Saving lives through immunisation

first_imgWorld Immunisation Week will be observed in the last week of this month. The week aims to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against the various diseases which have been known to cause persons to become ill or die. The theme of this year’s campaign is ‘Protected Together: Vaccines Work!’, and the campaign will celebrate vaccine heroes from around the world – from parents and community members to health workers and innovators – who help ensure we are all protected, at all ages, through the power of vaccines.It is a fact that immunisation saves millions of lives every year and is widely recognised as one of the world’s most successful and cost-effective health interventions. Yet, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), there are still nearly 20 million unvaccinated and under-vaccinated children in the world today. Of these children, one out of 10 never receive any vaccinations, and most likely have never been seen by the health system.Immunisation is the process whereby a person is made immune or resistant to an infectious disease, typically by the administration of a vaccine. In essence, immunisation is a proven tool for controlling and eliminating life-threatening infectious diseases such as diphtheria, measles, pertussis, pneumonia, polio, rotavirus diarrhoea, rubella and tetanus.The goal of World Immunisation Week 2019 is to urge greater action on immunisation around the world, with a particular focus on spotlighting the role that everyone can play in this effort, from donors to individuals.During Vaccination Week, there are a number of activities usually planned in more than 180 countries across the world, including vaccination campaigns, training workshops, round-table discussions, public information campaigns, etc, to raise awareness about the importance of being immunised. Like many other countries, for us in Guyana, this special week provides an opportunity to remind families and communities in general how effective vaccines can be, and to encourage people to take action to ensure that more children, and increasingly people in other age groups, are immunised against deadly and debilitating diseases.The Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP) – endorsed by 194 Member States of the World Health Assembly in May 2012 – aims to prevent millions of deaths from vaccine-preventable diseases by 2020 through universal access to immunisation. Despite improvements in individual countries and a strong global rate of new vaccine introduction, all of the GVAP targets for disease elimination – including measles, rubella, and maternal and neonatal tetanus – are behind schedule, according to the WHO.In order for everyone, everywhere to survive and thrive, countries must make more concerted efforts to reach GVAP goals by 2020. Additionally, those countries that have achieved or made progress towards achieving the goals must work to sustain those efforts over time – so that no person goes without life-saving vaccines.To achieve the kind of progress that is needed, the WHO has urged that governments invest more in immunisation efforts, advocates must make vaccines a priority, and people must get themselves and their families vaccinated.Countries are also being urged to reach more children missed by the routine delivery systems, especially those living in countries, districts or areas where less than 80 per cent of persons are receiving vaccines or those living in countries affected by conflicts or emergencies.That said, Guyana’s immunisation programme has been largely successful and has resulted in the eradication of illnesses such as polio, yellow fever, and measles among others diseases. We urge all stakeholders to utilise World Vaccination Week which is dedicated to immunisation to spread the message of the need to be vaccinated, especially in Guyana’s remote areas where health officials still seem to be facing some challenges.We believe that the vaccination targets are achievable, but every stakeholder, including donors, health professionals, community leaders, school administrators and others must continue to treat the issue of immunisation seriously. There can be no room for complacency or we risk having the gains made thus far being reversed.last_img read more

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Bartica, a town in despair?

first_imgDear Editor,Greetings to the readers and fellow subscribers! I must say that in this new dispensation of government, a lot was promised with only a little actually being done or still to be achieved. When would they actually formalise a project from scratch and see its birth? One is yet to see.I must say in this little Guyana, this land is rich and diverse in many ways; I guess that’s why people say it, “politicians are fighting for a share”. I guess with what one has to fathom every day, the struggles, the silent tears and utter frustrations of the real and true Guyanese who day in day out yearn for a better livelihood for their families, only then can one say if the politicians are for them or for their own selfish nature.I know, I’ve strayed from my caption. It hurts, it just hurts. But my beloved birthplace is suffering and continues to suffer with this new dispensation. Why? How?Why: It was this government’s promise that Bartica was going to be the first green town… but blackouts persist. Are there inadequate or lack of qualified personnel to find a solution to avoid continuous periods of blackouts?The only logic is that we get new engines. While I agree with this, the ugly truth is that it’s just a figment of our imagination. Apparently, parts of the engines are coming from the east, west, north and south. Now the MPI is sending engineers to help. Like seriously, it only begs to ask; don’t we have qualified people here, or are they saying what I’m thinking, “incompetence”?I wouldn’t discredit the workers here to that degree, but really and truly, our situation has got out of control. Are we only paying our bills to avoid disconnection? Because it seems only this is very detailed about GPL’s operation. Being a resident of this community for 20-odd years might be too little to describe this village of ours’ plight of electricity, it has been well documented. Names have changed of government and as well institutions, but the same problems persist… human resource has grown but that still doesn’t solve this problem.How? Bartica is known as the hinterland’s gateway; boasting of gold and diamond outside of that the business community has grown and come a far way. Employment rate is adequate, but everything comes to a grinding halt when there is no electricity! Can you believe it? I’m sure many can relate. While many, suffice to say, “well off” enterprises have invested heavily in having another source of electricity, most of the developing businesses suffer.We’ve recently had the so called “local government elections”. For what purpose? I’m still trying to fathom some sort of reasoning.Bartica was granted Township status, but what has changed? Same old blackout and poor water supply, the same ones in the so called “Mayor and Councillors” office. Let me be very frank, it was just for position and nothing else. Because if you see the Mayor or his deputy five times a month, you see them plenty.They are only seen when there is a photo op with their cohorts of the government fraternity. Sad to say, but they have duped many into voting, and Bartica suffers…When there is no electricity, there is no water (many can verify), the only other source is the river, which many people use but it is heavily polluted (7th Avenue beach, just to name one).?The information that GPL is indicating online (for those that have adequate Internet access) isn’t of much assistance to help one out of the current state of affairs in Bartica.Before I leave, I must say that on the campaign trail the Madam Deputy Mayor was very vocal on the plight of adequate power supply, but one has to wonder where the steam is, much more the fire. I guess now madam knows about bureaucracy…Regards,Niranjanlast_img read more

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DONEGAL BUSINESSES LICKING THEIR LIPS AFTER FOOD AWARDS SUCCESS

first_imgFinalists from Donegal that made it through to the national finals in Kerry pictured with their products.The work of Donegal Food Coast to enhance the county’s reputation as a food destination, paid dividends again when five national prizes returned to the county from the prestigious Blas na hEireann – Irish Food Awards.The Whole Green Juice Company from Ramelton and Island Seafoods from Killybegs won national awards, the Killybegs business scooping a Gold and a Silver, with the Whole Green Juice Company bring back a bronze.There were further national successes too when Gallagher’s Bakery from Ardara won a Gold national award for their Purebred (gluten free) mini Victoria sponge and Green Pastures in Convoy also won Bronze national award for their Yeats Country Greek Style Yogurt. There were also regional awards and Best in County for Donegal went to Gallagher’s Bakery and Best in Farmer’s Market in Donegal to Mallow Mia from Newtowncunningham.In total thirteen Donegal products made it to the finals in Kerry, for a competition that saw over 2,500 products entered into what is regarded as biggest contest for quality Irish produce on the island of Ireland.That was almost double the number of Donegal products in the final from last year and Eve Anne McCarron, Executive with The Food Coast – Donegal’s Good Food Initiative, said that was indicative of the progress being made.“We had five national awards, two regional award winners and 13 products that made it to the finalist stage which is deemed a major achievement in its own right. Only the top five of every category that achieves a certain score can reach the finals in that category. The Food Coast brand with Donegal Local Enterprise Office, sponsor and are involved in such national events as we believe this is an opportunity to showcase what is up and coming in Donegal. It is just one of the ways in which we are working to build Donegal’s food reputation. A full calendar of activity for 2016 is currently being developed.”The Donegal Food Strategy recognises the huge potential for food in Donegal and we want to work with people with a commitment to Donegal food to create opportunities for success.”She added that when Donegal Local Enterprise Office launched The Food Coast – Donegal’s Good Food Initiative – the objective was to support development, growth and raise awareness of Donegal’s food sector.“Now the initiative is on track to further raise awareness of food from within the county – through the The Food Coast brand – giving local enterprises an opportunity to clearly demonstrate that they champion Donegal food,” she saidEve-Anne explained that Businesses in Donegal, can now seek to obtain use of The Food Coast branding as a mark of provenance/origin and she believes there is already a strong desire among those working in the food-sector in the county to highlight their pride in Donegal produce. “By contacting Donegal Local Enterprise Office – Primary producers, Value Added Processors, Retailers, Restaurants and Food Service Businesses – can all now apply to use The Food Coast brand and to join the Food Coast Network.”Strict criteria does apply, but the Food Coast Executive says there are already signs that the new branding is becoming much-coveted among those working across the spectrum of the food sector in Donegal.”In a short space of time, she says, The Food Coast has become a central platform for establishing Donegal as a “Food County” – a place with a vibrant food culture and food economy and that’s something that Donegal Local Enterprise Office and Donegal County Council are determined to expand upon, words echoed by the county’s CEO/Chief Executive.“Donegal Local Enterprise Office and Donegal County Council are keen to ensure that The Food Coast – Donegal’s Good Food Initiative – continues to create employment and contributes to sustaining the county’s local economy,” Chief Executive of Donegal County Council, Seamus Neely said. Anyone seeking further information on the Food Coast Brand can contact Eve-Anne at eveanne.mccarron@leo.donegalcoco.ie or call 07491 60735.EndsCaptionsDon 3288…Artie Clifford, chairman of the Blas Awards pictured with Eve – Anne McCarron and Zack Gallagher of Irish Food Guide as Linda McClean of Mallow Mia (second from left) is presented with her award for Best in Farmers’ Market.Done 3234Artie Clifford, chairman of the Blas Awards (left) and Eve – Anne McCarron of Donegal Food Coast present the regional award for Best in County to Paul Diffley of Gallagher’s Bakery.Don 4247Paul Diffley of Gallagher’s Bakery (centre) picking up his gold award for their Purebred mini Victoria sponges from Arie Clifford chairmsn of Blas na hEireann and John Bolan of Andrews Ingredients.Don 4500Artie Clifford, Chairman of the Blas na hEireann food awards, awarding Anna Good of Whole Green Juice with her Bronze award for Green Monster Juice.LEO BlasFinalists from Donegal that made it through to the national finals in Kerry pictured with their products.LEO Blas 10Michael O’Donnell of Island Seafoods, who had three finalist products and came away with two national awards, a Gold and Silver.DONEGAL BUSINESSES LICKING THEIR LIPS AFTER FOOD AWARDS SUCCESS was last modified: November 19th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:awardsdonegalfood coastlast_img read more

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ANOTHER DONEGAL VIEWER IS LATE LATE SHOW WINNER!

first_imgDonegal again won big on The Late Late Show last night.Yet another caller from the county scooped the big quiz prize on the country’s most popular chat show.This time it was the turn of Cathy Walsh. Even host Ryan Tubridy once again remarked that YET another winner had come from Donegal.Cathy scooped a holiday and $10,000 in cash.ANOTHER DONEGAL VIEWER IS LATE LATE SHOW WINNER! was last modified: March 23rd, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Cathy WalshLate Late ShowRyan Tubridywinnerlast_img read more

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Datebook

first_imgFRIDAY Conjunto Jardin concert, noon to 1 p.m., Hollywood & Highland central courtyard, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Free. Call (323) 817-0220. SATURDAY A Clean Community Celebration and Environmental Sciences Fair, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Delano Park, 15100 Erwin St., Van Nuys. Call (213) 978-0342. 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 MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“It Happened One Night” screening, 8:30 p.m., One Colorado, 16 Miller Alley, Pasadena. Free. Call (626) 564-1066. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com.last_img read more

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New Entertainment for the Germany Pavilion at Epcot

first_imgShare This!A brand new band called Durch&Durch will be soon taking the stage in the Germany Pavilion at Epcot‘s World Showcase. This new band, will bring a fresh pop-rock sound to the stage.Guests will be able to catch Durch&Durch Friday-Tuesdays at the stage between Germany and the African Outpost beginning on March 30. According to their Facebook page, the group will only be visiting for a limited time, as it appears that they will end their Orlando shows on April 16.Guests will be able to catch the band at 12:05 p.m., 1:05 p.m., 2:10 p.m., 3:10 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.Find out more about the band here.last_img read more

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African Laser Centre

first_img16 January 2004Africa is preparing to play a major role in the use of lasers to advance science and technology on the continent with the launch of the African Laser Centre.Established in November 2003 by a group of African countries with an interest in laser applications, the African Laser Centre is destined to be a virtual centre that will serve as a central point for coordinating a network of excellence in laser research across the continent. The international office will be located in South Africa.The establishment of the Centre follows deliberations held during two continental workshops and various task team meetings over the last three years.Universities and research groups on the continent that are part of the ALC include:The National Laser Centre of South Africa, located within the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).The African Laser, Atomic, Molecular and Optical Sciences Network, based in Senegal.The National Institute of Laser Enhanced Science in Egypt.The Centre de Development des Technologies Avancees in Algeria.The Laser and Fibre Optics Centre in Ghana.Tunis el Manar University in Tunisia.The Centre will provide laser researchers and industrialists throughout Africa with research and training facilities. Given the isolation of many researchers in Africa, the Centre will maintain a database of laser researchers in the region and facilitate collaboration among them.Another important role for the Centre will be to transfer technology from research laboratories to the marketplace. The Centre will support research and educational programmes in laser technology and present conferences, workshops, and topical school programmes.It will also develop a research equipment programme to facilitate acquisition of and access to laser equipment.Speaking at the launch in November 2003, Arts, Culture, Science and Technology Minister Ben Ngubane said the African Laser Centre would be “truly continental in its dimension, and should provide Africa with the boost that it needs to propel its science and technology to the forefront of world competition.”Ngubane stressed that if the Centre provided a competitive knowledge base and attractive research and development facilities, it could contribute toward reversing the brain drain in the African laser field, and the facilities should become preferred research environments for the international community.He added that this network of excellence would also provide the required impetus for laser technology to benefit the people of the continent.Lasers have experienced success in cataract surgery, glaucoma and cancer treatment, as well as TB detection. In the agricultural field, lasers have an important role to play in monitoring plant stress levels to improve crop harvests.Environmental monitoring of pollutants by remote laser could contribute substantially to improved quality of life. And in the economic sector, lasers can contribute to improving competitiveness in the manufacturing and automotive sector specifically.“What we need to do now is integrate the expertise that exists in various parts of the continent so as to create a body of excellence in laser applications,” said Dr Phil Mjwara, interim chairman of the Centre and director of the National Laser Centre of SA.Source: Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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ArcelorMittal SA to build 10 schools

first_img18 February 2009ArcelorMittal South Africa is to build 10 new schools over seven years at a cost of R250-million, the first being a new primary school in the township of Mamelodi outside Pretoria.Mamelodi Primary is scheduled for completion by the end of the year, and the remaining nine schools, two in the Eastern Cape and one each in the rest of the provinces, will be built to guidelines provided by the Department of Education.South African firstIn a first for South Africa, Mamelodi Primary School will be built using insulated panels technology, which relies heavily on steel as a building material. It can withstand extreme weather conditions, is fire-resistant and 10 times faster to erect than using conventional building technologies.“The role and participation of the private sector is critical to the success of our quest to provide resources to our schools,” Education Minister Naledi Pandor said at the sod-turning ceremony in Mamelodi earlier this month.“Public-private partnerships are important in order that basic services reach all communities.”She voiced her department’s support for such initiatives, saying that they improved the quality of the education system, while also being an investment in the country’s future.“This donation clearly illustrates the commitment of our business community to education,” she said.Investing in education, training and skillsFor ArcelorMittal, the Mamelodi project is part of its strategy of investing heavily in education, training and skills development. This includes promoting maths and science at high schools, an extensive bursary programme for artisans, engineers and other technical skills, and upgrading the skills of its own employees.The investment not only ensures that the company has a pool of skilled resources for its own operations, but also towards addressing the country’s skills shortage in general.ArcelorMittal is one of the companies that have committed themselves to producing more artisans than they needs for its own businesses, as part of the government’s Jipsa programme.“ArcelorMittal is focused on developing a strong mathematics, science and technology culture amongst schools,” said ArcelorMittal South Africa CEO Nonkululeko Nyembezi-Heita.“The company’s array of education initiatives is geared towards improving education within targeted communities, promoting scientific literacy and enhancing performance at secondary school level in order to benefit the wider economy.”Centres of science, excellenceOver the past three years, ArcelorMittal has invested some R22-million in a Science Centre and a Centre of Excellence in a renovated teacher’s college in Sebokeng township near Vanderbijlpark in the Vaal Triangle.The centre offers facilities for both learners and educators to upgrade their knowledge of science, mathematics and information technology (IT), and is offered to 43 secondary schools in Gauteng province’s Sedibeng West District.In December last year, the steel maker signed a memorandum of understanding with the Western Cape Department of Education for the development of a science centre in the Vredenburg and Saldanha Bay area at an estimated cost of R6-million, to be operational by the second half of 2009.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Tim O’Reilly Interview, Part 2: Business Models & RSS

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Interviews#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting richard macmanus This is the second in a 3-part interview with O’Reilly Media CEO, Tim O’Reilly. In part 2, we discuss business models for Web 2.0 and the future of RSS.Business Models for Web ContentRichard: There’s been a bit of discussion amongst bloggers recently aboutmonetizing weblogs – making money off one’s Web content. This of course has long been adream for Website producers – content is king, but how to make money from it? Mostcommercial publishing businesses have used subscription models to do that, including yourcompany (e.g. Safari Bookshelf). But withbloggers and other independent content creators, perhaps advertising and sponsorships arebetter avenues for them to explore. Where do you see the future of Web 2.0 for contentcreators, in terms of making money from their content? “In the early days, a publisher had to do everything…now there are lots ofcooperating players, making the job a lot easier.”Tim: Back in 1995, in the early days of the Web, I wrote an article called Publishing Models for InternetCommerce. It was based on the idea that publishing can give us a lot of insight intohow the Internet is going to play out. The lesson I drew from publishing is there’s not asingle business model. There are countless, overlapping business models – from marginalto very successful – in a really rich ecosystem. Take for example, in the US your kidsmay come home from school with this thing: “Hey, buy magazine subscriptions and you willsupport our school”. There’s some company that uses school children to market magazinesubscriptions! And there’s something else called PublishersClearinghouse that has contests and giveaways to get magazine subscriptions. So thereare these funny business models.We have subscriptions, and direct sales to consumers and mediated retail sales, andadvertising, and combinations of all of the above. We have people who make their moneyproviding infrastructure or assistance in these models – ad agencies, printers, rackjobbers, distributors, retailers. It’s a rich and complex environment.After we sold GNN [Global Network Navigator] to AOL in 1995, I remember talking to TedLeonisis about this idea – and he said: “Oh, I get it – you’re saying where is thePublishers Clearinghouse for the Web?!”“What we’re seeing as the Web develops is that we’re building a richer ecology ofoptions.”In the early days, a publisher had to do everything, from generating the content tohosting and caching it, to acquiring customers, to selling advertising…and now thereare lots of cooperating players, making the job a lot easier. What we’re seeing as theWeb develops is that we’re building a richer ecology of options. So subscription isbecoming a valid option. So is downloadable paid content. So is advertising – in factthere are new forms of advertising. You know, we used to think that it was only bannerads – and they got bigger and bigger and more intrusive. Then Overture and Googleintroduced this concept of context-sensitive text ads and that stuff really enabled whatChris Anderson is calling The Long Tail. But thestory’s not over – we’re going to see more and more kinds of paid content. What’s its Job?“We often get blinded by the forms in which content is produced, rather thanthe job that the content does.”The other thing you really have to think about with all this is – we often get blindedby the forms in which content is produced, rather than the job that thecontent does. With eBooks, a lot of people got all hung up on the idea that an eBook wassomething that you put on a computer or a handheld device that allowed you to read abook. As opposed to thinking of an eBook as the answer to a whole set of differentquestions – OK, well what job does a book do?So for example a fantasy novel does the job of entertainment. Using that analogy, I’dsay an MMORPG like Everquest is an eBook. It’s a very clear successor to Lord of theRings – an exploration of how you would do a better fantasy novel on a computer. Justlike movies grew out of stage plays. Originally they used to point a camera at the stage,then they realized they could move the camera and do all kinds of different things.“What new technology does is create new opportunities to do a job that customers wantdone.”A lot of the publishing that I do really has two jobs: one is teaching and the otheris reference. Safari is chiefly an online reference tool, so we’re exploring newways of putting our information in a reference context. For example we built a web services API so that Safari could be builtinto, say, a developer tool and become a help system. We’re looking at it like this: whatare we trying to accomplish here? Similarly, if you’ve looked at the O’Reilly Learning Lab, we’ve recently doneonline training – because, again, that’s one of the things we do. We teach people.So there’s not a single business model, and there’s not a single type of electroniccontent. There are really a lot of opportunities and a lot of options and we just have todiscover all of them. Take music – the music industry was so focused on selling songs that they completelymissed the ringtone business. What new technology does is create new opportunities to doa job that customers want done. “In the morning the milkshake needed to be thicker , to last longer,and in the evening it needed to be thinner so it’d get drunk faster.”There’s a great talk that I heard Clayton Christensen give(he’s the author of The Innovator’sDilemma). He was the one who I first heard using the “job” analogy. He talked about astudy that Harvard Business School did for McDonalds, about milkshakes. They areapparently McDonalds’ most profitable product, but the company wanted to figure out howcould they make it even more profitable. What the Harvard researchers did was they wentand watched people at McDonalds – and asked what job was the milkshake doing? Andthey discovered that the milkshake drinkers fell into two large groups. The bulk of thesales were in the morning and in the late afternoon. And they figured out that in themorning milkshakes were bought by a solitary commuter and the job was to while away thecommute. And in the evening the milkshake was bought by the single parent coming backwith a crowd of kids from a soccer game or whatever – and the job of the milkshake was tobe a reward to the kids and the parent was always saying – hurry up and finish yourmilkshake! So in the morning the milkshake needed to be thicker, to last longer,and in the evening it needed to be thinner so it’d get drunk faster. So it wasdoing a different job at each of those times. And I think we have to apply that kind of thinking to electronic content – what are wetrying to accomplish?RSS and Web 2.0Richard: A number of bloggers have noted that RSS was a common theme throughoutthe Web 2.0 conference. Russell Beattie said that“RSS was always mentioned [at Web 2.0 conference] in the context of Web Services ingeneral”. Where do you see RSS and other syndication technologies fitting into the“Internet as Platform” framework? “RSS is clearly, far and away the most successful web service to date.”Tim: RSS is clearly, far and away the most successful web service to date. Andit kind of demonstrates something that happens a lot in technology, which is thatsomething simple and easy-to-use gets overloaded (in the sense that object orientedprogramming uses the term). I mean it’s the classic example of Clayton Christensen’s innovator’s dilemma. WhenHTML came out everybody said “Hey this is so crude, you can’t build rich interfaces likeyou can on a PC – it’ll never work”. Well it did something that people wanted, it kind ofgrew more and more popular, became more and more powerful, people figured out ways toextend it. Yes a lot of those extensions were kludges, but HTML really took over theworld. And I think RSS is very much on the same track. It started out doing a fairlysimple job, people found more and more creative things to do with it, and hack by hack ithas become more powerful, more useful, more important. And I don’t think the story isover yet.  “As happened with the web, the business models come later.”The fundamental idea of syndication and the ability to redistribute content via webservices, is a very powerful idea and we’re going to see more. There was this wholefascination with Push back in the late 90’s with companies like Marimba and Pointcast –and they tried too hard to make that work and to build a business around it. (AlthoughMarimba eventually did make a nice business in the enterprise, with software updates.) Itwas too early and too freighted with stuff that was good for the companies but not forthe customers. As is often the case, it came back from the wilds as something notsponsored by companies with business models but by independent developers who were justtrying to make stuff that worked for their own needs. As happened with the web, thebusiness models come later. But this whole idea of people subscribing to content that they care about I think isfairly fundamental. We’re basically dealing with a world of information overload andbeing able to tailor your personal portal is a pretty powerful idea. And I think we’regoing to see it increasingly used. last_img read more

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Bangladesh ignore Abdur Razzak from 15-member World Cup squad

first_imgBangladesh named a 15-member squad for this year’s World Cup on Sunday, leaving out experienced left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak. The Bangladesh selection panel, led by Faruque Ahmed, included Soumya Sarkar, Taijul Islam and Sabbir Rahman who all made their debuts in the series against Zimbabwe in November and December.Pace spearhead Mashrafe Bin Mortaza missed the last World Cup due to injury but this time will lead the side. Allrounder Shakib Al Hasan will act as his deputy.Just five players – Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah and Rubel Hossain – survived from the 2011 World Cup squad. Razzak, with 20 wickets to his name over the past two tournaments, remains Bangladesh’s top World Cup wicket taker. He also has taken 207 ODI wickets for Bangladesh.Bangladesh have been drawn in Pool A, along with Afghanistan, hosts Australia and New Zealand, England, Scotland and Sri Lanka. They will open their tournament against Afghanistan on February 18 at Canberra.Bangladesh squad: Mashrafe Bin Mortaza (capt), Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Mominul Hoque, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Nasir Hossain, Shabbir Rahaman, Soumya Sarkar, Rubel Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Al Amin Hossain, Taijul Islam, Arafat Sunny.last_img read more

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