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first_imgMake sure someone who knows the legislation is updating your smoke alarmsMs Parsons said many landlords are trying to be proactive by updating their properties to fit the legislation, however many are being caught out, with their updates still not being compliant.“We are already seeing concerning trends with landlords trying to upgrade with third parties,” Ms Parsons said.“They are trying to do the right thing and get an upgrade but 39 per cent are failing to comply.“Almost 50 per cent are failing to comply because the electricians are just putting the wrong alarms in.”She said the average cost for the update was $1200, although many owners were paying more because they were not updated correctly in the first instance.Smoke Alarm Solutions offer a subscription service that checks on alarms regularly and ensures they are up to date with the latest legislation.Most properties built before 2017 will be affected by the changes, as those built after that date should already be compliant.Recent Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and Smoke Alarm Solutions data has revealed operational fire alarms within Queensland homes has been on a downhill slide for the past two years.Only 80 per cent of smoke alarms were operational in 2018, down from 84 per cent in 2017 and 87 per cent in 2016. Shockingly, only 28 per cent of 2257 Brisbane respondents had smoke alarms in their main bedroom. Make sure your smoke alarms are in working order this winter.As the days grow shorter and the nights grow colder the dropping temperature serves as a prudent reminder to investors to make sure their rental properties have working smoke alarms.New legislation off the back of an inquest into the deaths of 11 people in a house fire in Slacks Creek 2011 will see all rental properties in Queensland required to ensure their smoke alarm systems are fulfilling new compliancy requirements by January 1, 2022. Avoid this scene at your rental property.This includes having smoke alarms installed in every bedroom; smoke alarms powered by either 240 volt or 10-year lithium batteries, having interconnected and photoelectric smoke alarms, and ensuring smoke alarms meet the Australian Standard 3876:2014.While 2022 still seems a fair distance away, Smoke Alarm Solutions COO Michelle Parsons said from May 1, 2019, a staggering 799 properties a day would have to be upgraded in order for all of the rentals in Queensland to meet the deadlines.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoAt present, smoke alarms are required to be on each storey and in hallways near the bedroom, as well as in clean and working order.last_img read more

PERSONAL REFLECTIONS ON EBOLA AND ITS IMPACT ON OUR SOCIETY- (PART FOUR): A SEARCH…

first_imgThe focus of this fourth article of the series that is focused on the Ebola Virus Disease and its devastating impact on all of the Liberian society and the ongoing war to eradicate it and mitigate its impact is on finding an appropriate messaging to accelerate the defeat of it. What do we mean by an appropriate messaging? What kind of massages do we need to help us get everyone on board in the ongoing fight to kick Ebola out of Liberia and the sub-region? What kind of messages is not helpful? Why is messaging important for the fight to care for Ebola victims and to eradicate the virus? Let us explore in brief below. The third article on the need for an appropriate strategy for phase two of the war against Ebola observed the following points:Most of the partners, if not all, in the fight against Ebola agree that what strategy or strategies we proffer must include taking the involvement of the community as key to bringing the rate of infection to zero. The government and its local and international partners should bring all of their expertise and resources to empower communities to achieve what the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has identified as: (1) safe burial: bury all dead bodies safely, (2) isolation of sick people: keep sick people away from others, (3) speedy and effective communication about cases and contacts, (4) Contact tracing: help find anyone who is suspected of being infected, and (5) quarantine of contacts and supply them with food and water: contacts must stay to one area. This and all the personal and communal preventive measures are what must be done. But how can we get them done?There are lots of helps out there from the international and local partners. But one great need is the coordination of all the interventions: who is doing what, where and when.  Such a directory should be available by now. We must endeavor to respond to any outbreaks anywhere quickly starting with those who are already working there.The free movement of people throughout the length and breadth of the country is a major concern, especially during this Christmas and elections time. At some point the government has to take the hard decision to let everyone stay where he/she is for three weeks. People have to stop moving from place to place and let homes and communities be checked. This approach is not popular and is very expensive but a radical problem requires a radical solution.To undergird any strategy to eradicate Ebola is the right messaging. Messaging is absolutely vital to any attempts to persuade people to do something, especially if it involves asking them to change their mental attitude and behavior. Any kind of propaganda (whether it is a war of any kind, a political platform, a new policy, a marketing strategy, or any human endeavor that asks the voluntary involvement of other people) requires the right kind of messaging if it is to succeed. In fact, communication of which messaging is one kind, is a necessity for all who lead or influence others in one form or the other. Sometime the difference between success and failure depends on the kind of message one employs.The fight against the deadly Ebola Virus Disease in Liberia has been helped or hampered by the messages used. For example, earlier on in the fight, out of ignorance and lack of experience in dealing with an emergency of the Ebola kind, people were told not to touch anyone who was sick and that Ebola had no cure and this message was not qualified. That led to some sick persons being abandoned and people suspected of having Ebola not wanting to go for any treatment and thus leading to their deaths! But as our understanding of the virus improved messaging included isolating the sick and caring for them while protecting the caregivers and that an early treatment could lead to a cure for some.Phase two now requires clear, simple messaging around safe burials, isolation of the sick, speedy and effective communication about cases and contacts, contact tracing, and quarantine of suspected people and supplying them with food and other basic needs. The messages have to be unambiguous and consistent. All partners in the fight must synchronize their messages and get them across to all via radio stations (national and local), jingles, dramas, and reaching out to as many as possible on one on one basis. The Press Union of Liberia (PUL), Liberian Media Center (LMC) and other news outlets, both print and electronic, can play a crucial role in the dissemination of the massages. A clear message on Ebola and the war against it can change perception and behavior in the right direction. And the fight against Ebola desperately needs a behavioral change at the community and personal levels if it is to succeed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

MESSENGERS OF PEACE

first_imgSince the outbreak of the Ebola epidemic in March, it has become critical that individuals, families and communities, play an important role in providing basic hand washing facilities and services to their constituencies. We recognize that when given reliable information and facilities, people are more likely to contribute to improved health outcomes and reduction in the spread of Ebola.Every community has both rights and responsibilities for action against Ebola. As individuals, we have the responsibility to take the best possible action to ensure the health of our families and community is protected. In return, they have the right to expect the health system to provide the services and enabling environment that will allow them to take those actions.Improving awareness, knowledge and community involvement is one of the thrusts of preventive and control measures. This includes both the rights of the public to have access to quality health care services such as Ebola Treatment Units (ETU) as well as the right to healthy environments.The strengthening of community awareness and involvement has been an important feature for the current reduction of Ebola epidemic in Liberia. We are happy to note that most communities have taken the responsibility to take the best possible action to ensure they remain healthy and prevent the spread of Ebola.Now that the entire world has woken up to the dangers of Ebola epidemic, the task of eradicating the disease is feasible through knowing your rights and responsibilities as well as through international collaboration which at the moment needs strengthening.Safe and health-supportive environments including access to safe health facilities-ETUs, sanitation, and protection against Ebola are all means to provide equitable conditions for maintaining and improving health and quality of life for all people.Messengers of Peace (MOP)-Liberia has been particularly impressed by the willingness of all community-based organizations; youth-based organizations and Non-governmental organizations to be involved in health actions that involved them.As young people, it is our responsibility to, promote credible and accurate information on Ebola; at the same time we also should help address issues of mistrust, alley fear, misconception and enforce preventive health measures. The Ebola epidemic is controllable if we take our rights and responsibilities seriously. The dissemination of accurate information on Ebola prevention and response is not only a right but it is critical.The downward curve of the Ebola statistics has been attributed to the responsibilities of frontline workers and the support from hundreds of volunteers across the country that have been working with various communities or committees established at national level and local levels to put in place structures, systems, processes and procedures to enable everyone to fight this Ebola virus disease.Our dialogue and message for the week centers on the need for Liberians to work as one community with entrenched rights and responsibilities for good hygienic practices of hand washing and disinfecting; safely caring for the sick, helping government to trace contacts and making burial practices safe. According to the World Bank President-Jim Yong Kim, “The world needs to do much more to respond to the Ebola Crisis”Let us conclude by applauding the decision of the Supreme Court to stop the senatorial election scheduled for 16 December 2014 and wish to use this opportunity to reiterate our call to the Government of Liberia to strengthen its fight against the deadly Ebola virus by reopening our educational institutions.Until next week when we bring to you another piece on dialogue amongst peace messengers: Community-based Interventions, we would like to encourage everyone to take this epidemic very seriously and be part of the drive to stopping Ebola. We look forward to 2015 that is free of the Ebola virus disease, of individuals and communities knowing their rights to health and basic civil responsibility.Liberians must do all to eradicate Ebola so that we can continue on our path of stability.Peace First, Peace above all and May Peace Prevail on earth.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ipswich vs Norwich: Live talkSPORT commentary, kick-off time and team news

first_imgBut the Canaries have hardly been better and come into this one after a sobering 3-0 defeat to Leeds.Daniel Farke would love a victory here to unite the fanbase, just as they did last season.What time is Ipswich vs Norwich?The match will be held on Sunday, September 2.Kick-off at Portman Road is at midday.When the sides last met in February, Norwich salvaged a dramatic point after a 95th minute Timm Klose equaliser.How can I listen to the game on talkSPORT?Tune in to talkSPORT 2 form 11.45am via our free web player.You can also tune in via DAB digital radio and on 1089 or 1053 AM. Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Your City XI for the derby ⬇️#ncfc pic.twitter.com/QVgxyXfMBq— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) September 2, 2018 Farke’s side won 1-0 at Portman Road last season silverware highlights 1 FOOTBALL LATEST Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Getty possible standings How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade MONEY Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack smart causal It’s always tasty when Ipswich and Norwich clash in the Norfolk derby.The Tractor Boys are still searching for their first win of the season and will kick off this game rock bottom of the Championship. What is the team news? TEAM-NEWS | Here’s how Town line-up on derby day at Portman Road… 👇 #itfc pic.twitter.com/DWNG7CXrTP— Ipswich Town FC (@Official_ITFC) September 2, 2018 impact last_img read more