My Thoughts on Technology and Jamaica

Monday, April 20, 2015

How to Send a DM to someone on @Twitter you are not following – Troll’s Joy is hanging by a Thread

Trolls on Twitter are probably rejoicing right now.  But their joy will be short lived.

This as on Monday April 20th 2015, Twitter has decide to once again re-open the ability for anyone to end anyone else a DM (Direct Message) as reported in the article “Twitter opens up direct messaging again, despite abuse fears”, published Apr 20, 2015 by Caitlin McGarry, PCworld and “Twitter makes it easier for strangers to send direct messages”, published April 20, 2015 by Terry Collins, CNET News.

In the past you and your Twitter friend had to be following each other in order to send DM.

However, Twitter has thrown caution to the winds yet again as they did this back in October 2013 from about a month noted in the article “New Twitter feature opens direct message floodgates”, published Oct 15, 2013 by Caitlin McGarry, TechHive.

Now its 2015, two (2) years into the future. Humans on Twitter have evolved!

Twitter apparently confident that their voluntary Mute feature, launched on Monday May 12th 2014 is working as described in my blog article entitled “How to mute someone on Twitter - To Block or to Mute for Silence of the Lambs as The Day the Earth Stood Still”, have decided to place more power in the user's hands to control who they interact with and they interact with them.

How to Send a DM to someone on Twitter you are not following – Troll’s Joy is hanging by a Thread

In short, you can handle the trolls as it’s your choice if you want them to send you private messages!

To enable the feature, the steps are as follows:

1.      Log into your Twitter account
2.      Go to Settings
3.      Go to Security and Privacy
4.      Scroll down to the bottom
5.      Check the box next to “Receive Direct Messages from anyone
6.      Re-enter your Twitter Password to accept the changes
7.      Get the pitchfork ready for trolls

In the case of the Google Android and Apple iOS Twitter app, a new button enables this feature. God to note you are really opting in for this feature; it's not being thrust upon you in the manner that Facebook “dash it pon you without warning”.

After all, you can just do the steps above again and just uncheck the box that says “Receive Direct Messages from anyone” and save yourself the drama as per the advice in the article “Disable the ability for anyone to direct-message you on Twitter”, published April 20, 2015 by Jason Cipriani, CNET News.

However, should that friend that DM's you take advantage of your trust and decided to turns into a troll, once you delete their conversation thread, they're clocked from sending you any more DM's in the future as noted in the article “Twitter Expands Direct Messaging”, published APRIL 20, 2015By VINDU GOEL, New York Times.

I’ll be trying out this latest feature. If it's anything like the Mute feature, I'll be using it an awful lot.  

Paulwell’s update on Jamaica’s Rare Earth Metal Project – Patenting Red Mud Extraction as Aussies coming suggests Market rebound

“We are now patenting that formula, and the Government of Japan, the company and ourselves will share jointly in that patent"

Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Phillip Paulwell giving an update during the 2015/16 Sectoral Debate on Wednesday April 15th 2015 in the House of Representatives about the Rare Earth Metal Project

It appears that rumours of the Death of the Rare Earth Project were greatly exaggerated.
Turns out it may still have some life left in it.

Minister  of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Phillip Paulwell gave an update with regards to the Rare Earth Metal Project during the 2015/16 Sectoral Debate on Wednesday April 15th 2015 in the House of Representatives as stated in the article “Rare Earth Pilot Project Was Successful – Minister Paulwell”, published April 17, 2015 by Chris Patterson, The Jamaica Information Service.

Turns out the US$600 million was invested wasn't wasted as I’d explained in my blog article entitled “JBI and Rare Earth Extraction - Why Nippon Light Metals recanted and JBI Rare Earth Plant can jumpstart Electronics Industry”.

Japan’s Nippon Light Metals was able to successful extract Rare Earth Metals from the Red mud waste material found in the RDA (Residue Disposal Area) at most Bauxite companies to quote Minister Paulwell:  “Where we were able to successfully demonstrate the commercial extraction of rare earth using our bauxite residue as it has never been done anywhere in the world.”

Paulwell’s update on Jamaica’s Rare Earth Metal – Process to Extract Rare Earth Metals from Red Mud being Patented

In fact, what's currently happening now is that Jamaica is seeking to get an international Patent for the process that was jointly developed by Japan’s Nippon Light Metals and The JBI (Jamaica Bauxite Institute).

The reason the Japanese aren't interested is due to lower prices of Rare Earth Metal as explained in my blog article entitled “JBI and Rare Earth Extraction - Why Nippon Light Metals recanted and JBI Rare Earth Plant can jumpstart Electronics Industry”.

China has capitulated to the WTO (World Trade Organization) and the ensuing glut due to American and other countries re-opening their Rare Earth Mines has depressed World Rare Earth prices to the point that makes them uneconomical to extract and process, which is very costly.

According to Minister Phillip Paulwell, Rare Metals Jamaica Limited, an Australian company is here in Jamaica to try their luck at extracting Rare Earth Metals.

So with more Australians in Jamaica, namely Oz Minerals of Australia looking for Copper since May 2014 as reported in my blog article entitled “OZ Minerals of Australia prospecting for Copper in Jamaica - How to get into Mining Minerals in Jamaica and vybz Kartel's Trailer Load of Money”, does this mean a revival of Rare Earth Mining is on the horizon?

I’d reckon that's what really shaking down here...... as there’s Gold in them thar’ hills!!

JPS Co's Prepaid Power now in Jamaica - How @myJPSonline PAYG means a Digital Meter with smartphone App for 5 KWh Advances

Looks like JPS Co has finally stepped into the 21st century as it relates to customer choices when it comes to electricity. It will allow customer to better manage their Electricity usage and keep themselves out of trouble as it relates to oweing JPS Co or their Landlord.

JPS Co is introducing the PAYG (Pay as You Go Service) to some two thousand (2000) customers in parts of Kingston, St. Andrew and St. Catherine in April 2015 as reported in the article “Prepaid Electricity Is Here ­ JPS Introduces option For Consumers Who Want To Better Manage Their Energy Usage”, Published Sunday April 19, 2015, The Jamaica Gleaner.

So says JPS Co on their JPS Co Twitter feed as shown below.

JPS Co is now accepting application for their PAYG Prepaid Power Program, effectively making you a Guinea-pig to test out the new system.

This is a test pilot to test the system and see how well it works as well as to determine if any problems exist before an islandwide rollout. When that happens, Jamaicans will be able to choose between having Prepaid or PAYG or Postpaid Power, when you pay after you've used the Power.

JPS Co introduces Prepaid Power to Jamaica - Global Trend that's pushing the introduction of Digital Meters

Prepaid Power first made its debut in the UK. Landlords love it and it has spread like wildfire to the following territories:

1.      Australia
2.      Brazil
3.      Caribbean
4.      Europe
5.      India
6.      Indonesia
7.      Mexico
8.      South Africa
9.      United States

The Prepaid Power system needs accurate Digital Meters to determine exactly how much Power is being used by the customers as had been predicted in my Geezam article entitled “JPS Co Analog Meter upgrade heralds Remote Billing Revolution”. So expect to see JPS Co increase their deployment of Prepaid Power Meters through the rest of 2015.

In these more developed countries, person can check their Prepaid Power Credit Balance and top up their Prepaid Power Balance Account via their smartphones, Tablets and internet connected Laptops and computers.

Customers effectively have more payment options than just Credit Cards, as they may possible by able to pay using Mobile Money services, such as Apple Pay as explained in my blog article entitled “Apple Pay accepted by @JetBlue Airlines - How to use Bitcoins on Apple Pay as Apple Watch coming in April 2015

Some quick Facts on the spread of Prepaid Power worldwide:

1.      5.8 million Prepaid Power meters in use in Great Britain in 207
2.      54% of South Africa's 7.3 million use Prepaid Power, the highest deployment in the world according to ABS Energy Research
3.      In the US of A, it’s actively being used in Texas and Arizona
4.      Australian are particularly fond of Prepaid Power as well

So what about the Caribbean? The same is true, especially if you’re a Landlord.

JPS Co introduces Prepaid Power to Jamaica - PAYG already popular in the Caribbean as Landlords can collect

JPS Co has already conducted a test pilot in 2014 with customers. It was a success, with customers achieving some 35% in savings due to the fact that they could see how much Power they were saving.

This indicates that persons interested in Prepaid Power will have to get a Digital Meter installed as described in my blog article entitled “JPS Co New Digital Meters are all Smart Meters - Winsome Callum's A Simple Twist of Fate”.

It has already been introduced in other countries in the Caribbean by other PUC (Power Utility Companies), such as:

1.      Antigua
2.      Dominica
3.      Guyana

40% of Dominica Electricity Services are using Prepaid Power since November 2014 an indication that it’s very popular. This may be, possibly because an awful lot of folks in Dominica live in rented accommodations and Landlord like Prepaid Power, as their tenants cannot run off and not pay for their electricity usage.

To be fair, the JPS Co had promised this service would have been launched in December 2014 as stated in my blog article entitled “JPS Co says Prepaid Power by December 2014 – How SolarMill Alternative Energy Solution will be a part of Prepaid Power”.

It fact, it should have come on stream back in July 2013 as not only had I written about the idea of Prepaid Power in my blog article entitled “Prepaid Power coming in July 2013 - A Chip, a Pebble a Rock and a Block would make Prepaid Power The Kings of Summer” but I’d actually had actually been interviewed on Prepaid Power on CVM TV on Monday May 20th 2013 as per the video below.

So how does JPS Co Prepaid Credit Work?

How JPS Co Prepaid Power Works - Weekends are not a problem as they’ll advance you 5 KWh

According to the article in the Jamaica Gleaner, it’s basically as I’d predicted; very similar to topping up with Prepaid Credit on your Mobile smartphone or regular feature phone as described in my Geezam blog article entitled “The Prepaid Cycle and How Prepaid Credit gives your SIM Card access to the Prepaid Network”.

For those involved in the test-pilot, it’s free for those with 220 V systems, with those having 110 V systems having to pay for the service, possible though monthly installments. 

The customer then purchases their Prepaid Power Credit (That's what I'm calling it!) from any of the thirty five (35) Bill Express locations islandwide, JPS Co Parish Offices. They get a printed Voucher with a unique Voucher number or PIN (Personal Identification Number), not unlike the printed Voucher credit that they can get from Telecom Provider LIME or Digicel.

Once they're home, they can add it via a CIU (Customer Interface Unit), a keypad like interface resembling a control panel for electronics Security System which JPS Co Technicians have to install at your home in order to enable the service. As soon as it's added, you get a fixed block of Power that lasts for a set period of time.

JPS Co Prepaid Power Concerns - Needs to have Mobile Top Up and Mobile Money Options

Many people had a concern that when your Prepaid Power Credit expired on a weekend, you'd be out of Power until Monday when you could go to a Bill Express locations islandwide or JPS Co Parish Offices.

This is still a concern, as the JPS Co PAYG System doesn’t allow you to top up your credit via your Smartphone or even via an smartphone App, be it on Google Play Store, Google Chome Store or the Apple iTunes Store.

Instead, unlike our local Telecom Provider, JPS Co alerts you when your Prepaid Power Credit balance has dropped down to 5 kWh via the keupad panel and advises them to add more Prepaid Power credit.

The customer can then contact JPS Co's Customer Care Center to get assistance with adding the Prepaid Power Credit, which will for now involve advancing the customer a 5kWh block of Prepaid Power Credit until the weekend or holiday is over, at which time they can go to any of the thirty five (35) Bill Express Locations or JPS Co Parish Offices and top up their Account.

This is still a bit of an inconvenience as a Mobile App would help immensely. Even better would be an option to use Mobile Money platforms such as Connec Mobile, the JCCUL (Jamaica Co-operative Credit Union League) and Mozido Jamaica's Mobile Money platform that’s' already available at most Paymaster locations islandwide as noted in my blog article entitled “JCUES now Connec Mobile Money - Why Connec Mobile Money still inconvenient despite Paymaster and Remittances in the JCCUL-Mozido Jamaica mix”.

Interestingly, unlike Prepaid Voucher Credit used in the Telecoms world, JPS Co claims that their Prepaid Power Credit has no expiry date and cannot be stolen.

This might not be true, as just like any Prepaid Voucher Credit, if the retailer at the POS (Point of Terminal) location where you purchase the Prepaid Credit decided to copy and enter it into their meter at home by sending that unique PIN to their relative, they can effectively steal your Prepaid Power Credit.

Still, it’s a test pilot being conducted in April 2015. Expect a full rollout by September 2015, just in time for Christmas 2015, when the Power usage begins to rise along with spirits during the festive season.

Here’s the link:
JPS Co Twitter feed: @myJPSonline

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act 2015 now an actionable Law - How Marijuana being Decriminalized only benefits Politicians

“I don't know if they smoked at school or before school, but they presented at school with symptoms that required that action on his part”

Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites commenting to the Jamaica Gleaner on reports of two (2) High School boys showing signs of psychosis presumed to be associated with Marijuana (Cannabis Sativa)

It's been quite a long road since Friday February 6th 2015.

The Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act 2015 is now an officially enforceable law as of Wednesday, April 15th 2015 as reported in the article “Ganja Amendment Law Comes Into Effect Today”, Published Wednesday April 15, 2015, The Jamaica Gleaner and “'Ganja law' to take effect today”, published Wednesday, April 15, 2015, The Jamaica Observer.

There was a bit of excitement the day before, Tuesday April 14th 2015 when it was announced that Minister of Justice Mark Golding was to breathe life into the Gazette Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act 2015 by a notice published in the gazette as noted in the article “No Arrest For Two Ounces Of Ganja - Starting Tomorrow”, Published Tuesday April 14, 2015, by Edmond Campbell, The Jamaica Gleaner and “Ganja law gazetted!”, published Monday, April 13, 2015, The Jamaica Observer.

It's gotten wide support on both side of the House and the G2k, the youth arm of the Jamaica Labour Party seem to be thrilled at its passing as noted in the article “G2K hails new ganja law as 'progressive'”, published Wednesday, April 15, 2015, The Jamaica Observer.

So here’s quick recap of what went down.

Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act 2015 now an actionable Law - How we end up at this point with Marijuana being Decriminalized

The Governor General, Sir Patrick Allen, eventually gave his assent to the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act 2015 on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 as noted in the article “GG gives assent, 'Ganja law' now in effect”, published Tuesday, March 31, 2015, The Jamaica Observer.

On that day, the Senate (Upper House) passed the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act 2015 even as Jamaica is still seen as a trans-shipment hub for Cocaine and Marijuana (Cannabis Sativa) as reported in my blog article entitled “Jamaica's Senate passes Dangerous Drugs Amendment Act 2015 - How Jamaica Plans to Export while being a Trans-Shipment point for Cocaine and Illegal Marijuana”.

The House of Representatives (Lower House) soon after gave it their stamp of approval, passing it on Tuesday February 24th 2015 as noted in the article “Ganja law gets green light”, published Tuesday, February 24, 2015, The Jamaica Observer and “Ganja Law Passed By The House Of Representatives”, published Wednesday February 25, 2015 The Jamaica Gleaner.

Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act 2015 now an actionable Law - Road to Damascus paved with Good Intentions

Simply put, this means that possession of 2 oz of Marijuana (Cannabis Sativa) as a ticketable offence. If you are caught in possession of 2 oz of Marijuana (Cannabis Sativa) by the Jamaican Police, you can be fined JA$500 payable within a 30-day period at a revenue centre.

The incident is not recorded on to your criminal record and persons who had previously been given a criminal record for possession of 2 oz of Marijuana (Cannabis Sativa) can seek to have their records expunged.

Smoking ganja in public or possessing 2 oz of Marijuana (Cannabis Sativa) and then failing to pay the JA$500 fine will result in them having to attend a  Petty Sessions Court and possible be ordered to do community service or pay a fine of JA$2,000.

Good to note here that possession of more than 2 oz of Marijuana (Cannabis Sativa) is STILL a criminal offence and offenders can be arrested and charged for breaches of the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act 2015. If found guilty, they are subject to the full sentences, which includes hefty fines, imprisonment or both and yes, it goes on your criminal record. 

This also means that the internal policies of some companies as it relates to Drugs testing for the purposes of employment will have to be adjusted according to the President of the PSOJ (Private Sector Organization of Jamaica) William Mahfood in the article “With Amended Ganja Law Companies Drug Testing Policies Will Need Re-Examining - PSOJ”, published Friday April 17, 2015, The Jamaica Gleaner

Technically, as it stands, the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act 2015 means you can be high on 2 oz of Marijuana (Cannabis Sativa), not have a criminal record and STILL get a job, albeit smoking in public still carries a hefty fine as noted in my blog article entitled “Adventists want Ban on Vehicle Pollution as Smoking Ban looms on Monday July 15th 2013 - Dr. Fenton Ferguson's Escape Plan leads to All-Electric Vehicles, Bio-Fuel and Citronella Candles”.

Offenders below the age of 18 year caught smoking ganja in public or possessing 2 oz of Marijuana (Cannabis Sativa) may be judged by the Jamaican Police to be dependent on Marijuana (Cannabis Sativa) and will be referred to the National Council on Drug Abuse for Counseling.

Already two (2) boys were taken to the hospital on Wednesday, April 15th 2015 after apparently smoking some 2 oz of Marijuana (Cannabis Sativa) and showing signs of psychosis as noted in the article “Students Taken To Hospital With Symptoms Of Psychosis After Allegedly Smoking Ganja On 'Decriminalisation Day'”, Published Thursday April 16, 2015 by Daraine Luton, The Jamaica Gleaner.

Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites has already commented on this developement in Parliament, quote: “I got reports from two principals today of students feeling that ganja is now free and that they can now smoke it, and in one case, he [a principal] had to take more than one student to a nearby hospital for symptoms of psychosis”.

Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act 2015 also means the decriminalizing Marijuana (Cannabis Sativa) and Hemp for medicinal, religious, scientific and therapeutic purposes. This means that Rastafarian can smoke Marijuana (Cannabis Sativa) at Rastafarian places of Worship, once they're registered with the Government of Jamaica of course. Otherwise, it's a ticketable offence.

There will also be a Licensing authority called the Cannabis Licensing Authority chaired by Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Philip Paulwell that will deal with the issuing of licenses to growers of Marijuana (Cannabis Sativa) for these purposes.

This means that potentially, Small Farmers can get into the act of growing Marijuana (Cannabis Sativa), which can be seen as a good or bad thing, depending on how you look at it as noted in the article “Small farmers to be included in medical marijuana industry – Justice Minister” published Saturday, April 18, 2015, The Jamaica Observer.

But is that really the case?

Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act 2015 fines in police Pockets – Why only the Politicians may benefit

Not sure if the Jamaican police will be issued with mini scales or even portable IR Spectrophotometer such as the US$199 SCiO Portable IR Spectrometer as explained in my blog article entitled “Consumer Physics US$199 SCiO Portable IR Spectrometer – Star Trek Tricorder that can scan the Molecular World” to determine the chemical composition of the substance the person had in their possession.

Also, Minister Phillip Paulwell has granted Research licenses to the University of the West Indies and the University of Technology to do research into the medicinal properties of Marijuana (Cannabis Sativa) as noted in the article “Paulwell To Issue Ganja Research Licences To UWI & UTech”, published Wednesday April 15, 2015 by Daraine Luton, The Jamaica Gleaner.

UTECH clearly had this planned from a long time, as they'd already partnered with an California based company, Steep Hill Labs, to do research into the medicinal properties of Marijuana (Cannabis Sativa)  as reported in the article “UTECH and American Lab Partner on Medical Marijuana Research”, published November 15, 2014 by Athaliah Baker, The Jamaica Information Service.

Whether this means that they can also grow their own Marijuana (Cannabis Sativa) or accept from any small farmers isn't quite clear.

It can be assumed that ALL players would have to be licensed, both farmers as well as Researchers and producers of pharmaceutical products, such as Dr. Henry Lowe Medicanja's as detailed in my blog article entitled “Dr. Henry Lowe Medicanja's parent BTRDI launching IPO in 2015 - Why P.J. Patterson “fly the gate” for Hemp and Marijuana products to cure 84 ailments”.

If so, then the Marley Natural line of Marijuana (Cannabis Sativa) products, which is a partnership between the family of the late Bob Marley and Privateer Holdings can source their Marijuana (Cannabis Sativa) from the local licensed growers of Marijuana (Cannabis Sativa) in Jamaica as I'd predicted in my blog article entitled “Marley Natural and Privateer Holdings – How the Marley Family will benefit from Amendments to the Dangerous Drugs Act 2015”.

Finally, there is still no word on Hemp, the male plant that doesn’t contain the psychoactive ingredient THC (Tetra Hydro Cannabinol), as its not clear if that has been decriminalized.
The focus seems to be on the female plant, Marijuana (Cannabis Sativa), more famous because of its known psychoactive ingredient THC (Tetra Hydro Cannabinol). Hemp has more practical uses, such as making clothing, soaps and even motor vehicle fuel.

So should I expect more stories of children caught smoking Marijuana (Cannabis Sativa)? More Private Sector companies and even politicians applying for licenses to grow Marijuana (Cannabis Sativa)?

It’s anyone’s guess as to what will happen next and the Jamaican Politicians set themselves up to make money as our other Industries die a slow death.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

@CleantheWorld Recycles Hotel Soap - How Hand Washing and Bathing with Recycled Soap can stem Ebola's Rise in West Africa

“It's such a fundamental part of the interruption of transmission of infectious agents that could save so many lives. It's not a magic wand, but it's a very important element”

CEO of Clean the World, Shawn Seipler, on his quest to recycle soap from Hotels to be send to countries where soap and Water can save lives from infectious diseases

Recycling soap is a way of life for me as its good Hygiene. Whenever a bar of soap is about to finish, I usually collect them, then wet them and slowly mould them together to form a ball of soap for use to wash my hands.

But did you know that in some part of the world, access to Soap and water are the main cause of disease spread? Not only is the lack of sanitation making it harder to fight diseases such as Bird flu (H2N2), Influenza (H1N1) and even the deadly Ebola Virus as explained in the article “Ebola Virus Can Be Killed with Soap and Water”, published August 05, 2014 by Lorie Johnson, CBN News?

So says the WHO (World Health Organization) Ebola Website, whose infographic says as much

One man, Shawn Seipler of Orlando, Florida, has realized this. In a bid to save people dying because of a lack of good hygiene, he has started a Non-profit Organization called Clean the World.

Clean the World collects unused Hotel Soap and reprocesses it into soap for Third World Countries as reported in the article “Group hopes recycled hotel soap helps save lives worldwide”, published April 10, 2015 By BRIAN SKOLOFF Associated Press, Yahoo News.

Clean the World, which has processing plants in Las Vegas, Orlando and Hong Kong, collects unused soap and bathing lathers from some 4,000 hotels that are in these major cities.

How Clean the World makes Soap – Leftovers from Hotels washed and made new again

The soap is then shredded using grinders and potato peelers and then boiled in cookers to kill any residual bacteria. The liquid soap is then dehydrated using an evaporator and then squeezed through an extruder to make new bars and packaged for delivery.

These new bars of soap are delivered to some ninety nine (99) countries around the world that have no access to soap. This includes places such as the Middle East and even Homeless Shelters in the US of A. To date Clean the World has delivered some roughly 25 million bars of reprocessed soap worldwide.

Clean the World coordinates with local aid and non-governmental organizations to not only distribute the recycled Soap but also educate people about the benefits of good hygiene. The even send their own teams into rural communities to not only do deliveries but also spread the gospel of Soap and its usage to maintain good hygiene.

A hard sell to be sure, especially in countries where potable water is so scarce, you have to decide between taking a bath, washing your hands or cooking.

Hotel Soap for Third World Countries - How Recycled Soap can stop Ebola and other diseases

So how did Shawn Seipler, who is now CEO of Clean the World, decided that this was a worthwhile venture?

He started by asking questions about what happened to the Hotel soap after a night at a Minneapolis Hotel. According to Shawn Seipler, the Hotel soap is only used once and then sent to landfills, quote: “I picked up the phone and called the front desk and asked them what happens to the bar of soap when I'm done using it. They said they just threw it away”.

And thus began this former IT Technology Employees quest to collect soap not openly from hotels but also public restrooms, rest stops and even and even cleanser wipes at the entrances of grocery stores used to sanitize shopping cart handles.

This lack of Soap and Water to bathe and even wash your hands is a serious problem that’s making it hard to stop the spread of infectious diseases to quote professor of preventive medicine and an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee Dr. William Schaffner: “It's a huge problem. One of the most common kinds of illnesses in the world are those that are transmitted from person to person and to oneself because of germs that are on one's hands”.

So true, as Hand washing and bathing with soap and water alone can stop the spread of diseases like Ebola, which despite the hype created by the Media, is being spread mainly in the rural parts of West Africa and is NOT airborne.

Ebola rises again in West Africa - How Hand washing and Bathing can stem Ebola’s Resurgence

Up to about February of 2015, the following cases have been recorded in West Africa, carried back to Sierra Leone by sick fisher folk who spread the disease into the country side as stated in the article “Nearly Halted in Sierra Leone, Ebola Makes Comeback by Sea”, published FEB. 28, 2015 by SHERI FINK, NY Times:

1.      80 in Sierra Leone
2.      39 in Guinea
3.      5 in Liberia
4.      124 New Ebola Case in Total

In fact, this may be the tip of the iceberg as the disease is on the rise to quote United Nations special envoy on Ebola, Dr David Nabarro: “We're on a good path, this is coming down, but we really have to be vigilant because there are still pockets of infection”.

The lack of access to clean potable water and soap has been cited as the main reason why the Ebola Virus is slowly making a comeback in West Africa as noted in the article “New Ebola cases show first rise in 2015”, published 4 February 2015, BBC News.

Below is a snapshot of a continuously updated graphic that shows Ebola Deaths in West Africa:

According to the WHO (World Health Organization), the disease is slowly making 2015 its playground after ravaging West Africa Killing some 10,600 since December 2013. Worse may be yet to come.

But there may be a light at the end of the tunnel now that Shawn Seipler, CEO of Clean the World, is out to save West Africa, one recycled bar of Soap at a time.

Here’s the link: