UNDP Donates 4 Vehicles to Ebola Fight

first_imgThe United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has donated four vehicles to the National Task Force on Ebola (NTFE) to fight Ebola in Liberia.The donation was made Monday, August 4, at the Internal Affairs Ministry by UNDP Resident Representative Antonio Vigilante to the NTFE’s co-chair, Internal Affairs Minister Morris Dukuly, representing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.The total cost of the four vehicles is put at US$123,952. They included three Land Cruisers and one Toyota Prado. Presenting the vehicles, Mr. Vigilante said the vehicles were to be used for the decentralization process in the country which, however, came in time with the challenge the country is facing with Ebola. “Therefore, they will be used for the Ebola response like burying of dead bodies.”He said, “I feel the pain Liberia is going through with the Ebola crisis and I’ve promised to work with the government in making sure it succeeds.”Upon receiving the keys to the vehicles, Minister Dukuly thanked the UN family for what he termed as a good partnership and the spirit of love shown to the Liberian Government and people. “The government is very pleased with the donation made by the UNDP family and these vehicles will be used to help remove Ebola dead bodies from communities and other areas for burial,” Min. Dukuly said.He also disclosed that the issue of Ebola now in Liberia, “is very critical and needs more attention in order to save the lives of other citizens in the country.”Minister Dukuly said the government is doing all it can to fight the deadly Ebola disease in the country.   Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

WOW! NOEL’S STUNNING NORTHERN LIGHTS PIX

first_imgPhotographer Noel Keating popped outside Donegal Town in the wee small hours of Sunday….not expecting to see that much.But he did.Clouds cleared and the Northern Lights popped onto the horizon. Stunning! WOW! NOEL’S STUNNING NORTHERN LIGHTS PIX was last modified: August 16th, 2015 by John2Share 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:Noel Keatingnorthern lightsphotographerlast_img read more

Chelsea reportedly keen on Stuttgart defender Rudiger

first_imgChelsea are one of several clubs keen on Stuttgart defender Antonio Rudiger, according to the Express.Manchester United and West Ham are also said to be interested in the 21-year-old along with Juventus, Bayern Munich and Monaco.“Of course I am aware of the interest from Manchester United,” he is quoted as saying.“They are definitely one of the top clubs in Europe and they are in a league I have been dreaming of. The Premier League is very physical, intense, breathtaking and with a lot of goals.“My focus, though, remains on playing for Stuttgart. For now, I just have to try and progress as a player.”The Express once again suggest Chelsea are trying to sign Sami Khedira, with reports in Spain claiming that Arsenal have already held talks with the Real Madrid midfielder over a £100,000-a-week deal.Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is said to be considering making a bid. Khedira played under him at Real.And the Daily Star claim Arsenal could try to beat Chelsea to the signing of Paris St-Germain forward Edinson Cavani, who has also been repeatedly touted as a Blues transfer target.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Model ‘green’ car in SA for World Cup

first_imgXavier van Stappen is inside his car. (Image: Bongani Nkosi) Xavier van Stappen’s rather unconventional model electrical car, which he designed and drove from Europe to Africa before the 2010 Fifa World Cup, is helping raise awareness about alternative forms of energy and environmentally harmful carbon emissions.The French Belgian, who designed the three-wheel prototype in his home country, crossed 25 countries in Europe and Africa to get to the host nation, South Africa, in time for kick-off on 11 June.He set off in Copenhagen, in Denmark, and drove for four months to reach Ghana, just days before the tournament began. He then promptly disassembled the vehicle and flew with it to South Africa.“We flew from Ghana to South Africa just to be on time for the World Cup,” Van Stappen said at a press briefing in Pretoria on 7 July.During his overland trip he crossed Belgium, The Netherlands, France, Spain, Morocco, Senegal, Burkina Faso and Mauritania, among others.Travel by road began again in Johannesburg when Van Stappen started his next leg of the journey – this time to Cape Town. The inventor has been travelling with Vincent Pierart, who’s been filming the expedition for a website.The two-seater vehicle, which Van Stappen always describes as a prototype, is essentially a modified tricycle that’s shaped like a bullet. It relies solely on solar energy to move and can reach speeds of 110km/hour. “But I never drive so fast,” he quipped.It has a 10-year lifespan and is recyclable, according to Van Stappen.Van Stappen’s 12 000km journey to South Africa, which he planned to coincide with the World Cup, is promoting the use of “green” technology to create energy and contributing to the global campaign against biodegradation.“Nowadays we have a problem with petrol. It’s expensive and it produces pollution,” he said.Using only the sun’s rays to power the vehicle means that it makes no carbon emissions at all. “We have to adopt new ways of producing energy,” Van Stappen said.He believes that all electrical cars should be three-wheelers, because this keeps them light. Today’s conventional cars “are over-equipped” and consume a lot of energy, he said. Making electrical cars with four wheels defeats the objective of lightness, he adds.Although the first electrical car was manufactured in 1899, the market remains small. Van Stappen believes mass production will boost the industry and create more options for buyers. “[Consumers] are ready to buy it in many countries … [they] have the power to buy whatever they want.“During my trip I’ve met many people who are interested in the project.”Promoting the technology in AfricaVan Stappen’s prototype has been exhibited in all 25 countries it passed through, and is currently on show at the Allandale Business Park in Midrand, Johannesburg.One of the vehicle’s overriding characteristics is its very basic chassis, which Van Stappen disjointed with students at a technical college in Dakar, Senegal, to demonstrate its simplicity. Because the design is so uncomplicated, the students were later able to rejoin the chassis themselves.“The aim [of the trip] is also to transfer the technology” to the Southern Hemisphere, Van Stappen said.His prototype has even made it onto a football pitch at one of the World Cup stadiums.‘Green’ car for SA soonDuring his stay here Van Stappen visited a private company in Cape Town, Optimal Energy, which is producing South Africa’s first electrical car, the Joule. He said he was impressed by what he saw.Production will begin in 2012, either at a plant in Coega or East London – both industrial areas in the Eastern Cape province . The company hopes to have the vehicle ready for sale by 2013.“It’s great that [South Africa] is a country that’s producing an electrical car for its local market,” Van Stappen said.The Joule will be a standard four-wheel, five-seater vehicle with a top speed of 135km/h. It will use rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, which are also recyclable.The South African model will be able to run on solar power as well, so one of the optional extras is to have solar panels installed on its rooftop.The first of its kind in the country, the Joule was designed by South African-born Keith Helfet, who’s had a successful career as chief stylist at Jaguar.When not driving or promoting his first three-wheel prototype, Van Stappen works on a second three-wheel car project, the I-CARE 333, which is also biodegradable. He’s hoping that, in time, it will be available on markets across the world.During his stay in South Africa the Belgian designer visited Volkswagen’s plant in the Eastern Cape, and is now is looking for deals to manufacture I-CARE 333 here.last_img read more

9. Honey I shrunk the combine

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It seems like every farm show across the U.S. was unveiling the biggest and best technology and machinery agriculture has to offer, but at some of these shows farmers and farm enthusiasts alike were getting a glimpse at something a little bit tinier. Kansas farmer Alan VanNahmen has built one-quarter and one-third scale replicas of a John Deere combine. The idea came to VanNahmen as he was working at Machinery Link, a company that started as a combine leasing business to help reduce farmers’ operating expenses.“The company I was working for was trying to shrink the cost of combines and harvesting, so I decided to create a quarter-scale John Deere combine to help get that message out,” VanNahmen said.The FarmBuddy combine was born.last_img read more

Customer Service Tips for Early Stage Startups

first_imgdana oshiro A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Few companies put as much effort into customer service as they do into member acquisition. However, in order to retain members, community-driven startups need to be conscious of the entire customer experience. No stranger to support techniques, Zendesk CEO Mikkel Svane spends most of his time perfecting the end-user experience for his clients. Best known for its web-based help desk services, Zendesk launched in 2008 and even then ReadWriteWeb gave the company a favorable review. In 2009, Zendesk continues to establish itself as a great alternative to the traditional call center experience. Svane offers some helpful tips for our ReadWriteStart readers. Says Svane, “The good news for businesses starting out today is that the web offers a whole host of easy, affordable tools that can help to ensure businesses have a meaningful dialogue [with their customers].” Some of those tools include: 1. Web-hosted Solutions: Rather than investing in an in-house legacy customer support service, Svane advises startups to consider a web-based help desk product to eliminate any headaches associated with security, scalability, and ongoing maintenance. Says Svane, “Keep the human touch in-house but outsource the infrastructure.” In addition to Zendesk, companies can look at services like Openbravo for web-based support. 2. Crowdsource Solutions: In addition to a Frequently Asked Questions page, consider incorporating a discussion forum or dialogue tool into your website. These tools allow customers with questions to interact with your best advocates. In addition to Zendesk’s forum tool, companies can also look to Get Satisfaction, FixYa or Lefora for help. 3. Social Media: When your customers or ex-customers are going to complain about your company, they’ll often do it via Twitter or Facebook. Take advantage of these tools and use them to keep a positive conversation going. Having a dedicated staff person that interacts with customers to answer their urgent questions on Twitter shows how responsive and committed a company is to its customers. Related Posts Tags:#start#startups center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

CWG scam: Suresh Kalmadi being blackmailed?

first_imgIs Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi being blackmailed?File photo of CWG OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi.The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) which carried out searches at the residence of Kalmadi has recovered an alleged blackmail letter demanding Rs 4 crore from him in exchange for a ‘compact disc’ carrying some damaging information.Sources in the investigating agency said authenticity of the letter is being verified. They said as Kalmadi could not provide a satisfactory reply on the letter, the agency is taking it on the “face value”.The sleuths are trying to verify contents of the unsigned letter found from the residence of Kalmadi and are likely to put it through a series of forensic tests, official sources said. The sources refused to disclose any reference made in the letter about the contents of the compact disc.The CBI had yesterday raided Kalmadi’s residences and offices in Delhi, Mumbai and Pune, two months after the sporting extravaganza ended amid allegations of financial wrongdoings in awarding of some contracts.During the raids, the agency recovered several documents and questioned the 66-year old leader about them.CBI sources had said that the key files, which contain important information on tendering, budgetary allocation and contract details, are missing from the (OC) office.However, Kalmadi said the documents could be lying with some other investigating agency and if the CBI lists out the missing document he and his team would trace them.His wife Meera was inside the “Kalmadi House” located off the arterial Karve road in West Pune during the course of the searches by a eight-member team that caused a flutter in the city which the high profile MP represents in Parliament.advertisementThe agency has so far filed three FIRs in connection with the alleged irregularities in CWG and searched the residences of OC Director General V K Verma and Bhanot on November 30.While one case is related to a Rs 107-crore deal struck with a Swiss score keeping firm, the agency had registered two other FIRs in connection with the contract given to AM Films for the Baton Relay ceremonies by the OC in London.The CBI had arrested OC’s Joint Director General T.S.Darbari, Deputy Director General Sanjay Mohindroo and former treasurer Jayachandran for their alleged complicity in these deals.last_img read more

Carnival atmosphere at Ramlila Maidan

first_imgA carnival atmosphere prevails at Ramlila Maidan amid fight for space on national television, patriotic slogans and people dressed as Mahatma Gandhi and Chhatrapati Shivaji. Sporting tricolour headbands and wrist bands and waving tricolours, people started pouring in the Maidan from early in the morning on Monday. Many protesters returned to the ground after a good sleep, saying they want to ensure that the support the anti-corruption crusader was receiving should not dwindle. “I was here yesterday and we want to ensure that Anna’s support does not dwindle,” Kishan Kher, a businessman from Meerut said. The crowd broke into cheers as Anna took the centrestage at 9 am. The crowds also clamoured to give a byte to the TV cameras. “It is important to talk to TV cameras. After all this is how the message goes out that there is something happening here in Delhi,” Kamal Singh Rathore, a resident of Rohini in the national capital said. A host of people dressed as Gandhi and Shivaji were seen taking rounds of the ground. Volunteers were seen distributing biscuits, tea and water to the people and the large media and police contingents posted at the venue.  With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Bill for Indias first sports univ tabled in LS

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 10 (PTI) A bill to set up Indias first full fledged sports university of international standards was introduced in the Lok Sabha today.The National Sports University Bill, 2017 will help set up the university in Manipur.As of now, there are some institutes which offer various courses for athletes and coaches.”A void exists in the sports environment of the country in various areas such as sports science, sports technology, high performance training,” the bill states.The proposed university is expected to bridge this gap.The bill was introduced by Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs S S Ahluwalia as Sports Minister Vijay Goel is indisposed. PTI NAB ARClast_img read more

Boyzone Singer To Customize Childrens Wheelchairs

first_imgBoyzone star and professional motorsport driver, Shane Lynch, has today announced an innovative partnership between his company, Prestige Wrap & Customs, and the national charity, Caudwell Children to help customize children’s wheelchairs.The ‘Dream Wheelz’ project is a collaboration between Prestige Wrap & Customs and the charity, which promises to add some personality to children’s wheelchairs by providing individual paintwork and customized seating.The new project is set to be officially launched at the Autosport International Show at Birmingham’s NEC on January 11th – 13th where Shane will driving in the live action show and meeting supporters of the charity at the Prestige Wrap & Customs exhibition stand.Shane said: “I’ve wanted to do something like this for ages. A kid’s wheelchair is so important to them it is essential that it looks and feels cool. The guys at Prestige Wrap spend all day working on luxury cars; it will be great to add some of that flair to something as important as a wheelchair.”Caudwell Children is a national charity providing practical and emotional support for disabled children living in the UK. Each year they provide hundreds of state-of-the-art powered wheelchairs for children up to 18 years old.Charity Chief Executive, Trudi Beswick, said: “For a young disabled person their wheelchair is an extension of their personality, it goes everywhere with them. This wonderful project gives kids the chance to add some real street cred to their wheelchair and helps them express their own personality to everyone they meet. We are really grateful to Shane and the team at Prestige Wrap for supporting Caudwell Children and coming up with this great idea.”The charity is now looking for sponsors for the Dream Wheelz project to help fund donations of new wheelchairs and cover the costs associated with the customization.The first customization is already underway, with Ferrari fanatic 15-year-old Jordan Williams from Hatfield, who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, discussing stylish designs with the Prestige Wrap team.The ‘Dream Wheelz’ project will be launched at Autosport International 2013, taking place on January 11th – 13th at the NEC in Birmingham. For more information about the charity visit www.caudwellchildren.com, or to find out more about Prestige Wrap & Customs visit www.prestigewrap.co.uk.last_img read more