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Woody M. Collins
Indianapolis, Indiana, US
Seize life! Eat bread with gusto, Drink wine with a robust heart. Oh yes -- God takes pleasure in your pleasure! Ec. 9:7 (MSG)
Interests: congo, humanitarian, Christian, information communication technology
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Democratic Republic of Congo has recorded its first confirmed case of Ebola in over a week, the health ministry said on Thursday (June 7), although medics say they have made significant progress in their efforts to contain the disease. The patient, a known contact of someone who is believed to have died from Ebola on May 20, was confirmed positive on Wednesday (June 6) for the hemmorhagic fever in the rural community of Iboko, the ministry said in a daily report. Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2018 at News About Congo
Democratic Republic of Congo has recorded its first confirmed case of Ebola in over a week, the health ministry said on Thursday (June 7), although medics say they have made significant progress in their efforts to contain the disease. The patient, a known contact of someone who is believed to have died from Ebola on May 20, was confirmed positive on Wednesday (June 6) for the hemmorhagic fever in the rural community of Iboko, the ministry said in a daily report. Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2018 at News About Congo
Two confirmed cases and 17 deaths. Ebola: DR Congo confirms new outbreak in country's north-west - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-44045842 Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2018 at News About Congo
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In preparation for my annual physical, I had to have my blood drawn and tested. As usual, it's 12 hour fast blood draw. Since I have been fasting for 16 hours a day (the Intermittent Fasting protocol, 16/8) for month or two, the 12 hour fast would fit into my daily routine. But I could have water only during the fast. Typically, you can drink coffee, tea, and water. I ended my eating period and abstained from green tea at 8 pm last night. And, I had to avoid my morning coffees. But I had two cups of warm water... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2018 at What's Woody Doing Now
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Ok, instead of watching the Pacers lose to Cavaliers, I analyzed the 2018 NFL Draft. To all the Pacers fans, congratulations on a good season on and off the courts. Next year!? The SEC topped the draft for the 12th consecutive year. This year, 53 players from the conference were drafted into the NFL. And Alabama, the national champs, is sending 12 players to the NFL. For more blah, blah details see, But, what state can claim the most players from their universities? So, who is really the college football state? It's Florida! Six universities sent 24 players. Texas and... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2018 at What's Woody Doing Now
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Ok, instead of watching the Pacers lose to Cavaliers, I analyzed the 2018 NFL Draft. To all the Pacers fans, congratulations on a good season on and off the courts. Next year!? The SEC topped the draft for the 12th consecutive year. This year, 53 players from the conference were drafted into the NFL. And Alabama, the national champs, is sending 12 players to the NFL. For more blah, blah details see, https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/2018-nfl-draft-picks-by-college-school-alabama-sets-record-with-12-selections/ But, what state can claim the most players from their universities? So, who is really the college football state? It's Florida! Six universities sent 24 players. Texas... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2018 at What's Woody Doing Now
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Ok, instead of watching the Pacers lose to Cavaliers, I analyzed the 2018 NFL Draft. To all the Pacers fans, congratulations on a good season on and off the courts. Next year!? The SEC topped the draft for the 12th consecutive year. This year, 53 players from the conference were drafted into the NFL. And Alabama, the national champs, is sending 12 players to the NFL. For more blah, blah details see, https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/2018-nfl-draft-picks-by-college-school-alabama-sets-record-with-12-selections/ But, what state can claim the most players from their universities? So, who is really the college football state? It's Florida! Six universities sent 24 players. Texas... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2018 at What's Woody Doing Now
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Ok, instead of watching the Pacers lose to Cavaliers, I analyzed the 2018 NFL Draft. To all the Pacers fans, congratulations on a good season on and off the courts. Next year!? The SEC topped the draft for the 12th consecutive year. This year, 53 players from the conference were drafted into the NFL. And Alabama, the national champs, is sending 12 players to the NFL. For more blah, blah details see, https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/2018-nfl-draft-picks-by-college-school-alabama-sets-record-with-12-selections/ But, what state can claim the most players from their universities? So, who is really the college football state? It's Florida! Six universities sent 24 players. Texas... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2018 at What's Woody Doing Now
Unless it's nap time in the nursery next door! Unless you are waiting to surprise the guest of honor in a darkened room! Etc, etc! Silent is really not good, if you just video recorded a speaker. And the speech (spoken words) was the most important part. In my quest to record the best audio, I accidentally left the wired lavalier microphone in the off position. There is 27 minutes of dead air (absolute silence). There is not even a partial decibel to be heard. Oh no! ####! I haven't done that in a long long time. Yes, it last... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2018 at What's Woody Doing Now
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Do you know your numbers? Yesterday, I weighed myself and I had gained 3 pounds over the last week. It was a disappointment because I was expecting no gain at the worst. Today, I awoke early and started to review my exercise results over the last week. It wasn't a great week but I had worked out but normally for 4 of 6 days. I tried to remember beyond the exercising what I had eaten. I could not remember. So today, I'm going to start recording my food intake. In the end, I should be able compare calories intake against... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2018 at What's Woody Doing Now
Reconsider travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) due to crime and civil unrest. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: The eastern DRC and the three Kasai provinces due to armed conflict. Violent crime, such as armed robbery, armed home invasion, sexual assault, and physical assault, is common. Assailants may pose as police or security agents. Local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious crime. Many cities throughout the country experience demonstrations, some of which have been violent. The government has responded with heavy-handed tactics that have resulted... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2018 at News About Congo
Africa: Attack on MONUSCO 12/08/2017 06:16 PM EST Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC December 8, 2017 The United States strongly condemns last night’s attack against MONUSCO, the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which killed at least 14 Tanzanian peacekeepers and wounded more than 50 others, in addition to at least five members of the DRC armed forces. We express our deepest condolences to the families of those killed, to the Government of Tanzania, the Government of the DRC and to MONUSCO. We wish those wounded a full and swift... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2017 at News About Congo
U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Call for Protests on November 30, 2017 November 29, 2017 The U.S. Embassy is aware of reports that opposition and civil society groups are calling for protests in Kinshasa and other cities on Thursday, November 30. U.S. government employees have been instructed to limit their movements to within Gombe on November 30. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational or escalate into violence. Avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place and exercise caution when in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations. U.S.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at News About Congo
"The protest may impede access to the airport road. If you have a trip planned for Thursday morning it would be advised to consider rescheduling." U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo Security Message for U.S. Citizens : Planned March for November 30, 2017 November 27, 2017 The U.S. Embassy is aware of reports that some political parties have called for a peaceful protest march in Kinshasa on November 30, 2017. While demonstrators may gather at various locations throughout the city, protest organizers from the political opposition have stated that participants would converge for a public meeting in the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2017 at News About Congo
"I don't go to bed at night thinking about the kids we've fed today. I go to bed crying over those we didn't," said David Beasley, Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP). Man-made conflict continues to drive hunger in places like the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Myanmar and Yemen, where more than half of the country's population is food-insecure. In this month's newsletter, watch yesterday's 60 Minutes segment on WFP's work to prevent a famine in Yemen and how you can help. IMPACT As civil war rages in Yemen, the country teeters closer to the brink of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2017 at News About Congo
Support the People of the Democratic Republic of the Congo - Urge Full Funding of Relief Efforts Support the People of the CongoTake Action! Urge Full Funding for Relief Efforts The humanitarian conditions in the conflict-ridden Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are rapidly deteriorating. There is now a deepening hunger crisis with an estimated 3.2 million people without reliable access to enough nutritious food. According to the World Food Program, “Global Acute Malnutrition rates in children under 5 have reached 14 percent, well above the 10 percent emergency threshold.”Almost 1.4 million people have been displaced within... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2017 at News About Congo
There is nothing easy about working in the Congo. http://www.euronews.com/2017/10/08/watch-aid-trucks-swarm-across-pools-of-mud “It took us weeks to travel 320 km (200 miles). This shows that we face a lot of problems bringing aid in, not only issues related to the armed conflict, but also conditions like these”, said an International Committee of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2017 at Safe Water for the "Other Half"
In the past, refugees have been treated poorly by neighboring countries. Citizens have objected to their meager resources used to help foreigners. https://southernafrican.news/2017/10/06/drc-conflict-rises-as-refugees-flock-to-zamibia/ Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu has called for a meeting with his Democratic Republic of Congo counterpart, Joseph Kabila, over the rising turmoil in the central African state as the number of asylum seekers hit 3,500 this week. During the United Nations General Assembly in New York recently, Lungu appealed for humanitarian assistance from the international community to meet the needs of the increasing number of Congolese nations that have sought asylum in Zambia. This follows increasing turmoil,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2017 at News About Congo
U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Fighting in Uvira September 28, 2017 The U.S. Embassy has received reports of violent clashes and fighting between government forces and militia groups in and around the area of Uvira in South Kivu. As the security situation has degraded significantly around Uvira, the Embassy urges U.S. citizens to avoid travel to Uvira and exercise caution in all parts of South Kivu. The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens to remain aware of your surroundings and take appropriate steps to enhance personal security. U.S. citizens should review the Travel... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2017 at News About Congo
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Last Night, this was posted on social media by a Congolese. FLASH FLASH FLASH!!! Weapons fire heard in downtown kananga tonight while we are in the preparations for the forum for peace! This morning, this is the explanation of the gunshots heard. Last night's shooting was because two groups got in an argument and the police fired in the air to disperse them. Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2017 at What's Woody Doing Now
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The western Kasai region of has a suspected ebola virus outbreak. This is a remote area, so if it is confirmed to be the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) then it is good possibility of containing it to that area. Remember EVD is just a plane ride from the US. https://www.iol.co.za/news/africa/suspected-ebola-virus-kills-17-in-drc-78064 Medical experts from the World Health Organisation flew to central Congo on Thursday to investigate the deaths of 17 people with Ebola-like symptoms, said state radio. The deaths occurred over several weeks starting on November 17 in Dekese, a small village about 700km east of the capital, Kinshasa, said United... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at News About Congo
Over 300 adults and children died directly as a result of the unrest in the central Kasai region. Although the violent killings has stopped, hundreds more will died due to the cholera epidemic. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-congo-cholera/over-500-dead-as-congo-cholera-epidemic-spreads-who-idUSKCN1BL0UN More than 500 people have died so far in a cholera epidemic that is sweeping the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at Safe Water for the "Other Half"
I have only minor inconveniences due to Hurricane Harvey. But I pray for those directly affected in the Houston area.You are receiving this email because you are enrolled in the following Grundfos Technical Institute webinar: Power Quality and Pumps…Is your power killing your pumps? Scheduled for Friday, September 8th at 3:00 p.m. eastern standard time. Unfortunately, due to hurricane Harvey, our Subject Matter Expert for this webinar has traveled to the Houston area along with some other Grundfos Employees to assist with getting the municipalities and local pumping stations up and running. We must cancel the webinar for now, and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at What's Woody Doing Now
Tensions must be still simmering in Kinshasa, if, the US Embassy issues a warning about an upcoming soccer match. From: <ACSKinshasa@state.gov> Date: Tue, Sep 5, 2017 at 2:35 PM Subject: Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Soccer Match on September 5, 2017 To: U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo Security Message for U.S. Citizens Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Soccer Match on September 5, 2017 September 5, 2017 On Tuesday, September 5, 2017, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s soccer team will be playing against Tunisia. The match will take place at the Stade des Martyrs and is scheduled to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at News About Congo
From: <ACSKinshasa@state.gov> Date: Aug 19, 2017 8:13 AM Subject: Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Protests for August 21, 2017 To: Cc: U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Protests for August 21 August 17, 2017 The U.S. Embassy has learned that on August 15, the Bundu dia Kongo (BDK) separatist group released a video calling for protests on Monday, August 21. On August 7, protests led by the BDK resulted in violence and several fatalities in Kinshasa and other cities. Nevertheless, it is unclear whether protests will materialize or turn violent on... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2017 at News About Congo