The Fourth Estate

first_imgOn Sunday, Head of State, President David Granger, hosted media operatives at the annual Media Brunch held at State House in Georgetown. The President spoke eloquently about the need for the media to discipline their members who were out of line and were constantly breaching the ethics and standards which govern their profession.President Granger lectured to the media operatives his concern over the broadcast and publication of ‘fake news’. The President also implored the newly elected executives of the Guyana Press Association to do more to ensure that their members were trained and schooled on the art of professional journalism and reporting, as he underscored its importance in a modern democracy, where objectivity in reporting was key.While the President’s comments were on point, and appeared to be relevant given the dynamics in which the current media corps operates in Guyana, they must be taken with a bit of salt because of Mr Granger’s own track record since assuming the Presidency in May 2015.Of particular importance are his comments related to “fake news”. Media operatives should be insulted by such an assertion by Mr Granger, as he is insinuating that some media houses here are deliberately publishing false or fake news. If anyone is familiar with the media corps in Guyana, they would know that it has most times demonstrated balance, accuracy, and truthfulness in its reportage of current affairs, politics, and human interest stories.While the media here can be sensational and sometimes irresponsible, depending on a media house’s agenda, they do not publish fake news. Almost 90 per cent of the stories covered or reported by media houses here are based on truth or fact. Sometimes, those facts are twisted for political and personal purposes, but that is the situation across the world.President Granger should therefore have cited instances when there was deliberate publication of “fake” stories or something which never occurred, or has no truth or bearing. Had he done this, it would have been easy to digest his lecture on both media ethics and “fake news”.On the other hand, any right-thinking and politically-aware citizen would understand why Mr Granger is concerned about the quality of news that is published and broadcast. When Mr Granger’s administration came to power in May 2015, it benefited from positive coverage from most of the media houses here, which turned a blind eye to many of its transgressions. Some media houses had even gone to the extent of justifying the wrongdoings and illegalities of this administration by pointing out that the Government was new, inexperienced, and still enjoying its honeymoon period.As expected, Mr Granger’s concerns developed after those media houses could no longer justify his Government’s actions and transgressions, because they were being made too often and had become glaring by February 2016. Obviously, they had to change gear if they were interested in putting the country’s interest above their own personal agendas. As a result, the amount of negative coverage doubled, with all media houses reporting concern over the clandestine, secrecy, and lack of accountability as well as transparency that had by now become characteristic of Mr Granger’s government.The media itself reassumed its rightful position as the watchdog for the nation, and continued each week with stories that exposed not only the political immaturity of the coalition Government, but its missteps when it came to policy formulation, articulation, implementation and evaluation.Mr Granger’s administration, despite its establishment of the Department of Public Information and its recruitment of public relations as well as social media gurus, has not been able to change the media’s narrative by coercion, or the release of “alternative facts”. His Government is still being criticised for its underground politics and double standards, as well as corruption — especially in the procurement and awarding of contracts for the provision of goods and services.In short, the media here have censored themselves, and have returned to a point where they prefer to stand on the side of the people, as opposed to a Government that clearly demonstrates incompetence at the drop of a hat.Media operatives therefore must guard themselves whenever they are part of events like those organised by political parties and presidents. They run the risk of becoming compromised whenever they do not understand the connotative and denotative meanings of the subliminal messages that politicians send, especially when the politicians’ rhetoric appear to be on point. They must reject politicians who seek to influence them for their own personal gain, and stand firmly behind the stories that they write and report daily, as they are the Fourth Estate and they know that they are defending the public’s interest. Without a responsible and professional media, the public cannot make informed decisions and hold their leaders responsible.President Granger, who has held fewer press engagements than any President in Guyana’s history, has his own agenda with his rhetoric about “fake news”. He simply cannot secure a re-election if the media continues to expose the wrongs and failing of his coalition Government.last_img read more

Brazil coach says Neymar rape allegation is personal matter

first_imgLATEST STORIES Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Gaspar also said Neymar will be released from training and matches whenever needed. The Copa America, being played in Brazil, runs from June 14 to July 7.“The suggestion I have is that he is available as much as possible to respond to (police) requests,” Gaspar said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Brazil’s national soccer team coach Tite kicks the ball during a practice session at the Granja Comary training center ahead the Copa America tournament in Teresopolis, Brazil, Sunday, June 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)RIO DE JANEIRO — The rape allegation against Neymar dominated Brazil coach Tite’s news conference on Monday.Tite spoke about the case for the first time as Brazil’s prepares to play in the Copa America, saying it was a personal matter and he won’t judge the player. Eighteen of the 25 questions were about Neymar.ADVERTISEMENT NBI, BIR , PNP raid Illegal cigarette factory run by Chinese in Pampangacenter_img Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN ‘Strength in Numbers’ paying off big for Warriors NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I know this is a personal matter and there needs to be time for people to judge the facts. I won’t allow myself to judge the facts,” Tite said. “What I can say to you is that I’ve been with Neymar for three years and in personal matters, between me and him, he is loyal and truthful.”A woman told Sao Paulo police on Friday that Neymar raped her in a Paris hotel on May 15. Neymar denied the allegation in an Instagram post.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsNational team coordinator Edu Gaspar confirmed a police investigator visited the team’s training ground on Saturday to get information on the case.“The first thing I did was to get some legal help,” Gaspar said. “The idea is that the legal help is here to solve the case as quickly as possible so the athlete can be with a cool head for Copa America.” 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao Rio’s unsafe Olympic Park ordered closed by Brazilian judge View commentslast_img read more

Hydromet predicts rainfall, high tide for next 4 days

first_imgThe Agriculture Ministry’s National Weather Watch Centre, Hydrometeorological Service has issued a bulletin warning that weather conditions are likely to worsen across Guyana.A flooded pavement on King Street, Georgetown on TuesdayRainfall is expected to be between 40 millimetres (mm) and 80mm today and Friday, and in excess of 100mm on Thursday. The period of normal high tide is expected from Wednesday through to Friday.All regions are likely to experience cloudy to overcast skies. The highest rainfall is expected to occur over Regions Two to Five. Regions One to Six can expect these conditions coupled with mostly light to moderate continuous rain and showers with downpours which may become heavy at times. Rainfall is expected to be less intense over all other locations.Coastal areas may experience prolonged water accumulation/flooding in poorly drained, low-lying and riverine areas. The Hydrometeorological Service has been forecasting for the last four days these weather conditions coupled with the high tides.The Hydrometeorological Service pointed out that this weather forecast, which will see continuous rainfall in the next four days, is on account of the development of an upper–level trough and a subtropical jet stream.Jet streams are caused by a combination of a planet’s rotation on its axis and atmospheric heating which results in fast-flowing, narrow air currents found in the atmosphere. A subtropical jet stream is the zone of strong winds situated in the upper equatorward side.last_img read more

Zambia top as Libya dim Senegal

first_img0Shares0000LIBREVILLE, Gabon January 30 – Fairytale qualifiers Libya enjoyed a bittersweet day on Sunday, defeating Senegal for their first Africa Cup of Nations win since 1982, yet missing out on the quarter-finals.The Libyans’ 2-1 defeat of already eliminated Senegal in Bata was insufficient to lift them into the last eight after Zambia beat Equatorial Guinea 1-0 in Malabo. That left Zambia as the Group A winners, with the significant reward of avoiding a probable quarter-final date with competition favourites Ivory Coast.That dubious honour now looks set to fall to Group A runners-up Equatorial Guinea.Topping the table means the Zambian Copper Bullets are likely to face Angola or Sudan in the quarter-finals next Saturday.Zambia’s French coach Herve Renard said: “The aim was to secure first place, as in 2010 when we finished in front of Cameroon.“Here, we’re ahead of the co-hosts, who were on cloud nine after beating Senegal.“It wasn’t a great match but the important thing was to get the points.“Now it’s imperative we get to the semi-finals for the first time since 1996.”His Equatorial Guinea counterpart Gilson Paulo said: “I’m disappointed because this loss has a bearing on the rest of the competition. But we are still not certain we’ll be facing Ivory Coast.”Zambia captain and striker Christopher Katongo settled a cagey Nuevo Estadio de Malabo clash of few scoring chances on 67 minutes, beating Brazil-born goalkeeper Danilo with a hard low shot.Although the Equatoguineans are 25 places below the Zambians on the African rankings, there was no evidence of a yawning gap between the teams with the National Lightning holding their own entering the final quarter.However, a goal out of nothing from China-based Katongo silenced the crowd as a throw-in set up the former army sergeant to beat Danilo with a shot into the corner of the net.At the simultaneous match over on the mainland in Bata Libya celebrated their first victory since defeating Zambia 30 years ago when they hosted the competition.Libya went in front after just five minutes through Ihab Abousaifi.Senegal responded six minutes later, when Deme Ndiaye rose above the Libyan defence to head home a corner. Abousaifi scored his second goal six minutes from time with a fine volley.Afterwards Libyan coach Marcos Paqueta commented: “We didn’t have any other choice but to take risks, and it worked. This is an important result for us after what’s happened in Libya and the tough conditions endured.“Among the difficulties is the fact that most of the players haven’t been attached to clubs, they’ve been through a war and there have been psychological consequences.“This (win) has crowned the efforts made since the start of the competition.“I hope after their good performance here the players will be granted good conditions in Libya in the future.”A defiant Senegal coach Amara Traore said: “I won’t resign, even if the responsibility rests with the manager.He added: “I began this project two years ago, the team can’t be useless. I’ve got the strong desire to continue.“To call for the head of Amara or the (sports’) minister doesn’t achieve anything. As the 2013 (qualifying) Nations Cup approaches there are things to improve…but not by giving the team to a Mourinho, Capello or Ferguson.”Group B wraps up on Tuesday with Sudan requiring all the points against Burkina Faso in Bata and already qualified Ivory Coast to beat Angola in Malabo to put them in contention for a last eight place depending on goal difference.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Permit may allow club to stay open

first_imgKulak’s chief opponent, Charles Peyton, who formerly appeared in adult films under the name Jeff Stryker, has waged a multiyear campaign to shut the club down. He says the music interrupts his work as he stays late at his neighboring office and vowed to keep fighting Kulak with restraining orders and lawsuits. “It’s been torture. What music place opens without soundproofing?” Peyton said. “If he’d done that, he wouldn’t have the other problems. I have no problem with him having cheap rent, but if you’re going to have amplified instruments, have a little consideration for your neighbors.” Kulak said now that he’s on track to get his parking straightened out, he will hire an acoustic engineer to determine what soundproofing must be done and make appropriate modifications. City Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, who represents the area and has been the subject of criticism from both sides, welcomed Kulak’s application for the parking variance. “Paul is moving ahead to get his permits and be on the straight and narrow,” she said. “He will be able to keep his extraordinary music venue open. Once he’s followed all the procedures, as far as we’re concerned, that’s the end of this.” VALLEY VILLAGE – Though Paul Kulak feared shutdown and eviction for months, he said Tuesday that he’ll be able to keep his eclectic club, Kulak’s Woodshed, open. A self-described “middle-aged folkie,” he opened the space on Laurel Canyon Boulevard in 1999 as a place for singer-songwriters to showcase their music in front of receptive audiences. But his lack of a proper permit and a long-running dispute with his next-door neighbors put the future of the whimsically furnished joint in question. The nasty dispute threatened to close the club at the end of December, but with the help of sympathetic fans, Kulak says, he’s filed for the parking variance he hopes will allow him to obtain a permit. “Now we can deal with whatever needs to get done and be done with it,” he said. brent.hopkins@dailynews.com (818) 713-3738160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

GI’s gear costs 100 times more than in WWII

first_imgThat rose to about $1,100 by the 1970s as the military added a flak vest, new weapons and other equipment during the Vietnam War. Today, troops in Iraq and Afghanistan are outfitted with advanced armor and other protection, including high-tech vests, anti-ballistic eyewear, earplugs and fire-retardant gloves. Night-vision eyewear, thermal weapons sights and other gear makes them more deadly to the adversary. In all, soldiers today are packing more than 80 items – weighing about 75 pounds – from socks to disposable handcuffs to a strap cutter for slashing open a seat belt if they have to flee a burning vehicle. Several items were added since 2002, when troops in Afghanistan complained that their equipment was outdated and not best suited to the new campaign. Still, newer gear is just around the corner. Between 2012 and 2014, officials want troops to have head-to-toe protection, a weapon that can shoot around corners so soldiers don’t have to expose themselves to their enemy and a helmet-mounted 1.5-inch computer screen showing maps of the battlefield. Drawings of the gear – some parts already in prototype and in the field – look like futuristic “Master Chief,” the human ber-soldier who battles aliens in the popular sci-fi video game Halo. Researchers prefer to call it “the F-16-on-legs concept,” a nod to U.S. fighter jets. The wide range in price – an estimated $28,000 to $60,000 a person – is partly because not all troops will have all of the equipment. Some of it, such as a planning tool, is only for unit leaders. The ensemble makes the soldier a highly protected “walking computer hub” who can send out and take in information such as maps showing where all friendly and enemy forces are arrayed, said Dutch DeGay, equipment specialist at the Army’s research and development center in Natick, Mass. “Your tax dollars at work,” he said. Indeed, spending on ever improving and ever more costly technology to make troops safer and more effective could be seen as just what taxpayers wanted. It reflects an American society that values human life and has a distaste for too many casualties, said Dakota Wood, a retired Marine now with the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. The increases also coincided with the development of the all-volunteer military that Americans greatly prefer over conscription. The end of the draft in the 1970s has meant fewer people in the armed forces, and those fewer people need better equipment to do more. The military also must protect troops because of the higher investment made to recruit and train a professional force, said P.J. Crowley, a 26-year veteran of the Air Force now with the Center for American Progress. It doesn’t help attract recruits if the military uses soldiers “as cannon fodder,” Wood said. Over the years, more spending has meant a better chance of survival. Today, for every eight soldiers wounded, roughly one dies, compared with one for every 2.4 wounded in World War II and one for every three in Vietnam, the Army says. The better odds also are due to better medical treatment and other advances. Still, troops remain vulnerable and success is far from guaranteed. Homemade insurgent bombs are the No. 1 killer of Americans in Iraq and a weapon being used increasingly in Afghanistan as well. Insurgents have been known to detonate the explosives with cell phones, washing-machine timers and remote controls from toy cars. “As we know in Iraq, a high-tech military can be vulnerable to a low-tech adversary,” Crowley said. Of the $190 billion the Pentagon has requested for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in fiscal year 2008, the biggest expenses are about $77 billion for operations, about $47 billion to repair and replace destroyed equipment, and more than $30 billion for “force protection.” WASHINGTON – As official Washington argues over the spiraling price of the war in Iraq, consider this: Outfitting a soldier for battle costs a hundred times more now than it did in World War II. It was $170 then, is about $17,500 now and could be an estimated $28,000 to $60,000 by the middle of the next decade. “The ground soldier was perceived to be a relatively inexpensive instrument of war” in the past, said Brig. Gen. Mark Brown, head of the Army agency for developing and fielding soldier equipment. Now, the Pentagon spends tens of billions of dollars annually to protect troops and make them more lethal on the battlefield. In the 1940s, a GI went to war with little more than a uniform, weapon, helmet, bedroll and canteen. He carried some 35 pounds of gear that cost $170 in 2006 inflation-adjusted dollars, according to Army figures. last_img read more

THREE DONEGAL ENTREPRENEURS SHORTLISTED IN SEARCH FOR ‘IRELAND’S BEST YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR’

first_imgPete Friel, Chartered Education, Rathmullan, Ellevyn Irwin, Click Clinic, Buncrana and Christy Lynch of Efficient Renewables Ltd. Muff who will be flying the flag for Donegal at the regional finals of Ireland Best Young Entrepreneur which will take place on Donegal Town Public Service Centre on Monday 10 November at 7pm.Three young Donegal entrepreneurs are flying the flag for the county at the regional finals of the inaugural ‘Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur’ competition, which is offering an investment prize-fund of €2 million.The Regional finals will take place next Monday in Donegal Town Public Service Centre.All under the age of 30, the local business owners and new start-ups are going head-to-head with other winners from Sligo, Leitrim and Longford. They’re competing for a chance to win a place at the national final in Dublin this December, in a competition co-ordinated by the Local Enterprise Office Donegal.Launched by the Government earlier this year, Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur competition is an integral part of the Action Plan for Jobs 2014.It is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through the 31 Local Enterprise Offices around the country.The Donegal winners, who have been selected to represent the county at the regional finals, are: • Pete Friel, Chartered Education, Rathmullan and winner of Donegal’s Best Young Entrepreneur and Donegal’s Best New Start Up category• Ellevyn Irwin, Click Clinic, Buncrana and Donegal’s Best New Idea category winner• Christy Lynch of Efficient Renewables Ltd. Muff winner of Donegal’s Best Established Business with a New Add On.The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton T.D. told Donegal Daily, “Central to our plans for jobs and growth is supporting more businesses to start-up.“Part of this plan is also fostering a stronger culture of entrepreneurship and promoting start-up business as a career option for young people. “That is what is behind this new competition to find the best young entrepreneur in the region also ultimately ‘Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur.The Head of Enterprise with Donegal County Council, Michael Tunney told Donegal Daily, “Our winners are proudly ‘flying the flag’ for the county, competing against other young entrepreneurs in the region for a place at the prestigious national final.“But the benefits of entering the competition don’t end there.“Throughout Ireland, over 400 finalists have already benefitted from intensive business boot-camps and mentoring programmes at local level, so the impact of the IBYE programme will be seen for many years to come Mayors and Cathaoirligh of all participating local authorities are being invited to attend, along with representatives of the business community.For all the latest news and results for the ‘Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur’ competition, visit www.ibye.ie www.localenterprise.ie or search #ibye on social media.THREE DONEGAL ENTREPRENEURS SHORTLISTED IN SEARCH FOR ‘IRELAND’S BEST YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR’ was last modified: November 3rd, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessEnterprise IrelandGovernmentinvestmentIreland’s Best Young Entrepreneurjobsnewslast_img read more

SA bows to Hiroshima, Nagasaki

first_img8 August 2005President Thabo Mbeki has expressed solidarity with the citizens of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, remembering the atomic bombs that killed hundreds of thousands of people there in 1945.The bombing of the Japanese cities during World War II left thousands of innocent people killed, maimed and injured.About 140 000 people were killed after the US Enola Gay dropped a bomb over Hiroshima, which then had a population of about 350 000, on 6 August 1945. Another US bomber dropped a plutonium bomb on Nagasaki, killing about 80 000 people.World War II ended on 15 August 1945, when Japan surrendered.Speaking in Pretoria on Saturday, the 60th anniversary of the bombings President Mbeki said the international community bowed its head in respect.“The tragedies of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 60 years ago, made a huge impact on the people of South Africa”, Mbeki said. “Despite our own struggle against the vicious system of apartheid, we marked this day over the decades in commemoration of that great tragedy.”Mbeki said South Africans campaigned vigorously for the total elimination of nuclear weapons.“We are very pleased that South Africa voluntarily dismantled its nuclear weapons capability and committed itself to the opposition of all weapons of mass destruction during South Africa’s democratisation.”He explained that South Africa reaffirmed its commitment to work with the people of Japan and the international community in creating a nuclear-free world and safe global environment.“We owe it to the memory of all the victims of the atomic bombings to build a global society based on the enduring values of peace, tolerance, understanding and the elimination of all weapons of mass destruction.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

SA’s transfusion training centre

first_imgNew South African Transfusion MedicineTraining Centre, key to the fight against HIV/AIDS in South Africa. (Image: Nosimilo Ramela) MEDIA CONTACTS • Justice Mohale South African national Blood Service +27 11 761 9301 +27 82 459 3642 RELATED ARTICLES • New research key to HIV treatment • SA surgeon new head of ISS • HIV in South Africa stabilising • SA scientist leads cancer fightNosimilo RamelaA transfusion medicine training centre has been set up in Johannesburg, South Africa to ensure South Africans receive HIV-safe supply of blood.Funded by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) of the US the South African National Blood Service (SANBS) and the Western Province Blood Transfusion Service (WPBTS) have established the modern Transfusion Medicine Training Centre (TMTC).The training centre was officially opened by the South African health minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, at the SANBS Headquarters on 22 February.  Speaking at the opening, Motsoaledi said, “The issue of blood safety in our country is an important component of our fight to defeat the scourge of HIV/AIDS in our communities.”The centre, the first state-of-the-art facility of its kind in Africa  will train blood-nursing staff in donor selection education, recruitment, and retention. It will also train blood banking and transfusion medicine practitioners in regulatory framework, risk management, quality assurance, standard operating procedures, systems for documentation of donations, and the information and communication technologies (ICTs) aspects of transfusion medicine.“Education and training is fundamental to every aspect of blood safety as well as successful utilisation of blood and blood products in saving lives,” said Motsoaledi. He said few healthcare providers receive advance training on transfusion medicine during their formal medical or nursing education. “This lack of training sometimes results in avoidable death and complications of the use of blood and blood products.”The centre has lecture rooms, video conferencing facilities, training laboratories for technical and donor training, and a computer-training centre. The facility will enable the linkage of the two blood services (SANBS and WPBTS) to share e-Learning and distance learning educational materials and programmes. It will also provide training related to blood banking and transfusion to staff members of the blood services and health organisations of other African countries.“The centre will enable health professionals across the country and the Southern Africa region to share knowledge and expertise in various aspects of blood transfusion. We believe that this sharing of expertise and aiding with training programmes for African countries may well be the most important contribution that South Africa can make to improve the quality of blood banking and transfusion services in Africa,” said Motsoaledi.Changing with the timesThe world of blood banking and transfusion medicine is continually changing as new technology evolves to further reduce risks associated with the use of blood and blood products.The technology of the e-Learning Solution acquired for the centre makes it possible to implement a web-based e-learning and distance learning programme to blood transfusion staff located anywhere in South Africa or in the Southern Africa region. The TMTC Network will be composed of a hub-and-spokes system with central and satellite sites. The hub will be located in Johannesburg and Cape Town with spoke (satellite) sites located in each of the provincial zones.The SANBS and WPBTS transfusion education and training programme is also collaboratiing with partners in the national and provincial departments of health, academic institutions, healthcare, and biotechnology industries at the national and international levels.The initiative was approved by the national department of health as part of its HIV/AIDS National Strategic Plan.Blood safetyAccording to the World Health Organisation (WHO), education and training is fundamental to every aspect of blood safety. However evidence from the WHO Global Database on Blood Safety 1998 – 1999 indicates that 72% of countries are unable to meet their identified training needs, even though many of the factors threatening the safety of the global blood supply can be attributed to inadequate training.This is due to limited budgets, inadequate facilities and insufficient numbers of experienced trainers. This makes it impossible to meet the training needs of large numbers of staff who may be scattered over wide geographical areas.Recognising the practical constraints facing countries that wish to expand their training programmes but do not have the resources or facilities to do so by conventional means, the WHO Blood Transfusion Safety team has included distance learning as a key element in its strategy to support national training initiatives.WHO has done this to support training in blood safety because it offers blood transfusion services a cost effective way of expanding their training activities when resources and facilities are limited.last_img read more

Resilient Software Design: Where Will Your App be in Ten Years?

first_imgTechnology changes.  Very quickly.  Can your software keep up?Will that modern streamlined app you created today still be as cool next year?  Probably not.  Technology is continually changing in a way that in turn causes you to see things  from a different perspective.Peter Schroer, CEO of Open Source PLM software vendor Aras, asked “what does it mean to have a resilient design for a software system that will be running 40 years from now?…  You can’t have a short timeframe. You’ve got to be thinking about phases all the way to the end.”   In the context of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software, Schroer said “You need to have a resilient PLM system. A truly resilient PLM that will last 20 years or more. In fact, it should last indefinitely.”“Resilient PLM” is a term introduced by Aras software in 2013.  But the concept of resiliency can be extended to any software application, framework, platform or project.Schroer outlined three characteristics that need to be designed into software that’s intended to endure for years:Transparency – the meaning of data should be clear and understandableEvolvable – avoid being platform-specific because Microsoft, Google, Oracle and other tool vendors today may not be around thenAdaptable – company processes are sure to change over the next decadelast_img read more