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: An Opportunity to Make a Difference
Please note this "newsflash" and help spread the World on opportunities to make a difference as the Ebola Menace is fought around the World--All do indeed have an opportunity to make a difference:

[SIZE=4]As you know, the 2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa has inundated the news. This major health concern affecting several countries has been compounded by a lack of localized language skills and dissemination of information about the virus to potentially affected communities. Click on the Ebola Outbreak infographic here:

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The National Language Service Corps (NLSC) has reached out to (US) Federal agencies that have an in-depth knowledge of the Ebola Outbreak and the affected communities. At this time, the NLSC does not have an assignment; however, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is working with Translators without Borders (TWB), a non-profit organization that provides translation services to support humanitarian efforts.
Since the rise of the Ebola crisis, TWB has translated posters and informational materials from the CDC, International SOS, and Doctors without Borders into Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo, and Swahili. Most printed information about Ebola is in English or more widely spoken African languages, leaving out smaller language communities that are also affected by the virus. This issue can be addressed by providing educational materials about Ebola in the localized languages of the affected populations.
You can help! Volunteer! There are still communities that are in dire need of accurate information about the symptoms, spread, and treatment of the virus –information in the language they use every day. Specifically, there is a critical need for content in the Krio, Mende, and Temne languages.


For more information about Translators without Borders and to sign up as a volunteer translator, please visit Really Long Link
Spread the Word: You can make a difference in the fight against Ebola! If you do not speak the Krio, Mende, or Temne languages, please spread the message to someone who does.



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: Amazed...
Ebola continues to wreak havoc around West Africa and it has arrived in the United States. Europe is continuing its' efforts as the United Kingdom is continuing on-going meetings of the COBRA committee along with beginning wider efforts to monitor. President #Obama has had a conference call with key World Leaders urging more action. It is insightful as Britain's Sky News interviews the former Prime Minister of Senegal about how they were able to eradicate it all. It is interesting how Government is now at the center of it all--as all Small Government Advocates somehow seem to have gone silent as this latest menace continues to spread.

Beyond the Ebola Challenge, there is the fight in Iraq and Syria. Kobane continues to under siege as the Kurdish defenders seem to have been left to fend for themselves. This "voice" Although the latest from US Officials underscore how the bombings have "stalled" Dayesh (also known as the IS/ISIL/Islamic State/Etc.), they seem to continue to make advances and are extremely capable of adapting to the challenges being faced right now. This very chilling video secured by Al Jazeera underscores the extend of the the reach of Dayesh right now.

Beyond the immediate challenges in focus, there are the elections in India. Two major elections in Maharashtra (the economic heart of India) and Haryana have again reinforced the so-called Modi Wave. It is clear that the voters have voted with their vote that change is needed and the NDTV "polls of polls" reflects a clear BJP majority in both states. This is as the Indian Economy continues to show resiliency. Whether this can be sustained is another question. But another disturbing element is the apparent potential inroads by Dayesh in Kashmir. The Top Indian Army Commander in Kashmir noted this--which was in direct contradiction to what the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah, had just said 24 hours earlier.

On the Economic Front, Ebola and Dayesh has given markets concern. What has also been quite amazing is to watch the continued drop in the price of oil. This is as the US continues to expand its' Oil output. It was of interest how certain analysts commented that the decrease would in turn undermine the moves towards adopting a more Environmentally-Friendly stance as noted in a recent editorial in the Wall Street Journal. This is as the Globe yet again broke records for temperature.

Despite the challenging World around us, there is always a sense of hope and a sense of joy as epitomized by a child who had wishes come through thanks to Make a Wish Foundation--He served as Chief of Police in Hyderabad in India for the Day. Nothing beats the smile of a child.



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: No Choice....
Part of what "outsiders" has been about is a sense of transformation and to be different in terms of the need to understand. Recently a story in Technilious gave a moment of pause to reflect upon the fundementals..and it began with this beautiful story from the fantastic Randy Pautsch:


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On India & Pakistan Right now....

October 8th 2014 04:27
: Why would Pakistan do it?



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: Worrisome...
As a new week dawns, We here @ "outsiders" have been monitoring the fight for the City of Kobani. The fight has been intense and all reports we've seen reflects Kobani may fell to the Dayesh Thugs (also known as IS/Islamic States in the West). This has been in spite of continued airstrikes by US-Led coalition airstrikes and fights by Kurdish forces. The Syria Observatory for Human Rights reports that a Kurdish Woman Suicide Bomber bomber blew herself up in the midst of some Dayesh Thugs.

As the fight for Kobani continues, Baghdad is also under the threat of Dayesh Forces. What remains an open question is whether Turkey will enter Syria to push back these thugs or not? The question of Iran's involvement is also ever so an open question because if any of the Shiite holy sites are threatened, it is a red line and Rouhani made it ever so clear. As this has been going on, the Al Nusra Front has been in a major fight with Hezbollah on the Lebanese border as well


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A "Thought 4 the Week-End"

October 4th 2014 04:52
: As The Week-End Dawns :-)
On this First Week-End of the new quarter, we wanted to take a moment of reflection to underscore:


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: May we live in interesting times....
Today is Gandhi Ji's Birthday. While on the "Grid", reflected upon this great day:


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: As a New Month & A New Quarter Is Before Us
Election Season is ever so in the United States--As is in India. Early Voting has begun in a number of states as Sample ballots have been received by all registered voters as the final battles are being drawn.

As we went to press, we were reviewing the latest out of the so-called US Mainstream Press and all indications are that the US House will remain in Republican Hands and they're slated to add to their Majority. The US Senate, though, is up in the air especially as a number of interesting races are shaping up to peek the interests--including one particular one in the State of Kansas as Pat Roberts, the long-time Senator, is being challenged by a third-party upshot. What is striking is that Senator Roberts does not even have a home in Kansas. That's really not too surprising--since President George H.W. Bush called a Houston Hotel in Texas for a while before settling back in Texas as he built his Library


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: Always gratifying....
As I write this, BBC Farsi is broadcasting the peaceful transfer of power from Kabul:


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: Notations 4 the Week On the Eve of a New Week
The UN General Assembly has been going on--as has been the Clinton Global Initiative. New Initiatives have been announced and commitments have been made by World Leaders. As the World came to New York and spoke about the dreams and aspirations they had for their countries, it was quite timely as this was reported by the China Daily:


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