A Strange Set of Skin

first_imgSteven Peter has spent seven years of his young life transforming from a soft skinned child to a presently rough and bumpy skinned six year-old who cannot play because of a terrible skin condition that won’t respond to any of the medication that he has so far been given.“We were told that he needs foreign treatment, but the finance wasn’t available for us to take him for advanced treatment. As we speak his condition is worse than before,” stated his uncle, Jay Valli.Doctors at JFK have diagnosed Steven as having fungi, a complicated infection that requires both viral and oral drug solutions that can only be administered in places like the United States of America and Europe. Fungi are complicated infections to treat and once they spread, take weeks, even months of treatment to reverse the damage.“His condition is worse than before.”His uncle said Steven contracted fungi the day he was delivered at the Benson Clinic hospital.“We took him back to Benson hospital where the skin problem started and they gave us some drugs that are not working. Since then we have been to St. Joseph Catholic hospital, Chinese clinic and JFK and were given some tropical ointment that also did not work,” he added.Steven’s condition has been so appalling that on one occasion, a paper picked up his story and Madam Ellen Johnson intervened, resulting in Steven spending almost two months on bed at the JFK hospital receiving occasional medication here and there, said his uncle.Steven’s condition is similar to Epidermodysplasia Verruciformis (EV), also known as “tree man illness,” an abnormal susceptibility of the skin resulting in uncontrolled HPV infections that cause growth of scaly macules and papules of the hands and feet, exactly the two areas affecting young Steven.Treatment usually requires Acitiretin or Cimetidine because of its depressing mitogen-induced lymphocyte proliferation and regulatory T-cell activity feature.Steven’s condition causes people to stare at the child whenever he’s being whisked into a hospital because he is in pain. His uncle said he is now living on pain medication and is unable to wear any shoes or do anything much for himself due to the skin growth on his hands and feet, including the swelling.The family is appealing for help with the treatment needed to keep their son from transforming into a tree trunk, especially to medical practitioners to either come in with his treatment or sent for treatment abroad.The family can be contacted on these numbers 0770969355/ 0886969355Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) -A simple dose can save this child from turning into an elephant or a tree trunklast_img read more

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‘Angie Brooks Was Not Born to Be Forgotten’

first_imgBrown signs her book as Dr. Sawyer, others look on– Sister Mary Laurene Brown launches biography on the late Liberian diplomat, juristStudents, present and former Ministers of Education, other statesmen and women, veteran journalists Philip Wesseh and Kenneth Y. Best, among others over the weekend assembled at the Monrovia City Hall to witness the historic launch of the biography of Dr. Angie Elizabeth Brooks Randolph, authored and published by one of Liberia’s seasoned educators, Sister Mary Laurene Brown, president of the Stella Maris Polytechnic.Dr. Randolph was an outstanding Liberian diplomat and jurist. From 1954, she served as Liberia’s permanent representative to the United Nations, during which time she became the second woman to ascend to the post of president of the United Nations General Assembly (1970), and being the first from Africa to accomplish the feat. Prior to her UN career, she served as Liberia’s assistant Secretary of State. At the end of her assignment at the UN, she was appointed Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia; again, the first woman to hold such a position.Stating her reason for writing the biography of so enterprising a stateswoman, Sister Brown said her mission is centered on dedicating to Liberian children a lifelong memory of a great woman who has served not only her country but the world in general.“Going through this painstaking duty of compiling a piece directly reflecting the real person of Dr. Randolph, I reminded myself of her tenacity, courage and exuberance in rendering service to her nation and others beyond her continent of origin,” Sister Mary Laurene said.She noted that Dr. Randolph, who was one of her role models, did not at any time feel inferior neither did she get intimidated by conditions or people of high ranks around her.“This heroine was not born to be forgotten. Therefore, with genuine support from all my partners and friends, I was confident that I could succeed in putting together the best of everything I remember about her,” Sister Brown said.Miss Angie Elizabeth Brooks, who was elected president of the twenty-fourth session of the UN General Assembly, previously served as Assistant Secretary of State of Liberia since 1958.She had been Liberia’s delegate to the General Assembly since 1954 serving in the following capacity in United Nations: Vice-Chair of the Assembly’s Fourth Committee (Trust and Non-Self Governing Territories) in 1956; Vice-President of the Committee on Information from Non-Self-Governing Territories, 1961; Chair of the Fourth committee during the 1961 session; Chair of the United Nations Commission for Rwanda-Burundi, 1962; Chair of the United Nations Visiting Mission to the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, 1964; Vice-President of the Trusteeship Council, 1965; and President of the Trusteeship Council, 1966.Minister of Education George K. Werner, speaking at the book launch, quoted French philosopher Étienne Charpentier, who said, “A country is only independent when it is able to write its own story,” which he said is gradually taking root in the Liberian setting.“We have come here today to once again honor Dr. Randolph through Sister Mary’s compilation of her biography,” he said.Werner added that storytelling helps children and adults alike to know why things happen the way they happened and provides one of the many opportunities to know how to decide between what is good and what is bad.“Thank you, Sister Mary, for contributing to the maintenance of the tradition of writing in our country,” he noted, adding that he is proud to be part of a system built by many great Liberian educators, including Dr. Evelyn Kandakai, former Minister of Education.According to the Education Minister, Dr. Angie Brooks Randolph lived in the time of excessive male dominance but she stood her ground and lit the way for many women, including President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.He expressed his joy at seeing that females comprise 49 percent of students in schools across the country, but stressed the need for the improvement of quality in service delivery in the education sector.“What we should be thinking of now is about writing the biographies of those living. I mean, Dr. Kandakai, Sister Mary, who has written this wonderful book, Mr. Kenneth Y. Best, and many other great sons and daughters of our land who are now so advanced in age.”Former Foreign Minister Dr. Olubanke Akerele, who is the president of the Angie Brooks International Center, said Dr. Randolph was extraordinary in all her activities in service.“In memory of our star (Angie Brooks), our center is making impacts in the lives of many women across the country. Our ‘Women Situation Room’ is very vigilant in ensuring that women’s voices are adequately heard and respected nationwide and globally,” Dr. Akerele said.She said Dr. Randolph was a staunch patriot who never wavered to stand up for what was in the best interest of the country and strongly opposed ills against people and society in general.Born on August 4, 1928 in Virginia, Montserrado County, Liberia, Ms. Brooks held several degrees from universities in the United States, including a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science from Shaw University, Raleigh, North Carolina (1949); a Bachelor of Law degree and a Master of Science degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin (1952); and Doctor of Law degrees from Shaw University (1962) and Howard University (1967).She did graduate work in International Law at the University College Law School of London University in 1952 and 1953 and obtained a Doctor of Civil Law degree from Liberia University in 1964.Miss Brooks was admitted as Counsellor-at-Law to the Supreme Court of Liberia in August 1953 and served as Assistant Attorney-General of Liberia from August 1953 to March 1958. She also served as part-time Professor of Law at Liberia University from 1954 to 1958.From 1956 to 1958, she was Liberia’s Vice President of the International Federation of Women Lawyers. In 1959-60, she served as the Federation’s Vice-President for Africa and as President of the Federation from 1964 to 1967. In 1958, she represented Liberia and the Federation at the first session of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.Miss Brooks was for two years Vice-President of the National Liberian Political and Social Movement. She also served as Special Assistant to the Executive Secretary of the Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention since 1966.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Changes to B.C. Driver’s licenses

first_imgThe fee will remain the same for the new driver’s license. Your next driver’s license will soon have more high tech features embedded in it. The redesigned license will be harder to forge, alter and obtain under different identities.The new security features, which will also apply to a new B.C. Identification card, have a unique feature called facial recognition technology. This will enable ICBC to compare a cardholder’s image with their existing image on file. The feature will help prevent prohibited drivers from obtaining licenses in false names.- Advertisement -Other features like holographic overlays, ‘ghosted’ images and elaborate graphic designs are all part of the new licenses.ICBC will begin issuing the new documents on March 2, 2009 to customers who apply for a new, renewed or replacement B.C. Driver’s License or B.C. Identification card.Those with valid licenses will continue to use them until they expire.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Number of U.S. homes in foreclosure doubles in 3rd quarter

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The latest figures amount to one foreclosure filing for every 196 households in the nation and reflect a 33.9percent jump from the 333,731 properties in foreclosure in the second quarter of this year. California led the nation in total foreclosure filings and reported one filing for every 88 households. Nevada and Florida followed. The state had 148,147 filings on 94,772 properties, an increase in filings of 36 percent from the previous quarter and nearly four times the year-ago period. All but five states – Kentucky, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Utah – reported a year-over-year increase in foreclosure filings, which include notices of default, auction sale notices or bank repossessions, RealtyTrac said. The total number of filings reported for the nation in the third quarter reached 635,159, up 99.5 percent from the year-ago quarter and up 30 percent from the second quarter of this year. The number of U.S. homes in foreclosure more than doubled in the third quarter, a surge that analysts said likely will drive already weak prices even lower in the hardest-hit areas. While that amounts to good news for would-be buyers, it spells trouble for builders with projects languishing on the market and for other homeowners desperate to unload property to avoid foreclosure. “A wave of foreclosures is not going to be good for the broader market, and it will contribute to the weakness in pricing,” said Raphael Bostic, associate director of the Lusk Center for Real Estate at the USC. A total of 446,726 homes nationwide were targeted by some sort of foreclosure activity from July to September, up more than 100 percent from 223,233 properties in the year-ago period, Irvine-based RealtyTrac Inc. said Thursday. last_img read more

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Ex-Barca coach Gerardo Martino quits role as Argentina boss

first_imgGerardo Martino has resigned as Argentina boss in the wake of the nation’s latest Copa America setback and the retirement of star striker Lionel Messi.The 53-year-old former Barcelona head coach, also known as ‘Tata’, led Argentina to the final of last month’s Copa America tournament in the United States, but the Albiceleste lost to Chile.Barca forward Messi subsequently called time on his international career, putting further pressure on Martino to make way for a new technical set-up ahead of the summer Olympic Games.A statement published on the Argentine Football Association’s official website on Tuesday evening read: “The coaching staff of the national team have tendered their resignations today.”Martino succeeded Alejandro Sabella soon after Argentina lost to Germany in the 2014 World Cup final and he won 19 of his 29 matches in charge of the South American country.June’s near miss against Chile in the Copa America final saw history repeat itself as Martino’s men had lost to a Jorge Sampaoli-led Roja team in the 2015 edition of the tournament.Three years of disappointment with the national team led 29-year-old Messi to make himself unavailable for future selection after 113 caps and 55 goals. Gerardo Martino led Argentina to the Copa America final last month 1last_img read more

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Border control

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsUltimately, guardsmen are not ideal for securing the borders, as they lack police powers and they are sorely needed elsewhere. But hiring and training some 6,000 new Border Patrol officers – as Bush has promised to do – will take time, and the border needs to be secured now. Using the Guard until more border agents are available is thus a good way to address the immediate crisis while the country develops an adequate force to protect the border in the future. In this age of terror, it is unacceptable to allow millions to enter the country anonymously and invisibly. We must know who is here and why. Securing our border is a simple matter of national security. It’s also a political prerequisite for moving forward with the rest of a comprehensive immigration-reform package. While many of the reform ideas Bush has pushed in the past – such as earned citizenship and a guest-worker program – have some merit, they were nonstarters absent a real plan to secure the border. Critics rightfully wanted to know that the federal government would, for once, be sincere about enforcing its own policies. New laws are no good if they are just as readily ignored as the old ones. Bush’s critics have long insisted that immigration reform must begin with enforcement, and he has wisely bowed to that reality. Equally wisely, however, is Bush’s recognition that enforcement alone is not the answer. Deporting millions of illegal immigrants who are already here – many of whom have American children – is not only impractical, but would have devastating social repercussions. And the only real way to reduce pressure on the border is to create a sane, reasonable way for honest foreign job-seekers to enter the country legally. This is why Congress must follow the president’s lead, and pass comprehensive reform. A plan that works will both secure the border and expand legal immigration, while creating a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants who want to become law-abiding, taxpaying Americans. By securing the borders, Bush has taken the critical first step toward fixing America’s badly broken immigration system. But there is still much work to be done. Congress must step forward and do its part.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! FOR two years, President George W. Bush has been talking about the need for “comprehensive” immigration reform – a plan that not only offers ample opportunity for decent and hard-working newcomers to enter America legally, but is tough and serious about securing our borders. On Monday night, he backed up his words with some much-needed action. With his pledge to put 6,000 National Guard troops on the porous Mexican border, Bush has demonstrated a crucial – albeit overdue – commitment to regaining control over who enters this country and when. The presence of the Guard at the border will have an impact on immigration much like the one that the presence of cops has on neighborhood crime. It sends the message that the authorities are in control. When police are around, crimes are prevented before they even occur; likewise, with stepped-up border enforcement, many who would have crossed into the country illegally now won’t even try. last_img read more

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first_imgTHIS is the scene today as thousands and thousands of anti-household tax protestors marched on the Fine Gael Ard Fheis at the national convention centre in Dublin.RTE and Gardai put the numbers at around 5,000, with organisers estimating up to 10,000.The protestors had joined a group of Donegal protestors who were completing the final leg of a three-week 280-mile walk from Malin Head to the capital. Two protesters attempted to push their way through a massive Garda security cordon but were pushed back by gardaí.A near riot broke out during the protests when a Fine Gael delegate who resembled Phil Hogan tried to pass through the crowd.The man was engulfed by angry protesters and jostled before gardai came to his rescue.As they attempted to escort him from the area they were surrounded by screaming protesters, some of whom shouted “shame on you Hogan.” The man was visibly shaken as he was put into a Garda squad car and driven away at speed.Earlier a number of Fine Gael delegates who ventured through the crowd were also subject to verbal abuse.Leaders of the opposition campaign, including a number of TDs, will address the rally.People inside the Convention Centre have been told to move away from windows to avoid “antagonising the crowds”.Joe Murphy, from Inishowen, said he was “astonished by the massive show of support for the walkers here today.” He had appeared last night on the Late Late Show ahead of today’s march from Pheonix Park via O’Connell Street.He said the protest would be peaceful and “demonstrate to this Government the real anger of the people.”Earlier Alan Shatter was criticised after he had told the marchers to “get a life.”WOW! THOUSANDS OF PROTESTORS ENCIRCLE FINE GAEL ARD FHEIS was last modified: March 31st, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:WOW! THOUSANDS OF PROTESTORS ENCIRCLE FINE GAEL ARD FHEISlast_img read more

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first_imgMichael and Neil testing out the new state of the art foresight sports golf simulator in-store.Donegal stars Michael Murphy and Neil Gallagher are certainly ‘getting into the swing of things’ with their new business venture.The friends and team-mates are today putting the final touches to their first business venture – ‘Michael Murphy Sports and Leisure.’The Donegal stars will officially open their new store at Station Roundabout in Letterkenny tomorrow (Fri). Fellow Glenswilly GAA Club member Shane Tinney (son of Paddy Tinney) tries to deal for the best price with Neil Gallagher and Micheal Murphy when he got a pre- opening tour of the new sport shop in Letterkenny today. Photo Cristeph Brian McDaidBut in between stocking the shelves with the latest sports-gear and footwear, the lads took a little time out to test the latest state-of-the-art golf simulator!The lads say they are delighted to be opening the shop but have insisted their focus is on a certain game against Dublin in just over two weeks time at Croke Park.The guys say they are hoping for a quiet launch tomorrow.However, with the amount of goodwill being shown towards these two guys and their team-mates, they might just expect a few customers coming through the doors. Michael or Neil wouldn’t be drawn on if they plan on stocking Dublin jerseys before the big game.But rumours that Bernard Brogan is being flown in to perform the official opening has definitely been ruled out! MICHAEL AND NEIL GET INTO SWING OF BUSINESS ON EVE OF BIG OPENING! was last modified: August 14th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:donegalGAAMichael Murphy Sports and LeisureOPENINGlast_img read more

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Research & Analysis

first_imgSouth Africa’s global reputation is shaped by perceptions of investment, immigration policies and environment, exports, people, culture and heritage, governance, and tourism.In order to understand domestic trends, and how these shape international perceptions of South Africa and its global reputation, Brand South Africa commissions and subscribes to several research instruments. Our Research Notes and Working Papers intend to inform Brand South Africa’s stakeholders and partners on South Africa’s reputation and competitiveness.Find out more:Reputation Research – South Africa IncorporatedResearch & Reports – Working papersIn keeping with Brand South Africa’s international and domestic mandates, the working papers provide insight into issues that impact on the South African psyche, national pride, and international reputation. The research notes are essentially analytical pieces that highlight trends in reports on South Africa generated by external agencies, institutes and multilateral organisations. The research notes also aim to highlight key findings, and to share research from studies commissioned by Brand South Africa with stakeholders and the nation.For more information contact:Dr Petrus de Kock, General Manager: Research, Brand South AfricaEmail: petrusd@brandsouthafrica.comTel: +27 (0)11 712 5000last_img read more

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Twitter Bans In-Stream Ads

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#advertising#NYT#twitter#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification frederic lardinoiscenter_img Twitter just announced that it will soon update its terms of service for developers and prohibit third-party advertising networks and developers from inserting ads into a user’s stream. This could mean the end of a number of third-party advertising networks like Ad.ly and 140 Proof, both of which created their businesses around in-stream ads. According to Twitter’s COO, Dick Costolo, the company decided to take this step in order to “preserve the unique user experience Twitter has created” and ensure the “long-term health and value of the platform.”Twitter’s ReasoningTwitter argues that it wants to create “a platform of enduring value.” To do so, Costolo says, Twitter has to ensure that the platform remains valuable for its users. In-stream advertisers, however, are only interested in short-term revenue opportunities – which come at the expense of the long-term health of the Twitter platform. Costolo also argues that these in-stream advertising networks are simply not innovative enough, and “the basis for building a lasting advertising network that benefits users should be innovation, not near-term monetization.”The real reason for banning in-stream ads, however, becomes obvious after reading this paragraph:“It is important to keep in mind that Twitter bears all the costs of maintaining the network, protecting the Tweet stream against spam, supporting user requests, and scaling the service. Indeed, Twitter will bear many of the support costs associated with any third-party paid Tweets, as Twitter receives support emails related to anything a user sees in a tweet stream. The third-party bears few of these costs by comparison.”Twitter simply doesn’t want to bear the cost of supporting these advertising networks that don’t bring the company any direct value and revenue. Prohibiting in-stream ads isn’t so much about fostering innovation and preserving the integrity of the platform. Instead, it’s about ensuring that advertisers flock to Twitter’s own Promoted Tweets.Shutting Down the Most Natural Way to Monetize Twitter ClientsIt will be interesting to see how third-party developers will react to this. Just a few weeks ago, Twitter began launching its own official Twitter clients, and now the company has prohibited the most obvious method of monetizing unofficial clients. Instead of being able to insert ads into users’ streams – the most natural place for these ads – developers will now have to show ads outside of the stream. As Costolo puts it, “There will be all sorts of other third-party monetization engines that crop up in the vicinity of the timeline.” Starting today, however, the stream itself is off-limits for all advertisers besides Twitter itself. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts last_img read more

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