Archive for April, 2009
A Coke bottle dropped from an airplane disrupts the quiet life of a family of African Bushmen (the San people) living in the deep isolation of the Kalahari desert. Xi, the head of the family, takes the evil thing and embarks on a journey to the end of the world to return it to the gods. At the same time, a white teacher is fed up with city life and takes a job in Botswana. She meets a shy and bumbling scientist. Their hilarious adventures and misadventures are intertwined with Xi’s journey. In the meantime, we learn much about Africa and are treated to beautiful photography of its landscape, its skies and its animals.
What is the coke bottle that should be thrown off the edge of the world represent in your life, your family’s life, and your culture? That is, what thing has come in from the outside and has disrupted the good order of things? How did it come into your life? What has it done to disrupt things? How will you get rid of it (throw it off the edge of the world)?
Is this swine flu virus contagious?
CDC has determined that this swine influenza A (H1N1) virus is contagious and is spreading from human to human. However, at this time, it not known how easily the virus spreads between people.
What are the signs and symptoms of swine flu in people?
The symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with swine flu. In the past, severe illness (pneumonia and respiratory failure) and deaths have been reported with swine flu infection in people. Like seasonal flu, swine flu may cause a worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions.
How does swine flu spread?
Spread of this swine influenza A (H1N1) virus is thought to be happening in the same way that seasonal flu spreads. Flu viruses are spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing of people with influenza. Sometimes people may become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.
How long can an infected person spread swine flu to others?
People with swine influenza virus infection should be considered potentially contagious as long as they are symptomatic and possible for up to 7 days following illness onset. Children, especially younger children, might potentially be contagious for longer periods.
What surfaces are most likely to be sources of contamination?
Germs can be spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth. Droplets from a cough or sneeze of an infected person move through the air. Germs can be spread when a person touches respiratory droplets from another person on a surface like a desk and then touches their own eyes, mouth or nose before washing their hands.
How long can viruses live outside the body?
We know that some viruses and bacteria can live 2 hours or longer on surfaces like cafeteria tables, doorknobs, and desks. Frequent handwashing will help you reduce the chance of getting contamination from these common surfaces.
What can the community do as a whole to prevent an outbreak?
What can you do personally to protect yourself from getting sick?
Piracy off the Somali coast has been a threat to international shipping since the beginning of Somalia’s civil war in the early 1990s. Since 2005, many international organizations have expressed concern over the rise in acts of piracy. Piracy has contributed to an increase in shipping costs and impeded the deliver of food aid shipments. According to the Kenyan foreign minister, Somali pirates have received over US$150 million during the 12 months prior to November 2008. This problem seems to be getting worse.
What do you think a solution to this growing international could be?
Hawaii is one of just two states in the nation that has no form of legalized gambling — no state lotteries, no casinos, no horse races, and no sports betting. The other state without any form of legal gaming is Utah.
The Governor of Hawai‘i is considering bringing gambling to the state, one of only two in the US that doesn’t allow legalized gambling–no state lotteries, no casinos, no horse races, and no sports betting. The other state without any form of legal gaming is Utah. Linda Lingle was quoted by the Associated Press as saying nothing should be excluded from discussion of how to address the state’s budget problems. State politicians have said legalized gambling might be explored before considering tax raises.
What do you think of this solution to the state’s money problems?