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18 July 2013Brand South Africa staff and suppliers joined people from across the world in celebrating Nelson Mandela International Day on Thursday by bringing gifts and cheer to children at the Ebenezer Hannah Home in Walkerville, south of Johannesburg.South Africans, and people from around the world, were asked to set aside 67 minutes on Mandela Day to give back by making a positive social change in the communities where they live – to donate their time and resources to make it a day to remember for those who are less fortunate.Brand South Africa and its supplier companies went beyond 67 minutes on Thursday, spending the whole day with the children at the home.Apart from giving out various presents of toys, educational items and shoes, those present made it a day to cherish by playing with the children – some helping them with reading, others with singing, and others by turning up the music and dancing with the children.The Ebenezer Hannah Home is an NGO catering for the orphaned, elderly and destitute. It caters for people in the informal settlements of Thula Mtwana, Sweet Waters, Bheka Phambili and Majazane in the deep south of Johannesburg.Established in 1992, the home is run by founders Thomas and Shirley Merime, whose life story is the stuff movies are made off.The couple both grew up in orphanages as Thomas’s parents abandoned him, while Shirley’s mother died of cancer. After roaming the streets, Shirley ended up at the Roman Catholic Orphanage in Pofadder in the Northern Cape, where she met Thomas.Shirley, a qualified teacher and Thomas, a building contractor, married and had children years later after settling in Eldorado Park in the south of Johannesburg, but their struggle continued.Thomas had a violent streak and would victimise his family, which led to the couple divorcing and Shirley taking the children with her. Thomas said: “I lost everything and nobody wanted anything to do with me. I was in the gutter.”But Shirley said she never stopped praying for the man she had met as a 10-year-old at the orphanage, and this led to the down-and-out Thomas becoming a pastor.He said: “I not only got my family back, but also everything else I had lost and much more. Look at the size of my family at the moment.”Brand South Africa has been involved with the Ebenezer Hannah Home for a few years now, having helped repaint parts of the old age home on Mandela Day in 2012, and donating R20 000 to the institution on Mandela Day in 2011.Source: Play Your Part
Betty Jean Jennings Bartik, one of the first women in the IT industry, has passed away at the age of 86. Bartik was on the team that programmed and de-bugged the first general-purpose computer, the ENIAC, or Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer. She was one of the female mathematicians, known as “computers,” recruited by the United States military during World War II to test ballistics. They soon moved into the electronics program. Jean, leftJennings Bartik was born in December of 1924 and was raised on a farm near Stanberry in Missouri. After high school, she attended Northwest Missouri State Teachers College, now Northwest Missouri State University where she was the only female Math major at the time and which now has a computer museum named in her honor. She graduated in 1945.ENIAC began in July of 1943, in secret, at the University of Pennsylvania’s engineering school under the code name Project PX. Jennings Bartik was brought into the ENIAC project in the fall of 1945. The computer came on line in February of 1946, having cost $6 million in today’s currency. It weighed 27 tons and contained almost 18,000 vacuum tubes. Jennings Bartik later went on to program the BINAC and UNIVAC, Here’s the thing. The reason you can read this on your playing card-sized handheld goes straight back to ENIAC and women like Betty Jean Jennings Bartik. Your grandma invented the computer. Deal with it. Hrmmm. Says here women are not as good as men at mathematics. Well, there’s a head-scratcher for you. Bartik photo from Computer History Museum | ENIAC photo Wikimedia Commons | other sources: TechEye | Northwest Missouri State University Tags:#Dot Obits#news#NYT#web curt hopkins Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…
Alternate NamesHigh muscle tone – care; Increased muscle tension – care; Upper motor neuron syndrome – care; Muscle stiffness – careDefinitionMuscle spasticity, or spasms, causes your muscles to become stiff or rigid. It can also cause exaggerated deep tendon reflexes, like a knee-jerk reaction when your reflexes are checked.Self-care These things may make your spasticity worse:Being too hot or too coldThe time of dayStressTight clothingBladder infections and spasmsYour menstrual cycle (for women)Certain body positionsNew skin wounds or ulcersHemorrhoidsBeing very tired or not getting enough sleepYour physical therapist can teach you and your caregiver stretching exercises you can do. These stretches will help keep your muscles from getting shorter or tighter.Being active will also help keep your muscles loose. Aerobic exercise, especially swimming, and strength-building exercises are both helpful. Playing games and sports and doing daily tasks may also help. Talk with your doctor or physical therapist first before starting any exercise program.Your doctor or nurse may place splints or casts on some of your joints to keep them from becoming so tight that you cannot move them easily. Make sure to wear these as your doctor or nurse tells you to.Be careful about getting pressure sores from exercise or being in the same position in a bed or wheelchair for too long.Muscle spasticity can increase your chances of falling and hurting yourself. Be sure to take precautions so that you do not fall.Drugs that Help with SpasticityYour doctor may prescribe drugs for you to take to help with muscle spasticity. Some common ones are:advertisementBaclofen (Lioresal)Dantrolene (Dantrium)Diazepam (Valium)Tizanidine (Zanaflex)These medicines have side effects. Call your doctor if you have these side effects and they make it hard for you to keep taking your medicine:Being tired during the dayConfusionFeeling “hung over” in the morningNauseaProblems passing urineDo NOT just stop taking these drugs, especially Zanaflex. It can be dangerous if you stop taking your medicine all at once.When to Call the DoctorPay attention to changes in your muscle spasticity. Changes may mean that your other medical problems are getting worse.Always call your doctor or nurse if you:Have problems with the drugs you are taking for muscle spasms.Cannot move your joints as much. This is called joint contracture.Have a harder time moving around or transferring out of your bed or chair.Have skin sores or skin redness.Your pain is getting worse.ReferencesLee Y-T, Brennan P. Cerebral palsy. In: Frontera, WR, Silver JK, eds. Essentials of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2008:chap 114.Review Date:5/22/2012Reviewed By:Luc Jasmin, MD, PhD, Department of Neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, and Department of Anatomy at UCSF, San Francisco, CA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.