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Repulse Bay students help to repel the flu
Job-shadowing Grade 9 girls aid in massive vaccination
Jane George
Of Repulse Bay's 700 residents, 560 received their flu vaccinations and few have fallen ill, thanks to door-to-door visits by community nurse Maria Fraser (nee Fernandes) and three Grade 9 students. (PHOTO BY PATRICIA D'SOUZA)
To find Repulse Bay in Nunavut follow the Arctic Circle west on Hudson's Bay
The flu and its coughs and fever weren't part of the recent holiday celebrations in Repulse Bay due to a vaccination campaign conducted by nurse Maria Fraser and three eager Grade 9 students.

Last month, Fraser asked Maggie, Sarah and Marsha, who were at the local health centre for job-shadowing during their school's "career week," to help her administer flu shots to as many residents as possible.
"I said, how about we go house-to-house and you help us," Fraser said.

One of the girls had the job of explaining to kids how they wouldn't get sick over the holidays if they received a flu shot.

"The other girl said, 'The shot doesn't hurt. It's just like a scratch, but it makes you feel healthy and you can play in the snow,'" Fraser said.

The third girl was responsible for keeping a list of residents up to date, crossing off names as people were inoculated. She also handed out candy to kids after they received a flu shot.

Fraser and the girls first visited those who were at high risk for a bad case of the flu - children with a history of lung problems, and the elderly. Then they visited the school and even stopped by the local grocery store, where customers were encouraged to roll up their sleeves for an on-the-spot flu shot.

After they finished, about 560 of the community's 700 residents were inoculated.

Fraser said the impact of the flu shots has been easy to see as only a few people in Repulse came down with the flu.

"It's not the sort of thing you can do in Iqaluit," said Dr. Sandy MacDonald director of medical health at the Baffin Regional Hospital. "But it shows a real dedication to the cause."

"That's very good proactive work on the part of the nurses," said Ed Picco, Nunavut's minister for health and social services. "I think it's great. It shows really good leadership on the public health side of things."

There has been another benefit to the home visits, as well. The three students told Fraser that they'll willingly give her a hand again in the future and are keen to work in community health after finishing school.
From: http://www.nunatsiaq.com/archives/40109/news/nunavut/40109_06.html
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IYR 2004 aims at promoting improved production of - and access to - this vital food crop, which feeds more than half the world's population while providing income for millions.
The theme of the IYR - "Rice is life"- reflects the importance of rice as a primary food source, and is drawn from an understanding that rice-based systems are essential for food security, poverty alleviation and improved livelihoods. Rice is the staple food of over half of the world's population. In Asia alone, more than 2 billion people obtain 60 to 70 percent of their energy intake from rice and its derivatives; it is the most rapidly growing food source in Africa and is of significant importance to food security in an increasing number of low-income food-deficit countries. Rice-based production systems and their associated post-harvest operations employ nearly 1 billion people in rural areas of developing countries and about four-fifths of the world's rice is grown by small-scale farmers in low-income countries. Efficient and productive rice-based systems are therefore essential to economic development and improved quality of life, particularly in rural areas.
Read the IYR concept paper... http://www.fao.org/rice2004/en/concept.htm

India Ascendant: 'Gravity's grasp' versus 'poverty's clasp'
By: Santosh Miskin
...On August 15th 2003, Prime Minister Atal B. Vajpayee in his Independence Day speech announced from the ramparts of the Red Fort - "Our country is now ready to fly high in the field of science. I am pleased to announce that India will send her own spacecraft to the moon by 2008. It is being named
Chandrayaan I." ...
....The gateway to the stars has also become the gateway to progress and prowess. India has already launched or will launch satellites for diverse applications in agriculture, telecommunications, cartography, education, meteorology, remote sensing and disaster management. These satellites are not elitist endeavors but rather Gandhian tools. Data collected by the satellites is utilized by those making a living off the land and sea. State governments provide information that helps farmers choose which crops to sow, warn fishermen of impending cyclones, broadcast educational programmes to villagers and help in water resource management. These satellites also help private sector companies and other government bodies in urban and rural planning especially during building new infrastructure

Omigod! Ash is the mostest again
Let's face it. You can love her, you can hate her, but you can't wish her away. Our Ash has done it again. This time, she has been voted the most attractive woman of 2003.  

What a boost for the Indian glamour scene. This was not a made-in-India competition, though one suspects that we Indians tend to be the most enthusiastic voters online and the sheer numbers help. Ash was voted the most attractive in a poll conducted by hellomagazine.com , and the also-ran list includes amazing beauties the world over. Chew on this - British actress Keira Knightly came in second followed by no less than Nicole Kidman and Catherine Zeta Jones. Angelina Jolie was there somewhere, Gwyneth Paltrow and Cindy Crawford, but Ash beat them all to it.

What a boost for the 30 plus woman trying to squint out those crow-feet. She was Miss World a decade ago. Takes some doing to be a global beauty queen for 10 years. Knightly, at 19, is actually a generation apart. She is 11 years younger than Ash.

It is hugely tempting to dismiss this as just another online poll, conducted by the kilo to draw glamour-starved surfers. To yawn at all that ado about Ash , the over-hyped. For a moment, let's give in to that temptation, what do we have? An Indian actress who looks good on a list because all the bored Indians surfing out there decided to plug for her? Perhaps, Lady Luck's loved one - she will always win so eat your heart out.

Goan Overseas Association, Toronto - New Year's Eve Party on Dec. 31, 2003
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Goans, pioneers in Westernisation (by: Dr Jose Pereira)
Sat, 20 Dec 2003, By Frederick Noronha
Imposition of civilizations by force is no novelty in human history. What is remarkable is that some of these civilizations were ardently received by the victims of the imposition. The force is the condition on the imposition, but the ardent reception can only be ascribed to the allure that the imposed civilization exerted on the conquered by providing them with the outlets for their creative energies that their own cultures had failed to do.

Frescoes by Dr. Jose Pereira
Fresco showing Fishermen.Click to enlarge the photograph
Chapel of S. Joaquim, Borda, Margao, Goa, India. 1783 -- 1786.

The Release of David Frum's Latest Book An End to Evil: How to Win the War on Terror
David Frum's new book, An End to Evil, co-authored with Richard Perle, aims to remind American's what is at stake in the war on terror, and the coming wartime presidential election.
David Frum writes that the impetus behind the book was "the very real danger that the war on terror would be lost - not on the battlefield - but in the corridors of the capital. We set out to do our best to persuade Americans to rededicate themselves to the fight - and to accept nothing less from its leaders than a total commitment to victory over terrorism. But it was not going to be enough to exhort people: We had to offer them some kind of vision of what victory would look like and how it could be achieved."

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