Prevention Is Better Than Closure

first_imgThe Guinean Ambassador to Liberia, Elhaji Abdoulaye Doré, has appealed to neighboring countries not to close the border with his country in face of the Ebola  outbreak.  He has rather suggested that serious preventive measures be taken to halt or minimize the spread of the deadly disease.  Senegal closed its southeastern border with Guinea.Following our publication of Observer Senior Reporter C.Y. Kwanu’s story on the Ambassador’s concern, the  Daily Observer  immediately contacted Liberia’s Health Minister, Dr. Walter Gwenigale, and Immigration  Commissioner Lemuel Reeves, for their reaction to the GuineaN envoy’s plea.Both the Health Minister and the Immigration Commissioner readily concurred.  Dr. Gwenigale referred to the International Health Regulation that preceded the establishment of the World Health Organization (WHO).  That Regulation advised against border closures in the event of a disease outbreak.  At WHO’s establishment in 1948, where Liberian was represented by its first Public  Health Director General, Dr. Joseph N. Togba, the WHO confirmed that Regulation.Dr. Gwenigale fears that should Liberia close its border with Guinea or any other neighboring nation, “people will start dying in the bush because there are too many crossing points.” He observed that many Guineans and Liberians cross the border daily to work on each other’s farms. Commissioner Reeves told the Daily Observer that from Grand Cape Mount to Maryland County there were 176 known border points, only 35 of which, until recently, were manned by Liberian Immigration officers.  Now the number of patrolled border points has increased to 45.  Mathematically, that leaves 131 border points unchecked.He fears that if the borders are closed, people would begin using unofficial routes along our porous borders, hampering  the Health Ministry’s ability to monitor and regulate possibly infected persons.Dr. Gwenigale told the Daily Observer that Jorwah, the town built in the 1970s by President William R. Tolbert, Jr., behind his farm in Bellefanai, Bong County, was  very near the Guinea border, where highly frequent crossings occur each day.Commissioner Reeves yesterday told the Daily Observer in addition to human beings crossing the borders, there are also animals, including monkeys and deer,  all of which are disease carriers.  In addition, there are planes from neighboring countries bringing people into  other countries.  So, in his opinion, border closing would  not solve the problem.    We think that all three officials, the Guinean Ambassador, Liberia’s Health Minister and Immigration Commissioner, make a lot of sense in arguing against closing the borders.  All their arguments are cogent.We are fortunate that there has not so far been a rapid spread of the disease.  Of the 134 cases reported in Guinea there have been only 100   deaths.  Of the 10 casualties in   Liberia, the last person to die was on Sunday morning, April 6, in Foya, where news of the outbreak here was first reported.   The Health Ministry has disclosed that two labs have been created in Liberia to monitor and fight the spread of Ebola.  The labs are linked to the Meta-Biotic Laboratories in Kenema, Sierra Leone.  The first lab in Liberia is a permanent one, established within the Liberia Institute for Biomedical Research, located in Charlesville, near the Roberts International Airport (RIA).  The second is a mobile lab, based in Foya, Lofa County, where the first casualties were   reported.  This lab is equipped to provide rapid response to any reports of Ebola incidences in the general area.Commissioner Reeves told this newspaper that he will this weekend commence a tour of various border points, beginning in Grand Gedeh County.  It may be a good idea for the Commissioner to consult with Health Minister Gwenigale with a view to taking along health workers  familiar with the epidemic. These experts would know what to do immediately in the case of detection anywhere along the way.      Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Weah Child Support Hearing Today

first_imgSenator George Weah’s child support hearing opens today, May 11, in the Newton County Courthouse in the U.S. state of Georgia.Lawyers representing Senator Weah reportedly left for the United States last Tuesday to be in Georgia in time for the court hearing.Weah, who recently accepted the petition to represent the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) in the 2017 presidential elections, was reported to have abandoned his daughter in the United States.The child’s mother filed the case in Newton County and an arrest warrant was issued, pending Senator Weah’s presence in the United States.The warrant, which, according to CDC spokesman Sam Manna, was withdrawn after Weah’s lawyers spoke to Newton County court officials, charged the former footballer with failure to pay child support, without stating how much money Senator Weah owed the child’s mother.Manna told journalists last week that the hearing into the case was scheduled for today. The crime of child abandonment is punishable by up to 12 months in prison.CDC stalwarts in Monrovia and abroad have raised objections that Senator Weah’s case has been manipulated into the national limelight to hurt his run for the presidency in 2017.“This is a calculated propaganda trying to diminish our political momentum,” spokesman Manna said last week. A CDC release from the United States has also described the report of the existence of the ‘arrest warrant’ against Senator Weah as “intentionally misleading, unfortunate, unnecessary, distasteful and ignominious” pointing out that “ the reading public does not deserve such level of classless reporting and the lack of efforts to uncover the facts.“As a father to many children,” the release continued, “many of whom are not his biological children, Ambassador Weah enjoys his role as a parent and will do nothing to deny a child of the care and comfort needed from his or her parents.” However, the release does not explain the admission that the court case of child abandonment against Weah exists, and that Weah’s lawyers are in the United States to defend him.“The CDC has remained engaged with Ambassador Weah since the release of the story. The facts are clear and at the appropriate time and when those deserving of such private information are available to receive it, the truth will be brought to light,” the CDC release said.It added “Our political leader, Ambassador-Senator George Manneh Saye-Korzie Weah, is not currently the subject of any arrest warrant. Ambassador Weah is a law abiding citizen and a man of international renown who can never be a fugitive from justice.“Henceforth, the CDC will make no further comments on a totally private matter. Additionally we ask all partisans to refrain from commenting on the issue. We, however, sound a caution to political desperadoes that the path to the hearts of the people cannot be asphalted by deceit, trickery and reliance on foreign nationals to malign the character of our heroes. Ambassador Weah won and continues to win the hearts of ordinary Liberians by his deeds, resilience and willingness to endure hardship along with his people.“We stand by our Political Leader, express our regrets to people hurt by this act of yellow journalism and thank our many partisans, sympathizers and well-wishers for your calls, expressions of support and commitment.“Meanwhile, the National Secretariat of CDC will like to inform all partisans who are in the constant habit of posting information to the public or speaking on the party’s behalf without prior approval. Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) is an institution with a brand name; therefore, we want to make it emphatically clear that anyone not authorized by the National Secretariat to speak on the party’s behalf will face a full legal consequenace both in Liberia and the diaspora.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Lassa Fever on the Rise in Nimba

first_imgRodents, especially rats (mice) are suspected spreading the Lassa fever. 9 cases confirmedReport reaching the Daily Observer from Nimba County Health Team said that Lassa fever is becoming alarming, with nine cases confirmed, out of which three persons have died.The county health surveillance officer, Isaac Cole, told reporters in Nimba that three districts, including Sanniquellie Mahn, Saclepea and Tappita have been declared as the “epicenters” of the deadly disease.Of the three districts, Cole said Sanniquellie Mahn is the worst affected area where over 30 cases of suspected Lassa cases were registered, nine confirmed, and from where the three deaths are recorded.He has meanwhile warned locals to avoid rodents (rats) by thoroughly cleaning their surroundings to stop the flow of rats in their homes. The County Health Team is therefore calling on the residents to report any suspected case, particularly people who may have developed prolonged fever, to any of the nearest health facilities. Residents are also advised not to bury the dead (suspected Lassa fever patients) without referencing trained medical practitioners.“Protect your food from rats, and also avoid touching them at all times, should you encounter one,” he added.Lassa fever, also known as Lassa hemorrhagic fever (LHF), is a type of viral hemorrhagic fever caused by the Lassa virus. Many of those infected by the virus do not show symptoms early on. When symptoms do occur, they typically include fever, weakness, headaches, vomiting, and muscle pains.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GPSU calls for establishment of Safety and Health Committee

first_img…to help alleviate workers’ woesGuyana Public Service Union (GPSU) Region 10 (Upper Demerara- Berbice) Representative Maurice Butters is pleading with the administration of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) to establish a Safety and Health Committee.Butters noted that this would help to alleviate issues presently being faced by Linden part-time sweeper/cleaners, who recently downed tools over the lack of work and safety gear, among numerous other issues.Maurice ButtersButters had indicated that the cleaners are frustrated with the way they are being treated by the regional administration, noting that requests to the administration to provide proper working gear were not heeded.  According to Butters, the administration, through which the sweeper /cleaners are employed, has been turning a blind eye to the plight of the employees. He said despite efforts to put the Committee in place the regional administration appears to be uninterested. “We’re trying to set up a Safety and Health Committee. The workers’ representatives have been turning up at every meeting, but the management representatives are not turning up, so they can constitute the Safety and Health Committee. And the administration is fully well aware of it. Letters were made to them, calls were made to them and visits were made to them, yet they don’t want to put the Safety and Health Committee in place. You see if the Safety and Health Committee goes in place, it will help to alleviate the problems these cleaners are facing at the schools,” the GPSU representative stated.The female employees, who stood outside the RDC building last Wednesday holding placards, made demands for their positions to be “regularised” so that they can be paid at least the minimum wage, as they pointed out that the current $24,740 they receive presently is insufficient.The protesters also made demands for the provision of working gear and improved working conditions. The GPSU representative claims that despite an announcement by the Minister of State regarding the fate of sweeper/cleaners, the administration claims it has no knowledge of this announcement.Butters added that compounding the situation is the fact that sweeper/cleaners in Georgetown, who were in similar position, have since benefited from regularisation.“We brought to their attention that (Minister) Harmon would have made a public statement, and based on that statement, they should have been more proactive in making calls and enquiries on what is the situation, so they can fall in line with the announcement made by Harmon; but they choose to sit back and wait for somebody to tell them,” he said. (Utamu Belle)last_img read more

Every sugar worker at risk of losing job – former Agri Minister

first_img…predicts more could be fired in 2019With the recent announcement by the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) that more sugar estate workers could lose their jobs soon, former Agriculture Minister, Dr Leslie Ramsammy is of the strong opinion that every sugar worker that remains employed within the industry is on the breadline.He said the coalition Government’s plan for the sugar industry is unclear, aside from the plans to continuing downsizing. “The injustice continues. It proves that every sugar worker with a job is at risk under this Government. They must have sleepless nights wondering if the next day will be the last day for their jobs,” he said.GAWU had revealed that the workers which face dismissal are those that were retained following the closures of the Wales, Skeldon, Rose Hall and East Demerara estates to maintain skeleton operations at the factories. These workers were involved mainly in security, drainage and irrigation and power house operations.The Union said that the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) had indicated that it was always its intention to have the workers terminated and it is now giving effect to its intent.But Dr Ramsammy questioned whether any arrangements are in place for their severance, adding that there are still hundreds of Wales’s workers awaiting severance, even after the recent payments. “Are these newly unemployed workers to be subjected to the injustice of delayed severance payments?”Former Agriculture Minister, Dr Leslie RamsammyThe former Minister told Guyana Times on Sunday that the recent laying off of more workers proves the associated GuySuCo services such as residential drainage and irrigation services are slowly being abandoned in the former sugar estates. “Who will take up the responsibility? The NDCs [Neighbourhood Democratic Councils)] or the RDCs [Regional Democratic Councils] or the NDIA [National Drainage and Irrigation Authority]?” he questioned.According to Dr Ramsammy, none of these arrangements were in place before the closure was made. He reminded that the expenses of GuySuCo included these non-sugar expenses. But he argued that with or without sugar, these expenses must be incurred and part of the subsidy for GuySuCo included this.“Now Budget 2019 has been passed and no provisions were made for these expenses. And with the laying off of these workers, GuySuCo is now also abandoning these services,” the former minister pointed out.Total betrayalFurther, he said the actions of the coalition Government towards these workers and the sugar industry as a whole amounts to total betrayal. While Government has announced that workers are to be given a bonus for reaching the 2018 target of 103,000 tons, he reminded that this is a right and part of the sugar agreement for more than 50 years.“Workers are entitled to an Annual Production Incentive (API) each year. In 2015 it was reduced. In 2016 and 2017 workers were denied any API on the basis that they did not reach target,” he recalled.However, he said the bonus was never based only on reaching the target. Workers always were entitled to a bonus based on annual production of a day’s pay for a certain amount of tonnage for the year. Thus, at the end of the year they got one or more days pay based on annual production, not only on reaching target.“This year if we believe the Government, the workers will get the bonus because they reached the target. The question is what is the bonus based on? How many tons of sugar will equal a day’s pay?” he further questioned.But more worrying, Dr Ramsammy believes that “the assault on the workers by Government” is not over. He feels the country could see even more workers laid off in 2019, adding to the already hundreds that were severed.“In the end the Government had pursued a path that will see Guyana losing more than US$100 million in export earnings from sugar. It means that when oil revenue starts coming, instead of adding to our revenues it will merely replace lost revenues. This is unfortunate for Guyana. In the meanwhile, the sugar workers have been made the poster child for injustice in Guyana,” he added.Finally, the former Agriculture Minister recalled Vice President and Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan saying that Government sees sugar workers as “PPP people”. “The action of this Government against sugar workers means that APNU/AFC has deliberately sought ways to remove from the industry and to ensure they create a pathway for what Volda Lawrence describes as “PNC people.”Dr Ramsammy said he can therefore conclude that “political vendetta” has led to the closure and dismissal of sugar workers. “The latest dismissals demand a raised from all decent Guyanese. Those sugar workers and their facilities and any decent Guyanese know they will not hear anything from those who rode on the backs of the sugar workers for the power they now have,” he concluded. (Samuel Sukhnandan)last_img read more

Lowly Burundi, Lesotho eye first AFCON appearances

first_img0Shares0000South Africa’s Tiyani Mabunda tackles Nigeria’s Alexander Iwobi during the African Cup of Nations qualifier © AFP/File / PHILL MAGAKOEJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Nov 19 – Lowly ranked Burundi and Lesotho are among 23 countries chasing 11 places at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations tournament during the final qualifying round in March.The penultimate series of matches at the weekend ended with 13 countries, including first-time qualifiers Mauritania, securing places and former champions Zambia eliminated. Burundi need a point at home against fellow contenders Gabon and Lesotho require a win in Cape Verde to be certain of reaching the finals of the newly-expanded 24-nation tournament in Cameroon.The Burundian Swallows are ranked 40th and the Lesotho Crocodiles 43rd of 54 African football nations.AFP Sport looks at the eight groups where places are up for grabs with qualifiers guaranteed at least $475,000 (415,000 euros) prize money.Group CWhile Burundi are on the rise with six-goal Fiston Abdul Razak the joint leading scorer in qualifying, Gabon have been struggling with the team’s star, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, missing matches.The Arsenal striker did not travel to South Sudan because he was unhappy with the state of the chartered plane and an injury ruled him out of the damaging weekend home loss to Mali.Group DBenin are better placed than Togo and the Gambia in a three-way fight between the west African teams to join 1990 champions Algeria at the finals.The Beninese have two points more than their rivals and will enjoy home advantage against Togo while the Gambia must win in Algeria to have a chance of finishing second.Group EOnly a win will suffice for Libya while South Africa need one point when the teams clash to determine who goes through along with three-time champions Nigeria.Violence in Libya in the post-Moamer Kadhafi era means Libya cannot stage the match in Tripoli and the Mediterranean city Sfax is the probable venue.Group FThe FIFA ban of Sierra Leone because of government interference continues to cloud a group in which Ghana and Kenya appear the likely qualifiers.Sierra Leone could become challengers if the suspension is lifted soon and they are allowed to continue, but Ethiopia are out of contention after three losses in five matches.Group GThis is the most intriguing of the eight mini-leagues where places are on the line with only three points separating leaders Zimbabwe from bottom-place Congo Brazzaville.Zimbabwe and the third-place Democratic Republic of Congo play at home in the final round and are widely expected to defeat Congo Brazzaville and Liberia respectively and qualify.Group IThe historic qualification of Mauritania leaves second-placed Angola and 2013 Cup of Nations runners-up Burkina Faso competing for the other berth.An Angolan win away to bottom side Botswana will seal a top-two finish, but any other result would open the door for the Burkinabe, provided they beat the Mauritanians in Ouagadougou.Group KDespite winning twice against 2012 champions Zambia, Mozambique are likely to be the losers in a three-way contest with Guinea-Bissau and Namibia for two places.Guinea-Bissau should at least draw at home against a Mozambican side coached by former Liverpool and Everton defender Abel Xavier, sending them and Namibia to Cameroon.Group LLesotho rose from last to second by beating Tanzania and would secure an unexpected finals place if they succeed away to Cape Verde, who must win to have any chance.Tanzania, seeking a return to the Cup of Nations after 39 years, have to beat Uganda, who have not conceded a goal in five matches, in Dar es Salaam to have a realistic chance.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Texas ‘pole tax’ hits strip joints

first_imgStrip clubs occupy a mythic place in Texas lore as a spot where young women can work their way through college and small-town girls with dreams of Hollywood stardom get their start on the lowest rung of show biz. Texas’ topless spots range from dimly lit dives with pickup trucks lined up outside to gentlemen’s clubs that resemble plush hunting lodges and attract men in business suits. The pole tax is unlikely to have much effect on your finer establishments. The owners of Players, a small topless bar in Amarillo, are among those suing the state. They said that adding a $5 tax to the $4 cover could drive away customers and force the club out of business. “They won’t pay it,” said Chandra Brown, president of the company that owns Players. “They won’t come in. They can’t afford it.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DALLAS – Texas, where strip clubs have given rise to Anna Nicole Smith and many other less-generously endowed performers, is about to make it more expensive to watch a little bump and grind. In what some have dubbed the “pole tax,” the Lone Star State will require its 150 or so strip clubs to collect a $5-per-customer levy, with most of the proceeds going to help rape victims. The tax goes into effect on New Year’s Day. Club owners and some of their customers say the money is going to a noble cause, but they argue that the tax infringes on their First Amendment right to freedom of expression, that it will drive some bars out of business and that it unfairly links their industry to sex crimes. “We’ll be fine. I’ve already stopped advertising, and we’re raising our cover charges. But this is going to kill some of the smaller clubs,” said Dawn Rizos, who runs The Lodge, a Hemingway-inspired place that has exotic animal heads on the walls and is packed after Dallas Cowboys games at nearby Texas Stadium. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonThe strip clubs are suing to block the tax, which state officials estimate will raise more than $40million a year, based on liquor sales figures. If accurate, the estimate suggests at least 8million people a year go to Texas strip clubs to get a lap dance or watch women pole-dance in a G-string. Supporters of the stripper tax say they are not out to close the clubs – that would just mean less money for victims of sexual assault. “This is an industry that largely employs women, and this gives them an opportunity to raise funds for a crime that affects women,” said state Rep. Ellen Cohen, a Houston Democrat who sponsored the bill, approved by the Legislature in May. “I’ve been told the fees to get into these places can be $10, $15. I don’t think another $5 is going to prevent someone from going,” said Cohen, who is also president of a women’s center that could get funding from the new law. Most places will probably raise drink prices and cover charges, or start charging a cover if they don’t do so already. last_img read more

DONEGAL MUM PLEADS WITH FANS TO HELP HER SON WALK

first_imgA Donegal mum is hoping fans attending this Sunday’s GAA All-Ireland semi-final clash between Donegal and Dublin will help her kick start a fund raising campaign that will help her son to walk again.Anne Marie Doherty and her son PaulThe ‘Mammy I Want To Walk’ drive is all about raising funds for five-year-old Paul Doherty from Gleneely just outside Killygordon.There is no assistance available at home as the HSE can’t fund the operation so the family has to seek help in the USA. The brave you lad, starts school tomorrow (Friday) has spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy and to date has had physio, occupational therapy, speech therapy, conductive education, Botox injections, three weeks at the Peto Institute in Hungary and all sorts of medicines medicines but to no avail.“Since Paul could talk he always told me: “Mammy, I want to walk,” said heartbroken mum, Anne Marie.“It broke my heart to see him stuck in a wheelchair not been able to run about with his brother and sister or even to be able to pick up a toy from the floor that he wanted to play with.“Paul is a happy, playful and full of devilment ! As his mother, I always fought to get him the services and therapies he needed. While the HSE gave Paul what they could they could never offer him the opportunity to be able to walk. Then Anne Marie discovered what could be the start of a way to help Paul recover.“I came across an operation in America called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR). The operation involves cutting some of the nerves in Paul’s spinal cord that are misfiring the muscles in his leg. Paul has been assessed for this operation and has been accepted. The neurosurgeon, Dr. Park, in St. Louis Hospital, Missouri, USA expects Paul will be able to walk with the aid of crutches/walker if he gets the operation.“This operation has been a successful part of cerebral palsy treatment in the USA for years. The NHS in the UK has just recently decided to trial the operation for 120 children there. By the time the operation is available in Ireland it will be too late for Paul. We need to raise a minimum of €60,000 for Paul’s dream of walking to be a reality. This would cover the cost of the operation and the first 4-6 months of a two year physio programme which all has to be funded by us privately as there is no HSE funding available for such an intense programme.She hopes the supporters at Sunday’s match can play their part in Paul’s bid to recover.“We will be in Dublin on Sunday for the Donegal – Dublin game with our buckets collecting for Paul’s operation. We will be wearing funny hats with wee “legs” around our necks and high vis vests. Please can you help us by donating or whatever you else you think would be beneficial to our cause. We would be very grateful in whatever you can do.” She added they were setting up a Facebook page with details of how people can donate to the ‘Mammy I Want To Walk’ fund in the next few days. But in the meantime Anne Marie is asking all the people going to Dublin to be aware of our cause and give what they can.“If they haven’t got a ticket people can donate at any Ulster Bank. Sort code 98 52 52. Account 10633243The capacity of Croke Park is 82,300. If each person gave an average of just 1 euro, Paul could have his operation and entire post op physio programme!” she added.DONEGAL MUM PLEADS WITH FANS TO HELP HER SON WALK was last modified: August 28th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Anne Marie Dohertydonegaldublinfanspaul dohertyWALKlast_img read more

LETTERKENNY RESEARCH CENTRE GETS ITS ‘SPOKE’ IN TO HELP GET UNIQUE CYCLING PROJECT ON ROAD

first_imgWiSAR Engineer Chris McDaid at work in the CoLab.A research company based at the Letterkenny Institute of Technology is literally pedaling its own way to success. The WiSAR Lab is now collaborating with the Northern Ireland Technology Centre (NITC) at Queen’s University Belfast to deliver a novel cycling product for Coleraine based start-up company Innovative Inventions Ltd.The project, which is being part-funded by Invest NI under its Grant for R&D programme, is aiming to develop an innovative product to enhance safety for the cyclist. The WiSAR Lab will be utilising its knowledge and capabilities in wireless and embedded systems and collaborating with the NITC, who are delivering the product design expertise, to provide a prototype solution for the Co. Derry based company.The WISER Lab team meet Enterprise Ireland Board. Photo Clive WassonSpeaking on the announcement of the project Fergal Tuffy, manager of the WiSAR Lab, said when Innovative Inventions Ltd approached them, they were delighted to be able to partner with the NITC at Queen’s.“The NITC are widely recognised as leaders in design, engineering and manufacturing. They are one of Queen’s University Belfast’s primary links with industry and have a strong international reputation. It speaks volumes of the capabilities that exist here at LYIT when we were asked to partner on this project and we are excited about the project that lies ahead.”The WiSAR Lab is an Enterprise Ireland funded Technology Gateway based at the LYIT’s CoLab facility. It uses its knowledge of wireless sensors, embedded systems and electronics prototyping to assist companies with research and development projects across various sectors in systems such as health monitoring, wireless sensor networks (WSNs) and the optimisation of industrial processes.Fergal continued, ”In the current climate it is important for start-up and established companies to continue to innovate and enhance their products. John and the team at Innovative Inventions Ltd have a series of products that they hope to bring to the market so we hope that this will be the beginning of a long standing relationship.”John Milligan, Principal Inventor with Innovative Inventions, was delighted to be able to make the announcement.He said, “We have identified a market niche which we feel can tap into the growing cycling market. Cycling is the biggest single category in the worldwide sport market and was estimated at €38.5 billion in 2013. With government incentive schemes such as cycle to work and highly successful staging of the Giro d’Italia on both sides of the Irish border, the number of people taking up cycling is on the rise.“It really is a growth market and one which we feel could have great potential for us with our novel idea.” He concluded, “We feel we have chosen the best research and development expertise to develop our product and with the assistance of WiSAR and the NITC we hope to make it a real success.” To find out more about the WiSAR Lab visit www.wisar.ie or contact Fergal directly at the WiSAR Lab on 074 918 6462 or email wisar@lyit.ie.LETTERKENNY RESEARCH CENTRE GETS ITS ‘SPOKE’ IN TO HELP GET UNIQUE CYCLING PROJECT ON ROAD was last modified: July 1st, 2014 by StephenShare 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:donegalLYITWiSAR LABlast_img read more

SA tour guides learn Mandarin

first_img4 August 2006Thirteen South African tour guides will spend at least two months in China receiving experiential training after completing courses in the Chinese language, Mandarin.The tour guides left for Beijing on Tuesday to receive the training, as part of a partnership between the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism and the Chinese government.The department’s acting director for human resources, Lulamile Stuurman, said the project reflected positive developments for the tourism sector in view of the 2010 Football World Cup, with a variety of skills needed for the successful hosting of the event.Tour guides in Mpumalanga have already started French lessons ahead of the expected increase in tourists for the World Cup.Stuurman added that South African Tourism had identified China as an investment market for the country.Zhou Yuxiao, of the Chinese embassy in South Africa, said China was prioritising support for South Africa’s development strategies, such as the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for SA (Asgi-SA).Source: BuaNewslast_img read more