committed to helping the patients and be as safe as possible. We need to always stand by them”Dr. Flanigan, who departs Liberia early November for USA, said he was pleased to have volunteered with the Church and will always have fond memories of the people and country. He lauded the Catholic Church for inviting him and thanked Liberians for receiving and working with him well. He will be happy to come back if the opportunity affords him. He hoped that the new Doctor, a Franciscan Missionary of Mary Catholic Nun from Kenya, who has come to join the anti-Ebola crusade will receive similar support.The Catholic Church in Liberia in early September scaled up its fight against the Ebola Disease Virus (EVD) with the mobilization of increased human, medical and logistical resources to put a halt to the virus, protect the people, and ensure the smooth operations of Catholic health centers around the country. Dr. Tim Flanigan has been a formidable member of that effort.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Tourism Month plans announced

first_img Related Items:#tcitourismmonth, #tourismiskeyitstartswithme Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 2, 2016 – It is National Tourism Environmental Awareness Month and the Turks and Caicos joins with the rest of the region in celebrating tourism.Plans for the month were rolled out at the TCI Tourist Board on Tuesday and include “Cruise Week”, November 14-19 with planned tours of the Grand Turk Cruise Center, the reintroduction of the Tourism Quiz Competition at the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College (TCICC), Grand Turk Campus; an Open House Exhibition at the TCICC Provo Campus; the Hello Tourist Programme where students from six primary schools on island will get the opportunity to experience life as a tourist for a day; a ‘Big Bin Competition’ (the decorating of garbage bins) among the tourism clubs at the various schools and the annual TCI Youth Congress where the Junior Minister of Tourism 2016/2017 will be selected.There will be billboards, destination videos and clean up campaigns as the month is celebrated in tandem with the Department of Environmental and Costal Resources (DECR), the Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association (TCHTA), Environmental Health Services (EHS), the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force and the Department of Youth Affairs.The theme is ‘Tourism is Key, it starts with Me.’last_img read more

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NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Part-Time Boys Varsity Lacrosse Head Coach at Wilmington High SchoolPart-Time Girls Varsity Lacrosse Head Coach at Wilmington High SchoolPart-Time Girls JV Lacrosse Head Coach at Wilmington High SchoolPart-Time Cashiers & Merchandise Associates at TJ MaxxFull-Time Accounting Assistant at CutisPharmaFull-Time Shop Associate at Northland Industrial Truck CompanyFull-Time Inside Sales Representative at Harrington Industrial PlasticsFull-Time Carpet Cleaning Technician at New England Carpet MasterFull-Time Automotive Detailer at Bill Dube HyundaiFull-Time Demand Generation Marketing Manager at SOVOS Compliance(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

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Gwyneth Paltrow signs Netflix deal to create a Goop show

first_img 1 Inside the Universal Studios Stranger Things haunted house Tags Comment 2:01 Get the most out of Netflix with these tips Share your voicecenter_img TV and Movies Now playing: Watch this: 17 Photos Netflix Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop will reportedly make a docuseries for Netflix. Getty Images Actress Gwyneth Paltrow is bringing Goop to Netflix.The Avengers: Endgame star signed a deal with Netflix in which her Goop lifestyle brand will produce a 30-minute docuseries focused on wellness, Variety first reported Monday and CNET later confirmed. The show, set to debut in the fall, will be co-hosted by both Paltrow and Goop Chief Content Officer Elise Loehnen.Loehnen told Variety that they chose Netflix for the show because Netflix’s core audience is definitely watching content on the service, and the service can provide the type of production budget Goop is seeking for its stories.”Some of the more strategic, bigger stories we want to tell require a TV budget. Obviously, there’s no better partner in that,” Loehnen said regarding the deal. A team of 20 will produce the program, which plans to tackle mental, physical and sexual health topics.Loehnen reportedly said Paltrow plans to ensure the show represents the Goop brand, calling it the actress’s next “white space.” Goop sells and writes about beauty, home, fashion and wellness products, seemingly from a holistic point of view.”With this show, I think she’s only really interested in opportunities where we can uniquely be ourselves and do things potentially disruptive,” she told Variety.In order to focus on the show, Goop also plans to pause production on its quarterly print magazine, which will resume after the show arrives to Netflix.The deal is the latest high-profile signing for Netflix, which in the past year has included grabs like a content deal with Barack and Michelle Obama, the continuation of a deal that keeps Friends on the service through 2019 and an agreement that put Taylor Swift’s Reputation concert on the service at the end of 2018. And Netflix is increasing prices in the US this year, since new subscribers are still signing up like crazy.First published at 10:37 a.m. PT.Update 2:59 p.m. PT: Adds confirmation from Goop.last_img read more

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iOS AR app Wonderscope teaches kids about bullies in space

first_img 18 Photos Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 pulls us further into an augmented reality Apple 4:19 Post a comment Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? reading • iOS AR app Wonderscope teaches kids about bullies in space Now playing: Watch this: Apple’s new two-player AR arcade game at WWDC is crazy See All Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumorscenter_img Share your voice 0 Wonderscope’s new AR experience, Clio’s Cosmic Quest, teaches young readers about space. Within  Wonderscope, an augmented reality storytelling app for Apple devices, added a new interactive experience to its library of immersive, educational stories Tuesday: Clio’s Cosmic Quest brings young readers along for a journey with a cute purple space particle (who’s dealing with a jerk in her nebula) as she learns about stars, supernovas and our solar system. Wonderscope is one of the first companies to tackle storytelling in AR, the buzzy technology that overlays digital images on top of the real world around you. Best known through products like Snapchat filters and Pokemon Go, augmented reality has been on most consumers’ radars for its goofy gimmicks, but Apple CEO Tim Cook has said AR holds the potential to be as important as the iPhone. Clio’s Cosmic Quest follows an animated space particle to her nebula.  Within The new format means rethinking some of the norms of creating a story. Wonderscope’s AR treatment of stories is like “inside-out storytelling,” according to Chris Milk, the CEO of Within, the company behind Wonderscope.In Clio’s Cosmic Quest, like all of Wonderscope’s stories, kids move the action along by speaking scripted lines that appear on screen. Wonderscope is free app available on all AR-enabled iOS devices. Its four stories are are a mix of free and paid titles; the app is running a back-to-school promotion that discounts the paid stories to 99 cents each from $4.99. Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Mobile Tech Industry • Tags Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Augmented reality (AR) Applelast_img read more

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IndiaZimbabwe Trade Doubles in Four Years

first_imgTrade between India and Zimbabwe has reached US $ 125 million in the financial year, 2010-2011, said Commerce Ministry Tuesday.Comparing to 2006-07 (US $ 64.02 mn), the trade growth between the two countries has doubled in four years.”Bilateral Trade has shown an impressive growth, increasing from US $ 64.02 mn in 2006-07 to US $ 125 mn in the year 2010-11, i.e. almost doubling in the last 4 years, with India’s exports to Zimbabwe amounting to US $ 114 mn and imports from Zimbabwe amounting to US $ 11 mn,” a press release by the Ministry said.Expressing happiness over the development, the Union Minister of Commerce Industry and Textiles Anand Sharma requested Zimbabwe Vice President Joice Mujuru to ratify BIPPA which was signed in 1999 as it will help in increasing investments in both countries.Conveying India’s interest in cooperating with Zimbabwe in the mining, power generation, railway, ICT and agricultural sectors, Sharma said “In fact the tripod on which the India-Africa relationship stands today with the resonance of South-South cooperation is that of technology, trade and training. We have created a three-tiered cooperation at Pan-African, regional and bilateral levels with the continent of Africa.”last_img read more

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Quikr Shifts Base to Bangalore to Tap Available Technology Talent Pool

first_imgQuikrQuikr websiteQuikr, the classifieds portal, said on Wednesday that it was relocating its headquarters to Bangalore from Mumbai to expand its technology team and grow its footprint.The founder and CEO, Pranay Chulet, said that the relocation to Bangalore would help grow their technology and product team faster, a move that would have taken 18-24 months in Mumbai, the financial capital.The six-year-old company is a part of the South African media conglomerate Naspers. The transition is expected to happen over the next six months. Quikr will, however, retain 600 of its 800 Mumbai employees in the city. The move to Bangalore would help it ramp up its staff strength from 150 to 600 members, with a significant addition to the technology team.The web-company joins a long list of players who have migrated to the tech and start-up hub from other parts of the country.Bangalore has welcomed many other technology companies making the transition to tap into its substantial software talent pool. The Garden City has benefitted from the start-up culture too. With its expanding plug and play capabilities, the software capital offers better business infrastructure.Other firms finding a business home in the city are – online booking firm Ola and FreeCharge, an online mobile recharge player. January 2015 will see Instamojo, a payment start-up, move operations to Bangalore, whose cofounder and CEO Sampad Swain admitted that the choice to go with Bangalore was prompted by the ready availability of engineers from older generation platform companies like Akamai and Yahoo! Instamojo aims to grow its engineering team from 10 to 50 in the next six to 12 months.”Talent from other cities are averse to move to Mumbai due to cost of living and quality of life,” said Kunal Shah, co-founder of FreeCharge.Ola moved in mid-2012 and has seen its base also become its biggest market in the country.Quikr’s Chulet said that the move was growth oriented and should not to be seen as a cost consolidation effort. This year the company has raised over Rs 900 crore from a list of investors that includes Tiger Global, Kinnevik, Matrix Partners India, Omidyar Network, Nokia Growth Partners, Norwest Venture Partners, Warburg Pincus and eBay Inc.Market sources say that salaries in Bangalore are higher by 20-40% for top engineering talent. The new breed of start-ups has to compete with international players with deep pockets for suitable talent.last_img read more

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Quader hints at cabinet reshuffle

first_imgRoad transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader meets an Australian delegation at his secretariat office on Tuesday. Photo: Prothom AloRuling Bangladesh Awami League general secretary and road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Tuesday hinted at a possible reshuffle in the cabinet.The ruling party spokesperson dropped the hint in response to a volley of questions from reporters after a meeting of the minister with an Australian delegation at Bangladesh Secretariat.“It’s the discretion of the prime minister whether there will be any change in the cabinet. However, a reshuffle may be made in the cabinet. But I cannot say when it will happen,” said Quader.When his attention was drawn to a hearsay that a new post of deputy prime minister could be created, the minister said, “It is a mere rumour.”He claimed that he knew nothing about creation of such post.last_img read more

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3 bikers killed in Ctg road crash

first_imgThree motorcyclists were killed after a truck knocked them in Akbar Shah area of Chittagong city early Friday.The deceased are Qamrul Islam, 27, Md Nizam, 32, and Md Rezaul, 30.Akbar Shah police station officer in-charge Md Alamgir said a truck hit the three motorcyclists in Shahid Lane area of the city around 3:00am, leaving them dead on the spot.“Police have detained the driver and his assistant and seized the truck,” he added.The OC also said the bodies were sent to Chittagong Medical College Hospital for autopsy.last_img read more

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Afghans vote amid chaos Taliban threats

first_imgAfghan police officers stand guard while election commission workers prepare ballot boxes and election material at a polling station in Kabul, Afghanistan on 19 October. Photo: ReutersAfghans began voting on Saturday in parliamentary elections overshadowed by chaotic organisation, allegations of corruption and violence that has forced a postponement of the vote in the strategic southern province of Kandahar.The United Nations, which has been supporting the process, has urged Afghans to “use this opportunity to exercise their constitutional right to vote” and called for the election to take place in a safe and secure environment.Officials worry that violence will keep voters away from polling stations, particularly following the assassination of the police chief of Kandahar on Thursday, which forced authorities to delay the election in the province by a week.Taliban militants have issued a series of statements telling people not to take part in what they consider a foreign-imposed process and warning election centres may be attacked.Thousands of police and soldiers have been deployed across the country but already nine candidates have been assassinated and hundreds of people killed and wounded in election-related attacks.Polls opened at 7.00am (0230 GMT) and voting is due to continue until 4.00pm. Due to the difficulty of collecting and collating results across Afghanistan, the overall results will not be known for at least two weeks.Election authorities originally planned 7,355 polling centres but only 5,100 will be able to open due to security concerns, according to the Independent Election Commission, overseeing the vote.Voting has also been delayed in Ghazni province, by arguments about the representation of different ethnic groups.Fraud FearsWidespread allegations of voter fraud present a challenge to the legitimacy of the process, seen by Afghanistan’s international partners as a vital step ahead of the more important presidential election next year.Afghan politics is still poisoned by the aftermath of a disputed presidential vote in 2014 that forced the two main rival groupings to form an unstable partnership. Both sides were accused of massive electoral cheating.Political sleaze has put Afghanistan near the bottom of Transparency International’s world corruption index.”Fraud, the abuse of power and corruption are going to be the main challenge, much more than security,” said Aziz Rafiee, a political analyst and executive director of the Afghan Civil Society Forum.Some 8.8 million voters have been registered but an unknown number, by some estimates as many as 50 per cent or more, are believed to be fraudulently or incorrectly registered.About 2,450 candidates are competing for places in the lower house, which has 250 seats, including one reserved for a candidate from the Sikh minority. Under the constitution, parliament reviews and ratifies laws but has little real power.In a bid to ensure the vote is fair, biometric voter registration technology has been rushed in at the last minute.But many fear the untried technology, which was still being distributed to provincial voting centres as recently as Thursday, will add to the confusion without eliminating fraud.last_img read more

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