Baramita Health CentreBaramita is a small village located in the Barima-Waini region some 20 miles west of Matthews Ridge. It is one of the most populated Amerindian settlements in Guyana, but it is being plagued by a number of issues.Among those issues is that residents are not afforded the chance to receive proper medical treatment, and according to young Dr Narash Torres, he feels he is being victimised for demanding better for the residents.Dr Narash TorresThree days ago, Dr Torres took to social media and posted about the struggles residents of Baramita are facing to access proper health care. He appealed for something to be done to alleviate the residents’ situation.According to him, since the post, an official of the Public Health Ministry has written him, threatening his dismissal or suspension following the incident.The Carib tribe predominantly occupies the village. The community is said to have some 23 settlements, with approximately 3,000 persons living there.According to a study titled ‘Impact of Mining: Survival Strategies for Interior Communities in Guyana’ conducted by the Guyana Human Rights Association, Baramita has a lot of social ills, and very little is being done to address them. The study indicated that girls as young as 14 were being raped, forcing them to adopt measures to protect themselves.Dr Torres said he met that exact situation when he was transferred to the Baramita Health Post about a month ago. He explained that after completing his studies in Cuba in 2016, he returned home and did his two-year internship at the Suddie Public Hospital on the Essequibo Coast, after which he was transferred to Baramita to complete his one-year hinterland stint. “I haven’t been there for a month, and seeing the inhumane situation that the people have to face on a day-to-day basis, it was heartbreaking and it was getting to me. I was depressed and stressed out, and I sought help from the authorities in the region. I realised that nothing was being done. I realised that I needed to do way more, and let the people know what was going on, even if it meant putting my career at risk. I was willing to do it for the people of Baramita,” Dr Torres said.Dr Torres told Guyana Times he requested help from the regional authorities, but to no avail. He said that because Baramita does not have a Health Centre, whenever they request certain emergency medication, it would not be delivered. He began to question his assignment, since the tools he required to execute his functions were not available.“So my question has always been, why send doctors there? There is no need for medical doctors there, and you are sending me there to basically waste my time? So that is where it basically started. And after I reached out to the people of Baramita and I noticed that it was indeed a sad situation and I needed to act fast, I did that through the relevant authorities, and I was well aware of what should be done. I contacted the relevant authorities through the doctor in charge, but (there was) no response,” he explained.The Rupununi native said he requested that the authorities have the ATV fixed, so that the medical team could visit the residents, rather than having the residents walk for hours to receive care.“You find people walking all day for 5-6 hours to get to the health centre. One-year-olds, 6-month-old babies with severe anaemia, malaria, high fever and crashing. That is what it is like in here, and we don’t have the resources to provide the care to the people,” he noted.ResponseThe Public Health Ministry, via the Regional Health Officer and the Director of Regional and Clinical Services, allegedly never acknowledged or responded to Dr Torres’ request for assistance, but when his plea went viral and the local media began asking questions, he was reportedly threatened with dismissal.This newspaper was told Director of Regional and Clinical Services, Dr Kay Shako, wrote to RHO Dr Cerdel Mc Watt demanding answers as to who gave Dr Torres permission to speak with the media.In response, Dr Mc Watt allegedly threatened to have Dr Torres suspended, and he has since been informed that his services would be put on hold despite him still being in Baramita.“I was asked to submit a written report of what triggered me to put something like that in the media. After I submitted it, it would be taken to PS and the relevant authorities to discuss and then determine my fate,” Dr Torres related.However, he said, he would not buckle under any form of pressure, since what he had done was the humane thing. This publication’s attempt to contract the Public Health Ministers – Senior Minister Volda Lawrence and Junior Minister Karren Cummings – were futile.Additionally, the regional health authorities directed all questions to the MOPH.
0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sheffield United promoted to the Premier League. Photo/COURTESY LONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 28 – Sheffield United’s promotion to the Premier League was confirmed on Sunday after Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa allowed Aston Villa to score in a remarkable 1-1 draw at Elland Road.Leeds fell five points behind The Blades with just one game remaining after the hosts stood aside to let Albert Adomah run from kick-off and equalise after Leeds took the lead through Mateusz Klich, while Villa’s Jonathan Kodjia was down injured.
The operation also included traffic units from the Lancaster and Palmdale stations and the California Highway Patrol conducting a traffic enforcement operation on roads surrounding the campus from 6 to 10 a.m. A team of sheriff’s deputies from Palmdale’s Partner Against Crime unit patrolled other campuses in the district, and a Crime Impact Team from Los Angeles patrolled around Quartz Hill High. “You hate to put all the forces here and something happens someplace else,” Brown said. A command post staffed by deputies and district administrators was set up next to the football field on Avenue L. Two boys, ages 16 and 17, were arrested in December and have denied charges in Juvenile Court – the equivalent of entering not guilty pleas in adult court – in connection with the alleged plot. The boys, who sheriff’s deputies said dressed in the Goth style, characterized by black clothing and nail polish, said they felt ostracized at Quartz Hill High and wanted to get revenge. A third boy, a 16-year-old student at Quartz Hill, was taken into custody about two weeks ago and charged in connection with the plot. Prosecutors said he made threats to two students during a Jan. 28 telephone call that he wanted to carry out the other two boys’ alleged plot. All three remained in custody. Their names have not been released because of their ages. Rumors of a planned attack at Quartz Hill on Jan. 13, which also was Friday the 13th, scared hundreds of students away from school that day. There were no incidents reported then. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want 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 MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “It’s business as usual. I’m sorry to see attendance is down,” sheriff’s Sgt. Darrel Brown said. “I saw kids coming this morning with Valentine’s presents and stuffed animals.” Student Shannon Smith noticed the enhanced security presence on campus. “I don’t think anything will happen. I think it’s scary but I think it will be OK,” the junior said. Three bomb-sniffing dogs from the sheriff’s bomb squad combed the campus at 5 a.m., even checking the roofs of the buildings. Nothing unusual was found, Brown said. The dogs returned to the school about 8:30 a.m. after students had gone to class and checked cars in the parking lots for explosive devices or ammunition. QUARTZ HILL – Attendance was down 30 percent to 40 percent Tuesday at Quartz Hill High School, the day two former students, now locked up in Juvenile Hall, threatened to carry out a Columbine-style attack on the campus. No incidents were reported at the school, where extra sheriff’s deputies patrolled in and around the campus and three bomb-sniffing dogs checked out the campus before classes began and inspected parked cars during school. “I think the bottom line for all of this protection is we hope the community realizes the Sheriff’s Department and the high school district work very closely together to ensure the safety for our students. We are trying to be proactive,” school board President Donita Winn said. “It definitely shows how much we care for our kids.” The extra patrols were part of a comprehensive multi-phase plan developed by deputies and Antelope Valley Union High School District officials to respond to different scenarios.
Fr Rosbotham todayA CATHOLIC priest from Donegal and now based in Mayo is suing his former lover – an ex-Franciscan monk – over the rights to a house they once shared in Co Donegal.Fr Gabriel Rosbotham, now serving as a curate in Ballina, gave evidence at Donegal Town Circuit Court where he is seeking half ownership of Rose Cottage in Letterbarrow, outside Mountcharles. He is suing ex-monk Hugo Crawford, a native of Lifford, who still lives in the house.The couple fell out at Christmas 2002 and a lengthy legal battle has continued since.In court today Mr Crawford said the two were in a sexual relationship.He had left the Franciscans, giving up his vow of poverty, and bought the house for 23,500 punts in 1994.Fr Rosbotham, in his evidence, said he had paid towards the mortgage and the upkeep of the house.When he left the Franciscans in 1997 to become a Diocesan priest in Ballina he would travel to stay with Mr Crawford “once or twice a week”.He had visited more often when he had been a Franciscan in Rossnowlagh.However Fr Rosbotham said their relationship ended because of what he claimed was “interference” from Mr Crawford’s family.His lawyer Peter Nolan said his name couldn’t be added to the title deeds of the house in 1994 because of his then vow of poverty.Mr Nolan produced letters written in 2000 in which Mr Crawford had said to the bank that he wished for Fr Rosbotham’s name to be added to the mortgage.Two years later, in early 2002, the couple had fallen out and they had, alleged the priest, agreed to sell the house and split the money.But by the end of the year he had left.Legal action began over ownership of the cottage in 2004.During today’s hearing in Donegal Town Fr Rosbotham produced copies of cheques paid out for groceries, mortgage payments and the upkeep of the house.Asked by Mr Nolan if the two were in a relationship, Fr Rosbotham confirmed that they were at the time.Mr Crawford had earlier said the two were “in a sexual relationship.”James O’Donnell for Mr Crawford said that Mr Rosbotham had contributed just €1,700 towards the house over the time from 1994 until 2002. This is disputed by the priest.Explaining the split, Fr Rosbotham said he’d had enough of constant interfering by Mr Crawford’s family who were from Lifford.“They were always turning up whenever they wanted,” he said.On December 26, 2002, he left.Asked what communication he’d had with Mr Crawford since, the priest replied: “He called me four times; each time asking me to come back.”Judge Keenan Johnson said he would rule on the case later.PRIEST SUES FORMER LOVER OVER RIGHTS TO DONEGAL COTTAGE was last modified: October 16th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Father Gabriel RosbothamhouseHugo CrawfordLetterbarrowpartnersrow
Glenties man Paul Dawson is set to travel to India later this year to receive treatment that will stop his secondary progressive Multiple Sclerosis in its tracks.Paul will be hosting a dinner dance, with some incredible auction lots (including Jim McGuinness’ Celtic kit, a trip to a Celtic game for two, and a huge beauty hamper), on the 29th of July at 7:30pm at the Nesbitt Arms Hotel in Ardara.This dinner dance will help Paul and his wife Julie fundraise the last €3,000 of the total €32,000 needed to make the trip East for the life-changing treatment. This is Paul’s Donegal…(1) What is your favourite place in Donegal and why?The town of Glenties, when I’m in the town of Glenties I feel relaxed, happy, and very much at home. (2) If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?I would get rid of all the midges and send them to the moon!(3) Who is the one person in Donegal that you look up to and why?Frank Larkin for his unswerving attitude of fighting for the rights of the disabled in the county.(4) Daniel O’Donnell or Packie Bonner?Daniel O’Donnell.(5) What has been Donegal’s proudest moment in recent years?Winning The Sam McGuire Cup with Jim McGuinness’ wonderful team.(6) What was Donegal’s saddest moment?Everytime some young person dies on our roads I consider it the saddest moment until the next.(7) What is your favourite Donegal-made product?Silkie Donegal Irish whiskey.(8) Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why?Jim McGuinness, who is now playing his trade in China, also I can be on the phone to my Sky Service Provider in another country and as soon as I mention Glenties, Donegal they ask do I know Jim McGuinness. (9) Who is Donegal’s most successful businessperson in your opinion?David Harvey, Ontario Canada who has invested greatly in the West Donegal area and helped regenerate the heart of the community in many ways.(10) Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?Shay Given.(11) What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?Kennedy’s Glenties, I really love sitting down with my family to their tapas selection in a wonderful chilled atmosphere.(12) Donegal’s golden eagles or basking sharks?Golden eagles. (13) What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?“Acting the maggot”, reminds me of fond memories of my school days in Donegal.(14) What is the biggest challenge facing the people of Donegal today?Brexit and its implications on the business community and the wider Donegal area.(15) What is your favourite Donegal food?Filligan’s jam, great on a slice of warm toast.(16) Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?Malicious gossip but thankfully I haven’t come across it too often myself.(17) Do you have a favourite local band? Red Alert, a young up-and-coming band for the future.(18) What is your favourite journey in Donegal?Travelling around the glen of Glenties, I find it beautiful, relaxing and it makes me smile.(19) If you had a million euro to spend improving something in Donegal what would it be?Infrastructure to cut down travel times and improve quality of life for rural communities.(20) Is there anything about Donegal that you are very proud of?I’m very proud of the fact that when our families visit they feel as at home as we do and people in the area make them feel welcome and are just so friendly.Tickets to Paul’s fundraising dinner dance are just €50 and include a drinks reception and a mouth water five course meal and raffle! Keltic Kaos will be playing music on the night, and a silent auction will also be hosted. You can purchase tickets from The Nesbitt Arms Hotel or from Julie on 086 0744489.To learn more about Paul and the dinner dance you can click here.To keep up to date with Paul you can follow his Facebook page, Paul Dawson MS Fundraising.My Donegal… with Paul Dawson was last modified: July 6th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:MSMY DONEGALpaul dawson
Where do I start?If you are looking for some guideposts to better understand green building concepts, start with these two articles:For information on building a new green home, see Green Building for Beginners.For information on improving an existing home, see Energy Upgrades for Beginners. Questions and answersThe best place to ask questions is on GBA’s Q&A page. You have to register at the GBA site before you can post a question, but registering is easy and free. In most cases, an editor or one of GBA’s readers will answer a question in less than 24 hours.About half of all questions from GBA readers amount to variations of just three questions: How do I install rigid foam insulation on the outside of my walls? How do I insulate my cathedral ceiling? How do I insulate my basement walls?For answers to these three recurring questions, the best place to start is to read these popular articles:How to Install Rigid Foam SheathingHow to Build an Insulated Cathedral CeilingHow to Insulate a Basement Wall More navigational pointersHere are a few more tips:Access to blogs is free. Here is the link to the access page for GBA blogs: Recent blogs. The page displays the 10 most recent blogs; at the bottom of the page are arrows that can be used to open previous pages. Using these arrows, you can access all 1,625 published blogs.At the right-hand side of the “Recent blogs” page is a box with the heading, “Our Blogs.” Each of the sub-sections under that heading is a link to a page that lists blogs by categories. Click one of those links to access (for example) Musings of an Energy Nerd blogs, or Green Building Curmidgeon blogs, or Building Science blogs.Most blogs have a box on the left-hand side of the page called “Related Articles.” Selected by editors, the articles in these boxes provide additional in-depth information on the topic covered in the blog.GBA has a wealth of “members only” content that is reserved for GBA Pro subscribers. If you like what you’ve been reading for free, consider joining GBA Pro. Where are the podcasts?A reader recently posted a question: “How can I find GBA podcasts?”GBA’s premier podcasters are Chris Briley and Phil Kaplan, hosts of the Green Architects’ Lounge. Visit that link to discover 37 of Chris and Phil’s podcasts.Here are links to podcasts by Joe Lstiburek:The Perfect Wall, Roof, and Slab Rain Control in Energy Efficient Buildings Insulation Retrofits on Old Masonry Buildings Understanding Indoor Air Quality (Part 1) Understanding Indoor Air Quality (Part 2)Air Barrier or Vapor Barrier?Efflorescence = Water DamageHere are links to podcasts by John Straube:How Air Affects a House (Part 1)How Air Affects a House (Part 2)Why Does Green Building Matter? (Part 1) Why Does Green Building Matter? (Part 2)How Heat Moves Through HomesThe History Of Insulation Which blogs attracted the most comments?Some GBA blogs have attracted an unusual number of comments. If you’re interested in reading these “Comment Champions,” here is the list:309 comments have been posted on It’s OK to Skimp On Insulation, Icynene Says151 comments have been posted on Makeup Air for Range Hoods148 comments have been posted on Radiant Barriers: A Solution in Search of a Problem136 comments have been posted on How to Build an Insulated Cathedral Ceiling129 comments have been posted on Solar Thermal is Dead117 comments have been posted on How to Insulate a Basement Wall116 comments have been posted on All About Radiant Floors115 comments have been posted on Are Passivhaus Requirements Logical or Arbitrary?109 comments have been posted on ‘Walls Need to Breathe’ and 9 Other Green Building Myths Now that the Green Building Advisor website is more than five years old, it has over 36,000 web pages. That’s a lot of pages. It’s no surprise that it can take a while to find what you are looking for in GBA’s massive archives.If you are a relative newcomer to GBA, welcome! Here are a few pointers to help you find your way around GBA. Where are the videos?There are links to most of our videos on GBA’s video landing page. Note that this page includes links only to the first video in any multi-part video series.Links to other videos can be found in the index to the GBA Encyclopedia. Hours of readingBy clicking the various tabs and links on the GBA site, you’ll discover dozens of GBA articles. If you’re looking for a specific topic, you can always use the GBA search box.
U.S. would forgive eagle deathsThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is once again proposing 30-year permits to wind farms that would allow the deaths of thousands of golden and bald eagles each year without imposing penalties on wind developers, Reuters reports.A federal judge last year struck down a similar proposal for extending current five-year permits because it didn’t do enough to assess the impact on eagle populations, which are federally protected. In its revised plan, wildlife regulators said the number of bald eagles is going up even as many sectors of the energy industry, including wind, are expanding.The agency believes the country’s golden eagle population, now at an estimated 40,000, would not be threatened by the loss of about 2,000 birds a year. Bald eagles, now numbering about 143,000, could lose as many as 4,200 birds per year without threatening the population as a whole.Wind developers have been asking for long-term permits. This new plan is open for public comment through July 5.Wind farms rather than government regulators would be responsible for keeping track of the “incidental take” of eagles from collisions with turbines and electrical transmission lines, a provision the American Bird Conservancy objected to. Vertical wind turbines get another lookWind turbines that spin on a vertical axis have a long history but are derided by most experts as underperforming also-rans, far less efficient than the larger horizontal-axis turbines put to work in utility-scale wind farms.Research by John Dabiri, an engineering professor at Stanford University, suggests they can be deployed in ways that make them much more productive. In an article at Forbes, Dabiri says clusters of 10-meter tall vertical-axis turbines can be arranged to take advantage of the air turbulence they create, and can outperform conventional wind farms. And when vertical-axis turbines are placed in wind farms of horizontal turbines, overall production goes up.According to the article, Dabiri takes a lesson from schools of fish. Swimming in schools, fish benefit from turbulence in the water, so much so that even a dead fish is carried along by the rest of the group. Wind farm operators have used this principle to get the most out of conventional turbines, and Dabiri says that placing small vertical-axis turbines in the spaces between the larger turbines reduces turbulence and improves the farm’s efficiency. Less turbulence also increases the life span of horizontal-axis turbines.In a study published in Wind Energy, researchers simulated the addition of small, vertical-axis turbines in a field of conventional horizontal-axis turbines and found the farm would be able to produce as much as 32% more electricity, with the power output of the large turbines increasing by 10%, Forbes said.“Of all the companies that are out there operating these, there have been no reported bird or bat strikes,” Dabiri said. “This is for two reasons: one, of course, they’re closer to the ground so they’re not going to be necessarily in the flight corridor. But they also have this rotation around a vertical axis which has a very different visual signature than the very fast moving blades of a conventional wind turbine.”Dabiri says the simpler vertical-axis turbines, with many fewer moving parts, should last longer and have lower operating costs. But he was quick to add savings haven’t been proven in the field, and startup companies making vertical-axis machines are still working out the bugs in their designs.“There are a couple of companies that are close to having something that I would recommend to my parents to buy—that’s the metric that I use—but they’re not quite there yet,” he told Forbes. “So there is still work to be done in terms of the reliability required, especially when you’re making so many of them.” Maine solar farm would be state’s largestDevelopers have proposed a solar farm in Sanford, Maine, that would be the state’s largest and one of the biggest in New England. The Portland Press Herald reports the installation on 226 acres of vacant land at the Sanford Municipal Airport would include 176,000 solar panels and have a rated capacity of 50 megawatts. On a unanimous vote, the Sanford City Council earlier this week endorsed the project and authorized the city manager to sign a lease with Ranger Solar, the Yarmouth, Maine, developer.Ranger plans to start construction in 2018, but still needs state approval, as well as an endorsement from ISO New England allowing it to connect the panels to the grid.The biggest solar installation in the state now is a 1.2 MW solar farm on a former Navy air base in Brunswick owned by Bowdoin College. The facility in Sanford would produce enough electricity to power 8,000 homes, The Press Herald said.Developers plan to build a new transmission line from the airport to an existing substation nearby and sell the electricity through private purchase agreements, the paper said. After construction starts, Ranger will begin paying the city $158,200 per year in rent.The deal has been under discussion for about three years.The announcement comes just a week after the Maine Legislature fell a few votes short of overriding a gubernatorial veto of a solar bill that would have significantly expanded the state’s installed solar capacity.Solar installers, environmentalists, and the state’s investor-owned utilities supported the plan, which would have replaced the current net-metering plan with a novel market-based reimbursement system. But Governor Paul LePage, a Republican, vetoed the bill on the grounds it would increase costs for Mainers who did not own solar panels. New York to get 241-unit Passivhaus projectOfficials in New York City have selected the development team for a 300,000-square-foot mixed use apartment building that would be the city’s largest Passivhaus structure.This 241-unit apartment building would be the largest Passivhaus structure in New York City.The 24-story building, designed by Dattner Architects, will include 241 affordable and moderate-income apartments. On the lower level, it also will include a charter school for children, a grocery store, a medical clinic, and community and cultural spaces, according to a statement from Dattner.The project, called 425 Grand Concourse, will be built on the site of a public school in the Bronx’s Mott Haven neighborhood and financed by Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 10-year housing plan.It wasn’t clear when construction would start, or whether developers would seek certification from the Passive House Institute U.S. or the German-based Passivhaus Institut, which use different certification requirements. The cost of the project wasn’t announced.Apartments will go to tenants who earn between 60% and 100% of the area’s median income, $46,613 to $63,700 for a family of three, according to a post at Politico New York. The building will sit on a 30,000-square-foot city-owned lot.According to an article posted at Affordable Housing Finance, the project would be the largest Passivhaus structure in the city, although apparently not the tallest. Last year, work started on a 26-story, 270,000-square-foot Passivhaus apartment building on Roosevelt Island, which is between Manhattan and Queens.That project is part of a new 12-acre Cornell Tech campus and is due for completion next year.
By Carol ChurchIn part 1 of this series, we reviewed the basics of credit scores, In part 2, we went over the “do’s” of increasing a credit score: what consumers should do if they want to increase their score! In this final section, we’ll go over the “don’ts” of increasing a credit score..that is, what you definitely should NOT do if you want to keep your credit score healthy.DON’T randomly apply for lots of credit cards as a habit, or apply for new lines of credit before applying for a loanPeople sometimes get the idea that they should open new credit cards right before applying for a loan in order to give the impression that they already have many established lines of credit and/or to increase their overall available credit. Creditors can see the dates you got these cards, though, and all those recent acquisitions may actually make them very nervous.Similarly, applying for store credit cards willy-nilly simply to get discounts or savings is never a good plan.DON’T shuffle debt around and think it will helpPeople sometimes pay off one card and move the debt to another in the hopes that having a “clean” card will impress creditors. It doesn’t work that way—it’s much better to actually reduce the debt. However, it may be convenient to consolidate balances into a card with a lower rate. This is okay.DON’T close unused cardsUnused cards aren’t going to count against you. In fact, they help you–they’re part of your established credit history (see “hold onto accounts” above). What’s more, closing cards makes the amount of credit “available” to you decrease, which doesn’t look good. If having an unused card around is a temptation, stash it in a drawer somewhere or ask someone else to put it away.DON’T max out your cardsLiving on Credit Cards by Images MoneyYikes! This is a risky habit. For the sake of your own sanity, as well as your credit report’s good health, stay well under your credit limits. You really shouldn’t go anywhere close to it.Many people think it somehow impresses creditors more if you carry a small balance on your credit cards (while still paying the bill on time). This common myth just puts money in the credit card companies’ pockets. Don’t bother.It may sometimes feel a bit frustrating, unfair, or arbitrary to have so many important financial and life consequences tied to this 3-digit number, which in its turn may be tied to decisions made years in the past. However, with time, patience, and attention to detail, even rock-bottom credit scores can be turned around. For more on credit scores, refer to the references below.References:MyFICO. (n.d.) How to repair my credit and improve my FICO Scores. Retrieved from http://www.myfico.com/credit-education/improve-your-credit-score/Dratch, D. (n.d.) 7 ways to improve your credit score. Retrieved from http://www.bankrate.com/finance/debt/7-simple-ways-improve-credit-score-1.aspxWarnick, M. (n.d.) Uncle Sam wants you…unless your credit stinks. Retrieved from http://www.creditcards.com/credit-card-news/military-recruiting-credit-checks-1270.phpExperian. (n.d.) What is a good credit score? Retrieved from http://www.experian.com/blogs/ask-experian/credit-education/score-basics/what-is-a-good-credit-score/USA.gov. (2014). Credit reports and scores. Retrieved from https://www.usa.gov/credit-reports
The Centre has released ₹7.69 crore each as an incentive to 10 States, under the scheme of modernisation of police force in the last fiscal.A Home Ministry official said the amount has been given for the States that have succeeded in implementing police reforms such as filling up of vacancies, use of technology in tackling crime and welfare of police personnel.The following States were found eligible for the incentive: Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Punjab, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh, the official said.Police reforms have been on the agenda of the successive governments since Independence. However, progress in this area has been slow which led to giving incentives to the States which perform better.The 10 States that were rewarded have shown a tremendous progress in fulfilling vacant posts, use of emerging mobile and IT applications, GIS-based computer-aided dispatch, online complaints system and electronic record keeping among others.The other areas where the States showed progress include procurement of modern weapons, equipment, vehicles, CCTV surveillance, data centres, command and control centres.Welfare measures such as provision of housing and medical facilities for police personnel and rest-room facilities for women personnel in police stations have also been taken into account while choosing the State for the incentive, another official said.Meanwhile, the budget allocation for financial year 2018-19 was ₹769 crore for sub-scheme of Assistance to States for Modernisation of Police against which ₹768.83 crore (almost 100%) has been released.The entire allocation of ₹100 crore for Assistance to the State government for Special Projects/ Programmes for upgrading police infrastructure has also been released by the Home Ministry, the official said.
Ebola fears are interfering with the world’s premier scientific meeting on tropical diseases. Today, Louisiana state health officials asked anyone who has traveled to Liberia, Sierra Leone, or Guinea in the past 21 days, or has treated Ebola patients elsewhere, to stay away from the annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH), which begins on Sunday in New Orleans.ASTMH doesn’t know exactly how many scientists will be affected, but there are several, says incoming president Christopher Plowe, including representatives from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “They are quite disappointed,” says Plowe, a malaria researcher at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. ASTMH sent all meeting registrants an e-mail today containing a letter from Kathy Kliebert, secretary of Louisiana’s Department of Health and Hospitals, and Kevin Davis, director of the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, that outlines the state’s position. ASTMH referred registrants to the state’s health department for further information.”Given that conference participants with a travel and exposure history for [Ebola] are recommended not to participate in large group settings (such as this conference) or to utilize public transport, we see no utility in you traveling to New Orleans to simply be confined to your room,” the letter says.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Louisiana’s new policy goes further than guidelines from CDC; it is the latest example, after New York and New Jersey, of a state deciding to impose restrictions that many scientists say make little sense.”I’m very upset. And that’s an understatement,” says Piero Olliaro, a tropical diseases expert at WHO and a visiting professor at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, who learned this afternoon that he can’t travel to New Orleans. Olliaro returned from Guinea on 22 October, where he had been scouting for sites to do clinical trials of candidate Ebola drugs. At the ASTMH meeting, he was scheduled to co-chair a session, give two talks, and present six posters. He says he’s scrambling to find people to replace him.”This policy is fundamentally flawed and not evidence-based,” says Daniel Bausch, a researcher at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans who is the organizer of one of two specialized Ebola symposia at the meeting. “It’s very unfortunate and could potentially be counterproductive by preventing health care workers from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea from sharing their experiences and findings at one of the most important tropical disease meetings globally,” adds Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.Plowe says he made phone calls to state officials late into the night the past few days to get clarity on Louisiana’s Ebola policy in time for this year’s meeting. “The last thing we wanted was for people to travel to New Orleans only to find out that they will be quarantined for 21 days,” he says. Louisiana has the right to make its own policies, Plowe says: “That’s the way it is. We have to live with it.” But ASTMH believes the best way to protect Americans is to fight Ebola in West Africa, he adds, and keeping away health care workers who have not been involved in patient care “is not helping to accomplish this, and ultimately puts Americans at higher risk,” he says.Just how to limit the spread of Ebola in the United States has become the topic of intense political debates in the middle of an election season. According to the complicated new interim guidelines from CDC issued yesterday, people who have traveled to countries with widespread Ebola transmission but who did not come into direct contact with patients, are in the “low (but not zero) risk” category; the same is true for those who treated Ebola patients using appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) in countries that have seen just a few cases, such as the United States, Germany, or Spain. As long as they have no symptoms, such people can travel freely, and there is no reason to bar them from gatherings, CDC says.People who treated Ebola patients using protective gear in Sierra Leone, Guinea, or Liberia fall into the “some risk” category, for which “direct active monitoring” is recommended, including daily temperature measurements by health officials; in addition, local authorities “may consider additional restrictions,” CDC says. (The definitions of the various risk categories are here.)That gives state authorities considerable leeway, and some have decided to take a strict position. In their letter, Kliebert and Davis say that the state wouldn’t be able to determine the level of risk for any particular traveler; instead, it would have to rely on self-reporting. To err on the side of caution, Louisiana is asking even people who fall into CDC’s “low (but not zero) risk” category to stay away. “In Louisiana, we love to welcome visitors, but we must balance that hospitality with the protection of Louisiana residents and other visitors,” the letter says.Kliebert and Davis appear to acknowledge that the ban does not make much sense scientifically, however. “From a medical perspective, asymptomatic individuals are not at risk of exposing others,” they write. “These precautions are being taken out of an abundance of caution for the current situation, and certainly do not reflect a lack of appreciation for your service and sacrifice in efforts to treat and end the [Ebola] epidemic.”Out of an abundance of caution … I’ve come to hate that term,” Bausch says. “It means it’s not evidence-based, there’s no science to support it, but we’re going to do it anyway.”Olliaro says he didn’t treat patients in Guinea but walked around Ebola treatment units in a protective suit; this would probably put him in CDC’s “some risk” category. In the United Kingdom, by contrast, he is supposed to self-monitor, his travel isn’t restricted, and he can go to meetings.Bausch’s session at the ASTMH meeting will be a broad overview of the state of the epidemic. Bausch has repeatedly traveled to West Africa himself, but not in the past 21 days; he’s not sure if anyone in his panel has. Another session at the meeting will focus on new drugs and vaccines. ASTMH says it will reimburse conference fees for registrants who decide to cancel their trip because of Louisiana’s Ebola policy.”We do hope that you will consider a future visit to New Orleans,” Kliebert and Davis say at the end of their letter, “when we can welcome you appropriately.”*The Ebola Files: Given the current Ebola outbreak, unprecedented in terms of number of people killed and rapid geographic spread, Science and Science Translational Medicine have made a collection of research and news articles on the viral disease freely available to researchers and the general public.