@ Eugen’s Mate: Do you know about HTLV-1 (the devastating …

Comment on The millions and the misery by Evelyne Roullet.

@ Eugen’s Mate: Do you know about HTLV-1 (the devastating health crisis afflicting Central Australia) and do you know how much Congress contributes for research and cure?
In five communities around Alice Springs, more than 45% of adults tested have the virus, a rate thousands of times higher than for non-Indigenous Australians.
HTLV-1 is endemic across Central Australia.
But testing takes six months and is not freely available.
Researchers say HTLV-1 is more widespread across central and northern Australia than previously thought.
Dr Lloyd Einsiedel is an infectious diseases clinician with the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute based at Alice Springs hospital.
Arrernte man Joel Liddle is a senior research officer with Baker.
He spends much of his time talking with people in their primary languages (he is learning Arrernte language), taking blood, measuring lung capacity and delivering feedback (test results) as kindly and respectfully as he can. When he is not on the road, he is writing research papers or he is in the lab, prepping blood samples.
The HTLV-1 blood test is not covered by Australia’s medical benefits scheme (MBS).
It costs $169 each time it is performed, there is only one HTLV-1 laboratory in Australia and results can take six months to come back because, at present, these are done as part of a research program.
All the testing Einsiedel and his team have done so far – more than 900 people – they have paid for using an NHMRC project grant (National Health Medical Research Council).

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The millions and the misery
@ Surprised: Our services target the social, emotional, cultural and physical well being of Aboriginal people [says Congress].
The Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance of the Northern Territory [AMSANT, the peak body of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services] says that for the health of our peoples to improve, Aboriginal health must be in Aboriginal hands.
My point exactly! IN ABORIGINAL HANDS.
If the virus has a rate thousands of times higher for Aborigines than for non-Indigenous Aborigines. It makes sense that Congress should contribute more than the taxpayers.
In fiscal 2017 Congress had a surplus of $1m, as well as cash and cash equivalents to the value of $20.3m. How much did they contribute to the research, and how many tests did they pay for?


The millions and the misery
@ Jen Standish-White: I believe that the problems we have with the youth our days (all across the world) are issued from the fact we ask them what they want!
Remember your youth and tell us if you had the choices you want for the young of Alice.
They have to learn that in life you do not always get what you want, and you have to learn to do with what you have.
I raised four children in Alice, all started working at 12 years of age, like a lot of their friends, some of them Aborigines, and learned the value of money and that you could not always buy or have want your mates have.
Even if you have the means to build three or four youth centres you will still not be able to please everybody.


The millions and the misery
Perfect location, and if Congress really cares for the future Aboriginal generations it will come to the party. Unless it wants more racial tension and a second intervention.


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Alice students fire up for climate action
@ Philby: The sixth mass extinction is correct because the first five known periods are over:
• End Ordovician, 444 million years ago, 86% of species lost.
• Late Devonian, 375 million years ago, 75% of species lost in 69 millions years.
• End Permian, 251 million years ago, 96% of species lost in 124 millions years.
• End Triassic, 200 million years ago, 80% of species lost. In 51 millions years.
• End Cretaceous, 66 million years ago, 76% of all species lost in 134 millions years.
A “biological annihilation” of wildlife in recent decades means a sixth mass extinction in earth’s history is under way and is more severe than previously feared, according to research.
If we make a graph of those times between each period peaks and lows it give us a time bracket to act but we need to know when the sixth mass extinction began.
Scientists are divided when it comes to determining if the sixth mass extinction event is actually happening. For instance some studies divide the sixth mass extinction in two phases, beginning from 100,000 years ago.
Some scientists however say that the actual beginning of the sixth mass extinction is not yet determined. As of now, palaeontologists are only seeing evidences that the earth is entering the sixth mass extinction event but these are not sufficient to show that the mass extinction is indeed happening.
However scientists analysed both common and rare species and found billions of regional or local populations have been lost.
They blame human overpopulation and overconsumption for the crisis and warn that it threatens the survival of human civilisation, with just a short window of time in which to act.
I have a solution to put an end to it: Easy. Get rid of the human species who takes from mother earth but give nothing back because they have not understood the principle of ngapartji ngapartji –and the planet will live.


Alice students fire up for climate action
We know for fact that extractive industries are responsible for half of the world’s carbon emissions.
But there are other industries.
In Alice we want more tourists and less mining. Good, and we want vacations and or monies from the tourism industry.
But how many think of the negative impact on the world around us?
There are one billion tourist arrivals in the world every year. That’s 30 every single second. By 2020 the number will increase by 60%.
Tourism often puts pressure on natural resources through over-consumption, often in places where resources are already scarce.
Tourism often leads to overuse of water.
An average golf course in a tropical country, for example, uses as much water as 60,000 rural villagers. I
It also uses 1500 kilos of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides per year. Can the students check Alice Springs golf club as a project?
Tourism puts enormous stress on local land use, and can lead to soil erosion, increased pollution, natural habitat loss, and more pressure on endangered species. These effects can gradually destroy the environmental resources on which tourism itself depends.
Can the students check with local tourism companies if they are eco-tourism champion?
Climate change!
Tourism contributes to more than 5% of global greenhouse gas emissions, with transportation accounting for 90% of this.
In Australia there are many tourism activities that can cause coral reefs to damage. Did the students check?
The number of annual Antarctic tourists has increased from a couple hundred in 1969 to over 20,000 at the start of the new millennium.
What is the impact on the ice melting? Another school assignment.
Students have the right to express their point of view and opinions but have they done their researches before marching?


Alice students fire up for climate action
@ Not Peter Wilkins: “The sooner you boomers die off, the sooner the rest of us can get on with fixing the mess you’ve left.”
Think before you talk because those boomers are the ones who worked hard all their life without luxuries to build a life style you enjoyed today; they are the generations who invented the majority of gadgets used and abused by your generation:
• Mobile phone is good but do all the family members need a mobile phone?
• Motored vehicle is good but does every one need a huge 4×4 to drive every day in town? Even to go to a gym instead of walking or riding? Even go to school?
Instead of asking the politicians to do something about the climate change why not ask our local government to ban the cars in town? Make people use public transport.
• TV is good but do you need to have one in any bedroom instead of one in the family room?
Ha!! That’s right, there is no longer a family room because there is hardly any family as a unit because everyone spends their free time on the mobile on face book or other social outlets.
We have not created this mess but the ones who have misused and abused what we have created.


Ministers lash out at council over gallery
Namatijira Art Collector, I am in total agreement with you, however Napoleon had nothing to do with “The Nose: Sketches of the Sphinx” by the Dane Frederic Louis Norden were created in 1737 and published in 1755, well before the era of Napoleon.
However, these drawings illustrate the Sphinx without a nose and clearly contradicts the legend If the nose was gone by 1737 at the latest; its removal cannot be blamed on Napoleon’s troops, who visited more than 50 years later.
It is a pity that we do not have a Napoleon in power, because the gallery would have been a built long time ago.


Ministers lash out at council over gallery
Hear, hear, Trevor.


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