The Public Health Ministry’s Food Policy Division on Tuesday commenced its first inaugural education session with pregnant teenagers in Georgetown.The four-day event is being held at the Sophia Exhibition Centre, Sophia, Greater Georgetown, under the theme, ‘Help Me So I Can Help You – An Exploration of Opportunities Available to You’.The sessions will focus on safe motherhood, healthy diet and meal planning, anaemia, early childhood development, and breastfeeding, along with empowering teens to return to school or to further develop themselves after they would have given birth.According to Dr Trevor Freeman, a physician attached to the Adolescent Health Care Unit, it is a known fact that babies born to teenagers are more likely to have lower birth weights, increased risk of infant mortality and an increased risk of some congenital anomalies.Teenger mothers at the Sophia Exhibition Site for the educational session on TuesdayAs such, Freeman explained that it is important that both mother and child are given the best nutrition during pregnancy.“Nutritional needs are high in adolescence as the body grows and develops… when a teenager becomes pregnant, she needs all the help and support she can get,” the doctor stated.He further noted that the four-day programme is aimed at alleviating teenage pregnancy and enabling them to take control of those factors that inhibit social and health development so that they can achieve their full potential from adolescence to adulthood.The programme also seeks to create model centres of excellence to carry out health promotion interventions for teenage mothers and their children.Nevertheless, awareness activities regarding iron-deficiency anaemia are ongoing at the Ministry’s Food Policy Division.Only recently, a new policy was put in place to ensure teenage mothers have the opportunity to go back to school while receiving support at home and from their respective communities.The policy manual was as a result of collaboration between the Education Ministry and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). It, however, had the input of other important stakeholders such as the Public Security Ministry, Social Protection Ministry and faith-based organisations among others.
16 November 2015As part of its 80th anniversary celebrations, Monopoly launched its Cape Town version of the popular board game at the V&A Waterfront in the Mother City on Friday, 13 November.Monopoly Cape Town is the first in an expected long line of regional South African boards. Notable attractions made it into the game, including the Taj Hotel in Cape Town, Boulders, Muizenberg and Camps Bay beaches, Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, and Robben Island, among others.In May, fans were able to vote for locations to be featured. Winning Moves, licence holders for Monopoly regional editions from Hasbro, translated the Mother City into its 2D board game. Monopoly Cape Town features well-known attractions. (Image: Supplied)“We have been looking forward to bringing a Monopoly Cape Town edition to South Africa for a long time, and we knew that there was a big board-gaming community and many loyal Monopoly fans, but we have been overwhelmed by the passionate and enthusiastic responses we’ve received,” said Dan Taylor of Winning Moves. Players can reach Robben Island while playing Monopoly Cape Town. (Image: Supplied)“We’re extremely excited to see how it’s received and have high hopes that Cape Town will be the first of many South African Monopoly games to be launched in the next three years,” Taylor said.Monopoly made its debut in 1935 – and since then has been played by more than 500 million people. Today it is played in 111 countries and is available in 43 different languages.SouthAfrica.info reporter
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… alex williams A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Yesterday the Oregon state treasurer’s office announced that it has seen power consumption in its data center drop 25% in the first month since it adopted a virtualized infrastructure.That kind of example makes it seem like cloud computing and virtualization are viable options for leaders at the state and federal levels of government. It’s a correct assumption. But the reality is all together different.This week the Obama administration ordered a stop in upgrades to 30 major information technology projects, a decision that, according to The Washington Post, impacts about $20 billion in government spending. The projects were designed to upgrade computer systems that manage financial information and transactions for federal agencies.The news reflects a paradox for the Obama administration. It is a big proponent of cloud computing but it faces pressures from all sides to cut expenses. Elections are coming up and the GOP has some influence. In that respect, the spending cut is as much about politics as it is about managing technology infrastructure.Thanks to the recession, anxiety about job loss is in full bloom. In this environment, moving IT assets to the cloud or adopting virtualization can be perceived as a potential threat.That dynamic creates a challenge for IT. Ongoing advances in virtualized and cloud computing environments could help governments save billions of dollars. But what exists instead is a patchwork network with little data exchange between government entities and even less accessibility to information about the running of government. It’s a problem with implications at the local, state and national levels.Terror Threat: Data Failure?The patchwork network problem is apparent at the highest levels of government. Sharing between federal agencies is impeded as the ability to share information often involves extracting it from silos and then aggregating and analyzing it for subsequent collaboration and review. The data from each silo has to be viewed almost in singularity. That can be time consuming, expensive and error-prone. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian who tried to blow up a plane over Detroit, had been entered in the Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment (TIDE) system before he attempted his attack. TIDE contains the list of about 550,000 known or suspected terrorists. He had been reported by his father to the United States Embassy in Nigeria, who had believed his son had been radicalized. But no one prevented Abdulmutallab from attempting to attack a Northwest Airlines flight as it started its descent into Detroit last year on Christmas Day.From The Atlantic:“Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s name was in the database, officials have said, along with biographical information and the warning provided by his father, who told the CIA’s chief of station in Nigeria that Abdulmutallab had fallen in with terrorists. Why Abdulmutallab’s name was not forwarded to the State Department or the FBI for further review, especially in light of warnings about Nigerians preparing to attack the United States, is the focus of an intense investigation. Datamarts like TIDES are only as good as the info that goes in and only as good as the common format it is compared against.”And this from Wired:“[A] Justice Department inspector general report earlier this year found that the FBI was mishandling the watch list and was failing to add legitimate suspects under terrorist investigation to the list while also failing to properly update and remove records from the list, subjecting U.S. citizens to unjustified scrutiny.”It’s conceivable that better data storage, analysis and optimization could have provided the capability to discover information about Abdulmutallaband and get it to the people who need to make quick decisions. The task of passing critical information relies on processes that require checking multiple sources. Why the FBI is mishandling data is a reflection on how we have been dealing with the process of modernizing legacy environments and outmoded database environments.A dearth of funding mires many government agencies. Even the antiterrorism database has been slated for budget cuts. Again, from The Atlantic:“According to one official, who asked not to be identified because intelligence budget matters are classified, the administration and Congress slashed the budget for the National Counterterrorism Center by at least $25 million. Those affected, the official said, included employees responsible for maintaining the Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment (TIDE) system, which contains the list of about 550,000 known or suspected terrorists.”Starving IT: Legacy EnvironmentsIt’s almost come to the point of starving for some agencies. The IT environment becomes so antiquated that sustaining life is all that matters. Virtulization is impossible as changes to the entire system are required even to access data.The state of New Jersey, for instance, has a payroll system that is 41 years old. What’s striking is how poorly the New Jersey government is serving the public by not updating these aged systems. Information that should be freely available to the public is so locked up that it can’t be reached. Only the most important agencies get the funding needed to keep systems modernized.According to The Press of Atlantic City, the problem became apparent when the newspaper’s requests for computerized records from two state agencies couldn’t be granted because of severe technical limitations.“In one case, the records are not even kept on computers. In another, The Press was told agency operations would halt if it attempted to copy the computerized records requested.Situations like these mean that independent – or even state – analysis of certain records to find trends or trouble spots is impossible. For example, The Press sought to analyze complaints about injuries inflicted on customers by nail salons. Without computer technology, that work would be overwhelming or cost-prohibitive. The newspaper also sought to analyze complaints against cable television providers. The analysis was not feasible given the outdated technology.”In the article, New Jersey State Treasurer Andrew Sidemon echoes the sentiment about the lack of funding:“But Ebeid said funding has not allowed widespread modernizing of systems, only for maintenance of what’s installed now. The gulf between departments, where some run these “legacy” systems while others have been modernized, has depended on raising the funds themselves.But most other departments rely on the general fund. Those, Ebeid said, have been left with the old technology from previous generations. Young information technology (IT) staff, fluent in current programming languages, have even been trained to work with those old machines.”Legacy systems are often maintained by an older generation of IT professionals who were schooled in the complexities of heavyweight applications tied to central-server networks. Managing these networks is a bit of an art form. Technicians and engineers each wield their own unique set of skills. They write scripts that repair problems. Over time, it’s analogous to using too much duct tape.The Politics of IT SavingsAnd then there is – as we mentioned earlier – the issue of jobs. Chief information officers from the state and federal level gathered earlier this month at the Government Technology Research Alliance conference. Their remarks at the time highlighted the problems associated with jobs and the adoption of modern technologies.According to Government Computer News, there’s a push by the Office of Management and Budget to consolidate data centers. It makes sense. There are 100 federal agencies. Each one has anywhere from five to 20 data centers.Ken Griffey is transition manager for NASA’s National Center for Critical Information Processing and Storage (NCCIPS), a federal shared services data center. NCCIPS hosts data centers for the Homeland Security and Transportation departments, as well as the Navy’s supercomputers.Government Computer News wrote that:“Pure common sense says that we can save billions if we consolidate,” Griffey said.”I wonder how practical that is going to be. NASA has 10 fiefdoms. NASA appears to be an agency on the surface, but it is very politically driven for each state that has a NASA center.”The challenge, he said, results from the fact that NASA data centers provide jobs. It’s unlikely that any state is going to volunteer to give up its data center and the 1,000 or so jobs the center provides.“I see those as obstacles to data center consolidation. The obstacles are more in the political arena,” Griffey said.Success StoriesWhile there are significant obstacles, success stories do exist. GCN points to the state of Utah, which consolidated from 35 data centers down to two. The state now has enough scale that it can provide data center capabilities to cities and counties. The cities and counties then pay for data center services out of their operational budgets.And in the state of Oregon, its treasury department isn’t content with just reducing power consumption. It’s also replacing its servers in two phases. In the first phase, 37 servers have been virtualized. The department says that equates to about $46,000 in hardware costs. In the second phase, the state will save about $373,000. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#cloud#cloud computing#Virtualization Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
The most difficult part of selling today is getting in. Your dream clients don’t have time for salespeople that aren’t proven value creators, and they can’t spend time with time-wasters. Because they are overwhelmed, it’s more difficult to get the first commitment of time.But nothing happens until you get in.Here are six ways that you can get in. Make a list of your dream clients, run down this list and try to get in using each of these methods. The sixth method is always there when you are ready to do what it takes to get in, but feel free to run out your options first if you must.Client Referral or IntroductionYou want to the easiest and most effective way to get an appointment with your dream client? Ask another client for a referral, and ask them to schedule an introduction call or meeting.This is super-effective, but salespeople that chafe at the idea of making cold calls aren’t usually very interested in asking their clients to make these introductions. If you are a value-creator, don’t hesitate to make the ask. Client referrals work.Vendor Referral or IntroductionYour company works with other companies. Your people know the sales reps from those companies, even if you don’t. You can ask your vendors to make an introduction call or book an appointment for you with their contacts. You’re paying your vendors, and their salespeople will be helpful.Be prepared to reciprocate and help the sales reps from your vendors get in where you can. In fact, go first and obligate them to reciprocate. Vendor referrals can help get you in.Family or Friend IntroductionYour friends and family members know people. With tools like LinkedIn you can find the connections between your family and friends and the people they know (we’ll get to LinkedIn next, hold tight).Ask your family and friends to make an introduction for you. For some of you, this won’t be the best way to get in. But many of you will find connections, especially if the contacts you need live in the same city as you.LinkedIn IntroductionThe barrier for making an introduction on LinkedIn (and social media more generally) is very, very low. When you find a contact, you can ask connections within your network to introduce you to people in their network.You make it easy for them to make the introduction when you tell them why you want to be connected and how you intend to be valuable to the person you want to connect with. LinkedIn can work to help you get in.Email for an AppointmentThose of you that resist cold calling and hesitate to ask for commitments will like this one. You can email your dream client to request an appointment. Most people find cold calling more effective, but some salespeople book appointments with email.Brace yourself; this will frighten you a little.Some of the most successful salespeople I have seen use email are emailing calendar invites to their dream clients before their dream client has even committed to seeing them. Bold? Yes. Brave? Yes. Assumptive? Absolutely. But email sometimes work.Cold Call (or Warm Call, if that makes you feel better)You don’t have to wait for a client referral, a vendor referral, an introduction from a family or friend, or someone in your network on LinkedIn to help you get in. Because you are a value creator of the first order, you can pick up the phone and call your dream client yourself.Cold calling still works to get you in.Whatever you do, work your tail off to find a way in.QuestionsWhat is the most effective way to get in?What other ways are sometimes effective?What methods do you avoid because they make you uncomfortable? What do you resist? Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now
Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Human beings are novelty seeking creatures. We are infinitely creative, and equally resourceful. We are always seeking ways to improve things. Right now, technology is delivering these improvements at a blisteringly fast pace. What’s new may offer improvements in some areas, but success is often found in older, deeper truths.Last week I was forwarded an email from a salesperson. She wrote, “You would appreciate this guy’s persistence.” The only problem with her email was that there was no “guy.” Instead, the string of emails was an automated campaign pretending to be communication.There is nothing wrong with automating some communication, but there is something missing when that communication needs to create a human connection, to create a preference, and to allow the salesperson to gain an appointment. Imagine if your spouse called the florist and ordered flowers to be delivered to you every year on the same date. There would be a certain efficiency, but a massive lacking of effectiveness.In human relationships, trust is the currency. Efficiency, in many cases, is the elimination of caring and the exclusion of intimacy when it comes to relationships.The technologies we use allows us to communicate over great distances. Being able to use hardware and software for meetings has made meetings easier—and in many ways—more effective. Distance is no longer a barrier. The ability to see one another has improved communication.But your digital presence, while being much greater than an email or phone call, is no match for your physical presence. Presence, showing up, actually being in the room with people is still far more powerful, still more effective, still creates a greater connection and intimacy, and still creates a preference.Stay aware of the new technologies and use them where and when they make sense. But don’t lose sight of the fact that over the long term, the advantage you gain is far greater when you focus on older, deeper truths. Things like integrity, character, trust, intimacy, resourcefulness, determination, and accountability will do far more to improve your overall results where human beings are concerned.
Cut money is the amount or percentage of money that is illegally charged by elected leaders, from grass roots like panchayat functionaries and councillors to higher ups in the political order from ordinary citizens in return of delivery of certain services or entitlements to them. Protests have erupted in Bardhman, Birbhum, Malda, Jalpaiguri, Purulia and Uttar Dinajpur districts of the State. Taking advantage of the situation and the anger among common people in certain cases the local BJP leadership has targeted the elected representatives of Trinamool.At Mangalkote, in Bardhman locals ransacked the house of a panchayat functionary Rina Chakraborty alleging that her husband Pradip Chakraborty took “cut money” from people. The TMC leadership had to take shelter in a nearby party office of TMC.Locals also blocked roads in Raiganj in Uttar Dinajpur as a mark of protest. The Trinamool Congress leadership attempted a damage control after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s comments that leaders who took “cut money” should return it to people or face action has triggered protests in various parts of the State.On Monday, the State’s ruling party faced heat in the State Assembly when the MLAs of Congress and Left parties staged a walkout demanding an explanation from the Chief Minister on her remarks. The MLAs demanded discussion on the issue. Protests have erupted in different parts of the State with locals and a section of BJP supporters targeting Trinamool leaders alleging that they have been taking ” cut money” for years.Also Read BJP warns of encounters in Bengal
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Rafi Reavis, one of the oldest active players in the PBA, may have a lot of mileage under his belt but he still has a lot of gas left in the tank.The 41-year-old Reavis out-hustled and outwitted his much younger Rain or Shine counterparts in the grandiose Game 7 of the semifinals to lead Magnolia back to the Philippine Cup finals.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles The Beermen disposed of the Hotshots in last year’s finals, needing only five games to win their fourth consecutive Philippine Cup crown.This time, however, Reavis believes Magnolia will be coming in more prepared.“Anytime you reach this stage, you feel like you’re equipped. You don’t make it this far without the right pieces. For sure we feel more equipped to win this series,” he said.Game 1 tips off Wednesday night but Reavis’ work isn’t done yet even after a grueling seven-game semifinals series.When asked what his secret to staying healthy is, Reavis said he’s heading right to the gym to do “extra work.”ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “You guys know that, I have a lot left in the tank. I’m just trying to keep up with the young guys, I’m still having fun,” he said.“I really enjoy playing with this group of guys and I’m fortunate to have a management that really stands behind me and believes in me. I have a lot left.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid LATEST STORIES Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Reavis had his fingerprints all over Game 7 with eight points, 20 rebounds and three blocks.“It’s just about effort. It’s gonna boil down to who wanted it more, so those are all effort plays the rebounds, the hustle points,” he told reporters after the Hotshots’ 63-60 win in overtime Sunday night at Mall of Asia Arena.“There’s nothing glorious about it. It’s all about who’s gonna do the dirty work better, that’s what this series was about and that’s what it came down to. It’s just the dirty work and that’s what I’m known for doing.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsReavis’ performance wasn’t the first time he’s had a crucial impact in the series after also coming up big in the pivotal Game 5 four nights ago where he wound up with nine points, 12 rebounds and a block in an 82-74 victory.The 6-foot-8 beanpole, who is in his 18th PBA season, has no plans of slowing down just yet especially with the Hotshots heading into an All-Filipino title showdown with defending champion San Miguel Beer for the second straight year. View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Magnolia rallies to beat Rain or Shine in Game 7, books finals rematch with SMB
Okay, a few notes and thoughts here:• OSU in the preseason AP was No. 33 and in the Coaches was No. 30 so it moved up six slots in the AP and four in the Coaches.• Preseason polls aren’t stupid but they certainly measure something different and create different waves throughout the season than simply starting with a poll after the first week. Example: If this was the first poll would South Carolina and Oklahoma State be ranked in this manner?• Raise your hand if you think Texas will finish the season ahead of OSU in any poll outside of the polls put out on Texas-centric websites.• Here’s an interesting post on what Week 1 means in terms of where you’ll finish in the final top 25. Since 2005 ranked teams that lost in Week 1 to another ranked team: 9 of 19 ended the season ranked (48%).• If the team that showed up on Saturday night in Arlington shows up the rest of the season we’ll be talking about being left out of the top 10, not the top 25.• Polls ultimately mean nothing. That was mostly true before the College Football Playoff and it’s certainly true this season as the “poll” to determine the final four won’t start until the end of October.• Polls are fun to whine and complain about, though!Why the hell do you people get butt hurt about rankings? It’s week 2. Plus, pokes lost. They LOST.— Justin Mitchell (@senyormitchell) September 2, 2014 No. 27Oklahoma StateLost to FSU 37-31 No. 22North CarolinaBeat Cincinnati 39-17 at home The new polls are out and OSU is ranked No. 26 in the Coaches Poll and No. 27 in the AP poll. Here’s how the final few spots shook out in the AP (I think the AP is more legit than the Coaches):[1. I actually can’t believe the coaches still vote in a real poll.]AP Poll Totally Tickets is your source for Oklahoma State football tickets. No. 24MissouriBeat South Dakota State 38-18 at home RankTeamResult No. 26TexasBeat North Texas 38-7 at home No. 21South CarolinaLost to A&M 52-28 at home No. 25LouisvilleBeat The U 31-13 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! No. 23ClemsonLost to Georgia 45-21 at Georgia
Canadian Natural says a curtailment program announced by the Alberta government last weekend designed to remove 325,000 barrels per day of oil from the province’s over-taxed pipelines has already resulted in stronger forward crude prices in January.It says it will monitor those prices and the progress of the stalled Keystone XL and Trans Mountain expansion export pipelines with the option to increase its spending by about $700 million next year if signals warrant.The company says production in 2019 is targeted to be between 1.03 million and 1.12 million barrels of oil equivalent per day, with a product mix of about 76 percent oil and natural gas liquids and 24 percent dry natural gas. CALGARY, A.B. – Oilsands producer Canadian Natural Resources is setting its 2019 capital budget at $1-billion less than its “normalized” range but says it will ramp up spending if heavily discounted oil prices in Western Canada rebound.The Calgary-based company says it is targeting a 2019 base capital program of $3.7 billion, about 20 percent below its preferred range of $4.7 billion to $5.0 billion.The program includes about $3.1 billion needed to maintain production and $600 million to be spent on long-term growth projects.
Tradition is an important part of college football, especially in the Big Ten. From the Ohio State Marching Band playing “Script Ohio” to Michigan football players running out of the tunnel and jumping up to touch the “Go Blue” banner, traditions make every school unique. Saturday, the No. 9 OSU football team will play at the University of Iowa, where players will encounter another unique tradition. The visitors’ locker room is painted pink. “I honestly don’t know anything about Iowa, the state or just anything to be honest. I know that they have a pink locker room, that’s about it,” OSU senior kicker Devin Barclay said. The pink locker room for visiting opponents is a tradition started by former Iowa coach Hayden Fry in his first season in 1979. “Our facilities were a little bit dilapidated when I arrived, and every place I’d gone to that had a losing program, we tried to change the image,” Fry said in an interview with Iowa TV station KWWL. Fry put linebackers coach Howard Sissel in charge of changing everything from the equipment to the facilities. When it came time to improve the locker rooms, Fry said, “The only paint that Howard could find was pink paint. So we applied that to the visiting team’s locker room.” Fry graduated from Baylor University with a degree in psychology, so he knew the pink color scheme could provide a small advantage for his football team. “Me, being an old psychology professor, knew that would be relaxing, cool, calm,” Fry said. “If I wanted to fire the opposing team up, I would have painted it red.” OSU coach Jim Tressel will be making his third trip to Kinnick Stadium, where he holds a 1-1 record. In Tressel’s first trip to Iowa City in 2004, the Hawkeyes dominated OSU 33-7. The Buckeyes’ last game at Iowa in 2006 had a much better result for Tressel — OSU won 38-17. Tressel doesn’t think the pink locker room will be too much of a distraction for his team Saturday. “They’ve renovated their stadium, and the locker rooms are nice but they are a different shade, and that’s one of the old tradition things that was done so long ago,” Tressel said Tuesday at his weekly press conference. “Last time we were there, I didn’t notice it as a problem. Now, maybe two times ago that was the problem, I don’t know, but I’d like to think that won’t be the problem.”