The National Catholic Health Council (NCHC) was launched in Monrovia on Saturday with a commitment to strengthen Roman Catholic health institutions in the country. The launch on Saturday followed a three-day workshop that drew a strategic plan to ensure the sustainability of Catholic related health institutions in the country. NCHC’s executive director Mary Bropleh said the establishment of the NCHC is necessary because there are over 20-Catholic related health centers that need to speak with one voice.She said the strategic plan, developed at the end of the three-day workshop, would guide the administration of the NCHC to ensure that its objectives are realized.She noted that the primary goal of the newly established organization is to provide service to the needy and said with an effective strategic plan now available, the NCHC is ready to move ahead with committed staff members.The three-day workshop was facilitated by Catholic Social Service (CSR) consultant Carole Green.Providing updates on NCHC’s journey so far, she said an annual plan was created for 2017/18 on seven priority areas that identified people, resources and actions.She said they appointed champions for each area and agreed on core values to underpin their work and develop communication messages.She said the ten core values included accountability and transparency, respect and compassion and service standards, quality and safety.Others include unity and commitment, honesty and integrity and innovation and empowerment; sustainability and confidentiality, advocacy, justice and equity.She said the seven priority areas are information system and performance management; drugs and commodities supply; human resource development; representation and advocacy with the government; quality improvement and patient safety; and governance and operations management.Though an invitation for a representative from the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare was not responded to, the body agreed that the objective of the three-day seminar was achieved when Sister Barbara, NCHC’s outgoing chair, assisted by Bishop Andrew Karnley, Bishop of the Cape Palmas Diocese, cut the ribbon to officially announce the establishment of the organization.Bishop Karnley offered his personal services to ensure the success of the NCHC. Other speakers, including the CRS Country Representative and Gabriele Huber of MISEREOR, promised their support.NCHC is the recognized arm of the Catholic Church to champion the provision of quality, standardized, accessible, affordable and holistic health care at all its institutions in Liberia through a team of well-motivated, skilled and trained professionals.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Thursday directed BJP state president Dilip Ghosh to produce documents in connection with his educational qualification. The directions came in the wake of a PIL by petitioner Ashok Sarkar in May last year.The petitioner had alleged that Ghosh had submitted a false affidavit while contesting the 2016 state elections from Kharagpur, claiming that he was an alumnus of Jhargram Polytechnic College. He had also submitted a purported RTI report, saying there was no such college in the state. He had pleaded for Ghosh’s election from the Kharagpur Sadar seat to be nullified. A division bench headed by Chief Justice Jyotirmoy Bhattacharjee, asked the state BJP president to file an affidavit, along with his original academic certificates, in June. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAdvocate Mohammad Ariff, who represented the petitioner at the court, said that Ghosh had been claiming that he had passed out from Ishwarchandra Polytechnic at Kharagpur. “But when my client approached the college through another RTI application, he was informed that between 1975 and 1990, no Dilip Ghosh had appeared in any exam in the college,” he maintained. It may be mentioned that Ghosh was elected to the West Bengal Assembly in 2016, from the Kharagpur Sadar constituency. The Chief Justice wondered on Thursday: “Is it believable that a person has forgotten the name of the institution from which he had passed out?” The matter has been scheduled for hearing on June 8.
BALURGHAT: A retired high school teacher, Tapan Kundu, residing in Duck-Bungalow area of Balurghat, has lodged an official complaint on Friday morning, claiming that burglars had broken into his house by breaking the windowpanes of the kitchen and left with cash and ornaments amounting to nearly Rs 1.5 lakh, as learnt through preliminary inspection.The incident has led to tension in the entire locality, as several cases of theft and burglary have already been reported at Balurghat police station over the past six months. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifePolice said the burglars managed to break the kitchen’s windowpanes and entered the house easily. They went on to break open the almirah, looted the ornaments and cash and fled from the spot. On Friday morning, Kundu found himself locked from outside in the room he slept in and when he raised an alarm, his wife and daughter opened the door and rescued him.”A gang of burglars had broken into my house. They locked me from outside and ransacked my bedroom, looting cash and ornaments. When I screamed, my wife and daughter rescued me by unlocking the bedroom in the morning. We are panic-stricken. Police must act soon to find out the culprits,” said Kundu.Police inquiry in the case has not made much headway, as no concrete clues are available yet.Police sources said that among the gold articles stolen were a necklace, chains and rings. Cash amounting to Rs 12,000 was also looted.
This story appears in the January 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Listen Now Should you change your web-hosting company? Before rushing into anything, give your service a thorough assessment. “Ask yourself, quite simply, whether you’ve received the service you expected,” says Sebastian Moser, U.S. director of technical development at 1&1 Internet Inc., a web-hosting provider in Chesterbrook, Pennsylvania. So what should you expect from a web host?”First and foremost, it should provide speedy and reliable service, and give you all the tools you need to have a sophisticated and productive website at a reasonable price,” says Moser. Before you switch, Moser suggests you ask yourself the following questions. If you answer yes to any of them, it might be time to change.Am I experiencing regular outages? The most important question is whether your site’s availability is satisfactory, says Moser. While you will seldom achieve 100 percent availability, he says, “if you have experienced regular outages lasting longer than a couple of hours, it is time to switch.”Does my hosting company meet my needs? “It’s surprising how often we find people operating multimillion-dollar businesses on one dedicated server, with no backup or redundant hard drives,” says Moser. “Talk to your hosting company to learn more about how to best match your needs with the right technology.”Am I getting the best value for the price? At least once a year, do some comparison shopping–new hosting companies may have emerged, or existing companies may be offering better deals.According to Moser, “Some of the bigger and more reputable web hosts will provide you with very feature-rich packages, with all the tools and resources you need at prices that are lower than ever, so it pays to do a little homework.” Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer 2 min read January 1, 2006 Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger.
In order to prepare for the Linux 4.20 release, there are multiple performance improvements made to the Btrfs file-system. These changes are to be shipped in the next Linux kernel release. Btrfs is a modern ‘copy on write’ filesystem for Linux. It offers a lot of features not readily available in other in-tree Linux file-systems such as fault tolerance, repair, and easy administration. However, its performance has been degrading for some time (partially because copy-on-write by default damages some workloads). However, with performance improvements for the Linux 4.20 release, there should be multiple speed-ups to Btrfs. Improvements include more files/sec in fsmark, better perf on multi-threaded workloads (filebench, dbench), fewer context switches and overall better memory allocation characteristics (multiple benchmarks). Apart from general performance, there’s an improvement for qgroups + balance workload. Performance improvements Btrfs has deprecated the blocking mode of path; only the spinning mode is used. Blocking mode of path is eliminated because it resulted in unnecessary wakeups and updates to the path locks. Improvement for qgroups + balance workload include speedup balancing with qgroups, as well as skip quota accounting on unchanged subtrees. The overall gain is about 30+ % in runtime. A small improvement has been made to rb-tree to avoid pointer chasing. rb-tree with cached first node is now used for several structures. Btrfs now has better error reporting, after processing blockgroups and whole device. It continues trimming block groups after an error is encountered. It also has less interaction with transaction commit that improves latency on slower storage (eg. image files over NFS). Cleanups in Btrfs Unused struct members and variables are removed Function return type cleanups are performed Delayed refs code refactoring is done Protection is provided against deadlock that could be caused by crafted image that tries to allocate from a tree that’s locked already These are just a select few updates. Read the full list of changes in a post by David Sterba. Read Next Linux 4.19 kernel releases with open arms and AIO-based polling interface; Linus back to managing the Linux kernel. KUnit: A new unit testing framework for Linux Kernel bpftrace, a DTrace like tool for Linux now open source