We would like to begin the New Year on a high note by paying special tribute to all health care providers-medical doctors, nurses, clergymen and women, volunteers and others who lost their lives to the Ebola epidemic of 2014.We thank them for their sacrifices, display of valor, professionalism, selflessness and uncommon volunteer action that has inspired all of us. Because of their action and sacrifices, we look forward to 2015 with renewed energy and commitment believing that all interventions put in place in the fight against Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) would eventually lead to the eradication of EVD from Liberia.Building a lasting, multimedia memorial for those whose sacrifices provide us with a space to live would be a worthwhile project. As a nation, we need to commemorate the lives of those lost to EVD so as not to forget what we have been through and what lies ahead.Messengers of Peace (MOP)-Liberia takes this opportunity to call on Government of Liberia, International Organizations and Civil societies to provide the much needed coordination policy to end the fight against Ebola, to strengthen the health care system and to equip our schools with hygienic facilities and supplies. We can only improve the lives of those that have survived and honor the memories of those who lost their lives to the epidemic. According to Albert Camus in The Plague-“What is true of all the evils in the world is true of plague as well; it helps men to rise above themselves.”Together, we have come this far. The concept of “it takes a village” is given further expression through such all-embracing action of our heroes and heroines. For us at MOP-Liberia, we are refreshed to know that our hard work, through the various community education outreach programme and weekly column has paid off and we remain committed and ready to develop programmes that protect young people, particularly children against all risks. We intend to go further on a new journey that leads to the prevention, control and eradication of EVD from Liberia.For a disease with such high fatality and social consequences as Ebola, the wise saying that prevention is better than cure makes cannot be overemphasized. It is on this premise that we would like to request the Government of Liberia to continue ensuring the safety of all our health care providers and volunteers risking their lives in the fight against the Ebola virus.On a related note, we are pleased that schools are scheduled to reopen next month and we are quick to caution that if there are no concrete steps to equip schools and educate the youth about EVD, as well as put in place the necessary precautionary measures, then the mediocrity that places us at risk will continue. A long term plan and strategy should be employed to guarantee the safety of our children.News of significant progress in the development of effective vaccines deserves our attention, particularly considering the expert opinion of their safety and we are optimistic that the treatment regimen, protocols and vaccines would make the difference. Beyond the scientific breakthrough of Ebola vaccines, we must remember to address the issues surrounding the political sluggishness, unemployment, corruption and grossly inadequate healthcare infrastructure, among others, which constitute a drawback to the progress made so far.Until next week, when we come to you with another article on: “Notes of Forward Looking Interventions in the Fight against Ebola”, Peace First, Peace above all else, May Peace prevail on earth!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A SENIOR staff nurse with decades of experience dealing with road tragedies committed three dangerous driving offences within minutes of each other, a court has heard.The incident, Letterkenny District Court was told, was one of the worst cases of dangerous driving witnessed by experienced officer Garda Damian Mulkearns.Mary O’Callaghan, The Commons, Bellinaleck, Co Fermanagh is a senior specialist nurse at Enniskillen Hospital. She admitted the offences which took place two days before Christmas last year as she drove into Ballybofey from Donegal Town.Judge Paul Kelly heard how Ms O’Callaghan, who is 59, swerved in and out of a line of traffic overtaking cars and narrowly missing both oncoming vehicles and a traffic island.Defence solicitor Patsy Gallagher said the nurse was extremely embarrassed and regretful about the offences which were “a single blight on 40 years of driving.”He said she had had a “difficult shift” the night before, had friends arriving for Christmas and had her priorities in the wrong place.The solicitor added that it could have been a “very sorrowful Christmas had things gone the other way and there had been a crash.”Judge Kelly told the defendant: ” I am amazed at someone in your position would drive in such a manner; Gda Mulkearns description of the incident as being one of the worst he has ever seen speaks volumes about these incidents.”Sentence was adjourned until October 13 with the nurse sent on the Pro-Social Drivers Course and ordered to pay €150 towards the cost of it.SENIOR STAFF NURSE ADMITS 3 DANGEROUS DRIVING CHARGES IN ‘WORST CASE FOR YEARS’ was last modified: July 17th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:dangerous drivingEnniskillenFermanaghMary O’CallaghanNURSE
Juan Mata will be checked over by the Chelsea medical team after suffering an ankle injury in the 2-2 draw at Reading.The Blues playmaker was substituted on 77 minutes with his team 2-0 up at the Madejski Stadium.Reading, who had failed to register a shot on target, subsequently scored two late goals to snatch a draw.However, Benitez revealed the decision to bring on Yossi Benayoun for Mata was made because the Spaniard had picked up a knock.Benitez said: “He has a problem with his ankle, we will have to see the doctor. It was a little painful but we will have to see tomorrow.”See also:Reading v Chelsea player ratingsChelsea stunned by late Royals 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
A hard landing by a Malaysia Airlines Airbus A330 that substantially damaged the landing gear was the result of an unstable approach that the crew initially failed to recognise, safety investigators have found.The A330 landed so hard at Melbourne airport two years ago that the main landing gear had to be replaced.Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigators found that the captain felt the aircraft sink when it was in the final stages of approach and about 50ft from the ground.He used an unapproved procedure to increase the engine thrust in an effort to slow the rate of descent but the landing was hard enough to cause substantial damage. There were no injuries in the March 14, 2015 incident.Investigators found the approach had become unstable at 300ft due to control inputs by the captain.“Flight data showed that the pilot flying (the captain) disengaged the autopilot at approximately 700 feet above ground level (AGL) and from that point until touchdown there was an increase in the frequency and magnitude of sidestick pitch control inputs by the PF,’’ the ATSB said in a final report released Wednesday.“In response to these inputs the aircraft’s autothrottle system varied the engine thrust to maintain a target speed, as per system design, and the aircraft pitch angles fluctuated between approximately -0.5 degree nose down and +5.0 degree nose up. “The net result of the varying thrust settings and pitch angles was a fluctuating rate of descent between approximately 380 and 960 feet per minute.“Large sidestick inputs, specifically nose-down, also have the potential to inhibit the vertical speed reduction function, which is an automated function that provides some protection against touchdown at very high vertical speeds.’’The investigators found the rate of descent at 300ft was 960ft per minute, close to the maximium allowed by Malaysia of 1000ft per minute.The pilot continued the unstable approach despite company procedures and manufacturer’s recommendations that dictated a go-around if an approach is unstable below 500ft.There was also confusion in the cockpit when the captain moved the thrust levers momentarily into the take-off/go around (TOGA) position and the first officer assumed that a go-around was being conducted and tried to pull up the aircraft’s nose. “Inadequate monitoring and communication by the crew led to a lack of recognition of the Undesirable flight state and the continuation of an unstable approach,’’ the report found.“Continuation of the unstable approach led to a high rate of descent at touchdown and resulted in a hard landing in excess of the aircraft design loads and short of the normal touchdown.’’The incident prompted Malaysia Airlines to circulate a memorandum to A330 flight crew highlighting the details and outlining procedures aimed at preventing a similar occurrence. The flight crew involved also undertook additional training and assessment before returning to flight duties.“If an approach does become unstable, a rushed attempt to recover the approach may produce an undesirable aircraft response,’’ The ATSB said. “There is also a risk of breaking down the shared understanding between the pilots, which in turn limits the opportunity of the other flight crew to detect or react to inappropriate actions.“When landing, pilots should maintain a safety philosophy of ‘If in doubt, go around’.”
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Partly to mostly sunny skies today. Southwest winds will help temps get a little warmer this afternoon than yesterday. Clouds will also be on the increase this afternoon too, as we get closer to a front that looks to pass overnight tonight into tomorrow. The best cloud development this afternoon will be in west and especially northwest parts of Ohio.Showers spread over the state tonight through tomorrow. Rain totals will be mostly from .1″-.6″ with coverage at 90% of Ohio. Western areas see clouds and precipitation clear out sooner, and may even be able to see a decent sunset. However, eastern locations will be stuck with clouds and some lingering moisture into the evening.Dry and sunny to finish the week. We are significantly cooler behind the frontal boundary for Thursday, but see a return to southwest winds for Friday which will start to boost our daytime highs again. Relative humidity values will be low so we should see decent drying both days. Partly sunny skies are expected for Saturday.A minor frontal boundary slides in for Sunday. We are putting better chances of rain in the forecast for that day, with scattered showers over 80% of the state, although moisture totals are not that impressive. Right now we are penciling in a few hundredths to .4″. However, the boundary just primes the pump for bigger rain and thunderstorm action on Monday. A significant cold front sweeps through from west to east, and brings rains of .25″-1″ over 80% of Ohio. Heavier rains will be triggered by thunderstorms. Strong winds are likely and a big cool down comes in behind. We look for moisture to continue into the evening before a dry slot takes over. The map at right shows an update on the rain potential for this weekend and early next week.Much colder for most of the rest of next week. This system looks very similar to the strong winter storm that hit the plains and upper Midwest last week…not in its precipitation type and spread, but in the strength of the low, and how is is very slow to track across the great lakes and out of the region. Because of that, we think that we see wrap around clouds sweeping through the northern third to quarter of the state next Tuesday and Wednesday as the low tracks through MI and Ontario. central and southern Ohio just turn out partly to mostly sunny. The entire state is partly to mostly sunny for Thursday, but we stay very cool. Temps for the bulk of next week behind the early week system will be below normal.Temps attempt to moderate next Friday with the return of south flow, but that likely sets the stage for a frontal passage for the extended window that brings another round of rain, cold air and wind, likely the end of next weekend into early the week following.
Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces sarah perez Tags:#Apple#iPhone#mobile#news The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Have you ever wondered how many iPhone 4 owners have upgraded to iOS 4, the latest and greatest version of the iPhone mobile operating system? Although Apple doesn’t release these sorts of numbers in detail, the way Google does with Android, a startup with a large user base, Bump, has released their own numbers, which provide good insight into the OS breakdown.According to Bump CEO and co-founder David Lieb, 89.73% of its users are on iOS 4.x – that is, they run some version of the iOS 4.0 software.Lieb recently shared these figures on Q&A service Quora where they were soon spotted by our own Marshall Kirkpatrick. The answer Lieb posted is a standout example of why the tech community is currently hyping the Q&A startup Quora to such a great extent, even proclaiming it to be the next Twitter, in some cases.But back to the data at hand.Lieb said that Bump’s user base is large enough to be a good statistical sample. However, he doesn’t state how large. But we do know that as of August 2010, the Bump app had been downloaded 15 million times. In addition, we asked Lieb this morning where Bump stands as of today. The app has now had more than 25 million downloads across iOS and Android, he told us. So yes, we’re buying it that their sample is large enough to be of interest here.For the data below, Lieb says that the sample comes from all Bump users between January 7 and January 10, 2011. This data includes all iOS devices, though, not just the iPhone.By major revision, the statistics are as follows:4.X: 89.73 %3.X: 10.25 %2.X: 0.02 %And by individual minor revisions, the stats are (ranked by percentage):4.2.1: 52.89 %4.1: 27.50 %3.1.3: 6.43 %4.0.2: 3.36 %4.0.1: 2.95 %4.0: 2.94 %3.1.2: 2.52 %3.2.2: 0.49 %3.0: 0.22 %3.1: 0.21 %3.0.1: 0.10 %3.2: 0.10 %3.1.1: 0.10 %4.2: 0.09 %3.2.1: 0.07 %2.2.1: 0.02 %2.2: 0.00 %In addition, Ian Peters-Campbell, an engineer at Loopt, makers of a location-based iPhone application, responded to the question saying that Loopt’s stats were very similar to the above, but with even a little more of its users on iOS 4. Lieb said that made sense since Loopt probably had more iPhone users (vs. iPod Touch users) than Bump did.What this goes to show is that Apple’s mobile operating system isn’t too badly fragmented, especially when compared with its competitor, Android. On Android, as of today, only 0.4% of Android devices are on the most recent version – version 2.3 aka “Gingerbread.” Of course, Gingerbread is brand-new, so even looking back pre-launch to December 2010, we found that only 43.4% ran Android 2.2 (Froyo), then the most recent version.Image credit: TiPb Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts
Tension spread in Pilakhuwa town, Hapur district of Uttar Pradesh, on Monday morning after a man allegedly died in police lock-up of torture. Three policemen, including the Station House Officer, have been suspended.Local sources said Pradeep Tomar (30), a resident of Lakhan village, was picked up by police near the Chhajrasi toll plaza on Sunday for questioning in connection with a murder case. They alleged that he was detained when he was travelling with his wife and son. Late in the night, when his condition deteriorated, he was shifted to the GS Medical College in Pilahuwa, where he died in the early hours of Monday. Meanwhile, a video, purportedly showing Tomar’s backside as completely blue and marks of beating on his arms, has gone viral.Yesh Veer Singh, Superintendent of Police, Hapur, told The Hindu, “On August 30, a half-burnt body of a woman was found in the jungle of Lakhan village. Pradeep was a relative of the deceased. She was the wife of his brother-in-law. During surveillance and investigation, he was found to be a suspect. He developed health complications during questioning and was taken to a local hospital. Later, he was referred to the Meerut Medical College, where he died during treatment.”As the officials didn’t follow the standard operating procedure and didn’t inform their seniors before taking Pradeep into custody, Inspector Yogesh Baliyan, chowki in-charge Ajab Singh and constable Manoj have been suspended. “We are waiting for the post-mortem report before taking further action. A departmental inquiry and a magisterial probe have been ordered,” Mr Singh said. He refused to comment on the video that purportedly shows injury marks on the deceased and the son and wife of Tomar alleging that he was beaten in their presence. “Let’s wait for the post-mortem and inquiry reports. The post-mortem is being video recorded,” added Mr. Singh. Family members and farmer leaders protested in the Meerut Collectorate, demanding murders charges against policemen involved in the case. The PAC (Provincial Armed Constabulary) has been deployed in Pilakhuwa and nearby villages.
Losing sleep and watching late-night football matches is a common trend among the upper middle class families in urban areas. But in Kaluwas, a tiny village near Bhiwani, Haryana, it’s the men’s boxing competition at the London Olympics which keeps people awake till the wee hours.They have a good reason to do that as local boy and Olympic medallist Vijender Kumar is fighting for his second medal at the ExCel Arena in London.Vijender was scheduled to fight Terrell Gausha of the United States in his pre-quarterfinal bout on Thursday and the scene at the boxer’s residence in Kaluwas was no less than that at a packed indoor stadium. Vijender’s courtyard might not have much space, but every inch was filled by eager family members and villagers who gathered to watch Vijender in action.The bout was scheduled at 2:15 am but the villagers showed childlike enthusiasm. The village is dogged by inconsistent power supply, but to make sure that no one misses the action, the family had a television set in the courtyard attached to a heavy-load generator.Vijender’s family holds special prayers before his bouts and Thursday was no exception. Vijender’s father Mahipal Singh has a superstition that his son will lose if he watches him live on television. So, he prays in seclusion at a temple in his ancestral farm. He religiously followed this routine on Thursday as well.As Doordarshan tuned in to the boxing competition in the 60kg category, the attention of viewers shifted to the television. The eager crowd makes comments about the competitors. Around 25 of the villagers are boxers of international repute and their opinions were right most of the time.advertisementAfter that Vijender’s bout started and each of his punches drew huge applause from the villagers. In contrast, every punch of Gausha drew oohs and aahs.Vijender’s confident face gave the villagers the impression that Vijender would win. He stepped up his game in the third and deciding round but Gausha too scored on counter punches.Vijender’s win triggered an impromptu dance among the villagers lasting five minutes.
Spain may be overwhelming favourites in their upcoming Davis Cup World Group Play-off against India, but their star player Rafael Nadal is in no mood to take the hosts lightly.India, spearheaded by the veteran Leander Paes, will field Saketh Myneni and Ramkumar Ramanathan in the singles matches against 14-time Grand Slam winner Nadal and World No.13 David Ferrer. (Also read: Rafael Nadal in focus as Spain gear up for Davis Cup tie against India)The Indian doubles combination, traditionally the strong point of the hosts, has been weakened by the withdrawal of Rohan Bopanna due to injury.As a result, Paes is slated to take on the mighty Spanish along with the relatively inexperienced Myneni.However, Nadal asserted that with Spain losing World Group Play-offs to comparitive minnows Brazil and Germany in the past couple of years, the visitors are reluctant to let go of their chance to make a return to the World Group.”It is always difficult to play someone in front of his home crowd. The conditions are dangerous. The Davis Cup is always a special thing. In the past we lost a couple of confrontations that we were favourites and we were in a good position to win. So we have maximum respect for all our opponents,” Nadal told reporters here on Tuesday.”Our immediate target is to return to the World Group. Spain has been out of the World Group for a couple of years and we would like to be back there.””We have squandered opportunities in the past to be in the World Group and this time we are hoping that we can achieve our goal,” he added. (Also read: Injured Rohan Bopanna pulls out of Davis Cup tie against Spain)advertisement”Away ties are specially difficult and we will have to be at our best.”Spain have brought a star-studded squad for this tie, which includes, apart from Nadal, Ferrer and the doubles duo of Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez.”We have good team. We have a team that really wants to be here and give their best. I think that a team like Spain should be in the World Group and that is why we are here,” Nadal said.”Excited to be back in India. I know these players have been practicing here but we will be ready for the confrontation.”Nadal, who has been struggling with injuries recently, asserted that he has now recovered and is ready to give his best for his country.”I am happy to be back. I had a tough two months and I am happy to be back where I want to be — on the tennis court,” the 30-year-old said.”I have been playing in the Davis Cup since I was 17. It is a special feeling to represent your country and there have been some great moments. We had some great success in this competition,” he added.”It is always a special feeling to play for your country.”Spain’s non-playing captain Conchita Martinez meanwhile, opined that the conditions in the capital are quite tough, but the visitors are ready for the challenge. (Also read: Leander Paes wants to learn from Rafael Nadal)”Its very humid and quite hot but we will play at a time when the heat will be down a bit. The surface is playing okay and we have time to get used to it,” Martinez said.”I think these play on the tour the whole year. The conditions are hard in Australia, at the US Open, in Cincinnati. If we had to play during the day, these players I am sure would have been ready,” she added.”As for our return to the World Group, I don’t think there’s anxiety in the team. We are ready to win this tie and and hopefully we will be back in the World Group. That is our ambition.”
Team India not only want to win the World Cup this year for the billion-plus people of the country but they also want to lift the trophy for the Indian Army this time. India captain Virat Kohli spoke about the Indian Army at the press conference in Mumbai before departing for London where he said that if they winning the World Cup brings a smile on the faces of the Indian soldiers and their families then that will be the biggest achievement for his players.Virat Kohli was responding to a question from a journalist who reminded the captain about how former India all-rounder Mohinder Amarnath recently donated the prize money he got at the CEAT awards to the Indian Army Welfare fund. Amarnath also motivated the Indian cricketers to play the World Cup this year for the armed forces as he felt there can be no bigger motivation than that.Earlier this year the Indian players paid tribute to the armed forces in the 3rd ODI against Australia in which they wore special Army caps during the game. India’s tribute to the armed forces came after the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF soldiers were killed in a terrorist attack by the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad on February 14.The team even decided to contribute their match fees from that game to the National Defence FundTalking about getting motivation from the armed forces, Kohli said on Tuesday that the contribution of the soldiers is incomparable and they will try their best to win the World Cup for the jawans and their families.advertisement”You get motivation from a lot of sources, the point mentioned here is a very big one. I don’t think there can be a bigger motivation than that. When you talk about the Indian Army, the role that they play for the country, there is no comparison with that.”If we go in with that motivation that we can do something for the Army, you will see a different level of passion coming out of us. But that also depends on a lot of other factors. Every individual has a different motivation while playing in the World Cup.”I think if everyone keeps the Indian Army in mind then we will get an extra boost from it,” Virat Kohli said at the press conference in Mumbai.It’s a packed house here at the BCCI HQ – #TeamIndia Captain @imVkohli & Coach @RaviShastriOfc address the media before they head to England for #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/KTfprfzj4eBCCI (@BCCI) May 21, 2019The 15 Indian players along with the support staff and reserve players will be departing for London tonight. Captain Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri addressed the media in Mumbai before their departure where they answered a host of tough questions but both sounded confident of bringing the World Cup back home.”Kedar will come with the side and as far this tournament is concerned its an opportunity. If you look at this team and what they have done over the last 5 years, they have played wonderful cricket. Like Virat said, it’s about striving for that consistency. And not playing any differently just because its a World Cup.”World Cup might be a stage but stage is to be enjoyed. Most important thing is get out there and enjoy it. And if you play to potential, that Cup might be here,” head coach Ravi Shastri said.#TeamIndia for @ICC #CWC19 #MenInBlue pic.twitter.com/rsz44vHpgeBCCI (@BCCI) April 15, 2019India have a terrific record in the World Cup having won the showpiece event twice in 1983 and 2011. Out of 75 matches played in the World Cup, India have won 46 games and lost 27 times with two no results.The team will open it’s World Cup campaign against South Africa on June 5 in Southampton.Also Read | MS Dhoni will be a big player in World Cup 2019: Ravi ShastriAlso Read | India will be world champions if they play to potential, says Ravi ShastriAlso Read | World Cup 2019 will be the most challenging World Cup I have played: Virat Kohli