Fight the Flu

first_imgCold, flu, bronchitis and other viruses have affected a number of Georgians this winter. It may be difficult to think about flu season when the outdoor temperatures remain at 70-plus degrees, but we are still in flu season and to avoid illness, proper precautions must be taken.University of Georgia Cooperative Extension offers a few tips to help beat the bugs this flu season.First, we must wash our hands. Most of us wash our hands, just not properly. Hands should be washed for 20 seconds with warm soap and water to effectively clean them. Also, contrary to what my children believe, sanitizer is not a replacement for hand-washing. Sanitizer can be used in the event that soap and water are not available, but soap and water are always the best choice for hand-washing.There are different levels of clean. Cleaning is the process of removing physical dirt. It does not remove germs, mold or other harmful bacteria that make us ill. Cleaning is generally done with soap or detergent and water. It is also the lowest level of clean. When someone has been ill in your home, you may want a higher level of clean.Sanitizing is the process of decreasing germs to levels at which illness does not occur. This process often involves the use of a sanitizing solution. Most of us use a bleach-and-water solution to achieve this level of clean. With bleach, remember that less is best.Traditionally, bleach is overused. To make a sanitizing solution, the Environmental Protection Agency recommends 1 teaspoon of bleach to 1 quart of water. To “go green,” you can also use vinegar or hydrogen peroxide to sanitize. The EPA suggests using half a cup of either hydrogen peroxide or vinegar in a spray bottle. To sanitize surfaces effectively, remember to clean the surface first, then apply the sanitizing solution. This may seem like a small step, but to get rid of bacteria and other pathogens that could potentially make us ill, it is essential. Disinfecting is the third and highest level of clean. My daughter had a 24-hour virus. To avoid spreading it to the entire family, I washed her bedding in hot water and used disinfectant wipes on doorknobs, remote controls, light switches, toilet handles and any other place I could think of that could potentially harbor illness-causing bacteria.Disinfecting properly, whether you use wipes, bleach-and-water solution or spray, is critical. According to the EPA, “To achieve the desired level of disinfection, the chemical in question must be applied at a certain concentration for a specified amount of time.”Remember, disinfecting is a two-step process. First, clean the surface. Second, allow the disinfectant dwell time, or the amount of time that a surface must be in contact with the disinfectant solution in order to kill harmful bacteria.In other words, spray or wipe the disinfectant solution onto a clean surface and allow it to sit. If you are using a chemical disinfectant, the instructions for dwell time should be on the package. Don’t forget to clean doorknobs, handles, light fixtures, tablet cases, keyboards and cell phones. They are notorious for harboring icky bacteria.last_img read more

McGaha outruns Red River Tour foes at 281

first_imgJosh McGaha banked $1,000 for his Monday night Red River IMCA Modified Tour feature win at 281 Speedway. (Photo by Stacy Kolar, Southern Sass Photography)By J.M. HallasSTEPHENVILLE, Texas (May 28) – Josh McGaha’s $1,000 checkers at 281 Speedway capped a big Memorial Weekend of racing for the Red River IMCA Modified Tour“Man, it was good,” the new Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier exclaimed following the Monday night victory. “The car pretty much drove itself. We made a call at the last minute af­ter seeing track take some rubber and get some grip to it.”“We got lucky enough to draw the front but I feel like we still had a good car,” he continued. “After last night and all the bad luck, I’ll take it however I can get it. It was fun.”Eric Tomlinson was the runner-up and third was Heart O’ Texas Speedway tour winner Tyler Ste­vens. Chris Elliott and ‘B’ feature winner Clay Money rounded out the fast top five.After a series of early yellows, McGaha quickly checked out while Tomlinson and Stevens swapped second. A mid-race caution erased McGaha’s big lead but gave him open track for the restart.He sped away from Tomlinson while Stevens continued to hound Tomlinson for second. As the white flag waved, McGaha had rebuilt his big margin and cruised to the checkers.last_img read more

Chelsea Ladies sign Japan World Cup star

first_imgChelsea Ladies have signed Japan star Yuki Ogimi.The 26-year-old 2011 World Cup winner, who also played in last year’s Olympics, has joined the Blues from German club FFC Turbine Potsdam.She is set to become the first Japanese player to feature in the FA Women’s Super League.“I am very excited to join Chelsea Ladies after three successful years with Potsdam in Germany,” said the striker.“The club have high ambitions, as do I. Therefore I am convinced I have taken the right decision.“I am looking forward to meeting my new team-mates and to making my debut in the FA WSL.”Manager Emma Hayes said: “This is the calibre of player that we want to attract to Chelsea.“Yuki is a world-class striker and a World Cup winner who will be a great success in this country. She will also aid the development of our young players.”See also:Chelsea Ladies sign Brazilian midfield starChelsea Ladies star sees bright future for women’s football in EnglandChelsea Ladies star shortlisted by Fifa’Excited’ Williams joins Chelsea LadiesChelsea Ladies to head to Japan for Women’s Club ChampionshipChelsea Ladies star relishing Japan tripChelsea Ladies sign duo from ArsenalChelsea Ladies snap up Dutch midfielderChelsea Ladies sign another England 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Cape Town to offer free wifi on buses

first_imgCape Town commuters will soon be able to connect to the internet – for free – while on the go.“The city has issued a tender for a service provider to install and operate a wifi internet access service on all MyCiTi buses,” Pierrinne Leukes, spokesperson for Mayor Patricia de Lille, said on 9 July.The plan was for passengers to be able to connect their own devices to the internet using the wifi on MyCiTi buses.“We want the service to be available on every operating MyCiTi bus at all times while in service,” she said.Basic use of the service will be free. Each passenger will have use of a limited amount of data for a limited amount of time each day at no charge. The minimum no charge data allowance per day per passenger will be 50MB.“We anticipate that the tender process will be completed in the latter part of the year. Thereafter, it is our hope that the successful service provider will operate the wifi access service on a pilot basis for six months, after which wifi will progressively become available on all MyCiTi routes and buses over the following six months.”Solid evidence from many sources worldwide showed there was a positive correlation between the availability of internet access and the social and economic upliftment of communities, she said in explaining the motivation for the step. Internet access and digital literacy were widely recognised as enablers of economic participation and improved educational outcomes.“This initiative also forms part of our efforts to incentivise residents to get out of their cars and into MyCiTi buses.”Having wifi on the bus, allowing a commuter to be productive, read the news or contact friends while travelling, was expected to make public transport more attractive.Transport for Cape Town manages about 300 MyCiTi buses, to be increased by 80 buses this year. MyCiti has three trunk routes with 35 stations, serviced by 22 feeder routes with 322 stops. On average, 75 000 individual passenger trips are undertaken on weekdays.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Announcing the September ‘Featured Geocacher of the Month’

first_img SharePrint RelatedAnnouncing the October ‘Featured Geocacher of the Month’October 25, 2011In “Community”Announcing the September Featured Geocacher of the MonthOctober 3, 2012In “Community”Announcing the First ‘Geocacher of the Month’August 20, 2011In “Community” Congratulations to all the Featured Geocacher of the Month nominees for September. The geocaching community is comprised of inspirational individuals – who go above and beyond in geocaching innovation, creativity, respect for the environment and helpfulness. Each nominee should be congratulated as an exceptional geocacher and individual. We are proud that each of the cachers is part of our worldwide community.SuperGoober, Featured Geocacher of the MonthThe choice for the September Featured Geocacher of the Month was difficult. A panel of Lackeys, relying on voting and community comments, could ultimately choose only one.SuperGoober is the September Featured Geocacher of the Month. Dozens of geocachers wrote in to share stories about SuperGoober’s humble dedication to geocaching, geocachers and his local community. He has hosted and attended numerous events, led many geocachers on their first outings, and is involved in local geocaching organizations. According to one nominee, “Jeff is a model geocacher who all of us in the area and beyond can be proud of. He is always willing to lend advice/help to any cacher that approaches him or contacts him.”SuperGoober will receive a collectors Geocacher of the Month geocoin, along with a Geocacher of the Month hat and certificate acknowledging their contributions signed by the founders of Geocaching.com: Jeremy Irish, Bryan Roth and Elias Alvord.If you know an outstanding geocacher who should be considered for Geocacher of the Month, send an email to [email protected] Every nomination must meet the following requirements: Please include your name, the name of your nominee, their username, at least one picture of the nominee and description (in 500 or fewer words) explaining why he or she deserves to be the Geocacher of the Month. Please inform your nominee that you’ve submitted them for the award. Nominations for the October Geocacher of the Month must be received by October 3rd.Once we have received all of the nominations, we will choose the top candidates and post them on the Latitude 47 blog. You will then get a chance to champion your favorite. Our goal is to involve the entire geocaching community in this process so we might learn from each other.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Markets Torn Asunder

first_imgIn the future, you are likely to find yourself occupying one of three spaces in your market place. Those places will be super-transactional, super-relational, or the muddy middle.Amazon.com is super-transactional. Before Amazon.com and Kindle, we bought books from bookstores. We also did a lot more shopping in retail stores. When the idea is to reduce friction as the way to create value, super-transactional wins. Uber is super-transactional. So are all of the online travel sites, as are all convenience stores.The opposite pole is super-relational. My tailor sends me pictures of new suits by text. He knows what I like, and he keeps an eye out for me. In the days before Amazon.com I frequented a small, used bookstore. Without me asking, the people who ran it found me books that they knew I would want. But don’t mistake super-relational for a B2C play. It’s a B2B play, too.I have purchased enterprise software from a salesperson multiple times, specifically because it comes with some risk, has a high strategic value, and requires greater trust. I have a relationship with my production company for the same reason, even though I am continually called on by other companies. Super-relational means you are part of your client’s team, their decision-making, and their future.The problems exist in the muddy middle, even though there will always be people and companies who occupy “good enough.” If you aren’t transactional enough to compete against the super-transactional, you have to create greater value—value that is meaningful to your clients. If you aren’t super-relational enough to capture enough of the value you need to support that model, you will be relegated to the market for “good enough.”If you are super-transactional, you are only competing against the super-transactional. You aren’t geared to compete against the super-relational, so you never have to compete there. If you are super-relational, you can’t compete against the super-transactional, because that market isn’t yours. Super-relational competes with super-relational, and sometimes the “good enough” competitors for the clients who are aspirational and not quite there yet.The challenge in the muddy middle is that you are forced to compete against both sides. You can lose to the more transactional, and you can lose to the super-relational. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Agriculture Ministry to Increase Sorghum Cultivation

first_imgThe Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is looking to identify more arable lands on which to cultivate sorghum, a crop currently being tested as a substitute grain for animal feed. This was disclosed by portfolio Minister, Hon. Roger Clarke, while speaking to journalists today (April 19), following the harvesting of a pilot sorghum crop in Hill Run, St. Catherine. The Caribbean Broilers (CB) Group undertook the test project at its facility, to grow sorghum locally for feedstock as a replacement for imported corn. The Minister noted that lands have already been identified at Amity Hall in St. Thomas at one of the nine agro parks being developed across the island, aimed at enhancing food security and cutting the country’s food import bill. He informed that the CB Group will be undertaking this planting exercise and that the land is currently being prepared. “We’re targeting in that agro park, some 1,700 acres. They (CB Group) are moving now to put in 800 (acres)…and we’re trying to identify more lands. They have asked for some 6,000 acres…so the sustainability is there and we are determined to put whatever idle lands we have into production,” the Minister said. Sorghum is a genus of numerous grass species, some of which are raised for grain and many of which are used as fodder plants.  The plants take three to four months to reach maturity and are cultivated in warm climates around the world. “We are not only dealing with sorghum. We are dealing with other crops. We are going to be doing probably over 600 acres of onions. We are already moving with Irish potatoes – a whole slew of things that we’re doing (to utilize arable lands),” Mr. Clarke said. The Minister said he is pleased with the impact that growing the sorghum locally “will have on our importing grains for our animal feed”. “This was just an experimental plot, but the yield has been significant in terms of international standards and it’s just the beginning. This is just a start. What (CB Group) has learnt here is what will help them to improve in production and productivity as we go along,” he stated. Manager, Corporate Affairs, CB Group, Dr. Keith Amiel, informed that 60 per cent of the corn that goes in feedstock is imported, hence the need to create a local substitute. “The idea is to try to see how much of what we’ve been importing we can produce locally….We are going to try to make use of the unused land…it would take us about 6,000 acres to produce 10 per cent of the (crop) locally and of course, we can go up to any amount using the land that’s available,” he said. Agriculture Consultant, Johnny Haer, noted that sorghum is a dry land crop that is grown all over the world, because of its hardiness in drought and dry weather. He pointed  out that this “is one of the reasons why we felt like it would do so good here in Jamaica…I don’t see why sorghum is not going to adapt very well to the Jamaican climate.” He noted that the crop harvested from the 300-acre plot, is estimated to “probably end up yielding…roughly 3,000 pounds per acre or 1.5 tonnes per acre.” CONTACT: ALECIA SMITH-EDWARDSlast_img read more

AFN ITK have big expectations for Federal Budget2017

first_imgTodd Lamirande APTN National NewsFinance Minister Bill Morneau told the House of Commons Tuesday that he will deliver the federal budget March 22.Last year, Morneau and the Liberals put up $8.4 billion over five years towards mostly First Nation on reserve programs.According to the AFN, that much should be expected this year.And the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami say last year’s budget was just a [email protected]last_img

VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING TO RECEIVE HELP

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:clyde edwards, human trafficing, jamaica, jamaica pegasus hotel, United Nations Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Jan. 8 (JIS) – Persons who have been victims of human trafficking are to be assisted with rebuilding their lives, through proceeds from this year’s staging of the National Leadership Prayer Breakfast.This was announced during a press briefing held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston today (January 8) to launch the event.Providing details on the social project to be undertaken this year, Secretary of the National Leadership Prayer Breakfast Committee (NLPBC), Clyde Edwards, said it would be incorporated into proposed plans by the Ministry of Justice and the United Church in Negril “to help those who have gone through the trafficking challenge and to provide for them housing and rehabilitation.”Human trafficking is estimated by the United Nations to be a US$32-billion per year global trade.Jamaica is a source, transit, and destination country for women and children trafficked for the purposes of sexual exploitation and forced labour. However, the Government has been working to combat the issue of human trafficking, with the establishment of the National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP); amendment of the Trafficking in Persons Act in 2013; an islandwide public education campaign; and the establishment of a new shelter to house victims.Additionally, the administration has equipped the police force to treat with human trafficking offences by establishing an anti-Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Unit in the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).(more)Victims…2In the meantime, highlighting the importance of the theme for the event: ‘Restore…Reconnect…Rebuild with God’, Chairman of the NLPBC, Rev. Dr. Stevenson Samuels, said the committee considers it necessary to challenge the nation to rebuild and reconnect with God.“As nations enter into new periods of growth and development, the need for rebuilding and reconstruction becomes very necessary, old systems and models become outdated and archaic. They therefore become irrelevant for the new circumstances which face the nation,” he said.Rev. Samuels noted that many citizens, including members of the Diaspora, are calling for the creation of a new Jamaica where peace and respect will be major features of the society. He said that while the committee joins in this call, it recognises that the change has already begun, pointing to the improved performance in Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) and the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations; more young people accessing tertiary education; and that new entities have been established to promote integrity and eradicate corruption.This is the 35th staging of the event, which will be held at the Jamaica Pegasus on Thursday (January 15), starting at 7:30 a.m., under the patronage of the Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen. The speaker will be pastor from the Calvary Baptist Church in Montego Bay,Rev. Everton Jackson.The event will be preceded by a week of prayer (formerly referred to as a prayer blitz), which begins today (January 8). Attendance at the event is by invitation only and includes leaders of the church, State and civic life. The event will be carried live on the Internet and on television.The purpose of the annual prayer breakfast is to foster greater unity in the nation, particularly among leaders at all levels, through prayer and fellowship. The first prayer breakfast was held in January 1981 arising out of the church’s concern for peace and justice, reconciliation and unity in the nation.Victoria Mutual Building Society (VMBS) has been sponsoring the event for the past 30 years. Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Recommended for youlast_img read more