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  • Influence of Elements of Work Realities on HRD Mandate Capability in Banking Organisations in Nairobi County, Kenya

    Globally, business organizations recognize that engaging human resource management practices on an international standard is imperative. But realizing target performance from just scarce resources is a challenge to most organisations. Many organisations are continuously spending time trying to control and master change making them losers. With the current practice, HR has not been able to deliver on training line management in methods of achieving high employee production. This paper investigated the Influence of Elements of Work Realities on HRD Mandate Capability in Banking Organisations in Nairobi County, Kenya. The main objectives pursued included to establish the relationship between employer-employee champion and HRD mandate capability in Banking Organisations in Nairobi County, Kenya; to determine the association between continuous transformation agent and HRD mandate capability in Banking Organisations in Nairobi County, Kenya. A survey of banking institutions was used while a questionnaire and interview schedule and content analysis were used to gather primary data. The target population was 850 and a sample size of 272 was used. Statistical analysis was done using Statistical Package of Social Sciences (SPSS) current version. The findings confirmed that there are problems facing human resource mandate delivery capability. It was concluded that all the two elements of work realities have significant influence on HR mandate delivery capability. It was therefore recommended that organisations need to consider factors such as employer-employee champion and continuous transformation agent elements which are capable of influencing HR mandate delivery capability. Human resource should therefore discontinue their non-value adding traditional practices to service delivery.

  • Development status and trend of high efficiency grain air-and-screen cleaning device

    The cleaning device in modern agricultural equipment is an important part of the reference of the grain combine harvester. The loss rate of the grain and other factors are directly affected by the cleaning device. In this paper, the development status of the current cleaning equipment and the research and analysis are described in three aspects: the distribution of the airflow field in the cleaning device, the movement law of the exudate, and the research on the centrifugal fan. The loss rate and the impurity ratio of the grain harvest are reduced. Objectives, reviewed the research status and trends of domestic and foreign grain combine harvester cleaning equipment, and put forward new ideas for the future development prospects and prospects of grain combine harvester, and provide reference for improving the research and design of grain harvester cleaning equipment. experiments.

  • A New approach in One Time Pad key management

    Let (P,C,K,ε_k,D_k) be the One Time Pad cryptosystem. We consider P=C=K. In this paper, we improve the key management with introduction of the concept of mathematical key footprint to ensure the uniqueness of every generated key without storing it. We also combine the default operating system’s randomness Application Programming Interface (API) CSPRNG , with some further local system entropy parameters mainly the micro level of noise and environment brightness to enhance key generation randomness using any personal device. we introduce the use of negative keys to enlarge the key space K and give related algorithms.

  • Better satisfaction with life is associated with normal immune profile (CD4/CD8 ratio) – and dependent on the successful aging status – in older Brazilian individuals

    Introduction: The immune system is an important determinant of longevity and has also contributed to the way individuals feel as they reach older ages. The inverted CD4/CD8 ratio is a parameter of the immune risk phenotype, and its prevalence increases with age. Association between immunological function, cognition and mood has been supported by studies with clinical and aging populations. Objective: We explored the relationship between the CD4/CD8 ratio and life satisfaction in a small sample of elderly people from Southern Brazil with good general health. Method: The sample consisted of 44 elderly individuals, who participated in an aging study in Southern Brazil (the PALA Study), and accepted to continue in the investigation collecting additional blood sample for the CD4/CD8 analysis. From this sample, 52% (N = 23) presented successful aging according to Rowe and Kahn’s criteria. No participant was HIV positive or presented any autoimmune diseases. A questionnaire was applied for sociodemographic and clinical data, lifestyle, and occupational activity. Cognitive function, basic and instrumental activities of daily living, and depressive symptoms were evaluated with specific instruments. Life satisfaction was evaluated with the Life Satisfaction Scale from Diener et al. (1985). Results: Forty-two individuals (95%) showed CD4/CD8 ratio>1. CD4/CD8 ratio correlated significantly with life satisfaction (rho = -0.35) and with age (rho = -0.42) for the whole sample and among the successful aging sub-group only. Conclusion: This is an exploratory analysis with a small sample of elderly participants from a cohort started in 1996 in Southern Brazil (the PALA study). Their level of satisfaction with life was high, and correlated significantly, and inversely, with the CD4/CD8 ratio. It was also dependent on the successful aging status.

  • Impact of components of metabolic syndrome on the prostatic volume and lower urinary tract symptoms in a sample of patient with benign prostatic hyperplasia in Iraq

    Objective To evaluate the association between the components of metabolic syndrome (MetS) and lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) due to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) focusing at their effects on prostatic volume and on the severity of LUTS . Patients & Methods From October 2016 to January 2018, eighty patients presented with LUTS due to the BPH. LUTS were assessed using the international prostatic symptoms score (IPSS) and MetS was defined according to the National Cholesterol Education Program-Adult Treatment Panel III guidelines. Patients were randomly collected into two categories: A (48 patients) had MetS and B (32 patients) without MetS. Results The mean age was 64.3 years, statistically significant variation was identified between the two categories regarding the moderate and severe IPSS, S.PSA, prostatic size and post voiding residue (PVR), the P value (

  • Osseous metaplasia in thyroid nodule: A case report and review of literature

    Objective: To present a case of osseous metaplasia in thyroid nodule. Introduction: Long standing thyroid nodules undergo changes. Sometimes they degenerate, may lead to hemorrhage or fibrosis and sometimes ectopic bone formation. Case report: 41 years old Yemeni married lady, presented to our surgical clinic with left thyroid nodule for 3 years duration. She had right thyroid lobectomy 6 years ago. She presented with left neck swelling and was taken to OR for thyroidectomy. histopathology came as extensive fibrosis and osseous metaplasia with small remnant of thyroid tissue. Discussion; Most thyroid stay longer with no complications but some undergo calcification or hemorrhage, fibrosis and sometimes osseous metaplasia. It may occur in benign or malignant thyroid swellings.

  • Soil Nutrient Levels after Corn Harvest under NPSFe Biofertilizer and NPKZn Briquettes

    Interest in the use of alternate fertilizers has increased in recent years for improving crop nutrition and soil health. The efficacy of these fertilizers on corn (Zea mays L.) production has not been well documented. Alternate fertilizers organically enhanced NPSFe biofertilizer (NPSFe) manufactured from sterilized organic additives extracted from municipal wastewater biosolids and NPKZn briquettes (briquettes) produced by compacting commercially available solid fertilizers into a super-granule between 1-3 grams were evaluated for nutrient concentrations in the soil relative to common fertilizers ammonium sulfate (+P+K) and urea (+P+K) at Jackson and Grand Junction, TN from 2011 to 2013. NPSFe, the briquettes, ammonium sulfate, and urea and four N application rates of 0, 85, 128/170, and 170/255 kg ha-1 were assigned to the main and sub plots, respectively, in a split plot randomized complete block design with four replicates. Soil at a 0-15 cm depth was analyzed for Bray P, NO3–N, NH4+-N, SO42–S, and organic C concentrations after corn harvest. The briquettes produced lower soil NO3–N concentrations than the other fertilizers particularly under wet soil conditions. NPSFe sometimes had higher post-harvest soil NH4+-N than the briquettes and ammonium sulfate. NPSFe sometimes tended to be higher than the other fertilizers in post-harvest soil P concentrations after corn harvest, thus the P provided by NPSFe may be less available than TSP. NPSFe and ammonium sulfate both increased post-harvest soil SO42–S levels compared to the briquettes and urea, particularly at higher application rates. NPSFe had greater soil organic C level than the other fertilizers. In conclusion, NPSFe consistently increases soil organic C level, particularly at the higher N rates, within three years of experimentation, which may promote microbial activities and health of the soil.

  • Corn Mineral Nutrition Responses to NPSFe Biofertilizer and NPKZn Briquettes

    Alternative fertilizers have been increasingly developed during recent years in order to improve crop nutrition. The efficacy of these fertilizers on corn (Zea mays L.) production has not been well examined. Alternative fertilizers of organically enhanced NPSFe biofertilizer (NPSFe) manufactured from sterilized organic additives extracted from municipal wastewater biosolids and NPKZn briquettes (briquettes) produced by compacting commercially available solid fertilizers into a super-granule between 1-3 grams were evaluated for nutrient concentrations in plant biomass and grain of corn compared to commonly used N fertilizers ammonium sulfate and urea at Jackson and Grand Junction, TN during 2011-2013. NPSFe, the briquettes, ammonium sulfate, and urea and four N application rates of 0, 85, 128/170, and 170/255 kg ha-1 were assigned to the main and sub plots, respectively, in a split plot randomized complete block design with four replicates. Aboveground plant biomass at the silking growth stage (R1) and physiological maturity stage (R6) and grain at harvest were analyzed for N, P, K, S, Fe, and Zn concentrations. NPSFe resulted in similar or lower plant N concentrations relative to the conventional fertilizers ammonium sulfate and urea. The briquettes performed equally or better in terms of plant N concentrations compared to ammonium sulfate and urea. In excessive spring precipitation, the briquettes had higher biomass N concentrations at R1. NPSFe tended to have lower P concentrations in plant biomass at R1 and R6. The briquettes had similar or higher plant P levels relative to ammonium sulfate and urea. Both NPSFe and ammonium sulfate increased S concentrations in plant biomass compared to the briquettes and urea. In conclusion, the briquettes do not consistently improve corn N, P, K, and Zn nutrition compared to the conventional fertilizers ammonium sulfate and urea. NPSFe sometimes seems to reduce corn N and P nutrition but increase Zn nutrition relative to…

  • Tracheal rupture after endotracheal intubation – a case report

    Tracheal rupture is a rare condition associated with high morbidity and mortality. Iatrogenic tracheal injury is also very rare and can occur as a serious complication after endotracheal intubation. We report a case study of tracheal rupture of patient with a history of rheumatoid arthritis and corticosteroid treatment during surgical procedure with orotracheal intubation in a supine position. Lesions were healed after conservative treatment without stenosis, signs of mediastinitis or local infection. Patient was able to undergo three other surgical procedures during the next 8 month without any other complications connected to endotracheal intubation.

  • The relationship of the professional quality of life and coping strategies of staff and volunteers working with refugees in resettlement

    Compassion fatigue (CF), a combination of burnout (BO) and secondary traumatic stress (STS), is common among helpers who are exposed to indirect trauma; therefore, it affects their quality of life (QOL). Professional Quality of life (ProQOL) and Coping Orientation to Problems Experienced (COPE) are identified as essential constructs in understanding health or quality of life of helpers working with survivors of trauma. The purpose of this quantitative, correlation study was to investigate the relationship between professional quality of life and coping strategies of helpers who interact with individuals from the refugee background in resettlement. Data were collected via an online survey link distributed through gatekeepers of the refugee resettlement agencies to measure the relationship, if any, between QOL and coping strategies utilized by helpers working with people from a refugee background and to increase understanding of the types of coping strategies helpers can use to facilitate better work environment, better professional quality of life, and slower burnout rates so as to contribute to the theory of migration, traumatology, and professional quality of life. Participating helpers indicated their preferred coping strategies and their quality of life which were calculated using SPSS version 24 for Windows. There was a strong positive correlation (p>.05) among dimensions of the ProQOL and coping strategies. Most helpers reported average to high compassion satisfaction (CS) and low BO and STS. The findings suggest that teaching and increasing awareness of these predictors might positively influence the QOL of helpers of refugee background populations.