Where could a virus-free New Zealand be in five years?

Calling Home: Chene Wales-Baillie in Mpumalanga



https://www.rnz.co.nz/audio/player?audio_id=2018747725 + https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/sunday/audio/2018747725/calling-home-chene-wales-baillie-in-mpumalanga from https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/sunday/20200524 http://www.journalistandwriter.wordpress.com and Also see https://www.facebook.com/chenewbaillie/ + http://www.onetaleoftwocities.wordpress.com

via Calling Home: Chene Wales-Baillie in Mpumalanga — South Africa: “the Beloved Country”

How Mauritius beat the pandemic

On March 18 , a Wednesday, Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth announced that three people in Mauritius had contracted Covid-19. Two cases were from a cruise ship and one was a person who had flown in from the United Kingdom. Grimly, the prime minister told the country: “We are in a state of emergency.”

Exactly eight weeks later — on 13 May, another Wednesday — Jugnauth’s administration made a very different announcement. After a total of 332 cases and 10 deaths, Mauritius was now Covid-19 free.

see https://mg.co.za/coronavirus-essentials/2020-05-21-how-mauritius-beat-the-pandemic/

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Lessons for others

There are several factors unique to Mauritius that made it easier to contain the virus, Caussy says. A big one is its geography: islands can shut their border in a way that mainland countries just cannot. Mauritius also has a small, highly-literate and largely co-operative population. It helps too that the country has a history of good governance.

Similar circumstances to us here in beautiful ‘little’ NZ


Best wishes from the First City to see the sun (in summer) …and we’re also the first to see the sunset and the stars (in winter-time)


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Robert Fisk: Reporting from the frontline



Journalist Robert Fisk has spent the past 40 years living in war zones, covering conflict in the Middle East.

He’s dedicated to being on the ground and on the frontlines, and this commitment has landed him several scoops including face-to-face interviews with Osama Bin Laden.

His sometimes controversial career is the focus of This Is Not A Movie, a new documentary by Canadian director Yung Chang.

The film is playing at the Doc Edge Festival, which will be online only this year and runs between Friday 12 June and Sunday 5 July.





“Compare it (your head) to a jelly in a bowl. The bowl is the skull – a strong, protective container – and the jelly (the brain) is nestled within. …”

There is nothing worse than hunger,’ says South Africa hero Siya Kolisi of helping townships during lockdown

pic from https://craigsquotes.wordpress.com/2019/11/22/siya-kolisi-its-a-privilege-not-a-burden-to-fight-for-south-africa/




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The Water War


Water covers 71 percent of the Earth’s surface but for the most part it is composed of salt water and even the sweet one is not always accessible: only 0.3 is found in rivers and lakes and can be used by humans . The danger of tensions and conflicts linked to the access and control of scarce water resources for several years is at the center of the debate of analysts around the world. And many consider that the wars of our century will break out due to disputes over control of the so-called blue gold, especially in areas where it is scarce and supply depends on cross-border rivers and lakes.

Ismail Serageldin, a former vice president of the World Bank, warned in 1995: “If the wars of the 20th century were fought for oil, those of the 21st century will have as their object water”.

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