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Leratong hospital gets much-needed revamp

first_imgKrugersdorp’s Leratong Hospital will soonbe able to offer a much improved service.  Not just the equipment and facilities,but also the patient environment isundergoing a revamp.  Currently run down and neglected, theLeratong Hospital serves residents of thesurrounding communities and informalsettlements.(Images: Romaana Naidoo)  MEDIA CONTACTS • Phumelele Kaunda  Media liaison, Gauteng health dept  + 27 11 355 3862 or +27 82 334 9851 RELATED ARTICLES • R13.8m surgical skills centre for SA • Smile Week to transform children’s lives • New centres to fight HIV in KZN • Soweto to get second state hospitalRomaana NaidooThe derelict Leratong Hospital outside Krugersdorp, east of Johannesburg, has been earmarked for major renovations which will transform it into a top-class public health facility.Located in the industrial area of Chamdor, the hospital, which already has a new reception area and trauma unit, will undergo further phased renovations in March at a cost of approximately R8-million (US$1.06-million).Through partnerships with corporates and small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), Leratong Hospital will be revamped from top to bottom, ensuring patients have healthy, clean surroundings and ample facilities.The upcoming renovation phase will form part of the hospital’s P3 Walk-in Casualty area.Better care for patientsThe renovations will be done with the help of the South African Medical and Education (SAME) Foundation, whose main function is to assist provincial health departments with medical equipment and infrastructure especially in relation to tuberculosis, HIV and trauma.Dianne Pols, director of the SAME Foundation, says technology at Leratong is so behind, it’s unbelievable. “We work in crises situations when people can’t afford to better their conditions.” In July 2011, SAME Foundation renovated and re-equipped Leratong Hospital with top-of-the-range Welch Allyn diagnostic equipment from Germany. Currently it is the only hospital in the country, public or private, to use such equipment.More beds, modern equipmentThis revamp forms part of a three-phase project. On 16 May 2011 a ceremony was held for the renovations and equipping of the Leratong Hospital. Three months later, Gauteng MEC for Health and Social Development Ntombi Mekgwe officially opened the Emergency and Accident Unit.Renovations of the unit included increasing the number of beds from 15 to 32.All beds have diagnostic and monitoring equipment and, owing to the size of the resuscitation area, a central monitoring station has been installed to alert staff if any patient is in distress.The reception area has also been restructured and refurbished. Because of the large volumes of people and patients using the hospital, it was vital to rearrange this section so that patients can be attended to efficiently, and sit in a comfortable environment while they wait for care.Leratong Hospital mainly serves previously disadvantaged communities and has a bed capacity of 800. However, a lack of equipment means that not all beds are utilised. Currently 755 beds are in use.The hospital serves mainly poor to middle-class communities in the surrounding area, which is densely populated with informal settlements.Its key health challenges are HIV/Aids, tuberculosis and trauma, with violence off all kinds being a major contributing factor to the latter situation.Leratong Hospital is known amongst emergency services personnel for its lack of sufficient equipment.last_img read more

Taking Action on Climate Change

first_imgAlex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. In 2012 he founded the Resilient Design Institute. To keep up with Alex’s latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed. Peak oil?I used to hope that the costs of extracting dwindling reserves of oil, gas, and coal would increase to the point that dramatic reductions in consumption would result. I read the articles about “peak oil” (the idea that once the peak in world oil production was reached there would be inexorable declines in production, accompanied by large increases in cost) and hoped that this could be the driver of significant reductions in fossil fuel use. RELATED ARTICLES Earth Day 2014 and Climate ChangeHalf of All Americans Worry About Climate ChangeGood News Bad News With Climate ChangeSeeking Common Ground on Climate Change PolicyScience, Climate Change, and Policy The Science of Global Warming Is Older Than Quantum MechanicsThe Connection Between Obesity and Climate Change Alas, even as production of conventional oil probably did peak a few years ago, advances in extraction of unconventional oil through hydraulic fracturing (fracking), deep-seabed drilling, and other technologies compensated for the reductions in easy-to-access oil, and cost increases were largely kept in check.Commodity pricing is tightly tied to supply and demand, though, and it’s still possible that we will see large increases in price drive conservation. But it’s also possible that costs will actually drop, making it very hard to turn our collective backs on the highly concentrated, carbon-rich fuels. Suddenly waking up to the reality of climate change?I have also long held out hope that science would be able to convince the public and policymakers that our current trajectory is leading us to catastrophe. The following metaphor helps explain where we are.Imagine that your doctor tells you that you have cancer. Not satisfied with that single opinion, you visit 100 doctors for their prognoses, and 98 of them tell you that even though your symptoms may not be that obvious, you have cancer and need to take immediate action to cure it. The other two doctors tell you that the little bump is nothing and you shouldn’t worry about it. Most of us would take action based on advice the 98 doctors and not the two with contradictory advice.That’s where we are with climate change science today. Ninety-eight percent of climate scientists are telling us that our emissions of greenhouse gases are leading us inexorably to a hotter climate, melting glaciers, sea level rise, more intense storms, and a host of other effects. But a lot of us — and especially our policy makers in Washington — are listening to that 2% of climate scientists who say “don’t worry about it; go on with business as usual.”Much of the blame for the societal doubt about climate change has to do with journalists — my own profession. In a presentation in Putney, Vermont, last week, outdoor writer Tom Clynes, who wrote a fascinating article on climate change deniers for Popular Science magazine two years ago, explained that journalists are trained to present good information on the topic at hand, but then find an opposing points of view to present a “balanced perspective.”Journalists do this in reporting on climate change, going back to the same climate-change deniers, such as the Heartland Institute, where well-funded “experts” offer the opposing view that climate change is a farce. This perpetuates the misimpression by the public that there still is a lot of doubt about the science of climate change.So, while I will continue trying to convince the public and policy makers that climate change is real and we need to do something about it, I am increasingly doubtful that we will take significant action as long as the effects are mostly future predictions and not in our faces.center_img A focus on resilienceI wish that we as a society were more willing to base decisions on science, and I hope that if it takes more compelling evidence to convince policy makers to finally take real action on climate change that those wake-up calls won’t be too tragic in their outcomes.As we wait to find out, I’m going to continue to focus on resilience as a driver of action. Next week I’ll remind readers that argument. Seeing and feeling climate changeThis brings me to the scenario that I think will most likely — finally — result in real action: a series of events that even the most skeptical climate-change denier cannot ignore. In the cancer analogy above, this would be the point at which the cancer metastasizes and multiple tumors appear on multiple organs in such a visible way that even those last two doctors who told you not to worry will now tell you that action is needed — though they might well say that it’s too late (sorry about that).So, what would those climate-change events look like? How obvious would they have to be to finally convince the naysayers and create public demand for real action?Will it be the next Hurricane Sandy, which this time hits New York and Boston with full Category-4 or Category-5 force and a commensurate storm surge? Will it be a drought in the West so severe that power plants have to shut down for lack of cooling water and the flow of food from California stops? Will it be three feet of sea level rise and an abandonment of Miami and New Orleans? In my previous blog I described the international effort to understand climate change. The United Nations’ IPCC is leading the charge, and efforts like the Kyoto Treaty have grown out of that background work. But are we getting closer to solving the problem?The vast majority of climate scientists are telling us that we’re careening headlong into the unknown world of a rapidly warming climate, and they offer policy recommendations for addressing that. Except for a few progressive countries that have taken to heart the need to slow carbon emissions — countries like Denmark, the United Kingdom, and Sweden — there is little sign that the rest of the world is even paying attention, let alone embarking on a path that will dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions.What will it take for the rest of the world to get on board?last_img read more

The Internet Of Wild Things: Introducing The First Smart Vibrator

first_img12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Related Posts lauren orsini 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutcenter_img Before Vibease, the world’s first smart vibrator had been on crowd-funding site Indiegogo for 24 hours, it had already earned double its $15,000 funding goal. But to spokesperson Hermione Way, it’s no surprise. As a woman in a long distance relationship (she’s in San Francisco, he’s in London), she can’t wait to use it herself. “It’s Skype sex 2.0,” she said. “You can actually have a physical long distance relationship with this.”Remote control vibrators do already exist. But it’s hard to find one with a wireless range further than 30 inches away (that would be the upscale Lelo Lyla). They’ve got nothing on Vibease, which can be controlled from a smartphone anywhere in the world, provided the vibrator is no more than ten feet from the user’s own smartphone. Thanks to the Vibease’s bluetooth properties, it’s actually being marketed on two points. There’s the long distance vibration, of course, but also the ability for women to sync up the toy for solo play with audiobooks on their smart phones. Audiobooks with names like 50 Shades of Rose, just so there’s no confusion as to what they’re about. Way said the toy will switch up its vibration depending on how juicy the book is getting. “They did a lot of research into the female orgasm, and found out that women are far more likely to fantasize,” said Way. “Men are more visual creatures. And so the audio is far more important to women for getting excited.”Way chose to represent Vibease as a spokesperson after meeting with the company’s founder, Dema Tio. She said she gets asked to promote a lot of products, but it’s clear to see why this one’s unique. And as you might expect from Way’s party girl reputation, she certainly had no qualms about tying her name to a sex toy.A native Singaporean who travels for work, founder Tio longed for a toy he could use with his wife over long distances. His wife helped him design Vibease.But along the way, Tio has faced a unique problem that could only endanger a sex toy that is connected to the Internet of Things. Just like hackers who would hijack smart homes, there are those who dream to hack this smart vibrator. “Lots of people are emailing me and joking about what they’d do if they hacked the device,” said Way. “We believe this device is not hackable. But even if somebody managed to get in, the worst consequence would be lots of women having orgasms in unusual places.”Way said the beta will be limited to the technology already listed, but the possibilities associated with a sex toy connected to the Internet of Things are endless. Will they ever release the source code, so users can program their own erotic audiobooks? And just imagine what programmers could do with an API! Watch the video to learn more about what’s on the horizon for Vibease: Tags:#Internet of Things#Vibease 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Applast_img read more

FCPX Video Tutorial: Exporting Still Frames

first_imgImage Courtesy of Larry JordanAlthough Apple and Adobe don’t have a ‘loving’ relationship with each other, it’s great to know that you can export Photoshop formats out of FCPX. Along with PSD’s you can also export many common image file types including TIFF, PNG, JPEG, IFF, and DPX.This video was first shared by the awesome guys out at MacBreak Studio. You can check out all 200+ FCP tutorials on the Pixel Corps YouTube channel. Thanks for sharing guys!Know of any better ways to export still frames? Share in the comments below. In this video tutorial by MacBreak Studio, Steve and Mark show us how to export still frames in FCPX.One of the most used features in any non-linear editing platform is the ability to export a still frame. But instead of simply hitting command+shift+4 and drawing a box around your viewer, FCPX has a few built in options to help make the whole process a lot easier. In the following video by MacBreak Studio, Steve and Mark show us how to export still frames in FCPX. The video covers:Restoring DestinationAdding Still Image DestinationsRenaming ImagesSaving different files typesLarlast_img read more

Pro-quota agitation turns hostile, Marathwada restive

first_imgRoad traffic was disrupted, schools remained shut in some cities, while Internet services were suspended in Pune district during the state-wide bandh called on Thursday by Maratha outfits in support of their demand for reservation. Despite coordinators of the Maratha Kranti Morcha exhorting demonstrators to adhere to a ‘code of conduct’, there were reports of violence in parts of Pune and in the Marathwada region.A mob vandalised a section of the Pune District Collectorate while traffic along the Mumbai-Pune expressway was held up for several hours during the day as protesters staged demonstrations at the Urse toll plaza.The police also resorted to lathi-charge and lobbed tear gas shells to disperse a mob of nearly 1,000 in the city’s Chandni Chowk area, after they had blocked the Katraj-Dehu Road bypass for several hours, leading to snarls along the Pune-Bengaluru highway.“An aggressive mob of youngsters, aged 18-25 years, stormed the Collectorate premises demanding immediate reservation. Till then, the sit-in agitation [held by the Sakal Maratha Samaj] outside the building had ended without incident,” said Pune District Collector Naval Kishore Ram.The mob reportedly attempted to prevent television media personnel trying to cover the incident.Shantaram Kunjir, one of the Morcha coordinators in Pune, said those who vandalised the security cabin of the Collectorate were not part of their demonstration.In Aurangabad’s Waluj MIDC area, mobs torched a couple of private vehicles and a police van, compelling security personnel to resort to lathi-charge and lob tear-gas shells in the air. In Latur, stones were pelted on the car of Congress legislator Trimbak Bhise. He was also, jeered at and shoved about till he was compelled to beat a hasty retreat.Buses damaged Incidents of stone pelting on State Transport buses were reported from Nashik. According to authorities, the windows of some private vehicles were smashed after a sit-in agitation at Nashik’s Dongre Vasti Gruh Maidan suddenly turned violent. An irate mob heckled and shoved former legislator Manikrao Kokate when heattempted to join the agitation.In Hingoli district, there were reports of a mob torching a mini-school bus, while agitators, along with their livestock, staged roadblocks in some areas in Parbhani district.Schools, colleges shut Along with Pune and Ahmednagar districts, schools, colleges, varsities remained shut in a number of districts in the Marathwada region including Aurangabad, Jalna, Nanded and Beed.As a prudential measure, district authorities suspended internet services in seven taluks in Pune including Baramati, Shirur, Junnar and Daund for the better part of the day. Likewise, there was a clampdown on internet services in Sangli, Solapur and Kolhapur districts in western Maharashtra as well.In Chakan MIDC, which witnessed a bout of violence last week, drones were deployed to as a precautionary measure. Most IT companies in the Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park in Pune’s Hinjewadi area remained closed.Pro-quota agitators staged a sit-in outside the Baramati residence of Maratha strongman and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief, Sharad Pawar. NCP leader Ajit Pawar later joined the demonstration and raised pro-reservation slogans.The Mumbai-Pune expressway witnessed markedly reduced vehicular movement while the traffic all but came to a standstill along the Pune-Ahmednagar road.Roadblocks were also erected at a number of points in Malegaon in Nashik district.last_img read more

Drug peddlers hand in glove with police: HC

first_imgA report by the Meghalaya High Court has suggested that illicit drugs were openly being sold in Shillong, as the peddlers connive with the State police. It also stated that students of prominent schools and colleges in the city were involved in the trade, some as traffickers and others as consumers.The HC had taken up the case based on a PIL filed by Meghalaya State Commission for Protection of Child Rights chairperson Meena Kharkongor. Some of the schoolchildren, as young as 11 or 12, get involved in the trade, said the report, which has not been made public. “Police are not taking any action and they are in hand in hand with the peddlers,” it said.last_img read more

Talker of the Town

first_imgNew Sports Minister Ajay Maken is in danger of contracting foot-in-mouth disease.The day Maken assumed charge, he got a mouthful from BJP’s Shahnawaz Hussain after he claimed the latter made it to the NDA Cabinet only because he was a Muslim.The next day, Maken claimed that all pending Commonwealth Games payments would be cleared within 10 days, without realising most of the payments were locked up in legal battles in various courts.last_img