Western Bureau: Moments after Usain Bolt crossed the finish line to win a record third straight 100 metres Olympic title in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Sunday, August 14, thus cementing his legendary status in world athletics, scores of people from his boyhood community of Sherwood Content in Trelawny began calls for a statue of their hero to be erected in his hometown instead of the proposed Falmouth site. Bolt rewrote the record books, when he stormed to his triple-triple of 100m, 200m and 4x100m titles at the Olympic Games, becoming the first in history to win all three in consecutive Olympics. The residents, embolden by Bolt’s historic achievement then made it clear to The Gleaner that they will not sit idly by and watch the erection of a statue of their hero outside the community. Plans have already been made to be erect a statue of the track legend at the Falmouth Cruise Ship Pier. “That plan will not work; we are adamant that we will not allow that. Bolt belongs first and foremost to the people of Sherwood Content. We watched him as a little boy run on our streets and became world champion as a grown man,” stated Owen ‘Foot’ Barrett. TRUE ORIGINS “Bolt was not born in Falmouth. His navel string was cut right here in the lands of Sherwood Content,” reasoned Barrett. In 2013, Falmouth Mayor Garth Wilkinson said a statue of the iconic Jamaican would be erected in Water Square, Falmouth in December of that year. The idea, according to Mayor Wilkinson, was to have the statue as the main tourist attraction in the parish capital. A new plan subsequently emerged which detailed the erection of a Bolt statue inside the Pier, much to the chagrin of the residents of Sherwood Content. “What sense would it make to place Bolt’s statue inside the Pier?” asked another resident, Ainsley Pottinger. “That would serve as motivation for our young children to have that great man’s statue to look at and draw inspiration from it if it is placed here in Sherwood Content,” said another, Oneil Case. They point to another legendary Jamaican figure, Bob Marley, whose boyhood house in Nine Miles, St Ann now serves as a museum, pulling hundreds of tourists and an effective means of economic activity for the locals. “That is what we are demanding for Sherwood Content. Usain Bolt is a Jamaican of rare genius, born right here. It is only fair that we the people share in his legacy. The Member of Parliament, the Mayor, and the government must stand with us, as we will not relent,” said a strident Barrett in defence of his stance.
The Golden State Warriors, apparently desperate for cash, are offering their fans a Seinfeldian deal.You Gen Xers likely recall that “Seinfeld” was a sitcom about nothing. In a recent email sent to Warriors fans, the team announced a $100 pass that allows entry into Oracle Arena for every home game in a given month. The catch? The bearers are allowed to see nothing that happens on the court — unless they view it on a monitor in any of Oracle’s bars and restaurants.A Warriors spokesperson …
The new global TB plan was launched in Pholoshong Primary School in Alexandra. (Image: Bongani Nkosi) The fight against TB has been re-energised in South Africa and around the world with a new campaign launched recently in Johannesburg.International leaders of the Stop TB Partnership launched the “Global Plan to Stop TB 2011-2015” in Alexandra, the densely populated township in the north of Johannesburg, on 13 October 2010.Although there is an existing global TB plan in place, launched in 2006 and due to expire in 2015, the most recent campaign is meant to add new vigour to it, focusing on “setting new and more ambitious treatment targets for the next five years”.The new drive is about “putting a platform in place” for the facilitation of global efforts meant to eradicate TB, said Stop TB Partnership executive director Rifat Atun.The partnership is hoping to raise US$46.7-billion (R316-billion) for various global TB-fighting initiatives between 2011 and 2015.Although billions of US dollars have already been raised, more money is needed to treat the 30-million TB patients across the world, Atun said.According to the partnership, 10-million people in the world run the risk of dying from TB in the next five years. This includes 4-million women and children. “We need to stop these unnecessary deaths,” he said.“This plan will take us further towards universal access” of TB care, Atun said. “TB is curable – it’s unacceptable that it still remains a worldwide scourge.”It takes six months or slightly more to cure TB if a patient completes his or her treatment – a point the South African health department has been emphasising to its patients.The plan “will impact everyone in the world”, said the partnership’s Judith Mandelbaum-Schmid.The funds raised by the initiative will go towards beefing up TB care and vaccine research.There is still no vaccine that prevents pulmonary TB, which is the most common form of the disease, according to the partnership. But “if we execute this plan, we’ll be able to produce at least four vaccines”, Atun said.Many countries still rely on the outdated diagnostic method of testing human sputum for bacteria. Part of the plan is that new, hi-tech methods will be investigated over the next five years.Private and public sector investments will be critical for the plan’s success.Business involvementCorporates have been urged to invest in the plan. John Tedstrom, the president of the Global Business Coalition on HIV/Aids, gave assurance that international groups such as Chevrolet will be involved in new investments for vaccine research.“Business will be part of the solution,” said Tedstrom. “The re-launch of this plan is something that’s desperately needed.”UN agencies offer back-upUN health agencies, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNAids, firmly support the new strategy. Their senior officers attended the launch in Alexandra, where they publicly endorsed it.UNAids’ deputy director Paul De Lay said the agency “stands strongly behind the plan”. “We’ll do everything in our power to ensure that this plan is implemented.”Because HIV weakens the immune system, affected individuals are most susceptible to TB, which attacks as an opportunistic disease. De Lay decried the “terrible link” between TB and HIV/Aids at the launch.The new plan has been endorsed by various international role-players, said WHO’s Dr Mario Raviglione. “It is telling the world what needs to be done and how much money is needed to stop TB.“WHO is fully committed to supporting this plan,” said Raviglione.For those living with TB and HIV this “global plan means hope”, said Carol Nawina Nyirenda, who represents affected communities throughout Africa.SA ideal for launchAlthough South Africa has one of the highest TB rates in the world, the country is making progress in eliminating the disease, said Qedani Mahlangu, MEC of Health and Social Development in Gauteng.In the last year Gauteng, the country’s smallest yet most populated province, has achieved an 82% TB cure rate among patients on treatment.The national HIV Counselling and Testing policy, introduced by the government in April, integrates testing for both HIV and TB, and for diseases such as diabetes. The Gauteng provincial government reported that by July this year more than 300 000 people had been tested.“We’re delighted to have the global plan launched in South Africa … especially in Alexandra,” Mahlangu said.“TB is a global problem and it requires a global solution,” Atun said.
The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#Microsoft#mobile Related Posts christina ortiz Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Like a child that blabs family secrets at work functions, or a mom that shows baby pictures when meeting a new girl friend, mobile phones can be so embarassing. Microsoft, of all companies, has a plan to help – it’s filed for a patent on a way to instantly silence a noisy phone simply by giving it a good whack.Sometimes it’s the ringer that goes off in the middle of a meeting. Other times it’s the music that starts playing in the middle of the most dramatic part of the movie you’re watching. Whatever the situation, mobile phones always seem to make their presence known when you’d rather they didn’t.“Exemplar Whack Event Data” – Say What?Fumbling for the off switch or the mute button only seems to make matters worse, but Microsoft thinks it has a better way – it applied for a patent that would let you end the problem by simply thumping your phone with a solid smack. Filed on September 13, and first reported by PatentBolt, the patent application details a “whack based audio control module” that’s connected to a device’s speaker, accelerometer and something called an “exemplar whack event data.”When explaining the need for this feature, the filing overview reads:,“There are a variety of circumstances under which it may be desirable to quickly control a device without having to interact with a traditional user interface. For example, often mobile device users forget to set their mobile devices in a silent or vibrate mode and the device rings or makes sounds at an inopportune moment.” The audio control module sits in the middle of the device and when it’s smacked, the accelerometer activates and silences the audio. The control doesn’t just apply to ringers, it could also be used to silence alerts, stop recordings and pause music. The patent hasn’t been announced as an actual feature for future phones, but it’s already making waves. In the patent application, Microsoft read the minds of silly bloggers and readers everywhere regarding the use of the word “whack” to describe the action required to turn the audio off. It stated that any kind of hit, smack, flick, swat or tap would work, as long as something comes in contact with the module.Why would the company need to clarify that? Because we’re immature, and seeing the word “whacking” next to anything usually results in giggles.Aside from possibly whacking your phone a little too hard, this feature seems like a good idea. Plenty of phone users already angrily tap the lock buttons on our screens when we want to ignore a call, and smacking it seems much more satisfying. Dealing With Mobile EmbarrassmentsOf course, unwanted rings and alarms aren’t the only ways our phones embarass us. There’s also the NSFW photo that shows up when your friend is checking out your Photo Stream, for example – and there are apps to deal with those issues, too. Safe Slide, for example, filters out photos you don’t want others to see from showing up in your albums. Even apps like Drunk Dial NO! can prevent you from dialing up friends or lost loves when you’ve had a few too many at the bar. Those are helpful, and we’ll likely see more and more of them over time. But Microsoft’s idea of integrating features into the phone seems like a safer bet – especially when it’s panic mode and you’ve got to solve the problem fast. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement