Dr. Bowah: ‘Epilepsy in Yarwin Mensonnoh Still Alarming’

first_imgDr. Collin Bowah, Nimba County Health OfficerThe Health Officer of Nimba County, Dr. Collins Bowah, has described as ‘alarming’ the continued spread of ‘epilepsy’ in the lower Nimba District of Yarwin Mensonnoh.Speaking to reporters in his office in Sanniquellie recently, he said the situation is becoming worrisome and needs serious attention.He said the County Health Center is making frantic efforts by distributing free drugs to patients, but the rate at which the disease is affecting people continues to rise, with cases reported in nearly all the towns and villages.Dr. Bowah added that the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare is investigating the cause, but couldn’t explain whether the cases add up to an epidemic.Epilepsy is a chronic disorder, the hallmark of which is recurrent, unprovoked seizures. A person is diagnosed with epilepsy if they have two unprovoked seizures (or one unprovoked seizure with the likelihood of more) that were not caused by some known and reversible medical condition like alcohol withdrawal or extremely low blood sugar, according to health authorities.Dr. Bowah broke silence on the issue in September last year in an interview, where he also talked about the rise in rabies (from dog bites) but said the Ministry of Health was carrying free medical drugs for those affected.Dr. Bowah disclosed that he has set aside three facilities in Nimba County as holding or treatment centers for an outbreak of any infectious disease.He named Saclepea, Karnplay, and Kpain as the communities where facilities are located, adding, “These facilities are equipped with manpower in readiness to respond to any situation. Presently, we need additional nurses, pharmacists, doctors, X-ray technicians to cope with the workload in the many health facilities in the county.”In a related development, early this year citizens expressed concern over the growing rate of mental illness in the county on a community radio station talk show program.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Make sure your doctor’s for real’

first_imgThe Health Professions Council of SA has urged the public to be on the look-out for bogus doctors. The council says many South Africans fall victim to fraudulent medical practitioners.The council said that if people are unsure of a doctor’s registration status, they have the right to ask any practitioner to produce his or her credit card size practising card. (Image: Health Professionals Council of SA, via Facebook)Brand South Africa reporterThe Health Professions Council of SA has urged the public to be on the look-out for bogus doctors, saying many people in both urban and rural areas could be falling prey to fraudulent medical practitioners.The call follows the uncovering of a bogus doctor who was “treating” people in Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria, and the jailing of a woman in the Eastern Cape who has been masquerading as a doctor for years.The council said that if people are unsure of a doctor’s registration status, they have the right to ask any practitioner to produce his or her credit card size practising card.Members of the public wanting to check if a doctor is registered and allowed to practice can also phone the council’s call centre at (012) 338-9300/1 or e-mail webmaster@hpcsa.co.za.“Not only do fictitious doctors bring the profession into disrepute, but also they endanger the lives of countless people they ‘treat’ every day”, said council chief executive Boyce Mkhize.The council keeps records of all medical practitioners, and anyone practising while not registered is breaking the law.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Air New Zealand soars on award winning service

first_imgAIR New Zealand boss Christopher Luxon believes his carrier is in “fantastic shape’’ to cope with new competition in its home market and plans to build on successful efforts to convince Australian  travellers to use Auckand as a one-stop hub for travel to the Americas.The Kiwi carrier on Friday joined Qantas in announcing a record 2015-16 annual profit but warned increased competition will hamper the chances of another historic result in the current financial year.The airline announced an annual net profit of $NZ463m, up 42 per cent on the previous year, and a 40 per cent increase in pre-tax profit to $NZ663 million.But it expects pre-tax profit to fall to between $NZ400m and $NZ600m in fiscal 2017, assuming jet fuel remains at $US55 per barrel for the rest of the year, as it fends off increase competition from US, Gulf and Chinese carriers.“Unilke other airlines we’ve given a range; that range was very broad very early on the year,’’ Luxon told AirlineRatings. “As the year progresses we’ll have much more visibility as to how it’s panning out but if we land a result anywhere in that range that will be our second or our third best result ever. So it’s a still a pretty impressive result.’’Air NZ’s preferred measure of profit — earnings before tax and significant items —was up a massive 70 per cent to $806m as operating revenue rose 6.2 per cent to $NZ5.2 billion and earnings from passengers increased 8.9 per cent to $NZ4.5 billion.The result included a loss of $NZ86m on the carrier’s investment in Virgin Australia with $NZ63m realised on its sale of a 19.98 per cent stake to China’s Nanshan Group.Luxon said the split with Virgin had been “chronically overplayed’’ in Australian reports and the reason for the split was commercial. The airlines would continue to work together through their alliance from both a revenue and cost perspective in areas such as maintenance and biofuels.“The fact we were able to sell to Nanshan and HNA  and others were able to come on to the register is very good,’’ he said “They are shareholders that will continue to support Virgin incredibly strongly and well.’’Shareholders will receive a fully imputed ordinary dividend of NZ10 cents per share, bringing the total for the year to NZ20 cents, and a special dividend of NZ25 cents per share. There was also good news for staff with more than 8000 staff who do not have an incentive program set to receive payments of up to $NZ2500. Luxon said the airline ended the year with customer satisfaction levels at record highs and brand health in “excellent shape’. However, he acknowledged the impact of increased competition as other international airlines add capacity into New Zealand.   This includes increased competition by US carriers across the Pacific as well as new direct services to Auckland from the Middle East and China.He said there was no doubt customers had more choice but he was confident that the right pricing, products and services would help Air NZ stay a step ahead of the competition.He believed the medium and long-term demand curve for Air New Zealand remained “very, very good’’ and the challenge was to use “incredibly well’’ the levers the airline had around revenue and capacity management.“But the bottom line is I think that Air New Zealand’s in fantastic shape to compete and compete very strongly with our competition,’’ he said. The increased competition comes as Air NZ is expanding its trans-Pacific reach on new routes to markets such as Houston, Buenos Aires, Beijing and Ho Chi Minh City.Luxon said that was working well because the airline had spent months researching the new markets rather than just sending aircraft “willy-nilly’’ to destinations.“We spent 18 months really understanding South America and all the customer dynamics: the channels by which we sell the tickets, which partners we need to make that come to life and work for us,‘’ he said noting Buenos Aries had made a positive contribution from “day one’’. “So our literacy about how to unlock new markets and to build new businesses has really grown tremendously.’’The Air NZ chief also sees great opportunity to build up Auckland as a one-stop hub from cities such as Perth and Adelaide. He said Australians already accounted for about 40 per cent of the traffic to Buenos Aries and were second only to Argentinians and Brazilians.“You’ll see us I think more purposely and intentionally work on how we make the banks across the Tasman tie into international services and you’ll see us put a lot more resources into Australia in order to do that,’’ he said.Air NZ is continuing to upgrade its fleet and has been refurbishing lounges. It recently announced it would spend more than $NZ100m increasing the number of premium seats on its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner’s and refurbishing its Boeing 777-300ER fleet. The airline currently has seven Dreamliners with two more due to arrive before Christmas and three due next year.The three scheduled to be delivered from October next year will arrive in a new configuration that increases the number of Business Premier seats from 18 to 27 and the number of premium economy seats from 21 to 33.Its unique Spaceseat will be axed on the B777s in favour of the B787 seat, increasing the number of premium economy seats from 44 to 54. The new 777 interiors will feature refreshed Business Premier and economy seats as well as eX3 Panasonic inflight entertainment system used on the Dreamliner.Luxon said the Spaceseat had done well for the airline over the past six years but the Dreamliners had allowed it to do a side-by-side comparison which had found its new premium seat was doing well in terms of customer preference and rating.He agreed that premium economy was becoming a big trend with airlines, noting that “everyone’s piling into it’’. “We had a premium economy set up many years ago and I think we’ve proven that we’ve got a very competitive product,’’ he said.“Obviously for us from an Air New Zealand perspective, when you’re travelling from New Zealand you tend to be travelling 12 to 14 hours so premium economy’s been a really great way for people to say I want to be able to buy space, essentially, and cocoon myself a little bit. “In Business Premier, people want very much a lie flat bed experience and our seat option has worked incredibly well for that purpose.’’The airline, which has been increasing the proportion of aircraft it owns, also plans to exit its Boeing 767-300ER fleet by the second half of 2017. It expects overall capacity to grow 4 to 6 per cent this financial year with growth of up to 9 percent on domestic routes, between 3 and 5 per cent on the Tasman and 4 to 6 per cent on its international network.  Replacing Boeing 737 and Beech 1900D aircraft on its domestic routes with Airbus A320 and ATR turboprops helped drive domestic capacity   growth of 8.5 per cent last financial year while increased international flying saw capacity grow by 16 per cent as traffic measured in revenue passenger kilometres grew  by 16.2 per cent.Capacity growth of 5.1 per cent on Tasman and Pacific Island routes outstripped traffic growth of 3.8 per cent.Macqurie Equities analysts, who have a neutral recommendation on Air NZ, said the result contained some positives in terms of a reduction in gearing, the special dividend and commentary around a sustainable ordinary dividend.“The moderation of capacity is both good in terms of rational response, but negative with it reacting to competitive pressures,’’ analysts Nick Mar and Warren Doak said. “The guidance is weak, well below our numbers and consensus with headwinds from competition which may impact investor sentiment.’’last_img read more

Ohio Farm Bureau annual meeting to be held Nov. 30-Dec. 2

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation will hold its 98th annual meeting Nov. 30 – Dec. 2 in Columbus. Nearly 340 delegates from all Ohio counties will establish the organization’s policy goals for the coming year, elect leaders, recognize county Farm Bureau and individual achievements and conduct leadership training.   The theme of the meeting is Growing For Our Future. Among the top policy issues will be protections for members’ rights as parties to oil and gas leases, addressing needed funding for Ohio’s roads and bridges and voluntary tracking of best farm management practices that improve the quality of Ohio’s waters. Delegates are also expected to discuss the huge property tax increases farmers are experiencing and efforts to obtain legislative relief.  Keynote speeches will be delivered by Ohio Farm Bureau President Frank Burkett III and the organization’s new Executive Vice President Adam Sharp. Attendees also will hear from Nationwide Chief Executive Officer Steve Rasmussen. County Farm Bureaus will be recognized for outstanding local programming, and individuals will be honored for their work to build membership and their contributions to the farm and food community. Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Ag Professionals group will name their new chairpersons.  The fourth annual Ohio Food and Farm Leadership Forum takes place Nov. 30 in conjunction with the annual meeting. Speakers will address communicating through social media, developing leadership skills, healthcare options for small employers, and agribusiness insurance. A Community Showcase will feature exhibits from nearly 60 Farm Bureau benefit providers and other associated businesses.last_img read more

Fitango Helps You Keep Your Online Learning On Track

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market There are an increasing number of educational resources available online, but the challenge today might be less a matter of finding something that you want to learn than it is a matter following through with the actual learning itself.Fitango wants to address that by offering its users action plans, step-by-step guides on how to accomplish their goals. There are hundreds of plans on the site, including “How to Grow a Vegetable Garden” and “How to Winterize Your Vehicle.” Some of the action plans are free, but many cost money – about $10 on average. What comprises the plans depends, obviously, on what you’re learning: some include videos, some are text. But they all include some way to track your progress and maintain a checklist of how you’re doing.That tracking is also highly social, so you can share your progress with others. You can find your friends via Facebook and email, for example, and you can push your updates to your social streams, should you choose. This is meant to help you keep yourself motivated, not just with a checklist of what you need to be doing in your action plan, but by having others become your tracking your progress as well. You can invite others to become your motivator so they can keep you on task and give you feedback. Tags:#E-Learning#web audrey watters A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting In addition to selecting an action plan from Fitango’s marketplace, you can create your own plan as well. You can distribute these via the site, although these plans can’t be sold for money, as the company wants to keep the quality of its expert advice high. Like many companies that are moving into this growing space of online learning, that will be the challenge for Fitango – making sure the content on the site is worthwhile and its users’ experiences positive.Fitango launched in December, just in time to catch the New Year’s Resolution crowd. No surprise then, many of its initial plans emphasized health and self-improvement. But since then, the company has expanded into other areas, most recently with action plans from the language-learning company Berlitz. Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

(At Least) Five Things Are Wrong With This Picture

first_imgIssue 3: Bath fan duct termination is misplacedThe bath fan termination has been placed on the north-facing roof, in the middle of a zone of highly concentrated water flow. Since the fan exhausts warm humid indoor air, the outlet will tend to melt the snow and condense water in its vicinity.On this building, this snow melt is occurring in a “box canyon” roof zone, where flows are concentrated and optimum drainage is already compromised. This north-facing location sees no sunshine in the winter, so any ice accumulation will persist for a long time. These risks are enhanced if the exhaust fan runs continuously to meet mechanical ventilation code requirements. These factors, taken together, mean that the potential for ice dams and roof leaks is increased.Required corrections: Consider relocating the exhaust termination to a gable end or to a south-facing slope away from zones of concentrated flows. Note that longer duct runs from the fan to the outlet may require a larger diameter duct. Issue 4: Uncontrolled heat loss leads to ice damsIce accumulation is visible. Ice dams are typically caused by inadequate insulation or air-sealing measures. These defects allow indoor heat and warm air into the attic, where it melts snow above the attic space. Once the liquid water reaches colder surfaces at the soffit, it refreezes and builds up over time to form an ice dam.If conditions persist, the water can work under roof waterproofing layers, and enter the soffit or living space.Required corrections: An energy audit should be conducted to discover the cause of the heat loss. Once found, the condition can likely be remedied by additional air sealing, additional insulation, or both. (For more information on ice dams, see Prevent Ice Dams With Air Sealing and Insulation.) Issue 2: Porch roof concentrates water flowsThis issue is similar to Issue #1. A gable has been placed on top of the shed roof above the covered front porch. This concentrates the water flows, increasing the consequences of a leak. This may be an even more risky condition, since the concentrated drainage water is directed at the sidewall, where waterproofing will not be as robust as on the roof.It is likely that moisture will penetrate the wall at the soffit / wall interface. This can lead to mold and decay in the wall sheathing and structure behind.Required corrections: There are a couple of possible solutions. One is to ensure that all flashings can deal with the concentrated flow, and to consider installation of a robust waterproof membrane on the wall where flows are concentrated. A more radical solution would be to remove the unnecessary gable from the porch roof. In any case, a well-integrated kickout flashing should be added. Last week we published this photo as part of our “What’s Wrong With This Picture?” series. The photo shows a problematic roof at a multifamily building in Minneapolis, Minnesota.The puzzler was created by Garrett Mosiman and Pat Huelman at the University of Minnesota. Mosiman and Huelman concluded that the Minneapolis building had the following five problems. The flat valley appears to be located over a party wall dividing two units. Party walls are notorious for lacking good insulation and air sealing, and are a common source of heat loss to the attic. Placement of this feature above such a vulnerable building element increases the risk.In addition, if this design is rotated to face east or west (as occurs elsewhere at this site), the southern gable shades the valley while providing ample solar heating to the south face of the north gable. While not the primary cause of the ice dam issue, this differential melting worsens the problem. The complex roof shape also tends to favor wind drifting of snow. This is likely to increase snow depth and accumulation in these critical areas.As the roofing ages, the likelihood of leaks and moisture damage is much greater where roof water flows are highly concentrated. (For more information on designing roofs with simple configurations, see Martin’s Ten Rules of Roof Design.)Required corrections: Given that the structure exists, one critical corrective action is to ensure that roof drainage and waterproofing layers are as robust as possible, and integrated with flashings at all transitions.Another correction to consider is the replacement of the gutter / downspout system. A larger, open-faced downspout would tend to be less prone to plugging with ice, and a dark color would enhance melting within the downspout on solar-exposed facades.center_img Issue 1: Double gable concentrates water flowsThe designers came up with a rather complex roof shape that concentrates flows of water from large areas of the roof. A double gable protrudes beyond the soffit line of the main roof. This causes the resulting valley to be rather flat; it is likely that a low-slope cricket was installed to form a slight slope in the valley. The design is unnecessary; since the attic space has no windows, it is probably unoccupied. RELATED ARTICLES Martin’s Ten Rules of Roof DesignPrevent Ice Dams With Air Sealing and Insulation WHAT’S WRONG? What’s Wrong With This Window Installation?What’s Wrong With This Insulation Job?What’s Wrong With This Crawl Space? Issue 5: Missing kickout flashingThe ice on the siding tells the story of a missing kickout flashing at the roof / wall interface that, if present, would direct water away from the sidewall and into the gutter.Kickout flashing — a type of flashing that forces water out and away from the wall — should be installed wherever a roof terminates at a sidewall. This kickout flashing be well-integrated with the weather-resistive barrier (WRB).This building lacked kickout flashing in all locations where it should have been installed.When roof water is not positively directed away from the wall and WRB below, it can exploit small defects in the weatherproofing system and enter the wall. There it can cause mold or decay.Required corrections: Siding should be removed where necessary to allow for the installation of a proper kickout flashing. This flashing should be integrated with existing WRB and flashing components in a shingle-style fashion.last_img read more

In the news today April 11

first_imgSix stories in the news for Wednesday, April 11———TRUCK COMPANY INVOLVED IN HUMBOLDT CRASH LOSES CERTIFICATEA Calgary trucking company that owns the big rig that collided with the Humboldt Broncos bus last Friday and killed 15 people has been ordered to keep its vehicles off the road. Alberta Transportation spokesman John Archer says Adesh Deol Trucking Ltd. began operating last fall and hadn’t been involved in any collisions until now. Archer says pulling the carrier’s safety fitness certificate is “standard procedure.”———NO KNOWN FEDERAL PLAN YET TO SAVE PIPELINEFederal Finance Minister Bill Morneau will meet with Alberta Premier Rachel Notley in Toronto today to discuss the ongoing battle over the Trans Mountain pipeline. Morneau and the Trudeau cabinet held an emergency meeting yesterday to discuss ways to salvage the pipeline expansion, but did not say if they drafted a plan. B.C. opposes the expansion and Notley says Alberta is prepared to take it over entirely if need be.———SENTENCING TODAY FOR EX-AIDE TO ONTARIO PREMIERA former political aide is set to find out his punishment today for destroying computer records related to Ontario’s gas-plants fiasco. David Livingston, chief of staff to ex-Liberal premier Dalton McGuinty, was found guilty in January of illegal computer use. Court heard Livingston was part of a plot to delete records related to the government’s decision to cancel two gas plants ahead of the 2011 Ontario election.———ALLEGED SERIAL KILLER SLATED TO APPEAR IN COURTAlleged serial killer Bruce McArthur is expected to appear in a Toronto courtroom today. The 66-year-old landscaper has been charged with the first-degree murder of six men with connections to the city’s LGBTQ community. Police have recovered the remains of seven people and have thus far identified three men: Andrew Kinsman, 49, Soroush Mahmudi, 50, and Skandaraj Navaratnam, 40.———NEW DETAILS EXPECTED TODAY IN COLD CASE HOMICIDESPolice in Washington state are expected to release new details today about a young couple from British Columbia who were murdered more than 30 years ago. The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office says it has new suspect information in the deaths of 18-year-old Tanya Van Cuylenborg and 20-year-old Jay Cook. Their bodies were found outside Seattle in 1987. Investigators say the new information comes from a new way of analyzing DNA.———CURTAIN SET TO RISE ON NHL’S ‘SECOND SEASON’Three games launch the NHL playoffs tonight, including the Winnipeg Jets at home against Minnesota to begin their best-of-7 first-round series. Winnipeg ended the regular season with 114 points — second most in the league. The Pittsburgh Penguins will begin their Stanley Cup defence when they host Philadelphia, and the expansion Vegas Golden Knights host the Los Angeles Kings to open their series.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY— Sentencing arguments for Alexandre Bissonnette, who killed six people at a Quebec City mosque last year.— Halifax trial continues for Nicholas Butcher, charged in the death of Montreal-born yoga instructor Kristin Johnston.— Calgary inquiry continues into the deaths of 17-year-old twins Evan and Jordan Caldwell during a sledding accident in 2016.— N.L. Premier Dwight Ball will releases a pre-feasibility study for a fixed link between Labrador and Newfoundland.— The City of Vancouver will make an announcement about short-term rentals with Airbnb.last_img read more