Ebola Claims Catholic Hospital’s Chief Admin

first_imgThe Daily Observer was told on Saturday, August 2, that the St. Joseph Catholic Hospital Chief Administrator, Bro/Dr. Patrick Nshamdze, has died, having contracted the deadly Ebola virus disease at least three weeks ago. He died Friday, August 1; he was 57.There were tears Saturday, August 2, at the Christ The King Catholic Church in Gaye Town when news filtered in that Bro Patrick has succumbed to the virus. He was very attached to the church and its members.Dr. Nshamdze, who preferred to be called “Bro. Patrick”, was from Cameroon and a member of the Catholic Community—Brothers of St. John of God. Bro. Patrick was one of the missionaries assigned at the St. Joseph Catholic Hospital in Congo Town. He was one of those very reliable medical practitioners, who kept the hospital intact and running.One Catholic source, who preferred to remain anonymous told the Observer that Bro Patrick had contracted the disease from a pregnant lady, who had been transferred from another health facility to the hospital. According to this source, the lady, who too, has died of the virus, came bleeding and it was Bro. Patrick, who had worked on her.“When Bro. Patrick was told that this lady had died from Ebola, he broke down, because he had had direct contact with her,” our source said.The Observer was told by other high-placed sources within the Catholic Church that the Church had requested his remains to be interred differently so that the Church and his relatives can one day pay homage to him but their plead was not granted as he was “dumped in a mass grave” containing at least 25 other victims, in Johnsonville, outside Monrovia.Very nearby the grave in which he and others were “dumped”, lay plywood billboards, indicating all of those buried in that mass grave.News filtered in late last night that Spain, which provides bulk of the hospital’s supports, was making plans to “evacuate” all the remaining missionary sisters and brothers assigned at the hospital.If this happens, it could be a deadly blow to the struggling health sector and nation at-large, grappling with the Ebola outbreak, which has claimed so many lives in Liberia. The St. Joseph Catholic Hospital is partially closed at the moment; this would be one last blow to finally close the hospital indefinitely.The Observer was told that the Catholic Church is expected to meet today to discuss these grave matters, including Bro. Patrick’s death.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

FFA toy show this weekend

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Arlington FFA Alumni is hosting their 6th annual toy show on February 14 in the Arlington High School Gymnasium, located at 336 S. Main, Arlington. The event will run from 10 am to 3 pm with admission being $3 for adults, $2 for students and under school age children are free. There will be toy show vendors from around the state exhibiting as well as a craft and home show vendors with homemade crafts, home decor, jewelry and more!There are several additional activities planned for the event including a children’s tractor pedal pull contest, registration for this will start at noon and the pull will start at 12:30 pm. There will also be a tractor simulator sponsored by DNC Hydraulics where all ages can see the difference between driving a tractor with GPS navigation what it is like to drive a tractor without this technology. The Arlington FFA Alumni group also plans to hold a 50/50 drawing (winning ticket to be drawn at 2pm), have door prizes throughout the day, and a variety of refreshments will be available.The Arlington FFA Alumni uses funds generated from the toy show to help support the Arlington FFA chapter with chapter trips to the State and National FFA Conventions, classroom and shop supplies and equipment, and a College Scholarship for an Arlington FFA graduating senior.For additional information, call Larry Inbody at 419-722-8222 or Brad Beach at 419-722-2857.last_img read more

Intel to acquire computer vision startup Movidius

first_imgIntel announced on Monday plans to acquire computer vision startup Movidius for an undisclosed amount. It is one in a series of acquisitions from the chip giant, as it tries to capture emerging markets like artificial intelligence, big data, and the Internet of Things.Movidius was founded 11 years ago in Ireland and expanded into Silicon Valley a few years ago. In that time, it has worked on multiple projects, including drones, augmented reality, and Alphabet’s Project Tango.See Also: Will Intel’s Developer Forum highlight the future of IoT?In a blog post, Intel senior vice president and general manager, Josh Walden, said Movidius’ efforts would be integrated into RealSense, the company’s chip and camera system for AR, VR, and drones.“With Movidius, Intel gains low-power, high-performance SoC platforms for accelerating computer vision apps,” said Walden. “Additionally, this acquisition brings algorithms tuned for deep learning, depth processing, navigation and mapping, and natural interactions, as well as broad expertise in computer vision and machine intelligence.”“Movidius’ technology optimizes, enhances and brings RealSense capabilities to fruition,” he added.Nvidia has pulled ahead in the race to supply chipsets for VR and AR, with some manufacturers preferring the Taiwanese company’s focus on graphics rather than performance. Intel has seen the same issues in the artificial intelligence market, where Nvidia can provide better performance for photo and video than Intel chips.Intel acquiring it its way into AR and VRIntel is trying to fix this shortcoming by acquiring specialized suppliers and creating new divisions for emerging technologies. The recent acquisition of Nervana Systems, an AI startup, shows its willing to spend millions to try and have a chance in the market.Part of the spending binge has to do with Intel’s failure in the mobile industry, where it lost billions to Qualcomm and Nvidia. The company did not spend a lot of time in the early days securing contracts with Apple, Samsung, and others, and it ended up crushing the once dominant chip manufacturer.Intel CEO Brian Krzanich is committed to not letting that happen again, and the acquisitions are proof of how serious the company is taking these new markets. Follow the Puck Tags:#AI#artificial intelligence#Computer Vision#Intel#Internet of Things#IoT#Movidius Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts center_img David Curry What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … How Myia Health’s Partnership with Mercy Virtua…last_img read more