Animation tells the story of Ebola and how to avoid it

first_imgRay Maota Animation is being used to help people in Ebola affected areas to understand the disease and dispel fears (Image: United Methodist Communications).Ebola has the world on tenterhooks as countries and medical groups scramble to contain the rampant disease. And misinformation is adding to the hysteria surrounding the deadly virus. But working in West Africa, the centre of the outbreak, United Methodist Communications has turned to animation to spread factual information about the illness and how it is contracted.Through collaboration with Chocolate Moose Media and iHeed, an Irish social enterprise that produces digital training content, United Methodist has produced a video and is sharing it across West Africa to educate people on the disease. Chocolate Moose Media, founded by Firdaus Kharas, produces animation, documentaries, films and television series designed to educate, entertain, and change societal and individual behaviour via a process Kharas calls culture shift.Ebola is transmitted to humans from wild animals and spreads through person-to-person transmission. The body of a deceased person can also play a role in transmission. “Our goal is to provide education that leads to better understanding to prevent infections,” explained Reverend Larry Hollon, the chief executive of United Methodist Communications. “Ebola gains foothold in poor communities where mistrust, resistance to proper care, and lack of understanding of the virus and is widespread. The church’s advantage lies in its network of trusted leaders who live in the affected regions.”United Methodist Communications is the global communications agency of the United Methodist Church. It uses several methods to convey education, including text messages to clergy in Sierra Leone and Liberia, as well as commentaries by trusted leaders to encourage co-operation with health programmes. The videoThe video has been produced in various languages, including English and French with West African voices, as well as West African languages. Production took place in more than 10 countries, including Canada, Guinea, India, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Switzerland and the United States. The 20-person production team was headed by Kharas.“I have created what I hope will be a compelling video to prevent the spread of Ebola,” he said. “My approach was to combine animation with non-coercive persuasion by having Africans speak to their own broader family.”iHeed’s medical director, Dr Kunal Patel, explained that through a combination of weak health infrastructure, inconsistent levels of education and unpreparedness, the epidemic had become a global threat. “Digital media can fill the gaps. In combination with technologies such as mobile phones, cinemas, projectors and tablets, animated information can help.”The video tells the story of a young boy who is infected with the virus when he tries to help a mother with a baby who has the disease. He tells his family and community the facts regarding the disease, and warns them what not to do. He also gives them words of hope that the disease will be stopped by the medical people helping in the village.The video will be distributed by all three partners through international organisations, non-governmental organisations, civil society and churches, and through social media using the hashtag #Ebolavideo. It can also be also be downloaded on United Methodist’s website.Watch the video here:  EbolaAccording to the World Health Organization, 7 470 cases of Ebola had been reported as of 3 October, with 3 431 deaths in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Symptoms of infection include: fever greater than 38.6°C, severe headache, muscle pain, weakness, diarrhoea and vomiting, abdominal pain and unexplained haemorrhaging and bruising.Symptoms can take anything from two to 21 days after exposure to Ebola to appear, but the average is eight to 10 days, according to the US’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Recovery from Ebola depends on good supportive clinical care and the patient’s immune response. People who recover from Ebola infection develop antibodies that last for at least 10 years. The fight against the virusBrice de le Vingne, Médecins Sans Frontières’ director of operations, described the fight against Ebola as a war. “The fight against Ebola is like a war, and we need a very clear chain of command. There are 3 000 American soldiers being sent to Liberia, and the British army is also sending troops to support NGOs. We still do not really know who will operate the emergency health centres. At the moment, the deployment is slower than the epidemic, so we are losing ground.”He added that the only time the scourge of the virus would be dealt with was once a vaccine was developed. “The development of a vaccine depends on private companies [that] want to make a profit. In order to encourage them, we simply have to promise them orders. That is the job of the international community but we do not have the luxury of time,” he said.last_img read more

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10 Classic TV Shows You Still Can’t Watch Online

first_imgOnline television offers a truly dizzying array of choices. Viewers of services like Hulu and Netflix, as well as customers of iTunes and Amazon Digital Services, can stream, rent or purchase episodes of television shows from every era.But not every show that ever aired is legally available online. Surprisingly, there are plenty of high-profile shows that are not available for online consumption – not even for purchase. For a variety of reasons, there are some seriously popular (or once-popular) shows that you just can’t find online.Here’s my list of the concluded shows that were popular in their day and are not currently available online in any streaming form. DVD collections do not count, and the show doesn’t have to be free online: shows on HBO Go are regarded as online, even if you have to subscribe to HBO to get them. (I’m looking at you, Sopranos.) And because legal is the watchword here, I am not going to count the ways you can download copies of episodes with BitTorrent or watch them on YouTube.Note that the availability of online shows is constantly shifting. The Cosby Show was once on Netflix, then off, and now is on Hulu Plus. Nor is this list complete: you may have your own favorites that you can’t find online. Stick around until the end, though; I’ve included linkst to a set of tools that can find shows even on obscure networks.1. BatmanImage courtesy of Greenway Productions/20th Century Fox TelevisionThanks to the DC Comics/Warner Brothers money machine, you can view Batman animated series episodes practically anywhere on the Internet. But the original 1966-1968 classic show starring Adam West and Burt Ward is not showing online at any Bat-time or any Bat-channel. For comic-book aficionados, this is both bad (it’s Batman!) and good (the Batusi? Really?). But at the end of the day, who wouldn’t want to relive the harrowing cliff-hangers we saw as kids while also catching the barely disguised innuendo we can detect as adults?2. Full HouseImage courtesy of Jeff Franklin Productions/Miller-Boyett Productions/Warner Bros. TelevisionYeah, I cringed too. But the 1987-1995 run on ABC was hugely popular and its absence online is sure to be noted. This wholesome-to-the-max family drama with three men caring for three girls (trust me, it worked) actually poked a few holes in the usual sitcom situation, especially with the notion that dads could parent, too.3. The Golden GirlsImage courtesy of Witt/Thomas/Harris ProductionsIn the days when comedy shows reigned supreme, this one showed viewers that old could mean funny. For seven seasons, from 1985-1992, this NBC show featuring four sharp women was acerbic enough keep even younger audiences interested. But older audiences flocked to this show, and might again if it was more widely distributed online.4. The HoneymoonersImage courtesy of Jackie Gleason Enterprises“To the moon, Alice!” Or at least to the nearest IP address, please. But alas, the comedic genius of Jackie Gleason and an incredible cast of comedy veterans is not to be found online now. Popular from 1953-1956, and then even more when it was revived as a part of a variety show from 1966-1970 (with sporadic episodes throughout the ’70s), this comedy about working-class couples remains timeless.5. Little House on the PrairieImage courtesy of Ed Friendly Productions/NBC ProductionsFor about a season, maybe two, this NBC family drama followed the books written by Laura Ingalls Wilder fairly closely. But the popularity of the family drama pushed the writers to expand the Ingalls-verse to keep the show going. Until the end, it mostly worked. The saga of Charles Ingalls and his family in Walnut Grove, Minnesota, was compelling and genuinely warm, even if it bore little resemblance to history.6. M*A*S*HImage courtesy of 20th Century Fox TelevisionOne of the longest-running shows on television, this medical procedural/comedy/war series ran for 11 seasons on CBS, bringing the Korean War into our homes every Monday night. You wouldn’t think a show about a medical unit in a proxy war in Asia would be a hit so soon after the actual Vietnam War, but it was. The chemistry of the cast and the razor-sharp writing kept this show alive far longer than the conflict in which it was set. I’d like my kids to see this one.7. Mork and MindyImage courtesy of Henderson Productions/Miller-Milkis Productions/Paramount TelevisionThis spin-off from Happy Days (yes, go look it up) followed the adventures of one Mork from Ork in Boulder, Colorado, for four seasons. Not a long run, but Robin Williams, Pam Dawber – and even the late Jonathan Winters – created a show full of insane improvisation and sheer goofiness… and maybe a valid mirror on human behavior. That it’s not online now? ShazBot, somebody call Orson.8. The Six Million Dollar ManImage courtesy of Kenneth JohnsonYou can rebuild him. You can make him better than he was before. Faster. Stronger. But if you want to actually watch Lee Majors as the world’s first bionic man online? Forget it, the show’s locked up tighter than the OSI. Okay, so the show doesn’t rank up there with the greats, but it was pretty decent sci-fi that managed to bring super-heroics to the screen and show us a surprisingly realistic future of bionics. Even if they always did run in slow motion.9. ThirtysomethingImage courtesy of The Bedford Falls Company/United Artists TelevisionI may be one of the few people on the planet that has never watched a single episode of this show, but there’s no denying its impact as an ensemble drama that drew in the lucrative demographic of, well, thirtysomethings to ABC for four seasons. The show’s depiction of baby boomers in their thirties was smart, well-written and very much loved by its viewers.10. The WaltonsImage courtesy of Lorimar ProductionsThis nine-season family drama based on the novel Spencer’s Mountain ran from 1972-1981 depicting the lives of a rural Virginia family in the midst of the Great Depression and World War II. This was a big family, too, with seven kids, the parents, and the grandparents all trying to make do in one of the roughest American economies ever. A lot of people make fun of this show, pegging it as pure schmaltz. Yet the Waltons enjoy a lifestyle that many people not-so-secretly strive for – and might watch all over again.Good night, John-Boy.Find Your Own FavoritesIf you are not sure if the show you want to watch is online anywhere, try Sidereel, which does a pretty good job listing the online availability of shows. It’s not 100% accurate, though, so if your results come up empty, try Hulu next.Even if you are not a Hulu subscriber, you can still search for TV episodes on the site. If Hulu does not have them, it may point you to other sources (like cable channel websites) where the show can be watched.You might also try Netflix, which often changes show availability at the drop of a hat.Hopefully, all your favorite shows will be online someday. Until then, what shows are you missing?Lead image courtesy of Henderson Productions/Miller-Milkis Productions/Paramount Television 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Tags:#entertainment#Streaming video#television brian proffittcenter_img Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…last_img read more

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Josh Urbiztondo announces retirement from basketball

first_imgUrbiztondo, who was a PBA All-Star in 2012, got several messages of support, including from his opponent-turned-coach Jimmy Alapag.“From going to battle against each other through the years, to having you in Alab the last two seasons, I’ve always had the utmost respect for your character,” Alapag commented on Urbiztondo’s post.“You’ve been a great example to future Filipino players that it’s not about where you start, but where you finish. Been a hell of a ride the past two seasons together! Appreciate you and your incredible family!” added Alapag. “The game will miss you! Always here for you if you need anything.”Urbiztondo said that his next move is to move back to the United States with his wife Alexis and their two daughters.“Those of you who know me, my kids and wife are everything to me and as a father I have to think about what’s best for them so moving back to the States is essential for my family at this moment and I am excited for our next chapter,” said Urbiztondo.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ “After a long-thought decision and discussing with my wife, I have finally decided to hang ‘em up and retire from basketball,” wrote Urbiztondo on his Instagram. “In my 11-year pro career there have been a lot of ups and downs, which I will cherish and bring with me in my next chapter of life.”Urbiztondo was a reliable journeyman during his days in the PBA putting up an average of 6.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists from 2009 to 2017 and was even a champion with the Purefoods franchise in the 2012 Commissioner’s Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsHe then transitioned to the ABL first with the Singapore Slingers in 2017 before going back to the PBA on the same year. In 2018, he returned to the ABL playing for Alab  where he won a title.“I want to thank God, ally my fans and supporters, brothers, coaches, teammates, and the management throughout all my years in the Philippines, especially my wife, my daughters, my parents, my brothers-in-law, and all my family in the States who would watch my games in the middle of the night and follow my progress via Internet.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIEScenter_img Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles FILE – Josh Urbiztondo celebrates after hitting a 3-pointer. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Josh Urbiztondo announced his retirement from professional basketball a day after Alab Pilipinas got eliminated in the Asean Basketball League playoffs.The 36-year-old guard said he talked with his wife Alexis about his decision of ending his 11-year professional career before dutifully announcing it through social media.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nuggets clinch Northwest with win over Trail Blazers SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

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