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humanitarian project in Madagascar

Posted in Books, Kids, pictures, Travel, University life with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 15, 2017 by xi'an

As the budget of the humanitarian trip to Madagascar our daughter organises with other students of the Paris-Sud Medical School next summer is still short of several thousand euros, I repost the call for support I made a few months ago.

Their project is called Mada Tsatsaka, mada for Madagascar and tsatsaka for a local lizard. The team plans to bring basic drugs and educational material and to work in a dispensary, an orphanage, as well as a shelter for women victims of violence. (More below!)

I thus bring this project to the ‘Og’s readers’ attention in case they wish to support. The best approach is use this web site for donations (in English) to Evadeh Mada Tsatsaka. (Evadeh is the mother association for all humanitarian projects in the medical school.) A free-of-charge (!) alternative is to shop on amazon.com following this associate link as I vouch to transfer all my associate gains in the next four months to the project.

Upon request, more details on the project:

  • 2 weeks in Maventibao working in a clinic : Mada Clinics, helping two nurses with free medical examinations and providing extra medical equipment and drugs. And also helping with drinking water improvement. The team further hopes to help with the purchase of a car associated with the clinic and linking with the hospital in  Diego (4h away) and with hiring a doctor in the nearby clinic of Amboangamamy.
  • 2 weeks in an orphanage in Antananarivo, Ankanifitahiana, in collaboration with BLOC Léo Madagascar, helping in financing and installing a library and a music room, and participating in classes and games with the children. Depending on the funding, the team would also like to help with installing a solar oven.

another right uppercut

Posted in pictures with tags , , , , , , , on November 21, 2016 by xi'an

While at a much lesser scale than the US election result, the outcome of the French Republican primaries of last weekend shows a similar shift to the right of the electorate, who thus favoured the arch-conservative [Thatcherite] François Fillion over the milder center-right Alain Juppé. Some proposals in his program are downright [very much down and very much to the right] scary, among which

  1. cancel the 35 hour legal working week and let companies “negociate” up to a 48 hour working week
  2. apply an increase of 10% of the VAT, this most unfair of taxes, against a decrease of 40 billions € on company taxes
  3. cut 500,000 public sector jobs, increase working hours in the public sector and restrict the status of civil servant to a few ministries
  4. prohibit adoption and medically assisted procreation outside heterosexual and married couples
  5. collaborate with Bashar al-Assad and Vladimir Putin, including ending sanctions against Russia’s annexation of Crimea,
  6. turn the EU into a Europe of Nations (which happens to be the name of the extreme-right group in the European Parliament)
  7. rewrite history school programs to deliver a “story of the French Nation” that plainly replace teaching with State indoctrination
  8. strip French terrorists of French nationality (a proposal that goes against Article 15 of the Declaration of Human Rights)
  9. leave the European Court of Human Rights (as  Theresa May),
  10. and ban burkinis from beaches, an obviously definitive answer to all secularism issues!

Scary enough to make me decide to vote against him at the second primary election next Sunday, as the winner is likely to be the next French president. (The alternative is simply terrifying!)

Sardinia on a shoestring

Posted in Kids, pictures, Travel, University life, Wines with tags , , , , , , , , on June 26, 2015 by xi'an

As I was putting together a proposal for a special ABC session at ISBA 2016 in Santa Margherita di Pula, Sardinia, I received worried replies from would-be participants about the affordability of the meeting given their research funds! Since I had a similar worry with supporting myself and several of my PhD students, I looked around for low-cost alternatives and [already] booked a nearby villa in Santa Margherita di Pula for about 100€ per person for the whole week. Including bikes. Plus, several low-cost airlines like Easy Jet and Ryanair fly to Cagliari from European cities like Berlin, Paris, London, Geneva, and most Italian cities, for less than 100€ round-trip [with enough advanced planning] and if one really is on half a shoestring, there are regular buses connecting Cagliari to Santa Margherita di Pula for a few euros. This means in the end that supporting a PhD student or a postdoc within 5 years of a Ph.D. to attend ISBA 2016 from Europe can be budgeted at as low as a tight 500€ under limited funding resources, including the registration fees of 290€… So definitely affordable with long-term planning!flock of flamingoes taking off [because of my unsubtle approach], Palavas, June 15, 2012

ugly graph of the day

Posted in Books, Statistics with tags , , on February 25, 2012 by xi'an

Julien pointed out to me this terrible graph, where variations cannot be perceived and where the circles are meaningless! Two three-point curves would have been way more explicit!!!