Humanitarian web users fear a renewed cholera outbreak in Haiti. The blogosphere comments on the upcoming referendum on independence of South Sudan. And a site that gives web users the opportunity to invest in a race horse.
CHOLERA OUTBREAK IN HAITI
Humanitarian web users are in a state of alert in Haiti. Hurricane Tomas sparked heavy flooding and has prompted fears that the cholera outbreak is set to worsen. Ever since the first cases were detected around 3 weeks ago, hundreds of people in the country have been killed by the disease.
This blog has been monitoring the situation in Haiti ever since the earthquake hit the country on the 12th of January and has set up an interactive map to observe the spread of cholera. Red dots do not necessarily represent a confirmed case in a household. They could just be suspected cases, but the blog prefers to maintain the state of alert in the zone until proved otherwise.
This American doctor has posted this video online with a recipe for a rehydrating drink to treat those affected; it is made with salt and sugar. She is aware that most Haitians do not have Internet access and hopes that with the help in particular of NGOs at the scene, her video will be relayed onto mobile phones.
The organization Operation Blessings is trying to provide residents with drinking water. This video looks back at an operation in Luben, a small village that is now surrounded by contaminated water. Humanitarian aid workers provided residents with portable filters to purify this water as it is the only water available.
But despite all these initiatives, this Haitian doctor has posted a message on Twitter deploring the lack of coordination at the scene. He fears this will result in failing to contain the outbreak, as in his opinion, not enough resources have been made available.
SOUTH SUDAN REFERENDUM
Will South Sudan gain independence? Southern Sudanese are set to vote on the matter in a referendum on the 9th of January. This is the final stage in the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement that ended the civil war that lasted over 20 years. Hopes and fears over this vote are being expressed online.
This pro-independence web site hails the referendum that could bring about the creation of a new African State. Web users are invited to leave messages to South Sudan leaders. Here, one man asks General Kiir, the President of South Sudan, to make sure that the millions of displaced persons in the North be repatriated once independence has been achieved.
And one American journalist is broadcasting this report online. It was filmed in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, and is a sign that hope for separation from the North is gaining ground in the South. Pete Muller spent time with a choral group that had set themselves the task of creating a national anthem for the future state.
This blogger is expressing doubts over the outcome of the referendum. He thinks the results will be close. He also says residents should be protected and the north south border should be monitored so that voting takes place without incident.
But sections of the blogosphere are concerned about the separation. This web user says it could bring about financial problems for the two new states. He says that they are interdependent, the oil comes from Southern Sudan but the distribution network is in the north.
PARIS VS NEW YORK
The artist Vahram Muratyan loves Paris and New York. And to share his passion for the cities with web users he is proposing a series of amusing comparisons on his blog. The project is presented as a friendly visual competition between the two cities and provides a rather original introduction to Paris and New York.
BUY A RACEHORSE
Following on from music and cinema, web users can now become involved in horse racing. On the site monchevaldecourse.com you can invest in a race horse for an average of 99 euros per year. In exchange you will earn 1/1000th of the animal’s winnings. The site is aimed at gamblers, enthusiasts and also novices. The simplicity of the offer means web users can quickly become players in the world of horse racing.
VIDEO OF THE DAY
It is possible to do sport and look after your baby at the same time. These Dutch curling enthusiasts take the children to training. They even use their little ones as replacements for pucks and slide them across the ice. This video is in fact part of a viral campaign in Holland launched by the Ministry of Education. Objective: help parents combine work, play and family life more easily.