• The Costs Of Flu In Sa

    Wed, 13 Jul 2016 08:16:44 +0000

    The flu season can see you coughing up about R4000 in costs and the South African economy loses more than R2-billion because of colds and flu every year

    This is according to 2015 research by the Global Hygiene Council (GHC).

    The study of more than 9 000 people across 17 countries, including South Africa, also found that the average person misses 4.5 days of school or work due to an infection and 91% of people reported taking at least some time off work or school due to an infection in 2014.

    “The socio-economic implications of cold and flu, such as health complications, lost productivity, school absenteeism, and cost of healthcare can be limited by avoiding the spread of flu and cold,” said GHC member Dr Kgosi Letlape.

    Letlape said colds and flu are respiratory infections transmitted by a virus

    Although infections happen throughout the year, more people tend to be infected with cold and flu throughout the autumn and winter. According to Letlape, contrary to popular belief, colds and flu are not caused by the weather.

    The biggest reason the illnesses are more prevalent in winter is because people tend to stick very close to each other because it’s so cold, which means the chance of passing on illness-causing germs is a lot higher.

    The influenza season is usually between the last week of April and the first week of July, but according to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) this can change year to year.

    Nhlanhla Shongwe, a mother of two from Vosloorus, told Health-e News that during winter she spends more than R300 on flu medicine for her children.

    Steve Mabona, spokesperson for the Gauteng Department of Health, said for the 2015/16 year the department procured 1150 units of flu vaccine to the value of R64331

    “The burden of flu is usually high during winter, however, public health facilities have enough stock and never run out of vaccines,” said Mabona.

    He added that the department procured flu vaccines annually at the beginning of each flu season, which are then given to specific target groups namely – pregnant women, people with chronic medical conditions, including people living with HIV and Aids, and pensioners.


    Ref: https://www.health-e.org.za/

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  • Construction Skills To Build Young Lives

    Wed, 13 Jul 2016 07:29:25 +0000

    The youth of Khunwana village, in the North West, are set to be trained in housing construction skills that will change their lives, says North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo

    Speaking at the launch of Youth Build 2016 at the weekend, by the Department of Local Government and Human Settlements, Premier Mahumapelo said 40 young people in the village located in the Tswaing Local Municipality, will benefit youth in the area.

    The province will build 200 Breaking New Ground houses in Khunwana as part of 1976 Youth Build Programme which has been allocated R200 million.

    “The 200 houses allocated to Khunwana village will be constructed by young housing developers in the province. Forty young people from this village will be trained in different fields which include brick laying, plastering and plumbing. The skills acquired should go a long way in changing their lives,” said Premier Mahumapelo.

    One of the youth, Pulane Mogapi, said: “Staying in Khunwana village with less opportunities, chances like these comes only once. We are very much grateful to be offered the opportunity and we will grab and make full use of it”.


    Ref- SAnews.gov.za


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  • Snapchat Introduces Memories

    Wed, 13 Jul 2016 05:53:00 +0000

    Memories is a new way to save Snaps and Stories on Snapchat

    It’s a personal collection of your favorite moments that lives below the Camera screen. Just swipe up from the Camera to open Memories!

    It’s super easy to find the Snap or Story you’re looking for in just a few seconds by typing keywords like “dog” or “Hawaii” — that way you can spend less time searching and more time enjoying your Memories.

    You can use Memories to create new Stories from Snaps you’ve taken, or even combine different Stories into a longer narrative!

    It’s fun to celebrate an anniversary or birthday by finding a few old Snaps and stringing them together into a new Story 🙂

    They’ve also created a new way to send Snaps from Memories to your friends, or even post them to your Story. If you post a Snap you took more than a day ago to your Story, it will appear with a frame around it so that everyone knows it’s from the past.

    The social site realised that Snapchatters want to feel comfortable showing their Memories to friends while they’re hanging out together, so they made it easy to move Snaps and Stories to My Eyes Only — and avoid awkward moments when a friend stumbles upon a Snap meant just for you.

    Snapchat won’t backup any photos or videos from your Camera Roll, unless you use one to make a new Story or add it to My Eyes Only. In that case, it will back up only the photo or video that you used.

    It will be rolling out Memories selectively over the next month or so —You’ll receive a Chat from Team Snapchat when Memories is ready for you to use.


    Ref: http://snapchat-blog.com/



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  • Beyonce Makes A Powerful Statement Against Police Brutality

    Tue, 12 Jul 2016 13:32:27 +0000

    Beyoncé released one of the most powerful statements on the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile on her website on Thursday, praying for “an end to this plague of injustice in our communities”

    Read the full statement here:

    “We are sick and tired of the killings of young men and women in our communities. It is up to us to take a stand and demand that they ‘stop killing us.’ We don’t need sympathy. We need everyone to respect our lives. We’re going to stand up as a community and fight against anyone who believes that murder or any violet action by those who are sworn to protect us should consistently go unpunished.

    “These robberies of lives make us feel helpless and hopeless but we have to believe that we are fighting for the rights of the next generation for the next young men and women who believe in good.

    “This is a human fight. No matter your race, gender or sexual orientation. This is a fight for anyone who feels marginalized, who is struggling for freedom and human rights. This is not a plea to all police officers but towards any human being who fails to value life.

    “The war on people of colour and all minorities needs to be over. Fear is not an excuse. Hate will not win.

    “We all have the power to channel our anger and frustration into action. We must use our voices to contact the politicians and legislators in our districts and demand social and judicial changes. While we pray for the families of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, we will also pray for an end to this plague of injustice in our communities.”

    Click the link in my bio to go to Beyonce.com and turn our anger into action by contacting our legislators, councilmen and women. Your voice will be heard.

    A photo posted by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on Jul 7, 2016 at 12:42pm PDT

    Ref: http://www.channel24.co.za/


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  • Blackberry Reportedly Building Three New Android Phones

    Mon, 04 Jul 2016 12:22:07 +0000

    BlackBerry is currently working on three new Android phones, according to Evan Blass, a journalist with an excellent track record for phone leaks

    The three new phones are codenamed Neon, Argon and Mercury, according to Blass’ source, and we will reportedly see one of the phones each quarter.

    The Neon will reportedly be a low to mid-range, aluminum-housed phone with a 5.2-inch 1080p-resolution screen, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and no physical keyboard, and arrive by the end of August for free on contract.

    This October, the Argon will allegedly be a high-end phone with a 5.5-inch QHD-resolution screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 CPU, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a fingerprint reader, a 21-megapixel camera, a USB-C charging port — and also no physical keyboard.


    Ref: http://www.cnet.com/


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