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"Mr. Nasidi said that in order to fully contain the disease, the National Orientation Agency had been involved in educating people in various languages, mostly on the danger of consuming bush meat.
He warned that the consumption of bat meat remained the main source of picking up the virus."
Screening has been intensified at strategic entries in the country.
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 "Two new cases of Ebola have surfaced in Sierra Leone's Tonkolili district after a man died last week in the area where the deadly virus had not been seen for months, according to an official.

The two new cases are relatives of a man who contracted the virus in mid-July, the National Ebola Response Centre's OB Sisay said on Sunday."
Two new cases of Ebola have surfaced in Sierra Leone's Tonkolili district...
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"Say hello to Agusta Westland's revolutionary AW609!"
Imagine a new generation of aircraft available to charter that could merge the characteristics of both a helicopter and fixed-wing plane into one...
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 "The psychological impact of Ebola on aid workers, coupled with stigmatisation by their communities, has left many of them to suffer alone, with some being driven to self-harm and alcoholism."
Traumatised and stigmatised, Ebola workers in Sierra Leone had been left to cope alone but now help is at hand through counselling and efforts to reintegrate them into society
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 "The United Nations (UN) has restructured their response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa"
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"Recruiting and Supporting Volunteers"
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"MONROVIA, Liberia 31 July 2015 – UNICEF is supporting a drive by the Liberian Government to register more than 70,000 children whose births were not recorded during the Ebola crisis, leaving them vulnerable to marginalization and exclusion.
 
Birth registrations in 2014 and 2015 dropped sharply from pre-Ebola levels, according to Ministry of Health data. In 2013, before the onset of the virus, the births of 79,000 children were registered. In 2014, when many health facilities had closed or had reduced services due to the Ebola response, the number of registrations fell to 48,000 – a 39 per cent decrease over the previous year.
Just 700 children are reported to have had their births registered between January and May 2015." 
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"That makes the Guinea trial even more important. Typically, regulators like the US Food and Drug Administration require very high standards of proof to approve a vaccine, especially for preventive use—like getting a shot for Hepatitis B before traveling. In terms of efficacy data those regulators will look at, Guinea is it. And now there’s an extra wrinkle: Because the vaccine’s interim results looked so good, the Guinea trial is no longer randomizing the recipients of the vaccine. Everybody who gets placed into one of the study’s clusters will get it immediately, no delay. Again: great for west Africa, not so good for the statisticians."
That number probably means less than you think it does---it might not help get the vaccine approved by regulators.
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"Port Health Unit of Ghana Health Service, Ghana Immigration Service, and the Customs Division of Ghana Revenue Authority based at Tema and Takoradi Ports, Kotoka International Airport as well as Elubo, Aflao, Paga, Hamile "

"The International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Thursday began a series of training to build the capacity of border officials to conduct Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) related screening and infection control procedures at borders."
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Thursday began a series of training to build the capacity of border officials to conduct Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) related screening and infection control procedures at borders.
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"While transmission continues in West Africa, export of cases into other districts and countries can occur"
 "Authorities caution that the people infected with Ebola can be highly mobile. As they cross borders between provinces, and between countries, they may "seed" new outbreaks in areas that are Ebola free, or into places that have been case free for weeks or months.
In countries where health facilities have gaps in hygiene and infection control, with weaker surveillance and limited preparedness, imported cases pose a risk of an outbreak. 
In countries with strong monitoring and surveillance, robust public health and excellent infection control standards, it is likely that Ebola patients will be identified and isolated relatively quickly, and rigorous contact tracing will avoid spread within the general community. Nevertheless, there is a risk that healthcare workers caring for Ebola patients may be infected.
In addition it is essential to maintain vigilance for "delayed secondary transmission" (via sexual contact with recovered patients) even after the outbreak is declared over."
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Jul 31, 2015
UNMEER mission ends
 "In a related development, Nabarro said the UN secretary general today is announcing the end of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER). He said the mission's establishment during the outbreak provided a powerful boost to the UN's contribution, but it was always designed as a temporary measure.
The mission accomplished its benchmarks for winding down its work, and now stewardship for the response will shift to the WHO, which will bring on some of UNMEER's senior managers.
"This is the new WHO at work," he said, noting that the WHO is branching out from its own technical work to coordinate with other groups."
The WHO announces a unified program for health emergencies, vaccine support, and other reforms.
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Are your leaders involving volunteers in their own work?

 "I don’t mean the board of trustees and management committees – they have no choice but to work with them. But do your chief executive and senior management colleagues involve volunteers directly in their own work? They may be called pro-bono or strategic consulting roles – because we can’t call anything with real value and impact "volunteering", can we? – but is there any volunteer involvement at all beyond work with the board?
If your leaders are positive about volunteers but aren’t actually open to working with them in their own roles, then there is a disconnect between what they say and what they are prepared to do.
If you spot any of these signs in Volunteers’ Week, then find a way to challenge those chief executives and senior managers to move beyond warm words and start actually taking volunteers and volunteering seriously. It may be best not to do it at the volunteers’ lunch or whatever event you’re at, but definitely don’t ignore the signs. Arrange a follow-up meeting and make your point there."
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Бен Томас  

 

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Бен Томас

 

 

 
 Key interests:
 
Community Interests, including Comunity development. By Managing the Message !.My Vehicle for this is called The Broadarms Alliance.

 

 My general Interests:

 
I am also Interested in: Heritage, Culture, and History.  As well as Public Health and Safety issues.

Especially that in and around Cardiff UK. 

 

 I find the Environment and Energy issues an interesting challenge !. Along with Public Safety !.

I am also interested in the developing, "International Global Village".

I am interested in "quality of life issues".

The ability to "create wealth", and to maintain a "disposable income" !.

The problems associated with a "change of scale".

I would like to understand more about "leadership" ?.

  A developing interest of mine is "Energy and Power Generation", in Particular Electric Power !. Since March 2011, this has become associated, with disaster avoidance, and disaster recovery !. I take the view that we should look to make Nuclear Safe, so that in reality means safer, as nothing in this life is totally safe  !. I take the view that a good way of approaching this is to look at what happens when Nuclear Power, escapes in the form of contamination, beyond the boundaries of its site !. I see this as a question of Public Protection !. The basis of this protection being knowledge in the public domain of prevailing radiation levels !.

 

Since 2011

 I have been interested in understanding the Events at Fukushima Japan

  I am interested in understanding the developing Arab Spring, and the Events in Syria. In particular; understanding the striving for Freedom, and the resistance against it !.

 I regard Physical Conflict as being often a failure of Diplomacy !. I regard Diplomacy, as being a product of Education, Understanding and Experience !. Often Disadvantage  and even Poverty, may be at the root of these issues !.

 

Syria, and the Arab Spring

 I take an interest in this region, from the point of view of its Social-Economic implications, and the rights of Syrians to self-determination, in a fair and just way.

Africa

 Presents a number of interesting challenges, especially in regards to communications and organisation! The ability to realise Africa’s Natural wealth and to see that wealth distributed in a fair way!



My Political position
 
 I am not political, in the Party-Political sense !. But will engage with Politicians and Political organisations who are willing to benefit the community !. In this sense I am interested in Good and Just governance !.
 
 

My religious Beliefs

 I believe that: In the being, was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God !.

  I  think: The Word was at first heard, then spoke, and later written. Today (2013) the word can be captured.  Soon after the Word was first heard, it became remembered, and being remembered became spoken more. With increased speaking the Word evolved into more words, which became words to make things cleared, and better understood. As the use of Words grew, then understanding grew. At the same time the presence of God, became less apparent to human kind. As over familiarity tends to bread contempt ?..  As has been both said and written “God Defieth all understanding” !.

 

I believe
 

 An understanding History, our own, or others, can lead us to learn, by other peoples experiences (and by implication, by other peoples mistakes.). Though the past is like a foreign land, of which we may know very little !. The past is often obscured, by the mists of time, and by evolving cultures.

I believe that freedom of movement and access, is important !.

 

Conflict

 Winning a Battle can in some cases lead to loosening a War !.  Winning a War may not lead to winning the Peace !. Battles and Wars, that do not secure the Peace, are Hollow victories !.

 Hollow victories are likely to lead to renewed conflict ?.

 

My local language variant

Wenglish.    a Wenglander.

 

Personal Observations !.

 The mode of production, is to a large extent dependent on the mode of transport !. Sustainable places of personal residence, can be dependent on both of these !.

 Increasing technology,produces increased complexity for understanding, and can lead to new divisions of labour, or rather intelligent knowledge !. New technologies, appear to be greatly dependent on access to specific natural resources !. This appears to be fueling Globalisation, and, an increasing interdependency, across cultures, and states !.

 Emerging Electronic Technology appears to be changing peoples perception of Political Decision Making. ?. A demand for more direct involvement in the political process, appears to be emerging World wide, and is especially apparent in what the West calls, underdeveloped Countries !.

 

 In the UK, we pass on the left, except when at Sea, when we pass on the right !. So perhaps we tend to regard others then ourselves, as being at Sea ?.

 

The UK Army by tradition, when on Parade, Dresses to the right, hence the saying “I’m all right Jack”

 

An organisation may be seen when the sum of the whole exceeds the sum of the parts.

 Should the key effect of government not be the application of the Multiplier Factor? That is to say the organising of human effort so that the sum of the whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts !.

 

 
It may all come down to:

A Matter of time !.
The expectation of competition, appears to put pressure on time, and as such things tend to become “a factor of time “!. This appears to lead to a speeding up, of things !. With the effect of certain things coming into view !. While other things disappear from view !. These things which disappear from view, may suddenly disappear, or gradually fade out of view !. The gap between the extremes of what is seen and what is not, can become confusion !. This confusion can be compounded, with the stresses caused, by the demands to adjust !.

Due to uncertainty, about what is being observed!.. The culture of communications, and the cultures participating in this, will play a part, and the outcome of this will be, that cultures will fragment, and or combine !. So adding to the degree of uncertainty.

The effect on preconceived organisation, appears to be a possible cause of the downfall of some organisations, as their sense of identity as an organisation, appears to constrain their ability to adjust, making them slower, to both respond, and to comprehend !.

Clearly then the speed and effectiveness of response, along with the ability to comprehend, could be a key factor in navigating, for future progress, and a decent life !.

Hence the old expression of, “the  quick and the dead”, becomes a reality !.
 
  
  

European Union

 Since Cyprus and the European move, to break the Savings Guarantee, I “no-longer” support Britain being in Europe !.

 
I like

  I like drawing other people’s attention, to the existence of things. By distributing links, to online pages on which that sort of information appears !.

 These days (March 26th 2013) one finds oneself, submersed with information to digest, from a wide variety of sources !. The information originates from who knows where, for who known’s what reason ?  Working out the possible relevance of this information, can prove a particular challenge !. Working out how to make productive and constructive use, of the information, can become another challenge !.




My current preoccupation


The current (2015)Free Market Economy, which appears to becoming increasingly dominant in many parts of the world, appears likely to be challenged by emerging technologies  As it is that people consume and without an income people cannot be a part of the free market?. So how will people be able to gain an income when most the work is done by technology?



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 From time to time, I appear to experience, what may be, a manifestation of suppressed precognitive capacity, within myself !.

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Once I built a Railway !. (well in part)
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