Tech solutions for Tanzanian health care

first_imgA group of Harvard computer science students is working to improve Tanzanian health, applying programming skills this month to help educate health care professionals and get patients to their appointments on time.The students are part of a new fellowship program, Tech in the World, begun by a pair of junior computer science concentrators, Brandon Liu and Joshua Lee. The two traveled to Tanzania on Christmas Eve with some “founding fellows,” junior Salvatore Rinchiera and senior Christian Anderson, as well as junior Mateus Falci, a visual and environmental studies concentrator, who videographed the experience.Two weeks into their monthlong stay, the group had already completed two planned projects. The first was to create a better patient database for a partnering organization, the Association for Private Health Facilities, a network of more than 100 private health clinics. The second was to add functionality to software used by some of those clinics that allows them to better visualize data for things like the number of forms being submitted and the completeness of those forms.The trip “has far exceeded expectations, definitely,” Liu said.The group has begun work on additional projects, including a system that sends text reminders of appointments to patients. Another project overhauls educational software created by a second partner, the Bienmoyo Foundation. The association uses the software to augment in-person health care training across the country, and contains information on diabetes, AIDS, and other health conditions.“I’ve been thrilled at what they’ve done,” said Lucien Wu, executive director of Bienmoyo Foundation and a 2010 Harvard graduate. “There’s a lot of awareness among NGOs [nongovernmental organizations] that tech can be a big lever [in global health], but it’s not their area of expertise.”The group is also reaching out to local computer science students. Twice a week, two members visit the Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology (DIT) to talk about computer science-related topics with students. On Monday, Lee and Rinchiera talked to about 40 students about computer security, an experience Rinchiera said was as valuable to him as the programming work.“My perspective is that going to DIT is one of the cooler things we have going here,” Rinchiera said. “We’re trying to figure out how to extend that [relationship] after we leave.”Rinchiera, who was visiting Tanzania for the first time, said he has been both surprised and pleased with how quickly the programming work has proceeded.“This has been a very cool experience for me,” he said.The students are staying in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s largest city, about a 10-minute walk from the offices of the association, where they have been given space to work. They walk in each morning after breakfast, then split up to program, visit DIT, or travel to sites such as hospitals and health clinics to better understand how computers are used there. They reconvene over supper to talk about that day and prepare for the next. The visit is not all work, however, since trips are planned to the island of Zanzibar and to a game park, Liu said.The street outside Muzdalifah Dispensary, a small clinic near Dar es Salaam’s airport. Members of Tech in the World visited there to see how dispensary workers use existing software.The fellowship resulted from an idea Liu had last summer while serving an internship in San Francisco and sharing an apartment with Lee. After reading about the global health work of Kolokotrones University Professor Paul Farmer in Haiti, Liu began thinking about how computer scientists might help to solve global health’s daunting problems. He and Lee fleshed out the idea of a fellowship and sought funding over the fall.“I wanted to apply tech skills to global health, but wanted a team with me,” Liu said. “That’s how it developed.”Liu said that the organizers selected the projects carefully to ensure that they could be completed in the limited time available and that, once completed, the host organization would use them.Should the pilot program be successful, Liu and Lee see the Tech in the World fellows system spreading to other universities, perhaps in a chapter system. The program has been supported by several Harvard faculty members and by the Harvard Global Health Institute, which provided earlier training for the group.last_img read more

Warner smashes 126 to power Sunrisers to win over KKR

first_imgSWASHBUCKLING opener David Warner smashed a whirlwind century as Sunrisers Hyderabad notched up a comfortable 48—run win over table—toppers Kolkata Knight Riders in their IPL encounter, Sunday.Warner butchered the KKR bowlers with a 59-ball 126-run innings, studded with 10 fours and 8 sixes to power defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad to an imposing 209-3 after captain Gautam Gambhir decided to bowl.Chasing the target, KKR were reduced to 12-2 in 2.3 overs with both their openers —— Gambhir (11) and Sunil Narine (1) back to the pavillion.Robin Uthappa (53) and Manish Pandey (39) then shared a 78-run partnership off 51 balls for the 3rd wicket to keep KKR in the hunt.After their dismissal, Yusuf Pathan (12), Sheldon Jackson (16) and Colin de Grandhomme (18 not out) tried their hands but it was not enough in the end as KKR were restricted to 161-7 in stipulated 20 overs.For Sunrisers, Mohammed Siraj (2/26), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/29) and Siddharth Kaul (2/26) took two wickets each, while Rashid Khan (1/38) also contributed with one wicket.There was also a rain—interruption of 42 minutes when KKR were 52-2 in 7 overs with Uthappa and Pandey at the crease but it didn’t affect the match as no overs were lost.This was Sunrisers’ sixth win in 10 matches. They now have 13 points and are placed at the third spot in the table.For two-time champions and table-toppers KKR, it is only their third loss in 10 matches.With this win, Sunrisers also avenged their 17-run loss to KKR in their previous outing.Earlier, Warner and Shikhar Dhawan (29), who had forged a 107-run opening partnership in their last match against KXIP, produced yet another scintillating 139—run opening stand in 76 balls to set up the foundation for a huge total.Once they were back into the hut, Kane Williamson (40) blasted five fours in his 25-ball innings and alongwith Yuvraj Singh (6 not out) took Sunrisers across the 200—mark.This was the highest total in this season and also the third time that Sunrisers have scored a 200-plus total. They had scored 207—3 against Kings XI Punjab in their last match, besides scoring 207—4 against RCB early in the season.For KKR, who are sitting pretty at the top of the table, none of the bowlers could make any impression as they were taken to the cleaners by Warner.Opening the innings, Warner put KKR bowlers to the sword as he alongwith Dhawan amassed 79-0 in the Powerplay overs.Warner made his intention clear from the start by dealing in boundaries. He picked up Chris Woakes for special treatment in the 3rd over when he blasted him for a four and a couple of sixes to amass 17 runs.Yusuf Pathan then came in his firing line as he smashed two fours and a six to once again pile on 17 runs and bring up the team fifty in just 23 balls.The Australian then switch-hit Sunil Narine over short third man to score his 50 in 20 balls. He then punching him through cover for a four.He continued his rampage and brought up the team 100 in the ninth over by hammering Nathan Coulter—Nile for a maximum over midwicket in the fourth ball.Kuldeep Yadav then bled 18 runs as Warner clobbered one boundary and two sixes in the 10th over.In the 11th over, Warner picked up a couple of runs by sending Umesh Yadav to the deep midwicket area to score the third century of this season. He took just 43 balls for his hundred.In the 13th over, Dhawan (29), who was playing the second fiddle, was run out as KKR finally broke the opening partnership.It was Kuldeep Yadav, who produced a brilliant fielding where he picked up the ball and threw the stumps down at the bowler’s end after Dhawan failed to make the ground.Warner’s sensational innings came to an end in the 17th over when once again looking for a six off Woakes he was holed out by Gambhir.Kane Williamson (40) and Yuvraj Singh (6) then took Sunrisers across the 200—mark.last_img read more

FIFA could expand Women’s World Cup to 32 teams

first_imgIf approved, countries would need to find stadiums that would be able to hold the added teams and games. “We will need to act more quickly if we want to have 32 teams already in 2023,” FIFA president Gianni Infantino said, via The Associated Press. “We will discuss it as a matter of urgency and see if we can already decide to increase for 2023 in which case we should re-open the bidding process and allow everyone to have a chance to organize or maybe co-host for some of those who have been bidding already for a 24-team World Cup.” Related News While the U.S. has been a favorite to win its fourth World Cup, this year’s tournament saw stars emerge on multiple teams. “We can develop national team football only if we develop club football as well all over the world, not only in a few countries,” Infantino said. “So we need a club World Cup which can be played every year to expose clubs from all over the world and to make men’s clubs, but also women’s clubs, invest even more in women’s football.” The FIFA council, made up of 37 members, is due to vote on the 2023 host in March of next year. There are already nine countries interested in bidding including Brazil and South Africa, recent men’s World Cup hosts. Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Colombia, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea are also prospectve hosts for the next women’s tournament.The Women’s World Cup has already seen a number of expansions in its short history. The event started with 12 teams in 1991, and grew to 16 in 1999 and then 24 in 2015. Infantino has been focused on expanding both World Cup events with the men’s scheduled to increase from 32 to 48 teams in 2026.“Nothing is impossible and based on the success of this World Cup of course we have to believe bigger and to do what we should have done already probably some time ago,” Infantino said. “But now we have the evidence to do it for women’s football.”The success of the United States team has helped the growth of women’s soccer.The team’s semifinal game against England was the most watched soccer match on U.S. TV since the 2018 World Cup final with over 7 million total viewers, according to a report from Variety.  Alex Morgan blasts tea-sipping celebration critics over double standards Women’s World Cup 2019: Netherlands edges Sweden to set up final vs. U.S. Women’s World Cup 2019: Full bracket, dates, times, TV channels, results for every match The next women’s World Cup could look a lot different.FIFA will consider expanding the tournament from 24 to 32 teams and doubling the prize money. The change, however, would need quick approval from all parties since bidding is already underway for the 2023 event.last_img read more

“Grim Reaper” Lawyer Stalks Jacksonville Beachgoers

first_imgJACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. — Beachgoers this Fourth of July weekend were haunted by the morbid specter of a rather morbid sight on Jacksonville Beach.They were greeted by an attorney dressed as none other than the Grim Reaper.Daniel Uhlfelder, an attorney based in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, donned on the garb of the symbol of death as a way to spread awareness that Florida is still battling the deadly coronavirus, despite the state’s phased reopening.“I talked to some millennials in their 20s who wanted to talk about why I was doing this, why they may disagree with certain parts of it,” he told First Coast News.Friday’s stop was part of his “Florida Grim Reaper Tour,” which he launched back in May around Phase 1 of reopening. He started in the Florida Panhandle to beaches all over South Florida.According to his Twitter page, Uhlfelder’s scythe-wielding persona is his way speaking out against Gov. Ron DeSantis’ handling of the global pandemic, as well as his attempt at fighting “misinformation and warn people about the dangers of COVID-19 as Florida becomes [an] epicenter.”“I tried a social media campaign, I tried suing the governor to close the beaches and do a stay at home order,” he said.“We have to take this into our own hands, unfortunately, because our leaders aren’t doing the right thing,” Uhlfelder told USA Today back in May.At Jacksonville Beach some were not happy to see Uhlfelder dressed in black robes mingling among the bathing suit clad beach goers. In fact the police had to intervene in a dispute between him and another man per his request.“I had a very good open discussion with a lot of people, but then there are some detractors that are just trolls,” he said. “But they don’t bother me, so.”Story continues below.Florida has seen a growing trend of positive COVID-19 cases with numbers surpassing the state’s initial peak back in April. Over the past two weeks alone, July 2 marked the 10th straight day where the number of newly reported coronavirus cases was more than 5,000.last_img read more

Carragher on defending against Thierry Henry: It was like chasing someone on a motorbike!

first_imgAdvertisement 51mgNBA Finals | Brooklyn VshcWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ec878( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 76091Would you ever consider trying this?😱cmecqCan your students do this? 🌚6l5mRoller skating! Powered by Firework Former Liverpool defender and Sky Sports pundit, Jamie Carragher, rates Arsenal legend Thierry Henry as the toughest opponent he faced as a player. One of the finest prolific strikers of all time, Thierry Henry, with his 228 goals, remains Arsenal’s all-time record goal-scorer in the Premier League ahead of former England international Ian Wright. The Frenchman scored nine goals in 18 appearances against Liverpool and Carragher heaped high praise on the former Gunner.Advertisement Image Courtesy: BBC Sport“I’ve used this analogy before and I make no apology for using it again. When he hit top gear and ran past you, it was like trying to chase after someone on a motorbike.” Carragher stated.Advertisement “Sometimes as a defender against some of the top players we had at that time; Alan Shearer, Didier Drogba, Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie – there’s not a lot you can do in certain situations because they were that good. But in his prime, Henry would simply run past you and there wasn’t a lot I could do”Among all the superstar strikers to embrace the Premier League since its inception in 1994, Thierry Henry belongs to the top-tier. The 1998 World Cup winner joined Arsenal from Juventus in 1999 for a sum of £11 million, which was considered a huge amount in those days. But Henry paid off the dividends by scoring 254 goals in 174 games and was an integral part of Arsene Wenger’s team, including their famous unbeaten Premier League campaign in 2003-04. Henry finished his Arsenal career in 2007 joining Barcelona for €24 million.  Advertisementlast_img read more

Petit gives up lead as Athletics see win streak snapped at six by Twins

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — One pitch, damage done. Eddie Rosario blasted Yusmeiro Petit’s first-pitch fastball over the Target Field fence for a go-ahead, three-run home run in the seventh inning, handing the Twins a 6-3 victory to kick off this four-game series on a balmy Thursday night.The loss ended the A’s six-game win streak.Rosario’s raucous home run plated Luis Arraez and Miguel Sano, who’d singled and walked on Fiers’ watch. The A’s ace entered the game riding a seven-game win streak, …last_img

Young South African town planner invited to present rural land development study in US

first_imgMthobisi Masinga, a young forward-thinking town and regional planner from Pretoria, has been invited to present his innovative research on rural land development to a high-level international city planning congress in the US. He is currently seeking sponsorship to represent South Africa at the event. Mthobisi Masinga, a South African town planner and researcher in the field of rural land development, wants to collaborate on finding modern solutions to rural land reform using lessons learnt from history. Masinga is seeking sponsorship to attend an international city planning congress in the US during October 2017 in order to present his findings. (Image: Facebook)CD AndersonMasinga, a junior town and regional planner with Pretoria-based firm KENA Consult, will represent South Africa at the International Society for City and Regional Planners’ Annual Congress in Portland, Oregon, in October 2017. He has been invited to present a study on rural land use management and regulatory guidelines for South Africa.The study comes after his work in 2016 for the Limpopo province’s Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Policy/Bill and Regulations, with its principal aim of creating a partnership between traditional leadership in the province and local and municipal government spatial planning management.Work on the project included a collaboration between the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, the House of Traditional Leaders, and the Limpopo Office of the Premier.Masinga says the project constructively addresses the often sensitive nature of land reform, adding that “the project’s theme is to give power back to the people through activate citizenry participation, [and] the rights to the city movement and advocacy.” While the research gathered from Masinga’s work on the project can be easily applied to other regions in South Africa and the rest of the continent, it also has potential applications around the world, such as South America and Asia.Hence, his invitation to present his findings at the forthcoming international congress.Masinga is currently seeking private and industry sponsorship for the trip, hoping to be an ambassador for the South African spatial planning sector and boost the country’s international reputation for out-of-the-box thinking in the field of urban development and rural land reform.Masinga considers himself at heart an educator and anthropologist, researching and collaborating on innovative solutions to modern challenges through looking at the lessons learnt from history. He hopes that through networking at the congress event he may be able to bring more international collaborators on-board for future projects in South Africa.Basing his work in the principles of progression, reinvention and persistence, Masinga considers it his professional duty as an African, to help transform societal spaces into habitable places of tomorrow with equality for all through resources, economic development, services, and amenities.“At the current juncture in South Africa’s history, town and regional planning is a key profession in the rectification of the spatial and other imbalances in both urban and rural areas, as well as the improvement of inefficient and underperforming living environments,” Masinga says.“The challenge of planning lies in the fact that different interests and expectations for the future are often contradictory and conflict-ridden. A professional approach that combines sensitivity, analytical and strategic skills is hence required to handle the various political, social, spatial, environmental and economic issues at stake.”For more information on Masinga’s work in rural planning, and to get in touch with him regarding sponsorship and collaboration, find him on LinkedIn or contact him through the KENA Consult website. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Windows 8 Still In Awkward Adolescence

first_imgRelated Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… The delay, especially for a Facebook app, which most operating system users would consider a must-have for their platform, is one part of the problem Microsoft is facing right now: even though Ballmer announced that the Windows Store just crossed the 100,000th app mark, there are still marquee-level apps being introduced to Windows even now.See Also: Windows 8.1: It’s Getting Better And Stronger — Just Not Fast EnoughWhich brings me to the big-picture concern: when was the last time Microsoft ever had to even think about applications for Windows? Not since Windows 286, I would imagine. Since then, app developers  not only clamored to code for Windows, they were willing to put up with Microsoft’s less-than-open practices to do so. If you didn’t write an app for Windows, you were considered a rebel at best and a nutcase at worst.Those days seem gone now, with Microsoft still in the very unfamiliar position of having to scramble to get major app developers on board their flagship operating system’s new design. Not Windows Mobile. Not Windows Phone. Windows. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… brian proffitt Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Microsoft#Windows Complain or compliment all you want about the Windows 8 (and now 8.1 Preview) interface … Microsoft’s problem with Windows right now was summed up in one slide during CEO Steve Ballmer’s keynote presentation yesterday at the Microsoft Build conference.The slide just showed icons for three new apps that would be coming to the Modern interface of Windows 8.1 soon: Facebook, Flipboard, and NFL Fantasy Football. These were the highlighted apps that Ballmer wanted to mention as part of the Windows app family, and it’s good they are ready for Windows. Finally. This is not just a matter of aesthetics for app developers, but a matter of committing resources. In a recent conversation with an app developer, I was told development in a Windows version of their app was delayed by the face there were so many Windows versions out there. High irony indeed, if this observation has merit, since fragmentation is what Microsoft used to lambast Linux distributions about when desktop Linux was trying to be a thing.Now this is Microsoft, of course, and they will eventually be coming along. But their shift to a more mobile-oriented world has not been without its growing pains – pains that we still can see are in progress.If anything, this has been a lesson in humility for Microsoft: you can’t count on market dominance to force your users and developers to comply with whatever change you want to make. last_img read more

9 months agoLiverpool midfielder Henderson: Salah thrives off critics

first_imgLiverpool midfielder Henderson: Salah thrives off criticsby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJordan Henderson says Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah thrives from his critics.The Egyptian has quietly gone about his business this season after an incredible 2017/18 campaign, having bagged 14 goals from 22 Premier League games.However, Salah has been accused of diving at times this season, but it is something that Henderson believes motivates the nifty attacker.”He will do things that some fans might not see that often but they should enjoy him because he is world class,” the midfielder told UK newspapers.”It was a penalty, a clear penalty. There’s nothing to talk about that.”In terms of Mo, I would think away grounds would be appreciative of what they see. The things he does, I’m sure he is a joy to watch.”If they try to put pressure on him, they will only make him better. It won’t bother him. He’s so strong, I know he is.”The more people are against him, the more he will want to prove them wrong. I’m not worried about that. When he goes to away grounds, people should appreciate him. He will do things that people want to see.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Banks lead stocks lower erasing some of prior days gains

first_imgU.S. stocks declined in early trading Tuesday, giving up many of the market’s gains from a day earlier. Losses in banks, technology stocks and industrial companies outweighed gains elsewhere in the market. Homebuilders slumped on renewed concerns that the outlook for home sales is dimming. Bond prices rose, sending yields sharply lower.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index fell 17 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 2,772 as of 10:06 a.m. Eastern Time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 206 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 25,619. The Nasdaq composite lost 48 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 7,392. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks gave up 9 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 1,539.U.S. stock markets will be closed Wednesday in observance of a national day of mourning for former President George H.W. Bush.HOUSING HICCUP: Homebuilders traded lower after luxury homebuilder Toll Brothers reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings that topped Wall Street’s forecasts, but also issued a cautious assessment of the housing market. Toll’s shares slumped 9.5 per cent to $30.33.TAKING A BITE: Apple fell 2.1 per cent to $180.94 after the consumer electronics giant was downgraded by HSBC analysts, citing the possibility that iPhone volume and value growth may moderate due to a saturated mobile phone market.DISAPPOINTING DOLLAR: Discount retail chain Dollar General slid 5.6 per cent to $105.50 after the company reported weak quarterly results.REVVED UP: AutoZone climbed 4.2 per cent to $859.11 after the auto parts retailer delivered third-quarter earnings that exceeded analysts’ forecasts.ENERGY: Oil prices headed higher ahead of an OPEC meeting on Thursday, where members are expected to agree to cut output in 2019. Benchmark U.S. crude rose 0.3 per cent to $53.13 per barrel in New York. Brent crude, the international standard, added 1 per cent to $62.28 per barrel in London.BOND YIELDS: Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.95 per cent from 2.99 per cent late Monday. The slide in bond yields weighed on bank stocks. Citigroup fell 2.8 per cent to $63.36.CURRENCIES: The dollar weakened to 112.91 yen from 113.69 yen late Monday. The euro strengthened to $1.1393 from $1.1342. The British pound gained to $1.2746 from $1.2728 after a top official at the European Union’s highest court advised that Britain can unilaterally change its mind about leaving the EU as scheduled on March 29.MARKETS OVERSEAS: In Europe, Germany’s DAX fell 0.6 per cent, while France’s CAC 40 dropped 0.4 per cent. The FTSE 100 index of leading British shares slid 0.4 per cent. Major indexes in Asia finished mixed. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index gave up 2.4 per cent and the Kospi in South Korea lost 0.8 per cent. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng added 0.3 per cent. The S&P ASX/200 in Australia gave up 1 per cent.Alex Veiga, The Associated Presslast_img read more