Kenya And Thailand Sign MOU Over Universal Health Care

Kenya and Thailand have recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU), with the goal of studying the steps needed to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC), covering discussions with many a medical health insurance, capacity building, health technology assessment, and health financing., capacity building, health technology assessment, and health financing.

The signing was handled by the Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki, representing the Kenyan government. For Thailand, Minister of Public Health, Professor Emeritus PiyasakolSakolsatayadorn, acted as the representative at the signing ceremony, held at a hotel in Nairobi, March 21.

Kariuki spoke at the ceremony, saying that there’s a few areas where Kenya can benefit from including Health Technology Assessment (HTA), UHC, as well as capacity building in HR Management, alongside scholarships for short courses, and Master’s Degrees.

She says that Kenya has quite a bit to learn from the Thai kingdom, which was successful in implementing UHC for its citizens.

According to the Cabinet Secretary, the Kenyan government has decided to sign following their visit to Thailand in January in 2019, following a meeting held in Nairobi with the Public Health Minister of Thailand, where both discussed their plans for Thailand to assist Kenya in working towards universal healthcare.

Kariuki noted that there would also be National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) reforms, in order to make medical health insurance in Kenya more responsive and reliable, similar to what Thailand did with the National Health Security Office (NHSO), which has been successfully managing Thai public health for years.

She reports that the pilot phase of the UHC had been undergoing in four counties; Isiolo, Kisumu, Machakos, and Kisumu, and has been getting positive feedback from citizens, who report that there is a reliable availability of medicine and committed healthcare providers.

On the other end, Prof. Sakolsatayadorn stated that the public health success story in Thailand is due to them making sure that medical providers focus on providing quality services, instead of making profits.

He says that, in Thailand, there are teams of medical professionals focused on providing public health services to the rural areas, supported via financial incentives. On top of that, the Professor says that the Kingdom also invested heavily in training manpower in its medical sector, which helped bump up the number of doctors graduating from 1000 to 3000.



Only Licensed Electricians Will Be Allowed To Install Solar Panels In Queensland

The home is usually the biggest investment for most people and it is only right to ensure its safety by hiring electrician in Capalaba to provide high quality electrical services. Aside from full range electrical installations, a licensed electrician also provides maintenance and repair services to customers. Those who have undertaken specialized training can install solar systems in homes and buildings.

In Queensland, there is a dispute between the state government and renewable energy industry regarding new safety regulations in the installation of solar panels. The Queensland government has recently announced that only licensed electricians will be allowed to install commercial solar panels beginning May 13 this year.

Based on the estimates of the Clean Energy Council, the safety regulation could cost the industry between $170 million and $390 million over the next decade. This will put at risk the ambitions of Queensland’s renewable energy generation target by 50% by 2030. It will also make Queensland as a non-feasible place for investors.

According to Anna Freeman, the council’s director for energy generation, Queensland is the only jurisdiction in the world that has the requirements. Mounting of solar panels is usually manual work and does not require the expertise of electricians. However, Grace Grace, the state’s industrial relations minister said that unlicensed workers face the risks of electrocution. Concerns were also raised by the Electrical Trade Union regarding safety practices in the solar construction sites.

Developers of solar systems in Australia are not sure whether they can find enough licensed electricians to undertake projects in construction sites. For example, Impact Investment Group that is building the Brigalow Solar Farm said that they have plans of hiring 60 workers to be trained in the installation of solar panels. The company is worried that it might not find enough electricians to undertake the project and whether they are willing to do manual work.

For residential projects, the electrician in Capalaba usually provides kitchen installations, hot water systems, home appliance installations and lighting. Extra care is invested in every project to make sure that the job gets done right the first time. The homeowner saves a lot of money and gains long term peace of mind.


Laura Mercer Coming Back To Australia

From salons, to makeup, to hair extentions in Bondi Junction, the cosmetics market can be cutthroat; things, ironically, can get ugly, and some brands either get killed or are forced to make exits in certain region.

Historical American make-up brand Laura Mercier is one such brand, having left the AU cosmetics stage earlier in 2018. The market felt their leaving, as a lot of cosmetic brands’ products are quite popular, thanks to its long history and international reach. The exit was made by the company back in July 1, 2018, and was met with a lot of comments and talk, with some questioning if the decision might have something to do with the Australian senate’s ruling to ban the sale of any cosmetics that underwent animal testing, but the company refuted that.

Founded back in 1996 by French make-up artist Laura Mercier, the brand was the make-up artist’s own take on cosmetics, as she felt that the products that were available at the time were not up to her standards. Cosmetics like eyeliner, and hair extentions in Bondi Junction, have their roots in one daring brand, and for foundation primer, that brand is Laura Mercier, introducing and popularizing the cosmetics product to the world.

The make-up artist and her brand is known for natural beauty with minimal makeup thanks to techniques with primers and foundations. To say the least, this is a popular brand, available via major retailers across the world, except Australia.

That’s recently, as the cosmetics brand made its awaited return to the Australian market. Aussie cosmetics retailer Mecca announced, a day before Valentine’s Day 2019, that they’ll be bringing back the cosmetics brand. Laura Mercier products became available from Mecca Australia stores and on their site, since the 26th of February.

Additionally, Mecca released a list of products from the Laura Mercier product range they’ll be stocking, which include, but are not limited to, the following products:

  • Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation;
  • Face Illuminator;
  • 6 iterations of Foundation Primer including Blemish-less, and hydrating SPF 30+;
  • Hidden Gems Eyeshadow Palette;
  • Secret Brightening Powder for Under Eyes;
  • Secret Concealer, and;
  • Tinted Moisturiser, and others.


Old Tyres Repurposed By Auto Recycler On The Gold Coast

There are many services offered by a mechanic on the Gold Coast but it does not include handling old tyres. Often times, motorists do not know where to dump their old tyres to make sure it does not go to the landfill. Last year, China announced that it is no longer accepting recyclables from other countries. It pushed a recycler based on the Gold Coast to take matters on their own hands by investing in a new technology that will repurpose old tyres and make them into bricks.

The resulting bricks can be utilized in making structures such as walls and house foundations and it can also be used in paving. According to the owner of Adrian’s Metal Recyclers, Adrian Fuller, they are handling between 1,200 and 1,500 cars monthly. They are struggling though since China decided not to accept imports of materials to be recycled.

He admitted that it is no longer possible for them to use the same process which is to buy materials from consumers, packed them inside a container before shipping to China. As per the National Sword policy introduced by China, they are banning recycling wastes from other countries unless it is declared to be uncontaminated.

Mr. Fuller said that his main business is to recycle metals coming from cars that are reaching their end of life. The problem is that he spends $3.30 in order to properly dump every old tyre. This is why alternative solutions have been developed such as shredding tyres and making them into playground equipment as well as gym matting.

After securing a patent from Eco-Flex, a company based in Canada, Mr. Fuller will be the first business in Australia to handle old tyres and convert them into fine materials to be made into new products such as sound barriers, fire-resistant bricks and fence panels.

The innovation was warmly welcomed by the CEO of Waste Management Association of Australia. This is beneficial in many ways because recycling create more jobs compared to dumping tyres on the landfill. This is also good news for mechanic on the Gold Coast because they now have eco-friendly alternative in dumping old tyres.


Western Australia Bridge A Cause Of Concern For Truckers

One of the most important parts of logistics in Perth is the truckers who are responsible of transporting items from one point to another. The most recent issue brought to light to the government of Western Australia is the presence of unauthorized vehicles that exceed the height requirement but are still using the Hay Street Bridge located in Mitchell Freeway. For the last five years, there were a total of nine vehicles who insisted on using the bridge despite going over the height limit. This is the reason why the state government has decided to raise the height clearance since the fixture is already half a century year old.

The Western Australian government made an announcement that it is welcoming bidding for those companies interested in taking on the improvement project at the notorious site that is an important route for trucks in Perth.

The funding for the project will be given by the state government. It was already allotted a total amount of $6 million which aims to greatly reduce the possibility of strikes from vehicles in the western part of the country.

The government revealed that Hay Street Bridge is affected by the impacts left by commercial vehicles that are passing through as they go south using the Mitchell Freeway in the past few years. Even since it construction, the bridge has suffered around 20 hits and the latest strike in August of last year raised concerns among the public regarding safety as well as the effect it has on the traffic.

The bridge was originally built in 1968 and back then its current height clearance is the standard. Nowadays, the height clearance of the fixture is considered to be lower than the standard. As the bidding just recently opened, construction is expected to begin before 2020 ends.

Aside from this project, the state government is also working on six other projects to make sure that the traffic flow is improved and safety is practiced in both freeways – Mitchell and Kwinana. This will also ensure the safety of truckers under logistics in Perth because their vehicles are often times higher than the vertical clearance of the bridge.