Neighborhood Notes Props to Mission Station local author honored Mission Community market

first_img 0% Speaking to Mission Local, Caltagirone said the community can expect these visits “every quarter,” although he didn’t mention when or where he and SF Safe will be showing up next. “It’s good to have the community together, talk about how to report crimes, and how to work together,” said the captain, about five months into his tenure as head of Mission Station. Local author honored with Courage to Act awardSan Francisco author Jorge Argueta received the 2018 Courage to Act Board Award by the California Association for Bilingual Education on Friday, March 30, at a banquet in Sacramento.  The CABE board of directors made the unanimous decision to recognize Argueta, originally from El Salvador, for his “passionate poetry and writings for bilingual children’s books, his ongoing readings, teachings and storytellings, and his effort to ensure that books are made available to children who may not otherwise have access to them through his Library of Dreams/La Biblioteca de los Sueños in El Salvador.”Argueta has written more than 20 children’s books, including A Movie in My Pillow/Una Película en mi Almohada, Guacamole: Un Poema Para Cocinar/A Cooking Poem, and Somos Como las Nubes/We Are Like the Clouds.Mission Community Market Opening Day CelebrationThe Mission Community Market returns from winter hiatus on Thursday, April 5. Starting next week, the market will be open every Thursday at 22nd and Bartlett streets from 4 to 8 p.m.  Opening-day festivities include kids’ activities and tissue-paper-flower making with Casa Bonampak; live music from La Gente and Muchacho Mandanga; and market-to-table demos by Lolinda’s executive chef, Alejandro Morgan.The Lightbulb Ensemble at the Community Music CenterThe music percussion group The Lightbulb Ensemble, which describes itself as a group that “champions experimental music, instrument building, and contemporary gamelan,” will be performing at the Community Music Center on Saturday, March 31, at 8 p.m. The performance will feature two works. Hamsa — Five Tales, by Brian Baumbusch, is an 80-minute piece that follows a narrative based on the Five Pillars of Islam. And Dauh Tukad (“West of the River”), by Wayne Vitale, is a work-in-progress premiere.  $20 adult, $15 senior and youth, $10 low income. Props to Mission Station Mission Captain Gaetano Caltagirone and SF Safe, a neighborhood-watch group, recently made an appearance at La Corneta Taqueria. Together, they gave small presentations to customers on safety and how to report crimes. “Greeted by bilingual representative of SFPD explaining 911, 311 and personal safety. Then, after the mini-presentation, he offered to buy us lunch,” a reader wrote. “Then, while in line, we were greeted by the captain of Mission Station. Nice.” The captain thought so, too. center_img Tags: neighborhood notes Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

EAMONN McManus and everyone at the Saints would li

first_imgEAMONN McManus and everyone at the Saints would like to congratulate their own Martin Murray on his win tonight.He beat Jorge Navarro just before the sixth round to win the WBA Interim middleweight title in Manchester.To have a champion of Martin’s calibre in the town – and a big Saints fan to boot – is great for the club and the area.It instills the great sense of pride we all have in St Helens.You can leave your congratulations for Martin here.Martin is now likely to face world champion Sergio Martinez.last_img read more

He joins teammate Jack Welsby pictured in the 17

first_imgHe joins teammate Jack Welsby (pictured) in the 17-man squad for the second test at Emerald Headingley Stadium (7.30pm).England lead 1-0 in the series after a great 14-8 victory at the weekend.The Squad:1. Jack Welsby – St Helens, Blackbrook 2. Innes Senior – Huddersfield Giants, Newsome Panthers 3. Cameron Scott (c) – Hull FC, Wyke 4. Harry Newman – Leeds Rhinos, Newsome Panthers 5. Tom Nisbet – St Helens, Newton Storm 6. Callum McLelland – Leeds Rhinos, Lock Lane 7. Harry Smith – Wigan Warriors, Halton Farnworth Hornets 8. Oliver Wilson – Bradford Bulls, Greetland All Rounders 9. Corey Johnson – Leeds Rhinos, Lock Lane 10. Ethan Havard – Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Pat 11. Sam Walters – Widnes Vikings, Halton Farnworth Hornets 12. Owen Trout – Leeds Rhinos, Stanley Rangers 13. Morgan Smithies – Wigan Warriors, Siddal 14. Muizz Mustapha – Leeds Rhinos, Hunslet Warriors 15. Loui McConnell – Leeds Rhinos, Oulton Raider 16. Tom Holroyd – Leeds Rhinos, Siddal 17. Joe Shorrocks – Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patslast_img read more

Successful fundraiser for the WFD Fallen Firefighters Memorial

first_img But that’s not all.  The Sun Coast Cruisers classic car club, the Blue Knights motorcycle club, along with several customers from the Leland and Hampstead areas also stopped in to show support and at the end of the day, Trolly Stop on Fountain Drive raised $1,000 for the Wilmington Firefighters Foundation where the money will be used for the fallen fighters memorial.Trolly Stop donates 50% of sales several times a year.  Friends of the Battleship and Step Up for Soldiers have benefited from the community fundraisers at the restaurant. Trolly Stop owners present check to WFD WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The numbers are in from Saturday’s fundraiser to benefit the Fallen Firefighter’s Memorial in Wilmington.Organizers say it was a great day for the fundraiser and that every hour, a different fire truck and crew showed up and had lunch at the store.  They also say firefighter’s families, friends and neighbors also came in to support the fundraiser.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Wilmington Police educate hundreds on church security

first_img “Unfortunately we live in day in time where one time churches were probably the safest place on the earth, but today evil as it’s been categorized have penetrated even under our houses of worship. So we have to do whatever we can to harden the target and to make it safer so that people can be free and to worship the way they choose,” WPD spokeswoman Linda Thompson said.WPD held a seminar to help teach church security.“We can arm them with the tools to stay safe and so we believe educating the public making them aware of things they can do to institute in their house of worship will make them safer,” Thompson said.Related Article: Man allegedly took inappropriate photos of child at Wilmington WalmartWPD said every house of worship should develop some type of safety plan and after the seminar some church members took note.“We are going to up our staff for security, we’re going to do extra training, we’re going to be extra aware with the greeters and welcome, the ushers and the people out front. They’re going to be aware of what’s going on and who is coming into our churches,” Associate Pastor Charles Flowers said.Flowers said he feels more informed after the seminar, but knows safety is key.“It is very important that during these times a lot of church shootings, that we are really concerned about our congregation and the community and church shootings. So it’s very important for us to be aware of what we need to do if we have an active shooter on the campus,” Flowers said.Making sure the community is educated is one helpful tool to make sure houses of worship stay protected.WPD said if you couldn’t attend this seminar they are hopeful to have more in the future, but you can always reach out if interested in more information. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police hosted a special church security seminar to help members of different congregations learn what to do and how to be prepared if there is ever an active shooter.After multiple church shootings throughout the nation, Wilmington Police decided to take action.- Advertisement – last_img read more

DEQ wants feedback on draft coal ash rules meeting scheduled in Wilmington

first_img The rules address coal combustion residuals, which includes coal ash, a waste product generated when coal is converted into electricity. Waste is increasingly being removed from coal ash impoundments at North Carolina power plants and transported to either landfills engineered to be protective of the environment and human health or to recycling facilities for reuse into construction products such as cement, concrete blocks and wall board.The draft rules incorporate specific requirements from federal rules enacted by the EPA in 2015 that outline how coal ash landfills are to be designed, constructed and operated. The 90-plus pages of draft rules are intended to be more protective of public health and the environment than existing rules for coal ash disposal and storage.Existing state rules require the operators to build coal ash landfills with protective lining to prevent impacts to groundwater as well as systems for collecting wastewater and regular environmental monitoring.Related Article: Radiothon raises money for Women’s & Children’s HospitalThe new rules would add detailed criteria for how the landfills are to be constructed, restrict what sites are suitable for coal ash landfills and widen the buffers between the landfill and adjoining properties, streams and rivers. The draft rules require operators to inspect the landfills weekly and post the findings from those inspections on a publicly-accessible website. A similar, but shorter rule is being proposed to address dam safety at coal ash impoundments.Click here to read a copy of the draft state coal ash landfill rules.Click here to read a copy of the draft dam safety rule.At the February meetings, staff from the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality will provide a presentation about the rules. State officials will then open the floor to anyone wishing to provide feedback on the rules and will record those comments. People wishing to speak are asked to register between 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. If any time remains after the public comment session concludes, DEQ staff will be available to answer questions.People can also comment in writing at any time during this informal comment period through March 22. Public comments can be sent by email to publiccomments@ncdenr.gov. Please include “CCR Rules” in the subject line. DEQ plans to present a final draft to the full North Carolina Environmental Management Commission, or EMC, in May before a 60-day formal public comment period starts this summer. DEQ will consider those comments and then present final draft rules to the full EMC for adoption. If the rules are approved by the EMC, they will then be presented to the Rules Review Commission, which has the final say on whether to approve the rules. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality wants to hear your feedback on rules being drafted by the state agency to better protect public health and the environment when coal ash wastes are disposed of and recycled.DEQ has scheduled a meeting later this month in Wilmington to gather public comments on the draft state rules. It will be held at 6 p.m. on Feb. 22 in the U-170 building at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington. Two other meetings will be held this month in Roxboro and in Dallas.- Advertisement – last_img read more

BCSO Student injured after school bus hit by BB gun

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Brunswick County student was injured after a school bus was hit by a BB gun this afternoon.At approximately 4 p.m., a call came into the Brunswick County 911 Center in reference to a possible shot being fired at a Brunswick County School bus on Candlewood Court in Bolivia.- Advertisement – Upon investigation it was determined that the shot came from a BB or pellet type gun.Deputies say 45 children and a driver were on board the bus at the time, one child sustained a very minor injury. That student was assessed by EMS. A window on the bus was damaged.The incident is still under investigation.Related Article: County approves budget, no funds included to continue agreement with Coastline Volunteer RescueEarlier this year, deputies say a child accidentally shot a BB gun at a school bus near the intersection of Jones St. and Green Lewis Rd. in Bolivia.last_img read more

Woman spends holiday season living in camper separated from daughter

first_img “I’m not doing it this year. I got my Christmas trees up though,” said CJ, who has been displaced from her Burgaw home for more than two months.CJ should be getting ready for Christmas, something she would normally do this time of year. This year though, she will celebrate in her camper outside her home destroyed by Florence.CJ is trying to make ends meet. Separated from her teenage daughter since the storm, CJ says this holiday season will be lonely.Related Article: Hundreds volunteer for Surf City clean up“It hurts a lot. I miss her. She wants her own room and her own bathroom. She doesn’t have that now,” said CJ.The camper is just big enough for one person, which is why CJ’s ex-husband is caring for their daughter.CJ says she is lucky to even have a roof and a heater as the winter rolls in. But she has one ultimate Christmas miracle..“A new house. I just want my house back,” said CJ.CJ says she lost almost everything from Florence, but not her Christmas decorations. CJ keeps her spirit high as ever. She says she owes it to the community.“Just what a wonderful community and all the love. It’s amazing,” said CJ.Like many others struggling, CJ says this year may be different, but she will pull through.“You know, we’ll make do. You’ve got to do what you’ve got to do,” said CJ.CJ says she still has high hopes for Christmas. She has already started decorating and putting her Christmas lights up. She says each day gets better and better. BURGAW, NC (WWAY) — The holiday season is upon us, but many families in the Cape Fear are still out of their homes following Hurricane Florence.As the holiday season rolls in, and after that awfully cold night last night, one woman will not be spending Christmas how she had hoped. But she says she is just lucky to be here and she is making the best of things.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Crime Stoppers offering reward for info on man wanted for homicide

first_img Police say Mitchell is a validated gang member and could be anywhere in the southeastern US.Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact Wilmington Police Department at (910) 343-3609. To remain anonymous tipsters should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-531-9845 or use Text-a-Tip. Michael Mitchell (Photo: U.S. Attorney’s Office) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Crime Stoppers is now offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a homicide suspect.19-year-old Michael Mitchell is wanted in connection with the death of 27-year-old Willie Sellers Jr., who was shot at killed the night of April 5 in the 1000 block of Emory Street in Wilmington.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Victim in neardrowning improving according to Holden Beach Police

first_img Dixon said he had received an update, and the child’s condition has since improved.“He’s up, talking and doing much better,” Dixon said. “We’re really happy about that.”You can read more about the incident here. HOLDEN BEACH, NC (STAR NEWS) — A 12-year-old boy was rescued from the surf at Holden Beach. Renee Spencer with the Star News reports th incident happened Saturday.Holden Beach Police Chief Jeremy Dixon classified the incident as a near-drowning. The 911 call was made around 12:40 p.m. Dixon said by the time officers arrived, the young man had been pulled from the water and was barely conscious. He was immediately loaded into an ambulance and transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Government authorizes publication of GRECO report

first_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> The Maltese government has announced the official publication of a report into how the country can prevent corruption across its institutions.The report entitled the, ‘Fifth Round Evaluation Report on Malta’ has been published by the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) which was approved last week during a plenary session of the Council of Europe last week.Officially announcing the report’s publication, the Government stipulates that it does not, ‘criticize any laws implemented by this government,’ with, ‘most of the recommendations’ presented being similar to those put forward by the Venice Commission last year ‘which are already being addressed by the government.’Read more:PN condemns call to trigger Article 7 against MaltaGRECO report says Malta’s criminal justice system risks collapseParliament starts legislative process on Venice Commission recommendationsThe Maltese constitution needs to be open for discussion, not rushed – RepubblikaPublication comes only days after leaks of the draft report made it to the Maltese press.In them, they outline key concerns about the efficacy of the Maltese criminal justice system. GRECO highlights the shortcomings in responding to and investigating corruption in the wake of the Panama Papers revelations and investigations into key officials in government connected to them.The report also highlights the shortcomings of the police to investigate the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia and the culture of fear and impunity.Along with observations, the report also outlines a series of recommendations to the government towards improving the country’s legal and administrative processes for the, ‘prevention of corruption and the promotion of integrity in the execution of the highest executive functions of the central Governments and law enforcement agencies.’The government says that these recommendations are very similar to those given to other countries.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

Over €18000 collected in fundraiser for Dar Bjorn

first_img€18,320 has been collected during a concert at St Joseph Band Club in Għaxaq in aid of Dar Bjorn. The money will go directly to Dar Bjorn in aid of Bjorn Formosa’s latest project which is the development of a larger house to accommodate more people suffering from ALS.The activity took place on the 17th of May a fortnight before the village feast. Various artists amongst which Vinyl Paradise, Airport Impression, DJ Pierre Cordina and the foreign group Break Free- Long Live the Queen collaborated to the success of the evening.Various volunteers dedicated their free time to see a positive outcome of the evening. The St Joseph Band Club, Għaxaq volunteers are also urging other band clubs to come up with similar activities in aid of persons suffering from various kinds of diseases and health conditions. They also pledged that they will continue to help the needy in the future.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Libya Diplomatic work has been shoved aside – PN

first_imgIt called for immediate measures to be taken to ensure that diplomatic work is ongoing. The party stated that Malta cannot stand aside, as the consequences of such a decision ultimately affects its future.WhatsApp The Nationalist Party (PN) condemned the Government’s inactivity in order to attempt to resolve the conflict in Libya.It noted that other countries play an active part in diplomatic talks, and that Fajez Serraj is in Italy consulting the Italian Government. The party, in a press release, stated that this shows how Malta is not factored into such relevant talks, and therefore it can never be part of the solution in terms of peace and democracy.Read: From life-saver to pirate – The case of the Aquarius Members of Misrata forces, under the protection of Tripoli’s forces, prepare themselves to go to the front line in Tripoli, Libya April 8, 2019. REUTERS/Hani AmaraMembers of Misrata forces, under the protection of Tripoli’s forces, prepare themselves to go to the front line in Tripoli, Libya April 8, 2019. REUTERS/Hani Amara PN also pointed out that terrorist groups are gaining a stronger foothold, and that Malta should not be ignoring such a situation. This lack of active participation therefore is a mistake, according to the party. center_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Maradona returns to coaching

first_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Diego Maradona has been appointed as the new coach of Mexican second division side Dorados de Sinaloa and will replace Francisco Gamez. The club are currently bottom of the league, having registered three draws and three defeats.Hailed as one of the best players of all time, Maradona became Argentina’s national team coach in 2008 and led them to the quarter-finals of the 2010 World Cup. He also enjoyed short stints coaching clubs in Argentina and the United Arab Emirates. As a player, the former Barcelona and Napoli striker guided Argentina to the 1986 World Cup title.WhatsApplast_img read more

Van Dijk consoles referee after final whistle

first_imgNetherlands’ captain Virgil van Dijk consoled the referee after his side managed a 2-2 draw against Germany in the UEFA Nations League. As soon as the match ended, the Liverpool defender consoled Romanian referee Ovidiu Hategan who had learned of his mother’s passing at half time.According Dutch football magazine Voetbal International, van Dijk stated: “He told me his mum recently passed away. He broke down and started crying.”The former Southampton and Celtic player was the hero after he scored a late goal as the Netherlands recovered from a two goal deficit.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Bitcoin exchange Bitfloor is shutting down

first_imgAdvertisement This is not good news if you are a Bitcoin advocate, fan, or user. Bitfloor is shutting down. During the Great MtGox downtime and trading halt, smaller exchanges, such as bitfloor, provided valuable market liquidity. No more, for bitfloor. This was revealed in a statement on the website which read;I am sorry to announce that due to circumstances outside of our control BitFloor must cease all trading operations indefinitely. Unfortunately, our US bank account is scheduled to be closed and we can no longer provide the same level of USD deposits and withdrawals as we have in the past. As such, I have made the decision to halt operations and return all funds.Over the next days we will be working with all clients to ensure that everyone receives their funds. Please be patient as we process your request.– Roman founder – bitfloor.comBitcoin has enjoyed a riotous few weeks, blasting forward in value to the $266 mark before cratering. The coins are currently trading at $84. That said, the market for their trading has contracted today, which would lower investor confidence in the currency. In fact, total value of all Bitcoins in existence is now under the $1 billion mark.Credit: TNWlast_img read more

MTN Uganda forecasting 10 12 growth in 2014

first_imgAdvertisement MTN Uganda CEO Mazen Mroue (File Photo)Uganda’s leading telecommunications operator MTN has said that it is expecting to see revenue growth of between 10% and 12% in 2014, with sales being boosted by its mobile money and data businesses.This was revealed y the Chief executive Mazen Mroue in an interview with Reuters.He said that they plan to spend UGX150 billion (USD72.4 million) this year to expand its high speed internet infrastructure, underpinning its focus on the data market. – Advertisement – MTN is hoping to have signed ten million mobile subscribers by the end of 2014, up from 9.55 million at 31 March, reinforcing its position at the head of the country’s cellular market. he added.last_img read more

ZTE donates security system to Ugandan hospital to stop stealing of babies

first_imgAdvertisement Chinese tech giant ZTE has installed a security system, free of charge, at Uganda’s biggest hospital to prevent the stealing of newly-born babies.At a brief ceremony held at Mulago National Referral Hospital on Friday, Parliament Speaker Rebecca Kadaga said  that the surveillance cameras will be critical in stopping the crime that has troubled the hospital in recent years.“The stealing of babies has been worrying us. We need to track activities in the wards,” she said. – Advertisement – The Chinese firm worked with parliament on its security system and it was thanked for “supporting mothers in this country.”The Managing Director with ZTE Uganda Wang Senbo, told Xinhua that the surveillance system will be installed in the maternity ward.It is a ZTE’s social welfare project for the Ugandan mothers, he said.Statistics show that every year an average of 33,000 babies are born at the hospital, while perpetrators take advantage of the crowded environment to steal babies.Via: Focaclast_img read more

This is what people were doing on Facebook on its billionuser day

first_imgAdvertisement Last week, Facebook for the first time in history had more than one billion people using the social network in a single day. That’s billion with a b.The company reported in July that it had about 1.5 billion people logging on at least once a month, globally, but this is the first time that more than a billion connected in a 24-hour span.Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg made the announcement via Facebook emphasizing the significance of the benchmark occasion.One billion people, Zuckerberg noted, is equal to about 1 in 7 people on the face of the planet. – Advertisement – Yahoo Tech consulted with its resident quasi-organic artificial intelligence, Steve – One of the planet’s most powerful super computer – to do some digging on Facebook’s announcement. By skimming quantum interference patterns off fiber-optic lines worldwide, Steve analyzed the metadata and came up with some numbers of his own.[related-posts]Here are a few of the more interesting items from his report. Of the one billion people who logged into Facebook during the designated 24-hour period:43.6 million took pictures of whatever they were eating at the time. Steve notes that there was a disturbing amount of quinoa, for some reason.17.2 million flirted with an old crush from high school.12.7 million flirted with an old crush from middle school.6.8 million frantically posted links to wholesome funny pet videos, hoping to distract friends and family from scrutinizing that Ashley Madison list.84.2 million posted meme template photos with polemical social observations, rabid political opinions, dubious statistical citations, and/or poor grammar.77.6 million posted meme template photos with inspirational quotes, folksy bromides, motivational slogans, and/or poor grammar.127.8 million posted an absolutely adorable thing that their child just did.13.3 million searched the help options for a way to turn off video autoplay.99.0 million posted a link to the new Star Wars footage.2.6 million linked to that video of the punk rock bagpiper.44.1 million wrote “Happy Birthday!” on someone’s wall.193.7 million counted the current “Like” number on their last post.74.0 million humblebragged.3.9 million linked to new Bloom County cartoons.1.3 million people posted an optical illusion that instantly gave 7.8 million people a headache.630.2 million wept quietly at their keyboards, looking at all the good times and great food everyone else in the world is apparently enjoying all day, every day, forever.There you have it.We just passed an important milestone. For the first time ever, one billion people used Facebook in a single day.On…Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday, August 27, 2015Credit: Yahoo!Techlast_img read more

Ugandan Graduate Brian Turyabagye Designs a Biomedical Smart Jacket That Will Tackle

first_imgMamaope jacket invention. Photograph: Brett Eloff/The Royal Academy of Engineering Advertisement After Brian watched his grandmother suffer with pneumonia, he began researching methodologies for diagnosing the disease [pneumonia] and its treatments. During his research, he discovered that the illness affects far more children than it does in adults.Reports according to UNICEF show that, pneumonia kills half a million children under five in sub-Saharan Africa every year, with the region accounting for half of all global deaths from pneumonia of children under five.“Many of those deaths are because of misdiagnosis,” says Brian. – Advertisement – “In the villages and remote areas, children get sick – and the first reaction is to treat them for malaria. Most people are aware of malaria, and the signs for malaria and pneumonia are very similar, so it is difficult for health professionals to differentiate,” he adds.Even when a correct diagnosis is made, treatment is often unavailable. According to the Uganda Paediatrics Association (UPA), fewer than 20% of children with pneumonia receive antibiotics, which cost less than a dollar.So Brian began designing a biomedical smart jacket; he named “Mamaope“, or “Mother’s Hope” – a reference to the 27,000 children who die of pneumonia in Uganda every year, that would distinguish pneumonia’s symptoms – temperature, breathing rate and sound of the lungs – and eliminate most human error, diagnosing pneumonia at a rate three to four times faster than a doctor.Brian Turyabagye and his team have developed a biomedical kit for early diagnosis and continuous monitoring of pneumonia patients. Photographs by Brett Eloff for the Royal Academy of Engineering Photograph: Brett Eloff/The Royal Academy of Engineering“We focused on the distinguishing signs of pneumonia,” says Brian. “One of the processes that most doctors use is a stethoscope to the check the lungs. But [pneumonia] tends to be on side points around the body, not just in the chest or back. Its accuracy of being able to diagnose what is healthy, and what is not, is very encouraging.”Currently a prototype of the Mamaope jacket will undergo an official national medical examination within this month. Certification for use in health centers and hospitals is expected by spring.The jacket could be a major boon to diagnosing, treating and preventing pneumonia in sub-Saharan Africa.“Although sub-Saharan Africa accounts for half of pneumonia deaths among children under five worldwide, funding for pneumonia prevention, management and treatment in the region remains low,” according to Mark Young, senior health specialist for UNICEF.The Mamaope Jacket was shortlisted for this year’s £25,000 Africa prize for engineering innovation.source: The Guardian and UNICEFlast_img read more