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Crof
North Vancouver, BC Canada
Retired college teacher and writer; I also walk dogs.
Interests: history, hiking, writing, politics, teaching, environment, online communication.
Recent Activity
Via VOA News: Liberia's Almost-Last Ebola Patient Grateful but Still Grieving. Click through for the full report and a video. Excerpt: Beatrice Yardolo's new designation as Liberia's "almost-last Ebola patient" is compelling, too, a reminder that Liberia has to remain... Continue reading
Posted 2 minutes ago at H5N1
Via ScienceInsider, Kai Kupferschmidt writes: Why NIH's Anthony Fauci is treating Ebola patients himself. As head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Anthony Fauci wields a $4.4 billion research budget and has a punishing schedule. But... Continue reading
Posted 10 minutes ago at H5N1
Via SpyGhana.com: Burkina Faso facing bird flu threat. Burkina Faso’s animal resources ministry has expressed concern over a possible outbreak of bird flu in the country following massive deaths of poultry in the capital Ouagadougou as well as in other... Continue reading
Posted 19 minutes ago at H5N1
Via Yle Uutiset: How much do foreign students cost Finland? As Finnish officials debate tuition fees for foreign students, a new study indicates that non-Finns cost universities more – but other institutes of higher education less. The costs of tertiary education for foreigners are difficult to determine. A study published... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Finnish Education Forum
I confess that until today, I gave no more attention to Yemen than Neville Chamberlain had given to the Sudetenland of Czechoslovakia before he met Hitler in Munich. For what it's worth, here is the health section of Wikipedia on... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via Arab News: MoH launches emergency health plan in the south. Due to the ongoing “Operation Decisive Storm,” the Health Ministry has unveiled a comprehensive emergency health plan in the southern part of the Kingdom near the Yemen border. The... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
I am very sorry to post this Al Jazeera report: Liberia's last Ebola patient dies from virus. The woman is Ruth Tugbeh, only 44, whose case I last posted about two days ago. Excerpt: A woman who was Liberia's sole... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Most public health disasters start with a whimper, like Ebola in Guinea's forest. This one is starting with a series of very loud bangs. Via The Independent, Robert Fisk writes: The battle for the Middle East's future begins in Yemen... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via the Cap website: Faculty Strike Action Update. On March 27 at 3:15 p.m., the Capilano University Faculty Association (CFA) served strike notice to the University. The CFA also advised the University that it is prepared to respond to the University’s package proposal, tabled on March 27. Presently, the parties... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Dialogue Continues
Via The North Shore News: Capilano University students anxious as labour dispute looms. Excerpt: There’s a tense atmosphere on Capilano University campus as the Capilano Faculty Association and university administration have run out of labour mediation sessions and students have been told to prepare for the possibility of a strike.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Dialogue Continues
Thanks to my friend and colleague Joan Acosta for sending the link to this report from HealthMap: Three New Ebola Cases in Liberia. Click through for the full post and links to documentation. Excerpt and then a question: The First... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Lisa Schnirring at CIDRAP writes: Two Ebola vaccines shown safe as next step pondered. Excerpt: Results from a Liberian trial suggest that two candidate Ebola vaccines are safe, clearing the way for the next step to test efficacy, but with... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via KARE11.com: 2nd case of avian flu confirmed, Jennie-O affected. Excerpt: A second case of avian flu has been confirmed in a commercial turkey flock in Minnesota -- one that has affected the Jennie-O Turkey Store. According to the United... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Guardian: British military nurse successfully treated for Ebola. Excerpt: A 25-year-old British military healthcare worker who admitted she was too scared to tell her family that she had Ebola has been successfully treated for the disease. Cpl Anna... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Many thanks to ironorehopper for tweeting the link to this report in El-Balad: Country: Veterinary experts: underestimated international reports of an outbreak of "bird flu" Egypt "disaster". The Google translation and then a comment: Egypt has been in a very... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
It's unfortunate that 9/11 has become the measure of all threats, but I guess we're stuck with it. Via The Guardian: Ebola crisis points to wider global threat on a par with al-Qaida, warns UK medic. Excerpt: Ebola should be... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via MSF.org: MSF receiving large numbers of patients in Aden, as security situation in Yemen deteriorates. Excerpt: Scores of people have been wounded in fighting in Yemen over recent days, with many treated at the Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via BBC News: Ebola outbreak: Sierra Leone in lockdown. Excerpt: The authorities in Sierra Leone are enforcing a three-day lockdown to curb the spread of Ebola, with the entire population ordered to stay at home. There is a two-hour exemption... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
A media release from WHO: Millions of Syrians endure deteriorating health crisis: WHO calls for increased funding. Excerpt: Aleppo, Syria, 27 March, 2015 – Ahead of next week’s third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria in Kuwait, the World Health... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via the KSA MOH Command and Control Center: MOH: 'No New Corona Cases Recorded'. A 56-year-old Saudi man in Riyadh has recovered. No deaths are reported. The numbers are now 17 cases under care plus one in home isolation, 530... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Lancet, an editorial: 1 year on—lessons from the Ebola outbreak for WHO. This week has seen what is likely to be the beginning of an onslaught of criticism levelled against WHO for its handling of the Ebola outbreak... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
WHO has published the fourth in its series of Ebola diaries: Fighting an uphill battle. Excerpt: Dr Rob Fowler is a Canadian critical care physician from Toronto who was recruited by the World Health Organization in August 2013 to work... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Conversation, Pasi Sahlberg explains the new Finnish curriculum: Finland’s school reforms won't scrap subjects altogether. Click through for the full article and many links. Excerpt: Finland’s plans to replace the teaching of classic school subjects such as history or English with broader, cross-cutting “topics” as part of a... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Finnish Education Forum
Via The Giveaway, a Scottsburg newspaper, a March 25 report: Efforts increase in local war waged against HIV; new clinics, call for ‘clean needles’. Excerpt: Since the news that cases of HIV were being diagnosed in Scott County at the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1
Via ReliefWeb, an ominous warning from the International Committee of the Red Cross: Bled dry: How the war in the Middle East is bringing the region to the brink of a water catastrophe. Click through to download the full report... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at H5N1