People / INTTRA and SA School of Shipping collaborate on shipment booking training

first_img By Alexander Whiteman 25/01/2017 South Africa’s School of Shipping is to collaborate with INTTRA, the electronic marketplace for container shipping, to help students simulate shipment management of the ocean stages of container transport.Using INTTRA’s various platforms, students will plan container bookings, executive bookings, submit shipping instructions and container weight information for SOLAS VGM compliance, and track containers.Louw Franken, director of the School of Shipping, said that aligning with INTTRA to create the training module enhanced the school’s programme by allowing students the chance to test the practical applications of theoretical training.“Students will develop a firm understanding of communication with carriers on core functions as well as basic operations and functions of exporting.“We expect this collaboration to help create better-qualified graduates and eliminate the need for additional basic training when they enter the workplace.”INTTRA president Philly Teixeira said the firm was honoured to have been selected by such a “highly respected” institution.The school provides courses developed around the needs of the South African Maritime Safety Authority in compliance with the country’s Transport Education and Training Authority, © Andrea Willmore | Dreamstime.com – Cape Town Harbour and Table Mountainlast_img read more

Urine test could simplify Zika virus detection

first_img A medical researcher looks at the results of blood tests for various diseases, including Zika, at the Gorgas Memorial Laboratory in Panama City. Arnulfo Franco/AP HealthUrine test could simplify Zika virus detection About the Author Reprints NEW YORK — A urine-based test for Zika virus infection has shown to be more effective than the common blood-based one for many patients, a development that could make testing for the infection easier.The test could potentially aid efforts to control Zika, which is mainly carried by mosquitoes, as it is expected to spread further into North America in the coming months.“The timing is excellent,” said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University.advertisement Related: Map: Zika-affected areas the CDC says pregnant women should avoid Tags bloodCDCZika Viruscenter_img The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new testing guidance Tuesday, saying the virus particles can be detected at higher levels and for a longer period of time in urine than in blood. By Associated Press May 10, 2016 Reprints Associated Press The new guidance will make it easier to test more people for the virus. Until this week, CDC officials have said the best way to detect Zika virus is to test their blood. The blood is analyzed using a sophisticated lab technique that detects a germ’s genetic material.advertisement But health officials on Tuesday reported on an analysis of 66 people in Florida who were tested for Zika using the same detection method but with both blood and urine samples. About twice as many urine samples correctly tested positive as compared to blood samples.What’s more, the test in urine did a good job detecting the virus for two weeks after the onset of symptoms. The test in blood does a good job only for about one week.That’s an important development, Schaffner said.“There’s a much longer window for detecting the virus,” he said.Still, the CDC recommends testing both blood and urine in the first week. And it recommends a different type of blood test, one that detects a person’s immune response to the virus as opposed to the virus itself, if more than two weeks have passed since the patient’s first symptoms.“We are not recommending to replace blood testing. We’re saying to do both,” said Dr. Marc Fischer, a CDC epidemiologist who helped write the guidelines.Zika virus causes only a mild and brief illness, at worst, in most people. Symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes, and they usually last no more than a week. But in some situations, the virus has been linked to far more serious complications.A Zika epidemic has been sweeping through Latin America and the Caribbean. Last year, when Zika outbreaks were being reported in Brazil for the first time, doctors saw a dramatic increase in severe brain-related birth defects in babies born to women infected during pregnancy. After looking at different kinds of evidence, health officials this year concluded Zika causes such birth defects.Doctors also believe — and are trying to establish — that Zika can cause a rare paralyzing condition called Guillain-Barre syndrome.Zika can be spread through sex, bit is mainly transmitted by a certain species of tropical mosquito called Aedes aegypti. That kind of transmission has not yet been seen in the US mainland, but that may change as temperatures rise and mosquito populations boom.The 472 reported infections reported in the 50 states so far all have been people who had traveled to Zika outbreak countries, or their sex partners.Though it’s common for disease investigators to begin looking for an infection in blood, germs can be more diffused in the bloodstream and harder to spot in lab analysis. It makes sense that a germ’s remnants would be concentrated in urine, along with other things the body is trying to excrete, Schaffner said.— Mike Stobbelast_img read more

Fewer Canadians have disability insurance

first_img LTD incidence rates to rise in 2018: RBC Insurance Keywords Disability insuranceCompanies RBC Insurance Less than half of Canadians are protected by disability coverage in their workplace benefits — a significant drop since 2015, according to a recent survey conducted on behalf of Toronto-based RBC Insurance.In fact, only 48% of Canadians have disability coverage offered by their workplace compared to 57% in 2015. Among Canadians without disability coverage, 84% have not bought coverage themselves, which leaves them exposed to great financial risk if they were ever unable to work due to a disability. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media RBC Insurance adds caregiver rider to disability plans RBC Insurance clients to receive personalized support Related news “With the majority of employed Canadians indicating that they do not have disability insurance through their workplace benefits package, workers need to review what coverage they do not have and take immediate steps to ensure that they are well protected in case something were to happen,” says Maria Winslow, senior director of life and health at RBC Insurance, in a statement.“Without the proper financial protection in place, Canadians are putting themselves and their families at risk if they are faced with a disability and have to take time off work,” she adds.Taking time off work is more financially draining than most Canadians can handle. The majority (68%) of working Canadians admit there would be serious financial implications for them and their family if they were to become disabled and unable to work for three months.Also readHelp clients prepare for the financial impact of disabilitiesFurthermore, when confronted with a disability, 45% of working Canadians say they would have preferred to take time off but could not because of finances and 51% say they were forced to go back to work earlier than they wanted because of their financial situation.Cost is often a barrier for working Canadians without disability coverage from their employee. One in four (26%) of Canadians say they simply can’t afford it.“There’s a misconception that disability insurance is expensive, yet it’s much less than you might think — generally costing between one and three percent of your income,” Winslow adds.These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between Jan. 2 and Jan. 4. A sample of 1,505 employed Canadians ages 18 and up were interviewed on behalf of RBC Insurance. disability insurance file folder olivier26/123RF Leah Golob last_img read more

RADA Successful in Finding Markets for Excess Tomatoes

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedRADA Successful in Finding Markets for Excess Tomatoes RelatedRADA Successful in Finding Markets for Excess Tomatoes RelatedRADA Successful in Finding Markets for Excess Tomatoescenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) has been successful in its drive to help farmers find outlets for the excess tomatoes that are on the local market.In an interview with JIS News, Marketing Manager for RADA, Byron Henry, said that more than 10,000 pounds of tomatoes were sold last week through this initiative and the effort will continue as long as is necessary.“We have made contact with a number of persons including higglers, we are in discussion with processors and we expect them to take some of the tomatoes, and we are currently in dialogue with some importers to see if they can take some of the salad types,” he informed.According to Mr. Henry, the glut on the market could be blamed in part, on the fact that farmers have been slow in reporting high crop yields to RADA.“In general, farmers tend to respond to high prices and because you had that situation in November and December, farmers put in a large amount of tomatoes. I think we were brought into the picture when they saw that the tomatoes were not moving and even when they were trying to reduce prices, it was still not moving,” the Marketing Manager said.He encouraged farmers to call their nearest RADA office even before planting, so as to be advised on trends and marketing opportunities. RADA Successful in Finding Markets for Excess Tomatoes UncategorizedJanuary 24, 2008last_img read more

Agriculture Ministry Signs $32 Million Contract for Virtual Reference Network

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Ministry of Agriculture on March 11 signed a contract valued at some $32 million for the installation of a National Virtual Reference Network.The system, which will be provided by Spatial Innovision Limited along with its global partner Trimble Navigation Limited, will provide an advanced positioning and navigation system, which will facilitate real time surveying as well as mapping and data collection services 24-hours per day from anywhere across the island. The system will be supported by telecommunications giants Digicel and Cable and Wireless.Funding for the project, which is expected to be completed within the next nine months, is being provided through the Government’s Capital ‘A’ budget, with additional inputs from the Land Management and Administration Project (LAMP), the National Housing Trust (NHT), and the National Water Commission (NWC).Installation of the network will be jointly supervised by the Spatial Data Management Division and the National Land Agency’s Surveys and Mapping Division.Speaking at the contract signing ceremony at the Ministry’s headquarters at Hope Gardens, Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Christopher Tufton, said that the network would be one of the most important pillars in the national spatial data infrastructure as it would stimulate widespread use of Global Positioning System (GPS) and Geographic Information System (GIS) technologies, hence facilitating greater efficiency and cost savings in a number of critical activities being carried out by the Government and the private sector.These critical activities includes: land surveying; urban and municipal mapping; field damage assessment; environmental monitoring; the monitoring of plant pests and diseases; facilities management; and navigation and automatic vehicle location systems.Dr. Tufton pointed out that the system could be utilized to stem the tide of praedial larceny as cattle could be tagged and tracked from various locations. “If a praedial larcenist decides to take advantage of an opportunity to steal, then it is possible to use the technology to identify the carcass or live animal wherever that animal is. this is something that we intend to explore as it represents another initiative to use the technologies that are available,” he stated.He noted further that the technology would also help in recovery efforts in times of disaster such as hurricanes. “Technology such as this will allow us to do much quicker assessment and put us in a position to plan a response strategy that is not only quick but efficient, transparent and equitable,” he pointed out.Meanwhile, President of the NWC, E.G. Hunter, explained that the introduction of the technology would significantly assist the function of the company.He informed that the Commission is in the process of implementing a new and modern billing system and the outputs from this endeavour would be integrated into the new billing system.“The technology can allow individuals to actually sit at their desk and see along a particular street, who has a meter and who does not, who has been paying us and those who have not. These are the kinds of information that is important for us as we strive to improve the management and efficiency of the enterprise,” he stated. RelatedAgriculture Ministry Signs $32 Million Contract for Virtual Reference Network RelatedAgriculture Ministry Signs $32 Million Contract for Virtual Reference Network RelatedAgriculture Ministry Signs $32 Million Contract for Virtual Reference Networkcenter_img Agriculture Ministry Signs $32 Million Contract for Virtual Reference Network UncategorizedMarch 13, 2008 Advertisementslast_img read more

OAS Hall of Culture to be Named in Honour of Marcus Garvey

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The 32 members of the Organisation of American States (OAS), have unanimously passed a Resolution to name its Hall of Culture, in honour of Jamaica’s first National Hero, the Right Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey.In piloting the Resolution at the Permanent Council of the OAS meeting, held at the OAS headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Friday, August 29, Grenada’s Ambassador to the United States and Dean of CARICOM Caucus of Ambassadors, Dennis Antoine, said Mr. Garvey inspired people the world over, through his profound messages of freedom, self-determination, racial pride and his unswerving commitment to social justice, equality and human rights. “Such a man is deserving of this honour by this august body,” the Ambassador said.Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States and Permanent Representative to the Organisation of American States (OAS), Anthony Johnson, said the passing of the Resolution by the OAS Permanent Council is important for Jamaica and to the region as a whole.“It is also important for those who follow the history of the region and believe that our contribution to the world is important,” the Ambassador said.“This honour to Marcus Garvey by the OAS, which reflects the development, aspiration (and) achievements of the people of Latin America and the Caribbean, is reflective of 100 years of relationship between Marcus Garvey, his ideals and the people of Jamaica,” he added.The Marcus Garvey Cultural Hall will be located on the ground floor of the OAS main building. According to Jamaica’s Alternate Representative to the OAS, Ann Scott, an appropriate function would be held later this year, at which time the Marcus Garvey Hall of Culture would be officially opened.A bust of Marcus Garvey is on display in the Hall of Heroes at the OAS. RelatedOAS Hall of Culture to be Named in Honour of Marcus Garvey RelatedOAS Hall of Culture to be Named in Honour of Marcus Garvey OAS Hall of Culture to be Named in Honour of Marcus Garvey UncategorizedSeptember 3, 2008center_img RelatedOAS Hall of Culture to be Named in Honour of Marcus Garvey Advertisementslast_img read more

Investment in Early Childhood Offers the Highest Return to Society – Samms-Vaughn

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedInvestment in Early Childhood Offers the Highest Return to Society – Samms-Vaughn RelatedInvestment in Early Childhood Offers the Highest Return to Society – Samms-Vaughn RelatedInvestment in Early Childhood Offers the Highest Return to Society – Samms-Vaughncenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Chairman of the Early Childhood Commission (ECC), Professor Maureen Samms-Vaughn, has stressed the importance of investing in early childhood development, noting that spending in this area offers the highest rate of return to the society.“Early childhood development is important to Jamaica as it is to any other country, because this is the time that children’s brains are developing maximally and it is also the time when we get the greatest investment on education. For every dollar invested in a child in the early childhood period, we get return on investment of about 17-18 times and it is the highest rate of return,” she stated in a recent interview with JIS News.According to Professor Samms-Vaughn, the return on investment comes in many forms, and these include a reduction in crime and violence and teenage pregnancy; higher educational levels and school attainment; and fewer people being dependent on the state for support.The ECC, which is celebrating five years of existence this year, is the agency of Government mandated to administer care, education and development of the nation’s children under the age of six years.Professor Samms-Vaughn said that the ECC has achieved a lot since its 2003 inception.“After five years, I can say that we have done a lot in terms of a guiding policy. We are the agency that originated the idea for the National Parenting Policy, because we realise how important parenting is to children’s development. We have also developed the National Plan of Action of early screening and intervention, we have done a lot of work in terms of education and had annual conferences… and we have just produced a book on the rights of a young child to guide everyone, from policy maker to parents,” she told JIS News.In the meantime, the ECC is working assiduously to ensure that all early childhood institutions (ECIs) have relevant information about early childhood development.“Through this year, we will be producing and publishing all the standards and every ECI will get a recipe manual and an operational manual. We have also worked to upgrade the Levels 1 and 2 early childhood programme and develop new Level 3 programmes. We have also produced a number of publications for parents and to guide persons about early childhood education,” Professor Samms-Vaughn informed.There are over 2,000 early childhood institutions in the country. Jamaica has one of the highest enrolment rates in the region for the four to six age group, with more than 80 per cent of these students enrolled in community-operated basic schools, and just fewer than 20 per cent are in other types of institutions, which benefit from Government subsidies. Investment in Early Childhood Offers the Highest Return to Society – Samms-Vaughn EducationSeptember 16, 2009last_img read more

ESFA Update 27 January 2021

first_imgESFA Update 27 January 2021 ESFA Update further education: 27 January 2021 HTML ESFA Update academies: 27 January 2021 HTML ESFA Update local authorities: 27 January 2021 HTML /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:education, Government, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

$273,000 for seawall protection work in Lake Illawarra

first_img$273,000 for seawall protection work in Lake Illawarra The NSW Government will provide more than $273,000 in funding to construct a seawall in Lake Illawarra at Windang to protect a local reserve and properties from coastal erosion.Member for Kiama Gareth Ward said the work will be managed by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment – Crown Lands.“Erosion has been an ongoing issue at the Crown land public reserve on the Judbooley Parade foreshore at Windang since the former Lake Illawarra Authority constructed the ocean entrance to Lake Illawarra which impacted tidal movements.“The NSW Government has previously provided $700,000 to install about 800 metres of seawall in three stages at the site to stabilise the bank and protect against erosion,” Mr Ward said.“A further $273,000 is now being allocated to design and construct a final 180 metres of seawall at the site.”Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said the investment would safeguard community land and nearby residents’ homes.“Completion of this work will protect the reserve from further erosion as well as adjoining footpaths and private properties,” Mrs Pavey said.“It will also ensure the lake banks at the reserve are securely stabilised so the area is safe for ongoing community and pedestrian access.“This work will give the residents of the nearby Oaklands Village estate greater peace of mind as well as visitors to the reserve.”Work on the seawall extension is expected to start in April and be completed by the end of June A section of new reinforced seawall /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:community, environment, Government, housing, Illawarra, industry, Investment, Kiama, Lake Illawarra, Minister, NSW, NSW Department of Industry, Oaklands, Pedestrian, planning, property, Wardlast_img read more

COVID-19 makes existing family stress worse, ongoing study finds

first_imgCOVID-19 makes existing family stress worse, ongoing study finds When the pandemic started to shut everything down last March, UO psychologist Phil Fisher’s team at the Center for Translational Neuroscience jumped into action.Fisher saw that the nation was entering into a unique period that would impact families and young children and he wanted to make sure researchers were collecting information about how exactly it was affecting households across the country.Fisher and his team’s research focuses on how different factors influence early childhood development and either help or hinder the wellbeing of a young child. He uses this research to develop programs and policy recommendations that can boost social impact for families.Within a few weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, Fisher launched an ongoing survey to collect data about how families with young children were coping. The survey – a key part of a project known as RAPID-EC, for Rapid Assessment of Pandemic Impact on Development-Early Childhood – aims to uncover information about the needs, health and well-being of families and children during the pandemic. The project collects and analyzes data in a rapid and ongoing manner, so Fisher and the team can better understand child development over time.“From our prior research, we know that early stress isn’t good for young children and that parents can act as a buffer to help mitigate this effect,” Fisher said. “With so much changing during the pandemic, we wanted to collect high quality, scientifically rigorous data to understand how things are changing for families throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.”With funding from several philanthropic foundations, and through preestablished partnerships with a handful of family-focused online organizations, Fisher was able to reach thousands of families and collect nationally representative data in all 50 states. The survey was distributed weekly from April through July, and it has continued to get circulated every other week since then.The major takeaways from the survey may be surprising, as they reflect issues for families that are not unique to the pandemic but rather how issues that predated the pandemic have been exacerbated over the course of the last year.“The challenges that people with children are facing are not new,” Fisher said. “Many families don’t have the supports they need.”The survey reports that more families are experiencing financial stress and that inequalities that existed before COVID-19 hit have grown even deeper.“A large portion of families with children struggle to make ends meet,” Fisher said. He points to data that shows 40 percent of families are dealing with financial hardship during the pandemic and struggling to pay for things like rent, utilities and groceries.Fisher said that is a problem for children because parents can pass this stress along to young kids because they have less capacity to buffer their children from that stress. When children experience what psychologists call “toxic stress,” it can overload their biological systems and lead to changes in their brains and immune systems, inflammation, and cognitive development.The survey also shows that inequalities that existed before the pandemic have been exacerbated during COVID-19. That includes factors like race, ethnicity, economic status and special needs. Fisher said 60 percent of Black, Latinx and single-parent households in their survey are having a tough time making ends meet during the pandemic, which is an increase from 40 percent, and that growth includes a lot of Black or Latinx households that were middle or upper class before the pandemic, he said.“Our major takeaway from these surveys is that many families are not okay and kids are not okay,” Fisher said.The survey also included open-ended questions for parents to share their stories, and a large number of respondents were eager to have their voices heard. Fisher has collected more than 120,000 stories through the survey.Fisher is now focused on sharing the stories, data and takeaways from the survey with policymakers from the county level to the federal government to help inform policy changes that will help families across the country recover from the hardships they’re facing as a result of the pandemic. Some of the policy solutions that he highlights include paid parental leave, subsidies for child care and financial relief for struggling families.He explains that there are economic benefits to these kind of policy changes and that the cost of family support programs will go down if fewer families are in financial distress.“If families have enough money to pay for their basic needs, then more parents can be in the workforce, which means more money is in the economy,” Fisher said. “Our data will help show that as you focus on the intersectionality of these issues, you can end up with economic benefits that can appeal to people of all political persuasions.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:biological, childhood, children, cognitive, covid-19, federal government, financial relief, Government, inflammation, neuroscience, pandemic, quality, research, social impact, university, University of Oregon, wellbeing, workforcelast_img read more