first_imgAntibiotics save lives and are important tools for treating a number of common bacterial infections.  Nonetheless, at least 30% of the antibiotics used in outpatient settings in the United States are prescribed when they aren’t needed.  Unnecessary use of antibiotics can lead to antibiotic resistance, one of the most urgent public health threats.  This resistance happens when bacteria develop the ability to defeat the drug designed to kill them.   Annually in the US, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are antibiotic-resistant and around 23,000 die as a result.Due to these alarming statistics, the Jackson County Department of Public Health (JCDPH) wants to take time to remind our community of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s annual campaign, “Be Antibiotics Aware: Smart Use, Best Care.”  During Antibiotic Awareness Week, November 12-18, take time to follow these eight ways to stay antibiotic aware:Remember that antibiotics save lives but they aren’t always the answer when you are sick.Antibiotics do not work on viruses (Ex: colds, flus).Antibiotics are only needed for treating certain infections caused by bacteria (Ex: strep throat, E.coli).An antibiotic will not make you feel better if you have a virus.Any time antibiotics are used, they can cause side effects.Taking antibiotics creates resistant bacteria.If you need antibiotics, take them exactly as prescribed.Stay healthy: Clean your hands, cover coughs, and get vaccinated!last_img read more

Focus on education paying off: Zuma

first_img9 February 2012South Africa’s push for universal access to education, and for improved learning and teaching, are starting to pay off, President Jacob Zuma told Parliament in Cape Town on Thursday evening.Delivering his fourth State of the Nation address, Zuma noted that over eight-million learners were attending no-fee schools and benefitting from the government’s school feeding scheme, with school attendance now close to 100 percent for the compulsory band of 7-15 years of age.“A major achievement is the doubling of grade R enrolment, from 300 000 in 2003 to 705 000 in 2011,” Zuma said. “We appear poised to meet our target of 100 percent coverage for grade R by 2014.”However, he noted that the government remained concerned by the report of the General Household Survey in 2010 that just over 120 000 children in the 7-15 year old band were out of school.‘In school, in class, on time’Zuma also congratulated the teachers, learners, parents and the communities for the efforts, which saw an increase in last year’s matric pass rate, adding that the government’s intensive focus on education was paying off.“We will continue to invest in producing more teachers who can teach mathematics, science and African languages. Our call to teachers to be in school, in class, on time, teaching for at least seven hours a day remains pivotal to success … we thank the teacher unions for supporting this campaign.”Higher education targetsWith regards to higher education, Zuma said the government was exceeding its targets, with close to 14 000 school leavers being placed in workplace learning opportunities over the past year, and over 11 000 artisans having completed their trade tests.He was pleased to see an increase in the number of learners attending Further Education and Training (FET) colleges, and urged parents to encourage their children to enrol in these colleges, as the country needed the skills these colleges were offering.To expand access to tertiary education, Zuma announced that R200-million was spent on helping 25 000 students to pay off their debts to institutions of higher learning last year.He further announced that a total of R300-million had been allocated for preparatory work towards building new universities in Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

How to Create a Bully-Proof Workplace

first_img— Designate points of contact so employees know where to turn for help. We may not get bullies to admit that they are wrong, but their harmful behavior can be discouraged by individuals standing up for themselves in a workplace culture designed to support a bully-free work zone. A bully-free workplace is a place where all workers are fully engaged and committed to the organization’s mission, while maintaining positive relations with all stakeholders in the company; where workers communicate honestly—and respectfully—with colleagues, peers and bosses; where leaders engage with employees and listen carefully to gauge the pulse of the organization; and where relationships are reciprocal and responsibility is shared. It’s a place where bullies’ misbehavior is dealt with seriously so everyone can get on with their work. — Do not stay silent if you experience bullying or see it. Remember, when someone exhibits bullying behavior and gets away with it, it reinforces the behavior. — Take a stand for yourself. Stay calm, but refuse and rebuke the bad behavior in a forthright way. Peter J. Dean, PhD., is the founder and president of Leaders By Design, a company that provides  leadership development for executives.center_img More than 1 in 4 Americans deal with an on-the-job bully. While there are no general civility or anti-bullying laws in place at the federal or state levels, companies that want to vanquish bullying in the workplace can adopt their own guidelines or codes of conduct. That begins by enforcing a policy statement asserting that all people, regardless of race, gender, background, belief system or position in the company, will be treated with respect, dignity and civility. In addition, the policy should state that any type of bullying that demeans, diminishes, defames or belittles a person through rumors, lies, devious and selfish acts, unilaterally boastful comments about self and derogatory comments about others, antisocial or aggressive behavior, or any acts that create a hostile work environment will not be tolerated. — Discuss bullying behavior and its consequences openly with your team. Review the most appropriate ways of addressing it and eradicating it. Here are some strategies for managing bullies out of your business that I and my co-author, Molly D. Shepard, recommend in our book The Bully-Proof Workplace: Essential Strategies, Tips and Scripts for Dealing with the Office Sociopath (McGraw-Hill, 2017): — Examine your own behavior to ensure that you are setting a good example. Remember, as a leader in your organization, you are a role model who can influence others, like it or not.last_img read more

Sunlight Foundation Funds Six “Apps for America”

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Mashups#politics#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… marshall kirkpatrickcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Chips, dip and government data are everyone’s three favorite things to take to a party, right? Ok, so government data is actually quite boring on its own, but in these exciting times of democratized programming, government data can be turned into some pretty exciting mashups. That’s just what the nonprofit Sunlight Foundation is aiming to make more possible with its work to make government and related data more available with its new Apps for America contest. More than 40 open source applications and websites making use of that data entered the contest and today the six fabulous winners were announced. We’ve got a five minute screencast tour of the winners below.The six winners received between one and fifteen thousand dollars cash to support further development of their projects. Some of them look great already, others not so much. Winners include:Fillibusted – a site aiming to hold filibustering Congresspeople accountable for their actions.Legistalker – a site that tracks news, Twitter, YouTube and other online activity by and about members of Congress.HelloCongress – like Digg for Congressional priorities, with a twist.Know Thy Congressman – a beautiful informational pop-up about Congresspeople that you can invoke anywhere you find their names on the web.Yeas and Nays – a sophisticated Firefox plug-in that helps you click-to-call members of Congress.E-Paper Trail – a data rich site to compare and learn about Congresspeople.There are also a number of Honorable Mentions included on the Sunlight contest page.Some of these look more useful than others so far but with a little extra support who knows? It’s an increasingly data-driven world, but in order to truly get the most value out of that data the web needs interface and mashup developers. That’s why it’s such a great idea for Sunlight to support these and other developers the way they do. Related Posts last_img read more

Juve handed Alex Sandro boost

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: Juventus confirm Alex Sandro has made “significant improvement” from a thigh injury ahead of Saturday’s Serie A clash with Atalanta. Alex Sandro injured his left thigh during Brazil’s 1-0 defeat to Argentina last week, fuelling fears he could be sidelined for Juve. However, the club announced in a medical report this afternoon that he had made “significant improvement” and would be assessed daily. It now remains to be seen whether the left-back will be fit enough for the trip to Atalanta in three days’ time.last_img

11th World Cup soccer tournament: All eyes are on Argentina

first_imgIf this is June 1978, there must be football in the air. From the coffee fields of Brazil to oil-rich Iran, from industralized Germany to Third World’s Tunisia, from Europe, Asia and America all eyes are on Argentina, the scene of the eleventh World Cup soccer tournament. Fifteen nations from,If this is June 1978, there must be football in the air. From the coffee fields of Brazil to oil-rich Iran, from industralized Germany to Third World’s Tunisia, from Europe, Asia and America all eyes are on Argentina, the scene of the eleventh World Cup soccer tournament. Fifteen nations from across the globe, “armies” bristling with zealous optimism are battling for honours in the four-yearly soccer jamboree that grips the world for nearly a month.Can ageing West Germany retain the cup that their superstar captain Franz Beckenbauer won for them at Munich in 1974? Can the Brazilians aspire to new levels of soccer magic? Will home advantage see the hosts through? Right from its inception in 1930 the game has set new levels of Latin American fanaticism.The Uruguayans, the hosts, in that inaugural year were celebrating a century of independence. Their opponents in the final were Argentina, old rivals from across the turgid, churning waters of the River Plate. Ten steamers were chartered to take the Argentinian fans across to Montevideo. People were packed abroad like cattle, but thousands were left behind.Brazil’s captain Rivelino (left) leaves Kasperczak of Polland behind on the way to goalThere were protest marches in the streets of Buenos Aires as they demanded more boats. Then, as the steamers left, thousands of fans lined the quayside chanting “Victory or Death”.Uruguay won 4-2, their last goal being scored by a one-armed reserve called Castro, and the country went delirious with joy. The brooding Argentinian supporters stormed the Uruguayan Consulate back in Buenos Aires, complaining of brutality and unfair refereeing, and police had to fire to disperse them. The World Cup had been launched….advertisementSince then it has been a kaleidoscope of contrasting styles and skills – a confrontation between the artists of Latin America and the methodical men of Europe, whose style and form can match the best blend of individual flair the Latin Americans can produce.In Argentina ’78, the odds are loaded against the iron men from West Germany, the holders. They are without superstars Franz Beckenbauer, Gerd Mueller and Wolfgang Overath. Training matches and their first outing in the tournament – a goalless draw against Poland – indicate that the holders have slender chance of emulating Brazil, who have won the cup thrice.Can Argentina, playing at home in front of frenzied crowds vociferously rooting for them, pull it off? On six occasions out of ten World Cup championships held so far, the host nation has reached the final, and, of these, four have won. The Argentinians are temperamental players.They can be brilliant on a day and totally devoid of their basic skills on the next. The other temperamental team, the Italians, star-studded as they usually are, suffer from the big handicap of their top men not being able to play the same game on two successive days.This World Cup may lack the dynamism and artistry of Pele, Cruyff and Beckenbauer, but clearly, it is not devoid of soccer talent. Among other, Holland’s Rob Rensenbrink has risen as one of the outstanding wingers in the world.Brazil has never lacked the ability to produce brilliant footballers. Along with the 1970 World Cup veteran Roberto Rivehno, the Brazilian team boasts of a powerful forward-line with Reinaldo and Zico. The presence of Cerezo and Nelinho in the midfield and defense provides a balance which may once again win the championship for Brazil.The West Germans, though depleted without Beckenbauer, Mueller and Overath, still have Rainer Bonhof, the man who changed West Germany’s fortunes in 1974 and Sepp Maier, whose experiences in the 1970 and 1974 World Cup tournaments will surely be useful.The Argentina attack is again led by 23-year-old Mario Kempe. Four years ago, when he played for his country in West Germany, he provided entertaining football, making good use of his physique and speed. Since then, he has matured into a prolific goal-scorer which makes him fearsome to defenders and goalkeepers alike.THE JUNTA: WARNING WHISTLEArgentina’s military junta holds a veritable threat for soccer fans in the country.Two years ago, Gen Videla, after a successful coup, launched a crusade against terrorists by killing those persons who did not conform to the ethics of civilization. In the process, many people ‘disappeared’, and ‘why’ was a question, which no one dared to ask.Now, this malaise is spreading into the realm of sports. Only a few day before the start of the World Cup, the junta warned that soccer fans in Argentina are “likely to be shot on sight” if they fail to respond to army orders.advertisementIt appears, that the rulers in Argentina, not unmindful of the “Munich massacre” and recent bursts of terrorism in West Germany and Italy, are determined to have the tournament completed without any awkward incidents.The monteneros, the country’s urban guerillas have promised peace during the competition, but this has scarcely reassured the junta. The omnipresence of troops, with fixed bayonets, is evidence that the military rulers of Argentina have certain ideas about security, which may not be relaxed before the championship is over.last_img read more

LG unveils mid ranger Max smartphone with 5-inch screen

first_imgLG has added a new smartphone in its line-up of mid-rangephones. The company has launched the Bello II which is the second generation ofLG L Bello that was released last year. The company will be launching thedevice in select markets, India and Latin American countries are among thefirst to get the phone this month followed by Europe and CIS (Commonwealth ofIndependent States) in the third quarter.The phone will be launched under different names indifferent markets. The Indian version as well as the device launched in Mexicoand CIS will be named LG Max whereas the phone will be named LG Prime II inBrazil and Chile. There is no official confirmation of the device but to stayin the competitive Indian market, the South Korean company will have to price thedevice reasonably well.The phone sports 5 inch screen with a resolution of 480×854,the device will be powered by a quad core processor clocked at 1.3 GHz. Theprocessor is assisted by 1 GB RAM and 8GB internal storage but the user canexpand the memory using a microSD card slot. On the camera front, the phonecomes with a reasonable 8 Megapixel front camera that will be assisted by agenerous 5 Megapixel front facing snapper. The phone comes inbuilt with gesturecontrols to click selfies without touching the screen. The smartphone will comein various colours and will also have a dual-SIM slot. The device is 3Gcapable, which is why the device is being launched in markets where 4G is stillin the initial stages. The phone exptracts its power from an average 2,540 mAh.advertisementCommenting on the launch, Juno Cho, President and CEO of LGElectronics Mobile Communications Company said, “The LG Bello II bringsunprecedented value to 3G markets, which still account for a significant 40percent of smartphone markets. With its 5-megapixel selfie camera, largedisplay and familiar features, the LG Bello II is a great balance of form,function and price, which is why we expect to be even more successful than itspredecessor.”Also read: Keralainmates to get email idsAlso read: Microsoftto buy Israeli cyber security firm Adallomlast_img read more