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Ebola isolation ward in Lagos, Nigeria. (Photo: CDC Global/Flickr)

Ebola isolation ward in Lagos, Nigeria. (Photo: CDC Global/Flickr)

When Disease Becomes Political: The Likely Electoral Fallout From Ebola

Could the Ebola scare affect next month’s election? It may seem a bit crass to even address this question, but it’s rare we see a national panic over a deadly disease erupt so close to an election, and candidates are already using the disease as a possible campaign issue. Just what effect might this have? Probably the most direct analogy we have for this within U.S. politics is the outbreak of the Spanish Flu in 1918-19. Of course, in terms of sheer numbers, that was nothing like the current Ebola scare…

 

Resilience the key message of NAIDOC Week

THE resilience indigenous service people showed in World War I and II should be the message taken away from this year’s NAIDOC Week, according to Jamie Newman. The chair of the Orange Aboriginal Community Working Party and Orange mayor John Davis spoke about the NAIDOC Week theme Serving Country: Centenary and Beyond at the NAIDOC Week flag-raising ceremony in Robertson Park yesterday. Mr Newman said the theme gave indigenous leaders a chance to educate the community about the significance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander servicemen and women in the world wars…

 

Detroit and needy schoolkids: What if we saw resilience first, instead of deficits?

MinnPost photo by Beth Hawkins Photojournalist Bruce Giffin posing in front of the N'Kisi Iron House.

MinnPost photo by Beth Hawkins
Photojournalist Bruce Giffin posing in front of the N’Kisi Iron House.

There’s an intersection a few blocks west of Motown in southwest Detroit where two historic thoroughfares cross. Half a dozen streets come together at the juncture, but there is no legal way to make a turn or, more confounding, to cross the once majestic Grand River Avenue. My friend and onetime colleague, artist and photojournalist Bruce Giffin, explains this as we pull up to a haphazard arrangement of concrete culverts. The turn lanes don’t flow into one another and the one-way signs point in contradictory directions. It’s as though whoever planned it was stoned…

 

Princess Anne praises Qld resilience

Princess Anne has paid tribute to the Queensland spirit at an agricultural conference in the state.

Princess Anne has paid tribute to the Queensland spirit at an agricultural conference in the state.

PRINCESS Anne has paid tribute to the Queensland spirit at an agricultural conference in the state. SHE told the Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth (RASC) Conference in Brisbane on Tuesday that Queenslanders have had to deal with their fair share of issues, including a current drought. Those who live in slightly wetter places … I don’t think really understand just what a drought truly means here,” she told conference delegates…

 

Q&A: Are UK cities prepared for another flooding disaster?

uk citiesLast winter, the UK was hit by a number of major storms, resulting in severe flooding for many communities. Thousands of properties were flooded, some areas remained under water for weeks and transport infrastructure was badly affected. As we face winter again, and climate change continues to create major challenges, are cities and towns across the UK better prepared for the threat of flooding? How can we improve our resilience? On Friday 17 October 2014, we held a live discussion with a panel of experts to tackle the question…

 

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