#265 rebuilding haiti

For one living the other side of the globe, I glean understanding from the actual footage of catastrophe or apocalypse through the media — read, hear and see from videos and pictures.

In the US, since 911, the rebuilding on the former World Trade Center site is yet complete. I wonder about this situation in Haiti.

To rebuild Haiti from scratch is a monumental task. Who will take the initiative? Who can come up with a masterplan to help in the rebuilding? Which comes first? The infrastructures or housing? Or both these got to be built at the same time?

Accordingly, funds are available to help those survivors. How are these funds managed?

BBC’s journalist, Rupert Wingfield-Hayes gave a candid and factual record of the situation today on — Haiti’s ‘ghost’ tent villages:

 http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8488728.stm.

One thought struck me: Since tents are not available for all the survivors, why not supply the basic building material for the Haitians who live in the outskirts of the city to rebuild their own homes?

Offer alternatives…not just suggest building temporary tents to tie Haitians over the forthcoming monsoon period!

Ask the Haitians how they can help themselves?

Surely the Haitians want to help themselves. They know how to build for their own survival. Many had survived before the quake, surely given whatever raw material to help these folk to help themselves through — which might cost just as much as for those NGOs to building interim tents. Or, am I a little naive?

Let’s help the Haitians to help themselves to their feet. I’m sure many are still in state of shock but when there is something to fix their minds and hearts upon — when they are able to build their own temporary quarters, miracles might happen — there will be greater self-respect and hope.

#230 bites on global financial crisis

I found this website ‘The Baseline Scenario’ useful in understanding the global financial crisis we are experiencing.

The site provides and offers some easy to read articles, interesting videos and radio and relevant websites offering insights and education:

http://baselinescenario.com/financial-crisis-for-beginners/#video.

#219 new leaders

New Zealand has a change of leadership.

What will the new leaders in US and NZ bring to its nation and the world in 2009?

Helen Clark magnanimously and graciously bow out to John Key, the newly elected leader for the country:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/7717427.stm.

#204 fashion for elderly?

Airbags were invented for safety reasons. Today’s cars come with airbag fittings lest an accident occurred to protect the driver and passengers.

The Japanese, who champion many consumer-friendly gadgets, unveil airbags to help prevent human injury at an international exhibition:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/7633989.stm.

Will wearing airbags be the fashion accessories of tomorrow for the ailing boomers generation?

#197 amazing children saved mothers’ lives

Amazing what a child understands and does in times of emergency!

In England, James Cooke reports

A three-year-old boy came to his mother’s rescue by dialling 999 after she had an epileptic fit.

Jack Thomson called the emergency services from his mum’s mobile phone. When the line went dead he found another phone and dialled again.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7627938.stm.

Another,

Jakob Seviour saved his mother’s life by calling 999 when she had a fit and now he is being put forward for a national award.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/7568697.stm.

#189 stiletto sprinters’ record dash

I read somewhere that wearing stilettos are bad for the lower back of the body. I used to enjoy wearing these as they literary help me to walk upright and properly. If I don’t I’d lend up on an embarrassing spot!

Now in Australia, there is this special race for those gentle ladies. I couldn’t help uploading this videoclip:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7593509.stm.

#172 desert farming

I found this videoclip at International Herald Tribune on the risks of desert farming.

Israel is a country that makes the most of every drop of water there is to produce food…Naturally the cost of producing food this way is costly and there is no way that man can control the weather. Will man die of starvation when there is massive drought?

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid959009704?bclid=1026280058&bctid=1721772082.

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid959009704?bclid=1026280058&bctid=1721772082. (dated 10 August 2008 IHT)

Lest not able to see the videoclip, please enter ‘the health and science’ category on the right of the videoclip page.