By Foot, Bike, Car, or Canoe: Patient and Staff Stories of Malaria in DRC
“My name is Zamukunda. I tested positive for malaria at the health center. This morning I delivered my first child, a boy who weighed 1.6 kg [3.5 pounds]. My labor began very late last night, which was a surprise because I was still far from my delivery date. I was in a lot of pain and was bleeding, which made me worry, so I left the house with my mother and we walked for two hours to reach this health center.
My baby was born at two in the morning. He was not breathing very well and I was continuing to bleed so MSF decided to transfer us in their car from Kashuga to the main hospital in Mweso. We picked up another woman and her child who was very sick with malaria. The trip took only an hour since there has not been much rain. Now I am in the intensive care unit at the hospital with my baby, who is on oxygen. So far we are doing okay.”
Zamukunda’s son was born at seven months. She did not know how malaria would affect her pregnancy or her baby. The high fevers caused by the disease can provoke contractions and lead to premature delivery. Zamukunda and her son are receiving treatment at MSF’s Mweso hospital.
Photo: DRC 2012 © Sandra Smiley Patients receiving malaria treatment in an MSF-supported hospital in Katanga province.
and i say that his wife STILL looks like Polly Pocket
Newt Gingrich has apparently never heard that no one likes a bragger. As he conceded his campaign, Gingrich listed every achievement he ever had, like former internships.
nedhepburn: I love Davenport!
Stretch of Northern California coast to be permanently protected: Under a landmark deal approved by the state Coastal Commission, nearly 10 square miles of untouched shoreline, glens, streams and farmland in Santa Cruz County will be transferred to the state and federal governments, which will operate it as open space and preserve portions for agriculture.
Photo: Along the coast near the Santa Cruz County town of Davenport. Credit: Los Angeles Times
Gotta say it: this particular arch means a lot to me. So many summers on that beach, eating (the most amazing) shrimp tacos at El Jarro Taqueria in the sleepy little town of Davenport across the street from where the beach is.
I love Santa Cruz, and I love that arch on that beach.
Calling it “the most impactful living wage law in the United States,” New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is pushing legislation that would raise the minimum wage from $7.25/hour to $11.50/hour (and $10/hour with benefits) for developments subsidized by the city.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg does not support this living wage legislation, equating the policy with communist Russia:
“If you think about it, the last time we really had a big, managed economy was the U.S.S.R. and that didn’t work out so well,” Mr. Bloomberg said. “You cannot stop the tides from coming in. We need jobs in this city. It would be great if all jobs in the city paid a lot of money and had great benefits for the workers, not good for the employers, but if you force that, you will just drive businesses out of the city.” [NY Observer]
Quinn allegedly has enough votes to not only pass the bill, but to override a veto from Bloomberg. The mayor says he would veto the bill and would fight the legislation in court.
Bloomberg’s underlying argument:
“You just cannot force employers to pay a rate that doesn’t–isn’t sustainable in their business and it’s not the government’s business to do this.”
Also important to note: Speaker Quinn cut the number of workers who would benefit from this legislation - with exemptions for several high-profile developments - in order to gain enough support for the bill. The increased minimum wage would affect only 400-500 workers, according to the New York Times. Quinn defends the compromise, saying the bill is meant to apply to new developments.
Despite the diluted nature of the proposed policy, those who support the bill simply say something is better than nothing.
newsweek: this looks so interesting!
Here’s this week’s cover, on newsstands and the iPad tomorrow morning. And the summary of the corresponding story:
In an age where women are dominating - in the workplace, at school, at home - why are they seeking to be dominated in their love lives? Recent media portrayals have shown that a rising number of modern women fantasize about being overpowered, while studies are turning out statistics that bewilder feminists. New shows like HBO’s Girls and books like Fifty Shades of Grey are showcasing the often hidden desire for powerlessness. But why? Katie Roiphe examines the submissive yet empowered female in Newsweek. “It is perhaps inconvenient for feminism that the erotic imagination does not submit to politics, or even changing demographics,” she writes.
We haven’t seen the cover story yet, but color us intrigued! Let’s hear your pre-thoughts, tumblr.
President Barack Obama, left, kisses Colombian pop star Shakira after she spoke during a land titling event for Afro-Colombian communities in Cartagena, Colombia, Sunday, April 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Obama with Colombia’s greatest recent cultural export.
Treaty of Peace Between the Arab Republic of Egypt and the State of Israel
On March 26, 1979, on the North Grounds of the White House, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, U.S. President Jimmy Carter, and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin joined hands after the signing of the “Treaty of Peace Between the Arab Republic of Egypt and the State of Israel.”
This is among the most requested photographs in the holdings of the Carter Library.
More- The Camp David Accords
kimjongillookingatthings: i never get tired of pictures of Kim jong Il
looking at an apple