Ivory Coast take on ice bucket challenge helps fight Ebola

first_imgIce-cold, soapy water … Ivorian Twitter celebrity Edith Brou’s Lather Against Ebola campaign encourages participants in the soap bucket challenge, an Ivorian variation of the ice bucket challenge, to donate bars of soap and bottles of antiseptic instead of cash. • Mobile phone boost to African internet • #BringBackOurGirls shows the power of social media in Africa • How Africa tweets • So this giraffe walks into a restaurant … and the video goes viral • Africa refocused: images of GhanaNdaba DlaminiIvory Coast is giving the global sensation of the ice bucket challenge a new – and educational – meaning as a way to spread the need for hygiene in the face of the deadly Ebola epidemic affecting its neighbours.A brainchild of one of Ivory Coast’s most prominent Twitter users, Edith Brou, the Lather Against Ebola campaign encourages participants in the “soap bucket challenge”, an Ivorian variation of the ice bucket challenge, to donate bars of soap and bottles of antiseptic instead of cash.The original ice bucket challenge was a hugely successful viral campaign in which people challenged their friends to film themselves pouring ice water over their heads. It has raised millions of dollars worldwide to fund research into a fatal degenerative nervous disorder called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. The Lather Against Ebola campaign, with the French hashtag #MousserContreEbola, has gone viral on Twitter and Facebook in the West African region, helping raise awareness about a disease that has claimed thousands of lives in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.With 1.4-million Facebook users in Ivory Coast, the internet has played an increasingly important role in politics and society in the country.Brou kicked off the campaign in August this year, posting a video of herself standing on a balcony at her workplace in Abidjan. “Against Ebola, you need good hygiene,” she says in the video before a bucket of soapy, ice-cold water is dunked on her head by a friend.For her efforts, Brou’s video was an instant hit on social networks, garnering 4 000 hits. She then challenged three fellow bloggers including Nouho Bamba, who goes by the pseudonym La Rigueur Bino. Bamba claims to have 150 000 followers on social media.Subsequently, Bamba came up with his own soap bucket challenge video. In it, Bamba gets a little quirkier in his approach and throws himself – fully dressed in a business suit complete with suitcase in hand – in a swimming pool. The video got more than 52 000 hits.“I knew that jumping into a pool would create a buzz,” said Bamba. “Today, even children need to understand what Ebola is.”Besides being a critical tool to educate and raise awareness of Ebola, the soap bucket campaign is a good example of the power of social media to bring people together for a just cause, and also an opportunity for bloggers to showcase their popularity. One blogger, Israel Yoroba, has composed a song entitled “Stop Ebola” that is being used a waiting tune by a local phone operator.Bloggers have been able to put key issues onto the public domain, and good examples include highlighting the negligent death of a young model at a hospital in Abidjan earlier this year and keeping people informed about the New Year’s stampede which led to the death of 61 people outside Abidjan Stadium in 2013. Social networks also proved to be a powerful tool during the violence that followed the disputed election in 2010, when more than 3 000 people were killed in five months. A hashtag #CIVsocial was used on Twitter to help coordinate relief efforts and share information.last_img read more

Remember the Heroes

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now The time to protest a war is before it begins. If you disagree with the war on whatever grounds, you should call your Congressman, write the President, and march in the street holding up signs. You should make your voice heard (and as loudly as possible). That is your right and your duty.But once the war has begun, the time for protest is over. You have to support the decision and work to end it as quickly as possible (something we in the United States aren’t at all very good at). The decision is made, and the soldiers in harms way require your support to complete their missions. Protests only show a weak resolve, poor intestinal fortitude, and increase the horror of war.Today is a day to remember heroes who did what their country asked of them. And more.The soldiers who served and died didn’t want to go to war. They wanted to be home with their families. But they did what we asked of them.The soldiers who served and died didn’t want to put themselves in harm’s way. But that was their duty, and their honor and their responsibility required it of them. So they marched into the fray.The soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice didn’t want to make that sacrifice. They didn’t want the medals. They didn’t want their family to receive a flag in their place. But they gave all.The soldiers that we lost gave themselves out of the love they had for the soldiers standing next to them and out of the duty they had to their country.You are a beneficiary of their sacrifice. Be grateful to the heroes who were asked to do the unthinkable and did so out of duty, honor, and the love of their country. Your country.last_img read more

Fadnavis, Chandrakant Patil on BJP’s first list of candidates

first_imgThe Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday announced its first list of 125 candidates for the Maharashtra Assembly elections. The party declared tickets for 90 sitting legislators, while dropping 12 others in seats which are believed to free them up for deliberations with ally Shiv Sena. The two partners have confirmed they will fight the elections together. The expected names that feature on the list include Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis from Nagpur South West and State party president Chandrakant Patil from Kothrud in Pune. The BJP’s Central Election Committee had last week met under the leadership of party president Amit Shah to finalise the first list. The party also made space for several turncoats who left the Opposition ranks to join the saffron alliance ahead of polls. The prominent names from the Opposition ranks to be given a ticket include Kalidas Kolambkar from Wadala, Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil from Shirdi and Harshvardhan Patil from Indapur. High profile names missing from the list were of controversial BJP leaders Eknath Khadse and Prakash Mehta. Both former ministers had faced charges of corruption during the party’s first term.Unrest in party ranksThere were murmurs of rebellion within the party ranks with the announcement of the list. Mr. Khadse held an emergency meeting with his supporters, while south Mumbai legislator Raj Purhoit landed at the Chief Minster’s residence.Mr. Khadse said, “I have filed my nomination today. My name is not in the list issued by the party, but the possibility of me getting a ticket cannot be ruled out. I do not know if this seat is going to be with the Shiv Sena or with BJP. What I know is that I have been loyal to the BJP for the past 42 years.” The list also featured the BJP’s candidate for the Satara Lok Sabha by-election, erstwhile NCP MP Udayanraje Bhosale, who filed his nomination papers on Tuesday.Other opposition leaders accommodated on the list are Vaibhav Pichad from Akole, Jaykumar Gore from Man, Madan Bhosale from Wai, Ranajagjitsinha Patil from Tuljapur, Shivendraraje Bhosale from Satara and Sandeep Naik from Airoli. Notable names missing include Education Minister Vinod Tawde, Kalyan MLA Narendra Pawar, Kothrud MLA Medha Kulkarni and Mumbai MLA Sardar Tara Singh.last_img read more

Exit Survey for TCI Visitors

first_img Three armed attacks in Provo, all in Blue Hills Related Items:exit survey, Gary Brough, KPMG, Tourist TCI: Savory favors investor residency status, heralds KPMG economic report, says Caicos link is economic lifeline Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Oct 2014 — An exit survey for visitors to the country to report on their Turks and Caicos experience is just days away from starting now as the National Tourism Strategy consultant company, KPMG explains they are on the hunt for a tangible understanding of where the Turks and Caicos is, so that they can deliver on an overarching long term plan for tourism for the nation. Gary Brough, KPMG managing Director explained that since the launch of the project, KPMG’s team has been busy reviewing and critiquing previous studies and plans, researching and benchmarking the TCI against other jurisdictions and accumulating data and statistics. Add to this, Brough, who is also the leader for KPMG in Travel, Leisure and Tourism practice in the Caribbean explained that they want to hear from the general public on ideas for an enhanced tourism product. Consultation meetings are planned for this month also; those exit surveys will be for both airline and cruise departures. Recommended for you Local Atty says Govt going against public consultation; says NO to taller resort plan Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Vijay becomes one among commoners waits in the queue to cast his

first_imgA collage of Vijay standing in the queue to cast his vote.TwitterThalapathy Vijay is one among the many early birds to cast his vote in the second phase of Lok Sabha election held on Thursday, 18 April. The Tamil actor exercised his democratic right at a school in Adyar in Chennai.The Kaththi star was spotted around 7.20 am at the polling both. Vijay became one among the common people and waited in quite a long queue to cast his vote. His arrival had electrified the atmosphere as the people around him saw the star in awe.Vijay apparently smiled at the public and unwilling posed for the selfies. Notably, the actor refused to disappoint the kids who came to him for photographs.In fact, people around him recorded his presence in their cell phones and shared it on social media sites. As a result, the pictures and videos of Vijay at the polling booth have gone viral.Not just Vijay, Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Ajith Kumar, Khushbu Sundar, Suriya, Karthi, Jyothika, Meena, Shruti Haasan, Anirudh Ravichander among many others.Vijay is currently working on his next movie, presently referred to as Thalapathy 63. Atlee Kumar-directorial movie is a sport drama, which has Nayanthara in the female lead, while Bollywood actor Jackie Shroff is playing the role of a villain.The shooting of the film is underway in a massive set erected on the outskirts of Chennai. Vijay has taken a day off to cast his vote.The second phase of 2019 Lok Sabha Elections is being held on April 18 in 95 seats in 11 states and one union territory (Puducherry). In Tamil Nadu, the voting process is happening in 38 constituencies that include Chennai Central, Chennai North and Chennai South where large number of celebrities reside.#Thalapathy #Vijay waiting in queue to cast his vote pic.twitter.com/xM1vaO7Lfh— FridayCinemaa (@FridayCinemaa) April 18, 2019 @actorvijay casts his vote in the #2019LokSabhaElections today #Elections2019 #ElectionDay #LokSabhaElections2019 #LoksabhaElections #Kollywood #Kollywoodcinemaa #TamilNadu #TamilNaduElections pic.twitter.com/XFM8rU7LGi— Manigandan K R (@cineobserver) April 18, 2019 Thalaivaaaaa ???? Mr. Joseph Vijay ??#Vijay #ThalapathyVijay #Elections2019 #ElectionDay pic.twitter.com/vpUdf5u5wE— Rajnandan Vfc (@Rajnandan2210) April 18, 2019last_img read more

LT Infotech IPO Things to know about the public issue that opens

first_imgL&T Infotech, the sixth largest Indian IT services company in terms of export revenues, is coming up with an initial public offering (IPO) of 1.75 crore shares. The public issue opens on July 11 and the price band is yet to be announced. Larsen & Toubro holds about 95 percent of the equity share capital in 20-year-old L&T Infotech.The proceeds of the public issue won’t go to the company since it is an offer for sale by Larsen & Toubro. The share price of Larsen & Toubro, the parent company L&T Infotech, was trading at Rs. 1,482.20, up 0.62 percent at around 1.48 p.m. on the BSE.The objective of the public issue is to “enhance” the brand name of the company and “provide liquidity” to shareholders, according to the L&T Infotech prospectus filed with the capital markets regulator, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi).Things to know about the L&T Infotech public offerThe face value of the shares being offered is Re 1 each.The shares will be listed on the BSE and the NSE.The company does not own the “L&T” trademark or logo. “We do not own the “L&T” trademark and logo. Our Trademark License Agreement may be terminated 38 under certain circumstances,” said the draft prospectus of the company.The company is in an industry whose size is about $145 billion in revenues (2014-15), according to industry body Nasscom.In 2014, the body ranked L&T Infotech as the sixth largest Indian IT services company in terms of export revenues.The company  earned a net profit of Rs. 769 crore on consolidated total income of Rs. 5,069 crore  in 2014-15.The company had about 19,500 employees as of March 31, 2015.The book running lead managers to the offer are Citigroup Global Markets India, Kotak Mahindra Capital Company, Barclays Bank PLC and ICICI Securities. The registrar to the issue is Sharepro Services (India).last_img read more

Nokia confirms participation in MWC 2017 Finnish company poised to return with

first_img[Representational Image] Nokia confirms participation in MWC 2017; Finnish company poised to return with a bang. In Picture: Nokia office buildingReutersFormer mobile phone pioneer Nokia has confirmed to participate in the next year’s globally acclaimed MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2017, hinting the Finnish company is ready for the second innings in smartphone business.Nokia (via Twitter) announced that the company’s CEO Rajeev Suri will present keynote speech at MWC 2017, which is scheduled to kick off at Barcelona (February 27-March 02).The revelation comes days after Nokia became legally free to start work on mobiles phones.Also read: Samsung brings Galaxy Note7’s key display feature to Galaxy S7 series via software updateIn 2014, the Finnish company, while parting the mobile division to Microsoft, had agreed not to launch a Nokia-branded phone until the fourth quarter of 2016. Nokia had only sold its smartphone division to Microsoft, while its Nokia-branded feature phone business was sold to HMD Global Oy and Foxconn.With the period of the non-compete clause coming to an end in September, Nokia’s affiliate HMD Global Oy last week re-hired ex-Nokia veteran Pekka Rantala (former Rovio CEO), as their new chief marketing officer to lead the mobile division.Just a two months ago, Mike Wang, president, joint management team, Nokia China, confirmed that the company planned to launch two smartphones and two tablets and probably debut around December.We’re excited to share the news: our CEO Rajeev Suri will deliver a keynote at #MWC17. Read more: https://t.co/HNdnn46tED pic.twitter.com/mU9XPXFHMd— Nokia (@nokia) October 15, 2016Nokia confirms participation in MWC 2017; Finnish company poised to return with a bangNokia via TwitterWith the new announcement, it looks like Nokia might delay the launch of the devices by a couple of months.Also read: New Apple iOS 10.0.3 update released, fixes cellular connectivity bug in iPhone 7 series [How to install]That said, specifications of the Android-powered two flagship Nokia phones and a tablet (code-named D1C) have surfaced online suggesting, Nokia has commenced the testing of the prototypes and may probably see the light of the day in late February, where rival Samsung is speculated to announce the new marquee phone, the Galaxy S8.Word on the street is that, Nokia, known for its expertise in cameras in top-notch Lumia-branded smartphones, is expected to incorporate superior SoC (System-on-Chip) and high-grade construction materials to take on the incumbent players—Samsung, Apple and Huawei.Nokia’s Android phones: What we know so farIt is widely reported that Nokia is working on two flagship phones with different sizes, one a 5.2-inch screen and another with 5.5-inch display. Except the size, both the devices are said to share similar internal hardware.They are expected to come with QHD OLED-based screen with 2560x1440p (2K) resolution and high-grade metal-based shell on the back with IP68 water-and-dust resistant certifications similar to Samsung’s Galaxy S7 series.Nokia D1C tablet: What we know so farUnlike the smartphones, Nokia D1C is said to be mid-range tablet and come with 13.8-inch full HD display having Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core CPU, Adreno 505 GPU, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, Android 7.0 Nougat, 13MP primary camera on the back and an 8MP front camera.Keep an eye on this space for more updates.last_img read more

Motorcyclist killed in road crash

first_imgA motorcyclist was killed as a covered van hit his vehicle in Mansurabad area of Chattogram city early Sunday.The deceased is Md Mirza, reports UNB.The accident took place when the van hit the motorcycle in front of the regional passport office around 2:00am, leaving him critically injured, said Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) police outpost constable Amir Hossain.He was brought to the hospital where the duty doctors declared him dead, the constable added.last_img

Blocked from Giving Away 3DPrinted Gun Blueprints Texas Man Says Hes Selling

first_img Share Bob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneCody Wilson, whose Defense Distributed is selling blueprints for 3D-printed guns, in his company’s Austin headquarters.An Austin resident and self-described “crypto-anarchist” said Tuesday he’ll begin selling blueprints that would allow users to 3D print their own plastic guns, a day after a federal judge extended a temporary block preventing him from making the plans available on the web for free.In other words: If he can’t be the “Napster” of crypto-guns, he’ll be the “iTunes,” Cody Wilson told reporters at a press conference Tuesday in Austin.The decision may put Wilson, currently at the center of a slew of court disputes across the country, on shaky legal footing. Wilson has argued in court that preventing him from publishing the blueprints infringes on his First Amendment rights. But Monday’s injunction said the potential harms to Wilson’s First Amendment rights “are dwarfed by the irreparable harms the States are likely to suffer” if he was permitted to post the blueprints for free. Nearly two dozen states that lined up against Wilson in court have said the untraceable plastic guns made using the blueprints would pose an enormous security risk.Wilson called the injunction “hysterical,” saying that the order allows his company to sell the designs and distribute them to customers through the mail, over email and with secure downloadable links. Wilson said he has already received 400 orders, according to the Associated Press.Josh Blackman, Wilson’s lawyer, said in an interview Tuesday that selling the blueprints directly to people within the United States is perfectly legal.“It’s not about distribution, it’s about posting them,” Blackman said. “There’s no prohibition on distributing these files — the prohibition is on doing it in a way that foreign persons can access.”But the Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who is leading a 19-state challenge to Wilson, has characterized the block differently.“I am very concerned about 3-D printable guns, wherever they are,” Ferguson said earlier this month. Thanks to the federal judge in Seattle, he said, “federal firearm import and export laws once again prohibit the distribution of these downloadable gun files. Anyone who posts downloadable guns to the internet is violating federal law. It is the federal government’s job to enforce those laws, and I urge it to enforce them aggressively as to these prohibited items.”Wilson’s organization, Defense Distributed, is allowing customers to set their own price for any of 10 gun designs posted on his website. The guns appear to be available for as little as one cent.Wilson’s legal woes stretch back to 2013, when he posted blueprints for the 3D gun. The State Department ordered him to stop, arguing he was illegally exporting sensitive arms technology. Wilson sued in 2015, and Defense Distributed reached a settlement with the State Department earlier this summer, seemingly clearing the way for him to begin posting the designs online. But he was stalled by a flurry of lawsuits across the country.last_img read more