Deputy Minister of Health and Head of Ebola Incidence Management Team, Tolbert Nyenswah, has called on residents of Nimba County to remain vigilant despite the remarkable gains Liberia has made, leading to our being declared Ebola-transmission-free.He gave the admonition at program that marked the celebration of Ebola-Free Nimba, held in Sanniquellie on June 24.Being vigilant required putting into practice all the preventive measures, including continuous hand washing and reporting sick person to medical practitioners, among others.“Remaining vigilant means you should put all the preventive measures into practice, which involves not touching a dead body, reporting all sick persons to the clinic and continued hand washing all of the time,” he said.“You need buckets to wash your hands at your business places and in your homes because your neighboring countries are still fighting the deadly disease,” he added.He urged Liberians not to panic because of Ebola in neighboring Guinea and Sierra Leone as all mechanisms were being put into place in Liberia to curb Ebola at any time.“Don’t be afraid, because Ebola is still in Guinea and Sierra Leone; for our doctors at the borders with these countries are on the alert. This is why we have ensured that most of our ETUs at the borderlines have remained open, so as to combat Ebola at anytime,” he added.The Nimba County Ebola Task Force, as parts of activities observing the end of Ebola, certificated over 85 institutions and over 300 individuals for their roles in combating Ebola during the time Liberia was under attack by the deadly virus last year and earlier this year.The Ebola end celebration was “very symbolic, because the Nimba County Task Force on the first day of the celebration on Wednesday, June 23, unveiled a monument in memorial to those who lost their lives and those who contributed immensely to the fight.The program began with a parade through the principal streets of Sanniquellie on June 24, followed by an indoor program, which was climaxed by sporting activities between the Nimba County Health Team and Partners and the NGOs operating in the county.Also, the head of the Nimba County Health Team, Dr. Collins Saar Bowah, urged Nimbaians to remain vigilant saying, “It is not yet over, until it is over, because our sister countries are still being afflicted and our hearts are still beating for them.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “Getting faster and faster and faster isn’t necessarily meeting the experience,” said Mike Watson, vice president of operations at Wendy’s International Inc. “You can go too fast, and then it’s just messy.” Pam Farber, the daughter of Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas, remembers that when she worked at one of her father’s fast-food stores in the 1970s, customers were often baffled by the drive-through concept. She often had to run outside with a pen and pad to talk to customers who were confused by the bullhorn speaker or whose loud mufflers overwhelmed cashiers’ voices. Now that unfamiliarity is no longer a problem for consumers hungry for convenience, Wendy’s is replacing some of the text on menus with more pictures and placing awnings over menu boards to shield customers from rain and snow. Technology firms such as TechKnow Inc. are stepping in with digital menus, used at many major chains, that can increase sales by suggesting “missing” side items or desserts to customers who order only entrees. And outsourcing is expanding at McDonald’s Corp., where some stores are using central call centers rather than cashiers in the restaurant to take orders from drive-through customers. Smaller chains, such as Checkers Drive-In Restaurants Inc., have started testing confirmation screens, which display orders back to customers so they can make corrections before pulling up to the window. That technology has helped boost accuracy by more than 11 percentage points in four years at fast-food leader McDonald’s. COLUMBUS, Ohio – There’s a new arms race in the fast food industry: competing to see who can deliver faster and better service to customers pulling up to the takeout window. With drive-through now representing a huge portion of sales – 70 percent at Burger King Corp. alone – the answer can make or break the fast food giants. The trick is finding new ways to stand out in an industry ultimately limited by how fast workers can assemble orders, collect payment and hand out food to drivers. Companies are trimming bulky text from menus, using computer programs that guess upcoming orders and routing order-taking duties to call centers. While speed remains a benchmark of success, the average service time hasn’t been cut much below about three minutes for the last five years. That’s why many chains are focusing instead on cutting down on the number of mistakes in orders and making ordering easier. Burger King is working to break the speed barrier with its own technology that helps cooks ensure that precooked food remains fresh by keeping track of how long it’s been since it was prepared. Without such developments, speed will continue to stagnate, said Brian Baker, president of marketing research firm Insula Research, whose clients include Burger King. “I think we’ve pretty much gotten as fast as we’re getting” with the current technology, said Baker, who wrote part of the 2005 drive-through study for trade publication QSR Magazine. The magazine spot-tests major chains annually to measure drive-through speed and accuracy. To help cut the waste from leftovers, Pittsburgh-based Hyperactive Technologies developed a computer system that tells managers how much food they need to prepare by counting vehicles in the drive-through line and factoring in demand for current promotions and popular staple items. The system, called Hyperactive Bob, cuts preparation time and eliminates up to 60 percent of waste, said Joe Porfeli, the company’s chief executive, who said two major national chains use the service. He declined to give their names. Burger King has started using similar technology, said Jim Hyatt, chief global operations officer of the Miami-based chain. The technology monitors the status of precooked food and determines what orders the kitchen should expect, he said. Wendy’s, with 9,800 restaurants and $3.2 billion in annual sales, has led the QSR studies for speediest service nearly every year since they started in 1997. But Checkers trimmed that lead to just three-tenths of a second last year with debit and credit payment systems and touch-screen computers for order-takers. The Tampa, Fla., company, aims to get more orders right as it tests confirmation systems in some Florida restaurants, Chief Executive Keith Sirois said. The effort includes slimming down the menu to simplify order preparation, he said. Cutting menus is a tried and true way to improve speed as well, said Carl Sibilski, an analyst with Morningstar Inc. who noted that companies rolling out new menu items have had a more difficult time beating the clock. McDonald’s, with more than 31,000 restaurants worldwide and $20.5 billion in sales, did not return calls. But Sibilski, who follows the chain, said McDonald’s is expanding its use of call centers for taking drive-through orders, to ensure accuracy. The outsourcing started in the Pacific Northwest and is now taking root in states such as Minnesota, Sibilski said. The system also is helpful in areas where the chain’s employees may have limited English skills, he said. Amy Pomante, 20, of Oxford in southwest Ohio, said communications with drive-through employees have come a long way. “They haven’t gotten faster, but you can understand them now,” she said as she shopped for groceries in Columbus. Pomante held her hand in front of her mouth and imitated the garbled speakers she grew up with. “You don’t get that anymore,” she said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Rosses AC News: Well done to Fergal Mc Gee, Dore who had a fine run in the Malta Half Marathon on Sunday last when he finished in a time of 1:28:28, an improvement of over five minutes on his personal best.Track and Field: Training for juveniles interested in track and field continues this Friday at the track at Carrickfinn starting at 4pm. Sportshall Athletics continue in the Pobalscoil Gweedore on Monday nights. Contact Ita for details on 0871309536. Sportshall Athletics continue in Dungloe in the Rosses Community Scholl gym on Mondays from 6:45 to 7:45pm. Following the Sportshall Trials held in December and January, the following club athletes have been selected for the County Panel. A Training Session will take place in the Aura Leisure Centre this Sunday 1st March from 1pm to 3pm. The teams for the Ulster Finals in Magherafelt will be selected from the Panel, with those athletes not selected acting as Reserves both for the Ulster Final and UK Final (in the event of qualification). The Ulster Final will take place in Magherafelt on Thursday 12th March. Any athlete listed who is unable to attend that day should let me know as soon as possible.Adult Training sessions continue on Wednesday evenings at 7pm and Friday evenings at 8pm at the Industrial Estate, lead by Paul McGee. Long run sessions are happening every Sunday morning at 11am. Meet at the Blue Bridge, Arduns, Gweedore.Please note that Registrations are now due for the calendar year 2015. Rosses Athletic Club Membership fees for 2015 are; Child €15, Adult €20, Family €40. Membership forms will be available at the Sportshall Athletics training sessions in Dungloe and Gaoth Dobhair on Monday evenings. New members welcome!ATHLETICS NEWS: ROSSES ATHLETE SETS PERSONAL BEST AT MALTA HALF-MARATHON was last modified: February 24th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:athleticsNoticesROSSES ACSport
20 November 2015Brand South Africa, in partnership with Independent Media’s Business Report, released South Africa’s Nation Brand Index results at the Regency Hyatt hotel in Rosebank, Johannesburg this week.Brand South Africa general manager for research Dr Petrus de Kock presented the details of the index’s findings. He also joined a panel discussion with media monitoring professional Tonya Khoury, economics expert Dr Iraj Abedian and Sello Mosai, executive manager of Productivity SA, to discuss the intricacies of the results and the way forward for the country and its brand.#SABrandIndex panel @productivitysa Sello Mosai @IrajAbedian @brand_sa Dr Petrus de Kock @ROIAfrica @TonyaROI pic.twitter.com/rn6OyCV2PH— Brand South Africa (@Brand_SA) November 18, 2015Abedian is the founder and chief executive of Pan-African Capital Holdings, as well as a highly respected economic policy adviser, researcher and author. Khoury is a leading expert on South African and African media analysis and the founder of ROI Africa media monitoring company.#SABrandIndex @Brand_SA CEO Kingsley Makhubela welcomes guests, speakers to the event. pic.twitter.com/d8CzAtjwGL— Brand South Africa (@Brand_SA) November 18, 2015The event was opened by Brand South Africa chief executive, ambassador Kingsley Makhubela, who spoke about the changing dynamics of global geopolitics. He cited the Paris attacks and the Syrian crisis to illustrate how perceptions could affect the way the rest of the world saw individual countries. He urged that South Africa, as a nation, use the findings of the index, as well other global economic and social barometers, to look at what other nations were doing right and change the things the country was doing incorrectly.South Africans could be proud of the country’s performance in a range of indices in the past year, Makhubela said. “The Global Competitiveness Index produced by the World Economic Forum ranks us 49 amongst 140 countries and number two in Africa. (together with) the Mo Ibrahim Index on African Governance placing us at number four amongst 54 countries on the continent. now, the Nation Brand Index places us at number 38 of 50 countries.”#SABrandIndex Introduction by Sello Mosai @productivitysa pic.twitter.com/I8b6510rBI— Brand South Africa (@Brand_SA) November 18, 2015The country needed to embrace a culture of continuous improvement and be able to tangibly measure those improvements through surveys such as the Nation Brand Index in order to become a better country, Productivity SA’s Mosai said in his introduction to De KockThe Nation Brand IndexThe Anholt-GfK Roper Nation Brands Index is a global survey, started in 2008 by British policy researcher Simon Anholt, the “father” of nation branding.The index measures perceptions and opinions of 50 country-brands, including 20 core countries and 30 economically and regionally representative member countries, based on the six dimensions of national competence, known as the Nation Brand Hexagon. These include governance, exports, tourism, people and culture, as well as investment and immigration. An overall score is determined from the average of the six scores.Anholt called the index a vital barometer for how countries perceived each other and how it affected relationships with one another. In an overview of the survey on its website, he explained that “it is (a country’s) perceived impact on the world that affects reputation more than assets or achievements”.The dimensions of the nation brand hexagonExports: This is what marketers call the country of origin effect – whether knowing where the product is made increases or decreases people’s likelihood of buying it, based on a country’s particular strengths in science and technology, as well as creative energy.Governance: This dimension incorporates the perceived competency and honesty of the government, while also taking into account perceptions on how the government respects citizens’ rights. A country’s global behaviour in international peace and security, its environmental protection policies and efforts to reduce poverty are also factors.Culture: The score is based on perceptions of a country’s heritage and its contemporary culture of music, art and sport. The survey gauges the strongest images and recollections of a country’s cultural product.People: Assessment of the sociability of a country’s citizens and the appeal of the people on both personal and professional levels (tourism and business relationships).Tourism: The appeal of a country is scored based on three major areas: natural beauty, historical significance, urban modernity.Immigration and investment: This assesses the perceptions of a country’s economic prosperity, equal opportunity and quality of life – would it be somewhere you would want to live and/or invest in?The scores of each dimension, as well as the overall score, are based on an online survey of over 20 000 interviewees from 20 countries. Scores are determined from a combination of ratings and word choice surveys completed by the sample. Fieldwork was conducted from 9 to 27 July 2015.This year, the United States gained the top spot on the survey overall, while Germany, which was first in 2014, was second. The United Kingdom, France, Canada, Japan, Italy, Switzerland, Australia and Sweden completed the top 10.South Africa’s brand index rating#SABrandIndex 2015 ratings. #NationBrandIndex pic.twitter.com/zrs9NbWlyN— Brand South Africa (@Brand_SA) November 18, 2015South Africa’s brand index rating per dimension is:Exports: 36th out of 50 countries surveyedGovernance: 39thCulture: 30thPeople: 36thTourism: 36thImmigration and investment: 39thSouth Africa’s overall rating this year is 38th, a one place drop over 2014. But it remained consistent in the fields of exports and governance. The country raised its rating by one place in people and tourism, with both moving to 36th place out of the 50 countries surveyed.According to a summary of the results, the Anholt website highlighted South Africa’s slow but steady climb in the survey over the years. “South Africa’s growing international appeal gives it a measure of moral authority,” it said. “Developing South Africa’s reputation should leverage off existing positive profile the country has globally.”As has been consistent throughout South Africa’s participation in the survey, the country’s strengths still lie in its natural beauty, highly influential artistic and sport culture, and its diligent and skilful people in the business field.South African cultural touchstones were getting a lot more exposure overseas, Khoury noted later during the panel discussion. She cited issues such as the discovery of Homo Naledi and the success of Trevor Noah. This, she said, was in most part the result of the continuing rise of social media and the proliferation of news cycles, which also had a negative side, as seen in the case of Oscar Pistorius’ murder trial during 2014 and 2015.“The nature of social media is that people have a voice and an opinion, but sometimes don’t know how strong that voice can be and don’t consider the ramifications of using social media to express that voice,” Khoury explained.This year, the index noted that the South African respondents were generally more favourable towards their home country, ranking it sixth or better for the people, tourism and culture pillars.More work needs to be done in the country’s governance and poverty alleviation, as well as in raising the profile of its exports. The results also noted that improvements in the country’s technological readiness could raise its brand index in the future.Realistic optimism, based on figures and facts such as the ones found in the Nation Brand Index, were key to unlocking a more successful economy, Abedian said in the panel discussion. “Our economy is one of the most favourable economies; we just need to unlock it in the right way.”Mosai agreed, explaining that the potential of the South African economy was there. “We just have to maximise it correctly, using the right tools and information.”@brand_sa ‘s GM: Research Dr Petrus de Kock presents the 2015 #SABrandIndex results pic.twitter.com/FSY5LlSA5T— Brand South Africa (@Brand_SA) November 18, 2015So how can South Africa play to its strengths to improve on the weaknesses of the country as a brand?The panel discussion offered a variety of choice words and some typically South African out-of-the-box thinking to define and solve the conundrum.Khoury said South Africans were celebrated for doing things differently. She spoke of how the grassroots campaign #FeesMustFall used social media to put forward its ideas and build a following. At the same time, it communicated the campaign to the rest of the world, inspiring similar questioning of the issues globally. This, she said, was an organic and fluid process, something that could be applied to any kind of campaign with the right intentions.Abedian spoke about the differences between policy frameworks and the state’s stance, and finding a common ground to make the country’s economy work. He also said that the private sector, while remaining strong in South Africa, needed to play a more proactive role in highlighting its important role in South African society.Mosai said building a quintessential South African identity was something that should have been created from the beginning of the post-democratic era, yet it was not too late to start. “The identity of South Africa is every individual in the country and we have to build a united front out of all those elements,” he explained.De Kock argued that while 21 years may not be enough to form a definitive South African identity, he agreed that more in-depth interrogation of what we wanted as a nation was needed.In closing, all the panellists agreed that the country’s best course of action was to play to its strengths, while also changing perspective and being more creative thinkers. Mosai concluded that the country might have a trust deficient, politically, socially, globally: “If we can’t trust each other then we can’t work together. We need to find a common ground for all in the country.”“Our diversity is still our greatest strength,” concluded Abedian. “Let’s see how we can use that to feed positively into a national narrative in order to build on past failures and improve our successes.”
Hey ho! In a few days, carousers from every continent will get together to share geocaching tales at pirate geocaching events. Remember to log your will attend for one of these events on July 15 or 16!Round up all your seaworthy raiders and get familiar with Geocaching.com’s newest feature: the Friend League.The Friend League is a leaderboard that shows you and your friends’ geocaching activity. If you log a cache, or attend an event you collect points in the form of gold coins.To earn the souvenir with the first map piece you have to collect a combined total of 30 gold coins from July 17 to July 23 together with your crew.* You must individually contribute at least 5 coins to your crew’s total. So, the more friends you have on Geocaching.com, the easier it will be to keep sailing on…Start yer quest!Learn more in the FAQ’s:Still scratching your skull? Head on over to the frequently asked questions to learn more.*You can still earn the souvenirs on your own if you reach the total required number of gold coins each week.Get on board:Add friends to your Friend League.Go geocaching to earn gold coins:Collect a combined total of 30 gold coins together with your crew. You MUST individually contribute at least 5 coins to your crew’s total.All logs must be submitted by Wednesday, July 26, 5 am PDT (Pacific Daylight Time), noon UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) to qualify for the first souvenir.Later that day (Wednesday, July 26) you will be notified by email if you earned the first souvenir. (Make sure to sign up for the Weekly Newsletter and Educational and Promotional in your email preferences.)To learn how to earn the next souvenir, follow Geocaching on Facebook or Twitter, or sign up for the Weekly Newsletter.If you earn all four souvenirs and complete the treasure map, you’ll earn the meta treasure chest souvenir!Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedFAQs: The lost treasure of Mary HydeJuly 10, 2017In “Learn”You have (1) new message in a bottle!July 17, 2017In “News”Looking for treasure? Here lies the next clue!July 31, 2017In “News”
As you can see in the screenshot above, the service shows some poor performance currently in South Africa and was also able to track this morning’s downtime in Twitter’s friend timeline API.Some features we would love to see implemented would be the ability to compare two or more APIs on the various charts, as well as the support for looking further back than a week. Allowing a user to subscribe to alerts for particular APIs would also go a long way in helping those using the APIs to be instantly aware of any outage. chris cameron Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The site has two main windows, one for the current status, and another containing a matrix of the history over the past week. Clicking one of the API names in the current status list opens a page containing further detailed stats for that service. Included is a graph of average daily performance for various parts of the API, a map displaying the current status by country, and graphs of availability over both the last week and the last day. Tags:#start#tips Though we have previously warned startups to tread carefully when building their businesses on third party APIs, there are still plenty of successful businesses that rely on them for their day-to-day operation. For application developers, if you’ve found yourself repeatedly visiting Downforeveryoneorjustme.com to check on the status of a site or API, one company may just have the perfect solution.A product of Dutch website monitoring service WatchMouse, API-status is an easily-interpreted heads-up display of 26 popular third party APIs. The big boys like Facebook, Twitter and Flickr are all present and accounted for, and other services like Salesforce, and Posterous are supported also. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LOOK: Mayweather says he’ll party all week leading to McGregor fight LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “We have a long-term plan all the way to Tokyo 2020, I don’t want to commit the same mistakes I had in Rio, so this early I want to prepare,” added Tabal who stands to receive P300,000 from the Philippine Sports Commission.READ: Tabal wins half marathon in CanadaBy all indications, Tabal has already put aside her rift with the Philippine Track and Field Association as she went on to hug Patafa chief Philip Ella Juico at the end of the race.Juico stationed himself by the drinking station and even handed her drinks in one of the four loops around Putrajaya government district.She also made no mention of her strained relations with the athletics body that sacked her twice in the last two years over issues regarding her coaches and sponsors.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Mary Joy Tabal wins the first gold medal for the Philippines when she ruled the women’s marathon at the 2017 SEA Games in Putrajaya, Malaysia. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZPUTRAJAYA, Malaysia — Soon after crossing the finish line in this kingly, immense district, Mary Joy Tabal said she would like to immediately visit a church.“It’s been a long time since I went to church, I have so much to thank God for,” said Tabal after ruling the Southeast Asian Games women’s marathon for the country’s first gold.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Her gold medal victory, the first for the Philippines in this SEA Games, made it all seemed right.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tabal said that every time she passed by the end of the loop where Filipino fans were gathered, “it’s like all my hardships disappear.”READ: Tabal delivers first gold medal for PH, rules women’s marathonFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I would feel very heavy physically, but I just decided to go my own pace. I knew that God will guide me as long as I keep running and keep my own pace” said Tabal.Now the petite lass from Guba, Cebu City is setting her sights on the Asian Games next year in Indonesia. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments
While the spotlight is on Argentina and specifically Lionel Messi, one can’t forget that it takes two teams to play a football match.While everyone is talking about the Argentine team from the moment they landed at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, the Venezuela outfit has been carrying on with their duties slowly but steadily.The Venezuelan players have decided to go ahead and promote the development of the game at the grassroots in the country.With Real Madrid opening their first football academy in Asia in Kheada – a village in West Bengal – to tap raw talent in rural areas, the Venezuela players have decided to go and spend time with the kids there and share their experiences with them.This sounds like exciting times for the kids as they are set to meet Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho and star players like Iker Casillas in December for an interactive session.For the record, Venezuela had a terrific run in the recent Copa America and made it to the semi- finals before losing to Paraguay in a penalty shootout.With their domestic league turning professional only in 1957 and them getting international exposure only since 1967, it is no mean feat that 17 of the 23 players who have been selected for the match ply their trade in Europe.They might have not made the cut for the 2010 World Cup, but they can surely teach Indian youngsters a thing or two about how to go about chasing one’s dream to become a successful professional footballer.advertisementSujit Brahmachary, director of Institute for Indian Mother and Child (IIMC), said that Venezuela’s initiative to come forward and help was overwhelming.”The Real Foundation has already done a lot for the youngsters and now with Venezuela players keen to spend time with the kids, we are extremely pleased.”The aim has been to ensure that the youngsters in rural areas get to play the global game and if they get to meet international quality players and learn from them, what could be better. We are keenly looking forward to the meeting and interactive sessions,” he told MAIL TODAY.The foundation also plans to set up logistical facilities and has already signed a three-year contract with IIMC. It hopes the project will be as successful as the Tata Football Academy.