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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 Christianity Today: Medical Missionaries' Ebola Pullback: No More Kent Brantlys? Excerpt: After contracting the world’s most deadly virus while serving as medical missionaries in Liberia, both Kent Brantly of Samaritan’s Purse and Nancy Writebol of SIM became household names—as... Continue reading
Posted 29 minutes ago at H5N1
Via The Globe and Mail: Hundreds of Nova Scotians volunteer for Ebola vaccine trial. Excerpt: Hundreds of Nova Scotians are volunteering to be injected with an experimental vaccine that might cause aches and fever – but could protect against the... Continue reading
Posted 38 minutes ago at H5N1
Via USA Today: U.S. officers mourn losing their 1st Ebola patient. Excerpt: A cluster of American uniformed officers gathered in the sticky heat earlier this week to say a prayer for a dead Liberian nurse, the first loss to Ebola... Continue reading
Posted 44 minutes ago at H5N1
PAHO has issued a Chikungunya update for November 21. Click through to download the PDF. As usual, some countries are up to date (this is week 47), and some are months behind.The total, for what it's worth, is 914,960 suspected... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at H5N1
Via Maliactu.net: Mali: Ebola and suicidal disbelief of some. The Google translation: "Ebola is real!" Hammering and repeated on Friday, the imam of a mosque in Medina Coura. But despite the obvious recognized by the "men of God", some Malians... Continue reading
Posted 1 hour ago at H5N1
Via Radio Tamazul: More reports of hemorrhagic fever in Sudan's South Kordofan. Excerpt: People in Kadugli, Abu Jubaiha, and Habila localities in South Kordofan have complained about the outbreak of an unknown fever. The outbreak has also been acknowledged by... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at H5N1
Via Reuters: Germany reports second case of bird flu: H5N8 found in wild bird. German authorities on Saturday confirmed a second case of the H5N8 strain of bird flu in the eastern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, with the virus found in... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at H5N1
Via BBC News: NHS Ebola volunteers will miss 'human touch'. Excerpt: Surrounded by Christmas lights and holiday makers, more than 30 NHS volunteers prepared to board a flight to Sierra Leone on Saturday to join the fight against Ebola. After... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at H5N1
Via Reuters: Saudi Arabia tackles MERS virus, still hunting source. Excerpt: Saudi Arabia has not yet traced the source of a mysterious camel virus, leaving many questions about a disease that has killed 346 people in the Kingdom. The lack... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at H5N1
Via Yle Uutiset: Govt think tank says annual high school rankings misleading. Excerpt: A new report from the Government Institute for Economic Research VATT has found that while dramatic differences in matriculation exam results exist between the top and bottom-ranked upper secondary schools in their report, genuine differences in the... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at Finnish Education Forum
Via the KSA MOH Command and Control Center: MOH: '1 New Confirmed Corona Cases Recorded'. The case is a 58-year-old Saudi male in Taif. No deaths or recoveries have been reported. The numbers are now 12 cases under care, 451... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at H5N1
Dr. Brian Goldman's White Coat, Black Art is among the best programs on CBC Radio: an observant, thoughtful and often critical look at healthcare issues. Today's show (a repeat from Thursday) is notable: "I Felt Safe in the Ebola Hot... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at H5N1
Via the Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene: Internal report of WHO in MALI of Ebola virus disease (Situation of November 21, 2014). The Google translation: On November 21, two suspected cases of the disease in Ebola virus were admitted... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at H5N1
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MSF.org has published Ebola crisis update - 21st November 2014. This is an important overview. Excerpt: Guinea The overall situation in Guinea remains concerning. Patient numbers remain high and the number of new cases continues to rise. Conakry Last week... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at H5N1
Via FrontPageAfrica: Infighting in Response Efforts as GoL Unveils Ebola Spending. Excerpt: Though the deadly Ebola outbreak continues to see improvement for several weeks now, the response seems to be marred by poor coordination and infighting between officials at the... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at H5N1
Via NPR's Goats and Soda blog, a report by Nurith Aizenman: An Ebola Clinic Figures Out A Way To Start Beating The Odds. Click through for the full report and an audio file. Excerpt: One reason the Ebola virus is... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at H5N1
Via The Local.es, a breathtakingly wise and generous act: Spain grants citizenship to 'Ebola heroes'. Excerpt: Spain on Friday awarded Spanish citizenship to two African missionaries who helped ensure the recovery of Madrid-based nursing assistant Teresa Romero. Spain has granted... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via ScienceInsider, Kai Kupferschmidt writes a major article: A new phase in the Ebola war. Excerpt (but read the whole thing): No one here is quite sure what has caused the epidemic to wane. Safe burials may be a big... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The New York Review of Books, a long article by Jonathan Zimmerman: Why Is American Teaching So Bad? Excerpt: And that brings us to the saddest fact of all: most of our teachers don’t possess a deep working knowledge of any discipline, at least not in the way that... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Finnish Education Forum
Via Ebola Deeply, a report I've been waiting for: Education in the Time of Ebola: Part One. Excerpt: In part one of a series exploring education in the time of Ebola, Ebola Deeply spoke with Joe Sehnert, director of Franciscan... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The New York Times: Officials Revise Goals on Containing Ebola After Signs of Wider Exposure in Mali. Excerpt: Most of the cases have been in the three most afflicted countries: Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. Yet the focus of... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via The Guardian, a report from Australian Associated Press: Ebola 'a threat to international peace and security', says Julie Bishop. Excerpt: Julie Bishop has expressed concern about the Ebola virus outbreak at a UN security council meeting she chaired on... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via BBC News: French President Francois Hollande to visit Ebola-stricken Guinea. Excerpt: France's President Francois Hollande has said he will travel to the West African country of Guinea, one of the worst affected by the Ebola epidemic. His visit next... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via the Daily Observer: Liberian Economy Shrinks to 0.4%. Excerpt: In the face of the ongoing Ebola crisis, the Liberian economy is being dealt huge blows, receding by over 6 percent in less than six months. The gross domestic product... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1
Via CIDRAP, Lisa Schnirring writes: Global leaders warn against Ebola complacency. Excerpt: United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged countries to continue their support for West Africa's Ebola outbreak countries, adding that although the virus is still outpacing response... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at H5N1